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Maximising Horizon 2020 Research Impact and the competitiveness of your proposal

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Impact is the most important aspect of a Horizon 2020 proposal for evaluators. In this presentation we show how the competitiveness of proposals can be enhanced and how research impact can be improved through the project life cycle. We give examples of how we are improving the exploitation and dissemination of existing projects.

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Maximising Horizon 2020 Research Impact and the competitiveness of your proposal

  1. 1. Climate  Futures:   Horizon  2020  Research   Impact  Services  
  2. 2. Horizon  2020  has  a  far  greater  emphasis  on  research  impact  than   previous  EU  funding  streams.  It  is  widely  reported  that  evaluators   consider  this  the  most  important  aspect  of  a  proposal.     Climate  Futures  improves  the  competiveness  of  bids  and  research   impact  through:   •  Strategy:  ensuring  the  research  concept  and  proposal  meets  the  expected   impacts  of  the  work  programme  and  wider  EU  goals   •  Exploitation  and  dissemination:  identifying  research  users  and  ensuring   outputs  meet  their  needs   •  Communication:  professional  digital  and  graphic  design,  journalism,   photography  and  video   •  Management  and  research:  overseeing  work  packages  and  involvement  as  a   scientific  partner  to  ensure  high  quality  deliverables  
  3. 3. Impact:  what  funders  demand   “…any  consultancy  company  in  H2020  proposals  should  play  an   integral  part  in  the  project,  so  providing  expertise  on  how  to  link   outputs  to  outcomes  and  impact”.  UKRO  conference,  Birmingham,   Jun’15  (UKRO)      “assessing  impact…is  part  of  the  new  strategic   emphasis”  (ESRC)”   “You  must  be  able  to  provide  evidence  of  research  impact  e.g.  how   it’s  used  by  policymakers,  practitioners…and  led  to  improvements  in   services  or  business”  (ESRC)              UKRO:  UK  Research  Office              ESRC:  Economic  and  Social  Research  Council                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
  4. 4. H2020  evaluation:  Impact  is  33%  of  score   Excellence   Impact   Quality  &  efficiency  of   implementation   Score  1:   Threshold  3/5   Score  2:   Threshold   3/5   Score  3:   Threshold  3/5   •  Ground-­‐breaking  objectives   •  Novel  concepts     •  Innovative  approaches   •  State  of  art  science   •  Innovation  capacity   •  Competitiveness     •  Growth  of  EU  markets,  business   •  Environmental  &  social   •  Dissemination  of  results   •  Communication  of  results   •  Work  plan   •  Complementarily  of  participants   •  Risk  &  innovation  management   Score  3:   Threshold  3/5  
  5. 5. Why  H2020  proposals  fail   “Lack  of  a  coherent  dissemination  strategy”   “Exploitation  &  communication  plan  is  underdeveloped”     “Unrealistic  dissemination  plan”   “The  dissemination  plan  is  convincing,  however,  success  depends   on  the  timely  establishment  of  a  multi-­‐actor  community,   which  is  uncertain”   “The  proposal  does  not  sufficiently  explain  which  mechanisms  will   be  used  to  influence  governance  processes”   “(Financial)  resources  are  insufficiently  or  incorrectly  allocated”   Source:  evaluation  feedback  from  evaluators  to  prolific  H2020  bidder,  2014-­‐15  
  6. 6. Selected  Climate  Futures  projects  and  partners   TESS:  Toward  European  Societal  Sustainability Afri-­‐Flame Climate  Smart  Agriculture Others
  7. 7. Climate  Futures  contributes  to  all  stages  of  the   research  project  life  cycle   Creative  ideas   New  partners,  networks   Impact,  dissemination  &   communication  chapters     1  year   2  year   3  year   1-­‐3  years  PROPOSAL    Business  innovation   ‘Toolkit’  &  users   Policy  briefs   Papers   Research  outputs     Communication  strategy       Brand,  graphics,  website    Strengthened  networks  and  reach   News  channels  &  feed  (multi  media)   Info-­‐graphics   Video  and  photography   Conferences  and    workshops   CONCEPT  &   CONSORTIUM   SUBMISSION   SET  UP    ANALYSIS   RESULTS   LEGACY  DATA  
  8. 8. Climate  Futures  develops  proposal   concepts  &  diagrams   PROPOSAL   Creative  ideas   New  partners,  networks   Impact,  dissemination  &   communication  chapters     Benefits  we  bring:  
  9. 9. Case  study  1:  TESS   •  EU  FP7  project,  led  by  PIK,  eight  partners  in  six   countries   •  Success  factors  and  impact  of  community-­‐based   initiatives:  energy,  transport,  food,  waste  domains   •  Emphasis  in  proposal  on  community  engagement,   dissemination  and  communication     •  We  were  invited  to  the  consortium  as  an  equal   research  partner  and  to  increase  impact   www.tess-­‐transition.eu   www.sustainable-­‐communities.eu  
  10. 10. Social  media  experience   Design  of  website   Copywriting  of  stories,  blogs,  features   Professional  photography  and  video   Benefits  we  bring:   Thorough  research  approach   Help  organising  midterm  conference   Coordination  of  WP5   Community  engagement  via  networks   Case  study  1:  TESS  
  11. 11. Case  study  2:  Climate  Smart  Agriculture   • An  action-­‐led  project  to  help  1500  smallholder  farmers   in  Malawi  to  diversify  crops,  incomes  and  diets,  adapt   to  climate  change  and  enhance  their  environment   • Forming  a  network  of  civil  society  organisations  to   improve  community  services  and  policies   • Giving  a  voice  to  farmers  and  encouraging  360º   evaluation  through  participatory  video   www.kusamala.org/projects-­‐partners/climate-­‐smart-­‐agriculture/  
  12. 12. Photography  (exhibition  quality)   Calendar  designed  for  farmer  wall  (5yr+)   Newsletters  for  general  communication   Benefits  we  bring:   Co-­‐management  of  communication   Innovation  -­‐  participatory  video   Case  study  2:  Climate  Smart  Agriculture  
  13. 13. Case  study  3:  Afri-­‐flame   • A  research  project  with  10  Universities,  SMEs  and  NGOs   in  four  countries   • Establishment  of  energy  villages  in  three  African   countries  to  test  biogas  and  stove  technologies   • Research  into  economic,  environmental,  health  and  social   impacts,  and  practical  use   •   Our  role  is  to  improve  impact  through  community   engagement,  dissemination  and  communication   www.afri-­‐flame.net   Benefits  we  bring:   First  point  of  contact  in  research  villages     Design  of  website  and  biogas  basics  pack   using  local  illustrators   Hands  on  engagement…   MSc  student  
  14. 14. About  Climate  Futures   •  SME,  with  an  EU  PIC  number   •  Team  of  six  with  MScs,  PhD:  environmental   technology,  renewables  engineering,  carbon   management,  forestry   •  Qualified  communicators:  graphic  design,  journalism,   film  making,  photography   •  Active  consortium  partner:  familiar  with  proposal   writing,  research  methods,  writing  papers,  submitting   EC  deliverables  
  15. 15. H2020  calls  of  interest,  2016:  ‘Secure,  clean  and   efficient  energy’   EE-­‐7-­‐2016/2017:  Engaging  private  consumers  towards  sustainable  energy   EE-­‐8-­‐2016/2017:  Behavioural  change  toward  energy  efficiency  through  ICT   EE  9  –  2016:  Socio-­‐economic  research  on  consumer's  behaviour  related  to  energy   efficiency   EE-­‐10-­‐2016/2017:  Engaging  and  activating  public  authorities   EE-­‐11-­‐2016:  Supporting  accelerated  and  cost-­‐effective  deep  renovation  of  buildings   EE-­‐12-­‐2016/2017:  Overcoming  market  barriers  and  promoting  deep  renovation  of   buildings   LCE  1  –  2016:  Next  generation  innovative  technologies  enabling  smart  grids,  storage   and  energy  system  integration  with  increasing  share  of  renewables….   LCE  2  –  2016/2017:  Demonstration  of  smart  grid,  storage  and  system  integration   technologies  with  increasing  share  of  renewables:  distribution  system   LCE-­‐31-­‐2016/2017:  Social  Sciences  and  Humanities  Support  for  the  Energy  Union  
  16. 16. H2020  calls  of  interest,  2016:  SC5  'Climate  action,   environment,  resource  efficiency  and  raw  materials’   SC5-­‐03-­‐2016:  Climate  services  market  research   SC5-­‐6-­‐2016/2017:  Pathways  towards  the  decarbonisation  and  resilience  of  the   European  economy  in  the  timeframe  2030-­‐2050  and  beyond   SC-­‐8-­‐2016:  Demonstrating  innovative  nature-­‐based  solutions  for  climate  and   water  resilience  in  cities   SC5-­‐9-­‐2016:  New  governance,  business,  financing  models  &  economic  impact   assessment  tools  for  sustainable  cities  with  nature-­‐based…   SC5-­‐11-­‐2016:  Insurance  value  of  ecosystems   SC5-­‐12-­‐2016:  Multi-­‐stakeholder  dialogue  platform  to  promote  innovation  with   nature  to  address  societal  challenges   SC5-­‐12-­‐2016:  Food  systems  and  water  resources  for  the  development  of   inclusive,  sustainable  and  healthy  Euro-­‐Mediterranean  societies   SC5-­‐24-­‐2017:  Innovative  financing,  business  and  governance  models  for   adaptive  re-­‐use  of  cultural  heritage  
  17. 17. H2020  calls  of  interest,  2016:  ‘Food  security,  sustainable  agriculture   and  forestry,  marine  and  maritime  and  inland  water  research  and   the  bioeconomy’   SFS  31  2016.  Farming  for  tomorrow:  developing  an  enabling  environment  for  resilient   and  sustainable  agricultural  systems   SFS-­‐44-­‐2016:  Achieving  food  and  nutrition  security  and  sustainable  agriculture  in  Africa:   the  role  of  innovation   RUR-­‐06-­‐2016:  Crop  diversification  systems  for  the  delivery  of  food,  feed,  industrial   products  and  ecosystems  services:  from  farm  benefits  to  value-­‐chain  organisation   RUR-­‐07-­‐2016:  Resource-­‐efficient  and  profitable  industrial  crops  on  marginal  lands   RUR-­‐11-­‐2016:  On  farm  demonstrations:  deepening  farmer-­‐to-­‐farmer  learning   mechanisms     RUR  –  15-­‐2016  :  The  benefits  of  working  with  others  –  fostering  social  capital  in  the   farming  sector   BE-­‐1-­‐2016:  Sustainability  schemes  for  the  bio-­‐based  economy       BE-­‐4-­‐2016.  Bio-­‐based  products:  Mobilisation  and  mutual  learning  action  plan     BE-­‐6-­‐2016.  Life-­‐cycle  assessment  of  wood  value  chains  and  applications  for  the   bioeconomy    
  18. 18. Contact  details   Charles  Henderson   charles@climatefutures.co.uk   Skype:  chrshend   +44  131  225  8081   www.climatefutures.co.uk