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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

November 24, 2009

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» REMINDER: Annual FP7 UKRO visit - research funding opportunities

Date: Wednesday 25th November

Venue: Glamorgan (Treforest campus – Glamorgan Conference Centre – syndicate room 2)

Details:

The University’s European and External Resource Office will be holding the annual FP7 UKRO event on Wednesday 25th November.

This event will provide academics and researchers at the University of Glamorgan with the opportunity to meet the University’s UKRO (UK Research Office) advisor. The team of UKRO advisors, who are based in UKRO’s Brussels office, have a wealth of experience of FP7 funding, and of the intricacies of dealing with the European Commission.

The event will start with a presentation offering an overview of FP7, followed by a summary of upcoming calls for proposals, which will be of interest to many of you.

Morning session: Glamorgan Conference Centre (Syndicate Room 2) 10.30 am Arrival and coffee 10.45am Presentation: FP7 general overview and overview of upcoming FP7 calls Q&A; session 12 noon Lunch

November 6, 2009

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» REMINDER: Annual FP7 UKRO visit - research funding opportunities

Date: Wednesday 25th November

Venue: Glamorgan (Treforest campus – room TBC)

Details:

The University’s European and External Resource Office will be holding the annual FP7 UKRO event on Wednesday 25th November.

This event will provide academics and researchers at the University of Glamorgan with the opportunity to meet the University’s UKRO (UK Research Office) advisor. The team of UKRO advisors, who are based in UKRO’s Brussels office, have a wealth of experience of FP7 funding, and of the intricacies of dealing with the European Commission.

The event will start with a presentation offering an overview of FP7, followed by a summary of upcoming calls for proposals, which will be of interest to many of you.

In the afternoon, there will be the opportunity for you to have one-to-one sessions with the University’s UKRO advisor to discuss your FP7 proposal ideas, and potential funding opportunities under FP7.

In order to make the most of this annual UKRO visit, the European Office would like to gauge interest in the one-to-one advice sessions (which will be limited to 30 minutes, and will be held in the afternoon). If interest is high, then the presentation session in the morning will be shortened to accommodate this interest.

If you wish to register an interest in booking one of the advice sessions, please email the European Office with your contact details and your area of research interest by Friday 6th November.

The European Office will then circulate the final agenda for the event, as well as the event location and times, and offer timeslots to those researchers who have requested them.

Further information:

For further information in the meantime, please contact the European Office

October 27, 2009

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» Annual FP7 UKRO visit - research funding opportunities

Date: Wednesday 25th November

Venue: Glamorgan (Treforest campus – room TBC)

Details:

The University’s European and External Resource Office will be holding the annual FP7 UKRO event on Wednesday 25th November.

This event will provide academics and researchers at the University of Glamorgan with the opportunity to meet the University’s UKRO (UK Research Office) advisor. The team of UKRO advisors, who are based in UKRO’s Brussels office, have a wealth of experience of FP7 funding, and of the intricacies of dealing with the European Commission.

The event will start with a presentation offering an overview of FP7, followed by a summary of upcoming calls for proposals, which will be of interest to many of you.

In the afternoon, there will be the opportunity for you to have one-to-one sessions with the University’s UKRO advisor to discuss your FP7 proposal ideas, and potential funding opportunities under FP7.

In order to make the most of this annual UKRO visit, the European Office would like to gauge interest in the one-to-one advice sessions (which will be limited to 30 minutes, and will be held in the afternoon). If interest is high, then the presentation session in the morning will be shortened to accommodate this interest.

If you wish to register an interest in booking one of the advice sessions, please email the European Office with your contact details and your area of research interest by Friday 6th November.

The European Office will then circulate the final agenda for the event, as well as the event location and times, and offer timeslots to those researchers who have requested them.

Further information:

For further information in the meantime, please contact the European Office

August 6, 2009

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» FP7 Health Call

Summary

The European Commission has launched the latest FP7 Health calls. This is an excellent opportunity for you to obtain European funding to further your research.

The 2010 work programme describes new and continued health-related topics to be funded by an indicated budget of €620 million.

The work programme, which was published on 30th July, covers six different calls with a range of deadlines, some of which are sooner than expected.

The majority of topics are designated as ‘single stage’, so the full application should be submitted by the November deadline. Some topics are designated as ‘two-stage’, and for these an outline should be submitted by the October deadline. Some topics lie within specific additional calls (e.g. a new influenza topic), and these are explained further in the Work Programme text.

Call Theme: Indicative Budget – Provisional Deadlines

FP7-HEALTH-2010-single-stage: 333.5 EUR million 19 November 2009

FP7-HEALTH-2010-two-stage: 205.0 EUR million 29 October 2009

FP7-INFLUENZA-2010: 12.0 EUR million 29 October 2009

FP7-COORDINATED CALL FOR AFRICA-2010: 39.0 EUR million 14 January 2010

FP7-ERANET-2010-RTD: 6.0 EUR million 19 January 2010

FP7-HEALTH-2010-Joint-Research-Initiative-Commission-COLIPA: 25.0 EUR million 3 February 2010

Four core themes in the call:

• Biotechnology, generic tools and medical technologies for human health

• Translating Research for human health

• Optimising the delivery of healthcare to the European Citizen

• Coordination and support actions, including responding to EU policy needs and a joint research initiative with COLIPA (European Cosmetics Association).

Three key challenges:

1. Providing tools for translational research – better understanding of disease mechanisms, drug discovery and translational research by looking at systems biology, cell therapy and diagnostics.

2. Structuring translational research in the field of cancer – e.g. understanding genes involved in cancer development, new avenues for cure and survivor studies.

3. Structuring translational research in the field of neurogenerative diseases – addressing the global medical and socio-economic challenges that these bring.

In addition there are two topics to address the additional specific areas of “Africa” and “Influenza”, which are described in separate calls FP7-COORDINATED CALL FOR AFRICA-2010 and FP7-INFLUENZA-2010.

A parallel set of actions will be undertaken to strengthen the European Research Area (ERA) in other areas and support EU policies – these form part of the call FP7-ERANET-2010-RTD.

The work programme has been designed to attract participation from SMEs, contributing either by research and development activity or management, intellectual property expertise etc. In addition, project consortia are encouraged to include participants from non EU Member States and non FP7 associated countries.

Further details The call and links to the full Work Programme are available through the CORDIS website

If you are a member of University staff that requires further assistance, or you wish to apply for FP7 funding, please contact the European Office

August 4, 2009

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» FP7: Research for the Benefit of SMEs

The 2009 call for applications for the FP7 Capacities Work Programme: Research for the Benefit of SMEs is now open.

Funding available: It is proposed to use €136.84 million of the FP7 budget for the Research for SMEs call.

Closing date: 3rd December 2009

Project activity Research for the Benefit of SMEs funding provides financial support to SMEs for outsourcing research and technological development, with the view of acquiring intellectual property rights – preferably ownership, of the project results.

The scheme follows a bottom-up approach, meaning that it can be carried out in the entire field of science and technology. FP7 support targets projects that aim to create new knowledge or achieve results with a clear exploitation potential to improve or develop new products, processes or services which meet the needs of the participating SMEs. This scheme is not a suitable instrument to solve short-term technological problems, but can assist companies in acquiring technological know-how and accessing international networks for their medium to long-term business development.

Funding requirements:

At least 3 SME participants (from three different Member States or Associated countries) and 2 Research & Technological Development (RTD) performers (independent from any other participant) are required.

Further information: Full call details are now on the CORDIS web site

Please contact the European Office if you require further information on this or any other European funding streams.

April 30, 2009

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» She Figures 2009: Preliminary Findings

Summary

The European Commission has published a leaflet detailing the preliminary findings of the ‘She Figures 2009’ study of Women in Science across Europe. This study is funded by the FP7 Capacities programme – Science in Society (SiS). These figures show that whilst the numbers of women participating in science across Europe are increasing, there is still a substantial gender imbalance, particularly in senior higher education positions.

She Figures is a major publication presenting a Europe-wide data collection on women in science from tertiary education through to the job market. Together with the 27 EU countries, She Figures also presents data on Croatia, Iceland, Israel, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey.

Article

The new publication details some of the preliminary findings of the ‘She Figures 2009’ study, which is funded from the 2008 Science in Society Work Programme. The publication shows that, in 2006, the numbers of women graduating in the EU at PhD/Doctorate level was 45%, which is an improvement on the 2002 figure of 42%. This means that the number of female graduates increased by a higher rate than male graduates, by +7.3% per year compared to +3.8% per year for males. However, there were significant differences between disciplines, with women being noticeably less represented in the physical sciences and engineering, compared to life and social sciences.

Career retention is still an issue for female researchers. While there are high numbers of female PhD graduates, as they move through the career lifecycle, women are less well represented. The EU average of women in Grade A research positions in 2007 was only 20% (although this is an improvement from 2002, when this figure was 17%).

Speaking at a recent hearing of the European Parliament’s Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) on Women in Science, the European Commissioner for Science and Research, Janez Potočnik, gave an update on the progress towards getting more women involved in science through the Framework Programmes (EU funding for R&D;). He stated that over ten years of European policy in this area has made great improvements, but there is still a lot of work to be done. As an example of the progress made, the Commissioner noted that in FP4, only 4% of the membership of evaluation panels was made up of women, whereas in FP6, this figure was 36%. Currently, the Commission aims for a 40% involvement across all areas of FP7. Commissioner Potočnik drew attention to areas of concern, and noted that while around 50% of the PhD students involved in funded projects are women, less than 20% of the scientists in charge are women.

The final ‘She Figures 2009’ findings will be presented in a booklet to be published by the Commission in September 2009.

Further Information

‘She Figures 2009’- preliminary findings leaflet

The European Commission Science and Society webpage about Woman and Science can be found here

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.

Article

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

February 27, 2009

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» Reminder - European Funding Support for SMEs event and MATERA+ call

Event: Increasing the Research and Development Capacity of Small to Medium Sized Companies (SMEs) with European funding – Support for SMEs in Framework Programme 7

Date: Tuesday, 10th March 2009

Time: 1130h – 1600h Venue: Celtic Suite, Colchester Avenue, UWIC

Event overview: Small to medium sized enterprises often face barriers when aiming to innovate and develop their business through research and development because they lack the capacity to undertake R&D.;

There are a number of programmes funded by the European Commission intended to support these activities in small to medium sized enterprises. Many of these involve working in European consortia with other SMEs as well as Universities and Research Centres.

Who should attend: Managers (quality; production; product development) of Small to Medium Sized Enterprises; Staff from Universities and Research Centres; Other enterprises or end-users of SME products and technologies.

What you will learn: This event will provide information on the funding available to support SMEs using Universities and Research Centres as R&D; partners, as well as opportunities for networking and discussion. There will be opportunity for one to one discussions with the National Contact Point for SMEs, Emil Kazounis, in the afternoon. Programme: see attached document

For further information on this FP7 event at UWIC, please contact: Dr. Peter Quantick, UWIC. e-mail: pquantick@uwic.ac.uk

If you would like to attend this event, please complete the response sheet attached.

If you are interested in applying for FP7 funding, please contact the University of Glamorgan’s European Office for advice and assistance.

Additionally, Malcolm Harold of the Technology Strategy Board who will be available on the 10th March to give a presentation about the Matera+ programme which is being launched this month.

The presentation will commence at 1045h on the 10th March in the Celtic Suite finishing at c. 12 noon.

The MATERA+ call is for transnational, interdisciplinary, innovative R&D; projects related to materials science and engineering in certain European countries and regions, including the UK.

Topics to be addressed in the 2009 Call include:

Multi-functional Materials

Engineering Structural Materials

Bio-based Materials and Bio-inspired Materials

The presentation consists of delivery of background information about Matera+ and a series of case studies showing how businesses have become involved in funded R&D; Programmes and benefitted from them. CSO can assist with TSB funding applications.

February 6, 2009

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» FP7 Event: Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH)

Event: Socio-Economic Sciences and Humanities in Framework Programme 7

Venue: Cardiff University

Date: Tuesday 17th of March.

Time: 1.30pm – 3pm (A buffet lunch is available from 12.45pm onwards)

Programme

Ms Elizabeth Jones, the UK National Contact Point for the FP7 SSH from the Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills, will be joined by Mr Greg Dow from the UK Research Office in Brussels to deliver an information seminar on the funding opportunities for Socio-Economic Sciences and Humanities in FP7 and to give advice on how to maximise chances of success.

The full programme, with details about registration, can be found here

The Cardiff University campus map (the venue for this event is no. 49) is available here

This is an open event for all interested researchers and administrators.

To register, contact: Mrs Sian Jones, Tel: (029) 2087 0171

(Please register by 10 March 2009)

If you wish to apply for FP7 or any other European funding, please contact the University of Glamorgan’s European Office for advice and assistance.