The Limak Hotel in Ankara saw the fifth of 12 Project Writing Training events on 12th February. 56 attendees were drawn from SMEs in the surrounding area, representing a diverse range of business sizes and sectors, ranging from computer software production to biotechnology.
Two days later, Saint Valentine’s Day saw the second event, held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Şişli, with a further 50 attendees gathered to hear about the new Accelerator Pilot Programme which has replaced the SME Instrument under Horizon 2020. It is expected that the Pilot will continue under the new Horizon Europe programme due to start in January 2021.
Both events were 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. Both events began with general information sessions about the Turkish project and Horizon 2020. This was followed by sessions which focused on the three key areas which project evaluators concentrate on; ‘Excellence’, ‘Impact’ and ‘Implementation’. Both events were highly rated in terms of content and usefulness by the participants.
Over 400 delegates have participated in proposal training and development events held since the start of the project in January 2019.
Details of past and future events and other related activities may be found at: https://th2020.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/categories/360001555713-Training-Networking-Events-Phase-II-