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ENVIMED 4th CALL FOR PROPOSALS 2015

ENVIMED 4th CALL FOR PROPOSALS 2015

1. THE ENVIMED REGIONAL PROGRAMME

The ENVIMED regional programme is a French cooperation initiative for countries in the Mediterranean Basin designed to encourage and strengthen high-level scientific and technological cooperation in the region as well as research networking on sustainable development and understanding the environmental operation of the Mediterranean Basin.
In partnership with France, the programme is focused on Mediterranean rim countries.

MANAGEMENT

As part of the process created by the internationalization of the interdisciplinary and inter-organizational MISTRALS metaprogramme (Mediterranean Integrated STudies at Regional And Local Scales). The ENVIMED programme is implemented by the Directorate-General of Global Affairs, Development and Partnerships (DGM) of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International development (MAEDI), in partnership with MISTRALS. Managed by the MISTRALS programme platform and the French Development Agency (AFD), this programme is run in cooperation with:
-  the science and technology departments and cooperation and cultural action departments of French Embassies in Mediterranean rim countries;
-  research organizations and higher-education institutions and their representation offices in the Mediterranean;
-  Scientific and institutional partners or research operators in the Mediterranean.

AIM

The aim of the programme is to support the internationalization of research in the Mediterranean, in synergy with MISTRALS thematic programmes.

IMPLEMENTATION STRATEGY

The programme aims to encourage discussions and initiate multilateral cooperation by supporting the mobility of researchers as part of joint research projects and seminars, workshops and regional scientific conferences.
ENVI-Med must therefore allow the:
-  Submission of the offer of French partnership in the field of studying the operation of the Mediterranean Basin, in particular with a view to shared sustainable development;
-  Selection and funding of basic and applied research programmes and regionally-oriented scientific meetings between France and at least two Mediterranean countries, including at least one non-EU country;
-  Encouragement of future participation in other regional and multilateral programmes in this sector and zone (programmes from the European Union, African Union, Union for the Mediterranean, Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (Association of Universities of the Francophonie etc.).

2. TIMETABLE

• Launch of the call for proposals: 17 April 2015

• Deadline for submitting applications: 15 September 2015

• Project assessment, selection and notification: 1st January 2016

• Project start : 1st trimester 2016, according to the notification letter received by the tenders

3. INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMPLETING AND SENDING THE CANDIDATE APPLICATION FORM

PRIORITIES AND THEMES

The call is open to all subjects in the fields of research and development linked to understanding the environmental operation of the Mediterranean Basin.

Priority will be given to projects which contribute to the networking of institutions, laboratories, facilities, stations, observatories and study sites.

Transversal themes of the ones developed within MISTRALS are particularly encouraged, such as:

• Climate changes and interaction between climate, societies and civilizations of the Mediterranean area: adaptations and resiliences

• Aerosols in the Mediterranean : impacts on the energetic budget, precipitations, atmospheric pollution and marine nutrient intake

• Water resources : long term observation systems, modeling with integrating the anthropic systems and interface with socio-economic actors

• Anthropic impacts on ecosystems : biodiversity and ecosystems evolution

• Climate and geological hazards : physical analysis approaches and societal impacts

• The shore : natural and anthropic forcings and theirs societal impacts

NATURE AND DURATION OF THE PROJECT

Each project must have a research component and can include innovation and/or training components.

Project duration is set at two years.

Financing is allocated on a yearly basis and are subject to the submission of an interim report by the project director by the 15 December 2016 which should be approved by the programme bodies.

ELIGIBILIGY CRITERIA

Projects from the ENVI-Med programme are aimed at public and private research units and laboratories, attached to higher-education institutions, research organizations or companies. Private sector involvement is encouraged, as is participation from socio-economic and civil society actors.

Each project must link at least one French research team, including teams attached to French research units based abroad, with at least two teams from two different Mediterranean countries, at least one of which must be a non-EU state.

PROJECT FINANCING PLAN

The amount allocated by ENVIMED must not exceed a total of €20,000 over the project’s two-year duration. Financing is granted on an annual basis.

The consolidated budgets submitted must set out the projected income (sources and amounts) and the planned expenditure for each year of the project.

The French project sponsors will contact the international relations directorate of their partner organization or of their laboratory’s host university before submitting their project, and that of the selection committee in order to present their project. This approach consists of anticipating possible co-financing during the selection committee where it will be one of the favourable selection criteria.
Financial contributions from other project partners (French or otherwise) must be declared in the reply to the call for candidates. Such co-financing will be one of the favourable selection criteria.
Under the ENVI-Med regional programme, the financial contribution requested can only be for the additional costs relating to the international nature of the projects, i.e. the short-term mobility of researchers, doctoral students or post-doctoral students (travel and accommodation expenses, for a duration not exceeding 1 month), the organization of international workshops and seminars (mobility and logistics), the transportation of equipment and the relocation of experiments to a study site of common interest.
The average estimated cost of the mission allowances and travel expenses must be indicated. All other financing necessary to implement the projects, in particular with respect to equipment (with the exception of small items) and long-term grants, must be provided by the laboratories themselves or obtained from other sources.

SELECTION DETAILS AND CRITERA

Once the proposals’ eligibility have been checked, each application shall be subject to an international scientific assessment from experts in the region brought together in committees supported by MISTRALS.

A selection committee shall then convene to decide upon the accepted projects, based on the conclusions of the scientific assessment, opportunity criteria and budget availability. This committee shall be made up of representatives from the MAEE and co-financing organizations and institutes. In addition to scientific excellence, the main assessment criteria are:
-  The teams’ skills;
-  The quality of the infrastructure;
-  The project’s level of innovation;
-  The novel nature of the cooperation;
-  The benefits of creating a partnership network to conduct the project;
-  The teams’ complementarity;
-  The mutual transfer of skills;
-  The quality of integration among different countries in terms of furthering their R&D capacities;
-  The likely scientific, technological, societal or industrial consequences;
-  The effective involvement of doctoral and post-doctoral students and young researchers in mobility and the relative parity among the project participants; diversity within teams is encouraged;
-  The quality and efficiency of French and foreign co-financing.

PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION

Each project shall identify a French leading research unit that is going to administrate the grant for the other project partners.

The ENVIMED committee decides upon the amount attributed to the accepted projects following the conclusions of the assessment made by the international selection committee supported by MISTRALS.

The MAEDI funding is managed by MISTRALS, administratively supported by the CNRS (INSU) under the umbrella of CIRMED UPS850 of the CNRS, and appointed by the MAEDI for the financial implementation, according to the documents received by the leaders of the granted projects.The projects grants are allocated yearly. Therefore, the submission, by the project leader, of a progress and technical report after the first year as well as a provisional spending plan for the second year is mandatory.

The project leader shall also submit a final report including financial assessment within 3 months of the project completion. The MISTRALS and MAEDI committee refers then the right to demand a pay back of badly used sum.

The implementation and the payment of the contribution calendar for additional sponsors are defined between them and the French leading unit of the project.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Project participants shall commit to observe the best practices relating to intellectual property rules. All parties which submit projects must automatically adhere to these rules.

It is the responsibility of the selected project sponsors to finalize a partnership agreement which includes clauses on intellectual property.

RECOGNITION

The work under this tender should include ENVIMED in the acknowledgments. Posters and relating to the work and seminars posters and material should wear logos ENVIMED, MISTRALS and MAEDI downloadable at MISTRALS www.mistrals-home.org, heading ENVIMED, or sent on request to the contact address: environmental med @ mistrals -home.org

SUBMITTING THE CANDIDATE APPLICATION FORM

Application forms in French and in English are available for download:

Formulaire de candidature (français) : pdf doc
Application form (english) : pdf doc

The candidate application forms must be filled out and sent via e-mail to the special assistant for the Mediterranean at the Directorate-General of Global Affairs, Development and Partnerships (ATT/RECH), to the MISTRALS scientific delegate, as well as to the international relations directorate of the project sponsor’s or co-sponsor’s partner establishment.




MISTRALS International Conference

 






 






 




Registrations are open!

We are pleased to announce that registrations and submissions of posters are open for MISTRALS 2015 International Conference.

You can download the flyer to inform your contacts.

Go to this site: http://mistrals2015.sciencesconf.org/?lang=en


PALEOMEX : WORKSHOP REPORT

Report published in Pages, the newsletter of IGBP
Download here

Mediterranean Holocene climate and human societies

Karin Holmgren, M.-A. Sicre, A. Gogou, E. Xoplaki and J. Luterbacher
Messinia, Greece, 23-25 April 2014

Abstract: Holocene climate reveals notable changes in the Mediterranean region (e.g. Finné et al. 2011; Roberts et al. 2011). The region also bears a long history of human society dynamics, making it a suitable site for exploring interactions between climate, environment and humans over a variety of time scales (e.g. Weiss 2012; Walsh 2013; Kaniewski et al. 2013). A workshop addressing these issues took place at the Navarino Environmental Observatory (NEO), Costa Navarino, Greece. Sixty-one participants from a total of 16 countries attended. They represented a range of disciplines, including history, archeology, paleoclimatology, hydrology and modeling.

ERANETMED 1st call pre-announcement

ERANETMED

CALL PRE ANNOUNCEMENT
JOINT CALL ON Renewable Energies, Water Resources and their connections for the Mediterranean Region


ERANETMED is funded by the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme 2

The present document is a pre-announcement of the joint transnational research call of ERANETMED co-funded by the following Euro-Mediterranean countries: Algeria, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Jordan, Greece, Germany, Italy, Lebanon, Malta, Portugal, Tunisia, Turkey, Spain.

WHO CAN APPLY: Research teams from the above mentioned countries are eligible for funding, unless otherwise specified in national rules of funding agencies which will be published on the official launch of the joint call. Research teams from other countries are eligible provided that they fund their own involvement.

WHY A PRE ANNOUNCEMENT: It aims at giving sufficient time to research teams to prepare good proposals and submit them on time.

THEMES AND SCIENTIFIC SCOPE:

  • Renewable energies and energy efficiency (call identifier: JC-ENERGY-2014)
  • Water resources management (call identifier JC-WATER-2014)
  • ENERGY-WATER nexus (call identifier: JC-NEXUS-2014)

ACTIONS ADDRESSED:

  • Collaborative research
  • Innovation
  • Capacity building
  • Mobility

CROSS-CUTTING ISSUES:

  • Socio-economic
  • Governance
  • ICT
  • Gender

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • Launching of the call: 1 November 2014
  • Deadline for submission of proposals: 31 January 2015

Further information: or contact: www.eranetmed.eu infocalls@eranetmed.eu

1. About ERANETMED

The ERA-NET scheme is an instrument of the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme providing funding to improve the cooperation and coordination of national research activities and thus strengthen the European Research Area (ERA) with other regions of the world. ERANETMED is a EU FP7 initiative that aims at co-ordinating research activities of the different national research programmes from EU Members States, Associated Countries and Mediterranean Partner Countries. In particular, the ERANETMED objective is to strengthen the collaboration and common capacity of research programme owners from above countries to address some of the major challenges that the Mediterranean is facing and strengthen Euro-Mediterranean research co-operation.

2. Scope of the call

Renewable energies, water resources and their nexus are important challenges in the Mediterranean region and face common constraints and issues, while trans-national research addressed to these challenges is still highly fragmented and requires a strong co-ordination and joint-effort of countries to enhance effective and high impact research as well as innovation.

2.1 Themes and scientific scope

Projects must address only one main Theme: Renewable Energy or Water or Water-Energy Nexus. Each of the three themes must be addressed by focusing solely on one or more of the sub-themes described here after. The active participation of key industrial partners and technology suppliers is encouraged to form a multi-sector, multi-disciplinary consortium able to achieve the full impact on the theme. Awareness and innovative capacity building approaches are encouraged.

2.1.1 Renewable energies and energy efficiency (call identifier: JC-ENERGY-2014)
This theme has the overarching objective of capitalizing on local large availability of renewable sources of energy, by developing adapted packages of solutions for the sustainability of vulnerable communities, both in terms of supply and demand, in addition to promoting the well integrated penetration of renewable energy solutions in the inhabited areas, while taking into account local cultural heritage, cost-effectiveness, environmentally friendly and innovative approach. Applicants should also take in consideration pressing challenges related to energy security, efficiency, supply and climate change.
a. Hybrid renewable energy system integration
The objective is to support development and demonstration activities in the area of the integration of renewable energy sources to the electric utility. Hybrid integration of those technologies should be adapted to provide cost effective solutions to the increasing energy demand in the Mediterranean area. Different configurations can be considered to increase the efficiency, power availability, flexibility, dispatchability, energy storage, etc. Projects will have to demonstrate the potential in these respects and will have to prove the concepts at least at demonstration or laboratory scale. The project should enhance the shared technology development between EU and Mediterranean researchers. Efficient hybridisation of two or more renewable energy systems, CSP, PV, Wind, Marine, Biomass and Biofuel is expected to broaden substantially the deployment area of renewable energy technology.ERANETMED is funded by the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme 3 Proposals with a clear plan for the commercial exploitation of the developed technology are preferred. Outcomes should also focus on reliability and increased system stabilisation and efficiency energy supply to minimise the effects of system failures.
b. Smart Micro-grids
Proposals should address demonstration of concepts for active micro-grid networks enabling the integration of increased numbers of small and medium-size distributed energy resources. Each successful project should test a specific concept at a single demonstration site under realistic conditions of inhabitants and users. The active participation of key partners from Mediterranean electricity utility and technology suppliers and authorities is highly encouraged to have impact on this topic. Applicants should also consider reducing the impact on the environment by relying on low-carbon energy resources (photovoltaic, wind, and concentrated solar power) that are either already in place or planned to be deployed in parallel with other initiatives.
c. Renewable energy and energy efficiency for smart and rural communities
The main objective is to increase and improve access to innovative, affordable and sustainable energy services for rural area by focusing on accessible renewable energy solutions as well as on energy efficiency measures. The development of closer and long-term links among the different Euro-Mediterranean stakeholders from research, industry and business sectors will foster technology and know-how sharing to solve bottlenecks of Mediterranean energy systems.

2.1.2 Water resources management (call identifier JC-WATER-2014)
This theme must be addressed in the context of global change, particularly demographic, climate, new trends of water yields and availability. The problem related to water quality, water tariffs and economic aspects are also key as well as implication with policy and governance.
a. Integrated water management from the catchment to coastal zone
The scope is Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) from catchment – basin to coastal zone, thus account for both inland and coastal zone water resources, the multiple use of waters and the interlinks with basin scale socio-economic activities, policy and governance. In the coastal zone, coastal surface and ground-water quality as well as salinity in estuaries and lagoons due to changes of river flows caused by irrigation, hydropower and water supply should be addressed. Applicant should also address catchment-basin scale land use changes in relation to water quality and quantity, reservoir management, intense agricultural activities as well as urban and industrial development depleting water resources and contaminating water. One important impact expected is a substantial contribution to policy and governance, ensuring the sustainable management of water resources at catchment to basin scale, also establishing a systematic process of developing, allocating and monitoring the use of water resources. Therefore, it is expected that different management bodies should start to work together in order to find common approaches and tools to enhance good governance.
b. Integrated water use efficiency
The main objective is the development of new research and possibly enhancing new technologies in water use efficiency in the whole chain, from supply to end-users, coping with water scarcity, climate, water yields and water quality. Research will have to address ERANETMED is funded by the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme 4 water saving for different uses from civil to agricultural and industrial while identifying best water management practices to improve efficiency, increase water productivity, promoting the use non-conventional water resources and identifying appropriate measures to face extreme events and conditions.
c. Water reuse in agriculture
The applicants should address the re-use of treated municipal waste water as well other low-quality water resources and its impact on future water availability. More specifically the objective is to foster innovative research on waste water treatment technology and re-use in agriculture accounting for public health, land management and environment. In addition, applicants should address most relevant constraints and barriers to the social acceptance, public awareness, socio-economic aspects including pricing and tariffs and the problems related to building good policies and governance.
d. Water desalination
The objective is to identify ways for developing adequate technologies or optimising existing technology for desalination accounting for cost-energy effective and environmentally friendly schemes. Social and political awareness and adequate governance should be addressed as a key for the successful and sustainable development desalination.

2.1.3 ENERGY-WATER nexus (call identifier: JC-NEXUS-2014)
Applicant could also decide to address energy and water issues in the same project. The objective is to develop research and enhance new innovative approaches and technologies in order to maximise the energy efficiency and use of renewable energy accounting for the reduction of impact on natural water yields. Equally, the applicant should address ways to increase efficiency of water systems (including conventional and non-conventional water systems) through adequate energy saving and renewable energy technology development and application. Proposals should also explore and indicate ways to reduce impact on fossil energy sources and emissions through a better water and energy management. It is of paramount importance to take into account different socio-economic, cultural, geographical, climate and policy/governance framework conditions. Applications in rural and marginal areas are encouraged.

2.2 Actions addressed

Four types of collaborative activities – “actions” – can be funded by this call: Collaborative research, Innovation, Capacity Building and Mobility. These actions include the following targets and specific activities:
a. Collaborative research. The collaborative research is a joint undertaking by a partnership of institutions (“consortium”) designed to produce new knowledge through scientific research, whereby each team within the partnership actively pursues specific task objectives with a view to pooling the results to contribute to the achievement of a set of common, well-defined project objectives. Collaborative research should take into account to develop an impact, demand and policy driven research, also accounting the inclusion of SMEs and enhancing innovation.
b. Innovation, including prototype development and demonstration actions. In particular, it is a joint undertaking by a partnership of institutions (“consortium”) designed to bridge the gap between the outcomes of research projects and commercialisation, by supporting activities related to the first application and further market uptake of innovative techniques, processes, products or services, and helping overcome barriers that could hamper their commercial success.
c. Capacity building, it is a joint undertaking by a partnership of institutions (“consortium”) designed to assist relevant organisations to improve their capacities and/or their enabling environment for research and innovation. Activities should target the strengthening of institutional capacities, rather than individual capacities. If combined with Mobility, it could target strengthening of individual capacity of young researchers through individual grants, bursaries and scholarships.
d. Mobility, mainly based on supporting grants to young researchers from MPCs/AC to develop post-graduate studies linked with funded projects.

As a basic condition, all projects must be collaborative research projects. Therefore, it will be mandatory for each proposal to include at least action a) (Collaborative research). Applicants are encouraged to propose collaborative projects including at least another of the above actions (b,c,d) provided that the national funder covers such action.

2.3 Cross-cutting issues

Applicants are encouraged to take into account for their research important cross-cutting issues, particularly: socio-economic, governance, ICT and gender.

2.4 Participation rules

2.4.1 Applicants
Applicants must be eligible for funding according to the regulations of their respective national Funding Parties. They can represent research and higher education entities, companies, and other legal entities such as NGOs, once again subject to institutional restrictions set by individual Funding Parties (more details and national rules will be published with the official launch of the call on November 1st, 2014)

2.4.2 Consortia
The project consortium must comprise project partners from at least 3 different countries whose Funding Agencies contribute to the 1st Joint Call, of which at least one from an EU Member State/Associated Country and one from a Mediterranean Partner Country. The Project Consortium designates a Project Coordinator which must belong to an entity legally established in one of the countries funding this Joint Call.

2.5 Duration

The duration of a project can range between 24 and 36 months.

2.6 Funding

The funding of an individual proposal will depend on the nature and duration of the proposed activities and must be justified in terms of the resources needed to achieve the objectives of the project. The funding requested should therefore be realistically adjusted to the actual needs of the proposal, taking into account synergies with any other funds available.

3. Submission of Proposals

This call is a one step call, which implies the direct submission of a full proposal.



ENVIMED 2013 Results

The list of projects selected under the call for proposals ENVI-Med 2013 is now available at MISTRALS website. The selection committee, composed of representatives of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and MISTRALS international and interdisciplinary metaprogram, based their decisions upon international assessments conducted by research government agencies in participating countries, scientific departments of embassies of France to these countries and independent experts mobilized by relevant thematic CNRS institutes (i.e. INEE, INSHS, INSU).

Projects references are listed as: Acronym // Project full name // Coordinator // Countries involved

AdOc : Diversité et adaptation des octocoralliaires méditerranéens au changement climatique : Didier AURELLE : Algérie, Turquie

BITE : Boron Isotopes and Trace Elements in Mediterranean coral skeletons and coccolithophorid calcite: Tools to reconstruct the evolution of pH and seawater temperature. : Paolo MONTAGNA, Eric DOUVILLE, Marie-Alexandrine SICRE, : Espagne, Italie, Tunisie

CLIHMag : Changement climatique et Impacts Hydrologiques au Maghreb : Denis RUELLAND, Yves TRAMBLAY : Maroc, Tunisie

COMECOM : COntaminants Métalliques dans l’Environnement COtier Méditerranéen : Olivier RADAKOVITCH : Algérie, Croatie, Liban, Italie

CyAr : Cyprus Aerosols and Gas Precursors (CyAr): Sources, ageing and radiative forcing. A contribution to the ChArMEx Mediterranean Aerosol network. : Jean SCIARE : Chypre, Liban, Turquie

MedNEFRIT : Mediterranean Network of Environmental Forcing Records In Travertines : Elisabeth GIBERT : Espagne, Turquie

MED-MaHb : The Mediterranean Sea mass and heat budget: Understanding its forcing, uncertainties and time evolution. : Karina VON SCHUCKMANN : Espagne, Israel, Italie

Paleo-Delta : Paléoenvironnement et géoarchéologie du delta de la Medjerda : Jean-Philippe GOIRAN : Espagne, Italie, Royaume-Uni, Tunisie

SOMBA : Système d’Observation à la Mer du Bassin Algérien : Laurent MORTIER : Algérie, Espagne, Italie

TRACOMED : TRansfer of Atmospheric COntaminants to the MEDiterranean Sea : Dominique AUBERT : Grèce, Israël, Turquie

TRANSMED-Charmex : TRANSport Emissions and Mitigation in the East meDiterranean : Agnès BORBON : Chypre, Egypte, Liban, Turquie

ENVI-MED Regional Programme : 2nd CALL For PROPOSALS

1. THE ENVI-MED REGIONAL PROGRAMME

The ENVI-Med regional programme is a French cooperation initiative for countries in the Mediterranean Basin designed to encourage and strengthen high-level scientific and technological cooperation in the region as well as research networking on sustainable development and understanding the environmental processes of the Mediterranean Basin. In partnership with France, the programme is focused on Mediterranean rim countries, and contributes to the regional integration of their research.

MANAGEMENT

As part of the process created by the internationalization of the interdisciplinary and interorganizational MISTRALS metaprogramme, the French component of which is co-run by the 13 other research bodies – ADEME, BRGM, CEA, CIRAD, CNES, CNRS, IFP, IFREMER, INRA, IRD, IRSN, IRSTEA, Météo-France, with CNRS in charge of the scientific coordination – and in collaboration with their Mediterranean partners. The programme is implemented by the Directorate-General of Global Affairs, Development and Partnerships (DGM) of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE), together with the executive bureau of MISTRALS and the CNRS Office for the Mediterranean.

Managed by the MISTRALS programme platform and the French Development Agency (AFD), this programme is run in cooperation with:

  • the science and technology departments and cooperation and cultural action departments of French Embassies in Mediterranean rim countries;
  • research organizations and higher-education institutions and their representation offices in the Mediterranean;
  • scientific and institutional partners or research operators in the Mediterranean.

AIM

The aim of this call for proposals is to trigger and support the internationalization of scientific research in the Mediterranean in synergy with the themes of MISTRALS.

IMPLEMENTATION STRATEGY

The programme aims to encourage discussions and initiate multilateral cooperation by supporting the mobility of researchers as part of joint research projects and seminars, workshops and regional scientific conferences.

ENVI-Med must therefore allow the:

  • Presentation of the offer of French partnership in the field of the environmental processes in the Mediterranean Basin, in particular with a view to shared sustainable development;
  • Selection and funding of basic and applied research programmes and regionally-oriented scientific meetings between France and at least two Mediterranean countries, including at least one non-EU country;
  • Encouragement of future participation in other regional and multilateral programmes in this domain and area (programmes from the European Union, African Union, Union for the Mediterranean, Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (Association of Universities of the Francophonie) etc.

2. TIMEFRAME FOR THE 2nd CALL FOR PROPOSALS

  • Launch of the call for proposals: June 15, 2013
  • Deadline for submitting applications: September 15, 2013
  • Project assessment, selection and notification: December 15, 2013

The application form will be available in English and in French on the MISTRALS website: www.mistrals-home.org

3. INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMPLETING AND SENDING THE APPLICATION FORM

PRIORITIES AND THEMES

The call is open to all subjects in the fields of research and development linked to understanding the environmental processes of the Mediterranean Basin.

Priority will be given to projects which contribute to the networking of institutions, laboratories, facilities, stations, observatories and study sites.

The following themes promoted by MISTRALS are particularly encouraged:

  • The study of climate change and the interactions between climate, societies and civilizations in the Mediterranean region;
  • The Mediterranean water cycle, evolution of climate variability as well as the origin and the forecasting of intense hydro-meteorological events ;
  • The evolution of marine bio-geochemistry under the pressure of natural changes and of human-induced, socioeconomic impacts, and their effects on marine biodiversity and ecosystems;
  • The study of the atmospheric composition to anticipate its evolution and its effects on regional climate, air quality and marine & continental bio-geochemistry;
  • The identification, analysis, and prediction of natural hazards – earthquakes, volcanism, landslides – and of geophysical resources – mainly water;
  • Biodiversity monitoring and the study of its vulnerability under climate and human impacts;
  • The evolution of urban and rural areas – social, economic, biotechnical dynamics – due to climate change.

These themes are intentionally broad to adjust to the priorities and interests of all the partners. They were defined following an integrative approach seeking scientific collaboration. They are connected to the research themes of MISTRALS, in which numerous scientific communities in the Mediterranean are involved. They also take into account the recommendations of the MISTRALS International Workshop that was held in Malta in 2011, gathering scientists and decision makers of the region, as well as the institutional dialogue that has followed up.

NATURE AND DURATION OF THE PROJECT

Each project must have a research component and can include innovation and/or training components.

Project duration is set for two years.

Financing is allocated on a yearly basis. A top-up payment at the beginning of the second year (the amount of which may be reassessed) shall be subject to the submission of an interim report by the project coordinator and its approval by the programme bodies.

ELIGIBILIGY CRITERIA

Projects from the ENVI-Med programme are aimed at public and private research units and laboratories, attached to higher-education institutions, research organizations or companies. Private sector involvement is encouraged, as is participation from socio-economic and civil society actors.

Each project must be submitted in synergy with a French or foreign participant involved in one of the MISTRALS themes, to which the project relates. This is reported in the application, which should include a signature from this person or a letter attesting this prior agreement.

Each project must link at least one French research team, including teams attached to French research units based abroad, with at least two teams from two different Mediterranean countries, at least one of which must be a non-EU state.

PROJECT FINANCING PLAN

The amount allocated via ENVI-Med must not exceed a total of €20,000 per project. Financing is granted on an annual basis.

The consolidated budgets submitted must set out the projected income (sources and amounts) and the planned expenditure for each year of the project.

The French project holders will contact the international relations directorate of their partner organization or of their laboratory’s host university before submitting their project, and that of the selection committee in order to present their project. This approach consists of anticipating possible co-financing during the selection committee where it will be one of the favourable selection criteria.

Financial contributions from other project partners (French or otherwise) must be declared in the applications to the call. The MAE/MISTRALS funding of ENVI-Med grants complements other funding that the project holders will secure, in collaboration with their partner institutions. The national institutions granting funds for projects they support will thus be fully involved in the evaluation of the projects, hence their selection.

Under the ENVI-Med regional programme, the financial contribution can only be requested for the additional costs relating to the international nature of the projects, i.e. the short-term mobility of researchers, doctoral students or post-doctoral students (travel and accommodation expenses), the organization of international workshops and seminars (mobility and logistics), the transportation of equipment and the relocation of experiments to a study site of common interest. The average estimated cost of the mission allowances and travel expenses must be indicated. All other financing necessary to implement the projects, in particular with respect to equipment (with the exception of small items) and long-term grants must be provided by the laboratories themselves or obtained from other sources.

SELECTION DETAILS AND CRITERA

Once checked the proposals’ eligibility, each application shall be subject to an international scientific assessment from experts in the region brought together in committees supported by MISTRALS.

A selection committee shall then convene to decide upon the accepted projects, based on the conclusions of the scientific assessment, opportunity criteria and budget availability. This committee shall be made up of representatives from the MAE and co-financing organizations and institutes.

In addition to scientific excellence, the main assessment criteria are:

  • The teams’ skills;
  • The quality of the infrastructure;
  • The project’s level of innovation;
  • The novel nature of the cooperation;
  • The benefits of creating a partnership network to conduct the project;
  • The teams’ complementarity;
  • The mutual transfer of skills;
  • The quality of integration among different countries in terms of furthering their R&D capacities;
  • The likely scientific, technological, societal or industrial consequences;
  • The effective involvement of doctoral and post-doctoral students and young researchers in mobility and the relative parity among the project participants; diversity within teams is encouraged;
  • The quality and efficiency of French and foreign co-financing.

PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION

Each project shall identify a French leading research unit that is going to receive and administrate the MAE/MISTRALS grant for the other project partners.

The selection committee, the MAE and the executive bureau of MISTRALS decide upon the amount attributed to the accepted (1st year) or reconducted (2nd year) projects following the conclusions of the assessment made by the international selection committee, including French Embassies in partner countries.

The MAE/MISTRALS funding for ENVI-Med is paid by MISTRALS (accounting unit CIRMED, UPS 850), administratively supported by the CNRS (INSU) under the umbrella of the inter-organisms committee, and appointed by the MAE for the financial implementation.

The projects grants are allocated yearly. Therefore, the payment of the MAE/MISTRALS financial contribution for the second year will follow the submission, by the project leader, of a progress and technical report after the first year as well as a provisional spending plan for the second year. The project leader shall also submit a final report including financial assessment within 3 months of the project completion. The MAE and MISTRALS refers then the right to demand a pay back of any unemployed or badly used sum. The implementation and the payment of the contribution calendar for additional sponsors are defined between them and the French leading unit of the project.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Project participants shall commit to observe the best practices relating to intellectual property rules. All parties which submit projects must automatically adhere to these rules.

It is the responsibility of the selected project sponsors to finalize a partnership agreement which includes clauses on intellectual property.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

All tasks performed in the framework of this call shall mention ENVI-Med in their acknowledgements.

Posters and other displays related to the research conducted and tp workshops or seminars shall also include the ENVI-Med, MAE and MISTRALS logos, available for download on MISTRALS website www.mistrals-home.org (ENVI-Med section) or on request by email : envi-med@mistrals-home.org

SUBMITTING THE CANDIDATE APPLICATION FORM / CONTACT

Application forms in French and in English are available for download:

Text of the call for proposals : pdf  
Formulaire de candidature (français) : pdf doc
Application form (english) : pdf doc

The candidate application forms must be filled out and sent via e-mail to envi-med@mistrals-home.org

Preferably, applications would be in French with an abstract in English. Applications can also be submitted in English, but including a detailed summary in French.



ENVI-Med CALL FOR PROPOSALS

ENVI-Med programme aims to support the internationalization of research in the Mediterranean, to strengthen the high-level collaborations with Mediterranean countries on the basis of mutual benefit and to contribute to the regional integration of the least developed countries in all aspects of the field of study of Mediterranean Basin operation by promoting excellence in research and support for Euro-Mediterranean scientific communities.
ENVI-Med aims to initiate multilateral cooperation by supporting the mobility of researchers as part of joint research projects and seminars, workshops and regional scientific conferences.
The programme is focused on Mediterranean countries in partnership with France.
To download the call for proposal and the application form, please go to the ENVI-Med page on this website.

ANR TRANSMED

The ANR TRANSMED "Transdisciplinary Research on the Future of the Mediterranean" was launched onn January 26, 2012.

The aim of this ANR is to improve significantly our knowledge of the future interactions between the societies and the environments throughout the Circum Mediterranean.

Applications are open in the following 11 areas:

  • Axis 1: Demography and influence on the economy and society
  • Axis 2: International Mobility
  • Axis 3: Cultures, identities, values​​, religions: interactions of civilization
  • Axis 4: Future of Tourism: tensions and positive developments
  • Area 5: The coast: concentration area of impacts
  • Theme 6: Protection of the ecosystems
  • Pillar 7: Which long-term food security?
  • Principle 8: Food and Health
  • Axis 9: Which energy changes for the region?
  • Axis 10: The Future of the Sea
  • Pin 11: A systemic crisis of the Mediterranean and its exit routes

You are invited to refer the site of the ANR for further information. HERE

MISTRALS General Assembly

The MISTRALS General Assembly will be held in Malta on the historic campus of the University of Malta in Valletta, March 13, 2012. This meeting follows the international launch of MISTRALS, in the continuity of the Malta Declaration proclaimed in April 2011. The meeting will be devoted to the positioning of partner countries in the co-construction of MISTRALS.

The Mediterranean: an ecosystem at risk

The english version of the special issue of the "Journal du CNRS" dedicated to the Mediterranean is now available in english in the CNRS international magazine - No.23 of October 2011.

HERE

You will find in this special issue interviews done during the MISTRALS International Workshop held in Malta last spring, and more about research programmes concerning the mediterranean in environmental sciences.

..."From climate change and pollution to population growth, loss of biodiversity, and growing scarcity of natural resources, the Mediterranean Basin is under considerable pressure. CNRS International Magazine focuses on this region and the challenges it faces"...



CNRS magazine special issue on the Mediterranean

You will find in this special issue interviews done during the MISTRALS International Workshop held in Malta last spring, and more about research programmes concerning the mediterranean in environmental sciences. This issue is in french, an english one will be published in october 2011.

cnrs le journal - N°258 - 259 juillet - août 2011

To read online or download HERE (click on READ MORE to have access to the active link)