Write a European project for those who have never written one

An example of a method for those who have never written one.

To think about trying to write a European project it is essential to have competence in at least one foreign language, preferably English and, as a first step, to participate in training, not because you will then be a designer, but because you will at least know how to orient yourself.

In fact, responding to a European call requires technical tools and multiple skills on an organizational level as well as the ability to weave professional relationships with a positive and constructive approach.

A good training will be useful but it will certainly not be enough because a designer is a professional who acquires experience and know-how through years of commitment and dedication, and is a good designer, personal opinion, if he will also be able to do good management, an aspect that contributes to concreteness of the project idea.

Writing and management can be different skills but if they integrate you have a designer who has a sense of reality, in addition to traveling in the world of ideas, a complete designer, because reporting comes into play in management.

Writing a European project is then a team effort in which more skills are needed, time and reflection are required, maceration of the idea, then an accurate elaboration to make the winning idea with the European program in which it is presented.

The first phase is therefore to study the program, the call and the guidelines, preferably in English, the translations, however perfect, lose authenticity and the calls are a technical language that, in English, renders perfectly, leaving no room for ambivalence.

Then study the application form to see what is required, download the empty form, possibly search for approved projects available on various databases, often not complete but identifiable as they help us to make the idea.

It is also highly recommended to participate in institutional Infodays, in fact by carefully reading a call and any support presentations you can understand where to invest and how to develop a winning idea.

Never neglect the directions because they are generally observed and respected.  

Then identify the partners based on the eligibility criteria of the call, the program and the guidelines, also going to check their dedicated sites and links, if you do not know the partners directly.

Make sure we all have a PIC number issued by the European Commission system.

Therefore, possibly, sharing the various steps with the partners, starting conference calls to divide writing tasks, also based on the design action, sharing to create a harmonious project, the evaluators notice these aspects and are positively evaluated.

Define a timeline and respect it especially because there are often mandates and / or documents to sign.

Never write a project in the last few days, the project needs sedimentation and continuous rereading.

At least 5 days before the deadline submit because technical, digital problems can easily happen. Don't forget that it comes online with meticulous procedures.

In summary, study everything first, make sure you have all the tools, and only then start writing.

Good luck !

Ines Caloisi



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