Open Calls - F.A.Q.

Disclaimer: All these answers reflect my (Hagen Woesner, OFELIA Co-ordinator) current state of knowledge and may even turn out to be wrong.

Q: Can more than one institution jointly hand in a proposal?

Q: Will you distribute a proposal template and instructions on the max. number of pages expected per section?

Q: What is the intended duration of the work? 1 year?

Q: How do you select the proposals?

Q: What is it that you want: New customers/experiments or extensions of the facility?

Q: Are existing partners eligible for handing in proposals?

 

 Q: Can more than one institution jointly hand in a proposal?

A: Yes. Note however that the funding limit of 200K€ is set per proposal, not per partner. All partners would eventually have to join the project and sign the Grant Agreement and the Consortium Agreement. The management effort increases linearly with the number of partners, so from OFELIA's point of view it would be better to keep the number low.

 

 Q: Will you distribute a proposal template and instructions on the max. number of pages expected per section?

A: There is the guide for proposers. This suggests that the proposal should add one work package (WP) to the existing DoW. Everything else is as usual in FP7, but hopefully much shorter. In section 1, describe the proposed experiment or extension rather than the OFELIA project itself. The same goes for section 3 (Impact), where the impact of adding this particular proposal to OFELIA is important

 

 Q: What is the intended duration of the work? 1 year?

A: The project ends (if everything goes well) September 2013. You are free to plan your work up until this date, but any shorter duration is fine as well.

 

 Q: How do you select the proposals?

A: The whole process will run like a "small EU call".  The reviewers will evaluate the proposals according to the usual guidelines of EU calls. There will be a maximum of 5 points for each of the three sections, and eventually the best ranked proposals will win. The reviewers must not be related to OFELIA nor to any of the proposals (as the name "independent reviewer" suggests). Each proposal will be reviewed by at least two reviewers.

Reviews will take place about 2 weeks after the closing of the call. A review report will be prepared that goes to the European Commission, which then confirms within max. 12 weeks after the closing of the call the winning proposers. So, if all goes well you should know before end of June.

 

 Q: What is it that you want: New customers/experiments or extensions of the facility?

A: The line is hard to draw. On one hand, the facility will be free to use for experimentation during the project duration, so there is no need to pay anyone for the plain use. On the other hand, in the current stage of development almost every experiment will require some sort of extension or adaptation, be it specific triggers, physical links, changes in the FlowVisor or control architecture, whatever...

We encourage you to submit your ideas, even if they would "only use the facility", at the current point in time this will be hard enough for us to accomplish.


  Q: Are existing partners eligible for handing in proposals?

A: No.