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Dr. Marion Tobler, NCP Environment 1 Environment NCPs Cooperating to improve their effectiveness ENV-NCP-TOGETHER Grant Agreement no.:212494 Instrument: Coordination Action Start date of Project: 01 January 2009 Duration: 60 months Deliverable nr.:D.4.7 Delivery name: 4 FP7 ENV Training presentations to TC representative meetings (South Africa) Author(s):Marion Tobler Organization: Euresearch Status: Nature: Total nr. of pages: 88
Dr. Marion Tobler, NCP Environment 2 2 www.env-ncp-together.eu WORKSHOP SOUTH AFRICA Overview on FP7
Dr. Marion Tobler, NCP Environment 3 Overview FP7 European policy ◦ General ◦ International cooperation Outcome call 2010 Rules for participation SICA projects Funding rates Agenda
Dr. Marion Tobler, NCP Environment 4 FP7 - it is a competition on knowledge and innovation
Dr. Marion Tobler, NCP Environment 5 FP7 - Four major components of European Research All types of research activities Marie-Curie: Human potential and science careers/Fellowships Frontier research/basic research Research and innovation capa- cities (SMEs, infrastructures, etc.)
Dr. Marion Tobler, NCP Environment 6 Cooperation Ideas People Capacities € 32.4 € 7.5 € 4.7 € 4.1 10 themes Basic research (ERC) Mobility ( Marie Curie actions ) 7 horizontal axes 4 Specific FP7 programmes Billion € COOPERATION
Dr. Marion Tobler, NCP Environment 7 COOPERATION Socio-economic sciences and the humanities Security Space Health Food, agriculture, biotechnology Transport Nanosciences, nanotechnologies, materials, production technologies Environment Energy ICT - Information and Communication Technologies Thematic areas
Dr. Marion Tobler, NCP Environment 8 € 32.4 € 7.5 € 4.7 € 4.1 10 themes Basic research (ERC) Mobility (Marie Curie actions) 7 horizonal axes 4 Specific FP7 programmes Billion € PEOPLE (Marie Curie actions) Cooperation Ideas People Capacities
Dr. Marion Tobler, NCP Environment 9 aiming at supporting individuals any topic trans-nationality = go abroad! (or come back) no age limit for researchers (but research experience) PEOPLE actions open to researchers worldwide individual fellowships host-driven actions Mobility
Dr. Marion Tobler, NCP Environment 10 COOPERATION CAPACITIES IDEAS PEOPLE http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/dc/index.cfm Con- nect to the indi- vidual call infor- mation
Dr. Marion Tobler, NCP Environment European research policy
Dr. Marion Tobler, NCP Environment Why European funding? There are more opportunities Go international! ◦ Finance a project ◦ Contribute to global challenges ◦ Develop new ideas with others ◦ Find new network partners But: ◦ Be future oriented ◦ Accept deadlines ◦ Accept bureaucracy
The European Union has developed international scientific cooperation (INCO) over the last 25 years to address the needs and opportunities of an interconnected world, and to contribute to peace and prosperity for European citizens. Europe wants to play a leading role in the world’s research arena and help build a safe future
Dr. Marion Tobler, NCP Environment 16 ICPC Countries More than 100 countries from all over the world are involved in EU Research Programmes. These activities will continue within the "Cooperation" programme of FP7, which covers the international cooperation actions in the 10 thematic areas and across themes. They will be implemented in coordination with the "Cooperation"
To become more competitive and play a leading role globally, the European Community needs a strong and coherent international science and technology (S&T) policy with three objectives: 1.support European competitiveness through strategic partnerships with non-EU countries in selected fields of science and by engaging the best scientists from such countries to work with and in Europe; 2.enhance the production of knowledge and scientific excellence by enabling European universities, research institutions and firms to establish contacts with their partners in such third countries, thereby facilitating access to research environments outside Europe and promoting synergies on a global scale; 3.address specific problems that third countries face, or that have a global character, on the basis of mutual interest and mutual benefit.
Humanity is arguably the most successful creature that has ever walked the Earth. Our power to harness the forces of nature is practically without limits. With more power comes greater responsibility. If we are to continue to live comfortably off nature’s bounty, we need to go about our business in a sustainable manner so that we and future generations can survive and prosper.
Co-operation is the cement that holds together the European Union. This is particularly relevant in the scientific realm, where international co-operation (INCO) for sustainable development has long been a central policy aim. INCO delivers massive benefits both to Europe and the outside world. Knowledge is not exhausted through use, it grows. Sharing creates win-win situations. The international dimension is integrated into every theme of the EU's Research Framework Programmes allowing third countries to take part in its activities.
Humanity’s fingerprint can be found all over the planet: in the skies, on land and in the sea. We depend on natural resources, such as oil, that are finite in nature and our use of them pollutes the atmosphere. Renewable resources, such as forests, food crops and fisheries, are often exploited beyond their natural replacement capacity. That means we need to preserve them better and use them more wisely. Humanity’s greatest gift is its creativity. We have the capacity to come up with an almost infinite number of possible solutions to the global challenges that face us. The European Union is doing its bit by funding INCO projects that further our quest for sustainable alternatives. These supports enhancing our understanding of forests, other land ecosystems and coastal areas, so that we can appreciate the effects human activity have on these fragile systems and how we can mitigate them.
Dr. Marion Tobler, NCP Environment 22 Call ENV-2010 Proposal Summary Proposals submitted255 Proposals transferred into programme0 Withdrawn before deadline0 Withdrawn after deadline0 Declared ineligible: Commission12 Declared ineligible: Evaluators1 Failed one or more threshold105 Passed all thresholds137 57 % of eligible proposals passed all the thresholds
Dr. Marion Tobler, NCP Environment 23 Call FP7-ENV-2010 Coverage of topics Call 2009 ◦266 eligible proposals received ◦90% of topics covered ◦60 proposals selected for funding Call 2010 ◦242 eligible proposals received ◦96% of topics covered ◦59 proposals selected for funding
Dr. Marion Tobler, NCP Environment 24 Call FP7-AFRICA-2010 Environment Theme * The funding decision depends on the outcome of the associated administrative process. TopicTitle Proposals submitted * Proposed for funding ENV.2010.1.2.1-1 The effect of environmental change on the occurrence and distribution of water related vector-borne diseases in Africa 61 ENV.2010.1.3.3-1 Early warning and forecasting systems to predict climate related drought vulnerability and risks in Africa 91 ENV.2010.2.1.1-1 Integrated management of water and natural resources in Africa 381 ENV.2010.3.1.1-3 Decentralised water supply and sanitation technologies and systems for small communities and peri- urban areas 252 ENV.2010.3.1.1-4 Water harvesting technologies in Africa 92
Dr. Marion Tobler, NCP Environment 25 ICPC OVERVIEW 2010 ICPCAfricaCaribbe an PacificAsiaEaster Euroepe Central Asia Latin America Mediterr anean Western Balkan total Existi ng 48141523121791139 Nr10005877037 %210022674178027
Dr. Marion Tobler, NCP Environment 30 at least 3 independent partners in 3 different Member States (MS) or Associated Countries (AC) top-down: EC defines topics and format (‘funding scheme’) of projects funding limits depending on types of participants types of activity location of partners Eligibility criteria
Dr. Marion Tobler, NCP Environment 32 Who can participate in FP7? - basically anyone - (above all legal entities established in a Member State (MS) or in an Associated Country (AC) - legal entities from International Cooperation Partner Countries - Any legal entities from anywhere in the world
Dr. Marion Tobler, NCP Environment 33 Eligibility for funding Legal entities from MS and AC or created under Community law (and JRC) Natural persons may participate International European interest organisations Legal entities established in international cooperation partner countries (ICPC), and International organisations and legal entities from third countries other than Ac or ICPC may receive funding only in very restrictive case* *provision for funding is provided for in a bilateral agreement between Community and the third country
Dr. Marion Tobler, NCP Environment 34 SICA Projects
Dr. Marion Tobler, NCP Environment 35 SICA Projects: general Collaborative project for specific cooperation actions (SICA) dedicated to international cooperation partner countries At least 4 independent legal entities. Of these, 2 must be established in different MS or AC. The other 2 must be established in different international cooperation partner countries (ICPC)
Dr. Marion Tobler, NCP Environment 36 International Cooperation Partner Countries Developing Economies Emerging Economies Mediterranean Partner Countries Western Balkan Countries (WBC) Eastern European and Central Asian Countries (EECA) African, Pacific, Asia, Latin America Brazil, Russia, China, India, Mexico and South Africa Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine administered areas, Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan
Dr. Marion Tobler, NCP Environment 37 Funding schemes and rates
Dr. Marion Tobler, NCP Environment 38 Large-scale integrating projects (increase Europe’s competitiveness or solving major societal needs (average: 3-5 years, ±15 participants, 6-12 million €) FP7 funding schemes (selection) Small- or medium-scale focused research actions research, demo, or innovation projects, same objectives as for IP (average: 2-4 years, ±8 participants, ca.3 million €) Coordination actions (studies, conferences, summer schools,...) SICA projects (global partners from two ICPC countries mandatory)
Dr. Marion Tobler, NCP Environment 39 Maximum funding rates Research activities: ◦ SMEs: 75% ◦ Public bodies: 75% ◦ Secondary and higher education establishments: 75% ◦ Research organisations (non-profit): 75% ◦ Multinational (large) Enterprises: 50 % Demonstration activities: 50% of eligible costs Coordination and support actions: 100% Overhead allows that projects can be100% financially covered COOPE- RATION
Dr. Marion Tobler, NCP Environment 40 Funding Rates for Actual Costs Mechanism In the actual cost mechanism the European Commission contribution which will be attributed to a partner depends on the type of activities he is carrying out within the project and on ist type of legal entitiy
Dr. Marion Tobler, NCP Environment 41 Funding activities Funding Scheme Legal Entity Research and technological development activities (RTD) Demonstrat ion activities (DEMO) Coordination and support activities (CS) Other activities (OTHER) Non profit public bodies, secondary and higher education establish-ments, research organisations and SMEs 75%50%100% All other legal entities 50% 100%
Dr. Marion Tobler, NCP Environment 42 Payment mechanisms for ICPC To get funded by the Commisssion, ICPC beneficiaries participating in FP7 projects have the choice between two payment modalities. Being reimbursed on the basis of: Actual CostsLump sum
Dr. Marion Tobler, NCP Environment 43 The lump-sum mechanisme The Commission has defined for each group of ICPCs a reference lump-sum corresponding to a researcher yearly full-time job Country‘s Income category (full-time/year) Low-income 8,000€/year Lower-middle-income9,800€/year Upper-middle-income20,700€/year The lump-sum covers all the costs of an ICPC participant including not only the costs for personnel and travel, but also those of equipment, consumables and indirect costs. Guide to financial issues: ftp://ftp.cordis.europa.eu/pub/fp7/docs/financialguide_en.pdf
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Dr. Marion Tobler, NCP Environment 45 www.env-ncp-together.eu Proposal writing
Dr. Marion Tobler, NCP Environment 46 How to decide if you want to go for FP7 projects? How will the projects be judged? Two major questions
Dr. Marion Tobler, NCP Environment Check of personal Motivation Idea Check Consortium Building Discuss with NCP Organisation schedule Proposal writing Proposal Submission Call publication EPSS Guide for Applicants Launch Partnersearch With NCP Get WP Draft from NCP Workshop for Applicants Proposal Prescreening Inputs from Partners Deadline Submission Overview: write and submit a proposal Write Consortium Agreement
Dr. Marion Tobler, NCP Environment Check of personal Motivation Idea Check Consortium Building Discuss with NCP Organisation schedule Proposal writing Proposal Submission Call publication EPSS Guide for Applicants Launch Partnersearch With NCP Get WP Draft from NCP Inputs as Partner Deadline Submission Become a partner in a project WriteConsortium Agreement
Dr. Marion Tobler, NCP Environment Is the idea unique? Is it a real challenge? Does it require European cooperation Check literature, Can I /we take the leadership Am I willing to write the proposal ? Am I willing to sell my idea Discuss with colleagues Check technology platforms yes no Go to idea check Check your personal motivation search for consortia
Dr. Marion Tobler, NCP Environment Is it relevant to the call Does it match a topic? Is it really worth Does it match this topic ? Read commision documents Basic research- applied research yes no Discuss with your NCP Read Work program Go to consortium building or partner search Draft your idea Idea check
Dr. Marion Tobler, NCP Environment Set up eligibility criteria List partners and functions Are they complementary? Trusted and well known? Contact and motivate them Is the consortium balanced search partners (NCP,Cordis, conferences, infoevents) Are there well known, trusted Agree sponaniously? yes no nono skills SME, academica, countries, gender Select partner Go proposal writing Consortium building
Dr. Marion Tobler, NCP Environment ◦ International/European approach must be evident – balance in terms of countries ◦ Inclusion of SMEs/industry & patient organisations wherever applicable ◦ Some partners should preferably already have FP project experience ◦ Some partners should preferably have past collaborations Consortium – key characteristics
Dr. Marion Tobler, NCP Environment How to write? Which form? Legal aspects Get EPSS from cordis Get information from partners Submitt Proposal Get Guide for Applicants Workshop for proposers Get PIN, contact/define Lear Fill in and complete from A and B Financial aspects Contact your NCP Announce pre- screening Communicate with partners Contact NCPPrescreening Refine proposal Start writing a proposal
Dr. Marion Tobler, NCP Environment Proposal writing plan Management Meeting Agenda Forms (partA) Description of work (part B) General aspects (tools) Financial issues Contacts Consortium Agreement Grant Agreement Contract amendments Reports & Audits Organisation schedule
Dr. Marion Tobler, NCP Environment Evaluation Summary Report Hearings Negotiation with Commission Discuss with NCP Sign Consortium Agreement (all partners) Letter of invitation Discuss with RO Evaluation All partners Communication with the commission Finish Grant Agreement Sign Consortium Agreement (all partners) All partners Amendments
Dr. Marion Tobler, NCP Environment EU projects are a serious adventure. You rather take a guide
Dr. Marion Tobler, NCP Environment Evaluation criteria Scientific and/or technological excellence relevant to the topics addressed by the call Quality and efficiency of the implementation and the management appropriateness of the management structure and procedures quality and relevant experience of the individual participants The potential impact through the development, dissemination and use of project results Minimum threshold S/T quality3/5 Implementation3/5 Impact3/5 Overall threshold required 10/15
Dr. Marion Tobler, NCP Environment 58 Proposal Individual evaluation Consensus Panel review Consultation of programme committee (if required) Commission funding and/or rejection decision with hearing (optional) Thresholds Eligibility Negotiation Commission ranking Commission rejection decision Ethical Review (if needed) Security Scrutiny (if needed) Applicants informed of results of expert evaluation* invitation to submit second-stage proposal, when applicable Applicants informed of Commission decision Processes
Dr. Marion Tobler, NCP Environment Help for proposal writing!
Dr. Marion Tobler, NCP Environment 60 If you had to cross the alps Which description would you prefer?
Write a convincing and “selling” abstract, it is the first impression Do not write more pages per section than allowed, the exceeding pages will not be read A shorter proposal may be read first The project title and acronym have to be catchy, short and appropriate Pictures, tables, graphs replace many words. It is also easier for evaluators to understand the project idea faster. The proposal should be written in one style and easily be read The project must be very well written and “tell a story” Being an evaluator is the best school to learn how to write a strong proposal
Dr. Marion Tobler, NCP Environment 62 Science & Technology excellence Best research
Dr. Marion Tobler, NCP Environment S & T excellence (1/2) Go for the following: The scope of the project MUST be in line with the call topic Excellent science, well written and good work plan proofing that work can be carried out during project duration Get to the point, be clear, explain what you want to do and with which background High risk projects are welcome and have a chance of funding. The contingency plan is important. Each work package must make sense and should not have too many deliverables Publication list, patents (also from potential competitors) should be explained and listed in the state of the art section, Mention past collaborations of participants
Dr. Marion Tobler, NCP Environment S & T excellence (2/2) Avoid these risks: Not getting to the point (too many different objectives) Too ambitious projects with too many goals won’t get a higher score Partner with xy expertise is missing or a partner has limited experience in the field No quantitative and verifiable objectives System integration is lacking (form 1 WP) Budget is not justifies or/and requested PM are not justified No risk analysis
Dr. Marion Tobler, NCP Environment 65 Implementation / Management
Dr. Marion Tobler, NCP Environment Implement. & management (1/2) Choose the right coordinator, as this person reflects the strength of the project Management must be well described and be of high quality. It reflects how well the consortium is organised and how it will solve problems. How decisions are taken and how work is controlled, reflect the abilities of the coordinator and the collaboration with the work package leaders The collaboration between the partners must be clear, too many partners can make the project weak The travel budget per partner can show the intensity of the collaboration with the other partners Past collaborations, common papers should be presented, as they reflect successful networks
Dr. Marion Tobler, NCP Environment Implement. & management (2/2) Past collaborations, common papers and past experience in the Framework programme should be presented, as they reflect a strong consortium and successful networks Besides the partners in the project the abstract, deliverables and milestones can be a first deciding factor of the strength of a project Integrate the partners for their expertise and complementarities, not for “strategy” reasons, have the best partners on board It is less important that the “top-shots” or “gurus” are in the project, but that the partners and coordinator are excellent scientists in their fields A scientific advisory board can be well perceived. It guarantees check from outside the consortium
Dr. Marion Tobler, NCP Environment Impact (1/2) Explain advantages Show societal and economical benefits (refer to the policy papers of the EC) Come up with scenarios (quantify) Be clear on exploitation Sell!
Dr. Marion Tobler, NCP Environment Impact (2/2) Dissemination activities need to be planned with clear deliverables (how many events will be organised, the education of young scientists, e.g. training or summer schools Dissemination could cover summarize the goals, objectives and put them into a European context. The proposal should show that it fills a gap. Proposal should address the intellectual property rights (IPR), not to solve potential problems, but to show how they will be addressed (capabilities of the coordinator)
Dr. Marion Tobler, NCP Environment 71 www.env-ncp-together.eu Scientific and Technic part
Dr. Marion Tobler, NCP Environment 72 Agenda Proposal structure How a project and a team is built up Partner search options
Dr. Marion Tobler, NCP Environment 73 The black box
Dr. Marion Tobler, NCP Environment 74 Structure of a proposal
Dr. Marion Tobler, NCP Environment 75 Structure of a proposal Part A Official forms (A1,A2,A3) Partner‘s details, Proposal summary, Costs Part B Cover page S/T quality ◦ Tables: Work Packages, Milestones, Deliverables, staff effort per WP Implementation Impact Ethical aspects Gender Aspects
Dr. Marion Tobler, NCP Environment 76 Also funded International cooperation partner countries (ICPC) International organisations: WHO.. FP7 Consortia Contract EU Coordinator WP1WP2WP3WP4WP5 Consortium agreement UNI 1 SME 2 IND 1 SME 1 UNI 3 SME 2 INT 1 UNI 1 INT 1 IND 1 UNI 2 SME 1 UNI 3 SME 2 At least 3 legal entities from 3 different EU MS / AC Not funded Industrialised third countries: USA, Japan, Canada, etc. to be checked case by case
Dr. Marion Tobler, NCP Environment 77 The core: Work package description Work package number:Start date:M1 Work package title: Activity Type:R&D Participant number1234567 Participant short nameUAFHZBICKU Person-months per Participant: 21017 Objectivestext… Description of work(possibly broken down into tasks), and role of participants Deliverables(brief description and month of delivery) Milestones
Dr. Marion Tobler, NCP Environment How is a project and a team built up?
Dr. Marion Tobler, NCP Environment What problem are you trying to solve? What is the European priority? Is it a global/African problem? What is the relation to Europe? Is knowledge already available? (state of the art) Who has the knowledge? Does our approach go beyond? Why now? (what were barriers so far?) Why this consortium? Are you the best people to do this work? Science and Technology: Evaluator‘s questions!
1Topic number NMP.2012.2.2.-1 Biomaterials for improved performance of medical implants 2Topic title (from WP) Functionalized and vascularized bio-scaffolds for bone implants 3Acronym (brand)Sell! 4Objective Provide biomaterials for the repair of large bone defects (> 3 cm) 5BackgroundWhat problem do we solve? talk policy and market Has it a European dimension? European websites (page3) Is the solution already available? (product, service) Why now? (think economy and society) -> 6 Why us? (best people) -> 7 6Results (outcome, impact) What will you produce? Who will do it? What is the contribution to Europe’s economy and society? Talk business! next page 7ConsortiumShow and complement your network 8Research plan Next page 10Duration, Costs 48 months
● What problem to solve? Provide a reliable and safe alternative to bone graft in the case of large bone defects (oncology, trauma cases) : implant biomaterials → minimize the risk of rejection: biocompatibility → increase the long term stability : promote bone tissue ingrowth within the implants; vascularization and cell adhesion → increase the life time of the implant : tuning the microstructure of the biomaterials. Advantages of implant biomaterials → reduce the time required for operation and rehabilitation → reduce the treatment costs → reduce the mobidity → beneficial for the quality of life of the patients and the economy ● European dimension? → The European orthopedic biomaterials markets are expected to approach €1 billion by 2017 → Fast increase of the market : around 10% per year
● Current solutions? Treatment of critical size bone defect → ~ 47% : autologous graft → ~ 43% : allograft (human demineralized bone matrix) → Xenografts → other bone substitutes ● Why now? → increasing demand from the patients and the clinicians → recent development in material sciences can provide matrices with tunable properties
Dr. Marion Tobler, NCP Environment Objectives, tasksExpert /Partner Production of porous inert or resorbable biomaterials (microstructure for cell ingrowth and vascularization) 2 academics for R&D (material sciences) 1 SME for large scale production Chemical functionalization of the biomaterials (promote cell adhesion, vascularization) 2 academics (organic synthesis and macromolecular chemistry) Selection and modification of cells for seeding the biomaterials 1 academic (university hospital) Evaluation of vascularization and bone cell proliferation within the implant 1 academic (university hospital) Expected results and impacts User of the results Production of open porous ceramics with controlled pore-size and distribution Nanomaterial industry Large scale synthesis of chemical ligands for conjugation to biomaterials and covalent linkage to bone cell precursors Nanomaterial industry, clinicians Development of cell- seeded implants avoiding rejection (human fetal cells, autologous progenitor cells) → patient-tailored implant Clinicians SPLIT THE WORK PROJECT OUTCOME
Dr. Marion Tobler, NCP Environment Objectives, tasksExpert /Partner Evaluation of the mechanical properties of the biomaterials (resistance to pressure, torsion, etc) 1 SME Long term study of the functionalized biomaterials in vitro an in vivo (inflammation, infection, tissue rebuilt) 2 academics (university hospital, cell assays and animal assays) Management Dissemination, exploitation and training Expected results and impacts User of the results Production of implants with improved life time Nanotechnology industry, Clinicians Organization of 2 workshops on nanomaterials for the training of scientists PhD students, industry collaborators SPLIT THE WORK PROJECT OUTCOME
Dr. Marion Tobler, NCP Environment 85 Reliable Trustworth Responding Competent Experienced Reliable Trustworth Responding Competent Experienced
Dr. Marion Tobler, NCP Environment Project Partner Search Support Personal contacts, partners in your existing networks European Conferences linked to FP7 (infos via Euresearch e- Newsletter) Newsletter Screen the FP6 & FP7 project databases for experienced partners http://cordis.europa.eu/fp6/projects.htm http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/projects_en.html Brokerage events
Dr. Marion Tobler, NCP Environment 87 The Swiss case Search for specific competences in Switzerland: Federal Office for environment: link http://www.bafu.admin.ch/innovation/06631/ 10646/10648/index.html?lang=en http://www.bafu.admin.ch/innovation/06631/ 10646/10648/index.html?lang=en Search for specific competences in Switzerland: Federal Office for environment: link http://www.bafu.admin.ch/innovation/06631/ 10646/10648/index.html?lang=en http://www.bafu.admin.ch/innovation/06631/ 10646/10648/index.html?lang=en
Dr. Marion Tobler, NCP Environment Get informed! http://ec.europa.eu/research/environment/index_en.cfm ?pg=projects&area=tools www.env-ncp-together.eu