If you are working on your proposal for funding for energy efficiency under the Horizon 2020 call, this article is for you! We collected and put together a number of steps and tips from EASME experts to help you focus on the most important elements.
Number 1: Start now! The call will open on the 16th of July, and the first deadline is set for 15 January 2020.
Number 2: Read all the relevant information, from the Work Programme, the annexes and the Participants Portal to make sure you have clear what is expected from you.
Number 3: Choose your idea, structure it well and stick to it. Define the main elements of your proposal and make sure you have a clear:
- Project objective
- Understanding of your starting point and the research/market current situation
- Target group
- Set of partners
- Path to make a difference and have an impact
Number 4: Build a good consortium, keeping in mind to be consistent and adaptable: remain relevant to your objective, but don’t hesitate to exclude a country if you don’t find the right partner. The choice of partners is particularly relevant: make sure they have diverse skills and competences and involve them in the preparation, in order to avoid surprises after the submission.
Number 5: Create a budget and define it bottom-up: define the tasks first, then estimate efforts needed and check regularly its consistency while advancing on with your Work Plan.
Number 6: Write your proposal and choose the best methodology to deliver impact. Plan your working steps, design a communication and dissemination strategy keeping in mind your purpose. In case of any doubts, refer to the guidance in the application forms and proposal template.
Number 7: Don’t forget about final polishing. Check that your proposal is complete and consistent with your description of activities and budget, and ask for critical external reading and for an English check.