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Europe: Festive Funding Opportunities

 

In a pre-Christmas flurry, a few opportunities have been announced which may be of interest to readers:

  • Innovative Medicine Initiative (IMI) – IMI has announced its tenth call for proposals supporting research in a variety of areas including hypoglycaemia; use of big data in diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer; improving care for patients suffering from acute or chronic pain; patient perspectives in medicines lifecycle; and personalised medicine in autism spectrum disorders. Deadline for stage one proposals is 28 March 2017 and details can be found here.
  • SESAR – has announced their new call for proposals on research focused on optimising Air Traffic Management (ATM) performance and intelligent air transport. The deadline for full proposals is 22 March 2017 and details on topics supported and conditions can be found here.
  • QuantERA – QuantERA is a new initiative which will support research in the field of quantum technologies, with the UK’s involvement supported by EPSRC. In a recently published pre-announcement, QuantERA have flagged that they will launch a call for proposals in January, with a likely deadline for stage one proposals of 15 March 2017.

In other news, those of you with Swiss partners will be interested to hear that Switzerland and the EC have successfully completed negotiations which will grant Switzerland the status of an Associated Country within Horizon 2020. This allows Swiss organisations to participate in Horizon 2020 on an even footing with EU Member States.

As ever, if you are thinking of applying, or would like more information about any of the enclosed do get in touch (euro_res@mmu.ac.uk)!


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Horizon 2020 – Info days and new members

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As we head into the weekend, a quick update on a few Horizon 2020 developments.

Dates for the diary

There will be an info day for 2017 Calls under Societal Challenge 5 ‘Climate Action …’ in Brussels on 14 September 2016. Registration is due to open in July, and you will be able to register via the link here.

DG CONNECT are also planning to host an ICT Proposers’ Day (#ICTPropDay) from 26-27 September 2016 in Bratislava. More information will be available via IDEAL-IST here.

Georgia comes on board – Armenia to follow soon

Georgia has become the latest country to sign an Association Agreement with the European Commission. The Agreement, which is applied retrospectively from 1 January 2016, means that Georgian organisations can participate on an even footing with those in EU Member States and lead proposals in their own right.

Georgia joins Iceland, Norway, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey, Israel, Moldova, Faroe Islands, Ukraine and Tunisia as one of fourteen fully Associated Countries (Ed – Switzerland is still partially associated, with more information available here).

For more information on international cooperation within Horizon 2020, take a look at the “Open to the World” page of the Participant Portal H2020 Manual.


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Horizon 2020: Tunisia latest country to come on board

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The European Commission have announced that Tunisia will be added to the list of Associated Countries for Horizon 2020 from 1 January 2016 – subject to ratification by the Tunisian Parliament. As with other countries with association agreements, this means that partners from Tunisia will be able to participate on an even footing with EU Member States from 1 January 2016.

In practical terms this means organisations can participate in and lead proposals on a funded basis and that partners will count towards the minimum requirements for consortia. The decision will NOT be applied retrospectively from the start of Horizon 2020, so will NOT apply to any proposals that are currently being reviewed.

A full list of Associated Countries is available here. For more information on funding for non-EU countries in Horizon 2020 take a look at the European Commission’s ‘Open to the World’ publication.


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Horizon 2020 – Faroe Islands join the party

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The European Commission have announced that the Faroe Islands have been added to the list of Associated Countries for Horizon 2020. As with other countries with association agreements, this now means that partners from the Faroe Islands can participate on an even footing with EU Member States.

In practical terms this means organisations can participate in and lead proposals on a funded basis and that partners will count towards the minimum requirements for consortia. The decision is applied retrospectively from the start of Horizon 2020, so will apply to any proposals that are currently being reviewed.

A full list of Associated Countries is available here. For more information on funding for non-EU countries in Horizon 2020 take a look at the European Commission’s ‘Open to the World’ publication.


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Horizon 2020 – numbers are swelling as H2020 welcomes Western Balkan states and Moldova

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The European Commission have announced that Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and the Republic of Moldova have been added to the list of Associated Countries for Horizon 2020.

As with other countries with association agreements, this now means that partners from the countries above can participate on an even footing with EU Member States.

In practical terms this means organisations can participate in and lead proposals on a funded basis and that partners will count towards the minimum requirements for consortia. The decision is applied retrospectively from the start of Horizon 2020, so will apply to any proposals that are currently being reviewed.

The Commission have issued FAQs designed to provide more information and these are available here.

Negotiations are ongoing with the Faroe Islands and updates are expected on the potential participation of  Armenia and Ukraine later in the year.

Although negotiations remain on hold with Switzerland, details of national funding to cover Swiss participation have recently been released.

For more information on funding for non-EU countries in Horizon 2020 take a look at the European Commission’s ‘Open to the World’ publication.


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Horizon 2020 – And then there were four … Israel joins H2020

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Israel has now joined the growing list of countries to have concluded an association agreement to allow it to participate fully in Horizon 2020. The agreement does have certain restrictions, as the agreement respects pre-1967 borders. This means that entities based in the Occupied Territories (Golan Heights, the Gaza Strip and the West Bank including East Jerusalem) are not able to participate.

As with other countries with association agreements (Norway, Iceland and Turkey), this now means that eligible Israeli partners can participate on an even footing with EU Member States.

In practical terms this means organisations from Israel can participate in and lead proposals on a funded-basis and that partners from Israel count towards the minimum requirements for consortium. The decision is applied retrospectively from the start of Horizon 2020, so will apply to any proposals that are currently being reviewed.

The Commission have issued FAQs designed to provide more information and these are available here.

Negotiations are ongoing with Albania, Bosnia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Moldova and the Faroe Islands. Both Armenia and Ukraine are also interested in becoming associated, and updates are expected on potential participation later in the year.

Although negotiations remain on hold with Switzerland, details of national funding to cover Swiss participation are anticipated within the next month.

For more information on funding for non-EU countries in Horizon 2020 take a look at the European Commission’s ‘Open to the World’ publication.


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Horizon 2020 – Turkey’s on board!

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Following on the heels of Norway and Iceland, Turkey has become the third country to conclude an association agreement to allow it to participate fully in Horizon 2020. As with Norway and Iceland, this now means that Turkish partners can participate on an even footing with EU Member States.

In practical terms this means organisations from Turkey can participate in and lead proposals on a funded-basis and that partners from Turkey count towards the minimum requirements for consortium. The decision is applied retrospectively from the start of Horizon 2020, so will apply to any proposals that are currently being reviewed.

Negotiations are ongoing with Israel, Albania, Bosnia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Moldova and the Faroe Islands. Both Armenia and Ukraine are also interested in becoming associated, and updates are expected on potential participation later in the year.

Although negotiations remain on hold with Switzerland, details of national funding to cover Swiss participation are anticipated within the next month.

For more information on funding for non-EU countries in Horizon 2020 take a look at the European Commission’s ‘Open to the World’ publication.