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Title: Workshop on EU FP7


1
Workshop on EU FP7
  • Dimitra Koutsantoni
  • John Montgomery

2
Overview of workshop
  • What is new in FP7?
  • Programmes, themes, funding schemes
  • Rules of participation/eligibility
  • Funding opportunities for Social Scientists
  • New themes
  • New programmes (ERC-Starting researcher grant)
  • Changes in existing programmes (Marie Curie)
  • Calls timetable and deadlines
  • Making an application
  • Forms (electronic forms, parts of the form)
  • Structuring a proposal-what to include
  • Evaluation criteria-how to address them
  • Where to go for information (websites, etc)
  • Partners (where to find them, paperwork needed)
  • Costing issues
  • Dos and Donts

3
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

4
New terminology
5
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)

6
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

7
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

8
Member States (MS), Associated countries (AC),
Third 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,
  • Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia,
  • Spain, Sweden, UK
  • Associated Countries (FP7)
  • Croatia, Iceland, Israel,
  • Liechtenstein, Norway, Serbia,
  • Switzerland, Turkey
  • Third Countries (not EU-27 or AC)
  • low-income, lower-middle-income or
    upper-middle-income country, identified as such
    in the work programmes
  • Note Industrialised third countries (such as
    Australia, Canada and the USA) can participate
    under the FP7 Rules for participation, but
    under their own funding, unless specifically set
    out differently in the relevant work programme

9
Funding opportunities for Social Scientists
  • Cooperation
  • Socio-economic sciences and humanities
  • ICT
  • Energy
  • Transport
  • Read work programmes carefully to identify
    suitable research questions
  • ERC-Starting Research Grant
  • Marie Curie Actions
  • ITNs (International Training Networks)
  • Industry Academia Partnerships and Pathways
    (IAPPs)
  • Capacities
  • Science in Society
  • Research Infrastructures

10
Cooperation themes
  • Health
  • Food, Agriculture and Biotechnology
  • Information and CommunicationTechnologies
  • Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials and New
    Production Technologies
  • Energy
  • Environment and Climate Change
  • Transport
  • Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities (new
    theme)
  • Space
  • Security Research

11
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).

12
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

13
Ideas European Research Council (2)
  • Eligibility for ERC Starting grant
  • Applicants should have at least 2 years of
    experience after their PhD, but no more than 9
    years
  • This can be extended by up to 12 years after the
    PhD in special circumstances (maternity/paternity
    leave, military/civil service)
  • No allowance for part-time work (e.g. 2 yrs half
    time2 yrs full time)
  • Preference for projects NOT to be collaborative
  • Need for collaborators MUST be absolutely
    justified

14
People Marie Curie actions (1) Funding schemes
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People Marie Curie actions (2)
  • Host Actions-This means
  • 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)

16
ITNs
  • Multi-site projects, mono-sites or twinnings
  • At least at post-graduate or equivalent level
    researchers, typically during the first five
    years (or full-time equivalent) of their careers
    in research (with some exceptions)
  • Typical Activities of an ITN
  • Training activities
  • Networking
  • Visits and secondments
  • Visiting scientists
  • Organisation of international conferences and
    other training events open to external
    researchers
  • Recruitment procedure should be in line with the
    principles set out in the European Charter for
    Researchers and in the Code of Conduct for the
    Recruitment of Researchers. See
    http//ec.europa.eu/eracareers/europeancharter
  • For a number of European policy links, see
  • http//www.grad.ac.uk/cms/ShowPage/Home_page/Polic
    y/European_policy/p!eFjlkal

17
Industry-academia partnerships and pathways
  • Two-way partnership with at least one commercial
    enterprise and one academic organisation in two
    different Member or Associated Countries
  • Typical activities
  • Staff secondments between both sectors within the
    partnership
  • Temporary hosting in both sectors of experienced
    researchers recruited from outside the
    partnership
  • workshops and conferences
  • As an SME specific measure a contribution to
    small equipment related to their participation in
    the co-operation.

18
Marie Curie actions-Differences between FP7 and
FP6
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Capacities (1)
  • Science in Society 3 action lines
  • Action Line 1 A more dynamic governance on the
    science and society relationship
  • Action Line 2 Strengthening potential,
    broadening horizons
  • Action Line 3 Science and society communicate
  • Action Line 2
  • The evolving role of universities
  • Defining better conditions for university
    research
  • Partnerships with the business sector
  • Reinforcing knowledge-sharing
  • Gender and research
  • Young people and science

20
Capacities (2)
  • Research Infrastructures
  • soft tools
  • databases
  • surveys
  • e.g. SHARE-Survey of Health, Ageing and
    Retirement in Europe

21
Calls timetable and deadlines
  • 25 April ERC Starting Independent Researcher
    Grant- Call identifier ERC-2007-StG A
  • 7 May Initial Training Networks-Call identifier
    FP7-PEOPLE-2007-1-1-ITN
  • 10 May and 29 November Socio-economic sciences
    and humanities-Call identifier FP7-SSH-2007-1
  • 31 May Industry-Academia Partnerships and
    Pathways FP7-PEOPLE-2007-3-1-IAPP

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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/subscrib
    er_services/fp6/submission_evaluation/epss/050803_
    epss_user_guide.pdf

23
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
  • ST Quality (plus templates for work packages,
    deliverables and milestones)
  • Implementation
  • Impact
  • Ethical Issues
  • Consideration of gender issues

24
Writing the proposal-general guidelines (1)
  • Take the steer from the Work Programme
  • Understand the Commissions objectives
  • Be aware of Lisbon and Barcelona objectives and
    mention them!!!
  • Also mention recent relevant communications from
    the European Commission (e.g. White and Green
    Papers)
  • Be aware of the outcome of previous programmes
    and the nature of ongoing projects
  • Understand the funding schemes
  • Know what the evaluator is looking for (read
    evaluation criteria in work programme)

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Writing the proposal-general guidelines (2)
  • Involve all partners
  • Think about the impact of the project
  • European or Regional Economy
  • Impact on European Policy or Legislation
  • Social Impact
  • Ensure that ALL aspects are addressed (science,
    management, integration, training, technology
    transfer, dissemination….)
  • Pay attention to layout
  • Follow the guidance
  • Stick to the guidelines e.g. page and budget
    limits
  • Address ethical, safety, regulatory and gender
    issues

26
Cooperation Evaluation criteria(1)
S/T Quality Excellence
Implementation
Impact
3/5
3/5
3/5
3/5
Overall threshold 10/15
Relevance
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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?

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Cooperation Evaluation criteria (3)
  • Addressing Implementation
  • Have you described the management structure?
  • Do you have an information management strategy?
  • Do you have a knowledge management strategy?
  • Its it matched to the complexity and scale of the
    project?
  • Individual Participants and the Consortium as a
    whole
  • Have you identified the role of the co-ordinator?
  • Have you described individual participants?
  • Have you explained the consortium structure?
  • Do you have the appropriate personnel/is it well
    balanced?
  • Can you demonstrate relevant management
    experience?
  • Do partners have the appropriate equipment?
  • Can they illustrate integrated financial
    planning?
  • Can they illustrate integrated project planning?

29
CooperationEvaluation 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?

30
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)

31
ERC-Starting Grant Evaluation criteria (2)
  • 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?

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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?

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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?

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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

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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.

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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
  • ECs 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.ht
    ml

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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/euros
    tat/
  • Lisbon Strategy
  • http//ec.europa.eu/education/policies/2010/et_201
    0_en.h
  • ml
  • European Research Area
  • http//cordis.europa.eu/era/concept.htm
  • Barcelona objectives
  • http//cordis.europa.eu/era/3percent.htm

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Partners
  • Where to find them
  • CORDIS http//cordis.europa.eu/partners-service/
  • Welcome Europe
  • http//www.welcomeurope.com/default.asp?id1510
  • UKRO
  • (electronic system currently down, but UKRO can
    put you in touch with partners)
  • Singleimage http//www.singleimage.co.uk/index.ht
    ml
  • Documentation needed
  • Consortium agreement (draft can be found on UKRO
    website)
  • Advice
  • If you already have contacts in other countries,
    use those (safer!)
  • Network in conferences, seminars, etc.

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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

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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

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Dos!
  • Carefully read the text in the work programme
  • Research previous and current projects
  • Meet with consortium partners (if applicable)
  • Register in EPSS
  • Make sure all forms are completed correctly
  • Get someone to read through your proposal
  • Discuss budget early with us
  • For ERC Absolutely adhere to page limits-longer
    proposals WILL NOT be evaluated
  • Submit before the deadline-STRONGLY advised!
  • Register as an expert with CORDIS (evaluator,
    reviewer or monitor expert) https//cordis.europa
    .eu/emmfp7/
  • Contact us for advice and support
  • Register with UKRO
  • Attend UKRO proposal writing training events

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Donts!
  • 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!!!

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  • Any questions?

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If you are thinking of applying for EU funding…
  • Call us on extensions
  • 0140 (Dimitra)
  • 4193 (John)
  • E-mail us
  • dimitra.koutsantoni.1_at_city.ac.uk
  • j.montgomery_at_city.ac.uk
  • We are here to help!
  • We can give you detailed
  • information on
  • the work programme
  • how to apply
  • how to structure the proposal
  • what documentation you need
  • eligible costs

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Further training
  • UKRO (free) http//www.ukro.ac.uk/subscriber_serv
    ices/events/index.htm0607_training_development
  • Bluebell Research
  • http//www.bluebell-res.co.uk/
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