EURADA’s Former President Stanislaw GINDA warmly welcomed the summer school’s participants at the Catalonia Delegation to the EU in Rue de la Loi 227 in Brussels. Stanislaw presented the agenda and main concept of the summer school. He further stressed some of the key elements our event focuses on such as providing attendees with a “toolbox” so as to successfully present project proposals. The presentation round of the participants showed a great variety of their background, fields of work and geographic focuses. Around 30 RDA practitioners, consultants, NGO members as well as engineers, chemists and university researchers take part in the summer school. We thank all the attendees and their institutions for getting involved and are glad to report on the highlights of the next days!

David JEPSON – Consultant: There is no shortage of money. There are several funding streams available, from the EU institutions, national and regional funds as well private companies and initiatives.

The main questions are: What funding opportunities are really relevant for us? How do we successfully track them? How do we predefine the priorities of the calls relevant for us? EURADA makes it easier for European organisations to address all these questions! Being in Brussels matters as well as developing functioning networks at the heart of the EU institutions. Furthermore, every organisation should understand what its capacities and resources are in relation to every call: The decision not to prepare a project proposal may not always be the wrong one!

Stanislaw GINDA – Bielsko-Biała Regional Development Agency: History makes it easier to understand why and how RDAs work. The Polish development pattern of RDAs goes back to the systemic transformation of this country in the 90s. The models of RDAs were formed: the top-down from the state, bottom-up from local authorities and the one based on civil initiatives. This variety proves the great flexibility of development agencies. Looking at the past of RDAs, their results on the field and perspectives in the future, shows how useful RDAs will also be after 2020.

Meltem YILMAZ – Middle Black Sea Development Agency: Every evaluator greatly values how a project proposal can coherently work to attain goals set by local, regional, national and European strategies, plans and specific actions. Keep in mind that the context harmonises with other initiatives while defining as much as possible how it targets local and regional needs.

Dario Mazzella – MetaGroup: The Social Challenges Innovation Platform (www.socialchallenges.eu) adopted a SCHIP approach: multi-level, multi-action and multi-sector. Local and regional authorities express their needs (challenges), the online platform collects innovative solutions of social entrepreneurs and through open calls selects the best ones. Project monitoring grant management, communication activities are carried out on the online platform – transparency and inclusiveness always matter. The further goal is to generate a portal for social innovation ecosystem Europe-wide. Maximising the impact, ensuring sustainability and replicability of the solution developed on the base of local challenges are very relevant for the evaluation.

The last call is still open until July 15!