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NATIONAL DOCUMENTATION CENTRE Athens, 18 December 2002 HELLENIC KICK-OFF EVENT 6th Framework Programme. Maria Theofilatou. Framework Programme (2002-2006). Framework Programme 6 (2002-2006).

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Athens, 18 December 2002


6th Framework Programme

Maria Theofilatou

Framework Programme (2002-2006)

Framework Programme 6 (2002-2006)

Focus on strategic areas where immediate and longer term integration of European research is needed to generate and sustain necessary critical mass

New instruments-integrated projects

networks of excellence

Overall architecture of the 6th FP

Sixth Framework Programme

Thematic priorities: € 11285 M

M €

1.1.1 Life sciences, genomics and biotechnology

for health 2255

1.1.2. Information society technologies3625

1.1.3. Nanotechnologies and nano-sciences, knowledge-

based multifunctional materials & processes1300

1.1.4. Aeronautics and space1075

1.1.5. Food quality and safety 685

1.1.6. Sustainable development, global change

and ecosystems2120

1.1.7. Citizens and governance in a

knowledge-based society 225

1.1 Advanced genomics and its application for health

Thematic priority 1: Life sciences, genomics and biotechnology for health

(€ 1100 M)

  • 1.1.a Fundamental knowledge and basic tools for functional genomics in all organisms

  • 1.1.b Applications of knowledge and technologies in the field of genomics and biotechnology for health

1.2 Combating major diseases

(€ 1155 M)

  • 1.2.a Application oriented genomic approaches to

  • medical knowledge and technologies

  • 1.2.b Combating cancer

  • 1.2.c Confronting the major communicable

  • diseases linked to poverty

755 M

400 M

Thematic priority 1: Life sciences, genomics and biotechnology for health

Advanced genomics and its application for health

(1100 M € )

Fundamental Genomics


Gene expression and proteomics

Structural genomics

Comparative genomics and population genetics


Multidisciplinary functional genomics approaches to basic biological processes

1.1.a. Fundamental knowledge and basic tools for functional genomics in all organisms


Thematic priority 1: Life sciences, genomics and biotechnology for health

Combating major diseases

(1155 M € )

Medical knowledge & technologies


Poverty-related diseases



Ethical Bodies








Private Sector


Investment Bank

Civil Society


Member States


Success will depend on mobilisation of all actors

From 2000 EoI to one Workprogramme

  • Where do the topics in our workprogramme come from?

    • Submitted EoIs

    • Gaps identified by experts

    • Commission’s Strategy to foster ERA

  • None of the topics reproduce exactly one EoI:

    • Combination of several EoIs

    • Addition of elements

    • Modification of scope

A balance between

Focusing  Ensuring Competition

Invitation for Expressions of Interest

An opportunity for Europe’s research community to help prepare for the first calls of FP6

  • Consultation to the scientific community on its readiness to implement new instruments in the 7 priority themes of 6FP

  • The results have helped to define the Work Programmes and to prepare the 6FP calls

  • It has facilitated the understanding by the research community of the potential of the new instruments

Expressions of Interest Result


 Some 13.000 EoIs received and evaluated

Priority one:

 Close to 2.000 EoIs received

 Evaluated with the help of over 200 external experts

 2/3 Integrated Projects and 1/3 Networks

Close to 2000 EoI !!!

Expressions of Interest


Priority One Implementation

  • 53 topics published in the first call

  • Total budget for first call: EUR 513 million,

  • broken down as follows:

  • InstrumentEUR (millions)Integrated project or network of excellence385 – 410

  • Specific targeted research project or

  • co-ordination action 92 – 121

  • Specific support actions 8 – 10

  • Priority One Implementation

    15% of FP budget is for participation of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs)

    Priority One Implementation

    • Ethics:

      • Research with human beings

      • Research with animals

      • Stem cells

      • Biological materials or data atribuable to individuals

    • Clinical Trials

      • EDCTP

      • Pediatrics

    New in FP6

    Call for proposals

    Evaluation by a strengthened peer-review system

    involving individual reviews, remote evaluation, panel sessions, hearings of applicants…

    Specific criteria will include:

    scientific quality

    potential impact on strengthening Europe’s excellence

    excellence of the network members

    extent, depth and lasting nature of the integration

    contribution to spreading excellence

    management and governance of the network

    Evaluation process

    Thematic priority 1: Life sciences, genomics and biotechnology for health

    How to find partners?

    Former EU-funded projects including partner information can be found on:

    FP6 Partners

    More information


    Life Sciences, Genomics & Biotechnology for Health:

    Wider range

    Better differentiation

    New instruments

    Integrated projects (IP)

    Networks of excellence (NoE)

    Article 169 (joint implementation of national programmes)

    Instruments for implementing the thematic priorities (I)

    Traditional instruments

    Specific targeted research projects

    Co-ordination actions

    Specific support actions

    Instruments for implementing the thematic priorities (II)

    Simplification and streamlining

    to minimise the overheads for all concerned whether applicant, contractor or the Commission

    to speed up procedures, especially time-to-contract

    Flexibility and adaptability

    to enable instruments to be applicable throughout the priority themes

    to enable projects to evolve

    Principles guiding their design (I)

    Increased management autonomy

    to eliminate unnecessary micro-management

    While preserving public accountability and protecting interests of the Community

    Principles guiding their design (II)

    Classification of the instruments

    Calls for proposals will identify which instruments are to be used, which have priority, and for what

    From the outset, IPs and NoE will be the priority means

    for implementing those themes where it is already deemed appropriate

    while maintaining the use of specific targeted research projects and coordination actions

    Instruments to be used in priority (I)

    In 2004, the Commission will arrange an independent evaluation of the use of the instruments

    may lead to an adjustment of their relative weightings

    Instruments to be used in priority (II)




    Designed to generate the knowledge required to implement the priority thematic areas of FP6

    by integrating the critical mass of activities and resources needed

    to achieve ambitious,clearly defined scientific and technologicalobjectives

    Essentially an instrument for supporting objective-driven research of a European dimension

    Purpose of Integrated Projects (I)

    Activities integrated by a project may cover the full research spectrum

    should contain objective-driven research

    technological development and demonstration components as appropriate

    may contain a training component

    the effective management of knowledge will also be an essential feature

    the whole carried out in a coherent management framework


    Maximum rates of support for FC and FCF participants:

    50% for RTD and innovation-related components

    35% for any demonstration component

    100% for any training activities

    100% for consortium management

    AC participants: supported at up to 100% for all components of the project (except for consortium management which will be supported as under FCF)

    For IPs, no more than 7% of the Community contribution can be used to support consortium management costs reimbursed at up to 100%

    Rates of Community support

    Concerning resources: each IP must assemble the critical mass of resources needed to achieve its ambitious objectives

    activities integrated may range up to several tens of million euro

    but no minimum threshold, provided necessary ambition and critical mass is achieved

    What is the scale of critical mass (I)?

    Concerning the partnership: minimum of 3 participants from 3 different Member States or Associated States, of which at least 2 should be Member States or Associated candidate countries

    but in practice likely to be substantially more

    SME participation is strongly encouraged

    ‘third country’ participants may be included, with a possibility of Community financial support for entities from certain groups of countries

    What is the scale of critical mass (II)?

    Concerning its duration: typically 3 to 5 years

    but more if necessary to deliver the objectives

    What is the scale of critical mass (III)?

    Through calls for proposals

    may be preceded by expressions of interest to help focus calls and assist in consortium building

    Simplified proposal-making

    requiring only sufficient “management-level” detail

    reflecting evolutionary nature of the project

    summary description of activities for entire duration

    detailed implementation plan only for first 18 months

    Proposal submission (I)

    For changes in the consortium

    the consortium may itself decide to take in new participants (though without additional funding)

    the contract will specify when this must involve a competitive call

    the Commission may decide to launch calls to add activities and participants (with additional funding)

    e.g. to enhance SME participation

    Flexibility and autonomy of implementation (II)

    Robust monitoring of each IP by the Commission

    by one or possibly a team of project officers


    annual review

    mid-term or milestone review (optional)

    final review

    involving external experts at all stages


    Regularly updated website on the instruments

    Brochures and leaflets on the new instruments (also available on Europa as above)

    Presentation slides (on Europa as above)

    Guide on “Participating in European Research”

    On integrated projects

    More Information on the instruments





    NoE Objectives

    Strengthen Europe’s excellence on a particular research topic

    by integrating the critical mass of expertise needed to provide European leadership and be a world force

    around a joint programme of activities

    Tackling the fragmentation of European research

    where the main deliverable is a durable structuring and shaping of how research is carried out in Europe

    Spreading excellence beyond its partners

    NoEThe joint programme of activities (1)

    A range of neworre-oriented activities:

    Integrating activities

    coordinated programming of the partners’ activities

    sharing of research platforms/tools/facilities

    joint management of the knowledge portfolio

    staff mobility and exchanges

    relocation of staff, teams, equipment

    reinforced electronic communication systems

    NoEThe joint programme of activities (2)

    Joint research activities: a programme of joint research to support the network’s goals

    development of new research tools and platforms for common use

    generating new knowledge to fill gaps in or to extend the collective knowledge portfolio

    NoEThe joint programme of activities (3)

    Activities to spread excellence

    training researchers and other key staff

    dissemination and communication activities

    networking activities to help transfer knowledge to trams external to the network

    where appropriate, promoting the exploitation of the results generated within the network

    where appropriate, innovation-related activities

    NoEThe joint programme of activities (4)

    Network management

    overall coordination of the joint activities

    communication with the Commission, reporting

    activities linked to consortium-level financing and accounting management and legal issues

    coordination of the knowledge management activities, if appropriate, other innovation-related activities

    promotion of gender equality

    science and society issues

    supporting the governing board and other network bodies



    NoEMeasuring integration(1)

    In their proposal, participants will include possible qualitative and quantitative indicators for measuring progress towards integration

    NoEMeasuring integration(2)

    Main factors to be examined

    extent of mutual specialisation and mutual complementarity

    sharing /development for common use of research infrastructure, equipment, tools and platforms

    regular joint execution of research projects

    NoEMeasuring integration(3)

    Main factors to be examined

    interactive working through electronic communication systems

    joint management of the knowledge portfolio

    joint training programme (researchers and other key staff)

    coherent management framework

    NoECritical mass (1)

    Expertise: assembling of the critical mass needed to achieve the ambitious goals of the network

    variable from topic to topic

    larger networks may involve several hundreds of researchers

    may be smaller provided that the necessary ambition and critical mass are achieved

    NoECritical mass (2)

    Partnership: in general at least six (legal minimum: 3 from 3 different countries)

    Duration of Community support:typically 5 years

    more if necessary BUT no more than 7 years

    NoEFinancial regime (1)

    Community support targeted at overcoming the barriers to a durable integration

    these barriers are mainly organisational, cultural, human  cannot be quantified in normal accounting terms

    Has led to the concept of an incentive, taking the form of a global “fixed grant for integration”

    NoEFinancial regime(2)

    A fixed grant for integration, acting as an incentive, calculated on basis:

    of the degree ofintegration

    of the total number ofresearchers

    of the characteristics of thefieldofresearch

    of thejoint programme of activities

    with a bonus for registereddoctoral students

    NoEFinancial regime(3)

    The average annual grant to a network could vary with the number of researchers as follows:

    Reminder Main NoE features(1)

    Demonstrated need for structuring

    description of fragmentation on the topic

    existence of excellent capacities in Europe in the topic

     Is there a real need for a structuring


    Reminder Main NoE features(2)

    Characteristics of the network planned:

    composition of the partnership: presence of key excellent actors

    potential synergies, complementarities, specialisation among the members

    quality/degree of integration planned

     Is the network planned likely to tackle the fragmentation problem identified?

    Reminder Main NoE features(3)

    Viability of the network during and beyond the period

    awareness of high decision level representatives of the participating organisations: strong commitment

    security regarding network’s funding, particularly beyond the period

     Will the network constitute a durable answer to the problem identified?

    More information?

    Regularly updated website on the instruments:

    Brochures and leaflets on the new instruments: available at Heysel conference and on Europa as above

    Presentation slides: on Europa as above

    Networks of excellence:

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