The "EU Mentoring" programme developed by the Cooperation Office EU of the German Science Organisations (KoWi) together with the National Working Group (Bundesarbeitskreis) of EU Funding Advisors at German Universities and Colleges (BAK) builds on existing further education programmes on European research funding. The format fills a gap by combining the idea of knowledge development with elements of human resource development in an innovative concept.
The objective of EU mentoring is to develop EU consulting competence at universities. With this in mind, the specialist and practical knowledge available there is to be further developed and made comprehensively available in a collegial exchange between new and experienced EU advisors, to enhance the services provided to researchers and university administrations. An integral part of the programme is further specific training, which is tailored to the needs of the mentees and mentors. Thus, at the same time, EU mentoring acts as an efficient and practical instrument of human resources development. EU mentoring focuses on the following aspects:
Transfer of expert knowledge in the field of EU funding around the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe respectively
Learning of new techniques and methods of counselling
Professional organisation of the working environment
Content of the EU Mentoring
EU Mentoring is carried in collegial small groups, who exchange ideas in a self-organised way over a period of one year under professional guidance. This is accompanied by a seminar programme with content-related topics on mentoring, counselling skills and specialist content with external experts.