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Breaking down the reasons for non-competitive ERC applications
More than 10 years of ongoing work with ERC applicants have made it soundly clear that the proposal preparation period is a very gruelling and long process. Applicant after another has solidified for us the need to be...
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Horizon 2020: The year of transition
2019 is soon to come to an end. For many, this is a time to look back at the year that was. But, for the EU research community it is an important time to look at the year ahead. Different from most years, 2020 can be ...
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Guide: Understanding the MSCA IF scheme
The purpose of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowship (MSCA IF) scheme is to support researchers’ career path through mobility, while attracting talented researchers to the EU. The MSCA IF grant i...
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Guide: ERC's Unwritten Rules
If you are considering to apply for research funding through the ERC funding scheme, it is highly advised to first acquire a firm grasp at the ERC’s very competitive requirements and expectations. Being that ERC str...
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How to determine IPR strategy for Horizon 2020
How to determine IPR strategy for Horizon 2020 Every Horizon 2020 project application must present an IPR (Intellectual Property Rights) strategy. Should the project be selected for funding, this IPR strategy is expe...
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Work Packages in Horizon 2020 – how to do it right
Work packages are both the backbone and building blocks of any Horizon 2020 project. The work package structure is the means through which the concept presented in the project proposal is realized. In other words – ...
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Horizon 2020 Consortium Agreement – why, when and how
A Consortium Agreement is a binding contract signed between the partners of a Horizon 2020 collaborative project. The Horizon 2020 Grant Agreement (article 41.3) specifies that: “The beneficiaries must have internal...
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Complete Guide: Social Media for Horizon 2020 funded project
There’s a lot to consider when strategizing and implementing social media for Horizon 2020. This guide is the perfect place to start.
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Guide for building your Horizon 2020 project’s website [for ...
If you are the proud owner(s) of a funded Horizon 2020 project – congratulations! Now, you are not only tasked with executing your innovative and groundbreaking project, but also with seeing through marketing and bu...
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ERC budget presentation guide – How to do it right
ERC aims to support excellent PIs in executing their frontier research. To successfully achieve this, researchers are awarded with academic freedom that is significantly greater than in other funding schemes. This aca...
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Top reasons you need a marketing and business plan for your Ho...
Successfully acquiring funding for a Horizon 2020 research project is no doubt the first hurdle any researcher must overcome. Once such a feat is accomplished – it is time to set out and officially execute your rese...
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Grant application: Top tips for a visually-successful application
Applying for a Horizon 2020 funding scheme is truly a long and meticulous process. It goes without saying that the content of the proposal is the most important aspect. But, second to the content are the visual aspect...
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How to correctly assess ERC High-Risk
Risk is probably the most important aspect of ERC. Unfortunately, it also happens to be the most elusive one. Many researchers often wonder what high-risk research means and how to express it in their application. Con...
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Preparing a Horizon 2020 commercialisation plan – what to ask?
This is the third article in our series dedicated entirely to the Horizon 2020 Impact section. In the previous post we began to explore the foundations for curating a professional Horizon 2020 commercialisation plan. ...
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Guide for Project Coordinators in Horizon 2020
All Horizon 2020 projects must appoint a Coordinator to lead and manage the project efforts. This role is an immensely important one. There is a lot to be considered in order to take on the role, and then soon after t...
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Grant review guide: top 6 ways to annoy a grant reviewer
When submitting a grant proposal, our motivation is to have the reviewer on “our side” – enthusiastic and positive about our project. In the grant review context, this is largely so that reviewers will write a p...
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Fragmented Projects in ERC
ERC grant funds frontier research which distinctly focuses on challenging novel concepts. The typical expectation in ERC is to present large-sized projects. Such projects justify a fairly high budget for a typical dur...
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Horizon 2020 Impact Section – the case of the abandoned child
The Horizon 2020 grant proposal application is divided into three major sections: Excellence, Impact and Implementation. In contrast to the Excellence and the Implementation sections, many applicants find the Impact s...
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Top EU Grant Writing Tips
Once researchers have an innovative idea at hand, acquiring resources for implementation becomes the center of their attention. They spend months curating highly competitive grant proposals that will hopefully secure ...
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ERC 2018 Advanced Grant – Lessons Learned
Now that the ERC 2018 Advanced Grant deadline is behind us, it is important for us to highlight and share some of the lessons learnt. This is because our ongoing efforts is to learn from past deadlines, track signific...
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ERC is not a grant for “fishing expedition” research
In this article, we will focus on better understanding the issues with ERC and a “fishing expedition” type of research. Following that, we will share some of our top tips for adjusting “fishing expedition” res...
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The Guide to Collaborations in ERC
Excluding the ERC Synergy grant, ERC grants are personal. This means that the ERC AdG, CoG and StG projects cannot be collaborative efforts. Since many applicants are used to working in collaboration with their peers ...
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Horizon 2020 proposal template guide – understanding the inn...
Winning a Horizon 2020 grant is no easy task. Such a feat constitutes an impeccable project proposal which presents the project in the best possible way to its reviewers. As an applicant, having a deep understanding o...
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ERC Grant writing – keep your recycling for the environment
Throughout the years, our team continues to encounter one repeating issue with countless ERC applicants regarding the ERC grant writing phase of their grant proposal. In general, grant writing is the bread and butter ...
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The distorting effect of ‘winning’ grants exceptions in Ho...
Our most initial communications with new researchers working on Horizon 2020 or ERC grant proposals include an overview of the expected evaluation process for each respective grant. Such an overview is based on our ex...
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The Hidden Link Between ERC and FET-Open
ERC and FET-Open are very different funding schemes under Horizon 2020. Still, despite such apparent and basic differences, there exists a hidden link which creates a de-facto undocumented overlap between ERC and FET-...
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The “Non-Incremental” ERC Challenge
A prevailing comment responsible for the failure of many ERC AdG (Advanced) applications (though also found in Starting and Consolidator grants) pertains to the ‘incremental nature’ of the proposed research. Why i...
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Cork – High-tech flooring from nature
Are you thinking about renovating your house? Then the choice of flooring is certainly something you have already thought about. AllThings.Bio will answer the most important questions about different bio-based floorin...
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