H2020 Proposal Writing Training

Theoretical and Practical Guide to Proposal Writing of H2020 R&I Projects

Course Description

The learning objective of the course “Theoretical and Practical guide to Proposal Writing of H2020 R&I projects” is to provide participants with an in-depth understanding of the theoretical and practical dynamics of the proposal writing of an H2020 R&I project.

This training course aims at maximizing your chances of success in competing for EU grants by providing that knowledge representing the ingredients to be wisely mixed by the applicant, before and during the proposal preparation. In fact, writing a quality proposal requires a significant understanding of EU funding mechanisms, policies and related programs, but also a good knowledge of theoretical aspects of project planning, including a proficient command of the submission tools. In addition, it implies the adoption of a strategic approach in line with the beneficiary mission and goals, and a clear vision of the opportunities of exploitation of the projects results.

All these aspects are addressed in a comprehensive training course, both for newcomer to EU funding and for experienced project managers.

EUAccess starts a brand-new 2-day training course – “Theoretical and Practical Guide to Proposal Writing of R&I Projects”

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13-14 February 2019 Brussels, Belgium

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Agenda

During our 2-day training course the following topics will be covered (click to check the topics):

DAY 1 | The first day of the training deals with the policies and pillars underpinning the formulation of H2020 “Calls for proposals” how to develop quality ideas internally and identify ideas that will not fly at EU level , mounting a coherent consortium and how to deal with practical aspects of writing and initiating your proposal. The differing dynamics involved in occupying the role of a coordinator and a partner in a consortium will be explored also

DAY 2 | The second day of the training deals with how to write the core, structure and substance of the proposal especially dealing in – depth with the impact and the submission process and reporting obligations.

DAY 1 / EU PRIORITIES, PROJECT IDEA & PROPOSAL INITIATION

DAY 1 | EU PRIORITIES, PROJECT IDEA & PROPOSAL INITIATION
The first day of the training deals with the policies and pillars underpinning the formulation of H2020 “Calls for proposals” how to develop quality ideas internally and identify ideas that will not fly at EU level , mounting a coherent consortium and how to deal with practical aspects of writing and initiating your proposal. The differing dynamics involved in occupying the role of a coordinator and a partner in a consortium will be explored also

  • Introduction and brief introduction of participants
    • Brussels “English” & “Acronymitis” in Horizon 2020
    • Participating a EU funded programme: a strategic choice
    • Barriers to EU projects participation
    • The origin of H2020 research topics: the PCM logic
    • The stakeholders & structure of H2020
    • Characteristics of funding instruments
  • Work programmes & Research Priorities
    • Identifying calls: is your idea the right fit?
    • Relevance of the compliance between idea and the WP/call objectives
    • Relevance of the compliance of proposal contents with the evaluation criteria
      • Key Aspects
      • Procedure
      • Manual and the Evaluators
      • ‘Expert Evaluator’
      • Want to become an ‘Expert evaluator’?
    • Hands-on exercises
  • Practicalities of Proposal Submission
    • Initiating a proposal
    • Consortium set up: partner inputting
    • Part A, Part B & Annexes
  • Allocation of Roles & Access Rights
    • Role Allocation
    • Access Rights
  • Sound preparation to proposal writing
    • Identifying winning research concepts & proposals: the importance of quality abstract, expertise/experience grid, the partner search; how to select your partners
    • Managing the Proposal Writing Process internally & externally
    • How to avoid wasting your time in writing uncompetitive proposals: Avoiding common pitfalls
    • The Consortium Agreement: paving the way for smooth project management

DAY 2 / THE CORE OF THE PROPOSAL: IMPACT, EXCELLENCE, IMPLEMENTATION, SUBMISSION & REPORTING

DAY 2 | THE CORE OF THE PROPOSAL: IMPACT, EXCELLENCE, IMPLEMENTATION, SUBMISSION & REPORTING
The second day of the training deals with how to write the core, structure and substance of the proposal especially dealing in – depth with the impact and the submission process and reporting obligations.

  • Constructing the proposal – the narrative: Part B
  • How to write the ‘Expected Impact’ of the Proposal
    • Background and writing ‘Potential Impact’
    • Case studies of ‘Potential Impact’
    • Different Routes for Exploiting Research Results: Exploitation Plan & IPRs
  • Constructing the proposal – the narrative: Part B
  • How to successfully describe the ‘Excellence” of your project
  • How to construct the ‘Implementation” part of your project
    • The Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) and the Work Packages
    • Horizontal WPs: Management, Communication & Dissemination Plan, Data Management Plan
    • Other key aspects: EU added value, Milestones & Deliverables, Open Access
    • Useful project management tools
  • Constructing a coherent estimated budget Part A: different approaches
    • Insight into the budget categories and the eligibility of costs.
  • Hands-on exercises: “Estimated budget allocation: coherence and construction”
  • Parts 4 & 5 of the Proposal
    • Consortium description
    • Ethics and Security issues
  • The Submission Procedure
    • Adding annexes
    • Submitting the proposal
  • Brief insight into the Reporting
    • Periodic Reporting Module
    • Continuous Reporting Module

Participation Fees

2-Day Open Training // 990 EUR excl. VAT 

We accept payments via bank transfer. Once all details are clarified, we issue you an invoice.

Participation in this Training Course Includes:

  • Electronic training materials
  • Daily coffee breaks
  • Lunches with non-alcoholic drinks
  • Paper for notes and pens
  • Free wireless internet
  • Certificate of attendance

Target Audience

This course is aimed at staff who have participated or will participate in H2020 actions either as a coordinator or a partner in universities, R&D centre’s public and private, hospitals, SMEs & large enterprises among many others and for any staff involved in proposal writing and preparation in your organization such as:

  • Scientists & Researchers
  • Phd students & Post – doctorates
  • Grants Officers
  • EU projects departments
  • Funding Managers
  • Free-lance consultants
  • Administrative staff

You Will Learn

  • The Process of Partner Selection

    The partner selection and its implications for a balanced consortium, “how” and “when” dealing with the Consortium Agreement in order to pave the way for a smooth project implementation;

  • How to Turn Idea into Project

    How to turn an basic ”idea” into a realistic project (adopting Goal Oriented Project Planning, Logical Framework Approach. and Work Breakdown Structure)

  • How to Describe Your Idea

    How to translate the project idea into well written applications forms, as far as regards both the proper allocation of contents in the application form, and the use of the EU jargon;

  • EC Participant Portal Practical Tips

    Practicalities of the submission process in the EC Participant Portal, from the beneficiary registration to the final submission, including the assignment of “roles” (internal and external to the coordinator) and all the fundamental technicalities;

  • How to Create an Eligible Budget

    How to create an “eligible” budget, in order to totally prevent the rejection of costs, during and after the implementation of the project, as a consequence of a financial officer check, or a EC audit.

Why Participate in the Training Course?

Underpinned by the fundamental understanding of the “strategic” element of participating in EU projects, the course concretely analyses H2020 R&I-related programs structure, with a focus on Horizon 2020 and the new Horizon Europe (FP9) programme, including all the “call” elements, in view of confirming the eligibility of the “project idea” in the frame of a call. A focus on the “evaluation” process & criteria allows participants to understand the weak and strength points that make a proposal awarded or not.

The training is a combination of practical presentations and hands-on exercises.

The participant is guided into the core of the course, through theoretical and practical aspects of the proposal preparation, from the production of the first abstract to the submission of the proposal, passing through all the required steps, following a clear logical path.

The training is systematically enriched by examples from the multiannual on-field experience of EFMC trainers, to guide trainees avoiding the most common pitfalls in the practice, and by the use of hands-on and practical exercises to provide participants with a reality-based knowledge background.

As a Result, Participants will be Able to Answer the Following Questions:

  • Which are the key success factors of a successful proposal?
  • Is there a Programme/Call suiting my needs of funding?
  • How do I ensure that I call match with my project idea?
  • What are the barriers to entry in EU project “market”? Why I did fail in the past? Why other organizations are so successful?
  • How can I develop my idea into a credible and well-written project proposal?
  • How can I create a sound, balanced and reliable consortium of partners?
  • How can I prevent potential conflicts with my project partners?
  • What is the Consortium Agreement and why it is so important in the proposal preparation stage?
  • How should I read correctly the application forms? What is the EC asking to fill in in the different sections of the forms?
  • How should I build a sound project budget, preventing future costs rejection due to ineligibility of the expenditure?
  • Which is the true meaning of the evaluation criteria and how the evaluation process is carried out? How to use this information in the proposal preparation stage?
  • How can I properly describe the Impact of my proposal?
  • To what extent typical Project Management tools, like Logical Framework, Work Breakdown Structure, other diagrammes.
  • Which are most common pitfalls in the proposal drawing that affect a positive evaluation?
  • How does the proposal Submission System work? How do I have to submit a proposal?

Enrol in the Upcoming Course Now

WHENWHERECOMMENTSENROLMENT
13-14 February 2019 Brussels, Belgium

Seats Available

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