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H2020 – Work programme 2018-20 is here!

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Slightly later than originally anticipated, the work programme for the final phase of Horizon 2020 has now been published and the first calls launched.

As well as the areas that will be familiar to those with an interest in Horizon 2020, we also see the launch of the European Innovation Council (EIC), which brings together a number of support measures to foster ‘breakthrough, market-creating innovation’.

The table below provides links to selected annexes of the work programme which set out topics for each of the key areas and associated deadlines.

As ever, if you’re considering a proposal, please do get in touch (euro_res@mmu.ac.uk).

You can also take advantage of our visit from Ian Devine of UKRO next week (31 October 2017) to find out more about the work programme and some of the thinking behind priorities. To book your place, please visit the registration page here. If you can’t make the 31 October 2017, Ian will also be speaking at the Universities of Salford and Manchester (1 and 2 November 2017). Please contact us for more details of  how to register (euro_res@mmu.ac.uk).

Horizon 2020 – Priorities and deadlines (details relating to the European Research Council can be found here).

Pillar Area Key 2018 Deadlines

 

Excellent Science – reinforcing and extending the excellence of the European research base Future and Emerging Technologies (FET)
FET Open May
FET Proactive March, May
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
Innovative Training Networks January
Research and Innovation Staff Exchange March
Individual Fellowships September
Research Infrastructures March
Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies – developing technologies and innovations to underpin tomorrow’s business Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Biotechnology and Advanced Manufacturing and Processing (NMBP) January (Two Stage), February, March, April
Information and Communication Technologies January, April, August, November
Space March
Societal Challenges – addressing major policy priorities of Europe 2020 strategy Societal Challenge 1: Health, demographic change and wellbeing February, (Two Stage), April, (Single Stage)

 

Societal Challenge 2: Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Marine, Maritime and Inland Water Research and the Bioeconomy

 

February (Two Stage)
Societal Challenge 3: Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy January, February, April, September, October, November, December

 

Societal Challenge 4: Smart, Green and Integrated Transport January (Two Stage), April (Single Stage)
Societal Challenge 5: Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials February (Two Stage)
Societal Challenge 6: Europe in a changing world – Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies March
Societal Challenge 7: Secure Societies  August
Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation  September, November
Science with and for Society April
European Innovation Council (EIC) See FET Open
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H2020 – UKRO Visit 31 October – reminder

UKRO and Horizon 2020

As previously announced via the Blog, we will be welcoming our UK Research Office European Advisor, Ian Devine, to Manchester Met on 31 October 2017.

Ian will be providing an update on the new Horizon 2020 2018-20 work programme for all those of you who are interested in finding out about opportunities for funding through Horizon 2020. He will also provide  information about the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, for which UKRO are the UK’s National Contact Point.

For details of timings and location and to book a place please visit our event registration page here.

PLEASE NOTE – this event is only open to employees of Manchester Met and the Universities of Manchester and Salford.

There will also be the opportunity for Manchester Met staff to meet with Ian on a one-to-one or small group basis on the afternoon of 31 October 2017 to discuss any particular queries. If you would like to book a slot then please contact us (euro_res@mmu.ac.uk).

Sessions at University of Salford and University of Manchester also open to Manchester Met staff

Ian will also be visiting the Universities of Salford and Manchester to present on 1 and 2 November respectively, and colleagues have kindly agreed to open up their sessions to Manchester Met staff who are unable to make it to our sessions.

If you would like further details of events at University of Salford or University of Manchester please contact us (euro_res@mmu.ac.uk) and we will provide details of how to register.


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H2020 – Update on pre-publication of work programme

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In readiness for the imminent launch of the 2018-20 work programme, the European Commission have now published a near complete set of drafts. You can access the documents here, (Ed – simply follow the ‘DRAFT work programme’ links to find out more about likely topics and deadlines).

Whilst the documents are not yet cast in stone, wholesale changes are not anticipated.

If you are interested in finding out more, then we will be hosting our European Adviser Ian Devine from UKRO on 31 October 2017. If you’d like to join us for a session on the new work programme then please register your place here.


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H2020 – Reminder – UKRO Visit 31st October

UKRO and Horizon 2020

Just a quick reminder that we will be welcoming our UK Research Office European Advisor, Ian Devine, to Manchester Met on 31 October 2017.

Ian will be providing an update on the new Horizon 2020 2018-20 work programme for all those of you who are interested in finding out about opportunities for funding through Horizon 2020. He will also provide  information about the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, for which UKRO are the UK’s National Contact Point.

For details of timings and location and to book a place please visit our event registration page here.

PLEASE NOTE – this event is only open to employees of Manchester Met and the Universities of Manchester and Salford.

There will also be the opportunity for Manchester Met staff to meet with Ian on a one-to-one or small group basis on the afternoon of 31 October 2017 to discuss any particular queries. If you would like to book a slot then please contact us (euro_res@mmu.ac.uk).

Sessions at University of Salford and University of Manchester also open to Manchester Met staff

Ian will also be visiting the Universities of Salford and Manchester to present on 1 and 2 November respectively, and colleagues have kindly agreed to open up their sessions to Manchester Met staff who are unable to make it to our sessions.

If you would like further details of events at University of Salford or University of Manchester please contact us (euro_res@mmu.ac.uk) and we will provide details of how to register.


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H2020 – UKRO Visit 31 October 2017

UKRO and Horizon 2020

As previously announced via the Blog, we will be welcoming our UK Research Office European Advisor, Ian Devine, to Manchester Met on 31 October 2017.

Ian will be providing an update on the new Horizon 2020 2018-20 work programme for all those of you who are interested in finding out about opportunities for funding through Horizon 2020. He will also provide  information about the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, for which UKRO are the UK’s National Contact Point.

For details of timings and location and to book a place please visit our event registration page here.

PLEASE NOTE – this event is only open to employees of Manchester Met and the Universities of Manchester and Salford.

There will also be the opportunity for Manchester Met staff to meet with Ian on a one-to-one or small group basis on the afternoon of 31 October 2017 to discuss any particular queries. If you would like to book a slot then please contact us (euro_res@mmu.ac.uk).

Sessions at University of Salford and University of Manchester also open to Manchester Met staff

Ian will also be visiting the Universities of Salford and Manchester to present on 1 and 2 November respectively, and colleagues have kindly agreed to open up their sessions to Manchester Met staff who are unable to make it to our sessions.

If you would like further details of events at University of Salford or University of Manchester please contact us (euro_res@mmu.ac.uk) and we will provide details of how to register.

 

 


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H2020 – Workprogramme Update

As we move towards the launch of the new H2020 workprogramme, copies of different are now starting to be pre-published. These are shared by the Commission services to aid planning and preparation, but are still subject to possible change and not yet fully adopted or endorsed.

You can access pre-published documents via the links below:

We will keep you updated as more information becomes available. If you would like to know more or discuss further then please don’t hesitate to get in touch (euro_res@mmu.ac.uk).

Save the date – UKRO visit 2017 – 31 October 2017

Just a reminder, that we will be welcoming Ian Devine from UKRO to Manchester Met on 31 October to give us an update on the new workprogramme. We are finalising our registration page, but if you are interested in attending please do drop us a line at euro_res@mmu.ac.uk.

 

 

 


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Brexit Update: Facts & Unknowns about RKE

It’s now 15 months since the UK’s referendum on EU membership and 6 months since the formal process of leaving started.  And here in RKE we’ve been keeping an eye on what this means for Research and Project funding at Manchester Met – including after the Prime Minister’s recent speech in Florence.  Indeed, some of us have been accused of being a bit of a geek about these things.  But amongst all the hot air and political manoeuvres, there are a few things we know for certain and a few things we know we don’t know (to paraphrase Donald Rumsfeld):

FACT: MMU and UK Higher Education generally continue to work collaboratively with Europe

Since the referendum MMU has submitted 61 bids to EU funding schemes with over 300 European organisations.  Our academics and colleagues find working with international partners exciting, rewarding and at the heart of much good research.  MMU’s success rate has seen no change since the referendum and we’ve had some exciting successes over the last few months.

We’re in contact with colleagues at other UK institutions who are saying the same thing.  We’re also working with Universities UK International (UUKi), the UK Research Office in Brussels (UKRO), the British Council and anyone else who will listen to make sure the sector’s voice is heard during the negotiations through reports such as UUKi’s priorities post-exit and the #weareinternational twitter campaign.

AND FACT: We think Government’s listening – and want us to keep working globally, including with the EU

The Prime Minister included research in her recent speech in Florence as well as her earlier Lancaster House speech as a key issue for the negotiations.  And last month the UK government issued a Future Partnership Paper on Science & Innovation Collaboration emphasising research as part of any future relationship with the EU.  Higher Education is on the Brexit agenda and seen as part of the “offer” the UK is making for its future relationship with the EU.

The UK government is also emphasising its global research links: it recently announced new international fellowships with the Rutherford Fund.  The money for its Global Research Challenges is ramping up and look at the recent posts on this blog for international (largely non-EU) research funding from the British Academy, AHRC, ESRC, Newton Fund, HERA etc.  Elsewhere, the British Council’s 2017-20 Corporate Plan emphasises global mobility – and there’s talk of a worldwide scheme to replicate elements of Erasmus+ beyond the EU.  The funding landscape will look different but indications are that it will (continue to) be globally focussed.

FACT: The UK’s relationship with the EU will change on 29 March 2019

It’s worth restating this one, though: Because the UK has formally announced that the country is leaving the EU, then the nature of its relationship with the union will change.  There are various models out there – at the moment we don’t know which one we will end up with and it’s beyond the wisdom of this blog to make any predictions.  But, also, it’s worth remembering that NO-ONE knows – a lot of the so-called facts the media report are actually political posturing and people trying to sound wise.

In her Florence speech, the Prime Minister emphasised a desire for a transition deal lasting to the end of the current EU budget (2021) so changes are likely to be minimal at first.  And if the UK is committed to fulfilling its financial commitments for two years post-Brexit, then it is more likely we will remain part of research funding schemes until that date, too.

BUT FACT: Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+ are up for review anyway

The European Commission has been reviewing both Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+ ahead of revised research and mobility programmes expected by 1 January 2021.  Manchester Met has contributed to these and we’re hearing that these schemes will look to make further links between EU Higher Education and institutions outside the union to help tackle global issues and priorities.  That said, we’re not expecting massive changes to the funding but given the timing of the reviews, it’s hard to believe the UK’s future involvement with the scheme is not also being discussed.

SO FACT: There is no reason to stop bidding

The UK remains eligible for European funding.  The UK Treasury has issued a note to say that they will underwrite successful projects, even if they continue beyond our exit from the EU.  It’s not quite clear on when this underwrite covers until but we’re confident it covers projects for AT LEAST the next year.

UNKNOWN: What access we will have to EU funds beyond 2019

This is all tied in with the nature of both the “exit” deal and the “future relationship” deal – despite the above, the campaigning that the University sector is undertaking and reports in the media, we don’t know what the future EU funding landscape will look like.

It’s also worth remembering that just as the UK is working out what its relationship is with the EU will be like post 2019, the EU is discussing what its future as 27 nation states will be like without one of its biggest contributors of finance (and headaches!).  The EU could look very different in a few year’s tie and not just because the UK has left.

UNKNOWN: When we will know more

The first phase of the talks are covering the UK’s financial liabilities, the Irish border and rights of EU/UK nationals, and are due to run until at least October.  Negotiations MIGHT then turn to the future relationship; trade and the Customs Union will probably take precedence but we know that Research & Science are also seen as important.  Therefore, there may not be much news until spring 2019 and nothing certain until late 2019 when a deal (whether transitional or final, it’s unclear) will be put to national Parliaments.

FINAL FACT: MMU’s European Funding and Research Development Managers are on hand We’re here to provide advice and support across a range of funders.  We’ll update this blog if and when we know more.