Understanding the various aspects of ERC and of Horizon 2020 on its diverse funding schemes, is not trivial. When applying for EU funding it is essential to understand the written and unwritten rules and specific guidelines and characteristics of the funding scheme to which you apply for.

Our experience shows that good training is the key to successful proposals and projects.

Beacon Tech is committed to providing the highest level of efficient and customized training. Our extensive hands-on experience in all aspects of the EU research and innovation programme is translated into practical know-how, offered to you via webinars, workshops or information days tailored to your needs.

We offer the following workshops and information days:


The European Research Council (ERC) offers personal grants to outstanding Starting (StG), Consolidator (CoG) and Advanced (AdG) researchers for perusing frontier research projects.

We offer the following workshops and webinars on ERC:

ERC Basics - Webinar

This webinar will help you understand what ERC is about; the technical details and unique characteristics of this funding scheme; who is a competitive ERC applicant; the application structure; eligibility windows and their extensions; budgeting; and more.

You can find the schedule of upcoming webinars here.

Who could benefit?

  • Any researcher at any stage who is planning to apply for ERC and wishes to understand the unique nature of this grant.
How to write a competitive ERC proposal (StG and CoG / AdG)

An in-depth course for researchers who wish to apply for ERC. This course comes in two flavours: one for StG (2-7 years from PhD) and CoG (7-12 years from PhD) applicants, and another for advanced researchers who wish to apply to the AdG call for proposal.

This course will include the basics as well as detailed input from our hands-on experience from years of ERC consulting. We will discuss the nuances of the ERC nature, the proposal structure and evaluation process, practical proposal writing tips as well as resubmission considerations (when applicable).

The course is structured to convey the point of view of the ERC reviewers to the applicants. We will share our accumulated knowledge, based on numerous proposals and Evaluation Summary Reports (ESR) in all domains and disciplines.

The participants will receive an ERC toolbox that will help them to better structure their application’s concept and presentation.

The course is followed by personal meetings with potential applicants to discuss their research ideas and CVs.

Who could benefit?

  • Potential ERC applicants who wish to learn about the unique nature of the ERC grant.
  • Re-submitting ERC applicants who wish to improve their chances of success.
  • Research managers who support ERC applicants in their institutions.
Interview preparation for StG and CoG

We will begin by discussing what you should expect from this unique interview session. The training will address the best way to present your project to the panel members and the recommended do’s and don’ts. We will work with you in order to build your presentation according to the specific ERC review panel, based on our experience and lessons learned from past applicants. This will be followed by rehearsals simulating the interview.

Who could benefit?

  • StG and CoG applicants who have passed the first stage evaluation and have been invited to a personal interview.
ERC lessons learnt for research managers

This training will give the research managers and administrators tools for efficient management of the ERC application process in their institution. We will discuss the nature of ERC compared to other funding schemes; how to better screen for competitive applicants (Who is “ERC Material”?); best practices for guiding ERC applicants through the process; budgeting methodology and more.

We will share ERC lessons learnt from the point of view of research managers, including efficient streamline of the overall process of preparing and submitting ERC applications, preventing technical and last minute errors, resubmission considerations, tools for analysis of ESRs, etc. 

Who could benefit?

  • Research managers and administrators who wish to deepen their understanding and knowledge on ERC and to upscale the ERC application process in their institution.

Horizon 2020 Basics - Webinar

This course will provide a comprehensive basis for understanding the 8th European research and innovation framework programme, Horizon 2020. You will learn how to find the right call for proposal, how to build a strong consortium and the basics of proposal writing and budgeting of your project.

You can find the schedule of upcoming webinars here.

Who could benefit?

  • Researchers from academia, NGOs or the industry who wish to apply for EU funding.
  • Professionals from SMEs and entrepreneurs who wish to apply for EU funding.

FET-Open is a unique type of Horizon 2020 collaborative project, located under the Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) work programme of the Horizon 2020 Excellence pillar. This frontier high-risk technological-based funding scheme is extremely competitive and it is crucial to understand its essence in order to succeed. We will discuss the basics of FET-Open, how FET-Open is different compared to other Horizon 2020 funding schemes, what is expected from a FET-Open project, consortium considerations, budgeting and how to write a competitive FET-Open proposal.

Who could benefit?

  • Researchers from academia or industry who wish to apply for FET-Open.
  • Professionals from SMEs and entrepreneurs who wish to apply for FET-Open.
Clinical Trials in Horizon 2020

Funding clinical trials in Horizon 2020 is not trivial. The training will focus on the best practices of building a clinical trial-based Horizon 2020 project. We will refer to discrepancies resulting from the RIA strict timelines and funding compared to the way that clinical trials are usually funded and managed and how to successfully mitigate them. This will include discrepancies between the way the Horizon 2020 RIA is presented and the clinical trial protocol. We will also address possible consortium structures for competitive patient recruitment, possible budgeting models, ethical issues, special procedures such as orphan drug designation (EMA), sponsorship, etc.

Who could benefit?

  • Clinicians and/or researchers who wish to apply for EU funding for their clinical trial(s).
  • Research administrators of medical centers/hospitals who wish to deepen their knowledge on funding clinical trials in Horizon 2020.
Administrative management of Horizon 2020 projects

Horizon 2020 projects are usually a collaboration between different entities with different backgrounds and expertise, geographical locations and cultural features. Orchestrating consortia to achieve a mutual goal requires skills and actions that are not evident in other types of projects. We will discuss how to administratively manage collaborative projects without adding additional burden. Furthermore, we will show how an efficient administration can contribute to better scientific results.

Who could benefit?

  • Project managers and research coordinators who are managing project consortia or such that want to enrich their toolbox with specialised knowledge and know-how.
  • Research administrators who wish to deepen their knowledge in administrative management of Horizon 2020 collaborative projects.
Financial management of Horizon 2020 projects

What is the secret to effective financial management of a Horizon 2020 project? Efficient financing management is crucial for a successful implementation of a Horizon 2020 project. This has several aspects: first, project management requires to allocate the planned resources while responding to the many changes that occur over time; second, as a consortium, our interest is to realise the full potential of the grant, as well as to prepare for and enable smooth external financial audits. We will discuss how to effectively manage project financing side-by-side the research with minimal limitations and constraints.

Who could benefit?

  • Financial executives who are responsible for Horizon 2020 project financials.
  • Referents in research administration offices that are responsible for the financial management of research projects, vis-a-vis the researchers.
  • Research managers and administrators who wish to deepen their knowledge in financial management of Horizon 2020 projects.


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