Action "Excellence" - Financing high level research projects
The Action's main objective is to support particularly talented researchers working in Greece, who have significant achievements to demonstrate in their field of expertise and can contribute to the progress of scientific knowledge and the widening of its horizons. To this end high level research projects will be funded which will be carried out by research teams under the direction of a Main Investigator.
The proposal shall be submitted by the Main Investigator who shall be:
- University faculty member or
- Technological Educational Institute (ΤΕΙ) teaching staff member or
- Researcher working with a research institution.
For Research Centers this call shall be open to proposals from Functional Scientific Personnel (FSP), as well as cooperating faculty members. In addition to the Main Investigator (MI), the Research Team shall be open for participation to other researchers who are members of the Host Institution scientific personnel, post-doc researchers, PhD candidates and post-graduate students.
Basic Principles of the Action
The following basic principles shall apply concerning the implementation of the Action:
- Scientific excellence is the sole criterion for selecting proposals.
- Proposals may concern all fields of science and modern research sub-areas.
- Research projects shall be carried out by research teams under the direction of a Main Investigator (MI) who will be a member of the Host Institution scientific personnel.
- Research projects shall be implemented in Greek Host Institutions (institutes of higher education, research institutions and bodies referred to in article 12 of L. 3250/23.12.2004).
- Public funding will be paid to the Host Institution by which the Main Investigator is employed. The Host Institution shall be responsible for managing the funds (e.g. making payments, accounting costs, conducting administrative actions required for the smooth implementation of the project, etc.)
- The Main Investigator shall be responsible for taking decisions concerning the conduct of research and the best use of resources available to implement the research project, including public funding.
- Each research project deliverables will be as follows (non-exhaustive list):
- Relevant publications in leading international scientific journals, publications in conference proceedings, papers in international conferences, any monographs
- The dissemination of results to public and private bodies
- Patents, ISO standards, new experimental devices, standards for products originating from research results, plans and proposals for improving service provision, innovative suggestions – proposals aimed to solve problems encountered by production bodies, monitoring or variable measuring tools or protocols in man-made or natural systems, pilot units, etc.
- Technical references and stocktaking reports, etc.
Scientific Research Fields
Proposals to be submitted can relate to all areas of modern research; however, for practical reasons they shall be classified into the following fields of science:
- 01. Mathematics, Statistics, Information Technology/Computer Science
- 02. Physics and Astronomy
- 03. Chemistry and Materials Science
- 04. Engineering Sciences 1: Electrical, Electronic, Chemical Engineering
- 05. Engineering Sciences 2: Mechanical Engineering, Construction, Civil Engineering Sciences, Architecture, Shipbuilding and Aeronautics
- 06. Medical Sciences
- 07. Life Sciences (excluding Medicine)
- 08. Social Sciences
- 09. Humanities
- 10. Energy and Environment
Regardless of the above mentioned classification, it should be noted that submitting interdisciplinary proposals shall be especially encouraged; special provision is made for their examination in the evaluation process. There will be no funding for research proposals falling under the ethical restrictions set out in Decision No 1982/2006/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2006 concerning the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Community (2007-2013) (Article 6 Ethical Principles).
Furthermore, in submitting research proposals the European Commission Manual entitled "Ethics for researchers" which has been published for the 7th Framework Programme (FP7) should be taken into account.
For more details please go to FP7 website: http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/ethics_en.html.