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1 Opportunities from the EU Horizon 2020 programme for ELS researchers Vera Barron & Steve Parkinson R&I Division 11 December 2013

2 EU Horizon 2020 programme Replaces Framework Programme 7 as the key EU research programme on 1 January 2014 Will run from Overall budget of approx. €71bn Key priorities: Focus research spending on helping Europe overcome the economic crisis & achieve sustainable growth Interdisciplinary and collaborative research on key societal challenges Support areas of high growth & innovation potential Support for industrial leadership (SMEs with R&D capability) Individual excellent research Programme structure = 3 key pillars: Excellent science – bottom up, focuses on excellent individuals Industrial leadership – top down; collaboration driven by industry Societal challenges – top down; collaborative research consortia 1 st Calls published today; deadlines from March 2014

3 Funding opportunities in H Excellent science European research fellowships (2-5 years, €2-3.5M, any research organisation in the EU) Best frontier research; excellence - single peer review criterion Will fund projects led by a Principal Investigator supported by a team (no need for EU partners) Bottom – up basis; 25 panels in 3 domains Starting Grants (2-7 post PhD) – deadline March 2014 Consolidator Grants (7-12 post PhD) – deadline June 2014 Advanced Grants (Leading researchers) – deadline October Training and mobility actions (Marie Sklodowska Curie): EU doctoral training networks – deadline April 2014 Individual European and global mobility fellowships – September 2014 Reintegration grants for EU scientists back into an EU research organisation R & I Staff Exchange – deadline TBC

4 Funding opportunities in H Competitive Industries Strong focus on industrial involvement & applied research Developing industrial capacity in focus areas: Micro- & nano- electronics Photonics Nanotechnologies Advanced materials Biotechnology Advanced manufacturing and processing Two schemes: Leadership in enabling & industrial technologies – top down calls; international & industry-driven consortia Innovation in SMEs – fostering all forms of SME innovation

5 Funding opportunities in H Societal Challenges – 7 key challenges Health, demographic change & well-being Food security, sustainable agriculture, marine and maritime research& the bio-economy Secure, clean and efficient energy Smart, green and integrated transport Climate action, resource efficiency and raw materials Inclusive, innovative & reflective societies Secure societies Each challenge has a Work Programme with 70+topics Solutions from multidisciplinary collaborations, including social sciences & humanities Promising solutions to be developed, tested, demonstrated and scaled-up (tier 1-7 research) For further info:

6 Getting involved Simpler programme structure, rules and guidance 3 types of activity: Research projects (100% funding rate for all institutions) Innovation projects (70% funding rate for private, for profit & 100% for not for profit, including Universities) Coordinating actions (100% funding + 7% indirect costs) Single funding rate per project (rate defined in the Work Programme) Indirect cost = flat rate of 25% for R &I projects Shorter time to grant (5+3 months) Comprehensive website and application platform – Researcher Participant Portal: All documentation is on: 020-work-programmes Comprehensive summary of the Programme and its components is on:

7 Developing your project Before you start: Ensure that the scheme is right for your research Do you have enough time to prepare? Then: Discuss your plans internally Get help - (e.g. Research bidding support fund) to enable you to travel to info days; to meet your partners; organise proposal development workshops and to give you time to write your proposal Speak to colleagues who have held EU funding before (we can help with identifying them) Come to us for any advice – we can also access intelligence from UKRO, the National contact points and relevant DG Research units

8 Building your consortium Using your own existing networks – best starting point Cordis partner search facility UKRO & IGLO; Enterprise Europe Network; Participant Portal Who are the key players already? Consider – which partners have relevant expertise; how many do you need in relation to your project scope, available budget, etc. Attend networking /brokerage events and info days – sign up to UKRO portal to receive alerts Speak to colleagues at conferences (e.g. Chris Nester) Join the EU’s evaluators database (currently open call) BBSRC European partnering award - £12-15K, 27/11/2013 EPSRC Overseas travel grants – open deadline;

9 Useful sources of information Previously funded FP6/ FP7 Projects European Technology Platforms Partner searches & proposal advice UK Research Office can distribute partner profiles National Contact Points (NCPs) - Transport; Health Calls, etc. CORDIS partner search facility Information days organised by the EU Commission & the NCPs Useful web sources


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