Climate Action and Sustainable Development: Cross-Cutting Issues in Horizon 2020
Climate action and sustainable development are prime examples of pressing societal challenges that need a multi-country approach. Within Horizon 2020, they are not only at the heart of Societal Challenge 5 “Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials”, but are considered key objectives across the programme. Consequently, at least 35% and 60% of Horizon 2020’s total budget is expected to address climate action and sustainable development, respectively.
Applicants should therefore consider their project’s expected contribution to climate action (efforts that contribute to mitigating climate change, adapt to its impacts and help understand the underlying causes) and sustainable development, whenever applicable. The interim evaluation of Horizon 2020 revealed that the targets for expenditure on climate and sustainability had not been met during the first years of the programme. There will thus be an increased focus on these aspects in the final Work Programme (2018-2020), in order to enable the European Commission to still meet the targets by the end of Horizon 2020. Evaluators are expected to pay even greater attention to whether proposals are planning to contribute to climate action and/or sustainable development and how – a clear vision on your project’s impact on climate and sustainable development is therefore likely to improve its assessment.
Do not hesitate to approach Euresearch if you are unsure about how you can convincingly demonstrate your proposal’s impact on climate/sustainability!
Judith Zbinden, National Contact Point Societal Challenge 5
HORIZON 2020 NEWS
Next Work Programmes 2018-2020
The publication of the next Horizon 2020 Work Programmes is expected to take place at the end of October 2017. Pre-published draft versions have been made public. Be aware that only the final versions will be valid.
ERC: High Risk, High Gain
The blue sky research of the European Research Council (ERC) continues to make an impact. A report found that the ERC is achieving its goals of funding interdisciplinary frontier research and high-risk, high-gain projects. Confirming the outcome of last year's study, 73% of projects evaluated have made breakthroughs or major scientific advances.
Horizon 2020 Info Week on Societal Challenge 2 Calls for 2018
This week will highlight the novelties of the new Work Programme and provide practical information on how to successfully apply to the upcoming calls for proposals with topics in the areas of food security, agriculture, forestry, marine research and the bioeconomy. The related brokerage event organised by BioHorizon will form the first part of the info week.
HORIZON 2020 CALLS
EU Prize for Women Innovators
The European Commission has launched the EU Prize for Women Innovators to recognise women entrepreneurs who have achieved outstanding innovations and brought them to market. Four cash prizes will be awarded to the most innovative women entrepreneurs. Deadline: 15 November 2017
ERC Consolidator Grant 2018
Are you a researcher who wants to consolidate your independence by establishing a team and continuing to develop a successful career in Europe? The ERC Consolidator Grant will open on 24 October 2017 with a budget of €550 million. Deadline: 15 February 2018
European Innovation Council (EIC)
From autumn 2017, Horizon 2020 will support innovation projects from innovators, researchers and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) active in any sector or technology. The EIC will bring together different programmes: the SME Instrument, Fast Track to Innovation, Horizon Prizes, and parts of Future and Emerging Technologies. Various calls will open up for proposals for breakthrough innovations. This will be part of an EIC pilot.
Up to €60 000 financing available for disruptors of the connected car industry
The IMPACT Connected Car project (funded under INNOSUP-1-2016-2017) will create a portfolio of 64 disruptors of the connected car industry through 2 open calls for project proposals. On 9 October 2017, the project published its first call for provision of financial support to third parties through which 13 SMEs will receive up to €60 000.
EU Research Funding new calls – Unveiling the H2020 2018-2020 Work Programmes
Euresearch, in partnership with EPFL, HES-SO, UNIFR, UNIGE, UNIL and UNINE is pleased to invite you to learn more about upcoming EU funding opportunities. 07.12.2017, Lausanne
Horizon 2020 Health Applicants Training
This full-day event is intended for applicants of Horizon 2020 Health proposals. You will receive targeted information and advice to support you in planning and writing proposals for the next calls. Save the date! 14.12.2017, Zurich
Horizon 2020 High Impact Workshop
This workshop combines theory, best practice and group work to provide participants both the big picture and a hands-on approach to early-stage, impact-driven proposal preparation. The workshop will use pre-selected topics from upcoming Horizon 2020 calls. 5.12.2017, Bern
Horizon 2020 Health Partnering Day 2017
Since the launch of the 2018 Health calls is planned for 7 November 2017, the Health NCP Network is organising a free partnering event in Brussels to help you find the right project partners for the upcoming calls. The event targets a wide spectrum of companies, universities and those interested in sharing new project ideas. 07.12.2017, Brussels
Register for Horizon 2020 Health Info Day
The European Commission is organising an Info Day on the 2018-2020 Work Programme for Societal Challenge 1: Health, demographic change and wellbeing. You will have the opportunity to meet DG Research and Innovation staff and ask questions. Registration is open and places are limited, so register quickly!
Matchmaking during WindEurope 2017
The WindEnergy Matchmaking event offers professionals in the wind energy business (onshore and offshore) a unique opportunity to stay updated on the sector and its players, and to meet qualified contacts in a short amount of time.
Your Swiss contact is the Enterprise Europe Network.