Title:       How to write effective EU proposals

Subtitle: A practical guide on how to get funding for Horizon 2020.

The table of contents and the first four chapters are available as a PDF download: How to Write Effective EU Proposals – sample PDF.

Table of Contents
1 Introduction
2 Background and Structure of Horizon 2020
2.1 EU Research Policy
2.2 Horizon 2020
2.3 Why Should You Participate in Horizon 2020?
2.4 What to Expect from Horizon 2020
2.4.1 Partnerships in Horizon 2020
2.4.2 Participants and Their Roles
2.4.3 Partners, Contacts and Consortia
2.4.4 Networks
3 Getting Started with Horizon 2020
3.1 Introduction
3.2 Motivation
3.3 People and Networks
3.4 Call for Proposals
3.5 Calls and Types of Actions
3.6 Online Information Overview
3.7 Finding Calls
3.8 How to Stay Up to Date
3.9 Requirements for Participation
3.9.1 Eligibility and non-EU Countries
3.9.2 Finances
4 Developing Successful Ideas
4.1 How to Develop Ideas for Participating in
Horizon 2020
4.1.1 How to Explore Your Own Research Ideas
4.1.2 How to Profit from Horizon 2020 Ideas
4.1.3 How to Profit from Earlier Ideas
4.2 How to Select and Screen Promising Ideas
4.3 How to Match Ideas with Horizon 2020 Calls
4.4 The One-Page Outline for Your Idea
5 Networking for Horizon 2020
5.1 Introduction
5.1.1 EU Partner finding
5.2 Networking Strategy
5.2.1 Necessities for Networking
5.2.2 List of Favours Often Exchanged as
Part of Networking
5.3 How Networks Work
5.3.1 Building a Networking Habit
5.4 How to Build a Network
5.4.1 Networking Schema
5.4.2 How to Present Yourself and Your Organisation
5.4.3 The Networking Loop
6 How to Find and Evaluate Partners
6.1 Introduction
6.2 Partnering Sites and Networks
6.3 Workflow for Finding Horizon 2020 Partners
6.3.1 International Partners
Outside of the EU
6.3.2 SME partners
6.4 Evaluating a Partnership Request
6.5 Evaluating Partners You Approach
7 How to Form a Consortium
7.1 Principles of Successful Partnerships
7.1.1 Partnership Guidelines
7.1.2 Project Ownership
7.2 How to Select Partners for a Consortium
7.2.1 One-Page Partnership Information
7.2.2 Consortium Checklist
7.2.3 Networking Leadership and Choosing a Coordinator
7.2.4 How the EU Evaluates Consortia
7.3 Risks and Opportunities
7.3.1 Errors to Avoid
8 Getting Started with a Proposal
8.1 Practical Steps to Take
8.2 Success Criteria for Horizon 2020
8.2.1 Estimating Proposal Success
8.3 The Proposal Roadmap and the Proposal Workflow
8.3.1 How Long Does it Take to Write a
8.4 How to Respond to a Call
8.4.1 The Specific Proposal Call Documents
8.4.2 The Proposal Flowchart
8.4.3 Consortium Requirements
8.4.4 The Proposal Preparation Phase
8.4.5 The Cost of Preparing a Proposal
8.4.6 Contacting Your Organisations Management
8.4.7 Getting Officially Registered with the
8.5 Positioning and Selling Your Proposal
8.6 Finding and Giving Help
8.7 Best Practice in Proposal Development
8.8 Intellectual Property (IP) and Administration
9 How Proposals are Evaluated
9.1 Introduction
9.2 The Evaluation Process
9.2.1 Proposal Evaluation Criteria
9.2.2 Miscellaneous and Softer Criteria
9.3 How Reviewers Read Your Proposal
10 Writing a Proposal
10.1 Proposal Templates
10.2 A Model for the Writing Process
10.3 Writing Style and Process
10.3.1 Collaboration Tools
10.4 Planning of the Proposal Tasks
10.4.1 Proposal Communication and Leadership
10.4.2 Updating the Proposal
10.4.3 Budgeting
10.5 Logical Analysis of the Proposal
10.5.1 Matching the Proposal and the Consortium
10.5.2 Defining the Project Purpose
10.5.3 The Core Idea
10.6 Proposal Sections
10.6.1 Title
10.6.2 Abstract
10.6.3 Science and Technology Sections
Using References
10.6.4 Collaboration and Inter-Sectoral Aspects
10.6.5 Innovation
10.6.6 Impact and Exploitation
Writing for Impact
10.6.7 Exploitation
10.6.8 Communication
Setting up a Basic Website
10.6.9 Transfer of Knowledge
10.6.10 Description of the Consortium
10.6.11Management and Implementation Sections
10.6.12 Letters of Support
10.7 Errors to Avoid
10.8 Consortium Agreement and Grant Agreement
10.9 Finishing the Proposal and Formal Consortium Members
11 Marketing and Submitting Your Proposal
11.1 Marketing Your Proposal
11.2 Submitting Your Proposal
12 Odds and Ends: Rules, Administration and Support
12.1 Organisational Support
12.2 EU Rules
12.3 Practical Aspects of Proposal Management
13 Additional Information Sources
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