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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

October 21, 2008

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» Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP)

Use your knowledge and skills to help private and public organisations to improve competitiveness.

KTPs are funded projects that allow academic staff from all faculties to engage with external organisations. They provide opportunities to: • Identify new research themes • Aid the economic, social and cultural development of the region • Initiate undergraduate and post-graduate projects • Develop business relevant teaching materials • Support recent graduates in early career development • Publish high quality research papers • Help develop lasting partnerships external organisations • Contribute to the RAE assessment and rating of the department.

The staff of the UK’s knowledge base have skills that can be of great value to businesses today. Knowledge Transfer Partnerships provide academics with a rewarding way of developing and exploiting their own expertise by sharing it with industry. In doing so they help industry adopt modern technology and methods to enable them to become more competitive. The projects are 3 way partnerships between an academic, a recent graduate and an external organisation, affording significant benefits to each. There are currently around 1000 KTPs running UK wide. Funding has recently been approved to increase the number to 1,700 – so now is a great time to apply!

The University has a successful track record in running KTPs, with over 100 programmes successfully completed to date. These Case Studies give an idea of some of the benefits. Projects vary in length from 12-36 months and attract funding in the region of £50,000 per annum. Typically a commitment of half a day per week is required. Additional details on the KTP programme can be found at www.ktponline.org.uk.

Businesses of all sizes from a variety of sectors in industry can participate, and projects can be undertaken in a wide range of disciplines. The Knowledge Transfer team within CSO can help source suitable commercial partners, assist with compiling and submitting the bid, and will provide support throughout the project’s duration.

Contact

Richard Mahoney Knowledge Transfer Officer Knowledge Transfer Team, CSO University of Glamorgan rmahone1@glam.ac.uk. Tel/ FFon: +44 (0)1443 482482 Fax / FFacs: +44 (0)1443 485916 http://business.glam.ac.uk/kt/ktp

» A4B Collaborative Industrial Research Grants

ACADEMIC EXPERTISE FOR BUSINESS (A4B)

The Collaborative Industrial Research Project (CIRP) programme aims to encourage and enable groups of companies and academic institutions to carry out collaborative industrial R&D; projects in order to:

• Increase the level of business investment in R&D; in Wales • Develop the research base in Wales by working on important industrial/business problems • More fully exploit the research base in Wales by creating new or improved products, processes and services. Ultimately this will translate into an increase in high value employment. • Stimulate the formation of long-term collaborative relationships between academia and industry to enable the process to become sustainable.

KEY CRITERIA: • Applications must be collaborative projects between the University and Welsh industry with a minimum of 2 enterprises. • Applicants must demonstrate strategic importance to Wales and potential economic impact in terms of new or improved products, processes or services registered or launched. • Applicants must demonstrate a clear project plan, risk analysis and sustainability plan. A work package to complete a final evaluation report of the project must be included within the project plan

A4B will fund up to a maximum of £300,000 of direct, attributable, eligible total project costs incurred by the academic partner(s) for a CIRP. It is expected that projects will typically last up to 36 months.

BENEFITS TO ACADEMICS AND BUSINESSES: • Enable the development of strategically important research in Wales • Relate knowledge, research and teaching to current business problems and developments • Lead rewarding innovative collaborations and develop lasting partnerships with the respective companies • Attract income that can be included in RAE submission

CASE STUDY:

Development of un-fired bricks, blocks and mortars

The key industrial problem that this project is addressing is the high energy costs in the manufacture of building components. This high cost is currently being transfered to consumers, thus indirectly affecting the Welsh building industry and economy. With clay bricks that do not require firing or concrete blocks that do not use the traditional binder – Portland Cement (PC) – for example, not only is the final pricing of the building components going to be lower, but there are also added environmental advantages of utilising industrial waste and/or by-products in the region.

This collaboration has brought together the Faculty of Advanced Technology, construction companies, R&D; Companies and building material companies.

This research focuses on the optimisation of a combination of lime and ground granulated blast furnace slag (GGBS) for cementation rather than Portland Cement (PC). GGBS is readily available in the South Wales region. The optimisation will ensure that the strength and durability requirements currently demanded by the building industry will be met. By using significant amounts of the less expensive GGBS (relative to PC), the cost of the ensuing products is likely to be lower than that of the PC-based components. Without firing, the cost of the lime-slag-clay formulations is likely to compete favourably with firing costs.

CONTACT:

Please Contact Alun Cox for assistance or to discuss further:

Alun Cox Knowledge Transfer Officer Commercial Services Office University of Glamorgan agcox@glam.ac.uk Tel/ FFon: +44 (0)1443 482482 Fax / FFacs: +44 (0)1443 485916 http://business.glam.ac.uk