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FP7 Marie Curie Initial Training Network Application workshop Tatiana Panteli 3 rd November 2011
What is ITN? Bottom up: The topic of the project is freely chosen Duration: 4 years Post-grads: aimed at researchers in their first five years of their career (3 to 36 months appointments) Partnership: typically multi-host but single host or twining possible Private sector involvement: participation is essential. Two level possible
Who do you need in your consortium? Partners must match activities in proposal Every partner mast add value: unique knowledge, expertise, etc Appropriate balance of sectors – industry, academia, civil society, user groups, etc The purpose of the scheme is RESEARCH TRAINING NOTE – no more than 40% of funding should go to one country EU dimension/ added-value!
Part A PART A provides participant details and the information for the budget estimation –A1 – Proposal information (abstract, acronym, evaluation panel etc) –A2 – Information on host organisation. Coordinator is Participant 1 (not for associated partners) –A3 – Not for ITNs –A4 – Number of fellows. Includes details for seconded and recruited researchers –A5 – details on associated partners including their role in the project
The proposal – Part B headings B.1 LIST OF PARTICIPANTS B.2 S&T QUALITY (30%, 3/5) B.3 TRAINING (30%, 4/5) Quality supervision! (new) B.4 IMPLEMENTATION (20%, 3/5) B.5 IMPACT (20%, 4/5) B.6 ETHICAL ASPECTS B7. TABLE CAPACITIES OF THE HOST
P. 31 Guide for Applicants
S&T Quality Criteria S&T objectives of the research programme, (inter/multi-disciplinary, intersectoral and/ or newly emerging supra-disciplinary fields) Scientific quality of the research programme Appropriateness of research methodology Originality and innovative aspect of the research programme Contribution of the private sector and possible other socio-economic actors
Examples Aim: The overall goal of this network is to train a new generation of analytical scientists in the skills necessary for the use, development and adoption of …. Objectives: This will be achieved through the following scientific objectives (SOs), which will result in a number of scientific deliverables (SDs):… Work packages: This network will provide coherent interdisciplinary training across various research disciplines in an intersectoral network combining private, governmental, health and academic sectors to address a number of topical analytical issues. To realise the goals of this ITN and its S&T objectives, and to provide an interdisciplinary and intersectoral approach, research will be delivered and organised through the interlinking work packages (WPs). The emphasis on a cross-thematic and intersectoral approach that directly addresses the needs of “end-users” is achieved by having the majority of partners within this ITN not academically based.
Evaluators feedback: points to consider Interdisciplinary aspect Clear references to state-of-the-art and scientific originality The final research outputs and the practical results of the training programme should be clearly described Role of the industrial partners must be well explained A precise description of the research methodology
Training (1) Quality of the training programme; –Contribution and relevance of private sector training –Transferable skills offered: Management, Communication, IPR, Ethics, Grant writing, Commercial exploitation of results, Research Policy, entrepreneurship, etc.. –Qulaity of Supervision (new sub- criteria!) Importance and timeliness of the training needs (e.g. multidisciplinary, intersectoral, and newly emerging supra-disciplinary fields)
The Training Programme (1) The specific training programme objectives are: TO1 To make a career in LPD research more attractive to early stage researchers by delivering a structured training programme taught by leading international scientists in the state-of-the art infrastructure which covers a portfolio of interdisciplinary techniques. TO2 To provide academic, industrial and public sector employers with researchers skilled in a wide range of techniques and direct experience of interaction across disciplines and sectors. TO3 To produce researchers with excellent transferrable skills, and able to transform abstract ideas into influential outcomes. TO4 To create an active, life-long network of young researchers whose personal contacts, support and expertise will help Europe shape the future of LPD research. TO5 To cascade expertise and spread good practice throughout Europe by personnel exchange, and delivering European researchers able to become leaders in the field in the near future.
Training (2) For ITN / IDP –Meaningful exposure of each researcher to another sector – particularly secondments –Adequate combination of local specialist training with network-wide activities For EID –Appropriate time spent by the ESR in each sector –Adequate supervision arrangements and combination of local specialist training with wide training activities
the Training Programme (2) Training in a ITN involves activities to learn and improve the researcher’s - core skills - task specific skills - generic and transferable skills
the Training Programme (3) Be specific and emphasise AGAIN the complementary expertise and synergy …
Training tips Training in research methods and techniques Personal Development Plan Complementary skills training – ethics, research management Transferable skills training Graduate School Provision Conferences, seminars, public fora et Supervision!
Intersectoral, international, interdisciplinary.... (1) Intersectoral dimension might be addressed by: -Inviting researchers working in other sectors to deliver courses on entrepreneurship, exploitation, etc. -Mentoring of doctoral candidates by researchers/experts from industry/other socio-economic actors -Exposing researchers to various socio-economic actors gathered in a single campus or hub -Offering placement opportunities to young researchers to develop their research projects at the premises of future employers
Intersectoral, international, interdisciplinary.... (1) International dimension might be addressed by: -Offering possibilities to take courses abroad -Developing partnerships and/or joint degrees with other research institutions or companies in different countries Interdisciplinary dimension might be addressed by: -Proposing common courses or projects to doctoral candidates from different disciplines -Bringing together doctoral candidates in multi-disciplinary projects involving different teams from the same/different institutions -Offering possibilities of laboratory rotations or visits
Implementation (1) Capacities (expertise / human resources / facilities /infrastructure) to achieve the research and adequate task distribution and schedule Adequate exploitation of complementarities and synergies among partners in terms of research and training Private sector involvement at the highest possible level appropriate to the research topic & sufficient evidence of commitment Non-ICPC participation – essential to the objectives of the research training programme?
Implementation (2) Networking and dissemination of best practice among partners. Clarity of the plan for organising training events (workshops, conferences, training courses) Appropriateness of the overall management of the training programme (responsibilities, rules for decision-making) Clarity of recruitment strategy (incl timetable) –Competitive international recruitment –Equal opportunities –In light of Charter and Code principles
Evaluators feedback: points to consider The industry involvement is poor in comparison to the industrial importance of the project theme and potential results Description of a research PhD theme for each ESR is not provided More details should be provided on the milestones and deliverables within the workplan Limited rules for decision making
Impact (1) Contribution of the proposed training programme to: –Structure training at doctoral level (skills needed in both the public and private sectors) –Improvement of career prospects –Stimulation of creativity and entrepreneurial thinking Contribution of the training programme to the policy objective of structuring the initial research training capacity at European level (through establishing longer-term collaborations and/or lasting structured training programmes between the partners’ organisations)
Impact (2) The contribution of the training programme towards the policy objective of enhancing public-private sector collaborations in terms of research training Where appropriate, mutual recognition by all partners of the training acquired, including training periods in the private sector Where appropriate, plans for exploitation of results Impact of the proposed outreach activities
Example This network will deliver researchers who can add value to technological development and manufacturing through their expertise, helping to make Europe the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world. This project will make important contributions to European industrial development, especially through the involvement of 4 industrial Partners. Considering that broadly skilled experts are in short supply European industries will benefit from highly trained experts.
Use the key words given in Guide and highlight them in the application (but they must be justified) Use the headings as requested in the guide – do not place important requirements in different sections – think of the referee; he/she will be looking for key phrases at particular points in the application and justification for them. (WMES can provide considerable help here as an impartial referee) Presenting your proposal (1) Use figures/graphs where possible; tables crossed referenced with each other
Use other partners whenever possible – but only on selected sections (full document sent for approval only at end); do not expect too much from partners (actually easier to be a partner rather than coordinator) Use all guidance material from the WMES Make sure proposal is concise and readable and covers all points in the Guide and that all aspects are addressed: science, socio-economic, management, integration, training, technology transfer, dissemination, impact etc Presenting your proposal (2)
Financial Information Category 1: Monthly Living Allowance €38,000 per ESR/year x country co-efficient (134.4% for UK!) €58,500 per ER/year x country co-efficient Category 2: Mobility Allowance €1000/€700 per researcher month x country co-efficient (flat rate) Category 3: Contribution to Training and Research Costs €1,800 per researcher month (multi ITN) €1,200 per researcher month (EID and IDP) Category 4: Management Activities Maximum 10% of total EU contribution (real costs category) Category 5: Overheads 10% of direct costs (flat rate)
Funding thresholds Scientific panels –Chemistry (CHE) –Social and Human Sciences (SOC) –Economic Sciences (ECO) –Information science and Engineering (ENG) –Environmental and Geo-Sciences(ENV) –Life Sciences (LIF) –Mathematics (MAT) –Physics (PHY) results ITN app nos.fundedsuccess ratethreshold LIF %94 ENG199147%90 MAT %88 ENV %91 ECO %95 SOC %91 PHY %91 CHE10077%91 TOTAL % 2011 results ITN app nos.fundedsuccess ratethreshold LIF %92.8 ENG %91.2 MAT %87.2 ENV %91.4 ECO %92 SOC %91.4 PHY %94.2 CHE %91.4 TOTAL %
Final tips for a good proposal (1) oITN that build on existing collaborations will ‘look’ stronger oWhat is available in single country? Why EU level needed? Why need for trained researchers in the field? oConsider ESRs (and ER) as a group/cohort, not individual PhD students oProvide a clear link between the project aim and objectives and individual ESR projects oImportant to review and make available through the ITN any relevant in-house training including those courses from industry partners
Final tips for a good proposal (2) oConsider the number of ESRs in line with partner organisations’ capacities oAvoid having one partner dominate research/training activities and budget oFor multi-partner ITN: recruit mainly ESRs, not ERs. oInclude networking activities and senior scientists only when adding value to the project activities oConsider the commercial aspects i.e. impact and exploitation of the research carried out
ITN call 2012 Increased budget! EUR M An extra EUR 75 M! This will allow for an extra 30 to 35 projects to be funded. Deadline: 12 January 2012 Results: May – June 2012
Thank you! Tatiana Panteli European Funding Adviser
International Research Staff Exchange Scheme (IRSES) Application Workshop Mandy Heard West Midlands European Service 3 rd November 2011
Programme today Brief overview of WMES Brief overview of IRSES Structure of your proposal: –Part B: What does the commission want (This session will provide some detailed information on what should be covered in part B of your proposal) –Part A: How to complete Tips provided by successful applicants Submitting your proposal (EPSS system and process) Evaluation process Q&A
West Midlands European Service – Who are we? Birmingham Team ( former EU Connects ) Brussels Team (former WMiE)
West Midlands European Service The Birmingham office Support to the organisations new to or with limited experience of European funding Advice on various funding programmes Project development grants Training in the bid writing and project management Free The Brussels Office Support to the experienced in EU funding Advice on the FP7 Lobbying Policy updates Meeting spaces (WM European Centre) Service Level Agreement Project Management Dissemination Partner
WMES Birmingham aims To increase the number and value of successful trans-national projects aligned to key regional priorities To draw together the jigsaw of European opportunities and networks across the region into a co-ordinated “offer” of real value to the regional organisations
592 submitted projects worth €65M 280 successful projects so far €18,8M investment to the WM 2000 people trained Our success so far
Which Funds do we support? Life Long Learning Vocational training skills Employability Innovative learning Policy or delivery INTERREG Regional level Strategy Policy Exchange of best practice Competitiveness & Innovation SMEs ICT Innovative products, services and processes Marie Curie Actions SMEs/universities Networks Research/Knowledge Transfer Fellowships LIFE+ Environment Protecting natural Assets / species Strategic / policy Intelligent Energy Europe Energy efficiency Renewable energy sources Energy in transport Integrated initiatives Erasmus for Y. Entrepreneurs Work placements in the successful enterprises Daphne III Justice, freedom and security
Your Project Tell us….. –Who you are –Your organisation –Your IRSES project
Marie Curie Objectives Structuring training, mobility and career development for researchers Develop European human resources potential in R&D Stimulate people to enter researcher profession Attracting & retain researchers from around the world Employment contracts with full social rights Addressed to researchers at all stages of their careers International cooperation and prestige
'International dimension',International dimension to contribute to the life-long training and career development of EU-researchers, to attract research talent from outside Europe and to foster mutually beneficial research collaboration with research actors from outside Europe. To increase the quality of European research by attracting research talent from outside Europe and fostering mutually beneficial research collaboration with researchers from outside Europe.
Purpose of the IRSES programme Strengthen research partnerships between EU and non EU research organisations. Staff exchange and networking activities. Establish or reinforce long- term collaboration.
Size of the consortium Min 3 partners, but no maximum size Duration Project: months Partners Public or private non-profit research organisations Lead partner Must be from EU or AC
IRSES: Participation rules - Partnership: min. 2 independent EU/AC non-profit research organisations of at least 2 different countries and one or more organisations in a eligible third country (S&T agreement and Neighbourhood policy) - Coordinator from EU MS/AC - Duration of the Exchange Programme: months - Any research topic is eligible (except EURATOM)
Who can participate? Early stage researchers Experienced researchers Technical and managerial staff How long is the secondment? max. 12 months (can be split) Less than 1 month stay should be well justified.
Typical Activities Joint research Training Joint workshops Seminars Networking Transfer of Knowledge Complementarity and synergies between partners are critical
IRSES: Eligible Countries Countries with EU agreements on S&T: Algeria*, Argentina*, Australia, Brazil*, Canada, China*, Chile*, Egypt*, India*, Japan, Jordan*, Rep. of Korea, Mexico*, Morocco*, New Zealand, Russia*, South Africa*, Tunisia*, Ukraine*, United States Countries of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP): Eastern Europe & Central Asia (EECA) Armenia*, Azerbaijan*, Belarus*, Georgia*, Moldova*, Ukraine* Mediterranean Partner Countries (MCP) Algeria*, Egypt*, Jordan*, Lebanon*, Libya*, Morocco*, Palestinian-administrated areas*, Syrian Arab Rep.*, Tunisia* * International Cooperation Partner Countries (ICPC) than can receive funding
IRSES: Financial rules –Staff are seconded (maintain their employment and salary) –Community contribution for EU MS/AC partners: fixed 1900€/person/month (incl. travel, subsistence) –Extra 200€ for long distance countries ICPC and Neighbourhood policy countries: Community contribution is envisaged –Exchanges MS/AC MS/AC, non-ICPC>MS/AC, ICPC ICPC are not eligible for Community funding (own resources) –Average requested budget: ca € –Range: €
Financing (Industrialised Countries*) Secondment of outgoing staff members (from EU/AC towards these countries) are eligible for funding. *Australia, Canada, Japan, Rep. of Korea, New Zealand, USA
IRSES – Part B Start and End pages with Project Acronym (20 characters max) Max length 30 pages (excl. Table of contents, ethics issues, start and end pages) Minimum font size is 11 points. All margins should be
Part B B1: Quality of Exchange Programme (complementarities/synergies) B2: Transfer of Knowledge (mutual benefits) B3: Implementation (management) B4: Impact (collaboration, ERA) Can include additional sub-sections if required.
IRSES Evaluated criteria and thresholds
What’s in a Proposal? What? Why? Who? How? ? When?
B1: QUALITY OF THE EXCHANGE PROGRAMME Weighting = 25% B1.1: Objective and relevance of the joint exchange programme B 1.2: Research quality of the partners B 1.3: Complementarities/synergies between the partners
B1: QUALITY OF THE EXCHANGE PROGRAMME Objectives: –Strengthen/establish international research partnerships between EU and OTC –Bringing together complementary expertise and knowledge through mobility to address an issue and create new knowledge to strengthen ERA –Deliver a joint multi-annual research programme and knowledge exchange
Quality of the Exchange Evaluation Strengths: The proposal addresses the science well and is a vital area for development The general exchange programme plan is very well identified: the context and goals of the project are well presented All the partners are renowned institutions with very good scientific quality The roles of partners are well described. There is a good level of complementarity amongst partners based on previous collaborations
Quality of the Exchange Evaluation Weaknesses: × The joint exchange programme presents very limited innovation: the claimed innovative features are not substantiated × International collaborations are not suitably identified for all partners × The one month secondments of ESRs are too short to both learn new knowledge and pursue the planned research tasks × The deliverables are mostly comprised of reports and papers
B1:Key Areas Describe the science and exchange scheme What is the current State of the Art? What is the gap or problem? Why is this Science and project needed at this time? Why are these partners the right people to answer the problem/question? How will this create excellence in ERA?
B1:Key Areas Ensure exchanges are balanced Demonstrate excellence of individuals and partners –Track record in international collaboration, publications and related research Demonstrate complementarities and synergies Detail Scientific and Knowledge Transfer activities in the Work Packages
EXAMPLE: AIMS AND OBJECTIVES The exchange scheme aims, through theoretical models and computer simulations, at a basic general understanding and solution of several important problems related to dynamics and cooperative behaviour in complex physical and biological systems. In order to accomplish our programme, we build a team of researchers specializing in difference aspects of X, Y, Z. The project will be carried out by several groups in 6 countries, 3 from the EU, with a broad range of expertise A, B, C. The project will link together groups with either previous well developed connections, or weak or itinerant connections to form a well co-ordinated multidisciplinary network through an active exchange of researchers stimulating a close collaboration and dissemination of knowledge between partners
Example: The Scheme will thus: Significantly advance our understanding and knowledge of cooperative behaviour and dynamics in complex systems Involve important scientific partners from non-EU countries XYZ Lead to long-term and large-scale cooperation between partners in an international hub Disseminate the results via several international workshops and conferences
B2: TRANSFER OF KNOWLEDGE Weighting = 30% Threshold = 3 B 2.1: Quality and mutual benefit of the transfer of knowledge B 2:2: Adequacy and role of staff exchanged with respect to the transfer of knowledge
Transfer of Knowledge Evaluation Strengths: The Knowledge Transfer is strongly supported by several training activities (workshops and schools) with special attention to their organisation and management There is a good degree of integration and sharing in the execution of the work packages. The planned exchanges can bring significant added value. All the partners are expected to learn new expertise Objectives and implementation of TOK are well described with a clear identification of goals per research task
Transfer of Knowledge Evaluation Weaknesses: × The plans for transfer of knowledge toward the scientific community through publication or international conferences and its sustainability are not sufficiently described × The numbers and roles of the staff to be exchanged are not fully justified in light of the work-plan proposed and only generally described × The durations of the secondments are quite short to be useful and benefits for researchers are presented generally
B2 Knowledge Transfer Describe and detail the activities and how knowledge will be transferred and managed Detail the sustainability of the KT and through what measures. What is the added value to partners. How will all benefit? Consider dissemination to wider audiences.
EXAMPLE: “Alongside the exchanges at the level of individual researchers and students involved in WP1 and WP2, we plan to organize four workshops which most of researchers and Phd students will attend, and two international conferences. The latter will be open to researchers outside the IRSES project, to allow for maximum visibility of our network”
EXAMPLE: “An essential aspect of the project is the training and preparation of researchers. We expect that the most productive and creative PhD students from OTCs will subsequently continue their research as post-doc students at EU partners. Another highlight of the present project is a variety of intermediate and advanced courses for early stage researchers planned by all participating teams”
EXAMPLE: A key measure to define the success of the proposed collaboration is its continuation beyond To continue and expand the collaboration we will apply for funding within the EU actions, as well as to national funding agencies. This proposal is the first step towards a lasting collaboration to be pursued through face to face contact and discussions; promoting movements of ESRs leading to stronger connection within the network; creating routine collaboration and communication between the groups
B2 Knowledge Transfer 2.2: Adequacy and role of staff exchanged Describe roles and goals of ESRs and ERs e.g. ERs: provide training and supervision to ESRs, manage a WP. Goals for ERs: e.g. Gaining new skills and knowledge, developing their career; exposure to international exchanges and cultures, mobility
B3: IMPLEMENTATION Weighting = 15% Threshold = N/A B 3.1: Capacities (expertise/human resources/facilities/infrastructure) to achieve the objectives B 3:2: Appropriateness of the plans for the overall management of the exchange programme
Implementation Evaluation Strengths: The management structure is very clear and well-suited for the exchange programme State of the art facilities and infrastructures are most appropriate to meet the requirements of the planned cooperation The partners have good capacities and the human resources to carry out the proposed activities The issues resulting from the European Charter for Researchers are clearly described
Implementation Evaluation Weaknesses: × The planned support to the incoming and outgoing personnel is not sufficiently detailed × A risk management procedure could have been provided due to the large number of milestones × The implementation plan is not fully justified, as no exchanges take place at the second half of the year
EXAMPLE: “The overall project will be coordinated by (EU partner) with local co-ordinators at each other site. They will be assisted by group leaders who are experienced in management of large-scale international projects. This arrangement ensures both the efficient use of the experience of senior scientists and the furthering of the project management expertise of coordinators”
B 3.1 Capacities to achieve objectives Describe the size and expertise within partner/host research groups and departments Facilities available that are relevant Other relevant support? Other aspects: e.g. Networks available through partners to disseminate to the wider international community Duplication from B1 is not an issue, as appropriate
EXAMPLE B 3.2: An effective project management system is crucial for the successful implementation of the project. The project management and administration will be provided by the following roles and bodies: Project Manager; Scientific Manager; Dissemination Manager; Work Package Leaders; Partner Representative
B 3.2: Appropriate of Management Plans European Charter for Researchers –How will your actions and institutions support this? Supportive research environment Working and training conditions Proposal is evaluated with this in mind
B4: IMPACT Weighting = 30% Threshold = 3 B 4.1: Relevance of the proposed partnership to the area of collaboration and for the ERA B 4.2: Potential to develop lasting collaboration with eligible third country partners, in particular in view of setting-up joint research projects
Impact Evaluation Strengths: The proposal identified several possible impacts and provided good analysis showing the contributions The partners are eager to develop lasting collaborations beyond the limit of the proposed programme and many credible opportunities are mentioned The addressed topic is relevant within the objectives of ERA The global scientific and technological benefits of the proposal are very relevant to the field
I mpact Evaluation Weaknesses: × The contribution to wider dissemination and exploitation of the research outcomes to extended communities, and in particular industrial communities is not full exploited in the proposal × It is not clear how the project will be linked with mainstream manufacturers and/or policy makers relevant to the field. Exploitation plans are not fully developed × The specific contributions of each partner to the area of collaboration are not sufficiently detailed
EXAMPLE: “The project will bring together researchers across the globe to create a best practice model for XY to be used on a global scale. The partner network will bring together expertise across the consortium and provide a direct benefit to researchers engaged with the project through hosting and exchanging activities. The training and peer support provided through the project will provide a growth in expertise in this limited areas on a global scale, and provide a means by which to further enhance this research area in the future”
EXAMPLE: Relevance to ERA The final outcome of the project will be recognised published comparison on XY as a profession and it’s policies on a global scale. The publication can be utilised by all and will support the Framework 7 ERA Action Area to enhance knowledge sharing to grow Europe as a knowledge based economy.
EXAMPLE: IMPACT ON RESEARCHERS “Experience abroad is, more and more, and important criterion in career development. Any excellent science career today has to be international. The project will allow researchers to regularly update and expand their skills and competencies building on networks. Activities will encourage European researchers to stay in Europe and avoid the “brain drain” and at the same time will forge tighter ties between OTC participants, especially a young generation of ESRs, and Europe”
KEY AREAS: Demonstrate wide aspects of impact –area of research –Individuals/partners –ERA –Lasting international cooperation Remember: MARIE CURIE and IRSES objectives Link to key documents: Policies for Research areas, e.g. Country strategies/S&T
Part A A1: Snapshot of your project (complete by the lead partner) A2: Partner Organisations (completed by each participant) A4: Funding request Integral part of your proposal Support unit help complete
PART A: A1 Acronym: 20 characters max. Proposal title: no longer than 200 characters Choose a Scientific panel Abstract: clear – objectives, how, relevance. Used in evaluation: limit 2000 characters Similar proposals? – proposal numbers Flag ethics issues
PART A: A2 Participant details Insert PIC: may already have one Legal, admin and financial Status of organisation Person in charge Authorised legal rep
Scientific Panels Chemistry (CHE) Social Science and Humanities (SOC) Economic Science (ECO) Engineering & Information Science (ENG) Environment & Geosciences (ENV) Life Sciences (LIF) Mathematics (MAT) Physics (PHY)
Example: Novel medical adsorbents for extracorporeal treatment of life threatening conditions This program gives the opportunity to cultivate a high scientific quality consortium consisting of 2 European and 1 third country academic institute, with the aim to sustain and create new collaborative partnerships between EU partners and Ukraine, and transfer knowledge and technologies in one of the most exciting fields of modern biomaterial science. Focusing on the development of extracorporeal methods for toxin removal, for the treatment of many life threatening conditions and chronic conditions, that result in a low quality of patient life. Partners: UK, France and Ukraine Duration: 48 months Funding: €
SUBMISSION AND EVALUATION IRSES
EPSS: Electronic Proposal Submission Service Coordinator registers/edits and uploads forms and submits the proposal Registration is required for one proposal for the call chosen. Register some time in advance of the deadline PIC: Personal Identification Code If your organisation has signed an FP7 contract with the Commission then you should have a PIC
Accessing EPS Access EPS: https://www.epss- fp7.org/epss/welcome.jsp Register via the call: al/page/people?callIdentifier=FP7-PEOPLE IRSES al/page/people?callIdentifier=FP7-PEOPLE IRSES
Final Checks Ensure you check all eligibility Correct font size and page limits Complete Gantt chart Ensure all forms are completed correctly Cross check ensure the proposal flows and all criteria are answered
Evaluation Assessed by three independent experts Overall threshold is 70% Evaluators do not make any assumptions or interpretations
OTHER TIPS Be clear and concise Be explicit and not ‘loose’ Be sure that a generalist can understand Do not assume the evaluator will remember form previous sections Highlight important information
Key Success factors Clarity and quality of the research objectives Must relate to FP7 and Marie Curie objectives Demonstrate good rationale and substantiate assertions Read carefully the 2011 People Work Programme and the IRSES Guide for Applicants European Added Value Balanced exchanged programme Timeliness and relevance of the project Contribution to ERA and European excellence
Timetable Deadline for submission of proposals 18 January 17:00 Brussels local time Evaluation of ProposalsFebruary 2012 Evaluation Summary reports sent to coordinators (initial information letters March 2012 Invitation letter to successful coordinators to launch contract negotiations with REA services April 2012 Letter to unsuccessful applicantsFrom April 2012 Signature of first contractsFrom July 2012
Useful links EPSS https://www.epss-fp7.org/epss/welcome.jsphttps://www.epss-fp7.org/epss/welcome.jsp IRSES call documents: ntifier=FP7-PEOPLE-2012-IRSES Successful projects: Euraxess: n.htmhttp://ec.europa.eu/research/era/understanding/what/what_is_era_e n.htm WMES: servicehttp://www.wmcouncils.gov.uk/west-midlands-european- service UKRO: National contact point (model grant agreements, reporting guidelines)
Thank you! Mandy Heard European Funding Adviser / GOOD LUCK