The first part of the day, on Thursday 7 January 2016 from 9.30am to 5.30pm, comprises a half-day course delivered by Dr Seán McCarthy on how to write a competitive proposal for Horizon 2020.
The aim of this course is to train researchers, research managers and research support services in writing professional and competitive proposals for the 'blue growth' programme.
It will describe the relevance of Horizon 2020 to EU policies, and identify common problems in proposal writing and the success criteria for proposals.
The course provides tips on how to collect information, how to select strategic partners and how to avoid duplication in proposal writing. The final section describes a strategy for proposal writing.
Later, Michael O'Brien of the North & Western Regional Assembly will hold an information session on the Interreg Atlantic programme.
This programme area is rich in maritime heritage and marine resources and boasts a strong Atlantic cultural identity. The area is also challenged by ongoing deficits in innovation and SME competitiveness capacity as well as environmental threats including climate change and threats to the biodiversity of the Atlantic area.
The agreed Programme Priorities respond to these challenges and will furthermore exploit opportunities in niche areas such as green growth, renewable energies and eco-Innovation.
The eligible priorities for the 2014-2020 programme period are:
- Stimulating innovation and competitiveness.
- Fostering resource efficiency.
- Strengthening the territory's resilience to risks of natural, climate and human origin.
- Enhancing biodiversity and the natural and cultural assets.
In the afternoon there will be opportunities for one-on-one advisory meetings with national contact points. Meeting rooms will also be available for breakout sessions if required.
For more information on the day and how to attend, visit the Marine Institute website HERE.