Donald McD

  • Member Since, 08/10/2017
  • Experience 11 - 15 Years
  • Languages English, Spanish
  • Education Levels Master’s Degree
  • Willing to Sign a Non Disclosure Yes
I have worked in a variety of EU Grant funding roles over the past ten years in Spain, UK and Ireland. As a consultant I’ve written successful FP7 proposal submissions (€8M total award) and in more recent research support roles within universities (UL, TCD, Plymouth) have supported on various national and Horizon 2020 successes within academia. An earlier career extended over 20 years within the Irish food industry, working in both technical R&D and commercial business development roles, primarily within the Ingredients area. Currently working as a freelance innovation funding facilitator and proposal writer.


Consulting Services, Proposal Writer, Research Grant Applications


  • B.Sc. Microbiology
    1979 - 1983NUI Galway

  • M.Sc. Biotechnology
    1983 - 1985NUI Galway

Work Experience

  • 14-10-2012 - 06-10-2017
    EU Expert Evaluator

     H2020-KBBE-2012, H2020-BBI JU-2017

  • 04-04-2017 - 30-06-2017
    Proposal Writer

    Two grant awards:

    Accelerating l Innovation in Rail, round 4:

    Emerging and Enabling technologies, round 2

  • 18-11-2017
    Proposal support, multiple reviews, editing

    H2020-MSCA-IF-2015: TSPO METALLODRUGS – €175k award

  • 18-11-2017
    Proposal support, multiple reviews, editing

    4 awards for TCD in 2015 totalling €1M

  • 18-11-2017
    Proposal Writer

    FP7-KBBE-212 (CSA): BIO-TIC - €2M award

  • 18-11-2017
    Proposal Writer

    FP7-Health-2012 (CSA): CARDIOSCAPE - €0.5M award

Professional Skills

Strong analytical, communication, report writing and business development skills
In depth knowledge of Irish, UK and EU research funding systems
Market investigation studies
Experienced in various domains, centred on biotechnology, bioeconomy, agri-food, renewables and life sciences

Willing to Sign a Non Disclosure