Competitive calls for proposals
For the development and implementation of its scientific strategy (as for the development and provision of services and its action plan in general) EuroMarine primarily relies on yearly competitive calls for proposals. Such calls generally are widely open in terms of topics. They encompass a number of categories of activities (which may vary from year to year). The definition and implementation of the calls are placed under the control of EuroMarine Steering Committee. Funded activities are generally expected to leverage larger projects under European, national or joint research funding programmes.
Main categories of activities funded under competitive calls
For each yearly call, EuroMarine draws from list of activity categories (specified in the Business Plan produced by the preparatory project), in adequation with EuroMarine yearly resources and with priorities set by the General Assembly. This list is open ended. Maximum funding brought to each category of activity may vary from year to year, and can represent co-funding or cover the entire budget of an activity; indicatively, the funding level range used for the first two yearly calls (or those proposed in the Business Plan) are shown in the non-exhaustive list below.
Foresight Workshops (FWS) are 'horizon scanning' exercise. FWS focus on emerging and important topics which fall within scientific themes or priorities identified by EuroMarine and which require European-wide coordination. They generally aim at establishing a scientific vision or a roadmap at the scale of a decade and may notably (but not exclusively) be used for future EuroMarine larger projects and/or proposals. FWS can also focus on review exercises of particular relevance to EuroMarine (e.g., science-governance interface and scenario construction). Funding level range (as practiced): 7.5 - 20 k€.
Working Groups or (regular) Workshops
Working Groups or punctual Workshops can be funded provided they contribute to building EuroMarine services or for otherwise consolidating the EuroMarine Network. Funding level range (as practiced): 7.5 - 10 k€.
Capacity Building and Training
Under this category, EuroMarine notably (but not exclusively) intends to co-fund already established advanced courses or fund new (EuroMarine) ones. Funding level (in Business Plan): 15 k€. Funding level range (as practiced): 5 - 10 k€.
Conferences or Conference Sessions
EuroMarine can notably fund Conferences which address emerging topics, leave ample room for discussion and aim to support the participation of young scientists with the objective to commonly address new scientific challenges and to design new types of collaborative programs. Funding level (in Business Plan): 30 k€. Funding level (as practiced to co-fund conferences): 5 - 10 k€.
These are small research programmes on emerging marine issues of high relevance. They will try to demonstrate the potential usefulness of new jointly developed research approaches, which are not yet on any funding agendas, but are considered of strategic importance. Funding level (in Business Plan): 55 k€ / year for one or two years.
Endorsement and sponsoring of miscellaneous existing activities
Marginally, EuroMarine can endorse and / or co-fund existing activities that are considered as strategic. Funding level range (as practiced): 2.5 - 5 k€.
Young Scientist Fellowship Programme
EuroMarine also considers supporting capacity building for young scientists a key priority. Therefore, EuroMarine has launched a new Young Scientist Fellowship Programme focused on financially supporting individual early career scientists from EuroMarine Member Organisations to participate in training courses. For further information on the most recent call for applications, please see: www.euromarinenetwork.eu/call2017_fellowships.
By way of exception, EuroMarine can entrust some activities to some of its member organisations or to third parties (e.g., to carry out tasks beyond EuroMarine Secretariat workforce availability or competences).
EuroMarine General Assembly meetings
The EuroMarine General Assembly (GA) meets on a yearly basis, at the beginning of each civil year. GA meetings typically last 1.5 day. They include reporting and discussion sessions, may include agenda-setting workshops, and conclude with a formal business and decision-making session. During these meetings, the GA notably approves new members and sets the general terms of the yearly call and action plan.
Steering Committee meetings
The EuroMarine Steering Committee meets thrice a year:
- just before and after the yearly GA meeting (resp. to work on final meeting details and to develop and implement GA decisions); and
- just after proposals submitted to the yearly call have been reviewed (notably to moderate the outcome of the review process and to make final funding decisions).