Abierto el Servicio Expresiones de Interés Entidades Españolas – Acciones Individuales MSCA IF 2017

La Oficina Europea vuelve a poner en marcha el servicio de difusión “IF Expressions of Interest: Spanish Hosting Offers dentro del portal ESHorizonte2020El objetivo es dar visibilidad a aquellas entidades españolas que deseen contratar a investigador@s post-doctorales en el marco de la convocatoria de Acciones Individuales Marie Sklodowska-Curie H2020-MSCA-IF-2017.

Dada la buena aceptación que esta iniciativa piloto tuvo entre los centros españoles en las convocatorias anteriores, se mantiene su continuidad como un servicio de apoyo a la participación en Horizonte 2020.

Este servicio estará disponible desde hoy 6 de abril hasta el mes de julio 2017.

Para más información, descárgate este archivo.

Para acceder al servicio, haz clic en este enlace.

The Seal of Excellence is comming!

The Seal of Excellence is a quality label awarded to projects submitted to Horizon 2020 which were deemed to deserve funding but did not receive it due to budget limits. It recognises the value of the proposal and supports the search for alternative funding.

Every year, thousands of organisations in Europe invest costly resources and time applying to the Horizon 2020 Programme. The European Commission has a first-class evaluation system engaging independent, international experts.

The experts identify proposals which are above the quality threshold necessary for funding. But, depending on the available Horizon 2020 budget, only some of the above-quality threshold proposals will receive funding.

The Seal of Excellence Certificate rewards unfunded proposals which were above this quality threshold with a high-quality label and ensures the investment of their time and resources were worth it. In addition, it helps other possibly interested funding bodies willing to invest in promising proposals (including national/regional authorities through ESIF) to identify them more easily.

The initiative was launched by Commissioner Moedas and Commissioner Creţu on 12 October 2015, in the context of the mandate received from President Juncker to maximise synergies between Horizon 2020 and Structural Funds.

Quality threshold pyramid

The proposers receive a Seal of Excellence Certificate as soon as the evaluation results are available. It is designed to satisfy multiple purposes:

Specimen of the Seal of Excellence

  • Informing: indicates basic info on the proposal, the call and the proposer
  • Building reputation: highlights the competitive and highly professional selection process
  • Explaining: refers to the evaluation criteria used in Horizon 2020
  • Showing the political commitment: displays the signatures of the two Commissioners
  • Unique and safe: Digitally sealed against fraud, as is the related proposal and Evaluation Summary Report (ESR)

The Seal of Excellence is currently awarded to above-quality threshold, unfunded proposals who applied to either the SME Instrument or Teaming under the Horizon 2020 programme.

The first implementation of the SEAL of EXCELLENCE:
the Horizon 2020 SME Instrument

The SME Instrument under Horizon 2020, supports breakthrough innovations in close-to-market activities by SMEs.

The SME Instrument was selected as the ideal candidate to begin implementation of the Seal of Excellence due to its high popularity, high competitiveness and limited funding capacity compared to demand.

In addition, supporting proposals from the SME instrument fits with the intervention logic of European Structural and Investment Funds, as they target small scale R&I projects, high impact potential at local level and are mainly single-company led.

An SME whose SME Instrument proposal has received a Seal of Excellence will be looking for financial support for two types of activities:

  • Feasibility assessment activities (Phase 1) – which would have (if successful) received €50 000 lump-sum grant (covering 70% of total cost of the project)
  • Innovation development & demonstration activities (Phase 2) – which would have (if successful) received a grant ranging between €500 000 and €2.5 million (covering 70% of total cost of the project)

The proposals are usually led by a single SME and deal with small-scale research and innovation actions with clear territorial impact. So, the selection-logic for the SME Instrument is in-line with the logic of structural funds.

International panels of independent experts conduct the evaluation process under supervision of the Commission following transparent, well-known evaluation criteria.

Between 60 % and 85 % of the proposals are normally rejected as they are not ready for funding. The rest deserve funding.

But, 45-84 % of proposals which deserve funding are NOT funded. This is due to the popularity of the scheme (in two years around 20 000 proposals were submitted) and limited resources compared to this demand.

These high-quality proposals receive the Seal of Excellence. They passed an extremely competitive evaluation process and deserve recognition.

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First two years of operation of SME instrument (results including all cut-offs in 2014 and 2015)

By the end of 2015, more than 2 300 SME Instrument proposals received the Seal of Excellence. These proposals came from SMEs in all EU Member States and Horizon 2020 Associated countries.

The Seal of Excellence is now awarded to eligible proposals every time proposers receive evaluation results related to the cut-off to which they have submitted their proposal (cut-offs are four times a year).

SoE in Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions

The past 24th April, the Commission has today awarded, for the first time, Seal of Excellence certificates to more than 2 300 researchers in recognition of their high-quality research proposals under the Marie-Skłodowska-Curie Actions. These are being awarded to all researchers whose MSCA Individual Fellowship proposals in 2016 had a score of 85% or above but could not be funded due to the highly-competitive nature of the MSCA programme.

How is the Seal of Excellence authenticated?

The Seal of Excellence is digitally sealed. Any attempt to change its data automatically invalidates the document. The submitted proposal and the evaluation summary report are also digitally sealed.

The funding institution can electronically check the authenticity and integrity of the document.

 

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Resultados preliminares de la convocatoria COFUND 2016 de las Acciones Marie Sklodowska Curie

Ya están disponibles los resultados preliminares de la convocatoria COFUND de las Acciones Marie Sklodowska Curie (MSCA) H2020-MSCA-COFUND-2016, mecanismo de co-financiación que pretende estimular programas regionales, nacionales o internacionales, para fomentar la excelencia en la formación de los investigadores, su movilidad y el desarrollo de su carrera profesional.

Esta convocatoria está destinada a entidades legales establecidas en Estados Miembros o Países Asociados a H2020 que financien o gestionen Programas de Doctorados o Programas de Incorporación de Investigadores. Ha contado con un presupuesto de 80M€, de los cuales España ha obtenido 19,41M€ (27,54% UE 28), siendo el 1er país con mayor retorno (ver gráfico), con 8 proyectos financiados.

En términos generales, cabe señalar que gracias a las convocatorias COFUND MSCA ya resueltas en H2020, se están financiando actualmente en Europa cerca de 90 programas de doctorado e incorporación de investigadores.

De la totalidad de estos proyectos, el 20% son liderados por centros españoles y permitirán incorporar a nuestro sistema de I+D+I a más de 550 investigadores e investigadoras en diferentes fases de su carrera investigadora.

Resultados Preliminares Acciones Individuales 2016 MSCA

Ya están disponibles los resultados preliminares de la convocatoria Individual Fellowships de las Acciones Marie Sklodowska Curie (MSCA) H2020-MSCA-IF-2016, cuyo objetivo es la formación y contratación de investigadores/as con experiencia, para la realización de proyectos individuales de 12 a 36 meses de duración, en un marco internacional e intersectorial.

Esta convocatoria ha contado con un presupuesto de 218,7M€, permitiendo la contratación de cerca de 1.200 investigadores.

España ha obtenido 21,39M€ (11,80% UE 28), situándose como segundo país receptor de fondos (ver gráfico), por detrás de Reino Unido. Gracias a este programa de movilidad y atracción de talento investigador, 136 proyectos de investigación se desarrollarán en centros españoles.

En términos generales, cabe señalar que gracias a estas convocatorias de Acciones Individuales MSCA (2014-2016), se están financiando actualmente más de 3.600 proyectos de investigación, realizándose 356 de ellos en instituciones españolas.

La Comisión Europea ha elaborado una nota de prensa para presentar estos resultados preliminares y ha facilitado ejemplos de proyectos financiados.

Información actualizada sobre la Convocatoria Acciones Individuales MSCA 2016

Ya están disponibles en el Portal del Participante los primeros resultados y datos actualizados de la Convocatoria Acciones Individuales MSCA IF 2016.

Para más información, consultar el siguiente enlace

¡Enhorabuena a los nuevos fellows!