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How to Write a Competitive Proposal for FP6

Sean McCarthy, the Managing Director of Hyperion Ltd, a company that specializes in the development of training courses for research managers, has published a research managers handbook entitled "How to Write a Competitive Proposal for Framework 6".

This handbook presents practical advice on submitting proposals to the Sixth EU Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP6). FP6 is the main financial and legal instrument of the European Commission to implement the European Research Area. On the one hand, the publication examines the structure of FP6, the evaluation process by the European Commission and the research priorities of FP6. On the other hand, it provides practical information on how to streamline the process of writing proposals, including, how to address non-scientific issues such as project management, technological, economic, social and environmental relevance and its impact on European Union policies. The book is a useful tool for researchers planning to submit a proposal for FP6. It gives a practical overview of FP6 and helps researchers to optimise their proposals to ensure the best chance of success. ,Media Contact: Agatha Pavía ,ISC,Park Leopold,Rue Wiertz, 50/28,B-1050 Brussels, Belgium,Tel.: +32 (0)2 401 61 47,Fax: +32 (0)2 401 68 68,Email:, ,Author Contact: Dr. Sean McCarthy,Managing Director, Hyperion Ltd,Main Street, Watergrasshill, Co-Cork, Ireland,Tel.: +353 (0)21 4889 461,Fax: +353 (0)21 4889 465,Email:,How to Write a Competitive Proposal for Framework 6 can be ordered from Since 1980 Mr. McCarthy has been involved in writing of over 150 proposals for EU R&D programmes. He has been a partner in over 60 research contracts and he has acted as the coordinator in 16 of these contracts. He has evaluated proposals in 10 different EU programmes and in 1997 he was selected as an external evaluator (Annual Monitoring and 5-Year Assessment) to evaluate a complete EU Programme (the Innovation Programme). Morover, Mr. McCarthy organises a wide variety of training courses for research managers. Since 1999 over 14,000 researchers have attened 365 courses in over 150 locations throughout the European Union.