Gerhard Gass, the longest serving Swiss National Contact Point (NCP) will leave Euresearch at the end of November after 18 years of service. He will be missed by clients and colleagues alike.
Gerhard Gass is a food chemist by training with an extensive background in industry. He has been in charge of the EU programmes for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as well as for "Food, Agriculture and Biotechnology" for close to 18 years now. Gerhard joined Euresearch in 2002, shortly after its inception.
Thus, he belongs to the very first generation of advisors on the European Framework Programmes (FPs). Things were different then. Euresearch was known by the title "Swiss Network for Innovation/Réseau Suisse d'Innovation" (SNI-RSI) and what are now called NCPs were simply "Programme Managers". Gerhard has thus seen it all: the foundation of the Euresearch Association in 2004, the association of Switzerland to FP6 in the same year, the start of FP7 in 2007, the partial association of Switzerland to Horizon 2020 in 2014, the full association in 2017, and the steady growth of the Euresearch network over the years.
Accordingly, Gerhard has accumulated a treasure trove of information, knowledge and experience, which he has always been ready to share with colleagues and clients (there must have been thousands of them over the years—clients, not colleagues!). Ever since I started working for Euresearch many moons ago, he has been our institutional memory, knowing where to dig out forgotten statistics and untraceable templates. His expertise and his quiet optimism have also allowed him time and again to calm worried researchers by explaining the intricacies of budgeting for SMEs as patiently as what the EC expects regarding the valorisation of by-products or waste-streams from the food-processing industry.
I always envied Gerhard for the kind of proposals he was allowed to review. (My favourite is the FP6 project in which they turned wine mesh into heart medication.) Now, I envy him for the time he will have for his mountain bike and his clarinet. With his leaving, an era comes to an end. Euresearch will continue to exist—but it will not be the same anymore.
Regina Schneider, Director
HORIZON 2020 NEWS
How does the Lump Sum Method Work? Inform Yourself!
The European Commission (EC) is trialling a new lump sum funding method in different programmes and topics within Horizon 2020. You can find detailed information on the Lump Sum Pilot via a short YouTube video, an EC presentation, and a webinar from the NCP Academy (link below).
Consultation of AAL Stakeholders
The European Commission (EC) is currently considering how to meet the challenges of our ageing population and is calling for input to help shape the new AAL programme on ageing well. Feedback from social and health care professionals, businesses, technology developers and non-profits are particularly welcome!
Update of SSH Opportunity Compilation Published
The NCP network "Net4Society" has published the latest update of their document "Opportunities for Researchers from the Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH)". It provides an overview of topics with relevance to SSH stakeholders in all the Horizon 2020 programmes.
HORIZON 2020 CALLS
Technology Transfer Experiment Calls
The EU project "TETRAMAX" supports and funds international technology transfer experiments in the area of customised low-energy computing for cyber-physical systems and the Internet of Things. Bilateral, value-chain-oriented and entrepreneurial calls are currently open. Deadline: 30.11 & 31.12.2019
Call: Joint Transnational Research Projects on Animal Health
The ERA-NET Cofund "International Coordination of Research on Infectious Animal Diseases" (ICRAD) is a new Action under Horizon 2020. The first call will open on 14 November 2019with an indicative budget of approx. €23.7 million. Deadline: 13.02.2020
Trinity: SME Use Case for Manufacturing
The "TRINITY" project provides up to €300 000 equity-free funding for SME use case demonstrators in the areas of digital technology, robotics and cybersecurity in manufacturing. A minimum of 30 demonstrators will be funded. The first call will open late 2019. Deadline: after Feb. 2020
Fast Track to Innovation
Fast Track to Innovation is a bottom-up programme supporting close-to-market innovation activities for small industry-driven consortia, composed of all types of partners. It aims to reduce time to market and stimulate the participation of first-time applicants in European research. There are 3 cut-off dates a year. Next cut-off: 19.02.2020
ERC CoG 2020 – Applicants Training
How should I write a convincing ERC Consolidator Grant (CoG) proposal? How should I set-up my budget? You can get answers to these questions, and information and tips on how to prepare your proposal during one of our training workshops. Attendance is only for researchers applying to the current call. Dec. 2019 & Jan. 2020, Bern
Save the Date: ICT Applicants Training
Are you involved in or coordinating an ICT proposal for the April 2020 deadline? Then this training is for you! You will be given a thorough overview of the structure of an ICT proposal, learn how proposals are evaluated and get the opportunity to immerse yourself in selected aspects that many applicants struggle with. 12.02.2020, Bern
European AI Policy Conference
The European Artificial Intelligence (AI) Policy Conference is a high-level forum to connect EU policymakers and thought leaders to stakeholders working to promote AI in Europe, showcase AI advances, and promote policies that support AI development. A full programme will be announced in the coming months. 05.03.2020, Brussels
EU Agricultural Outlook Conference
This conference will focus on sustainability from farm to fork and on the impact of increasing societal demands on food prices. It will include a debate on the outlook for EU agricultural markets. Participants will include EU institutions, governments and international organisations, market experts, academics, think tanks and civil society. 10-11.12.2019, Brussels
Public Funding Opportunities
This half-day workshop will provide a comprehensive overview of the different funding and support activities for researchers in industry and academia that are not related to venture capital, bank loans and other usually larger investments for companies. The event is free of charge but registration is required. 04.12.2019, Brugg-Windisch