Winning EU Funding is an extremely competitive process. While an outstanding project is an absolute must, the skills to sell your idea to the funders and knowledge of the EU policy context are equally important, as well as managing and delivering your project when it has been financed.
We offer high-quality, customised project application and implementation services to help clients seize new EU funding opportunities and turn innovative ideas into project proposals. This ranges from EU public grants and private loans identification, consortium recruitment, bid writing, selection of experts, negotiation with the granting authorities, budgeting, quality control and implementation of projects.
The most typical services we offer include, among others:
- Mapping of EU public funding opportunities and private investors funding;
- Application writing, either in full or related to some specific workpackages like project management, exploitation and dissemination or monitoring and evaluation;
- Introduction to relevant consortia and partners’ recruitment for EU funding applications.
Within the new EU Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), spending should be mobilised to support growth, employment, competitiveness and convergence, in line with the Europe 2020 Strategy. The Euro Freelancers team has intensely followed the EU negotiations leading to the new MFF and we are well placed to advice on accessing the new EU funding available for the 2014-2020 period.
Whether you are new to EU Funding or already have experience, we provide a full range of trainings and other services designed to develop skills in turning a funding application into a successful one.
EU Public Grants and Tenders Expertise
The EU selection of funded projects is very administrative and the requirements grow increasingly year after year. Our EU funding consultants are specialised in specific calls for proposals with a proven track records in drafting, managing and assessing EU funded projects. We can guide you through the entire project funding life cycle with customised advice and operational support to ultimately help you in being selected.
Most of our consultants worked as evaluators for the current funding programs and on numerous successful EU applications both as coordinators and partners. We have in-depth knowledge of EU Commission procedures, requirements and a large network of contacts among funders and grant authorities. We possess a sound track record of more than 18 years in submitting EU funding applications on behalf of large and small/medium-size companies, research centres, NGOs and local authorities with project budgets ranging from three to several million euros. Our linguistic, geographical and cultural proximity to the EU decision makers can help you to navigate the EU funding sector to your direct benefit.
We constantly monitor EU funding opportunities and advise on how to draft applications and create partnerships. We regularly update a monthly directory of EU funding opportunities, which contains a snapshot of the main public grants and private investments and send periodic detailed alerts to organisations, which are keen to find partners for joint project applications. We use a special software to screen all EU funding opportunities and pieces of legislation relevant to your specific activities and systematically track any developments in funding regimes and rules. Via a dedicated portal, our clients can monitor and evaluate their application process and receive tailor-made alerts.
We systematically and carefully review draft proposals from an evaluator’s perspective, in line with the official award and selection criteria. Our final goal is to provide you, prior the submission, with clear and constructive expert opinions on the key impact and scientific-excellence criteria for selection.
We can also arrange meetings in Brussels with appropriate European Commission or Executive Agencies officials to put your case forward for grant funding. If you are planning to submit a grant proposal, you will be competing with others that have been professionally prepared, so make sure yours is too.
Finally, we can connect project developers with potential investors either at the exploitation phase of a running project or prior the proposal submission, securing external co-financing.
Our full support process from developing the project idea to implementation and reporting is visualised below:
Success Fees Policy and Success Rate
At Euro Freelancers we implement a sharing risks and rewards strategy.
We aim to kick start exciting projects in partnership with our clients. We only accept to work on project proposals with excellent probabilities to receive EU grant funding. As a result, we work on the proposal drafting on a cooperation basis and bear a share of the risks and costs together with the client, above all if we could have a role in the project implementation once it gets funded.
The reimbursement of our fees for the work in the proposal stage will partly depend on the successful winning of the grant by our client.
We have fundraised projects in total value of 165 million euros and our success rate of applications is roughly 83%, reaching up to 95% in key fields (energy efficiency, innovation and ICT). Achieving such high rate is mostly due to our integrated approach using specialised teams of independent funding consultants combined with the high level of innovation of our clients.
EU Funding Sectors
We have a wide range of experience in the following EU funding programs:
- SME INSTRUMENT
- FAST TRACK TO INNOVATION
- EUROPE AID
- EUROPEAN REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT FUND
- EUROPEAN SOCIAL FUND
- NER 300
- HORIZON 2020
- COST ACTIONS
- EIB LOANS
- CREATIVE EUROPE
- CONNECTING EUROPE FACILITY
- EUROPEAN AGRICULTURAL FUND FOR RURAL DEVELOPMENT
- INSTRUMENT OF PRE-ACCESSION ASSISTANCE
- NUCLEAR SAFETY COOPERATION INSTRUMENT
- INTERNAL SECURITY FUND
- EUROPE FOR CITIZENS
- EU PROGRAMME FOR EMPLOYMENT AND SOCIAL INNOVATION
Typical proposals we accept to draft may tackle the following topics (although not exclusively): governance, institutional capacity building, environment, energy efficiency and renewables, climate change and sustainable development, enlargement and cross border programmes, vocational education and training, ICT.
EU Funding Report
We can perform a comprehensive feasibility study to define to which extent your project ideas are in line with the current EU grant programs and regulations. Based on this feasibility study, we can prepare a customised EU Funding Report that represents a strategic roadmap on EU funding applications for your organisation. This report analyses and puts into context for specific EU funding applications the following details:
- Your current projects, activities, and plans for the future;
- Your existing annual reports and strategic board direction;
- Your previous attempts to obtain EU funding;
- Your network of partners and collaborators;
- Your financial viability;
- Your innovation potential (for technologies, services, concepts etc.);
- Your project's link with EU and national policies in the sector;
- Your project's transferability and EU added value.
As a result of this analysis, we offer strategic guidance on EU funding applications in the short and medium term for your organisation. This includes the following details:
- Which of your existing projects or ideas are eligible for EU funding;
- Which calls for proposals or tenders you could apply for and how much you could obtain;
- Which partnership and co-financing amount is to be expected;
- What feedback the European Commission may give you at a pre-evaluation stage;
- What timescale, activities workplan and staff costs may be involved.
This EU Funding Report aims to ultimately provide you with an opportunity to improve awareness on the identification and access to available EU funding opportunities, which will be supported by guidance and advice on how to complete and submit EU funding applications. The likely outputs from this process will be:
- Increased understanding and confidence in engaging with EU funding processes;
- Increased expertise and equipped skills to compete for EU funding;
- Increased participation in EU funding applications;
- Increased EU funding success rates.
We developed an A4 template for a project executive summary for you to fill with as many details as possible regarding your project ideas. Once filled, this template will help us to evaluate your project potential for obtaining EU funding, which type (public or private), which amount and understand the scope of work required from both sides. The format of this executive summary will also greatly assist to make the business case for your project proposals, as it will contain those details considered essential by the grant evaluators.
You can obtain this executive summary template by clicking here.
Exploitation and Dissemination of Project Results
The different EU grant authorities often stress that project partners must produce detailed exploitation and dissemination plans to make sure the practical use of the knowledge generated in the project and its industrial implementation. However, project partners often struggle to design significant exploitation plans, as this involves technical expertise going beyond their mandate and their scientific skills.
Our team has worked closely with European project developers to address the technical barriers for transforming scientific project outputs into viable innovations and support them to successfully penetrate the market. This includes industrial production, demonstrations and commercialisation of the results generated in the project implementation.
Our team has developed and tested an innovative and structured methodology for broader commercial exploitation of project results resulting in licensing deals and spin-off creation all over Europe. We can therefore act in support or as work package leaders in charge of exploitation of those project deliverables which can have an impact on the market and can be exploitable.
Monitoring and Evaluation of Project Results
Evaluation activities can help EU funded projects to be more strategic about the targeted stakeholders, the overall objectives of the different EU programs and the impacts expected on the ground. These activities are designed to make the project implementation more effective in terms of the impacts generated so that partners are better equipped to embark into the next tasks of a project work plan.
The key aim of evaluation activities is to design and articulate the work plan of the project in manners that can be tested at regular intervals. The evaluation process should indicate cases of positive performance as well as areas for improvement. The process may also identify unforeseen risks and events which could affect the critical path of the project implementation. This allows the project to adjust and enhance the direction of its work plan, to maximise the quality of its deliverables and increase the potential for long-term impact.
Our team has developed and tested an innovative and structured methodology for monitoring and evaluating the progress of each project deliverable and the overall project performance, measuring its success against key performance indicators. We can act in support to workpackage leaders in the design and implementation of a comprehensive evaluation plan and an evaluation report at the end of the project.
EU Funding Services Include:
» Mapping of EU Public Grants & Private Loans Opportunities
» Project Analysis & Assessment of Eligibility in Light of Available Funding
» Drafting Applications to EU Call for Proposals & Tenders
» Consortium Building & Management
» Project Implementation & Reporting
» Dissemination of Project Outcomes & External Communication
» Monitoring Results & Impact Evaluation
» Project Identity & Websites Set Up
» Influencing Decision Makers on Future Funding Priorities
» Investor Readiness Assessment & Commercial Potential of Project Results
» Investors Matchmaking (Corporate, Business Angels, Venture Capitalists)
» Preparation for Investment Pitches & Coaching Sessions to Improve Business Plans
» Risk Analysis (Market, Financial, Entrepreneurial) & Legal Due Diligence
» Advice on Intellectual Property Rights Management & CE Marking Process
» Definition of Exit Strategies & Exploitation Plans
Interested in working together? Contact Karen Wessinger, we respond to every email we receive and are looking forward to hearing from you.