For ResearchersHow the RSU Can Help

How the RSU Can Help

The Research Support Unit (RSU) will help you in every way to engage with Horizon 2020. 

Among other things, we’ll help make you aware of funding opportunities & related information, provide training & discussion sessions, offer advice on your grant proposals, and help you build contacts at relevant conferences & events.


Upcoming HORIZON 2020 Calls

You can search here for all Upcoming Calls.  Filter the Calls using the tick boxes and/or the free text box at the top of the page.  See screenshot below.

Information/Discussion Sessions

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The RSU invites various external experts, including National Contact Points (NCP), to WIT for information/discussion sessions. This is a good way to help build a relationship with the NCP in your area. See below presentations from recent info sessions.

ppt  Euraxess Information Session

Ms Jennifer Cleary, HR Manager & Head of EURAXESS Ireland



ppt H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions 2016 Information Session

Dr Jennifer Brennan, MSCA National Contact Point 



ppt COST Action Information Session 

Ms Rita Ward, COST Action NCP


ppt logo Dept. of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: H2020 WP 2016-17

Mr Patrick Barrett, H2020 NCP, Societal Challenge 2


DAFM: funding calls 2015 Dept of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Funding calls 2015

Mr Patrick Barrett, H2020 NCP, Societal Challenge 2


Opportunities for ICT Researchers in H2020

Mr Stephen O'Reilly, Enterprise Ireland


LEIT in Horizon 2020

Mr Gerard Kennedy, Enterprise Ireland



You can view all the presentations from previous RSU-led Horizon 2020 workshops at the Workshop tab below.

If you think it would be beneficial to hear someone speak on a particular subject, be it a research discipline or a particular funding programme, please contact Eimear Fitzpatrick (051-834042) with your suggestion.

Additionally, please contact Eimear if you require training/mentoring in any specific area.

The RSU hosted a Horizon 2020 Workshop on 8th January 2014.  All presentations from the event are available below for download.

From FP7 to Horizon 2020

Professor Willie Donnelly, Vice-President of Research

How to write a proposal for Horizon 2020

Kevin Doolin, COO, TSSG

How your proposal is evaluated

Jim Clarke, EU Liaison Manager, TSSG

Getting started & finding support

Kieran Sullivan, EU Research Officer, WIT

Regions of Knowledge

Professor Bill O'Gorman, Director of Research, CEDRE

From Interreg to Maire Curie IAPP

Dr June Frisby, Project Manager, PMBRC

ERC Starter Grant

Professor John Nolan, Principal Investigator, MPRG

COST Actions

Miguel Ponce de Leon, Chief Architect, TSSG

Research for the Benefit of SMEs

Dr Ramesh Raghavendra, Centre Manager, SEAM

Conference 2013

At this year's event, attended by over 220 delegates, a number of strategies were outlined to increase participation in EU funded Research and Innovation. The conference was organised by InterTradeIreland in association with the Irish Presidency of the EU Council and showcased assistance that will be available to companies and researchers in Ireland, Northern Ireland and Europe to prepare for the upcoming expected €70 billion R&D and innovation fund Horizon 2020 which will come on stream in 2014.  The new fund will provide increased opportunities and a more simplified process to encourage greater participation amongst SMEs. 

Overview of HORIZON 2020

Mr Neville Reeve, European Commission

Strategies to maximise participation in HORIZON 2020

Ms Imelda Lambkin, Enterprise Ireland

Your grant proposal, or that of your consortium, will be unique to your research and the funding Call to which you will submit it. The following are a small sample of WIT’s ‘best practises’ however, that are applicable to all Horizon 2020 proposals:

  • Understand the background to your targeted Call: read the general introduction to the relevant Work Programme, as well as the ‘Guide for Applicants’ (if available), and any related policy documents
  • Ensure you and WIT are eligible to participate – check with the RSU if you’re not 100% certain
  • Work with the right consortium partners: attend networking and information events to build your contacts
  • Involve all stakeholders from day 1, especially multidisciplinary ones: build your proposal around them and the impact your research will have on them
  • Consider gender equality in your proposal, as well as gender in research overall
  • Address your ‘Impact’ section at the scientific/technology, policy, and enterprise levels, as appropriate
  • Stick to the definition of your targeted action: IA vs. RIA vs. CSA, etc. Click here to compare and contrast different types of project.
  • Separate the tasks of writing and editing your proposal: ideally, get a professional copywriter/editor involved
  • Emphasise the added value your proposed project will have on European scale
  • Comply with the EC’s description of open access, and IPR at proposal and implementation stages
  • Write in a straightforward style, while also using references to show your awareness and understanding of technical/EU elements of the work


Contact the RSU for more assistance and tips on successful grant proposals, and click on the link to see a webinar on how to get 15/15 in a research proposal.

Enterprise Ireland has a number of supports in place to help you engage with Horizon 2020, and the RSU can assist you in accessing these supports.

  • There’s a ‘Travel Support’ grant to help you meet and work with Horizon 2020 partners at conferences and events.
  • If you wish to coordinate a Horizon 2020 proposal, there’s also a ‘Coordinator Support’ grant in place.
  • Click to identify the National Contact Point in your area – contact the RSU if you’re unsure who’s who
  • If you’re working with an SME, Enterprise Ireland have a dedicated support for the SME Instrument in Horizon 2020
  • There are a number of webinars on various Horizon 2020 topics also available