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TOPIC : Coordination and Support Activities

Topic identifier: FETOPEN-2-2014
Publication date: 11 December 2013

Types of action: CSA Coordination and support action
DeadlineModel:
Opening date:
single-stage
11 December 2013
Deadline: 30 September 2014 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
  Horizon 2020
Topic Description
Scope:

Specific challenge: The challenge is to make Europe the best place in the world for collaborative research on future and emerging technologies that will renew the basis for future European competitiveness and growth, and that will make a difference for society in the decades to come.

Scope: Proposals shall address one of the following topics:

a)                    FET Observatory: identifying new opportunities and directions for interdisciplinary research towards new and visionary technology of any kind, combining evidence from FET (e.g., portfolio analysis) and other sources, as well as by broad and open stakeholder engagement, in particular through on line tools.

b)                   FET Communication: collecting, aggregating and disseminating information from the entire range of FET projects and activities, and using an appropriate mix of channels and formats, including activities to reach stakeholders well beyond the research communities (including the public at large), and visibility at well-selected events.

c)                    FET Exchange: structuring an emerging FET-relevant topic and the interdisciplinary communities around it. This shall include research roadmapping, stimulating learning and exchange (possibly with related initiatives worldwide) involving the appropriate range of disciplines and actors such as young researchers and high-tech SMEs, and broader stakeholder engagement.

d)                   FET Conference: supporting the organisation of the third European Future Technologies Conference and Exhibition (see http://www.fet11.eu/ ). The conference shall foster a dialogue between science, policy and society on future and emerging technologies, showcase progress, seed new ideas across disciplines and involve high-potential actors that can reshape the future. Proposals will address pre-conference communication, the local organisation, participant assistance and post-conference follow-up. The event shall take place late 2015 or early 2016.

e)                    FET Prizes: Identifying suitable areas in which prizes and competitions can boost FET research and increase its impact. Actions shall aim to identify a diversity of such areas, investigating for each of them the rationale, competition objectives, target communities (possibly including youngsters) and organisational aspects of running the competitions.

f)                    FET Impact: Assessing the direct and indirect impacts of the FET programme on the science and technology landscape and its perception by individuals and society. Proposals must indicate a framework of key performance indicators, a systematic assessment methodology and perform the required data collection and analysis, in line with the overall mission of FET.

For each of the scope items a), b), d), e) and f) at most one proposal will be funded.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 0.3 and 0.5 million, and up to EUR 1 million for scope item d), would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

 

Expected impact:

•                European thought-leadership on new and emerging technologies with a strong engagement of scientists, citizens, innovators and policy makers.

•                Improved long-term innovation potential in Europe both from the abundance of novel ideas and the range of actors ready to take them forward.

•                Improved readiness across Europe to engage in silo-breaking research collaboration and to take up new research and innovation practices.

•                Improved understanding of impact mechanisms for long-term science and technology research.

Type of action: Coordination and Support Actions

Topic conditions and documents

Please read carefully all provisions below before the preparation of your application.

  1. List of countries and applicable rules for funding: described in part A of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.
     
  2. Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in part B and C of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme, with the following addition:

    For each of the scope items a), b), d), e) and f) up to one proposal will be funded.
     
  3. Evaluation

    3.1  Evaluation criteria and procedure, scoring and threshold:  FET support interdisciplinary research positioned between research driven by science and research driven by societal challenges or by industrial competitiveness. FET research aims at accelerating the transition from upstream research to technology development. Due to this specific nature of FET research, FET applies specific evaluation criteria.

    Thresholds and weights are set for each criterion, as indicated in the table below. A proposal failing to achieve any of these threshold scores will not be funded.

    Subcriteria for evaluation criterion 1 "Excellence":
    * Clarity of objectives.
    * Contribution to the co-ordination and/or support of high-risk and high-impact research, for new or emerging areas or horizontally.
    * Appropriatness of the coordination and/or support activities.
    Threshold for this criterion: 3/5
    Weight for this criterion: 40%

    Subcriteria for evaluation criterion 2 "Impact":
    * Transformational impact on the communities and/or practices for high-risk and high-impact research.
    * Appropriateness of measures for spreading excellence, use of results, and dissemination of knowledge, including engagement with stakeholders.
    Threshold for this criterion: 3/5
    Weight for this criterion: 40%

    Subcriteria for evaluation criterion 3 "Quality and efficiency of the implementation":
    * Quality of workplan and management.
    * Relevant expertise in the consortium.
    * Appropriate allocation and justification of resources (person-months equipment, budget).
    Threshold for this criterion: 3/5
    Weight for this criterion: 20%

    Specific evaluation procedure:
    At consensus stage, the consensus score for each evaluation criteria will be the median of the corresponding scores attributed by the individual evaluators and the consensus report will comprise a collation of the comments from individual reports, or extracts from them.

    The procedure for setting a priority order for proposals with the same score is given in part H of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme

    3.2 Guide to the submission and evaluation process

    3.3 Guidance on the evaluation of innovation, social sciences and humanities and other aspects of H2020 proposals
     
  4. Proposal page limits and layout: Please refer to Part B of the standard proposal template.
     
  5. Indicative timetable for evaluation and grant agreement:
    Information on the outcome of the evaluation: maximum 5 months from the final date for submission.
    Signature of grant agreements: maximum 3 months from the date of informing successful applicants.

     
  6. 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
    Standard proposal template (administrative forms and structure of the technical annex)
    For this topic, in addition to the standard criteria, specific evaluation subcriteria (indicated above) apply. These are contained in the specific evaluation form of topic FETOPEN-2-2014 "Coordination and Support Activities 2014"
    Annotated Model Grant Agreement
     
  7. Additional provisions:

    Horizon 2020 budget flexibility

    Classified information
     
  8. Open access must be granted to all scientific publications resulting from Horizon 2020 actions, and proposals must refer to measures envisaged. 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.

 

Additional documents

  • Flash Call Info for call H2020-FETOPEN-2014-2015_en en
  • Legal basis - Framework Programme H2020 en
  • Legal basis - Specific Programme H2020 en
  • WP H2020 - 1. Introduction en
  • WP H2020 - 2. Future and Emerging Technologies (FETs) en
  • WP H2020 - 17. Communication and Dissemination en
  • WP H2020 - 19. General Annexes en
  • Specific evaluation form for Coordination and support actions of FET-OPEN-2
  • A guide to ICT-related activities in WP2014-15 en

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