Calls for proposals: who can participate?
Every year, the European Commission publishes work programmes on the Cordis Website. These correspond to annual calls for proposals published in the relevant Cordis call page. This page will indicate if a call is currently open. Calls are usually published towards the end of each year with a deadline in April or May. The received proposals are then evaluated by independent experts under contract with the European Commission. At least three experts evaluate each proposal. The evaluations usually take place remotely (i.e. at the expert's home or residence) and then in Brussels were consensus meetings are held to decide the final score for each proposal. The evaluation criteria are published in the call information and are the same as used in the EC FP7.
The annual work programmes are drawn up by the European Commission in consultation with the research communities in the various fields. The Commission also seeks the opinion of the 'Fission Programme Committee', consisting of delegates formally nominated by all EU Member States and Euratom FP Associated Countries. Increasingly, these annual work programmes take into account priorities in the Strategic Research Agendas of the appropriate collaborative platforms.
Proposals have to be submitted on-line via an electronic submission system that is made available when the call is officially opened. A proposal coordinator (or coordinating organisation) is responsible for putting together the proposal and assembling a (potential) consortium of partners from the research community. There are strict eligibility criteria, which may depend on the specific topic in the call and the specified funding scheme. If the eligibility criteria are not met, the proposal will be rejected by the Commission and not evaluated by the independent experts. A redress procedure is available for all applicants who disagree with the eligibility decision or evaluation result.
A guide for applicants is published with each call. There is also a network of Euratom National Contact Points (NCPs), who can provide assistance and information to potential applicants in each country. NCPs often organise national information events, attended by Commission staff, to provide information on the programme directly to national R&D stakeholders.
Who can receive funding in Euratom FP7?
Any legal entity can be a member of a Euratom FP project consortium. However, only those legal entities established in EU Member States and countries formally associated to the Euratom FP are normally eligible for reimbursement of their costs. SMEs and educational establishments can claim for up to 75% reimbursement of the costs of their actual research activities. Other bodies are limited to a maximum of 50%. However, all partners can be reimbursed up to 100% for non-research activities, i.e. coordination, project management, training actions, etc.
Which non-EU countries are associated to Euratom FP7?
At the time of writing, Switzerland is the only 3rd country fully associated to Euratom FP7. Switzerland pays into the EU budget and enjoys the same status as EU Member States as far as participation in the Euratom FP is concerned. Note that in the EC FP7, there are many more associated 3rd countries. From 2010, a number of EU applicant countries may also become associated to the Euratom FP.