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For successful Horizon 2020 applications... don't be a wallflower

When it comes to achieving influence within Horizon 2020, and increased chance of funding for its projects, as far as the UK national contact point for transport for this European programme is concerned, the secret is to get involved.

Citing Ricardo as a case study for successful funding in the most recent round of applications, Louise Mothersole said that early engagement, with European-level groups and liaison with her as National Contact Point - all increase the chances of finding good collaborators, and therefore funding.

With an early draft of the 2016/2017 programme currently being circulated internally by the commission, now is the time, she said, to start engaging in the process.

Above all, the message of her presentation “How the Horizon 2020 Transport Work Programme is Shaped” - hosted this week by KTN and viewable below, with slides also viewable - was, “don’t be a wallflower”.

Potential Horizon 2020 applicants should instead get involved with a suitable European group (examples of which are included in her talk), plus Louise offered to advice companies on which group would be suitable to approach.

 

 

 

 

Background - The Smart, Green and Integrated transport programme

The objective of the smart green and integrated transport program is to achieve a European transport system that is resource efficient climate and environmentally friendly safe and seamless for the benefit of all citizens, economy and society

The work program for the 2016/2017 work program is currently being drafted and is due to be published this September.

The transport work programme is expected to have a larger budget this time round, at €1 billion of total funding (with €450m in 2015, and €550 in 2016).

 

Get your back up off the wall

Louise also suggested keeping in touch with KTN and Innovate UK.

The success of Ricardo, that gained funding for five out of five projects applied to in the last round, was cited as a success story.

Louise quoted this company’s advice as “to take the process seriously or not bother”. Other tips were to know the bodies that have influence, and to take part in helping shape proposals within the programme.

In her view, this has the added benefit of knowing who else in involved for approaching the most relevant collaborators.

Some extra tips Louise offered were to selecting the right partners, preferably ones that have already been successful in previously applying, and to work with her as national contact point.

Louise can read draft proposal and provide feedback.

An information source for finding partners is the TRIP portal (Transport Research Innovation Portal).

In addition, the national contact points for transport in Horizon 2020 are developing a tool for partner search, specifically dedicated to the project proposals to be submitted under the H2020 'Smart , Green and Integrated Transport' (Societal Challenge 4) calls. The platform is available on the ETNA Plus web site.

Louise said she hopes to host a brokerage event around the end of September, after publication of the work program, that is expected to flow the same timetable as this year, i.e. April and October deadlines for registration and applications.

 

Further ad hoc networking

Some of the up to 51 attendees of the webinar offered to share their contact details, for which Louise offered to share publicly.

There is also opportunity to leave your contact details in the comments field below should you wish to be contacted about potential partnerships for Horizon 2020 proposals.

 

 

 

 

 

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