The third in a series of 6 project writing training camps for SMEs was successfully staged at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Şişli, Istanbul on 24th January. The event attracted 22 participants ranging from microbusinesses to larger enterprises, all of which were in the process of developing proposals for submission to the European Commission.
The event was staged as part of the ‘Turkey in Horizon 2020 Phase II project, which is jointly funded by the Republic of Turkey and the European Union. The aim of the training was to better inform SMEs about the European Commission’s ‘Horizon 2020’ programme which is the main vehicle for funding innovative SME projects to a stage where they may be commercialised. The event began with general information sessions about the Turkish project and Horizon 2020. This was followed by the main training sessions, led by an expert who has many years of experience in writing, presenting and managing EC proposals.
The main sessions used detailed reviews of proposals and detailed analysis of the evaluation process, focusing on the three key areas which project evaluators concentrate on; ‘Excellence’, ‘Impact’ and ‘Implementation’. The event was highly rated in terms of content and usefulness by the participants.
Over 200 SMEs have participated in the three webinars staged since the start of the project in January 2019.