On the 14th of December 2020, GTK organized, within the ENeRAG project and towards project consortium partners, a workshop on Funding opportunities. The workshop belonged to a project action on development of common research projects and research networks. This workshop in specific addressed training on successful EU Fundraising and making HORIZON Project Proposals. Lectures supported grant writing abilities for Horizon Europe and research project applications and overlook cooperation possibilities in Horizon Europe in order to be prepared when the Horizon Europe calls would open during the first quarter of 2021.

The program developed first with a welcome and introduction of the action scope by Dr. Judit Mádl-Szőnyi.

followed by “Knocking on the founder’s door”, a lecture by Bar-Magen Numhauser Tamara (GTK) grant writer specialist, on the successful writing practices for application that would belong to pillar 2 of Horizon Europe programme. It addressed “bottom-up” funding, calls and aspects that Europe wish to fund and the aspects to be taken into consideration when reading the call text and when writing the application, its content and form.

Juha Kaija, expert project planner and manager, has shown “Horizon Europe project possibilities”, an overview of the state of the art of Horizon Europe programme, deepening the pillar 2 and highlighting the areas of interest on aspects developed in ENeRAG (geoenergy, waters, fluids and minerals).

Nike Luodes (GTK) has finally spoken about “Research funding hints” addressing tips for successful writing of application that would follow under pillar 1 of the Horizon Europe program – excellence in research. This is the “top-down” grant application, where a scientist has its own idea and propose it for funding. The lecture showed the call timetable, the assessment steps and tips for organizing own research and transposing into text.

The workshop aims at getting ready for the opening of the funding programme in order to be proactive in grant writing when the calls will open. Twenty-two participants attended the workshop and here is a small group photo of those who could open the camera.