Why One-Page Proposal Concept can fail your grant application

Welcome back (that is for me)! I have been silent in my blog for a while but this was for a great reason. I have been focusing on organising  the most significant event on developing Horizon 2020 grant applications, that is the 1st Horizon 2020 Virtual Summit. More than 35 top experts each one in different areas in Horizon 2020 deliver trainings, tips and best practices in dealing successfully with different H2020 aspects (e.g. ERC grants, Marie Curie, FET, SMEi, RIA/IA, dissemination/exploitation, commercialisation/transfer of knowledge, proposal aesthetics, networking tips, writing convincingly in English, FP9, etc).  More than 40 hours of training provided via video-based interactive sessions that anyone can access anytime, anywhere via their mobile device or computer and an Internet connection. The value of these sessions is so powerful to anyone and to any level of competency from beginner to expert as well as to actors active in any european funding programme and not only in Horizon 2020. You can have life time access to all the training sessions delivered by all experts as well as to their presentations and to many other bonuses by purchasing the VIP pass that is currently under great discount.

Now in this training moment I am giving my three main conclusions out of the 1st Horizon 2020 Virtual Summit as well as why preparing the one-page proposal/concept as many other experts and trainers preach can be very insufficient as well as misleading for the foundation of a great proposal. Instead, I present to you more effective ways to get feedback from funding authorities and experts as well as attracting competent partners that you should instead give focus on.

For adding further value to what you have learned from this article/video, you can now register in my Funding Expert Accelerator Programme  that in addition to have exclusive access  every month to unique in-depth trainings on EU funds that I deliver nowhere else but only in this programme, you can also have  an one-to-one live session with me remotely where I can guide you specifically on any challenges you are facing (e.g. your strong and weak points and how to work for becoming a great funding expert, which funding programmes can support your idea or your organisation’s mission, how to get involved in proposals as partner, how to deal with specific issues in regards to a grant application or a funded project that you are involved, etc.) You set the agenda for our discussion and coaching session according to your own needs.

Finally, I provide below 5 key-messages I kept from this video that everyone should remember that wishes to be a great funding expert with value.

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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".