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AAPE2016 - Call for Flagship Projects 2016

Call for Flagship Projects 2016

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before noon on April 22, 2016


LabEx NUMEV aims to build bridges between the “hard sciences” (Mathematics, Informatics/Computer Sciences, Physics, Systems) and life and environmental sciences with a view to creating an interdisciplinary cluster with international visibility. While LabEx NUMEV clearly plays a key role within the regional scientific context (its research carries significant weight in the agronomy, life, environmental and health sectors), it also forms part of a sociological reality and a regional innovation strategy, seeking to be an influencer at national and international levels. LabEx NUMEV aims to make a substantial contribution to the scientific and societal challenges concerning resource management, interactions between society and the environment, human health and global change. One of the core aims of LabEx NUMEV is therefore to break down barriers surrounding research in the "hard sciences" by building on the numerous existing collaborations and involving research teams and units in direct interaction with the other teams on the site (agronomy, environment, life and health). Since LabEx NUMEV was created, more than hundred projects have been emerged, fostering interaction and forging links between the academic communities concerned. The results obtained and recognised in the mid-term review clearly demonstrate that these objectives have been achieved. To reinforce this action, LabEx NUMEV is launching a Call for Flagship-type Projects (Call for Flagship Projects, abbreviated to AAPE in French for Appel A Projets Etendards), the aim of which is to select a limited number of scientific programmes to promote projects with great potential in terms of research, training and development, and with a long life span (until LabEx comes to an end in late 2019). These projects therefore clearly aim to provide a structure for the scientific community on site within the scope of LabEx NUMEV. They will form part of a clear and structured partnership with actors in the fields of the environment and/or life. Thus Flagship projects will contribute to major changes in the scientific, technical and economic fields at the interface of MIPS (Mathematics, Physics, Informatics/Computer Science and Systems) and agronomy - environment - health. These projects should be consistent with the scientific objectives of the four generic focus topics and/or four integrated projects at LabEx NUMEV.

 
For the project to be eligible, the project leader must be part of a member laboratory of the LabEx NUMEV (relevant Research Units/Teams: EUROMOV, IES, IMAG, LIRMM, LMGC, LUPM, L2C, MISTEA, INRIA teams: CAMIN (formerly DEMAR), Graphik, Lemon, Virtual Plants, Zenith). Each flagship project should emerge from the NUMEV community; it is therefore necessary that one or more members of this community lead the project.
 
 

The Flagship Projects should meet the following conditions:

  • a strong structuring effect throughout the (multi-partner) Montpellier site, targeting the scientific objectives of LabEx NUMEV, and proposing a unifying innovative research project with a long life span (36 months),
  • a transformative effect (comparison “before and after”) enabling the research to be positioned as vital at national and international level,
  • national and international visibility, creating a momentum with recognised research centers,
  • a clear and measurable impact on training,
  • potential for leveraging or service provision, including interactions with socio-economic actors.

 

The projects will be subject to a specific evaluation process, involving external rapporteurs. They will be examined on the following criteria:

  • Scientific quality: the coherence and quality of the scientific proposal, scientific ambitions and/or technological limitations to overcome, positioning vis-à-vis the state of the art, innovative methodology developed to achieve the objectives.
     
  • Project positioning: the strategic nature of the project with respect to the scientific objectives of LabEx NUMEV, originality and innovation, the transformative power of the project, national and international visibility and appeal.
     
  • The quality of the consortium: the complementarity of the consortium, mobilisation of skills to achieve the scientific objectives, scientific expertise of the project leader and ability to manage a flagship project (it is recommended that the project leader or co-leader are qualified to direct research and accredited with the French Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches).
     
  • Leverage: ability to mobilise socio-economic actors or suggest leveraging and service provision activities, dissemination initiatives: publications, patents, prototypes, and partnership developments.
     
  • Impact on training: impact of the Flagship Project on training, specific training that could be affected, development of training for the site, potential impact at national and international level.
     
  • Budget: appropriateness of budget in terms of scientific objectives, the project’s leverage effect for obtaining additional funding. For information, the budget of a flagship project may initially be around 300K€, although additions may be made later based on the progress of the project.
 

Please note that the selected Flagship Projects will be regularly monitored by the LabEx NUMEV CPS (Conseil Pédagogique et Scientifique - Scientific and Pedagogical Council) with regard to all of these criteria. We recommend that project leaders highlight the milestones and deliverables as precisely as possible.

 

Under the terms of the agreement enacted by the regulating bodies and the French National Research Agency (ANR), the resources made available to LabEx will finance 100% of the expenditure involved in this call for projects, including:

  • doctoral contracts (starting before 15 December 2016), months for post-doctoral students and research engineers,
  • months for visiting scientists,
  • operating costs (small equipment, internship stipends, missions),
  • equipment,
  • scientific events to increase international visibility,
  • training-related actions: new courses, special seminars for students, student projects, training-related costs (student missions, specific equipment, operating costs).

The calendar for the 2016 AAPE is as follows:

  • Submission of final projects before noon on 22 April 2016.
  • Laboratory Directors Visa before Friday, April 29, 2016.
  • From 22 April to 1 June 2016, evaluation and shortlisting.
  • From 1 June to 15 June 2016, interviews with shortlisted candidates.
  • Results to be announced between 15 June and 1 July.
  • Project launch in September 2016.

The projects are to be submitted in the enclosed format to LabEx NUMEV by email at Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser. before noon on April 22, 2016 with the subject line [NUMEV][AAPE] and file name AAPE2016_LEADER’S-SURNAME-Leader’s-first-name.pdf You will find enclosed a model to guide you in the drafting process. The file should not exceed 15 pages (excluding bibliographical references, the detailed list of participants ans their role, CV project leader/co-leader) and must be written in English.

 

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Please find below a summary of the scientific topics of LabEx NUMEV and the contact details for its various Focus Generic Topics and Integrated Projects.


Appendix – The Scientific Topics of LabEx NUMEV

LabEx NUMEV aims to build bridges between the “hard sciences” (Mathematics, Informatics/Computer Sciences, Physics, Systems) and life and environmental sciences with a view to creating an interdisciplinary cluster with international visibility. The development of a "Research-Training-Transfer" momentum will contribute to major developments in science, technology and the economy at the interface of MIPS and agronomy, environment and health: virtualisation and digitisation for life and environmental sciences and technological contributions to health.
 
Two levels of action have been chosen, the first corresponding to generic focus groups able to develop methods and tools for addressing fundamental issues raised by other fields (agronomy-environment-biodiversity-life and health), the second involving integrated projects, more specifically targeted but likely to achieve more immediate impacts in social-economic terms.
 
LabEx NUMEV is thus organised into four Generic Focus Topics and 4 integrated projects.
 
As a reminder, the four generic topics are:
1) Modelling: Any theoretical or digital approach that focuses on representations of the physical world that can be applied to the environment and life, whether this concerns original developments or implementation in a new context: mechanisms of life, properties of plant materials and systems, microbes and pathogens, environmental processes, environmental protection.
2) Model and measurement systems: Experimental systems for understanding life and the environment; natural systems: granular materials, wood, blood, wheat, water etc.; characterisation of multi-scale mechanical behaviours; model systems: identifying general mechanisms governing the physical behaviour of living systems and the environment irrespective of the intrinsic complexity of natural objects; development of original instruments for the observation of the environment and life.
3) Algorithms and Computations: The "Algorithms and Computations" focus topic explores algorithms and calculation methods that can process the exponentially increasing quantities of environmental and life data. This involves analysing or developing efficient models and algorithms for big and/or complex data processing with relevance to health, agronomy, and geography.
4) Scientific data: This focus group studies "Big Data", in order to extract, represent and manage knowledge associated with large volumes of data relating to the environment and life systems. It therefore concerns the different specificities associated with the 3Vs of "Big Data": Volume (huge quantities of data), Variety (heterogeneous data such as text, time series, satellite pictures, sensor networks, social networks, etc.) and Velocity (data increasingly available in the form of flows, but also awareness of the necessity to drive this forward). The purpose of this work is to propose appropriate new approaches to facilitate prediction, recommendations and support for decision-making. 
 
The 4 Integrated Projects are:
1) Environmental monitoring: Investigate and implement new sensors and associated mobile resources for the observation of ecosystems and agricultural and urban systems.
2) Nervous system disorders: Neurophysiological investigations and behavioural studies into sensory-motor skills (modelling, observation and stimulation); neuroplasticity (understanding the mechanisms and development of accelerators).
3) DNA and Genomes: mathematical, physical and IT modelling of DNA, its operations and its structure, information content and evolution; methods and algorithms for processing and analysing genomic and post-genomic data; innovative applications with high societal impact in biology, health, agronomy and agribusiness, and the environment.
4) Blood as a complex object: Modelling of bio-chemical-mechanical aspects of normal and pathological blood (micro and/or macro approach, haemolysis, thrombosis, platelet activation, rheology); optimisation of medical devices; development of innovative therapeutic strategies.
 

Project leaders may contact the directors or the leaders of the relevant focus groups or integrated projects if they so wish:

 

Leader

Co-leader

La Directors

Lionel TORRES

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Andréa PARMEGGAINI

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Modeling Focus Group

Joseph GRIL

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Vladimir LORMAN

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Algorithms and Calculators Focus Group 

Vincent BERRY

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Benoîte DE SAPORTA

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Scientific Data Focus Group

Pascal PONCELET

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Florent MASSEGLIA Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.

Model and Measurement Systems Focus Group

Christian LIGOURE

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Didier LAUX

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Environmental Monitoring Integrated Project

Emmanuel LE CLEZIO

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Lionel LAPIERRE

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Nervous System Disorders Integrated Project

David GUIRAUD

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Stéphane PERREY

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DNA and Genome Integrated Project

Eric RIVALS

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John PALMERI

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Blood Integrated Project

Franck JOURDAN

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Benoît CHARLOT

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Training

Lionel TORRES

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Andréa PARMEGGAINI

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