During our ten-year experience in training researchers, principal investigators, and project managers, we have found that one element is common to all these profiles when it comes to presenting a project proposal. This element is a substantial uncertainty in how to methodologically address the issue of the expected “Impact” of the project.
The new 2021-2027 programming has adopted an approach strongly oriented toward obtaining a strong social, economic, scientific, and market impact. However, the person in charge of writing a proposal is usually an expert in the subject matter of the project, and often the Impact section of the application form represents a blank page.
These excellences in technical and scientific knowledge require specific training in understanding the concept of Impact and Outcomes, and the relationship with the communication, dissemination, and exploitation activities of the project results.