Do you read this title as a warning or as an invitation? Does it remind you of the uncertain association of Switzerland to "Horizon Europe" from 2021 onwards? Or does it motivate you to try and submit a proposal this year to "Horizon 2020", the current programme?
In 2019, a number of decisions need to be made or prepared for that will have a vital impact on the participation of researchers and innovators based in Switzerland in the European Framework Programmes in the coming years. These include the association modalities for non-EU members to "Horizon Europe", the 9th Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. Also this year, the Swiss Federal Administration has to prepare the legal bills for the Swiss parliament regarding education, research and innovation in general, as well as regarding participation in Horizon Europe. The respective discussions and decisions may give us cause to worry but most of it is not in our hands and we can trust the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) to take care of these tasks with their usual resolve.
What you can do, however, is to check out the Horizon 2020 Work Programmes in your area of expertise and see whether there is a topic to which you can contribute your specific knowledge and skills. With close to €13 billion, the overall budget in 2019 is the highest ever and thus so are your chances of obtaining your share! If you have any doubts about the content of the calls or about the suitability of your work for such a project, do not hesitate to contact us. We are—as always—more than happy to help you meet the challenge!
Regina Schneider, Director, Euresearch
HORIZON 2020 NEWS
Save the Date: Security Information Day and Brokerage Event
An information and brokerage event will be held in Brussels on 13-14 March 2019. It will provide guidance on Horizon 2020 Security topics in 2019 as well as networking opportunities. The event is being organised by the Network of Secure Societies National Contact Points SEREN4, in collaboration with the European Commission.
New ERC Vice Presidents and Scientific Council Members
Three new members of the ERC's governing body, the Scientific Council, have been appointed by the European Commission. The mandates of three current members have been renewed. The Scientific Council at the same time announced Dame Janet Thornton and Fabio Zwirner as new ERC Vice Presidents.
Let me introduce you to: ERIS
ERIS is the research information system to support monitoring and evaluation of ERC funding activities. The new software allows users to obtain more information on ERC outcomes. To have access to it, you need to first log in to ECAS, the European Commission's user authentication service. If you don't already have an account, you can create one here.
A New Wave of SME Instrument Winners
The last cut-off dates of the SME Instrument in 2018 saw Swiss SMEs among the top winners, with 21 companies (30% success rate) awarded a Phase 1 grant. "Proton Technologies" (Geneva) and "dhp technology" (Grisons) obtained €1.9 and €2.5 million, respectively to scale up their products. The SME Instrument provides funding opportunities and acceleration services.
Free Webinars on Intellectual Property Rights for Business
Learn how to turn the results of your H2020 project into commercial value with the help of the free webinars from the European IPR Helpdesk. The IPR Helpdesk offers free-of-charge, first-line support on intellectual property matters to beneficiaries of EU-funded research projects and European SMEs involved in transnational partnership agreements.
FORWARD – the Forum on SME Innovation
FORWARD is addressing companies as well as research institutions. The 2019 event concentrates on digital innovation. As a partner of FORWARD, Euresearch offers companies in its community registration at the reduced price of CHF 200. To benefit from this special price please click here. Detailed programme in DE and FR.
Mobile World Congress
With over 107 000 key decision-makers expected to attend #MWC19, the Enterprise Europe Network is running a brokerage event at convenient times during the congress. Sign up and expand your professional network with reserved 1-to-1 meetings with key stakeholders, industry facilitators and the most innovative entrepreneurs in this sector. 26-28.2.2019, Barcelona
Successful R&I in Europe 2019
For the 10th time, this networking event invites researchers and entrepreneurs from Europe to find new research and innovation (R&I) partners for Horizon 2020 projects. About 300 participants from more than 20 countries are expected to attend. Participants are invited to give a short presentation (ideas and/or results) with a focus on Horizon 2020 calls. 14-15.2.2019, Düsseldorf
ALLEA Symposium on Science and Society in Present-Day Europe
This symposium is being organised by ALLEA, the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities. It will reflect on the role European academies play in providing a bridge between the production and diffusion of knowledge to and with society. 9.5.2019, Bern
Salon des Technologies et de l’Innovation de Lausanne
Taking place at the SwissTech Convention Center, the aim of this event is to let visitors discover the technologies of the different laboratories and enterprises in an interesting and playful way. It is a fantastic opportunity for exchange between exhibitors, speakers and visitors on the topic of new technologies. 21.3.2019, Lausanne