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Horizon 2020 training

How to increase your success in Horizon 2020?

Monday, 7 September, 13:30-15:00 Hall 10A

With a total budget of €70 billion, Horizon 2020 is one of the key sources of funding for biomedical research. Its programmes cover the full spectrum of R&D: from very fundamental research (i.e. ERC) to highly applied R&D (e.g. Fast-Track to Innovation and Eurostars). The recent excessive subscription rates challenge researchers to further improve their grant writing skills and focus their efforts on proposals that have a true chance of success.

Speaker: Jasper Levink, partner at ttopstart BV, NL

Target audience: Scientists with previous experience in grant writing

In this training, ttopstart will discuss key best practices as derived from the first Horizon 2020 rounds.

The training will cover:

  • How can ttopstart's methodologies help me to better structure the grant preparation process? (includes the FFWD methodology)
  • How can I better structure my proposal such that it is accessible, interesting and convincing? (includes Minto's Pyramid Principle)
  • How can I optimally present the impact of my proposal?
  • What are key do's and don'ts when building a sound (hypothesis-driven) project strategy / work plan?
  • What relevant topics will be covered in the 2016-2017 Horizon 2020 programme?
  • What international funding opportunities are available other than Horizon 2020?

More information about ttopstart's subsidy services can be found here.

About ttopstart:

ttopstart is a science and business consulting company that serves leading researchers and innovative companies in the fields of life sciences and medical technology. They acquire funding for cutting-edge research and development, co-create commercialisation strategies and conduct detailed market assessments. Their driver is the contribution to development of innovations that can strongly advance healthcare, such as diagnostics and treatments for a wide range of diseases with unmet medical needs. 

Their services include:

  • Development and writing of applications for national and international subsidies (i.e. Horizon 2020, IMI, ERC, NIH, Wellcome Trust, etc);
  • Development and writing of professional business plans to drive the commercialisation of research outcomes;
  • Design of winning business models and routes-to-market;
  • Market research and analysis.

Some of ttopstart's key achievements:

  • ttopstart has supported > 70 front-running consortia across Europe and has acquired almost €200 million for its clients;
  • Their involvement increases success rates 3-4 times compared with a priori chances of success;
  • ttopstart supported multiple successful ERC StG, CoG and AdG grants as well as 14 successful ERC PoC grants;
  • ttopstart supported Europe's #1 in the 2012 and #2 in the 2014 Eurostars call and the first ever IMI proposal to score #1 in both the scientific and the industrial panel;
  • They have supported the establishment and growth of > 40 highly innovative companies.