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TOPIC : Science4Refugees

Topic identifier: SwafS-06-2018
Publication date: 27 October 2017

Types of action: CSA Coordination and support action
DeadlineModel:
Planned opening date:
single-stage
05 December 2017
Deadline: 10 April 2018 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
  Horizon 2020 H2020 website
Pillar: Science with and for Society
Work Programme Year: H2020-2018-2020
Work Programme Part: Science with and for Society
Topic Description
Specific Challenge:

The Science4Refugees initiative is directed towards researchers/scientists with refugee background, which will enable them to continue their educational path or enter the European research labour market. Under the header "Science4Refugees", as part of the EURAXESS initiative, the integration into the European researchers' community as part of the labour force shall be enhanced.

Information available on education level of recently arrived refugees and asylum seekers points to a rather wide distribution across education level. To integrate them into Europe's research system, specific measures are requested in terms of integrating the highly skilled refugees into the labour market and to better understand the different cultural backgrounds.

The objective of the call is raising the awareness of refugee researchers of jobs and career development opportunities in Europe. Activities can directly address support for the job seeker but should also address the relevant skills assessment and training of the refugee researcher to increase his/her chances on a competitive European labour market. They can also comprise activities like open lectures, academic networking initiatives and training on how to reach the appropriate qualifications for the higher education system in the new country.

Scope:

This action is addressed to legal entities such as universities, NGOs, the EURAXESS Service Centres to bring involuntary immigrants with a refugee background into the European research labour market in the new host country.

Collaboration or coupling with national labour market initiatives are welcome, however the involvement of an accredited EURAXESS Centre would be beneficial for their experience in welcoming international researchers. These initiatives will give refugees researchers/scientists the opportunity to develop their knowledge and careers by improving their skills and employability.

The funded initiatives shall contribute to the overall scope of the EURAXESS initiative so that projects can be taken up and enlarged to a European level, e.g. webinars on entrepreneurship, research field specific training or any other training need will be uploaded in the relevant section of the EURAXESS portal.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU in the order of EUR 0.25 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nevertheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Expected Impact:

Provide support for the career development of refugee researchers, both women and men, to support their integration into their new employment settings and culture, and to prepare female and male refugees for the highly competitive and highly skilled job market. In the medium term, the action aims at supporting research jobs and growth; it will increase the number of highly skilled workers who are sufficiently prepared to access the European labour market by using their newly gained skills and experience through the supported actions.

Topic conditions and documents

1. Eligible countries: described in Annex A of the Work Programme.
A number of non-EU/non-Associated Countries that are not automatically eligible for funding have made specific provisions for making funding available for their participants in Horizon 2020 projects. See the information in the Online Manual.

 

2. Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in Annex B and Annex C of the Work Programme.  

Proposal page limits and layout: please refer to Part B of the proposal template in the submission system below.

 

3. Evaluation:

  • Evaluation criteria, scoring and thresholds are described in Annex H of the Work Programme. 
  • Submission and evaluation processes are described in the Online Manual.

4. Indicative time for evaluation and grant agreements:

Information on the outcome of evaluation (single-stage call): maximum 5 months from the deadline for submission.
Signature of grant agreements: maximum 8 months from the deadline for submission. 


 

5. Proposal templates, evaluation forms and model grant agreements (MGA):

Coordination and Support Action:

Specific provisions and funding rates
Standard proposal template
Standard evaluation form
General MGA - Multi-Beneficiary
Annotated Grant Agreement


 

6. Additional provisions:

Horizon 2020 budget flexibility 

 

Members of consortium are required to conclude a consortium agreement, in principle prior to the signature of the grant agreement.

7. Open access must be granted to all scientific publications resulting from Horizon 2020 actions.

Where relevant, proposals should also provide information on how the participants will manage the research data generated and/or collected during the project, such as details on what types of data the project will generate, whether and how this data will be exploited or made accessible for verification and re-use, and how it will be curated and preserved.

Open access to research data
The Open Research Data Pilot has been extended to cover all Horizon 2020 topics for which the submission is opened on 26 July 2016 or later. Projects funded under this topic will therefore by default provide open access to the research data they generate, except if they decide to opt-out under the conditions described in Annex L of the Work Programme. Projects can opt-out at any stage, that is both before and after the grant signature.

Note that the evaluation phase proposals will not be evaluated more favourably because they plan to open or share their data, and will not be penalised for opting out.

Open research data sharing applies to the data needed to validate the results presented in scientific publications. Additionally, projects can choose to make other data available open access and need to describe their approach in a Data Management Plan.

Projects need to create a Data Management Plan (DMP), except if they opt-out of making their research data open access. A first version of the DMP must be provided as an early deliverable within six months of the project and should be updated during the project as appropriate. The Commission already provides guidance documents, including a template for DMPs. See the Online Manual.

Eligibility of costs: costs related to data management and data sharing are eligible for reimbursement during the project duration.

The legal requirements for projects participating in this pilot are in the article 29.3 of the Model Grant Agreement.

 

8. Additional documents:

1. Introduction WP 2018-20
16. Science with and for society WP 2018-20
18. Dissemination, Exploitation and Evaluation WP 2018-20

General annexes to the Work Programme 2018-2020

Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Regulation of Establishment
Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Rules for Participation
Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Specific Programme

 

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