Research and Innovation Actions: Everything you need to know about writing a successful application

Writing a winning H2020 RIA proposal is very competitive. Scientists are often frustrated that out-of-the-box thinking is penalised. An RIA application must be aligned to the topic scope, and impact of the call. The consortium needs to be strong, and include leading experts from key organisations in the value chain. Researchers and managers need to understand what an evaluator is looking for in every section of the proposal and address every issue with strongly argued research and innovation plans. Not doing so will lead to a weak proposal and reduction in points in the evaluation.

We offer a thorough understanding of the evaluation process and systematically go through the template to explain how the different parts are to be understood, constructed, and edited. Our course will help you understand and define where scientific and technical creativity is needed, how to shape your ideas, and develop a very competitive proposal.


Participants will learn:

  • To translate call priorities into a project proposal
  • To map scientific reasoning and detail to the correct sections of the template
  • Where and how to find partners
  • To write for H2020 evaluators
  • What makes the Excellence section excellent?
  • To write clear Impact sections describing plans for using results and achieving societal impacts.
  • To design convincing Implementation with logical work-packages, budgets and management sections.
  • Tips: Do’s and Don’ts of proposal writing

Who should attend?

The workshop will be of value for research directors, researchers planning to coordinate or participate in H2020 projects and support staff. Participants of our workshops come from across Europe. Group size is limited to encourage participant discussion.


Lotte Jaspers, is a founding partner of Yellow Research. She has run workshops on Research and Innovation Actions at numerous universities and supported grant submissions. She draws from her extensive knowledge in negotiating and concluding complex consortium agreements when designing this workshop. The course is enriched by her experience of the process from submission to implementation.

Ritchie Head, is a director of our partner, Ceratium Ltd. He has worked on European research projects as a scientist, manager and coordinator for over 20 years. Formerly a director of a UK FP6/7 support service for seven years, he has designed and delivered multiple training courses. He now works as a successful professional funding expert, grant writer, and H2020 RIA project manager.

Programme of actions


Overview of H2020 and introducing Horizon Europe

  • H2020 final phase policy drivers
  • Horizon Europe: early indications
  • Research or Innovation: TRLs explained
  • Idea to submission: the proposal lifecycle
  • The Evaluation process

The art of dissecting a call to shape a proposal

  • Addessing the Scope and Specific Challenge
  • Designing a project the EC want to fund
  • Good partners: where do you find them?

Refreshment break


B1 Scientific Excellence

  • Writing Scientific Excellence and the workplan for Implementation: What goes where?
  • SMART objectives and risk
  • Concept and Methods to meet Ambition

Refreshment break


Lunch break


B2 Impact through group work

  • Impact of the project on the EU 2020 Strategy
  • Exciting valorisation: Dissemination and Exploitation strategies specific to the project
  • Data management and IP use and sharing

Refreshment break

B3 Implementation & B4+ Consortium Members

  • Management structures and procedures
  • Deliverables/Milestones and differences
  • Innovation management and IP
  • Partner descriptions—who and why?
  • Other Issues

Course ends

Date, Location, Contact

Date(s): not scheduled, available as in-house event

Time: 08:00 – 15:15

Location: Yellow Research, Veembroederhof 5-7, 1019 HD, Amsterdam

Course fee

€ 695,00 per participant, incl. refreshments, lunch, and online access to course materials.
In-house courses are available on request.


Click on the blue button ‘Book this course’ on the top of this page to book online. For questions about this course, please contact Sarah Jones at jones[at]yellowresearch[dot]nl .


In case the course has been fully booked, or not matching with your schedule, Yellow Research now also offers an e-learning school for this call. Download  the e-learning leaflet for more information.