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  1. Marie Curie Individual Schemes – Fellowships and Reintegration Grants Workshop at University of Limerick, 5 June 2008 Dr. Dagmar M. Meyer Marie Curie National Contact Point www.iua.ie

  2. Marie Curie Actions Individual actions in FP7 Other opportunities within the Marie Curie programme (FP6 projects, COFUND scheme) Hints for the proposal preparation Evaluation criteria Things to keep in mind Outline of the presentation An Irish Universities Association Presentation

  3. Marie Curie Actions Intra-European and International Outgoing / Incoming Fellowships (IEF, IOF & IIF) European and International Reintegration Grants (ERG & IRG) Other opportunities within the Marie Curie programme (vacancies in FP6 projects, COFUND scheme) Part 1 An Irish Universities Association Presentation

  4. Human resources a key element of the Lisbon Agenda aimed at making Europe “the most dynamic knowledge based economy in the world, with more and better jobs and greater social cohesion” Need for more and better trained researchers in order to create a European Research Area Policy background An Irish Universities Association Presentation

  5. Increase attractiveness of research careers in Europe: Encourage people to become/remain researchers Encourage people to conduct research in Europe Create a European labour market for researchers Facilitate transnational and intersectoral mobility Create supportive framework conditions Provide appropriate training for sustainable careers Complement and strengthen links to national systems Key objectives of European initiatives An Irish Universities Association Presentation

  6. FP7 overall budget € 48bn People (Marie Curie) Programme € 4.727bn On average € 675m per year (in FP6: € 425m) Ireland’s success in FP6: € 59m = ~30% of FP6 total for a programme of 9% of total budget European Research Council € 7.5bn People Programme in FP7 (2007 – 2013) An Irish Universities Association Presentation

  7. Overview of the Marie Curie Actions Initial training of researchers Marie Curie Initial Training Networks (ITN) Life-long training and career development Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowships (IEF) European Reintegration Grants (ERG) Co-funding of regional/national/international programmes (COFUND) Industry-academia pathways and partnerships MC Industry-Academia Pathways and Partnerships Scheme (IAPP) International dimension MC International Outgoing and Incoming Fellowships (IOF / IIF) MC International Reintegration Grants (IRG) International Research Staff Exchange Scheme (IRSES) Specific actions Researchers’ Night (NIGHT), other specific actions An Irish Universities Association Presentation

  8. Budget breakdown for 2008 Calls on 2008 budget, total € 483.16m : * ITNs: plus € 145 m (?) from the 2009 budget An Irish Universities Association Presentation

  9. “Life-long Training and Career Development” Intra-European Fellowships for Career Development (IEF) European Reintegration Grants (ERG) “International Dimension” International Outgoing Fellowships (IOF) International Incoming Fellowships (IIF) International Reintegration Grants (IRG) Next deadline / cut-off date: Fellowships: 19 August 2008 Reintegration Grants: 8 October 2008 Individual Fellowships and Grants An Irish Universities Association Presentation

  10. Focus is on the researcher’s career development (exception IIF: transfer of knowledge to European host institution) Open to all disciplines – from Natural Sciences to Social Sciences and Humanities Bottom-up – no pre-defined topics or priority areas Free choice of host institution from public or private sector No age limits – what counts is level of experience Provisions for appropriate work/life balance (split stays, maternity/parental leave etc.) General principles An Irish Universities Association Presentation

  11. Intra-European/International Fellowships and Reintegration Grants are individual actions: Individual researcher applies jointly with host institution Duration at least 1 year for fellowships, 2 years for reintegration grants Grant agreement between Commission and host institution, for fellowships then work contract (or stipend agreement) between host and fellow Fellowship/grant bound to individual (no replacement) Basic definitions: individual actions An Irish Universities Association Presentation

  12. Experienced Researcher (ER): Either in possession of a doctoral degree Or at least 4 years of research experience (full-time equivalent) since degree qualifying them to embark on a doctorate All Marie Curie Individual Actions are for Experienced Researchers only! Relevant date is deadline for submission of proposals. Basic definitions: level of experience An Irish Universities Association Presentation

  13. 27 Member States (MS) 11 Associated Countries (AC) Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Israel, Switzerland, Croatia, FYR Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey, Albania, Montenegro Third Countries (TC) More than 140 International Cooperation Partner Countries (ICPC) Other Third Countries (OTC) Basic definitions: MS/AC/TC An Irish Universities Association Presentation

  14. Organisations that are actively involved in research: Universities/Institutes of Technology Private and public research institutes Companies big and small International Organisations (CERN, UNESCO, …) The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre NGO’s Etc. Basic definitions: host institutions An Irish Universities Association Presentation

  15. Fellow has not been resident in the host country for more than 12 months within the last 3 years Fellow does not have the nationality of the host country. Special rules in case of: Dual citizenship European researcher returning from a third country Third Country researcher having resided in Europe for a long time International organisations as host institutions Basic definitions: mobility requirements (fellowships) An Irish Universities Association Presentation

  16. For the career development and competence diversification of experienced researchers (with or without PhD, from post-doc to senior researcher) Nationals of MS/AC or “assimilated nationals” Any topic, any host institution in a MS/AC (could be a company!) Transnational mobility is a must Duration 1 – 2 years Intra-European Fellowships An Irish Universities Association Presentation

  17. To reinforce the international dimension of the career of experienced researchers who are nationals of a MS/AC Two phases (fellowship covers both phases): Outgoing phase (1 – 2 years) for training and career development in any Third Country institution Mandatory return phase (1 year) in distinct legal entity in MS/AC for reintegration and knowledge transfer Grant agreement is with the return host (responsible for return of the fellow) Transnational mobility is a must International Outgoing Fellowships An Irish Universities Association Presentation

  18. To reinforce scientific excellence of MS/AC by attracting top-class experienced Third Country researchers Enhance possibility for future collaborations One or two phases: incoming phase (1 – 2 years) in any MS/AC (fellowship) optional return phase in country of origin (max 1 year) if researcher is a national of an ICPC country (€15,000/year towards research costs) Grant agreement with European and return host Transnational mobility is a must International Incoming Fellowships An Irish Universities Association Presentation

  19. Following a Marie Curie fellowship of at least 18 months duration (could be a host fellowship!); application up to 6 months after end of initial fellowship For ERs from MS/AC or “assimilated nationals” Grants provide support to the longer-term (re-)integration in any MS/AC institution Contribution to the research and/or salary costs during 2 – 3 years (€15,000/year) Host institution must provide adequate work contract for at least the duration of the project Mobility not mandatory European Reintegration Grants An Irish Universities Association Presentation

  20. For ERs from MS/AC who have spent at least three years outside MS/AC and not more than 12 months within last three years in MS/AC Grants provide support to the longer-term (re-)integration in any MS/AC institution Contribution to the research and/or salary costs during 2 – 4 years (€25,000/year) Host institution must provide evidence that researcher gets effectively reintegrated Researcher should normally not yet have returned to research in MS/AC (exceptions in well justified cases) International Reintegration Grants An Irish Universities Association Presentation

  21. Split stays are possible Should be integrated and justified in original work plan Temporary suspension (for personal, family or professional reasons) can be requested later if unforeseen at time of grant agreement Always granted in case of maternity/parental leave (augmentation of Community contribution only if payments mandatory under national law) In principle, fellowships are on a full-time basis Exceptionally, part-time work and corresponding extension can be granted in case of personal or family reasons (total Community contribution will not be augmented) Work-life balance An Irish Universities Association Presentation

  22. Intra-European Fellowships: 25.3% (1701 proposals) International Outgoing Fellowships: 30% (341 proposals) International Incoming Fellowships: 23.3% (571 proposals) European Reintegration Grants: First cut-off 2007: 93.5% (49 proposals) Second cut-off 2007: 93.6% (68 proposals) First cut-off 2008: 67 proposals International Reintegration Grants: First cut-off 2007: 89.8% (136 proposals) Second cut-off 2007: 43.1% (180 proposals) First cut-off 2008: 182 proposals Success rates in first Marie Curie calls in FP7 An Irish Universities Association Presentation

  23. Allowances to the researchers (fellowships) • Living allowance (including all mandatory deductions) – basic rate submitted to country-specific coefficient (IE:113.3, UK:109.2, FR:104.4, DE:101.5, ES: 95.5, EL:90.1, …,US:100.5, CA:90.6, MX: 70.2) • Mobility allowance (€500/€800 monthly, depending on family situation at deadline; country coefficient applies) • Travel allowance (€250 - €2500 every 12 months, depending on distance) • Career exploratory allowance (€2,000 once, only for IEF) An Irish Universities Association Presentation

  24. “Participation expenses of researchers” managed by host institution to cover research and training activities of fellows (conference attendance, training actions, research costs, membership in professional associations, etc.) €500 per fellow-months for non-laboratory based projects €800 per fellow-months for laboratory based projects does not apply to reintegration grants and return phase of IIF Contribution managed by the host institution (fellowships) An Irish Universities Association Presentation

  25. Management activities max. 3 % of total Community contribution Overheads 10 % of direct costs except subcontracting Contributions to the host institutions (fellowships) An Irish Universities Association Presentation

  26. Indicative timetable for Individual Fellowships An Irish Universities Association Presentation

  27. Indicative timetable for Reintegration Grants An Irish Universities Association Presentation

  28. Official website of the FP7 “People” (Marie Curie) programme on CORDIS (information on calls, work programme, guide for applicants, etc.): http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/people/ More information An Irish Universities Association Presentation

  29. Opportunities from FP6 Many projects from FP6 are still running: Transfer of Knowledge, Research Training Networks, Early Stage Training, Excellence Teams, … For vacancies visit: http://mc-opportunities.cordis.lu An Irish Universities Association Presentation

  30. Funding organisations from across Europe have applied for cofunding of their schemes by Marie Curie COFUND action First information received by Irish proposers very positive, but no definitive results available yet Watch the Irish FP7 portal for news! www.fp7ireland.com COFUNDed programmes An Irish Universities Association Presentation

  31. IUA Marie Curie Office – National Contact Point Dr. Dagmar Meyer (dagmar.meyer@iua.ie) Dr. Conor O’Carroll (conor.ocarroll@iua.ie) mariecurie@iua.ie 01 676 4948 Enterprise Ireland – National Contact Point Focus on Industry - Bill Kee bill.kee@enterprise-ireland.com 01 808 2277 Key contacts An Irish Universities Association Presentation

  32. Hints for the proposal preparation: Evaluation process and criteria Things to keep in mind when writing your proposal Part 2 An Irish Universities Association Presentation

  33. Download all the necessary documentation Do your homework – background reading! (Rules of the programme but also some policy background) Establish contacts with your chosen host institution / supervisor well ahead of time (financial support for preparatory meetings etc. available from Enterprise Ireland) Jointly develop a realistic research and training / transfer of knowledge project Arrange for up to three referees’ assessments Proposal preparation – first steps An Irish Universities Association Presentation

  34. Only electronic submission using EPSS (Electronic Proposal Submission Service) Proposal has two parts: Part A: administrative information about proposal, applicant and host institution (prepared forms) Part B: free text covering a number of predefined aspects of the project, limited number of pages (prescribed font size and margins), limited size of pdf-file Deadline is STRICTLY enforced Submission procedure An Irish Universities Association Presentation

  35. Evaluation according to criteria provided in the Guide for Applicants Different criteria carry different weights Thresholds for some evaluation criteria Overall threshold is 70% All issues need to be addressed! Competition is fierce – don’t waste your chances. Always keep in mind the objectives of the activity! Evaluation criteria – basic principles An Irish Universities Association Presentation

  36. All proposals undergo initial eligibility check Evaluation by at least three experts from an international pool (not all experts are exactly from your field of speciality!!) Proposals that miss a threshold are rejected Remaining proposals are ranked within each panel All applicants receive evaluation summary report (very useful for re-submission!!) Distribution of funding to different panels in proportion to proposals submitted Reserve lists in case of late withdrawal etc. Evaluation process An Irish Universities Association Presentation

  37. Individual Fellowships –Part B • Evaluation criteria and thresholds (overall threshold 70%): An Irish Universities Association Presentation

  38. Scientific/technological quality, including any interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary aspects of the proposal Research methodology Originality and innovative nature of project, and relationship to the ‘state of the art’ of research Timeliness and relevance of project Host scientific expertise in the field Quality of the group/supervisors Weight: 25%, Threshold: 3/5 Individual fellowships – S&T Quality An Irish Universities Association Presentation

  39. Clarity and quality of the research training objectives for the researcher Relevance and quality of additional scientific training as well as of complementary skills offered Host expertise in training experienced researchers in the field and capacity to provide mentoring / tutoring Weight: 15%, Threshold: 3/5 Individual fellowships – Training (IEF & IOF) An Irish Universities Association Presentation

  40. Potential of transferring knowledge to European host and/or bring knowledge to Europe Clarity and quality of the transfer of knowledge objectives Weight: 15%, Threshold: none Individual fellowships – Transfer of Knowledge (IIF) An Irish Universities Association Presentation

  41. Research experience Results including patents/publications/teaching etc. taking into account the level of experience Independent thinking and leadership qualities Match between the fellow’s profile and project Potential to acquire new knowledge Potential for reaching a position of professional maturity Weight: 25%, Threshold: 4/5 Individual fellowships – Researcher (IEF & IOF) An Irish Universities Association Presentation

  42. Research experience Results including patents/publications/teaching etc. Independent thinking and leadership qualities, and capacity to transfer knowledge Match between the fellow’s profile and project Weight: 25%, Threshold: 4/5 Individual fellowships – Researcher (IIF) An Irish Universities Association Presentation

  43. Quality of infrastructure/facilities and international collaborations of host Practical arrangements for the implementation and management of the scientific project Feasibility and credibility of the project, including work plan Practical and administrative arrangements, and support for the hosting of the fellow Weight: 15%, Threshold: none Individual fellowships – Implementation An Irish Universities Association Presentation

  44. Potential of acquiring competences during fellowship to improve the prospects of reaching and/or reinforcing a position of professional maturity, diversity and independence, in particular through exposure to complementary skills training Contribution to the career development, or re-establishment, where relevant Contribution to European excellence and competitiveness IOF: Potential for creating long-term collaborations and mutually beneficial co-operation between Europe and the third country Weight: 20%, Threshold: none Individual fellowships – Impact (IEF & IOF) An Irish Universities Association Presentation

  45. Potential for creating long-term collaborations and mutually beneficial co-operation between Europe and the third country Contribution to European excellence and competitiveness Contribution to the socio-economic development of the developing countries or emerging and transition economies by transfer of knowledge and human capacity building (where relevant) Weight: 20%, Threshold: none Individual fellowships – Impact (IIF) An Irish Universities Association Presentation

  46. Reintegration Grants –Part B • Evaluation criteria and thresholds (overall threshold 70%): An Irish Universities Association Presentation

  47. Scientific/technological quality, including any interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary aspects of the proposal Research methodology Originality and innovative nature of project, and relationship to the ‘state of the art’ of research in the field Timeliness and relevance of project Weight: 30%, Threshold: 3/5 Reintegration Grants – S&T Quality An Irish Universities Association Presentation

  48. Research experience Scientific and technological quality of previous research (for ERG: during the Marie Curie Fellowship) Independent thinking and leadership qualities Match between the fellow’s profile and project IRG: Benefit to the career of the researcher from the period of reintegration Weight: 30%, Threshold: 3/5 (only for IRG) Reintegration Grants – Researcher An Irish Universities Association Presentation

  49. Quality of host organisation, including adequacy of infrastructure/facilities Feasibility and credibility of the project, including work plan Practical arrangements for the implementation and management of the scientific project Weight: 20%, Threshold: none Reintegration Grants – Implementation An Irish Universities Association Presentation

  50. Benefit to the career of the researcher from the period of reintegration Capacity to develop lasting cooperation with previous country of the Marie Curie Fellowship (if relevant) Potential of transferring knowledge to host Potential and quality of lasting professional integration (expected length of work contract, expected career development) Weight: 20%, Threshold: none Reintegration Grants – Impact (ERG) An Irish Universities Association Presentation