Presentation on theme: "Support for FP7 Marie Curie Training Actions"— Presentation transcript:
1Support for FP7 Marie Curie Training Actions Contact: Beth YorkEU HR & Mobility Administrator Research Innovation Servicesnottingham.ac.ukext 13667
2Support available at the University of Nottingham Under FP6 the University of Nottingham were extremely successful under the Marie Curie Actions. Our success rate was 62% and feedback from PIs currently running FP6 MCAs is that they attract very high calibre fellows. The University would like to continue this record in to FP7 and provides a range of support for PIs and Fellows involved in Marie Curie Actions.
3Initially…If you are thinking about applying for an FP7 People programme or would just like to find out more then talk to Beth York in RIS (13667) for background to the Marie Curie Actions and an overview of the funding and opportunities available
4Proposal stageThe University retains Dr Martin Pickard as a consultant to assist with EC funding proposals. You may contact him directly on or for advice and guidance. He is very knowledgeable and has a wealth of experience in this field so we do encourage you to speak with him.Please keep RIS informed if you do submit a propsal for advice on budget profiling etc.
5Contract Negotiation… Beth York and Jill Harris in RIS will guide you through the process of contract negotiation with assistance from legal experts where necessary.
6Project Management…During the lifetime of the project there are many areas with which you may require additional support or advice…RecruitmentDeclarations of ConformityEligibility checksCareer Development PlansLiaison with ECSupport for FellowsPeriodic ReportsAuditsMid-term reviews
7Beth York in RIS is available to assist with all project management issues. Timesheets are kept and charges will be allocated to the management budget of your project (at real cost)ContactOr telephone
8Opportunities under FP7 Marie Curie Training Actions Contact: Beth YorkEU HR & Mobility Administrator Research Innovation Servicesnottingham.ac.ukext 13667
9What are the Marie Curie Actions about? Officially the Marie Curie Objectives for FP7 are to:Make Europe more attractive to researchersHave a structuring effect on the European Research Area through transnational and intersectoral mobility in order to create a European labour market for researchersStrengthen human potential by:Encouraging people to become researchersEncouraging researchers to carry out their research in EuropeEnable trans-national and inter-sectoral mobilityThe budget for the Marie Curie Actions under FP7 is €4.7 Billion which is a 50% year by year increase from FP6.The Marie Curie Actions will cover all stages of a researcher’s professional life, from initial research training to lifelong learning and career department.
10The Main Principles of Marie Curie The Marie Curie Actions are part of the European Commission’s FP7 People Programme which aims to improve the quality of the human potential in European R & D. The main principles (which should be kept in mind when writing a proposal!) are…Skills and competence development at all stages of researcher’s careerOpen to all research areas addressed under the Treaty plus possibility of targeted callsStrong participation from enterpriseReinforce international dimensionAppropriate gender and work/life balanceGood working environment, transparent recruitment and career development
11Overview of Marie Curie Actions There are 7 different Actions under the Marie Curie heading some applied for as the host and others as individuals…Host ActionsIndividual ActionsInitial Training NetworksIndustry Academia Partnerships and PathwaysIntra-European FellowshipsInternational Incoming FellowshipsInternational Outgoing FellowshipsEuropean Reintegration GrantsInternational Reintegration GrantsAdditional Specific Actions: Marie Curie Awards, Researcher’s Night
12How does this compare to FP6? For those of you with any prior experience of the Marie Curie Actions…FP7FP6Directly transferable?Indirectly transferable?ITNResearch Training Networks, ESTsSeries of Events ChairsLifelong LearningIntra-European, European Re-integrationIndustry-AcademiaToK – Industry-Academia Strategic PartnershipSeries of EventsInternationalIncoming/Outgoing International, International Re-integration
13MCA – FP7 €4.7 billion Budget breakdown € Million
14MCA - Deadlines Initial Training Networks (ITN) 7 May 2007 Two stage applicationIntra-European Fellowships (IEF)International Incoming Fellowships (IIF)International Outgoing Fellowships (IOF)Call released 28 February with a closing date of 14 August 2007European Reintegration Grants (ERG)International Reintegration Grants (IRG)25 April & 17 October 2007Industry-Academia Partnerships & Pathways (IAPP)Call released 28 February with a closing date of 31 May 2007
15All Mare Curie projects Central to all Marie Curie Actions is the RESEARCHER, their training and their mobility. It has been stressed repeatedly that Marie Curie funding is primarily for the benefit of the Researcher and the Researcher’s training and not the actual research.Definition of researchersEarly-Stage researchers0 - 4 years (FTE)from obtaining degree that qualified them to embark on a doctorateExperienced researchersin possession of a PhD; orat least 4 years experience (FTE)
16Transnational Mobility Requirements Must not have been resident in host country for more than 12 months in the last 3 years immediately before reference date [time of appointment for ITNs, and IAPP, application deadline for all other actions]Cannot be a national of host country unlessEuropean researcher working outside EU for 3 of the last 4 yearsDual nationality and have not resided in a country of nationality for the last 5 yearsInternational organisationReturn and reintegration grants
17Host Actions ITNs and IAPPs are Host Actions This means: Host institutions/network applies for a number of fellows/researchersHost’s proposal is evaluatedSelected host/network advertises fellowship position and selects fellows/researchersContract duration with host, usually 4 yearsFellows’ stay depending on Action (up to 3 years)
18What is an ITN? An Initial Training Network aims to : By: Strengthen Early Stage Training at EU levelAttract people to scientific careersImprove career perspectives by development of broad skills (including needs of industry)By:Offering fellowships to ESR and EXR through a Joint Training Programme including complementary skills modules and, as an option, hold short training events open to researchers outside the networkResearch topics for ITNs can be chosen freely in defined scientific fields as well as inter-disciplinary, new and emerging supra-disciplinary fields.
19Who can participate in an ITN? At least 3 different research groups from Member or Associated States, of which 2 must be Member or Candidate CountriesBUT ALSO it can be single or twin sites (in Member or Associated States) if the international context is strongThird 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
20Who participates in an ITN? An ITN must have both industrial and academic partners. Industry must be in involved at one of three levels:As a full partnerProvider of specific training or secondment opportunitiesOn the Advisory BoardAn ITN must haveCoherent quality standards and mutual recognition of training/ diplomas
21Who can you recruit to an ITN? An ITN supports researchers:With up to 5 years FTEFrom all over the worldFor periods of months (ESRs)For periods of 2 – 24 months (EXRs)As well as visiting scientists (optional)To carry out teaching and supervisory workFor a period of at least 1 month (can be split stay)
22Community Contribution - ITNs Includes:Salary costs (living, mobility, travel and career exploratory allowance)Contribution to research costs, networking and organisation of conferencesContribution to management costsAn overhead
23Definition of Fellow’s Allowances These are all flat ratesLivingBasic salary on an employment contractVaries according to research experienceMobilityRelocation costsVaries according to family situationTravelEvery 12 months travel from location of origin to fellowship locationCareer exploratoryFellowships at least 1 year to spend on career development activities
24Researcher Salaries for ITNs ExperienceStipend (€/yr)Employment contract (€/yr)Early-Stage researchers16,90033,800 (£25,183)Experienced researchers (< 5yrs)26,00052,000 (£38,743)Visiting Scientist ( yrs experience)33,80067,600 (£50,366)VS (> 10 yrs experience)50,700101,400 (£75,549)Salaries are inclusive of all compulsory deductions Correction factor applied for cost of living (UK Coefficient 110.2%)
25Travel costs – depending on distance Mobility allowance Allowance ratesTravel costs – depending on distance€ €2500Mobility allowanceWithout family: €500 per monthWith family: €800 per monthCorrection factor applied for cost of livingCareer Exploratory allowance€ 2000 for stays of more than one yearTraining / research costs of eligible researchers (ITNs only)Lab-based research: € 600 per monthNon-lab-based research: €300 per month
26Benefits for the institution - ITN Research Training€600 (ITN) per monthOrganisation of international conferences etc€300 per researcher per day for those outside ITNManagement Activitiesmaximum 7% (ITN) of the total EC contributionContribution to overheads10% of direct costs except for subcontractorsOther types of eligible expensesN/A
27What 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 CountriesAn IAPP aims to increase industry-academia co-operation by:Supporting the creation, development, reinforcement and execution of strategic partnershipsCreating diverse career possibilities and experience for researchersKnowledge sharing/cultural exchange, especially SMEsAiming for longer term co-operation between both sectors
28What can you do with an IAPP? Recruit experienced researchers for between 2 months and 2 yearsStaff exchange – early stage or experienced researchers (and possibly technical staff and research managers!) for between 2 months and 2 yearsOrganise common workshops/conferencesInter-sectoral mobility possible, within framework of whole project, in same country up to a maximum of 30% of total researcher monthsFor SMEs, a contribution towards small equipment costs (up to 10% of project total)
29Community Contribution Includes:Salary costs (living, mobility, travel and career exploratory allowance)Contribution to research costs, networking and organisation of conferencesContribution to management costs (3%)Other eligible costs possible [for SMEs only in IAPPs]An overhead
30Proposal Submission All submission is online Contact the EC if there are compelling reasons for why you are unable to submit onlineElectronic Proposal Submission Service (EPPS)should be available at least a month before the deadlineIn the meantime, use the templates in the Guide for ApplicantsTwo-stage submission for ITNsStage 1: 7 May [address 2 criteria]Stage 2: 25 September [full proposal]One-stage submission for IAPPsDeadline likely to be 31 May!! MEET THE DEADLINE !!
32Key documents Call Fiche Focus “People” Work Programme Guide for ApplicantsPreparation & submissionEPSS GuideRules on Submission and Evaluation, Guide for EvaluatorsBackgroundModel grant agreementFinancial, negotiation, reporting and IPR guidelinesFP7, “People” Specific Programme TextOther policy documents e.g. Mobility Strategy, “Charter and Code”
33Proposal Submission Forms Part ASet of forms on administrative information about the proposal and the proposers (pre-prepared form), and general budget information (e.g. number of researchers)Part BFree-text description of the research project;Series of headings and explanatory notes based on the evaluations criteria;Limits on font size, size of PDF file
34Who submits?Technically co-ordinator manages the proposal application byObtaining a user-name and passwordCo-ordinating completion of A Forms for each participantCo-ordinating drafting of Part BPressing the SUBMIT button!Prepare application on-line before deadline date
35Individual Actions Researcher applies jointly with host Length of stay depending on ActionReintegration PhaseMandatory for International Outgoing FellowshipsOptional for International Incoming Fellows (if the fellow is from an international co-operation partner country (ICPC))Fellow who withdraws cannot be replaced
37Intra-European Fellowships EU Member or Associated State National or Third Country national if in EU for at least 4 of the last 5 years12 – 24 months in a different EU Member State or Associated CountryResuming a career in researchIndividual applies with hostAttaining or strengthening professional independenceSkills diversification
38International Outgoing Fellowships EU Member or Associated State Nationals only24 – 36 months in total of which months in third country followed by mandatory reintegration phase in European host institutionsIndividual applies with hostAcquiring new knowledge in the third country – bringing it back to the EU/ASContract is between European host institution and Commission for duration of fellowshipMandatory return phase of 1 year
39International Incoming Fellowships Third Country nationals only12 – 24 months incoming phase in EU/ASPossible 1 year reintegration for nationals from ICPCIndividual applies with hostContract between European host institution and EC for incoming phase, and between third country host and EC for reintegration / returnKnowledge-sharingMutually-beneficial research co-operation
40European Re-integration Grants (Re)-integration into research career following a period of transnational mobilityApplicants must have already benefited from a Marie Curie fellowship under FP6 or FP months minimum FTEThe European Re-integration Grant:Supports a research project of 2- 3 yearsContributes to the research costsResearcher applies with host institutionStart within 12 months of your fellowship end
41International Re-integration Grants Integration into research career in Europe following a period of transnational mobility outside Europe for at least 3 yearsContribute to development of lasting co-operation with scientific community of the third country from which they have returnedNo requirement to have benefited from MCA previouslyThe International Re-integration GrantsSupport a research project of 2- 4 yearsContributes to the research costsResearcher applies with host institutionHost commits to researcher for at least 3 yearsMust not be employed in research in EU at time of application
42Community Contribution Benefits for the researchersLiving allowanceMobility allowanceTravel allowanceCareer exploratory allowanceBenefits for the institutionContribution to research costsContribution to management costsOther eligible costs possibleIndirect costs (overheads)
43Researcher Salaries Experience Employment contract Early-Stage researchers€33,800Experienced researchers€52,000(more than 10 years experience)€78,000Salaries are inclusive of all compulsory deductions Correction factor applied for cost of living (UK Coefficient 110.2%)
44Individual fellow allowances Travel costs – depending on distance€ €2500Mobility allowanceWithout family: €500 per monthWith family: €800 per monthCorrection factor applied for cost of livingCareer Exploratory allowance€ 2000 for stays of more than one yearTraining / research costs of eligible researchersLab-based research: € 800 per monthNon-lab-based research: €500 per month
45Benefits for the institution Management Activitiesmaximum 3% of the total EC contributionContribution to overheads10% of direct costs except for subcontractorsOther types of eligible expensesERG:Fixed amount € per researcher per yearIRG:Fixed amount € per researcher per year
46FP7 – People – Marie Curie MCA - DeadlinesInitial Training Networks (ITN)7 May 2007two stage applicationIntra- European Fellowships (IEF)Incoming International Fellowships (IIF)Outgoing International Fellowships (OIF)Call expected 28 February with a closing date of 14 August 2007European Reintegration Grants (ERG)International Reintegration Grants (IRG)25 April & 17 October 2007Industry-Academia Partnerships & Pathways (IAPP)Call expected 28 February with a closing date of 31 May 2007FP7 – People – Marie Curie
47FP7 – People – Marie Curie LinksUK National Contact Point for Marie CurieCORDISThe Charter and the CodeUK HE Sector analysis:European Researchers’ Mobility PortalMarie Curie VacanciesQueriesFP7 – People – Marie Curie
48EU Countries EU-27 Associated Countries (FP6) Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic,Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece,Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta,Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain,Sweden, UKAssociated Countries (FP6)Croatia, Iceland, Israel, Liechtenstein, Norway,Switzerland, Turkey, Serbia