How to Write a Competitive Proposal for Framework 6

 

                 (A Research Managers Handbook)

                                              Published January 2004

 

 

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Table of Contents

 

Chapter 1:     Introduction and Quick Overview of Framework 6

Chapter 2:     Background to Framework 6

Chapter 3:     How Proposals are Evaluated

Chapter 4:     The Research Priorities

Chapter 5:     The New Instruments

Chapter 6:     Legal and Financial Rules

Chapter 7:     How to Find the Best Partners

Chapter 8:     How to Write the Project Management

Chapter 9:     How to Write the Potential Impact of the Proposal

Chapter 10:   How to Explain the Relevance to EU Policy

Chapter 11:   Writing the Proposal

Chapter 12:   What is your Strategy for Framework 6?

Annex 1:        Part A and B of the Proposal

Annex 2:        The Evaluation Forms

Annex 3:        Handbook Websites

 

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Chapter 1: Introduction and Quick Overview of Framework 6

 

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Where to get information on Framework 6

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The Structure of Framework 6

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Example of a ‘Call for Proposals’

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The Research Priorities (Quick Overview)

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The New Instruments (Quick Overview)

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The Structure of a Proposal

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The Evaluation Criteria (Quick Overview)

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Partners in a Proposal (Quick Overview)

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Roles of the Partners in a Consortium (Quick Overview)

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Submitting Integrated Projects and  Networks of Excellence

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Payments in Framework 6 Contracts

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What is your Strategy for Framework 6?

 

Chapter 2: Background to Framework 6

 

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The Secrets of Framework 6

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The Players in Framework 6

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Political Background to Framework 6

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Background to the Research Priorities

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Background to the Evaluation Criteria

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The Green Paper on Innovation (1995)

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Towards a European Research Area (1999)

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The Lisbon Declaration (2000)

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Other Political Priorities influencing Framework 6

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Fears of the European Commission

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Expert Groups contributing to Framework 6

 

Chapter 3: How Proposals are Evaluated

 

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Terminology used in the Evaluation Process

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The Evaluation Process

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Other Facts and Figures about the Evaluation Process

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The Life of an ‘Expert Evaluator’

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Why bother being an ‘Expert Evaluator’?

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How to become an ‘Expert Evaluator’

 

Chapter 4: The Research Priorities

 

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Priority 1: Genomics and Biotechnology for Health

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Priority 2: Information Society Technologies

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Priority 3: Nano, Multifunctional Materials and Processes

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Priority 4: Aeronautics and Aerospace

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Priority 5: Food Quality and Safety

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Priority 6: Sustainable Development,Global Change,Ecosystems

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Priority 7: Citizens Governance in a Knowledge Society

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The 8th Priority

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Horizontal Research Areas involving SMEs

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Specific Measures in Support of International Cooperation

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Research and Innovation

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Research Infrastructures

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Science and Society

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Co-ordination of European Research

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Networking of National Research Activities

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EURATOM

 

Chapter 5: The New Instruments

 

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The New Instruments versus the Old Instruments

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How the Instruments are used in Framework 6

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Comparison: Integrated Projects & Networks of Excellence

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The Integrated Projects (IP)

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The Networks of Excellence (NOE)

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Article 169

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STREPs

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Co-ordination Actions (CA)

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Specific Support Actions (SSA)

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CRAFT and Collective Research

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Marie Curie Fellowships

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Research Infrastructures

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Which Instrument will you use?

 

Chapter 6: Legal and Financial Rules

 

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The Model Contract

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The IPR-Helpdesk

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Contractual Differences between Framework 5 and 6

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The Consortium Agreement

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Consortium Agreement Checklist

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Model Consortium Agreements

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European Economic Interest Group

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Subcontractors in Framework 6

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Differences between ‘Claims’ in Framework 5 and 6

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Form A3 and Eligible Costs

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The Cost Models and how to calculate ‘Overhead’

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Who can use the different Cost Models

Chapter 7: How to Find the Best Partners

 

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Who can participate?

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Categories of Partners

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The role of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises

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Where to find the ‘Best Partners’

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Partners for the Candidate Countries

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A Strategy for Beginners

 

Chapter 8: How to Write the Project Management

 

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The role of the Project Manager

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Consortium Management

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Work Breakdown Structure

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The PERT Chart

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The Gantt Chart

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Workpackage Description

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The Deliverables Table

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Project Effort Forms and Project Costing Forms

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The Budget/Work Ratio

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Software for Project Managements

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Templates for Project Management

 

Chapter 9: How to Write the Potential Impact of the Proposal

 

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The Impact on Technology and Standards

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The Impact on the European Economy

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Impact on European Union Policy and Legislation

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Impact on the Environment

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Social Impact of the Proposal

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How to identify the best routes for Exploitation

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Financial Plan for the Exploitation of Results

 

Chapter 10: How to Explain the Relevance to EU Policy

 

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Who’s who in the EU?

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How to join an EU Institution

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How EU Policy is Prepared

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How new Policies are identified

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The EU Policy Roadmap

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How Researchers contribute to EU Policy

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The EU Institutions

 

Chapter 11: Writing the Proposal

 

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The Proposal Writing Plan

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The One-Page Proposal

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Background to the proposal

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Expected Deliverables from the Proposal

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The TITLE and the ACRONYM

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The Work Breakdown Structure

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The Pert Chart

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The Gantt Chart

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Integration of technical domains (and the Critical Mass)

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Consortium Management

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Calculate the Effort and Costs

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Writing the full proposal (distribution of work)

 

Chapter 12 What is your Strategy for Framework 6?

 

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An Organisation’s Strategy for Framework 6

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A Strategy for Individual Researchers

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A Strategy for Beginners

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A Strategy for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises

 

Annexes

 

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Annex 1: Part A and B of the Proposal

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Annex 2: Evaluation Forms

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Annex 3: Handbook Websites

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