EU funding is a great way for scientists to conduct research, for organizations to make societal changes and for companies to find new and innovative ways to improve their results. Programmes like the Horizon 2020, and Erasmus+ have funded years and years of research and innovation and will continue to do so for many years to come.
Important Parts of an EU Project
Due to a large amount of funding as well as the opportunities that can be found through EU project’s implementation, more and more organizations are planning and writing their own proposals to try to get the funding they are looking for. The most difficult part is to manage and find the programme that will be the closest to the standards of your proposal and support the idea behind the proposal.
Another very difficult part of getting funded by the EU is not knowing whether you actually meet the eligibility criteria needed in order to enter the call. That is the main reason why many proposals, rather often fail to get the grand. Either they do not meet the criteria or they are not being applied under the right call.
When it comes to the eligibility criteria, the same thing occurs for the stakeholders and organizations applying for them. Each EU programme has different criteria and even if an organization meets the criteria for one programme, that does not mean that they meet the criteria for all the others.
Partners and Funding
Another major problem that can occur is finding the right partners to join your project consortium. Finding partners is difficult. Not just because you need partners that will have the expertise needed to implement your idea. You need partners with experience, partners that will be willing to work hard and that will be easy to communicate with.
To find those partners you need to join the right EU networks. By visiting websites like eucalls.net and up2europe, you are immediately going to find yourselves in front of portals that will give you access to a very large number of potential partners all around Europe.
You will have the ability to communicate with these partners, see the calls they are interested in and engage into conversations until you are completely certain you have found the consortium that will want to work with you and implement your project idea.
Regarding the funding part, you are going to need to follow the same process in order to get it. There are multiple EU websites that you can visit, filled with information on the different types of EU funding, eligibility criteria, deadlines and many more. Their website will be the place for you to start looking if you are interested in getting funding for a specific idea but you do not know what kind of EU funding could be available to you!
All of these steps mentioned above will be able to provide you with enough information and even help you find the partners, the funding and the best calls for you. However, these steps can take a very long time to complete. Especially if you have never done this before. The more experience you have on EU projects, EU funding and proposal writing, the more likely you are to speed up the process.
Here at IED, we are able to offer you our experienced services and help you find the right calls, build your consortium and get the EU funding you need, in no time. Just share your idea with us and we will find every available grant, call, and funding framework that will be able to play host to your idea. At the same time, we will be able to help you find and build your consortium. We will bring you in contact with partners that share the same ideas you do, the same need for research and the same concept. It will not be long before you find yourselves with a strong consortium of partners that you will be able to use again in the future for any other project you might want to implement.
If you are interested in our services and you want to learn more about what we can offer you, you can contact our offices today as talk to us about your projects, your research ideas and your vision for the future of your organization!