Training Course for Framework 7 Advisors
 

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Training Course for Framework 7 Advisors

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Overview of the Course

The aim of this training course is to develop the skills of Framework 7 Advisors so that they can  provide effective support services to researchers in Universities and Research Centres.

Following the training course, the Framework 7 Advisors will be able to:

- provide a detailed explanation of all aspects of Framework 7

- assist researchers in preparing proposals for Framework 7

- assist researchers in sourcing information for proposals

- assist researchers in identifying ‘best’ partners

- help researchers to streamline proposal writing (using templates)

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Who should attend?

This course is relevant to individuals who are appointed as Framework 7 advisors in Research Centres and in Universities.

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Contents of Course

Module 1: The Role of the Framework 7 Advisor

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Skills needed in the Framework 7 Advisor's Office

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Services provided at the different phases (Proposal, Negotiation etc)

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How to monitor the performance of the FP7 Advisor's office

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Databases, templates and tools for FP7 Advisors

Module 2: The Fundamentals of Framework 7

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Sources of Information on Framework 7

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The Structure of Framework 7

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Terminology used in Framework 7

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The Rules of Participation

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The Framework 7 Grant Agreement

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The Framework 7 Advisor's Handbook

Module 3: How Proposal are Evaluated

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Evaluation Criteria for Framework 7 Proposals

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The Evaluation Process

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The Evaluation Manual and the Forms used by Evaluators

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The role of the ‘Expert  Evaluator’ + how to become an 'Expert'

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Key websites and documents on the Evaluation of FP7 Proposals

Module 4: How to Streamline Proposal Writing

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Step by Step guide to preparing a proposal

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How ideas for research proposals are identified

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How to kill ‘bad’ ideas

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The ‘One Page Proposal’

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How to avoid repetition in R&D Proposals (Templates)

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Templates to prepare ‘One Page Proposals’

Module 5: The 5 Key Questions (Sources of Information for Proposals)

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Who prepared the workprogrammes for the  Research Priorities

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Who's Who in the Technology Platforms

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Background to the Evaluation Criteria

Module 6: How to Write the ‘Potential Impact’ of the Proposal

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Background to ‘Potential Impact’

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Template for writing the ‘Impact’

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Example of ‘Potential Impact’

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Ten Routes for Exploiting Research Results

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Websites to write the ‘Potential Impact’

Module 7: How to Find the Best Partners

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Which countries can participate ?

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The different roles in the consortium

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The role of the coordinator

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How to find best partners.

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Key websites to select the ‘Strategic Partners’

Module 8: The Legal and Financial Rules of Framework 7

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The Rules of Participation

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The Model Grant Agreement

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The Core Grant Agreement

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The Special Clauses

Module 9: How to Write the ‘Project Implementation'

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How to Manage R&D Projects.

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Potential problems managing Framework Projects

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The Pert Chart, The Gantt Chart

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Work Package Description

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The Deliverables Table

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Work Breakdown per partner

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Websites, Templates and Web-services for Management of Framework projects

Module 10: Negotiating the Grant Agreement

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Negotiating Framework 7 Grant Agreements

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The Grant Preparation Forms

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Potential Problems during Negotiation

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Calculating the Budget to Work Ratio

Module 11: Contractual Deadlines in Framework 7 Projects

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Contractual Deadlines in Framework 7 Grant Agreements

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Deadlines for the  Periodic Reports and Claims

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The Payments (Advance, Interim and Final)

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Deadlines for Deliverables

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Deadlines for Project Reviews

Module 12: Claims and Payments  in Framework 7

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How to Submit a Claim (Form C)

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Financial rules and potential problems

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How Claims are processed by the European Commission

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How payments are distributed

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Reporting the Use of Financial Resources

Module 12: Financial Audits in Framework 7

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The Role of the Financial Audit

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How an Audit Operates

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Common issues in Financial Audits

 

ANNEXES

ANNEX 1: The Research Priorities in Framework 7

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Cooperation ( 10 Research Priorities)

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Ideas (Frontier Research) (European Research Council)

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People (Marie Curie)

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Capacities

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Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP)

ANNEX 2: The Funding Schemes

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Collaborative Projects (CP)

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Networks of Excellence (NoE)

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Coordination and Support Actions (CSA)

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Research for SMEs and Associations

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Marie Curie Fellowships

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Article 169 and Article 171

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A strategy for using the different instruments

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Key websites and statistics on the Funding Schemes

ANNEX 3: Meetings in Framework 7 Projects

ANNEX 4: Websites for Framework 7 Advisors

Programme Designer and Presenter

The programme will be presented by Dr. Sean McCarthy of Hyperion Ltd (www.hyperion.ie). Sean has been active in the Framework programmes since 1980. He has been involved in over 150 research proposals to the Framework programmes and has participated in over 60 Framework projects. In 16 of these projects he was the coordinator. Four of Hyperion contracts has been audited by the European Commission. Today he does not participate in the Framework programmes but concentrates on designing and delivering training courses for organizations who participate in the programmes. Since 1998 over 28,000 participants have attended his courses in 27 countries. He has presented training courses on the Framework programmes in over 210 research centres throughout Europe (www.hyperion.ie/clients.htm). More details can be found on www.hyperion.ie/seanmccarthy.htm