Impact section in Horizon Europe RIA & IA - Manual

Impact section in Horizon Europe RIA & IA - Manual



The Horizon 2020 grant proposal application is divided into three major sections: Excellence, Impact and Implementation. In contrast to the Excellence and the Implementation sections, many applicants find the Impact section harder to write. Most applicants find instructions in the call text and in the proposal template unclear. Consequently, many applicants tend to postpone writing this section and eventually end up with impact sections that are partial, of low quality, and neglect key impact aspects.

This is why we have decided to prepare a detailed manual that will explain the expectations of the impact section and detailed step-by-step instructions on how to write each subsection.


  • step-by-step prepare the impact section of the proposal
  • focus on the important elements of the impact section
  • recognize and avoid mistakes that could kill your proposal
  • replicate the best practices used by winning Horizon 2020 proposals
  • prepare a winning Horizon 2020 proposal
  • save enormous time otherwise spent on getting through thousands of pages of information available online

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    A great Idea is not enough

    An excellent project proposal is essential. In order to prepare one, most winners have relied on outsourced EU proposal experts. But good experts are expensive and have only limited time. This means that organisations, that already have funding, also have the best chances to succeed. But it should be exactly the opposite. The EU funds should support those projects that cannot be realized due to lack of or insufficient funding.

    Fair opportunity for everyone

    We decided to change this and give everybody a fair opportunity to get their project funded. This is how the H2020 Manuals were born. We decided to share our knowledge and know-how in this manual and make it accessible to larger public at just a fraction of the regular cost. In this way we can help more great ideas succeed and we give an opportunity to all those, who cannot afford a one-on-one consultancy.

    Our experience shows that...

    Most of the winning proposals use similar writing approach, formation and tricks that allow them to be assessed fast and earn exceptional evaluation scores. On the other hand, most of the rejected SME Instrument proposals fail to deliver the right information, contain fatal mistakes or drop out essential but not obvious elements that are critical for success.