Successful ITN for Leicester University

Successful ITN for Leicester University


Innovayt’s unique and highly successful methodology for designing and presenting ITN project proposals has helped Leicester University with their resubmission of a proposal. We applied a customized version of our methodology and restructured the argument – contributing to a score of 94 points, 10 points higher than that of the first evaluation.

The project InsecTime seeks to train the next generation of ESRs in the intellectual, technological, complementary and commercial skills required for future European competitiveness in the area of biological timing, an area with considerable commercial potential. The scientific focus will be on circadian and seasonal rhythms in the model insect, Drosophila, which has proved particularly relevant for understanding temporal aspects of human health and well-being, plus non-model insects such as the olive fruitfly, a species with major economic and agricultural implications and the parasitoid wasp, Nasonia, which may offer an effective biological control agent for insect pests. The work is multidisciplinary, bringing together scientists from academia and the private sector with different skills in neurogenetics, genomics, life history biology, mathematical modelling, biocomputing, biological control, anatomy and population genetics.

Prof. Charalambos P. Kyriacou underlines that the work performed by Innovayt made the difference between a good score and a great one: "After my first unsuccessful attempt at a Marie Curie ITN proposal, I made some necessary changes to the proposal in line with the referees comments. With a week or so to go before the deadline, I contacted Innovayt on the basis of a recommendation made to me by a colleague, who had also successfully used Innovayt. They had the marked up draft to me within 36 hours of my sending it to them. They made substantial changes to the flow of the argument, reorganised it and reminded me of some items that I had forgotten to include as well as making a lot of cosmetic changes. So, for a small initial investment, our ITN network ended up with a grant worth ~4M Euros.''

For more information on the project please contact Raquel Sousa