How to Write the Abstract and the Impact
 

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How to Write the Abstract and the Impact of a Horizon 2020 Proposal

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Overview of the Course

The aim of this course is the train researchers how to sell their project ideas in the abstract and the impact. The abstract is used to introduce the proposed concept to the evaluator. It is also used by the Project Officer to select the evaluators and in the panel meeting to select the successful projects.

Impact has become one of the key evaluation criteria in European research proposals. Researchers have difficulty in understanding the concept of 'Impact' and in explaining the potential impact of their proposals.

The course is designed to address these two issues.

Course Duration: 9:00 to 12:30 (or 9:30 to 13:00)

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Course Presenter: Sean McCarthy www.hyperion.ie/seanmccarthy.htm 

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Course Contents

Module 1: How Horizon 2020 Proposals are Evaluated

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The Evaluation Process

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The Evaluation Criteria

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From the One Page Proposal to the Full Proposal

Module 2: The One Page Proposal and the Abstract

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The Role of the One Page Proposal

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Structure of the One Page Proposal

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A plan to prepare the One Page Proposal

Module 3: Background to the Impact Evaluation Criteria

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Political Background to 'Impact'

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Terminology used in describing Impact

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Different types of 'Impact' from research

Module 3: Inputs, Outputs, Outcomes and Impact

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Definition and Examples of Project Outputs

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Definition of Outcomes and Impacts

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Identification of 'Lead Users'

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Participants will identify the 'Lead Users' of their Research

Module 4: The 'Big Picture' (Value Chains, Systems, Pipelines etc.)

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Overview of Value Chains

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Examples of Value Chains for Biotechnology, Energy and Information Technology

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Other 'Pipelines': the European Policy Making Process, how Standards are prepared.

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Participants will draw the Value Chains relevant to their research fields

Module 5: Sample Presentation of an Impact

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Step by step guide in explaining the impact

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Case Study: The Hydrocarbex Project Impact

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Layout of the Presentation (Final Review)

Module 6: Workshop

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A participant's research project will be selected for Impact analysis

Discussion

 

Programme Designer and Presenter

The course will be presented by Dr. Sean McCarthy of Hyperion Ltd (www.hyperion.ie). Sean has been active in over 60 Framework projects. In 4 of these projects he was the 'Exploitation Manager' responsible for preparing the Plan for Use and Dissemination of Knowledge. Since 1998 over 30,000 participants have attended his courses in 27 countries. He has presented training courses on the Framework programmes in over 210 research centres throughout Europe (www.hyperion.ie/clients.htm). More details can be found on www.hyperion.ie/seanmccarthy.htm