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A detailed review of the new Spanish Research Funding scheme can be found in Spanish here.
On March 14th the 2013 Marie Curie Fellowship calls have opened. The Marie Curie program is the name by which the People Work Programme of the Seventh Framework Programme is known. The deadline to these fellowships is August 14th. But don't be too confident. Completing a good Marie Curie proposal is complex business, and requires a lot of work on behalf of both the beneficiary, and both host institutions (local one and outgoing).
These fellowships, however, are very generously endowed, not only in the form of base salary, but also extra income for training needs, travelling expenses and if you have a family.
The three types of fellowship are:
Marie Curie dictionary:
What are JPIs?
Joint Programming Initiatives are the European Union's attempt to do common research beyond the Framework Programme, a sort of back door to tapping the far greater resources allocated to national research. Thus, from 2008 to 2010 different JPIs established consortia consisting of national funding agencies, regarding different themes.
The first successful JPIs were approved by the European Council on October 2010. Among them: Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change, A Healthy diet for a Healthy life; and Cultural Heritage and Global change. These were the first three of today's 10, which are listed and linked below:
Now that we have reviewed what JPIs are, the subject of this post is that recently Cultural Heritage became the third JPI to launch a call for proposals (Urban Europe closed its first call in September, and Neurodegenerative Diseases has been making calls since 2011).
The Joint Heritage European Programme is a 3-year support action which started with 2011, and is in charge of designing and implementing the JPICH research strategy.
JPI-JHEP Joint Pilot Call
As a result, on January 10 the JPI-JHEP Joint Pilot Call was launched with the following topics:
There is an important issue to take into account, though. The nature of JPIs is that participating countries use national funds to fund their partners. Therefore, these calls follow strict national guidelines. These can be seen in Annex 1 of the Guide for Applicants. These guidelines include how much funding, and what activities will be funded. I have decided to summarize the key aspects (funding) by country, so all the information can come to light:
As you can see here, funding is not really what was expected. Also, if we consider that projects can request up to 3 million EUR, then you can imagine how many partners they have to include. In fact, if the national budgets are added, we see that only 3.27 million EUR have been allocated. Generous? In my opinion, if calls go like this, this JPI will soon be dead in the water.
But there is no need to be sad. After all, a new call has been opened! It will be easy to expect small consortia and 6 projects requesting less than 0.5 million EUR. Not too bad, considering it is a pilot call.
The call closes on April 5. It is important to review the guidelines in the Guide for Applicants, and fill the application form template.
The call for proposals for the new ERC Consolidator Grants has just opened. These is a scheme which has split from the "consolidator" evaluation panels of the Starting Grant up to now. Given that the differences between 3-year postdocs and 11-year postdocs are more than evident, ERC has decided to stop pretending that they could all enter the same call, which is why the Consolidator Grant has nudged in between the Starting and the Advanced Grants.
ERC Consolidator Grants can last up to 5 years, with up to a maximum of 400,000 € per year, with the traditional additional funds available for exceptional expenses. The Principal Investigator must have a PhD awarded from 7 to 12 years ago, not including possible justified extensions. The proposal submission deadline is February 21, 2013.
For more information download the following documents:
The call for the ACP-EU Cooperation Programme in Science and Technology II (S&T II) has just opened. The deadline for requesting funding from the European Development Fund (reference EuropeAid/133437/D/ACT/ACPTPS) will be February 7, 2013.
The global objectives of this call for proposals are:
The results that are necessary to achieve the specific objective are threefold:
For more information you can download the following documentation:
Today the call for the Synergy Grant of the ERC has been opened. This type of project, which made its debut last year, are characterized for:
The deadline is January 10, 2013. In order to submit a project, pay attention to:
On July 10th the 2013 call of the Seventh Framework Programme has been opened.
For those of you who can't be bothered, here are a few simple steps to make things easier:
Step 1: Decide whether you want to find funding for a project you have in mind, or else you want to find funding first and then create a project for it. In other words, decide whether it is the chicken or the egg.
Step 2: Download the work programmes of Cooperation:
Step 3: Download the work programmes of Capacities:
Step 4: Download the work programmes of People and Ideas:
Step 5: If an interesting theme is identified, the corresponding Guide for Applicants must be studied thoroughly. These vary depending on the funding scheme, which follows general and specific principles, and then call-specific circumstances. Generally speaking, funding schemes are the following:
Cooperation & Capacities
Step 6: If you are interested, and you are elegible, it is highly recommended that you seek the help of experts, and the support of National Contact Points (NCPs), in order to prepare a project proposal with the highest chance of success.para redactar los proyectos con la máxima posibilidad de éxito posible.
The Spanish Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad has just launched the highly successful academic-industry partnership INNPACTO program. Within it, private companies can receive up to 95% of their expenses in the form of a low-interest loan. For more information click here. The deadline will end on July 17th.
The Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) Office announces the next deadline for its open call. COST projects (known as Actions) cover the expenses related with network activities (meetings, scientific exchanges, training schools, workshops, publications and dissemination activities).
The 2013 deadline will be on September 28th. For more information click here or download the announcement from the Official Journal of the European Union, 20 June 2012.