Secrets to Success with Project Proposals
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This CaSA booklet 5 is a development of a document “Secrets to success with FP7 REGPOT proposals”, written whilst working for the Serbian former Ministry of Science and Technological Development as the Director, Consultative Bureau for International Projects from 2008 to 2011. It was put together specifically to help Serbian scientists improve the quality of their proposals for the FP7 REGPOT scheme, which at that time was the most popular sub-programme of FP7 for Serbian scientists. This original document has been modified through the CaSA Tempus project to make it more general in its approach and philosophy for writing project proposals, though many of the examples come from the FP7 REGPOT sub-programme. The advice is based on experiences of reading proposal drafts written by Serbian scientists, discussions with them and evaluation summary reports (ESRs) for their submitted proposals, as well as on experiences working with academics in the CaSA project. In this project, courses in Academic Skills for university teachers of Serbian agricultural faculties were held in 2014, and these courses included preparation of project proposals. A CaSA questionnaire completed by participants for the Academic Skills courses showed that lack of skills in proposal writing was the second biggest obstacle (after lack of time) to writing project proposals. Thus, the original document has now been updated as part of the CaSA project to focus on Horizon 2020 (H2020). This will meet the needs of university teachers to have a written document based on the Academic Skills course for future reference. The approach of this document is to focus largely on the philosophy needed for success rather than just advice on how to fill in the application forms. It aims to help put the applicants within the minds of the proposal reviewers and the funding programme managers to ensure that what is written is what they want to read and not what the applicant wants to write! This guide accompanies the Balkan Security Network (www.balkansecurity.net) European Project Proposal (EPP) training course PowerPoint™ presentation ‘Excellence in EU Project Proposal Writing’, also available as a YouTube video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jSQU-_tdA4. I hope you find the “Secrets to success ....” useful.