Inviti a presentare proposte nell'ambito del programma di lavoro «Persone» 2012 del 7° programma quadro di azioni di ricerca, sviluppo tecnologico e dimostrazione
- GAZZETTA UFFICIALE UNIONE EUROPEA - SERIE C 19/10/2011
La Commissione europea ha pubblicato un invito a presentare proposte nell'ambito del programma «Persone» del Settimo programma quadro (7°PQ). L'invito riguarda l'azione «Marie Curie» denominata «Cofinanziamento di programmi regionali, nazionali e internazionali» (COFUND).
This action aims at increasing the European-wide mobility possibilities for training and career development of experienced researchers, in line with the objectives set out in the activity heading 'Life-long training and career development', thus boosting its overall impact. The cofunding action targets programmes that support the trans-national mobility of experienced researchers at different stages of their careers, including researchers shortly after having obtained a doctorate, by broadening or deepening their individual competence, in particular in terms of acquisition of multi- or interdisciplinary skills or having intersectoral experiences and in particular encouraging mobility between public sector organisations and private companies; to support researchers in attaining and/or strengthening a leading independent position, e.g. principal investigator, professor or other senior position in education or enterprise; integrate researchers into a research career in Member States and associated countries, including in their country of origin, after a mobility experience.
Rather than providing the possibility for trans-national experiences only through direct European Union actions, the co-funding action aims to encourage existing or new regional or national programmes to open up to and provide for trans-national mobility, as well as to reinforce international programmes.
The co-funding action targets a competitive selection of existing or new regional, national and international funding programmes that focus on the objectives set for this action, based on individual-driven mobility. These programmes must run an open, merit-based competition for the applying researchers, and be founded on international peer-review. While avoiding limitations regarding the researchers' origin and destination, they should also offer adequate working conditions for the fellows. These requirements should be in line with the principles set out in the European Charter for researchers and Code of conduct for the recruitment of researchers. In particular, given their level of experience, the researchers funded under the programme are expected, as a general rule, to be offered employment contracts complying with the social security legislation applicable. This also applies to programmes that provide a research grant to the fellows without covering their salaries. When an employment contract is not provided by the applicant programme, then this should be duly justified, and the longerterm perspectives for a change be presented. These elements will be assessed by the expert evaluators during the evaluation procedure.
Participants: Participants in the co-funding modality must be established in Member States or associated countries and are organisations falling under one of the following categories:
- Public bodies, as defined in Article 2.13 of the FP7 Rules for Participation, responsible for funding and managing fellowship programmes, e.g. ministries, state committees for research, research academies, councils or agencies;
- Other bodies, including research organisations, that finance and manage fellowship programmes either with an official mandate or recognised by public authorities, such as agencies established by governments under private law with a public service mission,charities, etc.;
- International organisations as defined in Article 2.10 and 11 of the FP7 Rules for Participation that run comparable actions at European level as part of their mission.
Programmes: Participants will submit multi-annual proposals for new or existing regional, national or international programmes to be co-funded. The evaluation will be organised in two different panels:
- Panel A) Existing trans-national fellowship programmes (including national programmes opening for first time for trans-national mobility).
- Panel B) New fellowship programmes with trans-national mobility.
The proposal should demonstrate that the programme or programmes (to be) managed by the participant fund(s) individual research training/career development fellowships for the target group of experienced researchers addressed under the activity heading 'Life-long training and career development'. The programmes supported should have regular selection rounds for these category of researchers based on open, widely advertised competition, with transparent international peer review and selection of candidates on merits. The proposal should contain a clear plan on how the openness of the programme, the trans-national mobility and the working conditions of the final beneficiaries will be realised and/or enhanced. The European Union contribution for existing actions should not substitute or replace existing funding but contribute to an increased level of trans-national fellowships or the amelioration of working/employment conditions. These points should be adequately reflected in the proposal and will be a central issue of the evaluation process.
The action takes into account three types of trans-national mobility, on which the support under this action is essentially based:
- Outgoing mobility for fellowships/grants to residents of Member States or associated countries, preferably with a return phase;
- Incoming mobility for fellowships/grants to non-residents of the country of the host organisation;
- Reintegration of Member State or associated country nationals having carried out research in an other third country for at least 3 years, to establish them in a longer-term career after this trans-national mobility period.
The programmes to be cofunded under this action may be similar to IEF, IOF, IIF and CIG actions in this work programme.
The reference for the methods of selection of the final beneficiaries and their working conditions provided for under the programme are those laid down in the Commission Recommendation on the European Charter for Researchers and a Code of Conduct for their Recruitment. In establishing the mobility rules and during the selection process of researchers, the co-funded programmes must ensure that all selected researchers will demonstrate genuine mobility with a significant benefit for the European Research Area.
These elements will be assessed by the expert evaluators during the evaluation procedure.
Selected programmes under the co-funding actions will be required to brand the eligible fellowships awarded "Co-funded by Marie Curie Actions", and to advertise their calls and programmes internationally, including on the web-sites requested by the Commission (Euraxess Jobs web-site: http://ec.europa.eu/euraxess/index.cfm/jobs/index).
Eligible researchers under the co-funded programmes: To be eligible, researchers supported under the programmes co-funded in the frame of this action must comply with the definition of experienced researchers and of trans-national mobility mentioned above. If the hosting organisation of the researchers is an international European interest organisation or international organisation located in any of the Member States or associated countries, the compliance with trans-national mobility rules is not required.
European Union Contribution, Rates and Evaluation Criteria: The European Union contribution is estimated based on 40% of the fellowship costs for eligible researchers, with a maximum overall of EUR 10 million to a single applicant entity for one call.
In principle, selected programmes will be co-funded for a duration of 24 to 60 months.
This contribution will take the form of financing on the basis of a standard scale of unit cost.
The scale of unit contribution consists of a flat rate per fellow-year, determined for each proposed fellowship action at the negotiation stage, based on evidence of the expected average costs, which will be confirmed by a separate Commission Decision. In establishing these contributions, a ceiling of 7% for management costs and 10% for overheads cannot be exceeded for any programme. The requested European Union contribution for each programme and fellowship type will be the flat-rate contribution multiplied by the number of fellowship-years.
Participants having benefited from COFUND under previous calls must explain in their proposals how the latest proposal relates to the earlier grant, and justify the new application in terms of management capacity and additional value.
The evaluation, selection and award criteria are set out in Annex 2 of this work programme.
Expected impact of the action
The co-funding action will on a voluntary basis exploit synergies between European Union actions and those at regional and national level, as well as with other actions at international level. The structuring effect and impact of the co-funding mode would be through its leverage effect on regional, national or international funding programmes that focus on the objective set up for the "life-long training and career development", based on individual-driven mobility. This impact is expected to extend to:
- Enabling the relevant regional, national and international actors to contribute significantly to the development within their own setting of high quality human resources, by introducing and/or further developing the trans-national dimension of their offers, both in terms of incoming mobility (of either researchers from countries other than that of the programme, or of the return and reintegration of nationals currently abroad), as well in terms of outgoing mobility of researchers to another country.
- Increasing the numerical and/or qualitative impact, in terms of supported researchers or working/employment conditions.
- Combating fragmentation in terms of objectives, evaluation methods and working conditions of regional, national or international offers in this area.
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