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Title: FP6 Marie Curie Day University of Stirling, 4th December 2003


1
FP6 Marie Curie DayUniversity of Stirling, 4th
December 2003
  • Estelle Kane
  • UK Research Office

2
What is UKRO?
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research
Council (BBSRC)
Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research
Council (EPSRC)
Medical Research Council (MRC)
Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council
(PPARC)
3
UKROs mission
To promote effective UK participation in EU
funded research, higher education training
related activities by alerting subscribers to
the opportunities available providing updates on
developments exchanging information between UK
EU
4
UKRO services
  • Web http//www.ukro.ac.uk
  • Advice to European Officers researchers
  • UK Mobility National Contact Point
  • UK Briefing visits
  • Brussels Meeting room

5
Overview of session
  • What is the European Research Area (ERA)?
  • What is the Framework Programme?
  • Outline of Marie Curie Actions
  • Proposal submission and evaluations
  • Making the most of your application

6
European Research Area (ERA) Rationale
  • Need to bring national initiatives closer
    together, and help them achieve greater coherence
  • This is the aim of the ERA project, the reference
    framework for European research since the Lisbon
    European Council in March 2000

7
ERA objectives
  • Research
  • Innovation
  • Infrastructure
  • Human Resources
  • Science, Society and Citizens

European Research Area, Commission Paper, Jan 2000
8
What is a Framework Programme?
  • The principal EU Programme for RTD
  • 4 years in duration
  • FP5 1999-2002 14.96Bn
  • FP6 2002-2005 17.5Bn
  • Contract research
  • European collaboration
  • User driven approach
  • Prioritised research areas

9
Programme content
Life Sciences, Genomics and Biotechnology for
Health
New/Emerging ST and Policy Support
Information Society Technologies
Nanotechnologies and Nanosciences,
Knowledge-Based Multifunctional Materials
and New Production Processes and Devices
SME Activities
Specific Activities Covering a Wider Field of
Research
Thematic
Aeronautics and Space
Food Quality and Safety
International Co-operation
Sustainable Development, Global Change and
Ecosystems
Citizens and Governance in the Knowledge Society
Science and Society
Innovation and SMEs
Human Resources and Mobility
Research Infrastructures
Horizontal
Co-ordination of Research Activities
Development of RTD/Innovation Policies
Underpinning
10
Participation in the Framework Programme
  • EU Member States Austria, Belgium, Denmark,
    Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy,
    Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden,
    UK
  • EEA CountriesIceland, Liechtenstein, Norway
  • Association Agreement Countries Israel,
    Switzerland
  • Candidate Countries Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech
    Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary,
    Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia,
    Turkey
  • Third Countries INCO (Developing, Mediterranean,
    Russia and NIS, Western Balkans), all other
    countries

11
Marie Curie Actions in brief
  • Estelle Kane
  • UK Research Office

12
What are Marie Curie Actions?
  • Human Resources and Mobility Programme
  • 1580M
  • A series of fellowships to support the
  • training and mobility of researchers, within the
    context of promoting excellence in European
    Research
  • Aimed at individual researchers, research groups
    and companies

13
Key features
  • Open to 3rd country nationals
  • No age limit, but experience criterion
  • Reintegration and return measures
  • Excellence promotion measures
  • Life-long learning concept
  • Personal/family situation of researchers
  • Bottom-up approach

14
Marie Curie programme structure
MC Chairs
Re-integration Grants
Institutional funding
Excellence Grants Awards
Transfer of Knowledge Fellowships
Experienced
Individual funding
Intra-European Fellowships
In/Out International Fellowships
Return funding
Conferences Courses
Excellence funding
PhD (or 4 years)
RTNs
Early Stage Training
Early Stage
15
Individual driven actions
  • Researcher applies jointly with host
  • Length of stay depending on Action
  • Fellows who withdraw cannot be replaced

16
Host driven actions
  • Host institutions/network applies for a number of
    fellows/researchers
  • Hosts 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)

17
Definition of researchers
  • Early Stage
  • Starting a research career, i.e. postgrad
  • No PhD or lt4 years research after first degree
  • Experienced
  • PhD or 4 years research experience after first
    degree
  • Very experienced
  • More than 10 years research experience

18
Transnational mobility requirements
  • Must not have been resident in host country for
    more that 12 months in the last 3 years
    immediately before application (Individual
    actions) or start of work (Host actions)
  • Cannot be a national of host country unless
  • European researcher working outside EU for 4 in
    the last 5 years
  • Dual nationality and have not resided there in
    last 5 years
  • International organisation
  • Return and reintegration grants
  • Note that Excellence Team leaders are exempt

19
Types of Fellowship
  • Intra-European Fellowships
  • Outgoing International
  • Incoming International
  • Reintegration Grants
  • Excellence Actions
  • Conference

20
Individual Fellowships
  • To respond to the individual advanced training
    needs of the most promising experienced
    researchers to give them the necessary boost to
    become fully independent in their field
  • Fellowships for experienced researchers(gt4 years
    experience or PhD)
  • Training through research, incl. life-long
    training or for resuming career
  • Application by fellow in liaison with host

21
Individual Fellowships
  • 3 Action Types
  • Intra-European (EIF) 1 to 2 years
  • From and to EU and Associated Countries
  • Outgoing (OIF) up to 2 1 years
  • EU and Ass. Country fellows to 3rd country
  • mandatory return element
  • Incoming (IIF) 1 to 2 years
  • promising researchers from 3rd country
  • possibility of return support for emerging
    economies

22
Re-Integration Grants
  • To support integration of a stable research
    career following a period of mobility
  • Following a 2-year Marie Curie fellowship (ERG)
  • EU and Associate Country fellows
  • Reintegration of country of origin or elsewhere
  • Obligation for host to offer minimum 2-year work
    contract and research project
  • Following a stay outside Europe (IRG)
  • European researchers who have been outside Europe
    for 5 years

23
Capacity building
  • To promote excellence in European research
  • Marie Curie Excellence Grants (EXT) up to 4
    years
  • To set up or extend teams of the highest level
  • Leading edge or interdisciplinary research
  • Marie Curie Chairs (EXC) up to 3 years
  • Top level teaching appointments
  • Particularly for researchers who wish to resume
    their career in Europe
  • Marie Curie Prizes (EXA)
  • Prizes for excellent researchers who have
    benefited from Marie Curie Actions

24
Conferences and Training Courses (SCF)
  • To stimulate early stage researchers through
    participation of conferences and courses
  • Encourage junior researchers to benefit from the
    experience of leading researchers
  • Variety of Actions (including virtual ones)
  • series of conferences, summer schools, lab
    courses etc. on a theme or linked themes
  • support for junior researchers in larger
    conferences selected for their training interest
  • Duration from several days to 4 weeks

25
Marie Curie Funding
  • Benefit of the researchers
  • Living allowance (by researcher category and
    country)
  • Travel costs
  • Mobility allowance
  • Career development allowance
  • Costs of eligible researchers
  • Benefit of the host organisations
  • Contribution to programme expenses (organisation,
    co-ordination...)
  • Overheads
  • Management costs (incl. audit certificate)
  • Other eligible expenses
  • Not all contributions apply to all Actions

26
Researcher salaries
  • Living allowance (reference, cost of living index
    100)

Correction factor for cost of living to be
applied UK 112.5
27
Additional allowances
  • Travel costs depending on distance 250 - 2500
    /year
  • Mobility allowance 500 /month (no family) 800
    /month (family)
  • (Correction factor for cost of living to be
    applied)
  • Career exploratory allowance 2000 /fellow (min.
    1 year stay, depending on Action)
  • Training/research costs of eligible researchers
  • 250 -750 /fellow-month (depending on Action)

28
Contribution to researchers example
  • Activities carried out by the researcher
  • Researcher with family, going from Lisbon to
    Paris for 2 years with an Intra-European
    Fellowship under an employment contract
  • Living allowance 47,000 x 2 years 94,000
  • Mobility allowance 800 x 24 months 19,200
  • correction factor 104.7 113,200x
    104.7 117,728
  • Career exploratory allowance 2000
  • Travel costs 1000 x 2 years2000
  • Total contribution for the researcher 121,728
  • Research costs (lab based) 400 x 24 9672
  • TOTAL Community Contribution 131400

29
  • Questions?

30
Proposal submission and evaluation
  • Estelle Kane
  • UK Research Office

31
Outline of the process
  • Published as a call
  • Submit application before deadline
  • Evaluation process
  • Notification of results
  • Contract negotiation
  • Contract signature and start of project

32
Key documents
  • The Call Text
  • A Rough Guide to the Marie Curie Actions
  • The Work Programme of the HRM Activity
  • The Handbook for the corresponding action
  • The Guide for Proposers
  • Guidance Notes for Evaluators
  • Sources
  • UKRO NCP website http//www.ukro.ac.uk/mobility
  • Commission http//fp6.cordis.lu/fp6

33
Proposal submission forms
  • Part A
  • Set of forms on administrative information
    about the proposal and the proposers
    (pre-prepared form).
  • Part B
  • Free-text description of the research project.
  • Series of headings and explanatory notes based on
    the evaluations criteria.

34
Evaluation process
Proposal
Rejection
Eligibility
Individual Evaluation
Consensus
Ethical Issues
Rejection
Thresholds
Ranking by Commission
Negotiation
Rejection
Negative Result
Commission Funding Decision
35
FP6 timescales
  • 17 December 2002 First calls published.
  • From March 2003 First deadlines.
  • First contracts end of December 2003
  • Nov 2003 May 2004 Second deadlines
  • Second contracts 5-7 months after the deadlines

36
Making the most of your application
  • Estelle Kane
  • UK Research Office

37
Human Resources and Mobility in FP6


38
National Contact Points
  • First point of contact for applicants
  • Advice, guidance and information on applying for
    funding, contract management, report writing etc
  • Website and helpline service
  • Training events, publicity actions
  • Liaison between the Member State and the
    Commission

39
General Tips I
  • Read the Work Programme, Guide for Proposers and
    Handbook
  • http//fp6.cordis.lu/fp6/calls.cfm
  • Follow the instructions
  • Use common sense
  • IEFs do include confidential referees
    assessment
  • Electronic submission

40
General Tips II
  • Eligibility check
  • Find a host
  • Write a concise and clear proposal, answering all
    the questions
  • Meet the deadline

41
Eligibility Check research experience
  • Early Stage
  • Starting a research career, i.e. postgrad
  • No PhD or lt4 years research after first degree
  • Experienced
  • PhD or 4 years research experience after first
    degree
  • Do not have to have PhD at deadline
  • Must have at latest 8 months after

42
Eligibility Check mobility
  • Must not have been resident in host country for
    more that 12 months in the last 3 years
    immediately before application (Individual
    actions) or start of work (Host actions)
  • Cannot be a national of host country unless
  • European researcher working outside EU for 4 in
    the last 5 years
  • Dual nationality and have not resided there in
    last 5 years
  • International organisation
  • Return and reintegration grants
  • Note that Excellence Team leaders are exempt

43
How do I find a host institution?
  • Individual Schemes
  • Does not have to be in academia
  • Draw on existing links supervisor, department
    etc
  • Use the literature
  • Previously funded Fellowships
  • NB Contractual terms for outgoing fellowships

44
Evaluation of proposals
  • Evaluation by competent experts in the field
  • Need to address all of the issues to maximise
    scores
  • Total score for a proposal is 100
  • Some areas require a minimum score (threshold)
  • Each area is weighted
  • In many cases the science counts for less than
    30
  • You must focus on the objectives of the activity
    to be successful
  • Look carefully at the score matrix

45
General Evaluation Criteria Part B
  • Evaluation Criteria/ Proposals Part B
  • B1. Scientific Quality of Project (n.a. for
    Awards)
  • B2. Quality of Research Training (n.a. for
    Awards)
  • B3. Quality of Host (n.a. for Awards)
  • B4. Quality of Researchers (Individual actions
    Excellence)
  • B5. Management and Feasibility (n.a. for Awards)
  • B6. Relevance to the objectives of the
    Scheme/Activity
  • B7. Added Value to the Community

46
Proposal structure for IEFs, OIFs and IIFs
  • B1 Scientific Quality of the Project
  • B1.1. Research topic
  • B1.2. Project objectives
  • B1.3. Scientific originality and Innovation
  • B1.4. Research method
  • B2 Quality of the research training
  • B3 Quality of the host
  • B2.1. Scientific and training expertise of the
    host
  • B2.2. Quality of infrastructures
  • B4 Quality of the Researcher
  • B5 Management and Feasibility
  • B6 Relevance to the objectives of the activity
  • B7 Added Value to the Community
  • B8 Previous proposals and contracts
  • B9 Other Issues

47
Evaluations and weightings for IEFs
  • W T
  • B1 Scientific Quality of the Project 15 -
  • B2 Quality of the research training 15 3
  • B3 Quality of the host 15 -
  • B4 Quality of the Researcher 15 4
  • B5 Management and Feasibility 5 -
  • B6 Relevance to the objectives of the activity
    25 -
  • B7 Added Value to the Community 10 -
  • B8 Previous proposals and contracts - -
  • B9 Other Issues - -

48
Quality of research training
  • (one A4 page)
  • Explain in detail which will be the training
    objectives of the proposal and how these can be
    beneficial for the development of an independent
    research career.
  • Describe any new expertise that you expect to
    acquire during the project.
  • Outline any complementary training and skills
    expected during the execution of the project

49
Quality of the researcher (1)
  • (two A4 pages, plus c.v.)
  • Describe the potential of the researcher to meet
    the objectives of the proposed project and why
    their skills are suitable for the project
    proposed.
  • Mention activities that reflect initiative,
    independent thinking and leadership since these
    are qualities that will be taken into account in
    the evaluation.
  • The proposal should reflect the potential for
    future development of the applicant on the path
    to achieve independence as a researcher.
  • Describe how the training and experience that the
    researcher will gain from their participation in
    the project will contribute to the development of
    their future career and achievement of
    professional independence as a researcher.

50
Quality of researcher (2)
  • With emphasis on the past experience of the
    researcher, a scientific/professional CV must be
    provided.
  • The applicant must present a comprehensive
    description of his/her research experience.
  • Major achievements and results should be
    included, as well as a list of funded projects,
    publications, patents, reports, invited
    participation in conferences etc.
  • To help the expert evaluators better understand
    the level of skills and experience it is
    advisable to write a short description (250
    words) of maximum three of the applicant's own
    major accomplishments (if done as team-work
    describe the particular contribution), mentioning
    the purpose, results, skills acquired, derived
    applications etc.

51
Relevance to the objectives of the activity
  • (two A4 pages)
  • Outline the benefit that will be gained from
    undertaking the project at Community level and
    how the fellowship will contribute to enhance EU
    scientific excellence.
  • The evaluation will also take into consideration
    the likelihood of the applicant continue to
    pursue the line of research after the end of the
    fellowship when looking at the long-term
    potential benefit of the training/mobility period.

52
Added value to the community
  • (one A4 page)
  • Outline the extent to which the project will
    contribute to the objectives of the European
    Research Area or address other Community policies
    (e.g. declared policy positions relating to the
    environment or social policy etc).
  • Proposers are advised to look globally at the
    proposal and indicate where it addresses issues
    which support policy objectives concerned with
    the structuring of the European Research Area.
  • If appropriate to the proposed project,
    co-ordination or synergy with regional, national
    or international activities should be presented.
  • Describe the extent to which the project will
    increase the attractiveness of Europe for
    researchers, increase European competitiveness
    and produce long-term synergies and/or
    structuring effects.

53
Proposal structure for Excellence Teams
  • B1. SCIENTIFIC QUALITY OF THE PROJECT
  • B1.1 Importance and relevance of the research
    topic
  • B1.2 Research topic /Quality of the research
  • B1.3 Potential for promoting innovation
  • B2. QUALITY OF THE HOST
  • B3. QUALITY OF THE TEAM LEADER
  • B4. MANAGEMENT AND FEASIBILITY
  • B4.1 Organisational Management
  • B4.2 Selection and Management of Team
  • B4.3 Dissemination
  • B4.4 Financial Management
  • B5. RELEVANCE TO THE OBJECTIVES OF THE ACTION
  • B6. ADDED VALUE TO THE COMMUNITY
  • B7. PREVIOUS PROPOSALS AND CONTRACTS
  • B8. OTHER ISSUES

54
Proposal structure for Chairs
  • B1. SCIENTIFIC QUALITY OF THE PROJECT
  • B1.1 Importance and relevance of the research
    topic
  • B1.2 Research topic /Quality of the research
  • B2. QUALITY OF THE RESEARCH TRAINING
  • B3. QUALITY OF THE HOST
  • B4. QUALITY OF THE CHAIR HOLDER
  • B5. MANAGEMENT AND FEASIBILITY
  • B5.1 Organisational Management
  • B5.2 Dissemination
  • B5.3 Financial Management
  • B6. RELEVANCE TO THE OBJECTIVES OF THE ACTION
  • B7. ADDED VALUE TO THE COMMUNITY
  • B8. PREVIOUS PROPOSALS AND CONTRACTS
  • B9. OTHER ISSUES

55
Weightings and thresholds for EXTs and Chairs
  • EXT CHAIR
  • W T W T
  • B1 Scientific Quality of the Project 15 4 15 -
  • B2 Quality of the research training N/A N/A 15 4
  • B3 Quality of the host 10 - 10 -
  • B4 Quality of the Researcher 15 4 15 4
  • B5 Management and Feasibility 15 - 10 -
  • B6 Relevance to the objectives of the
  • activity 25 - 15 -
  • B7 Added Value to the Community 20 - 20 -
  • B8 Previous proposals and contracts - - - -
  • B9 Other Issues - - - -

56
Proposal quality
  • SELL! SELL! SELL!
  • Quality of research
  • Quality of host
  • Quality of training programme
  • Quality of individual
  • Quality of supervision
  • Quality of language

57
Quality of research
  • Potential of the research
  • Cutting edge research setting it apart from the
    competition
  • Multi- and inter-disciplinary research
  • Innovation and the use of research results
  • Links with other research groups
  • Industrial links
  • Communication structures, plans etc
  • Costs fully justified can include top-ups

58
Quality of host
  • Quality of the research group / organisation
  • Networking with other organisations / research
    groups
  • Infrastructure / equipment available
  • International collaborations
  • Supervision arrangements
  • Mentoring arrangements
  • Assistance with living requirements of Fellows

59
Quality of training programme
  • Training in research methods and techniques
  • Personal Development Plan
  • Complementary skills training ethics, research
    management
  • Transferable skills training cf Roberts
  • Graduate School Provision including RC courses
  • Conferences, seminars, public fora etc

60
Quality of individual
  • Research potential
  • Current research experience and skills
  • Cross and multi-disciplinary experience
  • Work experience (in research)
  • Industrial experience and expertise
  • Transferable skills
  • Prizes, Awards, Lectures etc
  • Give evidence.

61
Quality of supervision
  • Clear framework for supervision
  • Infrastructure incl. contracts / management
  • Mentoring
  • Personal tutors
  • Induction programmes group / organisation
  • Graduate Schools
  • Training
  • Assistance with accommodation

62
Quality of language
  • Understandable English!
  • Avoid colloquialisms
  • Explain all country specific jargon
  • - including organisations, funders, initiatives
  • Well set out include summaries

63
Further information
  • UKRO NCP website
  • http//www.ukro.ac.uk/mobility
  • Queries on the schemes
  • mobility_at_bbsrc.ac.uk
  • Tel 32 2 230 0318 Fax 32 2 230 4803
  • Other useful websites
  • http//www.europa.eu.int/comm/research/fp6/mariecu
    rie-actions/home_en.html
  • http//www.cordis.lu/rtd2002/home.html

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  • Questions?
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