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How to Write a Competitive Proposal for Horizon Europe


How to Write a Competitive Proposal for Horizon Europe


3rd March 2021

Session 1 10:00 to 10:45 (CET)

Session 2  11:00 to 11:45 (CET)

Session 3 12:00 to 12:45 (CET)


Workshop Presenters:   Dr. Sean McCarthy Hyperion Ltd, Ireland

                                              Sylvia McCarthy Hyperion Ltd (Brussels)


Online Platform: ZOOM

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Course Fee  Ä 300  per participant

Course Fee: This includes tuition, documentation and access to Hyperion's website on Horizon Europe.

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Overview of the Course

This online course is designed to train researchers, research managers and research support services in writing professional and competitive proposals for Horizon Europe. The course analyses the relevance of  Horizon Europe to EU policies, the common problems in proposal writing and the success criteria for proposals. The course provides advice on how to collect information, select strategic partners and streamline proposal writing.

Target Audience: Researchers, Research Managers and Research Support Services in Universities and Research Centres

                             The course is NOT open to Private Consultants or National Contact Points.

Course Presenters: Dr. SeŠn McCarthy

                                 Sylvia McCarthy (EU Policy Analyst)


Duration: Three 45-minute sessions            Session 1 (10:00-10:45), Session 2 (11:00-11:45), Session 3 (12:00 to 12:45)

Contents of Workshop

Session 1: How Horizon Europe Proposals are Evaluated  (45 minutes)

Module 1: Horizon Europe Funding Landscape


Profile of Successful Organisations in European Research Programmes


From EU Policies to Horizon Europe


Funding Landscape for Horizon Europe

Module 2: How Horizon Europe Proposals will be Evaluated


'Telling' versus 'Selling' Proposal Ideas


How Proposal Evaluators are Selected


How Pillar I Proposals will be Evaluated


How Pillar II Proposals will be Evaluated


How Pillar III Proposals will be Evaluated

Session 2: How to Write the Impact of Pillar II Proposals (45 minutes)

Module 3: Who Wrote the Topics in Pillar II?


How to Analyse a Pillar II Work Programme


Who Wrote the Societal Challenges Topics in Pillar II? (Expert Groups)


Who Wrote the Technology Topics in Pillar II?

Module 4: Impact on EU Societal and EU Industrial Policies


Outputs, Outcomes and Impact on the EU Policy Making Process


How to Explain the Impact on EU Societal Challenges


How to Explain the Impact on EU Industrial Policies

Session 3:  Getting Ready for the First Calls for Proposals (45 minutes)

Module 5: Selecting Partners for Horizon Europe Proposals


How to Judge a Winning Proposal


Different Roles in a Proposal Consortium


How to Identify Strategic Partners for Horizon Europe Proposals


How to Promote Research Activities to Strategic Partners

Module 6: How to Screen Proposal Ideas (Proposal Clinics)


Sources of Ideas for Horizon Europe Proposals


How to Screen Proposal Ideas (Proposal Clinics)


Template for a Proposal Clinic

Module 7: Research Support Services for Horizon Europe


Support Needed by Researchers Preparing Horizon Europe Proposals


Support Needed at the different stages of Proposal Writing


How to Prepare a 'European Research Strategy'

Programme Designers and Presenters

Dr. SeŠn McCarthy

SeŠn has been active in the Framework programmes since 1980. He has been involved in over 150 research proposals to the Framework programmes and has participated in over 60 Framework projects. In 16 of these projects SeŠn was the coordinator.  Today, he does not participate in the Framework programmes but concentrates on designing and delivering training courses. Since 1995 over 80,000 participants have attended his courses in 29 countries. He has presented training courses on the Framework programmes in over 290 research centres throughout Europe (

In 2017 the European Commission published a list of the top 100 universities and research organisations participating in Horizon 2020. Dr. McCarthy has delivered training courses in 74 of these top 100 universities and research organisations.


Sylvia McCarthy

Sylvia is an EU Policy Analyst. Based in Brussels since 2008, Sylvia has worked in the European Parliament and various EU consultancies and representations.
Sylvia has a Bachelorís degree in European Studies (University College Cork,Ireland) and a Masterís degree in International Politics and Europe (University of Warwick, UK).

Limitation of Liability

This webpage has been designed to help researchers prepare proposals for Horizon Europe.

Every effort has been made to ensure complete and accurate information concerning the material presented in this webpage. However, Hyperion Ltd cannot be held legally responsible for any mistakes in printing or faulty instructions contained within the templates. The authors appreciate receiving notice of any errors or misprints.

There are no warranties, expressed or implied, including warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose, made with respect to the materials or any information provided to the user herein. Neither the author nor publisher shall be liable for any direct, indirect, special, incidental or consequential damages arising out of the use or inability to use the contents of this webpage.