EU Funding - A Practical Overview

Start Date
24 Mar 2020
Anamaria Magri Pantea
4 afternoon sessions
Course Level
Certificate of Attendance
No Specific Requirements
Certificate of Attendance


What is it about?

The course offers an overview of the various EU funding programmes over the period 2014-2020 and a practical approach towards selecting amongst them, accessing and managing EU funding.

Who is it for?

Anyone who is new to the workings of the EU institutions, their policies and programmes and who is considering  applying for funding to support the implementation of their activities and achievement of their objectives. Representatives of any organisation, be it private company, public organisation, or NGO, active in the economic, educational, cultural, social or environmental sector would benefit from attending this course. Senior and middle management representatives are best placed to be able to reap the benefits of this course.


Course sessions: 14:00–17:30

Our trainer has 15 years of experience in EU funding, including

working with EU institutions and acting as expert evaluator of project proposals

Refreshments and Course Notes included.







Why Should You Attend?

The EU funds for 2014-2020 are gaining speed, with most of the programmes being now launched. For this new 7 year financing period, the EU has gone all out to create better support instruments, aiming at simpler and more coherent application processes and implementation conditions. The various programmes have been rehashed, streamlined, integrated with a view to ensuring most synergy, effectiveness and efficiency in the use of EU funds.  

Horizon 2020, COSME, Erasmus+, Creative Europe, LIFE and many other EU territorial cooperation and cohesion programmes have been launched, some operating at a European, others at a macro-regional and national level. Some are focused on certain themes (e.g. research, innovation, education & training, arts and creative economy, environment and resource efficiency), new instruments and schemes have been created with a specific focus on SMEs, others have been left with a wider scope, and grants are being complemented by an increasing number of loan financing instruments.

Understanding all these new programmes and how the various changes translate for potential beneficiaries is of utmost importance to ensure a successful use of EU funds. How are these programmes to be pursued and applied for to ensure the highest chance of success?  How are projects to be implemented in practice to ensure that no approved EU funding will be lost?


Areas Covered in the Seminar:

Session 1: Overview of the EU, its policies, main implementation mechanisms and grants principles

  • The European Union, its Treaties, Institutions and Budget
  • EU policies and their implementation mechanisms
  • From policies to programmes and further down to projects
  • EU financial assistance rationale and current trends
  • Fundamental principles of EU grants
  • Shifting from grants to loans, guarantees and equity
  • The typology of EU funding programmes - centralised, decentralised, territorial, etc.
  • Case studies of successful projects

Session 2: Overview of the main EU funding programmes 2014-2020

  • Centralised thematic programmes
    • Horizon 2020, including the SME Instrument and Fast Track to Innovation scheme (research & innovation)
    • COSME (enhancing competitiveness of SMEs and enterprises)
    • Erasmus+ (education, training, youth and sport)
    • Creative Europe (culture and creative industry support)
    • LIFE (environment and climate)
    • Connecting Europe Facility (energy, transport and digital infrastructures)
  • Territorial cooperation programmes
    • INTERREG EUROPE (territorial cooperation across Europe)
    • INTERREG MED (territorial cooperation in the Mediterranean area)
    • ENPI CBC MED (Mediterranean Sea Basin Neighbourhood Programme)
  • Structural and Investment Funds
    • ERDF
    • ESF

Session 3: How to effectively devise an EU funding project proposal

  • The project planning process
  • Mapping organisational objectives against EU funding programmes
  • Developing project ideas aligned with the available funding programmes.
  • Proposals evaluation criteria and clarification of its interpretation
  • Partnership identification or development
  • Project management, IPR management, communication, dissemination and exploitation principles
  • Administrative requirements and process
  • Group work on development of project proposal structure
  • Developing a project proposal - structure and content

Session 4: How to manage EU funded projects

  • Project Life cycle – contracting, implementation, reporting, auditing
  • Administrative, technical and financial obligations
  • Technical and financial management principles
  • Achieving the project objectives, communicating and exploiting results
  • Reporting on activities, deliverables and costs
  • Audit trail development and preservation
  • Group discussion on EU funded projects implementation challenges and best practices



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*Disclaimer: Kindly note scheduled dates and times are subject to change. We will do our best to avoid re-scheduling, however, in the unlikely event that this occurs, new dates/times will be discussed with applicants.


Course Schedules

  24 Mar 2020 - 27 Mar 2020 €300.00
   Tue 14:00 17:30
   Wed 14:00 17:30
   Thu 14:00 17:30
   Fri 14:00 17:30

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