How To Prepare A Project Proposal
Last update: 05/05/2008
1. Check if an eTEN call for proposals is open
When a call for proposals is opened, this is announced on the Calls page.
2. Inform yourself about the call for proposals and the Work Programme
The first step in writing a proposal is reading the call documentation. An Information Package is published on the Call page. Every year the information package is renewed. It contains the call text as published in the Official Journal of the European Union. This will tell you which areas are open for proposals and where and when to submit your proposal. You will also find the Work Programme that provides a detailed description of the content and objectives of the eTEN programme and indicates which types of actions are open for the call. Read this documentation and ask yourself if the proposal you want to write is in line with this documentation.
3. Read the Guide for Proposers and the evaluation manual
When you decide your idea fits with the objectives of the work programme, continue and read the Guide for Proposers that gives detailed instructions on how to write a proposal. The Evaluation Guide that defines the criteria that will be used to evaluate the proposals and the evaluation process will also be put in the info package.
4. Make your consortium complete
You may need more partners in order to form a stable consortium. For this purpose, the eTEN programme provides a partner-search tool in which you can either post your profile or browse the profile of other companies/organisations. If you are looking for partners in a specific country, you can also contact the relevant NCP / National Contact Point.
5. Inform us about your intentions
If you decide to submit your proposal, register early in the Electronic Proposal Submission System (EPSS).
6. If you need more information
If you have questions after reading all documentation, please first visit the FAQ section on the website that is updated very regularly. If your question is not in the list, please contact the eTEN National Contact Point in your own country or send an e-mail to the unit's functional mailbox: email@example.com. Another way to get information is by visiting an information day which is also an opportunity to meet staff from the eTEN unit. All details about information days in specific countries, can be found at the National Information Days page.
7. Preparing the proposal
Prepare the proposal using the EPSS according to the Guide for Proposers. Financial Viability can be evaluated with the Financial Viability Tool (online).
8. Ensure your proposal is submitted in time
See call text and guide for proposers for the submission deadline.