Freelance Grant Writer

Impact Funding Europe

IFE was founded in 2020 with the purpose of developing grant applications to European funding bodies such as Horizon Europe, Digital Europe, LIFE or CEF. We work with world-leading companies, cities, research institutions and NGOs to:

  • Identify grant funding opportunities in the Climate Neutral, Smart City and Digital thematic areas
  • Create consortiums focused on delivering impactful projects
  • Write grant applications to secure €2.5 – €40m+ projects
  • Manage the project kick-off process

We came together as a team to unlock funding for impactful projects. We believe in innovation, flexibility and responsibility.

You can find out more about IFE here.

Job Opportunity

We are keen to work with freelance EU Grant Writers capable of:

  • Leading the process of developing a high-quality grant applications 
  • Co-ordinating consortium partners from all over Europe
  • Developing project budgets, work packages and explanatory diagrams
  • Writing winning grant applications
  • Working as part of a collaborative team that supports each other


Functional Competencies:

  • Broad interest in EU-funded projects relating to the EU Green Deal, EU Digital Strategy, Smart Cities, or similar
  • Interest in innovative technologies and business models
  • Interest in working with clients from all over Europe and globally
  • Ability to work independently in a multi-cultural, multi-location and multi-task environment
  • Autonomous, creative, curious and able to take responsibility
  • Excellent communication and writing skills
  • Good organisational and coordination skills, attention to detail.


  • Proven experience of writing winning EU grant funding applications (Horizon Europe, H2020, FP7, etc)
  • Experience of managing a multi-partner cross-country project

Work Relationships:

  • Reports to the Delivery Team Lead
  • Works closely with the IFE’s Project Team
  • Extensive exposure to the international and multicultural environment, including high level external customers

Language Skills:

  • Excellent level of written and oral English required – IFE’s working language is English, 
  • Other languages are an asset with preference for EU languages and Horizon Europe Associated Country languages

Computer Skills:

  • Good knowledge of computer applications/packages (MS Suite including Word, Excel, Power-Point) and MS communication tools (Outlook, Teams, OneNote are key operating systems for communication).

Our Offer

  • Project fee for EU Grant Writing projects (open to discussion)
  • Flexible home / remote working policy
  • Full support from our internal team throughout the EU Grant Writing project, including: 
    • Consortium Building
    • Work Package Definitions
    • Budget Building
    • Consortium Management
    • Review / editing support

Next Steps

If you are interested in expressing your interest in freelancing for us, please get in touch and we can set up a call to get to know each other.


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Sophie is a mission-driven, analytic, and reliable consultant. Her focus is on the development of projects, and writing public funding bids and grant proposals for R&D. She holds an MA in International Relations and European Studies and has a strong background in SME development and enabling SMEs and Start-ups to access markets and funding.

Sophie has over 10 years of experience in EU funding and project implementation including international project development, tender and funding proposal writing, policy development, implementation, and project management. At IFE, Sophie is a Senior Consultant and Project Development expert. She aids companies in defining their R&D needs and aligning them to calls, this includes ideation and development of projects, consortium building and writing proposals for EU funding.

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Olaf is a passionate Serial Entrepreneur and Business Architect with a specific ambition: to be a change catalyst!

With over 30 years of practical experience in various markets in Europe, Asia, North and South America and Canada, he has successfully supported more than 100 projects in the ICT sector. His contributions have focused on accelerating start-up and innovation clusters, building networks, products and services from scratch, facilitating and implementing go-to-market strategies. He is frequently asked to speak at conferences and facilitate networking on smart tech topics around the world.

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Peter holds a PhD in nature science (climate impact research), worked as a project manager for software development and as a freelance consultant. He is managing director and shareholder of Eisenschmidt Consulting Crew in Kiel, Germany. He is a specialist in transformation projects and works as a sparring partner for top executives. His focus in on strategy development, digital transformation and concept development.

Peter is active as advisor for StartUps and Angel investor. At IFE he overlooks the entire process of community building, stakeholder management and is also responsible for the project kick-offs.

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Alex has a BSc in Mathematics, Economics & Computing and has already built a market-leading R&D Funding Consultancy in the UK from 2009 to 2019. Alex has developed funding bids, mainly in the form of R&D Grant Applications, that have secured over €60m for clients operating at the forefront of technology innovation. Venturenomix, focuses on supporting Impact Ventures by offering specialist funding related consultancy services to ambitious people seeking funding for good projects. At IFE, Alex is Managing Director and responsible for all aspects of the business, in particular recruiting, mentoring and adding value to the EU Grant Writing Consultants working on multi-million Euro EU Grant Applications.


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