How to Write the Impact on EU Policies (Pillar II)

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How to Write the Impact on EU Policies (Pillar II of Horizon Europe)

(Workshop for 'Impact' Partners of Pillar II Proposals)

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Overview of the Course

The Impact part of a Pillar II Proposal should be written by the partner who will use the Outputs of the project. This section is written in the language of the partner who will use the Outputs.

In Horizon Europe there are two types of Impact Partners. In Pillar II proposals addressing 'Global Challenges' the Impact partner is usually an EU Policy expert. In Pillar II proposals addressing 'EU Industrial Leadership' the Impact partner is usually a company or an organisation dealing with industrial issues e.g. Standards groups.


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


Delivery of Course:  Online (ZOOM)

Target Audience: Impact Partners in Pillar II Proposals

        The course is NOT suited to newcomers to Horizon Europe. See Newcomers to Horizon Europe 

Course Presenters: Dr. SeŠn McCarthy  and Sylvia McCarthy (EU Policy Analyst)

Duration: 45 Minute Sessions

Bookings and Enquiries: Send an email to

Contents of Course

Module 1: Proposal Intelligence (Specific EU Policies and Expert Groups)


Expert Groups Consulted for Pillar II Topics


The role of CSAs (Coordination and Support Actions)

Module 2: The Impact of Pillar II on Global Challenges


Output, Outcomes and Impact of Pillar II Topics


The EU Policy Making Process


The Impact of Research on EU Policies


Case Studies from Pillar II Clusters

Module 3: The Impact of Pillar II on EU Industrial Leadership


EU Industrial Strategies


Impact on Value Chains and Technology Platforms


Disruptive and Enabling Technologies

Module 4: Exploitation, Dissemination and Communication


Exploitation, Dissemination and Communication measures


Synergies with other EU Programmes


Programme Designers and Presenters

Dr. SeŠn McCarthy

In 2021 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 78 of these top 100 universities and research organisations in Horizon 2020.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 (


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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