“How to make a successful proposal in Horizon Europe” sponsored by the Common Implementation Centre. 



On March 24, EUAbout attended the online webinar “How to prepare a successful proposal in Horizon Europe” sponsored by the Common Implementation Centre.



The purpose of the event was to describe the general and new directives for SMEs, research institutes, organizations and companies that are willing to submit their proposals and participate in calls in the field of the Horizon Europe programme in June.

The webinar started with the intervention of Anna Panagopoulou, Director of the Common Implementation Centre, who stressed on the importance of innovation activities promoted by Horizon Europe, followed by a more detailed description of the programme introduced by Isabel Vergara and Bénédicte Charbonnel, European Commission, who focused on the submission and evaluation aspects.

Horizon Europe supports research and innovation in three pillars: excellent science, global challenges and European industrial competitiveness and innovative Europe. Applicants will have to pay attention to a series of novelties introduced to the programme in order to be successful: the reduction of the number of pages to 45 pages for applications for RIA (Research and Innovation Action) and IA (Innovation Action); new features for the proposal template, as a security questionnaire has been introduced in all HE proposals, as well as a glossary of terms and an ethics review, in order to evaluate the ethical compliance and the measurement of results. While, the evaluation criteria will be focused on excellence, science methodology and impact, with the new introduction of KPIs (Key Impacts Pathways), thus measuring the credibility of the pathways in line with the calls. In the evaluation phase, other two steps have been added: the rebuttal, where the applicants will be sent the comments of the evaluating experts on their proposals and will be able to react to them; and the blind evaluation, in which experts will evaluate without knowing the identity of participants. 

The second part of the webinar analized the proposal process in depth. The Grant Agreement represents the basis of the whole proposal, as it is the contractual document signed with a “granting authority”, the EC or one of its executive agencies, as well as it defines the rights, the obligations and the amount of the loan of the beneficiary. Based on a commission-wide model, the Horizon Europe Grant Agreement and its management are fully electronic.The strategic plan has been prepared following an extensive co-design process involving the European Parliament, Member States, stakeholders and the public at large. More than 8000 contributions have been submitted in various stages of the strategic planning process. The inclusive co-design process aims to ensure the broadest possible ownership and optimise the overall impact of Horizon Europe.

Thanks to Horizon Europe, the EU can shape its future through research and innovation. Following the experience of Horizon 2020, the new Framework Programme will continue to drive Europe’s scientific excellence with a new mission-oriented approach, thus defining a new way to achieve wider social and policy aims as well as economic goals.

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