After a 2017 year full of challenges and accomplishments, including the reception of the European Excellence Award for the Consultancy of the year, Sparks & Co still continues its growth and has decided to reach new horizons for the coming year!
2018 looks even more thrilling for Horizon 2020 projects with numerous upcoming calls in areas such as health, or gender equality for example. At Sparks & Co, we firmly believe that all these projects constitute a step forward in humanity’s development and that’s why we dedicated ourselves in providing a wider voice and impact for every bright idea behind your proposals.
Now more than ever, you’ll need a strong communication strategy
If you have already submitted proposals last year, you have probably noticed the increased expectations in quality from the European Commission (EC) and dissemination strategies, IPR and Data management or Exploitations plans are nowadays as crucial as the research or project implementation plan in the Excellence and Implementation sections. However, most projects tend to underestimate the primary importance of the Impact section and must handle its writing in the last few, and way too short, weeks before submission. Unfortunately, with only a 10% success rate for applications, great scientific ideas alone are not enough to make your project going through the high competition which characterises the Commission’s evaluation process.
Having all the cards on your side is then highly recommended to make your project win and our expert team is therefore here to support you on this journey. On the strength of our experiences in EU communication, we will help you achieve the highest score in Impact section, while you will be able to focus entirely on the much more technical parts of your proposal!
We now adapt ourselves to your expectations!
Whatever is the size of your consortium or experienced you are with Horizon 2020 calls, we offer a broad range of services adapted to all your needs:
- Impact review: Your Impact section is already written but you are not so sure about the way it is formulated? Or maybe you need fresher eyes to give a look at your proposal? Emma Buchet, our expert in proposal writing, will gladly review your Impact section and offer you her best advice to meet the EC’s expectations.
- Impact writing: Our International Cooperation team will make sure that your project’s impact is carefully and well described through the creation of a communication, dissemination and engagement strategy specially tailored to your project and its objectives. With an extra free session to build your IP, Data Management and Open-Access plan with our Legal Advisor, you will be perfectly equipped to handle the trickiest parts of a Horizon 2020 project!
- Communication coaching: Sometimes, all you need is to hear if you are on the right track or if you need to readjust your plans! Meet our Project Managers for one hour to discuss all the questions and queries you have about your communication and dissemination strategy with them. Should you spend more effort on social media? Are those leaflets you planned to produce enough? Caroline Estephan and Joy Cremesty will be delighted to provide you with their expert insights.
- Coaching + report: Make sure you get the most of your coaching session with this personalised and detailed report! Useful tips and advice will be given and all your queries about your communication and dissemination plans will be answered and can be consulted after your session has finished!
Looking for an expert contribution to your next proposal? Don’t hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be delighted to offer our services to your consortium and bring your proposal to its highest potential!