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Title: A model for a successful approach to applying for Horizon 2020

Authors: Urška Vidmar; Tina Vukasović

Addresses: Pouševanje Jezikov, Urška Vidmar s.p., Tbilisijska 32, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia ' International School for Social and Business Studies, Mariborska cesta 7, SI, 3000 Celje, Slovenia; DOBA Faculty, Prešernova 1, SI, 2000 Maribor, Slovenia

Abstract: This paper presents a model for a successful approach to addressing the EU calls. The research results indicated that the application's success in Horizon 2020 is largely influenced by the financial projection, knowledge of EU's policies, proposal design proposal elements - contents, the importance of individual proposal elements process, past experiences, a partner organisation, referrals, and coordinators. We can conclude that for a potential applicant to succeed with the application it is advisable to hire an expert to develop the financial projection if the applicant is not experienced in this. Secondly, it is useful to know the EU policies. Thirdly, when designing the project proposal, one should keep in mind that visual aspect of the proposal is important. Also, past experience in the EU projects is important. Lastly, the most efficient way to find partners is through networking, referrals and the already selected project coordinators, not through partner search portals.

Keywords: EU funds; European Union; funds; grant writing; Horizon 2020; grants; project planning; proposal; rhetoric.

DOI: 10.1504/IJVCM.2019.096560

International Journal of Value Chain Management, 2019 Vol.10 No.1, pp.26 - 52

Received: 15 Mar 2018
Accepted: 24 Jun 2018

Published online: 05 Oct 2018 *

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