The 5 myths and the 5 facts instead about Horizon 2020 that every researcher must know

Here are the 5 myths and 5 facts instead about Horizon 2020 that every researcher must know. They are an eye opener. For more details watch the video below.
Myth 1: Involved in Horizon 2020 proposals as a partner or coordinator can always be beneficial for me, my research group and my University/Organisation
Fact 1: Amount(€) organisations spent in total every year for developing and participating in proposals that fail to receive funding in Horizon 2020 is around 2 billion EUR. This means that there is big need for effective screening, training, coaching and support!

Myth 2: I don’t really need any support for developing a successful proposal in Horizon 2020
Fact 2: Low success organisations provide as support to researchers standard services such as eligibility and financial checks, support in submission. Average success organisations provide in addition training, sample sections/proposals and support in consortium building. However, high success organisations provide in addition evaluation and screening/quality control services, empowering researchers and coaching services.

Myth 3: The success rate in Horizon 2020 is less than 12%
Fact 3: The success rate in Horizon 2020 is at least three times more!

Myth 4: Funding opportunities should be enough for motivating researchers and research groups to apply
Fact 4: Intrinsic Motivation (reputation, status, contribution to your organisation and its community, contribution to society and to humans, serve a common purpose, etc( is much stronger than extrinsic (e.g. funding) one.

Myth 5: Success in Horizon 2020 is a cumbersome and complex challenge that few know how to deal with.
Fact 5: One of the most successful Horizon 2020 proposal developers now used to be a massage therapist before coaching him.

Watch the short video that I explain in more detail the above. You should not miss it also because it has many funny incidents (e.g. me falling along with the camera and a dog barks and almost bites me while I am shooting the video.

Value formula for empowering researchers in Horizon 2020

How to add further value on what you have just discovered

What is your view on the 5 myths? Do you have other myths that you would like to share? Please comment below on your experiences.

In case you want to develop further what you have discovered in this article/video and exploit fully and become a pro in european funding and financial management, you are strongly suggested to join my video based training ecourse on becoming a FUNDED PROJECTS FINANCIAL EXPERT.

Finally, I provide below the 5 myths and facts on background photos that I have taken from Brussels where I produced this video above. Feel free to share them.




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 ( 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".