RESEARCHconnect releases new research funding tools for institutions worldwide
Having signed a partnership agreement with Dutch-based grant proposal experts Impacter in July 2019, the RESEARCHconnect team has been working to provide an enhanced suite of funding tools to help support researchers across the world to identify and apply for funding opportunities. The initial phase of integration links content from both the RESEARCHconnect and Impacter products, providing support throughout the funding workflow – from finding suitable funding calls and developing proposals, to identifying alternative sources of funding if unsuccessful.
Maastricht University (UM) is one of the first RESEARCHconnect clients to test and benefit from the enhanced functionality. As one of the leading young universities in the world, UM is among the 18 highly-ranked founding members of the Young European Research Universities Network (YERUN), which aims to create more opportunities for international research collaboration.
Willem Wolters, Funding Advisor at the University of Maastricht, commented:
"The collaboration between RESEARCHconnect and Impacter offers the tools for both supporting staff and researchers to proactively work on raising funds by offering more information in a better and more structured way."
Further developments are already planned, including the ability for UK clients to receive instant feedback on grant proposals for calls from funders including the AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, NERC, STFC and more.
Henk Heerink, Managing Director of Idox Content, said:
"This service integration is the first stage in our plans to introduce new, innovative approaches to support researchers, research offices and institutions. "
Paul Tuinenburg, Director of Impacter, commented:
"Proposal development and internal review can be a time-consuming task. The partnership offers instant benefits to research institutions and research managers, and helps raise the quality of research proposals."
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International research funding solution RESEARCHconnect aims to help higher education and research institutions to maximise their research potential. As a comprehensive, easy-to-use portal, the service allows institutions to search for and unlock thousands of domestic, European and international funding opportunities.
About Impacter: www.impacter.eu
Impacter was founded in 2016 in The Netherlands with the aim of helping researchers to improve the success rates of national and European research grant applications. Using artificial intelligence, Impacter provides immediate feedback on improving grant proposals. Impacter also maps proposals to information on over 250,000 successfully funded research projects from across the world, enabling researchers to connect with other researchers and organisations in their field.