Where to begin when talking about a topic that could be addressed from several points of view?
We could start from Italians’ tendency to miss EU opportunities. But we are not here to complain.
Or we could talk about EU programs and resources (now multiplied by the Recovery Found). It can be interesting, but we don’t want to create false expectations.
Or maybe we could start from the importance of having a long-term planning strategy? Yes, that is what interests us the most, especially since it brings forward our creativity and propensity for change.
Proposing a winning project and obtaining a grant is not about knowing by heart EU programs and calls documents or how to use official websites. Professional projects designer like us are here exactly to support you and spare you the technicalities.
In the end what you should focus on is having good and strong ideas.
My mentor used to say “Ideas don’t follow money, on the contrary money tends to show up where there is the right idea”. After years hearing him saying that I’ve started to believe it too. Reality is: waiting for the call to draft a project is not a good strategy, because there is a high risk of presenting a weak and poorly designed idea.
The fist step for a successful project is understanding your objectives and innovation goals (where for innovation we mean the ability to transform external inputs into changes inside your organisation). Also, it is fundamental to question your project coherency to EU priorities as well as it’s ability to address public’s needs.
This way we make sure EU resources aren’t only beneficial to us or our organisation, but, through a cascade effect, they can reach a larger public.
ONU agenda for 2030 and its 17 goals for sustainable developments make our task easier, by giving us a baseline. When innovating and transforming our organisation, be it public or private, profit or no-profit, we should start asking ourselves which goal our project will answer to.
Having good long-term and mid-term objectives, using design methodologies that can enhance individual creativity and competences, keeping updated with EU calls and programs … all these aspects are essential for a successful project.
Obviously luck plays its part when we apply for a grant considering the ever increasing level of competition, but as we very well know … “luck is when an opportunity comes along and you’re prepared for it.”