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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

April 2, 2008

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» 2008 EPSRC Industrial Case Awards - Call for Proposals

Funding Source: EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council)


The EPSRC has given an allocation of 4 SME Industrial Case Awards to the Welsh Assembly Government for small companies to work with any UK University.

Research projects must fit in with the remit of EPSRC, i.e. be in the field of engineering and physical sciences and be of a suitable research content to qualify for the research student’s PhD.

Industrial CASE awards are three and a half year postgraduate awards allocated to companies. The aim of the awards is to enable companies to take the lead in defining, and arranging, projects, with an academic partner of their choice.

The company is required to provide a cash contribution of a minimum of one third of the EPSRC contribution. This contribution is supplementary to EPSRC’s award. At present rates, this equates to a minimum of approximately £21,000 over the duration of the project. The company must also commit to the student spending at least three months, during the period of the award, at their premises and pay any travel and subsistence costs the student accrues during this period.

A company allocated an award is required to choose the academic partner which hosts the Industrial CASE student. Once the academic partner has been selected and the arrangements for the project have been agreed between the company and university, the student can be recruited. For 2008-09 awards, the earliest start date will be 1 October 2008.

Please find attached the application form which should be completed and returned electronically to Lisa Wheatley by the deadline, to be followed by a hard copy to the address below signed by both the company and the University by Tuesday 3rd June 2008.

Lisa Wheatley Research and Development Adviser Department for the Economy and Transport (DE&T;) Welsh Assembly Government

Proposals will be judged by a panel and all applicants informed of the panel decision by Tuesday 17th June 2008.

Sum: £60-90k approx. over 3 ½ years.

Deadline: Friday 30th May 2008 at 5pm.

Funder and Scheme Link: Industrial CASE