On the 24th of October 2017, the European Commission published the final and complete version of the last Work Programme of Horizon 2020, covering the 2018-2020 time period. Work Programmes are a subdivision of Horizon 2020, multiannual plans for budgets and call topics. As Horizon 2020 started off in January 2014, this 2018-2020 will be the last Work Programme to enter into force before the new Funding Programme is announced. This an exciting time for all European stakeholders, as the finish line is approaching and as the UK is losing its champion position as the most funded country in the EU area. More funding will be available for others and the competition is going to be fierce once again!
At Sparks & Co, we wake up every morning wondering how we can help to give research a wider voice and impact in today’s society to make a better tomorrow. To attain this goal, we have dedicated ourselves to European projects and have developed a unique expertise in creating impactful strategies for EU-funded research. This is why we wish to accompany you into this last race to get more funds for your research, your team and your organisation. Here are 2 tips we want to share with our more trusted clients and followers.
Take an early start to beat them at the finish line
With the first full proposals expected to be submitted as early as 13th of February for topics in Blue Growth, Rural Renaissance or Sustainable Food Security for instance, the time to prepare consistent proposals is reduced to a minimum. Most stakeholders would be scared by this but if you already have a strong concept in your drawer and are ready to work a lot in the coming weeks, it’s worth a shot. Think about it: the chances of having fewer proposals of good quality are higher than at any other time in the Work Programme!
Be prepared where your competitors aren’t
To make sure your proposal is of higher quality than the others, one simple trick is to beat them where they don’t expect to be treated harshly. If you have submitted proposals in 2017, you probably have seen a major increase in the EC expectations regarding the Impact section: Communication and Dissemination strategies, IPR and Data Management plans also with Exploitation.
Most people don’t know this but those sections have become the make-or-break criteria of EU projects. This is where we can help you: to prepare for the new Work Programme, Sparks & Co has launched our own training courses!
Our first 1-day seminar on IPR, Data management and Open-Access plans for EU projects will be held on the 19th of December in Madrid. You can find out more about it and register here.
We will also hold 2 webinar series of 6 hours on Communication and Dissemination plans with our in-house experts: Emma Buchet, Caroline Estephan and Joy Cremesty.
The first series will help you understand how to answer best any type of call by planning the right activities in your strategy.
The second series will help you create your own communication tools for your EU project: logo, website, flyers, video, press relations… What are the best practices? The EC regulations and expectations? How to create those tools more efficiently?
Now more than ever, our team of experts is at your side to help you win as much funding as possible. We hope our new courses will help you achieve your goals, and look forward to opening other sessions on KPIs for Impact, Writing a communication strategy etc.
If you need more information about training that you didn’t find here contact Vanmala at email@example.com and she would be delighted to answer your questions and recommendations! Don’t hesitate to drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you see an area where we can collaborate, provide you with those missing communication materials or if you would like to showcase your expertise on our blog!
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