In the framework of the Collaborative Offline and Online Platform (COORP), with the support of PERFORM Project it was organized the first Workshop on Research Project Development from 21 November to 23 November 2016 at the premises of the Canadian Institute of Technology, in Tirana. The partner institutions participated in the workshop and they showed a great interest for the training.
The trainer of the workshop was Prof. Steve Quarrie, with 49 years of career as a scientist doing research in the life of social sciences and evaluator and trainer in different EU Programs. The workshop started with the introduction of EU Funding programs such as ERASMUS+, COST and Horizon2020, and how they differ from each other. The afternoon session focused on getting started finding suitable topic and analyzing activities and this session was closed with an excellent exercise on identifying a suitable H2020 topic.
The second day started with the session on the practicalities of bringing a successful proposal together and what are the secrets and philosophy to get funds from the EC. This session continued with writing proposal's impact and sustainability, as one of the main tool in the evaluation of the EU projects. The afternoon session was on writing the description of the activities and analyzing the information content. This day's sessions were concluded with the exercise on evaluating and comparing two previously submitted project proposals.
In the last day of the training the coordinators of COOR Platform made a short introduction on how to develop a partner profile and network of contacts. All participants were awarded “Certificates of Completion”. The workshop was considered by the participants to be very fruitful and necessary for the young community of researchers in Albania.
Epoka University was presented in the workshop by Dr. Reina Shehi, lecturer in the Department of Political Sciences and International Relations and Dr. Diturije Ismaili, Head of the Research and Projects Office.