Pilot call – Integrated Coastal Zone Management and Water Management
The first CIRCLE MED pilot joint call to establish transnational collaborative research projects is dedicated to integrated coastal zone management and water management. A requisite of the MED Call was that research proposals were to include researchers from contributing countries, but also had to associate researchers belonging to other countries sharing Mediterranean coastline. The five CIRCLE-MED partners agreed to pay not only for their own national researchers, but also for researchers of non EU countries, for instance by means of subcontracts of national laboratories. (see also CIRCLE-MED funding scheme)
Funding pledges initially summed up to 2.15 million Euros. By the cut-off date (12 Oct. 2007), sixteen proposals were received, representing a request of 3.46 million Euros. Proposals were first sent to scientific reviewers. A Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) then met in order to harmonize ratings across the reviewers and achieve consensual evaluation. Only projects passing all scientific thresholds were submitted to the next step. The Call Steering Committee met, ranked the project according to their relevance for national stakeholders, and recommended what projects to fund. Blue Plan assisted the Call Steering Committee by giving insights on regional relevance. As requests from institutions did not match national pledges, solutions were found among the five institutions in a cooperative manner. Finally eight projects were selected for a total budget of 1,65 M€. These projects associate research bodies from France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Israel, Morocco, Tunisia, Croatia, and Albania.
A Kickoff Meeting of the Call took place in Rome, Italy on November 13th and 14th 2008 (Kickoff Meeting report). The Mid Term seminar took place in Lisbon, Portugal on November 18th and 19th 2009 (MidTerm Seminar summary), and the final conference took place in Aix-en-Provence in France on March 22-23, 2011. (Final conference proceedings)