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Title: Sixth Framework Programme


1
Sixth Framework Programme
  • Roy Palmer
  • International Programmes,
  • Biotechnology Directorate,
  • Enterprise Ireland,
  • Galway Regional Office

2
How to keep on top of FP6
  • Use other people to do as much of the work as
    possible for you, and avail of all national
    grants
  • Incorporate a watching brief on FP6 into a
    general networking strategy
  • What to ignore is as important as what to focus
    on
  • Partner or sub-contractor? Research or
    networking grant?
  • How does FP6 fit in with your national grant
    seeking aims?

3
Key Points about FP6
  • 7 thematic priorities, plus horizontal
    programmes
  • Unifying features academic-industry
    interactions, pan-European linkages (and beyond),
    value to ERA (socio-economic relevance)
  • You get money, IP and know-how, research links
  • Irish applicants have a language advantage
  • The key to success is a value-led approach
  • Nobody understands all of Framework. Things
    evolve consider areas where the EC is vague as
    possible opportunities
  • The EC is not a faceless bureaucracy you can
    develop a one-to-one relationship with scientific
    officers.

4
Key Questions to Answer
  • Does my desired research track lie within a
    thematic priority area?
  • If yes, can my specific needs be met?
  • If no, consider other FP6 schemes (e.g. CRAFT and
    Marie Curie)
  • If yes, but the focus is on services, the
    decision is whether to act as a partner or a
    sub-contractor
  • Regardless of research area, which is the grant
    that best suits my short-term needs (i.e.
    accessibility) Marie Curie? Thematic priority?

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Research areas and research activities that are
eligible for funding under FP6 THEMATIC AREAS
(Priorities specific research topics within 7
themes) Covers those areas where the EU in the
medium term intends to become the most
competitive and dynamic, knowledge-based economy
in the world capable of sustainable economic
growth with more and better jobs and greater
social cohesion. CROSS-CUTTING RESEARCH
ACTIVITIES (support to theme research) compleme
nt research within the 7 thematic
areas STRENGTHENING THE FOUNDATIONS OF ERA
(broad supporting research) European Research
Areasupporting programme co-ordination and
joint actions conducted at national and regional
level in any scientific and technological area.
STRUCTURING THE ERA (broad supporting
research) European Research Areafight
structural weaknesses of European research
applicable to all fields of research and
technology. NUCLEAR ENERGY (special additional
research area) co-operation at European level
in the field of nuclear research.
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7 THEMATIC AREAS
  • Life sciences, genomics and biotechnology for
    health
  • Information society technologies
  • Nanotechnologies and nano-sciences,
    knowledge-based multifunctional materials and new
    production processes and devices
  • Aeronautics and space
  • Food quality and safety
  • Sustainable development, global change and
    ecosystems
  • capacities needed for Europe to implement
    sustainable development, and integrating its
    environmental, economic and social objectives
    renewable energy, transport, and sustainable
    management of Europe's land and marine resources.
  • Citizens and governance in a knowledge-based
    society
  • European research capacities in economic,
    political, social sciences and humanities
    necessary to develop an understanding of the
    emergence of the knowledge-based society and new
    forms of relationships between its citizens and
    between its citizens and institutions.

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CROSS-CUTTING RESEARCH ACTIVITIES
  • Research for policy support
  • Intended to respond to the scientific and
    technological needs of the policies of the
    Community, underpinning the formulation and
    implementation of Community policies also the
    interests of future members of the Community and
    associated countries. They may include
    pre-normative research, measurement and testing.
  • New and emerging science and technology (NEST)
  • ..major unforeseeable developments, emerging
    scientific and technological problems and
    opportunities
  • Specific SME activities
  • these specific activities are intended to help
    European SMEs in traditional or new areas to
    boost their technological capacities
  • International co-operation activities
  • In support of the external relations, including
    the development policy of the Community, specific
    measures aimed at encouraging international
    research cooperation will be undertaken. Apart
    from these specific measures, third country
    participation will be possible within the 7
    thematic priorities.
  • JRC activities
  • Relating to the EU Joint Research Centre .

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STRENGTHENING THE FOUNDATIONS OF ERA (EUROPEAN
RESEARCH AREA)
  • Co-ordination of research activities
  • Develop synergies between existing national
    activities enhance the complementarity between
    Community actions and those of other European
    scientific co-operation organisations in all
    fields of science (examples health,
    biotechnology, environment, energy)
  • Current Calls Coordination of national
    activities Networking of national or regional
    programmes or parts of programmes open call for
    proposals (ERA-NETs)
  • Development of research / innovation policies
  • Encourage coherent development of research and
    innovation policies in Europe by early
    identification of challenges and areas of common
    interest and by providing policy makers with
    knowledge and decision-aiding tools.
  • Current Call Benchmarking of research and
    innovation policies at national, regional and
    European level - closes in May 2005

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STRUCTURING THE ERA (EUROPEAN RESEARCH AREA)
  • Research and innovation
  • To stimulate technological innovation,
    utilisation of research results, transfer of
    knowledge and technologies and the setting up of
    technology businesses in the Community and in all
    its regions less developed areasInnovation
  • Marie Curie Actions - Human resources and
    mobility
  • world-class human resources in all regions of
    the EU promoting transnational mobility for
    training purposes, the development of expertise
    or the transfer of knowledge, in particular
    between different sectors make Europe more
    attractive to third country researchers.
  • Research infrastructures
  • To help establish a fabric of research
    infrastructures of the highest level in Europe
    and to promote their optimum use on a European
    scale.
  • Science and society
  • .. development of harmonious relations between
    science and society and the opening-up of
    innovation in Europe scientists' critical
    thinking and responsiveness to societal
    concernnew relations and an informed dialogue
    between researchers, industrialists, political
    decision-makers and citizens.

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NUCLEAR ENERGY
  • Controlled thermonuclear fusion
  • Management of radioactive waste
  • Radiation protection
  • including "risk and emergency management
  • Other activities in the field of nuclear
    technologies and safety
  • .in the fields of health, energy and the
    environment

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  • M
  • Thematic area (Priority Themes)
  • Genomics Biotechnology for Health
    2 255
  • Information Society Technologies
    3 625
  • Nanotechnologies Nanosciences,
  • Knowledge-based multifunctional materials,
  • New Production processes
    1 300
  • Aeronautics Space
    1 075
  • Food Quality Safety
    685
  • Sustainable development, global change
  • ecosystems 2 120
  • Citizens Governance in a knowledge-based
  • society
    225
  • Structuring the ERA
  • Science Society
    80

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Sustainable development, global change
ecosystems Thematic Area 6
  • Calls in Sustainable energy systems Sustainable
    surface transport Global change and ecosystems
  • Complementary research
  • Development of advanced methodologies for risk
    assessment
  • Cross-cutting issue Sustainable Development
    concepts and tools
  • Estimating thresholds of sustainability and
    externalities
  • Developing tools for integrated sustainability
    assessment
  • and for the incorporation of sustainability in
    decision making processes
  • Areas previously covered (FP5, but with some
    level of continuation)
  • Urban sustainability and Cultural Heritage
  • city planning and management / cultural heritage
    / built environment / urban transport
  • Scientific Support to Policies
  • Includes
  • The protection of cultural heritage and
    associated conservation strategies

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Citizens and Governance in a knowledge based
society Thematic Area 7
  • Open Calls
  • CITIZENS-4 - NoE and IP M 60
  • CITIZENS-5 - STREP and CA M 52
  • CITIZENS-6 SSA M 4

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  • Citizens and Governance in a knowledge based
    society
  • Improving the generation, distribution and use of
    knowledge and its impact on economic and social
    development.
  • Knowledge based policies for the knowledge based
    society policy learning and the sources of
    policy knowledge / Growth, employment and
    competitiveness in a knowledge based economy /
    Emerging dynamic growth regions and their role in
    a global economy / Understanding knowledge
  • Options and choices for the development of a
    knowledge-based society
  • The relations between the labour market,
    employment and welfare regimes / Education
    strategies for inclusion and social cohesion and
    their relation to other policies / Societal
    trends, quality of life and public policies /
    Inequalities in society and their consequences /
    The dynamics of youth in the context of
    intergenerational relations in European society
  • The implications of European integration and
    enlargement for governance and the citizen
  • Democracy in a supranational context / New EU
    borders, new visions of neighbourhood /
    Governance for sustainable development
  • Articulation of areas of responsibility and new
    forms of governance
  • Privatisation and public policy in difference
    contexts / Regulatory processes and the use of
    impact assessment / Economic governance,
    articulation of competences and role of expertise

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  • Citizens and Governance in a knowledge based
    society
  • Issues connected with the resolution of
    conflicts and restoration of peace and Justice
  • Approaches to conflict analysis prevention and
    resolution of violent conflicts / Transnational
    terrorism, security and rule of law / Human
    rights and conflicts / Crime and
    criminalisation
  • New forms of citizenship and cultural identities
  • Towards a European public sphere / Gender and
    Citizenship in a Multicultural Context / Values
    and religions in Europe
  • Actions to promote the European Research Area in
    the social sciences and
  • humanities and their contribution to the
    knowledge based society in Europe
  • Understanding and measuring social sciences and
    humanities and their impact / Promotion and
    support for comparative research, methodologies
    and data generation / Increasing the visibility
    and impact of research infrastructures and
    activities for social sciences and humanities in
    Europe / New approaches for policy-research
    dialogues in the ERA targeted dissemination of
    EU research in national and multi-national
    contexts / Promoting international research and
    policy cooperationin social sciences and
    humanities / New converging technologies and
    their wider implications for a European
    knowledge based society

17
  • Science Society
  • Seeking a better integration of science in
    society and society in science
  • N.B.Calls for project proposals currently closed
    calls due March, June, Oct, Dec. 2005.
  • Ongoing Public procurement procedures (tenders)
    - provision of services to the Commission (e.g.
    studies, or data collection). Also ongoing René
    Descartes Prizes.
  • DIRECT ACTIONS
  • Operation of networks
  • Conferences, seminars, workshops and working
    groups
  • Dedicated policy-related research on ethics and
    gender research
  • Comparative assessments, methodological
    development (including design of indicators),
    surveys, impact assessments, studies
  • Prizes (e.g. René Descartes Prizes) in
    recognition of outstanding achievements
  • Information, communication dissemination, and
    operational support.
  • HORIZONTAL ACTIONS

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  • Science Society
  • DIRECT ACTION TOPICS
  • Bringing research closer to society.
  • Scientific advice, governance reference systems
  • .interface between science and policy making
    .. channelling scientific advice to
    policy- makers.. active participation of society
    at large in policy development.
  • Responsible research application of ST
  • Ethics in science
  • dialogue and information exchange between groups
    concerned with ethical issues awareness of
    researchers on ethical issues.understanding of
    ethical issues.
  • Uncertainty, risk, and the precautionary
    principle
  • addressing scientific uncertainty, risk
    governance and the precautionary principle in
    policy-making.
  • Stepping up the science/society dialogue and
    women in science
  • ST culture, young people, science education and
    careers.
  • promoting science and scientific culture,
    particularly among young peopleenhancing science
    education and monitoring scientific careers.

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Main FP6 Grant Instruments
  • Integrated Projects (IP)
  • Networks of Excellence (NoE)
  • Article 169
  • Specific Targeted Research Projects (STREPs)
  • Specific Support Actions (SSA)
  • Coordination Actions (CA)

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Integrated Project (IP)
  • Purpose to generate knowledge to implement the
    priority thematic areas
  • Should contain objective-driven research to
    deliver project of critical mass
  • Address major societal need and boost EU
    competitiveness
  • Technological development, demonstration and
    training components as appropriate
  • Emphasis on effective knowledge and project
    management
  • Partners 3 legal minimum, but larger number
    required in reality
  • Funding grant to the budget as a percentage of
    total project costs (probably ceiling of 10
    million)
  • Duration 3 5 years

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Network of Excellence (NoE)
  • Purpose to strengthen Europes excellence on a
    specific research topic tackle fragmentation of
    EU research
  • Each NoE has a mission to spread excellence
    beyond its partners
  • Encouraging organisational change a major
    aspect
  • Partners 3 legal minimum, but larger no.
    required in reality
  • Funding grant for integration (sliding scale
    contribution linked to number of researchers in a
    network, but bear in mind that it is the process
    that is being funded)
  • Duration 5-7 years

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Specific Targeted Research Project (STREP)
  • Knowledge-focused, aimed at
  • Improving or developing new products, processes
    or services and/or
  • Proving the viability of new technologies
    offering potential economic advantage
  • Countries 3 legal minimum, but larger number of
    partners required in reality (favours smaller
    research actors)
  • Funding grant to the budget as a percentage of
    total project costs
  • Duration typically 2-3 years

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Co-ordination Actions (CA)
  • Purpose to promote support the networking
    co-ordination of research and innovation
  • 2 types
  • Co-ordination activities conference meeting
    organisation, performance of studies, exchange of
    personnel, good practice, setting up expert
    groups
  • Project management activities
  • Partners 3 legal minimum
  • Funding grant to the budget as a percentage of
    total project costs
  • Duration typically 2-3 years

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Specific Support Actions (SSA)
  • Purpose to complement other FP6 funding, to aid
    in preparations for future EU RTD policy
    initiatives, to stimulate wide participation in
    FP6
  • 2 types
  • Support activities conference seminar
    organisation,
  • performance of studies, fact-finding missions,
    high-level scientific awards and competitions
  • Project management activities
  • Partners either a single or a larger number
    (specified in Call for Proposals)
  • Funding grant to the budget as a percentage of
    total project costs
  • Duration typically one-off event, but flexible

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Evaluation Criteria of Proposals
  • IP
    NoE STREP CA SSA
  • Relevance X
    X X X X
  • Potential Impact X X X
    X X
  • Scientific tech. excellence X
    X
  • Degree of integration JPA
    X
  • Quality of the coordination
    X
  • Quality of the support action
    X
  • Quality of the consortium X
    X X
  • Excellence of Participants
    X
  • Quality of management X
    X X X
  • Organisation management X
  • Mobilisation of Resources X
    X X X

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Cooperative (CRAFT) Research for SMEs
  • The objectives of CRAFT
  • Improved SME competitiveness
  • Facilitating transnational competition
  • Meeting an SME need
  • Relevance to the SME proposers sectors
  • Reliable and realistic targets
  • Time to market and additional development
    required

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How CRAFT operates
  • For small consortia (at least 3) SMEs
  • The SMEs assign at least 2 research providers to
    carry out a significant part of a project on
    their behalf
  • The SMEs own the IP
  • The Commission provides financial assistance
    towards the cost of the research

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Collective Projects
  • Any subject which is of interest to a larger
    community of SMEs
  • Duration 2-3 years
  • Budget 2 5 million
  • 50 for research and innovation activities
  • 100 for coordination activities up to 7 of
    the EC contribution
  • 100 for training activities

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Why Do Proposals Fail?
  • Proposal A
  • Failed to meet the thresholds for five of the six
    evaluation criteria

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Failures
  • Call objectives does not address all issues
  • ST poor presentation of state-of-the-art, no
    objectives and no outcome
  • Potential impact no exploitation plan, poor
    dissemination
  • Consortium poor description of roles
  • Management knowledge and IPR explanation poor
  • Mobilisation high budget, poor integration and
    cost allocations

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Why Do Proposals Succeed
  • Proposal B
  • Did not come close to failing any threshold, and
    significantly exceeded all

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Success
  • Call objectives widespread potential impact
  • ST substantial progress beyond
    state-of-the-art
  • Impact increases competitiveness and is cheap
  • Consortium high quality, good spread
  • Management a clear and realistic plan
  • Mobilisation clearly defined and realistically
    planned

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Enterprise Ireland Grants Supports
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Support the National Contact Points the FP6
Info. Support Unit
  • Partner searches
  • Project searches
  • Funding
  • Seminars, workshops
  • Information
  • Proposal evaluation
  • Brussels presence
  • Websites www.fp6-ireland.com etc.

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EI Travel Grant
  • Aim to facilitate participation in FP6
  • Eligibility full-time academic, especially
    newcomer to FP grants
  • Costs covered travel, subsistence
  • Not covered overhead, conference registration
  • Grant ceiling 1,000
  • Deliverables report
  • Contact (alert your NCP re application)
  • Rita Ward 01-808 2767 rita.ward_at_enterprise-irela
    nd.com

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EI Large Project Coordinator Grant
  • Potential academic coordinators of large
    projects
  • Maximum grant of 20k towards proposal
    preparation (travel, subsistence, meetings,
    short-term salary, planning)
  • Not covered overheads, sabbaticals, conferencr
    or course attendance
  • Eligibility full-time academic staff in academia
    and associated hospitals
  • Details required technology summary ( Call
    target) and research plan, consortium
    composition, track-record of proposer, cost
    breakdown
  • Final report submitted after submission of
    application
  • Contact (alert NCP re your application)
  • Brian Sheridan 01 8082428 brian.sheridan_at_enterpr
    ise-ireland.com

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Contacts
  • FP6 Information Support
  • Jackie.Golden_at_enterprise-ireland.com
  • (FP6 National Coordinator, FP6 Information
    Support Unit)
  • Brian.Sheridan_at_enterprise-ireland.com
  • (FP6 Information Support Unit)
  • Roy.Palmer_at_enterprise-ireland.com
  • (EI-Bio, Galway Regional Office)

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Web links
  • Ireland FP6 website
  • www.fp6-ireland.com
  • CORDIS - Community Research Development
    Information Service
  • www.cordis.lu/en/home.html
  • EU FP6 Site
  • fp6.cordis.lu/fp6/home.cfm
  • FP6 Science Society Website
  • www.cordis.lu/science-society/home.html
  • EU Research gt Science Society in Europe
  • europa.eu.int/comm/research/science-society/index_
    en.html
  • EU Research gt Sustainable development, global
    change ecosystems
  • www.cordis.lu/sustdev/environment/ecosystems.htm
  • EU Tenders
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