Testimonials

‘It was wonderful to have your support, critical birds eye and guidance at all stages and times (evenings, weekends and Christmas included!). It is important to feel that we are in good company while writing such ambitious grant applications. Despite being or not successful for the coming grant, what I learned will be applicable to any grant and a valuable addition to every scientist’s portfolio.’ Dr. Isabel Alves, University of Bordeaux 

‘The collaboration has yielded a proposal that I am very happy with. Your input was very valuable and stimulating, which not only came because of your well thought through processes, but also by your attentive and professional attitude.’ Prof. Jaap Denissen, Professor Developmental Psychology, Tilburg University

‘I worked with Fire Sanders and Willem Bouma for the preparation of an ERC consolidator grant proposal. Their wise advices considerably brought coherence to the project’s presentation. As researchers, it is sometimes difficult to highlight clearly the objectives of our work. Thanks to Whitehorne, every information is clearly recognizable in the written document, which greatly facilitates the reading for the reviewers. I also had the opportunity to work with them for the preparation of the oral presentation. In this context, we worked a lot on the form, in particular on the attitude to have to succeed in front of the panel. For this, the contribution of Fire and Willem is indisputable. Their very complementary skills allowed me to optimize the presentation, while their professionalism and their desire to take you to another level definitely brings you an incredible energy and confidence. Thus, I truly recommend Whitehorne for everyone who wants to get ready for a competitive grant.  who might need it.’ Dr. Samual Marre, CNRS, University of Bordeaux, France

‘I am very happy to have worked with you. I have learnt very valuable information about proposal preparations that I will also keep for the future. Many thanks for your work and your support’ Dr. Jesus Campos, University of Seville, Spain

‘To my knowledge, Whitehorne provides the best professional preparation service for the interview step of the ERC grants. Fire Sanders and Willem Bouma offer a personalized guidance, they identify your strengths and weakness and assist you to effectively present your proposal and answer the potential questions. For me it was a pleasure to work with them. I strongly recommend their services to anyone who might need it”. Dr. Javier Fernández, Institut Català de Paleoecologia humana I Evolució Social (IPHES), Spain

‘I must say that your help has been really valuable at all steps of the process and it has made writing the proposal a very efficient and enjoyable process. As a result, I would like to thank you for all your helpful comments, corrections and suggestions for the last couple of months.’ Dr. Axel Innis, Institut Européen de Chimie et Biologie, Inserm 

‘I would mostly like to thank you for your work: it was most helpful. I highlight in particular the way you helped me to make all the different deliverables enchain so nicely. I should also share with you that I got some very positive feedback from fellow scientists to whom I asked to make a reading and comments!’ Dr. Joáo Jorge Santos, University of Bordeaux 

‘We used Whitehorne Scientific Consulting to assist us during our proposal writing for call SC5 – Horizon 2020 in September 2014. Their assistance and feedback during our proposal writing  improved the proposal significantly. I recommend any scientific proposal writer to use their service to assist improving their proposal to a competitive level.’ Professor Eivin Røskaft, Head of Department Biology (Norwegian University of Science and Technology)

‘The help of Whitehorne has been instrumental for preparing my ERC Consolidator Grant Proposal. Their suggestions and comments have very much improved the documents. The communication was very fluid throughout the process and I felt I had a strong support during weekends and up to the last minute before submission.’ Dr. Patricia Boya, Group Leader, CIB CSIC (Spanish Research Council)

‘I approached Whitehorne to help us prepare for the final step (interview) in the application for a 30M Euro grant. There is no doubt that Fire Sanders and Willem Bouma added true value to the preparations of our consortium, and I fully recommend their services to any fellow scientist facing a similar challenge as we did. I was particularly impressed by the combination of analytical depth, strategic insight, speed, professionalism and commitment with which they coached me and my five co-applicants. Not only did they provide crucial guidance in elaborating an effective 10-minute pitch of our proposal, they also played a fundamental role in helping us to become a true team. They are highly experienced in coaching individual PIs and their group of co-applicants, and they are highly effective in setting up efficient trajectories to improve coordination and effective communication of teams (and in our case all this on very short notice and under severe time constraints). They are extremely flexible (I could approach them anytime, including evenings and weekends). They have an eye both for broader strategic issues and for more fundamental micro-processes and group dynamics. This combination of competences proved extremely powerful (and is very rare). During all phases of our collaboration it was also evident that they had built up a huge amount of experience in coaching large scale consortia during similar trajectories. In fact I really regret not having contacted them at an earlier stage of this project.’ Prof. dr. Raphael Wittek, Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences, University of Groningen

‘This was my first experience with Whitehorne and it was also my first time writing a big strategic national grant which is quite different from a truly scientific grant. I was impressed by the way Whitehorne assisted me in the strategic issues that were extremely important for this grant and the way they helped me to structure the content in a logical way. I very much enjoyed the way of working: quick and very clear feedback, support of both content and structure, helping out with logistic and political issues as well. I can certainly recommend the help of Whitehorne if you have a challenging and complex grant to write.’ Prof. dr. Cisca Wijmenga, Head of Department of Genetics, University Medical Centre Groningen

‘The work of Whitehorne was very helpful. Their advice is to the point and they are very much involved in shaping up a strong ERC proposal. They show strong knowledge about the funding process in the EU.  Importantly, they are very fast, but remain to have an excellent quality.’ Prof.dr. Peter Verhoef, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Groningen

‘Whitehorne does an amazing job of organizing your own thoughts and writing it into text that flows as easily as the ideas in your own head. Their attention to detail is what separates a solid proposal/manuscript built on sound science from something that is a pleasure for the referees to read. They offer insightful comments that really help the flow and balance of a document. In the last few days before a deadline, when you’re juggling budget requests and your colleagues are sending numerous last-minute corrections, it is invaluable to have Whitehorne pick over the details of layout, the wording in a particular section, or notice an inconsistency in a table or figure. And their willingness to work late, over weekends, and up to the last minute before submission reflects their experience and understanding with deadline-driven scientific writing.’ Dr. Ryan Chiechi, Assistant Professor, Stratingh Institute for Chemistry, University of Groningen

‘Reporting advances in statistical analyses of complex data to bear on equally complex ideas, tends to make our language terse and uninteresting. Whitehorne helped us a great deal to get our results, and our messages, across in transparent language, which required a serious effort on their part to not only see the language, but also the story.’ Prof. Theunis Piersma, Chair in Global Flyway Ecology, University of Groningen, and Senior Research Scientist, Department of Marine Ecology, Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ)

‘We would like to thank you on behalf of all the partners in our consortium for the excellent and professional advice and modifications you proposed. You showed us how to make the proposal so much stronger. We are sure that we will profit from your advice also in other proposals to be written in the future. Thank you!’ Prof. Erik Frijlink (Dept. of Pharmaceutical Technology and Biopharmacy, University of Groningen), Prof. Anke Huckriede (Dept. of Medical Microbiology, University Medical Centre Groningen) and Prof. Eelko Hak (Clinical Pharmacoepidemiology, University of Groningen)

‘Experience with grant writing and funding schemes, coupled with your excellent judgement, made Whitehorne an invaluable partner in developing and finalising our research proposal. Your input throughout the process was consistently insightful, critical and constructive. Thank you for working with us so efficiently and productively.’ Dr. J.A. Beaulieu, Manager, Groningen Energy and Sustainability Programme, University of Groningen

‘Thank you very much for your valuable and constructive comments, editing and support through the preparation phase. It has been a very pleasant collaboration and we will definitely seek your advice on future collaborations.’ Prof. Ute Bültmann (Public Health), Prof. Natasha Maurits (Neurology), Dr. Catharina Hartman (Psychiatric Epidemiology), Prof. Harold Snieder (Epidemiology), University Medical Center Groningen

‘Thanks a lot for the excellent feedback – with clear guidelines and critical notes – to improve our proposal. The consultancy was very professional and feedback was always given within one or two days to allow sufficient time for us to finalize the proposal before the deadline. It was a pleasure to work with you!’ Prof. Dr. Anke van den Berg, Department of Pathology and Medical Biology, University Medical Center Groningen

‘Each time we collaborated with you, your contribution by far exceeded our expectations. We had expected valuable suggestions for textual improvements, and your suggestions were indeed excellent. What we had not anticipated was your critical bird’s-eye evaluation in relation to the intentions of the granting agencies. Your suggestions on the general setup and structure were remarkably efficient. I have learnt a lot from these collaborations.’ Prof. Franjo Weissing, Director, Groningen Graduate School of Science, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

‘We found the collaboration with you very smooth, professional and  constructive. Your critical review and suggestions led to a much stronger proposal and we especially appreciate that you were able to accommodate also close to deadline reading requests.’ Dr. Inga Kamp, Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

‘What a fantastic team. Very impressive how the Whitehorne team was able to read and edit my EU research grant application to make it much more readable, easy to read and exciting. They are outstanding!’ Prof. Maria Antonietta Loi, Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

‘I wish to thank you for the excellent contribution you have made to my research grant interview preparation. Your coaching has been very valuable and I think that it has improved my chances significantly.’ Prof. Johan van de Koppel, Senior Researcher, Spatial Ecology Department, Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research

‘Within an impossible time frame given to you (3 days) you did a magnificent job in improving this huge (60 pages) and complex proposal for the funding of a large scientific consortium … Your excellent job in text editing, making strategic remarks and identification of potential weaknesses really strengthened the probability that the proposal will be funded.’ Prof. Han Olff, Director, Centre for Ecology and Evolutionary Studies, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

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