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    SPIRAL - H2020 : How to Write a Competitive Proposal for Horizon 2020
    Provider   Organisational and Staff Development Unit

    Dr Sean McCarthy, Hyperion Ltd, will deliver a course to train staff to write professional and competitive research proposals for Horizon 2020. Dr McCarthy has delivered training to top universities across Europe and has almost 40 years’ experience in all aspects of European Research.

Duration 1 half day

Course Type Workshop

Booking Status Waiting List

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Target Audience: Academic /Research/Support staff – all levels

This course is designed to provide cutting-edge information and intelligence on how to write competitive proposals for Horizon 2020, and should benefit staff of the University seeking to improve the relevance and quality of their proposals to H2020.  The course is presented by Dr Sean McCarthy who has been involved in all aspects of European research funding for almost 40 years, engaging with staff of universities, industries, and the European Commission in the process.

The final Horizon 2020 Work Programme was published in October 2017, with a budget of some €30bn for 2018-2020.  Competition in Horizon 2020 is high, and therefore it is crucial that proposals are well written and appropriately address all aspects of the evaluation criteria if they are to stand a realistic chance of success.  The aim of this half-day course is to train researchers, research managers and research support services in the design and writing of professional and competitive proposals for Horizon 2020.   

The course will offer participants a strategy for H2020 proposal writing, and take them through the most important information and intelligence needed to write a competitive application.  It will cover in detail the success criteria for proposals, the importance of EU policies in H2020 proposal writing, and common problems in proposal writing and how they can be overcome.  Participants will gain tips on a range of critical matters, including collection of information, selection of strategic partners and avoidance of wasteful duplication in proposal writing. 

The course is suitable for staff who are new to Horizon 2020, and those who are experienced H2020 proposal writers seeking additional advice, as well as staff involved in supporting H2020 proposal writing. 

As a result of this session, delegates will have an understanding of:

  • The key information and intelligence needed to write a professional and competitive Horizon 2020 proposal
  • The structure of Horizon 2020, how its Work Programme is designed, and how the research priorities are selected
  • The evaluation of proposals across the different pillars/schemes
  • How to write the all-important impact section of a proposal
  • Key phases of the proposal writing process

Delivered By: Dr Sean McCarthy (Hyperion Ltd)



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Dr Sean McCarthy has extensive experience in delivering training in European Research Framework Programmes. Dr McCarthy has been an active research manager, research group leader, and a company director, and has been involved in all aspects of European Research since 1980. He now specialises in helping organisations design and implement their European Research Strategies, and in providing training courses on European Research Framework Programmes. Hyperion provide training courses to 74 of the top 100 organisations in Horizon 2020 (EC Annual Report) and to 58 of the top 100 European Universities (THE Ranking 2016).

Cancellation Policy

When applying for a course, you should note that there will be a £50* to your department if you cancel within 5** working days or you do not attend, and a £25 charge for cancellations/ non-attendance between 6 and 10 working days. There will be no charge for cancellation made 10 or more working days before the event. Notifications should be made to OSDU@strath.ac.uk

A department is welcome to send someone else in your place if they wish without incurring a charge, providing that person has the necessary pre-requisites for the course. In the case of courses split over more than one day, you must attend ALL parts of the course. If you fail to attend any part you will be charged as outlined above.

*This is the standard charge for cancellation or non-attendance of course of 1 days duration or less. For some courses there may be a higher cancellation charge and if this is the case you will be advised of this at the time of booking.

**Any bookings made within 10 days of the event will incur the charges as specified.