The project design service refers to the following phases that mark the development process of a project proposal:
1. Develop a project idea.
– Objective: develop a project that would be well-defined, feasible and suitable to the strategic objectives of the organization.
– Activities: analyse the next 5-10 years’ strategic objectives of the organization and create one or more project’s ideas; carefully define a scientific question that your project would clearly answer; write a project’s abstract (2-3 pages word document introducing the project objectives and activities); create a list of organisations that could be interested in joining this effort; find similar projects that have been already funded.
2. Find the right EU funding instrument.
– Objective: match a proposal with the project’s idea, increasing the chances to get funded.
– Activities: write all EC Work Programmes in order to create a sort of mapping of all available EU funding instruments and find the most suitable to the project’s idea; analyse guidelines, eligibility criteria and rules for participation; active networking (thoughtful analysis of call for proposal, participation to EU and national call info days, mention the project’s idea during business development activities, etc.).
3. Prepare the project proposal.
– Objective: build a collaborative project with chances to get funded.
– Activities: send the project’s abstract to selected stakeholders in order to build up a European collaborative project proposal; prepare a writing plan that includes a clear division of roles and responsibilities.
In addition to the service, the project design is also offered via training workshops with the following features:
The training workshops aim to change the EU projects perspective and opinion of public and private no-profit agencies and organisations, which consider the world of European funding as opaque, not clear and transparent and not able to provide tools for strengthening and expanding some of their activities. Moreover, one of the main outcomes of the course will also be to provide with the correct tools for writing a project proposal that can go beyond the world of European funding and target fundraising and sponsorship strategies.
The workshops will include training on specifics European programmes addressed to public and private stakeholders willing and capable to design different projects. The training takes place months before the call expiration dates and will consist of face-to-face lessons and assignment of specific tasks for the participants to the courses. The final objective of the course will be to provide participants with a range of tools which will allow them to structure and write a real project proposal, as well as the possibility of creating a network with the other participants.
The course is based on a methodology that does not look at presenting an overview of EU funding but rather at practically designing, defining and writing a project proposal, starting from the analysis of a specific call, going through the check-up of the documentation required for submitting the proposal and ending with writing it. It is important to underline how the final output of the training could also go much over the European funding, meaning that the methodology ca also be applied to the definition and creation of fundraising and sponsorship strategies for specific initiatives and projects.
The workshops will be open to public and private non-profit organisations which already know the world of European funding for having:
– worked on a European project;
– sent a project proposal that did not pass the evaluation of the European Commission;
– tried to design a project’s proposal but without success, due to different reasons.