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Proposal Writing for Research & Innovation Projects

From the Fundamentals to Developing Winning Proposals

This course is aimed at equipping individuals in organisations of all types and sizes (Universities, NGOs, SMEs, Cities, etc) – who have the responsibility for developing project proposals – with the necessary skills and know-how in order to produce engaging, high quality, successful bids. While, the material taught is useful for any type of proposal irrespective of funding stream, the course does have a special focus on R&D / innovation-style proposals for Horizon Europe and especially proposals for the funding streams:

  • Global Challenges & Industrial Competitiveness, and
  • Innovative Europe

which concentrate 67% of the funds under Horizon Europe.

The course offers a complete insight to writing and submitting competitive proposals in response to Horizon Europe calls with tips, guidelines and practice ;The combination of examples and hands-on online exercises will introduce you to all aspects that you need to know from identifying the right call for your project idea, to developing a convincing project concept, a carefully planned implementation and risk management plan, a powerful impact statement, and a well-constructed dissemination and exploitation plan: in essence, everything required to submit a competitive proposal, plus guidelines on how to evaluate and score your own proposal before submitting it.

With the new programming period 2021 – 2027, the EU budget envisages even more important investment focus on Research and Innovation, with a strengthened budget under framework Horizon Europe and many innovation funding opportunities under both the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) and Next Generation EU (NGEU). We will discover together all these funding opportunities while exploring the different notions of innovation.

This is an “applied”/interactive course which concentrates on the most important elements evaluators look for in project proposals and systematically works with the participants to produce mastery of those elements. The course is structured in 3 days in order to avoid information overload and to allow participants the necessary time to absorb and process all new information before moving to a new topic. Each day closes either with a discussion session or a workshop session in order to enhance knowledge absorption.

This course includes everything a good project planner and manager should know in order to first design successful and meaningful projects and then present them in a way that is both understandable by evaluators and convincing. Preparation is the most important tool for a winning project proposal, so it takes more than a few tips on writing skills and proposal structure in order to produce good project proposals. It requires a clear project vision and intervention logic, a sound framework of suitable and complementary project assets, and effective project management and control structures. It also requires critical skills that will help you review, evaluate and improve your proposal before submitting it.

This course covers all these skills but does a lot more: it encourages application through an interactive approach and workshop activities. Participants stand to benefit from good practice examples, continuous interaction with an experienced instructor (35 years of general professional experience, 20 years’ experience in the field of EU-funding) and practical in-class applications.

Strictly limited seats per course ensure a much more focused learning experience and a customised programme.


15 Sep 2021 @ 08:30 am

17 Sep 2021 @ 05:30 pm

Duration: 2 days, 9 hours

Timezone: GMT +1:00


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European Academy

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