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Title: Marie Curie Individual Actions in FP7


1
Marie Curie
Individual Fellowships (IEF, IOF, IIF) and
Reintegration Grants (RG) Dr Dagmar Meyer Marie
Curie National Contact Point
Dublin City University, 22nd April 2009
www.iua.ie
2
Outline of the presentation
  • Marie Curie Actions
  • Individual actions in FP7
  • Other opportunities within the Marie Curie
    programme
  • Hints for the proposal preparation
  • Evaluation criteria
  • Things to keep in mind

3
Overview of the Marie Curie Actions
Initial training of researchers Marie Curie
Initial Training Networks (ITN)
Life-long training and career development Marie
Curie Intra-European Fellowships (IEF) European
Reintegration Grants (ERG) Co-funding of
regional/national/international programmes
(COFUND)
Industry-academia pathways and partnerships MC
Industry-Academia Pathways and Partnerships
Scheme (IAPP)
International dimension MC International Outgoing
and Incoming Fellowships (IOF / IIF) MC
International Reintegration Grants
(IRG) International Research Staff Exchange
Scheme (IRSES)
Specific actions Researchers Night (NIGHT),
other specific actions
4
Individual Fellowships and Grants
  • Life-long Training and Career Development
  • Intra-European Fellowships for Career Development
    (IEF)
  • European Reintegration Grants (ERG)
  • International Dimension
  • International Outgoing Fellowships (IOF)
  • International Incoming Fellowships (IIF)
  • International Reintegration Grants (IRG)
  • Next deadline / cut-off date
  • Fellowships 18 August 2009
  • Reintegration Grants 8 October 2009

5
General principles
  • Focus is on the researchers career development
    (exception IIF transfer of knowledge to European
    host institution)
  • Open to all disciplines from Natural Sciences
    to Social Sciences and Humanities
  • Bottom-up no pre-defined topics or priority
    areas
  • Free choice of host institution from public or
    private sector
  • No age limits what counts is level of
    experience
  • Provisions for appropriate work/life balance
    (split stays, maternity/parental leave etc.)

6
Basic definitions individual actions
  • Intra-European/International Fellowships and
    Reintegration Grants are individual actions
  • Individual researcher applies jointly with host
    institution
  • Duration at least 1 year for fellowships, 2 years
    for reintegration grants
  • Grant agreement between Commission and host
    institution, for fellowships then work contract
    (or stipend agreement) between host and fellow
  • Fellowship/grant bound to individual (no
    replacement)

7
Basic definitions level of experience
  • Experienced Researcher (ER)
  • either in possession of a doctoral degree
  • or at least 4 years of research experience
    (full-time equivalent) since degree qualifying
    them to embark on a doctorate
  • All Marie Curie Individual Actions are for
    Experienced Researchers only! Relevant date is
    deadline for submission of proposals.

8
Basic definitions MS/AC/TC
  • 27 Member States (MS)
  • 12 Associated Countries (AC)
  • Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Israel,
    Switzerland, Croatia, FYR Macedonia, Serbia,
    Turkey, Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Third Countries (TC)
  • More than 140 International Cooperation Partner
    Countries (ICPC)
  • Other Third Countries (OTC)

9
Basic definitions host institutions
  • Organisations that are actively involved in
    research
  • universities/Institutes of Technology
  • private and public research institutes
  • companies big and small
  • international Organisations (CERN, UNESCO, )
  • the European Commissions Joint Research Centre
  • NGOs
  • etc.

10
Basic definitions mobility requirements
(fellowships)
  • Fellow has not been resident in the host country
    for more than 12 months within the last 3 years
  • There are no nationality restrictions anymore
    in particular, researchers who have been outside
    their country of nationality for a number of
    years (so they fulfil the mobility requirement)
    can apply for a fellowship in their native
    country.
  • Benefit of the mobility to the European Research
    Area is now an evaluation criterion.

11
Intra-European Fellowships
  • For the career development and competence
    diversification of experienced researchers (with
    or without PhD, from post-doc to senior
    researcher)
  • Open to researchers of any nationality who are
    based in a MS/AC.
  • Any topic, any host institution in a MS/AC (could
    be a company!)
  • Mobility from one MS/AC to another MS/AC is a
    must.
  • Duration 1 2 years

12
International Outgoing Fellowships
  • To reinforce the international dimension of the
    career of experienced researchers who are
    nationals of a MS/AC based in a MS/AC
  • Two phases (fellowship covers both phases)
  • Outgoing phase (1 2 years) for training and
    career development in any Third Country
    institution
  • Mandatory return phase (1 year) in a MS/AC for
    reintegration and knowledge transfer
  • Grant agreement is with the return host
    (responsible for return of the fellow)
  • Mobility from a MS/AC to a TC is a must.

13
International Incoming Fellowships
  • To reinforce scientific excellence of MS/AC by
    attracting top-class experienced researchers of
    any nationality based in a Third Country
  • Enhance possibility for future collaborations
  • One or two phases
  • incoming phase (1 2 years) in any MS/AC
    (fellowship)
  • optional return phase in country of origin (max 1
    year) if researcher returns to an ICPC country
    (15,000/year towards reintegration costs)
  • Grant agreement with European and return host
  • Mobility from a TC to a MS/AC is a must

14
European Reintegration Grants
  • Following a Marie Curie fellowship of at least 18
    months duration (could be a host fellowship, but
    IOF is excluded) application up to 6 months
    after end of initial fellowship
  • For ERs of any nationality.
  • Grants provide support to the longer-term
    (re-)integration in any MS/AC institution
  • contribution to the research and/or salary costs
    during 2 3 years (15,000/year)
  • host institution must provide adequate work
    contract for at least the duration of the project
  • mobility not mandatory

15
International Reintegration Grants
  • For ERs from MS/AC who have spent at least three
    years outside MS/AC and not more than 12 months
    within last three years in MS/AC
  • Grants provide support to the longer-term
    (re-)integration in any MS/AC institution
  • Contribution to the research and/or salary costs
    during 2 4 years (25,000/year)
  • Host institution must provide evidence that
    researcher gets effectively reintegrated
  • Researcher should normally not yet have returned
    to research in MS/AC (exceptions in well
    justified cases)

16
Work-life balance
  • Split stays are possible
  • should be integrated and justified in original
    work plan
  • Temporary suspension (for personal, family or
    professional reasons) can be requested later if
    unforeseen at time of grant agreement
  • always granted in case of maternity/parental
    leave (augmentation of Community contribution
    only if payments mandatory under national law)
  • In principle, fellowships are on a full-time
    basis
  • exceptionally, part-time work and corresponding
    extension can be granted in case of personal or
    family reasons (total Community contribution will
    not be augmented)

17
Success rates in first Marie Curie calls in FP7
  • Intra-European Fellowships 2007 25.3 2008
    26.6
  • Internatl. Outgoing Fellowships 2007 30 2008
    24.9
  • Internatl. Incoming Fellowships 2007 23.3
    2008 21.2
  • European Reintegration Grants
  • First cut-off 2007 93.5, second cut-off 2007
    93.6
  • First cut-off 2008 88.9, second cut-off 2008
    88.9
  • International Reintegration Grants
  • First cut-off 2007 89.8, second cut-off 2007
    43.1
  • First cut-off 2008 50.8, second cut-off 2008
    48.1
  • IRG and ERG have a joint budget now success
    rates for both actions should become similar.

18
Allowances to the researchers (fellowships)
  • Living allowance (including all mandatory
    deductions) basic rate submitted to
    country-specific coefficient (IE113.3,
    UK109.2, FR104.4, DE101.5, ES 95.5, EL90.1,
    ,US103.1, CA92.7, MX 74.4)
  • Mobility allowance (500/800 monthly, depending
    on family situation at deadline country
    coefficient applies)
  • Travel allowance (250 - 2500 every 12 months,
    depending on distance)
  • Career exploratory allowance (2,000 once, only
    for IEF)

19
Contribution managed by the host institution
(fellowships)
  • Participation expenses of researchers managed
    by host institution to cover research and
    training activities of fellows (conference
    attendance, training actions, research costs,
    membership in professional associations, etc.)
  • 500 per fellow-month for non-laboratory based
    projects
  • 800 per fellow-month for laboratory based
    projects
  • does not apply to reintegration grants and return
    phase of IIF

20
Contributions to the host institutions
(fellowships)
  • Management activities and overheads
  • no separate budget lines anymore but one combined
    fixed-amount contribution
  • fixed-amount of EUR 700 per researcher-month to
    which the country correction factor is applied
    (total amount cannot exceed 20 of the total
    direct costs excluding sub-contracting)

21
Indicative timetable for Individual Fellowships
22
Indicative timetable for Reintegration Grants
23
More information
  • Official website of the FP7 People (Marie
    Curie) programme on CORDIS
  • (information on calls, work programme, guide for
    applicants, etc.)
  • http//cordis.europa.eu/fp7/people/

24
Opportunities from FP6
Many projects from FP6 are still running
Transfer of Knowledge,
Research Training Networks, Early Stage
Training, Excellence Teams, For vacancies
visit http//mc-opportunities.cordis.lu
or http//ec.europa.eu/euraxess
25
COFUNDed programmes
  • Funding organisations from across Europe have
    applied for cofunding of their schemes by Marie
    Curie COFUND action
  • Three Irish fellowships programmes have been
    selected, one by IRCSET, one by HRB, and one by
    NBIPI.
  • NBIPI currently has an open call deadline on 3
    June 2009. For details see http//research1.rcsi
    .ie/BIP/Career_Enhancement_Mobility_Programme_(CEM
    P)
  • For other COFUNDed opportunities see
    http//cordis.europa.eu/fp7/people/cofund_en.html

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Key contacts
  • IUA Marie Curie Office National Contact Point
  • Dr. Dagmar Meyer (dagmar.meyer_at_iua.ie)
  • Dr. Conor OCarroll (conor.ocarroll_at_iua.ie)
  • mariecurie_at_iua.ie
  • 01 676 4948
  • Enterprise Ireland National Contact Point
  • Focus on Industry - Bill Kee
  • bill.kee_at_enterprise-ireland.com
  • 01 727 2277

27
Proposal preparation
  • Hints for the proposal preparation
  • Evaluation process and criteria
  • Things to keep in mind when writing your proposal

28
Proposal preparation first steps
  • Download all the necessary documentation
  • Do your homework background reading! (Rules of
    the programme but also some policy background)
  • Establish contacts with your chosen host
    institution / supervisor well ahead of time
    (financial support (travel grants) for
    preparatory meetings etc. available from
    Enterprise Ireland)
  • Jointly develop a realistic research and training
    / transfer of knowledge project
  • Arrange for up to three referees assessments

29
Submission procedure
  • Only electronic submission using EPSS (Electronic
    Proposal Submission Service)
  • Proposal has two parts
  • Part A administrative information about
    proposal, applicant and host institution
    (prepared forms)
  • Part B free text covering a number of predefined
    aspects of the project, limited number of pages
    (prescribed font size and margins), limited size
    of pdf-file
  • Deadline is STRICTLY enforced

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Evaluation criteria basic principles
  • Evaluation according to criteria provided in the
    Guide for Applicants
  • Different criteria carry different weights
  • Thresholds for some evaluation criteria
  • Overall threshold is 70
  • All issues need to be addressed! Competition is
    fierce dont waste your chances.
  • Always keep in mind the objectives of the
    activity!

31
Evaluation process
  • All proposals undergo initial eligibility check
  • Evaluation by at least three experts from an
    international pool (not all experts are exactly
    from your field of speciality!!)
  • Proposals that miss a threshold are rejected
    remaining proposals are ranked within each panel
  • All applicants receive evaluation summary report
    (very useful for re-submission!!)
  • Distribution of funding to different panels in
    proportion to proposals submitted (fellowships)
  • Reserve lists in case of late withdrawal etc.

32
Individual Fellowships Part B
  • Evaluation criteria and thresholds
    (overall threshold 70)

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Individual fellowships ST Quality
  • Scientific/technological quality, including any
    interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary aspects
    of the proposal
  • Research methodology
  • Originality and innovative nature of project, and
    relationship to the state of the art of
    research
  • Timeliness and relevance of project
  • Host scientific expertise in the field
  • Quality of the group/supervisors
  • Weight 25, Threshold 3/5

34
Individual fellowships Training (IEF IOF)
  • Clarity and quality of the research training
    objectives for the researcher
  • Relevance and quality of additional scientific
    training as well as of complementary skills
    offered
  • Host expertise in training experienced
    researchers in the field and capacity to provide
    mentoring / tutoring
  • Weight 15, Threshold 3/5

35
Individual fellowships Transfer of Knowledge
(IIF)
  • Potential of transferring knowledge to European
    host and/or bring knowledge to Europe
  • Clarity and quality of the transfer of knowledge
    objectives
  • Weight 15, Threshold none

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Individual fellowships Researcher (IEF IOF)
  • Research experience
  • Results including patents/publications/teaching
    etc. taking into account the level of experience
  • Independent thinking and leadership qualities
  • Match between the fellows profile and project
  • Potential for reaching a position of professional
    maturity
  • Potential to acquire new knowledge
  • Weight 25, Threshold 4/5

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Individual fellowships Researcher (IIF)
  • Research experience
  • Results including patents/publications/teaching
    etc.
  • Independent thinking and leadership qualities,
    and capacity to transfer knowledge
  • Match between the fellows profile and project
  • Weight 25, Threshold 4/5

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Individual fellowships Implementation
  • Quality of infrastructure/facilities and
    international collaborations of host
  • Practical arrangements for the implementation and
    management of the scientific project
  • Feasibility and credibility of the project,
    including work plan
  • Practical and administrative arrangements, and
    support for the hosting of the fellow
  • Weight 15, Threshold none

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Individual fellowships Impact (IEF IOF)
  • Potential of acquiring competences during
    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 the career development, or
    re-establishment, where
    relevant
  • Contribution to European excellence and
    competitiveness
  • Benefit of the mobility to the European Research
    Area
  • IOF Potential for creating long-term
    collaborations and mutually beneficial
    co-operation between Europe and the third country
  • Weight 20, Threshold none

40
Individual fellowships Impact (IIF)
  • Potential for creating long-term collaborations
    and mutually beneficial co-operation between
    Europe and the third country
  • Contribution to European excellence and
    competitiveness
  • Contribution to the socio-economic development of
    the Developing Countries or emerging and
    transition economies by transfer of knowledge and
    human capacity building (where relevant)
  • Benefit of the mobility to the European Research
    Area
  • Weight 20, Threshold none

41
Reintegration Grants Part B
  • Evaluation criteria and thresholds
    (overall threshold 70)

42
Reintegration Grants ST Quality
  • Scientific/technological quality, including any
    interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary aspects
    of the proposal
  • Research methodology
  • Originality and innovative nature of project, and
    relationship to the state of the art of
    research in the field
  • Timeliness and relevance of project
  • Weight 30, Threshold 3/5

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Reintegration Grants Researcher
  • Research experience
  • Scientific and technological quality of previous
    research (for ERG during the Marie Curie
    Fellowship)
  • Independent thinking and leadership qualities
  • Match between the fellows profile and project
  • IRG Benefit to the career of the researcher from
    the period of reintegration
  • Weight 30, Threshold 3/5 (only for IRG)

44
Reintegration Grants Implementation
  • Quality of host organisation, including adequacy
    of infrastructure/facilities
  • Feasibility and credibility of the project,
    including work plan
  • Practical arrangements for the implementation and
    management of the project
  • Weight 20, Threshold none

45
Reintegration Grants Impact (ERG)
  • Benefit to the career of the researcher from the
    period of reintegration
  • Capacity to develop lasting cooperation with
    previous country of the Marie Curie Fellowship
    (if relevant)
  • Potential of transferring knowledge to host
  • Potential and quality of lasting professional
    integration (expected length of work contract,
    expected career development)
  • Weight 20, Threshold none

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Reintegration Grants Impact (IRG)
  • Potential of transferring knowledge to host
  • Capacity to develop lasting cooper. with 3rd
    country
  • Contribution to scientific excellence by
    attracting a 1st class researcher in exceptl.
    case where res. has already gained employment in
    Europe, significant improvement in career
    prospects
  • Contribution to Europ. excellence
    competitiveness
  • Potential and quality of lasting professional
    integration (expected length of work contract,
    expected career development)
  • Weight 20, Threshold none

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Hints for a successful proposal (I)
  • Work closely with your chosen supervisor /
    scientist in charge this is a JOINT application
  • Follow the guide for applicants and address all
    issues mentioned in the explanatory notes
  • Plan your writing - focus on one section at a
    time, but keep the overall picture in mind
  • Dont be repetitive the same issue may appear
    in various sections, but from different
    perspectives, so dont simply cut-and-paste!
  • Be concise and observe the page limit

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Hints for a successful proposal (II)
  • Stick to the structure suggested in the guide for
    applicants keep the evaluators happy!
  • The evaluators may not all be world experts in
    exactly the area of your proposal avoid using
    very specific jargon and acronyms
  • Provide the evaluators with evidence for your
    claims, but avoid external resources (no links to
    websites etc.)
  • Graphics and charts can be very helpful, but
    dont overdo it! Make sure they are readable in
    black white.

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Hints for a successful proposal (III)
  • Get a colleague to read through your proposal and
    do a mock evaluation
  • If in doubt, ask your National Contact Point for
    clarification!
  • If you want to avail of our pre-submission
    proposal check, allow enough time for feedback.
  • Regularly upload preliminary versions of your
    proposal, and dont forget to hit submit!
  • Keep the deadline - 5pm Brussels time means 4pm
    Irish time!!

50
EI support for FP7 applicants travel grants
  • Enterprise Ireland travel support
  • for researchers in higher education / publicly
    funded institutions
  • for researchers in Ireland to go abroad and meet
    potential partners or attend EU information
    days/workshops relating to FP7
  • covers least-cost travel plus subsistence rates
    up to 150 per day (typical length of visits
    three days)
  • for details see the Irish FP7 portal at
    http//www.fp7ireland.com/Page.aspx?SP225

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And finally.
  • Good luck!!!
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