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RESOURCES FOR RESEARCH FROM INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS: A CASE STUDY OF CAAST-Net PLUS Lagos, Nigeria, 4-6 March 2014 Emeka Orji, NOTAP, Nigeria. caast-net-plus.org. Building Bi-regional Partnerships for Global Challenges. Emeka Orji

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RESOURCES FOR RESEARCH FROM INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS:

A CASE STUDY OF CAAST-Net PLUS

Lagos, Nigeria, 4-6 March 2014

Emeka Orji, NOTAP, Nigeria

caast-net-plus.org

Building Bi-regional Partnerships for Global Challenges

Emeka Orji

National Office for Technology Acquisition & Promotion (NOTAP)

4 March 2014

CAAST-Net Plus is funded by the European Union’s Seventh

Framework Programme for Research and Technological

Development (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement

n0 311806. This document reflects only the author’s views

and the European Union cannot be held liable for any use

that may be made of the information contained herein.

caast net plus
CAAST-Net Plus

A Network (25 Partners; 11 Europe & 14 Africa)

Network funded under the 7th Framework Programme of the EU (FP7)

Part of the new (Intl Coop) INCO projects under FP7

Advances bi-regional research and Innovation cooperation between Sub-Saharan Africa and Europe

caast net plus contd
CAAST-Net Plus Contd.

Building on the Activities and Outputs of CAAST-Net (2008-2012)

Runs from 2013 to 2016 and based on mutual interest (emphasis on partnership)

Full Project Name: Advancing Sub-Saharan Africa-EU Cooperation in Research and Innovation for Global Challenges

Goal: Strengthen the cooperation in research and innovation between Europe and Africa

prelude to cn
PRELUDE TO CN+

Joint Africa – EU Strategy (JAES) launched in 2007 by Heads of Government from Africa and Europe

Response to geo-political changes, globalization and strengthen partnership between Europe and Africa

Achieving value for cooperation between the two continents is critical to JAES

cn objectives
CN+ OBJECTIVES

To encourage diverse multi-stakeholder partnerships through research and innovation to tackle global challenges in health, food security and climate change

To facilitate better understanding on relationship between research and innovation and improved uptake of research results

To identify and share opportunities for cooperation through networking and communication

aims of cn
AIMS OF CN+

Strengthen bi-regional research and innovation cooperation in health, food security and climate change through policy analysis and multi-stakeholder events

Support formal and informal policy dialogue processes

Disseminate vital results through provision of strategic communication and interaction platforms

aims of cn contd
AIMS OF CN+ Contd.

Gather informed opinions and experiences about bi-regional cooperation process

Formulate and disseminate such information in admissible form to the formal bi-regional policy dialogue process and to programme owners

contributions of cn
CONTRIBUTIONS OF CN+

Informing the bi-regional policy dialogue for mutual learning and awareness

Building support for coordinated and innovative approaches to bilateral funding of bi-regional cooperation

Facilitating the public-private relationship to foster improved uptake and translation of bi-regional research partnership outputs into innovative technologies

cn implementation thematic work packages
CN+ IMPLEMENTATION: Thematic Work Packages

Guided by Global challenges and building synergies

WP1: Food security

WP2: Climate change

WP3: Health

cn implementation support work packages
CN+ IMPLEMENTATION: Support Work Packages

WP4: Policy Dialogue Support

WP5: Strengthening Bi-Regional Cooperation Partnerships (Africa-EU Research Cooperation Partnerships)

WP6: Communication and Dissemination

WP7: Coordination and Management

Total of 18 Deliverables and 17 Milestones across WP’s

the new focus
THE NEW FOCUS

Horizon 2020

what is horizon 2020
What is Horizon 2020 ?
  • European Union's €79 billion research and innovation funding programme (2014-2020)
  • A core part of Europe 2020, Innovation Union & European Research Area:
    • Responding to economic crisis to invest in future jobs & growth
    • Addressing people’s concerns about their livelihoods, safety and environment
    • Strengthening the EU’s global position in research, innovation and technology
what horizon 2020 is not
What Horizon 2020 is not:
  • A development aid programme
  • A bilateral cooperation programme

It is a programme focussed on European needs and global challenges, open to international cooperation (Africa inclusive).

what s new
What's new ?
  • A single programme bringing together 3 separate programmes /initiatives
  • Coupling research to innovation – from research to retail, covering all forms of innovation
  • Focus on societal challenges facing society, e.g. health, food, clean energy, transport…
  • Simplified access for all companies, universities, institutes, in all EU countries and beyond.
  • Two-year work programmes for better visibility / preparation.
three key priorities
Three Key Priorities
  • Priority 1. Excellent Science

Why:

      • World class science is the foundation of tomorrow’s technologies, jobs and wellbeing
      • Need to develop, attract and retain research talent
      • Researchers need access to the best infrastructures
priority 2 industrial leadership
Priority 2. Industrial leadership

Why:

  • Strategic investments in key technologies (e.g. advanced manufacturing, micro-electronics) underpin innovation across existing and emerging sectors
  • Europe needs to attract more private investment in research and innovation
  • Europe needs more innovative small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to create growth and jobs
priority 3 societal challenges
Priority 3. Societal Challenges

Why:

  • Concerns of citizens and society/EU policy objectives (health, food, climate, environment, energy, transport, etc.) cannot be achieved without innovation
  • Breakthrough solutions come from multi-disciplinary collaborations, including social sciences & humanities
  • Promising solutions need to be tested, demonstrated and scaled up
proposed funding billion 2014 2020
Proposed Funding (€ billion, 2014-2020)

Health, demographic change and wellbeing - 7.47

Food security, sustainable agriculture, marine and maritime research & the

Bio-economy -3.85

Secure, clean and efficient energy * -5.93

Smart, green and integrated transport- 6.33

Climate action, resource efficiency and raw materials -3.08

Inclusive and reflective societies - 1.30

Secure societies - 1.69

Science with and for society - 0.46

Spreading excellence and widening participation - 0.82

strong participation by smes
Strong Participation by SMEs

Integrated approach - around 20% of the total budget for societal challenges and Leadership in Enabling & Industrial Techs (LEITs) to go to SMEs

Simplification of particular benefit to SMEs (e.g. single entry point)

A new SME instrument will be used across all societal challenges as well as for the LEITs

A dedicated activity for research-intensive SMEs in 'Innovation in SMEs'

'Access to risk finance' will have a strong SME focus (debt and equity facility)

participation in horizon 2020 from
Participation in Horizon 2020From?
  • Legal entities from:
    • EU Member States (MS)
    • Associated Countries (AC)
      • Iceland, Israel, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland
    • Associated Candidate Countries
      • Turkey & Croatia
    • EU Scientific Cooperation Agreements
      • Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Chile, Egypt, India, Korea, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Kazakhstan, Russia, South Africa, Tunisia, Ukraine, USA
    • International Cooperation Partner Countries (ICPC-INCO), which includes African countries
    • Third countries specifically outlined in the Work Programme description for a specific call
participation in horizon 2020 types of participants
Participation in Horizon 2020:Types of Participants

Research organizations, Universities

High-tech Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs)

SME Associations (specific instruments)

Public administrations (local, regional, or national)

Individual researchers wishing to work in another country (MSC)

Institutions running a research facility of multi-national interest

Civil society organizations

participation in horizon 2020 who can apply
Participation in Horizon 2020:Who Can Apply?
  • Legal entities from Member States(MS) and Assoc Countries(AC) or created under EU Community law
  • International European interest organizations
  • Legal entities established in International Cooperation Partner Countries (ICPC-INCO), including African countries
    • If provided for in a Strategic Programme or a Work Programme, or
    • If essential for carrying out an action, or
    • If provision for funding is provided for in a bilateral agreement between Community and that country
funding schemes in horizon 2020 what can i apply for
Funding Schemes in Horizon 2020:What Can I Apply For?

Grants for Research

  • 100% funding of all activities and participants
  • Minimum of 3 independent legal entities from 3 different EU MS or AC
    • Additional information may be defined in the Work Programme
  • Main activity type: Research and Development
    • All activities can be covered

Grants for Innovation

  • 70% funding of all activities and participants – except non-profit (100%)
  • Minimum of 3 independent legal entities from 3 different EU MS or AC
    • Additional information may be defined in the Work Programme
  • Main activity type: Innovation Activities close to the market
    • All activities can be covered
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Funding Schemes in Horizon 2020:What Can I Apply For?

Coordination Actions

  • Focused on coordination of research or creation of a network between other research actions for a specific purpose
  • Cannot undertake research and technological development activities
  • Includes two type of activities:
    • Coordination Activities: organization of events; studies, analysis; exchanges of personnel; exchange and dissemination of good practice; setting up of common information systems; setting up of expert groups; definition, organization, management of joint or common initiatives
    • Consortium Management activities
  • Minimum of 3 independent legal entities from 3 different EU MS or AC
    • Size of consortium appropriate for activities
  • EU Contribution guidelines
    • 100% for direct costs for coordination activities
    • 100% for direct costs related to consortium management
    • Flat rate of 25% for indirect costs
funding schemes in horizon 2020 what can i apply for2
Funding Schemes in Horizon 2020:What Can I Apply For?

Support Actions

  • Focused on supporting the implementation of the Work Programme; stimulating the participation of SMEs, civil society, and their networks; and support for cooperation with other European research schemes
  • Cannot undertake research and technological development activities
  • Includes two type of activities:
    • Coordination Activities: conferences, seminars, working groups and expert groups; studies, analysis, fact findings and monitoring; preparatory technical work, including feasibility studies; development of research or innovation strategies; high level scientific awards and competitions
    • Consortium Management activities
  • No number of partners – size of consortium appropriate for activities
  • EU contribution guidelines:
    • 100% for support activities
    • 100% for consortium management
    • 25% flat rate for indirect costs
funding schemes in horizon 2020 how do i apply
Funding Schemes in Horizon 2020:How Do I Apply?
  • Read the Work Programme and identify areas of interest and expertise
    • Should be relevant to your organization’s strategic direction and research objectives
    • Talk to the NCP for that area for more information
  • Form or Join a Consortium (CN+ is a Consortium)
    • Identify relevant partners to cooperate with
    • Determine what kind of role you are aiming for: partner, work package leader, coordinator (Usually European Partner)
    • Identify and highlight what you bring to the consortium and what aspect of the project would be interesting for your organization
    • Be flexible
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Funding Schemes in Horizon 2020:How Do I Apply?
  • Write a proposal (A Joint Proposal by Partners)
    • Agree on the concept of the project with the partners; WP leaders outline proposed tasks and responsibilities for each WP; agree on who writes what (often written by one person/organization)
    • Main parts of the proposal:
      • Part A – Administrative details related to the partners (beneficiaries and proposed budget)
      • Part B – Main areas to be addressed
        • Concept and Objectives
        • Work Plan Structure – Work Packages and Tasks
        • Implementation – project management strategy, profiles of partners, complementarity of the consortium, justification of funding requested
        • Impact – how does the project proposed address the expected impacts in the work programme, dissemination strategy, exploitation strategy
      • Organizational profile for each partner to facilitate assessment
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Funding Schemes in Horizon 2020:How Do I Apply?
  • Write a proposal (continued)
    • Preparing the Budget:
      • Grant reimbursed by actual costs based on budget submitted and actual eligible costs incurred
      • Eligible costs:
        • Personnel costs: based on actual salary, salary + social security; Person Months (PMs) allocated for each task, timesheets must be kept to account for work
        • Subcontracting: not for core activities of the project or for project management; Eligible activities: printing of dissemination materials, room hire and catering for meetings and workshops, design of website, etc.
        • Other direct costs: travels costs and subsistence allowance (based on the normal practices of the institution); depreciation costs of essential equipment
    • Intellectual Property Rights:
      • Discuss initial strategy for IPR, access rights to pre-existing knowledge, and exploitation and dissemination in the proposal & between partners
      • Handling of IPR codified in Consortium Agreement
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Funding Schemes in Horizon 2020:How Do I Apply?
  • Proposal submitted online via coordinator
  • Proposal evaluated by independent, thematic experts based on:
    • Excellence of the approach:
      • concept, objectives, alignment with call text, research approach, details and coherence of the work plan
    • Impact
      • aligned with expected impact outlined in the Work Programme
      • quality of the IPR strategy, exploitation and dissemination
    • Quality and efficiency of the implementation
      • project management structure – communication flows, assignment of responsibilities, quality controls, conflict resolution strategy, etc.
      • partners - profiles must clearly show expertise and relevance of activities to be undertaken based on skill base
      • complementarity of the consortium
      • justification of the budget
    • Proposals will receive an Evaluation Summary Report
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Funding Schemes in Horizon 2020:How Do I Apply?
  • Successful proposals subjected to negotiations with the Commission, followed by signing a Grant Agreement
  • Successful consortia should sign a Consortium Agreement, including the fair handling of IPR
    • Basic guidelines for IPR:
      • Ownership of Results: beneficiary who generated the results, joint ownership in specific circumstances where a number of partners were involved in the specific activity
      • Results should be protected If results are capable of commercial/industrial exploitation
      • Exploitation: results should be exploited by the partners on a best efforts basis – need to explain exploitation strategy in proposal
      • Dissemination: required to widely disseminate the results, open access to scientific publications

Horizon 2020 web site: http://ec.europa.eu/research/horizon2020

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ThankYou

caast-net-plus.org

CAAST-Net Plus Building bi-regional partnerships for global challenges

CAAST-Net Plus is funded by the European Union’s Seventh

Framework Programme for Research and Technological

Development (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement

n0 311806. This document reflects only the author’s views

and the European Union cannot be held liable for any use

that may be made of the information contained herein.

Author: Emeka Orji (with additional materials by Stefan Hogan)

Organisation: National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP), Nigeria

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