Presentation on theme: "1 Direction scientifique Networks of Excellence objectives Reinforce or strengthen scientific and technological excellence on a given research topic."— Presentation transcript:
1 Direction scientifique Networks of Excellence objectives Reinforce or strengthen scientific and technological excellence on a given research topic l by integrating the critical mass of expertise needed to provide European leadership and be a world force l around a Joint programme of activity (JPA) Structuring European research by … integrating research capacities across Europe. l Durable integration l To progress knowledge on a particular theme Overcome the fragmentation of European research To act as a “Virtual Centre of Excellence” To spread excellence beyond the partners
2 Direction scientifique Example è Situation before the network: l good isolated research teams in Europe l fragmented effort, redundancy of work, multiplication of effort on basic research tools such as software libraries etc… l a huge gap with US, Japan in terms of quality of deliverables and impact l links to industry very sparse è The network: l Brings together between 8 to 15 the best teams in Europe l Between 50 and 150 researchers per year l EU funds are a small part of the total effort l Helps emerge common research work between ALL team members l Fosters exchange of knowledge, coordination of activities, l buillds links with the US, Japan,… l Common deliverables, co-written papers and common research tools
3 Direction scientifique Example è Main outcomes l Solid research community with coordinated activities l common software libraries incorporating all advances brought by all teams l agreement on common open standards, methodologies for data representations, for visualisation, for problems handling.... l From coordination to common programmes.. l Wider dissemination of activities to SMEs, etc..
4 Direction scientifique è Strengthen excellence by tackling fragmentation l Excellence: Publication (ranking), conference organization, prices, patents, expertise for public and private organizations, journals, … l Integration: Show how the network will be structured, e.g. how coordination and cooperation is facilitated (as detailed as possible) è A durable structuring on the way to carry out research l Structuring effect: Reduce overlapping in research by coordination, e.g. “Virtual Center of Excellence” concept l Sustainable: Long term commitments from the institutes, labs,... : e.g. by structuring their research with respect to the NoE; might be stated in a letter of support Key Elements The proposal should clearly answer the above points
5 Direction scientifique Integrating activities Jointly executed research Activities to spread excellence NoE Build around a JPA Joint Programme of Activities aimed primarily at creating durable integration of the research capacities of network partners, while at the same time advancing knowledge on the topic
6 Direction scientifique Integrating Activities Coordination and adaptation of participants activities in research Sharing tools and platforms facilities : coordination of software development, integration of tools, joint use of infrastructures, … Exchange of personnel, including relocation Integrated management of knowledge Electronic flow of information: development of tools and infrastructure to share information And others
7 Direction scientifique Joint Research Supporting Network goals a strong programme of joint research : define joint research projects, establish working groups, … co-advisoring of thesis, e.g. Ph.Ds, M.Sc., … joint participation in Integrated Projects Common use of platforms, tools, etc Generating new knowledge Sharing knowledge: methods, algorithms, etc
8 Direction scientifique Spread Excellence Dissemination and communications Training SMEs researchers Building relationship with new groups Exploitation of results Impact of results
9 Direction scientifique Hints for Success Address all evaluation criteria An Noe should last after the contract: it should be more difficult to disband it than to continue it Research as such is not funded: show links with other projects, e.g. European or national projects, grants Negotiation will be difficult: financing, technical content Develop a clear Consortium agreement Review your ideas with Commission officials Do not wait!
10 Direction scientifique Key issues in the evaluating an NoE Relevance to the objectives of the programme (S&T, policy objectives of WP) Participants excellence (R&D, suitability, critical mass) Potential impact (strenghthening S&T excellence, ambition, spreading excellence, durable structuring) Degree of integration & JPA (deep and durable integration, quality) Organisation and management (organisational structure, network)