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How to Write a Competitive Proposal for EIC Pathfinder

(Pillar III Horizon Europe)

(Zoom Course)

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Overview of the Course

This online (Zoom) course is designed to train researchers how to write a Competitive Proposal for the EIC Pathfinder calls in Horizon Europe.

Target Audience: Researchers Coordinating an EIC Pathfinder proposal in Universities and Research Centres

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

Course Presenters: Dr. SeŠn McCarthy 

                                 Sylvia McCarthy (EU Policy Analyst)


Duration: 45-minute Workshop


Contents of Workshop

Module 1: Background to EIC Pathfinder Programme


Background to Pillar III in Horizon Europe


Background to the EIC (European Innovation Council)


Background to EIC Pathfinder (Open)


Background to EIC Pathfinder Challenges

Module 2: How EIC Pathfinder Proposals are Evaluated


The Evaluation forms for EIC Pathfinder


The Evaluation Process for EIC Pathfinder


The Role of the 'Programme Managers'

Module 3: How to Screen EIC Pathfinder Proposals


Proposal Clinic for EIC Pathfinder


Template for Presentation of the Proposal Idea


How to Explain the Impact of an EIC Pathfinder Proposal

Programme Designers and Presenters


Dr. SeŠn McCarthy 

In 2021 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 78 of these top 100 universities and research organisations in Horizon 2020.SeŠn 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 SeŠn was the coordinator.  Today, he does not participate in the Framework programmes but concentrates on designing and delivering training courses. 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 (www.hyperion.ie/clients.htm).


Sylvia McCarthy (EU Policy Analyst)

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 Bachelorís degree in European Studies (University College Cork,Ireland) and a Masterís degree in International Politics and Europe (University of Warwick, UK).

Limitation of Liability

This webpage has been designed to help researchers prepare proposals 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.