Last Tuesday 1st of December, Mariana and I went to the H2020 Info Day – Smart Cyber-Physical Systems, Digital Automation, Smart Anything Everywhere, ICT Innovation for Manufacturing SMEs Initiatives, and Photonics Laser-based Production, held in Brussels.
The objective of the day was to inform the participants about the Horizon 2020 calls on Smart Cyber-Physical Systems (ICT 1), Digital Automation (FOF 11), Smart Anything Everywhere initiative (ICT 4), ICT Innovation for Manufacturing SMEs I4MS (FOF 12) and Photonics laser-based production (FoF 13). Participants got the occasion to present their proposal ideas for these topics and to network with other participants. In addition it was possible to ask questions to Commission staff about proposal ideas. You can find all the project proposals presented that day here.
The day was filled by very interesting meetings with great innovators. As usual, hours went by too quickly! We got the chance to discuss with a few coordinators hoping to gather consortium members to submit proposals in the early months of 2016.
Impact for ICT and FoF projects
Early in the day, Giovanni Borzi from EnginSoft presented some slides to show project coordinators how important was the Impact section in their proposals. Indeed, the Horizon 2020 evaluation process takes now in great consideration communication, dissemination and exploitation activities. For more on the evaluation criteria, please visit this page.
While Giovanni explained in much details the exploitation activities project coordinators should take into consideration, especially for Innovation Actions, I presented the following introduction. In this talk, I gave a few incentives as to why project coordinators should consider having an expert communication and dissemination partner.
1. You signed it with the European Commission
If you give a good read to the Grant Agreement you will ultimately sign with the European Commission, you will see that in Article 38, the European Commission explicitly requires funded project to communicate:
- To show how European collaboration has achieved more than would have otherwise been possible.
- To show how the outcomes are relevant to our everyday lives.
- To make better use of the results, by insuring take-up by decision-makers, the industry and the scientific community.
This paragraph is pretty self-explanatory, and is reason why evaluation marking process now allocate 1/3 of the points to the Impact section.
2. In the long-term, you’ll win
Communication and dissemination strategies only are beneficial on a long-term perspective. This is why it’s highly recommended to have a partner rather than a subcontrator, so that you can have someone working over the whole project duration.
Here are 5 long-term impacts of a good project communication strategy:
- Increasing success rate for funding
- Raising policy-makers awareness
- Attracting new partners and scientists to work for and with you
- Enhancing your personnal and institution reputation
- Exploiting your results with the industry
I hope I have convinced you to give your project proposal the best chance. If we didn’t get the chance to talk last Tuesday, please give me a shout at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also have a look at the communication strategies we create and implement for Horizon 2020 projects here.
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