With the recent extension of the deadline to 17th of June, organizations across Europe have been given one more month to prepare their Erasmus + applications in the field of sport. This additional time can be helpful, but what to do not to waste it? What to do to have a high-quality project ready on time? If you are struggling, don’t worry, we are here to help. Here are seven of our core recommendations:
- Make an in-depth analysis of the problem that you want to address. What does the scientific literature say about it? Are there any statistical data that can show the scale of the problem? Were there other projects in the past that tackled the same issue? What did they accomplish and what were their shortcomings? The more you know about the problem, the better you will be prepared for providing a good, innovative solution.
- Make sure that your project is coherent. The objectives should result directly from identified needs, and the implemented methodology and actions should be the optimal choices for the accomplishment of the goals. Keep this principle in mind while designing the overall concept of your project and each of its elements
- Select right partners. When analysing the problem, you will be able to notice which regions and countries are affected by it the most, or – on the contrary – have developed solutions that other parts of Europe can implement. Look for your partners there! You should also take into consideration the roles and expertise that the projects will require. The organisations in a good consortium should complement each other and have experience in various areas essential for the project.
- Your background matters! Be sure to stress the past experiences that you have that will allow you to manage the project successfully. These may include previous projects that you participated in, activities that you organise, background of your employees. Don’t be too modest and use all the resources available to your advantage!
- Review the form upon completion at least once. Spelling and grammatical errors are usually easy to notice during second or third reading, but you also may find awkward sentences or lack of clarity in what you intended to express. Don’t let these small issues affect the overall impression that your application will make on the reviewers!
- Do not wait with completing the form until the last moment. You may find some information missing from the partner organisations, like a CV of some of their employees. Give them enough time to provide you with what is needed – at least couple of days.
- Even when you feel that you are running out of time, don’t panic! Take a deep breath. Look at everything that is left to be done and divide it into small, specific tasks. Focus on one at a time.
We hope that you will find these advices helpful for creating your perfect project. Remember! There is still time. You can do it! We believe in you! So don’t give up, work hard and dream on!