HERA Cultural Encounters Information Sessions – Application Process

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HERA Cultural Encounters Information Sessions – Application Process (Edinburgh and London March 2012) Lucy Parnall AHRC

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  • The aim of HERA JRP is to support trans-national collaborative research projects through one call in two research areas Austria, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, Sweden, UK JRP to be funded from a common pot consisting of 13 national contributions determined according to the percentage of the public R&D expenditure in respective countries
  • Online submission system open on 5 February 3mths between invitation of full proposals and deadline for submission Sept/Oct: Peer review: referees’ assessment and applicant right to reply CRP ahve to start by June 2010
  • Panel is made up of international arts and humanities academics – chosen for their research standing also aim to get a geographical and subject spread 24 down to 12
  • CRP must be submitted online via the HERA website Must be written in English Must follow the proposal structure as per template Can have more than 3 countries and when do this can have more than 1 from a country eg 2 from the UK but need to ensure a balance – 8 from UK and 1 from Lithuania and 1 from Luxembourg isnt very balanced
  • Will vary from country to country
  • Rules – as project leader get other PI’s to contactr
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  • HERA Cultural Encounters Information Sessions – Application Process

    1. 1. HERA Joint Research Programme Cultural EncountersInformation Sessions Lucy Parnall AHRC
    2. 2. Joint Research Programme Key Facts• Pooling national and European funding: research funding organisations in 18 countries and the European Commission• 18,5 M € available for Humanities-led research in “Cultural Encounters”• Supporting excellent collaborative research projects (CRP)• Supporting knowledge exchange with non-academic audiences• 2 stage assessment with Outline Proposals• 1 Handling Agency for the centrally managed selection process: European Science Foundation
    3. 3. HERA JRP timeline9 Feb 2012 Launch of the Call for Outline Proposals4 May 2012 Deadline for the submission of Outline ProposalsJun 2012 Review Panel: selection of Outline ProposalsJul 2012 Invitation for the submission of Full ProposalsOct 2012 Deadline for the submission of Full ProposalsOct-Nov 2012 Peer review of Full ProposalsDec 2012 Rebuttal by applicants – PI response (one week)Jan 2013 Review Panel: ranking of Full ProposalsFeb 2013 HERA JRP Board meeting: funding decisionsFeb-Jun 2013 Contract negotiationsJun 2013 Start of Collaborative Research ProjectsJun 2016 End of Collaborative Research Projects
    4. 4. Assessment Process– 1st stage: Outline Proposals • Outline Proposals are evaluated by the international Review Panel; • Shortlisted applicants are invited to submit Full Proposals.– 2nd stage: Full Proposals • Each Full Proposal is evaluated by at least three external expert referees; • Rebuttal by applicants (PI response): applicants are invited to submit comments on referee evaluations • The international Review Panel evaluates and ranks Full Proposals • The HERA JRP Board makes final funding decisions
    5. 5. Eligibility• Proposals must follow the prescribed format and be submitted before the deadline of 4 May 2012, 14:00 CET/13:00 GMT• At least 3 eligible researchers (Principal Investigators) in 3 participating countries: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Sweden and United Kingdom• Maximum budget per CRP: € 1M• Maximum project duration: 36 months• All applicants and budget items must be eligible according to the National Eligibility Rules (see www.heranet.info)
    6. 6. Principal Investigators• At least three PIs from three participating countries in a project.• Each PI leads research activities at his/her institution.• One of the PIs also functions as the Project Leader (PL) of the project.• There can be more than one PI from the same country in one proposal (provided they are based at different institutions).• Only one PI from the same institution in one proposal.• You may act as PI in more than one proposal.• You must meet AHRCs criteria of Principal Investigator
    7. 7. Project Leader (PL)• PL is a senior researcher with a solid experience of managing collaborative research projects.• PL submits the proposal on behalf of the whole project team.• PL is the contact point between the Handling Agency and other Principal Investigators.• You may act as PL in one proposal only.If the funding is granted, the PL host institution will:• distribute the funds to other PI’s host institutions;• take responsibility for proper financial management of the grant;• take responsibility for all reporting duties.
    8. 8. Other Staff - UK– Co-Investigator– Research Assistant– PhD Students (must be complementary but stand alone)– Other staff as needed eg co-ordinator/admin support– Co-I’s etc can not be listed as investigators in application form but can be mentioned in text– Academic staff must meet AHRC’s eligibility criteria
    9. 9. Non Academic Partner• Non-academic APs – stakeholders in the cultural, heritage or educational sector, media, or creative industries, who may provide significant added value and valuable insights to the project from the user’s perspective.• APs are encouraged to participate in an advisory and collaborative capacity to help explore the knowledge exchange potential of the proposed research.• Time of APs must be self-funded; only their travel and subsistence costs can be covered from the project budget.
    10. 10. Outline Proposals - Application Format• Your application must be written in English.• Access the online application system via the link on www.heranet.info and enter the following details: – Proposal title, acronym, keywords and abstract; – Contact details of the applicants.• Upload the filled out application template containing: – A short description of the project; – CVs of the Principal Investigators; – Estimated budget in Euros; – Letters of commitment from non academic Associated Partners, if applicable.
    11. 11. Short Description of CRP (Max 2000 Words)• What research question(s) does the CRP seek to answer?• In what way is the project original and/or innovative?• What are the objectives of the CRP?• By what methods will the research question(s) be tackled?• How are the skills of the partners complementary?• What is the added value in tackling your research question(s) from a trans-national perspective?• How will partners work together? What management and coordination structures are proposed?• What is the significance of the research question(s)? How will these contribute to the “Cultural Encounters” theme?• What is the potential impact of the proposed research to both academic disciplines, and relevant stakeholders and user communities?• How will the CRP engage in knowledge exchange or active dissemination engaging user communities and audiences outside academia?
    12. 12. Finances• Each partner costs on their own rules; no matter the country is ‘leading’• For UK follow FeC rules• Budget must be in Euros• Outline budget is an estimate; can change• For budget table:– Enter in 80% Figure (except students)– Combine estates and indirects for the overheads line– For students – enter 100% of costs stated in guidance (do not count towards researcher FTE)
    13. 13. Outline Proposal Assessment Criteria• Potential for research excellence• Novelty and originality of research• Qualification of the applicants and coordination structures proposed• European added value of collaboration• Relevance to the theme “Cultural Encounters”, including potential impact of the proposed research beyond academia
    14. 14. What to do to succeed• Read all the guidance documentation published on the HERA website www.heranet.info.• Verify the eligibility of the applicants and budget items according to the National Eligibility Rules.• Contact the HERA office, your research office or your National Contact Point, if you have questions.• Make sure you understand the evaluation criteria.• Describe your project idea (incl. objectives, methodology, collaboration and potential impact) within the given space of 2000 words!• Don’t forget why does your project fit ‘Cultural Encounters’• Arrange face-to-face meetings with your project partners when writing the proposal to ensure coherency of ideas.• Use clear and straightforward language.• Upload your proposal well ahead of the submission deadline!
    15. 15. Relevant documents• Call for Proposals• National Eligibility Rules• FAQ• Glossary• Application templateAll documents are available online at www.heranet.info
    16. 16. Who to contact? Application Process etc Julia Boman hera@esf.org UK Eligibility Queries Lucy Parnall l.parnall@ahrc.ac.ukKelly Sidgwick k.sidgwick@ahrc.ac.uk Thanks to Julia Boman at ESF for draft slides

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