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Research grants contracts office

Research Grants & Contracts Office

Horizon 2020 – European Research Council & Marie Sklodowska-Curie

Juan Vidal


Summary
Summary

  • Overview of Horizon 2020

  • European Research Council

  • Marie Sklodowska-Curie

  • Where to find more information on Horizon 2020



What is horizon 2020
What is Horizon 2020

  • The European Union’s funding instrument for research and innovation from 2014-2020

    • Budget of €70.2 billion

    • From research to innovation – from basic research to bringing ideas to the market

    • Focus on societal challenges EU society is facing (e.g. health, clean energy, food security, integrated transport)


Horizon 2020 structure
Horizon 2020 Structure

Widening Participation; Science with and for Society


Excellent science
Excellent Science

  • Total budget €21.6 billion

  • Overall objective: “to strengthen the excellence of European research”

  • Mostly operates on a “bottom-up” basis

  • Four funding programmes

    • European Research Council

    • Future Emerging Technology

      • Funds collaborative frontier research

    • Marie Sklodowska-Curie

    • Research Infrastructures

      • Funding mechanism for Europe-wide infrastructures to support research


Industrial leadership
Industrial Leadership

  • Main programme under this pillar funds collaborative top-down research

    • Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies (LEIT)

    • Risk Financing

    • Innovation to SME’s

  • Focused on applied research and innovation activities




Erc funding schemes 1
ERC Funding Schemes 1

  • Starting Grants

  • Consolidator Grants

  • Advanced Grants

  • Synergy Grants

  • Proof of Concept Grants


Erc funding schemes 2
ERC Funding Schemes 2

Summary of Main Grant Schemes


Erc funding schemes 3
ERC Funding Schemes 3

  • Three research domains

  • Indicative split between the domains

    • Physical Science & Engineering 44%

    • Life Sciences 39%

    • Social Sciences & Humanities 17%

  • Open to any nationality

  • Funding for best “frontier research” – research excellence the only criteria

  • Lead by a single PI, supported by a research team


Erc eligibility criteria 1
ERC Eligibility Criteria 1

Starting Grant

Specific eligibility criteria:

  • Principal Investigator shall have been awarded his/her first PhD

    ≥ 2 and ≤ 7 years

    prior to the publication date of the call for proposals of the ERC Starting Grant (for 2014 the publication date is 11th December 2013)


Erc eligibility criteria 2
ERC Eligibility Criteria 2

Consolidator Grant

Specific eligibility criteria:

  • Principal Investigator shall have been awarded his/her first PhD

    > 7 and ≤ 12 years

    prior to the publication date of the call for proposals of the ERC Consolidator Grant (for 2014 the publication date is 11th December 2013)


Erc budgets 1
ERC Budgets 1

Eligible costs:

  • Principal Investigator’s salary costs

  • Cost of senior “researchers” at the College or at other institutions

  • Post-doctoral researchers and other research staff (such as technicians)

  • PhD student stipends

  • Direct costs such as equipment, consumables, travel and subsistence, payments to participants, field work costs, and open access publication charges


Erc budgets 2
ERC Budgets 2

  • Will fund 100% of direct costs + 25% indirect costs, except for sub-contracts (typically audit fees) which are only funded at 100% of direct costs i.e.


How to prepare an erc bid 1
How to Prepare an ERC Bid 1

  • Proposals are submitted via the Research and Innovation Participants Portal

  • http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/

  • Same portal is used to identify opportunities, and manage awarded grants

  • The bid consists of two main sections – Part A and the Part B.

  • The Part A will consist of a title page with summary, contact information for the PI and the College, and a summary budget


How to prepare an erc bid 2
How to Prepare an ERC Bid 2

  • Part B split into multiple sections

  • Cover page

    • Includes 2000 word summary & if cross-disciplinary, 1000 word justification of the cross-disciplinary nature

  • Part B1 consists of:

    • Extended synopsis: 5 pages – show how proposed research is ground breaking

    • CV: 2 pages

    • Funding ID: - list of on-going grants & grant applications

    • Achievement track record: 2 pages


How to prepare an erc bid 3
How to Prepare an ERC Bid 3

  • Part B2

  • Detailed scientific proposal: 15 pages

    • State of the art objectives

    • Methodology

    • Resources required (including breakdown & justification of costs)

  • Template for starting grant available at: http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/ref/h2020/call_ptef/pt/h2020-call-pt-erc-stg_en.pdf

    • Template for consolidator grants is not available yet


Evaluation
Evaluation

  • Two-stage evaluation

  • Stage 1 evaluate the extended synopsis and CV

  • Stage 2 evaluate the full proposal

  • Evaluate both research & PI

    • Ground breaking nature research

    • Scientific approach

    • Intellectual capacity and creativity

    • Commitment to spending at least 50% on the project and at least 50% in EU Member state or Associated Country


Marie sklodowska curie
Marie Sklodowska-Curie


Schemes under marie sklodowska curie
Schemes under Marie Sklodowska-Curie

  • Research and Staff Exchange (RISE)

  • Individual Fellowships (IF)

  • Innovative Training Networks (ITN)

  • Co-funding of regional, national and international programmes (COFUND)

    Deadlines

  • RISE 24th April

  • ITN 9th April

  • IF will be published 12th March for 11th September deadline


Summary of rise
Summary of RISE

  • Funds two-way exchanges of staff between academic and non-academic institutions

  • Promotes knowledge exchange, networking and workshops

  • Total budget of €70 million

  • Flat rate funding

    • Top funding for personnel €2,000/person month

    • Institution gets €1,000/person month for research, training and network costs, and €700/person month for management & indirect costs

  • 30 page proposal – no details available yet on format of proposal


Innovative training networks
Innovative Training Networks

  • Three types of ITN:

    • European Training Networks (ETN)

    • European Industrial Networks (EIN)

    • European Joint Doctorates (EJD)

  • Total budget for this call €405.18 million, with €25.5 million allocated to EIN and €30 million allocated to EJD

  • All ITN require the mobility of the Early Career Researchers

  • Projects run for 48 months, and Early Career Researchers are recruited for between 3 and 36 months


ETN

  • ETN:

    • Minimum of 3 beneficiaries in at least 3 different EU Member States or Associated Countries

    • Typically 6 – 10 participants, must involve non-academic participants

    • May apply for maximum of 540 researcher months per network

    • Researchers will typically be enrolled on a PhD


EIN

  • EIN:

    • Minimum of 2 participants, 1 academic and 1 non-academic, located in different EU Member States or Associated Countries

    • Maximum of 540 researcher months for Networks with more than two participants, otherwise maximum 180 researcher months

    • Researchers must spend 50% of their time at the non-academic participant, plus up to 30% at other beneficiaries

    • Must be enrolled for a PhD


EJD

  • EJD:

    • Minimum of 3 academic participants from 3 different EU Member States or Associated Countries. Above this minimum may include participants from any sector

    • May apply for maximum of 540 researcher months per network

    • As a minimum researchers must be enrolled for a Joint Doctorate

    • The network must provide Joint/Double or Multiple Doctoral Degrees


Budget under itn
Budget under ITN

  • Flat rate budget

* Adjusted by country coefficient, so will get €3,741.33/month in UK


Format of itn 1
Format of ITN 1

  • Part A

    • General information about the proposal

    • Data on participating organisations

    • Budget (in terms of requested researcher months)

    • Ethics table

    • Information on partner organisations


Format of itn 2
Format of ITN 2

  • Part B

    • List of Participants

    • 1. Summary

    • 2. Excellence

    • 3. Impact

    • 4. Implementation

    • Gantt chart

    • 5. Capabilities of the participating organisations

    • 6. Ethical aspects

    • Letters of commitment

  • http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/doc/call/h2020/h2020-msca-itn-2014/1590152-itn_2014_-_guide_for_applicants_1.2_en.pdf



Where to find more information 1
Where to Find More Information 1

  • UKRO web-site: http://www.ukro.ac.uk/Pages/UKRO.aspx

  • UKRO subscriber services (regular e-mails on which EU funding call have been published and UKRO training sessions for ERC/Marie Sklodowska-Curie events)

  • RGCO web-site: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/rgco/otherservices/events.shtml

  • Funding Opportunities section of the Research & Innovation Participants Portal: http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/index.html


Where to find more information 2
Where to Find More Information 2

  • London Higher Workshop & 1:1 Surgeries at Senate House

  • £499 per institution (with a max of 3 people attending)


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