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1 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

2 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

3 Project proposal evaluator:
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

4 Framework Programme 7, FP7 – the main funding body in the EU for research
Co-operation – Collaborative Research Framework Programme 7 European Research Council Marie Curie Actions Capacities – Research Capacity JRC EURATOM

5 Budget Split 2007-2013 €4 097 €7 460 €32 413 Values in € Millions
Co-operation Ideas People Capacities JRC Values in € Millions €1 751 FP7 – Specific Programmes €4 097 €7 460 €4 700 €32 413

6 Structure of FP7 Plus JRC and Euratom
Co-operation – collaborative research Capacities Health Research Infrastructures Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, Biotechnology Research for the Benefit Of SMEs Information and Communication Technologies Structure of FP7 Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials and new Production Technologies Regions of Knowledge Energy Research Potential Environment (including Climate Change) Science in Society Transport Activities of International Co-operation Socio-Economic Sciences and the Humanities Coherent Development of Policies Space Security People - Marie Curie Ideas – European Research Council (ERC) Initial Training of researchers Lifelong Training and Career Development Starting Independent Researcher Grants Industry-Academia Partnerships & Pathways The International Dimension Advanced Investigator Grants Specific Actions

7 What about Kazakhstan? 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. Framework Programme 7

8 ICPC (international cooperation partnership countries)
FP7 – International cooperation

9 Why participate? 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 Framework Programme 7

10 What project? 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) Framework Programme 7

11 Health - Activity Areas
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 FP7 – Co-operation - Health Child health Health of the ageing population

12 Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, and Biotechnology - Activity Areas - KBBE
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 FP7 – Co-operation - FAB ...Build a Knowledge Based Bio-Economy… 2012 Call – All areas open July 2011

13 ICT- Challenges Pervasive and Trusted network &
Service Infrastructures 1. Health 2. FAB 3. ICT 4. NMP 5. Energy 6. Environment 7. Transport 8. SSH 9. Space 10. Security Cognitive Systems, Interaction, Robotics FP7 – Co-operation - ICT Components, Systems, Engineering Digital Libraries and Content Towards sustainable and personalised healthcare ICT for Mobility, Environmental Sustainability & Energy ICT for Independent Living and Inclusion Future and Emerging Technologies (FET)

14 Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials and New Production Technologies – NMP Activity Areas
1. Health 2. FAB 3. ICT 4. NMP 5. Energy 6. Environment 7. Transport 8. SSH 9. Space 10. Security 1. Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies FP7 - Co-operation - NMP 2. Materials 3. New Production 4. Integration of technologies for industrial production

15 Energy - Activity Areas (Expect Annual Calls & WPs)
5. CO2 capture and storage for zero emission power generation 4. Renewables for heating and cooling 3. Renewable fuel production 1. Hydrogen and fuel cells 2. Renewable electricity generation 1. Health 2. FAB 3. ICT 4. NMP 5. Energy 6. Environment 7. Transport 8. SSH 9. Space 10. Security FP7 – Co-operation - Energy 6. Clean coal technologies 7. Smart energy networks 8. Energy savings and energy efficiency 9. Knowledge for energy policy making 10. Horizontal actions

16 Environment – Activity Areas
Climate Change, Pollution and Risks Pressures on Environment and Climate (€42m) Environment and Health (€20m) Natural Hazards (€14m) 1. Health 2. FAB 3. ICT 4. NMP 5. Energy 6. Environment 7. Transport 8. SSH 9. Space 10. Security Sustainable Management of Resources Conservation and sustainable management of natural and man-made resources and biodiversity (€30m) Management of marine environments (€20.5m) FP7 – Co-operation – Environment 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)

17 Aeronautics and Air 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 FP7 – Co-operation - Transport

18 Sustainable Surface 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 FP7 – Co-operation - Transport

19 Socio-Economic Sciences and the Humanities - Activity Areas
1. Growth, employment and competitiveness in a knowledge society 1. Health 2. FAB FP7 – Co-operation - SSH 2. Combining economic, social and environmental objectives in a European perspective 3. ICT 4. NMP 3. Major trends in society and their implications 5. Energy 4. Europe in the world 6. Environment 7. Transport 5. The citizen in the European Union 8. SSH 6. Socio-economic and scientific indicators 9. Space 7. Foresight activities 10. Security 8. Strategic activities

20 Space - Activities FP7 – Co-operation – Space Space-based applications
at the service of European Society 1. Health 2. FAB 3. ICT 4. NMP 5. Energy 6. Environment 7. Transport 8. SSH 9. Space 10. Security FP7 – Co-operation – Space Strengthening of Space foundations - Research to support space science & exploration - Research to support space transportation and key technologies Horizontal actions

21 Currently: Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, and Biotechnology / 2 open calls Information and Communication Technologies / 5 open calls Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials and new Production Technologies - NMP / 8 open calls Energy / 4 open calls Environment (including Climate Change) / 2 open calls Transport (including Aeronautics) / 8 open calls General Activities / 1 open calls Health / 1 open calls Socio-economic sciences and Humanities / 3 open calls Space / 1 open calls Security / 1 open calls

22 How? 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. Framework Programme 7

23 How? (continued) 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. Framework Programme 7

24 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.

25 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.

26 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.

27 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)

28 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!

29 Evaluation - Process Overview
Call One stage e-submission Eligibility Check Individual Evaluation FP7 – How to apply Consensus Panel Review Feedback (ESR) Commission Ranking Negotiation of Proposals

30 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

31 Tips on writing a successful proposal
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

32 Marie Curie Actions 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 FP7 – People – Marie Curie

33 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

34 Overview of Marie Curie Actions
Host Actions Individual Actions Initial Training Networks (ITN) Industry Academia Partnerships and Pathways (IAPP) International Incoming Fellowships (IIF) People Specific Programme No longer exists: the Awards scheme

35 Marie Curie Calls in 2011-2012 FP7 – Next Calls for Proposals
MC Scheme Opens Deadline ITN Initial Training Networks 20 July 2011 12 January 2012 IAPP Industry Academia Partnerships & Pathways 19 October 2011 19 April 2012 IIF International Incoming Fellowships 13 March 2012 16 August 2012 FP7 – Next Calls for Proposals

36 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

37 Definition of researchers
Early-Stage researchers 0 - 4 years (FTE) from obtaining degree that qualified them to embark on a doctorate Experienced researchers in possession of a PhD, or > 4 years experience (FTE) FP7 – Marie Curie Actions

38 Individual Fellowships
3/5 S & T Quality – 25% FP7 – People – Marie Curie Training & knowledge transfer – 15% 3/5 No thresholds for IIF Researcher – 25% 3/5 Implementation – 15% No threshold Impact – 20% No threshold Overall threshold 70%

39 IIF grant 12-24 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

40 Host institutions/network applies for a number of fellows/researchers
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

41 What is an Industry–Academia Pathways and Partnership?
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 FP7 – Marie Curie - IAPP Non-commercial = academic… i.e. would also include hospitals, NGOs, charities and so on. They are called industry-academia, this is misleading! Really should be commercial-non-commercial…

42 What can you do with an IAPP?
Recruit experienced researchers for between 12 and 24 months – advertised on EURAXESS Jobs Portal  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 FP7 – Marie Curie - IAPP

43 Salary (mobility allowance) for MC Fellows
Experience Stipend (€/yr) Employment contract (€/yr) Early-Stage researchers 19,000 38,000 Experienced researchers (4 – 10 yrs) 29,250 58,500 ER (> 10 yrs experience) 43,750 87,500 Note: salaries have increased from 2007 to take account of inflation (av. 1.9%) Salaries are inclusive of all compulsory deductions Correction factor applied for cost of living (UK Coefficient 134.4%, Kazakhstan 85.1%)

44 Without family: €700 per month With family: €1000 per month
Allowance rates - IAPP 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

45 FP7 - IDEAS FP7 – Marie Curie - Rates
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

46 Non-FP7 funding - Erasmus-Mundus http://eacea. ec. europa
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 2011. 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 2012. FP7 – Marie Curie - Rates

47 Non-FP7 funding - Erasmus-Mundus
Action 1 - Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorates (EMJDs) 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 2012.

48 Good luck! Questions? NCP for Kazakhstan is Dr Kamila Magzieva, PhD
Website: Good luck! Questions?

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