ONLINE TOOLS & GUIDELINES
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You have an idea, but you don’t know exactly how to transform this into a project?
On this page you’ll find more help, guidelines and tools how to do this.
- what makes a project?
The difference between a project and any other activity such as an ongoing programme, is that a project has the following characteristics:
-it is a new set of activities
-it is limited in scope to reach a specific objective (end goal)
-it is limited in time
-has a budget linked to specific tasks: resources (people, materials and money)
This means there is a need to control each of these elements: you need management to achieve the final objectives.
An example is the construction of a house: you have a work plan, limited resources (workers, materials, money) and a fixed time period to build the house. The architect or main contractor will be responsible for the process.
A few general tips:
Research and Development (R&D) projects have these elements as well, but in addition they need more flexibility as you work in an unknown territory: you don’t know for sure what you’ll discover. In addition, for international projects you have to work with people with a variety of background and from different cultures. Therefore expect difficulties, unforeseen delays, differences in expectations and ways people will react under pressure. Adapt your planning accordingly and reserve more than enough time for open communication.
- what makes a consortium?
A group for organizations or people that keep their separate legal identities, but agree to join forces to reach a common goal.
A consortium can be formed specifically for a project.
A consortium for a R&D project can include either small or large Institutions and academia as well as industry (or even government agencies).
A consortium will need to agree on the responsibilities of each of its members and the rules to cooperate. The latter relates not only to financial matters, but also to Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) - see further under Execute a project. It is good practise to check early with your legal department which conditions could apply to your cooperation. More info on this under “find a partner”, “write a proposal” and “execute a project” (with links to model agreements).
- what is the general philosophy of EU funding: is it really for you?
- general overview of the funding instruments in the FP7 programme
- New draft overview of HEALTH 2009 available now for registered users (register here)
- New overview of the Innovative Medicines Initiative available now for registered users (register here)
- quick overview of the specific characteristics of the different funding instruments in FP7 and comparison with those in the old FP6 programme:
- specific funding schemes for SME’s
- examples of successful EU projects
You have a concept of a project with clear objectives, but you realize you miss a few key partners to carry it out?
On this page you’ll find more help, guidelines and tools how to take the next step.
*- a project template fiche, as handy communication tool
- a dynamically growing list with web links to give you a head start to find partners
- checklists and guidance on good practise in partnering between academia and industry
*- Handbook on Responsible partnering between academia and industry
*- If you are considering to work with partners from outside Europe: your international partner from outside Europe is allowed to fully participate and receive funding !!, as most countries in the world have an agreement with Europe on S&T cooperation: list of ICPC countries
You have a Consortium, you have clear Objectives and the elements of a Work Plan, what next?
On this page you’ll find more help, guidelines and templates on how to transform the rough elements into a concise Work Plan.
- guidance on how to navigate through all work programs and select the best call for you
- explanation on the Rules of Participation
- which other documents do you need?
- which elements do you need to work out in detail for a Proposal?
You have selected an appropriate call and you believe you have all elements ready, now how to write a successful proposal and how do you submit it to the Commission?
On this page you’ll find templates and specific help on the process of preparation and submission:
- initiation in proposal development
- short guide to the electronic submission process
- short guide to the evaluation process
*- template for part B
*- short guide to Financial principles
*- explanation of Financial Principles in FP7 and Financial Guidelines
*- Budget tool
*- methods to calculate indirect costs
You have submitted and negotiated a project, now you enter into the execution phase, how do you control risks and get the maximum value out of it?
On this page you’ll find more help on Intellectual Property Rights and good practise in Project management:
- quick overview of access rights
- guidelines on FP7
*- short guidelines on IPR and summary of IPR in FP7
- assistance in good practise in project management
- exploitation and dissemination principles