Excelling in Horizon Europe through Collaboration

June 13, 14:20 - 15:45


Many SMEs struggle to adopt the right strategies, business processes, skills or other resources to get involved in European funding partnerships. Even though the participation of HEIs has been the strongest among others, their involvement for the new framework can be further enhanced. To create a higher success rate and avoid missed opportunities for more strategic cooperation between HEIs and SMEs, the availability of supportive engagement training programmes is crucial.

What will you learn?

This seminar will provide a platform for you to:

  • Gain insights from the research on University-SME Collaboration for public funding in Europe
  • Learn about competencies necessary to excel in acquiring and managing public funding as a consortium and individual organisations and how to do so though the UNITE4H toolkit
  • Get a brief overview of how to organise a collaborative proposal writing process, and
  • Hear from experienced peers who will share their journey, learnings and tips for acquisition and working within the HORIZON and public funding schemes

Who should participate?

  • Early-stage career researcher, who wants to learn more about cooperation with industry for HORIZON Europe and competencies you need to organise it
  • University professional who is driven to support their researchers in building strong collaboration though public-funding acquisition
  • SME representative, who wants to drive business development and joint R&D in their company, but need more support to tap into collaborative HORIZON programmes


14:20Welcome & Intro to UNITE4HFacilitator: Alexandra Zinovyeva , UIIN
14:30Towards Coalition Excellence: University-SME Collaboration for public funding in EuropeElma Demir, IMTBS
14:45What do I need to excel in cooperation for Horizon Europe? UNITE4H Competency Framework and Toolkit Alexandra Zinovyeva , UIIN
15:00How to ensure success in collaborative proposal writing process Gabriella Lovasz, Europa Media
15:15Successful journey in public funding: SME perspective Joe English, Meath County Council
15:30Discussion, Q&AAll speakers

Our Speakers

Gabriella Lovasz

Managing Director at Europa Media

Elma Demir

Institut Mines-Télécom Business School

Joe English

Meath County Council

Alexandra Zinovyeva

Managing Research Projects at UIIN

About the UNITE4HORIZON Europe Project

This international Erasmus+ project UNITE4HORIZON sets its goal to develop and deliver support training for universities and SMES to engage with each other for Horizon Europe funding acquisition andimplementation. Learn more about the project: