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The Scottish Government has guaranteed over £700 million worth of EU funding, which gives Scottish organisations an unmissable opportunity to still access this significant amount of money.

In order to successfully access these funds, your organisation must fully understand this reformed funding programme, decentralised administrative system and the complex criteria necessary for the funding.

This one day Accessing European Funding in Scotland course will effectively prepare your organisation for the reformed process of funding, with a particular emphasis on the programmes supporting economic and environmental development.

With European funding expert, Ian Hill, learn from successful case-studies and industry experts to effectively develop a strategic approach to the upcoming funding round and position your organisation for success.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the devolved programmes and transnational funding in Scotland
  • Establish the best approach for your organisation to deliver projects
  • Learn how to successfully work with the Scottish Government and relevant organisations
  • Identify opportunities within proposed projects for collaboration
All the Understanding ModernGov courses are Continuing Professional Development (CPD) certified, with signed certificates available upon request for event.

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09:15 - 09:45


09:45 - 10:00

Chair’s Welcome and Clarification of Learning Objectives

10:00 - 10:45

An Overview of Funding

  • A swift overview of the programmes available to Scottish organisations in the period leading to Brexit
  • The thematic and practical differences between programmes
10:45 - 11:15

Practical Exercise: Researching Funds

3 groups will conduct thorough research on the below funds:

  •  Erasmus +
  • Interreg Europe and Urbact
  • Europe for Citizens and Creative Europe
11:15 - 11:30

Morning Break

11:30 - 12:00

National and International programmes

  • Gain an overview on the main Structural Funds: European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and European Social Fund (ESF)
  • Understand the criteria for accessing ERDF and ESF
  • Learn about the Interreg funding programme
12:00 - 13:00

Case Study: Glasgow Caledonian University and Dundee City Council

  • Understand how Glasgow Caledonian University and Dundee City Council has successfully accessed European funding opportunities in Scotland
  • Learn from their best practice and process
  • Hear advice and knowledge on their success
13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:45

Funds for Research and Development

  • Gain an overview on Horizon 2020
  • Understanding the funds available under Horizon 2020
  • Ascertain the criteria for the applying for Horizon 2020
  • Align your research project with Horizon 2020’s priorities
14:45 - 15:00

Afternoon Break

15:00 - 16:00

Workshop: Developing Actions on European Funding

  • Identify priority objectives in your organisation (and therefore match funding)
  • Match your objectives to the funding programmes
  • Do you need other partners? In Scotland or elsewhere in EU?
  • Where are the sources of support?
  • Do you have the capacity to develop and manage the project?
16:00 - 16:15

Feedback, Evaluation & Close


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