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Latest update on UK participation in EU funding programmes

13 August 2018

The UK government recently published an updated note on UK participation in the EU research funding programme, Horizon 2020. The update includes details on the current negotiation status on future UK participation as part of Brexit discussions, as well as confirmation of the recently announced extension of the Underwrite Guarantee for UK participants in the event of a ‘no deal’ outcome.

The updated note follows previous updates issued following the EU referendum and outlines the current position in relation to the proposed Withdrawal Agreement between the UK and EU, the UK government’s Underwrite Guarantee (including the newly announced Post-EU Exit Guarantee Extension), and the UK government’s aspirations for UK participation in Horizon 2020’s successor programme, Horizon Europe (2021-2027).

Withdrawal Agreement

The note outlines the position in the draft of the Withdrawal Agreement between the UK and EU that UK participants in on-going EU funded projects will continue to receive an uninterrupted flow of EU funding for the lifetime of the project. Furthermore, it envisages that UK participants will be eligible to bid for Horizon 2020 funding for the duration of the programme, including after the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, as both partners and in coordinating consortia.

Underwrite Guarantee

As previously announced in August 2016, the UK government is committed to underwriting all bids for EU funding submitted by UK participants whilst the UK remains a member of the EU. The underwrite covers both on-going projects and all bids submitted prior to the date the UK leaves the EU (29 March 2019) but for which the outcome is not known by that date. This includes Stage 1 bids that have been submitted for calls operating a two-stage process, where the Stage 2 deadline falls after the exit date. Operation of the Underwrite Guarantee would only be necessary in a scenario in which the Withdrawal Agreement is not signed (i.e. a ‘no deal’ outcome).

On 24 July, the government announced an extension to the Underwrite Guarantee (the ‘Post EU Exit Guarantee Extension’). The extension means that the government is now committed to funding UK participants on all successful collaborative Horizon 2020 bids made after exit day and until the end of Horizon 2020, thus including all bids submitted both before and after the date the UK leaves the EU.

The extension to the guarantee means that, in a no deal scenario, UK participants will be able to continue to apply to Horizon 2020 calls open to third country participants (which the UK will be at that point), safe in the knowledge that their participation will be funded for the lifetime of the project, even if this extends beyond 2020.

For more details of which parts of the Horizon 2020 programme are open to third countries, please contact the Research Development Team (see below).

UK participation in Horizon Europe

The note also sets out the government’s aspirations for UK participation in the successor programme to Horizon 2020 – Horizon Europe – which will run from 2021-2027. In the recently published white paper on the UK’s future relationship with the EU, the government set out that it would like to explore association to Horizon Europe and other European science and innovation programmes. Such association – in the government’s view – would involve an appropriate UK financial contribution linked to a suitable level of influence in line with the contribution and benefits the UK brings to such programmes.

Link: UK participation in Horizon 2020: UK government overview

If you have any questions about any aspect of applying for EU research funding, please don’t hesitate to contact either Stephen Parkinson or Adrian Duckworth in the Research Development Team.

Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020

14 November 2017

The Horizon 2020 Work Programme for 2018-2020, covering the final three years of the EU’s current research & innovation funding programme, was officially announced at the end of October. The Work Programme contains details of all of the proposed calls across all three pillars of Horizon 2020.

The list of calls announced runs in the hundreds and therefore can seem to be overwhelming to navigate. In this post therefore, we wanted to provide a brief overview of the structure of the Work Programme, a selection of some of the calls that may be of particular interest to Salford academics, along with details of where to go to find out more and to search through all of the available opportunities.

Horizon 2020 Structure

The Horizon 2020 programme is structured into three main ‘pillars’ (Excellent Science, Industrial Leadership and Societal Challenges). Each of these pillars focuses on a different type of research & innovation action: bottom-up, curiosity-driven research (Excellent Science); applied and close-to-market research & innovation actions with an industry focus (Industrial Leadership); challenge-driven collaborative research & innovation actions addressing some of the grand themes affecting both the EU and the wider world (Societal Challenges). Within each pillar there are sub-categories, all of which have their own part of the Work Programme.

 

Brexit and UK applicants’ eligibility to receive funding

We understand that some confusion may still exist about UK applicants’ eligibility to apply for and receive funding from Horizon 2020 in light of the Brexit process. The key message at the moment, both from the UK Government and the European Commission, is that the status of the UK as an EU Member State will not change until such time as the UK actually leaves the EU and that UK participants should continue applying for Horizon 2020 and other competitive EU funds.

Furthermore, the UK Government has issued a statement guaranteeing funding for UK applicants on proposals that submitted up until the date on which the UK formally leaves the EU (even those for which the outcome is not known at that date).

More information on the current situation is available on the UK Research Office’s (UKRO) website.

The 2018-2020 Work Programme

Some of the key calls in the new Work Programme that are likely to be of interest to Salford academics include (each call contains a link to the relevant call page on the Horizon 2020 Participant Portal):

PILLAR 1: EXCELLENT SCIENCE

European Research Council (ERC)

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA)

Future and Emerging Technologies (FET)

PILLAR 2: INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP

LEADERSHIP IN ENABLING & INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGIES (LEIT) – ICT

Call – Information and Communication Technologies

Technologies for Digitising European Industry

5G

Next Generation Internet (NGI)

Call – Digitising and transforming European industry and services: digital innovation hubs and platforms

Support to Hubs

Platforms and Pilots

LEADERSHIP IN ENABLING & INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGIES (LEIT) – NANOTECHNOLOGIES, ADVANCED MATERIALS, ADVANCED MANUFACTURING AND PROCESSING, AND BIOTECHNOLOGY (NMBP)

Call – TRANSFORMING EUROPEAN INDUSTRY

2.1. FACTORIES OF THE FUTURE (FOF)

Call – INDUSTRIAL SUSTAINABILITY

3.4. CULTURAL HERITAGE

3.5. ENERGY-EFFICIENT BUILDINGS (EEB)

LEADERSHIP IN ENABLING & INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGIES (LEIT) – SPACE

Call – Space 2018-2020

Space technologies, science and exploration

PILLAR 3: SOCIETAL CHALLENGES

SOCIETAL CHALLENGE 1: HEALTH, DEMOGRAPHIC CHANGE & WELLBEING

Call – Better Health and care, economic growth and sustainable health systems

1.3 Infectious diseases and improving global health

1.5 Decoding the role of the environment, including climate change, for health and well-being

Call – Digital transformation in Health and Care

Call – Trusted digital solutions and Cybersecurity in Health and Care

Focus Area on Digitising and transforming European industry and services

DT-TDS-01-2019: Smart and healthy living at home

SOCIETAL CHALLENGE 2: FOOD SECURITY, SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY, MARINE, MARITIME AND INLAND WATER RESEARCH AND BIOECONOMY

Call – Sustainable Food Security

From functional ecosystems to healthy food

Environment and climate-smart food production and consumption

Call – Blue Growth

Organising sustainable food and non-food value chains under changing conditions

SOCIETAL CHALLENGE 3: SECURE, CLEAN AND EFFICIENT ENERGY

Call – BUILDING A LOW-CARBON, CLIMATE RESILIENT FUTURE: SECURE, CLEAN AND EFFICIENT ENERGY

Energy efficiency

Upgrading buildings’ energy performance and smartness

Energy efficiency is an energy source

Global leadership in renewables

Renewable energy solutions for implementation at consumer scale

Smart and clean energy for consumers

Smart citizen-centred energy system

Smart Cities and Communities

Cross-cutting issues

SOCIETAL CHALLENGE 4: SMART, GREEN AND INTEGRATED TRANSPORT

Call – 2018-2020 Mobility for Growth

  1. BUILDING A LOW-CARBON, CLIMATE RESILIENT FUTURE: LOW-CARBON AND SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT
  1. ACCOUNTING FOR THE PEOPLE

Call – Building a low-carbon, climate resilient future: Green Vehicles

SOCIETAL CHALLENGE 5: CLIMATE ACTION, ENVIRONMENT, RESOURCE EFFICIENCY AND RAW MATERIALS

Call – Building a low-carbon, climate resilient future: climate action in support of the Paris Agreement

Climate adaptation, impacts and services

Inter-relations between climate change, biodiversity and ecosystem services

Water for our environment, economy and society

Innovating cities for sustainability and resilience

Protecting and leveraging the value of our natural and cultural assets: Nature-based solutions, disaster risk reduction and natural capital accounting

Protecting and leveraging the value of our natural and cultural assets: Heritage alive

SOCIETAL CHALLENGE 6: EUROPE IN A CHANGING WORLD – INCLUSIVE, INNOVATIVE AND REFLECTIVE SOCIETIES

Call – MIGRATION

Call – SOCIOECONOMIC AND CULTURAL TRANSFORMATIONS IN THE CONTEXT OF THE FOURTH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION

SOCIETAL CHALLENGE 7: SECURE SOCIETIES – PROTECTING FREEDOM AND SECURITY OF EUROPE AND ITS CITIZENS

Boosting the effectiveness of the Security Union – Focus Area

Call – Protecting the infrastructure of Europe and the people in the European smart cities

Call – Security

Disaster-Resilient Societies

Fight against Crime and Terrorism

Call – Digital Security

SU-DS02-2020: Management of cyber-attacks and other risks

SCIENCE WITH AND FOR SOCIETY

Call – Science with and for Society

Strategic orientation 1. Accelerating and catalysing processes of institutional change

Strategic orientation 2. Stepping up support to Gender Equality in Research & Innovation policy

Strategic orientation 4. Exploring and supporting citizen science

Strategic orientation 5. Building the knowledge base for SwafS

Further Information

This is just a small selection of the total number of calls that have been announced for period 2018-2020. Details of all calls, with a range of search tools to help identify those that are relevant to you, are available on the European Commission’s Participant Portal.

The Research Development Team is on hand to provide further guidance and advice on all aspects of Horizon 2020, including proposal development. Initial contact points within the Team for all Schools are available on the Contact Us page.

Upcoming European Funding Opportunities, 2018

25 October 2017

Please see below for a number of European funding opportunities are coming up in the first quarter of 2018. Target areas include:

  • researcher training, staff exchange, and career development
  • transport
  • energy
  • migration and integration
  • aging and sustainable health care
  • aquatic biodiversity and resources
  • agriculture and food systems
  • climate change and greenhouse gases
  • rural economies and culture
  • globalisation, digitisation, and the fourth industrial revolution

For further information on any of the opportunities please contact your funding team representative, or come along to the UKRO EU Research Funding day on Wednesday 1 November.

The UK government has committed to funding all successful applications for EU funding made prior to the UK’s formal exit from the  EU. Moreover, the European Commission has issued assurances that bids led by or involving UK partners will be treated equally.

(Links below lead to Research Professional; the programmes associated with the calls are currently in the draft phase.)

Marie Sklodowska-Curie innovative training networks.
This aims to raise excellence and structure research and doctoral training, extending the traditional academic research training setting. Grants are worth €39,240 a year for up to 36 months.
Closing date: 17 Jan 18
http://www.researchprofessional.com/funding/opportunity/1975181

H2020-MG-2018 mobility for growth. Horizon 2020: Societal Challenges
This call supports projects that develop new solutions regarding transport challenges, such as addressing transport means, infrastructure and operation models and integrating them into a user friendly European transport system of smart connected mobility with low impact on climate and environment. Grants are worth between €2m and €20m each.
Expected to open on 31 October 2017. Closing date: 30 Jan 18
http://www.researchprofessional.com/funding/opportunity/1971204

H2020-LC-SC3-2018 building a low-carbon, climate resilient future. Horizon 2020: Societal Challenges
This call supports projects that focus on research, demonstration, innovation and market-uptake actions across different low-carbon energy sectors such as renewable energy, smart energy systems, energy efficiency and carbon capture utilisation and storage.
The next call is expected to open on 31 October 2017 and have a deadline on 31 January 2018.
http://www.researchprofessional.com/funding/opportunity/1981425

H2020-LC-SC3-2018 building a low-carbon, climate resilient future. Horizon 2020: Societal Challenges
This call supports projects that focus on research, demonstration, innovation and market-uptake actions across different low-carbon energy sectors such as renewable energy, smart energy systems, energy efficiency and carbon capture utilisation and storage. Grants are worth between €2m and €5m each.
The next call is expected to open on 31 October 2017 and have a deadline on 31 January 2018.
http://www.researchprofessional.com/funding/opportunity/1981427

H2020-SC1-BHC-2018 better health and care, economic growth and sustainable health system. Horizon 2020: Societal Challenges
This call supports projects that reconcile better health and healthy ageing with the need to develop sustainable health and care systems and growth opportunities for the health and care related industries. Grants are worth between €5m and €10m each.
The next call is expected to open on 7 November 2017 and have a deadline on 6 February 2018.
http://www.researchprofessional.com/funding/opportunity/1982021

H2020-BG-2018 blue growth. Horizon 2020: Societal Challenges
This call supports projects that aim at sustainably harvesting the potential of aquatic resources from seas, oceans and inland waters for different uses and across the range of marine and maritime industries, while protecting biodiversity and enhancing climate resilience. Grants are worth up to €9m each.
The next call is expected to open on 31 October 2017 and have a deadline on 13 February 2018. http://www.researchprofessional.com/funding/opportunity/1981054

H2020-SFS-2018 sustainable food security. Horizon 2020: Societal Challenges
This call supports projects that aim to deliver healthy food, increase resource efficiency of food systems, understand the impact of climate change on agriculture or reduce greenhouse gas emissions from food production. Grants are worth up to €10m each.
The next call is expected to open on 31 October 2017 and have a deadline on 13 February 2018.
http://www.researchprofessional.com/funding/opportunity/1981058

H2020-SFS-2018 sustainable food security. Horizon 2020: Societal Challenges
This call supports projects that aim to deliver healthy food, increase resource efficiency of food systems, understand the impact of climate change on agriculture or reduce greenhouse gas emissions from food production. Grants are worth up to €10m each.
The next call is expected to open on 31 October 2017 and have a deadline on 13 February 2018. http://www.researchprofessional.com/funding/opportunity/1981060

H2020-BG-2018 blue growth. Horizon 2020: Societal Challenges
This call supports projects that aim at sustainably harvesting the potential of aquatic resources from seas, oceans and inland waters for different uses and across the range of marine and maritime industries, while protecting biodiversity and enhancing climate resilience. Grants are worth up to €9m each.
The next call is expected to open on 31 October 2017 and have a deadline on 13 February 2018.
http://www.researchprofessional.com/funding/opportunity/1981064

H2020-RUR-2018 rural renaissance. Horizon 2020: Societal Challenges
This call supports projects that aim to raise the natural, social, cultural and economic potential of rural areas and to foster policy coherence and to boost economic development, ecosystem services and entrepreneurial innovation. Grants are worth up to €6m each.
The next call is expected to open on 31 October 2017 and have a deadline on 13 February 2018.
http://www.researchprofessional.com/funding/opportunity/1981070

H2020-RUR-2018 rural renaissance. Horizon 2020: Societal Challenges
This call supports projects that aim to raise the natural, social, cultural and economic potential of rural areas and to foster policy coherence and to boost economic development, ecosystem services and entrepreneurial innovation. Grants are worth up to €10m each.
The next call is expected to open on 31 October 2017 and have a deadline on 13 February 2018.
http://www.researchprofessional.com/funding/opportunity/1981072

H2020-LC-SC3-2018 building a low-carbon, climate resilient future. Horizon 2020: Societal Challenges
This call supports projects that focus on research, demonstration, innovation and market-uptake actions across different low-carbon energy sectors such as renewable energy, smart energy systems, energy efficiency and carbon capture utilisation and storage. Grants are worth between €1m and €20m each.
The next call is expected to open on 31 October 2017 and have a deadline on 13 February 2018.
http://www.researchprofessional.com/funding/opportunity/1981429

ERC-2018-CoG consolidator grants Horizon 2020: Excellent Science
These grants support principal investigators who are at a career stage at which they may be consolidating their own independent research team or programme. Grants are worth up to €2 million each over five years, plus an additional €750,000 start-up grant.
The next call is expected to open on 24 October 2017 with a deadline on 15 February 2018.
http://www.researchprofessional.com/funding/opportunity/1850545

H2020-LC-CLA-2018 building a low-carbon, climate resilient future – climate action in support of the Paris Agreement. Horizon 2020: Societal Challenges
This call supports projects that aim to produce solutions for the achievement of the PA’s mitigation and adaptation goals, and to further relevant scientific knowledge for the implementation of the nationally determined contributions and in advance of key PA-related milestones. Grants are worth between €5m and €10m.
The next call is expected to open on 7 November 2017 and have a deadline on 27 February 2018.
http://www.researchprofessional.com/funding/opportunity/1980634

H2020-SC5-2018 greening the economy in line with the sustainable development goals. Horizon 2020: Societal Challenges
This call supports projects that aim to improve the efficiency of resource use to minimise the production of waste and increase the use of resources originating from secondary sources while avoiding adverse health effects and to reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions in the medium term. Grants are worth up €5m.
The next call is expected to open on 7 November 2017 and have a deadline on 27 February 2018.
http://www.researchprofessional.com/funding/opportunity/1980640

H2020-SC5-2018 greening the economy in line with the sustainable development goals. Horizon 2020: Societal Challenges
This call supports projects that aim to improve the efficiency of resource use to minimise the production of waste and increase the use of resources originating from secondary sources while avoiding adverse health effects and to reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions in the medium term. Grants are worth between €3m and €15m.
The next call is expected to open on 7 November 2017 and have a deadline on 27 February 2018.
http://www.researchprofessional.com/funding/opportunity/1980642

H2020-SC6-TRANSFORMATIONS-2018 socioeconomic and cultural transformations of the fourth industrial revolution. Horizon 2020: Societal Challenges
This call supports projects related to the challenges linked to the compounded socioeconomic and cultural origins and effects in Europe of the fourth industrial revolution in a context of globalisation and digitisation. Grants are worth between €1m and €5m each.
The next call is expected to open on 7 November 2017 and have a deadline on 13 March 2018.
http://www.researchprofessional.com/funding/opportunity/1973156

H2020-SC6-MIGRATION-2018 migration. Horizon 2020: Societal Challenges
This call supports projects related to the global and European governance of migration as well as offering innovative solutions for the successful integration of migrants into European host societies. Grants are worth between €3m and €4m.
The next call is expected to open on 7 November 2017 and have a deadline on 13 March 2018.
http://www.researchprofessional.com/funding/opportunity/1973158

H2020-SC6-GOVERNANCE-2018 governance for the future. Horizon 2020: Societal Challenges
This call supports projects related to key constitutional and institutional areas such as social rights in Europe, trust, citizenship, differentiation in the EU, open innovation, security and defence policy, digital democracy, governance of the digital single market and European cloud infrastructure. The indicative budget is worth €40.5 million. Grants are worth up to €9m each.
The next call is expected to open on 7 November 2017 and have a deadline on 13 March 2018.
http://www.researchprofessional.com/funding/opportunity/1973164

H2020-MSCA-RISE-2018 Marie Sklodowska-Curie research and innovation staff exchange. Horizon 2020: Excellent Science
This call supports international and inter-sector collaboration through research and innovation staff exchanges, and sharing of knowledge and ideas from research to market.
The next call is expected to open on 22 November 2017 and have a deadline on 21 March 2018.
http://www.researchprofessional.com/funding/opportunity/1975185

 

Horizon 2020: Evaluation of Proposals

5 February 2014

This article outlines the overall procedure for Horizon 2020 proposals, which will be very similar to its predecessor the Framework Programme 7. However, given the different nature of Horizon 2020, including the more multidisciplinary nature of some projects and the more bottom up formulation of topics, there are a few differences in approach to note.

Read more…..

EU Horizon 2020 Programme officially launched

20 December 2013

 

 

Horizon 2020, the EU Research and Innovation programme with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) launched its first calls on 11 December, detailing the Work Programmes and topics that will be open for submissions in 2014 and 2015.

The official Horizon 2020 webpages can be accessed here:

http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/what-horizon-2020

All of the 2014-15 Work Programmes can be accessed here:

http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/funding/reference_docs.html#h2020-work-programmes-2014-15-main-wp

The Horizon 2020 online manual offers:

  • an overview of all steps you need to know for the electronic management of proposals or grants;
  • easy navigation by process steps;
  • brief descriptions of how to complete your tasks.

Links and references to:

  • Guidance notes, templates
  • User manuals of the relevant tools
  • Frequently asked questions

http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/funding/guide.html

You can also apply to join the database of independent experts for European research and innovation. The European Commission appoints independent experts to assist with research and innovation assignments including the evaluation of proposals, monitoring of projects, and evaluation of programmes, and design of policy.

http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/experts/index.html

For all queries on the new programme, please do not hesitate to contact Vera Barron on v.barron@salford.ac.uk or extension 53538.

EU Horizon 2020 – Social Science and Humanities information events

19 December 2013

If you are interested in finding out more about the opportunities that the new EU research programme HORIZON2020 has to offer for researchers in social sciences and humanities, there will be several  events taking place in the New Year:

1)  Achieving Impact: Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities (SSH) in Horizon 2020” Athens, 26th and 27th of February 2014

The two-day event will appeal to members of the SSH research community who are looking for networking and funding opportunities within Horizon 2020. It will be of particular interest to researchers from universities and research organisations in the field of SSH, Civil Society Organisations & Non-governmental Organisations. SSH-relevant industries involved in Research and Innovation activities are also among the target audience. Established networks such as ERA-NETs will be invited to attend.

http://www.achievingimpact2014.eu/

2)   Info Day – Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities (SSH) Expertise and Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) Actions for ICT-Related Topics in Horizon 2020’s Work Programmes 2014-2015

This Info Day will take place on January 21, 2014 on the premises of the Commission, Brussels.

Draft agenda:
10.00-13.00 – Commission presentations – presentation by the commission services of the funding opportunities for SSH expertise and RRI actions across the WP
13.00-14.00 – networking lunch
14.00-17.00 – Participants’ pitches – participants interested in presenting pitches on a topic of their choice will be given this opportunity so as to facilitate the build-up of partnerships looking to submit proposals together.
 

http://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en/news/21012014-info-day-%E2%80%93-socio-economic-sciences-and-humanities-ssh-expertise-and-responsible

3)  ICT Research and Innovation for Creative Industries and Cultural Heritage: Horizon 2020 Information and Networking Day

This event will take place on January 23, 2014 in Luxembourg.

This event addresses potential applicants for the first Calls under Horizon 2020 in the fields of ICT research & innovation supporting the Cultural and Creative Industries and Cultural Heritage:

• ICT 2014 – Information and Communications Technologies, H2020-ICT-2014-1

• Reflective Societies: Cultural Heritage and European Identities, H2020-Reflective-7-2014

In line with the security rules, only registered participants can access the conference centre. Please fill in the registration form which will be available until 15 January.

http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/ict/creativity/call1-infoday_en.html

4)  Europe Research Council (ERC) Starting grants: information and proposal writing event

The sessions are aimed at researchers based in, or moving to, the UK who are planning to submit a proposal to an ERC Starting Grants call. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

http://www.ukro.ac.uk/erc/events/Pages/stg_events.aspx

5)  Conference and Matchmaking – Horizon 2020 Connections- 22 January 2014

Brokerage event in Bratislava, Slovak Republic

6)   NET4SOCIETY e–newsletter http://e-newsletter.net4society.eu/December-2013

7)   Face the Challenge, make a Difference! HORIZON 2020 and its Impact on Science Communication and Policy Making in Europe

Strategy workshop invitation – 21st – 22nd January 2014, Quadriga-Forum, Berlin

www.eu-scicomm.com

EU Horizon 2020 Research Programme Workshop for ELS Staff

18 December 2013

 

 

Dear ELS Colleagues,

Further to last week’s sessions on the EU HORIZON2020 research programme at the School of Environment and Life Sciences, please find attached:

Futhermore, I also wanted to make you aware of an information day organised by Defra, BBSRC, NERC and FSA that is currently open for registration – places are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

The day is aimed at academic and business organisations interested in exploring funding opportunities in two key areas  –

  • Societal challenge 2 – Food Security, Sustainaible Agriculture, Marine and Maritime Research and the Bioeconomy
  • Societal challenge 5 – Climate Action, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials

The event will feature presentations from the European Commission’s DG Research and Innovation. Furthermore, the UK National Contact Points for the above Societal Challenges will be available on the day to provide advice and support for business and academic organisations on participation in Horizon 2020.  This event is also an excellent opportunity to network with others interested in EU collaborative projects.

The application form is here:Info-Day-registration. The deadline for registration is January 14, but as the places are allocated on a first come first served basis, I would submit asap!

UKRO presentation slides on Horizon2020 Programme

31 October 2013

Following the presentation of Dr Sobia Aslam last week, you can download her slides from the Research intranet on:

http://www.ri.salford.ac.uk/page/information

Please contact Vera Barron on ext. 53538  if you have any problems with accesing the presentation slides.

What will the new EU Programme for Research and Innovation look like?

28 August 2013

h2020 visualHorizon 2020 is the new EU’s new programme for research and innovation with a key aim of creating new growth and jobs in Europe though knowledge generation and innovation. The Programme promises major simplification from its predecessor (Framework Programme 7, ‘FP7’), especially in the areas of budgetary preparations, costing models, audits, proposal submissions and the contract negotiation process.

Running from 2014 to 2020 with a €70 billion budget, the proposed programme will consist of 3 pillars:

1. Excellent science

  • European Research Council awards – frontier research by excellent individual scientists and their research teams
  • Future and Emerging Technologies – collaborative research to open new fields of innovation
  • Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions – EU doctoral training networks; individual EU and International fellowships; reintegration grants
  • Research Infrastructures – ensuring access to world-class facilities

2. Competitive industries

  • Leadership in enabling & industrial technologies (ICT, nanotechnologies, materials, biotechnology, manufacturing, space)
  • Access to risk finance – leveraging private and venture capital for research
  • Innovation in SMEs – fostering all forms of SME innovation (Research for the benefit of SMEs will be a part of this scheme)

3. Better society

  • Addressing concerns of citizens and society/EU policy objectives on key issues (including climate; environment; energy; transport)
  • Breakthrough solutions from multidisciplinary collaborations, including social sciences & humanities
  • Promising solutions to be tested, demonstrated and scaled-up

Topical areas will include: Health, demographic change & well-being; Food security, sustainable agriculture, marine and maritime research& the bio-economy; Secure, clean and efficient energy; Smart, green and integrated transport; Climate action, resource efficiency and raw materials; Inclusive, innovative and secure societies

Horizon 2020 will tackle societal challenges by helping to bridge the gap between research and the market by, for example, helping innovative companies to develop their technological breakthroughs into viable products with real commercial potential. This market-driven approach will include creating partnerships with the private sector and Member States to bring together the resources needed.

International cooperation will be an important cross-cutting priority of Horizon 2020. In addition to the Programme being fully open to international participation, targeted Calls for proposals with key partner countries and regions outside the EU will focus on the EU’s strategic priorities.

EU Budget Discussions: Latest Developments

22 May 2013

On 14 May, EU finance ministers agreed to commit an extra EUR 7 billion to cover outstanding payments under the 2013 annual EU budget. This mainly concerns money for EU-funded infrastructure projects, but also some research projects funded through FP7. This agreement was a precondition for the European Parliament to begin formal ‘trialogue’ talks with the European Commission and national governments on finalising the 2014 to 2020 budget.

2014 to 2020 EU Budget and Horizon 2020
The first formal trialogue meeting on the 2014 to 2020 EU budget (known as the Multi-Annual Financial Framework) has also taken place this week. In a press release, the EU Budget Commissioner, Janusz Lewandowski, stated that a final agreement “should be reachable by the end of June”. In this case, a final budgetary allocation for Horizon 2020, and final approval for the programme, could also be agreed upon around this time.

It is understood that the European Parliament is not expected to demand changes to the overall spending limit agreed by EU leaders in February (EUR 960 billion), but will seek for greater flexibility to enable unspent money to be moved from one budget line to another (as well as a legal review of the spending levels after the European elections in 2014).

The next formal trialogue meeting is scheduled to take place next week, and UKRO will keep subscribers updated on these developments.

http://www.ukro.ac.uk/subscriber/Pages/130515_eu_budget_developments.aspx