FP7 2012 Calls Open

Last week the EC launched 39 calls for proposals under Framework Programme 7. The full list is below, with links to the relevant documents available on the Participant Portal:

Specific Programme – Cooperation


Food, Agriculture and Fisheries and Biotechnology
FP7-KBBE-2012-6 — single stage

Information and Communication Technologies

Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials and new Production Technologies


Environment (including Climate Change)
FP7-ENV-2012 — two stage
FP7-ENV-2012 — one stage


Socio-Economic Sciences and the Humanities




Public Private Partnerships (Cross thematic Calls funded through Cooperation)
Green Car – FP7-2012-GC-MATERIALS
Energy Efficient Buildings – FP7-2012-NMP-ENV-ENERGY-ICT-EeB
Factories of the Future – FP7-2012-NMP-ICT-FoF

Specific Programme – Ideas
ERC Starting Independent Researcher Grant – ERC-2012-StG – Social Sciences and Humanities
ERC Starting Independent Researcher Grant – ERC-2012-StG – Physical Sciences
ERC Starting Independent Researcher Grant – ERC-2012-StG – Life Sciences

Specific Programme- People
Marie Curie Initial Training Networks – FP7-PEOPLE-2012-ITN
Marie Curie International Research Staff Exchange Scheme – FP7-PEOPLE-2012-IRSES

Specific Programme – Capacities

Research Infrastructures

Research for the benefit of SMEs

Regions of Knowledge

Research Potential

Science in Society

Coherent Development of Research Policies

Activities of International Cooperation

At each link above there is a list of key documents to download, including the call fiche, guidance for applicants and work programme. It is critical to read and understand all of these documents before applying. We can help with this and can also provide University of Lincoln staff with access to a specialist EU bid writer who can support your application. Please contact us at an early stage.

UKRO on the future of Marie Curie Fellowships in Horizon 2020

UKRO (UK Research Office) recently attended a workshop in Brussels on the future of the Marie Curie Actions within the new Horizon 2020 programme (effectively FP8, plus CIP and EIT).

Their report is useful reading for anyone with an interest in the direction of EU support for individual researchers and mobility. You can read it in full by logging into the UKRO website.

In summary:

  • Most (70%) who responded to the recent EC survey on the future of the Framework Programme considered the Marie Curie Actions important and called for a higher budget, both for the individual fellowships for experienced researchers (post-PhD) as well as early career researcher training (currently the ITNs).
  • There were also calls from the consultation to increase employer/industry involvement in these areas. Closer cooperation with business is highly likely in Horizon 2020.
  • Marie Curie will be maintained as a “bottom up” opportunity open to all research areas. It will also continue to promote mobility and cross-border collaboration.
  • The current 8 actions will be rationalised to 4:
    • ITNs (Initial Training Networks) will cover innovative PhD training, industrial doctorates, and training networks. It will increase future employer involvement in the training.
    • Career Development for Experienced Researchers (IEFs and IIFs under FP7): will cover portable mobility grants and cross-border mobility within the EU. It’s likely that IOFs (International Outgoing Fellowships, i.e. from EU to a country outside the EU) will no longer be available.
    • Research and Innovation Staff Exchange will effectively combine the present IRSES (International Research Staff Exchange Scheme) and IAPP (Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways) into one scheme which will be host-driven allowing for short-term secondments of staff at all career levels through collaborative projects.
    • CO-FUND: the operation of this action is unclear at the moment but it may allow funders from different EU member states to bid for a co-funded PhD training network onto which they could recruit doctoral students, for example.
  • Of the 4 above actions, it is likely that funding for CO-FUND will be increased, and the other three will be maintained at equivalent levels to FP7.

Marie Curie Fellowships – Presentation and Q&A

Do you need a postdoc or research fellow?

Do you want to travel anywhere in the world to carry out research and enhance your career?

Find out how to bid for Marie Curie Fellowships from experienced external bid writer, Dr. Martin Pickard (Grantcraft).

In this presentation – open to all University academic staff, administrators and postgraduate students – Dr. Pickard will outline the European Commission Marie Curie Fellowships scheme and explain how to write a good proposal.

The Fellowships are part of the EC’s “People” Programme within Framework Programme 7 which provides funding for researcher mobility both within and outside the EU. Fellowships usually last between 1 and 2 years and are open to all disciplines.

Fellowships provide a very attractive salary for potential postdocs as well as a relocation allowance, travel allowance, research expenses, and management costs for the institution.

Dr. Pickard has over 20 years of bid-writing experience and has contributed to successful Marie Curie bids across a range of disciplines, from arts and humanities to engineering and life science.

A representative from the University Research Office will also be available to discuss the procedure for submission of a bid and to provide ongoing support for applications.

The event takes place in MB1019 on 22nd March 2011 between 2pm and 4pm. Please contact us to indicate you are attending so that we can get an idea of numbers.

FP7 Factsheets on Upcoming Calls

The ERRIN Network, of which East Midlands European Office is a member, has drafted FP7 factsheets on upcoming calls for 2011 within FP7 Cooperation, Capacities and People. The factsheets summarise the likely content of the work programme based on draft versions already available, and also indicate where possible the content of calls for proposals.

You can find the factsheets here:


Note that you will need to log in with the EMEO’s details to access the factsheets. If you are a University of Lincoln employee, you can access those details here:


For further advice and guidance on EU funding, please contact us.