The next deadline of the "Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation" Programme is 15 November 2017 – it is time to get into gear!
During previous European Framework Programmes for Research and Innovation, disparities in participation were observed between different EU Member States and Associated Countries. Based on the outcome of a study by the European Commission (EC), which analysed the main reasons for this 'science divide', the new programme "Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation" (SEWP) was introduced for the first time with the launch of Horizon 2020 in 2014.
SEWP addresses the causes for low participation of these countries (dubbed "Widening countries") by launching measures that aim to raise their research excellence. The main measures are:
Twinning – The aim of this institutional networking programme is to strengthen a particular research field at an institution in a Widening country. It links the institution with at least two leading counterparts in Europe, e.g. Switzerland. Activities like short-term staff exchanges, expert visits, training, workshops, conference attendance and outreach are supported. See open call.
Teaming – These institution-building projects create new or update existing centres of excellence in Widening countries by teaming up with a leading European scientific institution, e.g., in Switzerland. Applications undergo a 2-phase procedure. Currently there are no upcoming phase 1 calls.
– Outstanding academics are brought to research institutions in Widening countries. Applications for an ERA Chair are only open to Widening countries. Thereafter, the open recruitment process for the ERA Chair holder is open to any nationality.
FET Open Info Day: Webstream and Presentations Online
This event provided the opportunity to learn about proposal guidelines, submission procedures and evaluation criteria for the Research and Innovation Actions under the Horizon 2020 "Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) Open" scheme.
Map of Next Generation Internet Players
The "HUB4NGI" Coordination and Support Action will provide a collaborative platform for the Next Generation Internet initiative. A map of European players active in future internet technologies and policy has just been launched. Have a look and make yourself visible.
35 New COST Actions Open for Participation
COST Actions allow European researchers to jointly develop their own networks in any science and technology field. 35 new Actions were approved for funding by COST on 23 June 2017. Detailed descriptions of the Actions are now available.
HORIZON 2020 CALLS
Secure Societies Calls Still Open
The "Security Research Map" (SeReMa) can help you find potential project partners in order to build a consortium for open calls in the Horizon 2020 Challenge "Secure Societies – Protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens". Deadline: 24.08.2017
Webinars on Innovative Medicines Initiative 2 (IMI 2) Calls 11 and 12
In July 2017, in preparation for the launch of Calls 11 and 12, IMI 2 will hold a series of webinars on the new call topics. All webinars will feature a presentation by the EFPIA topic coordinator and time for questions.
First Swiss SME Instrument Champions Announced
The European Commission selected 4 Swiss companies for Phase I of the SME Instrument. Amphiro, Daedalean, DEPsys and SensArs Neuroprosthetics are the first winners since Switzerland was able to participate in this scheme. Each receives €50 000 for a feasibility study and 3 days of business coaching. The Euresearch SME Contact Points are happy to check the eligibility of Swiss SMEs interested in the SME Instrument.
Success Story: Projects that Fit Your Company's Roadmap
The Horizon 2020 project "SCISSOR" (Security in Trusted SCADA and Smart-Grids) aims to keep such critical infrastructure as power stations and dams safe from hacking and environmental disruption. For the company SixSq Sàrl, based in Geneva, participation in the SCISSOR consortium is a great opportunity to develop and disseminate its own edge-computing products. Read this Success Story.
ERC Synergy Grants National Info Event
Attendees will receive information on the European Research Council (ERC) Synergy Grant scheme and the upcoming call, which is expected to close on 14 November 2017. 22.08.2017, Bern
Webinar – Your Research Career in Switzerland
This webinar provides basic information about attractive Horizon 2020 funding opportunities through the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions and the European Research Council. 13.09.2017, online
Horizon 2020 Health Applicants Training
This event is for applicants of Horizon 2020 Health proposals. You will receive targeted information and advice to support you in planning and writing proposals for the next calls. Save the date! 14.12.2017, Zurich
Innovative Wood and Bio-Based Materials Brokerage Event
Meet German clusters and companies face to face and discuss cooperation opportunities at this matchmaking event on innovative wood and bio-based materials organised by the Enterprise Europe Network. 20.07.2017, Rosenheim
Horizon 2020 Business Opportunities in the Circular Economy
Participate in this conference and matchmaking event to receive an introduction to upcoming calls and the latest policy news, as well as a presentation on already successful Horizon 2020 projects in circular economy topics. 19.09.2017, Oslo
ICT Proposers' Day 2017
Registration is open! This large ICT event is a unique opportunity to prepare for the last 3 years of Horizon 2020. It will focus on the Work Programme for 2018-2020 and will feature information and networking sessions, stands and booths, workshops and Face2Face brokerage. 09.-10.11.2017, Budapest