Horizon 2020 Information and Networking Day

The University of Leicester will be holding a Horizon 2020 (H2020) information and networking day on 23rd June 2016.

H2020 is the largest research and innovation funding programme in the world, and funds research both on a 'bottom-up' basis (where researchers can submit their own ideas without predetermined priorities), and also on a top-down basis, via specific research topics set by the Commission.  There are opportunities for researchers at all stages of their careers, individually or in collaborative projects.
The H2020 information day will cover not only the main H2020 schemes and opportunities, but will also include dedicated sessions on bid-writing, and key elements of proposals such as impact, risk and IPR.

Experts will be on hand from the UK Research Office (UKRO) and the European Enterprise Network (EEN) to advise, and it will be possible to book 1:1 meetings with them to discuss ideas, bids, or where opportunities might be for you in H2020. Local European experts and college research development colleagues will also be available. Please contact Victoria Hayward (vjh15@le.ac.uk) if you would like more information.
Leicester researchers are also encouraged to invite current, or potential collaborators from other institutions to attend and discuss potential bid options. Please contact Victoria Hayward (vjh15@le.ac.uk) if you would like to invite an external guest.

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Horizon 2020 Information and Networking Day

Thursday, 23 June 2016 Schedule:

09:45 - 10.30 Plenary Session H2020: Landscape and Opportunities
10.30 - 10.45 Tea and Coffee Break

Parallel Sessions I

10.45 - 11.15

Marie Curie Innovative Training Networks (ITNs)

This session looks at what ITNs are, and how to apply for them. ITNs fund a consortium (minimum 3 partners in 3 EU countries) to recruit up to 15 PhD students across the network and run a training and research project in any research area. The programme funds a generous student salary, research allowance and project manager.


The ERC: European Research Council Grants

Find information on what ERC grants are and how to apply for them, with tips and advice from a representative of the UK ERC National Contact Point (UKRO). ERC grants are generous (they can be as large as 3.5 million EUR) to carry out exciting and ground-breaking research in any area at all. The sole criterion for evaluation is excellence, and the funding is highly flexible. The grantholder can work alone, or employ a project team, who can be based anywhere in the world.

11.15 - 11.30 Tea and Coffee Break

Parallel Sessions II

11.30 - 12.00

Impact: How to Think About and Present Impact
Impact is one of the most important evaluation criteria in H2020, and this section is critical to the success of any application.This session will address how to think about and present impact in H2020.


ERC Masterclass: for ERC Cohort members (please contact vjh15@le.ac.uk for more information)

12.00 - 12.15 Tea and Coffee Break

Parallel Sessions III

12.15 - 12.45

EU Bid Writing: The Dark Art

Tips and advice on writing to the topic outline, and getting across your unique selling point.


Marie Curie Individual Fellowships

These fellowships allow any researcher with a PhD from anywhere in the world to move anywhere in Europe (or vice versa) to carry out a research project of their own design. It funds salary, research allowance and overheads. The session will offer tips and advice from a representative of the Marie Curie National Contact Point (UKRO)

12.45-13.45 Networking Lunch
Parallel Sessions IV
13.45 - 14.15

Project Management

Or how to think about and visualise an effective implementation plan.'Implementation' is a critical section of H2020 proposals, and one which applicants often lose marks on. This session will introduce some ideas and principles to support a stronger implementation section.


Marie Curie Individual Fellowships Masterclass

Here you have the opportunity to meet a grantholder and hear about their practical application experience.

14.15 - 14.30 Tea and Coffee
Parallel Sessions V
14.30 - 15.15

H2020 Proposals: The Nuts and Bolts
A session looking at all the fundamentals -- how to find relevant topics, how to apply, costings, the evaluation process etc.


Dealing with Risk and IPR in Applications
How to think about IPR, and making sure your proposal is ‘IPR Ready’. How to asses risk in a proposal and write a good risk statement.
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