FROM IDEA TO FULL-FLEDGED RESEARCH PROJECT
Within the various research programmes, people come up with plenty of ideas. But how does such project idea develop into a well-founded proposal? And how is such proposal materialised in an actual research project? For this, Flanders Make works with a so-called project funnel so that, ultimately, only the best ideas survive and every proposal can be assessed and adjusted in the same way.
In the absolute first stage, all stakeholders may submit proposals that fit within our research programmes. Obviously, most ideas come from the joint ventures that are actually working on these programmes.
GATE 1: ASSESSMENT OF 2-PAGER
This first gate is organised every 2 to 3 months and is the first evaluation moment. For stakeholders, this is a first challenge: they must put their idea to paper in a clear way and define the strategic fit and expected impact.
CONCEPT AND FEASIBILITY
If the 2-pager is approved of at the first gate, the initial ideas will be further developed during this phase and, together with the project partners, checked against the priorities within the research programmes. We also start looking for interested companies with which we could work together on this project. In this way, maximum valorisation is warranted – both before and after the project. Often, a limited exploratory study with a tangible result is opportune to assess the feasibility of a particular idea. Such study strengthens the initial idea and provides extra motivation to companies to join the project.
GATE 2: ASSESSMENT OF 6-PAGER
At the time of the second evaluation moment, 2 aspects should now be clear: the way in which the various research partners will work together to address the challenges and the way in which the project will lead to concrete valorisation results. All items from the previous phase are described in more detail in a 6-pager, which is assessed at this gate.
During this phase, the stakeholders prepare a full proposal.
GATE 3: ASSESSMENT OF FULL PROPOSAL
This is the third and final evaluation moment. If the proposal is approved of, the research project can be started.