1-3-2015: The programme has officially started! After months of frantic negotiations with all institutes involved and the EU we can go now for the next four years.
On a Thursday early September a somewhat cryptic message occurred in my mailbox that more or less read as “We are inviting you to proceed with negotiations through the Participant Portal”. This was the starting point of six very intense months of transforming our application into the legal documents that are required to get the programme going. Jan-Willem Mantel and Frank Wesselingh worked very hard through the guidance of our EC-officer Giuliana Donini to get all institutes involved into the legal documents, a Grant Agreement and a Consortium Agreement.
So today the PRIDE programme is starting. Cynthia Crul takes up her work as programme manager. The first step is the advertisement of all 15 ESR positions, to attract the most talented young researchers that will make the programme and to organize the kick-off meeting. A great day to celebrate!