Proposal Writing Game: Discover the Core of EU funding
A guide to a new mindset on how to make your proposals stand out and successful.
Funding proposals can be tricky, challenging and frustrating. You may feel confident of your proposal in theory, but struggle to write it down in an appealing and interesting way. It's not only about the proposal itself, it's also about how it's been structured and how it can be strongly presented. Our aim is to show you how to make your proposals stand out, getting EC officers' attention and become successful for funding.
1st Day, 2 December 2016
15:30 - 16:00: Welcome
Part A: Introduction (Dr. Nikos Kyriakoulis, FOUNDER, Operations & Strategy, Core-Innovation)
16:00 - 16:30: Unveiling the mystery of proposals: You know proposals better than you think, but how well? How often are your proposals successful? What is the reason for your successes or lack thereof? The session is dedicated to let the audience understand the rationale of proposals and their structure.
16:30 - 16:45: Coffee Break
Part B: Getting started with proposal writing (Dr. Nikos Kyriakoulis, FOUNDER, Operations & Strategy, Core-Innovation)
16:45 - 18:00: The world of proposals for EU Funding: 1. Why and how to participate, and why lead, 2. Learn the rules of the game, 3. From Idea to Market - Technology Readiness Level, 4. Types of funding, 5. Starting point, 6. Structure of a Proposal, 7. Proposal Submission, 8. Evaluation criteria
18:00 - 18:30: Coffee Break
18:30 - 20:10: Walk the proposal writing procedure - Step by step, How to decipher calls, Finding Relevance to the call, Define winning concepts - Role of Innovations, Define the benefits and market prospects, The weight of dissemination and communication, Defining a Supply Chain, Consortium building, Setting milestones and dealing with Risks
Part C: Summary and Closure of 1st day (Dr. Nikos Kyriakoulis, FOUNDER, Operations & Strategy, Core-Innovation)
20:10 - 20:30: 9+1 Rules to increase your chances: The essence of the 1st day, transformed into 9+1 key points you should never forget to follow.
2nd Day, 3 December 2016
Part A1: The Proposal Writing Game (Dr. Nikos Kyriakoulis, FOUNDER, Operations & Strategy, Core-Innovation and Mr Stefanos Kokkorikos, FOUNDER, Operations & Strategy, Core-Innovation)
09:30 - 13:30: Experience a real concept development process (Coffee Break: 10:30-10:40)
The Proposal Writing Game will allow the players to walk the same path that is being followed in real Proposals. All the knowledge acquired in the 1st day will be used for playing the game. Get ready!
Topics will be selected and analysed, strong teams will be formed, collaborations will be born. Each of the attendees will play a crucial role, and all the groups will have to deliver innovative ideas through brainstorming and decision making process. The best ideas will form a concrete concept, but not for long. There are many pitfalls you have to jump, and many traps to avoid. Are your technologies strong enough? How about your partners? Can they protect you or will they pull you back? Will you be able to form a winning concept or not? Who will pass the test?
A real challenging game directly inspired from the proposal writing process. The sure thing is that at the end, the players will be forged with confidence and get prepared to deal with any barrier that comes in their way in the future.
13:30 - 14:30: Lunch Break
Part A2: Experience the Evaluation Process (Mr Stefanos Kokkorikos, FOUNDER, Operations & Strategy, Core-Innovation)
14:30 - 15:15: Evaluation criteria and real comments received: You will understand how EC officers evaluate your proposal and how they manage to do it effectively in 2 hrs. You will get to experience examples from real evaluation comments and how they affect the score.
15:15 - 15:30: Coffee Break
Part A3: Present your Concepts and Open Discussion
15:30- 16:45: Presentations & Open discussion: Presentation of concepts by the teams. The gaming session has provided strong concepts, which will be shared among the attendees. There will be an open discussion among the instructors and the other teams to explain what are the strong and the weak points. Each of the fresh developed topics will be thoroughly discussed and evaluated by the instructors.
16:45 - 17:15 Success story: Presentation of a real project having won funding on a call of the ones we had chosen during the game. Get to see how close you got with an actual winning project!
17:15 - 17.30 Event closure: A summary from the 2-day journey will be described. All good things come to an end.