Funding opportunities for JETSET fellows and other ECRs

Funding opportunities for JETSET Marie Curie fellows and other Early Career Researchers JETSET winter school, Galway, 8 January 2008 Dr. Dagmar M. Meyer Marie Curie National Contact Point www.iua.ie Outline of the presentation Marie Curie Actions European Reintegration Grants Intra-European Fellowships for Career Development International Outgoing (and Incoming) Fellowships European Research Council ERC Starting Grants (short overview) Financial support for FP7 applicants Essential and useful links and addresses Support structures for mobile researchers

Thursday, February 13, 2020 An Irish Universities Association Presentation 2 Overview of the Marie Curie Actions Initial training of researchers Marie Curie Initial Training Networks (ITN) Life-long training and career development European Reintegration Grants (ERG) Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowships (IEF) Co-funding of regional/national/international programmes (COFUND) Industry-academia pathways and partnerships MC Industry-Academia Pathways and Partnerships Scheme (IAPP) International dimension

MC International Outgoing and Incoming Fellowships (IOF / IIF) MC International Reintegration Grants (IRG) International Research Staff Exchange Scheme (IRSES) Specific actions Researchers Night (NIGHT) Thursday, February 13, 2020 An Irish Universities Association Presentation 3 General principles Focus is on the researcher and her/his career development Open to all disciplines from Natural Sciences to Social Sciences and Humanities Bottom-up no pre-defined topics or priority areas Free choice of host institution from public or private sector (within certain limits)

No age limits what counts is level of experience Provisions for appropriate work/life balance Thursday, February 13, 2020 An Irish Universities Association Presentation 4 Basic definitions: host & individual actions Intra-European/International Fellowships and Reintegration Grants are individual actions: individual researcher applies jointly with host institution duration at least 1 year for fellowships, 2 years for reintegration grants contract between Commission and host institution, work contract or stipend agreement between host and fellow fellowship/grant bound to individual (no replacement)

Other actions (e.g. Initial Training Networks) are host actions: consortium of various institutions applies for funding successful institutions advertise positions and select fellows/researchers themselves Thursday, February 13, 2020 An Irish Universities Association Presentation 5 Basic definitions: level of experience Early-Stage Researchers (ESR): 0 4 years of research experience (full-time equivalent) since degree qualifying them to embark on a doctorate Experienced Researcher (ER): either in possession of a doctoral degree, or

at least 4 years of research experience (full-time equivalent) All Marie Curie Individual Actions are for Experienced Researchers only! Relevant date is deadline for submission of proposals. Thursday, February 13, 2020 An Irish Universities Association Presentation 6 Basic definitions: MS/AC/ TC Member States (MS) there are now 27 EU member states Associated Countries (AC) Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Israel, Switzerland, Croatia, FYR Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey, Albania,

Montenegro Third Countries (TC) more than 140 International Cooperation Partner Countries (ICPC) other Third Countries (OTC) Thursday, February 13, 2020 An Irish Universities Association Presentation 7 Basic definitions: host institutions Organisations that are actively involved in research and/or research training:

Universities/Institutes of Technology private and public research institutes companies big and small International Organisations (CERN, UNESCO, ) the European Commissions Joint Research Centre NGOs etc. Thursday, February 13, 2020 An Irish Universities Association Presentation 8 Basic definitions: mobility requirements (fellowships)

Fellow has not been resident in the host country for more than 12 months within the last 3 years Fellow does not have the nationality of the host country. Special rules in case of: dual citizenship European researcher returning from a third country third country researcher having resided in Europe for a long time international organisations as host institutions Thursday, February 13, 2020 An Irish Universities Association Presentation 9 Individual Fellowships and Grants Life-long Training and Career Development European Reintegration Grants (ERG)

Intra-European Fellowships for Career Development (IEF) International Dimension International Outgoing Fellowships (IOF) International Incoming Fellowships (IIF) Next deadline / cut-off date: Reintegration Grants: 3 April 2008 Fellowships: 19 August 2008 Thursday, February 13, 2020 An Irish Universities Association Presentation 10 European Reintegration Grants (I) Following a Marie Curie fellowship of at least 18 months duration (could be a host fellowship!)

Application at the earliest 12 months before and at the latest 6 months after the end of initial fellowship For ERs from MS/AC or assimilated nationals (i.e. third country researchers having been active in MS/AC for at least 3 out of the last 4 years) Thursday, February 13, 2020 An Irish Universities Association Presentation 11 European Reintegration Grants (II) Grants provide support to the longer-term (re-)integration in any MS/AC institution contribution to the research and/or salary costs during 2 3 years (15,000/year) host institution must provide adequate work contract

for at least the duration of the project mobility not mandatory host could be the original host institution!! Thursday, February 13, 2020 An Irish Universities Association Presentation 12 Intra-European Fellowships For the career development and competence diversification of experienced researchers (with or without PhD, from post-doc to senior researcher) Nationals of MS/AC or assimilated nationals Any topic, any host institution in a MS/AC (could be a company!) Transnational mobility is a must

Duration 1 2 years Thursday, February 13, 2020 An Irish Universities Association Presentation 13 International Outgoing Fellowships To reinforce the international dimension of the career of experienced researchers who are nationals of a MS/AC Two phases (fellowship covers both phases): outgoing phase (1 2 years) for training and career development in any third country institution mandatory return phase (1 year) in distinct legal entity in MS/AC for reintegration and knowledge transfer Contract is with the return host (responsible for return of the fellow)

Transnational mobility is a must Thursday, February 13, 2020 An Irish Universities Association Presentation 14 International Incoming Fellowships To reinforce scientific excellence of MS/AC by attracting top-class experienced third country researchers (not assimilated to MS/AC nationals) Enhance possibility for future collaborations One or two phases: incoming phase (1 2 years) in any MS/AC (fellowship) optional return phase (1 year) if researcher is from an ICPC country (15,000/year towards research costs)

Contracts with European and return host Transnational mobility is a must Thursday, February 13, 2020 An Irish Universities Association Presentation 15 Work-life balance Split stays are possible (fellowships) should be integrated and justified in original work plan Temporary suspension (for personal, family or professional reasons) can be requested later if unforeseen at time of grant agreement always granted in case of maternity/parental leave (augmentation of Community contribution) In principle, fellowships are on a full-time basis

exceptionally, part-time work and corresponding extension can be granted in case of personal or family reasons (total Community contribution will not be augmented) Thursday, February 13, 2020 An Irish Universities Association Presentation 16 Success rates in first Marie Curie calls in FP7 European Reintegration Grants: first cut-off: 88% (only 49 proposals submitted!) second cut-off: 85% (68 submitted) Intra-European Fellowships 25.3% (1703 proposals submitted)

International Outgoing Fellowships 30% (340 proposals submitted) International Incoming Fellowships 23.3% (570 proposals submitted) Thursday, February 13, 2020 An Irish Universities Association Presentation 17 Allowances to the researchers (fellowships) Living allowance (including all mandatory deductions) basic rate submitted to country-specific coefficient (IE:113.3, UK:109.2, FR:104.4, IT:103.9, DE:101.5, ES: 95.5, PT:91.4, EL:90.1, ,US:100.5, CA:90.6, MX: 70.2) Experience level

Employment contract (/year) Stipend (/year) ESR 34,500 17,250 ER with up to 10 years exp. 53,000 26,500 ER with >10 years exp. 79,500

39,750 Mobility allowance (500/800 monthly, depending on family situation at deadline) Travel allowance (250 - 2500, depending on distance) Career exploratory allowance (2,000 once) Thursday, February 13, 2020 An Irish Universities Association Presentation 18 Contribution managed by the host institution (fellowships) Participation expenses of researchers managed by host institution to cover research and training activities of fellows (conference attendance, training actions, research costs,

membership in professional associations, etc.) 500 per fellow-months for non-laboratory based projects 800 per fellow-months for laboratory based projects does not apply to reintegration grants and return phase of IIF Thursday, February 13, 2020 An Irish Universities Association Presentation 19 Contributions to the host institutions (fellowships) Management activities max. 3 % of total Community contribution Overheads 10 % of direct costs except subcontracting

Thursday, February 13, 2020 An Irish Universities Association Presentation 20 Indicative timetable for Reintegration Grants Publication of call 30 November 2007 Cut-off dates 3 April 2008 8 October 2008 Evaluation of proposals

May 2008 November 2008 Evaluation Summary Reports sent to proposal coordinators June 2008 December 2008 Invitation for contract negotiations June 2008 December 2008 Letter to unsuccessful candidates July 2008

January 2009 Signature of first contracts From From March September 2008 2009 Thursday, February 13, 2020 An Irish Universities Association Presentation 21 Indicative timetable for Individual Fellowships Publication of call 19 March 2008

Submission deadline 19 August 2008 Evaluation of proposals October 2008 (?) Evaluation Summary Reports sent to proposal coordinators November 2008 (?) Invitation for contract negotiations December 2008 (?) Letter to unsuccessful candidates From December 2008 (?)

Signature of first contracts From February 2009 (?) Thursday, February 13, 2020 An Irish Universities Association Presentation 22 Proposal preparation first steps Establish contacts with your chosen host institution / supervisor well ahead of time (financial support for preparatory meetings etc. available from Enterprise Ireland) Jointly develop a realistic research and training / transfer of knowledge project Arrange for up to three referees assessments

Download all the necessary documentation Do your homework background reading! (Rules of the programme but also some policy background) Thursday, February 13, 2020 An Irish Universities Association Presentation 23 Submission procedure Only electronic submission using EPSS (Electronic Proposal Submission Service) Proposal has two parts: Part A: administrative information about proposal, applicant and host institution (prepared forms) Part B: free text covering a number of predefined aspects of the project, limited number of pages (prescribed font size and margins), limited size of pdf-file

Deadline is STRICTLY enforced Thursday, February 13, 2020 An Irish Universities Association Presentation 24 Evaluation criteria basic principles Evaluation according to criteria provided in the Guide for Applicants Different criteria carry different weights Thresholds for some evaluation criteria Overall threshold is 70% All issues need to be addressed! Competition is fierce dont waste your chances. Always keep in mind the objectives of the activity! Thursday, February 13, 2020

An Irish Universities Association Presentation 25 Evaluation process All proposals undergo initial eligibility check Evaluation by at least three experts from an international pool (not all experts are exactly from your field of speciality!!) Proposals that miss a threshold are rejected Remaining proposals are ranked within each panel All applicants receive evaluation summary report (very useful for re-submission!!) Distribution of funding to different panels in proportion to proposals submitted Reserve lists in case of late withdrawal etc. Thursday, February 13, 2020 An Irish Universities Association Presentation

26 Reintegration Grants Part B Evaluation criteria and thresholds (overall threshold 70%): criterion weight threshold S & T Quality 30% 3/5

Researcher 30% none Implementation 20% none Impact 20% none Thursday, February 13, 2020

An Irish Universities Association Presentation 27 Reintegration Grants S&T Quality Scientific/technological quality, including any interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary aspects of the proposal Research methodology Originality and innovative nature of project, and relationship to the state of the art of research in the field Timeliness and relevance of project Weight: 30%, Threshold: 3/5 Thursday, February 13, 2020 An Irish Universities Association Presentation

28 Reintegration Grants Researcher Research experience Scientific and technological quality of previous research during the Marie Curie Fellowship Independent thinking and leadership qualities Match between the fellows profile and project Weight: 30%, Threshold: none Thursday, February 13, 2020 An Irish Universities Association Presentation 29 Reintegration Grants Implementation Quality of host organisation, including adequacy

of infrastructure/facilities Feasibility and credibility of the project, including work plan Practical arrangements for the implementation and management of the scientific project Weight: 20%, Threshold: none Thursday, February 13, 2020 An Irish Universities Association Presentation 30 Reintegration Grants Impact Potential of transferring knowledge to host Capacity to develop lasting cooperation (with previous country of the Marie Curie Fellowship Potential and quality of lasting professional integration (expected length of work contract,

expected career development) Benefit to the career of the researcher from the period of reintegration Weight: 20%, Threshold: none Thursday, February 13, 2020 An Irish Universities Association Presentation 31 Individual Fellowships Part B Evaluation criteria and thresholds (overall threshold 70%): criterion weight

threshold S & T Quality 25% 3/5 Training (IEF/IOF) Transfer of Knowledge (IIF) 15% IEF/IOF: 3/5 IIF: none Researcher 25%

4/5 Implementation 15% none Impact 20% none Thursday, February 13, 2020 An Irish Universities Association Presentation 32

More information on the Marie Curie Actions Official website of the FP7 People (Marie Curie) programme on CORDIS: http://cordis.europa.eu/ fp7/people/ information on calls, work programme, guide for applicants, etc. Marie Curie FP6 website on EUROPA: http://ec.europa.eu/research/fp6/mariecurieactions/indexhtm_en.html lots of background documents, case studies, interviews, ... Thursday, February 13, 2020 An Irish Universities Association Presentation 33 Opportunities from FP6

Many projects from FP6 are still running: Transfer of Knowledge, Early Stage Training, Excellence Teams, For vacancies visit: http://mc-opportunities.cordis.lu Thursday, February 13, 2020 An Irish Universities Association Presentation 34 European Research Council Starting Grants Support researchers at the start of their independent research career in the establishment of their first research team Provide a structure for transition from working

under a supervisor to independent research Supply grants to support the creation of excellent new teams which bring energy and new ideas to their disciplines Grants of 100 400 k/year for up to 5 years Thursday, February 13, 2020 An Irish Universities Association Presentation 35 ERC Starting Grants team composition Team Leader (Principal Investigator) has the power to assemble his/her research group; freedom to choose the research topic. Individual teams should consist of a grouping of researchers which meets the needs of the project, without artificial administrative

constraints: members may be drawn from one or several legal entities from either within or across national boundaries, including third countries Thursday, February 13, 2020 An Irish Universities Association Presentation 36 ERC Starting Grants eligibility criteria Team Leader (Principal Investigator) 2-9 years since completion of PhD (+ 3 years max for maternity/paternity leave or military service) Team leader and team members any nationality one ERC Grant per investigator only may be active at

any one time Hosting institution located in a MS/AC intra-European grant portability Thursday, February 13, 2020 An Irish Universities Association Presentation 37 ERC SG evaluation criteria and first results Sole criterion is scientific excellence potential of applicant quality of the proposal research environment Results from first call (Starting Grants) 9,167 proposals submitted (127 from Ireland)

569 passed to stage 2 (4 from Ireland) ~ 300 funded (1 from Ireland plus 1 on reserve list) Next call: summer 2008 with deadline in late autumn More information: http://erc.europa.eu Thursday, February 13, 2020 An Irish Universities Association Presentation 38 Financial support for proposal preparation Enterprise Ireland travel support: for researchers in higher education / publicly funded institutions for visits by Irish researchers abroad to meet potential partners or attendance at EU information

days/workshops relating to FP7 covers least-cost travel plus subsistence rates up to 150 per day (typical length of visits: three days) during the period of FP7, any one researcher can receive up to 3,000 to facilitate multiple visits to research partners (open to discussion!) More details and application form: http://www.enterprise-ireland.com/FP7/Financial+Sup port.htm Thursday, February 13, 2020 An Irish Universities Association Presentation 39 Marie Curie contacts in Ireland

IUA Marie Curie Office National Contact Point Dr. Dagmar Meyer ([email protected]) Dr. Conor OCarroll ([email protected]) [email protected] +353-(0)1 676 4948 Enterprise Ireland National Contact Point Focus on Industry - Bill Kee [email protected] +353-(0)1 808 2277 Thursday, February 13, 2020 An Irish Universities Association Presentation 40 ERC contacts in Ireland Science Foundation Ireland ERC National Contact Point

Dr. Graham Love ([email protected]) +353-(0)1 607 3284 Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences ERC National Contact Point Ms Sorcha Carthy ([email protected]) +353-(0)1 660 3652 Thursday, February 13, 2020 An Irish Universities Association Presentation 41 Contact points in other countries National Contact Points: http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/ncp_en.html (choose Mobility for the Marie Curie NCP and Ideas for the European Research Council NCP) FP7 contacts in third countries:

http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/third-countries_en.html Thursday, February 13, 2020 An Irish Universities Association Presentation 42 Support structures for mobile researchers European and National Researcher Mobility Portals joint initiative of the European Commission and countries participating in FP7 lots of practical information on living and working in other European countries, but also information on training and jobs a one-stop shop for mobile researchers and their families

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An Irish Universities Association Presentation 46 Support structures for mobile researchers ERA-MORE Network of Mobility Centres European network of more than 200 centres in 32 countries help-desk and personalised assistance in all matters relating to professional and daily life, including information on legal issues, social security, health and taxes, everyday life as well as family support service completely free of charge available both to incoming and outgoing researchers Thursday, February 13, 2020 An Irish Universities Association Presentation

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Links to the Mobility Portals European Researcher Mobility Portal: http://europa.eu/eracareers/index_en.cfm Irish Researcher Mobility Portal http://www.researchcareersireland.com/ Thursday, February 13, 2020 An Irish Universities Association Presentation 51 Thank you for your attention!! Thursday, February 13, 2020 An Irish Universities Association Presentation

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