Personal data provide great opportunities for European research and innovation. At the same time, there are considerable privacy risks. It is thus crucial to comply with ethical and legal standards.
The protection of personal information is a fundamental human right. Recently, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has come into force, which aims at harmonising data privacy laws across Europe.
Against this background, Horizon 2020 projects are often confronted with legal and ethical challenges. For example: How should personal information be transferred to non-EU countries? Should data be deleted when a research project has come to its end, or stored so that other researchers can verify the results? How should the principle of informed consent be dealt with when it comes to publicly available information on the internet? And what should be done when children and other vulnerable groups are involved?
Fortunately, there are different resources that can help in finding the best answers to such questions: your institution may have a Data Protection Officer who is qualified to provide specific guidance, guidelines of the European Commission or other institutions can facilitate your decision making, and last but not least, do not hesitate to contact the Euresearch Office in your Region or your dedicated National Contact Point for further information. We will be happy to support you.
Joël Graf, National Contact Point, Euresearch
HORIZON 2020 NEWS
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Matters
The conference on the Impact of SSH for a European Research Agenda (Vienna, November 2018) was a success. Its main outcomes have now been summarised in guidelines that focus on the design and implementation of SSH in mission-oriented research programmes. One of the key demands states that SSH should be considered from the very beginning when addressing global challenges. The document contains specific recommendations for programme officers, panelists and programme evaluators.
Follow-up on Horizon Europe Workshop
Stakeholders representing European R&I umbrella organisations engaged in discussion at a workshop held on 30 January. This event marked the kick-off for discussions on the implementation strategy of Horizon Europe and will be followed with more dedicated consultations/meetings with stakeholders. All the presentations, background papers and preliminary reports are available on the Funding & Tenders Portal news page (see 5 February).
HORIZON 2020 CALLS
Approval of 40 new COST Actions
Participants are invited to submit COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) Action proposals that contribute to the scientific, technological, economic, cultural or societal knowledge advancement and development of Europe. Multi- and interdisciplinary proposals are encouraged.
Calls for Proposals for 3 JTIs
The transport-related Joint Technology Initiatives SESAR (deadline 16 April), Fuel Cells and Hydrogen (deadline 23 April) and Shift2Rail (deadline 18 June) have launched their call for proposals. Check under "Further European Programmes" on the Euresearch Open Calls page.
Call for Proposals – Innovative Medicines Initiative 2
The call has topics in 3 areas: Optimising future obesity treatment, Open access chemogenomics library and chemical probes for the druggable genome, and Intelligent prediction and identification of environmental risks posed by human medicinal products.
SIFER 2019 – 11th International Exhibition of Railway Technology
Held every 2 years since 1999, France's B2B international industry exhibition, brings together suppliers and manufacturers of the very latest in railway technology, products and services aimed at meeting the needs of main line and urban networks. Meet partners at the matchmaking event 27-28 March 2019.
Transport Experts Needed
The Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) Joint Technology Initiative is looking for external experts with different expertise in the transport sector to help in the evaluation of Horizon 2020 applications, projects and tenders. Join the database of external experts by registering now on the Funding and Tenders Portal of the European Commission.
Up to €200 000 Equity-free for Best-in-Class Innovators
LEDGER, a European project financed by the EC, is looking for 32 human-centric innovators to develop minimum viable products and services. The aim is to achieve new models that preserve citizens’ digital sovereignty, where data is a common good owned by citizens and wealth created by data-driven platforms is equally distributed.
Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) for Companies
Are you an R&D intensive company that would like to benefit from an excellent, fully funded researcher joining your team? Or would you like to participate in an innovative joint research project hosting/training PhD students? Join us at our Infoevent to find out more about funding opportunities in the MSCA. 19.03.2019, St. Gallen
DMEA Business Meetings – Connecting Digital Health
The DMEA Business Meetings during the DMEA 2019 conference serve as an international partnering platform for the healthcare IT sector. Representatives of companies, universities and research centres will get the opportunity to discuss their ideas and projects face-to-face in the pre-arranged meetings. 11.04.2019, Berlin
Webinar – Digitising European Industry
A web-based information session on various aspects of digitisation of the European industry in relation to the upcoming calls on digitisation and manufacturing. All presentations will focus on the context of the calls and their expected outcomes. The session will be web-based only but questions can be asked using the chat function. 18.02.2019, Webinar