The European Commission (EC), supported by the Quantum Flagship High-Level expert group, is designing the framework for the next FET Flagship initiative on quantum technologies. An outline was presented at the Swiss Quantum Day on 4 May 2017 in Bern. The aim is to mobilise a pan-European effort centred around four goals: communication, computing, simulation and sensing/metrology. A number of players are investing heavily in quantum technologies and the EC wants to keep Europe in a leading position in this global race, uniting national initiatives and maximising the technological impact, while learning from past FET Flagship lessons.
Switzerland has a recognised community in this area, in particular through its National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) QSIT, and will significantly contribute and benefit from the four goals of the Flagship. In order to achieve these goals, a number of enabling technologies and breakthroughs will need to be explored, developed and industrialised. This will hopefully spill over into future products and generate seeds for companies and start-ups that will flourish in the fertile Swiss ecosystem, with its advantageous infrastructure and expertise. The experience and alternative approaches of Innovate UK and the strategic view of the Netherlands shared at the Swiss Quantum Day might also be a source of inspiration.
In general, a FET Flagship engineers a delicate state that combines focus, inclusiveness and impact. The EC is now doing its part and polishing the FET Work Programme, which is expected to be published in autumn. It is time for you to stretch your muscles and warm-up your consortium.
Francesco Kienzle, National Contact Point FET
HORIZON 2020 NEWS
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships
The 2017 call for proposals for Individual Fellowships of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) opened on 11 April with a deadline on 14 September 2017. Switzerland is fully eligible to take part in this call. Euresearch has produced a webinar to provide you with basic information about the call and the eligibility and mobility criteria, as well as details about the proposal and the submission process.
What is the SEWP Programme about?
The European Union introduced the "Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation (SEWP)" Programme in Horizon 2020 to deal with the large disparities in research excellence and innovation performance between the different Member States and Associated Countries. Watch our webinar to learn more about SEWP funding opportunities and in particular about the upcoming call WIDESPREAD-05-2017.
Science Stories – Edition 01 / 2017
Applying for competitive third-party funds is an integral part of many scientists' daily work. While the current EU Framework Programme Horizon 2020 represents a key source of international public funding, other tailor-made programmes should also be considered to cover specific funding needs. This edition of the Science Stories introduces you to 3 scientists, 3 projects and 3 such funding instruments.
New Comics for ERCcOMICS!
Over the next 4 years, 16 new comics will be added to the ERCcOMICS webplatform, promoting and explaining the achievements of research projects funded by the European Research Council (ERC).
Survey on the e-Infrastructures Service Catalogue
Please take part in the survey before 19 June! Your contribution is instrumental in defining the tools and services the research and scientific community will have access to in the future.
Cybersecurity in Horizon 2020
On 16 May, Euresearch organised an event on cybersecurity funding opportunities in Horizon 2020. The event was taped and can be watched on video on our YouTube channel.
HORIZON 2020 CALLS
ERC Advanced Grant Call 2017 Open
ERC Advanced Grants support ground-breaking, ambitious research projects of excellent established principal investigators with a recognised track record of research achievements. Up to €2.5 million (in certain circumstances up to €3.5 million) are available for projects of up to 5 years' duration. Deadline: 31.08.2017
FET-Open – Novel Ideas for Radically New Technologies
Visionary thinking can open up promising avenues towards powerful new technologies. Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) projects go beyond what is known. The call for the next cut-off date of the FET-Open Programme is now open.
Bio-Based Industries Call 2017 Open
The 2017 Annual Work Plan moves away from a strict biomass feedstock 'push', based on the traditional value chains, towards a demand for biomass that enables processing to respond adequately to a 'pull' from the end markets. Deadline: 07.09.2017
FET Innovation Launchpad Call
The FET Innovation Launchpad offers small grants (€100 000 for 18 months) for the commercialisation of results from an ongoing or recently finished FET project that were not scheduled to be funded by the original grant. Deadline: 27.09.2017
SME Instrument Impact Report 2017
The Horizon 2020 SME Instrument supports market-creating innovation in small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with significant growth potential and global ambitions. With more than 31 000 applications received and more than 2 000 small companies funded in only 3 years, the SME Instrument has proven its appeal to the European innovation community. Initial results have been published in an annual report.
Advantages of European Projects for Businesses
What do European R&D projects bring to companies? The benefits are many and include the ability to build visibility and credibility in new areas, advance faster than the competition, gain customer experience, explore novel market segments and regions, find new business partners and develop international networks for new products. Read more about this on our website for companies.
Smart Health 2017
The focus of the Smart Health conference and partnering event is on virtual/augmented reality, digitalisation/big data, convergence between ICT, medtech and pharma, interfaces, devices and sensors 29.06.2017, Zurich
ICT and FET Info Event
This event will inform you about upcoming Horizon 2020 opportunities in the next 3 years (2018-2020) in the areas of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), and Future and Emerging Technologies (FET). 29.06.2017, Basel
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
Swiss Space Industry Days 2017
The upcoming Swiss Space Industry Days, entitled "Challenges and Opportunities in the Era of New Space", are being organised by the Swiss Space Office and will be held at the SwissTech Convention Center on the EPFL campus. 15.-16.06.2017, Lausanne
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
Save the date! 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