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Marie Curie – Funding Opportunities not to be missed!! Dr Conor O’Carroll Central Universities Research Office Conference of Heads of Irish Universities. Ireland’s Current Record – FP6. Marie Curie accounted for ~€12m in 2003 out of total Irish FP6 income of ~€48m

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Marie Curie – Funding Opportunities not to be missed!!

Dr Conor O’Carroll

Central Universities Research Office

Conference of Heads of Irish Universities

ireland s current record fp6
Ireland’s Current Record – FP6
  • Marie Curie accounted for ~€12m in 2003 out of total Irish FP6 income of ~€48m
  • This compare to a total €25m in FP5 (25% of national total)
  • In 2004 one scheme alone has brought over €8m - Transfer of Knowledge Scheme
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Lifelong research training

Bottom Up programme

All of the Sciences, Economic Human & Social Sciences (+Research Management & Ethics for Host Driven Schemes)

Marie Curie label generalised

Opening of schemes to 3rd country nationals

No age limit, but experience criterion

Marie Curie - Major Features

the marie curies schemes some basic features
The Marie Curies Schemes –some basic features
  • Mobility – they recognise that researchers are inherently international – you will be hiring researchers from outside Ireland
  • Fund the “human” element of research – covering full salaries and associated costs
  • Take account of family and career development of mobile researchers
  • Cover researchers at all stages of their careers – experience NOT qualifications matter
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EU Member States

Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, UK, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia

EEA Countries

Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein

Association Agreement Countries

Israel, Switzerland

Candidate Countries

Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey

Third Countries

all other countries, almost!

FP6 – the competition!

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SIXTH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME 2002-2006

Participation in Marie Curie International Fellowships

- Structuring the European Research Area -

Data valid: 1.11.2002

European Union/

Associated States (1)/

Overseas Countries &

Territories

Industrialised

Countries and

Territories (2)

Developing Countries (2)

Emerging Economies (2)

Transition Economies (2)

Currently no cooperation

(1) Some agreements are

not yet in force

(2) Cooperation

The European Commission does not guarantee the accuracy of data included

in this map and accepts no responsibility whatsoever for any consequence of

agreements with certain

its use. The boundaries shown do not imply on the part of the European

countries have to be

European Commission,

Commission any judgment on the legal status of any territory or the

renewed

endorsement or acceptance of such boundaries.

DG RTD-06 & RTD-D5

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Marie Curie Actions

Eligible Researchers

Level of Experience:

Early-stage Researchers

    • at the beginning of their career
    • < 4 years of active research experience (e.g. researchers undertaking a doctoral degree);
  • Experienced Researchers
    • at least 4 years of active research experience
    • or
    • have obtained a doctoral degree. (For some Actions, researchers with more than 10 years of experience will not be eligible)
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Marie Curie Actions

Mobility & Nationality Requirements

  • not a national of the State in which they plan to be appointed and carry out their research;

Exceptions:

    • European researchers working outside the EU for 4 years in the last 5 years.
    • Return and Reintegration Mechanisms.
    • Multiple nationalities (if not resided in the last 5 years)
    • International Organisations
  • has not been resident or worked/studied in that country for more than 12 months out of the 3 years immediately prior to either the time of application (individual Actions), or the start of their work (host Actions).
marie curie actions
Host Driven Actions

Host institutions/network applies for a number of fellows/researchers

Host’s proposal is evaluated

Selected host/network advertises fellowship position and selects fellows/researchers

Contract duration with host, usually 4 years

Fellows’ stay depending on Action (up to 3 years)

Individual Driven Actions

Researcher applies jointly with host

Fellows’ stay depending on Action

Fellows withdrawing cannot be replaced

Marie Curie Actions
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Profile ofFellows

Chairs

Teams

Awards

Advanced Lifelong Training and Excellence

Intra-EuropeanFellowships

InternationalFellowships

 4 yearsexperience or Ph.D.

Host Fellowships for Transfer of Knowledge

Industry-Academia Partnership

Development Action

Return and Reintegration

Research Training Networks

< 4 yearsexperience

Conferences and Training Courses

Early-Stage Training

Host Fellowships for Early-Stage

Human Resources and Mobility (Marie Curie Actions)

Transfer of Knowledge

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Profile ofFellows

Chairs

Teams

Awards

Advanced Lifelong Training and Excellence

Intra-EuropeanFellowships

InternationalFellowships

 4 yearsexperience or Ph.D.

Host Fellowships for Transfer of Knowledge

Industry-Academia Partnership

Development Action

Return and Reintegration

Research Training Networks

< 4 yearsexperience

Conferences and Training Courses

Early-Stage Training

Host Fellowships for Early-Stage

Human Resources and Mobility (Marie Curie Actions)

Transfer of Knowledge

marie curie actions1
Two Different Schemes under ToK

Development Scheme

“The reinforcement of the research potential of host entities, with priorities to those in Less Favoured Regions of the EU and in the Associated Candidate Countries, in need of new areas of competence”

Industry-academia Strategic Partnership Scheme

“The creation and development of real strategic and durable partnerships between the academia and enterprise, in particular SMEs, aiming at the establishment of lasting collaborations of mutual interest”

Deadline 19th May 2008

MarieCurie Actions

Marie Curie Transfer of Knowledge Actions

marie curie actions2
To develop or reinforce research potential of institutes in need of new competencies

Applications by research groups in need of developing new competencies

All countries, with priority to Community LFRs/Associated Candidate Countries

Host selects and recruits experienced researchers (2-24 months)

Possibility to send own staff (2-12 months)

to pre-determined institutions + return

Overall EU success rate in 1st Call: 40%, 2nd Call 23%

Irish Success rate 6/7 in 2003 and 14/54 in 2005!!

MarieCurie Actions

Development Scheme

marie curie actions3
MarieCurie Actions

Development Scheme

  • Total 4 year contract
  • Commission fully covers salary costs plus contribution to research/admin costs
  • e.g. postdoc in NUI-M would receive €50-55k salary plus annual travel costs home.
  • Senior researcher would receive €70-75k
  • University gets about €18k for research/admin/overheads
marie curie actions4
MarieCurie Actions

Development Scheme

  • Number of postdoc/senior researchers will depend on the size of the research group
  • Average size of a ToK in the first round was 65-72 researchers months; 3 postdocs over 4 years
  • The Commission will not fund a proposal with a single postdoc; there are individual fellowship schemes for this purpose
marie curie actions5
MarieCurie Actions

Development Scheme

  • Budget 2003 = €40m, Budget 2004 = €45m
  • Priority funding for Objective 1 / LFR regions + new EU members 1st May 2004
  • LFR in Ireland = Borders, Midland, Western (BMW)
  • Very low numbers from the new countries in 2003 & 2004 so expect same in 2005
  • Big countries have not applied
marie curie actions6
To create or develop true strategic and durable partnerships

Application by consortium of Industry+Academia and academia or industry partners from at least 2 different countries

Co-ordinating host from industry or academia, with one or more partners from the other sector

Funding of exchange of experienced researchers amongst staff members, in both directions (2-24 months)

Can include industry/academic transfer within same country!

Includes SMEs, spin-offs, start-ups

Only 30 proposals in 1st and 2nd round!

MarieCurie Actions

Industry-Academia Strategic Partnership Scheme

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Profile ofFellows

Chairs

Teams

Awards

Advanced Lifelong Training and Excellence

Intra-EuropeanFellowships

InternationalFellowships

 4 yearsexperience or Ph.D.

Host Fellowships for Transfer of Knowledge

Industry-Academia Partnership

Development Action

Return and Reintegration

Research Training Networks

< 4 yearsexperience

Conferences and Training Courses

Early-Stage Training

Host Fellowships for Early-Stage

Human Resources and Mobility (Marie Curie Actions)

Transfer of Knowledge

marie curie actions7
To promote excellence in European research

Marie Curie Excellence Grants (Teams)

To set up or extend teams of the highest level

Up to 4 years duration

Leading edge or interdisciplinary research

Team Leader profile is key to success

Deadline 16th February 2005

Success rate 1/10 in 1st and 2nd calls

Similar to SFI schemes

MarieCurie Actions

Excellence Promotion and Recognition

marie curie actions8
To promote excellence in European research

Marie Curie Excellence Grants (Teams)

Grant in range of €800k to €1.6m

Covers usual project costs (PhD/postdoc salary, equipment, consumables, travel,

Can cover salary cost of Team Leader

20% overhead

MarieCurie Actions

Excellence Promotion and Recognition

marie curie actions9
To promote excellence in European research

Marie Curie Excellence Grants (Teams)

Exception to all other schemes on mobility of Team Leader

Team Leader can be Irish,

Could be already in host (<1 year prior to deadline)

Move from other Irish institution

Team members subject to usual mobility rules

MarieCurie Actions

Excellence Promotion and Recognition

results from 1 st 2 nd rounds
Results from 1st & 2nd Rounds
  • 18 out of 195 proposals funded (9%) 2003 – no Irish
  • 20 out of 292 (7%) in 2004 – 2 Irish proposals
excellence grants the team leader
Excellence Grants – the Team Leader

“…a researcher who has early in her/his careerthepotential to reach a high level of

excellence so as to enable her/him to attain

more rapidlyindependence in research”.

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Profile ofFellows

Chairs

Teams

Awards

Advanced Lifelong Training and Excellence

Intra-EuropeanFellowships

InternationalFellowships

 4 yearsexperience or Ph.D.

Host Fellowships for Transfer of Knowledge

Industry-Academia Partnership

Development Action

Return and Reintegration

Research Training Networks

< 4 yearsexperience

Conferences and Training Courses

Early-Stage Training

Host Fellowships for Early-Stage

Human Resources and Mobility (Marie Curie Actions)

Transfer of Knowledge

marie curie actions10
To support integration of a stable research career following a period of mobility

Following a 2-year Marie Curie fellowship

EU and Associate Country fellows

Reintegration of country of origin or elsewhere

Obligation for host to offer minimum 2-year work contract and research project

Following a stay outside Europe

European researchers who have been outside Europe for 5 years

Success rate > 90%

MarieCurie Actions

Reintegration Grants (continuous call)

marie curie proposal writing

Marie Curie Proposal Writing…

Science is not the whole story

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Do’s and Don’ts

Read the Guide for Proposers (application form!)

http://fp6.cordis.lu/fp6/calls.cfm

Note that there have been updates!

Follow the instructions to the letter!

Use common sense!

Electronic submission – get your password in time!

Marie Curie

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MarieCurie Actions

Preparing a proposal

  • Infopack: http://fp6.cordis.lu/fp6
  • The Call Text
  • The Guide for Proposers (containing the proposal submission forms)
  • The Work Programme of the HRM Activity
  • Also:
  • The ‘Handbook’ for the corresponding action
  • The brochure ‘a rough guide to the Marie Curie Actions’
  • http://europa.eu.int/comm/research/fp6/mariecurie-actions/indexhtm_en.html
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http://europa.eu.int/comm/research/fp6/mariecurie-actions/home_en.html

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MarieCurie Actions

Proposal Submission Forms

  • A proposal has two parts:
  • Part A
  • Set of forms on administrative information about the proposal and the proposers (pre-prepared form).
  • Part B
  • Free-text description of the research project.
  • Series of headings and explanatory notes based on the evaluations criteria.
part a easy
Part A – easy!
  • Basic details – abstract, name, address etc
  • “Head counts” not budget estimates
  • Slightly different forms for different schemes – use the right ones
part b the who what why and how
Part B – the who, what, why and how?
  • Scientific content for TOK is only 15%!
  • B2 Transfer and embedding of knowledge details most important……..
  • Practical details – how is the project going to be managed and implemented?
  • Is it relevant to the European Research Area and the needs of researchers?
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MarieCurie Actions

Proposal Submission Forms

  • Part B
  • Address the issues in a clear, concise fashion. It is the basis on which the evaluators will referee the proposal!
  • Recommended length in numbers of pages: not mandatory, but
  • Think of the evaluators: avoid excessive length, being repetitive, padding out with unnecessary or irrelevant material
  • References to web pages will not be taken into accountas part of the proposal during evaluation.
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Evaluation Criteria/ Proposals Part B

1. Content of the Proposal / Project

2. Training Activities/Transfer of Knowledge

3. Quality of Host

4. Quality of Researchers (Individual actions & Excellence)

5. Management and Feasibility

6. Added Value and Relevance to the Objectives

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Evaluation by competent experts in the field

Need to address all of the issues to maximise scores

Total score for a proposal is 100%

Some areas require a minimum score (threshold)

In many cases the science scores less than 50%!

You must focus on the objectives of the activity to be successful

Look carefully at the score matrix

Marie Curie – Evaluation of Proposals

transfer of knowledge development scheme
Transfer of Knowledge – Development Scheme

Key Points to remember

  • Need to expand R & D activities into a new complimentary area – not just a continuation of current activities
  • Require highly qualified postdoc/senior researchers
  • Overall the research group gains – transfer in!
  • How to embed this new expertise and capability in the group after the 4 years of EC funding
b1 content four a4 pages
B1 Content (FOUR A4 PAGES)
  • 15% ---- 3/5
  • B1.1. RESEARCH TOPIC (½ A4 PAGE)
  • B1.2. PROJECT OBJECTIVES (½ A4 PAGE)
  • B1.3. IMPACT TO THE HOST ORGANISATION (ONE A4 PAGE)
  • B1.4. RESEARCH METHOD AND WORK PLAN (TWO A4 PAGES, PLUS TABLES AND CHARTS)
b2 transfer of knowledge activities
B2 TRANSFER OF KNOWLEDGE ACTIVITIES
  • 15% ----- 4/5
  • B2.1. NEED FOR TRANSFER OF KNOWLEDGE (ONE A4 PAGE)
  • B2.2. CONTENT OF TRANSFER OF KNOWLEDGE (ONE A4 PAGE)
  • B2.3. EXPECTED IMPACT ON TRAINING AND TRANSFER OF KNOWLEDGE (ONE A4 PAGE)
  • B2.4. REQUIRED RECRUITMENT OF EXPERIENCED RESEARCHERS (ONE A4 PAGE PLUS TABLE)
b3 quality capacity of the host organisations
B3 QUALITY / CAPACITY OF THE HOST ORGANISATIONS
  • 15% --- no threshold
  • B3.1. PROFILE OF THE PARTICIPANTS (TWO A4 PAGES)
  • B3.2. QUALITY OF INFRASTRUCTURE OF THE HOST ORGANISATION (ONE A4 PAGE)
b4 management and feasibility
B4 MANAGEMENT AND FEASIBILITY
  • 15% ---- 2/5
  • B4.1. PROPOSED MANAGEMENT AND ORGANISATIONAL STRUCTURE (ONE A4 PAGE)
  • B4.2. MANAGEMENT KNOW-HOW AND EXPERIENCE OF THE MAIN CONTRACTOR (ONE A4 PAGE)
b5 added value and relevance to the objectives four a4 pages
B5. ADDED VALUE AND RELEVANCE TO THE OBJECTIVES (Four A4 pages)
  • 40% ---- no threshold
  • Describe the extent to which the overall capacity and research profile of the host organisation will be increasedby the proposed transfer of knowledge. Outline the benefit that will be gained from undertaking the project atCommunity level.
b5 contd
B5. contd.

“Outline the extent to which the project will contribute to the objectives of the European Research Area oraddress other Community policies (e.g. the target of 3% spending of GDP on research, integration of Less-Favoured Regions and Associated States) will be advanced through the project activities and present, wherepossible, co-ordination or synergy with regional, national or international activities. The ability of the project toincrease the competitiveness of Europe should also be mentioned”

n b b 2 tok evaluation
N.B.B.2 “ToK” evaluation
  • Need
  • Content
  • Impact
  • Size

Threshold is 4/5 for “ToK”

It is the first “gate” in the evaluation

and b5 added value and relevance to the objectives
..and B5 -“Added Value and Relevance to the objectives”??
  • Remember this is the ToK scheme – not “my science is the best” scheme!
  • What is the overall effect on the group?
  • Capacity
  • Research Profile
the eu bits
The EU bits…
  • Lisbon Objective to create a European Research Area (ERA)
  • Barcelona Target: EU R&D spend average should be 3% of GDP by 2010
  • http://europa.eu.int/comm/research/fp6/mariecurie-actions/researchers/research_en.html
  • “RESEARCHERS IN THE EUROPEAN RESEARCH AREA:ONE PROFESSION, MULTIPLE CAREERS” –http://europa.eu.int/comm/research/fp6/mariecurie-actions/pdf/careercommunication_en.pdf
  • “A MOBILITY STRATEGY FOR THE EUROPEAN RESEARCH AREA” - http://europa.eu.int/eur-lex/en/com/cnc/2001/com2001_0331en01.pdf
  • First Implementation Report -http://europa.eu.int/comm/research/fp6/mariecurie-actions/pdf/implement.pdf
hands on assistance
Hands-on Assistance
  • Guidance and advice on schemes to match your needs
  • One-to-one meetings
  • Assistance with proposal writing – particularly the “EU” bits
  • Proposal review by NCP, prior to submission – proven to increase chances of success
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