Responsible Research and Innovation in Horizon 2020
The key importance of research and innovation (R&I) for Europe is widely acknowledged but does society actually trust in R&I? To bring together the needs of the research community and the expectations of European society, the European Commission has introduced the "Responsible Research and Innovation" (RRI) science policy framework. RRI is a key element in Europe’s ability to respond to societal challenges and their consequences. In order to integrate this element into all research fields, RRI was set up as a cross-cutting theme in Horizon 2020. In particular, it is a key action in the "Science with and for Society" (SwafS) programme. Various EU projects on RRI have been funded, each focusing on a specific area. One of them is RRI Tools, a platform that provides hands-on advice about the inclusion of RRI in the R&I process.
RRI implies that societal players (researchers, businesses, citizens, policy makers, etc.) work together during the whole R&I process, with the aim of bringing results into line with the expectations and needs of society. The different dimensions of RRI already exist individually. Using a holistic approach, all of these dimensions can be integrated into the R&I process. In practice, RRI will support R&I policy to:
Engage society more broadly in its research and innovation activities.
Increase access to scientific results.
Ensure gender equality, in both the research process and research content.
Take into account the ethical dimension.
Promote formal and informal science education.
Think holistically and see yourself as a part of society that still has open questions about RRI. You are welcome to contact Euresearch for assistance (National Contact Point for SwafS).
Denise Erpen, Head of Communications
HORIZON 2020 NEWS
Who Wants to Live Forever?
The European Research Council (ERC) has launched a focus on longevity. Your mother’s diet, your immune system and air pollution are among the many factors affecting how long you will live and whether you will develop Alzheimer’s or cancer. ERC researchers are unravelling the secrets of longevity, exploring ways of adding life to years as well as years to life. Find out how long you will live!
FET Project Communication
How do you communicate efficiently in your Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) project and achieve outreach? Leverage the newly funded "EFFECT" project and increase your visibility and impact! Acting as a communication hub across various media, EFFECT will connect science, industry and society with easy-to-access tools and techniques, such as the "FETFX" website.
Clean Water: Nature and Technology Working Together
Traditional, engineered water management systems have their limitations, especially in widely differing climatic conditions. Now, with funding from Horizon 2020, the project "AquaNES" seeks to bring nature into the equation, by combining new knowledge of natural processes of water treatment with innovations in engineering solutions.
ERC Grants for Switzerland
The European Research Council (ERC) has announced the results of the 2016 Advanced Grant call. 231 top researchers in Europe will receive a total of €540 million to enable them to realise their most creative ideas, with a major impact expected on science, society and the economy. Switzerland received 25 grants, putting our country in third place after Germany and the UK.
FET Open Info Day Webcast
On 27 April 2017, the European Commission organised an information day on the Future and Emerging Technologies Open (FET Open) programme. Attendees had the opportunity to learn about FET Open Research and Innovation Actions, proposal guidelines and submission procedures, as well as evaluation criteria. The webcast is available.
Making Medicines Safe for the Elderly
OPERAM is a five-year Horizon 2020 Health project designed to reduce avoidable hospital admissions among multimorbid patients over 70 years old. The nine-member consortium coordinated by Prof. Rodondi at the University of Bern is conducting a multi-centre cluster randomised clinical trial to optimise data concerning therapy in this population.
HORIZON 2020 CALLS
2017 ERC Advanced Grant Call Opens 16 May 2017
For principal investigators who are established career leaders with a recognised track record of outstanding research achievements.
ICT Call 25 April 2017: 995 Proposals
The submission of proposals to the 18 topics of the H2020-ICT-2017 call closed on 25 April 2017. A total of 995 proposals were submitted in response to these topics.
High Performance Computing 2017 Call
The two high-performance computing (HPC) topics for 2017 will address software, data storage, mathematics and algorithms, as well as HPC community-structuring activities (roadmaps, liaising with other communities). Deadline for proposals: 26.09.2017
Low-Power Processor: Call for European Partnership Agreement
The new ICT-42-2017 topic in the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Work Programme aims at fostering a partnership to pave the way towards European low-power microprocessor technologies. Deadline for proposals: 26.09.2017
Swiss EEN Consortium to Help Future Swiss SME Instrument Champions
EASME, the European Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs), positively evaluated the Swiss Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) proposal for the delivery of key account management services to future SME Instrument champions from Switzerland.
Switzerland: A Good Place for Start-Ups
On 29 March 2017, the Federal Council published a report on the situation of fast-growing businesses
in Switzerland. Despite the overall positive findings, action is needed in some areas. The focus will continue to be on the improvement of the framework conditions. The financing of young companies remains a challenge.
Marie Curie Actions IF Applicants Training
The first MSCA Individual Fellowship (IF) Applicants Training for this year will take place at Euresearch in Bern. In June and July, more training workshops will follow in other cities. These events aim to support researchers applying to the 2017 IF call. 30.05.2017, Bern
Health Info Days in June
Register for your nearest Euresearch Health Information Day to learn more about the 2018, 2019 and 2020 Health calls in Horizon 2020. These events aim to help you prepare a competitive proposal. 01.06.2017, Lucerne 08.06.2017, Basel 15.06.2017, Bern 23.06.2017 Davos
Basic Training on EU RDI Opportunities
This event provides newcomers with a general overview of European opportunities for research, development and innovation. The aim is to help participants determine which programmes or supporting initiatives are best suited to their needs and capacities. 13.06.2017, Bern
Conference on Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI)
This conference will discuss and develop initiatives to promote societal engagement for RRI. The outcome will be a major contribution to a Policy & Practice Guide that will be handed over to policy-makers, research funding organisations and civil society organisations. 19.06.2017, Brussels
Partnering Event at EuroNanoForum 2017
Meet potential new technology and research partners face to face at the EuroNanoForum 2017. The Enterprise Europe Network is organising a partnering event to help start-ups, SMEs and research groups initiate new cooperations in the microtechnology, nanotechnology and materials sectors. 23.06.2017, Malta
Energy & Efficiency Technologies for Cities
The E² Tech4Cities 2017 event will be held during the EU Sustainable Energy Week. This business-to-business (B2B) event will give participants access to enterprises and scientists in the field of Industry 4.0 and smart factory solutions, including resource and energy-efficient manufacturing technologies. 23.06.2017, Brussels