A CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATION AND A FRUITFUL DIALOGUE
The Mid-term meeting/review is an event where the consortium (all EScoDNA members) will be assessed on the fulfilment of all aspects (scientific, research training, management, etc.) described in Annex 1 of the GA. The Mid-term meeting must only last one working day.
Particular attention is paid to the training activities and networking aspects including activities across different sectors. As such, the review is not just a scientific evaluation of the Network nor should it be the first point at which problems are brought to the attention of the REA. It should be understood as a constructive dialogue between the network participants and the REA project officer and is a valuable source of feedback to both the consortium and the REA.
The project coordinator, the scientists in charge, the representatives of the Associated Partners (if any), as well as the appointed Early Stage and Experienced Researchers (ESRs/ERs) must attend the meeting.
Issues to be considered for the project assessment:
- Is the collaborative research being focused on the objectives set out in Annex I?
- Are all the teams contributing to the project as foreseen in Annex I?
- Is there meaningful working co-operation between the teams?
Research Training Programme
- Is it in line with the plan as established in Annex I?
- Are all the fellows being satisfactorily integrated in the project?
- Are they being given sufficient opportunities to interact with Network researchers outside their own team?
Are there appropriate secondment opportunities available?
- Is the complementarity and multidisciplinarity being sufficiently exploited within the Network in its training programme?
- Is sufficient complementary training (e.g. presentational skills, language skills) being organised both by the Network and by the individual research teams?
- Are Associated Partners involved in the training/secondment activities?
- Industry exposure
- Appointment of fellows to date as foreseen by the Grant Agreement?
- Are the fellows sufficiently informed about their role and the role of the other participants?
- Are they aware of all the allowances they are entitled to?
- Are they also aware about the possibilities offered to them via networking (e.g. to attend network meetings, secondments etc.)?
- Are all the fellows recruited under an employment contract?
- Is the organisation of the Network and the distribution of tasks between the teams well adapted?
- Is the Network co-ordinator demonstrating the necessary scientific and organisational competence?
- Is full advantage being taken of modern communication and Internet-based services?
- Has the necessary decision-making structure been established within the network?
- Are all the participants aware of the basic rules (e.g. eligibility criteria, allowable costs etc.)?