Technical Research Center (VTT) experts in European Commission Programmes team are specialised in scouting for suitable EU-funded calls to find funding for the VTT research projects. Isabel Pinto Seppä has worked on the challenging task to identify the suitable calls for VTT. She shares her experiences with Spinbase tool which she has found very helpful in fulfilling her tasks.
"I have been using Spinbase when needing a fast overview of the EC-funded opportunities for a specific domain. The tool gives a comprehensive list of potential opportunities in an interface where I can easily check the contents and the critical information, as deadlines and type of instruments. It also allows me to export my selection to a table which I can use to support discussions, both internally and with VTT customers and partners," says Isabel Pinto Seppä, EC Affairs Manager at VTT International Affairs.
Isabel Pinto Seppä worked as EC Programmes Manager at VTT until January 2020, and her work involved hands-on EU call searching to identify funding instruments for VTT research projects. One of the most helpful tools she used in her work was Spinbase, which is a tool developed by Spinverse to search for EU funding and partners in an easier way. Currently Isabel works as EC Affairs Manager at VTT International Affairs.
The task of spotting the relevant calls and topics in the European Commission’s public information resources regarding all EU-funded research projects can occasionally be somewhat daunting. A good understanding of the jargon used in the calls and expertise on the topic at hand is a must. What is more, the official portals do not seem to be so efficient when searching for multi-disciplinary calls and the performance and usability of the EC portals has some room for improvement in many cases.
How Spinbase helped VTT experts to overcome their challenges
- Simplicity in Spinbase led to a very quick onboarding
- The interface in Spinbase is well appreciated among VTT users, as it is claimed to be very easy to browse and go back and forth
- Spinbase gives the information without jargon and correctly
- Spinbase search yields very good results according to users in VTT even if they are not subject matter experts
- It is much faster and saves a lot of time for the users
- Spinbase provides a good summary in PowerPoint where VTT users could use for customer meetings quickly
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