How to get European grants for universities, scientific and educational organisations, research performing companies, social initiatives

Total duration of seminar is 12 hours (breaks not included); can be held in 2 or 3 days.

1. General information - 1 hour

What is European Research and Development programme

  • What are the objectives of the programme
  • Who is eligible to get financed
  • Which projects can be financed

Specific features of the current programme Horizon-2020

  • Financial lines and allocated budgets
  • Thematic priorities
  • Instruments (types of projects)
  • Recommended structure of the consortium (participants and their roles in the project)

How one can regularly obtain and properly understand official information

  • Basic sources of official information on European projects
  • Basic terminology used in the official documents of the European Commission and their practical meaning
  • What’s more in a document additionally to what you see written there

2. First steps towards a European project - 2 hours

You desire to get a European project. How to start?

  • What can you propose and what you plan to deliver? How to position properly your potential project in Horizon-2020
  • Could your ideas get financed indeed? How to estimate if your potential project meets the rules and regulations of Horizon-2020 
  • You are not sure that your potential project meets the rules and regulations of Horizon-2020: is there a way out? In which cases and how you can appropriately modify your original idea

You think that you are ready for a European project. What to do next?

  • How to choose the proper financial line for your potential project
  • How to plan next steps. Develop your schedule.
  • How to estimate the necessary budget
  • How to estimate project duration
  • How to plan distributions of tasks in time and manpower

Creation of the project consortium

  • Rules and regulations of the European Commission in Horizon-2020  with respect to project consortia in the frame of different project instruments
  • Practical demands to the consortium: which partners do you really need
  • How to meet simultaneously the rules of the European Commission in Horizon-2020 and your demands to the consortium
  • How to find proper partners
  • How to negotiate with potential partners
  • How to distribute roles and responsibilities among the partners in the potential project
  • How to distribute roles and responsibilities among the partners in the process of project proposal preparation

3. Project proposal preparation - 3 hours

How to prepare the technical part of the project proposal

  • Sources of information and gathering of necessary documents
  • Planning and scheduling of the process of project proposal preparation
  • How to present the objectives and the deliverables of your potential project in the proper way
  • How to explain in a convincing way the added value of the potential results of your project, its novelty, and societal, economical, and market needs in these results.
  • Who are your competitors? How to explain your potential advantages
  • How to elaborate a Workplan fitting the standards of the European Commission
  • How to estimate and adequately describe the risks

How to prepare the socio-economic part of the project proposal

  • What are political and socio-economic objectives of the European Commission in Horizon-2020 and how to demonstrate the correspondence of potential results of your project to these objectives
  • What is important for the evaluation of your project proposal from political and socio-economic points of view
  • What the European Commission would like to see as a long-term perspective of the financed projects and how to demonstrate that your potential project fits this vision

How to prepare the financial part of the project proposal

  • How to distribute the budget per category
  • How to distribute the budget in time
  • How to distribute the budget per task
  • How to distribute the budget per partner

How to evaluate and to enhance once prepared project proposal

  • Criteria and procedure of project proposal evaluation in Horizon-2020
  • How to estimate the quality of your project proposal from the point of view of the European Commission
  • What can you do to enhance your project proposal and to enlarge the probability of success

4. From a project proposal to the project - 1 hour

After the preparation of the project proposal

  • When and how to submit your project proposal
  • Procedure and steps of project proposal evaluation
  • What to do waiting for the evaluation results

Contract negotiations

  • You proposal passed through. What’s next?
  • Your proposal has been rejected. Is everything lost?
  • What are contract negotiations and how to run them
  • What is a consortium agreement and how to prepare it

5. Running the project and further perspectives - 2 hours

After the contact is signed

  • How to start the project
  • How to coordinate the project
  • What the European Commission will monitor during your project running
  • Preparation of intermediate and final reports
  • Preparation of the review meetings
  • Meetings of the partners
  • Information dissemination
  • Knowledge protection
  • Preparation of the exploitation plan

After the project is terminated

  • You have successfully terminated the project. What’s next?
  • Determine strategic objectives
  • How to move towards strategic objectives

6. Practical recommendations based on previous experience - 2 hours

  • Examples of successful and unsuccessful project proposals: analysis and conclusions<
  • How to estimate the probability of success (if it is worth to invest your time and effort)
  • How to compensate lack of experience
  • Where to get further information and support

7. Answering questions - 1 hour

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