European Research & Innovation Days for the next EU Framework Programme
With Europe facing substantial changes, it is vital that European research and innovation activities are designed by a wide range of stakeholders. To this end, the European Commission hosted the R&I Days in Brussels in September, with the aim to develop the next Framework Programme, Horizon Europe, which will start in 2021.
The aim of this three-day event was to shape the priorities and strategic plan for the first 4 years of Horizon Europe together with stakeholders from academia, industry and civil society. As Mr Jean-Eric Paquet, the European Commission's Director General for Research and Innovation, said, "with Europe facing significant challenges over the next decade, it is vital that the EU’s research activities are designed not just by bureaucrats but by a wide range of voices to ensure that they’re fit for purpose."
There was a policy conference, an innovation hub and the "Horizon Village", 21 homes dedicated to a specific topic of Horizon Europe. During interactive co-design sessions, participants in the audience and following by webstream gave input though interactive polls. One of the key points was the strong call to the EU to take the lead in creating solutions for sustainability. All the key points, together with more than 6 000 responses from the online co-design consultation, will feed directly into the first Horizon Europe Strategic Plan.
Sasha Hugentobler and Linda Münger, National Contact Points
IMI’s next calls for proposals is currently planned for early 2020. The following topics are under discussion: Neurodegeneration and other neuroscience priorities; Infection control including vaccines; Oncology; Big data, digital health, clinical trials and regulatory research; Optimising patient access to new therapies for rare diseases.
New Dissemination and Exploitation Booster
The European Commission is launching a new call for expression of interest for projects funded under Horizon 2020 and FP7 that need support to disseminate effectively and to boost their exploitation potential. Project consortia may express their interest via the dedicated online submission form.
HORIZON 2020 CALLS
Calls Open in Robotics in Manufacturing
DIH2, the pan-European network for agile production, has an open call targeting SMEs and mid-caps as well as technology providers. The domains addressed include robotics in electronics assembly, automotive and aerospace parts manufacture and assembly, production of metal, rubber or plastic parts, food processing and soft material. Deadline: 31.10.2019
Supporting SMEs in the Uptake of Additive Manufacturing (AM)
The AMable project's third open call for proposals on innovative products that need additive manufacturing has been published. The types of activities that qualify for receiving financial support include feasibility study or best practice experiments on innovative product ideas that require additive manufacturing. Deadline: 01.11.2019
Online Training Sessions – EIC Accelerator Pilot
In 7 short online video training sessions, we provide information about the changes from the former "SME Instrument" Phase 2 to the new "EIC Accelerator Pilot". Find out which documents are important, receive information on the evaluation criteria and review process, on technology readiness levels and more.
European SME Innovation Associate Pilot
This pilot is an innovation capacity building action to provide a European-level grant to visionary SMEs that can demonstrate that the skills required for a particular innovation idea are not within reach at national level. SMEs receive support to employ a highly skilled experienced researcher, an "innovation associate", for 1 year.
Switzerland Wins 2019 Innovation Radar Prize
The European Commission has awarded prizes to the most promising innovations emerging from EU-funded projects. SUPSI won the 2019 Innovation Radar Prize for their lead role in developing robotic tech capable of executing repair tasks in harsh industrial environments. Congratulations to Prof Anna Valente, head of the ARM laboratory at SUPSI!
Science with and for Society – Funding Opportunities
This event focuses on upcoming opportunities in the Horizon 2020 programme "Science with and for Society". It will be of special interest to stakeholders working in the areas of gender, science communication and education, research integrity, and citizen science. 29.10.2019, Bern
Horizon 2020 Proposal Writing Training
Two identical trainings are being offered (19 and 26 November) for people who will be involved in writing a proposal for a collaborative project in the "Societal Challenges" and "Industrial Leadership" programmes under Horizon 2020. A thorough overview of the structure of a Horizon 2020 proposal will be provided. 19.11.19 & 26.11.19, Bern
Applicants Training – EIC Accelerator Pilot (SME Instrument)
This one-day intensive training will provide insight and practical information for writing and submitting a proposal for an EIC Accelerator grant (formerly SME Instrument Phase 2). The event will be held in English. Attendance is free of charge, but registration is required. 22.10.2019, Winterthur
National Information Day – Space in Horizon 2020
The German Aerospace Centre offers information on the last call for proposals for space research in Horizon 2020, as well as hints and tips for proposal writing. In addition, there will be an outlook on the next Framework Programme, "Horizon Europe", and the EU Space Programme. The event will be held in German. 19.11.2019, Bonn
Horizon 2020 Space – International Information Day & Brokerage Event
This event will present the funding opportunities in the Space Work Programme 2020, which includes the last calls for H2020. Participants will have the opportunity to receive first-hand information from the authors of the Work Programme and to hear their hints and tips on proposal writing. 13.-14.11.2019, Warsaw
International Forum on Neuromorphic Computing
The Neurotec Forum will gather together academic and industry representatives to discuss the progress and challenges the European academic world is facing in the development of neuromorphic computing technology, and to facilitate the uptake of existing technology. The Forum also wants to reach out to industry stakeholders. 04.11.2019, Leuven