Pools Engagement in European Research

The Scottish Government has provided funds for the research pools to extend their participation in Horizon 2020 projects.


The main purpose of PEER is to support pools and promote an increase in the following two areas of activity:

  • to submit applications for European funding under the Horizon 2020; and as part of that process
  • to engage and build partnerships with Scottish SMEs.

The European Officers within the partner institutions should be the initial key contacts to provide the relevant guidance and support.

Scotland Europa can be a point of contact to help research pools engage with Europe. http://www.scotlandeuropa.com/

Pools may use the services of Interface to match-up with a business, where this is possible. http://www.interface-online.org.uk/3

The funding will assist in preparing proposals to secure Horizon 2020 funding. The funding will off-set non-recoverable costs involved in preparing Horizon 2020 proposals at the pre-award stages.

Background to Horizon 2020 Programme

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020). Background to the Horizon2020 programme can be found at: http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/

Next steps - Action Plans

Each pool must prepare its own plan for exploiting PEER to secure European funding. The plan must be made available to all partner institutions within the pool and should:

  • define the pool’s strategy for European engagement;
  • outline what support will be offered to partners in any bid to secure Scottish SME engagement; and
  • outline how consortia from within the pool can access the PEER funds held by the pool.

General Information

  1. These funds are available to pools acting as partners and co-ordinators in Horizon 2020 proposals.
  2. The funds can be used flexibly across all research themes to enable the pools to benefit fully.
  3. Pools will be allowed to submit joint pooling bids, e.g. SULSA and ScotCHEM or partner institutions within different pools may submit joint bids.

Eligible and Ineligible Costs

Eligible Costs

Eligible costs will include:

  • all additional costs incurred as a result of putting together and/or negotiating a Horizon 2020 proposal;
  • staff and/or services time employed specifically for the purpose of submitting and/or negotiating a Horizon 2020 proposal – these costs may be included in proportion to each project’s use of this expertise; and travel and subsistence costs may be included only for the staff of the institution involved in the proposal and should be calculated at the rates normally applied by the institution.

Ineligible Costs

The funding must not be used:

  • for attendances at conferences, training seminars or the like; and general overhead expenses are not included.

Further information & Contact

If you have any questions about this funding stream, please contact in the first instance:

Judith E Halliday
NRP Administrator
School of Engineering, Physics and Maths
University of Dundee
Email: j.e.z.halliday@dundee.ac.uk
Phone: 01382 386559

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