Are you willing to improve the quality of your in-house Research & Innovation (R&I) services and/or to get more insights about the rules governing Horizon Europe, and MSCA and ERC grants in particular?
As Horizon Europe Funding Navigator, with more than 18 years’ experience in providing first-class training worldwide on EU R&I funding programmes (FP6, FP7, H2020, HE), I can offer you, your organisation and your Team custom-made Training sessions and bespoke Workshops on specific Horizon Europe programmes which are part of the “3” pillars, on specific Calls and forms of grants (example RIA, IA, MSCA and ERC grants), on proposal design and successful submission, on project management, on communication and dissemination. I also provide bespoke Coaching sessions on How to be an evaluator, How to build up and manage partnerships, and for researcher How to build up their career ladder. My training sessions are very interactive, and require an active participation of the attendees. Real examples of submitted successful and not successful proposals will be overlooked, while the training sessions on proposal writing (for specific programmes/schemes) forecast group interactive exercises and project working. The list that follows is an example of the type of training and coaching services that I provide, but not exhaustive! Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to better discuss your requirements and design the best training tailored to your needs!
HE General programme overview
This training will master the logic and structure of Horizon Europe. It entails a full introduction to the “3 pillars’ contents”; participation, eligibility and financial rules; funding schemes and their application. It will provide information on the “HE missions” and EU priorities, and also give you a comprehensive insight into how to establish the foundations for a successful proposal.
HE Excellent Pillar
Focus on ERC and MSCA grants: overview of types of grants, eligibility and financial rules, tips for submitting successful proposals and for developing the budget. The training sessions might be focused on a specific programme, being MSCA or ERC, and on specific schemes, such as MSCA Doctoral networks, Postdoctoral Fellowships or Staff exchanges, and ERG StG, CoG, AdG or Synergy grants.
HE Grant Writing
It is designed to provide participants with full knowledge how to develop and submit successful proposals and develop the project budget. Participants will receive a step-by-step guide of how to systematically address any grant writing process, for:
Marie S. Curie Action (MSCA): designed to provide a great understanding of the mission and objectives of the Marie Curie programme, its eligibility, participation rules and financial allowances, with specific training session to be customised for each of the 4 MSCA actions (PF, DN, COFUND, SE). Financial and technical reporting and project management courses are also available on demand.
European Research Council (ERC): designed for PIs and administrators of host organisations willing to have depth insights on the rules governing ERC grants, from Starting and Consolidator to Advance grants going through the Synergy grant. During the training sessions there will be a real exploitation of A and B forms, i.e. How to write the project and administrative forms, in particular:
• How to fill in Part B1 and B2 (the projects), from developing the 5 pages Synopsis to the full proposal of 15 pages
• CV checking and presentation of track record
• Ethics issues: how to tackle them for ground-breaking inventions?
• The evaluation process: how does it work, what to expect from the evaluation interview
• Teams and Synergies versus Consortium, How to build up your team!
• How to construct the budget and write section c on-line
•Best examples of letter of commitment from the host
Collaborative research and innovation projects (RIA, IA, CSA): this training provides a comprehensive insight as to how establish the foundations for a successful proposal. It will help in designing a consistent and appropriate budget and complete the application forms in accordance with the expectations of the EC. Examples from real proposals will illustrate good and bad practise in presenting former H2020/later HE proposals.
HE Project Management cycle
The full project life cycle: this training session is aimed at project coordinators and project leaders to provide insights on How to work within the consortium, interact with the EC Project Officers (PO), prepare quality check procedures and submit deliverables and financial and technical intermediate and final reporting. Great attention is dedicated to the technical, administrative and financial aspects of project management to overcome those barriers potential coordinators are constantly confronted with when managing R&I projects.
HE Evaluation process
Participants will learn how to register as external expert under the Participant Portal (PP) to get selected by Commission staff, how to use the EC tools (Sygma) for evaluation, how to evaluate proposals and draft the individual evaluation report (IER) and the Evaluation Summary Report- ESR. Particular attention is also paid to the setting and management of the consensus meetings, and how to manage multi-cultural environments.
Mobility and career advancement funding opportunities in Europe
An overview of the type of available grants for individuals, of the existing EU job and career platforms, with dedicated seminar for developing a successful CV and track record for Marie Curie and ERC grants’ applications. Attendees will have, after the workshop, a clear vision of their individual research career path and obtain the tools of how to actively shape their own career.
H2020 Communication, Dissemination and Exploitation activities
From developing a strong and achievable strategy at proposal stage to managing a successful communication, dissemination and exploitation of results plan during the running of the project. The session will also focus on what is the meaning of Open Science, and its applicability. An even more important aspect under Horizon Europe is How to communicate science to public at large and general stakeholders, and this training session will provide practical hints and suggestions to participants to enable them to better communicate science to the wider public.
List of latest/main Training sessions
- Master degree on EU project planning and grant writing under Horizon Europe first pillar. (3 days on-line training) copvering ERC and MSCA grants writing. (Pixel, December 2020)
- Horizon 2020 Marie Curie grant writing, MCST (Malta, Jan 2020)
- Master degree on EU project planning, 3 days training on H2020 MSCA and ERC grants. Pixel, November 2019)
- Horizon ERC StG Grants, Empa (1-2 July 2019, Switzerland)
- H2020 Grant Development Management, Malta Scientific Council, Nov 2018, 40 participants (Malta)
- Master degree on EU Project Panning: H2020 Excellence Pillar. 3 days teaching, Nov 2018, Pixel (Florence), 35 students
- EURAXESS ASEAN TOUR, 21-29 May 2018, Singapore and Thailand (Bangkok and Khon-Kaen University): main trainer in 7 events on European funding opportunities for Asian researchers/research organisations,with more than 600 participants
- The Horizon 2020 in Belarus 2018 Week, 19-23 February 2018, Minsk: main trainer for “Funding academic career advancement and support of international mobility of researchers” and “Grant writing” with several bilateral appointments. Total of 230 participants.
- H2020 Marie S. Curie and European Research Council (ERC), TWI, 19-20 July 2017, Cambridge (UK): 2 days training with 25 participants.
- Master degree “EU Access to project financing”, Sole24Ore, April 2017, Milan