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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

January 2, 2009

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» R&D Manufacturing Event

The Welsh Assembly Government is organising an event in conjunction with MEC at Cardiff University to provide information about R&D; funding opportunities within manufacturing.

Day 1 of the event focuses on European funding opportunities within ICT, Micro, Nano and Production technologies.

Day 2 gives delegates the opportunity to present their project ideas and find partners and provides information regarding an upcoming manufacturing R&D; call from the Technology Strategy Board (which funds UK-based collaborations).

Date: 14 and 15 January 2009

Venue: Cardiff University

The event is FREE (both days plus the conference dinner) for Welsh companies and academics.

If you would like to attend, please complete the booking form on the FP7 manufacturing website

October 30, 2008

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» FP7: Draft ICT Work Programme 2009-10

The European Commission’s FP7 Information and Communication Technologies Committee is close to finalising the ICT Work Programme for 2009-10. A recent draft is available from the European Office. Please note that this document is unofficial and for internal use only. It must therefore not be circulated externally. If you request this document from the European Office, please treat this document with caution as the contents may still change.

Seven main challenges are identified:

1. Pervasive and trustworthy network and service infrastructures;

2. Cognitive systems, interaction, robotics;

3. Components, systems, engineering;

4. Digital libraries and content;

5. Towards sustainable and personalised healthcare;

6. ICT for mobility, environmental sustainability and energy efficiency; and

7. ICT for independent living, inclusion and governance.

The budget will be allocated through three types of funding schemes:

Collaborative projects. Two types of projects are to be financed under this scheme – ‘small or medium-scale focused research actions’ (STREP) or ‘large-scale integrated projects’ (IP)

Networks of Excellence (NoE)

Co-ordination and support actions (CSA) It is expected that around 90% of the total budget available will be allocated to Collaborative projects, with the aim that about half of this support is delivered through IPs and half through STREPS. The estimated total budget allocation for 2009 is €983 millions. The budget for 2010 will be confirmed at the appropriate time.

The official Work Programme should be published and launched in November 2008.

The European and External Resource Office (EuRO) is a one-stop shop for FP7 projects, where you can receive professional advice and full support: from project development, through to proposal submission, through to project implementation and closure.

EuRO is here to help. With 60 years’ combined experience of European funding, EuRO has the expertise to support you. Don’t miss out on a great opportunity for furthering your research. Contact us now for further information on FP7 and all other trans-national EU funding.

April 9, 2008

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» Calls for Proposals – eContentplus 2008

Funding Source: eContentplus Programme

Summary:

The overall aim of the eContentplus programme is “to make digital content in Europe more accessible, usable and exploitable”.

The following actions are open in 2008:

Geographic information

3.1 Best practice networks for geographic information

Educational content

4.1 Best practice networks for educational content

4.2 Targeted projects for educational content

Digital libraries

5.1 Best practice networks for interoperability of digital libraries

5.2 Best practice networks for the usability of the European Digital Library

5.3 Targeted projects for cultural content

5.4 Targeted projects for scientific/scholarly content

5.5 A Thematic network for co-ordinating and supporting the European Digital Library.

There are three funding schemes (dependant on each action):

- Targeted Projects (TP)

- Thematic network (TN)

- Best Practice Networks (BPN)

For more information, please see the call fiche and work programme 2008.

Sum: EUR 42.5 million

Deadline: 12 June 2008

Funder Link: eContentplus

Scheme Link: eContentplus – European Commission

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.

February 5, 2008

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» Technology Strategy Board (TSB) and FP7 (ICT) Event

TSB: Creative Industries – Application of Digital Technologies, Gathering Data in Complex Environments, and FP7 ICT Calls

Funding Source: Technology Strategy Board (TSB) & FP7

Summary:

The Welsh Assembly Government invites you to a meeting to inform industry and researchers about the current and upcoming calls for the Technology Strategy Board Collaborative Research and Development Funding Programme (formally the DTI Technology Programme). This meeting will allow organisations in Wales to have a much more strategic view of the specific types of projects that the TSB are expecting to see. The aim is to enable you to meet potential partners and generate ideas for submission to these calls. TSB Technology representatives will be available to comment on these. The day will also provide an insight into current and future EC Framework Programme opportunities within the ICT sector.

The agenda is attached here

If you would like to attend this event, please complete the attached attendance pro-forma by Tuesday 26th February and return to: Emma.Hopkins@Wales.gsi.gov.uk

If you would like a 10 minute one-to-one session with Zoe Lock, Sian Brereton or Peter Walters please indicate this on your form. Slots will be allocated on a first come first served basis

Event Date: Friday 29th February 2008

Event Registration deadline: Tuesday 26th February 2008

Funding deadlines:

TSB Creative Industries – Application of Digital Technologies: Closing date 9th May 2008

TSB Gathering Data in Complex Environments: Closing date 4th April 2008

Scheme Link: TSB, FP7

January 11, 2008

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» Title: FP7 – Calls for Proposals – Research for benefit of SME’s

Funding Source: Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)

Summary: Strengthening the innovation capacity of European SMEs and their contribution to the development of new technology based products and markets by helping them outsource research, increase their research efforts, extend their networks, better exploit research results and acquire technological know how, bridging the gap between research and innovation.

Call Identifier: FP7-SME-2008-1

This call is open to all research fields for the benefit of particular groups (in particular SME’s).

• At least 3 participants must be independent SMEs established in at least 3 MS or AC.

• At least 2 participants must be RTD performers (having the capacity to carry out research at the request of SMEs), independent from any other participant.

The size of the consortium should typically be between 5 and 10 participants. The overall budget of the project should typically be between EUR 500 000 to EUR 1 500 000 and the duration of the project should normally be between 1 and 2 years.

Sum: EUR 92.72m

Deadline: 11 April 2008

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.

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.