Funding Opportunities for
Continuation of ProENBIS Activities
Shirley Coleman
ISRU
Life after proENBIS
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Project ends December 2004
Important to carry on collaborating
Funded collaboration provides opportunities for useful
meetings, papers and transfer of ideas
Need to build on the relationships established under
proENBIS
Possible sources of further funds
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FP6 instruments
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The Integrated Project (IP) is an instrument to support
objective-driven research, where the primary deliverable is
new knowledge. Integrated projects should aim at either
increasing Europe's competitiveness or addressing major
needs in society.
Projects must contain a research component and may also:
focus on technological development, contain demonstration
components, and contain a training component
A minimum of three partners from three different countries
should participate. SMEs are strongly encouraged to
participate.
The project duration is typically 3 to 5 years (no maximum)
FP6 Instruments
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Networks of Excellence (NoE) are designed to strengthen
scientific and technological excellence on a particular research
topic. They aim to overcome the fragmentation of European
research by: networking together the critical mass of resources
and networking the expertise needed to provide European
leadership
Projects may include a training component.
A minimum of three partners from three different countries
need to participate. However, a minimum number participants
may be specified in the calls for proposals.
The project lasts up to 5 years with a maximum of 7 years.
FP6 Instruments
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Specific targeted research projects (STREP) aim at
improving European competitiveness or meeting the needs
of society or Community policies
They can be: An RTD project designed to gain knowledge or
improve existing products, processes or services or, a
demonstration project designed to prove the viability of new
technologies but which cannot be commercialized directly.
A minimum of 3 partners from three different Member States
or Associated States, of which two must be Member States
or Associated Candidate Countries, need to participate.
Project duration is typically between 2 to 3 years, but may in
exceptional cases be extended beyond 3 years.
FP6 Instruments
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Co-ordination actions (CA’s) aim to promote and
support the networking and coordination of research and
innovation activities.
Coordination actions should cover, definition, organization,
management, of joint or common initiatives. They will cover
activities such as: the organization of conferences,
meetings, the performance of studies, exchange of
personnel, the exchange and dissemination of good
practices and setting up common information systems and
expert groups.
FP6 Instruments
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Specific Support Actions (SSA) Their main purposes
is: to support the implementation of FP6, to potentially help
the preparation of future Framework Programme and to
stimulate, encourage and facilitate the participation of:
SMEs, Small research teams, Newly developed and remote
research centres and Organizations from the Candidate
Countries
The projects within the priority themes may cover the
following for example: Conferences, Seminars, Studies and
analysis , Working and Expert Groups, Operational support
and dissemination, Information and communication or a
combination of these as appropriate.
FP6 Instruments
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Marie Curie Fellowships These aim to provide a variety
of options for individual researchers as well as host
institutions. There are a number of different schemes on
offer: Host-driven actions, Individual-driven actions,
Excellence recognition and Return and Reintegration
Mechanisms (RRG, IRG).
Thematic Areas
These cover those areas where the EU in the medium
term intends to become the most competitive and
dynamic, knowledge-based economy in the world capable
of sustainable economic growth with more and better jobs
and greater social cohesion.
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Life Sciences, genomics and biotechnology for
health aims to integrate post-genomic research into the
more established biomedical and biotechnological
approaches. Involvement of key stakeholders e.g. industry,
healthcare providers and physicians, policy makers,
regulatory authorities, patient associations and experts on
ethical matters
Thematic Areas
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Information Society Technologies (IST) aim for direct
contribution to European policies for the knowledge society
and the e-Europe Action Plan; medium and long term RTD
on the future generation of technologies integrating
computers and networks into everyday environment; placing
the individual at the centre.
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Nanotechnologies and nano-sciences, knowledgebased multifunctional materials and new
production processes and devices offer contribution
to the creation of the scientific base for the transition of
European production industry from resource-based towards
knowledge-based, more environment-friendly approaches.
Thematic Areas
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Food quality and safety aim to assure health and wellbeing of European citizens through a better understanding
of the influence of food intake and environmental factors on
human health; providing safer, high-quality and healthpromoting food.
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Sustainable development, global change and
ecosystems aim to strengthen the S&T capacities needed
for Europe to be able to implement a sustainable
development model in the short and in the long term,
integrating its social, economic and environmental
dimensions; contributing to international efforts mitigating
adverse trends in global change.
Thematic Areas
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Citizens and governance in a knowledge-based
society aim to provide a sound scientific base for the
management of the transition towards a European
knowledge based society, conditioned by national, regional
and local policies and by decision making by individual
citizens, families and other societal units.
 Aeronautics and space are striving towards higher
levels of technological excellence by consolidating and
concentrating RTD efforts in the context of the Advisory
Council for Aeronautics Research in Europe and the
European Strategy for Space
Dates to remember
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IST Call 4
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IST Call 5
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Date of publication – November 2004
Closure Date – 23 March 2005*
Date of publication – May 2005
Closure Date – 21 September 2005*
FET Open
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Date of publication – November 2004
Closure Date – 10 May 2005*
(*all closing times are 17:00 Brussels local time)
NEEF – North East Enabling Fund
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The new NEEF was launched July 2004
It has a much-increased budget (£400,000) over the
original pilot scheme, and has a separate strand for
Universities
It is aimed at coordinators and partners of all types of
FP6 proposals, whether for new or traditional
instruments
We are/have applied for NEEF
NEEF – North East Enabling Fund
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An initiative to provide funding of up to £15,000 to
support North East organisations in developing FP6
proposals
The funding is provided by One NorthEast, the
Regional Development Agency, to cover 75% of the
allowable costs incurred in preparing a full FP6
research proposal
The scheme has been developed to be of maximum
benefit to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs)
Universities and Centres of Excellence
NEEF – North East Enabling Fund
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Allowable activities include:
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Searching for partners
Assessing feasibility
Verifying novelty
Analysing the market
Planning the project and writing the full
research proposal
The grant is payable upon verification of submission of
an eligible FP6 research proposal.
NEEF – North East Enabling Fund
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Applying for the North East Enabling Fund is relatively
straightforward
The application process involves the submission of a
five-page proposal to the Beta Technology North East
office
Each proposal is evaluated in confidence against a
strict set of criteria by at least two independent
evaluators.
6th Framework
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Idea proposed by ISRU
Information Society Technologies IST
Network of Excellence (NoE) (March 2005)
Six sigma knowledge transfer
Establish six sigma material in European languages
Establish database of multi-language/multi-cultural
material
Internet learning – Multilanguage format
SME’s benefit from this material – often language
barrier stops SME’s using techniques
European industries competitive edge
Network of Excellence
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Material centralised via website/internet
Partners will be able to deliver courses on sites
throughout Europe or via Internet
Share experiences and learn form these leading to a
Network of Excellence
Case studies – tailored to cultures/languages
Distance learning
SME network involved
Larger companies may like to be involved
3rd Country participation in FP6
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The thematic network part of FP6 is to be extended to
allow third country organisations to be included
There is significant funding available to facilitate this
procedure
Partners from any country can participate in any
consortium, as long as the minimum number of
partners from Member and Associated States is
respected, and third-country partners are in addition to
these minima
3rd Country participation in FP6
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To date, third country participation in the thematic
areas of FP6 is low, and the take-up of the €285m is
small.
This is unlikely to be due to lack of interest, and more
likely to be due to lack of awareness of the
opportunities.
6th Framework classification of countries
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EU Member States: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland,
France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg,
Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and UK
EEA Countries: Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway
Association Agreement Countries: Israel &
Switzerland (tbc)
Candidate Countries: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic,
Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Malta, Poland,
Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey
Third Countries: INCO (Developing, Mediterranean,
Russia and CIS), all other countries
FP6 Rationale for SME’s
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FP6 attaches great importance to the participation of
SME’s as they play a crucial role in European
competitiveness and job creation
Experience shows that SME’s are a source of
dynamism and change in new markets, particularly
those at the leading edge of technology.
Participation of SME’s in FP6
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The main route for SME involvement in the seven
Priority Thematic Areas is through the Networks of
Excellence (NoE), Integrated Projects (IP) and Specific
Targeted Research Projects
Maria’s ideas 6th framework
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Stochastic for Quality Movement
We are now in a better shape than when we set up the
Pro-ENBIS project
Pro-ENBIS has been a clear success for what has
been produced- relevant tools, concepts and
methodology
Experts around Europe focusing on major issues, for
instance, the profitability of European
industry/business/ public sector will get financed by the
EC, if well targeted at least to a couple of relevant
industry sectors
Project 1
Title: Closing the Gap Between Industry and
Academia: Design and Control of the Mutual Self
Interest in SQM
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Engineers/managers will need considerable assistance
to model their own plant/business be it SME or big
enterprises or governmental institutions
Most industrialists agree that a model needs to
address the issues seen as important by industry
Project 1
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Some academics understand that only when a large
number of problems have been solved can a more
academic overview be established to provide models
that apply
When collaborating with industry in a modeling
exercise, contact is necessary with senior
management
Project 1
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It has to be recognized that modeling developments for
decision-making in maintenance requires engineers
and managers as equal partners in the modeling
process with the modeler
Teaching modeling to engineering students will be a
complex task
Unless they can understand statistical and
mathematical concepts, their potential to embrace
modeling must be limited
Project 1
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There is no coherent postgraduate training in SQM
Students seldom meet the topic of, for instance,
maintenance at undergraduate level or postgraduate
level, and seldom meet modeling for decision-making
EC seems desperate to have academics to move
towards industry to identify and solve actual problems
Student placement is no longer considered to be
enough
Project 1
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There is a need to design and monitor mutual self
interest in SQM for the academy and the
industry/business and that is precisely the aim of the
present project
Project 1
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The project fits very well ENBIS mission.
Pro-ENBIS has
The Industrial Visit Scheme
The Related SERVQUAL Questionnaire
The SQM Survey of Companies
Consultants and Academics
A Template for Evaluating Practical Statistical
Efficiency
The SQM Library Concept
Many others
Project 2
Title: “SQM Library” and Their Continuous
Improvement and Innovation
Motivation for this kind of project:
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All CEOs, be it from SME or otherwise, private or public
sectors, have mainly two important questions on their mind
Can you solve my problem and
how much will it cost.
Therefore, we also have to propose a solution that globally
(including environmental impact and costs) costs less than
the problem. That is to say, we have to be cost-effective
too, and do not forget to advertise it.
Project 2
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Aim: To set up a framework, inspired by the
Medicine Doctors Network in order to efficiently deal
with recognized industry/business problems in
specified areas, including maritime related industries.
This project also will among other activities
promote “industrial visits” and “think tank” activities
among academics and the targeted industrialists in
order to create a relevant SQM Library
validate the credibility of the proposed numerical,
simulation and analytic methodologies to be part of
the SQM Library
Project 2
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select methods and tools to be implemented as a final
software for modeling and performance evaluation;
enhance numerical, simulation and analytic
methodologies and solution algorithms under more
realistic industrial/business profiles
investigate further the definition of performance
bounds for complex systems
set up a mechanism for continuous improvement and
alerts of needed innovation, where the cost-effective
has to be also clearly demonstrated.
Project 2
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Pro-ENBIS Resources:
Perhaps, Maria’s joint paper with Ron and John,
presented at ESREL 2003 could be used as a kick-off
in the preparation of such a proposal. Some other
papers already published inside WP4 and in all the
other WPs, could be used as well.
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