How to Support Pillar II Proposals (Horizon Europe)

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How to Support Researchers in Writing Competitive Proposals for Pillar II  (Horizon Europe)

(Training Course for Research Support Staff)

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Overview of the Course

This course is designed for Research Support Staff who have participated in Zoom Workshops 1 to 6. This workshop summarises the type of support needed by researchers and when the support is needed.

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


Delivery of Course:  Online (ZOOM)

Target Audience: Research Support Staff for 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 Session

Bookings and Enquiries: Send an email to



Module 1: Levels of Support for Researchers


Level 1 to Level 5 Support


When the Support is delivered

Module 2: Level 1,  Level 2 and Level 3 Support


Key Sources of Information


The Evaluation Forms


The Consensus Report 


How to Analyse a Pillar II Work Programme

Module 3: Level 4 Support


Annex F of the General Annex


Key Documents used in the Evaluation of Pillar II Proposals


How to Analyse Pillar II Calls in Horizon Europe

Module 4: Proposal Clinics ( How to Screen Pillar II Proposals)


The Role of Proposal Clinics


How to Organise a Proposal Clinic

Module 5: Proposal Intelligence (Specific EU Policies and Expert Groups)


How to Advise on Expert Groups Consulted for Grand Challenges


The role of CSAs (Coordination and Support Actions)

Module 6: How to Advise on Writing Impact on EU Policies


The EU Policy Making Process


The Impact of Research on EU Policies


Expert Groups Consulted on Industrial Strategies


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).

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.