How to set up your EUcalls experience

Building your profile in EUcalls will give you the opportunity to find the best calls for your organization. The EUcalls platform also makes it easier for you to find partners and implement your proposal. Networking is important and EUcalls can help you build your very own network of partners easily. And everything starts with your profile.

As an EUcalls user, it is your responsibility to complete your EUcalls profile with all the necessary information for your organization. That way, it will be easier for the EUcalls team to match you with the best calls for you as well as the best partners. If you need help completing your profile, our team is here to provide you with insights as well as a step by step process on how to do it. 

Keep reading and learn how you can perfectly set up your EUcalls profile, find your future partners and implement the best proposals.

Fill in all your information

When you create your profile, you are asked to fill in some very important information. That information is what our team uses, to start creating your profile. That information will act as a guide to your organization. It will be a lot easier for partners to choose you after they read your full profile. Think about it. Would you choose a partner if they gave you no information about who they are?

Select expertise and target

An equally important step, just like the previous one. Selecting your expertise is going to add value to your organization. Your expertise will allow you to show off what you have done so far which will result in you receiving more partnership requests. 

Meanwhile, by selecting your targets, you will be matched with organizations that are looking for the same things as you. Combined with your expertise, the potential partner choices will be those that are going to suit you the most.

By selecting your expertise and target, you are also giving us all the information we need to match you not just with the best partners but also with the best calls. We will use both of these factors to find calls that are closer to your targets and expertise. Your chances of success will be much higher by applying to calls closer to your needs and preferences.

Check treading EUcalls

The number of calls that could apply to your expertise and your target may vary. You are never going to be short of options. However, the way you evaluate those options will play a very important role in the successful submission of your proposals. 

You will not want to simply just into the very first call that will pop in front of your screen, simply because the budget is too big or because it seems easy enough to write. There are a few factors that you are going to want to take into account.

First and foremost you will want to check the popularity. The calls that are trending, meaning the calls that have the most declares of interest by partners, will appear in front of you as suggestions from the EUcalls platforms. You have a lot more chances of finding partners for those, than for any other call with a high budget but no interested parties.

Deadlines and eligibility

Some calls might be trending but their deadline could be close. Even if you do apply for these calls, the chances of getting in a proposal as very slim. The time you are going to devote to study and declare your interest for these calls could be spent on other calls with a later deadline.

Make sure that you are going to watch out for the deadline for the calls you might be most interested in. Same with the eligibility criteria.

Before you declare your interest for a call, take some time to make sure that you are actually eligible to apply for it. A lot of partners are neglecting this important detail, resulting in them applying for calls that they are not eligible for. Always read the synopsis of the call as well as the requirements and criteria before applying for one!

Bookmarking is key

The bookmarking option in the EUcalls platform is just like the regular bookmark of a browser, only better. It has a much simpler form and allows you to store the calls you are interested in the most, for later. You are checking EUcalls through your phone before you board a flight, and you find a call that appears to be excellent for you. However, you don’t have the time to check eligibility criteria and requirements nor how many people have declared interest for that call.

Bookmark it for later and take your time to go through it when you have time. 

Don’t forget to declare your interest

Bookmarking is something that allows you to look at calls you are interested in when you have the time. However, bookmarking might not be as important as declaring an interest. By declaring an interest, you let partners know that you are open to becoming part of a consortium. By declaring your interest in many calls under specific targets and expertise, you increase your chances of entering consortiums for those calls.  

Contact your potential partners

Do not just wait for other partners to contact you. You need to become active in contacting partners as well. Every time you declare interest in a call, take some time to check out which other organizations have declared an interest as well. 

By contacting organizations that interest you the most, you are going to speed up the process of building your consortium. You can contact those partners directly through the EUcalls platform. 

Apart from initiating conversation with a partner through direct messages, you should also leave comments under the calls you are interested in. Everyone checks the comments section. You want to have a strong presence there.

Network your idea

Having a great idea that could become a great proposal is a real possibility. That idea of yours could not fit a specific call. At least not one that you have found. It could, however, be a great fit for a specific consortium. 

You want to network your idea. You build your idea based on your expertise and your professional targets. By finding other partners, in the EUcalls directory, that you believe can contribute to your idea you can build yourselves a strong consortium. 

One of those partners could know which is the appropriate call for your idea. Make sure that you will look for complementary skills and expertise based on yours as well as the ones requested by the call. Pay attention to eligibility criteria.

Final steps

Assuming that you have done all of the above, you are now finding yourselves as part of a consortium, interested in applying for a specific call or calls. There is one important step that will need to be taken before the proposal writing process begins. Choosing the co-ordination.

The co-ordinator of the project always plays a very important role in the proper implementation of the project. The co-ordinator is simultaneously the applicant. That means that even if it was you who wrote the proposal, someone else might turn out to be the co-ordinator. And choosing who it is going to be is based on a lot of different things.

You need a partner that will be reliable, with a good reputation and experience as a co-ordinator. Someone who will know how they will handle the project budget and will meet all the important deadlines for the project to move along.

After you have determined the co-ordinator, you can start writing the project proposal. When the submission time comes, make sure that you are going to thoroughly read the call instruction before you submit yours. Mistakes in this step will only result in you missing out on the opportunity to submit your proposal on time.

Get ready for the kick-off meeting

When your proposal gets accepted your project is going to start. For the duration of the project, you will need to be ready to complete your obligations and meet all your deadlines. This will not only result in a successfully completed project but to a strong consortium that could work together again in the future.

By using the EUcalls platform to start searching for calls and partners, the entire process is going to seem so much easier for you. EUcalls can help you build long-lasting consortia and implement the most successful proposals.