We recommend getting in touch with a potential funder before submitting an application to establish whether it is worthwhile doing so. To this end you could prepare a brief description based on the answers to the following questions:
- Who is making the enquiry and who are the partners?
- What is the subject of the enquiry? - name, time frame and description of the project
- What objectives are you pursuing with the project and how do you propose to achieve them?
- In what respect will this project contribute to furthering current knowledge?
- What is your total estimated budget and how is it divided up between personnel, equipment, travel costs, publication costs etc.?
- Where do you see the relevance to the funding institution?
An application contains the following steps
- Formulation of a brief description of the research and development (R&D) project.
- Enquiry with the funder as to whether an application would be worthwhile.
- Discussion of the scientific and technical content and exploitation strategy, conditions of funding and approval with the funder.
- Formulation of the project application, completion of the application forms (e.g. in the case of federal funding using the electronic application assistant, EASY-Online)