Introductory course Horizon 2020

We offer introductory courses for those who do not have much experience with Horizon 2020.

These courses have a practical orientation, and are designed to give EU advisors the basic skills needed to support researchers who are applying for Horizon 2020 funding. They are also well-suited for applicants/researchers.

The courses provide an introduction to EU projects as well as information on how to find calls for proposals and what is expected in a grant proposal. The courses also cover the project phase.

While some of the courses are eLearning courses, others are traditional classroom courses. We recommend completing the eLearning courses, “Introduction to EU projects” and “Funding and Tenders Portal” (previously Participant Portal), before embarking on any classroom-based courses.

Introductory courses

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Introduction to the Horizon 2020 pillar Excellent Science

This course provides information about the funding opportunities available under the Horizon 2020 pillar Excellent Science (ERC Starting Grants, Consolidator Grants and Advanced Grants, and Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA)).

The aim is to give EU advisors the information they need to encourage researchers to explore these funding opportunities. The course explains how Excellent Science differs from the other two pillars under Horizon 2020.

Introduction to EU projects

This is a basic introductory course for individuals who do not have previous experience with projects for EU programmes/Horizon 2020. The course provides an introduction to Horizon 2020, including a description of how and why Norway is participating in EU research and innovation cooperation as well as of the political background for Horizon 2020.

Funding and Tenders Portal

This course provides a practical introduction to the Horizon 2020 Funding and Tenders Portal (previously Participant Portal), where you will find all calls for proposals, the H2020 online manual and key legal documents.

Classroom-based courses

At the bottom of this page you will find a list of upcoming Horizon 2020 courses. Here is brief description of the various courses:

Project development – Level 1

This course gives EU advisors basic information on how to put together a competitive EU project. The course addresses key elements of project development: What is an EU project? How does a consortium function? What are the steps to establishing an EU project? Why use projects as a tool for solving societal challenges? The course is held in cooperation with SINTEF.

Support for writing proposals – Level 1

This course offers practical advice to EU advisors on how to be a good internal resource for researchers at their own institutions as they are writing proposals. The course addresses topics such as how to download proposal templates, how to fill in the necessary administrative information about the project in the administrative forms (Part A), and how to register a project proposal in the Funding and Tenders Portal and subsequently retrieve the evaluation results. The course is held in cooperation with SINTEF.

Budgeting – Level 1

This course provides an introduction to budgeting for EU projects. The aim is to give participants a general understanding of budgets and periodic reports. The course explains the different cost categories (direct/indirect costs, overheads, administrative assistance), and what can and cannot be included in the budget. The course is held in cooperation with SINTEF.

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Energy, transport and low emissions
Industry and services
Public sector
Research organisations
Climate and polar research
Enabling technologies
Energy, transport and low emissions
Land-based food, the environment and bioresources
Research organisations
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