The Europa Media Group staff’s involvement in EU research and innovation projects began in 1999, when, after the establishment of Geonardo, we developed and submitted our first project proposal under FP5. Coordinated by ourselves, this proposal was successful and others followed throughout the years under FP6, FP7 and now Horizon 2020. We have also been involved as coordinator or partner in projects financed under other EU programmes such as CIP, Lifelong Learning, LIFE/LIFE+ as well as under the EEA and Norway Grants.
Building on our direct experience with EU research projects under FP5 and FP6, we have come to realise that there is a need for more a harmonised information provision on EU funding opportunities and related procedures as well as a need for capacity building on developing competitive proposals and effectively managing projects under the EU’s research and innovation programmes.
To respond to this need, Europa Media was established in 2003 with a mission to provide and present the dispersed and technical information on EU policies, funding opportunities and programmes in a streamlined and simplified way to relevant stakeholders in Europe and worldwide. With this mission, we have developed, launched and publicised a variety of information sources and tools including web platforms, publications, e-Learning courses, webinars and events. In parallel, we launched our first international training programmes on EU proposal development and project management starting from 2004.
Over the past 13 years, our team has developed a comprehensive portfolio of training programmes designed to facilitate access to EU funding and simplify EU project development and management, in particular under the EU’s research and innovation programmes. To date, we have organized hundreds of training courses attended by over 7,000 participants from all over Europe and beyond. We have also supported many universities, research organisations and SMEs on an advisory/in-house capacity in their efforts to develop winning proposals and effectively implement projects.
With this practice-driven learning-by-doing approach, our goal is to enable researchers, engineers, project managers, financial managers, administrators and other individuals to turn their ideas into successful project proposals, and obtain the necessary skills to cope with the administrative and financial challenges of EU funded research and innovation projects.
Our experts develop their own proposals and coordinate and manage their own projects under FP7 and H2020 on an everyday basis, making our training courses and advisory services 100% practice-driven. No other major player in Europe currently matches this approach.