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Up2Europe Expert

Dario Sterpa BID Writer, Proposal Writer & Policy Advisor

 Horizon2020
 Technical Writing


: Mar 21, 2016


About Me

Personal description

I'm an expert consultant with more than 10 years of experience in the management consulting industry, seven of which spent in global leading consulting firms and the remaining as partner at start-up company and freelance adviser.

I'm highly specialised in supporting governments’ policies financed by European funds and Small-Medium-Enterprises in upgrading and financing innovative business solutions and in evaluation of projects for the European Commission.

The “core activities” are focused on technical WRITING of OFFER / PROPOSAL in the following areas:

  • Technical Assistance Services for European Program Management for Leading Consulting ;
  • SME's Project applying to European financing instruments -SMEInstrument, Cosme, EFSI, ESIF, Crowdfunding.
  • PAs' and ONGs' Project applying to European Programs - H2020, UIB, AMIF, EuropeAid, ESIF - for Public Administration and ONGs .. 

The service provided encompasses the idea development, project concept elaboration, business planning, network development, promotion and management of the awarded projects at international level.

Services Description

BID WRITER:  writing technical offer for companies applying to calls for tender. In a flexible and wider approach the bid writing service includes a serier of activities. tailored call monitoring and alert, analysis of tender requirements in compliance with the companies’ core competencies and strategies, the search for strategic partners, including first contact, involvement and coordination and most of all the technical offer writing. The latter consists of background and framework analysis, service strategy development, a detail plan of actions, the logical framework and work plan.

  • The common methodologies used for the writing are CRM Project Management, CBA and Economic Appraisal guidelines (EC / EIB), others sectorial guidelines.
  • Target Clients are Consulting companies, SMEs, ONG, Academia

PROPOSAL WRITER: writing project proposals for SMEs applying for calls, especially H2020 SME Instrument and similar programs. In a flexible and wider approach the proposal writer service include several activities: tailored calls monitoring and alert, analysis of programs requirements in compliance with companies’ core competencies and strategies, the search for strategic partners, development of business model and plan, writing the project proposal for the financing opportunities selected, feasibility studies.

  • The main methodologies used are Business Model Generation, Business Strategy, Change Management and Business Planning
  • Target Clients are Innovative SMEs

EUROPEAN POLICY ADVISER:  Government's policies advisor in developing, promoting and drafting call for proposals and projects aiming to deliver solutions for unemployment, social exclusion and migrations challenges. In wider terms, the service include several activities: Elaboration of comprehensive concept note, Compliance analysis of project to complex strategic framework, Partner search and network coordination Project planning, Public procurement options selection, Procurement package drafting, Call or Project/Proposal writing, Project’s impacts evaluations.

  • The main methodologies used are CPM guidelines, IA guidelines, CBA guidelines, Public procurement guidelines, Statistical and Economic analysis.
  • Target Clients are Local Authorities, National Authorities and International Organizatioons.

CASE HISTORY: PARTECIPATING PROGRAMS & RILEVANT CLIENTS 

BID WRITER 

Partecipating Programs:

  • IPA II funds, Infrastructure Project Facility: Technical Assistance

  • Connectivity in western Balkans: Technical Assistance

  • European Structural Investment Funds: Technical Assistance

  • European Commission DG procurement services

Rilevant Clients:

  • ERNST & YOUNG
  • PWC
  • MOTT MACDONALD LTD
  • HILL INTERNATIONAL
  • ISRI
  • ITALIAN MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT
  • LAZIO REGION

PROPOSAL WRITER 

Partecipating Programs:

  • SMEInstrument

  • European Structural Investment Funds

Rilevant Clients:

  • Arealibera

  • Euroinformatica

  • Italyart

  • Studio Catani e Associati

EUROPEAN POLICY ADVISER 

Partecipation Programs:

  • European Structural Investment Funds: Assistance to programme management

  •  

    European Social Fund: Call for proposals designing and drafting

  • European Fund for Agriculture: Networking and business developing

Rilevant Clients:

  • ITALIAN MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT

  • LAZIO REGION

  • UNIVERSITY OF VITERBO

  • IDEA 2020

  • ERNST & YOUNG

  • PWC

  • ISRI

  • (Italian National Institution for Education and Innovation)

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Fields of Expertise:

 Entrepreneurship and SMEs
 Innovation
 Start Up
 Social Innovation
 Smart Cities
 COSME
 European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
 European social fund (ESF)
 Urban Innovative Actions

European Proposal Preparation to Get Fundings

All steps necessary to prepare a winning proposal

The preparation of a proposal is no simple matter: a winning project idea must be identified, the right partners must be contacted and involved, the application form and all supporting documents must be duly filled out. Above all, outstanding coordination capacities and large experiences of proposal writing are essential for a successful submission. Applicants’ organisations often lack these competences, which makes the process much longer and complex.

This is where Up2Europe Experts come into play!

Up2Europe Experts provide support/fully undertake selected or the complete package of preparation tasks - from providing advice in the development of the project idea and goals, to partner search and consortium building, recurrent review and proof-reading, preparation of administrative documents, up to the actual submission to the financing agency. Up2Europe Experts bring added value to your proposal, by making sure it is clear and consistent, understandable and appealing for non-technical people, and that it meets the requirements of the selected call for proposals.

 

Thanks to their solid experience in proposal writing and project implementation, in the evaluation and review of project proposals, as wells as their deep knowledge of the priorities and the selection criteria of EU programmes and instruments, Up2Europe Experts ensure a smooth and effective preparation of your proposal, resulting in the submission of a high-quality proposal.


Need a more detailed description of this service? Contact one of the Up2Europe Experts.

 

Management of European Projects

An expert for the management of your project

Project Management is much more than drafting gantt charts and filling out budget sheets. It entails several tasks that requires time and specific skills, which are not always available in the beneficiaries’ organisations. But, good news: management tasks can be easily outsourced! An Expert can assist you throughout all phases of project implementation.

 

Up2Europe experts provide support/fully undertake selected or the complete package of project management tasks - ranging from resources and work planning, to coordination of the consortium, maintenance of a project repository, organisation of meetings, reporting, budget monitoring, etc. - allowing you to focus on the scientific and technical activities.

 

Thanks to their deep knowledge of project implementation and their solid experience in the management of projects in the framework of different EU funding programmes and instruments, they can ensure an effective and efficient achievement of set objective and results.

This is just a short description, if you need more details, please ask for a Quote!

Training on European Projects Management

Training courses around European Fundings

Training in courses and masters on European Project Management, project design, advisoring on direct and indirect European funds, presentation of various funding programmes, Project Cycle management techniques, implementation and financial reporting

We focus on a very practical approach with exercises thought for the individual needs and client case.

Funding Opportunity Report

All opportunities filtered by eligibility criteria

Is your project idea eligible for EU funding? Which calls for proposals or tenders can you apply for? And how much  could you obtain? The Funding Opportunity Report can answer these questions! UP2EUROPE experts will scan through the most interesting and appropriate EU funding opportunities in European programmes and instruments, in order to identify those that are more relevant for your project proposal.

 

Funding opportunities are plentiful: calls for proposals are issued every week by the numerous EU bodies. Keeping track of each one these opportunities and recognising those that better match your project idea is not easy, but it is crucial to increase your chances of receiving the grant. Furthermore, the different programmes and instruments apply different rules in terms of partnership requirements, financing and co-financing amounts, activities that can be implemented and costs that may be included.

 

Thanks to their sound experience working with EU funding and their thorough knowledge of the eligibility criteria and requirements of EU programmes and instruments, and taking into account your current projects and future ambitions and your network of collaborators and partners, UP2EUROPE experts can support you in identifying the most relevant sources for funding your project ideas.


This is just a short description, if you need more details ask for a Quote!

Assistance Via Email/ Chat/Phone

Direct support by email/chat/phone on European projects

The submission deadline is approaching and you still have doubts on the necessary support documents and their correct format or on the submission process itself? While preparing a project proposal you need a timely reply to questions regarding partnership requirements, the content of specific sections, or the eligibility of activities and costs?
An Up2Europe expert can resolve your doubts and answer your question in real time at any stage of the preparation and submission process.

By means of the service Live Support & Assistance on European Projects an UP2EUROPE expert provides real time support by email, chat or phone, easing the preparation and submission of your proposal and making sure you avoid the most common errors, increasing the chance of receiving the funds.  

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Target Calls

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 Entrepreneurship and SMEs
 
 Innovation
 
 Start Up
 
 Environment
 
 Horizon2020
 
 Climate Sciences
 
 Research
 
 Business Development
 
Specific Challenge:Are you an innovative, high-flying small or medium-sized business with European and global ambitions? Have you got an idea for an innovation that targets new markets and could boost the growth of your company? Are you looking for substantial funding to develop and scale up your idea? And could you make use of business development resources and coaching to take your company fo ...
Deadline Oct 7, 2020   - 869 days
 Entrepreneurship and SMEs
 
 Innovation
 
 Start Up
 
 Environment
 
 Horizon2020
 
 Climate Sciences
 
 Research
 
 Business Development
 
Specific Challenge:Are you an innovative, high-flying small or medium-sized business with European and global ambitions? Have you got an idea for an innovation that targets new markets and could boost the growth of your company? Are you looking for substantial funding to develop and scale up your idea? And could you make use of business development resources and coaching to take your company fo ...
Deadline Nov 4, 2020   - 897 days
 Biodiversity
 
 Forest Resources
 
 Natural Resources
 
 Environment
 
 Waste Management
 
 Environmental protection
 
 LIFE programme
 
 Climate Sciences
 
 Pollution
 
1.1 What is LIFE? LIFE is the European Programme for the Environment and Climate Action, for the period from 1 January 2014 until 31 December 2020. The legal basis for LIFE is Regulation (EU) No 1293/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 December 20131 (hereinafter "the LIFE Regulation"). The LIFE Programme is structured in two sub-programmes: the sub-programme for environ ...
Deadline Sep 12, 2018   - 113 days

European Social Fund Pilot Joint Action Plan - VP/2018/010

EC - Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion (EaSI)

 Capacity Building
 
 Human Resources
 
 Social Innovation
 
 Social Affaires and Inclusion
 
 Youth Workers
 
 European social fund (ESF)
 
 Social and Welfare
 
 Migrants and Refugees
 
1. INTRODUCTION – BACKGROUND 1.1. Programme/Legal base This call for proposals is published under Article 118 of Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 laying down common provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund, the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Europe ...
Deadline Jul 19, 2018   - 58 days
 Capacity Building
 
 Social Affaires and Inclusion
 
 Disadvantaged People
 
 Sports
 
 Humanitarian Aid
 
 Resettlement
 
 Aid to Refugees
 
 Adult Learning
 
 Social and Welfare
 
 Migrants and Refugees
 
This call for proposals serves to implement the 2018 Annual Work Programme for the implementation of pilot projects in accordance with the Commission Decision C(2018) 1602 of 21 March 2018. Considering the growing number of refugees aiming to settle in the European Union there is an increasing need for effective integration and social inclusion initiatives. Sport is one of the available tool ...
Deadline Jun 7, 2018   - 16 days
 Entrepreneurship and SMEs
 
 Low-Carbon Economy
 
 Energy Efficiency
 
 Natural Resources
 
 Sustainable Development
 
 Innovation & Research
 
 Cultural heritage
 
 Interregional cooperation
 
 Business Development
 
 INTERREG
 
1. Legal basis The Interreg Europe programme is financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), whose principles and regulations are laid down in Council and Parliament Regulation N° 1303/2013 (Common Provisions Regulation), Council and Parliament Regulation N° 1301/2013 (ERDF Regulation) and Council and Parliament Regulation N° 1299/2013 (ETC Regulation). The principles and regulati ...
Deadline Jun 22, 2018   - 30 days