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Research Funding Newsletter

Goals funding newsletter march 2013

Welcome to the fifth newsletter from the ERIM Director of grants development. Here, you’ll find the latest developments in research funding, specifically for ERIM (Erasmus Research Institute of Management) researchers. Every two months we’ll send you an update of open calls for proposals from national and European funding schemes, plus new developments and changes in schemes and procedures. Finally, we’ll suggest interesting funding seminars and workshops you can attend.




Funding applications 2012: a quick review

2012 has been a busy year in terms of funding applications.
In total 39 applications have been submitted out of which 16 have been submitted in the European FP7 funding scheme. Fourteen out of 39 have been submitted in NWO schemes and most of the NWO applications were in the VENI and VIDI scheme.
Of all 39 applications 8 have been endorsed so far, resulting in a temporary success rate of 20,5%. This success rate corresponds with the average success rate of Dutch universities.
However, 12 out of 39 applications are still waiting for an answer from the funding organisation. Nine applications have been selected for a second round evaluation; 3 have been submitted and have not yet received any answer and 1 has not been submitted in the end. Particularly NWO is very slow in its evaluation process and most applications, submitted since September 2012, have not received a final answer yet. Eighteen proposals have been rejected so far.
The year 2013 seems to be even busier in terms of funding applications. Although the year only just started 20 applications have already been submitted since the first of January 2013. Fifteen out of these 20 applications have been submitted in the NWO VENI, ORA and Research Talent schemes.
Four have been submitted in the European FP7 programme.
We can certainly conclude that ERIM researchers are very aware of the importance of research funding and apply actively.

H2020: new financial rules

Although Parliament and Council are still debating heavily on the overall budget for Horizon 2020 the rules for participation in H2020 are already pretty clear and there seems to be an overall consensus on these new rules that implies some serious changes in eligible costs.
In the FP7 programme the EUR was allowed to use a full cost overhead rate for cooperation projects which made this type of projects financially very attractive for us. For each person month of direct involvement we were allowed to add an additional overhead rate that corresponds with about 60% of the direct costs.
For the sake of simplification the European Commission has decided to abolish the different cost models and has introduced a general flat rate of 25% overhead for all projects in H2020. The advantage of this new rule is that the model is simple and can be applied for all H2020 projects, whereas in FP7 the overhead percentage differed per type of action and project.
The Commission expects that this simplification will result a reduction of time to grant by 100 days. Another advantage of these new rules of participation is that the direct staff costs will be eligible for 100%. In FP7 cooperation projects the staff costs were eligible for 75%.
A serious disadvantage is that the overhead will be significantly lower than in FP7, especially in cooperation projects where we claimed an average of 60% overhead. That will now be reduced to 25%.
The rules of participation in H2020 have not been officially endorsed yet, but you can consult them and find more information about them on the Nether webpage  

Horizon 2020: budget battle between Parliament and Council

On 8 February 2013 EU heads of state agreed a budget package containing spending commitments of €960 billion for the next seven years, including around €70.9bn for Horizon 2020. The European Commission previously proposed a budget of €80bn for the programme, whilst the European Parliament has maintained at least €100bn is needed for EU research.
Parliament and Council seriously disagree on the amount of money to be spent on research, innovation and competitiveness.
The Parliament’s approval on the overall budget is required before the financial framework can be established for the start of 2014. At a press conference in Dublin on 28 February, Parliament president Martin Schulz gave the strongest indication yet that the Parliament is likely to reject the Council’s proposal when it votes on a resolution on 13 March. If the Parliament votes against the proposal, it will then be up to negotiators from the Parliament and the Irish presidency of the Council of Ministers to try and reach an acceptable compromise.
Representatives from scientists and university groups have previously said they fear the Parliament is unlikely to succeed in securing more money for Horizon 2020, but that further delays could hamper the implementation of the research programme from the beginning of 2014.

ERC advanced grants: 302 applicants awarded

The European Research Council (ERC) is awarding €680 million to 302 senior research leaders in 24 different countries across Europe in the latest competition for ERC Advanced Grants.
In this Advanced Grant competition, some 2,300 applications were submitted to the ERC, which is a slight rise from that of the last year (4.5%). The call budget of €680 million also saw a minor increase. The number of researchers selected for funding rose slightly, from 294 to 302, while the success rate continues to be stable at 13%.
Of the senior scientists receiving grants in this call, 11 applied from outside the European Research Area, which is an increase from the last Advanced Grant call. The majority are Europeans returning to their home countries; most were based in the United States, one in
Canada and one in Lebanon. There are three Americans amongst the selected scientists moving from the US to carry out their ERC-funded research at a Host Institution in Europe.
At EUR Woudestein sociologist Prof. Pearl Dykstra succeeded in obtaining the prestigious ERC advanced grant for her research “Families in context: Unravelling the ways in which policy, economic, and cultural contexts structure generational interdependencies in families and their life outcomes".


Marie Curie information session Wednesday 10th of April

Agentschap NL organises a Marie Curie information session on Wednesday the 10th of April at the Agentschap NL premises in The Hague. The session is meant for researchers who have completed their PhD and consider going abroad for a while or for foreign post-doc researchers who have come to the EUR very recently (max. 1 year ago). Both these target groups can apply for a Marie Curie individual fellowship.   During the information session Agentschap NL will explain the possibilities and participation modalities of the Marie Curie schemes. You will be able to ask questions and you will hear the personal story of a Marie Curie fellow. 
The Marie Curie fellowship call will open on the 14th of March 2013 and the deadline for submission of proposals is the 16th of August 2013.
If you want to attend the information session, please register online

Horizon 2020 master class 22nd of March at EMC

In cooperation with Leiden and Delft the EUR is organising a H2020 master class on Friday the 22nd of March from 9.30 am until 12 pm at EMC.
Sean Mc Carthy, who has enormous FP6 and FP7 experience, will lead the master class in an inspiring way. The master class is meant for researchers who are interested in international research cooperation with both universities and industry. Sean will explain the contours and rationale behind Horizon 2020 and give us more insight information in the aim and scope of the Grand Societal Challenges. If you are interested in attending this master class, please register by sending an e-mail to


For assistance with funding information, or for more details about items in this newsletter, please contact:

Veerle van Laere

 Veerle Van Laere
 ERIM Director of Grants 
 Office T6-11
 T: +31 10 4082596

Roel van den Berg Roel van den Berg
 ESE Programme Manager 
 Office H06-22
 T: +31 10 4081306

 ERIM funding webpage



National/EU Programme Categorie Theme Target group Deadline
NWO VICI Individual grant any topic in social sciences max. 15 years after PhD completion 28-03-2013 first round
NWO Rubicon Individual grant research experience abroad max. 1 year after PhD completion 03-04-2013
KNAW Congressubsidie funding for scientific conferences max. 1/3 of the costs and max. 8500 euro international scientific conference 01-05-2013
NWO DST cooperation with India smart grids and intelligent networks 2 PhD researchers per country 22-05-2013
FP7 Marie Curie IEF Intra European Fellowship post-doc researchers coming from a European university to Rotterdam 14-08-2013 expected deadline
FP7 Marie Curie IIF International Incoming Fellowships post-doc researchers coming from outside Europe to Rotterdam 14-08-2013 expected deadline
FP7 Marie Curie IOF International Outgoing Fellowships post-doc researchers going from Rotterdam outside Europe 14-08-2013 expected deadline
NWO VICI Individual grant any topic in social sciences max. 15 years after PhD completion 29-08-2013 second round
KNAW China exchange programme Scientific cooperation China-NL any topic: total budget 540.000 euro exchange of senior researchers 15-09-2013

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