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Structure and parts of a Proposal under FP 7 An example. Maria Koutrokoi Hellenic NCP for ICT, Research Infrastructures and Ideas Programme of FP7 Technical Manager of EU Projects National Documentation Centre ( EKT /NHRF) St. Petersburg, 20 February 2007 Moscow, 21 February 2007

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structure and parts of a proposal under fp 7 an example
Structure and parts of a Proposal under FP7An example

Maria Koutrokoi

Hellenic NCP for ICT, Research Infrastructures and Ideas Programme of FP7

Technical Manager of EU Projects

National Documentation Centre (EKT/NHRF)

St. Petersburg, 20 February 2007

Moscow, 21 February 2007

Kiev, 23 February 2007

the first steps
The first steps
  • Clarify your own goals for participation
  • Identify Thematic Priority
  • Identify Strategic Objective
  • Identify topic(s)
  • Know which call and timeframe
  • Clarify whether you will coordinate or participate
  • Key decision is whether to go on the instrument applicable to the proposal (funding scheme)
  • Decide which instrument best fits the proposal:

*Collaborative Project, *NoE, * Co-ordination and Support Actions

* Research for SMEs (Capacities)

the funding schemes
The funding schemes

Choose your “funding scheme” with care

  • Collaborative Projects must show a full range of activities - Research, Demonstration, Training, Cooperation with other programmes…..
  • Networks of Excellence represent a durable re-structuring of the participating institutions
  • Coordination actions/Specific SupportActions do not conduct S&T research
  • Research for SMEs (CRAFT)
partner search
Partner Search

Best sources are:

  • Previous/current project partners
  • Business partners
  • Targeted potential customers/distributors

For additional partners/roles use:

  • CORDIS: Partners and Projects Databases
  • Expressions of Interest data base (if applicable)
  • NCPs network
  • Specific Networks (eg. Ideal-ist: Best Practice)
  • Information Days

Issues to be discussed and agreed upon with the


  • Their scientific/administrative contribution
  • Their share of EC funding (roughly)
  • IPR issues
  • Consortium agreement
key documents
Key documents
  • The latest relevant Workprogramme
  • Call fiche
  • Participation rules
  • Guide for Applicants (specific for each funding scheme and for each Programme)
  • Guidelines on Proposal Evaluation and Selection Procedures
  • Model contract
  • Negotiation guidelines
  • FP7: Fact sheets
  • FP7: FAQs
before you start writing
Before you start writing
  • Ensure business reasons for proposal understood
  • Programme & Call identified
  • Topic & subject understood & agreed
  • Background work on previous/current projects
  • Identify partners who agree to participate
step s 1

Parts of a proposal

  • Part A

A1 :Acronym, full title, summary (2000 characters)

A2: Information on partners’ organisation: one per partner

A3: Information on Proposal’s/project budget

  • Part B: The main text of the proposal
part b1 scientific and or technical quality relevant to the topics addressed by the call 1
Part B1: Scientific and/or technical quality, relevant to the topics addressed by the call (1)
  • 1.1 Concept and Objectives:- get right to the point - “The objective is to ....”, Do not have multiple objectives - go up a level, Indirectly show how it is beyond the state of the art
  • 1.2 Contribution to the co-ordination of high quality research

Information for this section comes from various sources, such as:

  • The introductory sections of the Workprogram contains good reference material.
  • Via the Europa web site, there is information on all EU policies and they can be identified and downloaded from there. eg - Policies - Access by subject to legal instruments in force, legislative activity in progress, implementation of common policies, EU grants and loans, statistics and publications
part b1 scientific and or technical quality relevant to the topics addressed by the call 2
Part B1: Scientific and/or technical quality, relevant to the topics addressed by the call (2)
  • 1.3 Quality and effectiveness of the support mechanisms, and associated work plan

does not consist only of the required PERT, GANTT and WP charts and tables – they are purely summaries. You have up to fifteen pages available. This section should include:

  • rationale for your implementation method - alternatives considered, phasing and check points, system design as appropriate, potential technical risks and fall backs, reference to other work, reference to other funded projects and justification
pert gantt charts
PERT & GANTT charts
  • Once you have produced a draft of the WP breakdown that is agreed by your major partners, build a final PERT chart and from it a preliminary Gantt chart that shows the start and dates of the work packages.
  • A good tip is to ensure that there is a phased start up of the project as, in practice, it usually takes 2 to 3 months for all the resources to become available.
  • Ensure that in the final month of the project only WP1 and WPx are ongoing in order to produce final reports etc.
  • These constitute good management practice and show the evaluators you are an experienced manager
standard pert diagram
Standard PERT diagram













Of course this can be enhanced with greater detail, according to the project’s activities

part b 2 implementation 2
Part: B2: Implementation (2)
  • 2.1 Management structure and procedures
  • 2.2 Individual participants
  • This section has to be concise, complete and very well thought out. This section should describe how the proposed project will be managed, the decision making structures to be applied, the communication flow within the consortium and the quality assurance measures which will be implemented, and how legal and ethical obligations will be met. Emphasise the experience and quality of the management.
part b 2 implementation 1
Part B2: Implementation (1)
  • 2.2 Consortium as a whole (only if relevant):
  • 2.4 Resources to be committed
  • Start off with a short one page description of the consortium stating who the participants are, what their roles and functions in the consortium are, and how they complement each other. It is vital you identify such partners as “end user”, “exploiter or supplier” as well as “research contributor” etc.

Be very careful of sub-contracts. The Commission does not like them. Do not sub-contract R&D, or management issues.

This section should also contain a BRIEF description of each partner organisation, emphasising his relevance to the project (a third of a page, maximum). Include a brief CV of one or two staff per participant. Do not exceed one page per participant

There are important things to say and irrelevant things. The evaluator is interested in a company’s technological capability. If you have been involved in previous successful projects, name them. The CV of the nominated Project Manager is of particular importance.

  • Finally the overall financial plan for the project is critical. It must be brief and answer any obvious questions
model structure small and medium scale collaborative project the partners 1
Model structure:small and medium scale Collaborative ProjectThe partners(1)
  • Management Board with senior representatives of each partner: chaired by project manager
  • Technical Board with technical leaders of each partner/WP: chaired by technical director
  • WP1: Project Management
  • WP2:……
  • WP3:……
  • WP4:……
  • WP5:……
collaborative project possible structure 2
Collaborative Project: possible structure (2)


Management Board

with senior representative of each partner

Chaired by Project Manager

Technical Board

with technical leaders of each partner/WP

Chaired by Technical Director


Project Management





step s 2
Steps: 2

B part: workplan

“Other costs” per WP per partner

Cost iterations to achieve acceptable costs & distribution

Update tables with man months, deliverables, milestones

B2add financial plan rationale

Initial EPSS submittal

Update A3, fine tune, proof, agreement

Proposal Development Team


Example Budget breakdown among partners for an SSA/support activities (Model based on the flat rate O/H=20%)For flat rate Overhead=60% the estimation would be based on the following: ((x-(x*100)/160))/x=total budget for the beneficiary/contractor

part b3 impact
Part B3: Impact
  • 3.1 expected impacts listed in the WorkProgramme
  • 3.2 Spreading excellence, exploiting results, disseminating knowledge
  • Include plans for the dissemination/exploitation of the results by describing the dissemination/exploitation strategies, the user groups to be involved and how, the tools and/or means to be used to disseminate the results, and the strategic impact of the proposed project 
  • Exploitation is a vital part of this section. Emphasise the usefulness and range of applications, which might arise from the project. Explain the partners’ capability to exploit the results of the project and detail how in a credible way. Refer to the draft Consortium Agreement with respect to access & commercial rights. This is particularly important.Be specific and quantify things.

PartB: Other issues

It is mandatory to include two aspects here in a positive manner:

Ethical issues

One of significant impact here: data protection acts - both at European and at National level. State that the project will comply and it is the responsibility of, say, the project manager to ensure compliance and mention this in his responsibilities under B5.

Gender issues

Mention how many women you expect to be assigned to the project (it is assumed there will be some ). Assign responsibility to the project manager and mention it in B5.

Safety & Environmental issues

You should also state you will comply with all relevant Community regulations and specifically address any conceivable impact on Safety or Conservation concerns

10 useful tips
10 useful tips

1. Many proposers concentrate on the scientific element, but lose marks on project

implementation or impact description

2. Clear language

3. Well-organised contents, following the Part B structure

4. Useful and understandable diagrams

5. No typos, no inconsistencies, no obvious paste-ins, no numbers which don’t

add up, no missing pages …

6. Don’t write too little; cover what is requested

7. Don’t write too much; Don’t neglect the “Other issues” : Gender issues, ethical issues, etc

8. Don’t leave the evaluators to figure out why it’s good; tell them !

9. Leave nothing to the imagination

10. Don’t change the key points of the proposal in the last minute and Submit your

proposal on time and if you need support/help call your NCP before it is too late

further information
Further Information
  • 7th Framework Programme of Research

  • Participate in FP7

  • Find a Call:

  • Find project partners
best wishes for your success
Best Wishes for your Success!!!

Maria Koutrokoi

Hellenic NCP for ICT, Research Infrastructure and IDEAS Programme of FP7

Technical Manager of EU Projects

National Documentation Centre (EKT/NHRF)