Traineeship from 01 September 2013 to 28 February 2014.
At the start of his traineeship, Léonard Mouny had a bachelor in International Affairs and was completing a Masters in International Affairs and Governance at the University of St. Gallen. During his time at SwissCore, he dedicated half of his time to operational support and used the other 50% to draft a research paper on thematic decision trees for applicants in Horizon 2020. You can find the executive summary hereunder.
Decision model for Horizon 2020
Horizon 2020, the European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation from 2014 to 2020, strongly differs from previous framework programmes. The interdisciplinary challenge-based approach, the number of funding instruments and the inclusion of actions covering both fundamental research and close-to-market activities make it difficult to identify the right set of funding opportunities for potential participants, from academia or industry. This report provides a decision model assisting research support organisations to identify the best opportunity in Horizon 2020.
The model developed in this work relies on a decision tree that routs the user to a call for proposals in Horizon 2020 through maximally four questions. The decision tree considers the needs and background of the applicant, the position of its research and innovation project between fundamental research and close-to-market activities, its administrative interests and personal objectives. The decision model asks a series of question at each node, which will determine a subset of relevant opportunities. A strength of model is that it moves away to a certain extent from the structure and jargon of Horizon 2020 and links calls for proposals to very specific research areas. The links and the decision models have ultimately been built on 'thematic matrices' which list of calls for proposals for 2014 and 2015 in Horizon 2020 for broad thematic fields. In this work we developed matrices for Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and health. The thematic matrices can be expanded to other fields at a later stage.
A key element of the decision model are Technology Readiness Levels (TRL), and how they are linked to funding opportunities in Horizon 2020. We defined three categories linked to TRL, namely 'concept development', 'proof of principle' and 'proof of performance', which were detrimental. Nevertheless, the fact that the calls for proposals are distributed across the three categories makes it possible to use the model only in conjunction with the other parameters we introduced. We finally provide a set of recommendations describing how the model could be improved and what complementarities and synergies exist with other tools such as the opportunity finder.
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