March 21-22, 2024. Hosted by TNO.

We are delighted to announce that the YEAR (Young European Associated Researchers) network will host a 2-day training event on writing impactful EU proposals. The event will be organized together with TNO, and the training will be given by LGi Consulting.

The training will be held in Leiden, The Netherlands, on March 21-22.


Deadline for registration is February 15.

This training has a maximum of 35 participants.
This international event brings the added value of networking among multidisciplinary Young Researchers, from the 7 YEAR members (AIT, RISE, SINTEF, TNO, Tyndall, VITO and VTT).

How to Write an impactful and winning Horizon Europe proposal for researchers and developers:

Setting up a proposal is itself a project with deliverables, milestones, partners, and lots of time spent. Some of the difficulties on that path are partners who don’t know each other & often do not share the same goals, short deadlines, and cryptic call text – and they can all make proposal writing daunting. This is why LGI Sustainable Innovation will deliver training on writing impactful and successful Horizon Europe proposals for Young European Associated Researchers. The first part will include a theoretical presentation and a ‘call reading exercise.’ By the end of the exercise, participants should have a deeper understanding of how proposals and calls work, how to manage a proposal in general, and how to do a proper call reading. In the second part, participants will break into groups, try to understand a problem they want to tackle, and draft solutions based on the Theory of Change (ToC) approach. Understanding the logic of impact and using the ToC approach effectively should help participants craft more impactful proposals in the future.


LINK to full programme and location of social dinner

Venue: TNO Location Leiden, Siliviusweg 71, 2333 BE Leiden, The Netherlands

March 21

  • 12.00 – 13.00 Opening and lunch
  • 13.00 – 14.00 Presentation: All reading method
  • 14.00 – 15.00 Workshop 1: Call in reading groups
  • 15.00 – 15.15 Coffee break
  • 15.15 – 16.30 Presentation: How to manage a proposal part 1
  • 16.30 – 17.00 Q&A
  • 18.00 – 20.00 Social dinner

March 22

  • 09.00 – 10.15 Presentation: How to manage a proposal part 2
  • 10.15 – 10.30 Coffee break
  • 10.30 – 12.00 Presentation: Theory of change introduction
  • 12.00 – 13.00 Lunch break
  • 13.00 – 14.30 Workshop: Theory of change part 1
  • 14.30 – 15.45 Coffee break
  • 14.45 – 16.00 Workshop: Theory of change part 2
  • 16.00 – 16.30 Q&A + closing

About the trainer:

Dr. Gabor Szendro

Head of Innovation Funding and Project Management

Gabor Szendro has 15 years of experience in project management. After several years as a project manager in an SME, he joined the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, delivering education and training courses and participating in the development of new coursework. He has participated in numerous research projects in FP7, Central Europe, IEE, Erasmus+ and H2020, seeing them through from partner search to completion.

Gabor joined LGI in 2017 and is currently responsible for several H2020 research projects, and for setting-up new Horizon Europe proposals. Owing to his strong experience in EU-funded projects as well as education, Gabor has been delivering the training courses since he joined the company. He is currently the Head of Innovation Funding and Project Management at LGI.


While YEAR does not impose age limitations, we are focused on early-stage Researchers (10 years or less experience in Research).

Looking forward to seeing you in Leiden!
The YEAR Board!