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Last updated: 8/4/17

Support for Research and Development

Neil offers extensive experience of the way national and European research funding works, having contributed to the development of new funding programmes and the evaluation and review of proposals for funding.

Link: Proposal writing

Link: Outline of Horizon 2020 (H2020 or FP8)

Link: The funding process

Link: How EC funding works

Proposal writing

Services offered to bidding consortia include proposal pre-evaluation and facilitation of consortium-building workshops as well as post-mortems of failed bids. Neil can also play a more central role in development of a proposal, which often begins many months before the submission.

The selection process for funding proposals is highly competitive and Neil is well placed to help you improve your chances of success:

Link: More information about services for proposal-writers and EC-related training courses.


Outline of Horizon 2020 (H2020)

Horizon 2020 is the 'brand' used by the European Commission for funding research and innovation in pursuit of European policies for competitiveness.

Link: Lexicon of Horizon2020 terminology

H2020 consists of three main parts or 'Pillars':

External link: Horizon 2020 overview (decision document)

Collaborative research

This new 'political' view of the need for EC intervention in research and innovation embraces some familiar concepts and some new ones. You will find some of the 'old' (FP7) initiatives like Marie Curie and INFRA (both now part of the Science pillar). The outine above shows how research is now being treated as a 'horizontal' activity underpinning all three pillars rather than a discrete part of the programme in the way that FP7 had its 'Cooperation' and 'Capacities' sub-programmes.

Horizon 2020 is divided into topic-based work programmes within the three pillars (for example ICT or Transport in under the Leadership pillar) and offers different funding models reimbursing up to 125% of direct costs depending on the purpose of the project and the extent to which it addresses research rather than 'near-market' issues.


The funding process

There are 8 steps to be followed:


How EC funding works

There are several principles that restrict the amount that you can claim as reimbursement for executing a project:


National research funding

Universities receive much of their funding through Research Councils. What is less well-known is that there are schemes for private sector researchers as well - mostly though the Technology Strategy Board.

External link: Open the TSB Competitions page in a new window

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