Research and Innovation Services


Proposal services

UCL researchers are encouraged to apply for Horizon Europe, the EU’s research & innovation funding programme for 2021-2027. Find out more about how ERIO's proposal services can help you.

Horizon Europe

UCL remains eligible to apply for and receive funding from most aspects of Horizon Europe, both as a project coordinator (lead) and as a partner organisation, due to the UK’s anticipated “Associated Country” status.

Horizon Europe Updates

Proposal Workshops

On Tuesday 14 December, ERIO ran a workshop on European Research Council ("ERC") applications, presented by Head of European Contract Management Giles Machell, and on Collaborative Health proposals, presented by European Proposal Manager Juliet A. Ellis.

Topics included a general background on what Horizon Europe is, how it differs to Horizon 2020, the UK’s association/eligibility for applying to the scheme, and the ERC scheme and the Collaborative Health calls and procedures for submitting proposals. We also covered the services ERIO can offer to help you prepare your application. A recording of the webinar is available via MediaCentral.

ERIO's Proposal Support Services also ran virtual workshops in April and May 2021, detailing the new regulations and strategy underlying Horizon Europe, as well as details on how to prepare collaborative proposal applications. Please note that the application template and administration/budget procedures for Horizon Europe have changed considerably from those of Horizon 2020.

The workshops did not cover either the MCSA or ERC fellowship schemes, however ERIO will be running further workshops in the early- to mid-summer for proposal deadlines later in the year. The recording of the workshop is available here (UCL login required).

Links to Work Programme call topics for 2022

Our vision

Our goal is to assist UCL in maintaining its position at the forefront of European collaboration in science, technology and innovation, and sustain its position within the top three UK universities in both EU proposal participation and success rates. To help achieve this we offer dedicated Horizon Europe pre-award proposal support services to UCL researchers coordinating collaborative proposals in any topic area. 

Our services are designed to increase funding success rates, increase the success of project implementation, enhance societal impact, and to optimise knowledge transfer, including for possible further commercialisation opportunities. We additionally offer support, on a case-by-case basis, to UCL researchers who are partners in applications led by organisations external to UCL. 

Unfortunately, our services are not available for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) and European Research Council (ERC) proposals. For support with these proposals, or for general financial and contractual support across various other EU funding schemes, please contact ERIO’s Contract Management team.

What we offer

Four levels of pre-award Collaborative Proposal support services are offered:

  1. Full pre-award proposal support: we provide direct hands-on support from proposal conception through to proposal submission.  This includes discussing the suitability of project ideas for the chosen EU topic, and assistance with structuring, editing and targeting the Excellence, Impact and Implementation sections on the proposal template. It does, however, not include writing large amounts of novel text. We work closely with ERIO’s Innovation and Project Management services. We also provide the necessary pre-award financial and general administrative support.
  2. Proposal Review: a mid-development check of the proposal (for relevance to the work programme, formatting and level of completion, management structure and intellectual property matters, UCL costs and general finance) and a final pre-submission check (completion, UCL costing, submission advice);
  3. Hands-on Workshops: targeted assistance on Horizon Europe Cluster Topics and proposal preparation. Workshops will be themed and timed to coincide with key Horizon Europe proposal submission deadlines. These are open to research managers and UCL researchers at any stage of their career. Please contact us to learn the timetable of these events;
  4. Funding and Collaborative Proposal Advice: guidance on UCL-led proposals on EU regulations on how to participate in Horizon Europe. We can provide internal Horizon Europe guidance documents, examples of previously successful collaborative proposals, templates and budget calculators.


UCL researchers interested in above proposal support services should contact Dr. Juliet A. Ellis.

We suggest the following timeline for completing proposals and contacting the team:

  • At least 4 weeks before any Stage 1 deadline (if your call has two stages)
  • At least 4 months before any Stage 2 or single deadline

Who we are

Kimberly Cornfield

Kimberly Cornfield


Interim Head of European Research & Innovation

Email: k.cornfield@ucl.ac.uk

Dr Juliet A. Ellis

Dr Juliet A. Ellis


European Proposal Manager

Email: juliet.ellis@ucl.ac.uk