Please note that deadline for submission of proposals extended until 3 June 2012 (23:59 CET)
The crisis has had a deep impact on Europe's growth trajectory and on macroeconomic stability. It has forced a rethink of the architecture of EMU that has already led to a substantial overhaul of policies in a broad range of areas. Serious challenges remain, however, and the overhaul remains unfinished business. Tensions on financial markets have not disappeared and, after a long period of steady integration, fragmentation forces have resurfaced on some market segments. Growth divergences in Europe have reached unprecedented levels with many Member States facing protracted and painful adjustment processes. Charting a way out of the crisis requires tackling short-term pressures on growth from budgetary consolidation and private sector deleveraging but also dealing with the more medium-term growth challenges posed by ageing and intensifying global competition. It also requires designing policies that take into consideration distributional issues so as to avoid socially unacceptable distribution of the burden of adjustment processes.
With a view to shed some light on these challenges and better understand the policy options ahead, notably in terms of further policy integration, DG ECFIN has decided to launch an external research project comprising two work streams on themes of central importance for ECFIN's work programme: "Economic growth perspectives for Europe" and "The future of EMU". The objective of the project is to provide economic policy advice based on solid analytical underpinnings.
Against this background DG ECFIN intends to award in the course of 2012 several contracts for "Research Fellowships".
The fellowship comprises of the following services:
The list of themes:
Candidates are invited to submit their proposal to the e-mail ECFIN-CALL-Bemail@example.com, clearly mentioning their chosen theme in the subject line of the e-mail.
The following must be submitted:
The mailbox ECFIN-CALL-Bfirstname.lastname@example.org is reserved solely for submissions. Submissions sent to other mailboxes or to Commission staff cannot be accepted. No other communication should be addressed to this mailbox.
Candidates may submit separate proposals for more than one theme but can only be awarded maximum two contracts.
Papers can be co-authored.
Submission of a proposal implies that the candidate accepts all the terms and conditions set out in these specifications and in the contract. Period of validity of the proposal during which candidates may not modify the terms of their proposals: 6 months from the deadline for submission.
Deadline for submission: deadline for submission of proposals extended until 3 June 2012 (23:59 CET). Proposals received after this date will be non admissible.
The procedure for the award of the contracts will be carried out in three successive stages. Only proposals meeting the requirements of stage one (eligibility and exclusion criteria) will be examined in stage two (selection criteria). Proposals passing stage 2 will then be assessed in stage 3 (award criteria).
Access to this procurement procedure is granted to candidates from states having ratified the Multilateral Agreement on Government Procurement concluded within the World Trade Organisation.
By signing the application form candidates declare on honour that they are not in one or more situations as described in the form.
Candidates will have to pass the following selection criteria in order to take part in stage 3 of the procedure (award criteria).
Financial and economic capacity:
By signing the application form candidates declare on honour that they have the financial and economic capacity to deliver the services.
Professional and technical capacity:
All proposals passing stage 2 will be evaluated and receive points in accordance with the following award criteria:
|Qualitative award criteria||Points|
|1. The clarity of the proposal as assessed by the precision with which:||30|
|(i) it explains how the research topic will be addressed,||10|
|(ii) it discusses the theoretical and empirical techniques that will be used to analyze specific issues,||10|
|(iii) it explains the policy relevance of this analysis||10|
|2. The quality of the proposal as measured by:||70|
|(i) its potential to provide robust economic analysis that offers value-added vis-à-vis the existing academic literature on the subject field.||25|
|(ii) the comprehensiveness of the proposal to address the research topic||20|
|(iii) the potential of the proposal to provide new insights on highly pertinent policy issues specific to the research topic||25|
With a view to awarding up to 3 contracts per theme under this research project, the proposals will be ranked in accordance with the points received for the above award criteria. The pass mark is set at 65 points.
In the event a candidate would be shortlisted for more than one proposal, the Commission will autonomously determine which proposal(s) will be retained. Candidates are reminded they can only be awarded a maximum of two contracts.
The assessment procedure is expected to be completed by June 2012. Candidates will be informed in due time of the outcome of the procedure.
DG ECFIN envisages publishing the research papers in a volume collecting all contributions.
The Commission will retain the copyright of papers. Copyright will be governed by the provisions specified in the draft .
Information of a clarifying nature can be requested solely in writing via the mailbox ECFIN-DIRECTORATE-B-FELLOWS@ec.europa.eu. Requests received less than five working days before the final date for submission of proposals might not be processed.
deadline for submission of proposals extended until 3 June 2012 (23:59 CET)