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Stay sharp and become an even better project manager. Learn the latest insights and in-depth knowledge on various aspects of EU funded Project Management, Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe from leading experts.


EMDESK checklist for Horizon Europe – Towards a successful participation

There are many important structural changes in the next EU framework programme Horizon Europe as well as novelties in the preparation and coordination of a Horizon Europe project.

To see all the key elements for the successful preparation of your Horizon Europe project at a glance, you are welcome to download our handy checklist and share it with your colleagues.

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Introduction to Horizon Europe proposal development

How can one apply to the Horizon Europe Programme? What’s the ideal time to start developing a Horizon Europe proposal? What are the main steps to make and the core evaluation criteria to keep in mind while creating your proposal? Read this article for expert guidance on the proposal development process.

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Three steps to build winning partnerships in Horizon Europe

This article is an expert guidance on how to build a winning consortium for a Horizon Europe project – from tips on devising the proper strategy and using the right tools for finding Horizon Europe partners to recommendations on considering different types of partnerships.

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Upcoming Webinar: Quick guide to read between the lines of a Horizon Europe call / 27 May, 14:00 CEST

To make sure you understand how to decode a Horizon Europe topic, register to this webinar on Horizon Europe calls, which will give you the keys to soundly prepare your application, gather the right partners, and define a solid project.

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How to write a convincing Impact Section for a Horizon Europe proposal

What do the evaluators expect to see in the Impact Section of your Horizon Europe proposal? What is the impact newness in the Horizon Europe programme? Check this article to know how to write a convincing Impact Section for your project proposal.

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Efficient communication management in collaborative projects

Communication is crucial for the success of collaborative projects, e.g. Horizon Europe. In this article, we outline top communication skills & habits for project managers, as well as give tips on how to improve your project communication management in 4 simple steps.

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Upcoming: Special Webinar – Latest updates on Horizon Europe by the EC / 5 May, 11:00 CET

We're excited to announce our special webinar with the EC focused on the latest updates on Horizon Europe. Register to learn more about it's missions, strategic planning, as well as the first work programmes/calls for proposals.

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Costs calculation in Horizon Europe – main changes to H2020

Horizon Europe will implement a few changes with regards to the calculation and documentation of costs eligible for EU funding. This article is for the experienced H2020 project administrator who needs to get a brief overview on what is new and different.

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Upcoming Webinar: Financial rules of Horizon Europe in comparison to H2020 / 13.04, 14:00 CET

This expert session answers the questions of how will we calculate daily rates to report personnel costs in Horizon Europe, what are the changes with project-based remuneration reporting and what will change with internal invoicing. Don't forget to register!

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How to simplify the budgeting process in collaborative projects

Tips and tricks on how to turn budgets with different stakeholders, like in H2020 or Horizon Europe, into a straightforward and streamlined process.

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Financial data & business plan in Horizon Europe proposal

Do not underestimate the need to include a preliminary business plan, as well as financial projections in Horizon Europe proposals. Check out this article to know why.

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3 steps to get the Horizon Europe programme off to a good start

How one can get ready for the Horizon Europe programme? What are the keys for creating a competitive consortium? When is it better to start developing your Horizon Europe project? Take a look at 3 important steps to get the programme off to a good start.

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Upcoming Webinar: Create your Horizon Europe project budget in 6 steps / 16.03, 15:00 CET

Draw up a budget that will prevail during Horizon Europe project implementation by following 6 important steps that we will go through in this webinar. Reserve your spot!

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Dissemination & Exploitation in Horizon 2020

Presenting a credible path to deliver the innovation to the market and contributing to company scale-up(s) is crucial for a project under Horizon 2020. Dive into this article to know how to do it in the best way!

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How to calculate the budget for EU projects

The major goal of the proposal budget for EU projects is to show to EC and potential investors how much money a project will cost and if those costs adhere to guidelines.

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Upcoming Webinar: Quick guide for planning your Horizon Europe applications / 11 Feb, 14:00 CET

One-hour webinar with an expert project manager, to make sure you make the most of your preparation time and are ready to apply to the upcoming Horizon Europe calls. Register now!

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5 foundational practices for H2020 financial management

Where does one start financial administration of an H2020 project? When a deadline to the first reporting gets close, considerable time is spent on calculating and filling in the compulsory reports. Read our practices that will help you get everything right from the start and save time.

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5 key functionalities of the H2020 Funding and Tenders portal

This article shows the most crucial functionalities of the H2020 Funding and Tenders portal and some interesting features that can help you in your journey of submitting a proposal. Check it out!

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Gender dimension in Horizon 2020

"How would you address the gender dimension in a field that is historically dominated by men such as mechanical engineering? Or robotics?". What would you answer to that question regarding Horizon 2020 proposals?

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Upcoming Webinar: An introduction to Horizon Europe / 3 Dec 11:00 CET

This expert session answers the questions of what is most likely to be funded in Horizon Europe, the new R&I Programme, what are the major changes in the proposal templates, the main notions and differences in evaluation, reporting, and finance? Don't forget to register!

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Upcoming Webinar: 5 steps to take when you've received a Horizon 2020 grant /29.10

This webinar is for everyone new to Horizon 2020 and working as a project manager or as an accountant administering the financial aspects of an H2020 project. We will break down the requirements of your Grant Agreement to five crucial must-dos.

Milestones – a key to your EU research project success

Milestones are an efficient way to grab the attention of your stakeholders, catch problems before they become disasters, and keep your project on track. Proper planning, setting, and achievement of milestones can be a cornerstone of a successful project.

Upcoming Webinar: Avoiding financial mismanagement and getting ready for a CFS and audits

One-hour webinar with an expert H2020 project manager, to make sure you have all the keys to submit a Certificate on Financial Statement and prepare for a Financial Audit.

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Tips and tricks for successfully managing a Horizon 2020 project

Managing a Horizon 2020 project is a challenging task. We’ve put together some tips and tricks on how to minimize your administrative and coordination tasks ensuring financial and scientific success.

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How to preserve your mental and physical health in a remote work environment

This third part of our Remote Work and Collaboration series is about how you can maintain good physical and mental health while doing remote work in Horizon 2020 research project.

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How to use Twitter for EU funded projects dissemination?

The European Union (EU) has high expectations of participants in EU funded projects in terms of ​communication​ and ​dissemination​ efforts. All EU funded projects need to communicate about their project activities “​throughout its entire lifetime​”.


EM Guidelines for data management

In the webinar EM Guidelines for data management Expert Insights Gabriella Lovasz and Frosina Ilievska, experts at Europa Media give you some tips how to start a data management plan development, what to consider, what to include, how to fulfill the FAIR principles.

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Remote Work and Collaboration – Part two

Remote Work and Collaboration – Part two of our series of tips and tricks on successfully organizing and managing your Horizon 2020 (H2020) EU research project with participants and teams from around the world.

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Project reporting under SME Instrument Phase 2

Reporting is an essential activity during the lifetime of any Horizon 2020 project, as every project manager needs to not only maintain control and steer project progress but also inform the project sponsor about progression of the work towards its agreed objectives.

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Remote Work and Collaboration – Part one

Remote Work and Collaboration – the first part of our series of tips and tricks on successfully organizing and managing your Horizon 2020 (H2020) EU research projects with participants and teams from around the world.

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EIC Accelerator: Main differences from SME Instrument

Learn more about the EIC Accelerator that supports high-risk, high-potential small and medium-sized enterprises and innovators developing innovative products, services and business models that have the potential to boost economic growth.


Efficient remote management of EU funded projects

Watch this one-hour recorded live webinar and learn how to manage a Horizon 2020 project from the Home Office. In this special Expert Session on the occasion of the current Covid19 crisis we give valuable hands on tips for efficient remote project management in EU funded projects, including Horizon 2020.

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Make sure your proposals and EU funded projects (Horizon 2020) are secure enough to keep your funding.

What you need to know about data protection and staying compliant with new security standards for project management in EU funded projects and proposals like Horizon 2020.

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The Innovation Advisor: A key position for Horizon Europe

Horizon Europe will start in the not too distant future and within the new framework programme one position within research organisations will become indispensable: the innovation advisor.


EMDESK checklist for H2020 – Eyes on Horizon Europe

Find our helpful at a glance poster H2020 checklist with eyes on Horizon Europe, which shows the key elements to completing a successful H2020 project.

There are many administrative obligations and challenges in the preparation and coordination of a H2020 project. To help make sure you fulfill all those requirements and do not leave out monitoring any of them, together with Europa Media we have developed a concise checklist.


The essentials of running a H2020 project

One-hour recorded live webinar with an expert H2020 project manager, to master the essentials of running an H2020 funded project. Dedicated to coordinators, this webinar will allow you to successfully manage your Horizon 2020-funded project, your multicultural and multidisciplinary consortium and make the most of this experience.


Preparing your periodic reports under H2020

Watch this recorded one-hour webinar to deepen your knowledge of Horizon 2020 beneficiaries' rights and obligations regarding reporting rules. This webinar will allow you to master the administrative and financial management rules of an H2020 project, improve the quality of your reports and to optimize the final amount payable by the EC.

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5 ways to find your next partner

Every call needs a mix of partners in order to fill its requirements, but finding the right partner is often easier said than done. We’d like to offer some suggestions on what you can do when you feel
like you’ve exhausted all your options and still haven’t found the right partner for your research project (e.g. H2020)


Horizon Europe – How to prepare and lessons learned from H2020

Do you know the changes for R&I planned for 2021-2027? Will the Pillars in Horizon Europe stay the same as in Horizon 2020? What are the new R&I missions? Are there any changes in the proposal templates and evaluation principles? Why is innovation important for the next funding programme? These and more questions are covered during this one-hour recorded webinar on Horizon Europe. The expert Liliya Levandovska has summarized the key elements and novelties covering the strategic R&I orientations, proposal preparation, and project management with an outlook for the future funding period.

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How to write an outstanding impact section

Writing a great Impact section is actually one of the key success factors for developing a winning proposal in H2020. Expert insights by Josué Iglesias for EMDESK.


Proposal Writing – How to draft a coherent budget

Jeanne Collin will lead you through the topic to get the keys and practical tips to drafting a coherent and balanced budget of an H2020 application, in response to the expectations of the European Commission. The recorded webinar deals with the main principles of an H2020 financial plan, cost breakdown, and cost category. It will show you how to evaluate necessary resources for your project and optimize the provisional budget of your application.


Basic mistakes in H2020 personnel cost calculation and reporting

Personnel costs generally make up the main part in a project budget in Horizon 2020. Consequently, it's also the most common field for potential errors. The complexity of eligibility rules and their various exceptions are the main reasons why most beneficiaries have a hard time calculating eligible personnel costs in their H2020 projects. Understand the eligibility rules and their various exceptions, get an overview of the most common mistakes and obtain practical guidance on personnel cost calculation methodologies acceptable for the European Commission.


Proposal Writing in H2020 – How to maximize impact

This exciting webinar recording gives you key information and practical tips for drafting the Impact Section of an H2020 application to meet best the expectations of the European Commission. Learn how communication, exploitation, and dissemination activities should be addressed during the proposal writing phase to demonstrate and maximize the societal and economic impacts of your Research & Innovation project.

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