Maximising research potential and securing over €43 million in funding with RESEARCHconnect

“Our Research Services use the system for targeted funding research and for commenting on individual funding programmes.”
“It helps us tap into different funding pots and seek international collaboration. The combination of content and functionality makes it a powerful tool, allowing UniBw M to be proactive in sourcing and securing external funding.”

   
Dr. Daniela Lambertz, Research Associate, Bundeswehr University Munich

Challenge: Accessing timely funding information and support

The Federal Ministry of Defence runs two universities – Bundeswehr University Munich (UniBw M) and the Helmut Schmidt University / Bundeswehr University Hamburg (UniBw H). Research at UniBw M focuses on security in cyber, space, society, engineering, economics and social science while UniBw H is concentrating on aviation, renewable energy, logistics, engineering, work and safety.

With an ambition to offer the most up-to-date funding information to its cohort of budding scientists and researchers, the universities were keen to find an experienced partner who could offer real-time updates on funding opportunities, as well as provide the tools needed to identify, apply and manage applications through to success.

Without access to a central portal, the ability for researchers and research support staff to source and submit relevant funding applications in a timely manner was challenging.

“The time saving and easy access to systematically processed funding information together with the alarm function when new suitable funding programmes appear; enables RESEARCHconnect to perfectly meet our needs.”

 
Dr. Jens Urny, Research Support Manager, Helmut Schmidt University


Solution: An international collaboration with RESEARCHconnect to maximise funding potential

Both universities partnered with Idox’s RESEARCHconnect to gain access to a comprehensive, easy-to-use repository that allows institutions to search for and unlock thousands of domestic, European and international funding opportunities.

RESEARCHconnect brings the universities closer to the latest funding schemes, delivering real-time updates, news and commentary from sector and funding experts, as well as an intuitive funding search and alert function that ensures relevant opportunities are never missed.

Dr. Jens Urny, Research Support Manager at Helmut Schmidt University, comments: “The time saved in having easy access to systematically-processed funding information, together with the alert function when new, suitable funding programmes appear, enables RESEARCHconnect to perfectly meet our needs. The comprehensive data is a perfect tool to enable our young scientists to improve their first experiences with the national and international funding system.”

Dr. Daniela Lambertz, Research Associate at Bundeswehr University Munich, comments further: “It is essential that our source of funding information is comprehensive and easy to access. RESEARCHconnect meets our needs as it contains thousands of research funding opportunities from a breadth of funders. It’s also a great tool for young scientists to familiarise themselves with.”

As well as enabling scientists to unlock potential financial support, the solution has also proved invaluable for researchers and research support staff, offering them a quick and seamless way to identify project-specific funding – key to the development of both universities.

In the case of UniBw M, RESEARCHconnect has enabled the university to pursue more international collaboration. Dr. Lambertz explains: “Our Research Services use the system for targeted funding research and for commenting on individual funding programmes.”

“It helps us tap into different funding pots and seek international collaboration. The combination of content and functionality makes it a powerful tool, allowing UniBw M to be proactive in sourcing and securing external funding.”

Outcomes: A combined funding pot of more than €43 million achieved

In a short space of time, RESEARCHconnect has been instrumental in helping both universities secure millions of euros in funding. In 2017 alone, UniBw M and UniBw H secured €31.7 million and €12 million in funding respectively – an achievement that would have been impossible to reach previously.

The universities now benefit from functionality such as automatic email alerts based on saved searches, a newsflash service, intelligence and articles on key funding topics and bespoke funding reports. These features combined allow both universities to truly unlock its funding potential and meet the goals of its wider research strategy.

As the solution provides a ‘one-stop shop’ for funding information, both universities report time and resource savings as key benefits, giving researchers and funding support staff more time to focus on growing their research arm and developing their reputation.

Dr. Lambertz concludes: “Through the growing number of research projects, the universities have increased their visibility in the national and international research community.”

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