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FP7 projects Testomony of a coordinator/participant. Bert Pluymers November 6, 2012 Celestijnenlaan 300B box 2420 3001 Heverlee , Belgium +32 16 32 24 80 bert.pluymers@mech.kuleuven.be www.mech.kuleuven.be/mod. Disclaimer. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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FP7 projects Testomony of a coordinator/participantBert Pluymers November 6, 2012

Celestijnenlaan 300B box 24203001 Heverlee, Belgium+32 16 32 24 80bert.pluymers@mech.kuleuven.bewww.mech.kuleuven.be/mod

DisclaimerPersonal experience in EU FP7 project partnering, coordination and lobbying

OverviewDiscussion on two types of FP7 EU projectsMarie Curie Training projectsCollaborative research projects

TeamKU Leuven - Department of Mechanical EngineeringDivision of Production engineering, Machine design and Automation (PMA)Noise and Vibration Research Group (MOD)

Research staff5 academic and 1 associated1 industrial research manager9 senior postdoctoral researchers59 PhD incl. 10 industrial PhD res.

Areas of research Application domainsVibro-acousticsStructural reliability & uncertaintyMulti-body dynamicsSmart system dynamicsAero-acoustics

Energy and environmentTransport and mobilityAdvanced manufacturingHealth

Some key numbers

September 201248 research projects (40% EU FP7 and COST)50 personal fellowships (50% Marie Curie, 25% IWT Flanders)10 industrial PhDs (IWT Baekeland, Marie Curie or bilateral)IOF Mandate Dynamics and mechatronics: oxygen for innovating industryLMS Chair on Vehicle MechatronicsFull list of projects: www.mech.kuleuven.be/mod/projectsSpin-offs: LMS International, DAP/Co-Services, SoundTalks

On-going FP7 & COST projectsEU FP7 ITN, EMVeM: Energy efficiency Management for Vehicles and Machines (coordinator)EU FP7 EID, eLiQuiD: Best Engineering Training in Electric, Lightweight and Quiet Driving (coordinator)EU FP7 ITN, MARE-WINT: new MAterials and REliability in offshore WINd Turbines technologyCOST Action TUD, TU1105:NVH analysis techniques for design and optimization of hybrid and electric vehiclesEU FP7 IP, ALIVE: Advanced High Volume Affordable Lightweighting for Future Electric VehiclesEU FP7 IP, ENLIGHT: Enhanced Lightweight DesignEU FP7 CP, IDEALVENT: Integrated Design of Optimal Ventilation Systems for Low Cabin and Ramp NoiseEU FP7 IEF, PAM: the Physics of Acoustic Materials (coordinator)EU FP7 ITN, FLOWAIRS: Silent Air Flows in transport, buildings and power generationEU FP7 ITN, ANADE: Advances in numerical and analytical tools for detached flow predictionEU FP7 IAPP, INTERACTIVE: Innovative Concept Modelling Techniques for Multi-Attribute Optimization of Active VehiclesEU FP7 ITN, GRESIMO: Best Training for Green and Silent MobilityEU FP7 ITN, IMESCON: Innovative Methods of Separated Flow Control in AeronauticsEU FP7 SME DASHWIN: Development of Advanced Shearography System for On-Site Inspection of Wind Turbine BladesEU FP7 IAPP, Tire-Dyn: Experimental and Numerical Analyses of the Dynamic Behavior of Rolling Tires (coordinator)EU FP7 IRSES, SUPERPANELS: Strengthening and Upholding the Performances of the new Engineered Research PANELSEU FP7 CP, ESTOMAD: Energy Software Tools for Sustainable Machine DesignEU FP7 CP, EMBOCON: Embedded Optimization for Resource Constrained PlatformsEU FP7 ITN, MID-FREQUENCY: CAE Methodologies for Mid-Frequency Analysis in Vibration and Acoustics (coordinator)EU FP7 ITN, VECOM: Vehicle Concept Modelling

19 FP7 on-going projects 13 Marie Curie projects 5 as coordinator1 COST Action in TUD as co-initiator and vice-chair

FP7 ITN MID-FREQUENCYFP7 ITN MID-FREQUENCY (no. 214909), 01/10/2008 31/09/2012

Main Topic: Mid-frequency vibro-acoustic simulation toolsDevelopment of enhanced mid-frequency simulation methodsBenchmarking on academic and semi-industrial casesValidation on industrial automotive and aerospace applications

Website: http://www.midfrequency.org

Project Partners: (12 partners 8 countries)Universities: K.U.Leuven (coord.: Wim Desmet, Bert Pluymers), ENSCachan, Univ. Cambridge, ECL, INSA Lyon, KTH, SAPIENZA Rome, ISVRR&D Institutes: ViFIndustrial partners: EADS Astrium ST, LMS, Daimler

8FP7 ITN MID-FREQUENCYRecruited 19 ESRs and 4 ERs15 different nationalities (Brazilian(2), Chinese, Colombian, Czech, Egyptian, French(2), German, Greek, Indian, Italian(6), Romanian, South Korean, Spanish, Tunisian, Turkish)

Some winning features of the projectsreduction of fragmentation on a topic of European relevancein line with research topics in top-down Collaborative Research Callsstrong interaction industry-research centres-academiarelevant university partnersrelevant industrial partners and active involvementindustrial PhDs (now emphasized with EID)Fellows work in teamsclearly stipulated training/ToK programmestrong transferable skills programme via Doctoral Schooldetailed recruitment policymanagement expertise of the coordinatordetailed fellow PhD trajectoriesclearly and detailed, yet sufficient flexibility in view of Fellows profile/training needs (PhD research is difficult to plan)

Some lessons learnedrecruitment is key!!! eligibility criteria are tight and evolvingembed a management plan for solving recruitment issuestraining of the Fellow is a crucial project outcomeconsortium agreement is not mandatory100% funding, also for industryinitiate long-lasting relationships follow-up ITN/IAPP projectswith network partnerswith Fellows!!long and tedious administrative procedures (e.g. amendments)build up a good relationship with your REA project officerrecruitment is key!!!

Europe vs. FlandersWhat makes EU research projects different from IWT/FWO/ research projects?More strict/elaborate administrative proceduresExperience + support from LRD, DOC, FPO, IOFHigher competition in getting fundingQuality (be specific) + networking + lobbyingMore opportunities for cooperationScreening of partners + networkingCultural differences in cross border cooperationExperience + support from LRD, DOC, FPO, IOFInternational lobbying

What is lobbying?EUR-Lex: Lobbying = Interest representationQuote: Therefore, it should be stressed once again that the Commission's definition of 'lobbying' did not include any negative value judgment. Lobbying was referred to as "activities carried out with the objective of influencing the policy formulation and decision-making processes of the European institutions. The Commission explicitly underlined the legitimate and useful role of lobbying activities in a democratic system.

Various lobby organizations exist (often called associations): e.g. EARPA

EARPA: Top-class independent automotive R&D

13Lobby associations how to get involved?Need active members

Vicious circleThe more active an association is, The more influence it will have,The more attractive it will become for members,The more active an association can become.. however, often associations are closed entities: why should they accept more members if the existing members are getting a sufficient return?

How to get in?Via existing members (you need strategic partners)Via key persons (personal networks)Via ETP conferences and EU projectsVia colleagues => KU Leuven might already be in => IOF

Why to lobby?EU networking = a necessity for our research groupTransport vehicle industry => European industryNot sufficient (large) players in Flemish regionAlso large industry players cooperate on a European platformTransport research is very important for our research group: currently 19 FP7 projects runningTransport R&D is a closed community not what you know but who you know but you can only fail once

Profiling as a research group => you are the best

Influencing future callsGetting to know relevant Project Officers in personThey need input

How to lobby?Lobbying is a strategic choice and requires full force investmentTimeOut of sight is out of mindThe deal is always closed at the meeting you did not attendNetworking formal but at least as important informalBeing active: position papers, SRAs, ...There is always a lack of people to write things

Money (travel/accommodation/fees)Exploit being close to BrusselsDrawback: we often skip informal networking events (travel back home)Financial support via DOC & IOF

How to lobby?Lobbying is a strategic choice and requires full force investmentIf not full force investment (lets see how things go mentality) In key areas:Do not bother, mainly waste of timeMarginal returnA network needs to be built up and kept activePossible negative effect: you will not be taken seriously

In side areas:Can be ideal for expanding your networkCan leverage outcomes in your key areas (e.g. by bringing in new ideas)E.g. key area: transport // side areas: ICT and NMP

Opportunities for universitiesUniversities are often considered as objective partiesPossibilities for project participation if You are willing to do the workCompanies have vague ideas but needScientific embeddingSomebody to take the lead in proposal preparationYou are known and trusted by the companiesProfiling => dont be afraid to call yourself the bestMake sure that you can do what you promisedYou can only fail once

AcknowledgementsWe gratefully acknowledge the European Commission for its support of the Marie Curie program, including the running FP7 Marie Curie ITN projects MID-FREQUENCY, VECOM, IMESCON, FLOWAIRS, ANADE, GRESIMO and the FP7 Marie Curie IAPP projects TIRE-DYN and INTERACTIVE

ContactBert Pluymers

Celestijnenlaan 300B box 24203001 Heverlee, Belgium+32 16 32 24 80bert.pluymers@mech.kuleuven.be

www.mech.kuleuven.be/mod

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