Act intelligently now for exploiting Horizon Europe successfully

Horizon 2020 is almost over and all the research and innovation community in Europe and beyond is looking forward to its successor, namely Horizon Europe. The fist calls are expected to be launched in the first quarter of 2021 and the one-million question is what you should do NOW in order to exploit successfully the largest R&I programme.

What we learned from Horizon 2020 is that in addition to the big players in European R&I funding (e.g. UCL, Imperial College, Fraunhofer, Max Plank, CNRS, etc), a lot of small but intelligent actors exploited successfully Horizon 2020 and actually more than 5000 organisations joined for the first time a successful Horizon 2020 grant project the last year of the programme (Source: Horizon Dashboard).

Many of those actors actually are small SMEs, or universities with low research capacity and performance. However, they acted intelligently and they will follow the same recipe for Horizon Europe. One of the key parts in their strategy is to get involved as partners in promising consortia that prepare proposals for Horizon Europe and they will do that in an intelligent and effective way as follows below:

First of all, they will act pro-actively and get involved in Horizon Europe as early as possible. This means that they will not wait for the official publication of the first calls in Horizon Europe but they will start working already based on the final drafts of the workprogrammes that already have been circulated.

Secondly and most importantly, they will work on their network and strengthen it with key actors that have been quite successful in Horizon 2020 in the same research and innovation area that they are active also. Now it is the best period to enhance your network that there are no calls open (just a few like the Green Deal call). Therefore, in the next video, I provide a simple but very effective strategy on how to do that with amazing results very quickly. The video was produced from my recent trip to La Reunion in order to provide training from MSCA to collaborative projects for Horizon Europe to stakeholders on behalf of NEXA agency. (BTW: The NEXA team is doing great work and you should contact them – for discussing together how to involve high calibre researchers in many different fields from this beautiful island that belongs to France but it is located in the Indian Ocean. )

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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 ( 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".