EU presentation July 2015

Miss Cate Cowton
EU Research and Development Officer for Biology
(and HYMS, Health Science, CHE, CRD & History of Art)
July 2014
Why Apply for EU Funding?
 Intro to Horizon 2020
Societal Challenges
Marie Sklodowska-Curie
Other H2020 Schemes
 The European Team at York
Why Apply for EU Funding?
Prestigious and world renowned – boosts reputation/visiblility
Large budget available/up to 5 years of funding
World-wide collaborations, create strong research networks
Strongly encourage working with industry and SME’s
Huge variety in the possibility of research (i.e. bottom up/top down)
Improved bureaucracy – main aim is successful research
Dedicated EU Grants and Contracts Team at York
York Compliant to EU
It should be fun and exciting! Vibrant, diverse consortiums developing the
future of research with one of the most prestigious funders supporting you.
Horizon 2020 Intro
Biggest EU Research and Innovation programme yet, with 79 billion
euros of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020)
Main Aims of H2020o
Strengthen the EU’s position in science
o Improve European economy.
o Address major societal concerns shared by all Europeans such as
sustainable food security, health and well-being, the challenge of an
ageing population, developing sustainable transport and mobility,
affordable renewable energy and climate change.
Work Programme Part 1 (2014/15)
12 focus areas
Personalising health
and care
low-carbon energy
Sustainable food
Blue growth:
unlocking the
potential of seas
and oceans
Water innovation:
boosting its value for
Waste: a resource to
recycle, reuse and
recover raw materials
Overcoming the crisis:
new ideas, strategies
and governance
structures for Europe
safeguarding and
securing society,
including adapting to
climate change
Digital security
Mobility for growth
Smart cities and
Energy Efficiency
Horizon 2020: Structure
Horizon 2020 - Societal Challenges
Multi-partner international teams
Size/funding highly variable
Duration 2-5+ years
Research and Innovation Actions
Co-ordination and Support Actions eg standardization, dissemination,
awareness-raising and communication
Challenge-based approach, allowing applicants to have considerable
freedom to come up with innovative solutions
Interdisciplinary: ‘brings together resources and knowledge across
different fields, technologies and disciplines’
‘emphasis on innovation-related activities’
H2020 Societal Challenges
Societal Challenges Up & Coming
Call for Competitive Low-Carbon Energy – 03/09/14
Personalising Healthcare – 14/10/14
Waste: A Resource to Recycle, Reuse & Recover Raw
Materials – 16/10/14
Innovative, Sustainable and Inclusive Bioeconomy –
Sustainable Food Security – 24/02/15
Blue Growth: Unlocking the Potential of Seas and
Oceans – 24/02/15
Health Co-ordination Activities – 21/04/15
Personalising Healthcare – 14/10/14
Sustainable Food Security – 24/02/15
Evaluation of Pillar 3
3 Criteria, each scored out of 5:
expected impacts, dissemination + IPR, communication
Quality and efficiency of the implementation
clarity of objectives, credibility of approach,
soundness of concept
work plan, participants + consortium, management, sound
financial plan
Usual threshold = 3/5 for each criterion, 10/15 overall
For 1st stage of 2-stage submissions: Excellence + Impact, threshold 4/5
Independent assessment by external evaluators
Then reviewed by Panel = chaired by EC + involving external experts
→ proposals listed in priority order
Tips for Success in Societal Challenges
1. Scientific Excellence, especially something innovative and different
2. Societal and economic benefit and growth is a big theme – Engaging industry and
3. Strong partnership with Member States and international cooperation
5. Demonstration of product/research and promotion of your research (include costs for
a website and outreach activity to promote results/H2020), open access (€5k per
6. Evidence of sound financial management (include some costs for administration)
7. Clear Leadership and organisation of the project
8. Gender equality in research and attention to Ethical issues
Horizon 2020 - European Research Council
Support to the individual researcher
No predetermined subjects (bottom-up approach);
all disciplines and cross boundaries between research
fields - pioneering
Frontier research projects – ground-breaking nature , novel
hypotheses, new and emerging fields of research, etc.
Excellence is the sole criterion (of the idea & the individual)
Open to all researchers from anywhere in the world willing to do
research in Europe
Highly competitive; restrictions on re-applying (C:2 ys, B:1y) –
Very prestigious
Horizon 2020 - Types of ERC Grants
Starting Grants
(2-7 years after PhD*)
up to € 1.5 Mil for 5 years
PI should commit 50% of their time
Consolidator Grants
(7-12 years after PhD*)
up to € 2.0 Mil for 5 years
PI should commit 50% of their time
Advanced Grants
Track record of significant research achievements in the last 10 years
up to € 2.5 Mil for 5 years
PI should commit 30% of their time
Call Open – Deadline 21/10/2014
*To 1st January the year of the call
Horizon 2020
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
The researcher’s career, training and skills acquisition
Transnational mobility requirements:
General Mobility rule: must not have been resident
in host country for more than 12 months in the last
3 years immediately before application deadline
Opportunities for researchers at any stage of career
For all nationalities willing to work in Europe
All domains of research (bottom-up approach)
MC contributes to building a research “community”
Gender balance (aim of 40% women)
Increasing participation from “non-academic” sector
Horizon 2020 -Types of MSC Actions
Networks supporting early-stage training (doctoral)
Early Stage Researcher (ESR):
< 4 years experience (FTE) from obtaining degree that
qualifies to embark on a doctorate (“~PhD Students”) Not
achieved PhD yet.
Individual Fellowships undertaking mobility (European and
Experienced Researcher (ER) - with PhD or > 4
years experience (FTE)
Call Open – Deadline 11/09/2014
Exchange of
International and inter-sector cooperation
through exchange of staff (ESR, ER, Admin staff etc)
Co-funding of programmes funding doctoral and
postdoctoral researchers.
Call Open – Deadline 02/10/2014
Industrial Leadership
can apply to European Investment Bank for loan (€25 -300M)
Leadership in enabling and industrial
technologies (LEIT)
Strong focus on industrial involvement and applied research
Research and Innovation Actions
Coordination and Support Actions
a) Developing industrial capacity in focus areas: Key Enabling Technologies (KETs)
• Biotechnology, Advanced Materials, Micro- and nano-electronics etc
- Strong focus on the contribution of KETs to societal challenges and on
leveraging private sector investment
Relevant Up & Coming Calls…
Sustainable Low Carbon II - 02/09/14
Biotechnology – 24/02/2015
Other H2020 Funding
FET - Future and Emerging Technologies
Supports frontier research: alternative ideas,
concepts or paradigms of risky or non-conventional nature
Up&Coming Calls:
Novel Ideas for Radically New Technologies – Research Projects –
30/09/2014 or 31/03/2015 or 30/09/15
Novel Ideas for Radically New Technologies – Co-ordinator and
Support Actions – 30/09/2014
Research Infrastructures
Facilities, resources & services used by research community to
conduct research and foster innovation. Multi-partner projects
comprising research, Networking Activity and Transnational
Access. E-Infrastructure –improve efficiency and access of data.
Developing New World Class Research Infrastructures – 14/01/15
Horizon 2020 - Rules for Participation
Single set of rules for everyone (academia & industry)
One project – one funding rate
100% of direct costs for all types of partners
70% for actions close to market (100% for non-for profit entities)
Indirect costs: a flat rate of 25% of direct eligible costs
Non-deductible VAT is eligible cost
Audit is not subcontract anymore; one at end of project if EC contr > €325K
The audit threshold doesn’t count flat rate costs (i.e. overheads and most
Marie Curie Costs).
Improved rules on intellectual property, new emphasis on open access
Fewer, more targeted audits from EC
Reduction of average time to grant
No timesheets for staff who are 100% on grant
H2020: Participant Portal
Participant Portal
Details of funding Opportunities (Calls, deadlines, Keyword Search)
Guidance documents (e.g. manual)
All applications submitted via Portal
Details of previously funded projects and events
EUROPA website events
This has a list of all up and coming events related to the EC, also available in calendar
format. There is a filter option on the left hand side which allows you to find more
relevant events
Future Events
22-25 September 2014, Vienna, Austria 2nd Annual Congress of the
European Society for Translational Medicine & Global Network
Conference on Translational Medicine (EUSTM - 2014)
30 September - 2 October 2014, Alkmaar region, The Netherlands
European Biogas Association Conference
1-3 October 2014, Madrid 3rd International Conference on
Antimicrobial Research - ICAR2014
18-21 October 2014, Berlin 27th ECNP Congress of Applied and
Translational Neuroscience
29-31 October 2014, Buchen/Innsbruck, Austria 8th Alpine Meeting:
Current & Future challenges of oncology drug development
20-22 May 2015, Florence, Italy Instruct Biennial Structural Biology 2015
EU Research Team - service
Our website:
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for example:
 alerts to new/upcoming calls and programme updates;
 explain requirements, advise on topics;
 if we’re coordinating: consult work plan, deliverables, milestones, timing; help with
implementation (management and resources) and impact sections;
 help with costing so that it fits the work plan (+eligible, etc)
 advice and help through negotiations, with co-ordinator and with the EC if funded
Proactive and practical post-award management support
Practical project management advice (financial, legal and scientific)
Focus on helping cost recording for easier reporting
Focus on audit requirements/risks, for example:
 Timesheets
 Internal charges (facilities, etc)
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