Support Services for Horizon 2020

 

CIRCA consultants have wide experience as Horizon 2020 and FP proposal writers, project managers, proposal evaluators, National Contact points and research team members. Collectively, CIRCA consultants Jim Codd, Jim Ryan, Brendan Lawlor and Aidan Kennedy has assisted over 100 research teams (see client list below) to submit H2020 and FP proposals, with a success rate of 45%. This is more than twice the average H2020 and FP success rate. Very few organisations have achieved this level of success. Total research funding won by research teams advised by CIRCA amounts to ~ €130m.  We have also managed 14 FP projects (to the value of €46m) on behalf of successful consortia.  The services we provide include:

  • Assistance in writing H2020 proposals in most thematic areas
  • Partner-searching
  • Pre-submission evaluation of completed proposals
  • Support for the contract negotiation stage with the Commission
  • Management of H2020 projects
  • H2020 Training Workshops


We also offer a service  whereby two experienced CIRCA evaluators review proposals and give their combined views on required  edits. This ‘two heads’ approach provides a more diverse and detailed assessment  and has been appreciated by a range of clients. Proposals usually fail for reasons related to issues of  structure, management, resources, partnering weaknesses, potential impact, and writing style. Experience of these issues and their solution is what CIRCA can offer.

Contact brendan.lawlor(at)circa.ie (087-2432798) to set up an initial free appointment

TESTIMONIALS -  Some comments from our clients include:

The SERVE Project (FP6):  “Without the support of ...  CIRCA we would not have got the SERVE project completed successfully”.  Seamus Hoyne,  Limerick Institute of Technology.

SURFACES project (FP6 Marie Curie IAPP):  "The help of Dr. Aidan Kennedy in preparation of our proposal was fantastic ... He helped us to draft the different parts (inc. the scientific and technical goals) that allowed us to win a very valuable research contract. Aidan also helped us to manage the first months of implementation ... Thanks to his expertise and background, the project turned out very successful. No doubt I'll contact him again !"   Prof. Fernando Pedraza, Univ. of La Rochelle

3D-NET (FP7 - Marie Curie IAPP):   "...thank you again for your excellent review and insightful comments, which were for sure fundamental for this achievement"  Yolanda Teruel,  Conway Institute, University College Dublin 

µECM project - (FP7).   "Jim (Codd)'s knowledge and experience of the legal and financial aspects ... were exceptional and provided great comfort to us as the project coordinators to know that Jim was readily available to advise on the many administrative queries that arose ... Jim was very professional to work with and I have no hesitation in recommending his services".  David Tormey,  Sligo Institute of Technology.

EUROFISH (FP6):  I worked with Jim Codd of CIRCA in the EUROFISH office while he was acting as Financial Manager to the SEAFOODplus FP6 project .. and his support was invaluable.             Anca Sfetcovici, EUROFISH International Organisation, Copenhagen

SIFCO FP5 & 6 Projects.  Aidan Kennedy of CIRCA advised SIFCO Industries Inc when (we) applied successfully to the EU Framework Programme for funding ....  Aidan’s expertise as a proposal writer was crucial to winning substantial amounts of EU research funding for our company.  Tim Crean (former President, SIFCO Industries Inc)

The THRIVE-RITE Project (FP7) …. for the financial and legal aspects of the project, we found Jim’s experience to be invaluable…. Without Jim’s support from the beginning, we would have struggled to get the project completed successfully.  John T O’Sullivan, BioAtlantis, Kerry 

SEAFOODplus (FP6 70 partners/ 17 countries): I had the pleasure of having Jim as my Financial Manager… Jim made an incredibly good job by creating the total overview of all budgetary actions and kept track of all financial details among partners. I could not wish for better help, so I can warmly recommend Jim as an excellent manager. Torger Børresen, Danish Technical University

AUTOGRASSMILK (FP7)The support of Jim Codd ... was invaluable. His ongoing support is also crucially important. Jim’s understanding of the financial and legal/contractual requirements .. is excellent . Bernadette O’Brien, Teagasc, Ireland.

ERICA (H2020).    ....  ERICA has become much stronger with your help.  Dr Vellinga, School of Medicine,  NUIG


Clients for CIRCA Group's FP Support services include:

  • Danish Inst for Fisheries Research
  • Strip Tinning Limited, Birmingham, UK
  • Trinity College Dublin
  • T. E. Laboratories Ltd, Tullow.
  • Research Relay Ltd, Scotland UK
  • NINES Engineering, Tallaght
  • BioAtlantis Ltd, Tralee
  • Argutus Medical Ltd.
  • BioRefineries Ireland Ltd
  • Danish Technical University;
  • University of Turku
  • Almir Business Ltd.
  • Eurofish Internat. Organisation
  • Teagasc
  • University College Cork
  • University College Dublin
  • SIFCO Turbines Inc.(Ireland)
  • Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Exergyn Ltd.
  • VU University, Amsterdam
  • VESTFOLD University College, Norway
  • Dublin City University
  • Veterinary institute, Norway
  • NOFIMA Norway
  • European Aquaculture Society, Brussels
  • National Food Institute, Denmark
  • National Univ of Ireland Galway
  • National Univ of Ireland Maynooth
  • University of Bergen
  • MyCareTeam Inc. (USA)
  • Institutesof Technology
    (Waterford,Tralee, Sligo, Limerick)
  • Frankfurt University Hospital
  • Internat Council for Exploration of the Sea
  • Tipperary Institute
  • Procure Laboratories Ltd.
  • C&F Green Energy