Even though some may consider legal and financial issues a dry and theoretical topic, it is absolutely vital for a successful application process. Friday's presentation gave an overview of the eligibility criteria for participation in Horizon 2020 and informed about the management of EU projects. The Fellows learned about the Model Grant Agreement and about the financial management of EU projects.
We learned first-hand from current Fellow Julii Selianko from Tallinn University what the application process is all about when it comes to writing proposals, where the pitfalls are, and what needs be taken into account. One lesson learned was to follow a well-planned timeline before and during the application process. He also pointed out to avoid the obvious - but unfortunately common - mistake of using outdated templates.
In an interactive workshop, the Fellows then had the chance to review Horizon 2020 proposals themselves and to adopt some of the collected input for their own work. This so-called "brain walk" encouraged the participants to discuss different evaluation issues.
All photos: © Bjanka Bethke / DLR Projektträger