Planning of work packages, milestones and deliverables
Milestones list and planned reviews
Milestones will be used to assess progress of the project and if necessary implement correctional measures. Milestones 1-5 refer to the research projects undertaken by the fellows while milestones 6-12 refer to the training activities provided by the consortium.
|List and schedule of milestones|
|Milestone no.||Milestone name||WP no’s||Lead beneficiary||Delivery date from Annex I||Comments|
|1||Scientific Progress||1-4||1, with 2-12||Months 18, 24, 30, 42||Yearly and Mid-term progress reports of all fellows|
|2||Collaboration||1-4||1, with 2-12||Months 18, 30, 42||Yearly report on exchange of fellows|
|3||Seminars||1-4||1, with 2-12||Months 12, 18, 24, 30, 36, 42||Periodical report about seminar talks given by fellows|
|4||International congresses||1-4||1, with 2-12||Months 18, 30, 42||Yearly report on congress activities of fellows|
|5||PhD theses||1-4||1, with 2-12||Month 48||Final scientific milestone: All PhD theses completed|
|6||Fellows’ selection||5||All||Month 6||Fellows are selected and appointed|
|7||Proficiency||5||1, with 2-12||Months 12, 18, 24, 30, 36, 42||Periodic report of supervisors about fellows’ proficiency|
|8||Rotations||5||1, with 2-12||Months 12, 24, 36||Periodic report of supervisors about fellows’ rotations|
|9||Journal clubs and lectures||5||1, with 2-12||Months 12, 18, 24, 30, 36, 42||Periodic report of supervisors about fellows’ participations|
|10||Graduate courses||5||1, with 2-12||Month 30||Completion of graduate courses required by host universities/institutions|
|11||Training courses||5||1, with 2-12||Months 18, 30, 42||Report on fellows’ participations|
|12||Summing-up||5||1, with 2-12||Months 24, 48||Mid-term and final evaluation of the training programme|
More in detail, the 12 milestones are planned as follows:
A. Research Milestones
M1. Assessment of scientific progress. The NanoTOES fellows will have weekly discussions with their tutors. Fellows will also deliver an annual progress report followed by an oral seminar and an interview with the second PI in charge of their training as defined by the Personal Training Plan (B.4.1). D5.1-3: Periodical scientific progress reports (Months 18, 30, 42).
M2. Assessment of collaboration progress. ESR fellows will spend at least two months of their training in performing collaborative experiments, related to their personal research programme, in one or more of the other NanoTOES institutions. They will give oral seminars there. Annual reports will serve to assess progress. D5.4-6: Periodical collaboration progress reports (Mo 18, 30, 42).
M3. Fellows’ seminars. The NanoTOES fellows are expected to give seminars at least twice a year at lab meetings, and at least once at one of the NanoTOES meetings. D5.7-12: Periodical reports of fellows’ seminars (Months 10, 16, 22, 28, 34, 40).
M4. Participation of fellows to international scientific congresses. Fellows are expected to participate in one international scientific workshop, summer school or congress per year. D5.13-15: Periodical reports of fellows’ participation to congresses (Months 15, 27, 39).
M5. Preparation of specialisation/PhD thesis. NanoTOES fellows are required to organise their research results in the form of a Specialisation or PhD thesis and to discuss them with the NanoTOES Supervisory Board, before the official discussion at the competent University. Although the experimental work will be concluded at month 42, it is expected that the thesis will be discussed later. D5.16: Fellows’ specialisation/PhD thesis (Month 48).
B. Training Milestones
M6. Fellows’ selection. Fellows will be selected after public calls and interviews, and ESRs will be enrolled as graduate students into institutional PhD/specialisation courses following a public seminar. D5.17: Report of fellows’ selection and appointment (Month 6).
M7. Proficiency check-points. Every six months each supervisor will review his/her respective proficiency with respect to the project’s overall training activities. In particular the supervisor will evaluate the fellows’ capacity to learn and improve their technical, manual and intellectual skills, verify their capacity to report and explain project data, and also assess their acquisition of complementary skills such as communication, language skills, computer skills, project management, ethics, IPR protection, team building, training on specialist instruments/equipment, etc. D5.18-23: Periodical reports of fellows’ proficiency (Months 12, 18, 24, 30, 36, 42).
M8. Fellows’ rotations. All fellows will be required to rotate to one or two of the other consortium institutions (for a total of at least 2 months for ESR and 1 month for ER), to gain technical and cross-disciplinary expertise, and as part of collaborative efforts. These activities will be reported during the progress meetings. D5.24-26: Periodical reports of fellows’ rotations (Months 12, 24, 36).
M9. Participation to journal clubs and lectures. Fellows are required to participate in journal clubs and lectures at their institutions, to learn presentation skills and critical capacity. D5.27-32: Periodical reports of fellows’ participation to journal clubs and lectures (Months 12, 18, 24, 30, 36, 42).
M10. Graduate courses. The NanoTOES fellows are expected to follow the PhD/specialisation graduate courses, as required by their host institution/university, or at any of the other NanoTOES institutions. D5.33: Report of fellows completion of graduate courses (Month 28).
M11. Participation of fellows to training courses and activities. The fellows will participate in training courses, including compulsory courses on complementary skills, and courses on specialised techniques or instrumentations. In addition, they will be encouraged to participate in training opportunities outside of NanoTOES, under guidance of their supervisors (job fairs, industry exhibitions, lectures courses etc.). All training activities, which are part of the Personal Training Plan (see p. 18), will be assessed through a final questionnaire to be provided by each fellow. D5.34-36: Periodical reports of fellows’ participation to training courses and activities (Months 15, 24, 33). D5.37: Training quality assessment questionnaire (Month 42).
M12. Mid-term and final summing up. Mid-term and final summing up of the training course (critical evaluation of training activities, fellows’ outcome, career development and implementation planning). D5.38-39: Mid-term and final reports of NanoTOES training outcomes (Months 24, 48).
The planned reviews will occur at the scheduled project meetings. See the Project Meetings planning here.
Work Package list
See the planning for the Project Work Packages.
List of Deliverables – to be submitted for review to EC
All deliverables from the scientific WPs 1-4 are due at month 42. This gives the fellows full freedom to focus on particular aspects of their work which turn out to be of special interest. Since all fellows contribute to a number of tasks, it is not totally possible to foresee which aspects may be most attractive for their projects to reap a maximal scientific benefit. The progress towards these deliverables (D8-D26) is monitored by checkpoints for Milestone 1, scientific progress, on which status reports for all scientific deliverables are given in the yearly reports (month 18, month 30, month 42) as well as in the Midterm report (D4). It is thus guaranteed that the current status of all ongoing scientific tasks towards D8-26 will be reported and verified at defined intervals. An alternative and in fact preferred form for D8-D26 can be that of peer-refereed scientific publications.
|Del. no.||Deliverable name||WP no.||Lead beneficiary||Delivery date from Annex I|
|1||Report on recruitment of fellows||5||1||6|
|2||Status report on M3, M6, M8, M9||5||1||12|
|3||Status report on M1, M2, M3, M4, M7, M9, M11||5||1||18|
|4||Mid-term report, including status of M1, M3, M7, M8, M9, M12||5||1||24|
|5||Status report on M1, M2, M3, M4, M7, M9, M10, M11||5||1||30|
|6||Status report on M3, M7, M9||5||1||36|
|7||Status report on M1, M2, M3, M4, M7, M9||5||1||42|
|27||PhD theses of all ESR||5||all||48|
|28||Final report on all ESR||1-5||1||48|