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1 FP7 Marie Curie Actions FP7 Ideas (ERC)
FP7 Overview FP7 Marie Curie Actions FP7 Ideas (ERC) Proposal Writing University of Bath 22 January 2009 Emma Carey

2 10.00 – 10.30 Introduction to UKRO services; FP7 overview
10.30 – Overview of Marie Curie actions Programme for Day 11.15 – European Research Council (ERC) 11.45 – Proposal writing

3 UK Research Office Arts and Humanities Research Council
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council Economic and Social Research Council UK Research Office Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Medical Research Council Natural Environment Research Council Science and Technology Facilities Council

4 UKRO’s Aim UK Research Office …promotes effective UK participation in
EU-funded research programmes, higher education programmes, and other related activities… UK Research Office Based in Brussels, UKRO: Provides early insight and briefing; Disseminates EU funding opportunities; Provides high quality guidance and training; Exchanges information between the UK and EU

5 UKRO Services include…
Website with information on programmes, FAQs and Guidance - Information services – updates (& searchable database) Enquiry service - Annual visit from an UKRO European Advisor - Specialist training courses and information events - Annual conference for European officers - Meeting room in Brussels - Monthly publication - British Council ‘RTD Insight’ - National Contact Point (Marie Curie and ERC) UK Research Office

6 UKRO website – front page

7 FP7 overview

8 Opportunities available
Plus JRC and Euratom Opportunities available Co-operation – collaborative research Capacities Health Research Infrastructures Food, Agriculture, Fisheries, and Biotechnology (FAFB/KBBE) Research for the Benefit Of SMEs Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) FP7 Overview Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials and new Production Technologies (NMP) Regions of Knowledge Energy Research Potential Environment (including Climate Change) Science in Society Transport Activities of International Co-operation Socio-Economic Sciences and the Humanities (SESH) Coherent Development of Policies Space Security People - Marie Curie Ideas – European Research Council (ERC) Individual Fellowships & Reintegration Grants Starting Independent Researcher Grants Initial Training Networks Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways Advanced Investigator Grants International Research Staff Exchange Scheme Supporting Actions Researcher’s Night

9 Who is eligible for funding?
EU-27 Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria , Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, UK Associated Countries (FP7) Albania*, Croatia*, FYR Macedonia*, Iceland*, Israel*, Liechtenstein*, Montenegro*, Norway*, Serbia*, Switzerland, Turkey* (Bosnia Herzegovina in the process of associating to FP7) *except Euratom FP7 Overview

10      Eligible for EC funding
Legal entities in EU member states or ‘Associated Countries’ (AC) International European Interest Organisations JRC Legal entities in International Co-operation Partner Countries (ICPC) International organisations & non-ICPC third countries, only if: - Mentioned in Specific Programme or Work Programme, OR - Essential for carrying out the action, OR - Provided for in a bilateral agreement with the EC Other countries / organisations (but with NO FUNDING from the EU)

11 International Co-operation Partner Counties (ICPC)
FP7 Overview 11

12 ETPs and JTIs

13 European Technology Platforms
Agree Common Vision Industry-led stakeholder forums that are independent from the European Commission Now more than 30 ETPs Define Strategic Agenda European Technology Platforms Implement Strategic Agenda More info:

14 Define Strategic Agenda
European Technology Platforms Industry-led stakeholder forums on Europe’s key research challenges Agree Common Vision Define Strategic Agenda Implement Strategic Agenda European Technology Platforms cover research on: (as at Oct 2008) Advanced Engineering Materials and Technologies (EuMaT) Aeronautics (ACARE) Embedded Computing Systems (ARTEMIS) Biofuels (Biofuels) Construction (ECTP) Nanoelectronics (ENIAC) Rail Transport (ERRAC) Road Transport (ERTRAC) Space Technology (ESTP) Steel (ESTEP) Electricity Networks of the Future (SmartGrids) Wind Energy (TPWind) Smart Systems Integration (EPoSS) Sustainable Mineral Resources (ETP SMR) Farm Animal Breeding and Reproduction Technology (FABRE TP) Food for Life (Food) Forestry based sector (Forestry) Future Manufacturing Technologies (MANUFUTURE) Future Textiles and Clothing (FTC) Global Animal Health (GAH) Industrial Safety (IndustrialSafety) Integral Satcom Initiative (ISI) Mobile and Wireless Communications (eMobility) Nanotechnologies for Medical Applications (NanoMedicine) Networked and Electronic Media (NEM) Networked European Software and Services Initiative (NESSI) Photonics21 (Photonics) Photovoltaics (Photovoltaics) Plants for the Future (Plants) Renewable Heating and Cooling (RHC) Robotics (EUROP) Sustainable Nuclear Energy (SNETP) Sustainable Chemistry (SusChem) Water Supply and Sanitation Technology Platform (WSSTP) Waterborne (Waterborne) Zero Emission Fossil Fuel Power Plants (ZEP) Finished ETPs Innovative Medicines for Europe (IME) Hydrogen and Fuel Cell (HFP) ETPs Under Development: Geological Disposal (In Nuclear Energy)

15 Fuel Cells and Hydrogen
Recent Developments in ERA 2) Joint Technology Initiatives (JTIs) Innovative Medicines IMI New Nanoelectronics Approaches ENIAC European Funding Embedded Systems ICT ARTEMIS Aeronautics and Air Transport CLEAN SKY Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) Kopernikus Fuel Cells and Hydrogen FCH

16 FP7 Co-operation

17 Collaborative Research
1. Health €6 100 M FP7 – Co-operation - Themes 2. Food, Agriculture, Fisheries & Biotechnology€1 935 M 3. ICT €9 050 M  4. Nanosci, Nanotech, Material & Production Tech €3 475 M INCO R&D Needs Policy Work SME 5. Energy €2 350 M 6. Environment (including Climate Change) €1900 M 7. Transport (including Aeronautics) €4 160 M 8. Socio-Economic Sciences and Humanities € M 9. Space €1 430 M 10. Security €1 400 M

18 Health of the ageing population
Health - Activity Areas Biotechnology, generic tools & medical technologies for human health Translating research for human health Optimising the delivery of health care to European citizens FP7 – Co-operation - Health Child health Health of the ageing population

19 FP7 – Co-operation - FAFB
Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, and Biotechnology - Activity Areas Sustainable production & management of biological resources Enabling research, including the ‘omics’, converging technologies, biodiversity; Improved crops and production systems, incl. organic farming; Sustainable, competitive and multifunctional agriculture, forestry and rural development Animal welfare, breeding and production Infectious diseases in animals, including zoonoses Policy tools for agriculture and rural development FP7 – Co-operation - FAFB Fork to farm: food, health and well being Consumer, societal, industrial and health aspects of food and feed; Nutrition, diet related diseases and disorders;  Innovative food and feed processing; Improved quality and safety of food, beverages and feed; Total food chain concept; Traceability ...Build a Knowledge Based Bio-Economy… Life sciences, biotechnology and biochemistry for sustainable non-food products and processes Improved crops, feed-stocks, marine products and biomass for energy, environment, and high added value industrial products; Novel farming systems; Bio-catalysts; New-bio-refinery concepts; Forestry and forest based products and processes; Environmental remediation and cleaner processing.

20 FP7 – Co-operation - ICT ICT- Challenges
Pervasive and Trusted network & Service Infrastructures Cognitive Systems, Interaction, Robotics FP7 – Co-operation - ICT Components, Systems, Engineering Digital Libraries and Content Towards sustainable and personalised healthcare ICT for Mobility, Environmental Sustainability & Energy ICT for Independent Living and Inclusion Future and Emerging Technologies (FET)

21 Nanosciences, technologies, materials, production technologies
1. Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies FP7 – Co-operation - NMP 2. Materials 3. New Production 4. Integration of technologies for industrial production Plus New! Bio-refinery Joint calls

22 FP7 – Co-operation - Energy
Energy - Activity Areas (Expect Annual Calls & WPs) 1. Hydrogen and fuel cells 5. CO2 capture and storage for zero emission power generation FP7 – Co-operation - Energy 2. Renewable electricity generation 6. Clean coal technologies 3. Renewable fuel production 7. Smart energy networks 4. Renewables for heating and cooling 8. Energy savings and energy efficiency 9. Knowledge for energy policy making Plus calls for tender! 10. Horizontal actions

23 FP7 – Co-operation – Environment
Environment – Activity Areas Climate Change, Pollution and Risks Pressures on Environment and Climate (€32.5m) Environment and Health (€21m) Natural Hazards (€13m) Sustainable Management of Resources Conservation and sustainable management of natural and man-made resources and biodiversity (€27m) Management of marine environments (€22m) FP7 – Co-operation – Environment Environmental Technologies ET for observation, simulation, prevention, mitigation, adaptation, remediation & restoration of natural & man-made resources (€27m) Protection, conservation and enhancement of cultural heritage, including human habitat (€8m) Technology assessment, verification and testing (€7m +€10 for cross-thematic biorefineries call) Earth Observation (EO) and Assessment Tools for Sustainable Development EO systems and methods for the environment and sustainable development (€20m) Forecasting methods & assessment tools for sustainable development over different scales of observation (€12m) Plus horizontal Activities (€4m)

24 Horizontal themes (TPT)
Transport - Activity Areas Aeronautics and Air Transport (AAT) Sustainable Surface Transport (SST) FP7 – Co-operation – Transport Galileo Horizontal themes (TPT)

25 Socio-economic sciences and humanities
FP7 – Co-operation - SSH 1. Growth, employment and competitiveness in a knowledge society 5. The citizen in the European Union 2. Combining economic, social and environmental objectives in a European perspective 6. Socio-economic and scientific indicators 3. Major trends in society and their implications 7. Foresight activities 4. Europe in the world 8. Horizontal actions

26 Space – Activity areas for 2009
Space-based applications at the service of European Society FP7 – Co-operation – Space Strengthening of Space foundations - Research to support space science & exploration - Research to support space transportation and key technologies Cross-cutting activities

27 FP7 – Co-operation - Security
Security - Mission orientated R&D 1 Security of citizens 2 Security of infrastructures and utilities 3 Intelligent surveillance and border security 4 Restoring security and safety in the case of crisis FP7 – Co-operation - Security 5 Security systems integration, interconnectivity & interoperability 6 Security and Society 7 Security research co-ordinating and structuring

28 Capacities

29 Activities FP7 - Capacities
Capacities – Research Capacity (€4 217 million) 1. Research infrastructures €1 715m 2. Research for the benefits of SMEs €1 336m FP7 - Capacities 3. Regions of Knowledge € 126m 4. Research Potential € 340m 5. Science in Society € 330m 6. International co-operation € 180m 7. Coherent dev. of research policies € m Co-ordination of national programmes (incl. ERA-NET +)

30 FP7 Ideas: European Research Council

31 What is the ERC? ERC - Introduction
What is the European Research Council (ERC)? New pan-European funding organisation Supports the best in Europe - scientists, engineers and scholars Funding of €7.51 billion ( ) What are the aims of the ERC? Encourage highest quality research in Europe Competitive, flexible funding Retain, repatriate and recruit (career support) What are the 3 ERC Grant Schemes? Starting Grants, Advanced Grants and Support Actions Support for a PI and (if necessary) team-members Investigator-initiated frontier research across all fields of research, on the basis of scientific excellence ERC - Introduction

32 ERC Grant Schemes ERC - Introduction
Starting Independent Researcher Grants aims to provide criticial and adequate support to the independent careers of excellent researchers who are at the stage of starting or consolidating their own independent research team or, depending on field, their independent research programme researchers applying for an ERC Starting Grant must be able to demonstrate their potential to become independent research leaders ~1/3 Annual ERC Budget ERC - Introduction

33 ERC Grant Schemes ERC - Introduction Advanced Investigator Grants
aims to encourage and support excellent, innovative and investigator-initiated research projects by leading advanced investigators complements the ERC Starting Grant scheme by targeting researchers who have already established themselves as being independent research leaders in their own right ~2/3 Annual ERC Budget ERC - Introduction

34 ERC - Introduction ERC Support Actions
Aim: Projects, studies, expert groups, seminars, data access and dissemination, information and communication activities, and initiatives for the monitoring, assessment and evaluation of the ERC Activities (NOT RTD) Topics for 2009 Call were: Science management and organisation Science Management and efficiency Research themes and scientific output Emerging research areas Researchers and host institutions Institutional and individual excellence Policy and structures Changing structures and policies Funding complementarities Bottom up suggestions are also welcome Call closed: 12 November 2008 Call budget: €2.5 million ERC - Introduction

35 Further Information Links UK ERC NCP Website ERC Website
UK ERC NCP Newsletter ERC Website ERC Newsletter ERC Europa Helpdesk UKRO Information Services (For UKRO subscribers) Links

36 European Research Council National Contact Point helpdesk
Website ERC mailing list for events and key updates Helpdesk via and telephone or ) Specialist training courses and information events UK Research Office – ERC NCP Advice on applying for ERC actions Eligibility Application help Results Contractual issues Advice to those with ERC grants

37 FP7 People: Marie Curie Actions

38 FP7 – People – Marie Curie
Marie Curie Actions Objectives and Policy Context: Make Europe more attractive to researchers Structuring effect on the European Research Area through transnational and intersectoral mobility in order to create a European labour market for researchers Strengthen human potential by: Encouraging people to become researchers Encouraging researchers to carry out their research in Europe Trans-national and inter-sectoral mobility €4.7 Billion FP7 – People – Marie Curie

39 Marie Curie Actions Quick Recap: Marie Curie Actions
Host Actions Individual Actions Initial Training Networks (ITN) Industry Academia Partnerships and Pathways (IAPP) International Research Staff Exchange Scheme (IRSES) NEW Intra-European Fellowships Incoming International Fellowships Outgoing International Fellowships European Reintegration Grants International Reintegration Grants FP7 – Marie Curie

40 Definition of researchers
Early-Stage Researchers 0 - 4 years (FTE) from obtaining degree that qualified them to embark on a doctorate Experienced Researchers in possession of a PhD or at least 4 years experience (FTE) FP7 – Marie Curie Actions

41 New Transnational Mobility Requirements
Must not have been resident in host country for more that 12 months in the last 3 years immediately before application deadline (for individual actions) NEW: Only International Outgoing Fellowships and International Re-integration Grants have a nationality requirement Europeans based in e.g. the US: apply for an Incoming International Fellowship Third country nationals in the EU/AC: apply for an Intra-European Fellowship Researchers can now return to the country of their nationality if the mobility rule is respected NEW: additional ‘Impact’ sub-criterion for individual fellowships ‘benefit of the mobility to the ERA’ FP7 – Marie Curie Actions

42 Key documents FP7 – Marie Curie Call Fiche Focus
“People” Work Programme Guide for Applicants Preparation & submission EPSS Guide Rules on Submission and Evaluation, Guide for Evaluators Background Model grant agreement Financial, negotiation, reporting and IPR guidelines FP7, “People” Specific Programme Text Other policy documents e.g. Mobility Strategy, “Charter and Code” FP7 – Marie Curie

43 Mobility NCP - helpdesk
Web, , telephone, visits Advice on applying for MC actions: Eligibility Application help Results Contractual issues Advice to those with MC contracts: Social security and tax Model agreements between host and fellow Events and Comprehensive Hints/Tips Slides UK Research Office – Mobility NCP

44 Marie Curie – Useful Links
UK National Contact Point for Marie Curie/ People CORDIS The Charter and the Code text: UK HE Sector analysis: European Researchers’ Mobility Portal (incl. link to ERA-More) Marie Curie Vacancies FP7 – Marie Curie

45 FP7 timetable & sources of information

46 Recently Opened Calls Calls Co-operation Call identifier Deadlines
Health FP7-ERANET-2009-RTD 21/04/09 FAFB FP7-KBBE 15/01/09 ICT ICT FP7-ICT-ENERGY 01/04/09 31/03/09 Energy FP7-ENERGY-2009-BRAZIL FP7-ENERGY 05/05/09 29/04/09 NMP FP7-NMP-2009-CSA-3 FP7-NMP-2009-EU-Russia FP7-NMP-2009-Mapping FP7-NMP-ENV-2009 FP7-NMP-2009-LARGE-3 FP7-NMP-2009-SMALL-3 FP SME-3 17/02/09 Environment Transport FP7-GALILEO-2008-GSA-1 SSH Calls

47 Recently Opened Calls Calls Capacities Call identifier Deadline
Research for SMEs FP7-SME 27/01/09 Regions of Knowledge FP7-REGIONS Research Infrastructures FP7-INFRASTRUCTURES 17/03/09 Research Potential FP7-REGPOT FP7-REGPOT 13/02/09 Calls

48 ERC Indicative Call Schedule 2007-2010
Work Programme Revision ERC Action Call open Call Deadlines Estimated Call value (€ M) Evaluation Feb. 2007 StG1 Winter 06 Spring 07 290 Spring - Autumn 07 July 2008 StG2 24 July 08 PE 29 October 2008 SH 19 November 2008 LS 10 December 2009 295.8 Winter 08 – Spring 09 Spring 2009 StG3 Summer 09 Autumn 09 340 Winter 09 – Spring 10 Spring 2010 StG4 Summer 10 Autumn 10 400 Winter 10 – Spring 11 ERC Work Programme Revision ERC Action Call open Call Deadlines Estimated Call value (€ M) Evaluation Oct. 2007 AdG1 Autumn 07 Spring 08 517 Spring 08 - Autumn 08 July 2008 AdG2 19 November 08 PE 25 March 2009 SH 15 April 2009 LS 6 May 2009 489.5 Spring 09 - Autumn 09 Spring 2009 AdG3 Autumn 09 Spring 10 741 Spring 10 - Autumn 10 Spring 2010 AdG4 Autumn 10 Spring 11 869 Spring 11 - Autumn 11 Please note that resubmission and multiple application rules apply

49 FP7 – People – Marie Curie
MCA - Deadlines Researchers’ Night 14 January 2009 Co-funding of regional, national and international programmes 19 February 2009 International Research Staff Exchange Scheme (IRSES) 27 March 2009 International Re-integration Grant and European Re-integration grants (RG) 2 cut-off dates: 2 April & 8 October 2009 Intra- European Fellowships (IEF) International Incoming Fellowships (IIF) International Outgoing Fellowships (IOF) 18 August 2009 Industry Academia Partnerships and Pathways 27 July 2009 FP7 – People – Marie Curie

50 Sources of Information
UKRO Website: UKRO information services: Use advanced search function on the UKRO Information Services! ERC Website: UK Marie Curie NCP: UK ERC NCP: Other NCPs: Cordis: Technology Platforms: FP7 – Further information

51 Further Information Further Information
CORDIS FP7 Pages: FP6 funded projects: DG Research Technology Platforms: Prepare for FP7! Register as an evaluator… https://cordis.europa.eu/emmfp7 Further Information

52 Further Information FP7 – ERC - Summary EPSS Helpdesk
Tel: IPR helpdesk Website European Commission FP7 Ethics Website FP7 – ERC - Summary

53 FP7 People: Marie Curie Actions

54 FP7 – People – Marie Curie
Marie Curie Actions Objectives and Policy Context: Make Europe more attractive to researchers Structuring effect on the European Research Area through transnational and intersectoral mobility in order to create a European labour market for researchers Strengthen human potential by: Encouraging people to become researchers Encouraging researchers to carry out their research in Europe Trans-national and inter-sectoral mobility €4.7 Billion FP7 – People – Marie Curie

55 Marie Curie Actions Quick Recap: Marie Curie Actions
Host Actions Individual Actions Initial Training Networks (ITN) Industry Academia Partnerships and Pathways (IAPP) International Research Staff Exchange Scheme (IRSES) NEW Intra-European Fellowships Incoming International Fellowships Outgoing International Fellowships European Reintegration Grants International Reintegration Grants FP7 – Marie Curie

56 Definition of researchers
Early-Stage Researchers 0 - 4 years (FTE) from obtaining degree that qualified them to embark on a doctorate Experienced Researchers in possession of a PhD or at least 4 years experience (FTE) FP7 – Marie Curie Actions

57 New Transnational Mobility Requirements
Must not have been resident in host country for more that 12 months in the last 3 years immediately before application deadline (for individual actions) NEW: Only International Outgoing Fellowships and International Re-integration Grants have a nationality requirement Europeans based in e.g. the US: apply for an Incoming International Fellowship Third country nationals in the EU/AC: apply for an Intra-European Fellowship Researchers can now return to the country of their nationality if the mobility rule is respected NEW: additional ‘Impact’ sub-criterion for individual fellowships ‘benefit of the mobility to the ERA’ FP7 – Marie Curie Actions

58 Marie Curie Initial Training Networks

59 What is an ITN? FP7 – Marie Curie - ITN Aims: ITNs are in:
Offering a series of fellowships to ESR and EXR through a Joint Training Programme including complementary skills modules And, as an option, hold short training events open to researchers outside the network As an option, recruit ‘visiting scientists’ ITNs are in: Defined scientific fields as well as inter-disciplinary, new and emerging supra-disciplinary fields FP7 – Marie Curie - ITN

60 Who can participate in an ITN?
At least 3 different research groups from Member or Associated States BUT ALSO it can be single or twin sites (in Member or Associated States) if the international context is strong Third country partners are eligible, in addition to the minimum requirements. International Co-operation Partner Countries (ICPC) may receive funding, whilst those in non-ICPCs may receive funding if absolutely essential for the project FP7 – Marie Curie - ITN

61 Who participates in an ITN?
An ITN has both industrial and academic partners. Industry must be in involved at one of three levels: As a full partner Provider of specific training or secondment opportunities On the Advisory Board An ITN must have Coherent quality standards and mutual recognition of training/ diplomas FP7 – Marie Curie - ITN

62 Who can you recruit to an ITN?
An ITN supports researchers: With up to 5 years FTE From all over the world For periods of months (ESRs) For periods of 3 – 24 months (EXRs) As well as visiting scientists (optional) To carry out teaching and supervisory work For a period of at least 1 month FP7 – Marie Curie - ITN

63 Number of partners per project – first call
FP7 – Marie Curie - ITN

64 ITNs – key issues FP7 – Marie Curie - ITN Ratio ESR/ER:
- ‘The total amount of ESRs and ERs should be reasonable and in line with what is recommended in the Guide for Applicants’ (80/20) Visiting Scientists: - Exceptional and duly justified in the context of the training programme Conferences: ‘should be proportionate to the proposed research training programme’ ‘is an opportunity for the recruiter researchers to exchange knowledge with more experienced researchers from outside the network’. FP7 – Marie Curie - ITN

65 Example of a funded ITN proposal

66 LECHE: Lactase persistence and the early Cultural History of Europe
This large (15 researcher, 24 participant) European training network explores the origin and impact of dairying Europe. The participating researchers will draw on the latest genetic studies of modern humans and domestic animals to identify markers of specific traits, but will also travel back in time and search for these in ancient remains. For more information please visit: FP7 – Marie Curie - ITN

67 Financial information

68 FP7 – Marie Curie - Rates Allowance rates Living allowance (salary)
Travel costs – depending on distance € €2500 Mobility allowance Without family: €500 per month With family: €800 per month Correction factor applied for cost of living Career Exploratory allowance € 2000 for stays of more than one year Training / research costs of eligible researchers (ITNs only) Lab-based research: € 600 per month Non-lab-based research: €300 per month FP7 – Marie Curie - Rates

69 Researcher Salaries for ITNs
Experience Stipend (€/yr) Employment contract (€/yr) Early-Stage researchers 17,250 34,500 Experienced researchers (< 5yrs) 26,500 53,000 Visiting Scientist ( yrs experience) 34,450 68,900 VS (> 10 yrs experience) 51,675 103,350 FP7 – Marie Curie - Rates Salaries are inclusive of all compulsory deductions Correction factor applied for cost of living (UK Coefficient 109.2%)

70 Benefits for the institution – ITNs
Research Training €600 (ITN) per month Organisation of international conferences etc €300 per researcher per day for those outside ITN Management Activities maximum 7% (ITN) of the total EC contribution Contribution to overheads 10% of direct costs except for subcontractors Other types of eligible expenses N/A FP7 – Marie Curie - Rates

71 Industry Academia Partnerships and Pathways (IAPPs) and IRSES

72 What is an Industry–Academia Pathways and Partnership?
It is a two-way partnership with at least one commercial enterprise and one academic organisation in two different Member or Associated Countries An IAPP aims to increase industry-academia co-operation by: Supporting the creation, development, reinforcement and execution of strategic partnerships Creating diverse career possibilities and experience for researchers Knowledge sharing/cultural exchange, especially SMEs Aiming for longer term co-operation between both sectors FP7 – Marie Curie - IAPP

73 FP7 – Marie Curie - IAPP What can you do with an IAPP?
Recruit experienced researchers for between 2 months and 2 years Staff exchange – experienced researchers (and possibly technical staff and research managers!) for between 2 months and 2 years Organise common workshops/conferences Inter-sectoral mobility possible, within framework of whole project, in same country up to a maximum of 30% of total researcher months For SMEs, a contribution towards small equipment costs (up to 10% of project total) Call open: April 2009 Deadline: 27 July 2009 FP7 – Marie Curie - IAPP

74 What is the International Staff Exchange Scheme (IRSES)?
A new scheme aimed at Strengthening research partnerships through staff exchanges and networking activities Support to research organisations establish or reinforce long-term research co-operation through a coordinated joint programme of exchange for researchers for short periods Encourages exchange of best practice FP7 – Marie Curie - IRSES

75 What is IRSES? FP7 – Marie Curie - IRSES
Two-way staff secondments between institutions in EU/AC and eligible third countries At least two participants from two different MS/AC and one partner from an eligible third country Secondment – up to 12 months Project duration of 24 – 48 months Commission contribution: EUR 1800/ researcher/month for EU/AC secondments Deadline: 27 March 2009 FP7 – Marie Curie - IRSES

76 Who can participate in IRSES?
Eligible staff include researchers, technical and management staff Eligible countries: EU Member States and Associated Countries Countries in the European Neighbourhood Policy: Armenia, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Egypt, Georgia, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Moldova, Morocco, Palestinian-administered areas, Syrian Arab Rep., Tunisia, Ukraine Countries that have an S&T agreement with the EU: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Chile, Egypt, India, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa, Tunisia, Ukraine, United States FP7 – Marie Curie - IRSES

77 Marie Curie Individual Fellowships

78 Individual Fellowships
Aimed at ‘Experienced Researchers’ Skills diversification Three categories: Intra-European Fellowships (IEF) International Incoming Fellowships (IIF) International Outgoing Fellowships (IOF) Call Open: 18 March 2009 Deadline: 18 August 2009 FP7 – Marie Curie Actions

79 Intra-European Fellowships
Researchers based in the EU or Associated Country Must have spent less than 12 months in the last three years in the country where the fellowship is undertaken 12 – 24 months in an EU Member State or Associated Country Resuming a career in research Individual applies with host Attaining or strengthening professional independence Skills diversification FP7 – Marie Curie Actions

80 International Outgoing Fellowships
EU Member or Associated State Nationals only 24 – 36 months in total of which months in third country followed by mandatory reintegration phase in European host institutions Individual applies with host Acquiring new knowledge in the third country – bringing it back to the EU/AS Contract is between European host institution and Commission for duration of fellowship Mandatory return phase of 1 year FP7 – Marie Curie Actions

81 International Incoming Fellowships
Researchers based in third countries 12 – 24 months incoming phase in EU/AS Possible 1 year reintegration for nationals from International Co-operation Partner Countries Individual applies with host Contract between European host institution and EC for incoming phase, and between third country host and EC for reintegration / return Knowledge-sharing Mutually-beneficial research co-operation FP7 – Marie Curie Actions

82 Marie Curie Actions Individual Fellowships – IEF/IOF/IIF
FP7 – Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowships (IEF) – Aug 2007 1699 proposals received Success rate: 25% International Outgoing Fellowships (IOF) – Aug 2007 341 proposals received Success rate: 29.3% International Incoming Fellowships (IIF) – Aug 2007 573 proposals received Success rate: 23% Overall Success Rate The budget was distributed among the evaluation panel in direct proportion to the number of eligible proposals.   However, the exact number of proposals funded will depend on the outcome of negotiations, the available budget and the completion of formal procedures.

83 Definition of Fellow’s Allowances
These are all flat rates Living Basic salary Varies according to research experience Mobility Relocation costs including language courses Varies according to family situation Travel Every 12 months travel from location of origin to fellowship location Career exploratory Fellowships at least 1 year to spend on career development activities FP7 – Marie Curie - Allowances

84 Marie Curie Reintegration Grants

85 FP7 – Marie Curie Actions
European Re-integration Grants (Re)-integration into research career following a period of transnational mobility Applicants must have already benefited from a Marie Curie fellowship under FP6 or FP months minimum FTE The European Re-integration Grant: Supports a research project of 2- 3 years Contributes to the research costs Researcher applies with host institution Start within 12 months of your fellowship end FP7 – Marie Curie Actions

86 FP7 – Marie Curie Actions
International Re-integration Grants Integration into research career in Europe following a period of transnational mobility outside Europe for at least 3 years Contribute to development of lasting co-operation with scientific community of the third country from which they have returned No requirement to have benefited from MCA previously The International Re-integration Grants Support a research project of 2- 4 years Contributes to the research costs Researcher applies with host institution Host commits to researcher for at least 3 years Exceptionally those already employed in research in EU will be considered FP7 – Marie Curie Actions

87 Marie Curie Actions Further Information for Reference

88 Key documents FP7 – Marie Curie Call Fiche Focus
“People” Work Programme Guide for Applicants Preparation & submission EPSS Guide Rules on Submission and Evaluation, Guide for Evaluators Background Model grant agreement Financial, negotiation, reporting and IPR guidelines FP7, “People” Specific Programme Text Other policy documents e.g. Mobility Strategy, “Charter and Code” FP7 – Marie Curie

89 Mobility NCP - helpdesk
Web, , telephone, visits Advice on applying for MC actions: Eligibility Application help Results Contractual issues Advice to those with MC contracts: Social security and tax Model agreements between host and fellow Events and Comprehensive Hints/Tips Slides UK Research Office – Mobility NCP

90 Marie Curie – Useful Links
UK National Contact Point for Marie Curie/ People CORDIS The Charter and the Code text: UK HE Sector analysis: European Researchers’ Mobility Portal (incl. link to ERA-More) Marie Curie Vacancies FP7 – Marie Curie

91 FP7 Ideas: European Research Council

92 What is the ERC? ERC - Introduction
What is the European Research Council (ERC)? New pan-European funding organisation Supports the best in Europe - scientists, engineers and scholars Funding of €7.51 billion ( ) What are the aims of the ERC? Encourage highest quality research in Europe Competitive, flexible funding Retain, repatriate and recruit (career support) What are the 3 ERC Grant Schemes? Starting Grants, Advanced Grants and Support Actions Support for a PI and (if necessary) team-members Investigator-initiated frontier research across all fields of research, on the basis of scientific excellence ERC - Introduction

93 ERC Grant Schemes ERC - Introduction
Starting Independent Researcher Grants aims to provide criticial and adequate support to the independent careers of excellent researchers who are at the stage of starting or consolidating their own independent research team or, depending on field, their independent research programme researchers applying for an ERC Starting Grant must be able to demonstrate their potential to become independent research leaders ~1/3 Annual ERC Budget ERC - Introduction

94 ERC Starting Grant Calls
Indicative Call Schedule Please note that resubmission and multiple application rules apply ERC - Introduction Work Programme (published on) ERC Action Call Open Call Deadlines Estimated Call Value (€ M) Evaluation 2007 (Feb 2007) ERC-2007-StG Winter 06 Spring 07 290 Spring - Autumn 07 2009 (July 2008) ERC-2009-StG 24 July 08 PE 29 October 08 SH 19 November 08 LS 10 December 08 295.8 Winter 08 - Spring 09 2010 (Spring 2009) ERC-2010-StG Summer 09 Autumn 09 340 Winter 09 - Spring 10 2011 (Spring 2010) ERC-2011-StG Summer 10 Autumn 10 400 Winter 10 - Spring 11

95 ERC Grant Schemes ERC - Introduction Advanced Investigator Grants
aims to encourage and support excellent, innovative and investigator-initiated research projects by leading advanced investigators complements the ERC Starting Grant scheme by targeting researchers who have already established themselves as being independent research leaders in their own right ~2/3 Annual ERC Budget ERC - Introduction

96 ERC Advanced Grants Calls
Indicative Call Schedule Please note that resubmission and multiple application rules apply ERC - Introduction Work Programme (published on) ERC Action Call Open Call Deadlines Estimated Call Value (€ M) Evaluation 2008 (Oct 2007) ERC-2008-AdG Autumn 07 Spring 08 542 Spring - Autumn 08 2009 (July 2008) ERC-2009-AdG 19 November 08 PE 25 March 09 SH 15 April 09 LS 6 May 09 489.5 Spring - Autumn 09 2010 (Spring 2009) ERC-2010-AdG Autumn 09 Spring 10 741 Spring - Autumn 10 2011 (Spring 2010) ERC-2011-AdG Autumn 10 Spring 11 869 Spring - Autumn 11

97 ERC - Introduction ERC Support Actions
Aim: Projects, studies, expert groups, seminars, data access and dissemination, information and communication activities, and initiatives for the monitoring, assessment and evaluation of the ERC Activities (NOT RTD) Topics for 2009 Call were: Science management and organisation Science Management and efficiency Research themes and scientific output Emerging research areas Researchers and host institutions Institutional and individual excellence Policy and structures Changing structures and policies Funding complementarities Bottom up suggestions are also welcome Call closed: 12 November 2008 Call budget: €2.5 million ERC - Introduction

98 Advanced Grants (AdG) ERC AdG - Introduction Aims:
Support excellent, innovative and investigator-initiated research projects Carried out by leading advanced investigators whatever their nationality must be already established and recognised as being independent research leaders in their own right PI can lead a team, if needed (more on this later) Will Support: Flexible projects to promote substantial advances in ‘frontier research’ such as: knowledge pursuit of questions at or beyond the frontiers of knowledge any field of research* interdisciplinary proposals crossing the boundaries between different research fields pioneering proposals addressing new and emerging fields of research proposals introducing unconventional, innovative approaches and scientific inventions but must have a significant impact on science, scholarship or engineering reviewers understand the high-risk/high-gain profile should aim to broaden scientific and technological knowledge should not be linked to commercial objectives *all fields of science and scholarship are eligible, except nuclear research ERC AdG - Introduction

99 ERC AdG - Introduction PI Profile Overview
Am I a Competitive Candidate? Am I an active researcher? Do I have a track record of significant achievements in last 10 years? Significant publications (as main author) in major international peer-reviewed journals which are multidisciplinary or in their field If appropriate to your research field, should have: monographs, granted patents, invited presentations, lead expeditions, organised international conference, won awards and prizes… Am I an exceptional leader in terms of originality and significance of my research contribution? Content and impact of work International recognition May have changed fields or established interdisciplinary approaches (PI does not need to have a PhD) ERC AdG - Introduction All this needs to be shown in your application…. …which will include: - a ten year track record - a scientific leadership profile - a cv

100 PI Independence ERC AdG - Introduction
Host must give PI independence to: Apply for funding independently Manage the research and funding for the project and make appropriate resource allocation decisions Publish as senior authors and invite as co-authors only those who have contributed substantially to the reported work Supervise & recruit team members, including research students, doctoral students and others Have access to reasonable facilities and space for research ERC AdG - Introduction Statement from Host Decided by the Peer Review Panels Does not apply to team members

101 ‘Individual Team’ Concept Overview
Beneficiary "Host institution" Individual Team Principal Investigator ERC AdG - Introduction Diagram provided by the European Commission

102 Funding Levels and Duration of Grant
Normally Up to ~€2.5 million over 5 years EC contribution (or pro-rata for shorter projects) Can be higher, but only if: Co-Investigator Project (which MUST be inter- or multi-disciplinary) or The PI is coming from outside the EU/AC (‘third country’) to establish a research team at a host institution in an EU MS/AC or Proposal requires the purchase of major research equipment In these cases: up to ~€3.5 million over 5 yrs EC contribution (or pro-rata) ERC AdG - Introduction Direct Costs 100% of eligible and approved direct costs funded Indirect Costs: 20% flat rate (of the total direct costs excluding subcontracting and third party resources not used on premises) Is allocated and charged (for all institutions no proof needed of how spent)

103 Peer Review Structure and Funding Levels
Submission Single Stage Submission, but 2-Step Peer Review (with no interviews) Electronic Submission via EPSS Peer Review 4 research domains 25 panels (AdG - 2 separate sets of panel members, StG – 1 set) The remaining 13% allocated to an support Interdisciplinary Research Domain *Strictly 17.00, Brussels time! ERC AdG - Submission/Evaluation Domain Panels Budget Deadline Physical Sciences and Engineering (PE) 10 39% 25 March 2009* Social Sciences and Humanities (SH) 6 14% 15 April 2009* Life Sciences (including Medical) (LS) 9 34% 6 May 2009*

104 Evaluation Criteria ERC AdG - Submission/Evaluation 1-4 1-4 Pass/Fail
Principal Investigator Quality of research output/track record Intellectual capacity and creativity 1-4 Research Project Ground breaking nature of the research Potential impact Methodology High gain/high risk balance ERC AdG - Submission/Evaluation 1-4 Research Environment (only at step 2) Contribution of the research environment Participation of other legal entities Pass/Fail Each evaluation criterion (Heading 1 and 2) will be marked on a scale of 1 to 4: 4 = Outstanding, 3 = Excellent, 2=Very Good, 1=Non-fundable A quality threshold of ≥2 will be applied to these criteria Proposals ranked on basis of marks received and an overall appreciation of their strengths and weaknesses

105 ERC AdG - Submission/Evaluation
Applicant Logs into EPSS Completes Full Proposal Chooses Primary Panel (and Secondary Panel if needed) Presses SUBMIT before the Primary Panel deadline! STEP 1 - Evaluation STEP 2 - Evaluation ERC AdG - Submission/Evaluation Eligibility Check Reading and Assessment by Panel Members and Remote Evaluators of Full Proposal Remote Reading and Assessment by Panel Members (only?) If oversubscribed, possibly only: A1T Form (A1T-Summary of Track Record and Leadership Profile) and Part B1 (Extended Synopsis) Panel Meetings Domain Panel Chairs ranking and selection per Domain Panel Meetings and Ranking All 25 Panel Chairs rank remaining Interdisciplinary Proposals Proposals retained for stage 2, or rejected Proposals Selected

106 Structure of Application Forms (TBC)
Part A – Administrative and Summary Forms (completed directly onto EPSS) A1 Proposal & PI information A1T Forms - summary Track Record & Leadership Profile ( PI) A2 Host Institution(s) information & PIC A3 Budget – financial information Part B1 – Proposal Details (template from EPSS, submitted as .pdf) Cover page - abstract Section 1a - the PI Scientific Leadership Profile (2 pages) (+2 per Co-I) CV, including Funding ID (2 pages) (+2 per Co-I) 10 Year Track Record (2 pages) (+2 per Co-I) Section 1b - Extended Synopsis (5 pages) Part B2 – Proposal Details (template from EPSS, submitted as .pdf) Section 2 - Scientific Proposal (15 pages + ethical issues) State-of-the-art and objectives Methodology Resources (including project costs) Ethical issues table + ethical issues info (tbc) Section 3 - Research Environment ( 2 pages) PI’s Host institution Additional institutions/participants Annexes Commitment of the Host Institution (template from EPSS, submitted as .pdf) Ethical Issues info (tbc) ERC AdG - Submission/Evaluation

107 Scientific Leadership Profile (2 pages max)
ERC AdG - Application – PI a ‘self evaluation’ of the research career achievements demonstrating the applicants capacity to go beyond the state of the art a presentation of the content and impact of the major scientific or scholarly contributions of the applicant to his or her own research field and/or neighboring research fields and, if applicable, their wider societal impact the international recognition and diffusion that these major contributions have received from others (publications, citations or appropriate equivalents/additional funding/ students/international prizes and awards/ institution-building/other) evidence of efforts and ability to inspire younger researchers towards high quality research (highlights of research mentoring record, information on the careers of supervised graduate and post-doctoral students, etc.) where applicable: proven ability to productively change research fields and/or to establish new interdisciplinary approaches

108 Curriculum Vitae (2 pages max)
ERC AdG - Application – PI Academic record Research record Succinct ‘funding ID’ Current research grants and their subject Ongoing application for work related to the project

109 10 Year Track Record (2 pages max)
ERC AdG - Application – PI Benchmarks Top 10 publications, as senior author (or in fields where alphabetic order of authorship is the norm, joint author) in major international peer-reviewed multi-disciplinary scientific journals and/or in the leading international peer-reviewed journals of their respective research fields, also indicating the number of citations (excluding auto-citations) they have attracted. Research monographs*, chapters in collective volumes (+any translations)* (for fields where monographs are the norm such as humanities and social science)(3) Granted patents* (5) Invited presentations to peer-reviewed, internationally established conferences and/or international advanced schools* (10) Research expeditions that the applicant has led* (3) Organisation of International Conferences in the field of the applicant (membership in the steering and/or organising committee)* (3) International Prizes/Awards/Academy Memberships* Memberships to Editorial Boards of International Journals* (tbc) (*if applicable)

110 A1T Form (TBC) Summary of Track Record and Leadership Profile
ERC AdG - Application – PI Online electronic template to be filled in directly in EPSS Summary of the Leadership Profile 1800 Character Summary of data from the Track Record Tables provided for Publications (10 max) Monographs (5 max) Granted Patents (5 max) Chapters in Collective Volumes (5 max) Publications in Refereed Conference/International Advanced School proceedings (10 max) Research Expeditions Led (5 max) Committees or International Conferences (5 max) Prizes, Awards, Academy Memberships (5 max) Editorial Boards of International Journals (5 max)

111 Statistics - StG ERC Feedback 2007-StG
Was same deadline for all domains (two stage submission and evaluation) 9167 first stage (outline) proposals of which 1144 were with UK host institutions 87% involve 1 institution, 7% involve 2 institutions, 2% involve 3 institutions 559 invited to second stage (431 passed thresholds) ~50% success rate at the 2nd stage (~ proposals to be funded?) Of top 300: 32 nationalities, 21 host counties, 170 Host Institutions, 15 moving to EU Of top 300: ~19% (56) hosted at UK, ~9.5% UK nationals UK success rate as host ~5.2%, average of all countries ~3.3% Average requested grant size: €1.1 million Average age 35 (spans from 28-44) Average experience 6-7 years Gender 26% women (as low as 12% in LS2, up to 71% in SH4) Database, first awardees Brochure including 6 case studies: List of proposals above threshold in 2nd stage & further stats at 2009-StG PE Domain received 1112 proposals SH Domain received 463 proposals LS Domain received 927 proposals ERC Feedback

112 Statistics - AdG ERC Feedback 2008-AdG
Overall 2167 submitted (299 from UK), of which 340 passed thresholds (16%) Results so far PE: 997 proposal submitted, 114 funded so far, 20 hosted by UK (18%) SH: 404 proposals submitted, 48 funded so far, 12 hosted by UK (25%) LS: 766 proposals submitted, 84 funded so far, 18 hosted by UK (21%) Interdisciplinary Domain: 29 funded so far, 9 hosted by UK (31%) Of top 275: 26 nationalities, 23 host counties, 6 moving to EU Of top 275: UK top in terms of hosting at 59 (21%) and nationality (17%) UK success rate as host ~19.7%, average of all countries ~12.6% Average requested grant: PE €1.9 Million LS €2.1 Million SH €1.7 Million Average age: ~51 (spans from 30-79, with single cases of 23 and 87) Average experience: 23 yrs (spans mainly 7 to 45 yrs) Gender: 14% women (as low as 3% in PE7 up to 29% in SH5) Further statistics and funding lists (including names of funded PIs and projects) at ERC Feedback

113 ERC-2009-StG ERC-2009-AdG ERC-2007-StG Call Opens 24/7/08 19/11/08 tbc 22/12/06 Call Closes PE 29/10/08 SH 19/11/08 LS 10/12/08 PE 25/3/09 tbc SH 15/4/09 tbc LS 6/5/09 tbc 1st Stage 25/4/07 2nd Stage 17/9/07 Call (million) ~€295.8 ~€489.5 ~€300 Eligibility (post PhD) 3-8 yrs (up to 11 yrs) Last 10 yrs significant achievements 2-9 yrs (up to 12 yrs) Co-I allowed? No Yes Submission 1 Stage Evaluation 2 Step Panels 25 20 Criteria Potential of PI / Quality of Research Project / Research Environment Interviews? Budget limit Up to €2 million for up to 5yrs (pro rata) Up to €2.5 million for up to 5 yrs (pro rata) but up to €3.5 million in certain cases € thousand per yr up to 5 yrs

114 Further Information (1)
UK ERC NCP Website UK ERC NCP Newsletter ERC Website ERC Newsletter ERC Europa Helpdesk UKRO Information Services (For UKRO subscribers) Links

115 European Research Council National Contact Point helpdesk
Website ERC mailing list for events and key updates Helpdesk via and telephone or ) Specialist training courses and information events UK Research Office – ERC NCP Advice on applying for ERC actions Eligibility Application help Results Contractual issues Advice to those with ERC grants

116 FP7 Proposal writing

117 What types of projects can I do?
Co-operation and Capacities Funding Schemes: Small and Large Collaborative Project Network of Excellence Coordination and Support Actions – either Coordination or Support Action Specific International Co-operation Action Research for the benefit of Specific Groups (i.e. SMEs, CSOs) found in SSH, Env, SIS, SMEs. Combination of CP and CSA (Research Infrastructures) ERA-NET and ERA-NET Plus FP7 – Funding Schemes

118 Approaching Proposal Writing

119 FP7 Submission and Evaluation
Process Overview Call One/two stage e-submission Eligibility Check Individual Evaluation FP7 Submission and Evaluation Panel Review Consensus Feedback (ESR) Commission Ranking Report to PC Negotiation of Proposals

120 Application and Negotiation Process
Consortium Agreement Final Work Programme Activities Application ESR Ranking FP7 Overview Decision (via EC or Co-ordinator) Consortium Budget Consortium Agreement Authorisation Negotiation Grant Agreement Project Account Preparation of Grant Agreement Project Start Staff Recruitment Consortium Agreement 120

121 FP7 Overview Project Start Project Implementation Start Finish Grant
Agreement Project Account Project Start Negotiation Staff Recruitment Project Implementation FP7 Overview Consortium Agreement Certificate on Financial Statement Commission Pre-financing Financial Reporting Final Reporting Kick off Meeting Scientific Reporting Interim Payment Interim Reporting Start Finish 121

122 Who do I need in my consortium?
Depends on topic Partners must match activities in proposal Impact should be a focus here as well Diverse consortium EU dimension Certain target partner types: Small Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs). Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), Third Country, International Co operation Partner County (ICPC) Commission may offer advice in key areas e.g. Health and SMEs FP7 – Building your consortium

123 Building your consortium.. How do I find partners?
Existing contacts FP6 Projects FP7 Projects Networks of Excellence EU conferences SINAPSE European Technology Platforms Evaluating UKRO can distribute partner profiles NCPs, CORDIS, IDEAL-IST partner search (ICT research) Note! Use partner searches with caution; Check out track record; Understand motives for getting involved Choosing Partners

124 Co-ordination and Support Actions Socio-Economic Sciences
FP7 Funding Schemes Co-operation Theme Collaborative Projects (S/M) (L) Co-ordination and Support Actions Health Max €3 million (eligibility criteria) Must be from €6 to 12 million No firm limits FAFB Max €3 million (eligibility criteria) Must be from €3 to 6 million (eligibility criteria) CSA max €1 million (eligibility criteria) ICT Socio-Economic Sciences €500k to €1.5 million €1.5 to 4 million No firm limits but around €1 million FP7 – Funding

125 Direct Costs: Maximum EC reimbursement rates
FP6 FP7: Industry Public Bodies, Universities, SMEs, etc. RTD* 50% 75% Demonstration 35% Management 100% Other** ERC 100% direct costs, plus 20% flat rate for indirect costs Coordination Actions; Support Actions 100% direct costs, plus up to 7% for indirect costs Marie Curie Actions Lump sum + flat rates, plus 10 % for indirect costs FP7 – Funding * Activities directly aimed at creating new knowledge, new technology, and products, including scientific coordination. ** Training, Consortium Management 125

126 FP7 Financial Considerations
Discuss budget early Costs of activities discussed first Share of costs amongst consortium Procedure for changing this share if necessary Bear in mind limits imposed by Commission Researchers and Administrations should both be involved Guidelines on Finances, Negotiation and Reporting FP6 experience of managing, budgeting and reporting is useful background Make sure that all eligible costs are included in the budget FP7 Financial Considerations

127 Evaluation criteria

128 3/5 3/5 3/5 Evaluation Criteria FP7 Proposal Writing
Impact S/T Quality Excellence Implementation 3/5 3/5 3/5 Overall threshold = 10/15 NOTE – check Work Programme for specific criteria, weightings and thresholds

129 FP7 Proposal Preparation
Relevance Relevance is considered in relation to the topic(s) in the Work Programme open in a given call, and to the objectives of the call Integrated into ‘S&T quality’ and ‘Impact’ This must be addressed in the proposal! If it is only partially relevant – it will be reflected in the scoring If it is not relevant – it will be ‘out of scope’ and rejected on eligibility grounds before the evaluation FP7 Proposal Preparation

130 FP7 Proposal Preparation
‘S&T Quality’ Scientific and/or technological excellence (relevant to the topics addressed by the call) Soundness of concept itself Quality of objectives Acknowledgement of, and development beyond, the ‘state-of-the-art’ Methodology and Work Plan Quality of co-ordination FP7 Proposal Preparation

131 FP7 Proposal Preparation
Implementation ‘Quality and efficiency of the implementation and the management’ Management Structure Management Procedures Quality, Complementarity and Balance of the Consortium Matching of Consortium to objectives Appropriateness of allocation of: Budget Staff resources Equipment FP7 Proposal Preparation

132 FP7 Proposal Preparation
Impact ‘The potential impact through the development, dissemination and use of project results’ Expected Impact is described in the Work Programme The nature of the Impact can vary considerably between calls Think of your measures for: Dissemination Exploitation of project results IPR management Disseminating knowledge through stakeholder and public engagement FP7 Proposal Preparation

133 From idea to getting started
Work Programme 1. Project Idea FP7 – Key Stages Existing Network Topic Deadline Objectives New partners 2. Proposal meeting/s Forms Authorisation? Consortium Agreement Work packages Management Exploitation

134 Some key advice FP7 - Essentials
Clarify your own goals for participation Research previous and current projects Set aside enough time Meet with consortium partners (Coordinator) Register in EPSS, update, press submit Work with your institution Ask someone to read through your proposal Put yourself in the shoes of the evaluator Read the Guide for Applicants (per call) Write clearly and concisely FP7 - Essentials

135 Part B: Top Tips FP7 – Part B Fully address the evaluation criteria
Include well worked out plan Outline any ‘Plan B’ (risk analysis) Flexible partnership Use tables and diagrams Get the right balance (budget, activities, etc) FP7 – Part B

136 Part B: Top Tips - continued
Think about the structure of their proposal Have you reflected on why you want / have chosen these partners in the network? Do all partners have realistic expectations? Do you want an MoU in place (when?) The science has to be top – but reinforce the importance of management… Dissemination – ensure that this is included sufficiently… FP7 – Part B

137 Before you start to write…
What is the main objective of your proposal? How is your proposal unique? Whose problem does this solve? Why can’t other actors be expected to carry out this work? Which consortium member will provide which skills? How will you know if you have succeeded? How will you measure your progress? What infrastructure and data sets will be needed? FP7 – Good Proposals

138 Advice for the Science part
Be a ‘want-to-read’ proposal rather than a ‘have-to-read’ proposal Show how your domain of expertise connects to broader objectives in the field / in society What will be different when you are done? How is your idea different? How does it all fit into a plan? What data will you use to test your work? FP7 – Good Proposals

139 Evaluator comments: S&T Quality
“the WPs and deliverables should also be better described” “While the concept is good and novel, it addresses the topics of the call only partially” “There are missing or removed parts in this proposal. Thus, they cannot be evaluated” “does not demonstrate major progress beyond the state-of-the-art “The work described is not particularly novel” “Proposal is too broad” “Given the extent of previous work and patenting in this area, doubts were raised as to whether a novel product could be developed” FP7 – Evaluator Comments

140 Advice for the Implementation Part
Quality of the consortium: Do you have all the necessary skill sets covered? Is it clear what the motivation of different members of the Consortium is? Quality of the management: Does the coordinator have support to carry out administrative tasks? Is there an established & efficient way to exchange information and resources? Has the status of background knowledge been sorted out? FP7 – Good Proposals

141 Evaluator comments: Implementation
“Role of the Co-ordinator is unclear” “the standard and experience of partners is variable” “the management structure is not sufficiently worked out to guarantee the success of this project” “unclear how partners will exchange information” “the role of partner X is unclear” “the costs are not linked to activities and not well balanced” “no formal planning of assessment of milestones” “the coordinating partner is well experienced in performing European projects” “the overall budget seems balanced, justified and well calculated. However, sustainability after the project is vaguely formulated and should be addressed during the course of the project” FP7 – Evaluator Comments

142 FP7 – Evaluator Comments
Comments on Impact “Exploitation and dissemination plans are not specific to the project” “appropriate measures for spreading excellence and disseminating knowledge with the involvement of the different stakeholders” “the European added value of the consortium is limited” “there is no indication of publication plans” “Does not explicitly describe the importance of solving the problem in a European context” “the list of potential impacts is short and poorly described. There are no plans for dissemination of the results outside the participants geographical area. It will contribute only partially to a pan-European discussion on these issues” “has the potential to have an immediate, large scale impact. In turn, the policy change it advocates has the potential to make a huge difference for millions of people world-wide” FP7 – Evaluator Comments

143 In short, the best proposals…
Have an EU added value Clearly address the topic and meet objectives Push back the frontiers of S&T Consist of the right consortium for the project Highlight the impact of the project Are well budgeted Are concise and easy to read FP7 - Success Factors

144 The Institutional Aspect
Use experience within the institution – ask European Office for examples, speak to successful colleagues Standard text / facts on the institutional track-record? Experience of managing FP6 and FP7 projects? Use calls strategically – success-rates vary greatly for different areas! Institutional approach to co-ordinating projects? FP7 – Proposal Tips

145 Key documents and EPSS

146 FP7 Submission and Evaluation
Key documents Call Fiche Focus Work Programme Guide for Applicants Preparation and submission EPSS Guide Rules on Submission and Evaluation, Guide for Evaluators Background Model Grant Agreement Financial, negotiation, reporting and IPR guidelines FP7, Specific Programme Text Other policy documents FP7 Submission and Evaluation

147 Electronic Submission (EPSS)
Co-ordinator must register on Cordis and be sent password and access details PIC code – ask your institution’s European Office Passes on access to other participants Complete A forms (admin details) Upload .pdf file of Part B (10Mb limit) ‘Submission’ must be selected Automated check Can revise up to deadline Deadline strictly enforced Technical problems addressed to EPSS helpdesk Submission and Evaluation


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