Training Course for Newcomers to Horizon Europe


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Training Course for Newcomers to Horizon Europe


Two-Morning Zoom Course

Morning 1:  (11:00-13:00 CET) (Host can select alternative times)

Identifying Opportunities and Networking in Horizon Europe


Morning 2:  (11:00-13:00 CET)  (Host can select alternative times)

How to Write a Competitive Proposal for Pillar II (Horizon Europe)


Booking details email


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Overview of the Courses

These courses have been designed for Newcomers to Horizon Europe. The first course provides an overview of Horizon Europe Funding Landscape and visits each Pillar and each programme. This information can be used to prepare a 'European Research Plan'. This course also describes how Coordinators select partners for proposals and how to network strategically at a European level.

The second course focuses on Pillar II of Horizon Europe. It first describes how to Analyse a Pillar II Work Programme. The course then explains how researchers with high success rates approach Pillar II. This will provide Newcomers with the skills needed to understand and plan for Pillar II proposals

(The workshop does not cover Financial Rules, Legal Rules, Ethics, Data Management etc.)


Target Audience: Newcomers to Horizon Europe. Researchers and  Research Support Staff in Universities and Research Centres.

                            The course is NOT open to Private Consultants

Course Presenters:     Dr. SeŠn McCarthy

                                      Sylvia McCarthy (EU Policy Analyst)


Duration: Four 45-minute sessions  (Two 45-minute sessions each morning)


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Contents of Course

Morning 1  (11:00 -13:00 CET)

Course Details: Identifying Opportunities and Networking in Horizon Europe

Module 1: Horizon Europe Funding Landscape

Module 2: Identifying Opportunities in Pillar I (Excellent Science)

Module 3: Identifying Opportunities in Pillar II (Global Challenges and Industrial Leadership)

Module 4: Identifying Opportunities in Pillar III (Innovative Europe)

Module 5: Identifying Opportunities in Widening Participation and Supporting ERA

Module 6: Third Party Funding

Module 7: How to Start - the 'Low Hanging Fruit'


Morning 2:  (11:00 - 13:00 CET)

Course Details: How to Write a Competitive Proposal for Pillar II (Horizon Europe)

Module 1: Profile of Researchers with High Success Rates

Module 2: From EU Policies to Pillar II Topics

Module 3: How to Analyse a Pillar II Work Programme

Module 4: Expert Groups Consulted for Pillar II Topics

Module 5: Pillar II Proposal Questions and Evaluation Criteria

Module 6: How Pillar II Proposals are Evaluated

Module 7: Internal Evaluation of Pillar II Proposals (Proposal Clinics)

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 130,000 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).

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