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EU Funding - A Practical Overview

Start Date
11 Jan 2021 , 01 Feb 2021
Instructors
Anamaria Magri Pantea
Duration
5 afternoon sessions
Course Level
Certificate of Attendance
Requirements
No Specific Requirements
Certification
Certificate of Attendance

 

What is it about?

The course offers an overview of the various EU funding programmes 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: 14:00–17:00

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?

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?

Detailed course programme:

Session 1 – 3h Overview of EU and public funding intervention rationale, main players, contribution types and grants principles

  • Public policies and public intervention rationale
  • Organisational financing mix and trends
  • The main organisations involved in public funding 
  • The role of national and supra-national funding
  • EU policies and their implementation mechanisms 
  • From policies to programmes and further down to projects 
  • The key stakeholders in public funding programmes and their roles
  • The typology of and trends in EU and public financial assistance o Grants and their fundamental principles
  • Shifting from grants to loans, guarantees and equity
  • Shifts in public funding allocation approaches
  1. Thematic vs. territorial focus
  2. Centralised vs. decentralised programmes
  3. EU vs. national funding programme

Session 2 – 3h Overview of EU level funding programmes 

  • EU centralised thematic programmes 
  • Horizon Framework Programme for Research & Innovation, including the SME Instrument, Fast Track to Innovation scheme, cascade financing opportunities for SMEs and smaller organisations 
  • COSME programme for competitiveness of SMEs and enterprises
  • Erasmus+ programme for education, training, youth and sport
  • Creative Europe (culture and creative industry support)
  • LIFE (environment and climate)
  • Connecting Europe Facility (energy, transport and digital infrastructures)
  • EU territorial cooperation programmes
  • INTERREG EUROPE (territorial cooperation across Europe) 
  • NTERREG MED (territorial cooperation in the European Mediterranean area)
  • ENPI CBC MED (for territorial cooperation all around the Mediterranean area, including with North Africa and the Middle-East)

 

Session 3 – 3h Overview of Malta level public funding support programmes

  • EU-Malta Structural and Investment Funds o ERDF (infrastructure, equipment & facilities focus) 
  • ESF (social interventions focus)
  • EMFF (support for maritime activates and fisheries)
  • EFARD (focus on agriculture and rural development)
  • EU-Malta funds supported credit facilities 
  • Inter-governmental innovation support programmes
  • Eurostarts-EUREKA
  • Malta national funding programmes for: Research, technological development and innovation
  • Entrepreneurship and start-ups
  • Business investments and enhanced competitiveness
  • Internationalisation
  • Creative sector

 

NGOs Session 4 – 3h How to effectively structure, plan and submit applications for EU and public funding

  • How public policies are put into practice: enabling legislation - work programmes - calls for projects
  • The project planning process - mapping organisational objectives against EU / public funding programmes
  • Developing project ideas aligned with the funding support available
  • Developing a project proposal - structure and content
  • Proposals evaluation criteria
  • Partnership requirements rationale
  • Partnership identification or development
  • Project management, IPR management, communication, dissemination and exploitation principles
  • Application administrative requirements and process
  • Proposals evaluation approaches and key players 
  • Group work on outlining a call for proposals and a project proposal

Session 5 – 3h How to successfully implement EU and publicly funded projects

  • Next steps in the project lifecycle – contracting, implementation and monitoring, reporting and review, auditing
  • Administrative, technical and financial obligations
  • Technical and financial management principles
  • Achieving the project objectives, communicating, dissemnating and exploiting results
  • Reporting on activities, deliverables and costs 
  • Audit trail development and preservation 
  • Monitoring, reviewing and auditing projects
  • Case study of a successful project
  • Group discussion on EU funded projects implementation challenges and best practices

Anamaria Magri Pantea, holding an Honours Degree in Economics with specialisation in finance and a Master in Business Administration with Distinction, is an independent management consultant in EU funding, innovation management and business development. She has 20 years of experience in projects structuring and funding sourcing, their initiation, coordination, supervision and evaluation. Anamaria has extensive expertise in EU funding (facilitating access to, managing monitoring, and reviewing its implementation), particularly in areas related to research and innovation, enterprise competitiveness, entrepreneurship, ICT, energy and environment sustainability. Anamaria previously worked with Malta Investment Management Co. Ltd (MIMCOL), where she set-up and managed the Malta National Contact Point for the EU’s Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme. She also worked with the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) as Projects Officer and Team Leader Monitoring and Assessment of EIT’s Knowledge and Innovation Communities. Since 2014, she has also worked as an independent expert evaluator and projects reviewer on a number of EU and inter-governmental funding programme, including the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, the programme for the Competitiveness of SMEs and Enterprises (COSME), the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund, ENPI CBC MED, ERANETMED, Ambient Assisted Living, Eurostars-Eureka, etc. She has also been assisting various national funding organisations with evaluations, including in Malta, Cyprus, Ireland, Georgia, Czechia, Slovak Republic, etc.

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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

  11 Jan 2021 - 15 Jan 2021 €300.00
   DATE FROM TILL
   11 Jan 21 14:00 17:00
   12 Jan 21 14:00 17:00
   13 Jan 21 14:00 17:00
   14 Jan 21 14:00 17:00
   15 Jan 21 14:00 17:00

  01 Feb 2021 - 05 Feb 2021 €300.00
   DATE FROM TILL
   01 Feb 21 14:00 17:00
   03 Nov 20 14:00 17:00
   04 Feb 21 14:00 17:00
   05 Feb 21 14:00 17:00
   02 Feb 21 14:00 17:00

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