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Finding the right partners for your Horizon 2020 project idea

What is one of the most common problems that many businesses and researchers out there face when it comes to applying for a Horizon 2020 call?

Researcher might have the best idea for Horizon 2020 funding. However, it is always challenging for them to find the right partners that will be part of their consortium.

If you know for a fact that you have a fantastic idea and you want to implement that idea under the Horizon 2020 framework then the very first thing you will want to do would be to focus on finding the best partners for your proposal. Now, the process of finding the right partners for the project idea can be quite tricky whether this is your very first time doing it you have been part of the Horizon 2020 scheme multiple times in the past.

Here, with this article, we are going to attempt to give you a few ideas on exactly how you will be able to find the right partners for your proposal.

Finding Partners

You can always start by using the partners’ search function of the funding and tenders portal. This particular function can allow you to look for organizations which received funding in the past and create and check partners search requests by call or topic.

At the same time, you can use the partners’ search tool and services of third parties. Several thematic NCP networks and of course, other entities provide partners search facilities with quality checks and a close follow-up of your request and offer.

Of course, the best way for you to manage and find the right partners for Horizon 2020 project ideas would be networking. It is always a smart idea for you to participate in conferences brokerage events organized by the different networks like the National contact point or the EEN.

Now, if you do not have the budgets to be able to attend all of these networking events all if you have been using portals and search tools and you see that there is nothing there for you then, what we are going to suggest is for you to start using directories.

Find Partner Lists

You should not be surprised to learn that there are organizations out there that have created lists that will be able to provide you with information on pretty much any European call you might be looking for and at the same time will provide you with the information of potential partners that are equally interested in particular calls just like you.

One such directory is the EUcalls.net directory. This is most certainly the kind of online database that will be able to provide you with more than enough information regarding the different EU calls that you could participate in and of course You can find various partners that can add you to their consortium or become part of your consortium and implement the kinds of projects that you might be interested in. When it comes to these directories, all you have to do is log in, complete your profile with the appropriate information needed for partners to be able to find you and of course, start declaring your interest for different calls.

Go For The Premium Versions

Of course, if you want for the process to run a lot faster and a lot smoother then you are recommended to start looking for directories with packages that you can purchase for you to receive even more services from the teams that have built those databases. That way, you will not have to be the one to connect with other potential partners. The database will be able to do that for you. Getting premium paid versions of these directories, is going to increase your chances of scoring more proposals and partners.

You have a lot of different options when it comes to finding the right partners for your Horizon 2020 or in general European call proposal. Make sure that you will know precisely what kind of proposal you want to implement and of course, what kind of partners are going to be the right partners for you. The correct directories and the right information will be able to help you.


Katerina Pouspourika
SEO Expert / Copywriter