Training for Horizon 2020 Proposal Writing


Jul 2018

Proposal Writing

Open Course | € 800 Price

Terms and Conditions

Brief introduction to training

Preparing a H2020 proposal is very competitive and can be stressful unless you are very well prepared. It’s not enough to have a good scientific idea you need to know to develop it and present it in a manner that is appealing to the evaluators. In order to do that, you need to have a good understanding of what the application asks in each section and also know what the evaluators are looking for when they evaluate proposals.

Horizon 2020 (H2020): The new EU Research and Innovation Program

The European Union’s Horizon 2020 Programme (H2020) is the EU’s main instrument for financing research and innovation in Europe. It will last from 2014 until 2020, with a budget of nearly 80 billion Euros. H2020 replaces the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) and combines all of the research and innovation funding previously provided by the EU: The Framework Program (FP), innovation aspects of Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP), and EU contribution to the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).

The new programme is based on three pillars: excellent science, industrial leadership, and societal challenges, and finances all types of activities from frontier research to close-to market innovation. The programme is open for applications from research centres, universities or private companies, as well as researchers, both individually and through a consortium from Europe or Third Countries.

Who is the course for?

The training course is for anyone thinking of applying for H2020 either as a coordinator or as support staff. This two-day training course will provide you with an insight on what makes a successful proposal and will equip you with the essential skills to develop and submit a completive bid.

What will you learn?

This training course will equip you with a solid understanding of the evaluation process, how to translate the call topic in a research proposal and how to develop your ideas in a strong coherent proposal. During the two-day course we will go through the sections of the proposal and explain in detail how the different parts need to be developed.

More specifically you will learn how to read the call topic, how to write for H2020 evaluators, what makes each section excellent, how to address impact clearly and how to develop a convincing implementation plan.


8:00- 8.30: Registration/Welcome

8:30- 10:30: Introduction to H2020

  • Architecture of the three main pillars
  • Eligibility Criteria (who can participate, general rules)
  • Different funding instruments (RIA, IA, CSA, MSCA, FET)

Exercise: Link call topic to funding instrument

Work Programme 2018-2020. Analyzing the call topic:

  • Scope,
  • specific challenge,
  • TRL,
  • Expected impact,
  • Evaluation criteria and
  • how your proposal will be evaluated

10:30- 11:00: Coffee Break

11:00 – 13.00: Preparing a successful proposal for H2020

  • Proposal preparation process

Exercise: Topic identification

Research participant portal and how to find your topic.

13:00- 14:00: Lunch Break

14:00- 17.00: The proposal

  • Part A: Administrative documentation
  • Part B: The real proposal
  • Section 1: Excellence
  • Section 2: Impact
  • Section 3: Implementations

9:00 –10:30: Budget

  • Eligible costs and funding rates
  • Types of costs allowed
  • Direct/Indirect costs
  • Third parties and subcontracting

10:30- 11:00: Coffee Break

11:00- 13:00: Intellectual Property Rights

  • IPR issues at proposal writing stage
  • IPR issues in the Consortium agreement

13:00- 14:00: Lunch Break

14:00- 16:00: Project Coordination

  • Coordinators & Consortium responsibilities
  • Project handbook
  • Reporting
  • Amendments
  • Usual problems in coordination

16:00- 17:00: Closure and general questions/ Discussion

About the trainer

Dr Theodora Lola-Luz has experience on European projects since FP6 and has worked on research projects as a scientist and manager since 2005. The course further benefits from her experience as an EU evaluator for H2020.

Theodora holds a PhD from the National University of Ireland (Biology), an MSc from the University of Edinburgh in Environmental protection and management and a BSc in Agricultural Sciences. She has more than 10-year experience in proposal preparation and management in EU and international funding and has worked on research projects as a scientist and manager since 2005. She is a specialist in proposal writing and review of European Research and Innovation programmes such as: the Sixth (FP6) and Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), Horizon 2020 (including ERC and MSCA). Theodora has extensive experience in preparing and submitting project proposals, under Horizon 2020 (collaborative projects) ERC (StG, CoG and AdG), as well the MSCA programme (COFUND, IFs, ITNs and RISE). She is actively involved in discussions, the conception and development of new Horizon 2020 proposals, while at the same time overseeing the successful coordination of the proposal preparation phase, attending pre-submission consortia meetings and ensuring the timely and high-quality submission of proposals.

Training for Horizon 2020 Proposal Writing