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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) - Proposal Structure

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Reviewers may have different backgrounds. Therefore the proposal should be written in such a way that it can also be understood and assessed by an evaluator who is not an expert in exactly that scientific field.

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Any documentation that you have at the time of submission should be added to the proposal. If you do not have the final informed consent form, you could for example add a draft version. Ethics approval is definitely required before starting related project activities, and need to be submitted to the EC as soon as they are obtained during the project.

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As much as necessary to understand why the study needs to be done. The template does not specifically ask for scientific background. But you need to describe the background under Concept & Approach in Part B of your proposal.

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You should use the template as a "checklist" to make sure you cover all relevant aspects. All relevant information needs to be mentioned in the proposal body (Concept & Approach; Part B) in those cases.

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You should use the template as a guidance document. Although there is only limited space in stage 1 proposals, you should include all info that is important for the reviewers to understand what you are planning to do and that you have considered all important issues (according to the template).

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Yes, you give as many details as you are able to give at that moment. The later the CT will happen, the less details you will know at the time of application. Evaluators need to be convinced, nevertheless, so at least give a vision of your idea.

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Evaluation criteria are applied for chapters 1-3 only. As I mentioned, I would put as much info as possible into the chapters which are not page limited, but you should of course MENTION them in chapter 3 as well (and make reference to the extended versions).