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1 Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions (MCSA)
Mandy Heard European Funding Advisor Associate to Global to Local Ltd EPSAM: 26th February

2 Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions (MCSA)
‘......Ensure excellent and innovative research training as well as attractive career and knowledge-exchange opportunities through cross-border and cross-sector mobility of researchers to best prepare them to face current and future societal challenges’ 30% increase on budget – seen as a role model scheme in FP7 with great success and 30% of total H2020 Budget Main objective: Ensure the optimum development and dynamic use of Europe’s intellectual capital in order to generate new skills and innovation Rationale: Encourage new, creative types of training Identify excellent talents in research and innovation in international competition Make best researchers in Europe and the world work together across countries, sectors and disciplines Create a whole new mind-set in Europe, crucial for entrepreneurship and innovation Contributing to wider EU policies: • Europe 2020 • Innovation Union • Youth on the Move Total budget: €6.2bn (compared with €4.7bn in FP7) 30% of the total H2020 Budget

3 Overall objective: “to strengthen the excellence of European research”
MCSA Objectives Overall objective: “to strengthen the excellence of European research” Attract and retain research talent Develop state-of-the-art, innovative training schemes, consistent with the highly competitive and increasingly inter-disciplinary requirements of research and innovation Promote sustainable career development in research and innovation Strengthen international & Inter-sector Cooperation and intersector mobility

4 MCSA Key Features For researchers at every stage of their career
Bottom-up approach From basic research to market take-up Mobility of researchers from all over the world Focus on training and career development of researchers Participation of non-academic sector strongly encouraged, especially industry and SMEs promotion of attractive working and employment conditions (financing rate of 100% ) Aim: develop new knowledge / enhance skills of people behind research and innovation Mobility is a key requirement: Researchers receive funding on the condition that they move from one country to another to broaden or deepen their competences. Excellent employment and working conditions (in line with the EU Charter and Code for Researchers) Dissemination and public engagement through public outreach activities: Open Access Gender balance and equal opportunities Non-academic sector Includes any socio-economic actor not included in the academic sector

5 MCSA – 4 main schemes Also Researchers Night which is Public and media events for the promotion of research and innovation. However – deadline shortly for first 2 calls.

6 Researcher Definitions
Early Stage Researcher (ESR) At the time of recruitment (ITN) or secondment (RISE) by the host organisation, must be in the first 4 years (full-time research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree Experienced Researcher (ER) At the time of the call deadline (IF) or secondment (RISE) by the host organisation, must be in possession of a doctoral degree or have at least 4 years of full-time equivalent research experience Broad definition of industry involvement: participation of businesses (including SMEs) and other socio-economic actors

7 Innovative Training Networks (ITN) Key Features
‘Aims to train a new generation of creative, entrepreneurial and innovative early-stage researchers, able to face current and future challenges and to convert knowledge and ideas into products and services for economic and social benefit’

8 Innovative Training Networks (ITN) Key Features
Doctoral and initial training of researchers proposed by international networks of organisations from academic and non-academic sectors Dedicated to early-stage researchers (no ER recruitment) Focus on scientific/ technological knowledge through research on individual/personalised projects Meaningful exposure to non-academic sector Developing entrepreneurship and skills matching research labour market needs. Transferable skills training e.g. communication, research management, IP, ethics, societal outreach, entrepreneurship 1) Beneficiaries – full partner, supervise, host ESRs, secondment opportunities and 2) Partner: provide training and host ESRs during secondments exploit complementary competences of the participants MSCA - main EU programme for structured doctoral training 􀀀 Addressing triple 'i' dimension of mobility 􀀀 Combining scientific excellence with innovation-oriented approach 􀀀 Developing entrepreneurship and skills matching research labour market needs 􀀀 Enhancing employability of researchers

9 MCSA: The triple ‘i’ dimension within the knowledge triangle

10 Innovative Training Networks (ITN)
European Training Networks European Joint Doctorates European Industrial Doctorates •At least three beneficiaries from different MS/AC •Doctoral programme enrolment optional •Maximum 540 researcher months enrolment mandatory •Joint governance, admission, selection, supervision, monitoring and assessment mandatory •Award of joint, double or multiple doctoral degree mandatory •At least one academic and one non-academic partner from different MS/AC •Maximum 180 researcher months ESR contract length: 36 months expected as standard but the contract can be split between beneficiaries (check mobility rules and salary implications EID: ESR can spend up to 30% of their contract period on secondment(s) to other beneficiaries or partner organisations on top of the 50% minimum at non-academic sector Researchers funded from 3-36 months

11 Innovative Training Networks (ITN)

12 Innovative Training Networks (ITN)
Activities over 4 years project max: Average size of consortium = 6-10 Max support 36 months for ESRs Communication & Dissemination Career development of early stage researchers Research and Innovation Supervision Public Engagement Networking Collaboration & Exchange of Knowledge Conferences Secondments , placements Each will have a supervisory board Structures High Quality provision Knowledge sharing through networking; workshops; conferences Training responds to well identified needs in defined research areas, with appropriate references to interdisciplinary fields. Training: Seminars, Workshops, summer schools modules

13 Individual Fellowships
“Aims to enhance the creative and innovative potential of experienced researchers wishing to diversify their individual competence in terms of skill acquisition at multi- or interdisciplinary level through advanced training, international and intersectoral mobility”

14 Individual Fellowships
Individual fellowships for most promising experienced researchers Enhance competences and creative potential of best researchers of any nationality to develop their skills through international or inter-sector mobility Acquire and transfer new knowledge (in and outside EU) Specific support for reintegration and career restart The scheme particularly supports the return and reintegration of researchers from outside Europe who have previously worked here. It also develops or helps to restart the careers of individual researchers that show great potential, considering their experience. Application made by the researcher in conjunction with the host

15 Individual Fellowships
European Fellowships Global Fellowships 12-24 months From any country to MS/AC Separate multi-disciplinary panels for career restart * and reintegration** (merges IF, CIG, IEF) 12-24 months plus 12 month return phase Secondment from MS/AC to third country Mandatory 12 month return phase in Europe (not subject to mobility rule (was IOF) Mobility rule applies Mobility rule for CAR and RIG: “researcher has not resided or carried out their main activity in the country of their host organisation for more than 3 years in the 5 years immediately prior to the relevant deadline” * AND “researcher has not been active in research for at least 12 months” ** AND “researcher has previously been active in Europe for at least five consecutive years”

16 Individual Fellowships
Optional intersectoral secondment that should significantly add to the impact of the research project Must take place in a MS/AC and during the fellowship Secondment phase can be a single period or divided into shorter mobility periods For a fellowship > 18 months, secondment phase may be up to 6 months For a fellowship ≤ 18 months, secondment phase may be up to 3 Month

17 Individual Fellowships – impact
Significant development of researchers to meet their full potential and.... Catalyse careers in both academic and non-academic sectors Strengthen networks of both researcher and host

18 Research and Innovation Staff Exchange
‘“Aims to promote international and inter-sector collaboration through research and innovation staff exchanges, and sharing of knowledge and ideas from research to market (and vice-versa) for the advancement of science and development of innovation”

19 Research and Innovation Staff Exchange
Development of joint research and innovation project partnerships. Projects up to 4 years and max. 540 researcher months Typically can be 4-6 organisations Knowledge sharing via international and/or inter-sector mobility through two way secondments of (ESRs /ERs/support staff) with built-in return mechanism – no recruitment of new staff Exchanges between MS/AC only: secondments must be inter-sectoral Exchanges between MS/AC and third countries: secondments can be same sector and/or intersectoral

20 Research and Innovation Staff Exchange
A RISE partnership shall be composed by at least three independent participants established in three different countries and must respect one of the following two conditions: two organisations are located in two different MS/AC and one organisation is located in a TC (can be either sector) or If from MS/AC, at least one organisation should be from the academic sector and one from the non-academic sector. Above these minimum requirements additional organisations established in MS/AC and/or in other third countries can participate

21 Research and Innovation Staff Exchange
Participants must be from at least three different countries, at least two of which are MS/AC: If all participants in same sector one participant country must be a third Country Secondment period - 1 to 12 months- does not need to be continuous Activities of the programme: Career Development Networking Joint research and innovation Training / Workshops / conferences / summer schools New skills Knowledge Sharing

22 Research and Innovation Staff Exchange
EXPECTED IMPACT build or enhance new and existing networks of international and inter-sectoral cooperation better align different cultures and expectations, with a view to a more effective contribution of research and innovation to Europe's knowledge economy and society strengthen the interaction between organisations in the academic and non-academic sectors, and between Europe and third countries.

23 COFUND Doctoral programmes Fellowship programmes Supports ESRs
Doctoral enrolment mandatory Training and secondment opportunities with partners, particularly the non-academic sector will be advantageous Supports ERS Not open to permanent employees of the host organisation Regular selection rounds allowing fair competition Cross-sectoral mobility encouraged Supports new or existing programmes for international, intersectoral and interdisciplinary research training and transnational and cross-sector mobility of researchers

24 AWARD CRITERIA Excellence 50% Impact 30% Implementation 20%
Evaluation scores awarded for each criteria from 0 to 5  Each award criterion has a weighting  Total score is subject to a threshold of 70%  Proposals ranked  Proposals funded in ranking order  Evaluation summary reports provided  No restrictions on re-application

25 Standard Mobility Rule
At the time of the relevant deadline for submission of proposals, or recruitment/secondment by the host organisation, depending on the action, researchers shall not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date.”

26 Funding ITN IF RISE COFUND ESR living allowance €3,110/month +
co-efficient • ESR mobility allowance €600/month • ESR family €500/month • Host research, training and networking €1,800/person/ month • Host management and overheads €1,200 /person/ ER living allowance €4,650 / month + • ER mobility • ER family allowance • Research, training and networking €800/person/ • Management and overheads €650/person/ Secondment travel & subsistence €2,000/person/ €700/person/ ESR living allowance: • Salaried €2,450 - €3,500/month or • Stipend: €1,225 - €1,750/month ER living allowance: • Salaried: €3,675 - €5,250/month or • Management Month Host needs to cover all other costs and EC will pay up to 50%

27 Deadlines Call Opens Closes Budget ITN 2014 11 December 2013
9 April 2014 405 M IF 2014 12 March 2014 11 September 2014 240 M RISE 2014 24 April 2014 70 M COFUND 2014 10 April 2014 2 October 2014 80 M ITN 2015 2 September 2014 13 January 2015 870 M RISE 2015 6 January 2015 28 April 2015 IF 2015 12 March 2015 10 September 2015 218 M COFUND 2015 14 April 2015 1 October 2015

28 Initial Training Networks results 2013
UK co-ordinators submitted 255 apps • 38 successful (14.9% success rate) • General success rate: 12.5% • UK participated in 1325 applications • 182 successful (13.7% success rate) COFUND • UK co-ordinators submitted 3 proposals • 2 successful (Queen Mary and Durham) – 2007 and 2010 • General success rate 40%

29 Marie Curie Actions in FP7
Intra-European Fellowships (IEF) – Aug 2012 • 3,708 proposals received • Success rate: 16.6% • UK success rate: 23.0% • UK host for 237 fellowships (out of 614 funded) • Approx. value to the UK € 46M International Incoming Fellowships (IIF) – Aug 2012 • 1,447 proposals received • Success rate: 13.3% • UK success rate: 18.6% • UK host for 78 fellowships (out of 193 funded) • Approx. value to the UK € 16M International Outgoing Fellowships (IOF) – Aug 2012 • 955 proposals received • Success rate: 16.4% • UK success rate: 29.5% • UK return host for 36 fellowships (out of 157 funded) • Approx. value to the UK € 9M

30 British funding statistics for 2007-2013 Marie Curie FP7

31 European Research Council (ERC)
Horizon 2020 European Research Council (ERC)

32 European Research Council (ERC)
“The ERC shall provide attractive and flexible funding to enable talented and creative individual researchers and their teams to pursue the most promising avenues at the frontier of science….. scientific excellence shall be the sole criterion on which ERC grants are awarded. The ERC shall operate on a ‘bottom-up’ basis without predetermined priorities”. 70% increase Total budget: €12.7 billion for Horizon 2020 (compares to the allocation of €7.5 billion for FP7).

33 European Research Council (ERC)
The ERC seeks to fund the best ‘frontier research’ proposals submitted by excellent researchers, with excellence as the single peer review criterion Independent researchers of any age and career stage can apply for attractive long-term funding Provides attractive, long-term funding of up to 5 years to pursue ground-breaking, ambitious, high-gain/ high-risk research Encourages proposals of an interdisciplinary nature which cross the boundaries between different fields of research, pioneering proposals addressing new and emerging fields of research or proposals introducing unconventional, innovative approaches and scientific inventions Flexible and portable

34 European Research Council (ERC)
keen to encourage excellent proposals from Principal Investigators based outside Europe Will fund projects led by a PI, supported by a team (no need for pan-European collaboration) if necessary do not have to be based full-time in Europe, may involve team members outside Europe 25 panels in 3 domains which proposals can be submitted to:  Physical Sciences and Engineering  Life Sciences  Social Sciences and Humanities Constitution of individual research team is flexible, commonly includes: other researchers from the PI’s research group or institution (senior researchers, post docs, graduate and PhD students…) non-academic staff such as technicians/support staff can also be funded But could have team members from other institutions in the same or different countries – If in EU/AC - can be funded – If outside EU/AC – GFA says ERC only fund if they do “not dispose of sufficient own financial resources to finance the participation in the ERC project” (new, but not part of the evaluation – looked at afterwards if you are successful) • Also, if separate legal entities are involved their participation (and funding) will be assessed during peer review – “is their participation fully justified by the scientific added value they bring to the project?”

35 European Research Council (ERC) – five schemes

36 ERC Starting Grant at the career stage at which researchers are starting their own independent research team or programme produced at least one important publication without the participation of their PhD supervisor promising early achievement track record including significant publications (as main author) in major international peer-reviewed multidisciplinary scientific journals / leading international peer-reviewed journals of their respective field , highlight citations May demonstrate invited established international conferences, awards, prizes etc awarded his/her first PhD ≥ 2 and ≤ 7 years Grants of up to €1.5 million over max. 5 yrs (pro-rata) but additional €500,000 (“start-up" costs moving to the MS/AC / major equipment / access to facilities) spend a minimum 50% of their total working time on the ERC project and a minimum of 50% of their total working time in an EU Member State or Associated Country “The ERC shall give particular priority to assisting excellent starting researchers to make the transition to independence by providing adequate support at the critical stage when they are setting up or consolidating their own research team or programme” Provide structure for transition from working under a supervisor to independent research must have already shown the potential for research independence and evidence of maturity May have monographs, invited presentations, granted patents, awards, prizes Enable PIs to create excellent new teams to bring energy and new ideas to their Disciplines

37 ERC Consolidator Grant
Excellent Pis at the career stage at which they may still be consolidating their own independent research team or programme will have produced several important publications without the participation of their PhD supervisor significant publications (as main author) in major international peer-reviewed multidisciplinary scientific journals, or in the leading international peer-reviewed journals of their respective field awarded their first PhD over 7 and up to 12 years prior to the publication date of the call for proposals Grants of up to €2 million over max. 5 yrs (pro-rata) but additional €750,000 (“start-up" costs moving to the MS/AC / major equipment / access to facilities) 50% of their total working time on the ERC project and a minimum of 50% of their total working time in an MS/AC “The ERC shall give particular priority to assisting excellent starting researchers to make the transition to independence by providing adequate support at the critical stage when they are setting up or consolidating their own research team or programme” must have already shown the potential for research independence and evidence of maturity enable PIs to create excellent new teams to bring new ideas to their disciplines. 

38 ERC Advanced Grant exceptional established research leaders with a recognised track record of original and significant research contributions. Active in research with significant research achievements in the last 10 years one or more of the following benchmarks: 10 publications as senior author in major international peer-reviewed multidisciplinary scientific journals, and/or in the leading international peer-reviewed journals and peer-reviewed conferences 3 major research monographs, of which at least one is translated into another language. Grants of up to €2.5 million over max. 5 yrs (pro-rata) but additional €1 million (“start-up" costs moving to the MS/AC / major equipment / access to facilities) 30% of their total working time on the ERC project and a minimum of 50% of their total working time in an in an MS/AC No specific eligibility criteria on date when phd awarded

39 ERC Synergy Grants – No call in 2014
promote substantial advances in the frontier of knowledge Funds ambitious proposals submitted by a group of 2 to 4 Pis Ran as two pilot calls under FP7 with very low success rates. synergies, complementarities and added value that could lead to breakthroughs that would not be possible by the individual Principal Investigators working alone No specific eligibility criteria enable a small group of Principal Investigators (2-4) and their teams to bring together complementary skills, knowledge, and resources in new ways, in order to jointly address research problems Proof of Concept: Frontier research often generates unexpected or new opportunities for commercial or societal application. Grants to verify the innovation potential of ideas arising from ERC funded projects The financial contribution will be up to a maximum of EUR for a period of 18 months. The ERC expects that normally, proof of concept projects should be completed within 12 months.

40 Funding & Deadlines: Starting Consolidator Advanced Call Opens
Direct Costs: • 100% of eligible and approved direct costs funded Indirect Costs: • 25% 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) Starting Consolidator Advanced Call Opens 11 December 2013 17th June 2015 Deadline 2014 25 March 20 May 21 October Deadline 2015 3 February 12 March 2 June

41 A few Statistics since 2007 The UK was the most successful country in applying to the ERC in FP7: See here for examples of funded projects:

42 Peer Review process Starting, Consolidator and Advanced Grants
ERC operates a single-stage submission and two-stage evaluation process: Step 1: panel evaluates 5-page Extended Synopsis, CV and track record sections Step 2: panel evaluates 15-page full proposal description (in conjunction with the sections above) An interview with the PI forms part of the step 2 evaluation for Starting and Consolidator Grants (not for Advanced Grants) PI must choose the panel, based on the keywords and panel descriptors in the Guide for Applicants. Panel consists of up to 15 leading researchers For interdisciplinary proposals: can choose primary and secondary panel

43 Support and Links: Marie Curie Actions (MCSA) (website being updated for H2020): MSCA UK National Contact Point: Participant Portal (calls and submission): Work Programmes for MSCA and ERC : ERC: ERC UK National Contact Point: Horizon 2020 UK website: https://www.h2020uk.org/ European Commission H2020 website:

44 THANK YOU! Contact: Mandy Heard


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