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					            Increasing the interaction of Researchers from the CEEN
                     countries with EU Research initiatives




                                                              European Commission
                                                                      DG Research
                                                                 GRAHAM STROUD




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                     THE EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME (FP)




       To improve competitiveness
       To support policy
       Based on excellence (several aspects)
       Based on collaboration (except ERC)




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                   EXCELLENCE IN EU RESEARCH PROJECTS




   Scientific excellence a sine qua non
   Expected impact of the project (added value)
   Quality of management




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                            WHY PARTICIPATE IN THE FP?

         To gain access to complementary skills/expertise
         To assemble a critical mass of resources for tackling large
          problems
         To accelerate developments
         To build/develop academic partnerships
         To build/develop commercial partnerships
         To gain access to EU funding




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                                        COMPETITION IN THE FP



      Only the very best succeed
      20% success rate overall
      It is not sufficient just to be “good”




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                                           Building collaboration


      Work with people you know (or know by reputation)

      Take all opportunities to work abroad and build up links

      Use the EU mobility programmes

      Use other mobility programmes

      (Use partner search facilities)




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                         SUCCESSFUL PROPOSAL SUBMISSION

  Understand the context of the call

         Read the call text

         Read and understand the part of the work programme
        linked to the call

         Read and use the Guide for Applicants

         Read and understand the evaluation criteria

        All of these can be found on CORDIS
        (http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/home_en.html)

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                        SUCCESSFUL PROPOSAL SUBMISSION


  Seek help from knowledgeable people,
  in particular:

         Use the NCPs (National Contact Points)

         Use the Commission enquiry service and project officers

         Use experienced project participants

         Listen to experienced evaluators


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                              CONTENTS OF PROPOSALS



      Must be easy to read, well structured

      Be very critical of the partnership
       - Evaluators will penalise “sleeping” partners
       - Evaluators will penalise unbalanced budgets

      Be clear about source(s) of matching funding

      Watch the language!



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                         SUCCESSFUL PROPOSAL SUBMISSION


  Your proposal:

         Is it complete?

         Is the partnership right?
             can we all work together?
             clear roles responsibilities, critical mass, etc.

         Have you understood the purpose of the funding schemes

         Does it address all the questions?
            see Guide for Applicants


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                        SUCCESSFUL PROPOSAL SUBMISSION

  Your proposal:

         Does it address the work programme?
             check with the call!
         Are the objectives clear?
             Can a non-specialist understand them?
         Is the novelty clear?
             Say why it is novel
         Is it clear how the project will be managed?
             Requires very particular attention in the case of large
               projects
             “A picture is worth a thousand words”



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                          SUCCESSFUL PROPOSAL SUBMISSION



  Common misunderstandings:

           Credible NoEs should not involve very large numbers of
            laboratories
              Goal is durable integration

           NoEs are not large Coordination Actions
              Their purpose is to change the way people work together




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                         SUCCESSFUL PROPOSAL SUBMISSION



           Common mistakes:

                Not reading the call and work programme
                    Leads to proposals that are out of scope

                “Optimistic” reading of the work programme
                   Also leads to proposals that are out of scope
                   Read and understand what is written, not
                   what you hope is written




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                         SUCCESSFUL PROPOSAL SUBMISSION


  Final comments/advice (1):

         Be very careful with re-submissions
            FP7 work programmes evolve

         Good science is not enough!

         Apply to be an evaluator
            Gives very good insights into what is required




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                                     Successful proposal submission


  Final comments/advice(2):

   Role of “research offices”/ Rectors’ offices in universities

   Demand good service from NCPs

   Never underestimate the time needed to prepare a proposal

   Think twice before being a coordinator

   Keep trying!



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                             For more information

                               FP7:
                                http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/home_en.html


                               The European Researchers’ Mobility Portal:
                                http://ec.europa.eu/eracareers/index_en.cfm


                               Newsletter “Europe4Researchers”:
                                http://ec.europa.eu/eracareers/newsletter


                               EU DG Research:
                                  http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/research/index_en.html



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