1.International Collaboration between Luxembourg and Poland 2
2.Objective of the POLLUX “Innovation in Services” Programme 3
2.1.Joint Pilots Calls for Research Proposals 3
3.Innovation in Services Research Priority 4
3.1.Information Security and Trust Management 4
3.2.Business Service Design 4
3.3.Development and Performance of the Financial Systems 4
3.4.High-performance Telecommunication Networks and Multimedia 4
4.Time Schedule for the PolLux Call 5
Further call information, forms and guidelines are available on the FNR and NCBR webpage:
www.fnr.lu and www.ncbir.pl.
1.International Collaboration between Luxembourg and Poland
The service sector plays a progressively more important role in the economy. It is generally acknowledged that technology change and innovation are major drivers of economic growth and lie at the very heart of the competitive process.
Transforming knowledge into economically viable products, processes or services is quite complex. The innovation process combines several steps, such as analysis of opportunities and threats, research and development, implementation and production, marketing and services. All these activities are closely interwoven and interdependent.
The public research system in Luxembourg is very new when compared to international standards. The creation of new institutions, such as the University of Luxembourg, and new infrastructures, such as the “City of Sciences”, illustrate the rapid changes facing the research landscape.
Despite major investments, a small country like Luxembourg only has very limited resources for research when compared to the global spending. It is therefore imperative that the “National Research Fund” (FNR) focuses its budget increases on a restricted number of promising research areas as “Innovation in Services” as well as in joining forces with other major players on the European market.
The science sector in Poland has undergone major systemic changes recently. Two funding agencies have been set up: the “National Centre for Research and Development” (NCBR) – responsible for funding applied research and the National Science Centre – responsible for funding basic research. The new system emphasises to a greater extent pro-quality financing, using excellence and innovative approach as its main criteria of projects’ selection.
The National Centre for Research and Development focuses its activity on strategic programmes for the development of a domestic economy and those targeted to sectors with great potential of innovative solutions through cutting-edge research. The agency also keeps on developing its cooperation with other international partners by setting up programmes dedicated to selected sectors of crucial importance for the European economy.
Therefore, in order to optimise the visibility of Luxembourg and Poland as attractive sites for research activities within Europe, the NCBR and the FNR have reinforced collaboration within the “Innovation in Services” Sector. The chief role of this research sector is to provide valuable knowledge and guidance in relation to the aspects that are important for both country’s economy, society and its environment. The objective of the FNR and NCBR is thus threefold: to invest in human resources, in organizations and in knowledge.
2.Objective of the POLLUX “Innovation in Services” Programme
In view of the increasing importance of international cooperation in research, development and innovation, the NCBR and the FNR aim to facilitate the collaboration between Polish and Luxembourgish researchers in the field of “Innovation in Services”. Therefore, the FNR and the NCBR launch joint pilot calls for project proposals in 2012 and 2013. Based on the results of these joint pilot calls, the NCBR and the FNR will evaluate the potential of future joint calls, possibly extending to other research fields.
The current collaboration will allow for:
joint pilot calls in the field of “Innovation in Services”,
a joint evaluation process based on international best practice,
an increasing impact of Polish and Luxembourgish research activities.
2.1.Joint Pilots Calls for Research Proposals
The concept of the “Innovation in Services” programme is built on the following pillars:
The programme covers a set of selected research sub-domains retained by the FNR and the NCBR within the “Innovation in Services” domain. This set may be adapted over the years if deemed necessary whilst duly taking into account the sustainability of these research activities;
It provides calls for the project proposals for 2012 and 2013;
There is a common evaluation procedure;
The monitoring and the final evaluation of the projects and the programme will be streamlined to avoid unnecessary bureaucratic burdening of the stakeholders involved.
The two calls foreseen so far in the framework of this collaboration programme cover the following overall budgets.
FNR Budgets earmarked (in M€)
NCBR Budgets earmarked (in M€)
3.Innovation in Services Research Priority
Within the framework of the Cooperation Agreement signed between the FNR and the NCBR on 8 of November 2011 there was a joint decision on “Innovation in Services” as research priority, with four research sub-priorities that are open for financial support within the 2012 and 2013 calls.
3.1.Information Security and Trust Management
Research in this domain should be steered towards the development of IT-based secure applications considering the interdisciplinary character of growth sector. Additionally, secure services should not only be developed for businesses but also for citizens, e.g. e-government and e-health applications.
3.2.Business Service Design
Research should contribute to the design and engineering of flexible and efficient business services strategies and innovative business models through business services (including deployment, operation and monitoring).
Research may cover many different applications and e-services of different levels of granularity: business related e-services and public e-services (e-government, e-administration, e-health and e-learning).
Research in Business Service Design and innovation is based on an interdisciplinary approach guaranteeing the alignment of technologies, business processes and strategies as well as human skills.
3.3.Development and Performance of the Financial Systems
Research should focus on specific aspects of development and improving performance, with the aim to optimise all kinds of financial sub-systems within the finance industry. In particular, research should help to cope with the most important challenges and opportunities faced by the banking market at the moment: the quality of services provided to the client, the development of new products and services and the managing of distribution channels. Research on the regulatory framework will play an important part for innovation in the sector. Research aiming at optimising the fiscal and regulatory environment will play an important part in ensuring the development of new products and business lines as well as in assuring the overall competitiveness of the financial sector as a whole.
3.4.High-performance Telecommunication Networks and Multimedia
Research should include the distribution and personalisation of satellite signals as well as the study of intelligent, self-organised and dynamic networks for improving seamless applications/hand-over. IP communications research could involve the development of IP-based protocols, platforms and technologies for next generation user interfaces, services and applications for enterprise communications.
The application procedure consists of one mandatory stage:
Full Proposals must be submitted by the PI no later than 14:00 (CET) before the submission deadline in electronic format to the FNR online submission system https://grants.fnr.lu . Please note that all applications have to be submitted through this system.
All applications have to be submitted in English. For the Polish partners, some templates as budget and work plan have to be submitted also in Polish.
Detailed explanation about the application process is described in a separate document called “POLLUX Application Guidelines” available under www.fnr.lu and www.ncbir.pl.
It is advised that the partners contact their respective funding agencies before submitting their proposals in order to pre-check their eligibility.
Explanations about the Peer Reviewprocess and the selection criteria are described as well in a separate document ‘POLLUX Review Guidelines’ available under www.fnr.lu and www.ncbir.pl.
The funding decision will be communicated to the applicants by end of October, same year as the application, including the full anonymised written evaluations2.
Further call information and guidelines may be downloaded from the FNR and NCBR webpage: www.fnr.lu and www.ncbir.pl.
1 The PI is the researcher proposing the project idea and leading the project on a ‘daily basis’.
2 Please note that the comments by the evaluators may not necessarily be convergent. Differences of opinion about the merits of a proposal happen and are legitimate. Furthermore the FNR and NCBR may take a position that is different from what could be inferred from the comments of the different evaluations for duly justified reasons.