Strategic Networking for Horizon Europe

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Overview of the  Workshop

This workshop is designed to help researchers to be strategic about their networking activities in Europe. For experienced European researchers, it will help them refine their networking activities. For newcomers to Horizon Europe, it will help researchers develop their European networks.

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

                                 Sylvia McCarthy (EU Policy Analyst)


Delivery: On-site or Online (Zoom or Teams)

Duration: 45-minute Workshop

Bookings and Enquiries:   

Contents of Workshop

Module 1: Partners in Horizon Europe Proposals


Bottom-Up versus Top-Down Programmes


Different Roles in a Consortium


The Skills Matrix

Module 2: How Coordinators Select Partners for Proposals


Phases of Proposal Writing


How Coordinators select 'Core Partners'


Networking for Newcomers to Horizon Europe

Module 3: Strategic Networking for Marie S. Curie Proposals


European Networks and Associations


European Research Associations


COST Actions

Module 4: Strategic Networking for Pillar II Proposals


Expert Groups Consulted for Pillar II Topics


Social Sciences and Humanities Expert Groups


Technology Expert Groups


How to join European Expert Groups

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 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 (

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).

Limitation of Liability

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