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3 CEO, EU-FP NCP-Taiwan Office
EU-FP7 INTRODUCTION Prof. Y.C. Heng, CEng FIET CEO, EU-FP NCP-Taiwan Office 7 November, 2008

4 Agenda About NCP-Taiwan
Introduction of FP7 & NCP  Rules for participation FP7  Energy Info. Day in Brussels Conclusion

5 NCP-Taiwan Office is working for the benefit of all Taiwanese organizations, which have an interest in EU Framework programmes (FP).

6 NCP-Taiwan’s objectives
To carry out National Science Council’s mission of reaching out to the global R/D communities, in this case, the European Union’s Framework Program (EU-FP). To build then strengthen the relationship with the EU-FP7. To inform and assist academic and industrial communities in Taiwan about EU-FP7 programs and furthermore to take part in many of the EU-FP7 projects in Europe. To help to build further NCPs in Taiwan when needed and train qualified staffs for them when required. Above all, the EU-FP7 NCP-Taiwan office is a service oriented organization.

7 FP7 Introduction Framework Program started from 1984, and FP7 is the 7th program. It lasts for seven years from 2007 until 2013. The program has a total budget of over € 50 billion. The program aims to strengthen the innovation ability of EU, and provides funding and collaborative services for the researchers in Member States. FP7’s short-term objective is to establish the “European Research Area (ERA)”, and become the "most dynamic competitive knowledge-based economy in the world as its long-term objective.

8 From FP5 to FP7 COOPERATION Integrating IDEAS Structuring ~+ 9,8%
7 years M€ COOPERATION Recherche collaborative Project: consortium Network of excellence Joint technologies initiatives ERA-NET Plus 4 years M€ 4 years M€ Integrating Network of excellence Integrated project ERA-NET Mobility & infrastructures IDEAS European Research Council Project Consortium Structuring Infrastructures, Mobilité Innovation, INCO ~+ 9,8% per year ~+ 40 % per year PEOPLE Marie Curie Actions Accompanying Measures Innovation, INCO Strengthening ERA CAPACITIES Infrastructures, SMEs International Cooperation OTHERS Euratom, JRC (EC)

9 FP7 budget : 53,372M€ for 7 years

10 What is a NCP ? (National Contact Point)
The main tasks of NCP is to inform and assist potential participants and contractors in ongoing EU-FP projects. NCPs have been set up in all Member States and Associated Countries worldwide. 1262 NCPs in EU Member States and associated states, and 233 NCPs in third countries. The existing NCP systems in Member States and Associated Countries show a wide variety of organizational structures.

11 The organization of NCPs in U.K., France and Germany
Lower Flexibility Higher Flexibility Centralized Decentralized NCP in U.K. is a decentralised network, ministries join the programs separately based on their own assessments. Higher flexibility but a bit difficult to integrate resources. NCPs in Germany are generally ruled by the government to involve in FP projects. Well structured, but lesser flexibility. France seems to take the middle approach. The number of NCPs: in UK:37; France: 67; Germany: 79.

12 NCP-Taiwan NCP Taiwan Website
Participation Information Coordinators EU NCP networks NSC-International Cooperation Coordinate and integrate research project in Taiwan NCP provides info. of EU research at National level. NCP-Taiwan EU’s specific research themes NCP Taiwan Website scientific and technological experts from industrial, official, academic, and research communities

13 NCP-Taiwan Project Execution Plan(1/2)
Establish offices in Northern, Middle and Southern Taiwan. Northern Taiwan office serves as the HQ office. Hold NCP council meeting: invite NSC, MoEA, MoE and PIs of National Research Programs. Set up the portal for NCP-Taiwan. Inform, raise awareness, advise, assist and train: Domestic conferences for introduce EU-FP programme. Planning and implementing activities on training information experts of EU-FP program. Conferences on FP7 Competition and Cooperation Strategy research

14 NCP-Taiwan Project Execution Plan(2/2)
Find EU partners Visiting EU’s research institutes for collaboration opportunities. Holding conferences on Taiwan-EU scientific and technological collaboration Attending EU’s INFO-DAY Holding meetings for National Research Programs and focused universities on FP’s information. Help to realize actual FP7 project participation.

15 Promoting Taiwan’s National Research Programs to join FP7
Budget of National Research Programs is NTD 15 billion per year, with a total budget of around NTD 105 billion during 7 years period, which is about 4% of the total budget of FP7. National Research Programs FP7 Programme Telecommunications ICT、Transport、Security Agricultural Biotechnology Food、Agriculture、Biotechnology Biotechnology and Pharmaceuticals Genomic Medicine Health Taiwan e-learning and Digital Archives Program ICT System-on-Chip Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Nanotechnologies Energy 15

16 Categories of Countries;
Member States: (27) Associated countries: Switzerland, Israel, Norway, Lichtenstein, Iceland, Turkey, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia. International Cooperation Partner Countries (ICPC): a). countries neighboring the EU (Mediterranean Partner countries, Western Balkans, Eastern European and Central Asian Countries); b). Emerging economies (China, India, Brazil, Russia, South Africa). Industrialized countries: USA, Canada, Japan, Australia.. And other high-income countries and territories. * Information was provided by Philippe Vialatte, DG Research on 23 September 2008

17 Team Introduction PI:Jeng-Ywan Jeng Dean of R&D Office at NTUST
Professor of Mech. Engineering Department at NTUST Dr. of Mechanical Engineering at Liverpool University CEO: Yong-Chie HENG Visiting Professor of electronic engineering department at NTUST Former Vice President of Motorola Inc. U.S.A. Dr. of Wireless Communications at University of Wales, U.K. CO-PI: Wei-Chung Wang Professor & Dean of International Affairs at NTHU Dr. of Engineering Science and Mechanics at Iowa State University CO-PI:Hua-Mei Liu Associate professor of Management Institute at NTUST Dr. of Law at Munich University CO-PI: Yon-hua Tzeng Dean of R&D Office at NCKU Professor of Microelectronics Department at NCKU Dr. of Mechanical Engineering at TEXAS TECH University

18 Applications Main Listed
Taiwan’s FP7 participation so far Applications Received Evaluated Applications Main Listed Cooperation 13 12 2 (ICT:1, Health:1) Capacities 5 (Infrastructure) Success rate Total Cost Participation EC Contribution Cooperation 17% 500,000 200,000 Capacities 40% 230,000 170,000 * Figures were provided by Philippe Vialatte, DG Research on 23 September 2008

19 The following presentation Rules for participation, was given by European Commission Research DG Mirela ATANASIU at EU-FP7 Energy Info Days. (material is designated« not legally binding »)

20 Rules for Participation – Proposals: from submission to selection
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Definitions Who can participate Funding limits, Eligible costs Guarantee Fund (*) Regulation (EC) No.1906/2006 of 18 December 2006 (OJ L 391, 30/12/2006)

23 DEFINITIONS (1) Public body means any legal entity established as such by national law, and international organisations Research organisation means a legal entity established as a non-profit organisation which carries out research or technological development as one of its main objectives Higher and secondary education establishments Term used by Financial Regulation / Implementing Rules, includes universities, schools for applied sciences and similar

24 DEFINITIONS (2) SMEs mean micro, small and medium-sized enterprises within the meaning of Commission Recommendation 2003/361/EC in the version of 6 May 2003 (*) International cooperation partner countries (ICPC) – see Annex 1 to the work-programme (*) enterprises which employ fewer than 250 persons and which have an annual turnover not exceeding EUR 50 million, and/or an annual balance sheet total not exceeding EUR 43 million

25 DEFINITIONS (3) New terminology in comparison to FP6
“Contract”  “Grant Agreement” “Contractor”  “Beneficiary” “Instruments”  “Funding Schemes” “Audit certificate”  “Certification on Financial Statement” “Proposers”  “Applicants”

Any undertaking, university or research centre or other legal entity, whether established in a: Member State (MS) Associated country (AC)* Candidate country International organisations and participants from third countries can participate only if in addition to the minima * Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Croatia, Serbia, Turkey, FYROM, Switzerland, Israel. From 1/1/08 also Albania and Montenegro

27 PARTICIPATION Minimum Conditions
General: 3 independent participants from 3 different Member States (MS) or Associated countries (AC) Natural persons may participate JRC may participate and is deemed to be from a different MS or AC (same principles for international European interest organisations and entities established under Community law) Additional conditions can be established by the work programme (WP) or specific programme (SP) (e.g. number or type of participant, place of establishment)

28 PARTICIPATION Minimum Conditions
Specific: Coordination and support actions– minimum of 1 legal entity (except actions to coordinate – minimum 3 legal entities) Collaborative projects addressing the participation of international cooperation partner countries (ICPC) – minimum is 4 participants of which 2 in MS or AC and 2 in ICPC countries unless otherwise foreseen in work programme Participation of international organisations and participants from third countries possible, if in addition to minima

29 GENERAL PRINCIPLES Implementation and grant agreements
Principles of co-financing and no profit Forms of grants (Community Financial contribution): Reimbursement (in whole or in part) of eligible costs is the preferred method Flat rate financing, including scale of unit costs Lump sum financing, in particular as option for participants from ICPC combination possible (ERA-NET scheme)

30 ELIGIBILITY for Funding
Legal entities from MS and AC or created under Community law (and JRC) International European interest organisations Legal entities established in international cooperation partner countries (ICPC) and International organisations, third countries other than ICPC, if provided for in SP or WP; or essential for carrying out action; or provision for funding is provided for in a bilateral agreement between Community and the third country

Reimbursement of costs: according to the type of organisation, of action and/or activity Research and technological development activities: up to 50% of eligible costs except for Public bodies: up to 75% Secondary and higher education establishments: up to 75% Research organisations (non-profit): up to 75% SMEs: up to 75% Security related research: up to 75%.

Demonstration activities: up to 50% Coordination and support actions: up to 100% Other activities: up to 100% including e.g. Management

33 ELIGIBLE COSTS (1) actual (*) incurred during the duration of project
in accordance with the usual accounting principles of beneficiary recorded in the accounts of beneficiary used for the sole purpose of achieving the objectives of the project Non-eligible: identifiable indirect taxes including VAT, duties, interest owed, provisions for future losses or charges, exchange losses, costs declared, incurred or reimbursed in another Community project etc…

34 ELIGIBLE COSTS (2) (*) Average personnel costs accepted if :
are consistent with the management principles and accounting practices do not significantly differ from actual personnel costs, if identified according to a methodology approved by the Commission (NEW) – see the model Grant Agreement

eligible costs shall be composed of Direct costs = attributable directly to the action Indirect costs = not attributable directly to the action, but which have been incurred in direct relationship with the direct costs the reimbursement of participants’ costs shall be based on their eligible direct and indirect costs

36 INDIRECT COSTS Principles and flat rates are set out in the model Grant Agreement General: either actual overhead or simplified method flat rate of 20% of direct costs, excluding subcontracting and 3rd parties costs not used on the premises of the beneficiary. Specific: Non-profit Public Bodies, Secondary and Higher Education establishments, Research Organisations and SMEs unable to identify real indirect costs, may opt for a flat rate of 60% of direct costs for funding schemes with RTD (until end of 2009). CSA funding scheme: limit of 7% of direct costs

37 Participant GUARANTEE FUND
replaces the financial collective responsibility managed by the Community represented by the Commission on behalf of the participants – under conditions established by the model Grant Agreement 5 % of the total EC contribution, offset by the EC from the initial pre-financing (returned at the end of the project) However, there is still “collective technical responsibility” of the consortium to carry out the project jointly and severally towards the Community


39 ROAD MAP Publication of the Calls  3rd of September 2008
Submission of Proposals  specific deadline for each call (Nov’08-Jan’09) Eligibility and Evaluation criteria Evaluation process Evaluation results Next steps Redress procedure

Electronic Proposal Submission System (EPSS) - USERS GUIDE

Includes Call Fiches for the 2009 Calls Identifies topic(s) specific for each Call Specifies Funding Scheme for each Topic Indicates the selection and evaluation criteria

Specific for the Call & Funding Scheme Include description of Funding Schemes State how to submit proposal incl. instructions for Parts A & B (template & page limits) Provide Eligibility criteria as well as Evaluation Criteria Indicate detailed evaluation procedure & timetable

Collaborative Projects (CP) Coordination and Support Actions (CSA) Coordination type (typically in the range of 1-2 M€) Support type (up to 1 M€)

Electronic submission of proposals in EPSS  CORDIS Fill in Part A proposal details using on-line web form Upload PDF of Part B proposal description Remember to Save and Submit regularly Latest Submission overwrites previous one Don’t wait until last minute!

45 PARTS of PROPOSAL PART A: Administrative information about the proposal and the participants (On-line web forms) PART B: Scientific & Technical content of proposal Template or list of headings To be uploaded into the EPSS In PDF and within size limit of 10Mbytes To be only submitted electronically by the coordinator using the Commission's EPSS Different templates for one/two stages submission !!!

Does your planned work address the topic(s) open in the call? Is your proposal eligible? Is your proposal complete? Are you applying for the right funding scheme? Does your proposal follow the required structure? Do you have the agreement of all the members of the consortium to submit it on their behalf?

47 ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA Minimum conditions that a proposal must fulfil to be retained for evaluation: Specific for call and funding scheme Submission of proposal before the deadline Minimum number of eligible, independent participants Completeness of proposal (parts A & B) Scope Others: budget limit, maximum number of pages (part B), etc. – specified in the work-programme

48 EVALUATION Peer-review carried out by independent experts selected by the Commission Experts selection is based on high level expertise and appropriate competences. Furthermore, academic/industrial balance, as well as geography, gender, « rotation » balances. Experts sign confidentiality and no-conflict of interest declarations Following the Commission “Rules for submission of proposals, and the related evaluation, selection and award procedures”

49 EVALUATION CRITERIA Criteria adapted to each funding scheme
indicated in the work programme and in the Guide for applicants reduced criteria for first stage in a two stages call !!! Divided into three main criteria: S&T Quality (including relevance to the topic of the call) Concept, objective, work-plan Implementation (operational capacity of participants) Individual participants and consortium as a whole Allocation of resources Impact Contribution to expected impacts listed in work programme Plans for dissemination/exploitation

50 EVALUATION PROCEDURE Evaluation shall follow a single stage or a two-stage submission procedure as indicated in the Work Programme Proposal for a two-stage submission: 1st stage: Minimum Participants, all budget under coordinator Part B: Brief outline of the work planned (around 10 pages) 2nd stage: Full proposal (only succesful applicants in the first stage evaluation)

51 NEXT STEPS After evaluation
Results of evaluation are communicated to the coordinator in the initial information letter which includes the Evaluation Summary Report (ESR) Commission informs relevant Programme Committee(s) Commission draws up final list of proposals for possible funding (respecting funding availability) Opening negotiation letters are sent

52 REDRESS PROCEDURE Triggered by the initial information letter and the Evaluation Summary Report Ensures consistent and coherent approach to complaints Complains must relate to shortcomings in the conduct of the eligibility check and/or evaluation process Looks at the procedure and factual questions Not an internal evaluation of the proposal Not calling into question the scientific assessment of the experts


Chose your partners carefully to cover the needed expertise Check your proposal against the check list provided in the Guide for Applicants Do not wait until the last moment to submit the proposal Read the reference documents before preparing the proposal

Reference documents: FP7 Rules for Participation Work Programme(s) Guide(s) for Applicants Guide for Submission and Evaluation of Proposals Guide to Financial issues related to FP7 Find a document :

Do not hesitate to ask for help or further information at: Single entry point for all FP7 and EU research questions

57 Energy Theme:10 activities listed below are implemented jointly by DG RTD and TREN.
Hydrogen and fuel cells Renewable electricity generation Renewable fuel production CO2 capture and storage technologies for zero emission power generation Smart energy networks Clean coal technologies Renewables for heating and cooling Energy savings and energy efficiency Knowledge for energy policy making Horizontal Programme Actions

58 FP7-2009-ENERGY-1 (focus on medium/long term RD&D)
Indicative budget:83 M€ Funding Scheme: Coordinating action and Collaborative Project Evaluation procedure: two-step First deadline: 25 November 2008 Evaluation step 1: December 2008/January 2009 Second deadline (indicative): 1 April 2009 Evaluation step 2: April /May 2009. FP ENERGY-2 (focus on short/medium term RD&D) Indicative budget:100 M€ Evaluation procedure: single step Deadline: 29 April 2009 Evaluation: June 2009. 58 58

59 Funding Scheme: Coordinating action and/or supporting action
FP ENERGY-3 (focus on horizontal activities and support to stakeholders ) Indicative budget:5.5 M€ Funding Scheme: Coordinating action and/or supporting action Evaluation procedure: single step Deadline: 25 November 2008 Evaluation: December 2008/January 2009 FP BIOREFINERY (Joint call) Indicative budget: 57 M€ Funding Scheme: Coordinating action and Collaborative Project Evaluation procedure: single step (CA) and two-step (CP) First deadline: 2 December 2008 Evaluation step 1: December 2008/January 2009 Second deadline (indicative): 5 Mai 2009 Evaluation step 2: May/June 2009. 59 59

60 2009-1 call focus on those marked with black

61 Activity/ Area Topic Budget 2/1 "RESe” PV Efficiency and material issues for thin film 26 M€ 2/5 "RESe” CSP Key components 2/4 Geothermal Understanding and mitigation of induced seismicity associated to geothermal development 22 M€ 2/9 Cros Cutting Issues Deep Offshore multi-purpose platforms for wind/ocean energy conversion Coordination activities on offshore platforms 3/2 "RESf"/2nd Generation Algae and other suitable non-food aquatic biomass feedstock Biowaste as feedstock

62 Activity/ Area Topic Budget 5/1 CO2 Capture And Storage (CCS) for Zero Emission Power Generation / Storage Innovative capture techniques 23M€ 5/2 Safe and reliable geological storage of CO2 Towards an infrastructure for CO2 transport and storage 7/3 Smart Energy Networks HTS Devices for electricity networks High density/rapid release energy storage 12M€ Strategic impact of the roll-out of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicle on the grid

63 FP7-2009-ENERGY-2 (focus on short/medium term RD&D)
This call emphasizes DEMONSTRATION. What is DEMONSTRATION? Basic research and pilot phases are finished Industrial led projects with significant potential and impact on targets before 2020 Research only if industrial partners determine the need for research during demonstration (typically less than 20%) Demonstration projects should be led by appropriate industry Address financial and technical risk Projects must deliver large impact for 2020 objectives (convincing impact plan will be part of evaluation) Projects must lead to high replication/deployment potential (convincing replication plan will be part of evaluation)

64 8 topics to be opened: 1. Photovoltaics (thin film)
Scope: to achieve higher manufacturing throughputs and yields reduce materials and energy use reduce their overall cost 2. Wind-Grid integration Scope: enable the uptake of larger amounts of renewable electricity, especially from large wind parks; demonstrate new grid management tools to match the variable supply with a varying demand on an EU-wide scale. 3. Bio-refineries (led by DG RTD) Scope: Demonstration of bio-refinery complexes applied in the food sector or the forest products industries. The final output could be solid, liquid or gaseous biofuels, energy services, biochemicals and other commercial bioproducts.

65 8 topics to be opened: 4. Solar thermal (for industrial process heat)
Scope: Development of new collectors for temperatures in the range of 80 to 250°C and integration into large existing industrial heat process systems (several MWth). 5. Solar thermal/biomass/geothermal (Hybrid systems) Scope: demonstrate innovative hybrid systems for heating/ cooling. The primary source should be solar thermalappropriate biomass, geothermal, heat pumps (ground source) and storage shall be integrated 6. Energy Efficiency in energy intensive industry Scope: innovative solutions for: - significant improvement of energy intensity of the processes - reduction of energy embedded in products. Site optimisation integrating several industries or processes will receive priority

66 8 topics to be opened: 7. Clean Coal (with a view to CCS)
Scope: Development and demonstration of innovative solutions in components and/or overall processes in pulverized coal power plants (with a view to CCS). Relevant participation of key industrial partners and technology suppliers is required. 8. SET-Plan Think Tank Scope: The targets for 2020 call for paradigm shift on energy systems for RES and EE. Multidisciplinary grouping of experts in the fields of energy, economics, engineering academics, trade, legal, industry to provide 4 input for policy alternatives and options. The work programme will analyze policy alternatives, against sustainability, security of supply and competitiveness. The topics should be developed in the context of the SET Plan

67 FP ENERGY-3 (a call for coordination and support actions; focus on horizontal activities and support to stakeholders ) – Indicative budget:5.5 M€ – Funding Scheme: Coordinating action and/or supporting action – Evaluation procedure: single step – Deadline: 25 November 2008 – Evaluation: December 2008/January 2009

68 FP7-2009-ENERGY-3 3 Topics to be opened:
1. Technology Platform secretariats Support to the coordination of stakeholders' activities in the field of Photovoltaics, Biofuels, Zero Emission Energy Production, Smart Grids. Administrative activities include the organisation and management of workshops, conferences and meetings among stakeholders. Communication activities include managing the flow and exchange of information within the TP, with other relevant TPs, and externally, development and maintenance of IT tools, and preparation of information leaflets, brochures, reports and other documents

69 3 Topics to be opened: 2. European energy infrastructure networks and systems transition planning Activities could include: mapping, coordination and networking of on-going activities in Europe relating to the topic, development of transition planning techniques and tools to model the evolution of the European energy system, and development of a roadmap for planning and developing future infrastructures and policies 3. Trans-national cooperation among NCPs Focusing on identifying and sharing good practices, Helping less experienced NCPs rapidly acquire the know-how accumulated in other countries, and benchmarking, joint workshops, training, twinning schemes, trans-national brokerage events

70 FP7-2009-BIOREFINERY (Joint call)
1. Sustainable Biorefineries (collaborative project) Scope: address the entire value chain, sustainable processing of biomass into building; blocks for production of bio-based chemicals, materials, second generation biofuels; power and heat, integrated multi-disciplinary approach; demonstrate performance, sustainability and feasibility at least at pilot scale in an integrated approach; demonstrate the part of the biorefinery complex that is closer to the market at industrial pilot plant scale; assess for the entire value chain the environmental, economic and social sustainability including food competition, impact on water use and biodiversity, land use, soil carbon stock balance and fertility, greenhouse gases balance, toxicological risks, energy efficiency

71 2. Enhancing exchange of information, synergies and cross-fertilization between projects in the field of Biorefineries (coordination action) Scope: promote coordination of on-going; research at European and national levels across Biotechnology, Energy, Industrial Technologies and Environment on distinctive features of the biorefinery concept; overcome fragmentation and develop cross-thematic synergies, identifying gaps and overlaps, defining research priority needs and infrastructure; Information exchange and cross fertilization in any aspect of the entire value chain, the energy efficiency, the economic, socio-economic and environmental performance, as well as other sustainability issues; dissemination of results


73 The best service platform
Bring Taiwan research energy into the European R&D framework platform, initiate the best achievements of the international cooperation.


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