The European Union will invest almost €16 billion in research and innovation in the next two years under Horizon 2020, the EU’s research and innovation funding scheme, following a new Work Programme for 2016-17 adopted in October 2015. The Horizon 2020 programme target is to remain Europe lading in strategic science, to master societal challenges (e.g. environment, health) and to sustain industrial leadership (e.g. eco-mobility infrastructure, factory of the future). The involvement of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) is given a key attention to carry out innovation and through this creating and sustain employment.

Getting up to speed with the latest developments and the previous results and funding priorities for new H2020 calls will improve your chances tremendously to be included in projects running for the whole period till 2020.

You will be trained, advised and coached on how to participate in the open upcoming calls based on the new Work Programmes and intensive consultations with the relevant officials. This challenging two-day programme is designed for professionals seeking excellence in the EU project development and proposal writing. Furthermore, it will offer effective strategies and tools to those who wish to take part as partners in H2020 projects.

The program develops competencies and skills for initiating and implementing projects satisfying the highest quality criteria and understanding stakeholder issues that enable high impact and sustainability. We shall be building the capacity of project leaders to put in practice the most advanced methodologies for EU project management and leadership from project idea to follow-up.

Experiential learning environment encourages active interplay between conceptual frameworks and their implementation in complex real-world settings. Focusing on new EU funding opportunities we shall examine full project development process identifying key variables for success at each stage and providing irreplaceable insights into best practices;
Due to new political realities, migrants and energy crises, policy changes for the Balkans, Russia and Mediterranean countries, participants will be provided with the exerts guidance for the newly emerging funding and intervention opportunities.

You will benefit from analysis of specific calls for proposals performed by the leading EU authorities, the best partners to establish an international consortium, consensus-driven discussions to define project outline, proposal writing by experienced experts or insight to the EC evaluation criteria from experienced evaluators. As an added value training is based on practical work on participants concrete project proposals under supervision of leading EU experts, interconnecting initiatives that may reinforce each-other.

prof. dr. Steve QUARRIE
He is Head of education in European Training Academy. He provided regular training courses for over 15 years to scientists in Europe on general skills needed to develop a successful career doing science and research, including how to write project proposals. These courses have also been given in Newcastle, UK, Skopje, Macedonia , Zagreb, Croatia, Krakow, Poland and many reputable Universities and Centers of Excellence. He teaches general research skills to PhD students at the Faculty of Biology, Belgrade University, and is also a visiting Professor at the Business School, Newcastle University, UK. He has been a proposal evaluator for the European Commission in Brussels, and was a consultant for Serbia’s first Accreditation Commission for Higher Education. He has taken part as an independent expert in several Tempus projects, providing expertise in quality control and improving lecturer teaching skills. Steve has written more than 10 successful EU-funded projects, with success rate in writing research (FP) projects over 50%.

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09:30 – 10:00    Registration

10:00 – 10:30    Introduction: Welcome speech and setting the expectations of the participants and their needs,  Steve Quarrie

10:30 – 11:30     EU programme for research and innovation – HORIZON 2020 (SQ)

Getting to know the challenges and obstacles on the path to EU funds; expectations of the EC and opportunities for financing your peojects; Guidance notes to get into H2020 in the thematic fields based on participants interests

11:30 – 11:45    Coffee break

11:45 – 13:00     Prepare for participation in HORIZON 2020 (SQ)

Structure your interest and identify the right call in Horizon 2020; Exercise: Identifying topics and calls for proposals; Call analysis

13:00 – 13:45     Launch break

13:45 – 14:45    Horizon 2020 project design (SQ)

The entire process of proposal preparation; Designing project proposal in line with evaluation criteria; Practical tips and advices for proposal preparation

14:45 – 15:00    Coffee break

15:00 – 15:45     Generating project ideas by participants (SQ)

How to get to right idea for project

15:45 – 16:00    Discussion with lecturers

Dr Steve Quarrie


09:30 – 10:00    Registration

10:00 – 10:45    Workshop: How to write Excellence (GS)

Key parts of Excellence and how it is evaluated; Define clear and measurable objectives, indicators ; examples

10:45 – 11:00    Coffee break

11:00 – 11:45    Workshop: How to write Impact (GS)

What is Impact, key factors for excellent Impact, why is important and how it is evaluated

How to write Impact, Dissemination, communication; examples

11:45 – 12:00    Coffee break

12:00 – 13:00    Workshop: How to write Implementation (GS)

Work packages, deliverables, milestones, risk analysis; examples

13:00 – 13:30    Launch break

13:30 – 14:15    Excellence in H2020 project proposal writing (SQ)

The philosophy of writing successful EU projects; learning how to be competitive; providing evidence; how to make the project easy to read and how to impress the evaluators; common mystakes

14:15 – 14:45    Demonstration of (un)successfull project proposals (GS)

What distinguishes successful (funded) by the failure of the project proposal?

14:45 – 15:00    Coffee break

15:00 – 15:45    Workshop: project proposal evaluation (SQ)

Evaluation of already submitted project proposals

Exercise: Analisys of project proposals; why has EC given money to one project proposal and rejected another one

  • Professionals from all sectors: academia, universities and faculties, research institutes, SMEs, large industries, consultancies, clusters, national ministries and local authorities, regional development agencies, civil society organizations, NGOs etc.
  • Professionals from all sectors who would like to improve their project development skills to increase their chances of submitting a winning proposal
  • Professionals from all sectors who have been participating in H2020, FP7 or CIP projects
  • Professionals from all sectors who intend to participate in Horizon 2020

Master the logic and structure of Horizon 2020, the techniques of project planning and the role of partners in an Horizon 2020 consortium. Design a convincing and consistent proposal exceeding the requirements of the European Commission and impressing evaluators.

Deepen your knowledge of:

  • Novelties in Horizon 2020 and priorities for 2016-2017
  • Being able to identify the relevant funding scheme, calls for proposals and programming documents Strategies on getting into Horizon 2020
  • Finding partners for H2020 projects
  • Project proposal writing and budget preparation
  • Mastering the application rules
  • Examples of successful project proposals
  • Improving your organisation’s fund raising capacity

Acquire a practical methodology on:

  • Proposal writing to reach the maximum evaluation score
  • How to find and analyse adequate H2020 Call for Proposals
  • How to be visible for potential partners and how to create successful consortium
  • How to write project proposal that will get the money,
  • including key sections: Excellence, Impact and Implementation
  • Establishing and optimise the writing of a HORIZON 2020 application file

Added value:

  • funding and cooperation opportunities with the Balkan countries, Danube region, Mediterranean countries, and Russia.
  • Topics and interventions for migration and energy crises


24th – 25th of March 2017


Hotel Antunović, Congress Centre
Zagrebačka avenija 100
10090, Zagreb, Croatia