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Getting Ready for Horizon Europe

Getting Ready for Horizon Europe


7th September 2020

Session 1 11:00 to 11:45 (CET)

Session 2  12:00 to 12:45 (CET)


8th September 2020

Session 3 11:00 to 11:45 (CET)

Session 4  12:00 to 12:45 (CET)

  CET (Central European Time)


Workshop Presenters:   Dr. Sean McCarthy Hyperion Ltd, Ireland

                                       Sylvia McCarthy Hyperion Ltd (Brussels)


Online Platform: ZOOM

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Course Fee  € 375  per participant

Course Fee: This includes tuition, documentation and access to Hyperion's website on Horizon Europe.

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Overview of the Workshop

Horizon Europe) is expected to be launched in January 2021. This workshop has been designed to help Directors and Senior Support Staff to monitor the development of the Programme. This will be important when preparing strategies for the period 2021 to 2027.

This workshop is based on Seán McCarthy’s ongoing analysis of the preparation of Horizon Europe and his 40 years working with the previous 8 Framework Programmes. 

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Who should attend?

This course is relevant to individuals who are responsible for the design of research strategies in Universities, Research Centres, Regional Development Agencies and research intensive companies. The course is limited to 10 participants.

The course is NOT open to Private Consultants or National Contact Points.

Workshop Presenter: Dr. Seán McCarthy

Duration: 4 Sessions (45 minutes each)

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Session 1 (11:00 to 11:45 CET)

Module 1: From Horizon 2020 to Horizon Europe


Proposed Structure of Horizon Europe


Evolution of Structure from Horizon 2020 to Horizon Europe


What's New in Horizon Europe?

Session 2 (12:00 to 12:45 CET)

Module 2: Horizon Europe Funding Landscape


Mapping Horizon Europe Funding


Funding Opportunities for Universities


Funding Opportunities for Research Centres


Funding Opportunities for Companies

Module 3:Pillar II (Clusters, Missions and European Partnerships)


Overview of Pillar II Clusters


Missions Proposed for Horizon Europe


European Partnerships

- Co-Programmed European Partnerships

- Co-Funded European Partnerships

- Institutional European Partnerships


Session 3 (11:00 to 11:45 CET)

Module 4: Who will Write the Topics (Pillar II) ?


How to Read a Work Programme


How Topics are Defined in Pillar II


Outputs, Outcomes and Impact


Proposal Intelligence - Expert Groups Contributing to the Topics

Module 5: EIC (European Innovation Council)


Background to the EIC


EIC Pathfinder, EIC Accelerator, EIT


Scaling-up, Disruptive and Enabling Technologies

Session 4 (12:00 to 12:45 CET)

Module 6: Horizon Europe Synergies with other EU Programmes


Types of Synergies with other EU Programmes


Blended Financing


Examples of Synergies with ERDF, ESF, ERASMUS, LIFE...

 Module 7: How to Prepare a European Research Strategy


Identifying Opportunities in Horizon Europe


Proposal Intelligence (Who will write the Topics?)


Strategic Networking at a European Level


Screening Proposal Ideas


Streamlining the Proposal Writing Process


Programme Designer and Presenter

The programme will be presented by Dr. Sean McCarthy of Hyperion Ltd ( In 2017 the European Commission published a list of the top 100 universities and research organisations participating in Horizon 2020. Dr. McCarthy has delivered training courses in 74 of these top 100 universities and research organisations.

Since 1995 over 80,000 participants have attended his courses in 29 countries. He has presented training courses on the Framework programmes in over 290 research centres throughout Europe (

Sean has been active in the Framework programmes since 1980. He has been involved in over 150 research proposals to the Framework programmes and has participated in over 60 Framework projects. In 16 of these projects he was the coordinator. Four of Hyperion contracts has been audited by the European Commission. Today he does not participate in the Framework programmes but concentrates on designing and delivering training courses for organizations who participate in the programmes.  More details can be found on 

Sylvia McCarthy

Sylvia is an EU Policy Analyst and has worked in Brussels since 2008. Her previous work involved EU Monitoring, Reporting on EU Policy debates and analysis of ongoing EU policy debates. In Hyperion Sylvia monitors the evolution of Horizon Europe and prepares 'Policy Intelligence Reports' on the different research areas in Horizon Europe.


Limitation of Liability

This webpage has been designed to help researchers prepare for Horizon Europe.

Every effort has been made to ensure complete and accurate information concerning the material presented in this webpage. However, Hyperion Ltd cannot be held legally responsible for any mistakes in printing or faulty instructions contained within the templates. The authors appreciate receiving notice of any errors or misprints.

There are no warranties, expressed or implied, including warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose, made with respect to the materials or any information provided to the user herein. Neither the author nor publisher shall be liable for any direct, indirect, special, incidental or consequential damages arising out of the use or inability to use the contents of this webpage.