International Research Funding Sources Dr Yulia Matskevich Brunel University, West London (UK) Member of EARMA working group
Content • Why international collaboration? • EU funding programmes and opportunities • International bilateral funding • EARMA opportunities • USA funding programmes
Why international collaboration in research? • Enhancement of international competitiveness • Increasing funding streams • Promoting your University profile • Increase research and knowledge transfer and business internationally • Ensuring access to world-class infrastructure and information
Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development2007 - 2013
Cooperation Themes Space Security Transport Food Agriculture Biotech Health Environment ICT NMP Energy Large Projects Small Projects Support Actions Networks of Excellence
EU-US cooperation on eHealth • Memorandum of Understanding between the EU and the US related to ICT for Health was signed in April 2012 • Development of internationally recognised and used interoperability standards and interoperability implementation specifications for electronic health record systems • Strategies for developing a skilled health IT workforcetoutilise technology’s potential
Marie Curie programme Marie Curie Actions are open to researchers of all ages and levels of experience, regardless of nationality. Most relevant for US researchers schemes: • Individual fellowships (incoming and outgoing) • Initial training networks • International Research Staff Exchange Scheme
Marie Curie programme (continued) • International Incoming Fellowships (IIFs)- Researchers of any nationality active or recently active in the countries outside EU are eligible for an IIF. • International Outgoing Fellowships (IOFs) are for researchers from EU Member States and Associated Countries who can be hosted by the organisation in the country outside EU • Applicants: Must have either a doctoral degree or at least 4 years’ full-time equivalent research experience, after obtaining a degree permitting you to embark on a doctorate. • Any area of research is eligible.
Marie Curie programme (continued) Initial Training Networks (ITNs) • Support the initial training of researchers, directed at the first five years of researchers' careers. • Projects will be based around a Joint Training Programme focussing on scientific and technological knowledge, as well as other complementary skills such as IPR, research management, entrepreneurship. In most cases must consist of at least three or more participants from three different Member States or Associated Countries. • Community support for ITNs will include: • the recruitment of early-stage and experienced researchers to be trained; • recruitment of 'visiting scientists'; • the organisation of short training events (conferences, summer schools and specialised training courses), open to both trainees of the network and possibly to researchers from outside the network.
Marie Curie (continued) International Research Staff Exchange Scheme (IRSES) • Supports two-way staff secondments between research organisations based in Europe and research organisations based in targeted third countries. • Aimed at strengthening partnerships between research organisations through staff secondments. Eligible staff for secondment include early stage and experienced researchers, management staff and technical staff. Staff can be seconded for a period of zero to twelve months.
European Research Council (ERC) The ERC is part of the European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7). The ERC is the first pan-European funding agency for investigator-driven frontier research and has funding of €7.51 billion (2007-2013). The ERC aims to stimulate research excellence by supporting and encouraging the very best, truly creative scientists, scholars and engineers to be adventurous and take risks in their research. In their ERC grants, researchers are encouraged to go beyond established frontiers of knowledge and the boundaries of disciplines. The three main funding schemes are Starting, Consolidator and Advanced Grants. These fund projects led by a Principal Investigator (PI) and (if they wish) their team.
ERC Grants ERC Starting Grants are designed to support PIs at the stage at which they are starting their own independent research team or programme. The scheme will support independent and excellent new individual research teams. To be eligible, the PI must be 2-7 years from their PhD. ERC Consolidator Grants are designed to support PIs at the stage at which they are consolidating their own independent research team or programme. The scheme will strengthen independent and excellent new individual research teams that have been recently created. To be eligible, the PI must be over 7 and up to 12 years from their PhD. ERC Advanced Grants are intended to promote substantial advances in the frontiers of knowledge, and to encourage new productive lines of enquiry and new methods and techniques, including unconventional approaches and investigations at the interface between established disciplines. Applicants must have a recognised track record of research achievements.
Starting and Consolidator Grants of up to €2 million over 5 yrs (but normally €1.5 million) • Advanced Grants of up to €2.5 million over 5 yrs
ERC and NSF • The European Research Council (ERC) has concluded an "Implementing Arrangement" with the NSF on providing research opportunities in Europe for early-career researchers. The main aim is to provide opportunities for researchers funded by the NSF’s CAREER scheme and NSF-funded Postdoctoral Research Fellows to collaborate with Europe-based researchers who are already supported through ERC grants. • For NSF CAREER grantees, single and long-term visits (i.e. between 6 to 12 months) or multiple short-term visits could be undertaken. For NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellows, single and long-term visits (between 6 and 12 months) can be undertaken. Eligible costs which can be claimed from the ERC grant for hosting a US-based researcher include subsistence costs and the salary of the visiting NSF Postdoctoral Fellow. Travel expenses between the US and Europe can be covered by the NSF
Horizon 2020 – Objectives and structure Europe 2020 priorities European Research Area International cooperation Shared objectives and principles • Tackling Societal Challenges • Health, demographic change and wellbeing • Food security and the bio-based economy • Secure, clean and efficient energy • Smart, green and integrated transport • Supply of raw materials, resource efficiency and climate action • Inclusive, innovative and secure societies • EIT willcontribute to addressingthese challenges • Creating Industrial Leadership and Competitive Frameworks • Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies • Access to risk finance • Innovation in SMEs • Excellence in the Science Base • Frontier research (ERC) • Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) • Skills and career development (Marie Curie) • Research infrastructures Coherent with other EU and MS actions Simplified access Common rules, toolkit of funding schemes
Research Councils UK schemes • International Scientific Interchange Scheme • Responsive Mode Research Grants • Overseas Travel Grants • Visiting Researchers • Bilateral Research Workshops • Networks • Platform grants • International Collaboration Sabbaticals
Norway • The LeivEiriksson mobility programme aims to contribute to the long-term escalation of R&D collaboration with the U.S. and Canada by allowing more Norwegian researchers and research recruits to spend time in the U.S. or Canada, and more researchers and research recruits from these countries to spend time in Norway. • The Nordic Research Opportunity supports National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellows who undertake stays of between two and twelve months to work with counterparts at Norwegian research institutions.
Germany The funding scheme "Germany - USA Collaboration in Computational Neuroscience" is a transnational initiative for supporting collaborative research between Germany and the United States of America. It is jointly funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) within the CRCNS program.
Bilateral in the field of higher education: Atlantis (on hold now…) • to promote understanding between people of the European Union and the United States of America and to improve the quality of their human resource development. • supports consortia of higher education and training institutions working together at undergraduates or graduates level to improve their educational services, to compare and modernise curricula and to develop joint study programmes with full recognition of credits and qualifications. • http://ec.europa.eu/education/eu-usa/usa_en.htm
Possible scenarios • Joint scientific projects • Sabbatical years • International flows of students • Joint centres
How to get started • Seed funding – funding for workshops and conferences, networks, students and staff exchange • Available both as bilateral and at EU level
EARMA INTERNATIONAL FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMME • The purpose of the program is to support a mutual exchange fellowship to advance the training of research administrators and managers and their understanding of international research collaboration. The fellows will be either colleagues from our US sister association NCURA, or EARMA members • http://www.earma.org/page/earma-international-fellowship-program?xg_source=activity
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