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 invita a presentare proposte nell'ambito dei PARTENARIATI E PERCORSI PROFESSIONALI INDUSTRIA-UNIVERSITÀ per il sostegno ai programmi di cooperazione tra istituti accademici e organizzazioni industriali, in particolare le PMI, comprese le tradizionali industrie manifatturiere.
L'azione è volta a stimolare la mobilità intersettoriale e a migliorare la condivisione delle conoscenze tramite partenariati di ricerca congiunti, favoriti dall'assunzione di ricercatori esperti nel partenariato, da distaccamenti di personale tra i due settori e dall'organizzazione di manifestazioni.
This action seeks to enhance industry-academia cooperation in terms of research training, career development and knowledge sharing, in particular with SMEs, and including traditional manufacturing industries. It is based on longer term cooperation programmes with a high potential for increasing mutual understanding of the different cultural settings and skill requirements of both the industrial and academic sectors. The IAPP action supports the 'Innovation Union' flagship initiative by strengthening research and business performance and by promoting innovation and knowledge transfer throughout the EU. Stronger cooperation between universities and business via staff exchange will encourage entrepreneurship and help to turn creative ideas into innovative products and processes that can efficiently address European and global societal challenges.
The action will be implemented through targeted and flexible support for human resources interactions within cooperation programmes between at least two organisations, one from each sector and from at least two different Member States or associated countries.
Participants: Participants under this action are one or more research organisations (e.g. universities/research centres) and one or more commercial enterprises, in particular SMEs, that propose a research project based on a joint cooperation programme. Within this action, the commercial partners must be research-performing companies gaining the majority of their revenue through competitive means with exposure to commercial markets, and will include incubators, start-ups and spin-offs, venture capital companies, etc. There must be at least one participant from each of the two sectors and from at least two different Member States or associated countries. Above this minimum, the participation of other third countries and of international organisations is possible under the conditions provided by the FP7 Rules for Participation. The participants recruit and/or host eligible researchers and contribute directly to the implementation of longer-term cooperation programmes established between them in line with the objectives of this action.
Programme: Support is provided for the creation, development, reinforcement and execution of strategic partnerships in the form of a longer-term research cooperation programme between the participants, aimed at knowledge sharing and inter-sector mobility, based on targeted human resources interaction. Such strategic research partnership projects can be coordinated by either an industrial or an academic participant.
The longer-term cooperation programme shall exploit complementary competences of the participants in the strategic partnership, as well as other synergies. The implementation of the cooperation programme will be realised by:
- Exchange of know-how and experience through inter-sector two-way secondments of research staff of the participants, with in-built return mechanisms, and also by enabling these staff to attend events in a trans-national setting. All projects are expected to exchange staff. Typically this exchange is in both directions, but there is flexibility.
- Networking activities, organisation of workshops and conferences to facilitate sharing of knowledge and culture between the participants in a wider setting, involving the participants' own research staff and external researchers.
- Optional recruitment by the participants of experienced researchers from outside the partnership for involvement in transfer of knowledge and/or in the training of researchers;
Given the compulsory nature of secondments within the partnership and the optional nature of external recruitments, secondments will represent at least 50% of all human resources supported.
In principle, the maximum duration of the programme to be supported will be four years from the date of commencement specified in the grant agreement.
Eligible researchers: Exchange of research staff can be for early-stage or experienced researchers' level and can also include technical and research managerial staff. To be eligible for exchange, staff members of a participant institution must have been active continuously for at least one year (full-time equivalent) at that institution. The support granted to eligible researchers will be for periods of 2 to 24 months. The participant from which the exchanged researchers originate will have to secure by contract the commitment of its researchers to return after the exchange for at least one year in order to further develop the acquired knowledge.
Newly recruited staff from outside of the partnership must be experienced researchers. They will be recruited for a period of between 12 and 24 months.
Rules of mobility and nationality applicable to eligible researchers:
Newly recruited researchers can be of any nationality. They must comply with the rule for mobility at the time of recruitment by the host organisation.
Seconded staff members must have been active in the seconding institute for at least 12 months prior to the secondment.
In the context of a collaboration established between more than two participants, a limited level of inter-sector mobility may be allowed between two participants in the same Member State or associated country, within the frame of the overall coherent knowledge sharing plan for all the participants and up to a maximum of 30% of the researchers' months in the project. European Union Contribution, Rates and Evaluation Criteria: European Union support may take one or more of the following forms:
- Cost related to staff secondments between both sectors within the partnership;
- Costs related to the temporary hosting in either sector of experienced researchers recruited from outside the partnership;
- Networking costs and the organisation of workshops and conferences enhancing the inter-sector experience and knowledge exchange of both staff members from the participant organisations and researchers from outside the partnership;
- For participating SMEs only: costs related to small equipment expenses up to a maximum of 10% of the total European Union contribution to the SME participant, if:
- duly justified for the project,
- on the basis of real cost and
- after prior agreement by the Research Executive Agency.
The European Union rates are those for the Funding Scheme ‘Support for Training and Career Development of Researchers', as set out in Annex 3 of this work programme. The evaluation, selection and award criteria are set out in Annex 2.
Expected impact of the action
Research projects under this action are expected to structure effectively and significantly enhance the interaction at human resources level between research organisations in the public and private sector, in terms of knowledge sharing and broad skills development, bringing closer together their different cultures and expectation patterns, with a view to more effectively advancing the contributions of research to Europe's knowledge economy and society.
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