Applying for and managing European funding

Idox runs a number of courses designed for people who are applying for funding or managing European projects:

These bespoke courses can be run at your premises and tailored to the needs of your organisation, whether you are an SME, college, university or other organisation in the public or voluntary and charitable sector.

An Introduction to Horizon 2020

This course concentrates on the areas covered by the EC's new programme for research and innovation 2014-2020. It will explain how to identify relevant policy drivers, as well as how to identify partners and understand the principles of a good work plan.

Course Outline:

  • Overview of Horizon 2020: the new research and innovation programme
  • Pillar 1: Supporting the Science Base including the European Research Council
  • Pillar 2: Industrial leadership in science and innovation
  • Pillar 3: Societal Challenges - addressing Europe 2020 priorities
  • Finding partners to work with: the good the bad and the ugly
  • Europe in the world: Working with International partners
  • Simplification: simpler rules for participation
  • Principles of successful bid writing
  • Bureaucracy in Brussels: Managing EC projects
  • The roadmap for implementation

Horizon 2020 Proposal Writing

Our effective proposal writing course is designed to give academics detailed advice on how to write a high-quality EU grant proposal and find the right partners. The course can be tailored to your institution or department's areas of Horizon 2020 interest.

Example agenda:

  • Opportunity: Horizon 2020 and are you eligible?
  • Groundwork: Preparing for an Application
  • S&T Section: Advancing the state of the art and clear work plans
  • Impact: Euro-speaking - how to write the Impact Section Training, coordination and support actions
  • Implementation: Managing good partners and budgets
  • Submission and evaluation: EPPS and what do they look for?
  • Application checklist and tips

An Introduction to Horizon 2020 Project Management

Suitable for all university administrators and research managers responsible for implementing a financed project, this course will cover the contractual obligations of managing an EU project as well as the reporting rules and procedures and the EC's expectations on project delivery and evaluation. The course will also provide an introduction to financial management.

Example agenda:

  • From Proposal to Project Plan: The EC Grant Agreement
  • Managing Partners: The Consortium Agreement
  • Making Project Reporting Simple
  • When Do We Get the Money?: Cash Flow!
  • Eligible Costs: Financial Responsibilities
  • Who Owns What: Managing Results and IP
  • Maximum Impact: Making Dissemination and Exploitation Work for You
  • What Next: Lobbying The EC Through Your Project

Effective Project Impact

With appeal to staff who are developing projects and seeking to write effective impact statements, this course will demonstrate how to plan and deliver on impact. It will cover topics such as capturing empirical data to validate the framework (surveys, case studies, etc); as well as how to plan effective exploitation and dissemination strategies.

Example agenda:

  • Why is Impact important?
  • Dissemination and Exploitation
  • What are your key messages and who wants to hear them?
  • Routes to your target audiences – Pathways to Impact
  • IP Management: who owns what and how to protect it
  • The Consortium Agreement
  • Do I really need "Outreach"
  • Exploiting results: who, how and why?
  • Using your project as a lobbying tool

Training investment

Please contact a member of the training team to discuss your requirements further, on 0870 333 7101 or email

(Courses as part of a package must take place within a 6-month period and must be paid in full after delivery of the first course.)

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Testimonials from previous European courses

"I found a lot of the information useful for ongoing applications. What I enjoyed most about the course was our participation was sought and we were able to relate the exercises to our own projects. Excellent." 
- Katie Nial, Funding and Investment Officer, Northampton Borough Council

"Informal and interactive and a potentially 'dry' subject was made interesting." 
- Ian Ayres, Business Development Director, Groundwork

CPD Certification Service

Idox is proud to be a certified member of the CPD Certification Service. This means that the further learning value and structure of our training courses have been approved as conforming to CPD guidelines.

We are committed to ensuring:

  • Our marketing information and course material is easy to understand.
  • Learning outcomes are specified.
  • Our delegates receive follow-on support after the course has taken place.
  • High-quality training where the content of the course is always appropriate for the audience.
  • Our material is updated to reflect changing needs.

Contact Us

To find out more please contact our Training department on 0870 333 7101, email or click here to contact us online.

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