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Title: Building of the Russian Regional Information Network for the Development of International Mobility o


1
Building of the Russian Regional Information
Network for the Development of International
Mobility of Researchers NCP Network in Poland
  • M.Sc. Eng. Joanna Basztura
  • Head of Unit of RTD and Regional Programmes of
    the EU
  • Wroclaw University of Technology, Wroclaw Centre
    for Technology Transfer
  • 20.05.2005 Moscow, Russia

2
Plan of the presentation
  • Lower Silesia region short description
  • Wroclaw University of Technology, Wroclaw Centre
    for Technology Tranfsfer (mission, activities)
  • Polish Ministry support to encourage the
    participation of researchers and companies in FP5
    and FP6
  • NCP Network in Poland structure
  • Role of Regional Contact Points
  • Regional initiatives to overcome low
    participation in FP5/FP6

3
Dolnoslaskie Lower Silesia
  • The Dolnoslaskie Voivodship is located in
    south-western POLAND borders Germany, (in the
    west), and the Czech Republic (in the south),
    which makes economic co-operation with
    neighbouring countries one of the assets of this
    region.
  • Territory 19 948 km2 ,
  • population in total. ca. 2 985 000,
  • GPD of the region 6 870 millions of EURO
  • unemployment rate 17,3
  • Export value 2 100 millions EURO
  • Foreign investments in the region 1 900 millions
    of EURO

4
Wroclaw University of Technology
  • Founded in 1945 (mainly scientific staff from
    Lvov).
  • 31,936 students studying in Wroclaw and at its
    three branches in the region
  • 2,035 academic teachers
  • 12 faculties
  • 600 detailed thematic fields
  • www.pwr.wroc.pl

5
Wroclaw University of Technology
  • WCTT was created in 1995 year in the frame of
    PHARE Tempus project Bridging the gap between
    university and industry.
  • Partners of the project
  • Wroclaw University of Technology
  • Stuttgart University
  • Brunel University in West London
  • WCTT is a self-financing department of
  • the Wroclaw University of Technology,
  • it employs 21 people
  • www.wctt.pl

6
  • Non-profit activity
  • Self-financing
  • Semi-independent department of University
  • 3 Units (EU RTD and regional programmes,
    technology transfer and consulting, training and
    finances)

7
Mission Statement of the WCTT
  • WCTT business is to provide industrial companies
    with the information, promotion, training,
    consulting and assistance by the implementation
    of advanced methods, technologies and
    organisation especially in the south-west Poland.
  • Bridging the gap between university and industry
    and joining the university know-how with
    industrial experience is the main advantage of
    our activities.
  • WCTT mission is to increase the productivity and
    competitiveness of Polish companies.

8
Yesterday and today
9
Activities
  • Trainings
  • Information services
  • Consulting
  • Projects

10
Trainings
  • Quality Management
  • TQM
  • ISO 9000 / QS 9000
  • Methods and Techniques of Quality Assurance
  • SPC
  • Continues Improvement Methods (QFD, FMEA, etc.)
  • Internal Quality Auditor
  • Production Management Systems
  • Inventory Management
  • Supplier selection and evaluation
  • Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma
  • Project Management
  • ISO 14000
  • CAD/CAM

11
Information services
  • Funding opportunities FP6, PHARE programmes,
    Structural Funds, enterpreneurship support)
  • Start up support (legal, financial, business
    plans, other issues)
  • Searching for partners FP6, technology transfer
  • High-Tech bulletin (3000 copies sent to
    companies) quarterly
  • WWW.wctt.pl

12
Consulting
  • Technological Audits
  • One day visit in company or research team
  • Identification of technology needs or/and offers
  • Support of the transnational technology transfer
    negotiations
  • Technical consulting, e.g.
  • Implementation of Quality Systems
  • Lean Manufacturing
  • Rapid Prototyping and Rapid Tooling
  • Assistance on proposal preparation to FP 6,
    Strauctural Funds, PHARE programmes
  • Stimulating enterpreneurship start up, spin off
    companies, organisation of an annual graduate
    competion My own company after studies

13
Enterpreneurship
  • Competition Idea for an innovative company
  • 4 editions since 2001
  • Aim Promotion of the academic enterpreneurship
  • 235 participants in 2001-2004
  • At least 5 new companies after 3 editions (e.g.
    Lediko www.lediko.com)

14
EU recent Projects
  • FP 6 projects
  • 1. REGinNET- Network of Contact Points in Europe
  • 2. POLFOOD Promotion of participation in Food
    quality in FP6
  • 3. NANOMAT stimulation of SME participation in
    FP6 in NMP programme
  • 4. GET-IN stimulation of SMEs participation in
    FP6 in IST programme
  • 5. MOBILITY Centre Promotion of researchers
    mobility
  • 6. IRC West Poland - Transnational technology
    transfer support
  • 7. PROPLUS enterpreneurship support and
    stimulation
  • 8. UPRIS Upgrading the Development of the Lower
    Silesia Innovation System
  • 9. IMPACT SCAN4 INNOPOL - evaluating of the
    impact of Regional Innovation Strategies
  • UNDER NEGOTIATIONS
  • 10. TECARE stimulating of participation in Food
    Quality programme

15
Other initiatives
  • INTAS projects
  • INTAS ININ ERA goes East (Trainings given to the
    National Contact Points in Russia, Ukraine,
    Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan about FP6, how to
    give consultancies, how to write proposals)
  • INTAS ININ Continuous advice to Russia
  • LEONARDO DA VINCI PROJECTS
  • PROFUSE project

16
Poland start in FP5
  • Beginning of FP5 State of the art
  • - General bad situation of science financing
    in Poland (0,5 of GDP)
  • Scientists have 2-4 other jobs to make ends meet
    , low motivation to take part in EU programmes
    (too complicated and time consuming, disbelief
    that they can be successful)
  • Universities and companies are not aware of FP5,
    rules of participation, types of projects, etc.,
    they do not prepare proposals
  • English language problems discourage them from
    reading the documents and information in English
  • Problems with copying of documents, low or no
    budget for travelling to find partners
  • Institutional problems (accountancy departments
    treats researchers who have a EU project as a
    problem, they do not help, problems with separate
    accounts, cost statements)

17
Poland start in FP5
  • Beginning of FP5 State of the art
  • - Researchers either think they know everything
    about EU programmes and they do not want any help
    from the NCP or they underestimate their
    potential)
  • They make conacts in Poland to submit a proposal
    instead of searching for them abroad the
    results in the consortium the majority of
    partners are Polish, the proposal fails
  • Researchers like to solve regional (Polish)
    problems and not European results proposal is
    rejected
  • They want that somebody else writes the proposal
    for them, they say they do not have time, they
    have lectures with students, they have to go to a
    conference, etc.
  • They come only once to the NCP to take
    application forms and they do not come back
    anymore
  • They are afraid of showing the proposal to the
    NCP they fear somebody will steal the idea

18
Our (RCP) expectations at the beginning
  • A big number of proposals will be submitted by
    our researchers
  • Researchers visiting us frequently to get advice
  • Foreign partners will search for Polish partners
  • We (Polish) researchers are good enough to be
    seen and invited into the consortia
  • There will be Polish coordinators of projects
  • It is enough to give them information about the
    call and application forms

19
Poland Start in FP5
  • Polish State Committee of Scientific Research
    started with 2 Actions to overcome this
    situation
  • Indirect support by establishing NCP network
  • Direct support of researchers

20
Polish Ministry support to encourage the
participation of researchers and companies in FP5
  • Creation of the network of National Contact
    Points of the FP5 in Poland in 1999
  • Support for reseachers and companies
  • Grants for organisations (researchers and
    companies) to encourage them to take part in the
    first calls (grants for grants) of FP5
  • Reimboursement of the costs of the proposal
    preparation to FP5, FP6
  • Co-financing of the projects financed by the
    Commission in FP5/FP6

21
Creation of the NCP Network in Poland
  • Start in 1999 Polish State Committee for
    Scientific Research published a call for
    proposals for organisations that want to play a
    role of the National Contact Points of FP5 in
    Poland.
  • The aim 1 central National Contact Point in
    Warsaw and several regional and branch Contact
    Points all over Poland to be chosen (almost in
    all big cities)
  • The grant that winning organisations get will
    cover expenses of the personnel (usually 1-2
    persons) to be employed, material, some equipment
    costs, travelling, printing, translation,
    preparation of the bullletin, mail costs, etc.)
  • The winning organisations sign a contract with
    the Ministry for 1 year and after 1 year they
    have to submit a report (technical and financial
    one)

22
Creation of the NCP Network in Poland
  • Criteria of evaluation
  • Experiences in previous European Research or
    other programmes e.g. COST, EUREKA, etc.,
    (participation or coordination of projects), how
    many, results
  • Experiences of participation in evaluation panels
    of European projects,
  • Description of services to be delivered to
    researchers and companies (what, how many, in
    which way tools) consultancies, partner
    search, dissemination of information,
    organisation of trainings, information days,
    Description of facilities that the organisation
    has computers, fax, phone, copying machine,
    internet access, meetings rooom, etc.

23
Creation of the NCP Network in Poland
  • Criteria of evaluation
  • CV of the staff that will perform the role of the
    NCP (education, knowledge of languages, computer
    skills, communication skills, experiences with
    foreign countries stages, work, studies)
  • Cost of the work and the level of cofinancing
    from own resources

24
Creation of the NCP Network in Poland
  • Results of the call
  • - 1 NCP in Warsaw Institute of the Fundamental
    Problems of Technics of the Polish Academy of
    Sciences (www.kpk.gov.pl)
  • 8 Regional Contact Points in main Polish cities
    (one of them Wroclaw Centre for Technology
    Transfer of Wroclaw University of Technology)
    www.wctt.pl
  • Several branch contact points (e.g ship,
    textiles, horticulture, etc.)
  • The winning organisations were
  • Departments of International Cooperation of
    Universities or Technical Universities
  • Technology Transfer Departments of Universities
    or Technical Universities
  • Research Institutions (as branch contact points)
  • Foundations
  • Technology Parks, etc.

25
Creation of the NCP Network in Poland
  • Each year the call for proposals for NCPs is
    repeated and new organisations can join the
    network
  • Reports on the activity should be submitted
  • There is a general website of the Polish NCP
    network with documents, addresses, etc.
    www.kpk.gov.pl,
  • www.6pr.pl

26
NCP Network in Poland structure now
  • 1 National Contact Point in Warsaw (all thematic
    and horizontal programmes)
  • 11 Regional Contact Points
  • 50 Branch Contact Points
  • 151 Local Contact Points

27
Role of Regional Contact Points
  • MISSION
  • The mission of RCPs is to increase the
    participation of scientists and SMEs in the 6th
    Framework Programme for European Research and
    Technological Development (2002-2006). They
    usually cooperate within a national network that
    consists of the National Contact Point and
    Regional Contact Points.
  • TASKS
  • To give information on the 6th Framework
    Programme for research and development sector and
    companies
  • To provide documentation (also application forms)
    usually by electronic means but also on paper
  • To organize seminars, workshops, training
    sessions and lectures on the possibilities of the
    participation, project management, finance

28
Role of Regional Contact Points
  • To verify project proposals
  • To help to search foreign partners
  • To disseminate information about FP6 law aspects,
    practical issues, deadlines and rules of
    participation
  • To promote of the successful 5th and 6th
    Framework Programme applications
  • To give information about others programmes and
    initiatives of the European Union
  • To cooperate with other Polish Contact Points and
    foreign Contact Points
  • To create and develop a network of Local Contact
    Points

29
Experiences of being a Regional Contact Point in
the NCP network
  • .......At the beginning
  • Poor communication between NCP and RCPs
  • Centralisation (everything has to be decided in
    Warsaw), no dialogue at the meetings of the
    Network
  • Lack of trust between network members,
    competition
  • No cooperation, distance
  • No direct contacts with the Commission and
    western NCPs
  • Lack of experience and information
  • ....

30
Experiences of being a Regional Contact Point in
the NCP network
  • ....... Some months/years later
  • Cooperation with another region/city of Poznan -
    Sharing information, giving trainings in Wroclaw
    and Poznan, submission of the Innovation Relay
    Centre proposal
  • Start of cooperation with western NCP and
    organisations in the region submission of a
    proposal in FP 5 INCO for the encouragement of
    participation of the organisations in the region
    in FP5
  • Start of cooperation with other Regional Contact
    Points in Poland publishing a leaflet about
    special calls for ACC countries, preparation of
    the proposal for the FP6 promotion
  • A 5 month stage in Brussels in the Directorate
    General Research, Environment Directorate
    knowing people from Brussels
  • Start of cooperation with other NCPs in Western
    Europe and regions in Accession Candidate
    Countries REGinNET project

31
How the network of NCPs operates in Poland now
  • Meetings 2-3 times a year of the whole network
    (60 people) trainings at each meeting
  • Common bulletin each month sent to RCPs and
    researchers from all over Poland
  • Website with info about events, documents, etc.
    www.6pr.pl
  • Intranet internal communication platform within
    the network
  • Publication of leaflets about FP6
  • Translation of documents model contract,
    consortium agreement, workprogrammes, application
    forms, FP6 in brief
  • Cooperation with Local Contact Points
  • NCPs send partner searches to RCPs and RCPs to
    clients
  • NCPS give RCPs information they get from
    Brussels
  • NCPS from Warsaw come to regions to give
    presentations about FP6
  • THERE IS MORE TRUST, COOPERATION AND SHARING
    OF INFORMATION NOWC THAN IT WAS 5 YEARS AGO

32
Achievements 2004 Regional Contact Point for
FP6 (RCP)
  • 1 big conference was organised, 17 trainings, 6
    workshops, 2 Information Days (in total 788
    participants)
  • 25 project proposals were consulted
  • 1795 consultations (98 personal meetings, 402
    phone calls, 1295 e-mails)
  • Dissemiantion of information to 820 companies and
    research institutions about FP6
  • 1414 offers sent to Local Contact Points
  • 8 articles in the High-Tech bulletin sent to 3000
    companies about FP6
  • 7 articles published in national newspapers
    Gazeta Wyborcza, Rzeczpospolita, Slowo
    Polskie about FP6 and RCP

33
Support for reseachers and companies
  • Grant for grant
  • To encourage the participation in the first call
    of proposals of the EU
  • 15 000 zl (about 4 000 ) at the beginning of
    FP5 to search for partners (travel) and to
    reimbourse costs of the preparation of the
    proposal)
  • Reimboursement of the costs of the proposal
    preparation to FP5 during the whole FP5
  • 30 000 zl (8000 ) for the reimbursement of costs
    connected with the preparation of the proposal as
    a coordinator (paid even if the proposal failed)
  • 15 000 zl (4 000 ) for each participant of the
    FP5 proposal that was submitted to the Commission
    and failed but the proposal got at least the mark
    3.0 (good)

34
Support for reseachers and companies
  • Co-financing of the projects financed by the
    Commission
  • to encourage the participation in the first call
    of proposals of the EU
  • Grant aiming at covering the costs not paid by
    the Commission (researchers already employed at
    university who took part in the project)
  • up to 90 of costs paid by the Commission in
    1999
  • up to 80 of costs paid by the Commission in
    2000
  • up to 70 of costs paid by the Commission in
    2001
  • up to 60 of costs paid by the Commission in
    2002 and this is maintained in FP6 at the moment
  • Notice! All grants were paid to the institution
    and not to the individual researcher. There were
    some exceptions and differences connected with
    the legal status and type of the project.

35
Regional initiatives to overcome low
participation in FP5/FP6
  • 3 projects successfully submitted to FP5 and FP6
  • PRANET - A pragmatic approach towards the 5th
    Framework Programme. Networking in the region,
    (1.01.2001 30.06.2002), Contract No
    ICA1-CT-2000-50007
  • POLTOUR - Promotion of the 6th Framework
    Programme by Tour. (1.08.2002 30.06.2001)
    POLTOUR, Contract No ICA1-CT-2002-60021
  • REGinNET- Regional approach towards FP6. Network
    of contacts points in large Accession Candidate
    Countries and Member States, (1.07.2004
    30.06.2006), Contract No INCO-CT-2004-003399

36
Example of the SSA proposal in INCO in FP5
  • Title A pragmatic approach towards the 5th
    Framework Programme. Networking in the region
  • Acronym PRANET
  • Duration 18 months
  • Keywords Training, information, assistance
  • Consortium
  • Coordinator 1.Wroclaw Centre for Technology
    Transfer of Wroclaw University of Technology
    (PL)
  • Partners
  • 2. University of Wroclaw (PL)
  • 3. Lower Silesia Voivodship (PL)
  • 4. EG-Liaison (NL)

37
Example of the SSA proposal in INCO in FP5
  • Objectives of the proposal
  • To stimulate the awareness of researchers and
    companies from the Lower Sileasia region in
    POland to take part in FP 5
  • To promote the abroad research potential of the
    researchers and companies from the region
  • To help researchers and companies get into the
    projects prepared by coordinators from western
    countries
  • To stimulate cooperation of Contact Points in the
    region
  • Target group
  • Researchers from the region
  • Companies from the region
  • Contact Points of different universities in the
    region

38
Example of the SSA proposal in INCO in FP5
  • Workpackages
  • Workpackage 1 Preparation of the trainings in
    the south west part of Poland
  • - Kick of meeting in NL (visits in research
    institutions, companies, training on FP5)
  • - Identification of the target group
  • - Preaparation of the programme of the trainings
    in Poland (6 trainings on how to fill in the
    forms and how to get in contact with western
    partners, partner search, etc.)
  • Deliverable
  • Programme of the trainings
  • Report on the visit in NL

39
Example of the SSA proposal in INCO in FP5
  • Workpackages
  • Workpackage 2 Promotion activities
  • - Preaparation of the leaflet inviting to the
    trainings
  • - Contacts with media
  • - Information on website
  • - Ivitation sent to 1500 reseachers anf
    companies
  • Deliverables
  • Leaflet
  • Announcement in the local newspaper, scientific
    journal
  • Website
  • Invitation letter

40
Example of the SSA proposal in INCO in FP5
  • Workpackages
  • Workpackage 3 Organisation of the trainings
  • - Preparation of a database of potential
    participants
  • - Renting a room
  • - Arranging translator
  • - Arranging infrastructure (projector,
    computer, headphones, etc.)
  • - Catering (coffee breaks, lunch)
  • - Prearation of the training material
    (translation, copying)
  • - Registration of participants
  • Deliverables
  • List of participants with signatures
  • Training material

41
Example of the SSA proposal in INCO in FP5
  • Workpackages
  • Workpackage 5 Consultancies
  • - Giving consultancies to reaserchers and
    companies from the region on how to fill in forms
    and find a partner
  • - Checking proposals
  • Deliverables
  • No of projects that were submitted to the
    Commission
  • No of consultancies (how many)
  • Number of research institutions from the region
    that were included as partners in the projects
    submitted by foreign partners

42
Example of the SSA proposal in INCO in FP5
  • Workpackages
  • Workpackage 6 Management of the project
  • - Kick off meeting in NL
  • - Preaparation of reports
  • - Control of the project realisation
  • Deliverables
  • Report (intermediary and final to the Commission)
  • Minutes of the trainings and meetings

43
Example of the SSA proposal in INCO in FP5
  • Results
  • In total 15 Information days (706 participants)
    and 10 workshops have been organised (495
    participants)
  • Promotion of the possibilities for cooperation
    with research institutions of South West Poland
    was realised thanks to electronic version of Book
    of Reference for Potential Partners, which was
    introduced during the trainings and info-days. It
    is connected with Western web sites for searching
    partners from CEEC.
  • Producing tools for international cooperation
    for SMEs publishing a guide Possibilities
    of innovation development in the Lower Silesia
    Region
  • Participations of partners from South West Poland
    in 69 project proposals submitted in the 5th
    Framework Programme. This objective was achieved
    through all the trainings but particularly those
    related to the special calls for proposals,
    directly, the assistance on writing the proposal
    increased the number of submitted applications.
  • During the lifetime of the project there were 296
    consultancies given by WCTT (individual meetings
    with researchers and enterprises), 114 phone
    consultancies and 1280 e-mails sent to the
    network of partnering organisations and
    individuals

44
POLTOUR - Promotion of the 6th Framework
Programme in south and west Poland by Tour
  • Aim
  • awareness of the 6th Framework Programme has to
    be increased in the south and west part of Poland
    and the possibilities of joining the 6th
    Framework programme have to be promoted
  • increasing participation in the 6th Framework
    Programme in all types of projects (Networks of
    Excellences, integrated projects, CRAFT,
    fellowships, etc
  • Target groups
  • 1. Liaison officers
  • 2. Researchers
  • 3. Entrepreneurs
  • Partners
  • 1. Wroclaw Centre for Technology Transfer
    (WCTT) - Coordinator
  • 2. Poznan Science and Technology Park (PSTP)
  • 3. Technical University of Szczecin TUS (PS)
  • 4. Technology Transfer Centre, Cracow University
    of Technology (CUT)
  • 5. Senter/EG-Liaison The Netherlands

45
POLTOUR - Promotion of the 6th Framework
Programme in south and west Poland by Tour
  • Tasks
  • WP 1 Management of the network
  • WP 2 Promotion campaign.
  • WP3 Awareness tour in 4 regions of Poland for
    the researchers and enterprises
  • WP 4 Assistance
  • Results
  • In total 4 conferences were organised. in Krakow,
    Wroclaw, Poznan and Szczecin regions, 1300
    participants attended 4 conferences including 143
    companies
  • 300 consultancies given by the partners of the
    consortium (individual meetings with researchers
    and enterprises)

46
REGinNET- Regional approach towards FP6. Network
of contacts points in large Accession Candidate
Countries and Member States
  • Aim
  • 1. Networking of the regional contact points
    (RCPs)
  • 2. Staff exchange with EU contact points, to
    strengthen bilateral cooperation between ACC and
    Member States regions by fellowships
  • 3. Information and brokerage days - provide
    information to research community and other
    organizations in ACC and facilitate prospective
    proposal partnerships
  • Tasks
  • WP1. Networking of Contact Points
  • WP2. Staff exchange
  • WP3. Raising awareness in the regions
  • WP4. The management of the project WP5.
    Dissemination of results

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REGinNET- Regional approach towards FP6. Network
of contacts points in large Accession Candidate
Countries and Member States
  • Partners
  • 1. Wroclaw Centre for Technology Transfer,
    Wroclaw University of Technology, PL
  • 2. Poznan Science and Technology Park, PL
  • 3. Technical University of Szczecin, PL
  • 4. Cracow University of Technology, PL
  • 5. SC IPA SA CIFATT Craiova, RO 
  • 6. Timisoara Chamber of Commerce, Industry
    Agriculture-Euro Info Centre, RO
  • 7. RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF TEXTILE MACHINES, plc.,
    CZ
  • 8. University of OstravaDep. of research, science
    and international relations, CZ
  • 9. Pecs University Medical Center, HU
  • 10. Varna Free University, Varna, Bulgaria, BG
  • 11. Ege Universitesi, EBILTEM, TU
  • 12. University of Szeged, HU
  • 13. University of Debrecen, HU
  • 14. EG-Liaison/Senter, NL
  • 15. Bureau for International Research and
    Technology, AT
  • 16. Beta Technology Limited, GB
  • 17. Agency for the Promotion of European
    Research, I
  • 18. Ministry of Science, Technology and
    Innovation,Danish Tecnological Institute, DK

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REGinNET- Regional approach towards FP6. Network
of contacts points in large Accession Candidate
Countries and Member States
  • Major deliverables
  • Networking - 6 workshops for the 13 Regional
    Contact Points, e-mail newsletter twice a month,
  • Regional Contact Points Reference Guide a tool
    for the RCP staff,
  • 13-26 one-two week fellowships to experienced
    contact points in MS (the Netherlands, Denmark,
    Austria, Italy, Spain, England or other NCPs in
    Europe)
  • information leaflets and brochures of individual
    universities and companies presented by each
    fellow from 13 ACC regions to the 6 Member State
    Hosts, 13 presentations in Power Point of
    research institutions and companies of ACC
    regions,
  • about 100 partnering profiles promoted on the
    fellowships, foreseen 40 effective partnerships
    in projects,
  • 13 infodays and brokerage events in ACC regions,
    1300 participants from the scientific community
    and companies, at least 200 bilateral contacts
    initiated at the events.
  • Project website and leaflet presenting the
    network.
  • PROJECT WEBSITE
  • http//www.transfer.edu.pl/reginnet/

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How we overcame the barrier to be invited into
consortia
  • We participated in the meetings organised by our
    National Contact Points sharing of
    information/experiences from the closed attitude
    towards trust (I give you information this time
    you will give me next time)
  • We tried to get a contact with foreign NCPs
    during workshops, seminars, conferences, not only
    to give a business card but have longer
    conversations, we tried to establish some common
    interests (not with everybody but with the ones
    who showed some interest in cooperation with us)
  • We tried to submit proposals in the frame of
    Specific Support Actions (SSA) to FP5 and FP6 to
    have additional funding to support our
    researchers and companies and to stimulate them
    to join FP5 and 6 projects

50
How we overcame the barrier to be invited into
consortia
  • We submitted SSA proposals as coordinator with
    the best foreign NCPs with so that we opened a
    door for our researchers to the coordinators from
    the countries of our project partners
  • We tried to contact the European Commission our
    project officer, project officers in the field of
    proposals submitted by our researchers with
    questions, remarks, etc whenever we were in
    Brussels
  • We tried to go to good trainings/conferences with
    EC representatives and establish good contact
    with them
  • We had a stagiare in DG Research for 5 months who
    made contacts with different EC Departments

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How we overcame the barrier to be invited into
consortia
  • We subscribed to the database of experts in FP6
    to gain experience as evaluators
  • We organised a lot of practical sessions for
    researcheers how to write a proposal
  • We assisted them at all stages of proposal
    preaparation and submission and management
  • We were contacting colleagues/EC if they had some
    problems, questions
  • We were not afraid of making mistakes, failures
    and to ask questions when needed

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Present situation
  • Our researchers are well informed and trained
  • We have good contacts all over Europe and in the
    European Commission
  • We have 10 projects in FP6 (only as a department
    of the University)
  • We are being invited to the next ETI, SSAs
    projects and unfortunately we have to say no....
  • BUT...
  • It is still too difficult for Polish researchers
    to coordinate projets (IPs are too big)
  • Not all research topics are addressed in FP6
  • FP6 is too beaurocratic (reporting, audit
    certificates, etc.)
  • Our Ministry still have to monitor our
    participation and if it is too low to ask the EC
    to launch specific calls for New Member States
  • There is very low success rate in CRAFT projects
    and Marie Curie Fellowships
  • We have to keep people continuously informed and
    interested in FP6

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Contact
  • Joanna Basztura
  • Wroclaw Centre for Technology Transfer
  • Wroclaw University of Technology
  • ul. Smoluchowskiego 48
  • 50-372 Wroclaw, Poland
  • tel 48 71 320 21 89
  • fax 48 71 320 39 48
  • e-mail j.basztura_at_wctt.pl
  • www.wctt.pl
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