How to Write the Impact Section for Large Collaborative Proposals

About the course

While this course focuses on Horizon 2020 proposals this event will be of interest to ALL those who write proposals which include a part on Impact. Impact has become one of the key evaluation criteria in almost all grant applications. Researchers often have difficulty in understanding the concept and meaning of ‘Impact’ and in explaining the potential societal, political and technological impact of their proposals. The aim of this course is to explain the concept of ‘impact’ and provide researchers and research support staff with guidelines on writing the impact part of Horizon 2020 proposals.

Outline Programme

  • Background to Impact in Horizon 2020
  • Impact in Horizon 2020
  • Step by Step Guide to Writing Impact
  • Impact in Pillar I (Excellent Science)
  • Impact in Pillar II (Industrial Leadership)
  • Impact in Pillar III (Societal Challenges)
  • The One Page Proposal

Course presenter

The programme will be presented by Dr. Sean McCarthy of Hyperion Ltd (  Sean has been active in the Framework programmes since 1980. He has been involved in over 150 research proposals and has participated in over 60 projects.  In 16 of these projects Sean was the coordinator. Today he does not participate in projects but concentrates on designing and delivering training course for organisations who participate in the programmes. Since 1998 over 38,000 participants have attended his courses in 29 countries. He has presented training courses on the Framework Programmes in over 120 research centres throughout Europe (

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