Careful advance preparation will not only ensure a proposal with the best chance
of success, but will save time and rushing to meet call deadlines.
Broadly you could think of the preparation in three stages.
- Study the general documents to understand the objectives of the Framework programme and see if you are able and willing to contribute to them
- Study the relevant Work Programmes (and Calls for proposals if published) to find out if your particular subject area is applicable to FP6 and to see what instruments and evaluation criteria are to be used so that you can select the type of project you are going to propose
- Form a partnership with complementary organisations and create an outline of your proposal including basic principles of contractual relationship, project management and Intellectual property rights (IPR) issues.
All these stages can be substantially completed before a call for proposals is issued. Then the call with its associated deadline will simply be the trigger to finalise the details and submit the proposal.