A call for proposals for the new Framework 7 Programme is expected December 2006 to January 2007. FP7 will last 7 years and have a budget greater than €50 billion
over this period. The programme is open to organisations in the EU and many countries outside the EU. For the most part countries outside the EU can join FP7 proposals
only if they can secure their own funding. The benefit is therefore the gearing of being able to participate in a much larger project. FP7 includes a range of funding
lines for proposals related to soil and water topics. More information is available from
PROJECT PROPOSAL GROUPS ARE FORMING NOW TO BE READY FOR THE CALL
A major challenge for those initiating or participating in FP7 projects is partner finding across Europe, as successful projects need to be internationally
based. Often experts will already have contacts in other countries, but where contacts are limited finding suitable partners can be a real obstacle.
This is where EUGRIS can help as it has over 1,700 registered experts in its “Who does What” Directory. For each expert you can find their contact details, interests
and expertise. You can also click straight onto any projects or resources (such as technical reports) that they have posted on EUGRIS. These links are very useful
to be able to establish the “track record” of any expert that you are considering contacting.
Given the forthcoming FP7 call, it is worth optimising your own entry on EUGRIS so that people can find you, and get the best impression of what you have to offer.
May be you have colleagues in your organisation who also ought to register and create a listing.
Key steps to optimisation are as follows, in increasing order of effort:
1) Edit your registration entry to make sure that the interests you have recorded for yourself are the right ones. For example, if you have a specific interest
in “monitored natural attenuation” make sure you tick that interest box and not just “contaminated land”. You can mention up to 15 specific interests via your
registration page. You can add extra interests above this – see attachment
2) Edit your registration entry to make sure that your “personal description” is completed and up to date
3) Get your colleagues to register
4) Create an organisation entry (which your colleagues can also link to)
5) Make sure that you post any keynote projects, reports and other resources to EUGRIS. These are projects, reports or other resources such as papers, software
etc that demonstrate your expertise and capabilities. They will be automatically linked to your directory entry, and you can also choose to link them to any
organisation entry you create. The typical time to complete one of these EUGRIS entries is 5 to 15, depending on your familiarity with the system, and how easy
it is for you to “cut and paste” from existing information you have.
The link below provides you with some guidance on how to carry out these steps. EUGRIS can also help your proposal writing in other ways (more below).
** By no means are all of you likely to be research providers. Experts registered with EUGRIS also include a wide range of other “stakeholders”, for example
regulatory authorities, industry, consultancies and contractors, land owners and local authorities. EUGRIS provides a route for these organisations both
to take part in projects (for example in exploiting results) but more importantly perhaps in ensuring research is targeted on meeting their needs.**
A route to taking part in projects is via a good listing in the EUGRIS Who Does What Directory for individuals and their organisations. Taking part in proposal
consortia is also a very good way of helping to target research. However, EUGRIS allows you to do more than this. You can use the EUGRIS news service to post a news
item on “research needed”, to steer those thinking of forming projects towards the problems you feel should be addressed. There are two provisos to this: (1)
only projects within the scope of FP7 can be funded, of course, and (2) if you set out your views on what research is needed you can expect to be contacted by proposal
teams seeking perhaps a letter of support from you, or may be asking you to join their team as an “exploitation” partner.
How else can you use EUGRIS to help proposal writing for FP7?
FP7 proposals undergo detailed scrutiny. It is important to have a balanced team that is clearly aligned with the proposed project tasks. It is important
to be able to show how the results of your project will be disseminated and exploited. It is also important to show that the project is relevant to real needs. One
of the best ways of doing this is to ensure that your proposal team includes both research providers and research users, including detailed exploitation and
The EUGRIS directory includes a wide range of experts. You can scan this directory for different organisation types, to find the organisations best able
to use and/or disseminate the findings of your work.
EUGRIS contains a listing of almost 200 projects in the field of soil and water, primarily those funded by the EC Framework 4, 5 and 6 programmes. It is not usually
a good idea to repeat work already completed or underway, at least not without having a good justification. The EUGRIS project listing allows you to understand
what has previously been funded by the European Commission and build from this foundation.
It is certainly true that a project should be judged by its outputs. The outputs (resources) produced by each project are also listed on EUGRIS and linked to
the project entries.
You can post a news item announcing your intention to start a project and describing the type of collaborators you are looking for, or describing your wish
to join a project in a particular research area
Mentioning that you will use EUGRIS may help your proposal’s discussion of dissemination. We plan to work on a standard dissemination “package” for new projects
that can mentioned in proposals, and customised for particular proposal needs. This will be released in time for the next FP7 call. What would you like to see
in a web based dissemination package, and crucially how much could your project pay per year for it? We would be very interested to have your thoughts, and to discuss
our preliminary ideas with you. Please let us know if you would like to discuss this NOW.
What is the Easiest Way to Find Projects, Resources and People?
There are several ways to find projects, people and resources on EUGRIS:
1) Via the full listing (which could take a bit of time)
2) Via a search (which may miss some relevant “hits” that do not quite match the search terms you are using)
3) Via the subject pages (perhaps the easiest approach)
On the EUGRIS home page the main menu is on the left hand side of the screen. Click topics in detail and navigate this to the topic that has the closest match to
what you are interested in. The list of “further information” links will contain a filtered list of projects, i.e. those related to the topic, and a similar list
of experts in the “Who Does What”, while the library links is also filtered to those related to the topic.
The topic pages will have filtered news links too. Click on “News by category view “ so you can zoom in and see what has been posted for
* “FP7: research needed”,
* “FP7: collaborators wanted”,
* “FP7: I want to join a project”.
These news links are brand new: why not be the first to complete one. Links will be presented in order of the date they were completed on, so if you get in there
first – your item will be first on the list!
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