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“FP6 Networks of excellence”. Colette Renier Research DG. 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

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Colette Renier

Research DG

noe objectives

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

noe the joint programme of activities 1

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

noe the joint programme of activities 2

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

noe the joint programme of activities 3

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 teams external to the network

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

where appropriate, innovation-related activities

noe the joint programme of activities 4

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



noe measuring integration 1

NoEMeasuring integration(1)

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

noe measuring integration 2

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

noe measuring integration 3

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

noe critical mass 1

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

noe critical mass 2

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

noe financial regime 1

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”

noe financial regime 2

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

noe financial regime 3

NoEFinancial regime(3)

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

noe payments regime

NoEPayments regime

Annual payments of the grant will be paid on the basis of results

depending on a progressiveadvance towards a durable integration

with anadditional checkthat costs of at least the value of the grant were incurred in implementing the joint programme of activities

noe proposal submission

NoEProposal submission

Through calls for proposals, which may be preceded by expressions of interest

Simplified proposal-making, reflecting the evolutionary nature of the network:

outline of the activities for the whole period

detailed JPA for the first 18 months only

noe reporting and payments schedule

NoEReporting and payments schedule

The consortium will submit to the Commission for its approval an annual report:

outline of previous 12 months’ activities

financial documents on the costs incurred for implementing the JPA (+audit certificates)

Upon acceptance of the above, the outstanding advance will be supplemented up to 85 % of the anticipated Community contribution for following 18 months

noe governance and monitoring 1

NoEGovernance and monitoring (1)

A network’s governance must ensure institutionalengagement by the partner organisations

through e.g. a “governing board” of senior representatives from the partners

to oversee integration of the partners’ activities

noe governance and monitoring 2

NoE Governance and monitoring (2)

Robust output monitoring by the Commission, involving external experts at all stages

annual reviews: basis for annual payments, yellow flag/red flag system

end-of-term review: assessment of the network’s impact on strengthening and spreading excellence

Audits carried out by the Commission: financial (at least one per NoE), technological, technical, ethical

reminder main noe features 1

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

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

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?