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Level 1 – Introductory courses

The Level 1 courses are introductory courses for those who have little experience with Horizon 2020.

Courses at this level have a practical orientation. They are designed to equip EU advisors with the basic skills needed to support researchers who are applying for, or have applied for, Horizon 2020 funding. They also provide basic knowledge about Horizon 2020 for applicants/researchers.
The courses provide an introduction to EU projects and information on how to find calls for proposals, what is expected in a grant proposal and requirements for project implementation.

Some of the courses will be held by e-learning. Please sign in and register in advance of the course.

Scheduled courses

The courses at this level:


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.

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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.

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Participant Portal

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

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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?

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 Participant Portal and subsequently retrieve the evaluation results.

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.


Project support – Level 1

This course provides an introduction to project implementation and requirements for project reporting. Participants will learn about periodic reports for the various types of projects (actions) under Horizon 2020: Research & Innovation Actions (RIA), Innovation Actions (IA) and Coordination & Support Actions (CSA).

The course covers the following topics: financial reporting, final reports, and tasks an EU advisor can take on to assist project coordinators.

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