We cannot accuse the Horizon 2020 Framework Programmes of being driven by short-term trends, hypes and fads. The development cycle for the Work Programmes is far too long to be influenced by mainstream media or popular opinion. The 3-year time frame of the upcoming Work Programmes, the time between the deadline and the actual start of the projects, and the duration of the projects themselves prohibits aimless activism and requires strategic foresight.
Many technologies in the financial technology (Fintech) sector are well advanced in the hype cycle and are already mature enough to be applied in different domains. Horizon 2020 has always been open to projects that use big data and cloud computing technologies to support the financial industry, to proposals that promise to implement innovative financial instruments to finance the use of energy-efficient technologies, and to teams of researchers that are developing efficient and secure means of communication.
Even though digital ledgers, smart contracts and other Fintech technologies are mentioned only sparsely in the drafts of the upcoming Work Programmes, there will be many opportunities to create impact using these technologies in different areas. The challenges are to find appropriate topics, form capable teams and write convincing proposals that outline the impact to be created. The upcoming ICT Work Programme will most likely call for proposals on regulatory issues in the Fintech industry and ask for the application of blockchain, digital ledger and artificial intelligence technologies.
This is reason enough for the Fintech community to have a closer look at the Work Programmes to be published by the end of October 2017 and to ask the National Contact Points at Euresearch for help in identifiying funding opportunities.
Stefan Fischer, National Contact Point ICT & Energy
HORIZON 2020 NEWS
Submit Your Proposal Early
The European Commission recommends that you submit your Horizon 2020 proposal at least 48 hours before the deadline, in order to have enough time to deal with any technical problems you might encounter. You can submit as many times as you like up to the deadline. Every submitted version replaces the previous one.
ERC Publishes 2017 Starting Grants Results
The European Research Council (ERC) has announced the awarding of its Starting Grants to 406 early-career researchers from across Europe. The funding, worth €605 million in total and up to €1.5 million per grant, will enable the grantees to set up their own research teams and pursue ground-breaking ideas.
Horizon 2020: What to Expect and Where to Apply in 2018-2020
This Euresearch National Information Event will take place on 31 October 2017 at the Eventfabrik in Bern. Register now to get the latest information about the upcoming collaborative calls in the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020 and take the opportunity to meet your National Contact Point (NCP) for bilateral discussions.
HORIZON 2020 CALLS
Human Brain Project Call
A new call to participate in the Human Brain Project-Joint Platform has been announced in the areas of digital infrastructure for large neuroscience projects, data protection, modelling allosteric drugs, single neuron and interneuron analyses, and gender equality activities. Deadline: 30.9.2017
Want to Find a Partner or a Consortium for an Upcoming Horizon 2020 NMBP Call?
Sign up now for the Brokerage Event about the next Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Biotechnology, and Advanced Manufacturing and Processing (NMBP) calls! 17.10.2017, Strasbourg
Success Story - OpenRiskNet
Our world is awash with chemicals, many of which still need risk and safety testing. The Horizon 2020 project "OpenRiskNet" (Open e-Infrastructure to Support Data Sharing, Knowledge Integration and in silico Analysis and Modelling in Risk Assessment) aims to provide a global infrastructure and network to integrate and harmonise data from experiments and computer models of toxicology. It is coordinated by Douglas Connect GmbH in Basel.
Video - Smart, Green and Integrated Transport Project
FPT Motorenforschung AG is a partner in "DiePer" (Diesel efficiency improvement with particulates and emission reduction), a 3-year research project funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Framework Programme and the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI). Watch the video produced by Euresearch St. Gallen and the University of St. Gallen.
Migration in Horizon 2020
This event will inform you about future research opportunities in the field of migration within the Horizon 2020 Work Programmes for 2018-2020. The focus of the event is on collaborative projects in the area of social sciences and humanities. 26.9.2017, Bern
MSCA ITN Applicants Training
Don't miss this opportunity to learn from the experiences of an Innovative Training Network (ITN) coordinator and evaluator in a 1-day Applicants Training. The highly competitive Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN call is expected to open on 12 October 2017. 24.10.2017, Bern
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
Brokerage Event on Key Enabling Technologies in NMBP
This brokerage event dedicated to key enabling technologies will target the upcoming 2018-2020 calls in Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Biotechnology, and Advanced Manufacturing and Processing (NMBP). 17.10.2017, Strasbourg
AquaMatch Partnering Event
AquaMatch, organised during Aquatech Amsterdam, is the international brokerage event on water technology, water management and innovation. It enables trade exhibitors and visitors to find cooperation partners and access new technologies. 2.11.2017, Amsterdam
Smart City Brokerage Event
Take advantage of the networking opportunities at the Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC), the worldwide leading event on smart cities, and connect with industry leaders at the 4th Smart City Brokerage Event. Participants sit down together in pre-arranged 1-on-1 meetings.