Sub-contracting in FP7 – the whys and wherefores

We continue the debate on the benefits and pitfalls of using sub-contractors in EU-funded research projects. Continue reading Sub-contracting in FP7 – the whys and wherefores

SMEs as EU project partners – is it possible?

A few thoughts on how Horizon 2020 – today announced as the new name for FP8 or the common strategic framework for research and innovation (CSFRI) – should make partnership in projects a viable option for SMEs. Continue reading SMEs as EU project partners – is it possible?

Filed under: CSFRI,FP7,innovation | Tags: , , , , , , | By Hywel on June 21, 2011 at 1:07 pm

Can SMEs afford to be FP7 project partners?

SMEs don’t like to expose themselves as partners in the high risk, high cost, long-term R&D that is FP7.

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Filed under: CSFRI,FP7,innovation | Tags: , , , , , | By Hywel on June 14, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Response to the CSFRI Public Consultation

The European Commission officially launched their analysis of the recent public consultation on the proposed Common Strategic Framework for EU Research and Innovation Funding at an event today in Brussels. The event was very well attended and we managed to view many of the key speeches over the live webstream at the EUTV website.

The CSFRI will continue on from the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) once it expires in 2013 and the recent public consultation was designed to acquire the views of stakeholders across the EU. We had contributed to that study and were very interested to hear the results of the EC’s initial overview of the responses.

A green paper on the summary analysis of the public responses (both position papers and via the online survey) was published this morning detailing the key findings of the consultation. Several points are detailed below:

Support for the CSFRI concept – the consultation showed that there is widespread support for the proposals to combine funding mechanisms into a single framework and for the streamlining of processes this will hopefully provide.

Open, simplified and coherent funding – in addition to the benefits it is hoped that the CSFRI will provide, many respondents called for greater simplification across all funding mechanisms but with increased open and flexible opportunities for relevant organisations and SMEs. Many would also like to see continuation of the more successful initiatives currently in operation.

Greater societal focus – there is a significant desire to see a greater focus on societal challenges being addressed in future projects. Innovations that address issues relating to Europe’s aging population were particularly highlighted.

In addition the short list for the You Name It! competition to give a new title to the CSFRI was released at the conference’s close and voting on the winner is now open.

We will discuss the issues raised at the conference and highlighted in the public consultation analysis report further of the coming weeks in conjunction with presenting more of our own research and opinions on the CSFRI proposals.

For further reading at this stage however, some useful resources are included below:

The Analysis of the Public Consultation Report

The opening and closing conference addresses by Máire Geoghegan-Quinn Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science.

Please bookmark or save a link to our blog to hear more very soon.

Filed under: CSFRI,FP7,innovation | Tags: , , , , , , , | By Hywel on June 11, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Should EC-funded R&D projects use sub-contractors?

More FP7 projects should think about using sub-contractors to build stronger collaborative teams. Continue reading Should EC-funded R&D projects use sub-contractors?

Filed under: Communication strategy,dissemination,FP7 | Tags: , , , , , | By Hywel on June 7, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Scientia Scripta submits response to EC’s CSFRI consultation

Firstly, a big thanks from us to everyone who kindly responded to our online survey about dissemination and communication as part of a future EU research, development and innovation funding framework programme. We received a total of 61 responses from a wide range of different FP7 stakeholders. This excellent response has provided us with a real insight into how the research community regards the European Commission’s current requirement for dissemination and communication tasks within FP7 projects.

We will soon publish some of the survey results in this blog. But in the meantime, you may want to know what we said to the EC in our consultation response.