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Getting Ready for Horizon Europe

Getting Ready for Horizon Europe


22nd October 2020

Session 1 10:00 to 10:45 (CET)

Session 2  11:00 to 11:45 (CET)

Session 3 12:00 to 12:45 (CET)


Workshop Presenters:   Dr. Sean McCarthy Hyperion Ltd, Ireland

                                              Sylvia McCarthy Hyperion Ltd (Brussels)


Online Platform: ZOOM

To book a place simply send an email to 


Course Fee  € 300  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 the name of the European Union's Research and Innovation Programme. Horizon Europe will begin in 2021 and end in 2027. This workshop has been designed to help Directors, Senior Support Staff and Researchers to plan strategically for Horizon Europe.

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

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Target Audience: Research Directors, Research Support Services and Researchers in Universities and Research Centres

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

Workshop Presenter: Dr. Seán McCarthy

Duration: 3* 45 minute sessions

Booking Details: Contact

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Contents of Workshop

Session 1:  How to Prepare a Strategy for Horizon Europe (45 minutes)

Module 1: From Horizon 2020 to Horizon Europe


Proposed Structure of Horizon Europe


Evolution from Horizon 2020 to Horizon Europe


Funding Landscape of Horizon Europe


What's New in Horizon Europe?

Module 2: How to Prepare a European Research Strategy


Profile of Successful Organsations in European Framework Programmes


Structure of Research Support Offices for Horizon Europe


Workshops to Support Researchers in planning  for Horizon Europe

Session 2: Identifying Opportunities in Horizon Europe  (45 minutes)

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

Module 4: Pillar III - EIC (European Innovation Council)


Background to the EIC


EIC Pathfinder, EIC Accelerator, EIT


Expert Groups Supporting EIC


Session 3:  Getting Ready for the First Calls for Proposals (45 minutes)

Module 5: Proposal Intelligence (Who will Write the Topics?)


How to Read a Work Programme


How Topics are Defined in Pillar II


How to Explain Outputs, Outcomes and Impact


 Expert Groups Contributing to the Topics

Module 6: Selecting Partners: Strategic Networking at a European Level


How Consortia are Formed


How to Identify Strategic Partners


How to Promote your Research Activities to Strategic Partners

 Module 7: Understanding the Evaluation Process (Proposal Clinics)


How Horizon Europe Proposals are Evaluated


Remote Evaluators and Evaluation Committees


Screening Proposal Ideas using 'Proposal Clinics'


Programme Designers and Presenters

Dr. Seán McCarthy

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. Based in Brussels since 2008, Sylvia has worked in the European Parliament and various EU consultancies and representations
Sylvia has a Bachelor’s degree in European Studies (University College Cork,Ireland) and a Master’s degree in International Politics and Europe (University of Warwick, UK).


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.