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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

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


Marie curie funding opportunities not to be missed dr conor o carroll

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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    Human Resources and Mobility in FP6


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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


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    ToK – First Round Results


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    ToK – First Round Results


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    ToK – Irish Funded Proposals 2003


    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


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    Evaluation: Weightings & Thresholds


    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


    More information

    More Information

    • CHIU Research Office:

      • [email protected]

      • [email protected]

    • http://europa.eu.int/comm/research/fp6/mariecurie-actions/home_en.html


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