Bekk Research Support helps optimize the chances of obtaining research funding by providing expert guidance, critical review and tailored training - for scientists, universities, research centres and SMEs



About me

Stewe Bekk MSc is a freelance consultant and project manager with 12 years of experience in handling and soliciting research projects at three top research institutes in Barcelona, within the fields of photonics, nanotechnology and biomedicine.


For the last 8 years he coordinated the Pre-award unit at The Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO), one of the most successful Spanish research institutes in the H2020 Framework Programme. In this role he oversaw the review of >1,000 scientific proposals targeting a range of local, national, European, and other international competitive research funding calls. Specifically, he helped prepare >60 ERC applications, with a success rate of close to 50%. 


Thanks to this track-record, Stewe has a comprehensive overview of the funding landscape, and of the evaluation criteria, expectations and language of the funding agencies. He now applies this experience to help researchers prepare competitive proposals, with a focus on ERC grant applications and collaborative proposals within the H2020 funding programme. 



“Stewe's advice when drafting my ERC-CoG proposal was extremely helpful. First, he helped me understanding the key aspects and guidelines of the call. Second, his comments were crucial to improve the general structure of my proposal. Third, he proof-read very carefully the project, which was very helpful. There is no doubt that without his help, preparing this proposal would have been more time consuming and much less efficient.”


Prof. Dr. Leticia Tarruell

Leader Ultracold Quantum Gases Group

ICFO - The Institute of Photonic Sciences