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Title: DYNSTOCH Workshop Preparing an Initial Training Network proposal in FP7 Solange Blaszkowski 7 June 2007


1
DYNSTOCH WorkshopPreparing an Initial Training
Network proposal in FP7 Solange Blaszkowski7
June 2007
2
Overview
  • PART I Preparing an Initial Training Network
    proposal in FP7
  • TASMAN reviewing reviewers comments
  • RTN in FP6 vs. ITN in FP7
  • ITN (calls, objectives, size, etc.)
  • PART II Proposal evaluation

3
TASMAN reviewing the reviewers comments
  • Statistics

CALL Budget MEuros Submitted 1st phase Passed 1st phase Success Rate 1st ph Final Accepted Success Rate overall
2003 230 652 --- --- 37 5.7
2004 45 371 47 12.7 15 4.0
2005 220 901 208 23 70 7.8
4
TASMAN reviewing the reviewers comments
  • SCIENTIFIC QUALITY OF THE COLLABORATIVE PROJECT
    (Mark 4.1 // 1.0)
  • The objectives are well specified in particular
    the issues of integration and overcoming of
    fragmentation are well described in the project.
  • The joint program is of high scientific quality
    and well articulated however, because of the
    diversity of the research goals, some of them may
    not be attainable.
  • The methodology is largely appropriate and uses
    modern tools for the stochastic modeling of
    dynamical systems.
  • The project goals are not completely original
    nevertheless the methods stand at the forefront
    of modern stochastic modeling and demonstrate a
    sound knowledge of the state of the art.
  • Strengths of the proposals high scientific
    quality of the researchers and of the proposal
    the size of the network is also especially
    appropriate to have a real research impact.
    Further positive aspects are the integration of
    different disciplines, and the state-of-the art
    methodology that is being envisaged.
  • Weaknesses of the proposal some goals might not
    be attainable because of diversity the network
    should perhaps focus on fewer problems. This
    would also benefit the applied side which is
    currently not sufficiently emphasized.
  • Overall comment this is a very good project
    which addresses important and timely problems
    using state-of-the-art methods and tools.
  • Threshold 3,00/5,00

5
TASMAN reviewing the reviewers comments
  • QUALITY OF THE TRAINING / TRANSFER OF KNOWLEDGE
    (ToK) ACTIVITIES (Mark 4.0 // 1.0)
  • The training program is well described and
    consistent with the research project. In
    particular the ratio between ESR and ER is
    appropriate. On the other hand the content of the
    ToK part is not sufficiently described.
  • The training and ToK programme addresses very
    important and timely issues, although no specific
    instruments for industry-academia cooperation are
    indicated.
  • The local and network-wide training / ToK
    activities are well covered and described.
  • Although the standard methods and instruments
    that will be employed are traditional, the
    benefits to researchers are well described and
    elaborated.
  • Strengths of the proposals the structure of the
    training component and the plan for career
    development.
  • Weaknesses of the proposal the content of the
    ToK part, together with industry-academia
    cooperation, is not sufficiently described.
  • Overall comment the program promises to provide
    very good training for highly demanded young
    statisticians however the content of the
    training/ToK requires further elaboration.
  • Threshold 3,00/5,00

6
TASMAN reviewing the reviewers comments
  • Conclusions
  • Total score 4.1 too low in overall competition
  • Project Goals too diverse and not original
  • Applications not sufficiently emphasized
  • Transfer of Knowledge not sufficiently described
  • no specific instruments for industry-academia
    cooperation are indicated
  • methods and instruments to be employed are
    traditional
  • content of the training/ToK requires further
    elaboration

7
Marie Curie in FP6
ToK
RTN
Reint. grants IRG
Conf Courses
EST
Reint. grants ERG
Intern. fellows. OIF
Chairs
Teams
Intern. fellows. IIF
Intern. fellows. EIF
Awards
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Marie Curie in FP7
Industry-Academia
ToK
Initial Training
RTN
Conf Courses
Reint. grants IRG
EST
Internat. Dimension
Chairs
Reint. grants ERG
Intern. fellows. OIF
Specific Actions
ERCs
Awards
Intern. fellows. IIF
Intern. fellows. EIF
Teams
Lifelong Training
9
CALLS
10
Initial Training Network (ITN)
  • CALLS
  • Yearly calls for all mobility programs
  • 2 phases submission (outline full proposal)
  • ? Keep in mind that the outline must cover info
    of whole proposal!
  • First Call CLOSED!
  • Deadline 7 May 07 (1st ph) and 25 Sep 07 (2nd
    ph),
  • Budget 240 ME ?
  • ? FP6/05 RTN220ME, EST170, CC12.2 ,
    Chairs10 (412ME)
  • 2nd Call
  • Deadline expected early 2008 (April - May)
  • Budget ?

11
ITN The basics
  • OBJECTIVE
  • Contribute to the structuring of existing
    high-quality initial research training capacity
    throughout Europe in both public and private
    sectors.
  • ? It is about research TRAINING !
  • ? Industry very important in the consortium !
  • INDUSTRY PARTICIPATION
  • Full network partner if appropriate to the
    network and taking into consideration the
    research discipline
  • Provider of research training and complementary
    training including secondment
  • Members of the supervisory board of the network,
    which would be expected to define the skills
    requirements for the early-stage researchers.
  • ? In the heavy competition, full network partner
    is stronger !

Strong
OK
Weak
12
ITN Size and budget of the network
  • Normally a network will be composed of at least
    three participants (multi-site networks).
    Manageable size would be in the range of 6 to 10
    partners (based on past experience). Average
    budget is 2,5 million for the typical
    multi-site network.
  • ? Advise keep it under the 10 partners
  • Large networks may be important to provide
    training in e.g. fragmented fields of research
    having many smaller groups active in different
    locations. Must demonstrate a very high degree of
    organization. Budget of up to 4,5 million for
    the largest multi-sites.
  • ? or up to 12 if very well justified!
  • Mono-sites and twinnings are also possible under
    certain conditions Budget will range from 1,5
    million for mono-sites and twinnings.
  • ITNs with less than three participants can
    also be considered, provided that the
    organisation(s) involved have well-established
    trans-national collaborations with other research
    institutes that can contribute to the research
    training programme without being formal
    (contractual) participant(s) in the ITN.

13
ITN Activities (1)
  • Training activities
  • Training of early stage researchers for up to 36
    months (PhD)
  • Training of researchers in the period immediately
    after the PhD (experienced researchers), and
    limited to 24 months max.
  • Networking
  • Secondments
  • Management Recruitment
  • Visiting scientists positions for experienced
    researchers in both in public sector and
    enterprise partners. Typically multiple stays
    within the network, each with a duration of at
    least one month.
  • Training events may be offered (e.g. conferences,
    summer schools, etc.). Also to researchers from
    outside the netw.

14
ITN Activities (2)
  • JOINT RESEARCH TRAINING PROGRAMME
  • Due attention should be paid to
  • provision for supervision and mentoring
    arrangements and career guidance
  • exposing the researchers to other disciplines and
    sectors represented in the network through
    visits, secondments and other training events.
  • PERSONAL CAREER DEVELOPMENT PLAN
  • Each researcher will establish, together with
    her/his personal supervisor in the host
    organisation, a Personal Career Development Plan
    comprising his/her training needs (including
    complementary skills) and scientific objectives
    and will later on report upon the success with
    which these objectives were met.
  • ? Training program, specially training that is
    common to all students, should be detailed in the
    proposal !
  • ? Timeline for Personal Career Development Plan
    development important

15
Other
  • Consortium agreement Participants are not
    required to conclude a consortium agreement,
    HOWEVER Industry will require a
    consortium agreement. Be prepared to sign one!
  • Before start writing your proposal Read Guide for
    applicants (Chapter 2.4 Typical Activities of an
    ITN is a must!)

16
Important Docs
  • Guide for Applicants
  • Work Programme
  • Etc.
  • Marie Curie website http//cordis.europa.eu/fp7/p
    eople/home_en.html

17
DYNSTOCH WorkshopProposal Evaluation Solange
Blaszkowski7 June 2007
18
Evaluation Process
Briefing of independent experts
Individual evaluation of proposals
Consensus
Panel Evaluation
Evaluation Summary Reports
19
Selection of experts
  • Different procedure for different Priorities
    Instruments
  • Minimum 3 Independent Experts per proposal
  • For IPs and NoEs at least 5 Experts (up to
    10)
  • Marie Curie 3-4 Experts per proposal
  • A search is made in database for experts in
    specific areas (keywords) according to expected
    proposals
  • Politically correct choice of reviewers
  • By the time the call is closed, reviewers are
    already selected pre-registration/lobby is thus
    important!

20
Selection of experts Marie Curie
Magnetic storage (harddisk)
CD, DVD, DVR,
NA n sin ?
21
Briefing Independent experts
  • Evaluation procedure public info official
    guidelines for evaluators are part of the call
    documentation
  • Briefing can be done orally or in written
  • Briefing may influence the review in e.g comments
    like
  • we would like to have as many as possible
    proposals or
  • area X must be fully covered
  • Reviewers are requested to be as neutral as
    possible towards the proposers, country where
    they come from, etc., but
  • Only what is actually written can be evaluated

22
Evaluation of proposals
  • In Brussels/Luxemburg or remotely
  • IST mainly in Brussels. FET-Open is remote
  • Marie Curie remote
  • Life Sciences remote
  • In average 1 hour (up to 2 hours max.) per
    proposal
  • IST/IP 6-8 proposals of ca. 120-150 pages each
    per day
  • MC 1 week, ca. 10 proposals
  • Evaluation criteria
  • common criteria (ST excellence, management,
    mobilization of resources, relevance to the
    objective of the call, European added value,
    dissemination/exploitation)
  • specific criteria for different
    priorities/instruments per call (integration of
    activities, training, transfer of knowledge, etc.)

23
Evaluation In Brussels (e.g. IST)
24
Evaluation remote (e.g. MC)
25
Evaluation how many proposals?
26
Evaluation Criteria example Marie Curie EST
1. Scientific Quality of Project Scientific/technological quality of the project or research training area.. Are the scientific objectives of the project or training area important, timely and relevant . Assessment of the research method, . Assessment of the interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary aspects.. Assessment of the originality and innovative nature of the project
2. Quality Training Activities Quality of the training programme including complementary training Impact of the training in the relevant field and, where applicable, in fostering Euro Ph.D.s

7. Added Value to the Commu nity Extent to which the proposed fellowship contributes towards the objectives of the European Research Area Extent by which long term synergies or structuring effects are built throughout the fellowship by carrying out the proposed research or training at a European level... Extent to which the proposal increase the attractiveness of Europe for researchers and improve gender balance in the scientific/training area Extent to which the proposal is important and relevant in terms of European competitiveness and other Community policies ..
?
?
?
?
?
score
score
gender balance
27
Evaluation Criteria
28
Evaluation Criteria example Marie Curie EST
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Evaluation Criteria example Marie Curie EST
1. Scientific Quality of Project Scientific/technological quality of the project or research training area.. Are the scientific objectives of the project or training area important, timely and relevant . Assessment of the research method, . Assessment of the interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary aspects.. Assessment of the originality and innovative nature of the project
2. Quality Training Activities Quality of the training programme including complementary training Impact of the training in the relevant field and, where applicable, in fostering Euro Ph.D.s

7. Added Value to the Commu nity Extent to which the proposed fellowship contributes towards the objectives of the European Research Area Extent by which long term synergies or structuring effects are built throughout the fellowship by carrying out the proposed research or training at a European level... Extent to which the proposal increase the attractiveness of Europe for researchers and improve gender balance in the scientific/training area Extent to which the proposal is important and relevant in terms of European competitiveness and other Community policies ..
score
score
gender balance
?
30
Evaluation Criteria ITN (1/2)(Guide for
Applicants for Marie Curie Initial Training
Networks, P40)
31
Evaluation Criteria ITN (2/2) (Guide for
Applicants for Marie Curie Initial Training
Networks, P40)
32
ITN Evaluation Criteria (Weighting and
Thresholds)
33
Good summary and B1 ? The rest is easier
Relevance Potential Impact ST Excellence QConsort QManag Resources
IP ICs 4.0 3.5 4.0 4.0 3.5 3.0
IP eHealth 5.0 5.0 4.5 4.5 5.0 4.5
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Consensus
  • Brussels consensus meeting can be called up few
    times during the day
  • Remote evaluation
  • through the e-mail if scores of different
    reviewers is similar
  • Physical meeting (in Brussels) if large
    differences exist
  • After remote evaluation, reviewers are requested
    to discard the proposal. Few weeks (a month)
    latter, they meet in Brussels for consensus
    meeting
  • At consensus meeting of remote evaluation,
    reviewers do not have the proposals anymore. The
    only instrument they have to justify their
    remarks and scores is the summary. Summary has
    to be excellent!

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Conclusions How to Write your proposal
  • Start with a few A4s outline with your project
    idea
  • societal needs, objective, innovation, partners,
    etc.
  • Keep in mind the objectives of the call
  • Approach the EU project officers
  • Check Commissions Hidden Agenda
  • Check content, consortium, instrument, etc.
  • Help selecting the right reviewers
  • When writing the proposal, keep an eye in the
    evaluation criteria
  • Use an easy to understand language (as such that
    you can talk to your neighbours about)
  • Make sure your summary is the best part of the
    proposal

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Conclusions How to Write your proposal
  • Tell a nice story (like a romance) specially in
    Chapter B1 ST
  • Make use of all graphic tools available like
    figures, tables, diagrams, bullets, text boxes,
    etc. (no colours!)
  • Check readability copy of the copy (recycling
    paper)!
  • Ask advise to National Contact Point about your
    draft proposal
  • Be a reviewer yourself call for experts at
    https//cordis.europa.eu/emmfp7/
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