Agriculture and food systems, forestry, and the marine and bio-based sectors are at the very heart of the challenges our planet will face in the years to come: adapting to and mitigating climate change, ensuring food security, safeguarding the natural resource base, promoting alternatives to fossil-based economies and sustainably using marine resources while protecting the oceans.
The Horizon 2020 Work Programme for Societal Challenge 2 “Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Marine, Maritime and Inland Water Research and the Bioeconomy” includes more than 30 topics for 2019. More than €450 million of funding is planned to be spent on their implementation.
The topics are grouped into 3 calls:
Sustainable Food Security (food systems, links between ecosystems, food production, food chain, consumer health and wellbeing),
Blue Growth (sustainably harvesting potential resources from seas, oceans and inland waters) and
Rural Renaissance (enhancing the natural, social, cultural and economic potential of rural areas).
The 2019 calls for Societal Challenge 1 "Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing" have been published and all the topics can be found on the EC's Participant Portal. The Euresearch webinar on the 2019 calls gives an overview of all the funding opportunities and provides important information for the preparation of proposals.
High-Level Group on Artificial Intelligence Appointed
Last June, the European Commission appointed 52 members to the High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence (AI HLG). The group will support the implementation of the European strategy on AI (policy development, ethical, legal and societal issues) as well as serve as the steering group for the European AI Alliance.
HORIZON 2020 CALLS
Latest Updates to 2019 Work Programmes are Online
All the Horizon 2020 Work Programmes were updated by 25 July 2018. Download your programme of interest on the EC's Participant Portal. A new Work Programme for 2018-2020 called "20. Cross-cutting activities" has been added.
Towards Market with FET Innovation Launchpad
The FET Innovation Launchpad scheme moves unexpected results from a FET project one step closer to market. This €100 000 grant is available to anybody willing to inves-tigate the social or market potential of results arising from their FET project. Next deadline 16 October 2018.
IoT for Smart Cities
The current SynchroniCity call targets companies that can provide an Internet of Things (IoT) data-enabled application or cities that can help create and sustain a global and agile market for IoT-enabled urban services. Information Event 14 September 2018 near Geneva. Call deadline 30 September 2018.
Get Involved and Apply for Funding – Innovative Medicines Initiative Calls Open
Innovative small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the biotechnology, IT, or project management fields can apply for funding. IMI held a dedicated webinar for SMEs, and the presentation and recording are available online.
Open Innovation with ATTRACT – Call Opens 1 August
This ATTRACT call offers seed money for projects aiming at breakthrough innovation in detection and imaging technologies that could be achieved in the next decade and have a solid starting point today. Take part in the challenge and apply for the first open call by 31 October 2018.
EIC Innovators' Summit – Berlin, 11-12 September 2018
1000 SMEs, innovators, investors, researchers, and finance and corporate representatives will gather for hands-on workshops, matchmaking and showcasing of SME participation in the SME Instrument, Fast Track to Innovation, FET-Open and EIC Horizon Prizes.
OPENiSME – The Right Specialists to Accelerate your Innovation
OPENiSME empowers SMEs to innovate products or processes with less effort and faster results. The platform uses big data to match company needs to specific skills and ensure a seamless connection with relevant experts. Join the trial to test the platform for free.
Health Applicant Training
Are you preparing a health proposal? Do not miss our health applicant training at the Euresearch Network Office in Bern! You will receive advice and hear coordinators and evaluators share their experiences. 23.08.2018, Bern
ERC Applicant Training for Starting and Consolidator Grants
Receive information for a solid preparation of your application. Participants should be familiar with the call documents (e.g., Work Programme, Information for Applicants). 06.09.2018, Fribourg
Space Info Days & Brokerage Events
Consortia for the next Space call (deadline in March 2019) are forming now. An event in Prague (focussing on the Global Navigation Satellite System) and in Berlin will enhance your understan-ding of the call topics and extend your international network. 11-12.10.2018, Prague 14-15.11.2018, Berlin
5G Validation in Industries
The next step for the 5G community is to develop advanced 5G validation trials across multiple vertical industries. This event will enable participants to learn about the ICT-19 call and the expected working relationships with the new ICT-17 projects. 14.09.2018, Brussels
Swiss Inter- and Transdisciplinarity Day 2018
This event is being co-organised by td-net and EPFL to explore how digitalisation can be utilised for inter- and trans-disciplinary research and education. Interested parties are invited to submit to the call for contributions (deadline 12 August 2018). 15.11.2018, Lausanne