H2020 Research Infrastructure Work Programme 2018-20 – Information Event 22 November

An Information Event about the RI Work Programme has been arranged for 22 November, 10.00-3.00 at Newcastle University.  The event will cover:

  • An overview of the 2018-2020 Research Infrastructures Work Programme and calls (This will be a video playback from the event in London on 14 November where a European Commission speaker gave a presentation. There will hopefully be a live video link to Brussels for a question and answer session with the Commission).
  • How to put together a winning proposal – a recent success story
  • An overview of services offered by the UK Research Office
  • A presentation of the call timetable (by Katie Ward, UK National Contact Point)
  • Lunch and networking

Although attendance at the event is free, you will need to register here.

Details of the RI work plan can be found here (pdf document, use the pdf compressor), and a full list of call topics can be found here.

 

 

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Erasmus+ 2015 Call is Fast Approaching

Each year The European Commission publishes a Call for Proposals providing high-level details on programme eligibility, award criteria, budgets and application deadlines so that you can apply for funding for your projects. The 2015 Call is due to be published this month.

Starting in October there will be several briefing events held which will be particularly useful for newcomers to Erasmus+ including anyone who has not yet applied for funding but would like to know more about the range of possibilities under the new programme which launched in 2014. These half-day events will also be followed by detailed online webinars from November. Registration is free but places are ‘first come first served’ basis so don’t delay!

More details on the briefing sessions and how to register can be found here.

We strongly recommend that Northumbria academics interested in applying contact their Faculty Research Funding and Policy Manager, details of which can be found on the blog.

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Marie Curie Fellowships – North East Information Day

marie curieOn Wednesday 8th May Durham University hosted a Marie Curie Information Day on behalf of the NE regional universities.

Marie Curie Actions have been renamed Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions to distinguish the new MC scheme in Horizon 2020 from the MC scheme in Framework 7.

The aim of Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions is to contribute towards a strong high-quality research landscape in Europe by fostering the international and cross-sectoral mobility of researchers, offering attractive employment and training opportunities, promoting professional standards in research careers and equipping researchers with the skills needed in the modern economy. 40% of the MCA budget is allocated to the training of early-stage researchers. Under FP7, by 2013, the programme expects to have supported 50,000 researchers and funded 10,000 PhDs.

There were presentations from the UKRO Marie Curie National Contact Point, the European Commission Marie Curie Office, as well as Case Studies from current and past Marie Curie Fellows, highlighting the highs and lows of being a MC Fellow. Speakers looked at schemes still available under FP7 as well as new opportunities in the upcoming Horizon 2020.

 

Sobia ASlam, UKRO MC National Contact Point – Marie Curie 2013 Calls – Overview of Schemes

Sobia gave an overview of the Marie Curie Schemes available in Framework 7, with some hints and tips for success, as well as analysis of success rates. There are still a few schemes open under FP7 so there is still time to apply under the current round of funding:

Action

Call identifier Budget (EUR million) Deadline
Career Integration Grants (CIG) FP7-PEOPLE-2013-CIG 40 18 September 2013
Intra-European Fellowships (IEF) FP7-PEOPLE-2013-IEF 134 14 August 2013
International Incoming Fellowships (IIF) FP7-PEOPLE-2013-IIF 44.5 14 August 2013
International Outgoing Fellowships (IOF) FP7-PEOPLE-2013-IOF 44.5 14 August 2013

Following Sobia’s presentation there was a Q&A Session, which raised the following points of interest:

  •  There is a clear definition of Roles in Marie Curie Fellowships:
    • Coordinator – researcher
    • Scientist in Charge – supervisor
    • Main contact – European Incoming/Outgoing Organisation (there should be a Partnership Agreement in place with host institution)
  • Referees not compulsory but recommended, better not from host institution, as therevcould be conflict of interest.
  • Make is easy for the reviewers to provide positive comments:
    • Mention European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers in your research proposal.
    • Impact tips, need to refer to the strategy documents and how your research will impact….how it responds to European Policy, eg Youth on the Move
    • Write for a more general audience, also your evaluator’s first language may not be English. You need to tell a good story about how this will be beneficial for both the Fellow and for Europe.
  •  EU prefers that Fellow is employed under an employment contract, rather than a stipend if possible.
  •  Earliest start date is the 1st of the month after you’ve signed the contract….latest start date is 12 months after
  •  Any claims for funding for partners and dependents is based on marital status is at the time of application see Annex 3 of the workprogramme for a definition of what constitutes a ‘partner’ or ‘dependent’.
  •  The MC Fellow has to work 100% of their time on the project….but there are guidelines for a career development plan which allows scope for dissemination, so some teaching could be possible in this context.
[notice]One point of particular note which was repeated throughout the day was that the budget is split by discipline depending on the spread of applications received…so the budget is split between Panels depending on application number, there is no pre-defined split of budget between subject areas. Members of the audience from an Arts/Social Science discipline had expressed concern that there did not appear to be as good a chance of success from this discipline background. This was completely refuted by the speakers, the simple fact is that they receive fewer applications from these disciplines so fewer MC Fellows are funded. So the advice was we need to encourage more Arts/Social Scientists to apply.[/notice]

 

Paul Harris, Policy Officer, European Commission – Value of MC/mobility to the EU

Points to note from Paul’s presentation & questions throughout the session.

  • NE success rates – 106 MC awards to NE HEIs since 2007
  • UK is most successful in MC actions.
  • There is a key link between MC programme and Innovation Union in that we need 1million new researchers across Europe.
  • Again it was emphasised that funding is based on number of applications – so Panels budgets are based on which subject areas apply, the budget is not pre-set by Panel disciplines.

 

Paul Harris, Policy Officer, European Commission – Marie Sklodowska Curie in Horizon 2020


Marie curie horizon 2020 from kingkatz

Main points to note from Paul’s presentation were:

  • The Commission is still hoping that first calls and workprogramme can be launched Dec 2013, but this will depend on budget decisions being made on time.
  • Actions have been streamlined into 4 main schemes, early stage, experienced, exchange of staff & COFUND (regional, national, international programmes funding doctoral and postdoctoral researchers).
  • 10,000 postdoctoral researchers funded under MC, hope to fund 25,000 early stage researchers….looking at extending experience to non-academic organisations (NGOs, Industry etc). There is a possibility to do a secondment in an Individual Fellowship out to industry/NGOs etc
  • Support for joint doctorates brought into MC (currently under Erasmus Mundus)
  • Still an emphasis on the Triple I dimension……inter-sectoral, international, inter-disciplinary.

There were also 4 Case studies presented from present and past Marie Curie Fellows highlighting their personal experience of having been a MC Fellow. All 4 had  extremely positive and worthwhile experiences. One of the Fellows recommended a webpage and discussion group which had handy hints and tips from other MC Fellows.

 

Dajana Dzanovic, European Funding Manager at Durham University &  Deirdre Dodd, European Funding Manager at Newcastle University – Application and Post Award Support.

Finally there was a presentation from the European Funding Managers from Durham and Newcastle Universities on the support available at each organisation, and with some tips for success.

Some points to note from this presentation:

  • State where supervised PhDs have gone to after they have been at the host institution….this demonstrates calibre of organisation
  • Stock paragraphs on assistance that can be provided from host institution, for example how the organisation can provide help with language training, pastoral care etc.
  • Impact section, add text from European Policy, documents establishing FP7 etc…reviewers can then quote this back in the feedback
[important]NOTE: There is similar support available here at Northumbria University – get in touch with one of the Research Funding Managers in the first instance if you are interested in applying to the August 2013 deadline: Sam King or David Young[/important]

 

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Marie Curie Fellowships Information Day – North East Event

European CommissionA Marie Curie Fellowships information event, in partnership with the North East Universities (Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria, Sunderland and Teesside), UK Research Office and Research Executive Agency of the European Commission will take place at Durham University on 8th May 2013 from 10am-4pm.

There will be presentations on the benefits of being involved with a Marie Curie Fellowship, as well as some Case Studies from regional universities.

The timetable for the day is as follows:

Time Session Presenter
10:00-10:15 Welcome Durham/Newcastle
10:15-11:30 MC Fellowship 2013 call – overview of the schemes UKRO MC NCP short version of the UK information session
11:30-11:45 Value of MC/mobility to the EU Paul Harris (REA)
11:45-12:00 Value of MC/mobility to the UK UKRO MC NCP
12:00-12:30 Value  of MC/mobility to the   Universities in the Region Durham+Newcastle PVC-R
12:30-14:00 Lunch and networking
14:00-15:00 Case studies (4x15mins) Newcastle/Northumbria/Teesside/Sunderland/Durham
15:00-15:30  MC/mobility in Horizon 2020  Paul Harris (REA)
15:15-16:00  Help with applications including post-award finance and management with focus on current MC Fellows  Newcastle/Northumbria/Teesside/Sunderland/Durham
 16.00 Close Newcastle/Durham

Register by email at research.grants@durham.ac.uk                                                     

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Calling All Experts: There’s Still Time to Participate in Horizon 2020 Advisory Groups

Human Rights Advisory Group by Foreign and Commonwealth Office CC BY-ND 2.0The timer counting down on the Horizon 2020 website helpfully reminds us that it’s now only 305 days until the next European funding programme for research and innovation is launched. However, there are only a few days left until the initial deadline (6th March) for expressions of interest to participate in the Horizon 2020 advisory groups. After that date you can still express interest as an expert but only those who register by the 6th have a chance to be included in the initial set up of the groups.

We’ve blogged about this previously, but in summary the advisory groups will play a key role in shaping the calls for proposals of much of the Horizon 2020 funding programme, from societal themes (covering all disciplinary areas) to SME innovation to research career development. The full list of areas for which expertise is being sought is below:

  • Future and Emerging Technologies (FET)
  • Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions on skills, training and career development
  • Research infrastructures (including e-Infrastructures)
  • Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies within the following areas:
    • Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)
    • Nanotechnologies
    • Advanced materials
    • Biotechnology
    • Advanced manufacturing and processing
    • Space
  • Access to risk finance (debt or equity financing)
  • Innovation in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
  • Health, demographic change and wellbeing
  • Food security, sustainable agriculture, marine and maritime research and the bio-economy
  • Secure, clean and efficient energy (including nuclear energy)
  • Smart, green and integrated transport
  • Climate action, resource efficiency and raw materials
  • Inclusive, innovative and secure societies

Note that groups will be based on profiles of experts with scientific expertise related to the societal challenge/objective in question, including expertise in social sciences and the humanities and those with a multi-disciplinary perspective, open to the further cross-fertilisation of ideas between disciplines and sectors. There’s a full list of factors which will be taken into account when deciding on the make-up of these groups on the Horizon 2020 website.

Each group will consist of 20-30 experts that will be representative of the broad constituency of stakeholders, including industry and research actors as well as representatives of civil society, for each of the Horizon 2020 challenges/objectives that will be part of this call for expressions of interest.

To apply you need to complete the Expression of Interest form. Please contact either Sam or myself if you have any questions and to let us know if you’ve applied.

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Your chance to help shape the agenda for Horizon 2020.

The European Commission is widening its search for experts from all fields to participate in shaping the agenda of Horizon 2020, the European Union’s future funding programme for research and innovation. The experts of the advisory groups will provide advice for the preparation of the Horizon 2020 calls for project proposals.

Experts can register at any time; however only those having expressed their interest no later than 6 March 2013 at 17.00 (Brussels local time) will be taken into account for the setting up of the first Horizon 2020 Advisory Groups. Expressions of interest received after this date will be taken into account for the renewal of groups at the end of each mandate.

Individuals in their personal capacity, representatives of collective interest groups and representatives of organisations can express their interest. Each advisory groups will be representatives of stakeholders, including industry and research actors as well as representatives of civil society, for the Horizon 2020 challenges/objectives concerned. This is your chance to be a part of the Advisory Groups at the very start of the Horizon 2020 programme, shaping the content of the first calls for proposals in this new European Research and Innovation Programme. The first calls are expected early in 2014.

Expertise is called for within the following areas:

  • Future and Emerging Technologies (FET)
  • Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions on skills, training and career development
  • Research infrastructures (including e-Infrastructures)
  • Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies within the following areas:
    • Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)
    • Nanotechnologies
    • Advanced materials
    • Biotechnology
    • Advanced manufacturing and processing
    • Space
  • Access to risk finance (debt or equity financing)
  • Innovation in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
  • Health, demographic change and wellbeing
  • Food security, sustainable agriculture, marine and maritime research and the bio-economy
  • Secure, clean and efficient energy (including nuclear energy)
  • Smart, green and integrated transport
  • Climate action, resource efficiency and raw materials
  • Inclusive, innovative and secure societies

There is no institutional sign off required for this expression of interest but it would be really useful if you could inform David Young  or Sam King  (Rsearch Funding Managers) if you are planning to register for this call.

To register your interest, please fill in the Expression of interest form

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