EU Space Research Program @ Stanford - Astrid Koch - 21 July 2010


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"Transatlantic Researcher Mobility" presentation by Dr. Astrid Koch, S&T Counselor, European Commission Delegation, Washington DC, at Stanford University, July 21 2010

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EU Space Research Program @ Stanford - Astrid Koch - 21 July 2010

  1. 1. Transatlantic Researcher Mobility – Funding and networking opportunities with FP7 Delegation of the European Commission in Washington DC Science, Technology and Education Astrid-Christina Koch
  2. 2. Outline FP7: International Science &Technology Cooperation Ideas – The ERC Grants People – The Marie-Curie Actions EURAXESS –Links USA Network FP7 /2
  3. 3. Lisbon Treaty and the new Commission (2010-2014) Entry into force on 1 December 2009 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU (Lisbon Treaty) means: Scientific and technological advance is a specific objective of the EU To be achieved by the development of a “European Research Area” (ERA) New mandate for a European space policy & implementing program Mandate of new Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science – Ms. Maire Geoghegan-Quinn: Develop the European Research Area Coordinate innovation activities Improve EU / national-level coordination in R&D Improve FP7 implementation Prepare future EU R&D policies and launch FP8 FP7 /3
  4. 4. Framework for EU-U.S. S&T Cooperation Science & Technology Cooperation Agreement EU-U.S. Since 1998; renewed 2004 and 2009. S&T Wide scope of topics; enlarged to Agreeme include security and space research. nt FP7 /4
  5. 5. International Cooperation in FP7 FP7 - open to international partners Cooperation with industrialised countries: focuses on areas of mutual interest and global challenges is funded under particular circumstances (specific provision or “essential” to the work) Most US participants use own funding sources Funding could be made routinely available for US researchers countries on a reciprocal basis (e.g. FP7-NIH activities) FP7 /5
  6. 6. The 7th EU Framework Programme (2007-2013) Collaborative Research Frontier Research 32 365 M€ 7 460 M€ Human Potential Research Capacity 4 728 M€ 4 217 M€ Total 53 billion € for 7 years FP7 /6
  7. 7. The 7th Framework Programme: 2007 – 2013 Total FP7 budget: € 54,582 billion Cooperation JRC (EC) Euratom 1,8 4,1 Capacities Ideas New FP7 4,3 (ERC) People 4,7 Cooperation People 32,292* 7,46 Ideas Capacities *of which Health 5,984 FP7 /7
  8. 8. FP7 | Cooperation bringing together our best talents to tackle the following areas: Health; Food, Agriculture and Biotechnology; Information and Communication Technologies; Nano-sciences, Nano-technologies, Materials and new Production Technologies; Energy; Environment (including Climate Change); Transport (including Aeronautics); Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities; Space; Security. FP7 /8
  9. 9. The 7th Framework Programme: 2007 – 2013 Total FP7 budget: € 54,582 billion Cooperation JRC (EC) Euratom 1,8 4,1 Capacities Ideas New FP7 4,3 (ERC) People 4,7 Cooperation People 32,292* 7,46 Ideas Capacities *of which Health 5,984 FP7 /9
  10. 10. ERC Grant schemes Aim: Retain – Repatriate – Recruit Favour “brain gain” and “reverse brain drain” improve career opportunities and independence - especially for young researchers increase competition, recognition and international visibility - for excellent individual scientists and scholars in Europe Raise aspiration and achievement of basic research in Europe - comparability/benchmark for researchers and research systems Activities: Two complementary funding schemes ERC Starting Grant (StG): attract & retain the next generation of independent research leaders - up to € 2.0 Mio for 5 years ERC Advanced Grant (AdG): attract & reward established independent research leaders - up to € 3.5 Mio for 5 years FP7 /10 │ 10
  11. 11. ERC Grant schemes Who can apply? – General requirements 1. Principal Investigator (PI) Nationality, age or current place of work not relevant 2. In conjunction with a Host organisation To be located in MS or AC 3. Frontier Research Project All fields of science, engineering and scholarship are eligible (investigator-driven, bottom-up) 4. Individual research team PI has freedom to choose National or trans-national character, if scientific added value proven FP7 /11 │ 11
  12. 12. ERC Grant schemes Operational Principles Application in response to calls for proposals Principal Investigators applies in conjunction and on behalf of a research-performing host institution Electronic Proposals Submission System (EPSS) Single submission, staged evaluation procedure to manage a large number of applications Panel-based international peer review process Scientific Council selects panels and peer reviewers Panels assess and select proposals FP7 /12 │ 12
  13. 13. ERC Grant Schemes Evaluation: Scientific Excellence is the sole criterion Evaluation of Excellence at three levels: • Quality of Principal Investigator • Quality of Research Project • Research Environment Referees and panels evaluate and score criteria under Heading 1 and Heading 2 numerically which will result in the ranking of the projects: − 1-4 per criterion − Threshold ≥ 2 per criterion Criteria under Heading 3 will be considered as "pass/fail" and commented but not scored FP7 /13 │ 13
  14. 14. ERC StG 2007 & ERC AdG 2008 Selected projects: Repatriation and Recruitment Starting Grant 2007 Advanced Grant 2008 │ 14 FP7 /14 Argentina Japan Australia
  15. 15. ERC Panel structure Social Sciences and Humanities (SH) SH1 - Individuals, institutions & markets Life Sciences (LS) SH2 - Institutions, values, beliefs and behaviour LS1 - Molecular & Structural Biology & Biochemistry SH3 - Environment & society LS2 - Genetics, Genomics, Bioinformatics & Systems SH4 - The Human Mind and its complexity Biology SH5 - Cultures & cultural production LS3 - Cellular and Developmental Biology SH6 - The study of the human past LS4 - Physiology, Pathophysiology & Endocrinology LS5 - Neurosciences & neural disorders LS6 - Immunity & infection Physical Sciences & Engineering (PE) LS7 - Diagnostic tools, therapies & public health PE1 - Mathematical foundations LS8 - Evolutionary, population & environmental biology PE2 - Fundamental constituents of matter LS9 - Applied life sciences & biotechnology PE3 - Condensed matter physics PE4 - Physical & Analytical Chemical sciences PE5 - Materials & Synthesis PE6 - Computer science & informatics PE7 - Systems & communication engineering PE8 - Products & process engineering PE9 - Universe sciences PE10 - Earth system science FP7 /15
  16. 16. ERC Budget 2007 – 2013: €7.51 bn Annual budget distribution (prospective schedule) │ 16 FP7 /16 │ 16
  17. 17. The 7th Framework Programme: 2007 – 2013 Total FP7 budget: € 54,582 billion Cooperation JRC (EC) Euratom 1,8 4,1 Capacities Ideas New P7 4,3 (ERC) People 4,7 Cooperation People 32,292* 7,46 Ideas Capacities *of which Health 5,984 FP7 /17 EUROPEAN COMMISSION – DG Research – Oct 2009
  18. 18. FP7 | People Marie Curie Actions- Fellowships, Grants, Awards 1. Initial training: 1. Initial training: •Networks for Early stage researchers •Networks for Early stage researchers 2. Life long training and career development: 2. Life long training and career development: ••Intra European Fellowships Intra European Fellowships •European Reintegration Grants •European Reintegration Grants ••Co-funding of national programmes Co-funding of national programmes 3. Industry dimension: 3. Industry dimension: ••Industry-academia partnership and pathways Industry-academia partnership and pathways 4. International dimension: 4. International dimension: ••Outgoing fellowships Outgoing fellowships ••International reintegration grants International reintegration grants ••Incoming fellowships Incoming fellowships •International staff Exchange Programmes •International staff Exchange Programmes 5. Specific actions Such as: ‘Researchers’ Night’; Marie Curie Awards, ERA-More; networking of NCPs FP7 /18
  19. 19. Outgoing fellowships (from EU) Career development/ life-long training for EU researchers : EU outgoing individual fellowships, to be trained in a third country institute or organisation at least 4 years after graduation Funding for up to 3 years in total • -- with 1-2 years abroad To establish cooperation Based on a personal ‘career development plan’ Application together with the host of the return fellowship, mandatory return phase FP7 /19
  20. 20. Incoming fellowships Incoming individual fellowships to attract top class researchers to EU and Associated States. • at least four years after graduation (post doc) • to develop cooperation • Proposal is submitted by the researcher together with the host organisation • For 1 to 2 years • Salary plus contribution towards research related costs • Eventually a 1 year return phase for researchers from ICPC FP7 /20
  21. 21. International Reintegration Grants Financial assistance to any EU or Associated States researchers who wish to return and find a position in Europe After having worked in research in a third country for at least three years grant of 2 to 4 years At least four years research experience after graduation Researcher applies together with the host organisation Flat rate of 25 000€ annually Commission signs grant agreement, while re-integration host will sign employment agreement Regular cut off date twice a year FP7 /21
  22. 22. IRSES “International Research Staff Exchange Scheme” To establish or deepen partnership between min 2 research organisations within EU/associate and one or more organisations in third countries. Joint exchange programme to/from Europe (not between EU/AS partners) - 24 - 48 month partnership Short term exchanges (up to 1 year per person) Partner institutes select their staff for exchange (Researchers, management, technical staff ) Staff are seconded (maintain salary in institution of origin and have the right to return – EC Contribution: 1800 € man/month FP7 /22
  23. 23. PEOPLE Marie Curie Actions in FP7 Some dates and figures 2009-10 ACTION CALL PUBLICATION CALL DEADLINE BUDGET ITN 08 September 2009 22 December 2009 243,79 M€ COFUND 18 November 2009 18 February 2010 75 M€ IRSES 25 November 2009 25 March 2010 30 M€ ERG/IRG 9 October 2008 8 October 2009 31M€ (2 deadlines) 9 October 2009 9 March 2010 32 M€ (2 deadlines) IEF 17 March 2010 17 August 2010 95 M€ IIF 17 March 2010 17 August 2010 28 M€ IOF 17 March 2010 17 August 2010 28 M€ Dates can be modified. Updated information can be found on the CORDIS webpage: FP7 /23
  24. 24. Participation of U.S. organizations in FP7 FP7 /24
  25. 25. Participation of U.S. organizations in the FP7 Cooperation Program FP7 /25
  26. 26. Euraxess Links USA activities A website with targeted information on sources of research funding in Europe and US, research policies, career opportunities, collaboration opportunities, conferences and training courses . Monthly newsletter with articles specifically of interest to the European science community in the US. Regular updates signaling job, funding and collaboration opportunities. Co-organization of career fairs with US partners to provide forum for researchers to meet with European funding agencies and employers, both public and private. Occasional meetings and events. FP7 /26
  27. 27. Everything you wanted to know about EC- funded research…… but never dared to ask! EU research: Seventh Framework Programme: Information on research programmes and projects: European Research Council FP7 /27
  28. 28. Latest call information: FP7 Health theme portal: EC Delegation website: FP7 /28
  29. 29. Thank you for your attention Dr. Astrid-Christina Koch Science Counsellor Delegation of the European Union to the United States FP7 /29