2 Days Training Course


Practical Skills for Successful Proposal Development & Submission in MSCA Horizon Europe Calls

This two-day intensive training course offers a comprehensive understanding of the Horizon Europe landscape and the proposal submission process, with a specific focus on Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA). Participants will gain valuable insights into the EU funding landscape, the structure of Horizon Europe, as well as the key objectives and funding opportunities within MSCA. The course is designed to equip participants with practical tools and knowledge for designing and submitting successful MSCA proposals.

The course employs a hands-on learning approach, guiding participants through every stage of the proposal submission process. This includes crafting compelling project narratives, aligning with EU policy priorities, understanding eligibility requirements, budgeting, and the intricacies of the application form. Through detailed walkthroughs and discussions of common errors and pitfalls, participants will learn to anticipate and address challenges, enhancing their proposal’s chances of success.

Participants will delve deep into the specifics of MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships, Doctoral Networks, Staff Exchanges, and COFUND, understanding the essential features of each. The course also emphasizes understanding and addressing key EU policy priorities, such as gender equality, the European Green Deal, and Open Science.

The second day of training will focus on building and submitting an effective MSCA proposal, including crafting the excellence section, achieving impact in the project, and constructing a credible implementation plan. Participants will gain insights into budget development, evaluation criteria, and the transition from a proposal writer’s perspective to an evaluator’s lens.

By the end of this course, participants will have a holistic understanding of Horizon Europe and MSCA calls, the ability to navigate the proposal submission process confidently, and the skills to design a comprehensive, impactful, and competitive proposal for Horizon Europe MSCA calls.

Day 1

Unraveling the Horizon Europe Landscape & Mastering MSCA Calls. 

An introductory day designed for beginners and intermediates to navigate the Horizon Europe funding landscape with a special focus on MSCA calls. The day comprises sessions that will enable you to understand the structure of Horizon Europe, differentiate between its various funding opportunities, and grasp the essentials of MSCA. Learn about the application process, EU policy priorities, and how they interrelate with MSCA.

Day 2

Building and Submitting a Successful MSCA Proposal. 

This day is all about crafting a successful MSCA proposal. It’s a day suited for those who want to deepen their understanding and elevate their proposal-writing skills. Learn about the key elements of a proposal, from conceptualizing a robust idea to budgeting. You will also learn how to enhance the impact of your project, construct a credible implementation plan, and navigate common errors and pitfalls. By the end of the day, you’ll be able to view your proposal through the evaluator’s lens.

By the end of this course, you will:
-Understand the structure of Horizon Europe and MSCA calls.
-Be able to navigate the proposal submission process for Horizon Europe, specifically MSCA calls.
-Learn to design a compelling project narrative that aligns with EU policy priorities.
-Understand how to develop a robust budget for your proposal.
-Learn how to construct a credible implementation plan.
-Understand the importance of impact in your project and learn how to maximize it.
-Learn to anticipate and address common errors and pitfalls in proposal writing.
-Gain insights into the evaluator’s perspective to better design your proposal.
-Understand the importance of gender equality, the European Green Deal, and Open Science in the context of Horizon Europe.
-Be equipped with practical tools and strategies for successful proposal writing and project management in Horizon Europe.

For Individuals:
-Enhance your understanding of the Horizon Europe funding landscape and MSCA calls.
-Develop the skills to design and submit competitive proposals for MSCA.
-Learn to effectively address EU policy priorities in your proposal.
-Gain practical insights into proposal budgeting and the application process.
-Transition from a proposal writer’s perspective to an evaluator’s lens.

For Organizations:
-Increase the success rate of your proposals for Horizon Europe MSCA calls.
-Develop in-house expertise in proposal writing and project management for EU funding.
-Foster an understanding of EU policy priorities to align your organization’s objectives.
-Leverage insights on common pitfalls and errors to enhance the quality of your proposals.
-Equip your team with the tools and knowledge to navigate the Horizon Europe funding landscape.

This course is designed for Project Managers, Finance Managers, Funding Coordinators, EU Affairs Professionals, Non-profit Organizations, SMEs, and any other individuals or organizations interested in understanding and applying for EU funding and grants.The following are some of the specific roles, job titles, and types of organizations that can benefit from the course:

-Project Managers
-Finance Managers
-Grant Managers
-EU Affairs Consultants
-Business Development Managers
-Research & Development Managers
-Public Relation Officers in EU institutions
-Compliance Officers
-Budget Analysts
-Public Sector Administrators
-SME Owners & Beneficiaries

Types of Organizations:
-Non-Profit Organisations looking for EU grants and funding
-Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) aiming for growth and expansion
-Large Corporations looking to understand the EU funding landscape
-Research Institutes and Universities engaged in projects funded by the EU
-Public Sector Institutions looking to tap into EU funds
-Consulting Firms specializing in EU funding and budgeting

Areas of Interest:
-EU Budget and Financial Framework
-EU Funding and Grants
-EU Project Management
-Financial Compliance and Reporting
-Budget Planning and Execution
-Grant Writing and Proposal Development


Participation fee for the 2 days training:

In-Class €1490 exl. VAT
Remote €1100 exl. VAT

Training package includes:

Admission to the course

Course’s Handbook

Hard copies of training material 

Certificate on the “Mastering Erasmus+ Proposal Development: From Project Concept to Winning Proposal” training completion

Certificate of attendance

Accreditation to Professionals Directory

Complimentary coffee & snack breaks

Complimentary networking lunch breaks 

Dr Danijela Ćirić Lalić

Dr Danijela Ciric Lalic is an accomplished lecturer, trainer, and project management expert with more than a decade of experience in managing large-scale projects, supporting project teams, and cultivating high-performing individuals. She is an Assistant Professor at the University of Novi Sad and a Visiting Professor at FEFA, Metropolitan University, where she teaches project management courses at various levels. Dr Ciric Lalic has an impressive background in EU-funded projects, particularly in capacity building, innovation, internationalisation, entrepreneurship, eLearning, curriculum development, and digital skills development. She has coordinated and participated in over 40 national and international projects, including more than 30 Erasmus, Horizon 2020, Horizon Europe and IPA projects. Dr Ciric Lalic has also provided consultancy for various international agencies and consultancy companies and worked at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as a Portfolio Manager. Currently, Dr Ciric Lalic is involved in four Erasmus+ projects, one Horizon Europe project, and coordinates Jean Monnet’s Module “Enhancing PM2 Skills and Competencies for EU Funded Projects”. She holds Project Management Professional (PMP) and Scrum Master certificates. Dr Ciric Lalic’s extensive experience in project management and EU-funded projects make her an ideal speaker for training courses in these areas.

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