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RCSI Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn
Reflections on Coordinating a
Successful H20...
June 2014 WATER-5-2015 (c)
“Strengthening international R&I cooperation in the field of water /
Development of water suppl...
Step 1. Concept: 3 New SODIS Technologies
Transparent
Jerrycan
Combined SODIS
& Ceramic Filter
SODIS Harvested
Rainwater R...
Step 2. Research Partners
• Select trusted Work-Package
Leaders with whom you have
already worked.
• If no prev. collabora...
Step 3. Get expert help writing the proposal
1. Talk to your institutional Research Office.
(templates available from prev...
Step 4. Apply for Coordination Support
• Coordination Support available from Enterprise Ireland.
– Pay Grant €4,630
– Trav...
Step 5. Physically meet with WP Leaders
• Use your coordination funds and partner participation
funds so that you all meet...
Step 6. Ensure realistic expectations
regarding the budget
• Don’t be too confined by the suggested budget request
in the ...
Timeline (streamlined process)
• 01/06/14. EU H2020 Call issued. (Stage 1 Deadline: 21/05/15)
• 15/07/14: Initial meeting ...
Stage 1 (15 pages):
130 applicants.
Stage 2 (75 pages)
32 invited.
5 successful applicants.
WATERSPOUTT was
ranked 2nd.
Al...
Acknowledgement
• This presentation was funded in part by
EU H2020-WATERSPOUTT RIA project (GA 688928)
EPA H2020 SC5 Info Day: Reflections on Coordinating a Successful H2020 Application, Prof. Kevin McGuigan, RCSI
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EPA H2020 SC5 Info Day: Reflections on Coordinating a Successful H2020 Application, Prof. Kevin McGuigan, RCSI

  1. 1. RCSI Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn Reflections on Coordinating a Successful H2020 Application Prof. Kevin McGuigan, RCSI, Ireland Email: kmcguigan@rcsi.ie
  2. 2. June 2014 WATER-5-2015 (c) “Strengthening international R&I cooperation in the field of water / Development of water supplies and sanitation technology, systems and tools, and/or methodologies” c) [2015] Development of water supply and sanitation technology, systems and tools, and/or methodologies to manage risks associated with water supply and sanitation and/or cross-boundary water management issues, or integrated water resources management systems for sustainable agriculture and food security, sustainable environment protection and economic growth, focused on the non-EU Mediterranean countries and/or Africa. Proposals should connect to local knowledge, socio-economic development cultures, policy institutions and implementing bodies, and take into account the gender dimension where relevant. …. international cooperation is encouraged, in particular with non-EU Mediterranean countries and/or Africa. …..proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 2 and 3 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately.
  3. 3. Step 1. Concept: 3 New SODIS Technologies Transparent Jerrycan Combined SODIS & Ceramic Filter SODIS Harvested Rainwater Reactor
  4. 4. Step 2. Research Partners • Select trusted Work-Package Leaders with whom you have already worked. • If no prev. collaboration, make sure one of your trusted collaborators has. • Keep an eye on gender balance at every stage. • No passengers. Each role must be obvious.
  5. 5. Step 3. Get expert help writing the proposal 1. Talk to your institutional Research Office. (templates available from previously successful submissions, assist with grant prep.) 2. Talk to relevant NCP. (bring a 2-page summary document) 3. Some SMEs specialise in preparing submissions (& administrating projects). 4. Attend course on “How to Write a Competitive Proposal for Horizon 2020”. (Regularly organised by NCPs. e.g. Sean McCarthy, www.Hyperion.ie )
  6. 6. Step 4. Apply for Coordination Support • Coordination Support available from Enterprise Ireland. – Pay Grant €4,630 – Travel* (Overseas) €2,000 – Sub-Contract Grant €4,200 – Total €10,830 • H2020 Participant travel grants available for non- coordinators. * Coordinator travel - can’t be used for partner travel to coordinator
  7. 7. Step 5. Physically meet with WP Leaders • Use your coordination funds and partner participation funds so that you all meet in one place long before the writing starts. • Talk through each aspect of the proposed WPs so everyone understands – What they will be doing. – When they will be doing it. – Who will be relying on whom. – Who is paying for what. • You cannot (& should not) write it all, so DELEGATE: – Get each WP Leader to be responsible for every written aspect relating to their section.
  8. 8. Step 6. Ensure realistic expectations regarding the budget • Don’t be too confined by the suggested budget request in the call (± 10% - 20%) • All partners should have a strong indication of their likely budget allocation right from the start. • Early on, request a solid estimate of: – Staff numbers (RAs, PhDs, postdocs?) – The number of person-months per person and per task. • Be brutally honest (but respectful) right from the start, to avoid misunderstandings at a later stage. • Indicate that budget requests will be circulated among all partners (no secrets and no secret deals).
  9. 9. Timeline (streamlined process) • 01/06/14. EU H2020 Call issued. (Stage 1 Deadline: 21/05/15) • 15/07/14: Initial meeting with conspirators (Madrid). • 15/08/14: Meet with NCP (Alice W.) • 08/09/14: Applied for EI Coordinator Funds. (approved 30/10/14) • 25/10/14: H2020 proposed partner meeting (Dublin) • 27/10/14: Start writing • 19/04/15: Stage 1 (15-page) Submission. • 06/06/15: Invited to submit Stage 2 (Stage 2 Deadline: 08/09/15) • 05/09/15: Stage 2 (75-page) Submission. • 15/12/15: Invited to “Grant Preparation” • 22/04/16: Grant Agreement signed • 24/05/16: Prefinancing “processed”. • 01/06/16: WATERSPOUTT Project started.
  10. 10. Stage 1 (15 pages): 130 applicants. Stage 2 (75 pages) 32 invited. 5 successful applicants. WATERSPOUTT was ranked 2nd. Allow > 4-6 months to prepare submission
  11. 11. Acknowledgement • This presentation was funded in part by EU H2020-WATERSPOUTT RIA project (GA 688928)

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