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Level 2 – Advanced courses

The Level 2 courses are targeted towards EU advisors, research administrators and accounting personnel who already have experience with Horizon 2020.

Several of the courses are also suitable for project coordinators, researchers and others with key roles in a Horizon 2020 project. This level includes courses that cover more broad-based topics such as proposal strategies and support for writing proposals as well as specialised courses that explore a single topic in depth.
 

The courses at this level:

• Addressing impact in proposals
• Consortium agreements
• Consortia and building partnerships
• ERC Starting Grants, Consolidator Grants and Advanced Grants
• Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA);
• Proactive EU advosiry services
• Project development - Level 2
• Project management and financial reporting
• Project support - Level 2
• Proposal strategies
 

Addressing impact in proposals

The aim of this course is to teach applicants to sell their ideas in the project summary and the section on impact. Impact is one of the most important evaluation criteria for EU project proposals and applicants must explain the anticipated impact of the project.

Consortium agreements

This course reviews the items to be included in a consortium agreement for collaborative projects under Horizon 2020. The course also presents the various contract models and templates, as well as the template for the Model Grant Agreement between the European Commission and the project and the requirements this sets out for the consortium agreement.

Consortia and building partnerships

This course provides information on what characterises an effective consortium, which roles the various partners may play, and which points are important to include in a good consortium agreement. The course covers topics such as how to find and build a network of potential partners, the role of the coordinator, and other roles and responsibilities in a project.

ERC Starting Grants, Consolidator Grants and Advanced Grants

The European Research Council (ERC) is the flagship of Horizon 2020 and differs from most other funding sources. The ERC awards grants to individual researchers with pioneering ideas and high-gain/high-risk research projects.The course helps participants to draw up a competitive ERC grant proposal. You will be given key information on how to write the best possible proposal based on experience from previous ERC calls for proposals.The course will discuss the individual evaluation criteria employed by the ERC and how to understand them.The course is led by an experienced consulting firm. The Research Council uses Yellow Research and Beacon Tech, among others. Both of these firms have extensive experience in leading ERC workshops and pre-submission review of ERC grant proposals.

The course is held on request, in cooperation with the research institutions.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions – Individual Fellowships

Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions Individual Fellowships (MSCA – IF) is an instrument for promoting career development for individual researchers and for recruiting highly-promising experienced researchers to an institution.This action is designed for researchers seeking to enhance their careers by spending one to two years at a research institution abroad.The course is targeted towards two types of participants: individual researchers seeking a research stay abroad, and supervisors, research managers and others seeking to recruit excellent researchers for a time-limited research stay in Norway.Research-intensive companies may also make use of these fellowships.The course looks at how to write a successful proposal and also provides interview training in connection with the application process.

The course is held on request.

Proactive EU advisory services

This course gives tips to EU advisors on how to work systemically with research groups at their own institutions and direct these groups towards Horizon 2020. Participants will also learn how to present the potential of Horizon 2020 effectively and to help researchers to recognise the value of a call for proposals in relation to their research interests. The course also equips participants with good communication tools to debunk myths and highlight opportunities.

Project development – Level 2

The course provides information on how to write a professional, competitive proposal under Horizon 2020. Participants will receive tips on how to lay a strategy for a good proposal and what to focus on in the different parts of the proposal. The course addresses topics such as proposal content, the proposal writing process and proposal evaluation.

Project management and financial reporting

This course provides an introduction to how to get an EU project started and gives practical tips on how to ensure effective project implementation.

The course also discusses financial rules, technical management and reporting under Horizon 2020.
The course is held by the Research Council in collaboration with Europa Media.

Project support – Level 2

This course discusses the typical roles that an EU advisor can assist with in an EU project. Importance is attached to how to support the project coordinator closely to facilitate follow-up.

Proposal strategies

This course provides insight into how EU programmes are structured to enable EU advisors to work strategically within their own organisations and target the focus areas and calls for proposals set out in current work programmes under Horizon 2020.

The course teaches participants how to analyse opportunities found in a work programme and how to link these to the strategy and priorities of their own institution.

 

Published:
20.12.2016
Last updated:
14.09.2017