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Horizon 2020 – Info days and new members


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 Info Days – Dates for the diary


Details of information days for the 2016/2017 Calls for Proposals are starting to appear thick and fast and courtesy of colleagues at UKRO, we can update you on a couple more.

On 21 September, the Commission will hold its – Climate Action (Societal Challenge 5) Info Day. The day will cover upcoming calls and will take place in Brussels (Albert Borschete Conference Centre, rue Froissart 36, 1040 BRUSSELS). You can register here.

Those of you with an interest in Societal Challenge 6 (Europe in a Changing World) may want to consider  ‘Trust – Research co-creating future societies’. The event, organised by Net4Society  will take place on 29-30 October in Brussels (at the Royal Academy of Sciences). It will discuss both upcoming calls and the longer term 2050 perspective for the area. Registration will open soon, and there is likely to be significant demand for places.

The format will be the same as usual – a blend of information sessions and networking opportunities -and organisers will make presentations available after the events.

If you are thinking of attending please do get in touch (




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Horizon 2020 – Inside ICT 2013

ICT2013The Blog was lucky enough to catch up with a couple of attendees at the recent ICT InfoDay ‘ICT 2013’: Dr Bamidele Adebisi from the School of Engineering and Daphne Lai, project manager of the TRUCE* project (led by Prof. Martyn Amos). Both were happy to share a few observations:

There is a big focus on ‘disruptive’ technologies and the Commission are encouraging those involved in ICT related research to ‘go on challenging’.

There’s a strong push towards de-siloing (Ed – no, we’re not sure if it’s a word or not, but it’s being used!), which is reflected in the way in which ICT is spread throughout Horizon 2020 and the way in which the Commission are trying to use ICT to solve challenges in other areas (e.g. priorities around Smart Cities).

ICT features in most areas of Horizon 2020. It has a key role to play in enabling new advances in a range of areas including rethinking energy (e.g. storage, renewables and advanced exploration), machines working for us (e.g. robotics, autonomous vehicles and 3D printing) and game changing technologies (e.g. new generations of genomics and advanced material).

The Commission are thinking of ICT across four clusters: Mobile Internet; Cloud Technology; Internet of things and Automation of Knowledge/Work.

Impact will be important, and the ICT community is being encouraged to ‘get into the world and tell people what’s going on’. There is much more emphasis on people and society and the new focus on the ‘Human-Centric Digital Age’ reflects this.

It’s no longer about innovation push, it’s all about innovation pull.

As opportunities for ICT are spread across Horizon 2020, the Commission have published a ‘Guide to the presence of ICT in Horizon 2020’, which will help you to navigate the opportunities more easily.

You can also catch up on the presentations from ICT2013 at the conference website.


*The TRUCE project is a Framework 7 Project that is bringing together research in the field of Unconventional Computation (UCOMP). The project is running a number of activities and events over its lifetime and is currently inviting submissions to participate its Speculative Fiction Collection, which will bring together short story writers and scientists to provide their thoughts on UCOMP in 2070.

For more information about TRUCE take a look at the project website (pictures from ICT2013 are available from the TRUCE Gallery!)

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Horizon 2020 – Food Security/LEIT Biotechnology InfoDay

Horizon%202020The Commission has announced details of a joint InfoDay which will cover calls for proposals for Societal Challenge 2 (Food Security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research and the Bioeconomy) and Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies (LEIT) in Biotechnology.

The event will take place on 17 January 2014 in Brussels. There is no charge to attend (except the costs of travel) and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Details of the programme are not available yet, but as with other InfoDays, we would anticipate presentations from colleagues at the Commission on the priorities in each area as well as the opportunity to network extensively with potential collaborators.

Registration will be open until 13 January 2014 via the event website  but we’d encourage you to book quickly as places are likely to disappear quickly.