Prepare for the new H2020 work programme

The Horizon 2020 work programme 2018-2020 will be the largest integrated programme of publicly funded research and innovation across the EU. The final work programme of Horizon 2020 is expected to be published in October. Draft versions are already circulating, and allow researchers to gain an early insight into funding opportunities for the upcoming period. Now is the time for researchers to prepare strategies that maximise their chances of accessing some of the expected €30Bn budget on offer. See below how the ttopstart academy training programmes can support you in this.

By proactively mapping out a detailed research and funding strategy, researchers can gain a step on their competitors and optimally position themselves to take full advantage of the new work programme.

H2020 work programme 2018-2020: Opportunities and Challenges

The open, challenge-led approach of H2020 will likely be extended further, with big mission-oriented, high-impact calls and broader topics.

To successfully address these challenges requires strong research consortia: multidisciplinary teams of leading researchers, innovative companies and additional stakeholders. Consortium development is critically important and should not be underestimated. Anticipating in which direction your field of research is moving and the potential scope of the funding call will give you a head start in developing the optimal consortium. Involving consortium partners at the earliest stage possible also fosters collaboration, improves motivation of all members and provides you with additional time for writing the actual proposal.

Reducing the administrative burden for participants.

The new work programme aims to further reduce red tape, making H2020 attractive for top researchers and innovative companies. Nonetheless, the administrative and bureaucratic tasks can quickly pile up, especially in projects with large consortia. Previous research by ttopstart has shown that effective management is a key factor in a successful project. An effective project management strategy can reduce the burden of dealing with non-scientific tasks, allowing researchers to focus on their areas of expertise. This can improve project outcomes by facilitating effective communication and engagement of all consortium partners.

Increasing the focus on innovation.

The new work programme will further emphasise better and more effective exploitation of project results. Therefore, a detailed intellectual property (IP) strategy is essential. Most academic researchers engage with industry solely focussing on their research rather than on commercialising their knowledge. However, proper management and protection of knowledge and know-how must be given adequate consideration when developing project proposals.

Measures to increase success rates will likely include greater use of two-stage calls.

More than ever, the new work programme will focus on key priorities. The goal is to maximise impact, and to ensure that applicants can find topics of interest. What sets you apart from your competitors, and how can you convey that in your application?

Is H2020 funding for you?

Have you previously considered EU grants from H2020 as part of your funding strategy, but got lost in the alphabet soup of different calls? Do you have difficulty identifying the call that best fits you and your project? Are you unsure of the requirements for a strong consortium, or do you find it challenging to identify the right partners in and outside of academia? Are you unsure how to highlight your/your consortium members CVs, research plans, and business strategies?

Interactive and Personalised training to prepare for the new work programme

With more than 9 years’ experience in developing competitive projects and writing winning grant proposals (including acquiring over €300M funding for clients from FP6 to H2020), ttopstart is one of the leading companies in life science subsidies in Europe, for academia and business.

All of our training is designed around our Fast Forward (FFWD) methodology. With our innovative training programme, we will share with you best practices and tips, and introduce key aspects that will allow you and your ideas to stand out amongst your competitors.

Importantly, the exact composition of the training will be decided together with you, and can consist of plenary and interactive sessions. It is our ultimate goal to train participants for the preparation of successful H2020 proposals.

Examples of what can be learned

  • Essentials of consortia for Horizon2020;
  • How to manage your project and your partners;
  • How to develop a project with impact;
  • How to design a convincing business strategy for exploiting project results.

To date, we have provided trainings for amongst others Aalto University (Finland), Radboud medical Centre (The Netherlands) and Aachen University (Germany).


1 day, with optional modules prior to (e.g. CV check) and post (e.g. application review) training.

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