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DOI: 10.5593/SGEM2015/B52/S23.108

WRITING TECHNIQUES AND FREQUENT ERRORS IN RESEARCH PROJECTS PROPOSALS

V.Vulturescu, F. Toanca
Wednesday 30 September 2015 by Libadmin2015

References: 15th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference SGEM 2015, www.sgem.org, SGEM2015 Conference Proceedings, ISBN 978-619-7105-40-7 / ISSN 1314-2704, June 18-24, 2015, Book5 Vol. 2, 817-822 pp

ABSTRACT
EU framework Programme (HORIZON 2020 now) is among the most difficult (in terms of success rate of applicants) across Europe. The so called “new EU member states” (those who joined EU in 2004 and 2007) are well behind “old EU member states” regarding success rate either as partner or coordinator. Furthermore, if we take into consideration only the coordinators (persons / organisations) the success rate is even lower. Beyond quality of scientific research (S&T quality), writing techniques is one of the most important factor which contribute significantly to a successful evaluation. In this respect there are several aspects that should be taken into consideration while an H2020 project is written.
This paper presents results of an analysis carried out on several Evaluation Summary Reports from projects submitted in response of Framework Programme calls for proposals, which identified some typologies of errors performed by project proposers. These are grouped in a several categories, and it is demonstrated that these errors do not relate to scientific areas, state of the art in research / technology, etc. The analysis do not take into consideration the first evaluation criteria (C1: Excellence) but only the second and the third one (C2: Impact and C3:Quality and Efficiency of the Implementation).
Additionally, some key terms and customs related research project writings are presented that should help proposers to increase their success rate to Framework Programs calls for proposals. These key terms are proposed by the author(s) of this paper based on own experience as well as from experiences of scientists, National Contact Points, FP evaluators etc.

Keywords: Horizon 2020, research, projects, infrastructures