Inform yourself about the last Horizon 2020 funding opportunities in Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture
On 4 July 2019, the European Commission will host an Info Day in Brussels on the upcoming calls in Societal Challenge 2 (SC2): "Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Marine, Maritime and Inland Water Research and the Bioeconomy".
The SC2 Work Programme deals with some of the key challenges our planet is facing: adapting to and mitigating climate change, ensuring food security, protecting natural resources, and promoting alternatives to fossil-based economies. The proposed solutions are expected to deliver significant economic, environmental and social benefits. For most activities, a multi-player approach is crucial: various partners including end-users need to be involved during the entire project.
The Info Day is a great opportunity to gain detailed insight into the SC2 Work Programme for 2020, which includes more than 40 topics with a total budget of approx. €500 million and is structured around 4 calls: Sustainable Food Security, Rural Renaissance, Blue Growth and a new call, which makes a bridge to the next European Framework Programme, "Horizon Europe". Sessions providing guidance on successful proposal preparation and Q&A are part of the agenda. Detailed information on individual topics will be presented and discussed in parallel sessions, with a focus on sustainable farming and agricultural value chains, blue planet, food systems and the bioeconomy.
Do not miss this opportunity to inform yourself about the last Horizon 2020 calls for SC2, to develop your project ideas and to connect with potential project partners! Have a look at the draft agenda and register for the Info Day (deadline: 28.06.2019).
All sessions will be webstreamed and presentations will be available online after the event.
Gerhard Gass and Linda Münger, National Contact Points
HORIZON 2020 NEWS
ERC: New President
The European Commission has appointed Prof. Mauro Ferrari as the next President of the European Research Council (ERC). He will take office on 1 January 2020. Prof. Ferrari returns to Europe from the USA, after a career as an accomplished scientist and leader, and with a rich and diverse background in the field of research.
Innosuisse is the Swiss Innovation Promotion Agency. The first edition of the Innosuisse newsletter was sent out at the end of May 2019 and further editions will appear quarterly.
The newsletter is currently available in German and French, and possibly in English in the future. Subscribe now!
Fast Forward Science
The "Fast Forward Science" competition encourages students, communicators, researchers, filmmakers and people interested in science to submit exceptional web videos on science and research. The challenge: The videos should be entertaining, comprehensible and scientifically sound all at the same time. Deadline: 22.07.2019
2020 Work Programmes – Drafts Available!
Draft Work Programmes for calls at the end of 2019 and in 2020 are available for: Energy FET Health ICT NMBP Note: Drafts are still subject to change.
HORIZON 2020 CALLS
ERC Advanced Grant – 2019 Call Open
Are you a leading established principal investigator looking for funding to pursue a ground-breaking, high-risk project? The ERC Advanced Grant could be for you. Up to €2.5 million (in certain circumstances up to €3.5 million) are available for projects of up to 5 years' duration. Do not miss this opportunity! Deadline: 29.08.2019
Last Deadline for SME Instrument Phase 1 Proposals
The last opportunity to submit SME Instrument Phase 1 proposals is approaching fast. This funding scheme will be discontinued without replacement. For questions regarding eligibility, the evaluation procedure and proposal review, contact Euresearch. Deadline: 05.09.2019
Next Generation Internet Explorers Program – 1st Open Call
The "Next Generation Internet Explorers Program" aims to launch Europe's top internet talent into technology expeditions to the USA. Up to 45 Explorers will receive funding for a 3- or 6-month 'deep dive' into the USA, to accelerate their projects and cultivate an American mindset. Deadline: 31.07.2019
Integrating OLED and Flexible Electronics
The SmartEEs call for application experiments helps innovative companies access new markets and grow their businesses, by integrating the following flexible electronics technologies: OLED and lighting, flexible electronics and OLED displays, organic and flexible photovoltaics, and smart integrated systems. Deadline: 20.09.2019
Health and Food Applicants Training
Are you looking for support in planning and writing a proposal for an upcoming Health or Food call? Then register for this full-day event! You will receive targeted information and support in preparing and writing your proposal. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to book an appointment in the afternoon to discuss your project proposal bilaterally with Euresearch. 15.08.2019, Bern
Quantum Industry Day in Switzerland 2019 – Registration Open!
The agenda for the Quantum Industry Day is now online and registration is open. Keynote talks and parallel sessions will address quantum computing, sensing and communication. The event fosters networking and the 2019 novelties will be sessions on entrepreneurship in the field and a quantum computing 'hackathon'. 04.10.2019, Zurich
Save the Date: Horizon 2020 Proposal Writing Course
This proposal writing course provides targeted information on how to write a successful proposal for collaborative Horizon 2020 projects. It is presented by Sean McCarthy, a distinguished expert on European Research and Innovation Programmes. Registration fee: CHF 150. 12.11.2019, Bern
MSCA Individual Fellowship Applicants Training
Are you preparing a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship application? We offer 1-day training workshops in different cities all over Switzerland, where you can learn how to write a competitive proposal. They are not information events and require intense preparation. Registration is mandatory. Multiple dates and locations
Save the Date: Societal Challenge 6 Brokerage Event
This international brokerage event will focus on research and networking opportunities in Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 6: "Europe in a changing world – inclusive, innovative and reflective societies". The foreseen programmme will be of special interest to the social sciences and humanities. Use this opportunity to meet with possible collaborators for future projects! 12-13.11.2019, Bratislava
European Research and Innovation Days
This is the first annual policy event of the European Commission, bringing together stakeholders to debate and shape the future research and innovation landscape, and engaging with them to co-create and build the strategic priorities for the first 4 years of Horizon Europe. Horizon Europe, beginning in 2021, is the successor to the current Research and Innovation Framework Programme, Horizon 2020. 24-26.09.2019, Brussels