Spinbase is a tool developed by Spinverse to ease the complex task of finding the most suitable EU funding instrument for various R&D projects and at the same time, for identifying the relevant partners. Since early 2019, the research support services at Tampere University have successfully been using Spinbase for screening funding opportunities for their research projects.
See what Jörg Langwaldt, Grant Writer and Research Advisor at Tampere University, says about working with Spinbase:
Tampere University has over 19,000 degree students, of which 2,400 study for the doctoral degree. They have 690 people among their staff. Every year, Tampere University awards nearly 4,000 degrees and about one-third of them are awarded in technological fields and about a quarter in social sciences.
Finding funding, partners and suitable projects is an integral part of the research projects at universities and other research institutions. A group of research funding advisors at Tampere University have been using Spinbase to look for various kind of EU funding opportunities including Horizon2020 and several other programmes, with promising results.
Benefits of Spinbase for Tampere University
Jörg Langwaldt works in the Research and Innovation Services unit at Tampere University. As Grant Writer, he supports researchers in finding suitable funding opportunities. He has used Spinbase mostly to search for funding and projects and his experiences have been very positive. He plans to test the capabilities of the tool to find partners as well. Using Spinbase has helped him to find some calls that he or the researchers have not even been aware of.
The Spinbase users in Tampere University are in full agreement on the fact that using regular search engines to find EU funding or project partners does not yield such comprehensive and easy-to-read search results as Spinbase. According to them, in Spinbase the knowledge of hierarchy is not required for making successful searches and the access is more user friendly than in other portals used to search funding.
Spinbase is capable of providing power point extracts from the search results, which according to Jörg Langwalt, is perceived more professional than previous methods. This also translates into time savings in the elaborate process of funding applications.
The search engine used by Spinbase is based on AI and is very intuitive so starting to use the tool requires no prior knowledge or understanding of the EU funding hierarchies for TUNI users.
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