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1 Marie Curie Actions European Research Council (ERC)
Judith Litjens

2 FP7 Overview FP7 Structure Plus JRC and Euratom
Co-operation – collaborative research Capacities Health Research Infrastructures Food, Agriculture, Fisheries, and Biotechnology (FAFB/KBBE) Research for the Benefit Of SMEs Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) FP7 Overview Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials and new Production Technologies (NMP) 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 (SESH) Coherent Development of Policies Space Security People - Marie Curie Ideas – European Research Council (ERC) Individual Fellowships & Reintegration Grants Starting Independent Researcher Grants Initial Training Networks Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways Advanced Investigator Grants International Research Staff Exchange Scheme Supporting Actions Researcher’s Night

3 Who is eligible for funding?
EU-27 Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria , Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, UK Associated Countries (FP7) Albania*, Croatia*, FYR Macedonia*, Iceland*, Israel*, Liechtenstein*, Montenegro*, Norway*, Serbia*, Switzerland, Turkey*, Bosnia Herzegovina* *except Euratom FP7 Overview

4 Country eligibility Cooperation

5 FP7 – Marie Curie Actions
Objectives and Policy Context: Make Europe more attractive to researchers Structuring effect on the European Research Area through transnational and intersectoral 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-sectoral mobility €4.7 Billion FP7 – Marie Curie Actions

6 Overview of Marie Curie Actions
Host Actions Individual Actions Initial Training Networks Industry Academia Partnerships and Pathways International Research Staff Exchange Scheme Intra- European Fellowships International Incoming Fellowships International Outgoing Fellowships New! Career Integration Grants People Specific Programme Also funded: Researcher’s Night, CO-FUND

7 MCA – Deadlines & Budgets
Industry Academia Partnerships and Pathways 7/12/2010 €80m Researchers’ Night 12/01/2011 €4m Initial Training Networks (ITN) 26/01/2011 €318.41m COFUND 17/02/2011 €90m IRSES 17/03/2011 €30m Career Integration Grants (CIG) 08/03/2011 & 6/09/2011 €40m Intra- European Fellowships (IEF) International Incoming Fellowships (IIF) International Outgoing Fellowships (IOF) 11/08/2011 €110m FP7 – People – Marie Curie

8 FP7 – Marie Curie Actions
Changes in 2011 Career Integration Grants replace the European Reintegration & International Reintegration Grants Schemes New, simplified cost categories In ITN, Visiting Researchers to be funded out of programme expenses Dissemination plans to be taken into account during evaluation Non-MS/AC Nationals can apply in IOF scheme if in Europe for 5 years before deadline COFUND – maximum contribution now EUR10m for up to 5 years FP7 – Marie Curie Actions

9 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 at least 4 years experience (FTE) FP7 – Marie Curie Actions

10 Transnational Mobility Requirements
Must not have been resident in host country for more than 12 months in the last 3 years immediately before application deadline / date of recruitment or secondment Mobility rule now applies to all individual fellowships – no ERG option to remain in same country under new CIG schemes unless you meet this requirement Nationality criteria remains only in IOF scheme, in which applicants must either be nationals of a MS/AC or have been residing/carrying out main activity in MS/AC for 5 years before deadline ‘Impact’ sub-criterion for individual fellowships: ‘benefit of the mobility to the ERA’ FP7 – Marie Curie Actions

11 FP7 People: Individual Actions

12 Individual Fellowships
Aimed at ‘Experienced Researchers’ Skills diversification and knowledge sharing Three categories: Intra-European Fellowships (IEF) International Incoming Fellowships (IIF) International Outgoing Fellowships (IOF) Deadline: 11 August 2011 FP7 – Marie Curie Actions

13 Intra-European Fellowships
Researchers based in the EU or Associated Country Must have spent less than 12 months in the last three years in the country where the fellowship is undertaken 12 – 24 months in an EU Member State or Associated Country Resuming a career in research Individual applies with host Attaining or strengthening professional independence Skills diversification FP7 – Marie Curie Actions

14 International Outgoing Fellowships
EU Member or Associated State Nationals only PLUS non-nationals in MS/AC for more than 5 years at deadline 24 – 36 months in total of which months in third country followed by mandatory reintegration phase in European host institutions Individual applies with host Acquiring new knowledge in the third country – bringing it back to the EU/AS Contract is between European host institution and Commission for duration of fellowship Mandatory return phase of 1 year FP7 – Marie Curie Actions

15 International Incoming Fellowships
Researchers based in third countries 12 – 24 months incoming phase in EU/AS Possible 1 year reintegration grant for nationals from International Co-operation Partner Countries (€15,000) Individual applies with host Contract between European host institution and EC for incoming phase, and between third country host and EC for reintegration / return Knowledge-sharing Mutually-beneficial research co-operation FP7 – Marie Curie Actions

16 Individual Fellowships – Part B
Marie Curie – Evaluation Criteria 3/5 S & T Quality % 3/5 No thresholds for IIF Training & knowledge transfer 15% Researcher % 4/5 Implementation % No threshold Impact % 3.5/5 Overall threshold 70%

17 FP7 – Marie Curie Actions
Career Integration Grants Supports integration into research career in Europe To provide those taking up stable post with own research budget Should enable transfer of knowledge & building of links with country from which researcher has moved No requirement to have benefited from MCA previously Must comply with mobility rule Support a research project of 2- 4 years Contributes to the research costs Researcher applies with host institution Host commits to researcher for at least duration of project € per year flat rate funding Deadlines: 8 March 2011 and 6 September 2011 FP7 – Marie Curie Actions

18 Career Integration Grants– Part B
FP7 – Marie Curie Actions S & T Quality % 3/5 3/5 Researcher % Implementation % No threshold Impact % No threshold Overall threshold 70%

19 FP7 People: Host Actions

20 Marie Curie Initial Training Networks

21 What is an ITN? FP7 – Marie Curie - ITN Aims: ITNs are in:
Offering a series of fellowships to ESR and EXR through a Joint Training Programme including complementary skills modules – focus on development of early-stage researchers Covers networking costs & the organisation of short training events As an option, can recruit ‘visiting scientists’ ITNs are in: Defined scientific fields as well as inter-disciplinary, new and emerging supra-disciplinary fields FP7 – Marie Curie - ITN

22 Who can participate in an ITN?
At least 3 different research groups from Member or Associated States BUT ALSO it can be single sites (in Member or Associated States) if the international context is strong – role of associated partners key Third country partners are eligible, in addition to the minimum requirements. International Co-operation Partner Countries (ICPC) may receive funding, whilst those in non-ICPCs may receive funding if absolutely essential for the project FP7 – Marie Curie - ITN

23 Who participates in an ITN?
An ITN has both industrial and academic partners. Industry involvement essential at one of two levels: As a full partner Provider of specific training or secondment opportunities Note: the third-level option of involvement through membership of an advisory board is no longer available FP7 – Marie Curie - ITN

24 Who participates in an ITN?
Private sector partners: must be organisations gaining the majority of their revenue through competitive means with exposure to commercial markets. Industry representatives can participate but do not satisfy this criterion Think broadly about potential private sector partners – end users? ITN must have Coherent quality standards and mutual recognition of training/ diplomas FP7 – Marie Curie - ITN

25 Who can you recruit to an ITN?
An ITN supports researchers: With up to 5 years FTE From all over the world For periods of months (ESRs) For periods of up to 24 months (EXRs) Researchers can be of any nationality but must comply with the mobility rule FP7 – Marie Curie - ITN

26 Weightings and thresholds for ITNs
Scientific quality of the project 30% 3 Training 4 Implementation 20% Impact Overall threshold of 70% applies FP7 – Marie Curie – ITNs

27 Industry Academia Partnerships and Pathways (IAPPs)

28 What is an Industry–Academia Pathways and Partnership?
It is a two-way partnership with at least one commercial enterprise and one academic organisation in two different Member 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

29 FP7 – Marie Curie - IAPP What can you do with an IAPP?
Staff exchange – early stage or experienced researchers (and possibly technical staff and research managers!) for between 2 months and 2 years (mandatory) Recruit experienced researchers for between 12 months and 2 years (optional) Newly recruited experienced researchers must be appointed under employment contracts only Focus of the scheme is on inter-sectoral mobility Organise common workshops/conferences For SMEs, a contribution towards small equipment costs (up to 10% of project total) FP7 – Marie Curie - IAPP

30 FP7 – Marie Curie - IAPP Definitions of eligible organisations
Each IAPP must involve at least one university/research centre in the non-commercial sector and at least one entity from the commercial sector. An IAPP project can be co-ordinated by a partner from either of the two sectors Commercial sector partners: must be organisations operating on a commercial enterprise, gaining the majority of their revenue through competitive means with exposure to commercial markets. may include: incubators; start-ups; spin-offs; venture-capital companies; etc. may range in size from the smallest- micro-companies with research capacity to very large multi-national enterprises FP7 – Marie Curie - IAPP

31 FP7 – Marie Curie - IAPP Definitions of eligible organisations
Non-commercial sector partners can include; National organisations, e.g., universities, public non-commercial research centres Non-profit or charitable organisations (e.g., NGOs, trusts, etc.) International European interest organisations (e.g. CERN) The Joint Research Centre of the European Commission Other international organisations (e.g. WHO, UNESCO, etc.) FP7 – Marie Curie - IAPP

32 IAPPs – Evaluation criteria
FP7 – People – Marie Curie 3/5 S & T Quality % 3/5 Transfer of knowledge % Researcher N/A Implementation % 3/5 Impact % No threshold Overall threshold 70%

33 International Research Staff Exchange Scheme (IRSES)

34 What is the International Staff Exchange Scheme (IRSES)?
A scheme aimed at Strengthening research partnerships through staff exchanges and networking activities Support to research organisations establish or reinforce long-term research co-operation through a coordinated joint programme of exchange for researchers for short periods Encourages exchange of best practice FP7 – Marie Curie - IRSES

35 What is IRSES? FP7 – Marie Curie - IRSES
Two-way staff secondments between institutions in EU/AC and eligible third countries At least two participants from two different MS/AC and one partner from an eligible third country Secondment – up to 12 months Project duration of 24 – 48 months Commission contribution: EUR 1900/ researcher/month for EU/AC secondments plus EUR 200 per researcher/month long distance allowance (where applicable) Deadline: 17 March 2011 FP7 – Marie Curie - IRSES

36 Who can participate in IRSES?
Eligible staff include researchers, technical and management staff Eligible countries: EU Member States and Associated Countries Countries in the European Neighbourhood Policy: Armenia, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Egypt, Georgia, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Moldova, Morocco, Palestinian-administered areas, Syrian Arab Rep., Tunisia, Ukraine Countries that have an S&T agreement with the EU: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Chile, Egypt, India, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa, Tunisia, Ukraine, United States FP7 – Marie Curie - IRSES

37 Financial Issues

38 Cost Category Comparison
FP7 – Marie Curie

39 Paid to fellows Category 1: Living allowance (inclusive of all compulsory deductions)
Experience Stipend (€/yr) Employment contract (€/yr) Early-Stage researchers 19,000 38,000 Experienced researchers (4 – 10 years) 29,250 58,500 Experienced researchers (> 10 yrs experience) 43,750 87,500 FP7 – Marie Curie - Rates Correction factor applied for cost of living (UK Coefficient = 120.3%) Category 2: Mobility allowance – now includes old travel/career exploratory allowances Without family: €700 per month With family: €1000 per month Correction factor applied for cost of living

40 Individual fellow allowances
Living allowance (salary) Correction factor applied Mobility and travel allowance Without family: €700 per month With family: €1000 per month Training / research costs of eligible researchers € 800 per month Contribution to overheads (benefit to institution) Fixed amount of €700 per researcher-month. Correction factor applied FP7 – Marie Curie Actions

41 FP7 – Marie Curie Actions
Reintegration Grants Career Integration Grant: Fixed amount € 25,000 per researcher per year “to contribute to the research costs of the researcher at the career integration host” Can cover: part of the salary of the research (or other staff working on the project); equipment, consumables or travel; and overheads or management costs. FP7 – Marie Curie Actions

42 FP7 – Marie Curie - Rates Allowance rates – ITNs and IAPPs Category 1:
Living allowance (including salary) Correction factor applied Category 2: Mobility allowance Without family: €700 per month With family: €1000 per month Category 3: Training / research expenses of eligible researchers €1800 per research per month *Category 3 also includes costs for the host FP7 – Marie Curie - Rates

43 Benefits for the institution – ITNs and IAPPs
Category 3: Contribution to Research/Training/Transfer of Knowledge €1800 per research per month *Category 3 also includes costs for the researcher Category 4: Management Activities Maximum 10% of the total EC contribution Category 5: Contribution to overheads 10% of direct costs except for subcontractors Category 6: Applicable to IAPP and participating SMEs only Other types of eligible expenses (small equipment expenses) FP7 – Marie Curie - Rates

44 Success rates and further information

45 Marie Curie Actions Individual Fellowships – IEF/IOF/IIF
FP7 – Marie Curie Results Intra-European Fellowships (IEF) – Aug 2008 1738 eligible proposals received Success rate: 26.6% International Outgoing Fellowships (IOF) – Aug 2008 441 proposals received Success rate: 24.9% International Incoming Fellowships (IIF) – Aug 2008 661 proposals received Success rate: 21.2%

46 Marie Curie Actions Individual Fellowships – IEF/IOF/IIF
FP7 – Marie Curie Results Intra-European Fellowships (IEF) – Aug 2009 2388 eligible proposals received Success rate: 24.08% International Outgoing Fellowships (IOF) – Aug 2009 590 proposals received Success rate: 20.33% International Incoming Fellowships (IIF) – Aug 2009 1040 proposals received Success rate: 14.8%

47 Marie Curie Actions Individual Fellowships – IEF/IOF/IIF
FP7 – Marie Curie Results Intra-European Fellowships (IEF) – Aug 2010 2832 eligible proposals received Success rate: 17.8% International Outgoing Fellowships (IOF) – Aug 2010 730 proposals received Success rate: 16.44% International Incoming Fellowships (IIF) – Aug 2010 1160 proposals received Success rate: 11.8%

48 Reintegration Grants: Success rates
Apr 07 Oct 07 Apr 08 Oct 08 Apr 09 Oct 09 Mar 10 Sep 10 ERG 93% 94% 89% 65% 69% 50% IRG 83% 43% 51% 48% 64% 66% 68% Marie Curie – Evaluation Criteria

49 ITNs – results of 2010 call FP7 – Marie Curie - ITN LIF 230 19 8.2%
Evaluated proposals Funded proposals Success Rate LIF 230 19 8.2% ENG 199 14 7.0% PHY 126 8 6.3% CHE 100 7 ENV 95 7.4% SOC 77 6 7.8% MAT 18 1 5.6% ECO 21 4.8% TOTAL 863 63 FP7 – Marie Curie - ITN

50 LECHE: Lactase persistence and the early Cultural History of Europe
This large (15 researcher, 24 participants) European training network explores the origin and impact of dairying Europe. The participating researchers will draw on the latest genetic studies of modern humans and domestic animals to identify markers of specific traits, but will also travel back in time and search for these in ancient remains. For more information visit: FP7 – Marie Curie – ITN Example

51 FP7 – Marie Curie - IAPP Statistics – IAPPs
2011 call (closed 7 December 2010) 165 eligible proposals received 2009 call (there was no 2010 call) 356 eligible proposals received Success rate 16,6% 2008 call 141 eligible proposals received Success rate 36% FP7 – Marie Curie - IAPP

52 FP7 – Marie Curie - IAPP Funded Projects (1) Chemistry: FOLDAPPI
Scientific Goal: to investigate potential of foldamers to disrupt protein-protein interactions. Partners:2 pharmaceutical companies, 2 universities, 4 member states – France, Germany, UK, Belgium Duration: 4 years EC contribution: €1.1m Economics: QUARISMA (Quality & risk management in food chains) Scientific goal: to stimulate more sustainable development in the European meat sector and mobilise the scientific knowledge necessary for this. Partners: 2 industry, 2 universities, 2 member states – Germany, Netherlands EC contribution: €2.3m FP7 – Marie Curie - IAPP

53 Marie Curie Actions National Contact Point Helpdesk
Website Helpdesk via and telephone phone Specialist training courses and information events UK Research Office – Marie Curie NCP Advice on applying for Marie Curie actions Eligibility Application help Results Contractual issues Advice to those with Marie Curie grants

54 FP7 – Marie Curie Actions
Further Information UKRO NCP website: Queries on the schemes: Tel: ; Fax Other useful websites: FP7 – Marie Curie Actions

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