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Opportunities for young Kazakh researchers in getting funded by the European Commission – A Rough Guide to: Why, What and How Presentation at Al-Farabi National University, Almaty, Republic of Kazakhstan 28 October 2011
Who am I? Prof. Sergey V. Mikhalovsky, Biomaterials and Medical Devices Research Group Leader School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences, Faculty of Science and Engineering University of Brighton, UK Group is comprised of: 3 Professors, 1 Reader, 3 Senior Lecturers, 3 Principal Research Fellows, one of them RCUK Fellow, 1.5 Senior Research Fellows, 4 Research Fellows, 3 Marie Curie Fellows, 4 PhD students. Required funding 1,000,000 euros/year
Framework Programme 5, 6 and 7 INCO-COPERNICUS, INTAS, TEMPUS III and IV, Erasmus-Mundus I and II, Lead expert in Life Sciences, Erasmus-Mundus I NANO-Austria, Fundamental Research Fund – Russia, NANO-Cyprus, UK national funding bodies: EPSRC, BBSRC, the Royal Society Project proposal evaluator:
Framework Programme 7, FP7 – the main funding body in the EU for research Co-operation – Collaborative Research European Research Council Marie Curie Actions Capacities – Research Capacity Framework Programme 7 JRC EURATOM
Co-operation Ideas People Capacities JRC Budget Split FP7 – Specific Programmes €4 700 €7 460 €4 097 € € Values in € Millions
Structure of FP7 Health Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, Biotechnology Information and Communication Technologies Energy Environment (including Climate Change) Transport Socio-Economic Sciences and the Humanities Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials and new Production Technologies Security Research Infrastructures Research for the Benefit Of SMEs Regions of Knowledge Research Potential Science in Society Activities of International Co-operation Coherent Development of Policies Initial Training of researchers Lifelong Training and Career Development Industry-Academia Partnerships & Pathways The International Dimension Specific Actions Starting Independent Researcher Grants Advanced Investigator Grants Co-operation – collaborative research Ideas – European Research Council (ERC) Capacities Space People - Marie Curie Plus JRC and Euratom
What about Kazakhstan? Framework Programme 7 Eligible for most FP7 projects! Kazakhstan is an ICPC country – International Collaboration Partnership Country A target country in SICA – Specific International Cooperation Actions. The required two or more partners should be from two different countries.
ICPC (international cooperation partnership countries) FP7 – International cooperation
Why participate? Framework Programme 7 Good Money – typically 200, ,000 € per participating organisation for years Money for salaries, travel expenses, consumables, management, modest sums for equipment. Expanding your network of contacts. Knowledge transfer – opportunity to work in different labs, access to unique equipment and instruments, methods and techniques
What project? Framework Programme 7 Diverse formats and degrees of participation: (i) Top-bottom projects with Call specific priorities (COOPERATION themes, Euroatom) (ii) Bottom-up project – you choose what you want to do (PEOPLE, ERC-IDEAS, CAPACITIES) (iii) Participation as a team (COOPERATION, CAPACITIES, PEOPLE-IAPP) (iv) Participation as individual/team (PEOPLE-IIF, ERC- IDEAS)
Health - Activity Areas FP7 – Co-operation - Health 1. Health 2. FAB 3. ICT 4. NMP 5. Energy 6. Environment 7. Transport 8. SSH 9. Space 10. Security Biotechnology, generic tools & medical technologies for human health Translating research for human health Optimising the delivery of health care to European citizens Child health Health of the ageing population
Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, and Biotechnology - Activity Areas - KBBE FP7 – Co-operation - FAB 1. Health 2. FAB 3. ICT 4. NMP 5. Energy 6. Environment 7. Transport 8. SSH 9. Space 10. Security Sustainable production & management of biological resources Fork to farm: food, health and well being Life sciences, biotechnology and biochemistry for sustainable non-food products and processes...Build a Knowledge Based Bio-Economy… 2012 Call – All areas open July 2011
FP7 – Co-operation - ICT 1. Health 2. FAB 3. ICT 4. NMP 5. Energy 6. Environment 7. Transport 8. SSH 9. Space 10. Security ICT- Challenges Pervasive and Trusted network & Service Infrastructures Cognitive Systems, Interaction, Robotics Components, Systems, Engineering Digital Libraries and Content Towards sustainable and personalised healthcare ICT for Independent Living and Inclusion ICT for Mobility, Environmental Sustainability & Energy Future and Emerging Technologies (FET)
Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials and New Production Technologies – NMP Activity Areas FP7 - Co-operation - NMP 1. Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies 2. Materials 3. New Production 4. Integration of technologies for industrial production 1. Health 2. FAB 3. ICT 4. NMP 5. Energy 6. Environment 7. Transport 8. SSH 9. Space 10. Security
Energy - Activity Areas (Expect Annual Calls & WPs) FP7 – Co-operation - Energy 1. Health 2. FAB 3. ICT 4. NMP 5. Energy 6. Environment 7. Transport 8. SSH 9. Space 10. Security 9. Knowledge for energy policy making 6. Clean coal technologies 5. CO 2 capture and storage for zero emission power generation 7. Smart energy networks 4. Renewables for heating and cooling 3. Renewable fuel production 1. Hydrogen and fuel cells 2. Renewable electricity generation 8. Energy savings and energy efficiency 10. Horizontal actions
Environment – Activity Areas FP7 – Co-operation – Environment 1. Health 2. FAB 3. ICT 4. NMP 5. Energy 6. Environment 7. Transport 8. SSH 9. Space 10. Security Climate Change, Pollution and Risks Pressures on Environment and Climate (€42m) Environment and Health (€20m) Natural Hazards (€14m) Sustainable Management of Resources Conservation and sustainable management of natural and man-made resources and biodiversity (€30m) Management of marine environments (€20.5m) Environmental Technologies Environmental technologies for…the natural and man-made resources (€39m, incl. €5m for joint call with NMP) Protection, conservation and enhancement of cultural heritage, including human habitat (€9m) Technology assessment, verification and testing (€7m) Earth Observation (EO) and Assessment Tools for Sustainable Development EO systems and methods for the environment and sustainable development (€21m) Forecasting methods & assessment tools for sustainable development over different scales of observation (€12m)
Aeronautics and Air Transport FP7 – Co-operation - Transport 1. Health 2. Food 3. ICT 4. Nano 5. Energy 6. Environment 7. Transport 8. SSH 9. Security and Space Proposed objective oriented research themes: 1. The greening of air transport 2. Increasing time efficiency 3. Ensuring customer satisfaction and safety 4. Improving cost efficiency 5. Protecting aircraft and passengers 6. Pioneering air transport of the future 7. Cross cutting activities
Sustainable Surface Transport FP7 – Co-operation - Transport 1. Health 2. Food 3. ICT 4. Nano 5. Energy 6. Environment 7. Transport 8. SSH 9. Security and Space (includes rail, road and waterborne transport) Proposed objective-oriented research themes: 1. The greening of surface transport 2. Encouraging modal shift and decongesting transport corridors 3. Ensuring sustainable urban mobility 4. Improving safety and security 5. Strengthening competitiveness 6. Cross cutting activities
Socio-Economic Sciences and the Humanities - Activity Areas FP7 – Co-operation - SSH 1. Growth, employment and competitiveness in a knowledge society 2. Combining economic, social and environmental objectives in a European perspective 3. Major trends in society and their implications 4. Europe in the world 5. The citizen in the European Union 6. Socio-economic and scientific indicators 7. Foresight activities 8. Strategic activities 10. Security 9. Space 8. SSH 7. Transport 6. Environment 5. Energy 4. NMP 3. ICT 2. FAB 1. Health
Space - Activities FP7 – Co-operation – Space 1. Health 2. FAB 3. ICT 4. NMP 5. Energy 6. Environment 7. Transport 8. SSH 9. Space 10. Security Space-based applications at the service of European Society Space-based applications at the service of European Society Strengthening of Space foundations - Research to support space science & exploration - Research to support space transportation and key technologies Strengthening of Space foundations - Research to support space science & exploration - Research to support space transportation and key technologies Horizontal actions
Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, and Biotechnology / 2 open callsFood, Agriculture and Fisheries, and Biotechnology Information and Communication Technologies / 5 open callsInformation and Communication Technologies Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials and new Production Technologies - NMP / 8 open callsNanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials and new Production Technologies - NMP Energy / 4 open callsEnergy Environment (including Climate Change) / 2 open callsEnvironment (including Climate Change) Transport (including Aeronautics) / 8 open callsTransport (including Aeronautics) General Activities / 1 open callsGeneral Activities Health / 1 open callsHealth Socio-economic sciences and Humanities / 3 open callsSocio-economic sciences and Humanities Space / 1 open callsSpace Security / 1 open callsSecurity Currently:
How? Framework Programme 7 Regularly monitor the funding opportunities Most obvious source of funding for regular monitoring is: FP7 - become a regular visitor on this site: and become familiar with the structure of this programme. The Participant Portal has become the European Commission's single authoritative website for the publication of FP7 calls.
How? (continued) Framework Programme 7 Try to get information about forthcoming Calls – it is possible to do so by contacting your NCP (National Contact Point), getting information from an insider, etc. The earlier you know the contents of the future Call, the better your chances for success. When the Call has been announced, it is too late! You will have 2-3 months to submit a proposal from the date when the Call opens. Often the expected date of the Call is known in advance.
What to start with? Formulate the idea, which fits a particular Call (probably several ideas to have a choice) Identify potential partners – do a lot of networking, and do it all the time regardless of Calls. Learn the Brussels speak – it takes time, but once you understand it – your chances of success are much higher.
What to do next? You have to understand how to write a proposal. Read all relevant documents: contents of the Call, Work Programme, Guide for Applicants. Follow instructions of the Guide for Applicants as close as possible.
What to do next? Write a proposal – preferably not by yourself if it is your first one. Write a proposal yourself if you have done this before Seek advice and assistance of people with experience: colleagues who have got such grants, advisory bodies Interact with other partners Notify senior management about your intention to submit a proposal and get their support in principle and agree financial aspects of the proposal.
Assessment criteria Science and Technology quality (aim, objectives, innovation, originality, multi-, inter-disciplinarity, state-of-the-art) Detailed Work Programme description (Work packages, tasks, milestones, deliverables, person-months) Description of the consortium (experience of international collaboration, achievements, publications, complementarity of skills, infrastructure, previous contacts with partners)
Assessment criteria (continued) Management, dissemination, risk management, structure, decision making process, previous experience of management, IP protection Impact – benefits for partners, benefits for Europe, benefits for major stakeholders, society PEOPLE – additional criterion – quality of knowledge transfer Follow instructions for writing the proposal as exactly as you can!
Evaluation - Process Overview FP7 – How to apply Call One stage e-submission Eligibility Check Individual Evaluation Consensus Panel Review Feedback (ESR) Commission Ranking Negotiation of Proposals
Who evaluates? Selected from a wide pool from a database Minimum 3 evaluators per project Selected per call Replace about ¼ in any given area annually Sign confidentiality and conflict of interest declarations Names published after evaluation (though not at call or proposal level) Target at least 40% female Mix of geographical location and background FP7 – How to apply
An interesting and innovative idea Strong consortium Experienced co-ordinator Complementarity of skills and expertise Perfect matching between the proposal and the call At least 6 months to prepare a proposal European added value Sustainability after the end of the project Dissemination strategy FP7 – Tips Tips on writing a successful proposal
Objectives and Policy Context: Make Europe more attractive to researchers Structuring effect on the European Research Area through transnational and intersectorial mobility in order to create a European labour market for researchers Strengthen human potential by: –Encouraging people to become researchers –Encouraging researchers to carry out their research in Europe Trans-national and inter-sectorial mobility €4.7 Billion Marie Curie Actions FP7 – People – Marie Curie
Principles of Marie Curie Actions Skills and competence development at all stages of researchers career Open to all research areas addressed under the Treaty plus possibility of targeted calls Strong participation from enterprises Reinforce international dimension Appropriate gender and work/life balance Good working environment, transparent recruitment and career development FP7 – People – Marie Curie
Overview of Marie Curie Actions People Specific Programme Host ActionsIndividual Actions Initial Training Networks (ITN) Industry Academia Partnerships and Pathways (IAPP) International Incoming Fellowships (IIF)
Marie Curie Calls in FP7 – Next Calls for Proposals MC SchemeOpensDeadline ITN Initial Training Networks20 July January 2012 IAPP Industry Academia Partnerships & Pathways19 October April 2012 IIF International Incoming Fellowships13 March August 2012
Individual Fellowships Aimed at ‘Experienced Researchers’ Skills diversification Three categories: –Intra-European Fellowships (IEF) –International Incoming Fellowships (IIF) –International Outgoing Fellowships (IOF) FP7 – Marie Curie Actions
Definition of researchers Early-Stage researchers0 - 4 years (FTE) from obtaining degree that qualified them to embark on a doctorate Experienced researchersin possession of a PhD, or > 4 years experience (FTE) FP7 – Marie Curie Actions
Individual Fellowships Training & knowledge transfer – 15% S & T Quality – 25% Researcher – 25% Implementation – 15% Impact – 20% FP7 – People – Marie Curie 3/5 3/5 No thresholds for IIF No threshold 3/5 Overall threshold 70%
IIF grant months ER yearly living allowance: 58,500 euros (4-10 years experience) and 87,500 euros (>10 years) Mobility (Family) allowance: euros/month Possible funding of the return phase 15,000 euros
Host Actions ITNs and IAPPs are Host Actions This means: –Host institutions/network applies for a number of fellows/researchers –Host’s proposal is evaluated –For IAPP and ITNs: selected host/network advertises fellowship position and selects fellows/researchers –Contract duration with host, usually 3-4 years FP7 – Marie Curie – Host Actions
What is an Industry–Academia Pathways and Partnership? FP7 – Marie Curie - IAPP It is a two-way partnership with at least one commercial enterprise and non-commercial organisation in two different Member States or Associated Countries An IAPP aims to increase industry-academia co-operation by: –Supporting the creation, development, reinforcement and execution of strategic partnerships –Creating diverse career possibilities and experience for researchers –Knowledge sharing/cultural exchange, especially SMEs –Aiming for longer term co-operation between both sectors
What can you do with an IAPP? FP7 – Marie Curie - IAPP Recruit experienced researchers for between 12 and 24 months – advertised on EURAXESS Jobs Portal ec.europa.eu/euraxess Staff exchange – early stage or experienced researchers (and possibly technical staff and research managers!) for between 2 months and 2 years Organise common workshops/conferences
Salary (mobility allowance) for MC Fellows ExperienceStipend (€/yr) Employment contract (€/yr) Early-Stage researchers 19,00038,000 Experienced researchers (4 – 10 yrs) 29,25058,500 ER (> 10 yrs experience) 43,75087,500 Salaries are inclusive of all compulsory deductions Correction factor applied for cost of living (UK Coefficient 134.4%, Kazakhstan 85.1%)
Travel costs – depending on distance € €2500 Mobility allowance Without family: €700 per month With family: €1000 per month Correction factor applies for cost of living Training related expenses € 1800 per month per person FP7 – Marie Curie - Rates Allowance rates - IAPP
European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant 1,500,000 euros for 5 years boost the independent careers of excellent researchers by providing adequate support at the critical stage where they are starting or consolidating their own independent research team or programme. ERC Advanced Grant 2,500,000 euros for 5 years ERC Synergy Grant 15,000,000 euros for 6 years FP7 – Marie Curie - Rates FP7 - IDEAS
Action 1 - Erasmus Mundus Masters Courses (EMMCs) Currently there are 131 Erasmus Mundus Masters Courses offering scholarships starting in the academic year This includes the 30 EMMCs selected – or re-selected - in July Students or scholars should contact the consortium offering the Masters Course for more information on courses and application procedures and dates. Most consortia will require applications to be submitted between November 2011 and January FP7 – Marie Curie - Rates Non-FP7 funding - Erasmus-Mundus
Action 1 - Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorates (EMJDs) a/selected_projects_action_1_joint_doctorates_en.php 34 Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorates will be offering fellowships starting in the academic year Doctoral candidates should contact the consortium offering the Joint Doctorate for more information on courses and application procedures. Most consortia will require applications to be submitted between November 2011 and January Non-FP7 funding - Erasmus-Mundus
Good luck! Questions? NCP for Kazakhstan is Dr Kamila Magzieva, PhD Website: