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Proposal Writing for Research and Innovation Projects Training course by European Academy, 18-19 July in Athens

Contributed by: European Academy
This course is aimed at equipping individuals in organisations of all types and sizes who have the responsibility for developing research and development-style proposals with the relevant skills and know-how to produce high quality, and potentially successful bids. It is relevant to people working in all sectors and to all kinds of proposals irrespective of funding source.

Strictly limited seats per course.

The course covers the various types of bids and proposals and the key similarities and differences between them and the various approaches needed to reflect these factors. The content of the training is structured to address all key issues central to a well-presented proposal. This includes planning, writing the bid, structure and writing style as well as partnership development, budgets and eligibility. Understanding the importance of review and checking, as well as the actual submission process and what happens to a proposal after submission are also described.

The course encourages an interactive approach and uses a mixture of lecture style-delivery, workshop activities and structured discussion. There is also ample opportunity for question and answer sessions. Extensive use will be made of case studies from RedKnight’s global experiences, making the training as practical as possible.

As a result of completing this course, participants will be better equipped to produce a winning proposal by:

1. Understanding the key elements of a well-constructed proposal;
2. Recognising the differences between the various types of proposal and funding stream;
3. Mastering the approaches needed to deliver a proposal in a timely manner;
4. Comprehending the importance of the submission and evaluation processes used for your proposal;
5. Learning the best practices from experts in the field of proposal development;
6. Networking with colleagues from all across Europe, sharing experiences and exchanging your know-how.

Participants of the two-day training will learn:
​The current trends for EC funding
How to access international & European funding sources
How to optimally absorb EU funds for research
How to create research funding strategies
The essential elements of a Horizon 2020 contract
Contractual requirements for EU-funded projects
The key principles for developing a good funding application
Important elements of a successful proposal
Dos and don’ts in proposal writing
Why do proposals fail and how to avoid this happening
How to successfully manage EU-funded projects
The life cycle of proposal development from idea through to submission
What does a project sponsor (e.g. European Commission) expect from a project proposal
Documentation and record keeping requirements
How to document project finance
How to correctly distinguish and record economic and non-economic activities
How to handle intellectual property in the frame of Horizon 2020
How to handle open access requirements
How to draw successful consortium agreements
How to improve cooperation with project partners and stakeholders
The communication obligations for EC-funded projects
How to create Impact

At the end of the course, participants will:
Become familiar with the current EU rules
Be able to develop a strategy for developing bids within your organisation
Become an expert in identifying funding opportunities
Prepare accurate and engaging proposal documentation
Avoid compromising your project
Make the most out of the available funding instruments
Improve the success rate of your project proposals
Learn how to negotiate effectively research and development contracts
Deliver project documentation correctly
Increase absorption of your funds through simplifying application and reporting processes
Learn how to avoid and solve disputes
Avoid financial corrections and penalties
Optimally manage confidential information
Demonstrate your organisation has qualified staff members to handle EU-funded projects
Increase your organisation’s competitiveness
Benefit from key insights
Learn from best practice examples of our experienced speakers
Benefit from practical workshops and exercises
Learn from best practice examples of our experienced speakers
Receive tangible and actionable advice on your individual questions
Network and exchange experience with peers and possible partners from across the EU

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