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1 Marie Curie Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways UK NCP for Marie Curie

2 Session overview UKRO and the NCP Policy background and description of actions Financial issues Submission and evaluation of proposals Success rates UK Research Office – MC NCP

3 UK Research Office UK Research Office
To promote effective UK engagement in EU research, innovation and higher education activities Based in Brussels, Established in 1984, Staff of 13 Sponsored by the seven UK Research Councils Receives subscriptions from over 140 research organisations Range of services for sponsors and subscribers Research Council policy work Brussels liaison For more information see UK Research Office

4 ‘Core’ subscriber services Open to non-subscribers
UKRO’s Services ‘Core’ subscriber services Open to non-subscribers Query service (Majority of) training courses and information events Annual briefing visits (for UK subscribers) Annual Conference News updates Marie Curie UK National Contact Point Subscriber website European Research Council UK National Contact Point Meeting room in Brussels British Council European RTD Insight publication UK Research Office

5 Marie Curie NCP - helpdesk
Web, , telephone, visits Tel: Advice on applying for MC actions: Eligibility Application help Results Contractual issues Advice to those with MC contracts: Social security and tax Model agreements between host and fellow UK Research Office – MC NCP

6 Framework Programme 7 and the ‘People’ specific programme UK NCP for Marie Curie

7 Policy Background FP7 – Policy Background
FP7 is designed to achieve the EU2020 and Barcelona objectives and to complement activities in Member States. Support to the European Research Area Innovation Union Budget of € million Complementarity with other EC programmes: Competitiveness and Innovation Education and Training Structural Funds FP7 – Policy Background

8 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*, Faroe Islands*, FYR Macedonia*, Iceland*, Israel*,Liechtenstein*, Montenegro*, Norway*, Serbia*, Switzerland,Turkey*, Bosnia Herzegovina* *except Euratom FP7 Overview

9 Country eligibility FP7

10 Framework Programme 7 FP7 Specific Programmes Marie Curie Actions
Co-operation – Collaborative Research Framework Programme 7 European Research Council Marie Curie Actions Capacities – Research Capacity JRC EURATOM

11 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

12 FP7 – Marie Curie Actions
Principles Skills and competence development at all stages of researcher’s career Open to all research areas addressed under the Treaty plus possibility of targeted calls Strong participation from enterprises Reinforce international dimension Appropriate gender and work/life balance Good working environment, transparent recruitment and career development FP7 – Marie Curie Actions

13 Overview of Marie Curie Actions
Actions for Organisations Actions for Individuals Initial Training Networks Industry Academia Partnerships and Pathways International Research Staff Exchange Scheme CO-FUND Intra- European Fellowships International Incoming Fellowships International Outgoing Fellowships Career Integration Grants People Specific Programme Also funded: Researcher’s Night

14 FP7 – People – Marie Curie
2011 Deadlines Industry Academia Partnerships and Pathways (IAPP) 20 July 2010 – 7 December 2010 Researchers’ Night 28 September 2010 – 12 January 2011 Initial Training Networks (ITN) 20 July 2010 – 26 January 2011 COFUND 20 October 2010 – 17 February 2011 Career Integration Grants (CIG) 20 October 2010 – 8 March 2011 and 6 September 2011 International Research Staff Exchange Scheme (IRSES) 20 October 2010 – 17 March 2011 Intra- European Fellowships (IEF) International Incoming Fellowships (IIF) International Outgoing Fellowships (IOF) 16 March 2011 – 11 August 2011 FP7 – People – Marie Curie

15 IAPPs – 2011 call info FP7 – Marie Curie - IAPP
Publication date: 20 July 2010 Call deadline: 7 December 2010 Indicative budget: €80 million Indicative timetable: Results expected 4 months after deadline Grants agreement signature from 9 months after deadline FP7 – Marie Curie - IAPP

16 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

17 Transnational Mobility Requirements
Must not have been resident in host country for more that 12 months in the last 3 years date of recruitment or secondment Researchers can return to the country of their nationality if the mobility rule is respected For international organisations the country mobility rule does not apply – BUT the fellow must not have spent more that 12 months in the previous 3 years at the host international organisation. Note – IOF 3rd country nationals have to have spent 5 years before the deadline in Member States or countries associated to FP7 FP7 – Marie Curie Actions

18 Industry Academia Partnerships and Pathways (IAPPs)

19 IAPPs in context FP7 – Marie Curie - IAPP
“In the context of the 'Innovation Union' flagship initiative, inter-sectoral mobility between academia and industry continues to be a priority as a means to improve cooperation between the two sectors and to eliminate cultural and other mobility barriers. At the same time it plays a structuring role by allowing researchers to acquire key skills which are equally relevant to the public and private sectors.” Indicative budget share for IAPPS = 5-10% of overall people budget FP7 – Marie Curie - IAPP

20 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 Includes secondments, recruitment and networking activities Project can be up to 48 months Majority of researcher months should be secondments FP7 – Marie Curie - IAPP

21 What is an Industry–Academia Pathways and Partnership?
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

22 FP7 – Marie Curie - IAPP What can you do with an IAPP?
Staff exchange (mandatory) – experienced researchers, early-stage researchers (and possibly technical staff and research managers!) for between 2 months and 2 years Recruit experienced researchers for between 12 months and 2 years (optional) Organise common workshops/conferences Inter-sectoral mobility possible, within framework of whole project, in same country up to a maximum of 30% of total researcher months For SMEs, a contribution towards small equipment costs (up to 10% of project total) FP7 – Marie Curie - IAPP

23 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

24 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

25 Statistics (1) FP7 – Marie Curie - IAPP 2007 2008 2009 Submitted 103
141 358 Evaluated 102 356 Selected 41 51 59 Budget (M Euro) 38.5 45 65 Success rate 40 % 36 % 16.6 % FP7 – Marie Curie - IAPP

26 Statistics (2) FP7 – Marie Curie - IAPP
Industry/Academia ratio (A list) FP7 – Marie Curie - IAPP Participants Coord. Industry (54%) 23 (24%) Academia (46%) 36 (76%) SME participation Participants Coord. Total (36.4 %) 81 (22.8 %) A list (32.4 %) 11 (18.6 %)

27 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

28 FP7 – Marie Curie - IAPP Funded Projects (2) Life Sciences: OXYSENSE
A biosensor, image analysis, and work flow system platform for the study of neuronal injury and assessment of cellular bioenergetics Partners: 2 industry, 2 academic, 3 member states – Ireland, Germany, Austria Duration: 4 years EU contribution:€580,000 Engineering: DECADE (Development of Efficient and Robust Controllers for Advanced Energy Systems) Project vision: to transfer knowledge related to the development, design, operation & control of advanced energy systems that provide the central elements of a sustainable energy strategy in which energy (heat) and electricity are produce and used in the most economically attractive, robust and efficient way. Partners: 2 industry, 2 academic, 4 member states/associated countries – Macedonia, UK, Hungary, Greece Duration: 4 years EU contribution: €760,000 FP7 – Marie Curie - IAPP

29 Financial Issues

30 Cost Category Comparison
FP7 – Marie Curie

31 FP7 – Marie Curie - Rates Allowance rates - IAPP 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

32 Researcher Living Allowance for IAPP
Experience Stipend (€/yr) Employment contract (€/yr) Early-Stage researchers 50% of full rate 38,000 Experienced researchers (< 10yrs) 58,500 Experienced Researchers (>10yrs) 87,500 FP7 – Marie Curie - Rates Salaries are inclusive of all compulsory deductions Correction factor applied for cost of living (UK Co-efficient now 120.3%)

33 Benefits for the institution – IAPP
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: Other types of eligible expenses – Small equipment cost for SME. Up to 10% their budget FP7 – Marie Curie - Rates

34 How do the finances work?
Basic principle = funding follows researcher but is intended to be flexible Budget for each partner calculated on the basis of incoming researchers, i.e., the researchers recruited or received in secondment by the organisation Administrative flexibility in terms of who actually pays researcher – i.e., researcher may remain on payroll of sending organisation to provide continuity of pension payments Financial arrangements will be part of negotiation process with Commission & must be detailed in consortium agreement Secondees should be on employment contracts with host institution unless for short stays or they continue to receive usual salary from home organisation during secondment. FP7 – Marie Curie Actions

35 Submission and Evaluation

36 MCA – Submission & Evaluations
Proposal Submission All submission done online Contact the EC if there are compelling reasons for why you are unable to submit online Electronic Proposal Submission Service (EPSS) Is available Meet the deadline! MCA – Submission & Evaluations

37 MCA – Submission & Evaluations
Outline of the Process Call fiche Published Proposal submitted Evaluation Process Notification Of results Contract negotiation signature Project Start MCA – Submission & Evaluations

38 Individual Evaluation
Evaluation Process Proposal Rejection Eligibility Individual Evaluation MCA – Submission & Evaluations Consensus Ethical Issues Rejection Thresholds Ranking by Commission Negotiation Rejection Negative Result Commission Funding Decision

39 MCA – Submission & Evaluations
Process timetable Publication of call Deadline for submission of proposals 7 December 2010 at , Brussels local time Evaluation of proposals Mid March-2011 Evaluation Summary Reports sent to proposal coordinators ("initial information letter") End April-2011 Invitation letter to successful coordinators to launch grant agreement negotiations with REA services Mid June-2011 Letter to unsuccessful applicants From August-2011 Signature of first grant agreements From September-2011 MCA – Submission & Evaluations

40 Admin information in……
PART A provides participant details and the information for the budget estimation A1 – Proposal information (abstract, acronym, evaluation panel etc) A2 – Information on host organisation. Coordinator is Participant 1 A3 – Not for IAPPs A4 – Number of fellows. Includes details for seconded and recruited researchers A5 – Not for IAPPs FP7 – Marie Curie – Your Proposal

41 Your project is mainly defined in ….
…PART B of the proposal forms (Part A is administrative info) PART B addresses the evaluation criteria …which vary according to MCA …and have different weightings and thresholds General structure of Part B for individual fellowships is: Cover Page, Table of Contents S & T Quality Transfer of Knowledge Implementation Impact FP7 – Marie Curie – Your Proposal

42 Evaluation of proposals
Evaluation by competent experts in the field Need to address all of the issues to maximise scores Total score is 100% Overall threshold (70%) Some criteria have a threshold Each area is weighted Science counts for 25%; Impact counts for 30%!! You must focus on the objectives of the activity to be successful MCA – Submission & Evaluations

43 European Charter and Code
European Charter for Researchers addresses: Roles and responsibilities Entitlements of researchers and their employers or funding organisations. Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers aims to: improve recruitment and make selection procedures fairer and more transparent proposes different means of judging merit MCA – Submission & Evaluations

44 Maximising Your Chances of Success

45 What does the Commission want?
A project that matches “their” objectives: “This action seeks to open and foster dynamic pathways between public research organisations and private commercial enterprises, in particular SMEs, including traditional manufacturing industries, based on longer term co-operation programmes with a high potential for increasing knowledge-sharing and mutual understanding of the different cultural settings and skill requirements of both the industrial and academic sectors. The action will be implemented through targeted and flexible support for human resources interactions within co-operation programmes between at least two organisations, one from each sector and from at least 2 different Member States or Associated countries” Text taken from 2009 People Work Programme Marie Curie – What’s required

46 FP7 – People – Marie Curie
IAPPS – Part B 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%

47 FP7 – People – Marie Curie
MCA – S&T Quality Sub-criteria : 3/ % Scientific/technological objectives of the research programme, including in terms of intersectoral issues Scientific quality of the joint collaborative research programme Appropriateness of the research methodology Originality and innovative aspect of the research programme. Knowledge of state-of-the-art FP7 – People – Marie Curie

48 Assessors’ comments on S & T quality: positive
The project is very challenging and innovative The involvement of the private sector is meaningful and complementary to the academic partners The proposal is genuinely inter-sectoral and interdisciplinary Science and Technological objects are clearly described and detailed Valuable and innovative scientific advances with respect to the state-of –the-art are envisaged The research methodology is appropriate, comprehensive and well-planned The research programme and methodology are very well detailed and integrated with the envisaged transfer of knowledge and training. Marie Curie – What’s required

49 Assessors’ comments on S & T quality: negative
The research programme lacks a detailed list of workpackages, timetable and particular involvement of each partner is not specifically included. The project is not very original since it is based on previous results obtained by academic partners. The project research methodology is not properly developed and lacks details as regards risk assessment, milestones and outcomes. Presents limited intersectoriality No previous documented information – articles, scientifc journals, conferences, and so on. Marie Curie – What’s required

50 MCA – Transfer of Knowledge
Sub-criteria 3/5 20% Quality of the transfer of knowledge programme. Consistency with the research programme Importance of the transfer of knowledge in terms of intersectoral issues. Adequacy of the role of researchers exchanged and recruited from outside the partnership with respect to the transfer of knowledge programme. FP7 – People – Marie Curie

51 Assessors’ comments on Transfer of Knowledge: positive
Well-planned strategy for secondments and recruitments providing for effective knowledge transfer between public and private sectors The inter-sectoral secondments are planned in detail (names of researchers and scientific areas in which they will be involved) The involvement of ESRs in the secondment scheme is important for the advancement of their scientific careers The partners demonstrate sound capacity to receive and transfer knowledge; suitable scientific, training and complementary training course are planned The researchers who will be recruited have defined research tasks and the requested duration and time of recruitments is appropriate The human resources in the proposal are clear, relevant, consistent with the research, well justified and of high quality Marie Curie – What’s required

52 Assessors’ comments on Transfer of Knowledge: negative
Secondments are only indicated in terms of person/month within a table, but are not described in detail and no additional explanations are given. ToK referring to young researchers is not addressed in sufficient detail. There is only a limited consistency between the research programme and ToK due to the vague description of the latter. Transfer of knowledge is unbalanced with too much emphasis on academic research Importance of ToK in terms of intersectorialty is not demonstrated as the industrial partner has limited participation in research The precise role in training of the industrial partner is not clearly described. Marie Curie – What’s required

53 MCA – Implementation (1)
Sub-criteria 3/5 25% Capacities (expertise/human resources/facilities/infrastructures) to achieve the research and exchange of know-how and experience. Fit between capacity of host and size of support requested Adequate exploitation of complementarities and synergies among partners in terms of transfer of knowledge. FP7 – People – Marie Curie

54 MCA – Implementation (2)
Sub-criteria 3/5 25% Appropriateness of management plans (recruitment strategy, IPR strategy, demarcation of responsibilities, rules for decision making, etc. How essential is non-ICPC Third Country participation, if any, to the objectives of the research programme. FP7 – People – Marie Curie

55 Assessors’ comments on Implementation: positive
The partners are complementary and well-suited for the envisaged research and ToK The key scientific staff involved are experienced and have an appropriate level of involvement Project management and risk assessment are well-structured and approached The envisaged work plan is very well thought out and structured, with detailed and suitable deliverables, clear allocation of roles and effective progress reporting measures IP generated under this project will be carefully managed and the strategy takes carefully into account development perspectives of the industrial partner Facilities and infrastructures are up-to-date and suitable for the project outcomes. Marie Curie – What’s required

56 Assessors’ comments on Implementation: negative
Secondments are not sufficiently specified Some aspects of management structure are not described in detail The management plan is scarcely defined in some points Time commitment of the co-ordinator to project activities is limited Recruitment strategy and its contribution to research activities is not detailed The technical background of the academic partners is not clear It is not sufficiently detailed on the point of capacities, specifically in regard to scientific expertise, facilities and infrastructures, to achieve a real experience and know-how exchange IPR aspects are unclear. Marie Curie – What’s required

57 FP7 – People – Marie Curie
MCA – Impact Sub-criteria No threshold – but 30% Provision to develop new intersectoral and lasting collaboration Strategy for the dissemination and facilitation of sharing of knowledge and culture between the particpants and external researchers (inc. international conferences, workshops, training events) Extent to which SMEs contribute to the project In case of SMEs participation: Adequacy of the available infrastructures for the performance of the project. In case extra equipment is requested, necessity & justification in the context of the partnership. Impact of proposed outreach activities FP7 – People – Marie Curie

58 Assessors’ comments on Impact: positive
The project plans for the lasting collaboration between the partners in a field that is still not widely exploited. The circulation of information and the exploitation of results is well addressed There are possible and promising exploitation routes for the planned results It can be foreseen that new and fruitful collaboration will ensue Dissemination strategy is accurately designed and has appropriate targets; tools are adequate and of excellent quality The potential impact of the project is relevant, with a clear European dimension. Marie Curie – What’s required

59 Assessors’ comments on Impact: negative
The intersectoriality of the project is not described in detail in terms of future collaborations; indeed, it is specifically mentioned that lasting collaboration will only be foreseen in the case of developing a spin-off project Contribution of the SME to the project is limited Standardisation aspects are not properly addressed Possible commercial impact, in particular through SME, not addressed. Central role of SME is stressed but the need for key extra equipment seems to contradict the present adequacy and availability of infrastructure Details of application are not well described. Marie Curie – What’s required

60 Hints & Tips

61 Approaching your project proposal writing
Keep the Guide for Applicants in front of you Treat the criteria as examination questions Think about the way your write Brainstorm each section Then focus on a section at a time Plan your proposal writing Remember ethics table even if no issues Remember B7 table – half page per beneficiary on host capacities FP7 –Marie Curie – Hints & Tips

62 Approaching your project proposal writing
It will feel repetitive – addressing issues from different angles Stick to the page limit Think about your evaluators Clearly address the main objectives Use clear and concise language Explain country specific jargon Provide them with the evidence they need Find colleagues to read it through FP7 –Marie Curie – Hints & Tips

63 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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