Some points about writing beyond research and basic writing structure:

Applicants may take the following points into consideration during the writing process of an EU Project Proposal.

Please remember that concise and transparent writing is not as easy as applicants may think of it to be. However, if concise and transparent writing has a way of doing it then it could be used as a template to develop project ideas in line with the requirements of various EU Financial institution.

In order to ensure that applicants are able to write concise project proposals for EU financial they may refer to the SMART method of writing and presenting objectives. SMART refers to:


S – Specific – Define a clear way to achieve specific objectives.

M – Measureable – How and when will the objective be achieved.

A – Achievable – Is there a plan / methodology to achieve the goals.

R – Realistic – Is it realistic to achieve the goals that are set to be achieved

T – Timely – Can the goal be achieved within a reasonable amount of time.


Other than concise writing a significant challenge for applicants is use language that will convince donors that the project will have the intended impact that it should on the ground. Most donors in EU financial institutions will focus on the impact that projects will have on individual communities. However, most applicants may have some challenges in understanding and thus presenting to the donors the impact that the project may have on communities. Impact can be understood in three different ways.


Impact on research

– excellence, mobility and training of researchers.

Impact on economy                                                                             

– European competitiveness, creation of jobs.

Societal impact

– Public policy and society.


When writing and explaining impact there is also a need to take another important point into consideration the link between impact and timing. Impact also takes into consideration the potential changes that takes place as a result of the project. The changes can be written and explained to donors in EU financial institutions from the following perspectives:


  • Short term changes in – knowledge, skills, aspirations, attitudes, awareness
  • Medium term changes in – behaviour, practices, procedures, values, decision making
  • Long term changes in – policies, legislation, economy, society, technology, environment.


By – Aniruddh Rajendran


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