Following the publication of the Horizon Europe proposal by the European Commission (EC) this June, the European Parliament (EP) and the Council of the European Union adopted their positions. The compromises reached followed intense discussions in Brussels and contain considerable changes compared to the original text put forward.
These developments show that the EU is on track to reach an agreement on at least part of the text ahead of the EP elections in May 2019. The compromise reached on Horizon Europe by the Council actually concerns the Horizon Europe Regulation only, which sets out the basic structure and objectives of the programme, including the Rules for Participation. The compromise is also called a Partial General Approach (PGA) because parts of the legislative proposal of the EC are not included. They concern the budgetary aspects and other horizontal issues, such as the articles guiding the association of Third Countries. These issues will be negotiated later, once the EU’s long-term budget has been adopted and the outcome of Brexit discussions made more clear.
Looking closer at the compromises, discussions at the Council and the EP have been intense on a range of issues such as the number and definitions of the clusters, the "Accelerator" instrument under the European Innovation Council, and whether the programme should introduce a budgetary cap for European Partnership Initiatives. A big discussion point was also the participation gap between less- and well-performing regions in Europe and how to reduce this divide. The adoption of compromises by the EP and the Council is certainly good step forward for Europe, as these EU bodies now have the chance to come to an agreement on the core element of the proposals ahead of the parliamentary elections.
Martin Müller, Head of Office, SwissCore
HORIZON 2020 NEWS
Health NCP Services – Have a look at the video!
The Health National Contact Points (NCPs) collaborate closely across borders and are here to support you in preparing and submitting Horizon 2020 research and innovation proposals in Health. Take a look at the video to find out how the Health NCP network can help you during proposal preparation!
FET Proactive Projects
The 15 new FET Proactive projects strive to create and consolidate science-to-technology breakthroughs in 6 areas: Artificial organs, tissues, cells and sub-cell structures; Time; Living technologies; Socially interactive technologies; Disruptive micro-energy and storage technologies; Topological matter. The next call is in 2020.
Success Stories of ICPC Countries
The Network of National Contact Points for Science with and for Society in Horizon 2020, SiS.net has published a booklet with success stories of projects involving countries that are not Member States or Associated to H2020. The compilation highlights the importance of discussing responsible research and innovation in a global context.
HORIZON 2020 CALLS
Clean Sky 2 – Call for Proposals
The 9th Call for Proposals (CfP09) was launched on 6 November 2018. It has a budget of €69.1 million for 55 topics, including 4 thematic topics. The closing date is 6 February 2019. This call is open to entities interested in participating in projects within Clean Sky 2. The consortia are composed of one or more partners. Swiss entities are eligible for funding under the Horizon 2020 rules.
Swiss Success in 2018 Innovation Radar Prize
Congratulations to the overall winner "Gr3n" (Ticino) for its research on plastic recycling and to "Multiwave Technologies" (Geneva), winner of the Best Young SME award for their metamaterial technologies to improve signal capture by state-of-the-art MRI systems.
GDPR Support for Small Companies
The EU-funded project "SMOOTH" is developing easy-to-use affordable tools to help micro-enterprises comply with the key requirements of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The tools help to safeguard the data privacy interests of clients, employees and suppliers.
Equity-free Funding for Microelectronics and Smart Systems
The DIATOMIC call targets tech SMEs and research / non-industry entities in the areas of microelectronics and smart system integration technologies, as well as innovative startups/SMEs linked to health, agrifood and manufacturing.
Horizon 2020 Information Event
The event aims to point participants to European RDI programmes and initiatives that are suited to their needs. It is an excellent opportunity to get the latest news about open calls and the upcoming Work Programmes to be launched in 2019. 10.01.2019, Davos
Webinar for Security Practitioners
This webinar focuses on the role of practitioners in the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge "Secure Societies". Funding and networking opportunities have been presented. In addition, an experienced coordinator shared best practices. More on our YouTube channel. Webinar
Webinar on MSCA Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)
This webinar provides you with information on the 2019 Marie Skłodowska-Curie (MSCA) Research and Innovation Staff Exchange call, covering eligibility and mobility criteria, and the basics of proposal writing. Webinar
Photonics in Horizon 2020
The Photonics Info Day will provide the latest information on the upcoming photonics calls in Horizon 2020. The event will specifically present the ICT-03-2019 and ICT-05-2019 calls, and will provide you with all you need to know to submit a solid proposal. 18.01.2019, Brussels