Every Moonshot project starts from a particular project idea. This idea first has to become a full project proposal before it can be evaluated, approved and subsidized. Project ideas need to fit within one of the available Moonshot project types.
Starting from the overall Moonshot targets, the input from the context analysis/roadmap and the KPIs of each respective MOT, project ideas are scrutinized within a MOT pool. The idea’s competencies, pathways, valorisation opportunities and contributions to the Moonshot initiative and the MOT KPIs are discussed. A consortium of at least 3 research groups from at least 2 knowledge institutes is set up around the project idea.
This consortium writes a two-pager on the basis of a template. The two-pager captures the research goal and the way in which this goal is to be achieved (high level work package description). It describes the proposed consortium and the impact of the proposed research on the overall Moonshot targets and the MOT KPIs. At this stage, the MOT core team, and in extension the MOT pool, does not have decisive influence, but can be supportive in the elaboration of the two-pager and, in consensus, can provide accompanying advice.
The two-pager is then submitted to the MOT core team by the MOT’s Catalisti representative. The MOT core team reviews the project idea on the basis of the two-pager and formulates an appreciation, which is passed on to the Board of Directors of Catalisti – and to the Board of Directors of Flux50 in case of energy-related project ideas (MOT4). These Boards of Directors then asses the techno-economic relevance of each project idea.
Project ideas selected by the Catalisti and/or Flux50 Board of Directors are further developed into a full project proposal. The Catalisti operational team supports the consortium to implement the suggestions formulated by the respective Board of Directors and helps the applicants with the elaboration of the two-pager into a full project proposal. Then, the Catalisti operational team submits the full project proposal to VLAIO, which checks its admissibility and starts the evaluation procedure.
Finally, the project proposal passes through a series of evaluation stages before it can be subsidised and started.