Jérôme Noailly (UPF)

Transforming Ideas into Funded Projects: Expert Insights on Proposal Writing

Abstract: In this presentation, Prof. Jérôme Noailly will outline the essential strategies for crafting compelling proposals and securing funding for innovative projects. He will explore key elements that make proposals stand out, including clear objectives, strong justifications, and well-defined outcomes. Emphasizing the importance of tailoring proposals to specific funders, he will share insights on aligning project goals with funding priorities. Additionally, he will discuss the significance of demonstrating impact through data and storytelling. Practical tips on budget planning and project sustainability will be covered to ensure long-term success. By the end of this session, you will have a comprehensive understanding of the proposal writing process and the tools needed to secure funding. Join him to unlock the potential of your ideas and turn them into funded realities.

Biosketch: Jérôme Noailly holds a bachelor’s degree in physical chemistry, an Engineer’s and a master’s degree in Material Science, and a master’s degree in Acoustics. In 2002, he started a PhD on spine computational biomechanics at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona (UPC), Spain, focussing on theoretical approximations in finite element modelling. In 2006, he was awarded a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship (MECNOR-518768) and worked in computational mechanobiology for cartilage tissue engineering at the AO Foundation (Davos, Switzerland) and at the Eindhoven University of Technology (The Netherlands), including the experimental characterisation and computational analyses of fibrin gels. In 2009, he went back to Barcelona with a Marie Skłodowska-Curie reintegration grant (SEVBIOM-249210) and retook spine modelling activities at the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC), Barcelona, Spain. The same year, he won the Best PhD Thesis award in Engineering from the UPC. In 2010, he co-led a major European research proposal, My Spine (FP7-269909), which was funded. In 2012, in his quality as principal investigator (PI) the My Spine project, he became the head of the Biomechanics and Mechanobiology group at IBEC, being responsible for up to five contracted full-time researchers, and he seized the opportunity to expand the research of the group to the field of computational systems biology, in the framework of another European project, The Grail (FP7-278557).