Capacities

Specific Programme “Capacities”

  1. Introduction
  2. What kind of programme is usually funded?
  3. What kind of participant is usually funded? – Participation rules
  4. What is the procedure for funding? – Financing models
  5. Where can I get consultation?
  6. Where can I find a Bavarian contact person?
  7. Where can I get more information?

1. Introduction

The specific programme “Capacities” is targeted at an improvement (i.e. strengthening and optimal use) of existing research-capacities and innovation-capacities in Europe.

This involves the focussed funding (development and upgrading) of existing research resources, research structures and science locations.

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2. What kind of programme is usually funded?

The programme is broken down, primarily, into the following thematic fields:

  1. Research infrastructures
  2. Research for the benefit of the SME* – Continuation of the SME instruments from FP6
  3. Knowledge-orientated regions
  4. Strengthening of the research potential in the convergence regions
  5. Science in society
  6. Coherent development of research policies
  7. International collaboration

* SME-Definition of the EU: Max. 250 employees and less than 50 billion Euro annual revenue. Also, the SME may not own more than 25% of a non-SME.

1. Research Infrastructures

The goal here is the optimisation of the use and development of the best research infrastructures existing in Europe. Furthermore, a contribution for the creation of new research infrastructures of interest to all of Europe in all fields of science and technology should be accomplished.

  • Large technical equipment or instruments for research purposes
  • Knowledge-based resources such as collections, archives, structured information
  • ICT infrastructures such as GRID, data processors, software and interconnections
  • Any other unique installations for scientific research.

2. Research for the benefit of the SME – Continuation of the SME instruments from FP6

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are an essential element in the transition from knowledge into new products, procedures and services. Therefore, commensurate participation of SMEs in FP7 has become a declared goal for the European Commission. This should be implemented with the aid of the following funding instruments:

a) Research for the benefit of SME

Target group is individual SMEs, which have access to little or no research capacities. But also research-intensive SMEs, which are forced to take their R&D activities out of the warehouse in order to complement their central research capacities, can take part. This form of funding should support small groups of innovative SMEs in solving their technological problems mutually and complementary.

Eligible for funding are those projects, which are developing any desired topic in science or technology in order to support SMEs to cope with R&D-relevant issues.

b) Forschung zugunsten von KMU-Verbänden*

Target group is organisations or enterprise groupings, which have, using this manner of assignment research, the expansion of the technological productivity of SME as their goal. Eligible for funding are plans from groups of SMEs, which are interested in solving a mutual SME-specific problem. The research topics are not prescribed; rather they are orientated to the needs of the groups of SMEs.

* Organisations or organisation-like structures, SME groups, clusters; the connection to SME is important here.

3. Knowledge-orientated regions

It is the goal of this area to strengthen the potential for research and innovation of the European regions, in order to fund investments in research and development.

This should be achieved primarily through the European-wide support of development of trans-national research and development clusters, to whom a series of public and private actors belong: universities, research centres, enterprises, (including SMEs), transfer sites, development agencies and regional officials.

  • Appraisal, development and implementation of the research plans of regional or cross-border clusters and the collaboration among the clusters.
  • „“Mentoring“of regions with a low research profile by research-intensive regions with the aid of research-orientated clusters.
  • Initiatives for better integration of research actors and institutions through their contacts at the cluster level into the regional economy.

4. Strengthening of research potential in the convergence regions

The programme would like to, by using existing top-level services and experiences from other regions of Europe, strengthen the research potential in the convergence regions through investments, appointment of personnel, networks or consultation.

The following activities are being supported:

  • Cross-border and mutual exchange of scientists between institutions in the convergence areas and one or more partner-organisations
  • Support of newly-formed or pre-existing top-level research centres through recruitment of experienced researchers from other European countries
  • Procurement and development of research equipment and development of material surroundings which can improve the use of scientific potential of the top-level centres in the convergence regions
  • Organisation of workshops and conferences with the goal of transfer of knowledge
  • Research marketing and other initiatives with the goal of expanding research results into other countries and international markets
  • Establishment of “evaluation facilities”, through which research centres in the convergence regions can receive an evaluation of their research quality and infrastructure from independent international experts.

5. Science in society

The public often times adopts a sceptical attitude towards research.Comprehension of what science is about is missing on many fronts, since work content in many domains is transported in a manner understandable only to experts. With the aid of this programme, an attempt is being made to close the gap by arousing the interests of young people, early on, in a career in science, in order to avoid a deficit of young talent in European research.

The programme section “Science in Society” is broken down into three plans of action:

  • To foster a dynamic point of view regarding the relationship between science and society
  • To strengthen the potential and expand horizons as regards gender and aspects of the teaching of science in the classroom
  • To communicate science and society to people.

6. Coherent development of research policies

It is the goal of this programme to embrace improvement of the effectiveness and coherence of research policies at both a national and community level. By means of these activities executed in this programme, an interlocking with other spheres of policy and improvement of the effects of public research should be accomplished. The connection between research and industry should also be strengthened.

a) On-going observations and analyses vis-à-vis the industry’s research-related federal actions and strategies:

  • Investigative services for the preparation and evaluation of information (ERAWATCH)
  • On-going tracking of the industry’s research investments
  • Development and appraisal of indicators regarding research activities and their repercussions for the economy


b) Coordination of research policies:

  • Actions to support the implementation of the open coordination methods
  • Cross-border cooperation initiatives, which are executed at either national or regional levels regarding issues of mutual interest, and in which further target groups can, according to need, participate (such as industry, European organisations and civil society organisations.
  • Contribution to development of effective national and regional strategies in the course of reciprocal learning and appraisal (Peer-Review)
  • Funding of concentrated or joint initiatives between groups of countries or regions, which are interested in research fields with a pronounced cross-border dimension and/or their side-effects.
  • If necessary, ascertainment of problems which demand complementary or mutually strengthening actions at the level of the community or the member states.

7. International collaboration

The international policies of FP7 are pursuing the goal of opening the European research arena. Only by means of strong and coherent international science and technology policies, is a strengthening of the competitiveness in the European Union guaranteed.

  • Research of strategic partnerships with third-party nations in selected fields of science
  • Funding of the contacts with partners in third-party nations with the goal of acquiring access to the research activities of the world
  • Fine-tuning and coordination of the national R&D programmes between member states, associated countries and third-party nations.

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3. What kind of participant is usually funded? – Participation rules

SME-relevant topics are particularly emphasised in the work programmes and the Calls, and are typically subsidised 50%, or as high as 75%.

Each topic from science and technology can be submitted here, as far as it communicates a clear potential of use and marketing for the respective SMEs.

The financial subsidies are prepared in the form of two different research instruments:

1) Research for SME through research service-providers (formerly CRAFT-Programme)

Conditions for participation (minimum requirements):

  • Three SMEs from three different EU member states or associated countries
  • Two research facilities
  • Ideal consortium size: five to ten partners
  • Project budget: 0.5 – 1.5 billion EUR
  • Project duration: One to two years

2) Research for SME organisations (formerly: Collective Research)

Conditions for participation (minimum requirements):

  • Three SME organisations from three different EU-member states or associated countries
  • Two research facilities
  • Two to five SME
  • Ideal consortium size e five to ten partners (plus two to five SMEs)
  • Project budget: 1.5 – 4 billion EUR
  • Project duration: two to three years
  • FAmount of funding: The total funding for the project amounts to 100% of the costs for the participating research facilities, for whose coverage the majority of the allocated funds are used. The SMEs receive, conversely, only relatively few subsidies for themselves, but can take profit to the greatest possible extent from the rights to the distribution and exploitation of the results.
  • Research results: Provided that nothing to the contrary has been agreed in the consortial contract, the research results and exploitation rights migrate entirely to the ownership of the SMEs (i.e. SME organisations).

Benefits for industry and SME

  • Increase in competitiveness and quicker development of new products
  • New contacts for business and research through European project work
  • Opening of new markets, strengthening of international networks
  • Supplementary personnel resources
  • Transfer of know-how und “risk sharing“
  • Better visibility beyond regional and national borders

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4. What is the procedure for funding? – Financing models

Out of the total volume of the programme (53.3 billion EUR, duration 2007–2013), about 4.097 billion EUR is budgeted for the specific programme “Capacities”

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Research for the benefit of SMEs (i.e. SME organisations) represents a special form of funding and is characterised by internal-own regulations and modalities (c. CRAFT, Collective Research). Funded are 50-100% of the personnel and travel costs as well as materials/equipment (material costs), common costs, services (sub-contracting) etc.

Research for the benefit of special groups (SMEs in particular)

Even those projects which are specially targeted at SMEs are orientated to the corresponding predecessors in FP6. The research partners are financed as a rule in this regard 100% (in part by sub-contracts from the SMEs), whereas the SMEs or SME-organisation only receive a small funding, but have complete rights to the distribution and exploitation of the results.

Depending on the type of project, participants and activity, the following quotas are differentiated (this is not valid for SME-specific projects!):

Research & Technological development:
75% for research institutions and SMEs
50% for all other legal entities

Demonstration activities:
50% for all legal entities

Coordination, audit costs and other activities:
100% for all legal entities

Coordination/ Support Actions:
100% for all legal entities

Costs eligible for funding:
Personnel, travel, material, infrastructure, other costs, external services, common costs

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5. Where can I get consultation?

National Contact Point Research infrastructures
EU-Office of the BMBF, PT-DLR
Königswinterer Str. 522
D-53227 Bonn

Marion Korres
Tel.: +49 (0) 228 – 3821 - 643
E-Mail:
Internet: http://www.eubuero.de/infrastrukturen

National Contact Point for Research for the benefit of SMEs
Bavaria Innovative GmbH
Gewerbemuseumsplatz 2
D-90403 Nürnberg

Dr. Uwe Schüssler
Tel.: +49 (0) 911 - 206 71 - 313
E-Mail:
Internet: http://www.bayern-innovativ.de

National Contact Point Knowledge-orientated regions and strengthening of the research potential in the convergence regions
EU-Office of the BMBF, PT-DLR
Heinrich-Konen-Str. 1
D-53227 Bonn

Hannah Wilhelm
Tel.: +49 (0) 228 - 3821 - 651
E-Mail:
Internet: http://www.eubuero.de/arbeitsbereiche/wissensregionen

National Contact Point Science in society
EU-Office of the BMBF, PT-DLR
Königswinterer Str. 522
D-53227 Bonn

Marion Korres
Tel.: +49 (0) 228 - 3821 - 643
E-Mail:
Internet: http://www.eubuero.de/infrastrukturen

EU-Office of the BMBF, PT-DLR
Königswinterer Str. 522
D-53227 Bonn

Kathrin Stratman
Tel.: +49 (0) 228 - 3821 - 634
E-Mail:
Internet: http://www.eubuero.de/infrastrukturen

National Contact Point for the Domain “Women and gender research”
EU-Office of the BMBF, PT-DLR
Heinrich-Konen-Str. 1
D-53227 Bonn
Tel.: +49 (0) 228 - 3821 - 647

Randi Wallmichrath
E-Mail:
Internet: http://www.eubuero.de/fif

National Contact Point Coherent development of research policies
EU-Office of the BMBF, PT-DLR
Königswinterer Str. 522
D-53227 Bonn

Kathrin Stratman
Tel.: +49 (0) 228 - 3821 - 634
E-Mail:
Internet: http://www.eubuero.de/infrastrukturen

National Contact Point International collaboration
EU-Office of the BMBF, PT-DLR
Heinrich-Konen-Str. 1
D-53227 Bonn
Tel.: +49 (0) 228 - 3821 - 632

Cornelia Schneider
E-Mail:
Internet: http://www.eubuero.de/fif

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6. Where can I find a Bavarian contact person?

Bavarian Research Alliance GmbH
Prinzregentenstr. 52
D-80538 Munich

Tel.: +49 (0) 89 - 9901 888 - 0
Fax: +49 (0) 89 - 9901 888 - 29
E-Mail:
Internet: http://www.bayfor.org

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7. Where can I get more information?

Important links:

DGerman Internet-portal for the specific programme “Capacities”
http://www.forschungsrahmenprogramm.de/kapazitaeten.htm

CORDIS:
http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/capacities/home_en.html

Framework programme for competitiveness and innovation (CIP)
http://ec.europa.eu/cip/index_de.htm

Announcement for the calls for submission of project applications
http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/dc/index.cfm


Europäsiche Kommission:
KMU im RP7: Ein praktisches Handbuch
http://ec.europa.eu/research/sme-techweb/pdf/sme_handson_de.pdf

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