Opportunities under FP7 Marie Curie Actions Estelle Kane and Support for FP7 by sdfwerte

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									Support for FP7
  Marie Curie
Training Actions

                    Contact: Beth York
                     EU HR & Mobility
                      Administrator
                   Research Innovation
                         Services
                      Bethany.York@
                    nottingham.ac.uk
                        ext 13667
Support available at the University of Nottingham


Under FP6 the University of Nottingham were
extremely successful under the Marie Curie
Actions. Our success rate was 62% and
feedback from PIs currently running FP6 MCAs
is that they attract very high calibre fellows. The
University would like to continue this record in
to FP7 and provides a range of support for PIs
and Fellows involved in Marie Curie Actions.
Initially…
If you are thinking about applying for an FP7
People programme or would just like to find out
more then talk to Beth York in RIS (13667) for
background to the Marie Curie Actions and an
overview of the funding and opportunities
available
Proposal stage

• The University retains Dr Martin Pickard as a
  consultant to assist with EC funding
  proposals. You may contact him directly on
  07779 475190 or grantcraft@aol.com for
  advice and guidance. He is very
  knowledgeable and has a wealth of experience
  in this field so we do encourage you to speak
  with him.
• Please keep RIS informed if you do submit a
  propsal for advice on budget profiling etc.
Contract Negotiation…

• Beth York and Jill Harris in RIS will guide you
  through the process of contract negotiation
  with assistance from legal experts where
  necessary.
Project Management…

• During the lifetime of the project there are
  many areas with which you may require
  additional support or advice…
  •   Recruitment
  •   Declarations of Conformity
  •   Eligibility checks
  •   Career Development Plans
  •   Liaison with EC
  •   Support for Fellows
  •   Periodic Reports
  •   Audits
  •   Mid-term reviews
• Beth York in RIS is available to assist with all
  project management issues. Timesheets are
  kept and charges will be allocated to the
  management budget of your project (at real
  cost)

Contact Bethany.York@nottingham.ac.uk
Or telephone 9513667
 Opportunities
under FP7 Marie
 Curie Training
   Actions

                   Contact: Beth York
                    EU HR & Mobility
                     Administrator
                  Research Innovation
                        Services
                     Bethany.York@
                   nottingham.ac.uk
                       ext 13667
 What are the Marie Curie Actions about?

Officially the Marie Curie Objectives for FP7 are to:

• Make Europe more attractive to researchers
• Have a 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
• Enable trans-national and inter-sectoral mobility

   The budget for the Marie Curie Actions under FP7 is €4.7 Billion
   which is a 50% year by year increase from FP6.

   The Marie Curie Actions will cover all stages of a researcher’s
   professional life, from initial research training to lifelong learning
   and career department.
The Main Principles of Marie Curie
    The Marie Curie Actions are part of the European Commission’s FP7
    People Programme which aims to improve the quality of the human
    potential in European R & D. The main principles (which should be kept
    in mind when writing a proposal!) are…

•   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 enterprise
•   Reinforce international dimension
•   Appropriate gender and work/life balance
•   Good working environment, transparent recruitment and career
    development
          Overview of Marie Curie Actions
There are 7 different Actions under the Marie Curie heading some
applied for as the host and others as individuals…

Host Actions                      Individual Actions
Initial Training Networks         Intra-European Fellowships
Industry Academia Partnerships    International Incoming
and Pathways                      Fellowships
                                  International Outgoing
                                  Fellowships
                                  European Reintegration Grants
                                  International Reintegration
                                  Grants

Additional Specific Actions: Marie Curie Awards, Researcher‟s Night
        How does this compare to FP6?
For those of you with any prior experience of the Marie Curie Actions…

       FP7                                   FP6
                   Directly transferable?          Indirectly transferable?

ITN                Research Training               Series of Events
                   Networks, ESTs                  Chairs
Lifelong Learning Intra-European, European
                  Re-integration
Industry-          ToK – Industry-Academia         Series of Events
Academia           Strategic Partnership
International      Incoming/Outgoing
                   International, International
                   Re-integration
MCA – FP7 €4.7 billion Budget breakdown
               14.5 3 0.25
            24
       24                          ITN
                                   IEF
38.4                               ERG
                                   IAPP
9.5                                IOF
                             240   IIF
                                   IRG
       72                          NIGHT
                                   AWARDS
€ Million
                       MCA - Deadlines
Initial Training Networks (ITN)      7 May 2007 Two stage application
Intra-European Fellowships (IEF)     Call released 28 February with a
International Incoming Fellowships   closing date of 14 August 2007
(IIF)
International Outgoing Fellowships
(IOF)

European Reintegration Grants        25 April & 17 October 2007
(ERG)
International Reintegration Grants
(IRG)
Industry-Academia Partnerships &     Call released 28 February with a
Pathways (IAPP)                      closing date of 31 May 2007
All Mare Curie projects
Central to all Marie Curie Actions is the RESEARCHER, their training
and their mobility. It has been stressed repeatedly that Marie Curie
funding is primarily for the benefit of the Researcher and the
Researcher’s training and not the actual research.


Definition of researchers
Early-Stage researchers        0 - 4 years (FTE)
                               from obtaining degree that
                               qualified them to embark on a
                               doctorate
Experienced researchers        i)    in possession of a PhD; or
                               ii)   at least 4 years experience
                                     (FTE)
Transnational Mobility Requirements
• Must not have been resident in host country for more
  than 12 months in the last 3 years immediately before
  reference date [time of appointment for ITNs, and
  IAPP, application deadline for all other actions]
• Cannot be a national of host country unless
   • European researcher working outside EU for 3 of
     the last 4 years
   • Dual nationality and have not resided in a country
     of nationality for the last 5 years
   • International organisation
   • Return and reintegration grants
Host Actions

• ITNs and IAPPs are 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)
What is an ITN?
An Initial Training Network aims to :
   • Strengthen Early Stage Training at EU level
   • Attract people to scientific careers
   • Improve career perspectives by development of broad
     skills (including needs of industry)
By:
   • Offering fellowships to ESR and EXR through a Joint
     Training Programme including complementary skills
     modules and, as an option, hold short training events
     open to researchers outside the network
Research topics for ITNs can be chosen freely in defined
scientific fields as well as inter-disciplinary, new and
emerging supra-disciplinary fields.
Who can participate in an ITN?
• At least 3 different research groups from Member or
  Associated States, of which 2 must be Member or
  Candidate Countries
• BUT ALSO it can be single or twin sites (in Member or Associated
  States) if the international context is strong
• Third country partners are eligible, in addition to the
  minimum requirements. International Co-operation Partner
  Countries (ICPC) may receive funding, whilst those in non-
  ICPCs may receive funding if absolutely essential for the
  project
Who participates in an ITN?
• An ITN must have both industrial and academic
  partners. Industry must be in involved at one of
  three levels:
  • As a full partner
  • Provider of specific training or secondment
    opportunities
  • On the Advisory Board
• An ITN must have
  • Coherent quality standards and mutual recognition of
    training/ diplomas
Who can you recruit to an ITN?
• An ITN supports researchers:
  •   With up to 5 years FTE
  •   From all over the world
  •   For periods of 3 - 36 months (ESRs)
  •   For periods of 2 – 24 months (EXRs)
• As well as visiting scientists (optional)
  • To carry out teaching and supervisory work
  • For a period of at least 1 month (can be split stay)
Community Contribution - ITNs

• Includes:
  • Salary costs (living, mobility, travel and career
    exploratory allowance)
  • Contribution to research costs, networking and
    organisation of conferences
  • Contribution to management costs
  • An overhead
Definition of Fellow‟s Allowances
These are all flat rates
• Living
   • Basic salary on an employment contract
   • Varies according to research experience
• Mobility
   • Relocation costs
   • Varies according to family situation
• Travel
   • Every 12 months travel from location of origin to fellowship location
• Career exploratory
   • Fellowships at least 1 year to spend on career development
     activities
Researcher Salaries for ITNs
Experience                   Stipend Employment
                             (€/yr)  contract (€/yr)
Early-Stage researchers      16,900   33,800 (£25,183)

Experienced researchers 26,000        52,000 (£38,743)
(< 5yrs)
Visiting Scientist (4 - 10   33,800   67,600 (£50,366)
yrs experience)

VS (> 10 yrs experience)     50,700   101,400 (£75,549)



Salaries are inclusive of all compulsory deductions
Correction factor applied for cost of living (UK
Coefficient 110.2%)
Allowance rates
• Travel costs – depending on distance
  € 250 - €2500
• Mobility allowance
  Without family: €500 per month
  With family: €800 per month
  Correction factor applied for cost of living
• Career Exploratory allowance
  € 2000 for stays of more than one year
• Training / research costs of eligible
  researchers (ITNs only)
  • Lab-based research: € 600 per month
  • Non-lab-based research: €300 per month
Benefits for the institution - ITN
•   Research Training
•   €600 (ITN) per month
•   Organisation of international conferences etc
•   €300 per researcher per day for those outside ITN
•   Management Activities
    maximum 7% (ITN) of the total EC contribution
•   Contribution to overheads
•   10% of direct costs except for subcontractors
•   Other types of eligible expenses
•   N/A
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
• 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
What can you do with an IAPP?

• Recruit experienced researchers for between 2
  months and 2 years
• Staff exchange – early stage or experienced
  researchers (and possibly technical staff and research
  managers!) for between 2 months and 2 years
• 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)
Community Contribution

• Includes:
  • Salary costs (living, mobility, travel and career
    exploratory allowance)
  • Contribution to research costs, networking and
    organisation of conferences
  • Contribution to management costs (3%)
  • Other eligible costs possible [for SMEs only in IAPPs]
  • An overhead
Proposal Submission
• All submission is online
     Contact the EC if there are compelling reasons for why you are
     unable to submit online
• Electronic Proposal Submission Service (EPPS)
   • should be available at least a month before the deadline
   • In the meantime, use the templates in the Guide for Applicants
• Two-stage submission for ITNs
   • Stage 1: 7 May [address 2 criteria]
   • Stage 2: 25 September [full proposal]
• One-stage submission for IAPPs
   • Deadline likely to be 31 May

                  !! MEET THE DEADLINE !!
 Process Overview

   Call      One/two stage   Eligibility
             e-submission                  Individual
                              Check
                                           Evaluation


                                 Panel
               Feedback          Review
                 (ESR)

Commission
  Ranking
                       Negotiation of
                         Proposals
Key documents
Call Fiche                            Focus
“People” Work Programme
Guide for Applicants                  Preparation &
EPSS Guide                            submission
Rules on Submission and Evaluation,   Background
Guide for Evaluators
Model grant agreement
Financial, negotiation, reporting and
IPR guidelines
FP7, “People” Specific Programme Text
Other policy documents e.g. Mobility
Strategy, “Charter and Code”
Proposal Submission Forms

Part A
  Set of forms on administrative information
  about the proposal and the proposers (pre-
  prepared form), and general budget
  information (e.g. number of researchers)
Part B
  Free-text description of the research project;
  Series of headings and explanatory notes
  based on the evaluations criteria;
  Limits on font size, size of PDF file
Who submits?


• Technically co-ordinator manages the
  proposal application by
  • Obtaining a user-name and password
  • Co-ordinating completion of A Forms for each
    participant
  • Co-ordinating drafting of Part B
  • Pressing the SUBMIT button!


• Prepare application on-line before deadline
  date
Individual Actions

• Researcher applies jointly with host
• Length of stay depending on Action
• Reintegration Phase
  • Mandatory for International Outgoing Fellowships
  • Optional for International Incoming Fellows (if the fellow
    is from an international co-operation partner country
    (ICPC))
• Fellow who withdraws cannot be replaced
Individual Fellowships

• Aimed at „Experienced Researchers‟
• Skills diversification
• Three categories:
  • Intra-European Fellowships (IEF)
  • International Incoming Fellowships (IIF)
  • International Outgoing Fellowships (IOF)
Intra-European Fellowships

• EU Member or Associated State National or
  Third Country national if in EU for at least 4 of
  the last 5 years
• 12 – 24 months in a different EU Member State
  or Associated Country
• Resuming a career in research
• Individual applies with host
• Attaining or strengthening professional
  independence
• Skills diversification
International Outgoing Fellowships

 • EU Member or Associated State Nationals only
 • 24 – 36 months in total of which 12 -24 months
   in third country followed by mandatory
   reintegration phase in European host
   institutions
 • Individual applies with host
 • Acquiring new knowledge in the third country
   – bringing it back to the EU/AS
 • Contract is between European host institution
   and Commission for duration of fellowship
 • Mandatory return phase of 1 year
International Incoming Fellowships

• Third Country nationals only
• 12 – 24 months incoming phase in EU/AS
• Possible 1 year reintegration for nationals
  from ICPC
• Individual applies with host
• Contract between European host institution
  and EC for incoming phase, and between third
  country host and EC for reintegration / return
• Knowledge-sharing
• Mutually-beneficial research co-operation
European Re-integration Grants

• (Re)-integration into research career following
  a period of transnational mobility
• Applicants must have already benefited from a
  Marie Curie fellowship under FP6 or FP7 - 18
  months minimum FTE
• The European Re-integration Grant:
  •   Supports a research project of 2- 3 years
  •   Contributes to the research costs
  •   Researcher applies with host institution
  •   Start within 12 months of your fellowship end
International Re-integration Grants

• Integration into research career in Europe following a
  period of transnational mobility outside Europe for at
  least 3 years
• Contribute to development of lasting co-operation
  with scientific community of the third country from
  which they have returned
• No requirement to have benefited from MCA
  previously
• The International Re-integration Grants
   •   Support a research project of 2- 4 years
   •   Contributes to the research costs
   •   Researcher applies with host institution
   •   Host commits to researcher for at least 3 years
   •   Must not be employed in research in EU at time of application
Community Contribution

• Benefits for the researchers
  •   Living allowance
  •   Mobility allowance
  •   Travel allowance
  •   Career exploratory allowance
• Benefits for the institution
  •   Contribution to research costs
  •   Contribution to management costs
  •   Other eligible costs possible
  •   Indirect costs (overheads)
Researcher Salaries

Experience                        Employment
                                  contract

Early-Stage researchers           €33,800


Experienced researchers           €52,000

Experienced researchers           €78,000
(more than 10 years experience)

Salaries are inclusive of all compulsory deductions
Correction factor applied for cost of living (UK
Coefficient 110.2%)
Individual fellow allowances
• Travel costs – depending on distance
  € 250 - €2500
• Mobility allowance
  Without family: €500 per month
  With family: €800 per month
  Correction factor applied for cost of living
• Career Exploratory allowance
  € 2000 for stays of more than one year
• Training / research costs of eligible
  researchers
  • Lab-based research: € 800 per month
  • Non-lab-based research: €500 per month
Benefits for the institution
• Management Activities
  maximum 3% of the total EC contribution
• Contribution to overheads
  10% of direct costs except for subcontractors
• Other types of eligible expenses
  ERG:
  Fixed amount € 15000 per researcher per year
  IRG:
  Fixed amount € 25000 per researcher per year
                              MCA - Deadlines
                             Initial Training Networks (ITN)   7 May 2007
                                                               two stage application
FP7 – People – Marie Curie



                             Intra- European Fellowships (IEF) Call expected 28 February with a
                             Incoming International            closing date of 14 August 2007
                             Fellowships (IIF)
                             Outgoing International
                             Fellowships (OIF)
                             European Reintegration Grants     25 April & 17 October 2007
                             (ERG)
                             International Reintegration
                             Grants (IRG)
                             Industry-Academia Partnerships    Call expected 28 February with a
                             & Pathways (IAPP)                 closing date of 31 May 2007
                             Links

                             • UK National Contact Point for Marie Curie
                               • http://www.ukro.ac.uk/mariecurie
FP7 – People – Marie Curie



                             • CORDIS
                               • http://cordis.europa.eu/mariecurie-actions/
                             • The Charter and the Code
                               • http://europa.eu.int/eracareers/europeancharter/
                               • UK HE Sector analysis:
                                 http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/news/gapanalysis.htm
                             • European Researchers‟ Mobility Portal
                               • http://ec.europa.eu/eracareers/index_en.cfm
                             • Marie Curie Vacancies
                               • http://mc-opportunities.cordis.lu/
                             • Queries
                               • mariecurie-uk@bbsrc.ac.uk
EU Countries

EU-27
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic,
Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece,
Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta,
Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain,
Sweden, UK

Associated Countries (FP6)
Croatia, Iceland, Israel, Liechtenstein, Norway,
Switzerland, Turkey, Serbia
ICPC countries

								
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