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Prof Paolo Bouquet

Prof Paolo Bouquet
University of Trento Italy.
Workshop on Proposal Writing and International Fundraising
Sina Institute at Birzeit University
April 2, 2014.

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  • SIERA Workshop on The Pillars of Horizon2020 Prof. Paolo Bouquet University of Trento / OKKAM SL paolo.bouquet@unitn.it / bouquet@okkam.it SIERA (GA #295006) Birzeit University, Palestine 02/04/2014
  • A changed context Since the launch of the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), the economic context has changed dramatically (crisis). Fiscal consolidation and structural reform are necessary but not sufficient to secure Europe’s global competitiveness. Smart investment, notably in research and innovation, is vital in order to maintain high standards of living Research and innovation help deliver jobs, prosperity, quality of life and lead to business opportunities by creating innovative products and services. Although the Union is a global leader in many technologies, it faces increasing competition from traditional competitors and emerging economies alike and must therefore improve its innovation performance. /* COM/2011/0808 final */
  • 4 5 7 13 15 19 50 77 0 20 40 60 80 100 FP! FP2 FP3 FP4 FP5 FP6 FP7 FP8 RTD Framework Programmes Budget (Bn €) 110 Billion Euros! 1984-1988 2007-2013 2014-2020
  • The innovation emergency
  • Key novelties • The integration of research and innovation by providing seamless and coherent funding from idea to market • More support for innovation and activities close to the market, leading to a direct economic stimulus; • A strong focus on creating business opportunities out of our response to the major concerns common to people in Europe and beyond, i.e. “societal challenges” /* COM/2011/0808 final */
  • Priority 1 Excellent science Why: • World class science is the foundation of tomorrow’s technologies, jobs and wellbeing • Europe needs to develop, attract and retain research talent • Researchers need access to the best infrastructures
  • European Research Council Frontier research by the best individual teams Future and Emerging Technologies Collaborative research to open new fields of innovation Marie Curie actions* Opportunities for training and career development Research infrastructures (including e-infrastructure) Ensuring access to world-class facilities Instruments
  • Priority 2 Industrial leadership Why: • Europe needs more innovative SMEs to create growth and jobs • Strategic investments in key technologies (e.g. advanced manufacturing, micro-electronics) underpin innovation across existing and emerging sectors • Europe needs to attract more private investment in research and innovation
  • Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies (ICT, nanotechnologies, materials, biotechnology, manufacturing, space) Access to risk finance Leveraging private finance and venture capital for research and innovation Innovation in SMEs Fostering all forms of innovation in all types of SMEs Instruments
  • Priority 3 Societal challenges Why: • EU policy objectives (climate, environment, energy, transport etc) cannot be achieved without innovation • Breakthrough solutions come from multi-disciplinary collaborations, including social sciences & humanities • Promising solutions need to be tested, demonstrated and scaled up
  • Health, demographic change and wellbeing Food security, sustainable agriculture, marine and maritime research & the bioeconomy Secure, clean and efficient energy Smart, green and integrated transport Climate action, resource efficiency and raw materials Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies/Secure societies Societal challenges (Topics)
  • Creating Industrial Leadership and Competitive Frameworks Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies ICT Nanotech., Materials, Manuf. and Processing Biotechnology Space Access to risk finance Innovation in SMEs Excellence in the Science Base Frontier research (ERC) Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) Skills and career development (Marie Curie) Research infrastructures Shared objectives and principles Common rules, toolkit of funding schemes Europe 2020 priorities European Research Area Simplified access International cooperation Dissemination & knowledge tranfer Tackling Societal Challenges Health, demographic change and wellbeing Food security, sustainable agriculture and the bio-based economy Secure, clean and efficient energy Smart, green and integrated transport Climate action, resource efficiency and raw materials Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies Secure Societies EIT JRC ICT ICT ICT ICT ICT ICT ICT ICT ICT
  • ICT in Societal Challenges (I) – Health, demographic change & wellbeing; e-health, self management of health, improved diagnostics, improved surveillance, health data collection, active ageing, assisted living – Secure, clean and efficient energy; Smart cities; Energy efficient buildings; smart electricity grids; smart metering – Smart, green and integrated transport; Smart transport equipment, infrastructures and services; innovative transport management systems; safety aspects
  • ICT in Societal Challenges (II) – Food security, sustainable agriculture, marine and maritime research & the bioeconomy – Climate action, resource efficiency and raw materials ICT for increased resource efficiency; earth observation and monitoring – Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies Digital inclusion; social innovation platforms; e-government services; e-skills and e-learning; e-culture – Secure societies Cyber security; ensuring privacy and protection of human rights on-line
  • A new role for Small-Medium Enterprises (SME’s) • Integrated approach - around 20% of the total budget for societal challenges and LEITs to go to SMEs • Simplification of particular benefit to SMEs (e.g. single entry point) • A new SME instrument will be used across all societal challenges as well as for the LEITs • A dedicated activity for research-intensive SMEs in 'Innovation in SMEs' • 'Access to risk finance' will have a strong SME focus (debt and equity facility)
  • PRACTICALITIES
  • New (simplified) rules • Single set of simpler and more coherent participation rules • Moving from several funding rates for different beneficiaries and activities to just two • Replacing the four methods to calculate overhead or «indirect costs» with a single flat rate • Major simplification under the forthcoming financial regulation • Successful applicants to get working more quickly: time-to-grant of 8 months; exceptions for the ERC and in duly justified cases • No negotiation of the grant agreement in future, what is submitted will be evaluated. Potential participants must now be aware of this.
  • The EU participant portal
  • How to find a call: the funding opps
  • Types of actions • Research and innovation actions (R&I) • comparable to FP7 STREPs & IPs • Innovation actions • comparable to CIP Pilot B projects (+ "some research") • Coordination and Support Actions • similar to FP7 CSA, but no more distinction between CA and SA
  • Research & Innovation actions • Actions primarily consisting of activities aiming to establish new knowledge and/or to explore the feasibility of a new or improved technology, product, process, service or solution. • For this purpose they may include basic and applied research, technology development and integration, testing and validation on a small- scale prototype in a laboratory or simulated environment.
  • Innovation actions • Actions primarily consisting of activities directly aiming at producing plans and arrangements or designs for new, altered or improved products, processes or services • For this purpose they may include prototyping, testing, demonstrating, piloting, large-scale product validation and market replication
  • Coordination and Support Actions Actions consisting primarily of accompanying measures such as standardisation, dissemination, awareness-raising and communication, networking, coordination or support services, policy dialogues and mutual learning exercises and studies, including design studies for new infrastructure and may also include complementary activities of networking and coordination between programmes in different countries.
  • Eligibility conditions Research and Innovation actions • At least 3 mutually independent legal entities, each established in different MS/AC Innovation actions • At least 3 mutually independent legal entities, each established in different MS/AC Coordination and Support Actions • One legal entity established in a Member State or associated country
  • Grant One reimbursement rate by action (same rate for all all activities): • Up to 100% for Research and Innovation actions (and CSA) • Up to 70% for innovation (non-profit entities up to 100%) and programme co-fund actions. • WP may specify a different reimbursement rate One method for calculation of indirect costs: • Flat rate of 25% of total direct costs, excluding subcontracting, costs of third parties and financial support to third parties • If provided in WP, lump sum or unit costs No-profit rule (as in FP7)
  • Evaluation criteria / scoring / weights Criteria: Excellence / Impact / Implementation • As in FP7: each criterion scored out of 5; individual threshold of 3; overall threshold of 10 • For Innovation Actions • Impact criterion weighted by factor of 1.5 • For Research and Innovation Actions: • No weighting of evaluation criteria
  • H2020 for non-EU contries Applicants from non-EU countries (or «third countries») are always free to take part in H2020 programmes However, they are not always automatically entitled to funding!
  • Opportunities for Palestine / Birzeit The good news is that Palestine is among the countries which are automatically eligible In addition, there are calls which are especially targeted to non-EU countries (search for Middle East in the participant portal)
  • Example
  • Conclusions • H2020 can be a great opportunity for Birzeit University and Palestine • However: • Project ideas should not focus on your problems, but on EU challenges • We need to build convincing arguments for EU partners to include BU in a consortium • The business orientation is extremely important (no curiosity-driven research!) • Find the right travelling companions
  • THANKS!