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Research Training Networks - Guide for coordinators - The Mid-Term Review

Research Training Networks

The Mid-Term Review

The purpose of the mid-term review is to assess the implementation of the network contract, in particular its training and networking aspects. The structure of the network and its work programme will be reviewed and, if necessary, contract modifications defined. Networks, which are judged by the Commission to have performed unsatisfactorily in the mid-term review, may have their contracts terminated.

The date of the mid-term review needs to be agreed with the Commission as far in advance as possible and it is recommend that it occurs at the same time as a regular network meeting, in order to avoid additional costs of bringing the network participants together. Normally, the mid-term review takes one day (or two half days) and an agenda needs to be agreed at least two months before the meeting. Contractually, such a meeting must be held before two-thirds of the duration of the contract has elapsed. However, in order to provide time for appropriate actions to be taken, if necessary, it is recommended that the meeting is held around the halfway point of the contract, e.g. around month 24 for a 48 month contract duration.

Participants at the meeting have to be the network co-ordinator, each scientist-in-charge, task leaders (if applicable) and all young researchers currently employed by the network. The Commission is normally represented by the networks' scientific officer and by an independent expert. It is possible for young researchers who have since left the network to be invited to share their experiences, at the co-ordinator's discretion, and at the network's expense.

A mid term review report, which forms the basis of the meeting, also needs to be prepared, in addition to, for example, annual reports, and submitted to the Commission at least one month before the date of the meeting. Guidelines for the preparation of such reports are given below:

  • For Fourth Framework TMR networks: PDF - Word

As part of the review, network Young Researchers are asked to complete a questionnaire on their experiences in the network: PDF - Word

The European Commission set up a panel of independent experts to conduct the mid-term review of 96 network contracts selected following the first call for networks within the Training and Mobility of Researchers (TMR) Programme. Click here for a copy of the report.

Between March 1998 and October 1999 a questionnaire survey of young network researchers was carried out as part of the individual mid-term reviews of the 1996 TMR networks funded following the first call in 1995. Click here for a copy of the report.

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