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1 Scientific Support to Policy [SSP] National Contact Point Meeting Brussels, 3 December 2004 Dr. Myria Vassiliadou DG Research- Unit K.3 Social and Human Sciences Research


3 SPECIFIC PROGRAMME: Integrating and strengthening the European Research Area (ERA) ACTIVITY AREAS Thematic areas  Life sciences, genomics and biotechnology for health  Information society technologies  Nanotechnologies and nana-sciences, knowledge-based multifunctional materials and new production processes and devices  Aeronautics and space  Food quality and safety  Sustainable development, global change and ecosystems  Citizens and governance in a knowledge-based society Cross-cutting activities  Research for Policy Support [SSP]  New and emerging science and technology (NEST)  SME activities  International co-operation activities  JRC activities

4 Date of Publication: 30 October 2004 Closing date: 1 February 2005, 5.00pm Indicative Budget for Tasks on Migration and on Crime: around 6 million euro Indicative Budget for Tasks on Migration and on Crime: around 6 million euro Activity: Specific Activity covering policy- oriented research under ‘Policy Support and Anticipating Scientific and Technological Needs’ Call Title: Specific Support to Policies

5 Evaluation – Single stage Evaluation Results – not expected to become available earlier than May 2005 The first contracts related to this call will come into force in autumn 2005

6 Instruments: Specific Targeted Research Projects {STREPs} Coordination Actions {CA} Minimum Number of Participants: Three independent legal entities from three different Member States or Associated {candidate countries}, with at least two Member States or Associated Candidate Countries. Proposers based in AS may take part in this program on the same footing and with the same rights and obligations as those based in the MS. This work program underlines the importance of involving ACC in the Community’s research policy and in the ERA.

7 POLICIES – 2.5 Comparative research of factors underlying migration and refugee flows, including illegal immigration and trafficking in human beings  SPECIFIC TARGETED RESEARCH PROJECTS  COORDINATED ACTIONS Research should develop better knowledge of legal and illegal migration flows towards the EU; compare different immigration policies with regard to the integration of migrants; examine the specific conditions of female immigrants; analyse the immigration aspects in the context of the European neighbourhood policy.

8 Task 1- Legal and illegal immigration towards the EU. Legal and illegal immigration remains a major challenge for the European Union as it affects its political, socio-economic and cultural processes in profound ways. The objective is to analyse and contextualise the larger picture on immigration, in particular on illegal immigration, across the EU rather on individual Member States in order to contribute to social cohesion and integration of legal migrants and improve the understanding of illegal migratory flows and the means to cope with them adequately. Task 2- Comparative examination different immigration policies with regard to their impact in the integration of immigrants. Immigration policies vary across the world and their impact upon economic growth as well as social integration in the host countries are distinct and diverse. The role of migration with regard to social cohesion (integration, social inclusion) are important to study and analyse within the context of the continuous research concerning the impact of demographic ageing on contemporary societies. The objective is to examine in a comparative manner the immigration policies of the EU member states with those of other migrant destinations such as the USA, Canada, and/or Australia, and to analyse their impact in terms of integration of immigrants in the economic and social life of the host countries.

9 Task 3- Integration of Female Immigrants in their Host Societies. Nearly half the immigrants entering the EU every year are now female. Although many arrive as part of a family unit, a sharply increasing percentage is coming through choice to become employed in the caring professions or as domestic workers whereas others are being trafficked into EU member states for both labour and sexual forms of exploitation. The objective is to identify and analyse patterns and processes which facilitate the integration of female immigrants in a socially cohesive manner that enhances their economic and social opportunities within European societies. Task 4- Migration Policy and Neighbourhood Policy. The mutual interest of the EU and its new neighbours in co-operating bilaterally and regionally in many spheres includes migration policies and the combating of illegal migration. The objective is to build a clearer picture of the situation on the ground in the partner countries (migration trends, numbers, causes, geographical flows) as well as form a better understanding of what structures are in place to deal with legal and illegal migration, as well as asylum (including the institutional arrangements, administrative capacity and legislative and policy framework of each country).

10 2.6. Improved means to anticipate crime trends and causes, and to assess the effectiveness of crime prevention policies; assessment of new challenges related to illicit drug use  SPECIFIC TARGETED RESEARCH PROJECTS  COORDINATED ACTIONS There is an urgent need for developing effective measures to reduce crime and terrorism, based on knowledge of crime levels and trends in the European Union as well as on knowledge of effectiveness of crime prevention strategies. Research will focus on developing different tools necessary to describe and compare the levels and trends of organised crime and evaluating and developing crime and terrorism reduction strategies (existing practices, common framework, innovative instruments etc.) as well as on the important aspect of making knowledge readily accessible to practitioners and policy makers. With regard to the issues of drug abuse research should focus on the social factors affecting drug use and on possible preventive measures.

11 Task 1- Measurement issues – development of methods and instruments necessary for obtaining comparable information on crime across 25 EU Member States. Developing innovative techniques, methods and instruments for collecting, recording, processing and storing comparable(across EU Member States) information on the levels and trends of crime, with specific focus on financial, economic and cyber crime, trafficking in human beings and/or on terrorism. Important aspects for all types of crime are the development of common EU-wide definitions and of user friendly dissemination methods. Task 2- Evaluation of crime reduction strategies, and development of innovative strategies. Evaluation of crime reduction strategies with specific focus on financial, economic and cyber crime, trafficking in human beings and/or on terrorism reduction strategies, including the development of a common evaluation framework for assessing the performance of crime reduction strategies or terrorism reduction strategies. Assist the development of new and innovative crime and terrorism reduction strategies, on the basis of knowledge of the effectiveness of measures or strategies and/or on specific vulnerabilities. Development of databases where evaluation results could be collected, stored and easily accessible for the benefit of practitioners and policy-makers to aid in their decisions on actions to reduce crime or terrorism. Task 3 - Review of existing data sources on synthetic drug and on cannabis use, analysis of the social factors affecting use and evaluation of the effectiveness of different preventive measures. Analyse the long term effects of use of synthetic drugs (ATS) or of cannabis and of factors affecting use; review the effectiveness of preventive measures.

12  More details on all the tasks can be found in the document DETAILED BACKGROUND DOCUMENT ON SSP FOURTH CALL FOR PROPOSALS DOCUMENT ON SSP FOURTH CALL FOR PROPOSALS  Available at  LL_ID=173

13 It is envisaged that up to one project will be funded for each task. While projects addressing the different tasks of a given area or clusters of projects across areas where they exist, will be evaluated together, the ranking of projects will be conducted on a task by task basis. For a given task, the best proposal meeting all the evaluation thresholds will be ranked before any second best proposal for another task. Where tasks are subdivided, up to one project per subdivision may be funded and co-ordination among the projects selected will be ensured.

14 Common evaluation criteria for evaluating proposals A number of evaluation criteria are common to all the programmes of the Sixth Framework Programme and are set out in the European Parliament and the Council Regulations on the Rules for Participation (Article 10). These are: a) “Scientific and technological excellence and the degree of innovation; b) Ability to carry out the indirect action successfully and to ensure its efficient management, assessed in terms of resources and competences and including the organisational modalities foreseen by the participants; c) Relevance to the objectives of the specific programme; d) European added value, critical mass of resources mobilised and contribution to Community policies; e) Quality of the plan for using and disseminating the knowledge, potential for promoting innovation, and clear plans for the management of intellectual property.”

15 As set out in the Rules for Participation, the calls for proposals determine, in accordance with the type of instruments deployed or the objectives of the RTD activity, how the criteria set out above are applied by the Commission. As the Sixth Framework Programme contains a differentiated set of instruments, the way in which each criterion translates into the issues to be examined as the basis for marking proposals will differ. In evaluating against these criteria, the checklists of issues set out are intended to be universal for each type of instrument. Unless otherwise specified in the relevant parts of this work programme, the principal issues set out will be given equal weighting in the evaluation. For each principal issue, a minimum score to be achieved is also indicated as well as a minimum overall score for each instrument. Proposals that fail to achieve these minimum threshold scores shall be rejected. Any departures from these threshold scores are indicated in the relevant part of this work programme.

16 In addition to the basic checklists below and any specific criteria or interpretations of the criteria required for a call, the following issues are also addressed for all proposals at any appropriate moment in the evaluation: Are there gender issues associated with the subject of the proposal? If so, have they been adequately taken into account? Have the applicants identified the potential ethical and/or safety aspects of the proposed research regarding its objectives, the methodology and the possible implications of the results? If so, have they been adequately taken into account in the preparation of the proposal? An ethical check will take place for all proposals during the evaluation. A specific ethical review will be implemented following the evaluation for proposals recommended for funding and which deal with specific sensitive issues or whenever recommended following the ethical check during the evaluation. To this end, additional information on ethical aspects may be requested from proposers to allow the specific ethical review to be carried out. (See the “The ethical review of proposals” below for more details on the criteria to be applied).

17 When appropriate, the following additional issues may also be addressed during the evaluation:  To what extent does the proposal demonstrate a readiness to engage with actors beyond the research community and the public as a whole, to help spread awareness and knowledge and to explore the wider societal implications of the proposed work?  Have the synergies with education at all levels been clearly set out?  If third country participation is envisaged in the proposal, is it well justified and the participation well integrated in the activities?

18  Specific Targeted Research Projects The following set of issues is intended to be a common basis for the evaluation of proposals for Specific Targeted Research Projects. 1. Relevance (threshold score 3 out of 5) 2. S&T excellence (threshold score 4 out of 5) 3. Potential impact (threshold score 3 out of 5) 4. Quality of the consortium (threshold score 3 out of 5) 5. Quality of the management (threshold score 3 out of 5) 6. Mobilisation of resources (threshold score 3 out of 5) Overall threshold score 21 out of 30

19 Coordination Actions The following set of issues is intended to be a common basis for the evaluation of proposals for coordination actions. 1. Relevance (threshold score 3 out of 5) 2. Quality of the coordination (threshold score 4 out of 5) 3. Potential impact (threshold score 3 out of 5) 4. Quality of the consortium (threshold score 3 out of 5) 5. Quality of the management (threshold score 3 out of 5) 6. Mobilisation of resources (threshold score 3 out of 5) Overall threshold score 21 out of 30.

20 List of Groups of target countries for specific measures in support of International Co-operation [annex]

21 Proposals for indirect RTD actions are invited to be submitted only as an electronic proposal via the web-based electronic proposal submission system (EPSS (2)). In exceptional cases however, a coordinator may request permission from the Commission to submit on paper in advance of a call deadline. This should be done by writing to one of the following addresses: European Commission Directorate General RTD – Unit A1 B-1049 Brussels, or address:

22 The request must be accompanied by an explanation of why the exception is being sought. Proposers wishing to use paper submission take the responsibility for ensuring that such requests for exemption and the associated procedures are completed in time for them to meet the call deadline. Proposals for indirect RTD actions may be prepared off-line oron-line and then submitted on-line. The EPSS software tool (for off-line or on-line usage) is available via the Cordis website Proposals for indirect RTD actions may then be submitted on-line via the same website. Further details on the various proposal submission procedures are given in Annex J to the Guidelines on proposal evaluation and selection procedures. Proposals for indirect RTD actions that are submitted on-line and which are incomplete, illegible or contain viruses will be excluded.

23 EPSS HELPDESK AND USER GUIDES Helpdesk Phone: User Guides:

24  AVAILABLE FORMS ON THE WEBSITE  The call text in your preferred language (only available in.pdf format)  The work programme in your preferred language (.pdf or.doc format)  FP6 in Brief - an overview of the basic features of this programme (.pdf or.doc format)  The Guides for Proposers relevant to the instruments used in this call, including application forms A and B (only available in.pdf format  Detailed background document on SSP - Fourth call

25 Information Information on Specific Support for Policy: Call Published on 30 October Helpdesk on SSP:  Direct contact to colleagues

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