Horizon Europe Pillar II Course
 

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How to Write a Competitive Proposal for Pillar II

(Horizon Europe)

Online Course

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Overview of the Course

This online course is designed for coordinators and partners who are in the process of preparing a proposal for Pillar II in Horizon Europe. The presenters assume that the participants are familiar with Pillar II in Horizon Europe and they have identified a topic where they plan to submit a proposal. The workshop is suitable for the brainstorming stage (assessing the idea) or preparing for the first meeting of the consortium.

The course is also relevant to Research Support Staff who assist researchers in preparing competitive proposals. The course is NOT suited to newcomers to Horizon Europe.

 

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 www.hyperion.ie/seanmccarthy.htm

                                 Sylvia McCarthy (EU Policy Analyst)

 

Duration: Three 45-minute sessions  

                

Contents of Workshop

Module 1: Profile of Organisations with High Success Rates

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How Successful Researchers Prepare Proposals

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Writing the Proposal for the Evaluator

Module 2: From EU Policies to Pillar II Topics

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How Clusters, Destinations and Topics are selected in Pillar II

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The EU Policy language of Pillar II

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'Portfolio of Projects' to address Global Challenges

Module 3: How Pillar II Proposals are Evaluated in Horizon Europe

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'Telling' versus 'Selling' Proposal Ideas

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Profile of Remote Evaluators

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How Pillar II Proposals are Evaluated

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The role of the Remote Evaluators

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The role of the Evaluation Committee

Module 4: Guideline for Writing Pillar II Proposals in Horizon Europe

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How to Screen Proposals (Proposal Clinics)

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Selecting Strategic Partners (One Page Proposal)

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The Role of the Abstract in Proposal Evaluations

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Structure of a Pillar II Consensus Reports

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Steps from the Call to the Deadline

Module 5: Proposal Intelligence for Topics in Pillar II

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How to Analyse a Pillar II Work Programme

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Specific EU Policies defining Topics

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Expert Groups consulted on Pillar II Topics

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Examples of Proposal Intelligence Reports for Pillar II Topics

Module 6: How to Write the Impact of a Pillar II Proposal

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Impact on Global Challenges (EU Societal Challenges)

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Impact on EU Industrial Policies (Technology Projects)

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Exploitation, Dissemination and Communication of Results

Module 7: The Role of Research Support Services

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Support needed by Researchers preparing Pillar II proposals

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Support needed at different phases of proposal preparation process

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 (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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