Innovative Bone Repair Solutions Thanks to an EU FP7-NMP Project at a Swiss Research Institute
The AO Research Institute Davos (ARI) has successfully completed the "Rapid Prototyping of Custom-Made Bone-Forming Tissue Engineering Constructs" (RAPIDOS) project with European and Chinese partners. ARI is part of the AO Foundation, led by an international group of surgeons. Their goal is to advance patient care through innovative orthopaedic research and development.
Euresearch often tells you that a good international network is key in project preparation. RAIDOS was no exception. Most of the consortium partners met at the 9th World Biomaterials Congress in China in 2012, before the submission deadline. This was an important step in the project genesis.
During RAPIDOS, significant progress was made towards developing patient-specific bone repair solutions. The project used Chinese medicinal compounds and novel biomaterials fabricated by additive manufacturing technologies. RAPIDOS developed a clinically relevant workflow from patient data to manufacturing of patient-specific implant scaffolds, with techniques such as stereolithography and low-temperature rapid prototyping. The great, concrete results of RAPIDOS could now benefit many of us.
The project was very successful, resulting in more than 25 peer-reviewed manuscripts (published in Materials Today, Bone, Scientific Reports, Acta Biomaterialia, and Biomaterials), the filling of 2 EU patents, 2 PhD theses, and the creation of a spin-off company that produces novel biomaterials and facilitated the merging of a European industrial partner. As a further positive result of the project, the consortium partners and ARI are still collaborating strongly through several bilateral grants, exchanging students and scientists. Four workshops and many exchange missions have been organised.
The Euresearch National Contact Point and the Regional Office Eastern Switzerland supported ARI from the beginning of the proposal preparation. Watch the video narrated by Dr. David Eglin, who worked on the project at ARI, to learn more about this success story.
Christine Poupa, Advisor for European Research & Innovation and Company Advisor
HORIZON 2020 NEWS
European Innovation Council Pilot Work Programme
The latest version of the European Innovation Council Pilot Work Programme is available on the Funding & Tender Opportunities Portal. All practical information and the individual topic descriptions – for Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) Open, FET Proactive, SME Instrument, Fast Track to Innovation and Horizon Prizes – can also be accessed there.
SSH Integration Report Published
The European Commission has published its 4th monitoring report on social sciences and humanities (SSH) in Horizon 2020. While there are some improvements both in quantity as well as quality of SSH integration, participation within the different programmes remains uneven. Social sciences are relatively well represented, whereas consortia with researchers from the humanities remain an exception.
ERC Annual Report 2018
By the end of 2018, the ERC had funded over 9 000 projects! The annual report on ERC activities and achievements in 2018 is out. Have a look and learn more about the innovative outcomes of the ERC programme.
Listen and learn with "Nature Careers" and the ERC. Six new podcasts provide first-hand accounts of exactly how the ERC works and how its grants and other schemes could provide an opportunity for you to further your career.
HORIZON 2020 CALLS
Bio-Based Industries 2019 Call
The call focuses on inte-grating biomass feedstock suppliers at the front end of the value chain, creating a demand for biomass feedstock from biorefining processes. It will also stimulate partnership building with end market players to create a "market pull" for bio-based products for identified applications. Deadline: 04.09.2019
ECSEL 2019 Call
The Electronic Components and Systems for European Leadership (ECSEL) Joint Undertaking has published a call on edge computing and connected automated vehicles. This is a two-stage call, with projects passing the first-stage evaluation of the project outline being invited to submit a full proposal. Deadline stage 1: 07.05.2019
Open Calls under Security Work Programme
Calls are open for submission on the following topics in the "Secure societies - Protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens" Work Programme: Infrastructure protection; disaster resilience; crime and terrorism; border and external security; and cybersecurity. Deadline: 22.08.2019
Reminder about Swiss Eligibility
An important reminder for Swiss companies and their international partners: Swiss entities are fully eligible to participate in proposals and receive European Commission funding under Horizon 2020. This is valid for all proposals submitted until December 2020, irrespective of ongoing negotiations on the next Framework Programme, "Horizon Europe".
Infoevent on Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions and Innosuisse Funding
Would you like to benefit from a fully funded researcher to join your team or participate in a joint research project hosting/training PhD students? At our Infoevent on the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions and Innosuisse you can find out more about funding opportunities for R&D intensive companies and research institutions.
Funding Opportunities for Projects in Health, Digital Health, Care, and Clinical Research
The aim of this afternoon event is to provide researchers in the fields of life sciences, digital health and related areas of research, an overview of possible funding opportunities for their research projects in Horizon 2020. 09.05.2019, Basel
Last Health Calls: Infoevent in Muttenz
Interested in learning about the last Health calls in Horizon 2020 that will be launched this summer? Participate in our Health call info event and learn about the topics that will be open in the last calls. The second part of the event offers a practical advice session for proposal writing. 09.05.2019, Muttenz
Save the Date – Horizon 2020 Health Partnering Day 2019
In connection with the EC's Open Info Day (03.07.19) dedicated to the last Health calls in Horizon 2020, the National Contact Points are organising a brokerage event. Registration opens 29 April and is expected to book out fast – so get in quick! 04.07.2019, Brussels
Training Workshop: Horizon 2020 Legal and Financial Questions
This training for applicants, grant holders and project managers will be given in German by Martin Baumgartner (Austrian Research Promotion Agency). Topics will include cost categories, personnel cost calculation, third parties, subcontracting, and financial reporting. 08.05.2019, Bern
Infosession: Upcoming Horizon 2020 Energy Calls
This event aims at informing researchers about the Horizon 2020 Energy calls with deadlines in August and September 2019. It will provide success stories and lessons learned as well as proposal writing basics, and also discuss Euresearch, Horizon 2020 and beyond. 30.04.2019, Neuchâtel
Open Workshop: e-Infrastructure Reflection Group
This open e-IRG workshop is being organised by the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI). One block will be dedicated to Swiss digital initiatives, with presentations from CERN, SWITCH, SDSC, SPHN & FORS. Please do not hesitate, registration is open! 20-21.05.2019, CERN