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Identifying Elements for Successful Approach to Applying Projects

Urska Vidmar and Tina Vukasovic
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Urska Vidmar: Poucevanje jezikov, Urska Vidmar s.p., Slovenija
Tina Vukasovic: International School for Social and Business Studies, Slovenia

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Abstract: This paper presents elements for a successful approach to addressing the Horizon 2020. Horizon 2020 is the EU programme that offers funding for research and innovation projects. Investing in such project in turn secures a smart, sustainable and inclusive economic growth. The programme covers all the stages from basic research to market penetration and has a total value of slightly over EUR 70 billion. The investment instrument’s main goals are strengthening Europe's global competitiveness, making it the best in the world-class science, eliminating obstacles that hinder innovations to get quickly in the market and changing the way in which the public and private sectors work together. Despite the fact that the program has a simple structure and requires less red tape then its predecessor (the Seventh Framework Programme - FP7), the applicants still face a lot of challanges when applying with their projects. The paper’ aim was to address these challanges and to offer solutions for them. Primary data were collected by using the technique of surveying by e-mail. We carried out the survey by sending the e-mail to Slovene recipients of funds for Horizon 2020 and then to the Italian recipients. The quantitave research results indicated that the application's success in Horizon 2020 is largely influenced by the financial projection, knowledge of EU’s policies, proposal design proposal elements - contents, importance of individual proposal elements process, past experiences, partner organization, referrals and coordinators.

Keywords: European Union (EU); EU funds; funds; grant writing; grants; Horizon 2020; project planning; proposal; rhetoric (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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