MARIE SKŁODOWSKA-CURIE ACTIONS Eng. Yasmine M. Hassan Sabry FP7 National Contact Point – Mobility NCP
Aim of Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) • Attract and retain research talent • Develop state-of-the-art, innovative training schemes • Promote sustainable career development in research and innovation
Budget • Budget 2014-2020: ~ 6 billion € Work Program 2014-2015: 9 calls foreseen -> one call per each MSC Action per year + one call covering 2 years of European Researchers' Night
Key features • Entirely bottom-up • Open to all domains of research and innovation • (physical) Mobility as the key requirement • Participation of non-academic sector strongly encouraged • Particular attention to gender balance • Public engagement of supported researchers
Individual Fellowships (IF) • Individual, trans-national fellowships awarded to the best or most promising researchers • 2 Types: • European Fellowships: open to researchers either coming to Europe or moving within Europe. • Global Fellowships: based on a secondment to a third country Career Restart Panel and Reintegration Panel -Secondments, notably in the non-academic sector, embedded in the career development
Individual Fellowships (IF) European Fellowships: • 12-24 months • Nationality not relevant • In EU 28MS/AC • Mobility rule applies
Fellowships (IF) Global Fellowships: • 12-24 months (+mandatory return phase of 12 months) • Nationality not relevant • Secondmentto a third country • Mobility rule applies to country where the secondment takes place
Objectives • Training innovative early-stage researchers. • Mobility across sectors, countries and disciplines. • Skills to match public and private sector needs. • Attractive working and employment conditions. • Excellence in doctoral/early-stage research training. • Collaboration between the academia and non-academic sectors.
Who can apply? • Networks of organisations involved in research and (research) training. What types of organisations can apply? • Two different types: • Academic sector: public or private higher education establishments awarding academic degrees, public or private non-profit research organisations whose primary mission is to pursue research, international European interest organisations (e.g. CERN, EMBL) and the EU's Joint Research Centre. • Non-academic sector: includes any entity not included in the academic sector, e.g. large companies, SMEs, NGOs, museums, hospitals, international organisations (e.g. UN).
Participants from which countries can apply? • EU Member States (MS) • Associated Countries (AC) • Other Third Countries (OTC) Minimum Country Participation in an ITN
Participants • Academic and non-academic organisations can take part as either a beneficiary or a partner organisation: • NB. Each partner organisation must include a letter of commitment in Part B of the proposal. The precise role of each partner organisation should also be clearly described in the proposal.
Early Stage Researchers • Innovative Training Networks are exclusively for early-stage researchers in the first 4 years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their career and not awarded a PhD at the time of their (first) recruitment. • Full-time equivalent research experience is measured from the date when a researcher obtained the degree which would formally entitle him or her to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the researcher is recruited • Researchers recruited for min. 3 months and max. 36 months. • No restrictions based on nationality.
Mobility rule • The researcher must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of his/her host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to his/her (first) recruitment. • Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account. • Exception: for international organisations, the mobility rule does not apply to the hosting of eligible researchers. However, the appointed researcher shall not have spent more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to recruitment at the same organisation.
Common features • International network of partners which recruit and host ESRs based on joint research training/doctoral programme. • Research fields chosen by applicants in multi/interdisciplinary and emerging fields of S&T. • Training through individual research projects within the framework of the overall research topic. • Meaningful exposure to the non-academic sector. • Supervisory Board. • Typical project duration 48 months.
Typical activities • Network-wide training activities (e.g. seminars, workshops and summer schools). • Training in key transferable skills. • Collaboration and exchange of knowledge within the network. • Communication & Dissemination. • Public engagement
3 implementation modes • European Training Networks (ETN), European Industrial Doctorates (EID) or European Joint Doctorates (EJD) • Triple 'i' (international, interdisciplinary and inter-sector) dimension of mobility and particular focus on innovation skills • Support to Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) for 3-36 months • Minimum eligibility condition: network of 3 participants (exception: EID with 2 participants only)
European Training Networks (ETN) At least 3 partners in 3 different EU-MS/AC • Research and training • Private sector partners most welcome • Maximum 540 Person months (PM) in a 3 partner consortium: = 180 PM/Partner = 15 Researcher Years/Partner = 5 researchers who stay for 3 years for each partner
European Industrial Doctorates (EID) • At least 2 partners in 2 different MS/AC • One partner has to be from the private sector • Recruited researcher must spend at least 50% of overall time in the private sector • Maximum 180 Person months (PM) of recruitment = 15 Researcher Years = 5 researchers who stay for 3 years
European Joint Doctorates (EJD) • At least 3 partners in 3 different MS/AC • At least 3 partners must be entitled to award doctoral degrees • A joint degree for the early stage researcher is the goal • Maximum 540 Person months (PM) of recruitment (in a 3 partner consortium: = 180 PM/Partner = 15 Researcher Years/Partner = 5 researchers who stay for 3 years for each partner)
Call information • MARIE SKŁODOWSKA-CURIE ACTION: INNOVATIVE TRAINING NETWORKS (ITN) • H2020-MSCA-ITN-2014 • Publication date: 2013-12-11 • Deadline Date: 2014-04-09 +17:00:00 (Brussels local time) • Budget: €405,180,000
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Research and Innovation Staff Exchange - RISE
Objectives • Stimulating innovation through cross-fertilisation of knowledge • Focus on delivering new knowledge and skills • Encouraging cross-border training and career development • To promote international and inter-sectoralcollaboration through research and innovation staff exchanges • To foster a shared culture of research and innovation
General Aspects • All Countries can participate in RISE • All nationalities can participate in RISE • All institutions fulfilling the requirements of the Horizon 2020 Rules for Participation can participate in RISE • No mobility rules for RISE
Project Main Aspects • Project built on joint research and innovation activities • Project implemented through the secondment of staff (no recruitments) • Each staff member seconded for a period of 1 to 12 months • The maximum size for a project is 540 person months • No minimum size explicitly defined for the project, but substantial impact is expected • Maximum project duration is 4 years
Participants in RISE • Beneficiaries • Sign the Grant Agreement and claim costs • Are responsible for the execution of the programme • Are established in a MS/AC • Partner Organisations • Do not sign the Grant Agreement and do not claim costs • Must include a letter of commitment in the proposal • Are established in a TC
Sectors • The sector of an organisation is defined automatically • Academic Sector • Higher education establishments (public or private) • Non-profit research organisations (public or private) • International European interest organisations • Non-Academic Sector • Any socio-economic actor not included in the academic sector and fulfilling the requirements of the Horizon 2020 Rules for Participation (SMEs, multinationals, NGOs, etc.)
Staff Members • Actively engaged in or linked to research/innovation activities for at least 6 months prior to first secondment • Types of staff members: • ESR (no PhD and < 4 years experience) • ER (PhD or > 4 years experience) • Managerial staff • Administrative or Technical staff • In-built return mechanism
Minimum Eligibility Conditions • At least 3 independent participants in 3 different countries • At least 2 participants from 2 different MS/AC • If all in MS/AC: at least 1 academic and 1 non-academic • In practice, 2 possible minimum settings:
Countries Eligible For EU Funding • EU Member States • Overseas Countries and Territories linked to the MS (As defined on page 3 of General Annex A to the Horizon 2020 Work Programme2014-2015) • Horizon 2020 Associated Countries (In principle, the same as FP7, but subject to the adoption of the association agreements) • The Third Countries listed (On page 3 of General Annex A to the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2014-2015)
Countries Not Eligible For EU Funding • Countries not listed previously are not eligible for EU funding • In practice, those countries are mainly: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Russia, United States. • In very exceptional cases, partners from those countries might be funded. But the following conditions have to be fulfilled: • a) This partner has competences/expertise that no organisation in MS/AC has • b) The relevant transfer of knowledge can only be done via a secondment in the direction TC MS/AC • c) Points a) and b) must be endorsed by the expert evaluators • d) The experts' endorsement (point c) must be confirmed by the REA
Evaluation • Evaluation Panels: • -- Chemistry (CHE) • -- Social Sciences and Humanities (SOC) • -- Economic Sciences (ECO) • -- Information Science and Engineering (ENG) • -- Environment and Geosciences (ENV) • -- Life Sciences (LIF) • -- Mathematics (MAT) • -- Physics (PHY) • Evaluation Criteria: • Award Criteria • Selection Criteria
Selection Criteria • Operational capacity has to be checked • Proposals must include a description of: • The profile of the people who will be primarily responsible for carrying out the proposed work • Any significant infrastructure or major items of technical equipment, relevant to the proposed work • Any partner organisations (not beneficiaries) contributing towards the proposed work
Proposal Part A • Section 1: General information (including abstract) • Section 2: Information on participants • Section 3: Budget and Secondmentstables • Section 4: Ethics table
RISE Calls Present • Present call: • H2020-MSCA-RISE-2014 • Currently Open • Deadline: 24 April 2014 • Next call: - H2020-MSCA-RISE-2015 • Opens 06 January 2015 • Deadline: 28 April 2015 • Results of the evaluation: 5 months after the call deadline • Signing of grant agreements: 8 months after the call deadline
Useful Links • Guide for Applicants http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/doc/call/h2020/h2020-msca-rise-2014/1590107-m_gfa_msca_rise_en.pdf • Work Programmehttp://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/doc/call/h2020/common/1587755-03._msca_calls_wp2014-2015_en.pdf • General Annexes http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/doc/call/h2020/common/1587809-18._general_annexes_wp2014-2015_en.pdf • Rules for participation http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/doc/call/h2020/common/1587751-h2020-rules-participation_en.pdf • List of field covered by the Evaluation Panels http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/doc/call/h2020/h2020-msca-rise-2014/1592607-msca_-_descriptors_2014_en.pdf
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