Proposal Intelligence for Pillar II Proposals

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Proposal Intelligence for Pillar II Proposals (Horizon Europe)

(Workshop for Coordinators and Partners in Pillar II Proposals)

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Overview of the Course

Pillar II of Horizon Europe is divide into six Clusters and each Cluster is divided into Destinations and Topics. Proposals are submitted at Topic level. Each Topic addresses a 'Specific' EU Policy. In the preparation of each Topic 'Expert Groups' are consulted. When projects are funded in each Topic they are expected to have an Impact on the Specific EU Policy.

Proposal Intelligence involves two main activities.

1. Identifying the background EU Policies and the Expert Groups contributing to the Topic.

2. Identifying the individuals in the EU Policy Making process that will use the results of the research.

This workshop describes how to identify the background EU Policies, the Expert Groups consulted and the individuals in the EU Policy Making process who will use the results.


(The workshop does not cover Financial Rules, Legal Rules, Ethics, Data Management etc.)


Delivery of Course:  Online (ZOOM)

Target Audience: Impact Partners in Pillar II Proposals

        The course is NOT suited to newcomers to Horizon Europe. See Newcomers to Horizon Europe 

Course Presenters: Dr. SeŠn McCarthy  and Sylvia McCarthy (EU Policy Analyst)

Duration: 45 Minute Sessions

Bookings and Enquiries: Send an email to

Contents of Course

Module 1: From EU Policies to Pillar II Topics


How EU Policies contribute to Pillar II Topics


Key EU Policies behind Pillar II Clusters and Topics


Examples of EU Policies defining Pillar II Topics

Module 2: Expert Groups consulted for Pillar II Topics


Technology Expert Groups consulted for Pillar II Topics


Social Expert Groups consulted for Pillar II Topics


The role of CSAs (Coordination and Support Actions)

Module 3: The EU Policy Making Process (The Impact of Research)


Output, Outcomes and Impact of Pillar II Topics


The EU Policy Making Process


The Impact of Research on EU Policies

Module 4: Proposal Intelligence (Impact on Global Challenges)


Structure of a Proposal Intelligence Report


Examples of Proposal Intelligence (Cancer, Healthy Oceans, ....)

Module 5: Proposal Intelligence (Impact on EU Industrial Leadership)


EU Industrial Strategies


Impact on Value Chains and Technology Platforms


Disruptive and Enabling Technologies


Examples of Proposal Intelligence (Photonics, Materials, Renewable Energy..)

Module 6: Exploitation, Dissemination and Communication


Exploitation, Dissemination and Communication measures


Synergies with other EU Programmes


Programme Designers and Presenters

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


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 (


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