EU H2020

Enabling R&D bids into EU Horizon 2020

Our client

The recently established European research centre for a major international business. The centre, which is based in the EU, conducts research in a number of domains including energy management and security at a district level. The results from the research directly augment the product and service offerings of the operating companies in the group.

The problem

Our client located into the EU because they appreciated that EU expertise and funding could provide a major boost to their research activities but, initially, had limited knowledge of the best way of accessing such funding or building appropriate consortia.

How we helped

Having successfully bid over a dozen EU projects, we were asked to assist the research centre in submitting one or more successful bids for European funding.

  • We helped our client understand the European security market.
  • We introduced our client to timelines and approaches to bidding and winning both the EU Framework Programme (FP7) and bids into Horizon 2020.
  • A key aspect of Horizon 2020 research projects is the requirement to form multi-national consortia which will promote information exchange across national borders. We facilitated connections between our client and several possible consortium members and helped them understand the different cultural and technical strengths and weaknesses of these potential partners.


The client’s first bid under FP7 was successful and this was followed by multiple successful projects in subesquent years into Horizon 2020.