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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: MC-COFUND | Phase: FP7-PEOPLE-2012-COFUND | Award Amount: 15.16M | Year: 2013

This fellowships scheme aims at offering, over a five-year period, a total of 57 two-years fellowships to highly skilled researchers to perform a research stay in a Walloon R&D Institute. Eligible researchers are from all nationalities and must have 4 years of research experience or a PhD, but less than 10 years research experience. They must comply with the following mobility rule: having spent less than 12 month out of the last 36 months in Belgium. Researchers are invited to apply jointly with a promoter (scientist in charge) from one of the following eligible potential hosts. A facilitator will be identified to ensure the best possible matching between the researcher and the potential host: -24 accredited research centres -More than 200 R&D intensive SMEs Eligible research fields are those covered by the so-called Marshall Plan 2.green. They reflect the priority areas identified by the Walloon Government: -Transport and Logistics -Mechanical Engineering -Life Sciences -Agroindustry -Aeronautics and space -Environmental technologies Publication of the call will be the widest possible, using all available tools (Euraxess, NatureJobs, FP7 NCPs, ERA NETs, Professional federations, etc...). Each proposal will be evaluated by 2 international and independent experts and one internal scientific expert, on the basis of well defined evaluation criteria that will be available for the applicants in a very user-friendly and detailed guide for applicants. The proposals will be ranked accordingly (mathematical ranking). At the end of the Selection process, the final ranking will be printed and signed by all members of the Validation committee. Support to applicant will be offered by the Walloon Euraxess Service centres and the Programme managers, together with the Union wallonne des Enterprises (Walloon Enterprises Union). A facilitator will guarantee the matching between potential hosts and potential researchers. Evaluation process will be as short as possible and feed-back to applicants will consist in an detailed Evaluation Summary Report (ESR) justifying the scores, underlining strengths and weaknesses of the proposal and explaining reasons for funding or rejection. Grantees will be offered a 2 years employment contract will full social security coverage, an extra mobility allowance and a bench fee for purchasing necessary material or to finance their participation to conferences, workshop, etc... Mentorship, supervision and training are an important facet of the scheme, as well as the trans-sectorial added value. The project will run on a 5 years period, allowing 6 calls (2 calls per year, launched year 1, 2 and 3 of the project) for proposals and a total of 114 fellowship-years.


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Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: CSA | Phase: NMP-36-2014 | Award Amount: 496.22K | Year: 2015

This proposal for a Coordination Action aims at improving visibility for essential stakeholders, most notably national/regional programming and funding authorities, on programming synergetic actions between the European Union and member states in the NMP Program. This shall be done by organising a forum and collecting road maps focused in particular on the use of the new ERANET instrument in the NMP area. In doing so, the CSA shall acknowledge that the NMP program has an important role in translating result from flagships towards industrial application and in facilitating key enabling technologies towards the Grand Societal Challenges. It shall also take into account the methodology of technology readiness levels is leading the programmation of the NMP work program. Programming should also acknowledge that industrial leadership, for SMEs in particular is an important objective. This objective should result in a road-map with the aim to increase visibility on themes to program. In exploiting synergies, the new ERANET Instrument is an important tool. In order to operationalize it in Horizon2020 visibility should be improved on best practices in using the ERANET under FP7 as well collecting a database on projects funded through it. This shall give input to a forum to discuss future opportunities and identify critical mass of funding agencies willing to support it. Synergies shall often require alignment of European, National and Regional funding. In fact operational programs under ERDF demand these synergies. In NMP many topics demand an alignment of proposals with regional Smart Specialisation Strategies. How these synergies can be organised is an explicit objective, with the aim, to enlarge the number of funding agencies (national or regional) able to use it. Therefore particular attention in this project shall be given to reach out to as many regions as possible.


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Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: ERA-NET-Cofund | Phase: ISIB-12f-2015 | Award Amount: 15.59M | Year: 2016

ERA-HDHL is a proposal of ERA-NET Cofund in the field of nutrition and health to support the Joint Programme Initiative Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life (JPI HDHL). Nowadays, there is a high burden of non-communicable diseases due to unhealthy diet and lifestyle patterns. The 24 members of the JPI HDHL are working together to develop means to (1) motivate people to adopt healthier lifestyles including dietary choices and physical activity, (2) develop and produce healthy, high-quality, safe and sustainable foods and (3) prevent diet-related diseases. Between 2012 and 2015, JPI HDHL had implemented 7 JFAs with 40 M funds from national funding. The JPI HDHL is now set for further enhancement in tight coordination with the EC through the ERA-NET Cofund instrument. ERA-HDHL will provide a robust platform for implementing joint funding actions (JFAs) that address the needs identified in the JPI HDHL strategic research agenda and strengthen the research funding activities of JPI HDHL. An EC cofunded call on the identification and validation of biomarkers in nutrition and health will be implemented. For this foreseen action, the member countries of the JPI HDHL have doubled their financial commitment comparing to previous JFA implemented on a similar topic. Moreover, ERA-HDHL will launch at least 3 additional JFAs in line to fulfil the JPI HDHL objectives.


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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: MC-COFUND | Phase: FP7-PEOPLE-2013-COFUND | Award Amount: 21.15M | Year: 2014

The fellowships scheme offers a total of 80 two-years fellowships to highly skilled researchers to perform a research stay in a Belgian French-speaking university, in close co-operation with a Walloon industrial/commercial private partner. The project will run on a 5 years period, allowing 4 calls for proposals offering a total of 160 fellowship-years. Eligible researchers cover all nationalities that have at least 4 years of research experience or a PhD, but less than 10 years research experience, they must comply with a clear mobility rule: having spent less than 12 out of the last 36 months in Belgium. All research fields are eligible, as long as a potential industrial/commercial added value can be demonstrated. The researcher can choose to perform his/her 2 years-stay in one of the 7 eligible universities but a total of 6 months must be spent on the premises of a private partner (this stay can be done in several periods). A facilitator is part of the staff of the project management to enhance the matching between universities and private partners. Researchers who will be granted a TTF fellowship will benefit from two supervisors: one from the university, another from the private partner. Mentorship, training and supervision are important facets of this mobility scheme. Objectives of the present programme are triple: - offer to international researchers a high level research stay in a university unit and develop economic/innovation skills in an enterprise ; - enhance trans-sectoral collaboration and mobility; - identify and valorise research results that have a potential economic impact. Publication of the call will be diffused widely, using all available tools and networks. The evaluation process is transparent and based on skills and experience: each proposals will be evaluated by 2 international independent experts and one internal scientific advisor through well-defined evaluation criteria, that will be available for the applicants in a user-friendly and detailed guide for applicants (in English, downloadable from the dedicated webpage). Support to applicant will be offered permanently, the evaluation process will be as short as possible and feed-back to applicants will consist of a detailed Evaluation Summary Report (ESR) justifying the scores, underlining strengths and weaknesses of the proposal and explaining reasons for funding or rejection. Furthermore, grantees will be offered a 2 years employment contract will full social security coverage, an extra mobility allowance and a bench fee for covering research costs and participation to conferences, workshop, etc.


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Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: ERA-NET-Cofund | Phase: NMP-14-2015 | Award Amount: 49.69M | Year: 2016

M-ERA.NET 2 aims at coordinating the research efforts of the participating EU Member States, Associated States and Regions as well as of selected global partners in materials research and innovation, including materials for low carbon energy technologies and related production technologies. A large network of 43 national and regional funding organisations from 23 EU Members States and Associated States and 5 countries outside Europe will implement joint calls to fund excellent innovative transnational RTD cooperation, including one call for proposals with EU co-funding and additional non-cofunded calls. Continuing the activities started under the predecessor project M-ERA.NET (2/2012-1/2016), the M-ERA.NET 2 consortium will support relevant thematic areas, such as -for example- surfaces, coatings, composites, additive manufacturing or computational materials engineering. Research on materials enabling low carbon energy technologies will be particularly highlighted as a main target of the cofunded call (Call 2016) with a view to implementing relevant parts of the Materials Roadmap Enabling Low Carbon Energy Technologies (SEC(2011)1609), and relevant objectives of the SET-Plan (COM (2009)519). The appropriate scope of the cofunded call and the additional joint calls will be defined in cooperation with relevant stakeholders including national and regional RTD communities, the EC and the EMIRI (Energy Materials Industrial Research Initiative) as well as an external Strategic Experts Group. M-ERA.NET 2 will support the whole innovation chain, clarifying for each topic the appropriate Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) to be addressed through the transnational RTD projects. The consortium will be aware of the TRLs which are covered by the EC through Horizon 2020 topics as well as by other schemes. Gaps will be identified and M-ERA.NET 2 will aim at offering a complementary support scheme.

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