Aalto Materials Platform

Best visual practices for funding applications

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Is your funding proposal clear enough to clearly communicate the importance of your research to reviewers? Is it engaging, novel, and easy to understand?

The Materials Platform is piloting a visual consultancy service to support collaborative and individual grant applications and improve their quality.  

Visuals (graphs, photos, charts, visual abstracts) help to:

  • Explain the potential impact of your research proposal and emphasize the important details.
  • Increase the engagement of potential reviewers.
  • Develop an easy-to-get and self-explanatory supportive framework for your proposal.
  • Demonstrate the value you put into the strategic development of your scientific field.

Check if you're eligible for the service:

  • Your funding proposal is focused on or involves materials research.
  • The host institution for your research is Aalto University.
  • You have some draft visuals to discuss at our meetings.
  • You or your research team has someone who works on visuals and is able to improve them. Please note: we won't re-do or make a new visual for you, rather we advise and direct improvements and answer your questions.
  • Please note that we can serve a limited number of applicants. 
GA consultancy process by Valeria Azovskaya

How it works:

  • Check if you're eligible for the service.
  • Apply via the link. Answer all the questions.
  • Make sure that you're applying well in advance of the deadline to get the most out of it. One month in advance of the grant deadline is a good start. Please note: if you're applying less than 2 weeks before your deadline, we might meet only once for the quick evaluation.
  • We will examine your application and reply within 5-8 working days.
  • Please prepare the material you'd like us to evaluate. A list of your questions we can go through at the meeting would be very handy as well.
  • Depending on the case, we might need up to 3 sessions. One session might last from 1 to 1.5 hours.
  • The ideal schedule is having a meeting once a week so you would have enough time to implement the changes that were discussed at the meeting.


Have a questions? Email us!

 Valeria Azovskaya

Valeria Azovskaya

Designer and project assistant
 Glen Forde

Glen Forde

Designer and project assistant
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