Tuesday 13 November 2018 – 9:00 to 18:30

– The EU Budget and Funding Opportunities: Structural Funds Vs EU Funding Programmes

– The EU Institutions: structure and role in EU Funding Programmes

– EU Procurement: commercial and business opportunities through EU Tenders

– EU Funding Programmes: overview and general rules

– The 2014-2020 Programming Cycle and Europe 2020

– Documentation: Call for Proposals, Work Programme and Form:

– Official Sources of Information

Wednesday 14 November 2018 – 9:00 to 18:30

– The Lifecycle of EU Funded Projects: the various stages from idea to project

– Project Life-Cycle: identification and appraisal

– Project Life-Cycle: proposal drafting, analysis of the Application Form

– Project Life-Cycle: submission, evaluation and negotiation.  The Grant Agreement

– Project Life-Cycle: managing the approved project and the closing stage

– Zoom-in on Horizon 2020 the Research & Innovation Programme: a practitioner’s perspective since FP5

Case studies: reference to real-life case scenarios of proposals, projects and consortia

Thursday 15 November 2018 – 9:00 to 18:30

– How to Write a Sound Proposal: methodologies and tools

– Context and Objectives

– Results, Deliverables and International Consortium

– Planning: Work Breakdown Structure and Work Packages

– Resources and Budgeting

– The Evaluation: the perspective of the proposer.  Analysis of Evaluation Summary Reports

Workshop: participants are grouped into Teams and will simulate the development of a proposal.  The Workshop is based on a real Call for Proposal and Work Programme.  Teams will use a simplified Form developed specifically for this workshop.  Teams will work under the supervision and guidance of the trainers.

Friday 16 November 2018 – 9:00 to 14:00

– The Evaluation 2: the perspective of the evaluator.  How is the evaluation stage structured, who are the evaluators and how they “think”?

– Shock Therapy: participants present their work and simulate the evaluation phase.  Teams assess proposals using the tools of the evaluators.

– Wrap-up and Conclusions



The first day of the Master Class is the introduction to the EU Budget and the funding and business opportunities that stem from it through the Structural Funds, EU Procurement and EU Programmes.  Speakers will present the role of the EU Institutions in managing the Programmes, the functioning of EU funding Programmes, the commercial opportunities provided by EU Procurement and the official sources of information.

The following days are devoted to the Workshop of EU Project Drafting and Evaluation in which the trainers will share their techniques, tips and tricks on how to develop a sound proposal for EU funding.  Trainers will dive into the operational aspects of the project life-cycle, methodologies of project preparation and proposal drafting making direct reference to real-life case studies of EU funded projects.  Participants are then grouped into Teams that will simulate the development of a proposal under the supervision of the trainers and will simulate the evaluation process in the “Shock Therapy”.

During the Master Class, participants can arrange individual sessions with the trainers to discuss specific project ideas.

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