"Workshop on EU FP7"
Workshop on EU FP7 Dimitra Koutsantoni John Montgomery Overview of workshop • What is new in FP7? • Making an application • Programmes, themes, • Forms (electronic forms, funding schemes parts of the form) • Rules of • Structuring a proposal- participation/eligibility what to include • Funding opportunities for • Evaluation criteria-how to Social Scientists: address them – New themes • Where to go for – New programmes (ERC- information (websites, etc) Starting researcher • Partners (where to find grant) them, paperwork needed) – Changes in existing programmes (Marie • Costing issues Curie) • Dos and Don’ts • Calls timetable and deadlines What is new in FP7? • More money! (€54 billion vs. €19 billion in FP6) • New terminology • New programmes and themes • New costing rules • Simplified application guidelines and procedures • Fewer evaluation criteria (for example no 'relevance to Commission objectives' criterion, though they still need to be addressed!) • Higher rates of reimbursement • Changes to reporting and audits New terminology FP6 FP7 What does this mean? Instruments Funding Schemes Types of Project allocated by Commission to a topic Contract Grant Agreement Binding contract between Commission and participants Participants/Contractors Beneficiaries All main participants in project, who sign grant agreement Audit Certificate Certificate on the Financial Independent auditor certifies that Statements the costs claimed are correct Pre-Existing Know-how Background Intellectual Property brought into (PEKH) project by participants Knowledge Foreground New knowledge created by participants during project The programmes • Cooperation (new theme: Socio- economic sciences and humanities) • Ideas (new, European Research Council-ERC) • People (Marie Curie-changes) • Capacities • EURATOM • Joint Research Centre (similar to UK Research Councils) FP7 Funding Schemes • Collaborative Projects (CP) • Networks of Excellence • Coordination and Support Actions (CSA) • Support for Frontier Research (ERC) • Research for the Benefit of Specific Groups • Support for Training and Career Development of Researchers (Marie Curie) • Combinations – e.g. CP and CSA General eligibility criteria • Three independent participants from three different Member States (MS) or Associated countries (AC) • Additional conditions can be established by the work programme or specific programme • Co-ordination and Support Actions/Training – at least one legal entity (no limit on place of establishment) • Frontier research actions (ERC) – at least one legal entity established in a MS or AC Member States (MS), Associated countries (AC), Third countries EU-27 Third Countries (not EU-27 or Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, AC) Cyprus, Czech Republic, low-income, lower-middle- Denmark, Estonia, Finland, income or upper-middle- income country, identified France, Germany, Greece, as such in the work Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Latvia, programmes Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Note: Industrialised third Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, countries (such as Australia, Spain, Sweden, UK Canada and the USA) can participate under the FP7 ‘Rules for participation’, but Associated Countries (FP7) under their own funding, Croatia, Iceland, Israel, unless specifically set out Liechtenstein, Norway, Serbia, differently in the relevant work programme Switzerland, Turkey Funding opportunities for Social Scientists • Cooperation: • Marie Curie – Socio-economic Actions sciences and humanities – ITNs (International – ICT Training Networks) – Energy – Industry Academia – Transport Partnerships and • Read work programmes Pathways (IAPPs) carefully to identify suitable research questions • Capacities: – Science in Society • ERC-Starting – Research Research Grant Infrastructures Cooperation: themes 1. Health 2. Food, Agriculture and Biotechnology 3. Information and CommunicationTechnologies 4. Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials and New Production Technologies 5. Energy 6. Environment and Climate Change 7. Transport 8. Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities (new theme) 9. Space 10.Security Research Socio-economic sciences and humanities: research questions to be addressed • Growth, employment and competitiveness in a knowledge society (innovation, competitiveness and labour market policies; education and life long learning; and economic structures and productivity) • A combination of economic, social and environmental objectives in a European perspective (socio-economic models within Europe and across the world; economic and social and cohesion across regions, the social and economic dimensions of environmental policy) • Major trends in society and their implications (demographic change, reconciling family and work, health and quality of life, youth policies, social exclusion and discrimination) • Europe in the world (trade, migration, poverty, crime, conflict and resolution) • The citizen in the European Union (political participation, citizenship and rights, democracy and accountability, the media, cultural diversity and heritage, religions, attitudes and values) • Socio-economic and scientific indicators (the use and value of indicators in policymaking at macro and micro levels) • Foresight activities (the future implications of global knowledge, migration, ageing, risk and the emerging domains in research and science). Ideas: European Research Council (1) Two funding schemes: ERC Starting Grant attract & retain the next generation of researchers ERC Advanced Grant attractive & prestigious grants for established leaders Ideas: European Research Council (2) Eligibility for ERC • No allowance for part- Starting grant: time work (e.g. 2 yrs • Applicants should half time=2 yrs full have at least 2 years time) of experience after their PhD, but no • Preference for projects more than 9 years NOT to be • This can be extended collaborative by up to 12 years • Need for collaborators after the PhD in MUST be absolutely special circumstances justified (maternity/paternity leave, military/civil service) People: Marie Curie actions (1): Funding schemes Host actions Individual actions Initial training of researchers (ITN) : Life-long training and career Marie Curie Networks development: Individual Fellowships; Co-financing of regional/national/international programmes Industry-academia pathways and International dimension: Outgoing partnerships: Industry-Academia International Fellowships; Incoming Scheme International Fellowships International Cooperation Scheme; Reintegration grants People: Marie Curie actions (2) Host Actions-This means: – Host institutions/network applies for a number of fellows/researchers – Host’s proposal is evaluated – Selected host/network advertises fellowship position and selects fellows/researchers – Contract duration with host, usually 4 years – Fellows’ stay depending on Action (up to 3 – years) ITNs • Multi-site projects, mono-sites • Recruitment procedure should or twinnings be in line with the principles • At least at post-graduate or set out in the European equivalent level researchers, Charter for Researchers and typically during the first five in the Code of Conduct for the years (or full-time equivalent) Recruitment of Researchers. of their careers in research See: (with some exceptions) http://ec.europa.eu/eracareer s/europeancharter Typical Activities of an ITN: • For a number of European policy links, see: • Training activities http://www.grad.ac.uk/cms/Sho • Networking wPage/Home_page/Policy/Eur • Visits and secondments opean_policy/p!eFjlkal • Visiting scientists • Organisation of international conferences and other training events open to external researchers Industry-academia partnerships and pathways • Two-way partnership • Temporary hosting in both with at least one sectors of experienced researchers recruited commercial enterprise from outside the and one academic partnership organisation in two • workshops and different Member or conferences Associated Countries • As an SME specific measure: a contribution to small equipment related to Typical activities: their participation in the • Staff secondments co-operation. between both sectors within the partnership Marie Curie actions-Differences between FP7 and FP6 FP7 FP6 ITN Research Training Networks, Host Fellowships for Early Stage Research Training Initial training of researchers Intra-European Fellowships, European Re-integration Grants Industry-Academia Pathways and ToK-Industry Academia Strategic Partnerships Partnerships International Dimension Outgoing International Fellowships, Incoming International Fellowships, International Reintegration grants Specific Actions Excellence Awards Capacities (1) Science in Society: 3 Action Line 2: action lines • The evolving role of • Action Line 1: A more universities dynamic governance – Defining better on the science and conditions for university society relationship research – Partnerships with the • Action Line 2: business sector Strengthening – Reinforcing knowledge- potential, broadening sharing horizons • Gender and research • Action Line 3: Science • Young people and and society science communicate Capacities (2) Research Infrastructures • ‘soft’ tools – databases – surveys – e.g. SHARE-Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe Calls: timetable and deadlines • 25 April: ERC Starting • 10 May and 29 Independent November: Socio- Researcher Grant- Call economic sciences and identifier: ERC-2007- humanities-Call identifier: FP7-SSH- StG –A 2007-1 • 7 May: Initial Training • 31 May: Industry- Networks-Call Academia Partnerships identifier: FP7- and Pathways: FP7- PEOPLE-2007-1-1-ITN PEOPLE-2007-3-1- IAPP Making an application (1) • Electronic Proposal Submission Service (EPSS) (available at least four weeks before the call deadline) • Co-ordinator must register on CORDIS and be sent password and access details • Passes on access to other participants • Complete A forms • Upload .pdf file of Part B (10Mb limit) • Can revise up to deadline • Deadline strictly enforced • ‘Submission’ must be selected • EPSS user guide on: http://www.ukro.ac.uk/subscriber_services/fp6/s ubmission_evaluation/epss/050803_epss_user_g uide.pdf Making an application (2) The application forms • Part A – Participant Identity Code (PIC) - a unique organisational identifier, not running for first calls – Basic info – call details, title, summary, partners, budget… • Part B Cover Page, Table of Contents S&T Quality (plus templates for work packages, deliverables and milestones) Implementation Impact Ethical Issues Consideration of gender issues Writing the proposal- general guidelines (1) • Take the steer from the • Be aware of the outcome Work Programme of previous programmes • Understand the and the nature of ongoing Commission’s objectives projects • Be aware of Lisbon and • Understand the funding Barcelona objectives and schemes mention them!!! • Know what the evaluator is • Also mention recent looking for (read relevant communications evaluation criteria in work from the European programme) Commission (e.g. White and Green Papers) Writing the proposal- general guidelines (2) • Involve all partners • Pay attention to layout • Think about the impact of • Follow the guidance the project • Stick to the guidelines e.g. – European or Regional page and budget limits Economy • Address ethical, safety, – Impact on European regulatory and gender Policy or Legislation issues – Social Impact • Ensure that ALL aspects are addressed (science, management, integration, training, technology transfer, dissemination….) Cooperation: Evaluation criteria(1) Impact S/T Quality Implementation Excellence 3/5 3/5 3/5 3/5 Relevance Overall threshold 10/15 Cooperation: Evaluation criteria (2) Addressing ‘S & T Quality’: • Have you explained the concept of the project? • Have you clearly identified your objectives? • Are your objectives achievable within your project? • Have you addressed the state-of-the-art? • Do you have improvement or innovation? • Have you clearly described your aims and methodology? • Have you described your overall strategy of the work plan? • Have you used Gantt Charts ? • Are the work packages explained? Cooperation: Evaluation criteria (3) Addressing • Have you explained the ‘Implementation’: consortium structure? • Do you have the appropriate personnel/is it well balanced? • Have you described the • Can you demonstrate relevant management structure? management experience? • Do you have an information • Do partners have the management strategy? appropriate equipment? • Do you have a knowledge • Can they illustrate integrated management strategy? financial planning? • Its it matched to the complexity • Can they illustrate integrated and scale of the project? project planning? Individual Participants and the Consortium as a whole: • Have you identified the role of the co-ordinator? • Have you described individual participants? Cooperation:Evaluation criteria (4) Addressing ‘Impact’: • Have you described how your project will contribute to the expected impacts in the Work Programme? • Does the project have suitably ambitious goals? • Can you illustrate a contribution to economic competitiveness? • Can you illustrate impact on quality of life? • Can you illustrate the effect of shaping research in the field? • Have you elaborated on your dissemination strategy? • What about exploitation of results, IP (if appropriate) and knowledge management? ERC-Starting Grant: Evaluation criteria (1) (1) Potential of applicant (?/5) (2) Quality of project (?/5) (3) Research Environment ("pass/fail" and commented but not scored) ERC-Starting Grant: Evaluation criteria (2) (1) Principal Investigator: Potential to become a world class research leader a. Quality of research output • Has the Principal Investigator published in high quality peer reviewed journals or the equivalent? • To what extent are these publications ground-breaking and demonstrative of independent creative thinking and capacity to go significantly beyond the state of the art? b. Intellectual capacity and creativity • To what extent does the Principal Investigator's record of research, collaborations, project conception, supervision of students and publications demonstrate that he/she is able to confront major research challenges in the field, and to initiate new productive lines of thinking? ERC-Starting Grant: Evaluation criteria (3) (2) Quality of the research proposal a. Ground-breaking nature of the research • Does the proposed research address important challenges in the field(s) addressed? • Does it have suitably ambitious objectives, which go substantially beyond the current state of the art (e.g. including trans-disciplinary developments and novel or unconventional approaches)? b. Potential impact • Does the research open new and important, scientific, technological or scholarly horizons? c. Methodology • Stage 1: Is the outlined scientific approach (including the activities to be undertaken by the individual team members) feasible? • Stage 2: Is the proposed research methodology (including when pertinent the use of instrumentation, other type of infrastructures etc.) comprehensive and appropriate for to the project? Will it enable the goals of the project convincingly to be achieved within the timescales and resources proposed and the level of risk associated with a challenging research project? ERC-Starting Grant: Evaluation criteria (4) (3). Research Environment a. Transition to independence Will the proposed project enable the Principal Investigator to make or consolidate the transition to independence? b. Host institution [normally applicant legal entity] Does the institution hosting the project have most of the infrastructure necessary for the research to be carried out? Is it in a position to provide an appropriate intellectual environment and infrastructural support and to assist in achieving the ambitions for the project and the Principal Investigator? c. Participation of other legal entities If it is proposed that other legal entities participate in the project, in addition to the applicant legal entity, is their participation fully justified by the scientific added value they bring to the project? Marie Curie: Evaluation Criteria (1) (1) S & T Quality • Inter/multi-disciplinary, intersectoral and/ or newly emerging supra-disciplinary fields • Scientific quality of the research programme • Appropriateness of research methodology • Originality and innovative aspect of the research programme • Knowledge of the state-of-the-art (2) Training and knowledge transfer • Quality of the training programme • Several methods of training • Complementary skills offered: Management, Communication, IPR, Ethics, Grant writing, Commercial exploitation of results, Research Policy, entrepreneurship, etc. • Conferences and training courses part of training package Marie Curie: Evaluation Criteria (2) (3) Implementation • Infrastructure, work plan, feasibility of project • Adherence to principles of Code of Conduct of the Recruitment of Researchers • Detailed management processes and plan (4) Impact • Long-term collaboration prospects • Researcher professional development • For IAPPs: extent of SMEs’ participation, adequacy of infrastructure Note: If you have received previous funding under the Marie Curie actions under the Seventh Framework programme or under similar actions under previous Framework Programmes, you have to clearly demonstrate the substantial added value of the new project in relation to the project previously financed. Where to find information CORDIS: http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/ncp_en.html ERC Home page: http://erc.europa.eu/index_en.cfm UKRO: http://www.ukro.ac.uk http://www.ukro.ac.uk/mariecurie http://www.ukro.ac.uk/erc EC’s Framework Programme Websites: http://ec.europa.eu/research/index.cfm http://cordis.europa.eu/en/home.html Cass Research Support pages: http://www.cass.city.ac.uk/ressupport/secure/eu.html Policy websites Information on green and white papers, reports & press releases: http://europa.eu/documents/comm/index_en.htm EUR-Lex (EU legislation): http://eur-lex.europa.eu/en/index.htm Official statistics agency of the EU - wide range of useful data for your proposal: http://europa.eu.int/comm/eurostat/ Lisbon Strategy: http://ec.europa.eu/education/policies/2010/et_2010_en.h ml European Research Area: http://cordis.europa.eu/era/concept.htm Barcelona objectives: http://cordis.europa.eu/era/3percent.htm Partners Where to find them: Documentation needed: Consortium agreement CORDIS: (draft can be found on http://cordis.europa.eu/pa UKRO website) rtners-service/ Advice: Welcome Europe: • If you already have http://www.welcomeurope.co contacts in other countries, m/default.asp?id=1510 use those (safer!) UKRO: • Network in conferences, (electronic system currently seminars, etc. down, but UKRO can put you in touch with partners) Singleimage: http://www.singleimage.co.uk/i ndex.html Costing issues (1) Costs are eligible if: • Actual • Incurred during the project • Determined according to usual accounting and management principles • Used solely for project objectives • Consistent with principles of economy, efficiency and effectiveness • Recorded in accounts • Exclusive of non-eligible costs Costing issues (2) Management costs include: • maintenance of the consortium agreement, if it is obligatory • the overall legal, ethical, financial and administrative management including [for each of the beneficiaries] obtaining the certificates on the financial statements or on the methodology • implementation of competitive calls by the consortium for the participation of new beneficiaries, where required by Annex I • obtaining any financial security such as bank guarantees, when requested by the Commission • any other management activities foreseen by the annexes, except coordination of research and technological development activities • NB 7% limit of total costs in FP6 limit removed but….participants are expected to self-regulate Dos! • Carefully read the text in • For ERC: Absolutely adhere the work programme to page limits-longer • Research previous and proposals WILL NOT be current projects evaluated • Meet with consortium • Submit before the deadline- partners (if applicable) STRONGLY advised! • Register in EPSS • Register as an expert with • Make sure all forms are CORDIS (evaluator, reviewer completed correctly or monitor expert): • Get someone to read https://cordis.europa.eu/ through your proposal emmfp7/ • Discuss budget early with • Contact us for advice and us support • Register with UKRO • Attend UKRO proposal writing training events Don’ts! • Do not undertake co-ordination of a consortium if this is your first EU application • Do not submit a proposal without having obtained approval from the university (this involves contacting us and having us cost and process your application) • Do not submit proposals for collaborative projects to ERC • Do not solely rely on CORDIS/UKRO etc. for finding partners-use existing contacts • Do not submit on the last day of the deadline!!! Any questions? If you are thinking of applying for EU funding … Call us on extensions: We are here to help! – 0140 (Dimitra) We can give you detailed – 4193 (John) information on: • the work programme E-mail us: • how to apply email@example.com • how to structure the proposal firstname.lastname@example.org • what documentation you need • eligible costs Further training • UKRO (free): http://www.ukro.ac.uk/subscriber_services/event s/index.htm#0607_training_development • Bluebell Research: http://www.bluebell-res.co.uk/