Webinar on 19 April 2016
from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CEST

European research funding is a major funding opportunity for many European research institutions. As the European Union maintains high ambitions with regards to innovation and sees research as a main method of stimulating entrepreneurship, job creation and the economy at large. The funding schemes of the EU require organisations and researchers to legitimise their activities in relation to the political and societal goals of Horizon 2020. Parties that recognise and anticipate this need for assessment will benefit from this in current and future grant requests and collaborations.

The Network for Advancing and Evaluating the Societal Impact of Science (AESIS) organises a webinar on ‘using societal impact for EU grant applications’ to discuss how research institutions can maximise their scores in EU research proposals. Three experts will provide insights on societal impact in the context of European research grants, and provide approaches and suggestions. The participants of the webinar will have the opportunity to discuss questions they still have on societal impact and research grants.

Three experts will prepare a lecture of 10 minutes approaching this topic from different angles and will be available for some questions by participants. The full webinar will take 45-50 minutes.

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Lotte Jaspers is founding partner at Yellow Research and works on EU research funding. She was advisor to the Dutch government and university association on, among others, the 5th, 6th and 7th Framework Programme. She organised several courses on how to write grant proposals. Lotte will explain the importance of ‘impact’ and how you can use it to your advantage in research proposals.

Christopher James

Christopher James is Product Marketing Manager at Elsevier, responsible for online database products. He will elaborate on what insights the available tools and Research Information Systems can provide while grant writing with regards to societal impact. How can these systems assist in effective consortia formation and identifying good partners for European research projects and finding excellent partners.


Jan Andersen
Jan Andersen is an EU funding expert at the Danish Technical University. He will give a university perspective on grant writing, and provide a number of best practices and tips. Jan Andersen has a background of more than 20 years in EU research support, with a longstanding European expertise hereunder as Chair of the European Association of Research Managers and Administrators (EARMA) and the COST Targeted Network BESTPRAC.