London Higher Europe was originally created to make its members more effective in their applications for Horizon 2020 research funding, yet in late 2016 it became clear through talking to members directly, that other sources of European funding could serve their interests as well. These ‘niche’ areas offer significantly higher success rates (33% compared to 13%) but require a different approach and application process, which can be daunting.
London Higher Europe took action and approached with all the relevant Contact Points for 7 smaller or highly specialized European programmes with the aim of creating an event tailored towards our members who might be suitable to apply for these funding streams. On Thursday the 9th of February 2017 we held an information day with representatives from a number of the programmes, introducing them to our members and outlining how their institutions could contribute. The date was strategically timed with the release of the years’ calls for proposals. Most importantly, our members and London Higher Europe now have a two-way dialogue with UK government departments and the European Commission, through which information continues to flow.