The “Standard Review” service resembles the official review process and provides a detailed report about the way the project is presented. It includes a single review cycle followed by a question and answer session.

The Standard Review service includes the following aspects for all grant schemes:

During the Standard Review process, our team will thoroughly review the application to verify that all essential elements and requirements of the funding scheme are properly addressed. As well, we will check that the proposal is formatted and presented “by the book”, and that it “feeds the reviewer” in the best way possible. The feedback that we provide serves as a pre-submission validation and can be used to improve the proposal’s readiness prior to actual submission. To maximize the effectiveness of this service, it is highly recommended to submit a near-final version of your application, so that the single review cycle and the Q&A session which follows will be as extensive and exhaustive as possible. 

 

Learn how this service applies to each unique grant:

Horizon Europe Collaborative Projects

***The new EU framework program, Horizon Europe, is expected to launch in January 2021. With the official launch of the programme, we’ll offer the Horizon Europe Standard Review Service. To ensure your project will receive the Standard Review in time, you can read below about what this service includes, and write to us at the bottom of this page to begin the Horizon Europe Standard Review process.

 

Horizon Europe Collaborative Projects is a truly unique funding opportunity. Securing funding from this grant can be the driving force for your groundbreaking and novel research idea. Once your proposal is in its final stages, it is essential to verify that it attends to the unique Horizon Europe aspects, and to ensure smooth text flow.

 

*Once the Horizon Europe programme officially launches, we will make any final updates to the Standard Review process, to ensure it fully covers all technical and conceptual aspects of your proposal.

 

 

The outcome of our Pre-Submission Standard Review is a detailed report which covers both technical and conceptual aspects of your proposal.

 

The conceptual aspects we cover include, but are not limited to:

 

The technical aspects we cover include, but are not limited to:

  • Readability of the proposal
  • Any relevant eligibility issues
  • Any errors that may lead to technical rejection
  • Abstract
  • List of participants – Consortium members
  • Overall formatting requirements and Page limits
  • Section 3.4 and Budgeting
  • Section 4.1 – Participants profiles
  • Section 4.2 – Participation of third parties
  • Section 5 – Ethics and security
    And more…

*Once the Horizon Europe programme officially launches, we will make any final updates to the Standard Review process, to ensure it fully covers all technical and conceptual aspects of your proposal.

 

In addition to the above, we’ll apply the details below to the unique Horizon Europe variants:

EIC Pathfinder (FET-Open) Standard Review service

If you are considering to apply to the EIC Pathfinder (FET-Open) funding scheme (under the Horizon 2020 programme) , our dedicated review will assess/ensure the proposal addresses the following distinct Pathfinder (FET-Open) features, in addition to the regular Horizon 2020 features:

  1. Radical vision – expressing fundamentally uncharted lines of technology
  2. Breakthrough technological target – an identified science – to – technology breakthrough
  3. Ambitious interdisciplinary research – a  heterogenous consortium which extends past your discipline to elevate your ambitious research project

Clinical Trials Standard Review service

If you are considering to apply to Clinical Trials under the Horizon 2020 Collaborative Projects funding scheme, the application review process (and the application itself) consists of the above, as well as the following unique attributes (manifested in the main application file, as well as in the complementary “Essential information for clinical trial annex” and in the  “Ethical annex”).

 

We will address the additional elements below:

  • Structuring the ‘Essential information for clinical trials’ annex, based on the above and on the Clinical Trial protocol
  • Study design and endpoints
  • Study Subjects / Population – Inclusion / Exclusion criteria
  • Statistical analysis planning and power calculation
  • Cumulative safety information
  • Payment structure – adjusting the payment structure of the Clinical Trial to the typical Horizon 2020 funding cycles
  • ‘Unit cost’ per patient break-down
  • Exploiting the sub-contracting privileges in Horizon 2020 Clinical Trials
  • Patient recruitment plan – addressing the challenges of consortium structuring in such clinical trials (the typical fixed consortium structure in Horizon 2020 vs. the dynamic recruitment of patients via medical centers and its associated payment paths)
  • Clinical Trial Sponsor role and activities definition, including references to legislation, regulation conflicts (US-EU), liability, insurance and other relevant Clinical Trial issues, as needed.
  • Selection, negotiation and role definition of the Clinical Research Organisation (CRO), including the definition of the per patient ‘Unit costs’ payments structure, if relevant.
  • Addressing the challenge of setting variable and sometimes flexible Clinical Trials’ time frames vs. the typical and strict Horizon 2020 project duration
  • Ethical and regulatory issues and conflicts
  • Scientific advice / protocol assistance / communication with regulatory / competent authorities / ethics committees
  • Applying for Orphan Drug Designation (ODD) by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), when required.
  • And more…

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ERC Standard Review service

Developing a highly competitive ERC grant proposal that meets both written and “unwritten” rules requires months of work and preparation. Once you have a near-final draft, it is important to ensure the competitiveness and overall quality of your proposal.

 

The outcome of our Standard Review is a detailed report which covers both technical and conceptual aspects of your proposal.

 

The conceptual aspects we cover include, but are not limited to:

 

The technical aspects we cover include, but are not limited to:

  • Any relevant eligibility issues
  • Any errors that may lead to technical rejection
  • Abstract
  • CV evaluation
  • Track record evaluation
  • Overall formatting of all sections
    And more…

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MSCA Standard Review service

Having decided to apply for an MSCA grant, you will surely spend months working on a highly competitive and professional grant application. Once you have a near-final draft, it is important to ensure the competitiveness level and overall quality of your proposal, and that it meets all MSCA requirements. This will help increase your chances of funding.

The MSCA Standard Review service resembles the official review process and provides you with a detailed report about the way the project is presented.

 

Our services apply to the following MSCA grant schemes:

Our team’s single review cycle, followed by a Q&A session, will verify that all essential elements are properly addressed, and that the proposal is formatted and presented “by the book”. The feedback provided is based on our ongoing work and experience with MSCA proposals, which can then be used to improve the proposal readiness prior to the actual submission.

 

The outcome of our Standard Review Service is a detailed feedback report which covers both conceptual and technical aspects of your proposal.

 

The conceptual aspects we cover are:

  • Quality, innovative aspects and credibility of the research project
  • Research methodology and approach
  • Quality and innovative aspects of the proposed training and knowledge transfer activities programme
  • Quality of planned supervision and integration of the team
  • Quality of the proposed interaction between the participating organisations
  • The expected impact of the proposed project
  • Coherence and effectiveness of the work plan, the allocation of tasks and resources
  • Appropriateness of the management structures and procedures
  • Appropriateness of the competences, experience, complementarity and infrastructure of the participating organisations (in the case of ITN or COFUND)
  • Quality of the proposed measures to exploit and disseminate the project results
    And more…

 

The technical aspects we cover are:

  • Eligibility check
  • Formatting requirements  (page limits, margins, font size, references, page header)
  • Conforming to template structure and requirements (sections, sub-sections, sub-headings and tables)
  • Open access, ethics and other outstanding issues
    And more…

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EIC Accelerator Standard Review service

The EIC Accelerator projects (previously known as the SME Instrument phase II) directly aiming at progressing and taking new products to the market, while boosting the company’s growth and performance. 

The process of constructing a successful EIC Accelerator grant proposal constitutes months of work in attending to the fine details of the EIC Accelerator requirements and expectations. Alongside the implementation details, an utmost attention is given to the company’s business plan which should be manifested in the project proposal.

Once your proposal is in its final stages, it is essential to verify that it attends to the unique EIC Accelerator aspects and to ensure smooth text flow.

 

The outcome of our Standard Review is a detailed report which covers both technical and conceptual aspects of your proposal.

 

The conceptual aspects we cover include, but are not limited to:

  • Readability of the proposal
  • Coherence of the proposal inner logic 
  • Challenge and solution
  • Project’s objectives
  • Approach 
  • Entering the market
  • Business model
  • Financing
  • IPR aspects
  • Dissemination, Exploitation and Communication activities
  • Team
  • Workplan
  • Budgeting
  • Readiness of the project proposal to execution. Read more about the implementation structure.
  • Management structure, milestones and procedures
  • And more…

 

The technical aspects we cover include, but are not limited to:

  • Any relevant eligibility issues
  • Any errors that may lead to technical rejection
  • Abstract
  • Participants – Consortium members (if relevant)
  • Overall formatting requirements and Page limits
  • Participants profiles
  • Participation of third parties
  • Ethics and security
  • And more…

 

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