TOPIC : Science4Refugees - Support to highly skilled refugee scientists
|Publication date:||14 October 2015|
|Types of action:||CSA Coordination and support action|
|DeadlineModel: Opening date:||single-stage 12 April 2017||Deadline:||31 August 2017 17:00:00|
|Time Zone : (Brussels time)|
30 August 2017 14:41
Following technical issues with the IT system for a short period on 30/08/17, the deadline for the 2017 topics for H2020-SWAFS-2016-17 is extended by 24 hours until 31/08/17 at 17:00:00 Brussels local time.
08 June 2017 08:58
New Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for the H2020-SwafS-2016-17 call (Science with and for Society), notably the 2017 topics, are published and accessible under the section 'Topic conditions and documents', '8. Additional documents'.
25 April 2017 00:00
In the recently revised version of the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2016-2017, section 16. Science with and for Society, the following changes were made to the SwafS-26-2017 topic:
Shorter proposal template for part B sections 1-3, consisting of a maximum of 30 pages including the cover page, which will be stated in the corresponding template. Part B sections 4-5, as usual, are not subject to page limits. In addition, some improvements have been made to the wording of the topic description text.
31 March 2017 08:58
Given that there will be an update of the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2016-17 (adoption planned in April), resulting in changes for the SwafS-26-2017 topic, the opening of the H2020-SwafS-2016-17 call (all topics) is postponed to 4 May 2017.
Topic DescriptionSpecific Challenge:
The Science4Refugees initiative is directed towards refugee researchers/scientists who have applied for and been granted asylum in a host country, which will enable them to continue their educational path or enter the labour market. Under the header "Science4Refugees" a number of initiatives will be brought together on the EURAXESS portal.
Information available on the education level of recently arrived asylum seekers and refugees points to a rather wide distribution in terms of education level. In Germany, the share of those who attended university was on average around 20% according to the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees but it varies widely across countries of origin and the same is true in Sweden. In any case, there is evidence that at least part of the recently arrived refugees have a tertiary education degree and intend to pursue their studies or research in the host country. To integrate them into Europe's research system, specific measures are required in terms of enhancing the employability and the skills of refugees.
The objective of this action is to scale up existing initiatives and bring them to a European level.Scope:
This action will support activities at the institutional, regional or national level to scale up their activities for refugees from a regional to a European level. These initiatives will give refugees researchers/scientists the opportunity to develop their knowledge and careers by improving their skills and experience.
The initiatives will have the potential to be scaled up to a European level during the implementation phase, with a take-up on the EURAXESS portal, eg. databases for language courses or webinars on entrepreneurship and other training needs.
This action is aimed at entities which have established initiatives (minimum 2 years) to support refugee researchers/scientists to update their skills and employability at the European labour market. Entities dealing with the first basic needs of refugees such as accommodation or clothing, or educational needs for children, are not targeted.
The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU in the order of EUR 100 000 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 financial and employability support to initiatives that support the integration of refugees into their new employment setting and culture, and to prepare refugees for the highly competitive and highly skilled job market. The visibility of these financially supported initiatives will be increased by making use of the EURAXESS Portal for dissemination, giving them high EU visibility & offering EU coordination support. 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
Please read carefully all provisions below before the preparation of your application.
- List of countries and applicable rules for funding: described in part A of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.
Note also that 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 (follow the links to Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Hong Kong&Macau, India, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Taiwan).
- Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in part B and C of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.
Proposal page limits and layout: Please refer to Part B of the proposal template in the submission system below. Note that for this topic there is a shorter proposal template for part B sections 1-3, consisting of a maximum of 30 pages including the cover page, which will be stated in the corresponding template accessible in the submission system. Part B sections 4-5, as usual, are not subject to page limits.
3.1 Evaluation criteria and procedure, scoring and threshold: described in part H of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.
3.2 Submission and evaluation process: Guide to the submission and evaluation process
- Indicative timetable for evaluation and grant agreement:
Information on the outcome of single-stage evaluation: maximum 5 months from the deadline for submission.
Signature of grant agreements: maximum 8 months from the deadline for submission.
- Provisions, proposal templates and evaluation forms for the type(s) of action(s) under this topic:
Coordination and Support Action:
Specific provisions and funding rates
Proposal template is available in the submission system below
Standard evaluation form
H2020 General MGA -Multi-Beneficiary
Annotated Grant Agreement
- Additional provisions:
Horizon 2020 budget flexibility
Technology readiness levels (TRL) – where a topic description refers to TRL, these definitions apply.
Financial support to Third Parties – the work programme does not foresee financial support to Third Parties for this topic.
- 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.
- 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:
No submission system is open for this topic.
H2020 Online Manual your online guide on the procedures from proposal submission to managing your grant.
Participant Portal FAQ – Submission of proposals.
National Contact Points (NCP) - contact your NCP for further assistance.
Research Enquiry Service – ask questions about any aspect of European research in general and the EU Research Framework Programmes in particular.
Enterprise Europe Network – contact your EEN national contact for advice to businesses with special focus on SMEs. The support includes guidance on the EU research funding.
IT Helpdesk- contact the Participant Portal IT helpdesk for questions such as forgotten passwords, access rights and roles, technical aspects of submission of proposals, etc.
Ethics – for compliance with ethical issues, see the Participant Portal and Science and Society Portal
European IPR Helpdesk assists you on intellectual property issues
CEN and CENELEC, the European Standards Organisations, advise you how to tackle standardisation in your project proposal. Contact CEN-CENELEC Research Helpdesk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for their recruitment
Partner Search Services help you find a partner organisation for your proposal
IMI Partner Search Tool helps you find a partner organisation for your proposal