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Let me tell you the shortest horror story: 2020. I think we all agree that Halloween doesn’t look so terrifying compared to this year. After all, what is scarier than a horror story based on a true event? Welcome to H2020 Chills and Thrills, the real horror stories from managing EU-funded projects. Before we dive… » read more

Posted by Rita Balazs

“Dear Framework Programme Participant, We would like to invite you to join us in the newly revamped Horizon Results Platform!, the central pillar of the EC-funded research results “exploitation ecosystem.” Does this sound familiar to you? Horizon Europe will bring about greater reporting responsibilities regarding the impact and the measures designed to maximize it. One… » read more

Posted by Rita Balazs

The EU research and innovation days concluded with great news for the gender equality community: to be eligible to funding, every legal entity, whether it is a public body, a research organization or a higher education establishment applying to Horizon Europe will need to have a Gender Equality Plan (GEP). However, once the euphoria falls,… » read more

Posted by Rita Balazs

Launching a new service in a company that has been running smoothly for the last 20 years implies determination, resolution to overcome new challenges, and a tad of bravery for exposing yourself to something which may or may not work. It’s with great pleasure that I share our latest company joint effort with you: a… » read more

Posted by Rita Balazs

Habemus draft annual budget for 2021 proposed by President von der Leyen’s Commission, and a statement of estimates. As everything else in 2020, this draft budget reflects the unusual time it was prepared in. To recap from where we left it last time with the budget talks – back in May – the Commission proposed… » read more

Posted by Rita Balazs

It’s been 20 years since we started working on our first EU-funded project. Some of them were the fruit of our own ideas, others were on topics we had no idea about, a few dealt with issues close to our hearts, and others allowed us to see wonderful places around Europe and meet incredible people.… » read more

Posted by Rita Balazs

Imagine this: you have now been upgraded to junior project manager – congratulations! Now what? You are new to the job, the ways of the company and the programmes you will be working with. On top of that, like a baby thrown into the pool, you might already have to write proposals, represent your company… » read more

Posted by Rita Balazs

Managing an EU funded project can be tricky. You need to be aware of all the rules and obligations, the different reporting schemes depending on each programme, be ready for checks, audits and reviews, know how to put together a deliverable, know-how amendments work, how to report the financial part of your project and so… » read more

Posted by Rita Balazs

It was one day like any other. I went to the office, and I see a couple of people taking away a significant number of black chairs. My first thoughts were: Where were all these chairs all this time? It really made me think of my poor attention to detail when it comes to office… » read more

Posted by Rita Balazs

Have you heard the (sad) news? Last Tuesday 21st July, EU leaders agreed on the final Horizon Europe budget. But instead of being the foreseen €94.4 billions it got slashed down to €80.9 billions. This decision was made after an intense five-day marathon summit where EU leaders had to find a compromise. One of the… » read more

Posted by Rita Balazs