From the Fundamentals to Developing Winning Proposals for Horizon 2020 and other programmes
Date: TBA
Language: English
Location: TBA

Research and Innovation Project Development for H2020

European Academy is pleased to announce that a new training course on project development and proposal writing, the ”Research and Innovation Project Development for H2020”  will be launched in Autumn 2019. 

The new course, will also be aligned with European Academy's training curriculum and will include: 

  • Pre-training survey designed to tailor each course to best suit individual requirements.

  • Preparatory e-learning on key initial elements on the subject to best prepare you for the course and initiate a cognitive learning process.

  • Post course support on potential questions relevant to the contents of the course delivered, where an expert will be available to answer post traing questions and help in assimilation of the knowledge gained.


This course is aimed at equipping individuals in organisations of all types and sizes who have the responsibility for developing research and development - style proposals with the relevant skills and know-how to produce engaging, high quality, successful bids. It is relevant to people working in all sectors and to all kinds of proposals irrespective of funding source.


The course covers the various types of bids and proposals and the key similarities and differences between them and the various approaches needed to reflect these factors. The content of the training is structured to address all key issues central to a well-presented proposal. This includes planning, writing the bid, structure and writing style as well as partnership development, budgets and eligibility. Understanding the importance of review and checking, as well as the actual submission process and what happens to a proposal after submission are also described.


The course encourages an interactive approach and uses a mixture of lecture style-delivery, workshop activities and structured discussion. There is also ample opportunity for question and answer sessions. Extensive use will be made of case studies from RedKnight’s global experiences, making the training as practical as possible.


As a result of completing this course, participants will be better equipped to produce a winning proposal by:


1.  Understanding the key elements of a well-constructed proposal;

2. Recognising the differences between the various types of proposal and funding stream;

3. Mastering the approaches needed to deliver a proposal in a timely manner;

4. Comprehending the importance of the submission and evaluation processes used for your proposal;

5. Learning the best-practices from experts in the field of proposal development;

6. Networking with colleagues from all across Europe, sharing experiences and exchanging your know- how.


Strictly limited seats per course ensure a much more focused learning experience and a customised programme.



Day1 - The Key Components of a well-crafted Proposal and its Development

The first day of the training deals with the key aspects of a winning proposal – one that will be well- received by evaluators and reviewers. It examines the different types of bid and provides an overview of typical funding streams. Planning, Structure and Writing Style are examined in detail to ensure proposals are completed in a timely manner.


Day 2 - Budgets, Checking, Reviewing, Submission and Developing a Bid-Writing Strategy

The second day of the course deals with issues relating to budgets and the important issue of eligibility. It emphasises the importance of checking, proof-reading the proposal and developing a plan for review of the development process and after the outcome is known. A strategy for developing a company approach to bid-writing is a workshop activity.



Participants of the two days training will learn:

  • The current trends for EC funding

  • How to access international & European funding sources

  • How to optimally absorb EU Funds for research

  • How to create research funding strategies

  • The essential elements of a Horizon 2020 contract 

  • Contractual requirements for EU funded projects 

  • The key principles for developing a good funding application 

  • Important elements of a successful proposal 

  • Dos and don’ts in proposal writing 

  • Why do proposals fail and how to avoid this happening 

  • How to successfully manage EU funded projects 

  • The life-cycle of proposal development from idea through to submission 

  • What does a project sponsor (e.g. European Commission) expect from a project proposal 

  • Documentation and record keeping requirements 

  • How to document project finance 

  • How to correctly distinguish and record economic and non-economic activities 

  • How to handle intellectual property in the frame of Horizon 2020 

  • How to handle open access requirements

  • How to draw successful consortium agreements 

  • How to improve cooperation with project partners and stakeholders 

  • The communication obligations for EC funded projects 

  • How to create Impact



At the end of the course, participants will:

  • Become familiar with the current EU rules 

  • Be able to develop a strategy for developing bids within your organisation 

  • Become an expert in identifying funding opportunities 

  • Prepare accurate and engaging proposal documentation 

  • Avoid compromising your project 

  • Make the most out of the available funding instruments 

  • Improve the success rate of your project proposals 

  • Learn how to negotiate effectively research and development contracts 

  • Deliver project documentation correctly 

  • Increase absorption of your funds through simplifying application and reporting processes 

  • Learn how to avoid and solve disputes 

  • Avoid financial corrections and penalties 

  • Optimally manage confidential information 

  • Demonstrate your organisation has qualified staff members to handle EU funded projects 

  • Increase your organisation’s competitiveness 

  • Benefit from key insights 

  • Learn from best practice examples of our experienced speakers 

  • Benefit from practical workshops and exercises 

  • Learn from best practice examples of our experienced speakers  

  • Receive tangible and actionable advice on your individual questions 

  • Network and exchange experience with peers and possible partners from across EU



National Contact Points for H2020

Project Managers

Projects Administrators

Account Managers

Co-ordinators and Controllers


Development Managers

Directors of Research


Grants Financial Accountants

Directors of Financial Services Researchers & Professors

Consultants advising Beneficiaries Consultants and accountants working for the public sector

Policy Advisors



Public and Private Beneficiaries of EU Funds Competitors of companies having benefited from aid

Coordinating Bodies

National and Regional Public Authorities

City Councils, Regional and Local Governments European and National Associations

Regional Development Agencies

National and Regional Ministries

National and Regional Subordinate Bodies Associations and Foundations

Charitable institutions

Research & Technology Centres

Public and Private Research Institutes

Higher Education Institutions & Universities

Spin-off Companies

Clusters and Innovation Centres

Private Companies of all Sectors

Associations, Foundations, Non for Profit and NGOs

Consulting Companies

Business Development Agencies



  • Complete 2 days training €1390 exl. VAT


  • Admission to the course

  • Course’s Handbook

  • Hard copies of training material

  • Certification of “Proposal Writing for Research and Innovation Projects” training completion

  • Certificate of attendance

  • Accreditation to Professionals Directory

  • Complimentary coffee & snack breaks

  • Complimentary networking lunch breaks



The course is led by tutors with extensive experience in the development and delivery of EC funded projects under the Framework Programmes (FP6, FP7 and Horizon 2020), Erasmus Plus (Lifelong Learning) Programme and Structural Funds Programmes (ERDF; ESF; INTERREG and EAFRD) and the delivery of relevant training. They have extensive experience of developing SME-based research and development proposals.


The training is structured with the scope to provide participants with a solid understanding of the EU projects environment from the very basics to the most advanced issues, and to acquaint them with all skills necessary to those developing, monitoring and evaluating funding proposals. The course’s training material is based on the success stories and the mistakes of hundreds of projects, enriched with little secrets and reinforced by a mix of learning methods, including lecture style presentations, open discussions, case studies, simulations and group work.




Prof. Quantick has extensive experience of providing training in funding, proposal development and project delivery and has delivered courses internationally to companies, universities and research centres for over 30 years. He has an in-depth understanding of the European Commision's funding framework, having been an evaluator and a reviewer for the past 25 years and was Chair of the expert group that evaluated Framework Programme 7. He has an extensive international network with academic, business and governmental organisations.



Mr. Hodgson has a significant experience in the field and has delivered courses internationally to companies, universities and research centres over the last 10 years. He is an expert in the management of EC projects and has hands on experience project compliance, managing project outputs and reporting to managing authorities. He brings to his trainings his extensive practical experience of writing successful SME Instrument proposals and other SME-based bids.



Mr. Radice is an experienced project manager of large scale Horizon 2020 Fast Track to Innovation projects. He has provided support for numerous Horizon 2020, Erasmus+ and Creative Europe projects. He holds a BA in International Relations and a MA in European Union Studies.