FP7 is open to EU public and private entities of all sizes and incorporates provision for the participation of non-EU countries. There are no national quotas as the Programme operates on a competitive basis with proposals being evaluated by panels of independent experts against set criteria. There are 10 thematic areas including Information and Communications Technology for which the detailed workplan can be obtained here.
Participating in FP7 has many potential benefits: up to 50% of the cost of undertaking R&D that you might not otherwise be able to do; opportunities to be part of a pan-European consortium sharing knowledge, skills and expertise; the opportunity to raise your profile and access new business markets. Taking part could enable you to become involved in ambitious, leading-edge projects.
The new grant agreement for FP7 brings with it changes concerning the responsibilities of coordinators and participants, revisions to IPR terms, and clarifications concerning the involvement of third parties. New model Consortium Agreements are being drafted to match the new terms and incorporate lessons learnt in FP6. This workshop will describe the main processes, from signature, reporting and payment, through changing participants and on to suspension and termination in the FP7 Cooperation Programme. It will explain what the EC means by background and need, and the implications for access rights to IPR. The workshop will also explore the implications for the consortium agreement.
The workshop is aimed at contracts officers in organisations participating in the EU Research Framework Programme. It is also suitable for project managers and professional advisors working on these projects. It will be limited to 24 participants, to allow high levels of interaction and plenty of time for questions. Note: finance managers requiring in-depth information on the financial aspects of FP7 should attend our Finance in FP7 workshop.
If you would like more information regarding this workshop please contact Sue Kerr on 01480 497712 or visit www.singleimage.co.uk. For further information on ICT in the 7th Framework, go to GCN’s funding pages.