The CoralChange Project is funded by the European Union, through the Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) fellowship. The MSCA is among the most competitive and prestigious research and innovation fellowships in Europe. The success rate of proposals for this fellowship is only 5-15%, so one small mistake and you lose the opportunity!! If you apply for this fellowship, your proposal should be absolutely perfect and flawless, prepared with high level of knowledge, commitment and patience.
We did three attempts before we obtained the desired project. In 2016, we only obtained a total score of 66.4%, which was a very low score compared to the scores that obtained funding (up to 94%), but we did not give up!!! In 2017, we improved our proposal thanks to the reviewer’s comments in the evaluation summary report from the European Commission, as well as with great deal of effort, rigor and perseverance. In the second attempt, we obtained a score of 89%, a score very close to the threshold for funding which was 92%. The evaluation summary report highlighted more strengths than weaknesses, and the weak points were more focused and concrete, demonstrating how competitive is this fellowship. Finally, and after addressing the weak points, in 2018 we obtained 98% of total score!!! Being the cut off score for funding 92%.
In order to transfer the knowledge acquired during this process, we participated in a Webinar in the MSCA 2020 Call for Individual Fellowships (IF) (H2020-MSCA-IF-2020) organized by Agència de Gestió d’Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca (AGAUR). The session was focused on recommendations and tips on how to write a good proposal and resolved questions from new applicants. The seminar involved the participation of the MSCA Spanish National Point of Contact (NCP), Cristina Gómez, as well as Dr. Isabel Parreu and us, who explained our experience as evaluators and applicants, respectively.
Here below, you can find the record of the seminar (in Spanish)!!