Research Infrastructures – from Excellence to Innovation
Research infrastructures (RIs) are recognised as key elements in achieving scientific excellence. They are defined as facilities, resources and services used by the science community to conduct research and foster innovation. They include: major scientific equipment; resources such as collections, archives or scientific data; e-infrastructures such as data and computing systems; and communication networks.
RIs are privileged places where research meets innovation and industry. They bring together highly skilled scientists, engineers, technicians and managers, across geographical and disciplinary boundaries. They are therefore major drivers of innovation in their construction and major upgrade phases, as sources of (pre-)commercial procurements and purchasers of new high-tech components, instruments and related services, and as facilities serving industrial research and innovation, as well as through the academic access supported by research grants.
Facilitating access to RIs and maximising their use are high priorities for the European Commission (EC). To foster excellence, free-of-charge transnational or virtual access (TNA) is granted to researchers from academia and the private sector to many of the best laboratories in Europe. Under Horizon 2020, 40 000 researchers are expected to benefit from TNA. You can gain access to supercomputers, large installations, data, collections and archives. Identify the RIs in your field of interest and find opportunities on the EC website, RICH 2020, or on the Euraxess website.
Nicole Wyss, National Contact Point for RI
HORIZON 2020 NEWS
FET Open Proposals
The Future and Emerging Technologies Open scheme seeks disruptive technologies emerging from ground-breaking and robust research results. Any research and technology domain can apply to this collaborative scheme. The level of competition remains high, with 375 proposals submitted on 16 May for a budget allowing about 40 of them to be funded. Next deadline 24 Jan 19.
Report on Integration of Social Sciences and Humanities in H2020
The 3rd monitoring report on the integration of the social sciences and humanities (SSH) in H2020 projects funded in 2016 has been published. While the authors state that the overall results are satisfactory, they also emphasise that many of the assessed projects do not provide enough resources for SSH integration.
Information on the Next Framework Programme
"Horizon Europe" will be the name of the next EU research and innovation framework programme. The content, legal framework, factsheets, reports and timeline of the European Commission's proposal for "Horizon Europe" and information on the new mission-oriented approach can be found on the EC website dedicated to this topic.
HORIZON 2020 CALLS
ERC Advanced Grant 2018 Call is 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 are available for projects of up to 5 years duration.
Experimenting with Smart City IoT
The smart city project "SynchroniCity" is developing a global Internet of Things (IoT) market for the development of shared smart city services. The new call aims to validate the SynchroniCity vision and technical framework. SMEs, large companies and cities are invited to submit proposals and leverage this framework.
Lab to Fab with FET Innovation Launchpad
"Qnami", the Basel-based startup, is leveraging the FET Innovation Launchpad grant (€100 000) to push FET project-related technology towards the market. After "SensArs Neuroprosthetics", Qnami is the second Swiss company to receive this funding. Next FET Innovation Launchpad deadline 16 Oct 2018.
Swiss Company wins Scaleup of the Month Contest
Every month, EBAN gives selected companies a chance to pitch their startup in a webinar broadcast to the European early-stage investment community. Congratulations to "InVoli" from Switzerland, one of the winners in the last contest. The recording of the joint EBAN / SME Instrument contest is now available.
ERC Starting Grant 2019 Applicant Training
During this training, you will receive information and tips on the different parts of the ERC Starting Grant application. Participation is restricted to researchers applying to the current open call. 22.08.2018, Bern
Quantum Industry Day in Switzerland 2018
Co-organised with major industrial players, the Quantum Industry Day 2018 aims to promote enabling technologies for the industrial sector as well as facilitating the early uptake of quantum-based technology in practical use cases. 11.10.2018, Zurich
National Information Event on the ERC Synergy Grant
ERC Synergy Grants enable 2-4 top researchers with complimentary skills and knowledge to jointly address a research problem of their choice in unconventional ways. This event will provide you with more information. 21.08.2018, Bern
ICT 2018 - Registration Open
The “Imagine Digital - Connect Europe” event is a unique opportunity to prepare your 2019 ICT-related proposal. Thousands of participants are expected and a huge face-to-face session will take place. Register now and don’t miss it! 04-06.12.2018, Vienna
ISC High Performance 2018
This year's International Supercomputing Conference will cover a range of topics that are critical to the development of the high performance computing field, such as climate change, big data analytics, containerized HPC, cloud computing and artificial intelligence. 24-28.06.2018, Frankfurt a.M.