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Horizon 2020: Upcoming Info Days

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As we head towards the final year of Horizon 2020, our colleagues at UKRO have helpfully compiled a list of the events which have been announced to date. These events, which are organised by the European Commission, its Executive Agencies and the networks of Horizon 2020 National Contact Points will provide details of upcoming calls.

Events announced so far:

Societal Challenge 1 Info Day and Health Partnering Day 2019 – 3-4 July 2019, Brussels (Save the Date)

Societal Challenge 2 Info Day 2020 and brokerage event – 3-4 July 2019, Brussels

Energy Info Days – 25-27 June 2019, Brussels (Save the Date)

ICT Proposers’ Day 2019 – 19-20 September 2019, Helsinki (Save the Date) – details will appear on the IDEAL-IST website

UK Participation in Horizon 2020

In the event of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit, the UK will continue to be eligible to participate in all parts of Horizon 2020 open to Third Country participation. In the case of the events highlighted above, the UK will still be eligible to participate in consortia and the UK Government has agreed to provide financial support to projects that are successful.

As ever, if you are thinking of applying for Horizon 2020 funding, or would like further information, please get in touch (

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H2020 – Work programme 2018-20 is here!


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 (

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 (

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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Horizon 2020: Information Days


With the new Work Programmes for Horizon 2020 just round the corner, our colleagues at UKRO have very kindly compiled a list of upcoming events which may be of interest for those of you thinking of applying.

The following are official information days, which are free and a good way not only to hear more about the programme, but also to network with potential partners.

Dates confirmed so far are as follow:

We also understand that there is likely to be an information day for the Health Societal Challenge early in December (date to be confirmed).

In addition to these events, Innovate UK and the Enterprise Europe Network are also hosting a number of national events. Planned and confirmed events can be found on the Innovate Knowledge Transfer Network’s website.

As ever if you are thinking about applying for opportunities through Horizon 2020 or would like to know more, please do get in touch (

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Horizon 2020: National Contact Points visit Manchester


Our good friends at the University of Manchester will be hosting a number of representatives from the UK’s National Contact Points on 13 December 2016 to talk about Horizon 2020 future calls.

The event will be held in the Manchester Institute Biotechnology Lecture Theatre and the agenda for the day will be as follows:


If you are interested in attending, then please register by completing the short survey here.

This is a great opportunity to hear how different areas of the programme will shape up post 2017 and also to make links with colleagues at the NCPs and University of Manchester.

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Horizon 2020 – Key Deadlines


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 ( 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 – Info Day Presentations and Forthcoming Attractions


Following the publication of the 2016/17 Work Programme, the events are coming thick and fast. In this post we catch up on a few of the highlights and point you in the direction of some forthcoming attractions.

Catching up

  • Smart Cities and Communities Info Day – 6 November, Brussels

Presentations and videos from the Info Day looking at opportunities for the cross-cutting area of ‘Smart Cities & Communities’ on 6 November are now available from the event website here.

  • Societal Challenge 6 – Europe in a changing world – inclusive, innovative and reflective societies – 29-30 October, Brussels

You can access presentations and videos via the conference page here. (Ed. UKRO were in attendance – read their thoughts here (you’ll need to login to gain access)).

  • ICT 2015 ‘Innovate, Connect, Transform’ – 20-22 October, Lisbon

To take a look at the presentation on ICT research opportunities in H2020, visit the event website here.

Forthcoming attractions

  • Societal Challenge 3 – Energy Efficiency Call Info Day – 8 December, Brussels/web

Registration is now open for this event which will take place at the Albert Borschette Conference Centre in Brussels. The event will provide information about the call and provide an opportunity to network with prospective partners. Information for registration is available here and for those of you who can’t make it, the event will be web streamed.

  • Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) workshop – 25 November, Birmingham

 UKRO will host an event for potential applicants in Birmingham, providing information about what makes a good application and incorporate a presentation from  Mr Fredrik Olsson-Hector who is head of the unit of the Research Executive Agency (REA) which manages RISE.

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Date for the diary – Info events for Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 2


To support the launch of the 2016/17 work programme for Societal Challenge 2 (take a deep breath) ‘Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Marine, Maritime and Inland Water Research and the Bioeconomy’, the European Commission is organising events between 24 and 26 November 2015.

There will be three key public events:

  • Workshop on the multi-actor approach – showcasing projects from the first rounds of Horizon 2020 where involvement of end-users at all stages of the project were mandatory and providing information on how this approach will feature in the new work programme – 24 November 2015, Brussels
  • Info day – including presentations on the call with Q&A – 25 November 2015, Brussels
  • Brokerage event organised by BIOHORIZON – 26 November 2015, Brussels

Registration is not yet open, but details should appear on the Commission’s website here.

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Horizon 2020: (More) National Contact Point Events for 2016/17 Calls


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 (

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

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What’s on the Horizon for 2016/17? Part 2 – more information from Advisory Groups


The Horizon 2020 Advisory Groups are continuing to share their thoughts on priorities for 2016 and 2017, giving us an insight into potential future calls. Following on from our earlier post, more of the Advisory Groups, which bring together experts from different disciplines, have published their views on the key challenges that need to be addressed and what activities will help Europe to overcome these challenges.

The following are brief summaries of the latest priorities to be shared, complete with links to more detailed information available via the European Commission’s website:

The group identified six strategic themes: healthy and personalised food products; one-health perspective in food, agriculture and livestock; smart, holistic and sustainable solutions for efficient of management of resources, forests and land; systemic approaches for developing the Bioeconomy in rural and coastal areas; integrated bio-based industries and biorefineries in the optic of circular approaches; and marine and maritime research: fisheries, aquaculture, biodiversity and society.

  • Energy (Societal Challenge 3) – click ‘Additional Information’ and select document headed ‘Summary reports for the AGE meeting of 11 June 2014′

The group is structuring thinking around the four areas of Energy Efficiency and Smart Cities; Electricity Grids; Energy Conversion Technologies; and Cross-cutting issues with a focus on social science. The group see systems integration; regulatory, governance and institutional market aspects; and behaviour and the demand side (households, SMEs, business, industry) as having key significance.

Planning is one of the keys to success in Horizon 2020, so we’d encourage you to take a look at reports in your area to get a head start for future calls!

If you’re interested in getting involved in Horizon 2020 and would like to know more do get in touch (

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Information Day – Societal Challenge 2: Food, Agriculture, Forestry, Marine & Bioeconomy



The European Commission will hold an information day on Societal Challenge 2 of Horizon 2020 on 21 November 2014 in Brussels. Organised by the Bioeconomy Directorate, this is an opportunity to hear about calls for proposals in the areas of:

  • Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry
  • Marine and maritime and inland water research
  • Bioeconomy

Although a detailed programme is not available yet, we expect this to be a blend of information sessions on the 2015 calls and networking activities where you can make connections to potential partners.

You can register for the event here – and registration remains open until 17 November 2014.

For further details of the opportunities under Societal Challenge 2, take a look at the work programme , and if you’re thinking of attending please do let us know (!