13th March 2024 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Online (Zoom)

The NICP Network is delighted to invite academics and researchers for an online training course for ‘Newcomers to Horizon Europe’ delivered by the expert on Framework Programmes, Seán McCarthy and Sylvia McCarthy from Hyperion Ltd. EU consultants/trainers are not allowed on this course.

Dr Seán McCarthy has been active in the Framework programmes since 1980. He has been involved in over 150 research proposals to the Framework programmes and has participated in over 60 Framework projects. In 16 of these projects Seán was the coordinator.  Today, he does not participate in the Framework programmes but concentrates on designing and delivering training courses. Since 1995 over 130,000 participants have attended his courses in 29 countries. He has presented training courses on the Framework programmes in over 290 research centres throughout Europe (www.hyperion.ie/clients.htm).

In 2017 the European Commission published a list of the top 100 universities and research organisations participating in Horizon 2020. Dr. McCarthy has delivered training courses in 74 of these top 100 universities and research organisations.



Sylvia McCarthy is an EU Policy Analyst. Based in Brussels since 2008, Sylvia has worked in the European Parliament and various EU consultancies and representations.
Sylvia has a Bachelor’s degree in European Studies (University College Cork, Ireland) and a Master’s degree in International Politics and Europe (University of Warwick, UK).


The course will be divided into 2 days, each with sessions with opportunities for questions.


Who is this course useful for?

Academics and researchers who are interested to apply for Horizon Europe programme. The course will also be useful for researchers who are new to the Horizon programme.


The outline of the course:


Course Details: How to Write a Competitive Proposal for Pillar II (Horizon Europe)


Module 1: Profile of Researchers with High Success Rates

Module 2: From EU Policies to Pillar II Topics

Module 3: How to Analyse a Pillar II Work Programme

Module 4: Expert Groups Consulted for Pillar II Topics

Module 5: Pillar II Proposal Questions and Evaluation Criteria

Module 6: How Pillar II Proposals are Evaluated

Module 7: Internal Evaluation of Pillar II Proposals (Proposal Clinics)


Register for the event here .