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TRAINING 1:  Finances in Horizon 2020 & Horizon Europe

Not sure if your policies and procedures are fully in line with the EC rules? Looking to avoid uncertainty and risks? Involvement of staff with a profound understanding of financial rules is key to ensure a solid project administration and prevent potential cost rejections. This module offers participants a dedicated training in H2020 & Horizon Europe finances, addressing a wide range of topics such as cost eligibility rules, audit preparation, budget management, real-life examples and key financial novelties in Horizon Europe. 

Finances in Horizon 2020 & Horizon Europe teaches participants how to navigate the Grant Agreement and translate the EU funding rules into their day-to-day financial management.  

• H2020 & Horizon Europe: overview and introduction
• Project structure and lifecycle
• Contractual basis: Grant Agreement vs. Consortium Agreement
• Horizon Europe: the new Corporate Model Grant Agreement
• From proposal to Annex 2: essential budget checks at proposal stage
• Action types, funding rates and forms of cost
• Personnel costs: categories, calculation models and the new Horizon Europe daily rate
• Cost eligibility rules: travel, equipment and other goods & services
• Third parties: key differences between linked third parties, international partners, in-kind contributions, subcontracting and cascade funding
• Budget management, transfers and amendments
• Lump sum funding: implementation and challenges
• Periodic Financial Reporting: Funding & Tenders Portal roles, processes and payments
• Audits, reviews and checks: what and when
• Common financial errors and how to avoid them
• Examples and best practices in financial management


TARGET AUDIENCE: H2020 project managers, research administrators, project advisors, financial controllers, contract managers, researchers, administrative support staff

TRAINING 2: H2020 Project Manager: full training package

Are you certain that you or your staff have the necessary know-how to successfully manage all aspects of a Horizon 2020 project? Do you fully understand all contractual obligations and the project management functionalities of the Funding & Tenders Portal? Do you have the right tools in place to manage a complex international consortium?

Managing a Horizon 2020 project poses many challenges and requires a sound understanding of rules and project management techniques. A well-equipped Project Manager is a vital prerequisite to avoid common pitfalls and deliver impactful project results.

H2020 Project Manager - Full Training Package offers participants a thorough all-round training, tailored to the specific needs of H2020 Project Managers. It covers a broad set of subjects: from grant preparation to reporting, from amendments to project communications.

• H2020: programme overview and project lifecycle
• From proposal to Grant Agreement: mastering the grant preparation process
• Consortium Agreement: overview and tips for a smooth negotiation
• Being the coordinator: GA obligations and how to manage an international consortium
• Funding & Tenders Portal: roles, processes and integration in project management
• Periodic Reporting: financial vs. technical reporting in the F&T Portal
• Continuous Reporting: deliverables, milestones and monitoring tools
• Amendments: what, when and how
• Communication, dissemination and exploitation: how to create lasting impact
• EC liaison: how to keep your Project Officer happy
• Templates, tools and best practices for effective project management
• Insights into Horizon Europe project management novelties

DURATION: 1 day 

TARGET AUDIENCE: H2020 project managers, project coordinators, principal investigators, research administrators, project advisors, grant advisors, EU liaison officers, public funding managers

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Finances in Horizon 2020 & Horizon Europe

H2020 Project Manager: full training package

Horizon Europe: What to expect & how to prepare

About PNO

PNO is Europe’s leading innovation consultancy and supports ambitious companies and their innovative ideas by providing funding and innovation intelligence services. Throughout the years of its existence, PNO has gained significant expertise on (public) funding at regional, national, and European levels. With its services, PNO supports start-ups, established SME’s, large enterprises and universities across all research disciplines and sectors. In this way, the company has expanded its network of innovative companies and other relevant stakeholders like investors, ecosystems, and local governments. 

In-house trainings - Tailored to your needs 
On request, in-house trainings at your premises can be offered. In addition, our trainings can be combined or personalised. They can for instance be adapted to focus on the most relevant funding instrument for your organisation (e.g. EIC, EIT, MSCA ITN, ERC). 

Contact us for more information: 

Lukas Lanneau 
+32 494 66 49 21

Kris Limpens 
+32 479 66 11 04

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TRAINING 3: Horizon Europe: what to expect & how to prepare

Have you heard of terms like Missions, Destinations, Strategic Plan and EIC, but are you not sure what they entail? Curious to learn how the programme is taking shape and how it differs from Horizon 2020? Want to make sure that your organisation is fully prepared for the first Horizon Europe calls?

Horizon Europe: what to expect and how to prepare guides participants trough the Horizon Europe design process and key programme elements. It provides detailed insights on the changes and novelties in terms of funding instruments, implementation and participation rules. It highlights the most important tools and resources to allow organisations and their administration to get the most out of the new programme.

• The EU Research & Innovation bubble: key stakeholders to know
• From MFF to Strategic Plan and Work Programme: how the new programme is shaped
• Horizon Europe: objectives, structure and design
• Evolution or revolution: what is changing and what is not
• In-depth analysis of continued and new funding schemes (incl. ERC, MSCA, Clusters, EIC & EIT KICs)
• Insights into European Partnerships and Missions
• Novelties in Work Programme structure and call definition
• Horizon Europe proposal template, submission and evaluation
• Communication, dissemination and exploitation in Horizon Europe
• The new Corporate Model Grant Agreement: structure and highlights
• Finances: novelties, simplified forms of costs, and impact for your administration
• From idea to proposal: a roadmap to successful Horizon Europe proposals
• Organising for success: tools and resources to prepare your organisation


TARGET AUDIENCE: EU project managers, project coordinators, principal investigators, research administrators, project advisors, grant advisors, EU liaison officers, public funding managers, business developers, policy officers, financial controllers, contract managers, researchers, R&D managers

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All trainings will be held online – EUR 600 (excl. VAT) per participant