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Horizon 2020: FET Open, Info Days and Shift2Rail

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In a bid to try to clarify the purpose and expectations of Horizon 2020’s (highly popular) Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) Open scheme, the European Commission have released a short promotional video available here.

For any of you thinking about applying to the scheme for either of the 2017 deadlines (17 January and 29 September) it’s well worth taking a few minutes to watch to make sure that your ideas are suitable.

Information Days

Presentations are now available from the Information Day for the 2017 call for Societal Challenge 6 (Europe in a Changing World) held in Brussels. These include presentations from representatives of the EC, an existing Horizon 2020 project, and the ESRC.

The EC together with National Contact Points will host an information day and brokerage event on 8 December in Brussels. The event will cover the following calls from Societal Challenge 5 (Climate Action):

  • Nature based solutions for inclusive urban regeneration
  • Heritage-led rural regeneration
  • Nature-based solutions for hydro-meteorological risk reduction

An agenda and details of registration are available via the event website.

Shift2Rail

The Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking (S2RJU) has announced a call for proposals aligned with the ‘Smart, Green and Integrated Transport’ Societal Challenge. Certain elements are restricted to S2RJU members, but amongst the topics open to non-members are:

  • Smart metering and asset management of railway systems
  • Future stations and autonomous monitoring systems
  • Smart technologies for improved travel companion and trip tracking

Full details of the call including descriptions of topics are available in the S2RJU 2017 Annual Workplan.

As ever, if you’re thinking of making an application or want to know more about any of the above we’d love to hear from you (euro_res@mmu.ac.uk).

 

 


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Horizon 2020 – Key Deadlines

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As discussions continue about priorities for 2018/20 and the next Framework programme there is still plenty to bid for in the 2017 call for proposals.

To help you navigate what’s out there, the list below gives an overview of some of the main deadlines and links to help you access the relevant work programme. In each document you’ll see a range of topics and those with a ‘2017’ or ‘2016-17’ suffix (e.g MG-1.2-2017 or MG-1-5-2016-2017) are the ones to focus on.

As ever, we’re keen to hear from you and support you with your submissions, so please do get in touch if you’re thinking of applying, need help deciding on a topic or just want to know more (euro_res@mmu.ac.uk). The earlier you get in touch, the more we can help!

Overview of Key Deadlines – Horizon 2020, 2017 Call for Proposals

 

10 January Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions – Innovative Training Networks
17 January / 29 September Future and Emerging Technologies – Open
26 January / 1 February Societal Challenge 4 – Transport
31 January/ 14 March / 11 April Societal Challenge 1 – Health
2 February Societal Challenge 6 – Society
14 February Societal Challenge 2 – Food/Agri/Marine/Bioeconomy
14 February / 7 September Societal Challenge 3 – Energy
1 March Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Tech (LEIT) – Space
7 March Societal Challenge 5 – Climate Action
5 April Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions – Research and Innovation Staff Exchange
25 April LEIT – ICT
25 April / 24 August Societal Challenge 7 – Security
30 August Science with and for Society
14 September Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions – Individual Fellowships

 


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Horizon 2020 – Updates from Info Days

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As the 2017 calls start to gather pace, presentations from Info Days are being made available. A couple that may be of interest are:

  • Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Proposers’ Day 2016 , covering ICT-focused areas of the 2016/17 workprogramme including Internet of Things, Big Data, Digital Security and ICT for Active and Healthy Ageing. Presentations can be accessed via the event pages.
  • Climate Action (Societal Challenge 5) info day, where organisers have made both presentations and a video available.

As ever, if you’re thinking of applying for Horizon 2020 funding please do get in touch – euro_res@mmu.ac.uk.

 


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Horizon 2020 – dates for the diary!

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In the run up to the 2017 Call for Proposals, details of Info Days are coming through thick and fast.

The latest dates for the diary are:

As regular readers will know, these are excellent events for finding out about topics from colleagues at the European Commission and also developing links to potential partners. Indeed, we have examples of current H2020 projects which have their origins in links developed through Info Days!

If you are thinking of attending do let us know (euro_res@mmu.ac.uk), and for those of you who can’t make it on the day, keep an eye on the event websites which will publish videos and presentations after the event.


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H2020 Highlights – UKRO conference, future priorities and more

UKRO and Horizon 2020In what has been a packed couple of weeks, the world of Horizon 2020 hasn’t been standing still. Last week UK Research Office held their annual conference, which provided some really interesting reflection on the programme so far and also some thoughts for the future.

Colleagues from the European Commission were out in force, with presentations from Wolfgang Burtscher (Deputy Director-General of DG RTD), Graham Willmott (DG HOME – Head of Unit, Innovation and Industry Security), Line Matthiessen and Elisabeth Lipiatou (both DG RTD and Heads of Unit for Fighting Infectious Diseases and Advancing Public Health and Open and Inclusive Societies respectively) to name but a few.

Following on from the conference, UKRO have pulled together some excellent summaries of proceedings and  made presentations available. A few which may be of interest to colleagues who are planning Horizon 2020 submissions are:

(Ed – you’ll need to log into the UKRO portal to access. If you don’t have access and would like to sign-up drop us a line – euro_res@mmu.ac.uk).

The message post referendum was very clear from everyone – it’s business as usual and UK research has a lot to offer to Horizon 2020 and vice versa!

Priorities for work programme 2018-20 – a glimpse into the future

As trailed in previous posts, the thinking around priorities for the last phase of Horizon 2020 are well under way, with Advisory Groups starting to share their priorities.

A report has been made available on emerging priorities for Societal Challenge 1 – Health, and we are expecting that reports on priorities for other Societal Challenges (Energy, Transport and Climate Action) will follow soon. (Ed – if you are interested in these areas do get in touch as we are receiving new information all the time – euro_res@mmu.ac.uk)   

Forthcoming calls – we want to hear from you!

There will be a number of deadlines in the coming months – Security, SwafS (both August 2016) , MSCA Individual Fellowships, Energy (both September 2016) and Health (October 2017). If you’re involved in proposals and haven’t been in touch yet please drop us a line at 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: (More) National Contact Point Events for 2016/17 Calls

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The UK National Contact Points for Societal Challenge 2 (take a deep breath …) Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy and Societal Challenge 5 Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials have announced more events to support the launch of the new work programme for 2016/17.

As we’ve said before, for those of you who can’t make it to info days in Brussels, these are a really valuable source of information and insight.

Events will focus on key strands as follows:

The events are free and open to all, so we’d encourage you to register if you’re interested in applying to any of the areas above. As ever, if you’re thinking of attending let us know (euro_res@mmu.ac.uk).

We’re expecting more events to be announced over the coming weeks, so keep an eye on the Blog!