Trainings on Horizon Europe, Pillar II, Clusters 2, 3, 5 and COST Actions

On September 18-20, 2023, a three day proposal writing training took place at Georgian National University (SEU), Tbilisi. The trainings, that included two parallel working sessions on Horizon Europe, Pillar II, Clusters 2, 3, 5 and Cost Actions, were delivered by invited experts: Anamaria Magri Pantea and Jana Tóthová.

The trainings were participated by the representatives of the universities in Tbilisi and regions of Georgia. The working process included the trainer’s presentations, Q&A sessions, discussions and practical exercises.

The training on COST Actions covered following topics:

  • Introduction to COST and its role in Horizon Europe programme;
  • COST Actions key characteristics, structure, scope of activities and funding scheme;
  • Group discussion on benefits of COST Actions Options for participating in COST Actions;
  • Understanding the different opportunities and how to join a running COST Action;
  • How to propose a new COST Action – understanding the basic steps, the eligibility conditions, application format, evaluation and selection criteria, applicable timelines;
  • Key requirements and tips for proposal and partnership preparation;
  • Introduction to the increased use of EU cascade funding and support opportunities. Discussion of rationale and benefits;
  • Introduction to the European Institute of Innovation and Technology;
  • How to identify opportunities to join the EIT Community – group discussion and practical individual work;
  • Introduction to other Horizon Europe institutionalised partnerships and the funding opportunities they offer – Joint Undertakings like Clean Aviation, Circular Bio-Based Europe, Innovative Health Initiative, Key Digital Technologies, etc. 
  • How to prepare an expression of interest to join a project proposal;
  • Innovation support opportunities under the Single Market Programme and the European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund ;  
  • How to identify cascade funding opportunities from various EU funding programmes – practical individual work and group discussion.

Training materials:

The training on Horizon Europe, Pillar II, clusters 2, 3, 5 covered following topics:

  • Understanding Clusters 2, 3, and 5 through Best Practice Examples;
  • Key principles of successful Proposal writing: case studies and practical exercises;
  • How to build a matrix of suitable HE calls for (participants’) R&D&I goals for the next 1,5 – 2 years: practical exercise;
  • The art of a Call reading – practical exercise;
  • Short recapitulation - definitions of Impact, Outcomes, Results, Dissemination, Exploitation, Communication, Stakeholders, Target Groups;
  • A deeper dive into the Logical Framework and Project life cycle;
  • Recommended timeline and stages of a proposal writing process;
  • What are the roles in a HE projects? Coordinator, Partner, Affiliated Entity (previously known as 'linked third party in the H2020 program), Associated Partner, Subcontractor, In-kind contributor ;
  • Consortium partners: with whom and where to find them? 
  • Decomposition of the Application form: Part A, Part B, budgeting;
  • What is Excellence in the Application form and how to approach it: Interactive group discussion;
  • A closer look at Excellence section through practical exercises: Objectives and ambitions, Methodology, Compliance with EU goals and priorities;
  • Common mistakes and shortcomings;
  • IMPACT section of the Application;
  • Quality and efficiency of the implementation section of the Application;

Training materials:

The last day of the trainings was dedicated to personal consultations with the researchers already working on developing a proposal for Horizon Europe.

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