Donald McD

Research Funding / Proposal Writer
  • Member Since, October 8, 2017
  • Experience 11 - 15 Years
  • Languages English, Spanish
  • Education Levels Master’s Degree
  • Professional Bodies The Irish Forum on Natural Capital (IFNC)
  • Willing to Sign a Non Disclosure Yes

Independent EU R&I funding support, proposal writer, report writing

Proposal writing activity targeted to SMEs, companies, HEIsand community organisations for national and EU programmes. Experienced in variousdomains ranging over bioeconomy, agri-food, health, biotechnology and lifesciences.

In-depth knowledge of Irish and EU research funding systems.

I have worked in a variety of EU grant funding support rolesover the past ten years extending across university research and consultancysectors in Ireland, UK and Spain. I have written successful FP7/Horizon 2020proposal submissions in biotech, health, nanotechnology and  agrifoodareas.  

An earlier career extending over 20 years within the Irishfood industry, in technical R&D and commercial business development roles,primarily within the Ingredients area.

Writing support servicing other areas include: reportpreparation, case studies, white papers,  business plans, market studies,etc.



Consulting Services, Proposal Writer, Research Grant Applications


  • B.Sc. Microbiology
    1979 - 1983 NUI Galway

  • M.Sc. Biotechnology
    1983 - 1985 NUI 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

  • 29-01-2022
    Proposal support, multiple reviews, editing

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

  • 29-01-2022
    Proposal support, multiple reviews, editing

    4 awards for TCD in 2015 totalling €1M

  • 29-01-2022
    Proposal Writer

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

  • 29-01-2022
    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

Professional Bodies

The Irish Forum on Natural Capital (IFNC)

Willing to Sign a Non Disclosure