Presentation on theme: "Introduction to the 7th FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME and the ICT RESEARCH THEME"— Presentation transcript:
1Introduction to the 7th FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME and the ICT RESEARCH THEME Practical information on how to participate in best proposalsRaphael Koumeri - PLANET S.A16 October BelgradeSerbian Chamber of Commerce
2Research 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 INNOVATIONSome data to compare with US and JapanEU 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 wideningBusiness 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
3Evolution 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.3,755,396,613,114,9619,524681012141618205050,5
4The EU 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7, 2007 – 2013) Covers a period of 7 years, between 2007 and 2013Has 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, andEncouraging its international competitiveness through research that supports EU policies
5The 4 pillars of FP7 COOPERATION IDEAS PEOPLE CAPACITIES THEMES (Topics)12345678910IDEASEuropean Research CouncilERCPEOPLEMarie Curie MeasuresTrainingInitialLearningLife-longAcademiaIndustry-INCOActionsSpecificCAPACITIESstructuresInfra-SMEsKnowledgeRegions ofResearchPotentialScience inSocietyICPCDevelopment of Research Policies
73 Funding Schemes – 5 project types Collaborative Projects (CP)Large-scale integrating projects (IP)Ambitious objective-driven research via “Programme Approach”Addressing multiple issuesGenerally multi-component and multi-disciplinary10-20 participants, 3-5 years, 4-25 M€ fundingSmall or medium scale focused research actions (STREP)Well defined on single focused issue“Project” approachMainly mono-disciplinarySingle component5-10 participants, 2-3 years, 1-4 M€ fundingNetworks of Excellence (NoE)Coordination and Support Actions (CSA)Coordinating or networking actions (CA)Support actions (SA)
8Who 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 countriesEU member states and countries associated to FP7 (through S&T agreements, EEA agreement and MoU) enjoy the broadest rights and access to fundingThe 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 FP7The 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
9ICT in FP7 at a glanceICT sector represents itself the 6-8% of the EU’s GDPICTs are vital to:Boost innovation, creativity and competitiveness throughout the economyDeliver cutting-edge science in all scientific and technological areasTackle social challenges and meet the challenge of an ageing societyEU aims to master ICTs in order to meet the globalisation challenges thus sets ICTs as one of the key themes in FP7COOPERATION : 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.
10ICT in the FP7 COOPERATION programme SecuritySocio-economicHealthSpacesciences and theFood,humanitiesagriculture,biotechnologyTransportEnvironmentICT -EnergyInformationNanosciences,andnanotechnologies,Communicationmaterials, &Technologiesproduction9.1 B€ ( )technologies
11ICT Work programme approach and structure A two-year WP ( ) to ensure concentration of effort and visibility for the research CommunityPresents a limited set of Challenges addressingTechnologies (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 ofTarget outcome - in terms of characteristicsExpected impact - in terms of industrial competitiveness, societal goal, technology progressIdentifies Funding Schemes
12ICT Work Programme 2009-2010 Draft Challenges Socio-economic goals4. Digital libraries & content5. ICTfor health6. ICT for mobility & sustainable growth7. ICT for indepe-ndent living and inclusion1. Network andserviceinfrastructures2. Cognitive systems,interaction, roboticsFuture and EmergingTechnologies (FET)Industry/Tech needs3. Components, systems,engineering
13ICT Call 4 – Open: 18 November 2008 Draft Close: 7 April 2009 Challenge 1: Pervasive and trusted network & service infrastructures1.1 Network of the Future1.5 Networked Media and 3D InternetChallenge 2: Cognitive Systems, Interaction, Robotics2.1 Cognitive systems and Robotic Systems2.2 Language based interactionChallenge 3: Components, Systems, engineering3.2 Design of Semiconductor Components and Electronic-based Miniaturised Systems3.3 Flexible, Organic and Large Area Electronic3.4 Embedded Systems Design3.6 Computing systems3.8 Organic Photonics and other disruptive Photonics Technologies
14ICT Call 4 – Open: 18 November 2008 Draft Close: 7 April 2009 Challenge 5: Towards sustainable and personalised healthcare5.1 Personal Health Systems5.2 ICT for Patient safety5.4 International Cooperation on Virtual Physiological HumanChallenge 6: ICT for Mobility, environmental sustainability and energy efficiency6.1 ICT for safety and Energy Efficiency in Mobility6.3 ICT for Energy Efficiency6.4 ICT for Environmental Simulation &MonitoringChallenge 7: ICT for independent Living and Inclusion & Participatory governance7.1 ICT and Ageing7.2 Accessible and Assistive ICT7.3 ICT for Governance and Policy Modelling
15International Cooperation Aimsto support EU competitiveness through research partnerships with third countriesTo address issues of common interest and mutual benefit in support of other EU policiesIs implemented throughOpening 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 ACTIONScollaborative projects with ICPC countries in the areas of mutual interestHorizontal International Co-operation Actions
16ICT Call 4 – Open: 18 November 2008 Draft Close: 7 April 2009 HORIZONTAL SUPPORT ACTIONS FOR INTERNATIONAL COOPERATIONSuch actions will be supported in addition to the just mentioned challenges and FET9.1 Horizontal support actions for international cooperationSupport 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 priorities9.2 Supplement to support International Cooperation between ongoing projectsReinforced 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; 6.29.3 General Accompanying MeasuresPromotion 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
17SICAs in the ICT Work Programme 2009-2010 (Call 5) ICT : Engineering of Networked Monitoring and Control SystemsThe activities address engineering technologies for large scale, distributed and cooperating systems for monitoring and control. Wireless sensor networks are includedTarget outcomes are:Foundations of complex systems engineeringWireless sensor networks and cooperating objectsControl of large scale systemsCooperation with the Western Balkan countries (i.e. B&H), USA and India is encouraged
19Fundamental Concepts on PARTICIPATION Participation is via Trans-European collaborative projects and proposalsUsually 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 proposalsRequires 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 partnersEvaluation of proposal by external expertsProject implementation lasts typically around 2-5 years and is subject to contract.
20Why get involved? Prestige International nature of research Funding opportunities which don’t exist nationallySharing expertise / facilitiesNetworkingMeeting staff/student expectations:New IP and curriculum developmentStaff training and development – broaden skill and competence baseCareer development
21But 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 TextRead “through the lines” of the WP and Identify possible activities based onFull understanding of topic and policy objectives OR Identify niche where you can contributeUnderstand the partner search dynamicsKeep your profile ready >> so as to react with no delaysBe ready to customize it >> it must fit into profiles described by projectsShow your excellence >> your “extra mark” to be chosenShow you are reliable >> be informed and show you know the rules of the gameShow you are able to communicate in English and start learning the language of Brussels >> Partner Profile Screening Checklist provided as handout materialEstablish contactsFace-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 perFrom a distance - Searchable project databases (IDEAL-IST, CORDIS), NCP and IRC, etcFind 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 !
23Two Case scenario for Participation Project ideaCo-ordinatorResearch offerPartnerTechnological offer
24Proposal Idea Screening To make sure the project is goodAre 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“
25Consortium creation Partners are found through contacts established FP7 consortia MUST be characterised by a range of complementarity in terms ofExpertiseDisciplinesGeographyOrganisation types (e.g. academia, SMEs, etc)Human resourcesNumber of partners depends onSubject, tasks, project type - minimum three partners from three Member States or Associated CountriesAn experienced co-ordinator is an important plus
26Proposal development Work plan and Resources to be committed Overview of Work PlanShould include rationale for technical approachResearch and Technological AspectsPotential risks and fallbacks / contingency planPhasing and check points / milestonesGraphical presentation of the project components ― Gannt and Pert chartsWorkpackage and Deliverables list + Workpackage descriptionFP7 costing based on co-financing, no profit Usual method — particularly at beginning of FP7 — will be reimbursement of eligible costsEligible = 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 costsMay also use flat-rate and lump sum financingAll three methods may be combined
27FP7 Financial Contribution Absolute Maximum Funding Rates Split between types of activity as rates vary by typeResearch 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 costsOther activities – 100% of eligible costsFrontier 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
28Proposal Submission and Evaluation One stage e-submission via EPSS – Electronic Proposal Submission System
29Proposal Submission and Evaluation Evaluation Criteria SCIENTIFIC & TECHNICAL QUALITY3/5IMPLEME-NTATION3/5IMPACT3/5Soundness of concept and quality of objectivesAcknowledgement of, and development beyond, the ‘state-of-the-art’Methodology and Work PlanQuality of co-ordinationInnovative characterQuality and effectiveness of methodology and planQuality and effectiveness of the support action mechanisms and work planManagement structure and proceduresQuality, complementa-rity and balance of the consortiumMatching between consortium and proposal objectivesAppropriateness of allocation ofBudgetStaff resourcesEquipmentExpected impacts listed in Work Programme per topicMeasures forDisseminationExploitation of project resultsIPR managementSpreading excellenceDisseminating knowledge through stakeholder and public engagementOverall Threshold = 10 > (3) + (3) + (3)
30Beyond Submission Key Steps before starting the project Authorisation and CFP forms, delivery of Technical AnnexGrant Agreement and Consortium AgreementGrant Agreement concluded between the Commission and the Co-ordinatorConsortium Agreement concluded between partners prior to the signature of the Grant AgreementProject account and staff recruitment (if necessary)
31FP7 Participation Summary of Key Phase Characteristics Feasibility2. ConsortiumFormation3. ProposalDevelopment4. ContractNegotiation5. Roll-Out & ImplementationProposal idea & proposal summaryPartner searchEC templates & submission formsNegotiation & re-costingTechnical WorkEstablish contacts & agreementsAdmin. & Legal MgtConsortium AgreementRole in proposal & target budgetAllocation of proposal parts among partnersPayments & Financ. MgtFinal contract signature = effective start of projectExplore initial contactsIPR Mgt.Final proposal submissionAuditingAction Plan for proposal developmentReportingAgree on overall budget & partner shares
32Where can I get more information and help? 1/2 See the list of National Contact Points addresses atFP7 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 documentationOn Participation Rules in FP7Contact the dedicated Research Enquiry Service, which will assist those new to participation in EU FP, at
33Where 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, BelgiumFaxContact Form atPartner search facilitiesCordis database:IDEALIST:IS2WeB, SEE-INNOVATION and other SSA databases: ,…
34Thank You! For more info, please contact Raphael Koumeri –Désirée Pecarz -Natasa Radovic -