Empowering the network of National Contact Points is essential for maintaining a high standard of support for researchers
A National Contact Point (NCP) is an expert in a specific area in the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. NCPs assist researchers with the identification of opportunities and preparation of proposals for funding.
In order to ensure a high level of expertise among the NCPs, the European Commission (EC) finances so-called 'NCP projects'. In this way, NCPs can strengthen their competence through tailored activities and are in contact with all of the NCPs in Europe and beyond.
Net4Mobility+ is an example of an NCP project financed by the EC. This project was established with the aim to empower the network of NCPs for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA). It also provides support to the scientific community.
Thanks to the Net4Mobility+ project, MSCA NCPs are well networked and can share their knowledge on different platforms (website, FAQ blog, webinars, social media, handbooks, etc.), which ultimately also benefits researchers applying for MSCA funding.
So if you are an MSCA applicant, it is worth having a look at the Net4Mobility+ website!
Sibylla Martinelli and Véronique Sordet, National Contact Points, Euresearch
HORIZON 2020 NEWS
IMI2 Calls 18 and 19 – Topic Information
The next Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) calls for proposals (IMI2 Calls 18 and 19) are due to launch at the same time at the end of June 2019. The draft topic texts have been published on the IMI website. Please keep in mind that all information regarding future topics is indicative and subject to change.
New Success Story – ERC
European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grants support the innovative projects of highly promising early-career researchers. Prof. Piotr Didyk from the University of Lugano received an ERC grant for his 5-year project “project "PERDY". Take a minute and read how Euresearch supported him.
New Success Story – MSCA
The "BiomCatOx" Marie Skłodowska-Curie project brought together a French post-doc and a Swiss research group. It provided training and mobility for the post-doc and cross-border/sector exchange of expertise for the research group. Together they developed sustainable processes to transform natural resources for industrial use.
Integration of SSH in European Research and Innovation
A Working Paper published in April 2019 analyses the role of the Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) in mission-oriented EU Research Framework Programmes. It provides suggestions for both scholars and policy makers in order to improve the impact of future research and innovation activities through the integration of SSH.
HORIZON 2020 CALLS
Science, Technology & the Arts Open Call
Two calls are open in the frame of the Science, Technology & the Arts (STARTS) initiative of the European Commission: 1 MindSpaces – Art-driven adaptive outdoor and indoor design 2 Re-FREAM – Rethinking fashion Deadline for MindSpaces: 04.07.2019 Deadline for Re-FREAM: 30.05.2019
Call for Additive Manufacturing Application Experiments
The AMable project is calling for "application experiments" to support SMEs and mid-caps to develop their idea of an additively manufactured functional product. The AMable project provides support through services across all development steps from design to finish. Deadline: 01.06.2019
EUREKA Call on AI and Quantum Technology / Quantum Sensing
The cross-national EUREKA initiative invites applied research and innovation project proposals in the following thematic areas: 1 Artificial Intelligence 2 Quantum Technology / quantum sensing. Swiss participants can contact Innosuisse for any questions. Deadline: 01.07.2019
EIC Horizon Prize for Innovative Batteries for eVehicles
The European Commission recently launched the "Prize for Innovative Batteries for eVehicles", worth €10 million. The aim is to develop a battery that can power an electric vehicle with similar performance to a small conventional petrol- or diesel-powered family vehicle. Deadline: 17.12.2020
IoT4Industry – Call for Applications
IoT4Industry is a 3-year Horizon 2020 project. The call is for Internet of Things (IoT) technologies in the manufacturing environment. Small and market-oriented collaborative projects involving SMEs will be financed that integrate and use IoT technologies in machines, robots, manufacturing tools, industrial processes and factory environments.
Horizon 2020: Final Call!
The aim of this event is to inform all interested stakeholders in Switzerland about funding opportunities for the remaining year of Horizon 2020. There will be thematic presentations, panel discussions and a chance to meet your National Contact Point. Register today and join us at the EVENTfabrik! 05.09.2019, Bern
Horizon 2020 Health Info Event – Lausanne
Funding opportunities in H2020 will be covered, focusing on different aspects of health from prevention, diagnosis, stratified approaches, and advanced therapies, cohorts and registries-based research, to integration of care and systemic digital solutions for health and ageing well. 16.05.2019, Lausanne
Horizon 2020 Health Info Event – Zurich
At this information event for clinicians, you will learn about Horizon 2020 funding opportunities for innovative health solutions and enjoy an interesting networking lunch with a National Contact Point for Health, a health project coordinator and a Euresearch research manager. Don't miss it! 28.05.2019, Zurich
AI Excellence Centres – Info and Brokerage Event
A match-making brokerage and information day is being held for the call on European Network of Artificial Intelligence (AI) Excellence Centres. Representatives from the European Commission will present detailed information on the call for proposals for the Horizon 2020 topic "ICT-48-2020: Towards a vibrant European network of AI excellence centres". 28.05.2019, Brussels
A half-day consortium-building workshop on the ICT topics of AI (ICT-26-2018-20, DT-ICT-12-2020, DT-ICT-09-2020), photonics (ICT-36-2020, ICT-37-2020) and robotics (ICT-09-2019-2020, ICT-10-2019-2020) is being jointly organised by the Czech, Lithuanian and Slovak liaison offices in Brussels. The registration deadline is 17.05.2019. 05.06.2019, Brussels
CHIST-ERA: Machine Learning & Computation for Environment
This conference is being organised to prepare the 2019 CHIST-ERA call. Technology and scientific challenges will be formulated in the fields of: (1) Explainable machine learning-based artificial intelligence (2) Novel computational approaches for environmental sustainability. The deadline for talks is 20.05.2019. 11-13.06.2019, Tallinn