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1 Introduction to the 7th FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME and the ICT RESEARCH THEME
Practical information on how to participate in best proposals Raphael Koumeri - PLANET S.A 16 October Belgrade Serbian Chamber of Commerce

2 Research and Development Rationale
To be a competitive, knowledge-based economy, the EU must become better at producing Knowledge through RESEARCH, at diffusing it through EDUCATION and at applying it through INNOVATION Some data to compare with US and Japan EU R&D average spending has stagnated at around 1,84% of GDP since the mid 1990s, and has been steadily declining compared to Japan and US ( 3,18%GDP and 2,68%GDP resp.) Lower spending on R&D by the private sector is a key reason for the EU's low figures and the gap between R&D expenditure in US and EU companies is widening Business financing of R&D accounts for only 1.2% of GDP in the EU, compared to 1.9% in the US and 2.4% in Japan >> R&D investment at 3%of the GDP by 2010 seems to be an objective far out of reach

3 Evolution of EU Research Framework Programmes
EU Framework programmes have been implemented since 1984 and are the main financial tools through which the EU supports R&D activities covering almost all scientific disciplines. 3,75 5,39 6,6 13,1 14,96 19,5 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 50 50,5

4 The EU 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7, 2007 – 2013)
Covers a period of 7 years, between 2007 and 2013 Has a total budget of over 50 billion €, mainly spent on grants to research actors all over EU and beyond for co-financing R&D and demonstration projects. Has 2 major strategic objectives: Strengthening the S&T base of the European industry, and Encouraging its international competitiveness through research that supports EU policies

THEMES (Topics) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 IDEAS European Research Council ERC PEOPLE Marie Curie Measures Training Initial Learning Life-long Academia Industry- INCO Actions Specific CAPACITIES structures Infra- SMEs Knowledge Regions of Research Potential Science in Society ICPC Development of Research Policies

6 Total: M EUR (incl. Joint Research Centre Mio. €)

7 3 Funding Schemes – 5 project types
Collaborative Projects (CP) Large-scale integrating projects (IP) Ambitious objective-driven research via “Programme Approach” Addressing multiple issues Generally multi-component and multi-disciplinary 10-20 participants, 3-5 years, 4-25 M€ funding Small or medium scale focused research actions (STREP) Well defined on single focused issue “Project” approach Mainly mono-disciplinary Single component 5-10 participants, 2-3 years, 1-4 M€ funding Networks of Excellence (NoE) Coordination and Support Actions (CSA) Coordinating or networking actions (CA) Support actions (SA)

8 Who can apply? as a basic rule: COOPERATION between Countries and Organisations (Applications should come from multinational consortia and NOT from individual organisations) a wide range of organisations and individuals (Universities, Research centres, SMEs, PAs, even individuals …) as a general principle from any country in the world but procedures and funding vary for different groups of countries EU member states and countries associated to FP7 (through S&T agreements, EEA agreement and MoU) enjoy the broadest rights and access to funding The International Cooperation Partner Countries (e.g. Russia, Developing countries, Mediterranean and WB) participate under same conditions as EU MS but consortia must have a higher minimum number of participants. >> SERBIA is an Associated Country to FP7 The associating MoU was signed on 13 June 2007, hence legal entities established in Serbia are able to receive Community contributions for contracts/grant agreements signed after 1 January 2007

9 ICT in FP7 at a glance ICT sector represents itself the 6-8% of the EU’s GDP ICTs are vital to: Boost innovation, creativity and competitiveness throughout the economy Deliver cutting-edge science in all scientific and technological areas Tackle social challenges and meet the challenge of an ageing society EU aims to master ICTs in order to meet the globalisation challenges thus sets ICTs as one of the key themes in FP7 COOPERATION : the ICT theme is the largest with 9,1 B€ CAPACITIES : the e-Infrastructures strand has a budget of 600m € IDEAS and PEOPLE : Cover all scientific and technological research, and therefore also fund ICT-related research.

10 ICT in the FP7 COOPERATION programme
Security Socio-economic Health Space sciences and the Food, humanities agriculture, biotechnology Transport Environment ICT - Energy Information Nanosciences, and nanotechnologies, Communication materials, & Technologies production 9.1 B€ ( ) technologies

11 ICT Work programme approach and structure
A two-year WP ( ) to ensure concentration of effort and visibility for the research Community Presents a limited set of Challenges addressing Technologies (to respond to industry and technology needs and reinforce EU industrial strengths) Applications (to seize new opportunities and respond to EU’s socio-economic challenges) A Challenge is addressed through a limited set of Objectives that form the basis of Calls for Proposals (Limited number of calls,3 over 2 years) An Objective is described in terms of Target outcome - in terms of characteristics Expected impact - in terms of industrial competitiveness, societal goal, technology progress Identifies Funding Schemes

12 ICT Work Programme 2009-2010 Draft Challenges
Socio-economic goals 4. Digital libraries & content 5. ICT for health 6. ICT for mobility & sustainable growth 7. ICT for indepe-ndent living and inclusion 1. Network and service infrastructures 2. Cognitive systems, interaction, robotics Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) Industry/Tech needs 3. Components, systems, engineering

13 ICT Call 4 – Open: 18 November 2008 Draft Close: 7 April 2009
Challenge 1: Pervasive and trusted network & service infrastructures 1.1 Network of the Future 1.5 Networked Media and 3D Internet Challenge 2: Cognitive Systems, Interaction, Robotics 2.1 Cognitive systems and Robotic Systems 2.2 Language based interaction Challenge 3: Components, Systems, engineering 3.2 Design of Semiconductor Components and Electronic-based Miniaturised Systems 3.3 Flexible, Organic and Large Area Electronic 3.4 Embedded Systems Design 3.6 Computing systems 3.8 Organic Photonics and other disruptive Photonics Technologies

14 ICT Call 4 – Open: 18 November 2008 Draft Close: 7 April 2009
Challenge 5: Towards sustainable and personalised healthcare 5.1 Personal Health Systems 5.2 ICT for Patient safety 5.4 International Cooperation on Virtual Physiological Human Challenge 6: ICT for Mobility, environmental sustainability and energy efficiency 6.1 ICT for safety and Energy Efficiency in Mobility 6.3 ICT for Energy Efficiency 6.4 ICT for Environmental Simulation &Monitoring Challenge 7: ICT for independent Living and Inclusion & Participatory governance 7.1 ICT and Ageing 7.2 Accessible and Assistive ICT 7.3 ICT for Governance and Policy Modelling

15 International Cooperation
Aims to support EU competitiveness through research partnerships with third countries To address issues of common interest and mutual benefit in support of other EU policies Is implemented through Opening up of all ICT WP objectives to the participation of organisations from International Cooperation Partner Countries-ICPC (note: this include Bosnia and Herzegovina) Funding scheme CP(STREP and IP), NoE, CSA (CA, SA) SICA: SPECIFIC INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION ACTIONS collaborative projects with ICPC countries in the areas of mutual interest Horizontal International Co-operation Actions

16 ICT Call 4 – Open: 18 November 2008 Draft Close: 7 April 2009
HORIZONTAL SUPPORT ACTIONS FOR INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION Such actions will be supported in addition to the just mentioned challenges and FET 9.1 Horizontal support actions for international cooperation Support to Information society policy dialogues and strengthening of international cooperation; to the uptake of EU ICT research results in developing countries; to the competitiveness of EU industry by identifying strategic partners and by developing international policy objectives and market development priorities 9.2 Supplement to support International Cooperation between ongoing projects Reinforced cooperation between FP projects addressing Trustworthy ICT, Nanoelectronics, Micro/nanosystems, Embedded systems, and ICT for mobility with partner projects funded by agencies in industrialised countries with an S&T agreement; WP projects supported are in Obj. 1.4; 1.7; 3.1; 3.6; 3.7; 6.1; 6.2 9.3 General Accompanying Measures Promotion for building up and attracting more ICT research expertise in Europe; Networking to raise awareness of pre-commercial procurement in Europe; Coordination for a common approach in the setting up of shared research facilities or excellence centres; Actions for the coordination of research in the economics of ICT; A platform to facilitate access to finance for innovative SMEs participating in the ongoing ICT projects in the FP

17 SICAs in the ICT Work Programme 2009-2010 (Call 5)
ICT : Engineering of Networked Monitoring and Control Systems The activities address engineering technologies for large scale, distributed and cooperating systems for monitoring and control. Wireless sensor networks are included Target outcomes are: Foundations of complex systems engineering Wireless sensor networks and cooperating objects Control of large scale systems Cooperation with the Western Balkan countries (i.e. B&H), USA and India is encouraged

18 How to participate ?

19 Fundamental Concepts on PARTICIPATION
Participation is via Trans-European collaborative projects and proposals Usually at least 3 independent legal entities from 3 different MS/AC, but for collaborative projects with partners from ICPC: minimum 4 participants (2 in MS/AC and 2 in ICPCs) In response to specific calls for proposals Requires understanding of FP7, specific (ICT) work-programme and call specifics, procedures, regulations, etc. Proposal preparation takes anything between a few months and a few weeks ahead of submission: proposals may be written by any (or all) of the partners, however in practice are most usually developed by a small number of core partners Evaluation of proposal by external experts Project implementation lasts typically around 2-5 years and is subject to contract.

20 Why get involved? Prestige International nature of research
Funding opportunities which don’t exist nationally Sharing expertise / facilities Networking Meeting staff/student expectations: New IP and curriculum development Staff training and development – broaden skill and competence base Career development

21 But first ask yourself…
Do you clearly understand the pro’s and con’s of involvement in FP7? Are you willing to co-operate internationally? Do your capabilities match the Call requirements? Do you have resources to invest in time and money? Do you have a supportive team and organisation? Are there any favourable external research conditions to exploit?

22 … and get ready! Read the Commission Work Programme (ICT WP)
Identify topic + preferred funding scheme - Check deadline in WP and Call Text Read “through the lines” of the WP and Identify possible activities based on Full understanding of topic and policy objectives OR Identify niche where you can contribute Understand the partner search dynamics Keep your profile ready >> so as to react with no delays Be ready to customize it >> it must fit into profiles described by projects Show your excellence >> your “extra mark” to be chosen Show you are reliable >> be informed and show you know the rules of the game Show you are able to communicate in English and start learning the language of Brussels >> Partner Profile Screening Checklist provided as handout material Establish contacts Face-to-Face: info-days, thematic conferences, thematic workshops, etc. Approach the speakers - Giving your business card is not enough! Present your institution and yourself – have flyers, brochures with you! Show you have ideas and visions, ask whether you can send additional information per From a distance - Searchable project databases (IDEAL-IST, CORDIS), NCP and IRC, etc Find out about the projects and their consortia, google the researchers. Do not be afraid to contact them: Mail and call - Strategic profile, vision, ideas, BE PROACTIVE !

23 Two Case scenario for Participation
Project idea Co-ordinator Research offer Partner Technological offer

24 Proposal Idea Screening
To make sure the project is good Are the objectives clearly expressed? Is there a market vision beyond research activities? Are you sure about ist fitting the EC work-programme? Is it linked with running FP6/7 projects? Is the co-ordinator experienced? Has the idea been pre-screened with the EC? >> more details on the proposal aspects are provided in the „Checklist proposal idea screening“

25 Consortium creation Partners are found through contacts established
FP7 consortia MUST be characterised by a range of complementarity in terms of Expertise Disciplines Geography Organisation types (e.g. academia, SMEs, etc) Human resources Number of partners depends on Subject, tasks, project type - minimum three partners from three Member States or Associated Countries An experienced co-ordinator is an important plus

26 Proposal development Work plan and Resources to be committed
Overview of Work Plan Should include rationale for technical approach Research and Technological Aspects Potential risks and fallbacks / contingency plan Phasing and check points / milestones Graphical presentation of the project components ― Gannt and Pert charts Workpackage and Deliverables list + Workpackage description FP7 costing based on co-financing, no profit Usual method — particularly at beginning of FP7 — will be reimbursement of eligible costs Eligible = actual; incurred during the project; determined according to usual accounting and management principles/practices; used solely to achieve project objectives; consistent with principles of economy, efficiency and effectiveness; recorded in accounts (or the accounts of third parties); exclusive of non-eligible costs May also use flat-rate and lump sum financing All three methods may be combined

27 FP7 Financial Contribution Absolute Maximum Funding Rates
Split between types of activity as rates vary by type Research and technological activities – 50% of eligible costs except for: Public bodies – 75% Secondary and higher education establishments – 75% Research organisations (non-profit) – 75% SMEs – 75% Demonstration activities – 50% of eligible costs Other activities – 100% of eligible costs Frontier research actions – 100% Co-ordination and support actions – 100% Training and career development of researchers actions – 100% ! Receipts are taken into account to determine the final Community contribution

28 Proposal Submission and Evaluation
One stage e-submission via EPSS – Electronic Proposal Submission System

29 Proposal Submission and Evaluation Evaluation Criteria
SCIENTIFIC & TECHNICAL QUALITY 3/5 IMPLEME-NTATION 3/5 IMPACT 3/5 Soundness of concept and quality of objectives Acknowledgement of, and development beyond, the ‘state-of-the-art’ Methodology and Work Plan Quality of co-ordination Innovative character Quality and effectiveness of methodology and plan Quality and effectiveness of the support action mechanisms and work plan Management structure and procedures Quality, complementa-rity and balance of the consortium Matching between consortium and proposal objectives Appropriateness of allocation of Budget Staff resources Equipment Expected impacts listed in Work Programme per topic Measures for Dissemination Exploitation of project results IPR management Spreading excellence Disseminating knowledge through stakeholder and public engagement Overall Threshold = 10 > (3) + (3) + (3)

30 Beyond Submission Key Steps before starting the project
Authorisation and CFP forms, delivery of Technical Annex Grant Agreement and Consortium Agreement Grant Agreement concluded between the Commission and the Co-ordinator Consortium Agreement concluded between partners prior to the signature of the Grant Agreement Project account and staff recruitment (if necessary)

31 FP7 Participation Summary of Key Phase Characteristics
Feasibility 2. Consortium Formation 3. Proposal Development 4. Contract Negotiation 5. Roll-Out & Implementation Proposal idea & proposal summary Partner search EC templates & submission forms Negotiation & re-costing Technical Work Establish contacts & agreements Admin. & Legal Mgt Consortium Agreement Role in proposal & target budget Allocation of proposal parts among partners Payments & Financ. Mgt Final contract signature = effective start of project Explore initial contacts IPR Mgt. Final proposal submission Auditing Action Plan for proposal development Reporting Agree on overall budget & partner shares

32 Where can I get more information and help? 1/2
See the list of National Contact Points addresses at FP7 NCP in Serbia are Ms Svetlana Bogdanovic (Ministry of Science) and Ms Gordana Petrovic (Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Society) FP7 – ICT web site on CORDIS at This sites contain a great deal of information about FP7 and ICT, including the latest information updates, the calendar of Calls for proposals, the text of the Calls, frequently-asked questions (FAQs), and more. For particular Calls, first check the detailed Guide for Applicants, which is included in the Call documentation On Participation Rules in FP7 Contact the dedicated Research Enquiry Service, which will assist those new to participation in EU FP, at

33 Where can I get more information and help? 2/2
On proposal development and e-training courses (M. Morron FP7 book) ICT information desk: Address European Commission The ICT Information Desk Information Society and Media Directorate-General Office BU31 01/19 B-1049 Brussels, Belgium Fax Contact Form at Partner search facilities Cordis database: IDEALIST: IS2WeB, SEE-INNOVATION and other SSA databases: ,…

34 Thank You! For more info, please contact
Raphael Koumeri – Désirée Pecarz - Natasa Radovic -

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