The innovation programmes are well known and very popular in the old Member States. However, the participation rate of the new Member States is extremely low. Within the FP6 and FP7, more than 90% of the budget went to the old ones... The 12 new Member States have been struggling to catch up for more than a decade. The European Commission and the old Member States try to do so much to help them. This means that the fishing net is there. The "new" ones just need to learn fishing...
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The challenge is hard of course. The work programmes supporting the European objectives are prepared by the best professionals of the continent for several months. This is why it is so important to follow the process and to deeply understand the context and the rules.
Dedicated applicants must work also for months in order to prepare the best proposals (i.e. partner search, linking competencies, creating a good concept, elaborating work packages and finance). Meanwhile, success is not warranted; only the best proposals have a chance to get several hundred thousands or millions of euros...
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All eligible proposals will be evaluated by at least three experts of different nationalities who are independent from the European Commission as well as the involved companies. The process is organized in a closed system based on strict rules taking into account conflict of interest, confidentiality and coherent rules of criteria. There is no place for "lobbying" or favouritism. At the same time, all elements of the system are public - they just need to be understood.
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As one of these independent experts I offer to share my experience with those who consider to take this challenge. However, it is important to understand: the real challenge is not simply to get money. It is much more important to join the European academic and industrial R&D community, build professional networks and acquire best practices and knowledge - in other words: to increase competitiveness. With such intentions in mind, I offer professional support in forms of guidance, consultation, pre-evaluation of proposals and taking part in the preparation of proposal. This web site is to help your initial thinking and giving some useful advice, but it is not intended to present the whole system. If you want to know more about the process itself, do not hesitate to call me.
"The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that is too low and we reach it. "
this site is not an official website from the European Commission!)