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How to create a good consortium. Erik van de Burgwal. Content. Initial phase consortium building Critical mass and excellence of a consortium Characteristics of an international EU-project team Effective and successful teams Good but not excellent analysis of evaluation data. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • ContentInitial phase consortium buildingCritical mass and excellence of a consortiumCharacteristics of an international EU-project teamEffective and successful teamsGood but not excellent analysis of evaluation data

  • Initial phase consortium buildingbudget too highoverlapno SME,few CEC critical mass?too many partnersexcellence?

  • Keep in mind while searching for partnersEU-policy backgroundSME-target (15% of the budget)Participation of candidate countries politically wantedThird country participation encouragedTake account of relevant aspects of other EU and national policiesIPR issuesCollaborating with competitors?What could be determined in a consortium agreement?

  • What does SME need to know about FP7FP7 is about international cooperationOnly topics for EU-wide interestOnly state-of-the-art projectsEU wants SMEs in projects (15% target)25% success rateLong time horizonAdministrative procedures

  • Critical mass and excellence of a consortiumWhat is meant by critical mass?How to make a consortium excellent?How to deal with excellence in the preparation phase?

  • Critical massproject: deliver its objectives policy needsthird country participationnumber of participants

  • How to make a consortium excellent?Are you and your partners Europes (or even the worlds) best in your respective field?If you cant beat them join them

  • How to deal with excellence in the preparation phase?Envisaged co-ordinators will be popular persons.If you dont talk about excellence, evaluators will!Are you ready for disappointing well known colleagues?

  • Characteristics of an international EU-project team Multinational and multicultural (e.g. different management styles)Different backgrounds (academic, enterprise, civil servants e.g. of EC)European project = extra work on top of normal workloadLong-lasting collaboration including special relationship with the ECGenerally equal rights but different contractual obligations in the contractPartners have varying project targetsShared ownership of project resultsRare but intensive meetings

  • Effective and successful teamsHave clear and common goalsShare the responsibility for those goals and measure the progress towards themHave the necessary blend of skills and roles (technical, interpersonal and problem solving)Get support from the superiors (time and money)Have allocated appropriate roles and tasks to each memberHave developed and agreed on practices and procedures to get things doneHandle conflicts constructively and openlyUse time to know each other and to understand cultural diversityReflect frequently their working style

  • Good but not excellent analysis of evaluation data

    Summary of evaluation summaries of reserve list projects on criteria Quality of the consortium

  • Evaluation remarks (1)it would have been good to see greater SME involvementa greater end-user involvement is desirableconsortium strong but contains too much overlap between some partnersconsortium rather unbalanced and should be extended with equipment suppliersone-nation consortium with bits added to make it Europeanthe project could benefit from the presence of more industrial experience

  • Evaluation remarks (2)insufficient representation of SMEs and consumers groupsinformation about individual persons and their scientific qualityconsortium is dominated by academic teamsthe workload distribution is unbalanced and the budget for some investigators seems overestimatedspecialisation seems too high in some instances The total number of participants might be reduced

    Ministerie van Economische Zaken***SenterNovem is een agentschap van

    Partnersearch & partner profileErik van de Burgwal

  • Features of typical successful SMEHigher educated staff (substantial part of workforce)Export >10%Already has contacts with foreign companies and/or RTD performersSound bookkeeping

    Ambitious!

  • Who does the SME need to knowEuropean Technology PlatformsLocal participantsVery often a source of new projects!(networks of) RTD-performers and UniversitiesLocal branch organisationsSuccessful local partners in FP6 projectsThe local NCP

  • Sources of informationOwn network (visits!)Internal network National/Regional Contact PointsCORDIS (www.cordis.europa.eu) Partner search databaseDatabase of ongoing FP6 projectsWebsites of projects and organisations Websites of European Technology Platformshttp://cordis.europa.eu/technology-platforms/home_en.htmlBrokerage eventsSemi-scientific journals and magazines

  • Cordis

  • European Technology Platforms

  • ETP ERTRAC

  • SME support projects

    TranSMEs Cooperation between Bulgary, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia and Turkeywww.transmes.net

    EuroTransCooperation between Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands and Polandwww.euro-trans.info2007/2008 EuroTrans-Days

  • Partnerprofile

    Description of companyR&D capabilitiesField of excellenceDescribe EU networkExperience in international cooperationWebsite (up to date, in English)

    Disseminate through Cordis, NCP network

  • Thank you.

    NCP Surface Transport: Erik van de Burgwale.van.de.burgwal@egl.nl

    SenterNovem EG-LiaisonThe Hague, The Netherlands+ 31 70 373 52 50www.egl.nl

    Average score on criteria 4 for reserve list projects is 4.1 points while it is 4,6 for the retained projects often projects are just a fraction away from funding list