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  1. Funding Opportunities for Research and Collaboration Tatiana Panteli, Coventry 29 September 2011

  2. Programme Introduction Marie Curie programme: background, objectives, priorities Initial Training Network (ITN) Project Examples from Europe Pitch your project idea! International Research Staff Exchange Scheme (IRSES) How to apply for the ITN &/or IRSES Complete Project Outline Forms / Partner Searches Final tips from the successful applicants

  3. West Midlands European Service – Who are we?

  4. West Midlands European Service The Birmingham office The Brussels Office Support to the experienced in EU funding Advice on the FP7 Lobbying Policy updates Meeting spaces (WM European Centre) Service Level Agreement Project Management • Support to the organisations new to or with limited experience of European funding • Advice on various funding programmes • Project development grants • Training in the bid writing and project management • Free

  5. To increase the number and value of successful trans-national projects aligned to key regional priorities • To draw together the jigsaw of European opportunities and networks across the region into a co-ordinated “offer” of real value to the regional organisations WMES Birmingham aims

  6. Our success so far • 592 submitted projects worth €65M • 280 successful projects so far • €18,8M investment to the WM • 2000 people trained

  7. Exchange of best practice with partners > Knowledge transfer > Innovative approaches > Improve services > Globally competitive • Everyone is eligible > No maps / geographic or sectoral requirements > First timers welcome > capacity building • We do not take up our share of € > Not very competitive Trans-national Funds

  8. Life Long Learning Vocational training skills Employability Innovative learning Policy or delivery INTERREG Regional level Strategy Policy Exchange of best practice LIFE+ Environment Protecting natural Assets / species Strategic / policy Erasmus for Y. Entrepreneurs Work placements in the successful enterprises Marie Curie Actions SMEs/universities Networks Research/Knowledge Transfer Fellowships Competitiveness & Innovation SMEs ICT Innovative products, services and processes Intelligent Energy Europe Energy efficiency Renewable energy sources Energy in transport Integrated initiatives Daphne III Justice, freedom and security Which Funds do we support?

  9. Our approach 1. Promote partnership building 2. Link project ideas to local problems 3. Improve performance

  10. Connecting to Success • 33 Local Authorities • Regional Development Agency • Universities • Chambers of Commerce • Businesses • Voluntary organisations

  11. Project Development Grants Training Sessions Feedback on the application and budget Linking organisations to the projects Project Development Workshops One-to-one surgery sessions Partner Searches Working with NCP How are we doing this?

  12. Thank you! Tatiana Panteli European Funding Adviser

  13. Enterprise Europe Network Europe Part of international network funded under CIP Providing support services for SMEs and research organisations Offered through a network of 600 organisations working in regional consortia Over 46 countries involved CUE Ltd leads a Midlands consortium including 2 Chambers of Commerce

  14. EEN services for Collaborative Research Information and training days - NMP Call information day, June 2011 - How to write a competitive FP7proposal, Sept 2011 FP7 partner/project search - For Project Coordinators - All Calls for Proposals – CIP and Framework - Introductions made through Network partners

  15. Contact details 024 7623 6236

  16. Your Turn! Who you are? Your organisation Your project idea 30 sec max

  17. Marie Curie Initial Training Networks UK National Contact

  18. UK Research Office To promote effective UK engagement in EU research, innovation and higher education activities • Based in Brussels, established in 1984, • Staff of 12 • Sponsored by the seven UK Research Councils • Receives subscriptions from over 140 research organisations • Range of services for sponsors and subscribers • Research Council policy work • Brussels liaison • For more information see UK Research Office

  19. UKRO’s Services UK Research Office

  20. Marie Curie NCP - helpdesk • Web, email, telephone, visits • • • Tel: +32 2 230 0318 • Advice on applying for MC actions: • Eligibility • Application help • Results • Contractual issues • Advice to those with MC contracts: • Social security and tax • Model agreements between host and fellow • Contractual issues UK Research Office – MC NCP

  21. Framework Programme 7 and the ‘People’ specific programme UK NCP for Marie

  22. Marie Curie Actions Objectives and Policy Context: “The People Work Programme 2012 has been designed to support the implementation on the Europe 2020 Flagship Initiatives ‘Innovation Union’, ‘Youth on the Move’ and ‘An Agenda for new skills and jobs’” (2012 Work programme) EU 2020: Innovation Union: Youth on the Move: FP7 – Marie Curie Actions

  23. Policy Background • FP7 is designed to achieve the EU2020 and Barcelona objectives and to complement activities in Member States. • Support to the European Research Area • Budget of €50 521 million • Complementarity with other EC programmes: • Competitiveness and Innovation • Education and Training • Structural Funds FP7 – Policy Background

  24. Who is eligible for funding? EU-27 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) Albania*,Croatia*, Faroe Islands*, FYR Macedonia*, Iceland*, Israel*, Liechtenstein*, Montenegro*, Norway*, Serbia*, Switzerland, Turkey*,Bosnia Herzegovina* *except Euratom FP7 Overview

  25. Country eligibility FP7

  26. FP7 Specific Programmes Co-operation – Collaborative Research Framework Programme 7 European Research Council Marie Curie Actions Capacities – Research Capacity JRC EURATOM

  27. Marie Curie Actions Objectives and Policy Context: • Make Europe more attractive to researchers • Structuring effect on the European Research Area through transnational and intersectoral mobility in order to create a European labour market for 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 • €4.7 Billion FP7 – Marie Curie Actions

  28. Principles • Skills and competence development at all stages of researchers career • Open to all research areas addressed under the Treaty plus possibility of targeted calls • Strong participation from enterprises • Reinforce international dimension • Appropriate gender and work/life balance • Good working environment, transparent recruitment and career development FP7 – Marie Curie Actions

  29. Marie Curie ActionsOverview: Marie Curie Actions + Co-Fund, Researchers Night FP7 – Marie Curie Actions

  30. MCA – Deadlines & Budgets FP7 – People – Marie Curie

  31. Definition of researchers FP7 – Marie Curie Actions

  32. Transnational Mobility Requirements • Must not have been resident in host country for more than 12 months in the last 3 years immediately before application deadline / date of recruitment or secondment • Mobility rule now applies to all individual fellowships – no ERG option to remain in same country under CIG schemes • New rule for Career Restart Panel – must not have been in host country for more than 3 of 5 years prior to deadline • Nationality criteria remains only in IOF scheme, in which applicants must either be nationals of a MS/AC or have been residing/carrying out main activity in MS/AC for 5 years before deadline • ‘Impact’ sub-criterion for individual fellowships:‘benefit of the mobility to the ERA’ FP7 – Marie Curie Actions

  33. Marie Curie Initial Training Networks UK National Contact

  34. ITN – new in 2012 • Three strands • ‘Classic’ multi-partner ITNs – maximum 500 researcher months, max 40% budget to one country • Innovative Doctoral Programmes (IDP) – maximum 500 researcher months • European Industrial Doctorates – maximum 180 researcher months • Budget: • €400 million for ITN/IDP (€318m in 2011) • Ring-fenced extra €20 million for EID FP7 – Marie Curie - ITN

  35. What is an ITN? • Aims: • Offering a series of fellowships to ESR and EXR through a Joint Training Programme including complementary skills modules – focus on development of early-stage researchers • Covers networking costs & the organisation of short training events • As an option, can recruit ‘visiting scientists’ • ITNs are in: • Defined scientific fields as well as inter-disciplinary, new and emerging supra-disciplinary fields FP7 – Marie Curie – Classic ITN

  36. Who can participate in an ITN? • At least 3 different research groups from Member or Associated States • Third country partners are eligible, in addition to the minimum requirements. International Co-operation Partner Countries (ICPC) may receive funding, whilst those in non-ICPCs may receive funding if absolutely essential for the project FP7 – Marie Curie – Classic ITN

  37. Who participates in an ITN? • An ITN has both industrial and academic partners. Industry involvement essential at one of two levels: • As a full partner (‘participants’) • Provider of specific training or secondment opportunities (‘associated partner’) • Guide recommends consortium of 6-10 participants & maximum 500 researcher months Note: the third-level option of involvement through membership of an advisory board is no longer available FP7 – Marie Curie – Classic ITN

  38. Who participates in an ITN? Private sector partners: • must be organisations gaining the majority of their revenue through competitive means with exposure to commercial markets. • Industry representatives can participate but do not satisfy this criterion • Think broadly about potential private sector partners – end users? ITN must have agreed quality standards and mutual recognition of training/ diplomas FP7 – Marie Curie – Classic ITN

  39. Who participates in an ITN? Private sector partners: • Active involvement in research training programme considered essential; • Think about involving them in site visit to academic partners, seminars, workshops as well as secondments; • As many fellows as possible should benefit; • Level of involvement appropriate to nature of training and subject area FP7 – Marie Curie – Classic ITN

  40. Who can you recruit to an ITN? • An ITN supports researchers: • With up to 5 years experience (inc. doctoral study) • From all over the world • For periods of 3 - 36 months (ESRs) • For periods of up to 24 months (EXRs) • Researchers can be seconded to other partners for up to 30% of recruitment Researchers can be of any nationality but must comply with the mobility rule FP7 – Marie Curie – Classic ITN

  41. ITNs – key issues • Ratio ESR/ER: - ‘The total amount of ESRs and ERs should be reasonableand in line with what is recommended in the Guide for Applicants’ (80/20) • Visiting Scientists: - Exceptional and duly justifiedin the context of the training programme • Conferences: • ‘should be proportionate to the proposed research training programme’ • ‘is an opportunity for the recruiter researchers to exchange knowledge with more experienced researchers from outside the network’. FP7 – Marie Curie – Classic ITN

  42. ITNs – Innovative Doctoral Programmes (IDP) • 1 Participant (from MS/AC) • Associated Partners from any country, sector, discipline • Should be: intersectoral, international, interdisciplinary • Should equip doctoral candidates with innovative skills (both subject-specific and generic) • Quality and quantity of supervision of doctoral candidates key • No option to recruit experienced researchers: ESRs only! FP7 – Marie Curie – ITN (IDP)

  43. ITNs – Innovative Doctoral Programmes (IDP) Intersectoral dimension might be addressed by: • Inviting researchers working in other sectors to deliver courses on entrepreneurship, exploitation, etc. • Mentoring of doctoral candidates by researchers/experts from industry/other socio-economic actors • Exposing researchers to various socio-economic actors gathered in a single campus or hub • Offering placement opportunities to young researchers to develop their research projects at the premises of future employers FP7 – Marie Curie – ITN (IDP)

  44. ITNs – Innovative Doctoral Programmes (IDP) International dimension might be addressed by: • Offering possibilities to take courses abroad • Developing partnerships and/or joint degrees with other research institutions or companies in different countries Interdisciplinary dimension might be addressed by: • Proposing common courses or projects to doctoral candidates from different disciplines • Bringing together doctoral candidates in multi-disciplinary projects involving different teams from the same/different institutions • Offering possibilities of laboratory rotations or visits FP7 – Marie Curie – ITN (IDP)

  45. ITNs – European Industrial Doctorates • 2 participants: 1 academic, 1 private sector (MS/AC only) • Possible associated partners from any country and any sector • Each researcher must: • Be enrolled in a doctoral programme • Be employed by at least one of the participants • Spend at least 50% of the time in the private sector • Be jointly supervised by both participants • 1 to 5 researchers/project • Mandatory consortium agreement • No experienced researcher recruitment FP7 – Marie Curie – ITN (EID)

  46. ITNs – European Industrial Doctorates Should: • Involve companies in doctoral training • Develop innovative aptitudes and entrepreneurial mindsets • Improve the employability and career perspectives of doctorate holders • Strengthen co-operation between universities and companies • Enhance the research potential and competitiveness of European companies and SMEs FP7 – Marie Curie – ITN (EID)

  47. ITNs – overview of 3 modes FP7 – Marie Curie - ITN

  48. ITNs – 2011 call info • Publication date: 20 July 2011 • Call deadline: 12 January 2012 • Indicative budget: €423.23 million • Indicative timetable: • Results expected 4 months after deadline • Grants agreement signature from 9 months after deadline FP7 – Marie Curie - ITN

  49. Results

  50. ITNs – results of 2010 call FP7 – Marie Curie - ITN