Transforming the Framework Programme—the Sustainable Development Goals in Horizon Europe
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are being increasingly reflected in the last calls of Horizon 2020. From what we can tell, they will even more strongly influence the next Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon Europe. In the coming months, Euresearch Info will highlight what this means for the different thematic areas.
The SDGs, agreed upon by the United Nations in the autumn of 2015, have become the ultimate measuring stick for national and international policymakers. As a result, they have found their way into the remaining Horizon 2020 calls. The “Green Deal” is an obvious case in point but we should not forget that the SDGs cover a much wider range of topics. The 17 goals—intending to end poverty, protect the planet, and improve the lives and prospects of everyone, everywhere—affect all areas of life. They will strongly influence the structure and content of Horizon Europe.
It does not come as a surprise then that the 5 planned Horizon Europe missions—“Cancer”, “Climate Change”, “Healthy Oceans, Seas, Coastal and Inland Waters”, “Climate Neutral and Smart Cities” and “Soil Health and Food”—are all based on one or more SDGs. Even on the level of individual call topics, the reference is already often explicit and will continue to be so in the future. The increasing emphasis on the expected impact of Horizon 2020 projects that we have seen in the past few years, will focus more and more often on a project’s concrete, albeit incremental, contribution to attaining the SDGs in the coming years.
Based on the numerous positive reactions we received to Judith Zbinden’s “Focus” on the Green Deal in the February edition of this newsletter and that of Joël Graf on the SDGs and Cybersecurity in June, we have decided to run a loose series of further articles explaining the effect the SDGs will have on the various parts of Horizon Europe. Thus, we hope both to whet your appetite for the new programme as well as to shorten the waiting time.
Watch this space!
Regina Schneider, Director
HORIZON 2020 NEWS
Policy Brief on Inter- and Transdisciplinarity, and ASSH
The Horizon 2020 project "SHAPE-ID" has published new findings on how interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity are understood, the factors that can help or hinder these research practices and the implications for the successful integration of the arts, humanities and social sciences (AHSS).
Re-open EU: Website for Safe Holidays
Are holidaymakers currently allowed to enter Italy? Which corona laws currently apply in France? On the website "Re-open EU" you will find information about the border situation, public transport, tourist services, and above all, health and safety measures implemented in a particular country.
COVID-19 in Vitro Diagnostic Devices and Test Methods Database
As part of the EU efforts to provide guidance on the use of corona virus tests, the JRC has created a database of COVID-19 in vitro diagnostic devices and test methods. It contains publicly available information, including performance elements and collated relevant scientific literature.
HORIZON 2020 CALLS
IMI Launches Final Calls for Proposals
The Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) has launched its final calls (22 and 23), with €59 million available for medical research on a range of topics, including tackling cancer using artificial intelligence, neurodegenerative diseases, rare disease diagnosis, antimicrobial resistance, returning clinical trial data to participants, and patient adherence. Deadline: 29.09.2020
Europa Nostra Awards on Cultural Heritage: Call Now Open!
The European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards 2021 are open for submissions! The call aims to identify and celebrate best practices in the cultural heritage field across Europe. Swiss participants are only eligible for the Europa Nostra Award. Further information will be given in a webinar on 3 Sep. 2020. Deadline: 01.10.2020
Your IP Strategy Matters!
Don’t miss the special issue of “les Nouvelles” on how SMEs are using patents and other IPRs in increasingly innovative IP strategies to commercialise their inventions. It offers valuable insights into the innovation ecosystem and highlights the crucial role played by patents in promoting new technologies.
EIC Accelerator Applicants Training for Swiss Companies
Are you currently preparing an EIC Accelerator proposal or intending to submit a proposal to the last cut-off date of 7 October 2020? Then this training is for you. You will receive support and tips and tricks from experts to improve your proposal for submission. 30.07.2020, Online training
Green Deal Call - National Info Event
This national event is a last and great opportunity to participate in Horizon 2020 consortia projects. Furthermore, it is also a way to get involved right from the start with this key priority of the European Commission, which will then continue throughout the next Framework Programme, Horizon Europe. 25.08.2020, Virtual event
MSCA IF Proposal Writing Training
Are you applying for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship with a non-academic host institution located in Switzerland? In our online training, you will learn how to write a competitive proposal. You will work with an example proposal, get insight into the evaluation process and learn from a successful applicant. 28.07.2020, Online training
European R&I Days
The "European Research and Innovation Days" is the European Commission’s annual flagship event, bringing together policymakers, researchers, entrepreneurs and citizens to debate and shape the future of R&I in Europe and beyond. Join and make yourself heard! 22.-24.09.2020, Virtual event
Medtech Innovation Event 2020
This is the matchmaking event for startups, SMEs, service providers and investors as well as academic and global players from the medtech sector. The event consists of pitches by startups / industrial innovators and solution providers. 07.09.2020, Nidau