What to learn from Michelangelo and boost your Innovation skills

One of the key issues that grant proposal developers experience and in many cases face many difficulties to address successfully is how to be or become innovators. You may have written a perfect proposal in regards to impact, workplan, dissemination, exploitation, sustainability but in most of the cases if you fail to show what makes your proposal distinct and innovative, then your proposal will not get funded. This is not only applicable in highly innovative programmes such as Horizon 2020 or Erasmus plus but also in almost all european funding programmes. Check any european funded programme and you will realise that one of its key success criteria is the Innovation or excellence part. How innovative your idea is, how innovative your approach is, how innovative your consortium is, how innovative your tools are, how innovative your team is, etc. In one of my previous articles, Innovators are made and not born! Learn How! I have highlighted the 5 key skills that innovators should master in order to be great in their area as well as what they need to do to improve them! In this article/video, I am actually showing with real examples how the great artist Michelangelo managed to become one of the most well known artists and also possibly the best in his craft by just applying just one thing! It is just a 5 minutes video that was recorded during my last visit at musee d’Orsay (Museum of Orsay) in Paris but I was really inspired by the exhibits and I am sure you will enjoy it. I am revealing to you what is the key element that you need to model from Michelangelo in order to develop winning grant proposals.

In the video, I keep on saying that you can see the David statue at the bottom but during editing, I realised that it is better to include it along the video in the same screen for your convenience. I am sure you will like it better like that. Furthermore, I have a present for you. Register at the link below the video and download instantly a “Boost Innovation Tool” that aims to increase your creativity and innovation skills.

Once you’ve watched this short episode, make you sure you download my Innovation Boost Tool. Get moving and become a Funding Expert with value. I am looking forward hearing your views below or at the facebook video section post. Check also my quotes below inspired from this video and feel free to share any of those.

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Nikolaos Floratos

About Nikolaos Floratos

Nikolaos Floratos after his undergraduate and postgraduate studies with distinction as engineer in London (Imperial College, City University), UK, has been working for a number of consultancy and Information Technology companies as consultant and project manager across Europe. He completed also an MBA (Master in Business Administration - National Technical University of Athens and Athens University of Economics and Business) and the last 19 years he is involved in planning, managing and evaluating large and small projects in the area of research, education, ICT (Information Communication Technologies), social inclusion, entrepreneurship, standardization and consumer issues. As a funding expert, personal trainer and coach, he has supported hundreds of individuals and organisations mainly from Europe but also from all over the world on managing state funding (e.g. from European Commission, National Funds, etc) and receive support for deploying their business idea or mission and he has proved that anyone can become a great proposal writer or project manager of european funded projects through proper guidance, training and coaching. He is an expert on behalf of the European Commission on evaluating and reviewing projects and proposals since 2003 and currently, he researches through a PhD how eLearning courses can increase students' engagement and motivation. He is the creator of the Funding Expert Transfomation Process™ system that can transform anyone to a great proposal writer and project manager of european funded projects. He is also interested in investing in highly innovative start-ups and SMEs and he is member of the European Business Angel Network and of the Institute of Leadership and Management. He has received more than 50 recommendations at his linkedin profile (www.linkedin.com/in/floratos) as a funding expert, coach and trainer. He is also the author of the ebook "Who are the Horizon 2020 champions and what to learn from them". He is also listed in the top first three search results by google as "Funding expert".