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PROPOSAL ACRONYM – Standard EF / CAR / RI

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MARIE SkŁodowska-CURIE ACTIONS



Individual Fellowships (IF)

Call: H2020-MSCA-IF-2015

PART B

“PROPOSAL ACRONYM”
This proposal is to be evaluated as:
[Standard EF] [CAR] [RI]

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Part B - Page X of Y TABLE OF CONTENTS



In drafting PART B of the proposal, applicants must follow the structure outlined below.
LIST OF PARTICIPANTS

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1. EXCELLENCE

2. IMPACT

3. IMPLEMENTATION

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4. CV of the experienced researcher

5. Capacities of the PARTICIPATING ORGANISATIONS

6. Ethical aspects
NB:

  • Applicants must ensure that sections 1 - 3 do not exceed the limit of 10 pages.




  • No reference to the outcome of previous evaluations of this or any similar proposal should be included in the text. Experts will be strictly instructed to disregard any such references.




List of Participants

Please provide a list of all participants (both beneficiary and, where applicable, partner organisations) indicating the legal entity, the department carrying out the work and the supervisor of the action.

If a secondment in Europe is planned but the partner organisation is not yet known, as a minimum the type of organisation foreseen (academic/non-academic) must be stated.

For non-academic beneficiaries, please provide additional data as indicated in the table below.



1Participants

Legal Entity Short Name


Academic (tick)

Non-academic (tick)

Country

Dept./

Division /

Laboratory

Supervisor

Role of Partner Organisation

Beneficiary






















Dublin City University

DCU

X




Ireland










Partner Organisation






















- NAME























Data for non-academic beneficiaries

2Name


Location of research premises

(city / country)

Type of R&D activities

No. of full - time employees

No. of employees in R&D

Web site

Annual turnover

(approx. in Euro)

Enterprise status (Yes/No)

SME status (Yes/No)




























Note that:

  • Any inter-relationship between different participating institutions or individuals (e.g. family ties, shared premises or facilities, joint ownership, financial interest, overlapping staff or directors, etc.) must be declared and justified in this part of the proposal;

  • The information in the table for non-academic beneficiaries must be based on current data, not projections;

  • The data provided relating to the capacity of the participating institutions will be subject to verification during the Grant Agreement preparation phase.

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1. Excellence3

1.1 Quality, innovative aspects and credibility of the research (including inter/multidisciplinary aspects)
You should develop your proposal according to the following lines:

  • Introduction, state-of-the-art, objectives and overview of the action

  • Research methodology and approach: highlight the type of research and innovation activities proposed

  • Originality and innovative aspects of the research programme: explain the contribution that the project is expected to make to advancements within the project field. Describe any novel concepts, approaches or methods that will be employed.

Explain how the high-quality, novel research is the most likely to open up the best career possibilities for the Experienced Researcher and new collaboration opportunities for the host organisation(s).

1.2 Clarity and quality of transfer of knowledge/training for the development of the researcher in light of the research objectives

Outline how a two way transfer of knowledge will occur between the researcher and the host institution, in view of their future development and past experience: (please see Section 5.2 of this Guide):



  • Explain how the Experienced Researcher will gain new knowledge during the fellowship at the hosting organisation(s)

  • Outline the previously acquired knowledge and skills that the researcher will transfer to the host organisation.

For Global Fellowships explain how the newly acquired skills and knowledge in the Third Country will be transferred back to the host institution in Europe during the incoming phase.

1.3 Quality of the supervision and the hosting arrangements

Required sub-headings:



  • Qualifications and experience of the supervisor(s)

Information regarding the supervisor(s) must include the level of experience on the research topic proposed and document their track record of work, including main international collaborations. Information provided should include participation in projects, publications, patents and any other relevant results.

  • Hosting arrangements4

The text must show that the Experienced Researcher should be well integrated within the hosting organisation(s) in order that all parties gain the maximum knowledge and skills from the fellowship. The nature and the quality of the research group/environment as a whole should be outlined, together with the measures taken to integrate the researcher in the different areas of expertise, disciplines, and international networking opportunities that the host could offer.

For GF both phases should be described - for the outgoing phase, specify the practical arrangements in place to host a researcher coming from another country, and for the incoming phase specify the measures planned for the successful (re-)integration of the researcher.

Describe briefly how the host will contribute to the advancement of their career. In that context the following section of the European Charter for Researchers refers specifically to career development:

Career development

Employers and/or funders of researchers should draw up, preferably within the framework of their human resources management, a specific career development strategy for researchers at all stages of their career, regardless of their contractual situation, including researchers on fixed-term contracts. It should include the availability of mentors involved in providing support and guidance for the personal and professional development of researchers, thus motivating them and contributing to reducing any insecurity in their professional future. All researchers should be made familiar with such provisions and arrangements.


Therefore a Career Development Plan should not be included in the proposal, but it is part of implementing the project in line with the European Charter for Researchers.

1.4 Capacity of the researcher to reach and re-enforce a position of professional maturity in research

Applicants should demonstrate how their proposed research and personal experience can contribute to their professional development as an independent/mature researcher.

Please keep in mind that the fellowships will be awarded to the most talented researchers as shown by the proposed research and their track record (Curriculum Vitae, section 4), in relation to their level of experience.


2. Impact

2.1 Enhancing research- and innovation-related skills and working conditions to realise the potential of individuals and to provide new career perspectives

Explain the expected impact of the planned research and training, and new competences acquired during the fellowship on the capacity to increase career prospects for the Experienced Researcher after this fellowship finishes.

Demonstrate also to what extent competences acquired during the fellowship, including any secondments will increase the impact of the researcher’s future activity on European society, including the science base and/or the economy.
2.2 Effectiveness of the proposed measures for communication and results dissemination

The new knowledge generated by the action should be used wherever possible to

advance research, to foster innovation, and to promote the research profession

to the public. Therefore develop following three points.



  • Communication and public engagement strategy of the action

  • Dissemination of the research results

  • Exploitation of results and intellectual property rights

Concrete plans for the above must be included in the Gantt Chart (see point 3.1).

The following sections of the European Charter for Researchers refer specifically to public engagement and dissemination:



Public engagement

Researchers should ensure that their research activities are made known to society at large in such a way that they can be understood by non-specialists, thereby improving the public's understanding of science. Direct engagement with the public will help researchers to better understand public interest in priorities for science and technology and also the public's concerns.



Dissemination, exploitation of results

All researchers should ensure, in compliance with their contractual arrangements, that the results of their research are disseminated and exploited, e.g. communicated, transferred into other research settings or, if appropriate, commercialised. Senior researchers, in particular, are expected to take a lead in ensuring that research is fruitful and that results are either exploited commercially or made accessible to the public (or both) whenever the opportunity arises.


3. Implementation

3.1 Overall coherence and effectiveness of the work plan, including appropriateness of the allocation of tasks and resources

Describe the different work packages. The proposal should be designed in such a way to achieve the desired impact. A Gantt Chart should be included in the text listing the following:



  • Work Packages titles (for EF there should be at least 1 WP);

  • List of major deliverables;5 6

  • List of major milestones;

  • Secondments if applicable.

The schedule should be in terms of number of months elapsed from the start of the project.

3.2 Appropriateness of the management structure and procedures, including quality management and risk management

Develop your proposal according to the following lines:



  • Project organisation and management structure, including the financial management strategy, as well as the progress monitoring mechanisms put in place;

  • Risks that might endanger reaching project objectives and the contingency plans to be put in place should risk occur.


Example Gantt Chart
Reflecting work package, secondments, training events and dissemination / public engagement activities









Month

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

19

20

21

22

23

24

Work package









































































Deliverable









































































Milestone









































































Secondment









































































Conference









































































Workshop









































































Seminar









































































Dissemination









































































Public engagement









































































Other











































































Delete rows and columns that do not apply.3.3 Appropriateness of the institutional environment (infrastructure)

  • Give a description of the main tasks and commitments of the beneficiary and partners (if applicable).

  • Describe the infrastructure, logistics, facilities offered in as far they are necessary for the good implementation of the action.


3.4 Competences, experience and complementarity of the participating organisations and institutional commitment

The active contribution of the beneficiary to the research and training activities should be described. For GF also the role of partner organisations in Third Countries for the outgoing phase should appear. Additionally a letter of commitment shall also be provided in Section 7 (included within the PDF file of part B, but outside the page limit) for the partner organisations in Third Countries.



NB: Each participant is described in Section 5. This specific information should not be repeated here.

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4. CV of the Experienced Researcher
The CV is intrinsic to the evaluation of the whole proposal and is assessed throughout the 3 evaluation criteria.
This section should be limited to maximum 5 pages and should include the standard academic and research record. Any research career gaps and/or unconventional paths should be clearly explained so that this can be fairly assessed by the independent evaluators.

The Experienced Researchers must provide a list of achievements reflecting their track record, and this may include, if applicable:

1. Publications in major , peer-reviewed conference proceedings and/or monographs of their respective research fields, indicating also the number of citations (excluding self-citations) they have attracted.

2. Granted patent(s).

3. Research monographs, chapters in collective volumes and any translations thereof.

4. Invited presentations to peer-reviewed, internationally established conferences and/or international advanced schools.

5. Research expeditions that the Experienced Researcher has led.

6. Organisation of International conferences in the field of the applicant (membership in the steering and/or programme committee).

7. Examples of participation in industrial innovation.

8. Prizes and Awards.

9. Funding received so far

10. Supervising, mentoring activities.



5. Capacity of the Participating Organisations

All organisations (whether beneficiary or partner organisation) must complete the appropriate table below, which will give input on the profile of the organisation as a whole. Complete one table of maximum one page per institution, beneficiary or partner organisation (min font size: 9). The experts will be instructed to disregard content above this limit.



See text below the table for sample information to include in this section. Not all of the information is required. Extract parts of it, particularly areas/programmes that are of relevance to your research area, and rewrite into the table in your own words.

Beneficiary X

General Description




Role and Commitment of key persons (supervisor)

(names, title, qualifications of the supervisor)

Key Research Facilities, Infrastructure and Equipment

Demonstrate that the team has sufficient facilities and infrastructure to host and/or offer a suitable environment for training and transfer of knowledge to recruited Experienced Researcher

Independent research premises?

Please explain the status of the beneficiary's research facilities – i.e. are they owned by the beneficiary or rented by it? Are its research premises wholly independent from other beneficiaries and/or partner organisations in the consortium?

The research premises are independent.



Previous Involvement in Research and Training Programmes

Detail any relevant EU, national or international research and training projects in which the beneficiary has previously participated

Current involvement in Research and Training Programmes

Detail the EU and/or national research and training actions in which the partner is currently participating

Relevant Publications and/or research/innovation products

(Max 5) Produced by the organisation, not limited to the supervisor within the organisation.
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