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Australia‒European Union Collaboration Program 2014

The call for applications under Stage Two is now open. Closing date is 15 September 2014.


The Australian Academy of Science (AAS), with funding from the Australian Government Department of Industry, invites applications for funding from Australian consortia who are partners in applications under the European Commission (EC) Horizon 2020 programme.

The objective of the Australia- European Union (EU) Collaboration Program is to broker strategic research partnerships with the EU under the Horizon 2020 program and support strategic cooperative research with Europe.

Two grants of $200,000 (AUD) each excl. GST are available. Australian applications will be assessed using a merit based competitive process, which is based on the collaborative value of the project to Australian research and industry following the successful assessment of the EC application. These grants will be offered as seed funding to encourage Australian consortia to participate in projects with European consortia under the first tranche of calls (calls that closed on 29 April 2014) of Horizon 2020, which are currently open for application.

Information on the Horizon 2020 calls currently open for applications can be found on the Horizon 2020 website ‒ ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en

Australian consortia must consist of at least three participants from across Australian public and private sector research organisations and include at least one industry partner (a registered Australian business with an ABN/ACN).

Application process

Please note: there are two stages in this application process. Please refer to the section "Application details" for further information.

Stage one: the Academy is inviting expressions of interest (EOIs) from Australian consortia that have partnered in a European application submitted to Horizon 2020 as part of the first tranche of calls that closed on 29 April 2014.

Stage two: applications will need to be submitted to the Academy in September 2014 for Australian consortia that are partners in a successful European application to the Horizon 2020 as described above.

Timeline*

11 December 2013EC opens call for applications under Horizon 2020
29 April 2014Applications close for European applicants for the first tranche of calls under Horizon 2020
(responsibility for submitting propsals to the EU under the Horizon 2020 call lies with the EU partners)
Call for expression of interest from Australian research organisations under the Australia-EC Collaboration Program closes
(responsibility for submitting the expression of interest to the Academy lies with the lead organisation from Australian consortia)
September 2014Successful European applicants notified by the EC
(after an Evaluation Stage of approximately five months)
Applications under the Australia‒EU Collaboration Program close for Australian consortia that are partners in a successful EU application
(responsibility for submitting the application to the Academy lies with the lead organisation from Australian consortia)
November 2014Successful Australian applicants notified by the Academy
December 2014Grant agreements fiinalised
(for EC partners this will be approximately three months after notification of successful applicants)
January 2015Projects commence

*Please note that all Australian timelines are dependent on the EC assessment periods. This timeline is subject to change. All changes to the timeline will be updated on the Academy website. 

Further information on the EU work program for 2014-2015 is available on the website of the Connecting Australian-European Science and Innovation Excellence (CAESIE) ‒ www.caesie.org

Funding available

The grant will contribute towards research and linkages costs as demonstrated in the EC application, for example:

  • Access to national and international research and infrastructure facilities, including specialist archives, collections and databases
  • Access to workshop services linked to and justified explicitly against the project (for example: machine tools and qualified technicians)
  • Equipment
  • Maintenance
  • Expenditure on fieldwork essential to the project, including technical and logistical support
  • Salaries of Australian, non-ongoing personnel; for example: research associates and assistants, technicians and laboratory attendants, employed specifically in relation to the project. Salary support must be requested at an appropriate salary level for the Australian organisations, including 28% on-costs
  • PhD stipends, at a minimum of $24 653 (AUD at 2013) p.a. (up to one per proposal) for students enrolled at eligible organisations
  • Specialised computer equipment and software essential to the project
  • Travel costs, accommodation and incidentals essential to the project including economy travel costs for domestic and/or international travel not exceeding $50 000 (AUD) over the life of the project, and
  • Participation in conferences or symposia.

Eligibility

To be eligible for funding, the application must:

  • Be submitted by an Australian consortium, consisting of at least three participants from across Australian public and private sector research organisations and (at least one) industry partner/s, including:
    • Existing consortia such as:
      • Cooperative Research Centre established under the Cooperative Research Centre Program, or
      • Clusters like those established through the Australian Research Councils’ Industrial Transformation Research Program, or
      • Collaborative Centres of Excellence
    • Newly formed consortia.
  • Provide supporting documentation of successful EC approval of the project under Horizon 2020 when available (after the EC evaluation stage). The evaluation summary report and a letter advising of the outcome of the EC’s evaluation will be sufficient
  • Commit a minimum of $600 000 (AUD) in cash and in-kind from Australian consortia
  • Support the objectives and focus of the grant
  • Comply with the program’s requirements; by undertaking research in the identified EC areas of excellent science; competitive industries and tackling societal challenges
  • Seek support towards research and linkages costs as demonstrated in the EC application
  • Address each of the assessment criteria.

Assessment criteria

The application will be assessed based on an excellence driven process against the following criteria:

Application details

To apply there are two stages.

Stage 1 - CLOSED

An expression of interest can be submitted to the Academy as an email or letter indicating the applicant’s intention to apply to the Academy under stage 2 and must include:

  • details and Participant Identification Code (PIC) of organisation
  • details and Participant Identification Code (PIC) of each Australian partner
  • details and Participant Identification Code (PIC) of each European partner
  • details of Horizon2020 call (including area, call title, call number and topic).

Please note there is no template for the expression of interest.

The Participant Identification Code (PIC) is generated by registering the organisation on the Participant Portal (ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/home.html).

Stage 2 - OPEN

CLOSING DATE - 15 SEPTEMBER 2014

Following the evaluation stage by the EC of applications received for calls closing on or before 29 April 2014, Australian research consortia, who have completed stage 1 and are partners in a successful European application to Horizon 2020, must submit the following to the Academy by COB Monday 15 September 2014 *:

    • A letter from the lead Australian organisation, stating the level of support, demonstrating and clearly articulating the organisation’s financial support (cash and/or in-kind) for the project and commitment to engage in the collaborative research project. The letter must be prepared on official letterhead and be signed by a delegate who is authorised to commit such support.
    • A two-page (maximum) document stating the project meets the assessment criteria stated above
    • A letter from each Australian partner stating the level of support demonstrating and clearly articulating the organisation’s financial support (cash and/or in-kind) for the project and commitment to engage in the collaborative research project. The letter must be prepared on official letterhead and be signed by a delegate who is authorised to commit such support
    • The evaluation summary report and a letter advising the outcome of the EC’s evaluation, from the European partners
    • A copy of the application submitted to the EC by European partners.

* Please note this date is dependent on the EC assessment periods and is subject to change.

DEADLINE

Stage 2 – COB Monday 15 September 2014 to is@science.org.au or the postal address below.

Grants Administration Officer
International Programs
Australian Academy of Science
GPO Box 783
CANBERRA  ACT  2601

Notification of outcome of stage 2: late-November 2014 (please note this is dependent on the EC assessment periods and is subject to change).

Applications are considered carefully against the selection criteria by a committee of scientists with diverse expertise. The decisions of the committee are based upon the assessed competitiveness of the proposal. The Academy is not able to enter into discussion or correspondence regarding the reasons why an application is successful or not.


This project is supported by the Australian Government Department of Industry.