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Grant writing support for Dutch NWO and other EU country/agency grant applications

'We offer a personal, individually tailored and educationally focussed journey of excellence.'

Competitive grant proposals need to be written at an exceptionally high level and communicate your scientific ideas and intentions in a manner that is clear, logical, to-the-point, convincing and easy to read. The proposal must also address all key evaluation/selection criteria.

Our research grant support services extend to assistance with support in the writing and review of:

  • Dutch NWO proposals: E.g. NWO Open Competition Proposals, NWO Summit Grants, NWO Gravitation Proposals, ZonMw

  • (For NWO Talent scheme proposals, click here) 

  • Other Dutch Scientific Research Funding Schemes, e.g. Dutch Cancer Society

  • Other EU country grant applications, including, but not limited to German, Belgian, Swedish, and Spanish granting agencies.

Support is individually tailored to each grant application and the needs of each applicant.

Our support can be in two formats:


  • Concept expansion prior to the commencement of the writing.

  • Critical support, feedback and in-depth review of drafts, including Cv and/or narrative CV.

  • Substantive editing of the proposal (for clarity, consistency, flow, tone of voice).

Here, we work with applicants closer to the deadline and review a fully written draft (over 1 or two rounds of review).

  • As most applicants approach us for this support close to a call deadline, we are more limited in the number of applicants we can support with this option.  In this case, the earlier an applicant has a full draft ready, the more likely we have availability to take on supporting an applicant.


  • Our feedback on drafts is highly personalised, in-depth, direct and to the point, and should we identify weaknesses in a proposal, we will always work at providing the applicant with suggestions and/or options as to how the weakness can be remedied.

  • Our support is also highly educationally focussed, helping (1) applicants develop their grant writing skills in such a way that they can better write and present proposals into the future, and (2) helping applicants be better mentors to junior members within their own group.

  • When any of our clients interact with us, they will find us to be down to earth and approachable professionals, who have a real passion for what we do, and we understand and appreciate how busy the life of an academic can be.

  • All of our work is based on a strong process-driven foundation.

  • We believe in honesty and transparency, and in building strong and healthy relationships with our clients.

Our method of delivery is via (1) personal ‘one-on-one’ online coaching and feedback sessions; and (2) online via email. The breakdown of this is individually tailored to each individual (some applicants may find online meetings more helpful, whilst others may have more of a preference for working more though email.

You will work directly with with either Fire Sanders or Willem Bouma, both qualified and experienced senior trainers. Both Willem and Fire have experience working with all panels and areas of research, and have worked with numerous applicants and institutions throughout around Europe and beyond. 

We have over 15 years (specifically) working on European, Dutch and international research grant proposals - and over 25 years experience with scientific promotion cases, research grant proposals, interview training, review and editing of high impact research journal articles and writing nominations for prestigious prizes and awards. We specialise in what we do and offer – and ERC grant writing is no exception.

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Hello. Thank you so kindly for your message and query. We will respond to you within 24 hours, and most often quicker than this. Kindest of regards, Fire and Willem @ Whitehorne