It is a well-known fact that Horizon 2020 is the biggest multinational RDI programme in the world. But are you aware that it might also be the most important source of funding for transdisciplinary research?
In the context of Horizon 2020, transdisciplinarity can be understood as the collaboration of researchers from different scientific disciplines with non-academic stakeholders. The inclusion of a diverse range of players, who are directly confronted with the issue at stake, is seen as a way to maximise the impact of projects and lead to common solutions for socioeconomic problems.
Horizon 2020 topics with a transdisciplinary approach are mainly found in the calls of pillar 2 (Industrial Leadership) and 3 (Societal Challenges). For example, topics on the integration of migrants, well-being in cities, social networks of the future, or healthy ageing require the active involvement of migrants, citizens, end-users, patients and other groups.
Transdisciplinarity has great potential for achieving new insights. At the same time, such an approach can be quite challenging, since a variety of perspectives and different backgrounds have to be brought together. Euresearch recently organised an event where these issues were discussed. The invited experts agreed that true transdisciplinarity is difficult to achieve but that the concept should nevertheless be explicitly addressed in proposals. Horizon 2020 applicants should make the most of the existing expertise, such as the Network for Transdisciplinary Research, which is hosted by the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences.
Joël Graf, National Contact Point for Social Sciences and Humanities
HORIZON 2020 NEWS
Euresearch and Swiss Biotech Association Join Forces
As of 1 July 2018, Euresearch and the Swiss Biotech Association have entered a partnership to improve the access of Swiss biotech companies to European funding opportunities. In particular, we will organise joint promotion and training activities.
New Guide on Responsible Research and Innovation
Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) is a cross-cutting issue in Horizon 2020. A practical guide, compiled by the Horizon 2020 project "RRI Tools", gives an introduction to the concept and provides concrete examples of RRI implementation.
New ERC President Wanted!
Applications for the new European Research Council (ERC) President are open. The ERC President will chair the ERC Scientific Council and be the voice and public face of the ERC. She/he should be an internationally renowned and respected scientist, a prominent advocate of frontier research, and an ambassador of European science within and beyond Europe.
ERC Work Programme 2019 published
The ERC Work Programme 2019 has now been published with the previous information on changes compared to the 2018 Work Programme. The submission system for the Starting and Synergy Grant calls is open and the “Information for Applicants” available. The deadline for the Starting Grant calls remains 17 October 2018, that for the Synergy Grant calls 8 November 2018.
HORIZON 2020 CALLS
Research Infrastructures Topic 02-2019-2020 has been postponed
The opening of the call for the Horizon 2020 topic "Preparatory Phase of new ESFRI projects" (INFRADEV-02-2019-2020; CSA), has been postponed to 14 November 2018 and the deadline to 20 March 2019.
ROSIN Support for Robotic Operating Systems
The ROSIN project aims at amplifying the impact of the industrial part of the Robotic Operating System, making it more business-friendly and accessible. ROSIN co-finances focused technical projects and educational projects.
Webinar on Next Generation Batteries on YouTube!
The EC has set actions and milestones to make Europe a global industrial leader in sustainable battery production and use, for stationary energy storage and for electric vehicles. The webinar provides detailed information about the battery-related topics in Horizon 2020.
Successful Applicant Training
The applicant training events for the SME Instrument during the summer were very well attended. Training on writing convincing proposals lasted one afternoon and was often complemented with testimonies from evaluators, successful applicants and project managers. We will publish new training dates as soon as they are known.
FundingBox for Digital Disruptors
FundingBox is a user-friendly platform for start-ups and SMEs in digital innovation looking to join Horizon 2020 projects or searching for accessible funding for innovation. FundingBox provides simple and personalised access to both public funding and interactive tech communities.
Horizon 2020 Reporting Training by the EC
If you have questions on how the rules for financial reporting have to be applied in real life, don’t miss this opportunity to learn from the experts! Members of the European Commission's Common Legal Support and Audit Services will come to Switzerland for a full-day workshop to dispel the most common reporting errors.
Growth by Collaborations – How to find Partners for Innovation and Business
Speakers from the Enterprise Europe Network, Euresearch, Swiss Biotech Association, Swissnex Network and companies with practical experience will inform participants about tools and talk about their experiences to identify future business and collaboration partners. 18.10.2018, Liestal
Basic Training on EU RDI Opportunities
The aim of the event is to help participants decide if and which European RDI programmes or initiatives are suited to their needs and capacities. Participants will learn how to get competent advice if interested in submitting a proposal. No previous knowledge is expected. This workshop is free of charge but registration is compulsory.
European Forum for Electronic Components and Systems 2018
The event brings together representatives from across the electronic components and systems (ECS) community, and is designed to create a stimulating environment that encourages the collaborative innovation that will boost the digital economy in Europe. 20-22.11.2018, Lisbon
Save the Date: Security Research Event 2018
This event aims at demonstrating the impact of EU-funded security research. It will consist of a conference with two high-level panels and an exhibition with around 50 projects showcasing their results. 800 participatns are expected. More information will follow soon. 5-6.12.2018, Brussels
Matchmaking Recycling Technology 2018
In the frame of RECYCLING-TECHNIK Dortmund, a matchmaking event is being organised by EEN together with the exhibition organisers. The trade show’s main focus is on machinery and technical components for recycling and environmentally responsible disposal. 8.11.2018, Dortmund