In medical research, the process of shifting  paradigms is complicated. You have to bring together multiple disciplines and convince multiple different types of stakeholders to make the change. You pretty much need to work with others in a consortium.

The problem is that as a successful researcher you already have more than enough to do, let alone having to figure out how to build a consortium and then develop a consortium project that will get funded. Not to mention that even if you have figured it out, there are a lot of aspects to developing and implementing consortium projects that may limit the amount of time you have to do what you do best - research.

Even the most accomplished researchers take part in only 3-5 consortium projects throughout their career. Does it make sense to spend time and effort in learning how to design and implement consortium projects at the expense of your research?

The thing is, you don't have to.

When I moved to Europe in 2006 I was not able to continue my research career because of cross-border work permitting issues. I ended up supporting a proposal for consortium project. When that was successful I had no lab of my own, so I focused on the process of delivering that project.

Enamoured by the capability of that consortium to make a real difference, I decided to focus on the strategic design and guidance of consortium projects. 

Over the past 12 years at BioSci Consulting we have helped design 44 consortium projects and guided the implementation of 21. This has amounted to more than 180 million euros in funding.

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Most think that you have to wait for the right grant funding call topic to develop a consortium project. Once a call topic is published it is too late. You can be proactive and begin now the process of building a consortium project that will deliver the paradigm shift that you think is most important.

If you have been successful in your research and are now looking to become a leader in your field apply for a free consultation. Apply

- Scott Wagers, Founder and CEO

 

With our proven highly interactive consortium process our clients experience:

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70% success rate with Innovative Medicine Initiative (IMI) proposals
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2x increase in research productivity
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Access to other sources of funding in addition to grant funding
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The ability to form a consortium even when there are no relevant open grant funding call topics
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Consortium meetings and conference calls where problems are solved, opportunities are identified, and ideas are transformed into concrete project plans
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Project designs that make funders and partners enthusiastic
Scott Wagers
MD - The "Consortium Whisperer"

When teams of individuals with diverse backgrounds think together to develop ideas and solve problems, they generate know-how that is hard to get in any other way.

Having had the privilege to bear witness to this process in more than 10.000 hours of dialogue in multi-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder teams across many different scientific domains. Scott brings an unusual depth of experience to each project.

He provides both intellectual input as well as guidance on the principles and processes of working well together in consortia. 

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