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Introducing Trans-Domain Proposals pilot procedure Lieve VAN DAELE BELSPO - Brussels, 14 March 2014 by courtesy of COST Office TDP Science Officers.

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1 Introducing Trans-Domain Proposals pilot procedure Lieve VAN DAELE BELSPO - Brussels, 14 March 2014 by courtesy of COST Office TDP Science Officers

2 Motivations for a Pilot TDP Evaluation Procedure  Need to better respond to the needs of growing trans- disciplinary research communities  Lighter and faster evaluation procedure so as to give quick answer to proposers  Opportunity to allow COST to adapt and contribute to ERA goals  Preparing integrated procedures for proposal evaluation, Action monitoring and impact assessment 2

3 3 TDP Pilot Key Features 1.Revised evaluation criteria and proposal template, enabling clearer description, evaluation and implementation of Action objectives, added value of networking, and COST activities through which such objectives will be pursued 2.Shortened evaluation process (time gain: ~1,5 months) replacing the current two-proposal scheme with a one-proposal scheme (10-15 pages) 3.Efficient expert selection and allocation through newly developed Expertise Grid and Expert Database 4.Clearer description of the process through detailed Guidelines for Proposers and Evaluators

4 4 TDP Pilot Proposal Template  More concise proposal without loss of meaningful information, easier for both proposers and evaluators TDP Pilot Proposal Template A. Scientific and Technological Challenge B. Added Value of Networking C. Milestones and Deliverables – Contents and Timeframes D. Action Structure and Participation (Optional) References Total length: ~ 10 – 15 pages

5 5 New Challenges: Expert Identification Proposal Registration (Deadline 7 March 2014) Mandatory step not part of the evaluation itself, used for a timely selection of experts  The Proposal is registered via e-COST to improve interaction and user-friendliness  What is registered:  Proposal Title, Acronym  Initial idea: short abstract (up to 250 words)  Areas of Expertise Needed for Evaluation: from a pre- defined multi-layered list of expertise areas

6 6  COST Experts Database – Newly Developed  Used for a timely identification of relevant experts  Algorithm matching areas of expertise required by the proposal and experts with relevant expertise  Used in all steps of the evaluation procedure  As of 15/02/2013:  ~ 6000 registered experts (89% from COST Countries)  All COST Countries represented  Gender balance: 63% male, 37% female experts  Early Stage Researchers (PhD+ 8 years): 25%  Additional effort needed in covering all Research Areas New Challenges: Expert Identification

7 7 Proposal Evaluation  1 st step “Challenge Selection”:  External experts evaluate remotely the scientific and technological soundness and timeliness for which networking provides a clear added benefit to address the challenge  2 nd step “Implementation Plan”:  DC Members and DC Experts evaluate remotely the coherence and feasibility of the implementation plan supporting COST mission and criteria  TDP Panel prepares consensus reports at a dedicated meeting  TDP Panel Hearings:  TDP Panel and DC Chairs evaluate leadership potential, motivation and drive, organisational and communication skills of the invited proposers

8 8 Proposal Evaluation Criteria TypeIDTitle Section AA.1Features of the Challenge Criterion 1A.1.1State of the Art Criterion 2A.1.2Relevance and Timeliness Criterion 3A.1.3Challenge Feasibility Section AA.2Type of Impact Criterion 4A.2.1Risk Level Criterion 5A.2.2Scientific versus Societal Impact Criterion 6A.2.3Timeframe Section BBAdded Value of Networking Criterion 7B.1In Relation to the Challenge Criterion 8B.2In Relation to Existing Efforts Section CCSuitability for COST Criterion 9C.1Anonymity Criterion 10C.2Scope for COST Actions Criterion 11C.3Action Structure Suitability Criterion 12C.4Feasibility of Activities Section DDForeseen Participation Criterion 13D.1Network of Proposers Criterion 14D.2Plans to Involve Relevant Participants COST enables break-through scientific developments leading to new concepts and products and thereby contributes to strengthen Europe’s research and innovation capacities. COST is a unique means for European researchers to jointly develop their own ideas and new initiatives across all scientific disciplines through trans-European networking of nationally funded research activities.

9 9 TDP Pilot - timeline Submissions to Trans-Domain Proposals MONTH 1 MONTH 2 MONTH 3 MONTH 4 MONTH 5 MONTH 6 MONTH 7 MONTH 8 March 7th closing of registrations April 11th Collection Step 1 - Challenge selection: External experts evaluation Step 2 - Implementation Plan: TDP Panel Approval CSOJAF Preparation of Proposal Preparation of MoU TDP Panel Hearings (final list)

10 10 New e-COST Tools: Proposal Registration (Deadline 07/03)

11 11 New e-COST Tools: Proposal Submission (Collection Date: 11.04)

12 Proposer 1 University of Berne Dr. Proposer 1 (University of Berne) 12  Invitation tool allows proposers to interact and COST to monitor the growth of the network of proposers New e-COST Tools: Network of Proposers  At least 5 Proposers (1 Main Proposer, 4 Secondary Proposers) affiliated with legal entities based in at least 5 different COST Member Countries or Cooperating State

13 13 New e-COST Tools: Evaluation

14 14 Practicalities Proposal Registration Proposal Submission COST Experts database  Deadline: March 7th at 5pm  Mandatory – registration  Deadline: April 11th at 5pm  Always Open: Disseminate the opportunity to researchers in your country

15 15 For Further Information  TDP page  Open Call Guidelines for TDP Pilot  e-COST (creation of user profile, proposal registration and submission) https://e-services.cost.eu  COST Experts page

16 16 For Further Information  TDP Science Officers Are available to support researchers in your country with any question regarding the TDP Pilot: Dr Giuseppe Lugano Tel. +32 (0) Dr Mafalda Quintas Tel. +32 (0)


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