12-12-2016
 
Company News

With the odds of securing a Horizon 2020 grant dropping to around one in nine during the last two years, a convincing project idea and well-written proposal are more important than ever. Excellence, impact and implementation remain the most important evaluation criteria. These three parts need a solid project idea; undoubtedly the most important part of any proposal. There are many reasons why an otherwise good proposal can fail: Firstly, it is unwise to assume that each evaluator is as much of an expert in the subject of any given proposal as the writer. In such cases the idea behind a proposal needs to be described in an unambiguous way. Secondly, we’ve often noticed how the expertise of project partners isn’t being made obvious. Each partners’ role needs to be clearly defined. Thirdly, time management while writing the impact is something many proposers neglect. The impact part of a proposal has become more important in Horizon 2020 and should therefore be planned and written at the earliest date possible. This last reason is also why accelopment now offers project and outreach training (more on that below).
The reasons mentioned are why accelopment has been offering training for a number of years. The training offered so far was mostly spread by word-of-mouth and wasn’t heavily publicised on our website. Writing proposals and managing projects is part of our daily business and this puts us in a unique position: We know what it takes for a proposal to succeed and how projects are run. The training accelopment offers is backed by 20 years of experience in proposal writing and project management in FP7, Horizon 2020 and other funding programmes.
We’ve taken the decision to unify our existing range of training services and give them a new home on our brand-new Training page. We offer three different types of training: webinars, workshops and one-to-one meetings. Our training modules comprise the subjects Funding Advice, Proposal Writing, Research Project Management and Project Impact & Outreach. To help you get an overview, here’s a rundown of what to expect from each individual module:

 

 
Type
Webinar
Workshop
One-to-one meeting
Funding Advice
Proposal Writing  
Research Project Management
 
Project Impact & Outreach
 
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fundinar

The fundinar is a live webinar that could potentially be attended by anyone. All that is required is a computer with an internet connection. Everything is organised by accelopment and all you have to do is click on a link provided to you. The fundinar will give you an overview of (EU-) funding schemes, help you select a specific programme for your research area and explain the different project types and funding rules. This offering is targeted at researchers and companies (SMEs and industry) with an interest in health and life sciences, energy, ICT and materials. We’ve decided to cap the maximum attending number at 25 participants. The limited number of attendees is to ensure that everyone can get their questions answers before time runs out.

Workshop

For a more hands-on approach accelopment offers workshops for scientists at universities and other research institutions. Participating in a workshop is a logical step to undertake after having attended one of our fundinars. After learning the basics and knowing what your potential project could be, you will want to know which funding programme is the most relevant for your idea. Identifying where you want to apply for a grant and how to actually write a proposal are possibly the two most important steps once you’ve figured out what you want to research. A workshop is generally organised by a university or research organisation and is held on-site, running for one or two days. We do not recommend hosting a workshop on consecutive days: Instead, we highly recommend that attendees attend a first day and then do their homework before the workshop continues. This allows attendees to use the newly gained knowledge and prepare their project before the second day. Workshops in the past have been especially successful when combined with a one-to-one meeting. It is possible to host a workshop in the morning, followed by one-to-one meetings in the afternoon.

One-to-one

Despite our workshops allowing only up to 12 participants it can be beneficial to get an even more personal mentoring to help your idea along. That is where the one-to-one meetings come in: During 1-2 hour sessions 2 or 3 participants will receive a personal coaching on the selection of funding schemes and planning of the project plan. A research organisation can also book an expert from accelopment for a whole day, during which up to five one-to-one meetings can be held. In on of our success stories, such a one-to-one meeting was at the beginning of the successfully funded EAGLE project.

 

We handle all enquiries for the presented training modules via email or on the phone. Visit our contact page or send us an email at info@accelopment.com to get in touch with accelopment.