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1 Marie Curie Co-funding of regional, national and international fellowship programmes (COFUND) [presenter], [organisation] [event title] [event location], xx/xx/201x

2 Content Marie Curie Actions - introduction COFUND: Objectives Principles and rules Evaluation and selection procedure State-of-play: results of previous calls Best practises: examples of co-funded Fellowship Programmes Further information

3 FP7 ( ) FP7 breakdown ( million) FP7 = EUs research funding instrument Budget : Billion Programmes: Cooperation, Ideas, People, Capacities (+ Joint Research Centre + Euratom) People : B 4.75 Marie Curie Actions Cooperation: B 32.5 JRC : M 1750 Euratom: B 2.75 Nuclear research JRC: B 1.75 Ideas: B 7.51 Capacities: B 4.1

4 Marie Curie Actions A dedicated programme for structuring training, mobility and career development Objectives: Human resources potential in R&D in Europe Stimulate people to enter into the profession of researcher Encouraging researchers to stay in Europe Attracting researchers from around the world One main condition to be eligible: Mobility Employment contracts with full social rights Addressed to researchers at all stages of their careers Adequate working conditions and attractive salaries Peer-reviewed international evaluation European (and international) prestige Geographical Sectorial

5 Initial training (~40% budget) Initial Training Networks (ITN) Life-long training and career development (~25-30% budget) Intra-European Fellowships (IEF)/ Career Integration Grants (CIG) Co-funding of regional/national/international programmes (COFUND); Industry dimension (~5-10% budget) Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways (IAPP) World fellowship (~25% budget) International Outgoing & Incoming Fellowships (IOF & IIF); International Staff Exchange Scheme (IRSES) Policy support actions (~1% budget) Mobility and career enhancement actions People Programme ~4.75 Billion = Marie Curie Actions

6 Profile of recruited researchers Post-graduates (ESR) < 4 years Post-docs (ER) > 4 years Senior Post-docs (MER*) > 10 years Applicants Individual researchers Industry/Research Institutions Research funding bodies IEF OIF IIF ERG IRG ITN COFUND IAPP IRSES Marie Curie Actions *MER: More Experienced Researcher

7 Initial Training Networks (ITN) Aims to improve career perspectives of early stage researchers in both public & private sector International networks of participants from public & private sector Joint research training programme Complementary skills acquisition: entrepreneurship, management, IPR, grant writing, communication Eligible researchers : Nationals from any country Mainly Early-Stage Researchers (ESR): > 80% - less than 4 years experience in research Experienced researchers (ER):< 20% - more than 4 years experience in research Community Contribution Attractive salaries of recruited researchers Research and networking costs Organisation of short training events (workshops, seminars, summer schools and conferences)

8 Industry–Academia Partnerships & Pathways (IAPP) Foster research collaboration between non-commercial (public) research organisations & commercial enterprises Based on common research project Intersectoral mobility & skills exchange Staff secondments & recruitments of experienced researchers Funding for research costs & networking activities Eligible researchers Staff exchange – secondments : 2 to 24 months Recruitment (optional) : 12 to 24 months Community contribution Staff secondments and recruitment of experienced researchers (optional) Research and networking costs Specific small equipment for SMEs: <10% total contribution

9 Participant rules : At least 2 independent research organisations in two different MS/AC One or more organisations in TC Additional partners from any sector and from any other country welcome Joint multi-annual programmes of months Eligible researchers : Research staff mainly, but also technical and management staff Min. 1 month - max. 12 months/researcher Staff is seconded (not recruited) Community contribution : Balanced exchange of EU/International researchers Subsistence/travel allowance for outgoing European researchers 1800/month per researcher Case by case: subsistence/travel allowance incoming ICPC/ENP International Research Staff Exchange Scheme (IRSES)

10 Life Long Training and Career Development Intra-European Fellowships for career development (IEF) 12 to 24 months (full-time) period Any nationals working/living in MS*/AC** moving to another MS/AC Mobility requirement at the deadline of the call (definition) Career Integration Grants (CIG) Financial contribution of /year during 2-4 years Host institution within MS/AC, including country of origin Research costs, including salary of researchers or assistants MS*: Member States AC**: Associated Countries with science and technology cooperation agreements that involved contributing to the framework programme budget

11 International Outgoing Fellowships for career development (IOF) months period in a TC plus 12 months of compulsory return phase in MS/AC For Nationals of MS/AC International Incoming Fellowships (IIF) months period in MS/AC Third country nationals coming from outside Europe Possible return phase to country of origin (12 months) World Fellowships

12 COFUND Global objective COFUND supports existing and new regional, national and international fellowship programmes –to increase transnational mobility for training and career development of experienced researchers –to improve the working and employment conditions of researchers in Europe.

13 COFUND Impacts –Numerical impact and leverage effect 2.5 x more individual Marie Curie fellowships Creation of new fellowship programmes –Encourages regional and national fellowship programmes to open for transnational mobility –Structuring the European Research Area (ERA): selection processes based on competition, transparent selection criteria, composition of selection committee, international peer review Improved working conditions for researchers (employment contracts with full social rights)

14 COFUND Charter and Code –Working conditions of researchers –Transparency of recruitment processes –Career development

15 COFUND Who can apply? –Public bodies –Private bodies with public mission –International organisations responsible for funding and managing fellowships or research training programmes For example: ministries, research academies, research funding agencies, universities

16 COFUND What are the eligibility criteria? (1) –Fellowship Programmes can only fund experienced researchers; they must be either doctorate holders or have >4 years research experience –Researchers have to show transnational mobility: incoming from another country outgoing to another country (re)integration into research employment in Europe after period of transnational mobility

17 COFUND What are the eligibility criteria? (2) –Beneficiaries must be established in a EU Member State or Associated Country to FP7 –COFUND allows: Creation of new transnational fellowship programmes Opening of existing programmes to transnational mobility Increasing number of transnational fellowships currently awarded by an existing programme Improving working/research conditions of fellows

18 COFUND What does the funding cover? –EU contribution: 40% of fellowship costs –Max. 10 million per organisation per call –Duration: months –Supported fellowship programmes receive label co- funded by Marie Curie actions –Researchers selected by fellowship programmes are Marie Curie Fellows

19 COFUND Which topics can be funded? –Bottom-up approach: all domains of research and technological development are eligible –Fellowship programmes can cover several or all fields of research or can be restricted to a specific domain –However, programmes should have sufficient impact in the specific scientific field(s)

20 COFUND Evaluations of fellowship programmes –Organisations managing fellowship programmes send application to yearly call for proposals –Proposals are evaluated in independent peer review, based on pre-established criteria –Proposals are evaluated in two separate panels: Panel A: existing transnational fellowship programmes (including those opening for the first time for transnational mobility) Panel B: new transnational fellowship programmes

21 COFUND Evaluation criteria (1) –Quality of the selection process for the fellows under the programme (30% weight) Transparency of selection process* Composition and organisation of selection committee* Criteria and merit of judging merit* *see Charter and Code

22 COFUND Evaluation criteria (2) –Implementation - Management of the programme (30% weight) Appointment conditions of selected fellows* Quality of the programme management Client-friendliness towards applicant researchers Administrative capacity to implement the programme Appropriateness of the scale of the programme Future development of the programme *see Charter and Code

23 COFUND Evaluation criteria (3) –Relevance and Impact to Life long training and Career development (40% weight) Openness of programme to transnational mobility Contribution to diverse career development of researchers (broadening or deepening) Career development support for fellows* Equal opportunities (including possibility to resume research career after break)* Relevance for ERA of research field covered by programmes calls Impact of programme to development of researchers careers in the ERA *see Charter and Code

24 –If proposals are selected for funding, Research Executive Agency (REA) negotiates yearly flat-rate EU contribution per fellow-year –Organisations sign grant agreement with REA –Organisations run co-funded fellowship programmes independently from EC and REA, with own application/selection rules and financial contribution rates to fellows –Co-funded programmes report annually to REA –Financial reporting exclusively based on flat-rates, not on actual costs COFUND What happens after the evaluations?

25 COFUND state of play Call Budget M N° of eligible proposals N° of proposals retained for funding Success rate Co-funded Fellowships FP7-PEOPLE COFUND %1568 FP7-PEOPLE- COFUND % ~1800 (estimated) FP7-PEOPLE COFUND 7553expected 30~56.6% ~1800 (estimated)

26 COFUND state of play







33 COFUND Programmes – Examples regional funding agencies (1) –Czech Republic: South Moravian Region –Spain: Catalonia (AGAUR) Bizkaia (Bizkaia:xede) Galicia Aragón Basque (IKERBASQUE) –Italy: Provincia Autonoma di Trento –UK: Royal Society of Edinburgh

34 COFUND Programmes – Examples regional funding agencies (2) –TRENTINO Fellowship Programme: Existing fellowship programme since 2003 (only incoming) COFUND allowed: –increase in number of incoming fellowships (30 Fellow-years) –introduction of outgoing (65 Fellow-years) and reintegration scheme (25 Fellow-years) –improve the fellows' working conditions (employment contracts) EU contribution: 2.66 Mio

35 COFUND Programmes – Examples national funding agencies (1) –Austria: FWF –Belgium: Belgian Science Policy Office F.W.O. –Germany: Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung Gerda Henkel Stiftung Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik –Estonian Science Foundation –Hungary: National Office for Research and Technology

36 –Ireland: Health Research Board Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering & Techn. Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sci. Science Foundation Ireland –Iceland: The Icelandic Centre for Research –Italian Association for Cancer Research –Luxemburg: National Research Fund –The Netherlands: N.W.O –Portugal: Fundação para a Ciência e a tecnologia COFUND Programmes – Examples national funding agencies (2)

37 COFUND Programmes – Examples national funding agencies (3) –Schrödinger Fellows (FWF, Austria): Largest Outgoing Programme in Austria for basic research at postdoc level open to all disciplines and destinations. 117 Fellow-years outgoing researchers, fellowships up to 2 years COFUND funding used to introduce reintegration phase (25 Fellow-years), fellowships up to 1 year, research cost indicative contribution of year Total EU contribution 2.4 Mio

38 COFUND Programmes – Examples regional research organisations (1) –Belgium: VIB –Switzerland: Zürich-Basel plant Science Center –Spain: Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) Ciber de Diabetes y Enfermedades Metabolicas Asociadas August Pi i Sunyer Biomedical Research Institute Institut de Ciencies Fotoniques Institute for Research in Biomedicine Universitari Vall DHebron –Italy: Fondazione Bruno Kessler Fondazione Centro San Raffaele del Monte Tabor Istituto Superiore di Sanità

39 COFUND Programmes – Examples regional research organisations (2) –BIOTRACK Programme of IDIBAPS: IDIBAPS: biomedical research centre located at University of Barcelona's School of Medicine and Hospital Clínic 72 incoming Fellow-Years 35 outgoing Fellow-Years 20 re-integration Fellow-Years EU contribution: 2.9 Mio

40 COFUND Programmes – Examples national research organisations (1) –Switzerland: EMPA – Eidgenössische Materialprüfungs- und Forschungsanstalt –Spain: TECNALIA Fundación CNIC Carlos III –France: CEA –Ireland: National Biophotonics and Imaging Platform –Italy: Istituto Nazionale di Alta Matematica

41 –Eurotalents Fellowship Programme of the Commissariat à lénergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives (CEA), France Scientific fields: Energy, environment and climate change, Life sciences and biotechnology, Microelectronics, nanosciences and nanotechnologies, high performance computing, high energy physics, high energy density physics and physics of the universe. Incoming fellowships: 129 fellow-Years Outgoing fellowships: 14 fellow-years EU contribution: 5 Mio COFUND Programmes – Examples national research organisations (1)

42 COFUND Programmes – Examples international organisations (1) –European Respiratory Society (ERS) –Central European Initiative (CEI) –European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) –European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM) –European Southern Observatory (ESO) –European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) –International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) –European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) –European Institutes for Advanced Study

43 COFUND Programmes – Examples international organisations (2) –RESPIRE Programme of the European Respiratory Society (ERS): ERS promotes research into respiratory diseases, including asthma, cystic fibrosis, COPD, lung cancer Existing fellowship programme in pneumology and respiratory science since 1998 COFUND used to increase number of fellowships to 18 over three years period EU contribution: 290 k

44 COFUND Programmes – Examples international organisations (3) –European Southern Observatory Fellowship Programme for the Atacama Large Millimetre/submillimetre Array (ALMA) Incoming fellowships: 24 fellow-years Outgoing fellowships: 24 fellow-years Re-integration fellowships: 21 fellow-years EU contribution: 1.79 Mio

45 –Belgium: Université Catholique de Louvain –Switzerland: Universät Bern Université Genève ETH Zürich –Germany: FU Berlin –Spain: Universidad de Malaga Universidad de Murcia Universidad Politecnica de Madrid COFUND Programmes – Examples universities (1)

46 COFUND Programmes – Examples universities (2) –France: Université Européenne de Bretagne UniverSud Paris –Sweden: Karolinska Institutet –UK University of Durham

47 COFUND Programmes – Examples universities (2) –International Fellowship Program on Integrative Kidney Physiology and Pathophysiology, Universität Bern –Programme supports postdocs to conduct research at one of the five medical university faculties in Switzerland (Basel, Bern, Geneva, Lausanne and Zürich) for two years. –EU contribution: 1.26 Mio

48 COFUND in WP 2011 –Next call (indicative): FP7-PEOPLE COFUND Date of publication: 20 October 2010 Deadline: 17 February 2011 Budget: EUR 90 million

49 COFUND more information List of COFUND Fellowship Programmes: Information on Marie Curie Actions:

50 – -> go to Jobs –Fellowship Programmes Portal: database of regional, national and international research fellowship programmes –Possibility to search for fellowship opportunities according to specific criteria NEW: EURAXESS Fellowship Programmes Portal

51 How are the Marie Curie actions implemented? The Research Executive Agency Evaluation of the proposals day to day management of FP7 Marie Curie projects More information [ address presenter]

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