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August 5, 2010

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» FP7 Calls – 2011 Work Programmes published

The latest FP7 calls which cover a number of thematic and multidisciplinary areas have been announced at the end of July through the publication of the 2011 Work Programmes. There are 51 new calls which cover four FP7 specific programmes (Cooperation, Ideas, People and Capacities) across areas including Health, Security, Energy, Environment and Transport. Deadlines vary across the four specific programmes.

FP7 Cooperation

The specific programme on ‘Co-operation’ supports fosters collaborative research across Europe and other partner countries through projects by transnational consortia of industry and academia. Research will be carried out in ten key thematic themes:

-Health (3 calls)

-Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, and Biotechnology (FAFB) (5 calls)

-Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) (8 calls)

-Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials and new Production Technologies (12 calls)

-Energy (8 calls)

-Environment (including Climate Change) (8 calls)

-Transport (including Aeronautics) (9 calls)

-Socio-Economic Sciences and the Humanities (4 calls)

-Space (1 call)

-Security (1 call)

More Information: Cooperation Calls

FP7 Ideas (European Research Council, ERC)

The Ideas programme will support “frontier research” solely on the basis of scientific excellence. Research may be carried out in any area of science or technology, including engineering, socio-economic sciences and the humanities. In contrast with the Cooperation programme, there is no obligation for cross-border partnerships. Projects are implemented by “individual teams” around a “principal investigator”.

ERC Starting Independent Researcher Grants

ERC Starting Grants aim to provide critical and adequate support to the independent careers of excellent researchers, whatever their nationality, who are at the stage of establishing or consolidating their own independent research team or programme.

More Information: Ideas Calls

FP7 People (Marie Curie)

The People programme provides support for researcher mobility and career development, both for researchers inside the European Union and internationally. It is implemented via a set of Marie Curie actions, providing fellowships and other measures to help researchers build their skills and competences throughout their careers. Calls which have recently been announced are:

Marie Curie Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways (IAPP)

This activity will seek to open and foster dynamic pathways between public research organisations and private commercial enterprises, particularly SMEs. It aims to achieve this predominately by secondments between sectors and networking activities.

Marie Curie Initial Training Networks 2011 (ITN)

This action aims to improve career perspectives of early-stage researchers in both public and private sectors, thereby making research careers more attractive to young people. This will be achieved through a trans-national networking mechanism, aimed at structuring the existing high-quality initial research training capacity throughout Member States and associated countries. Direct or indirect involvement of organisations from different sectors, including (lead-) participation by private enterprises in appropriate fields, is considered essential in the action.

More Information: People Calls

FP7 Capacities

There are a number of interesting schemes under the ‘Capacities’ specific programme that cut across a number of research themes. It can be approached in a more bottom-up way than the ‘Co-operation’ programme. The programme aims to support the coherent development of policies; complement the Co-operation programme; contribute to EU policies and initiatives to improve the coherence and impact of Member States policies; find synergies with regional and cohesion policies, the Structural Funds, education and training programmes and the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP). Within ‘Capacities’ there are seven main activities which can be seen below:

-Research Infrastructures (3 calls)

-Research for the benefit of SMEs (2 calls)

-Regions of Knowledge (1 call)

-Research Potential (1 call)

-Science in Society (2 calls)

-Activities of International Cooperation (3 calls)

More information: Capacities Calls

Please visit the relevant call links above or contact the European Office for advice on which call is best suited to your needs.

EuRO recommends that anyone who is interested in accessing EU funding makes contact with the European Office in plenty of time prior to the submission deadline to fully benefit from our professional advice and support.

Any application for external funding requires the completion of an External Funding Application Submission (EFAS) form, to create a form please visit EFAS

May 6, 2010

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» Cameron’s broken Britain?

One of the claims by Conservative leader David Cameron was that Britain is broken. I understand this to say that many systems no longer function and that much of society lives outside of social norms. I seem to remember that a former Conservative leader claimed that “society” did not exist!

I live in a former mining village in Blaenau Gwent, a village that is surrounded by greenery and nestles in the bottom of a valley. I can see buzzards and ravens circling above the house and this week heard the first cuckoo of spring. Formerly this was a village with a large colliery at its bottom, a major steel works up the road, and the epitome of the industrial nightmare but, it was a community, albeit with a rough reputation.

I am not a Conservative and have enjoyed living in this very working class village. I recently noticed a Labour party election communication that chided the Independents who run Blaenau Gwent council for their poor record on keeping the environment clean. Note, that this is a natural Labour constituency. The former incumbent included Michael Foot, but is no longer held by Labour because of the insistence of all-women short lists. This meant that the Independents replaced the Labour party as representatives of the constituency. My gripe is that I think the council have provided the best waste disposal system possible with excellent provision for all recycling and regular cleaning of the public areas.

And yet! Many of the young people seem to take no notice of the environment in which they live. Rubbish is strewn regularly in the back lanes and in the river, or thrown over the fence on to the railway embankment. I watched a group of young men last Easter Monday enjoying the sunshine and throwing a dozen empty beer cans in the back lane, their back lane. Children as young as five roam the streets, and when questioned why they wish to destroy anything they come across, swear at you and say “well it is not yours”. There is no parental control and no responsibility. I have travelled in the poor parts of Africa, India, South East Asia and South America and I am sad to say that my back lane reminds me of the poorest areas of these places. I don’t think society is broken but I do despair of the lack of individual responsibility for our own environment. How can we change this? The party that talked of a broken society were partly to blame for breaking it with the policies of the 1980s but how do we bring back individual pride and responsibility?

Written by Dr Richard Pates, WIHSC Associate

April 23, 2009

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» FP7 Information Day: Environment and FAFB Themes (Event)

FP7 Information Day: Environment and FAFB Themes (Event)

Start Date 2009-07-17

End Date 2009-07-17

Venue

Aston University

Lakeside Centre, Aston Triangle, BIRMINGHAM, B4 7ET

Summary

Defra, BBSRC, NERC and the Food Standards Agency are hosting a one-day FP7 Information Day at Aston University on Friday 17 July 2009.

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The main focus of the meeting will be presentations by Commission speakers covering the two FP7 Co-operation themes ‘Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, and Biotechnology (FAFB) and ‘Environment (including Climate Change)’ (ENV). Both thematic areas are currently expected to publish Calls for Proposals at the end of July 2009.

Further Information

Spaces are limited, so please return your registration form (see below) as soon as possible (deadline for registration: 3 July 2009). There is no charge for this event, and a buffet lunch will be provided.

For full details of the event, and how to register, please visit the Defra website

For University of Glamorgan members of staff seeking information on FP7 and other European funding opportunities, please contact the European Office

September 12, 2008

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» FP7 Environment (including Climate Change) 2009

Funding Source: Seventh Research Framework Programme (FP7), European Commission

Summary:

Under the Environment theme of the Co-operation Specific Programme, one call for proposals was issued on 3 September 2008.

Call Identifier: FP7-ENV-2009-1

There are five main activities/areas for this call:

1. Climate Change, Pollution and Risks

Topics include: Pressures on environment and climate, Environment and Health and Natural hazards.

2. Sustainable Management of Resources

Topics include: Conservation and sustainable management of natural and man-made resources and biodiversity and management of marine environments.

3. Environmental Technologies

Topics include: Environmental technologies for observation, simulation, prevention, mitigation, adaptation, remediation and restoration of the natural and man-made environment, Protection, conservation and enhancement of cultural heritage, including human habitat and Technology assessment, verification and testing

4. Earth Observation and assessment tools for sustainable development

Topics include: Earth and ocean observation systems and monitoring methods for the environment and sustainable development and forecasting methods and assessment tools for sustainable development taking into account different scales of observation

5. Horizontal Actions

Topics include: Dissemination and knowledge transfer and uptake of EU-research results

Budget: EUR 193.5m

Deadline: 8 January 2009, 17.00 Brussels local time.

For more detailed information on each call, please consult CORDIS for the key documents under this theme which include the call fiche, work programme, fact sheet and guide for applicants, using the identifier code above.

Funder Link: CORDIS

EuRO recommends that anyone who is interested in accessing EU funding makes contact with the European Office in plenty of time prior to the submission deadline to fully benefit from our professional advice and support.

If you are interested in applying please contact the Research Office for an External Funding Application Submission (EFAS) form or call ext. 3713.

September 8, 2008

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» FP7 2009 Calls Open

Funding Source: Seventh Research Framework Programme (FP7), European Commission

Summary:

The European Commission launched 22 calls for proposals in the Capacities and Co-operation Specific Programmes on 3rd September 2008. Please find a summary list below of each individual call by their call identifier code. The EuRO Office will be issuing more detailed information about each theme/call shortly.

CO-OPERATION SPECIFIC PROGRAMME

Health

- FP7-HEALTH-2009-single-stage

- FP7-HEALTH-2009-two-stage

Food, Agriculture and Fisheries and Biotechnology

- FP7-KBBE-2009-3

Energy

- FP7-ENERGY-2009-1

- FP7-ENERGY-2009-2

- FP7-ENERGY-2009-3

Environment (including Climate Change)

- FP7-ENV-2009-1

Socio-Economic Sciences and the Humanities

- FP7-SSH-2009-A

- FP7-SSH-2009-B

- FP7-SSH-2009-C

Space

- FP7-SPACE-2009-1

Security

- FP7-SEC-2009-1

JOINT CALL:FABF, NNM, Energy and Environment (including Climate Change)

- FP7-2009-BIOREFINERY-CSA

- FP7-2009-BIOREFINERY-CP

CAPACITIES SPECIFIC PROGRAMME:

Research for the Benefit of SMEs

- FP7-SME-2008-2

- FP7-SME-2008-3

- FP7-SME-2009-1

Regions of Knowledge

- FP7-REGIONS-2009-1

Science in Society

- FP7-SCIENCE-IN-SOCIETY-2009-1

Activities of International Cooperation

- FP7-INCO-2009-1

- FP7-INCO-2009-2

- FP7-INCO-2009-4

- FP7-INCO-2009-5

More Information: CORDIS – Find a Call (Use the call identifier code listed above)

If you have any queries or need clarification regarding any of the themes mentioned please do not hesitate to contact the European Office for further assistance.

January 9, 2008

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» Title: FP7 – Calls for Proposals – Research Potential

Funding Source: Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)

Call Identifier: FP7-REGPOT-2008-1

This call is for any research topic covered by the EC FP7 and aims to stimulate the realisation of the full research potential of the enlarged Union by unlocking and developing existing or emerging research potential in the European Union’s convergence regions and outermost regions1, and helping to strengthen the capacities of their researchers to successfully participate in research activities at EU level.

Restrictions: Only public or private research entity (as a single proposer) in the EU Convergence region and Outermost regions are allowed to participate.

Sum: EUR 29m

Deadline: 14 March 2008


Call Identifier: FP7-REGPOT-2008-2

This call is for any research topic covered by the EC FP7 and aims to provide evaluation facilities through which any research entity in the qualifying regions, whether or not applying for funding under the above call, can obtain an international independent expert evaluation of the level of their overall research quality and capability (including management and research infrastructures) and define an Action Plan to improve their research capacities.

Restrictions: Only public or private research entity (as a single proposer) in the EU Convergence region and Outermost regions are allowed to participate.

Sum: EUR 1m

Deadline: 14 March 2008

For more information, please see the individual call fiche and work programme.

Funder Link: CORDIS

Scheme Link: CORDIS – Find a Call

If you are interested in applying please contact the Research Office for an External Funding Application Submission (EFAS) form or call ext. 3713.

EuRO recommends that anyone who is interested in accessing EU funding makes contact with the European Office in plenty of time prior to the submission deadline to fully benefit from our professional advice and support.