APPLICATION PROCEDURE      STEP BY STEP             Frank Moe  Norwegian National Structure (SIU)         frank.moe@siu.no...
Remember• That application work is a PROCESS• which takes a lot of TIME• and most often a lot of work• to transform a good...
Remember• That even though the core of the project always is  subject related,• most of the actual activities are related ...
Remember That it is the privilege of the donor to define the structure of the programme and the criteria for selection of ...
and Remember• There is no such thing as a free lunch   – The EU support is meant to help you to create and run     somethi...
RememberTo read and understand all relevant documents well  and follow the instructions in:- Programme Guide- Instructions...
In additionThere are several examples of good practice in  the web pagesThe Erasmus Mundus web page also gives links  to a...
RememberYour goal is not to make a good application,butTo make an excellent application!About 80% of the applications are ...
The evaluation procedureThe independent experts are:- Academics- Previously or currently involved in European projects- Mo...
The evaluation procedureThe evaluation is organised in several phases:- Registration and eligibility check- Briefing- Indi...
Some formalities• Application deadline: 30. April 2012 1200 CET• + Copy by e-mail to EACEA and all relevant National  Stru...
The application form• Two main parts:• Technical details (name of project, partner  information etc: Parts A-E)• Narrative...
The application formFive elements:• Part A: Identification of the applicant and other   organisations participating in the...
The applicationMandatory documents:• DOCUMENT 1. The Application form• DOCUMENT 2. The "Declaration on Honour by the  Lega...
Page 1:• Project name: Comprehensive, but also  understandable• Acronym: Compulsory• -> Think of the above as important ma...
About the title of the projectThe title should be:- Short- Explicit- If possible, creative
Part A:• Partner information: Exact, detailed and CORRECT!Legal representative: Normally rector/directorContact person: Th...
Part A:Contact person:• he/she will be the sole contact of the Agency for project  monitoring purposes and will liaise wit...
Part B - Organisation• To be completed for each participating institution,  incl Associate Partners• Public/private: If in...
Information on eachorganisationIt is important to standardise the information provided:- Same structure and size, but no c...
•   B.2 Aims and activities of the organisation*. Please provide a short presentation of your organisation (key activities...
Part C – Statistical data• Should be ok, but make sure it is correct, and  consistent with other parts of the application•...
• Summary: Concise, correct, inviting• 1. ”Teaser” to keep the interest of the evaluators• 2. Test of your ability to pres...
Consequences of the qualityof the summary• With a positive impression after the reading of the  summary the expert:   – Se...
Part D – Technical capacity• D.1: Size, strength and expertise in the field.•• D.2: 3Cvs per partner. Not total CVs – main...
Part E – Degrees awarded• What kind of degree(s) are you going to award? ->  Name, Double/Joint etc.? In a consortium, the...
Some general issues (I)• ….EMJDs have to be seen as complementary to these  funding schemes in terms of the focus they bri...
Some general issues (II)• As a result, the primary aim of EMJDs is to develop  structured and integrated cooperation in hi...
Some general issues (III)• Therefore, beyond the research activities themselves  and the individuals involved, the institu...
Some general issues (IV)• From the point of view of doctoral candidates, the  EMJDs should explicitly address the issue of...
Award criteria - Language• Make sure you present your points in a clear and  concise way.• If the language of the applicat...
Award criteria – ”Justify”• The application form with regard to the award  criteria, is quite detailed, with a lot of ”jus...
Award criteria – The Hows?• How will students/candidates be selected?• How are the administrative arrangements for the  ca...
Expert’s expectations• To read something new, interesting and challenging• To evaluate something that he or she would have...
Academic research and quality25%• Why this programme? / Needs analysis – Society ->  the Lisbon Strategy, Europe 2020, the...
Partnership experience andcomposition 25%• Why this consortium and these people (academic  and research staff)?• Complemen...
European integration andfunctioning of the programme- 20%• Show (and justify) that the programme is really  integrated,• D...
Provisions for EMJD candidatesand fellowship holders - 15%• Information and promotion strategy• Beneficiaries services – c...
Programme Management andquality assurance - 15%• Organisational arrangements and cooperation  mechanisms• Financial manage...
Ethical issues…
Annexes• 3 mandatory:  – The award criteria  – Letters of endorsement – Not just standard, identical    letters, but ”true...
What makes the difference ?(that is not necessarily in theaward criteria…)• A well written proposal (links between the dif...
What to do if your project is notselected – is there a plan B?• Start/continue the program without the support• Study the ...
THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION http://emap-project.webnode.cz       ERASMUS MUNDUS ACTIVE PARTICIPATION Vol.2     Training s...
EMJD: Application procedure
EMJD: Application procedure
EMJD: Application procedure
EMJD: Application procedure
EMJD: Application procedure
EMJD: Application procedure
EMJD: Application procedure
EMJD: Application procedure
EMJD: Application procedure
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Presentation by Frank Moe from Erasmus Mundus National Structure Norway and Pascal Marquet (external expert). Presentation was held at the EMAP training seminar in Tallinn for future Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorates consortia (18-21 January 2012). For video see http://vimeo.com/38028246.

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EMJD: Application procedure

  1. 1. APPLICATION PROCEDURE STEP BY STEP Frank Moe Norwegian National Structure (SIU) frank.moe@siu.no Pascal MarquetBologna Expert and independent expert pascal.marquet@unistra.fr ERASMUS MUNDUS ACTIVE PARTICIPATION Vol.2 Training seminar / 18-20 January 20121 / Tallinn/ Estonia
  2. 2. Remember• That application work is a PROCESS• which takes a lot of TIME• and most often a lot of work• to transform a good idea/concept into a working PROJECT
  3. 3. Remember• That even though the core of the project always is subject related,• most of the actual activities are related to the PRACTICALITIES of delivering the Joint Doctorate=> Include administrative staff right from the beginning (in all partner institutions)
  4. 4. Remember That it is the privilege of the donor to define the structure of the programme and the criteria for selection of successful projects
  5. 5. and Remember• There is no such thing as a free lunch – The EU support is meant to help you to create and run something that you want to do anyway, not to fully finance the project
  6. 6. RememberTo read and understand all relevant documents well and follow the instructions in:- Programme Guide- Instructions manual, incl e-form instructions- Application Form- FAQ- Expert Assessment Manualhttp://eacea.ec.europa.eu/erasmus_mundus/funding/ 2012/call_eacea_42_11_en.php
  7. 7. In additionThere are several examples of good practice in the web pagesThe Erasmus Mundus web page also gives links to all existing projects, their web sites etc. These can also give important information about structure, presentation etcAnd other resources well worth checking out, f i JOIMAN (www.joiman.eu)
  8. 8. RememberYour goal is not to make a good application,butTo make an excellent application!About 80% of the applications are considered good, or better,But only 10% are selected.
  9. 9. The evaluation procedureThe independent experts are:- Academics- Previously or currently involved in European projects- More or less specialised in the field - At least one from the same discipline - The other one from the same domain (hard sciences, life sciences, social sciences & humanities)- Who are paid ½ day of work per proposal
  10. 10. The evaluation procedureThe evaluation is organised in several phases:- Registration and eligibility check- Briefing- Individual and remote phase (2 weeks)- Consensus discussion and consolidation and remote phase (2 weeks)- Final consolidation panel, ranking and debriefing (3 days)- Selection board decision
  11. 11. Some formalities• Application deadline: 30. April 2012 1200 CET• + Copy by e-mail to EACEA and all relevant National Structures• (No summary sheet this time)• Electronic form only. (test it as soon as possible) -> Estimated availability of the E-form: March 2012
  12. 12. The application form• Two main parts:• Technical details (name of project, partner information etc: Parts A-E)• Narrative part – ”Award criteria”: EMJD: B1-B5• NB! A maximum limit (approx 15-20 A4 pages) (in der Begrenzung zeigt sich der Meister)
  13. 13. The application formFive elements:• Part A: Identification of the applicant and other organisations participating in the project• Part B: Organisation and activities• Part C: Summary data and description of the project• Part D: Technical Capacity• Part E: Degree-awarding summary
  14. 14. The applicationMandatory documents:• DOCUMENT 1. The Application form• DOCUMENT 2. The "Declaration on Honour by the Legal Representative of the Applicant Organisation" (to be attached to the application form)• DOCUMENT 3. The "Consortium answers to the Award criteria" (to be attached to the application form• DOCUMENT 4: Proof of recognition• DOCUMENT(S) 5: Letters of endorsements
  15. 15. Page 1:• Project name: Comprehensive, but also understandable• Acronym: Compulsory• -> Think of the above as important marketing elements!• Language: Not the instruction language of the program, but the working language of the consortium AND the in communication with the Agency and Commission
  16. 16. About the title of the projectThe title should be:- Short- Explicit- If possible, creative
  17. 17. Part A:• Partner information: Exact, detailed and CORRECT!Legal representative: Normally rector/directorContact person: The ”real” project coordinator. Should in most cases belong to the administrative staffAll of the above can, and should, be collected right awayOnly associated partners with an especially important role to be included here
  18. 18. Part A:Contact person:• he/she will be the sole contact of the Agency for project monitoring purposes and will liaise with the other partners in order to ensure the effective implementation of the joint programme. It is therefore crucial to identify a person who is genuinely in charge of the project and can dedicate the required time to its management (as opposed to the head of an administrative, academic or research department who may be responsible for the project, but not directly involved in its implementation). The same applies to the contact persons in the partner organisations.
  19. 19. Part B - Organisation• To be completed for each participating institution, incl Associate Partners• Public/private: If in doubt – the main financial provider• Aims and activities: -> Relevant info, may be just for the faculty in question• Role of organisation in project:• -> Put some effort into the description• Other community grants: Only for coordinator
  20. 20. Information on eachorganisationIt is important to standardise the information provided:- Same structure and size, but no copy/paste- One part of the description is about the institution and the other part is about the faculty/institute/ department- Other community grants are the ones of the faculty/institute/department, as in the following example- The contact person shouldn’t be retired before the end of the project…
  21. 21. • B.2 Aims and activities of the organisation*. Please provide a short presentation of your organisation (key activities, affiliations etc.) relating to the domain covered by the project. (Max. 1000 characters)• NTNU is a university with a broad academic scope, and offers an extensive range of subjects in the natural sciences, technology, the humanities, social sciences, and aesthetic studies. The Faculty of Humanities’ academic provision includes humanistic core areas and interdisciplinary programmes of study and research projects. It has an aesthetic profile, with practical-aesthetic and artistic activity, and aims to be future-oriented while also attending to the humanistic tradition and cultural heritage. The Faculty aims to contribute to the international community concerning knowledge, expertise and innovation. Research activities at the Department of Music are presently undertaken in dance theory and history, and Ethnochoreology. Current projects and publications are related to ‘Dance in Nordic Spaces’. The academic community of Dance belongs to an international association of HEIs, which demonstrates the European and international dimension of the field. NTNU hosts the EM IP IPEDAK.• Please describe the role of the organisation in the project. (Max. 1000 characters)• NTNU is the coordinating institution/main beneficiary for the proposed Choreomundus – International Master in Dance Knowledge, Practice and Heritage, with University of Roehampton, London, UK, Université Blaise Pascal (Clermont-II), Clermont-Ferrand, France, and University of Szeged, Szeged, Hungary as co-beneficiaries. Therefore, NTNU has the primary legal responsibility towards the Agency in terms of implementing the Choreomundus agreement. NTNU is the primary academic and administrative body responsible within the consortium of four internationally renowned academic institutions recognised for their leadership in the development of curricula for the analysis of the structures of dance, and for its understanding within society. NTNU’s strong-point is especially within Ethnochoreology and dance anthropology and analysis, which are at the core of the Choreomundus Master’s programme.
  22. 22. Part C – Statistical data• Should be ok, but make sure it is correct, and consistent with other parts of the application• Students or employed candidates?• If students- Tuition fees in line with limits – all inclusive, and consistent with the financial arrangements?• If employed-Practical and legal arrangements?• Former application? Have you improved the elements pointed out last time?
  23. 23. • Summary: Concise, correct, inviting• 1. ”Teaser” to keep the interest of the evaluators• 2. Test of your ability to present your project in a concise way• 3. Your primary marketing tool – it will be presented in the EM web pages and is the single part of your application that will be read by the most people.• 4. A real summary and not a copy/paste exercise of selected sentences of the proposal
  24. 24. Consequences of the qualityof the summary• With a positive impression after the reading of the summary the expert: – Searches in the proposal what confirms this positive impression – Tends to score positively (what is present increases the mark)• With a negative impression after the reading of the summary the expert: – Searches in the proposal what confirms this negative impression – Tends to score negatively (what is missing decreases the mark)
  25. 25. Part D – Technical capacity• D.1: Size, strength and expertise in the field.•• D.2: 3Cvs per partner. Not total CVs – main elements relevant to the project. (750 chrs)• NB! Coordinator should include a CV of administrative coordinator
  26. 26. Part E – Degrees awarded• What kind of degree(s) are you going to award? -> Name, Double/Joint etc.? In a consortium, there may be several options based on the mobility tracks of the students and legal framework of the partners.• ”Proof of recognition”: Does your institution have the right to issue this kind of diploma?
  27. 27. Some general issues (I)• ….EMJDs have to be seen as complementary to these funding schemes in terms of the focus they bring to the doctoral programmes themselves and their institutional dimension, as well as the contribution they make to the shaping of doctoral studies in the European Higher Education Area.
  28. 28. Some general issues (II)• As a result, the primary aim of EMJDs is to develop structured and integrated cooperation in higher education, in order to design and implement common doctoral programmes that lead to the award of mutually recognised joint, double or multiple doctorate degrees.
  29. 29. Some general issues (III)• Therefore, beyond the research activities themselves and the individuals involved, the institutions have to be seen as the key target of the Programme. They are expected to contribute to the promotion of innovative models for the modernisation of doctoral studies, focusing on institutional cooperation and the development of joint governance models (i.e. recruitment, supervision, assessment, awarding of degrees and fee policy).
  30. 30. Some general issues (IV)• From the point of view of doctoral candidates, the EMJDs should explicitly address the issue of employability and therefore: – provide appropriate professional career development opportunities beyond academia, towards a wider employment market; – provide appropriate incentives for candidates from developing countries to return home and exploit their experience for the benefit of their country.
  31. 31. Award criteria - Language• Make sure you present your points in a clear and concise way.• If the language of the application is not your native language, have someone else proof read it to avoid elementary mistakes and misunderstandings.• This is especially important for the Summary, which is your primary marketing window.• ”In der Begrenzung zeigt sich der Meister” – The evaluators are not obliged to read attachments.
  32. 32. Award criteria – ”Justify”• The application form with regard to the award criteria, is quite detailed, with a lot of ”justifying”:• Why does the world need this project?• In what way does the project correspond to the overarching goals of the EU / Bologna Process etc?• Why have these partners been chosen?• In what way are the partners complementary?• Etc etc
  33. 33. Award criteria – The Hows?• How will students/candidates be selected?• How are the administrative arrangements for the candidates? (reception, accommodation, banking , insurance, employment contracts etc)• What are the mobility tracks options? (A graphic presentation could be helpful)
  34. 34. Expert’s expectations• To read something new, interesting and challenging• To evaluate something that he or she would have liked to write• To find the right information at the right place• Not to have to search on the internet what is missing• To understand what will happen during the project• To feel intelligent while reading the proposal• This is why the applicant should change his or her point of view and read the proposal as the evaluator
  35. 35. Academic research and quality25%• Why this programme? / Needs analysis – Society -> the Lisbon Strategy, Europe 2020, the Bologna Process• Added value of this programme compared to existing programmes, own or others’• Structure and contents – who does what and why, mobility tracks etc• Learning outcomes – employability• Interaction with professional sector?
  36. 36. Partnership experience andcomposition 25%• Why this consortium and these people (academic and research staff)?• Complementarity and diversity (training/research/dissemination)• Concrete international experience and activities of partners, alone and together• Role and interest of professional/non-academic sector (economic, scientific, cultural)
  37. 37. European integration andfunctioning of the programme- 20%• Show (and justify) that the programme is really integrated,• Describe (and justify) the mobility options• Participation costs• Joint application and admission procedures• Joint supervision and monitoring• Type of degree(s) awarded
  38. 38. Provisions for EMJD candidatesand fellowship holders - 15%• Information and promotion strategy• Beneficiaries services – clear and detailed• Administrative arrangements and employment issues for fellowship holders• Language and cultural issues• Career prospects• Doctoral Candidate Agreement
  39. 39. Programme Management andquality assurance - 15%• Organisational arrangements and cooperation mechanisms• Financial management and distribution/participation of costs• Sustainability plan including complementary funding• Internal evaluation (involving beneficiaries)• External quality assurance (professional bodies)
  40. 40. Ethical issues…
  41. 41. Annexes• 3 mandatory: – The award criteria – Letters of endorsement – Not just standard, identical letters, but ”true” signs of institutional involvement – Proofs of recognition – From the National Structures, if applicable. – Anything else may not be read! • =>Everything essential must be in the application form or in the Award criteria annex.
  42. 42. What makes the difference ?(that is not necessarily in theaward criteria…)• A well written proposal (links between the different parts of the proposal) and a well explained project (activities and content are clear)• A real collaboration between partners• A convincing needs analysis (short, direct, with examples)• The opportunity for students to live a unique training/research experience• The fact that you would like to be one of your students
  43. 43. What to do if your project is notselected – is there a plan B?• Start/continue the program without the support• Study the experts’ comments and work on a new application – NB! The 2012 Call is the last in this edition of EM! There will be a continuation within the Marie Curie Programme.• Use your cooperation experience in a different project• Drop further plans for a common project, at least within EM
  44. 44. THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION http://emap-project.webnode.cz ERASMUS MUNDUS ACTIVE PARTICIPATION Vol.2 Training seminar / 18-20 January 2012 / Tallin /Estonia

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