The European Union will invest almost €16 billion in research and innovation in the next two years under Horizon 2020, the EU’s research and innovation funding scheme, following a new Work Programme for 2016-17 adopted in October 2015. The Horizon 2020 programme target is to remain Europe lading in strategic science, to master societal challenges (e.g. environment, health) and to sustain industrial leadership (e.g. eco-mobility infrastructure, factory of the future). The involvement of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) is given a key attention to carry out innovation and through this creating and sustain employment.

Getting up to speed with the latest developments and the previous results and funding priorities for new H2020 calls will improve your chances tremendously to be included in projects running for the whole period till 2020.

You will be trained, advised and coached on how to participate in the open upcoming calls based on the new Work Programmes and intensive consultations with the relevant officials. This challenging two-day programme is designed for professionals seeking excellence in the EU project development and proposal writing. Furthermore, it will offer effective strategies and tools to those who wish to take part as partners in H2020 projects.

The program develops competencies and skills for initiating and implementing projects satisfying the highest quality criteria and understanding stakeholder issues that enable high impact and sustainability. We shall be building the capacity of project leaders to put in practice the most advanced methodologies for EU project management and leadership from project idea to follow-up.

Experiential learning environment encourages active interplay between conceptual frameworks and their implementation in complex real-world settings. Focusing on new EU funding opportunities we shall examine full project development process identifying key variables for success at each stage and providing irreplaceable insights into best practices;
Due to new political realities, migrants and energy crises, policy changes for the Balkans, Russia and Mediterranean countries, participants will be provided with the exerts guidance for the newly emerging funding and intervention opportunities.

You will benefit from analysis of specific calls for proposals performed by the leading EU authorities, the best partners to establish an international consortium, consensus-driven discussions to define project outline, proposal writing by experienced experts or insight to the EC evaluation criteria from experienced evaluators. As an added value training is based on practical work on participants concrete project proposals under supervision of leading EU experts, interconnecting initiatives that may reinforce each-other.

Tania FRIEDERICHS
Policy officer for research and innovation relations with the Western Balkans and Turkey at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, in Brussels. Coordinator of the European Commission for the WB countries in the field of research and  development, monitoring progress in the same field with the aim to improve SEE participation in EU funding Programmes and in the wider European Research Area (ERA). One of the most experienced experts for the SEE countries.

prof. dr. Steve QUARRIE
He is Head of education in European Training Academy. He provided regular training courses for over 15 years to scientists in Europe on general skills needed to develop a successful career doing science and research, including how to write project proposals. These courses have also been given in Newcastle, UK, Skopje, Macedonia , Zagreb, Croatia, Krakow, Poland and many reputable Universities and Centers of Excellence. He teaches general research skills to PhD students at the Faculty of Biology, Belgrade University, and is also a visiting Professor at the Business School, Newcastle University, UK. He has been a proposal evaluator for the European Commission in Brussels, and was a consultant for Serbia’s first Accreditation Commission for Higher Education. He has taken part as an independent expert in several Tempus projects, providing expertise in quality control and improving lecturer teaching skills. Steve has written more than 10 successful EU-funded projects, with success rate in writing research (FP) projects over 50%.

Guest Speakers from the EU institutions covering critical political topics and COSME program are expected to lead and contribute to the panel discussion at the beginning of the first day. Due to new political realities, migrants and energy crises, policy changes for the Balkans, Russia and Mediterranean countries, organisers will ensure exerts guidance for the emerging funding and intervention opportunities.

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DAY I – THE MOST EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES HOW TO GET INTO HORIZON 2020

08:30 – 09:00 Registration of participants

09.00 – 10.00
WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION
Advice from guest speakers

10:00 – 10:30
INTRODUCTION – EXPECTATION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Getting to know the EU funding sources and what they are for

10:30 – 11:15
EU PROGRAMME FOR RESEARCH AND INNOVATION – HORIZON 2020
General information on H2020 pillars, thematic areas and technical issues

11:15 – 11:30 Coffee break

11:30 – 12:20
GETTING STARTED – H2020 TOPIC ANALYSIS
Finding calls for proposals and topics

12:20 – 13:00 Lunch break

13:00 – 13:40
H2020 TOPIC ANALYSIS WORKSHOP
Exercise: Call analysis, understanding expectations of the EC and work to be done

13:40 – 14:20
PROJECT DEVELOPMENT AND CONSORTIUM BUILDING
Practical tips and advice for putting a project consortium together

14:20 – 14:40 Coffee break

14:40 – 15:40
PARTNER SEARCH AND PROFILE DEVELOPMENT
Practical guide to being invited as a partner
Developing your partner profile

15:40 – 16:00
DISCUSSION WITH LECTURER

DAY II

08:30 – 09:00 Registration of participants

09:00 – 10:00
PRACTICAL ANALYSIS OF PARTICIPANTS’ PROJECT INITIATIVES
Analysis of participants’ project concepts, profiles or proposal texts

10:00 – 11:00
WRITING THE ACTIVITIES AND IMPACT
How to write activities with enough detail
How to achieve impact, why it is important and how it is evaluated

11:00 – 11:20 Coffee break

11:20 – 12:00
WORKSHOP – WRITING THE IMPACT SECTION
Exercise: Activities needed to provide Expected impacts and their dissemination

12:00 – 13:00
SECRETS TO SUCCESS IN PROJECT PROPOSAL WRITING FOR H2020
The philosophy for writing successful EU project proposals

13:00 – 13:40 Lunch break

13:40 – 14:30
WORKSHOP – PROJECT PROPOSAL EVALUATION
Exercise: Evaluation of already submitted EU project proposals; why the EC gave money to one project proposal and rejected another

14:30 – 14:50 Coffee break

14:50 – 15:50
COACHING SESSION
Practical advice concerning participants’ concrete project initiatives.
Individual and group coaching in project design or consortium creation.

15:50 – 16:00
COURSE SUMMARY AND DISCUSSION

  • Professionals from all sectors: academia, universities and faculties, research institutes, SMEs, large industries, consultancies, clusters, national ministries and local authorities, regional development agencies, civil society organizations, NGOs etc.
  • Professionals from all sectors who would like to improve their project development skills to increase their chances of submitting a winning proposal
  • Professionals from all sectors who have been participating in H2020, FP7 or CIP projects
  • Professionals from all sectors who intend to participate in Horizon 2020

Master the logic and structure of Horizon 2020, the techniques of project planning and the role of partners in an Horizon 2020 consortium. Design a convincing and consistent proposal exceeding the requirements of the European Commission and impressing evaluators.

Deepen your knowledge of:

  • Novelties in Horizon 2020 and priorities for 2016-2017
  • Being able to identify the relevant funding scheme, calls for proposals and programming documents Strategies on getting into Horizon 2020
  • Finding partners for H2020 projects
  • Project proposal writing and budget preparation
  • Mastering the application rules
  • Examples of successful project proposals
  • Improving your organisation’s fund raising capacity

Acquire a practical methodology on:

  • Proposal writing to reach the maximum evaluation score
  • How to find and analyse adequate H2020 Call for Proposals
  • How to be visible for potential partners and how to create successful consortium
  • How to write project proposal that will get the money,
  • including key sections: Excellence, Impact and Implementation
  • Establishing and optimise the writing of a HORIZON 2020 application file

Added value:

  • funding and cooperation opportunities with the Balkan countries, Danube region, Mediterranean countries, and Russia.
  • Topics and interventions for migration and energy crises

Date


6th – 7th of December 2016