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Title: Marie Curie Information and Proposal Writing Day University of Leeds 15 October 2004


1
Marie Curie Information and Proposal Writing
Day University of Leeds 15 October 2004
  • Estelle Kane
  • UK Research Office
  • mobility_at_bbsrc.ac.uk

2
Individual session
  • Estelle Kane
  • UK Research Office
  • mobility_at_bbsrc.ac.uk

3
Overview of session
  • UKRO
  • What is the European Research Area (ERA)?
  • What is the Framework Programme?
  • Outline of Marie Curie Actions incl. new Work
    Programme
  • Outline of submission and evaluation process
  • Advice on Marie Curie Proposal Writing for
    individual actions

4
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)
5
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
6
UKRO services
  • Web http//www.ukro.ac.uk
  • Tailored information services
  • Advice to European Officers researchers
  • UK Mobility National Contact Point
  • UK Briefing visits
  • Brussels Meeting room

7
National Contact Point
  • 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

8
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

9
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

10
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
11
Participation in the Framework Programme
  • EU Member States Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech
    Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France,
    Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia,
    Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands,
    Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain,
    Sweden, UK
  • EEA Countries Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway
  • Association Agreement Countries Israel,
    Switzerland
  • Candidate Countries Bulgaria, Romania,Turkey
  • Third Countries INCO (Developing, Mediterranean,
    Russia and NIS, Western Balkans), all other
    countries

12
Marie Curie Actions in brief
  • UK Research Office

13
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

14
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

15
Types of Fellowship
  • Individual actions
  • Intra-European Fellowships, Outgoing
    International,
  • Incoming International
  • Host actions
  • Research Training Networks, Early Stage
    Researcher Training
  • Transfer of Knowledge, Conferences and Training
    Courses
  • Excellence Actions
  • Chairs, Teams and Awards
  • Reintegration Mechanisms
  • European and International Return and
    Reintegration Grants

16
Some key changes in new Work Programme
  • Individual session
  • A two-stage evaluation process for IEFs, IIFs,
    OIFs, EXTs, EXCs
  • Merger of Specific objectives and Added Value
    to the Community
  • Introduction of additional thresholds for
    OIFs/IIFs
  • Removal of Training Criteria for IRGs/ERGs/EXTs

17
HRM indicative budget distribution 2004-6
18
Individual driven actions
  • Researcher applies jointly with host
  • Length of stay depending on Action
  • Fellows who withdraw cannot be replaced

19
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)

20
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

21
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

22
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

23
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

24
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

25
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

26
Marie Curie deadlines for individual/excellence
actions



27
  • Questions?

28
Benefits
  • UK Research Office

29
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

30
Researcher salaries
  • Living allowance (reference, cost of living index
    100)

Correction factor for cost of living to be
applied UK 112.5
31
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)

32
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) 750 x 24 18000
  • TOTAL Community Contribution 139,728

33
  • Questions?

34
Proposal submission and evaluation
35
Proposal submission (1)
  • PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGES TO THE SUBMISSION AND
    EVALUATION PROCEDURES FOR THE 2004 2006 CALLS
    AND DEADLINES

36
Proposal submission (2)
  • Hard copy
  • Sensible font size
  • Electronic Proposal Submission System (EPSS)
  • User-name and password in good time
  • Send in time
  • MEET THE DEADLINE
  • 1700 BRUSSELS TIME

37
Proposal submission (3)
  • For both 1 and 2 stage evaluation process
  • Submit a complete proposal before the deadline
  • The following actions will follow a 2 stage
    evaluation process
  • IEF, IIF, OIF, EXT, EXC
  • The following actions will follow a 1 stage
    evaluation process
  • SCF, ToK, EXA, ERG, IRG

38
Outline of the process
  • Published as a call
  • Submit application before deadline
  • Evaluation process
  • Notification of results
  • Submit full proposal or undergo complete
    evaluation
  • Notification of results
  • Contract negotiation
  • Contract signature and start of project

39
Evaluation of proposals
  • Evaluation by competent experts in the field
  • Need to address all of the issues to maximise
    scores
  • Total score is 100
  • Overall threshold (70)
  • Some criteria have a threshold
  • Each area is weighted
  • In many cases the science counts for less than
    20
  • You must focus on the objectives of the activity
    to be successful

40
Evaluation process
Proposal
Rejection
Eligibility
Individual Evaluation
Consensus
Ethical Issues
Rejection
Thresholds
Ranking by Commission
Negotiation
Rejection
Negative Result
Commission Funding Decision
41
Key documents
  • The Call Text
  • A Rough Guide to the Marie Curie Actions
  • The Human Resources and Mobility Work Programme
    2004-2006
  • The Handbook all actions except IRG
  • The Guide for Proposers
  • Guidance Notes for Evaluators
  • Sources
  • UKRO NCP website http//www.ukro.ac.uk/mobility
  • Commission http//fp6.cordis.lu/fp6

42
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.

43
Proposal writing
44
What does the Commission want?
  • Breaking down the application form
  • Understanding the action
  • Finding more information
  • Think about your evaluators
  • MEET THE DEADLINE

45
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

46
General Tips II
  • Eligibility check
  • Write a concise and clear proposal, answering all
    the questions
  • Meet the deadline

47
Evaluation criteria and weightings for IEFs
  • W T
  • B1 Scientific Quality of the Project 15 (30)
    NEW! -
  • B2 Quality of the research training 15 3
  • B3 Quality of the host 15 -
  • B4 Quality of the Researcher 15 (70) NEW! 4
  • B5 Management and Feasibility 5 -
  • B6 Added value and Relevance to the
  • objectives of the activity 35 NEW! -
  • B7 Previous proposals and contracts - -
  • B8 Other Issues - -

48
Evaluation criteria and weightings for OIFs/IIFs
  • W T
  • B1 Scientific Quality of the Project 15 (30)
    NEW! 3
  • B2 Quality of the research training 15 3
  • B3 Quality of the host 15 -
  • B4 Quality of the Researcher 15 (70) NEW! 4
  • B5 Management and Feasibility 5 -
  • B6 Added value and Relevance to the
  • objectives of the activity 35 NEW!
  • B7 Previous proposals and contracts - -
  • B8 Other Issues - -

49
IEF/IIF/OIF Tips Training (1)
  • Some comments from evaluators….
  • Clear assignment of scientists responsible for
    the training
  • Contemplates training courses specifically
    designed for postdoctoral fellows.
  • Research training objectives are clearly
    identified and described
  • Both participants will benefit from their mutual
    collaboration, not only through direct joint
    work, but also through the interaction with the
    whole research group

50
IEF/IIF/OIF Tips Training (2)
  • Evaluator comments continued…
  • A research project with no training element
  • The host asserts skills with out presenting
    convincing evidence of competence
  • The range of techniques described would clearly
    be valuable to the researcher, but the lack of
    detailed description does not inspire confidence
    in the quality of training available

51
IEF/IIF/OIF Tips - Quality of the researcher (1)
  • Research potential
  • Independent thinking and leadership qualities
  • Match between fellows profile and project
  • Current research experience and skills
  • Cross and multi-disciplinary experience
  • Give evidence

52
IEF/IIF/OIF Tips - Quality of the researcher (2)
  • Work experience (in research)
  • Industrial experience and expertise
  • Transferable skills
  • Prizes, Awards, Lectures etc
  • Referee assessment

53
IEF/IIF/OIF Specific objectives and added value
to the Community (1)
  • 35 of your overall score

54
IEF/IIF/OIF Specific objectives and added value
to the Community (2)
  • Commissions criteria…
  • Relevance of the proposal to one or more of the
    specific objectives of the action
  • Potential of acquiring competencies during the
    fellowship to improve the prospects of reaching
    and/or reinforcing a position of professional
    maturity, diversity and independence, in
    particular through exposure to complementary
    skills training
  • Contribution to career development or
    re-establishment where relevant.

55
IEF/IIF/OIF Specific objectives and added value
to the Community (3)
  • Commissions criteria continued…
  • For international fellowships potential for
    creating long term collaborations and mutually
    beneficial co-operation between Europe and the
    third country
  • For incoming fellowships contribution to the
    socio-economic development of the Developing
    Countries or emerging and transition economies by
    transfer of knowledge and human capacity building
    (where appropriate)
  • Extent to which the research contributes to the
    objectives of the European Research Area or other
    European policy objectives.

56
European Research Policy background documents
  • Towards a European Research Area, Jan 2000
  • More Research for Europe Towards 3 of GDP, Sept
    2002
  • ERA Providing New Momentum, October 2002
  • Investing in Research An Action Plan for Europe,
    June 2003
  • The Role of Universities in the Europe of
    Knowledge, Feb 2003
  • Researchers in the ERA One Profession, Multiple
    Careers, July 2003
  • Europe and Basic Research, Jan 2004
  • ST, the Key to Europes Future Guidelines for
    Future EU Policy to Support Research, June 2004

57
Example of European Policy Objectives
  • Life Sciences and Biotechnology A Strategy for
    Europe, Jan 02
  • Environment 2010 Our Future, Our Choice, July
    2002
  • Stimulating Technologies for Sustainable
    Development An Environmental Technologies Action
    Plan for the EU, Jan 2004
  • Towards a European Strategy for Nanotechnology,
    May 2004
  • Security Research The Next Steps, September 2004

58
EXT Quality of the researcher
  • Threshold 4 Weighting 20 (60)
  • Potential to lead a team to reach a high level of
    excellence
  • Scientific and technological excellence of
    previous research
  • Level of international experience obtained
  • Experience with managing research
  • Ability of proposer to take on the
    responsibilities of the task and to successfully
    manage and carry out the proposed research

59
EXT - Specific objectives and added value to the
Community (1)
  • Commissions criteria…
  • Relevance of the proposal to one or more of the
    specific objectives of the action - as specified
    in section 2.3.3.1 of the WP
  • National diversity of envisaged team
  • Impact on prospective team leader's career
  • Synergies built by carrying out the proposed
    research at a European level

60
EXT - Specific objectives and added value to the
Community (2)
  • Commissions criteria continued…
  • Impact on increasing the attractiveness of
    Europe, and on promoting European research
    careers, in particular the contribution to
    reversing brain drain.
  • Impact in the creation of excellent,
    transnational dynamic and stimulating focal
    points in Europe
  • Relevance of theme(s) in relation to European
    achievements and interests

61
Marie Curie deadlines for individual/excellence
actions



62
Further information
  • UKRO NCP website
  • http//www.ukro.ac.uk/mobility UKRO NCP contact
    details mobility_at_bbsrc.ac.uk Tel 32 2 230 0318
  • Other useful websites
  • http//www.europa.eu.int/comm/research/fp6/mariecu
    rie-actions/home_en.html
  • http//www.cordis.lu/rtd2002/home.html
  • http//europa.eu.int/geninfo/whatsnew_comm.htm

63
  • Questions?
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