ttopstart signs multi-year partnership with the Medical University of Gdańsk

25 October 2021

ttopstart established a framework cooperation with the Medical University of Gdańsk (MUG). We will provide services in the field of strategic preparation of scientific units for obtaining research grants from the Horizon Europe framework program. 

On 4th of October 2021 the contract has been signed by Sietske Zagers, Managing Director of ttopstart and Prof. Michał Markuszewski, Vice-Rector for Science of the MUG. Zeta Xouri, Head of Consulting and Arno Schoevaars, Managing Consultant at ttopstart, as well as MUG’s representatives: Prof. Tomasz Bączek, Head of the Office of the Excellence Initiative – Research University Program, Mateusz Kirjak from the Department of Research Projects of the MUG took part in the event.

From the left: Mateusz Kirjak, Prof. Tomasz Bączek, Prof. Michał Markuszewski, Sietske Zagers, Zeta Xouri, Arno Schoevaars

About the MUG

The Medical University of Gdańsk (MUG) is the largest medical university in northern Poland. According to the 2020 higher education ranking of the Perspektywy Education Foundation, the MUG is the first medical school in the country and ranks among the top ten of the best Polish state universities (6th place). The Medical University of Gdańsk has been acknowledged as the member of an elite group of the best 10 Polish universities awarded in the prestigious Excellence Initiative – Research University competition.

Aim of the cooperation

The aim of cooperation with the MUG is that we help them prepare scientists to apply for prestigious grants from the European Research Council (ERC) and for grants implemented in consortia in which the MUG will act as a leader.

Services delivered by ttopstart

The framework service for MUG is based on 4 modules. In the first stage of cooperation, ttopstart will develop a preparation strategy for applying for grants for scientists from Priority Research Areas. As part of the analyses, the mapping of research areas and their links with the competition topics defined by the European Commission will be carried out. We will aslo assess the potential of individual scientists and research teams. In the next stage, we will conduct training for scientists, which will concern the preparation of applications for grants under the Horizon Europe program. We will also support writing project applications, coordinating consortia, and mentoring candidates for ERC grants. Support in the management of projects that will receive funding is also foreseen.

Both the ERC grant and the coordination of the project consortium by the MUG in the Framework Program of the European Union are goals set for the Research University. We thank The Medical University of Gdańsk for their trust in ttopstart.

Cooperation with the MUG will last at least until the end of 2025.

Photo: Paweł Sudara/MUG

“We are proud of this multi-year partnership, in which we empower the Medical University of Gdańsk to obtain research grants from the Horizon Europe framework program. ttopstart’s consultants will strategically guide scientists from the priority research areas to apply for ERC and other related funds. Our shared goal is to strengthen the European research landscape by ensuring pioneering academics are rewarded with funding.”



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