Growing external research income with ResearchConnect

“Securing funds of 100,000 Euros has enabled us to recruit a post-doctoral student and work on a niche discipline that is not easy to finance.”

Isabelle Hoefkens
Director of Research Funding
CY Cergy Paris University

“All of the funds we responded to via ResearchConnect have been funds that we weren’t previously aware of so had never applied for before. This gave us the opportunity to propose a lot of different funds and respond to calls that we stood a better chance of securing.”

Isabelle Hoefkens
Director of Research Funding
CY Cergy Paris University

Challenge:
Identifying new funding opportunities to support one of France’s most active research centres
CY Cergy Paris University (CY), formed by joining the University of Cergy-Pontoise, EISTI, EPSS and ILEPS, works in close collaboration with the ESSEC Business School. CY is a popular centre of research and teaching with over 20,000 students, 400 PhD students, and 500 researchers. It is one of the most active research centres in France with an ambition to be recognised as one of the world’s top 200 universities by 2030. To help realise this, CY had to consider ways
to increase funding potential with an already overstretched internal funding department dealing with time-intensive monitoring of funding opportunities and responses to over 650 calls a year.

Isabelle Hoefkens, Director of Research Funding at CY recognised that the internal funding team needed a service that would reduce the amount of time spent manually monitoring funds and help to identify a more diverse range of funders offering less competitive calls. This would broaden their funding reach and increase the likelihood of securing funds – importantly, reducing the volume of responses required and increasing their chance of success.

Solution:
Monitoring a large and diverse number of funders
CY required an easy-to-use monitoring tool that would bring together an array of funders from across the globe, especially funders less
well known and with potentially less competitive tenders. With an endorsement from another university, CY selected ResearchConnect from Idox, a dedicated research funding database specialising in identifying funds for research and academic institutes. Supported by Idox’s experienced team of funding experts and the capability to deliver up to the minute monitoring service –us ResearchConnect was the ideal solution to help CY achieve greater funding success.

Outcome:
100,000 Euros secured on a ‘niche’ discipline : Hydrocarbon
“All of the funds we’ve responded to via ResearchConnect have been funds that we weren’t previously aware of so had never applied for before. This gave us the opportunity to recommend different funds and respond to calls that we stood a better chance of securing.”
CY’s greatest success to date has been securing 100,000 Euros of funding from the Canadian government (province of Nova Scotia) on the theme of hydrocarbons.

“This has allowed us to recruit a post-doctoral student and work on a ‘niche’ discipline that is not easy to finance. We now have the capability through ResearchConnect to be able to identify more accessible funds to support research projects, particularly funding for early career researchers or atypical projects. We are already planning to send a list of offers to other researchers on specific topics.”