This unique training course is aimed at enabling organisations to better understand and take advantage of the various European funding opportunities suitable for SMEs. The course is designed to equip participants with the necessary skills and know-how to produce high quality and successful SME Instrument proposals.
The course covers the various types of funding streams available to SMEs and helps participants to identify the most suitable options for their companies. The course focuses on the main funding streams in the Horizon 2020 Programme such as Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions; Industrial Leadership; SME Instrument; EUREKA Eurostars; Societal Challenges and Fast Track to Innovation. Other non H2020 programmes (Erasmus+ -Traineeships; Knowledge Alliances Sector Skills Alliances) will also be considered.
The course focuses on a significant funding opportunity, the SME Instrument Programme. It also addresses the key issues central to a well-presented SME Instrument Phase 1 proposal.
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 experiences globally to make 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. Appreciating the range of EC funding options available to small companies and identifying those most suitable;
2. Understanding the key elements of a well-constructed SME Instrument (SMEi) proposal;
3. Considering the approaches needed to deliver a proposal in a timely manner;
4. Understanding the evaluation processes used for SMEi proposals;
5. Learning best-practice from experts in the field of proposal development;
6. Network with colleagues from all across Europe, sharing experiences and exchanging know-how.
Strictly limited seats per course ensure a much more focused learning experience and a customised programme.
UPCOMING NEW COURSE
Successful grant proposals for SME’s
European Academy is pleased to announce that a new training course on project development and proposal writing, the ”Successful grant proposals for SME’s” 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.
DESCRIPTION OF EACH DAY
Day1 - Understanding EC funding sources for SMEs with a focus on the EC SME Instrument
The first day of the course deals with the various funding streams available from the European Commission through Horizon 2020 and other EC funding sources and helps participants to identify the most suitable funding sources for their organisations. This is followed by the first stage in developing a winning SME Instrument proposal which forms an introduction to the SME Instrument and its aims – the different phases and their purposes and new developments in the programme.
Day 2 - Developing a winning SME Instrument Proposal
The second day of the course continues the discussions on the development of an SMEi proposal and deals with the writing of the application, the various sections of the proposal, the evaluation procedures, partnership and subcontracting issues and includes a series of hints & tips for a convincing proposal. The last part considers putting it all together through a workshop on developing a proposal which can form a strategy for developing a company approach to bid-writing.
Participants of the two days training will learn:
Which funding sources are available from the EC for SMEs and how to make use of them
The current trends for EC funding
How to access international & European funding sources
The most suitable funding sources for each organisations
How to optimally absorb EU Funds
The key principles for developing successful applications for the SME Instrument (SMEi) Programme
The contractual requirements for Beneficiaries
Documentation and record keeping requirements
Important elements of a winning proposal
Dos and don’ts in proposal writing
Why do proposals succeed and why do they fail and how to avoid this happening
How to avoid common applications mistakes
Understand the life-cycle of proposal development from idea through to submission
What does a project sponsor (e.g. European Commission) expect from an SMEi proposal
How project sponsors deal with proposals after submission and how the evaluation process works
How to avoid disputes
How to review the process of proposal development and the outcomes of an evaluation
BENEFITS AND EXPECTED OUTCOMES
At the end of the course, participants will:
Learn how to identify funding opportunities for SMEs
Understand the current EU rules
Make the most out of the available funding instruments and understand which are best for your organisation
Prepare accurate and engaging proposal documentation
Develop a strategy for developing bids within your organisation
Improve the success rate of your project proposals
Demonstrate your organisation has qualified staff members to handle EU funded projects
Avoid rejection of your applications
Deliver project documentation correctly
Avoid financial corrections and penalties
Increase your organisation’s competitiveness
Benefit from key insights
Learn from best practice examples of our experienced speakers
Benefit from practical workshops and exercises
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
Co-ordinators and Controllers
Directors of Research
Grants Financial Accountants
Heads of Finance in SMEs
Consultants advising Beneficiaries
Public and Private Beneficiaries of EU Funds
Competitors of companies having benefited from aid
National and Regional Public Authorities
City Councils, Regional and Local Governments
European and National Associations
Regional Development Agencies
National and Regional Subordinate Bodies
Associations and Foundations
Research & Technology Centres
Public and Private Research Institutes
Higher Education Institutions & Universities
Clusters and Innovation Centres
Private Companies of all Sectors
Associations, Foundations, Non for Profit and NGOs
Business Development Agencies
Intellectual Property and Patent Agencies
Advisory and Auditing Companies serving EU Beneficiaries
Complete 2 days training €1390 exl. VAT
PARTICIPATION FEES INCLUDE
Admission to the course
Hard copies of training material
Certification of “EC Funding Opportunities for Small-to-Medium Sized Enterprises; the SME Instrument” training completion
Certificate of attendance
Accreditation to Professionals Directory
Complimentary coffee & snack breaks
Complimentary networking lunch breaks
WHY THIS COURSE
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 tutors have a track record in developing successful EC proposals including the SME Instrument and Fast Track to Innovation Projects. They support extensively companies – large and small – and non-profit bodies such as hospitals in accessing grants and funding for research, development, innovation and training through supporting proposal writing, delivering training and project management expertise in organisations.
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.