How to Write a Competitive Proposal for Pillar II
 

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

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Overview of the Course

This course explains why some researchers (and research organisations) have high success rates in Pillar II Proposals in Horizon Europe. This course can provide researchers with a plan on how to improve their success rates by learning how to screen proposal ideas, screen partners and prepare the proposal in an efficient way.

Hyperion provides training courses to 74 of the top 100 Universities and Research Centres in Europe

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

Delivery of Course:  On-site or Online (Zoom) at the University or Research Centre

Target Audience: Researchers planning to participate in a Pillar II Proposal.

                            The course is NOT open to Private Consultants

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

Duration: 3 * 45 Minute Sessions  (15 minute break between Sessions)

Bookings and Enquiries: Send an email to mary.mccarthy@hyperion.ie

Contents of Course

Module 1: Profile of Researchers with High Success Rates

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Skills of Researchers with High Success Rates

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Converting Excellent ideas into Competitive Proposals

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Research Support in Organisations with High Success Rates

Module 2: Horizon Europe Funding Landscape

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Sources of Information on Pillar II

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Structure and Terminology of Pillar II in Horizon Europe

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Top-down versus Bottom-up programmes

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Structure of a Pillar II Consortium

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Horizon Europe Funding Landscape (Map)

Module 3: How to Analyse a Pillar II Work Programme

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Proposal Intelligence for Pillar II Topics

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From EU Policies to  Pillar II Work Programmes

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From Specific EU Policies to Pillar II Topics

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How to Read a Pillar II Work Programme

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Outputs, Outcomes and Impact Pathways

Module 4: Expert Groups Consulted in Pillar II Proposals

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Funded Projects (Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe)

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The role of CSAs (Coordination and Support Actions)

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Expert Groups consulted for Grand Challenges

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Expert Groups consulted for EU Industrial Leadership

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European Networks and Associations

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COST Actions

Module 5: Pillar II Proposal Questions and Evaluation Criteria

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Scale and Significance of the project

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Focus of the project

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Structure of the consortium (Multi-actor approach)

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The 'Skills Matrix'

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Outputs, Outcomes and Impact Partners

Module 6: How Pillar II Proposals are Evaluated

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How Evaluators are selected for Pillar II Proposals

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Forms used by the Remote Evaluators

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The Role of the Remote Evaluators

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The Role of the Evaluation Committee

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The role of Annex F (General Annexes)

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The relevance of the Abstract

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

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The Role of Proposal Clinics

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Template for Proposal Clinic Presentations

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Selecting Strategic Partners

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The Abstract (Template)

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The Consensus Report

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Compiling the Proposal (From the Proposal Clinic to the Deadline)

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Programme Designers and Presenters

Dr. SeŠn McCarthy

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 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 (www.hyperion.ie/clients.htm).

 

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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