Understanding the Call for proposals
The proposal process is triggered by the call. Calls are published official invitations for researchers to submit project proposals for a specific area of the Framework Programme by a specific date, usually about three months after the call. Calls specify very clearly what is required. Proposals that do not meet the specifications in the call will be disqualified.
Calls are published in the Official Journal of the European Union. Immediately afterwards the call and any documents relating to it are published on CORDIS. If you want to be automatically notified of calls you should carefully set up an e-mail notification 'News' profile on CORDIS. Sometimes this will also give advance notice of calls that are imminent.
In addition to the description of the thematic areas, topics or research objectives, calls comprise information on the following items:
- Closure date(s)
- Indicative budget and its distribution per area and/or instrument
- Minimum number of participants
- One-stage or two-stage submission and evaluation procedure
- Non-standard evaluation criteria
- Indicative delays for evaluation and selection of proposals
In the call you can identify the research area in which you are interested for submitting a proposal. For exhaustive information on the scientific objectives of the programme and the expected results you have to read the related work programme. We suggest you to check the entire document for an overview of the strategy of the thematic priority or horizontal area.