7. How to be a good project partner?
7.1 What to remember during the application process?
Partner 's responsibilities begin during the submission process of a project application.
At this stage, if we are invited as a partner, it is essential to:
- be familiar with the call, our obligations and rights, as well as the specific objectives of the project and what the coordinator expects from us
- make clear our own experience, where we can make our greatest contribution
- be clear in which activities we will take part as task leader and where we will only be supportive
- know how to anticipate how many resources (human and financial) we will need and what we could make at disposal of the consortium (expertise, tools, spaces, etc.)
- predict how many people - beneficiaries or stakeholders - we could involve in project activities
- support the coordinator in a collaborative and timely way
If we are able to make our requests heard, it will then be much easier, once the project is approved, to carry out our tasks in the best possible way and reach the final objectives without bad surprises.
7.2 How to be a supporting and helpful partner for the partnership?
The partner is the one who participates, together with the coordinator, in the implementation of the project. The partner can have different roles, often decided together with the leader, based on the organizational needs of project itself and on the skills and potential of the partner. One of the step in which the partner can be fundamental, among others, is for example the organizational phase of the various trips and movements of the participants that a European project can provide, as well as the organization of events, mobility and actual products.
The characteristics, therefore, that a good partner must have are:
1. Passion, motivation, enthusiasm
2. Promptness: punctuality and reactivity
3. inquisitive: curiosity, predisposition to ask questions and deepen
4. Effective communication: to Know how to communicate, within the partnership and externally
5. Trustworthy: doing what you say you will do, when you say you will do it - fundamental for a fruitful delegation of tasks
6. Share the vision and objectives of the project
7. Team player, but also
8. Self-confident, autonomous and able of work independently, without too much checking and control.