Finding Partners for Projects

This short guide will give you ideas how you can find partners to work with on a project.

If you are just starting out on project work, it can be a good idea to find partners who are already writing project bids and team up with them.

If you have an idea and need more people to join it, use this guide to find them.

Finding partners for your research project

Factsheet on Knowledge Alliances fund under Erasmus+

The European Commission are encouraging Higher Education institutions to work in partnership with businesses on innovative projects that address teaching and learning. The projects are expected to generate long term partnerships which develop entrepreneurship.

The funding is called Knowledge Alliances and is part of the Erasmus+ scheme. Although the deadline for 2014 has recently closed, it takes time to develop a strong consortium and project idea. The External Projects Team is encouraging staff to get thinking on project ideas for 2015. To help have we have created a factsheet giving an overview of the fund.

It is expected that the 2015 deadlines will be in March/April, with calls coming out around November 2014.

Download Knowledge Alliance factsheet here

The External Projects Team can help you to find project partners and can help develop project ideas. Anyone who is interested should contact the team on


A comparison of FP7 and Horizon 2020


The most important changes are outlined below:

Description FP7 Horizon2020
Focus Research Research and Innovation
Budget 55 billion € ~ 79 billion €
Components Cooperation, Capacities, People, Ideas, Euratom, JRC Excellent Science, Industrial Leadership, Societal challenges,   Spreading Excellence, Science for Society, EIT, JRC, Euratom
Funding rate (up to) for research 75% 100%
Funding rate (up to) for Demonstration/ Innovation projects 50% 70%
100% for non-profit organizations
Overhead/indirect costs Different   models (20% 60% or actual) 25%
Time-to-grant 12 months in average after submission of proposal reduced to 8 months
Ex-ante financial viability check All   beneficiaries exceeding 500,000 EUR EU contribution Coordinators
Audit certificates to be submitted All beneficiaries exceeding 375,000 EUR EU contribution – cumulative   in periods All beneficiaries exceeding 325,000 EUR EU contribution – only one at   the end of the project
Interest on pre-financing Reported by the coordinator No need to declare
Thematic approach “Cooperation” 10 themes Will be under “Industrial leadership” and “Societal challenges”
Frontier Research, ERC New in FP7 – Ideas block Extended under the “Excellent Science” pillar


Staffordshire University HEIF mid term review

HEIF logo

We are now two years into our HEIF programme and a lot has happened. So I thought it would be useful to provide some high level  figures on the activity that has taken place from Aug 2011- July 2013. Please find attached a document demonstrating the outputs achieved to date. View here: HEIF mid term review – External Copy (Nov 2013)

Alex Harvey, HEIF Programme Manager

Factsheets on H2020

Following the launch of the new European Horizon 2020 funding programme last week, UKRO have made factsheets for each of the new strands. You can access these by logging onto their site

The diagram below outlines the funding areas which are covered by H2020. URKO has factsheets for each of these topics. You can click on the diagram to enlarge it.


To be able to access this information, you will need to sign up for an UKRO account if you do not have one already. Alternatively, you can contact the External Projects Team requesting which factsheets you require and we can send them out.

The University has a high level of success in applying for European funding. If you have not been involved with an EU project before a good place to start might be to look at small funds that can help you meet other European partners. If you already have potential European links, a good place to start is by being a partner on a project.

If you are interested in making an application to Horizon 2020, make the External Projects Team your first port of call.