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Horizon 2020: National Contact Points visit Manchester

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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:

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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

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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 – Info Day Presentations and Forthcoming Attractions

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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

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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

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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!


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

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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 (euro_res@mmu.ac.uk).


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

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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 (euro_res@mmu.ac.uk)!