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Joint call priority 2 - IST and 3 - NMP on 'Manufacturing, Products and Services Engineering in 2010'.
Questions & answers
- What is the rationale for the joint call?
- In general, what are the main differences of proposals targeting IST and NMP and what would be the special considerations for a proposal targeting the joint call?
- Where can find information on the technical areas open in the joint call?
- The domains are complementary, but are there special considerations, e.g. instrument-wise, for Priority 2 and Priority 3 in this joint call?
- International collaboration is encouraged but what is IMS and how does it fit in? Do all instruments require IMS?
- What does creating maximum synergies with national programmes and Eureka mean in practical terms?
- What is the type of action supported by SSAs in the joint call?
What is the rationale for the joint call?
The rationale for the joint call is to encourage and facilitate the development and incorporation of new ICT and production technologies in the defined manufacturing domain and without the risk of "falling in-between" (i.e. having a proposal which is too ICT oriented for Priority 3 or a proposal too manufacturing oriented for Priority 2). Proposals in the domain of the joint call would benefit from co-ordination and collaboration with other research activities and initiatives, also internationally, and thus it is only natural that the co-ordination at the Framework Programme level needs to be assured as well.
In general, what are the main differences of proposals targeting IST and NMP and what would be the special considerations for a proposal targeting the joint call?
In FP6, the instruments, guidelines and procedures are harmonised to a large degree. However, there are some small differences between priorities and therefore a separate set of "Guides for Proposers", which can be found in CORDIS, has been produced for the joint call.
Clearly, each FP6 Priority has a distinct technical domain and a set of objectives. At high level, the focus of IST (Priority 2) in FP6 is on the future generation of technologies in which computers and networks will be integrated into the everyday environment. NMP (Priority 3) is focussing on transformation of industry, promoting real breakthroughs (in the context of the Lisbon and Goteborg objectives) based on scientific and technical expertise. The objectives are further detailed in the IST and NMP workprogrammes.
Proposals, which have their centre of gravity in the IST domain of the joint call, should normally contribute to the objectives of Priority 2. Correspondingly, proposals focussing on the NMP domain should address the objectives of Priority 3. However, following the rationale for the joint call there is flexibility and proposals taking an integrated approach, possibly addressing elements of both domains and contributing to the objectives of both priorities, are strongly encouraged.
Where can I find information on the technical areas open in the joint call?
The focus of Priority 2 is on holistic approach to products and associated services creation, which is described in section 188.8.131.52 of Priority 2 workprogramme.
The aim of Priority 3 is to encourage the creation of "knowledge communities" in production technologies which is described in section 184.108.40.206 of Priority 3 workprogramme.
The domains are complementary, but are there special considerations, e.g. instrument-wise, for Priority 2 and Priority 3 in this joint call?
The joint call is open for four instruments (IP, NoE, CA and SSA) in both domains. However, it can be expected that the emphasis in "knowledge communities" will be on instruments that will structure and co-ordinate research, i.e. NoEs and CAs (it should be reminded that also the instruments for structuring and co-ordinating research should include measures for industrial collaboration).
International collaboration is encouraged but what is IMS and how does it fit in? Do all instruments require IMS?
It should be noted that international co-operation collaboration (e.g. with Russia, China, Mediterranean countries, IMS) can significantly add value to a proposal and can thus be of benefit in the evaluation. However, international co-operation is not mandatory as such and there is no explicit "bonus point system" for IMS or other international co-operation proposals.
IMS is a multi-lateral agreement allowing research collaboration between its member regions (Australia, Canada, European Union & Norway, Japan, Korea, Switzerland, United States of America). In contrast with FP5, there is no specific IMS call in FP6. Although the IMS initiative is specifically mentioned in the context of the joint call, it is possible to submit "IMS proposals" in any Priority 2 or 3 call, corresponding to the technical domains described in IMS Terms of Reference.
The IMS (or other international) collaboration is most relevant in the context of IPs, CAs and SSAs. For IPs, for example, the proposers could consider including an "inter-regional" module in the project, where research would be carried out by some of the participating IMS regions. SSAs could be used to support some of the actions described in section 3.6.3. of the priority 3 workprogramme.
Contact details of the European IMS secretariat are provided in the Guides for Proposers for the joint call and further information on IMS can also be found at www.ims.org.
What does creating maximum synergies with national programmes and Eureka mean in practical terms?
In the context of ERA, proposers are encouraged to establish co-operation with other relevant European research schemes whenever possible. What the co-operation could be in real terms is left for the proposers to innovate. However, in a way of illustration, for IPs this could mean a EUREKA funded research "module" integrated in the overall structure of an IP. For a CA, the co-operation could be for example networking of running national, EUREKA and EU funded projects, in the domain of the joint call. Further information on EUREKA can be found at www.eureka.be.
What is the type of action supported by SSAs in the joint call?
The main purpose of SSAs is to support the implementation of FP6 and to potentially help the preparation of future Framework Programme or the revision of the current one.
In the joint call, the impact should be ensured at broad international level and therefore SSAs could include foresight studies and roadmaps related to "manufacturing, products and services engineering in 2010" and specific actions related to international co-operation (see section 3.6 of the Priority 3 workprogramme).