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Arts and Humanities Research Council

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

Economic and Social Research Council

UK Research Office

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

Medical Research Council

Natural Environment Research Council

Science and Technology Facilities Council



UKRO Subscriber Services include…

  • Website with information on programmes, FAQs and Guidance Information services – email updates (& searchable database) Register/Update your profile at:
  • Enquiry service - Annual visit from an UKRO European Advisor- Specialist training courses and information events- Annual conference for European officers- Meetingroom in Brussels
  • - Monthly publication - British Council ‘RTD Insight’
  • - National Contact Point (Marie Curie and ERC)

UK Research Office


First calls in FP7

fp7 overall picture
FP7 Overall Picture
  • Good response to first call (in some areas more than others)
    • ERC StG - 9,167 proposals (~250 to be awarded)
    • FAFB – 14/78 topics with no proposals being funded, including 2 topics with no proposals submitted.
    • SSH – Success rates across activity areas varied from 9 to 26%

FP7 – First Call – Overall Picture

fp7 overall picture1
FP7 Overall Picture
  • Some areas see more problems with EPSS and eligibility issues than others
    • ICT: 4/1840 ineligible (<0.3%)
    • SSH: 44/ 531 ineligible (>8%)
    • FAFB: 17/414 ineligible (4%) (11 requested too much EC contribution; 6 with too few participants)
    • There were still a few proposals being submitted late, incomplete at the deadline or simply ineligible (350 ineligible ERC proposals)

FP7 – First Call – Overall Picture

fp7 myths
FP7 Myths
  • All the budget is spent on big projects
  • CA and SA have lower success rates
  • You need to have a partner from each MS and AS
  • The projects are dominated by industry

FP7 – First Call – Overall Picture


FP7 Specific Programmes

Co-operation – Collaborative Research

Framework Programme 7

European Research Council

Marie Curie Actions

Capacities – Research Capacity


Joint Research Centre (JRC)

main fp7 countries
Main FP7 Countries


Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria , Cyprus, Czech Republic,

Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece,

Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta,

Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia,

Spain, Sweden, UK

Associated Countries (FP7)

Croatia, Iceland*, Israel*, Liechtenstein*, FYR Macedonia*

Norway*, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey, Albania

Bosnia Herzegovina and Montenegro (in the

process of associating to FP7)

*except Euratom

FP7 Countries


maximum reimbursement rates
Maximum reimbursement rates*

FP7 Finance Issues

* Except Marie Curie

** Co-ordination and Support Actions, Training, Management



Health - Activity Areas




human health


the delivery

of health care

to European



generic tools

& medical



human health

FP7 – Co-operation - Health

Child health

Health of the ageing population


Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, and Biotechnology - Activity Areas



& management

of biological


Fork to farm:

food, health

and well being

Life sciences,

biotechnology and


for sustainable

non-food products

and processes

FP7 – Co-operation - FAB

...Build a Knowledge Based Bio-Economy…


ICT- Challenges

Pervasive and Trusted network &

Service Infrastructures

Cognitive Systems, Interaction, Robotics

FP7 – Co-operation - ICT

Components, Systems, Engineering

Digital Libraries and Content

Towards sustainable and personalised


ICT for Mobility, Environmental Sustainability

& Energy

ICT for Independent Living and Inclusion

Future and Emerging Technologies (FET)


Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials and New Production Technologies – Activity Areas

1. Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies

FP7 - Co-operation - NMP

2. Materials

3. New Production

4. Integration of technologies for industrial production


1. Hydrogen and fuel cells

2. Renewable electricity


3. Renewable fuel production

4. Renewables for heating and cooling

Energy - Activity Areas(Expect Annual Calls & WPs)

5. CO2 capture and storage for zero emission power generation

FP7 – Co-operation - Energy

6. Clean coal technologies

7. Smart energy networks

8. Energy savings and energy efficiency

Plus calls for tender!

9. Knowledge for energy policy making

10. Horizontal actions


Environment – Activity Areas - 2008

  • Climate Change, Pollution and Risks
    • Pressures on Environment and Climate (€42m)
    • Environment and Health (€20m)
    • Natural Hazards (€14m)
  • Sustainable Management of Resources
    • Conservation and sustainable management of natural and man-made resources and biodiversity (€30m)
    • Management of marine environments (€20.5m)

FP7 – Co-operation – Environment

  • Environmental Technologies
    • Environmental technologies for…the natural and man-made resources (€39m, incl. €5m for joint call with NMP)
    • Protection, conservation and enhancement of cultural heritage, including human habitat (€9m)
  • Technology assessment, verification and testing (€7m)
  • Earth Observation (EO) and Assessment Tools for Sustainable Development
  • EO systems and methods for the environment and sustainable development (€21m)
  • Forecasting methods & assessment tools for sustainable development over different scales of observation (€12m)

Plus horizontal



Transport - Activity Areas


and air





FP7 – Co-operation – Transport

Horizontal themes


Socio-Economic Sciences and the Humanities - Activity Areas

1. Growth, employment and competitiveness in a knowledge society

1. Health

2. FAB

FP7 – Co-operation - SSH

2. Combining economic, social and environmental objectives in a European perspective

3. ICT

4. NMP

3. Major trends in society and their implications

5. Energy

6. Environment

4. Europe in the world

7. Transport

5. The citizen in the European Union

8. SSH

6. Socio-economic and scientific indicators

9. Space

10. Security

7. Foresight activities

8. Strategic activities


Space - Activities

Space-based applications

at the service of European Society

FP7 – Co-operation – Space

Strengthening of Space foundations- Research to support space science & exploration

- Research to support space transportation and key technologies

Horizontal actions


Security - Mission orientated R&D










and safety

in the


of crisis











FP7 – Co-operation - Security

5 Security systems integration, interconnectivity &


6 Security and Society

7 Security research co-ordinating and structuring

See also ESRAB report


Joint Technology Initiatives

Hydrogen and

Fuel Cells


New Nanoelectronics



FP7 – Co-operation - JTIs

Embedded Systems




and Air Transport


Innovative Medicines


Global Monitoring for


and Security



FP7 Specific Programmes

Co-operation – Collaborative Research

Framework Programme 7

European Research Council

Marie Curie Actions

Capacities – Research Capacity


Joint Research Centre (JRC)


FP7 Specific Programmes

European Research Council

  • New to FP7
  • Promote excellence through EU wide competition
  • Support PI and (if necessary) team-members (flexible & portable)
  • Investigator driven
  • Frontier Research
    • = creating new knowledge and developing new understanding
  • Independent scientific governance
  • Dedicated implementation structure
  • Starting Independent Research Grant – First Call
  • Advanced Investigator Grant – Second Call


lessons learned
Lessons learned

FP7 – ERC – First call

  • Often applicants did not fully understand ERC concepts (frontier research, ‘individual team’)
  • Applicants often not ambitious enough
  • Often applicants did not explain why the research is important or what the impacts would be
  • Many applications resembled job description written by a supervisor rather than showing the PI’s ideas
  • Many people already fairly experienced (i.e. having UK fellowships)
  • Applicants should aim their proposal at generalist reviewers (panel members) in Stage 1
  • Although the top ranked proposals were outstanding, many average ones were also submitted
a quick recap advanced grants
A Quick Recap – Advanced Grants
  • Objective
    • encourage and support excellent, innovative investigator-initiated research projects
  • Eligibility
    • leading advanced investigators across EU and Associated Countries
    • targeting researchers already established as independent research leaders in their own right
  • Research Areas
    • ‘bottom up’ approach - any research area (except Fission & Fusion)

FP7 – ERC – Advanced Grant


ERC Budget

  • Funding of €7.51 billion (2007-13)
  • ~ 2/3 Annual ERC Budget for AdG
  • ~1/3 Annual ERC Budget for StG
  • Spending profile increases 2007-13


  • Call budget ~€517 million
  • Hope to fund ~300 Proposals?

FP7 – ERC – Advanced Grant

funding levels duration of grant
Funding Levels & Duration of Grant
  • NormallyUp to€2.5 million over 5 years EC contribution (or pro-rata for shorter projects)
  • Can be higher, but only if:
    • Co-Investigator Project (which MUST be inter- or multi-disciplinary) or
    • The PI is coming from outside the EU/AC (‘third country’) to establish a research team at a host institution in an EU MS/AC or
    • Proposal requires the purchase of major research equipment
    • In these cases: up to €3.5 million over 5 years EC contribution (or pro-rata)

FP7 – ERC – Advanced Grant

adg evaluation criteria
AdG Evaluation Criteria
  • Principal Investigator (and Co-I if applicable)
        • Quality of research output/track record
        • Intellectual capacity and creativity


  • Research Project
        • Ground breaking nature of the research
        • Potential impact
        • Methodology
        • High gain/high risk balance

FP7 – ERC – Evaluation Criteria


  • Research environment (only at step 2)
        • Contribution of the research environment
        • Participation of other legal entities


  • Each evaluation criterion (Heading 1 and 2) will be marked on a scale of 1 to 4:4 = Outstanding, 3 = Excellent, 2=Very Good, 1=Non-fundable
  • A quality threshold of ≥2 will be applied to these criteria.
  • Proposals ranked on basis of marks received and an overall appreciation of their strengths and weaknesses
the proposal
The proposal
  • Proposal Structure
  • Proposals must contain
    • CV and 10 year track record and scientific leadership profile
    • Full proposal and extended synopsis
  • Proposal Evaluation
  • 1-stage submission but 2-step evaluation
    • Ist Step: Evaluation of CV (with specific emphasis on track record/leadership profile) & “extended synopsis”
    • 2nd Step: Evaluation of full proposal

FP7 – ERC – Advanced Grant

the proposal1
The proposal
  • Possible benchmarks of “10 year track record”
  • Senior author publications in major peer-reviewed multi-disciplinary scientific journals and/or leading peer-reviewed journals of their respective research fields
  • And if applicable
  • Monographs and any translations of monographs (if applicable)
  • Granted patents
  • Invited presentations into peer-reviewed, internationally established conferences and/or international advanced schools
  • Expeditions that the applicant has lead
  • International conferences in the field of the applicant that have been organised by PI (member of the steering and/or organising committee)
  • International Prizes/Awards/Academy Memberships

FP7 – ERC – Advanced Grant

the proposal2
The proposal
  • Possible indicators of “leadership profile”
  • Content and impact of the major scientific or scholarly contributions of the applicant to his/her own research field and/or neighbouring research fields and, if applicable, the wider societal impact
  • The international recognition and diffusion that these major contributions have received from others (publications or appropriate equivalents /additional funding/ students /international prizes and awards /institution building /other)
  • Ability to productively change research fields and/or establish new interdisciplinary approaches

FP7 – ERC – Advanced Grant

further information
Further Information

ERC – UK Helpdesk Links

  • UK ERC NCP or 0032 2289 6121
  • UK ERC NCP Newsletter

ERC – EU links

  • EU ERC Website
  • EU ERC Newsletter
  • ERC Europa Helpdesk

UKRO Information Services

ERC – Links


FP7 Specific Programmes

Co-operation – Collaborative Research

Framework Programme 7

European Research Council

Marie Curie Actions

Capacities – Research Capacity


Joint Research Centre (JRC)

fp7 specific programmes
FP7 Specific Programmes

Marie Curie Actions

Objectives and Policy Context:

  • Make Europe more attractive to researchers
  • Strengthen human potential by:
    • Encouraging people to become researchers
    • Encouraging researchers to carry out their research in Europe
  • Trans-national and inter-sectoral mobility

FP7 – Specific Programmes

overview of marie curie actions
Overview of Marie Curie Actions

People Specific Programme

Also funded: Researcher’s Night, CO-FUND

initial training network structure
Initial Training Network Structure
  • At least 3 EU Member or Associated States
  • (of which 2 must be MS or Candidate Countries)
  • Single or twin sites if international context is strong
  • Joint Training Programme including complementary skills
  • Fellowships for 3 months to 3 years
  • Industrial participation
  • Coherent quality standards & mutual recognition of training/ diplomas
  • Optional: - recruiting a ‘visiting scientist’
    • - hold short training events (incl. researchers outside network)

FP7 – People – Marie Curie

marie curie individual fellowship ief
Marie Curie Individual Fellowship (IEF)
  • Structure
    • EU Member or Associated State National, or Third Country national if in EU for at least 4 of the last 5 yrs
    • 12 – 24 months
    • support researchers in attaining and/or strengthening a leading independent position
    • Also for those resuming a career in research
    • REMEMBER it’s about
    • Skills diversification
    • Attaining or strengthening professional independence

FP7 – People – Marie Curie

european re integration grant erg
European Re-integration Grant (ERG)
  • (Re)-integration into research career
  • (following trans-national mobility)
  • Must have already had Marie Curie fellowship
  • (funded under FP6/7)
  • The European Re-integration Grant:
    • supports a research project of 2- 3 years
    • research costs but not researchers’ salary
    • researcher applies with host institution

FP7 – People – Marie Curie

industry academia pathways and partnerships
Industry–Academia Pathways and Partnerships
  • A minimum of two participants
  • (from 2 different Member or Associated States, of which 1 must be a Member State or an Associated Candidate Country)
  • Fellowships of 2 months – 2 years
  • Staff exchange
  • (early stage / experienced researchers, and technical staff)
  • Recruited staff must be experienced researchers
  • Can organise common workshops/conferences
  • Inter-sectoral mobility possible
  • (within framework of whole project, in same country up to a maximum of 30% of total researcher months)

FP7 – People – Marie Curie

international outgoing fellowships iof
International Outgoing Fellowships (IOF)
  • EU Member or Associated State nationals only
  • 24 – 36 months in total
  • (of which 12 – 24 months in third country followed by a mandatory reintegration phase in European host institutions)
  • Individual applies with host
  • Contract between EU host institution & Commission(for duration of fellowship)

FP7 – People – Marie Curie

international incoming fellowships iif
International Incoming Fellowships (IIF)
  • Third Country nationals only
  • Incoming phase
  • (and possiblereintegration phase for nationals from developing countries and emerging economies)
  • 12 - 24 months[6 – 12 months for possible reintegration/return phase - typically half duration of incoming phase)
  • Individual applies with host
  • Contract
  • - between EU host institution & Commission-incoming phase
  • - between third country host & Commission- reintegration/return

FP7 – People – Marie Curie

international re integration grants irg
International Re-integration Grants (IRG)
  • Integration into research career in Europe
  • (after period of trans-national mobility outside EU >3yrs
  • Contribute to development of lasting co-operation
  • (with scientists from country which they have returned)
  • The International Re-integration Grants
    • Support a research project of 2- 4 years
    • Contributes to the research costs but not researchers’ salary
    • Researcher applies with host institution
    • Host commits to researcher for at least 3 years

FP7 – People – Marie Curie

what is irses
What is IRSES?
  • Two-way staff secondments between institutions in EU/AC and eligible third countries
  • At least two participants from two different MS/AC and one partner from an eligible third country
  • Secondment between 0 – 12 months
  • Project duration of 24 – 48 months
  • Commission contribution: EUR 1800/researcher/month for EU/AC secondments

FP7 – Marie Curie - IRSES

who can participate in irses
Who can participate in IRSES?
  • Eligible staff include researchers, technical and management staff
  • Eligible countries: EU Member States and Associated Countries
  • Countries in the European Neighbourhood Policy: Armenia, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Egypt, Georgia, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Moldova, Morocco, Palestinian-administered areas, Syrian Arab Rep., Tunisia, Ukraine
  • Countries that have an S&T agreement with the EU: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Chile,Egypt, India, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa,Tunisia, Ukraine, United States

FP7 – Marie Curie - IRSES


FP7 Specific Programmes

Co-operation – Collaborative Research

Framework Programme 7

European Research Council

Marie Curie Actions

Capacities – Research Capacity


Joint Research Centre (JRC)


Capacities – Research Capacity (€4 217 million)

1. Research infrastructures €1 715m

2. Research for the benefits of SMEs €1 336m

FP7 - Capacities

3. Regions of Knowledge € 126m

4. Research Potential € 340m

5. Science in Society € 330m

6. International co-operation € 180m

7. Coherent dev. of research policies € 70m

Co-ordination of national programmes (incl. ERA-NET +)

research infrastructures
Research Infrastructures
  • Support to ‘new’ and ‘existing’ infrastructures
  • Research infrastructures:
    • Major equipment or set of instruments
    • Knowledge-based resources such as archives
    • Enabling information and communication technology based infrastructures
    • Any other entity of a unique nature used for research
  • Clear European Added Value only including clear contribution to development EU research capacities

See ESFRI roadmap for ‘new infrastructures’

FP7 Capacities

research for benefit of smes
Research for benefit of SMEs
  • Objective is providing financial support to SMEs or SME associations to outsource RTD, with the view of acquiring IPR, preferably ownership, to the project results
  • Strengthens innovation capacity of SMEs
  • Supports SMEs or SME associations in need of outsourcing research to RTD performers (including universities and research centres)
  • Support given through 3 calls:
    • Research for SMEs (only recently closed)
    • Research for SME associations
    • Coordination and support activities

FP7 Capacities

regions of knowledge
Regions of Knowledge
  • Building on success of FP6 pilot scheme
  • Support the definition and implementation of optimal policies and strategies for the development of R & D driven clusters
  • Increased and more focused use of Structural Funds
  • Open to all regions
    • Promote and strengthen co-operation between clusters
    • Contribute to strengthening existing clusters and creating new ones

FP7 Capacities

research potential
Research Potential
  • The objective is to unlock and develop existing research potential in the convergence and outermost regions of the European Union
  • There are 3 main activities:
    • 4.1: Unlocking and developing the research potential in the EU’s convergence and outermost regions;
    • 4.2: Providing evaluation facilities for research organisations in the EU’s convergence and outermost regions;
    • 4.3: International cooperation.

FP7 - Capacities

science in society
Science in Society
  • Support creation of social and cultural environment that allows successful and exploitable research to be carried out
    • 1st Action Line: A more dynamic governance of the science and society relationship
    • 2nd Action Line: Strengthening potential broadening horizons
    • 3rd Action Line: Science and Society Communicate

FP7 - Capacities


Evaluator’s comments

evaluator comments s t quality
Evaluator comments: S&T Quality

“Lacks relevance to programme objectives”

“Scope of the proposed research is rather narrow”

“Proposal lacks focus”

“The work described is not particularly novel”

“Proposal is too broad”

“Given the extent of previous work and patenting in this area, doubts were raised as to whether a novel product could be developed”

FP7 – Issues to Address

evaluator comments implementation
Evaluator comments: Implementation

“Role of the Co-ordinator is unclear”

“Interaction between work packages is not clearly demonstrated”

“the standard and experience of partners is variable”

“the management structure is not sufficiently worked out to guarantee the success of this project”

“unclear how partners will exchange information”

“the role of partner X is unclear”

“the costs are not linked to activities and not well balanced”

“no formal planning of assessment of milestones”

FP7 – Issues to Address

comments on impact
Comments on Impact

“Exploitation and dissemination plans are not specific to the project”

“the exploitation plan could be better developed”

“the European added value of the consortium is limited”

“there is no indication of publication plans”

“Does not explicitly describe the importance of solving the problem in a European context”

FP7 – Issues to Address