This January 2015 workshop was organised by us and our Foundation Member the Transport Systems Catapult on a very windy day in Milton Keynes. Thanks to the marketing help provided by the Catapult and the Transport KTN, we had a wider range of transport people present than our core audience of ITS professionals, which was all to the good.
Everybody made useful new, wider contacts and learnt something new in addition to finding out about how to be a successful UK participant in the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 funding framework which runs 2014-2020, replacing Framework Programme 7 (FP7) which has covered this activity for the past few years.
We had an excellent combination of speakers in a representative of the National Contact Point, UK Government’s resource for UK H2020 participants, plus a very experienced project proposal evaluator who could give insights from the other side of the table.
The workshop part of the programme yielded an interesting list of suggestions and requests for support and information from would-be bid consortium partners, which will be included by ITS (UK) into the report of the meeting to be published during February, and brought to the attention of the people most likely to be able to take action.