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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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H2020 Brokerage Event – Nanotech, materials, biotech, manufacturing and processing


The Commission have announced a brokerage event to launch the 2016/17 priorities for Key Enabling Technologies, which will take place on 6 October 2015 in Strasbourg.

The event will provide information on calls in the areas of:

  • Nanotechnologies and Advanced Materials
  • Biotechnologies
  • Advanced manufacturing and processing (including Energy Efficiency in Buildings, Factories of the Future, Sustainable process industries)

and also highlight the opportunities for research in these areas in the societal challenges.

Although full details aren’t available yet (and you can’t register yet!), the event’s likely to follow the usual format – information session in the morning and brokerage session in the afternoon. Colleagues who have been involved in previous events have had a really positive experience and been able to develop some really strong links.

If you’re interested in attending the event please do get in touch – – there is likely to be high demand and attendance may be restricted per organisation.

Keep an eye on your UKRO updates and the event webpage for details of registration.


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EPSRC Healthcare Impact Partnerships


EPSRC are inviting outline proposals for Healthcare Impact Partnerships in the area of advanced materials and nanotechnology for healthcare.

A budget of £5 million is available to support projects that will progress previous EPSRC funded research in advanced materials and nanotechnology towards translation within a healthcare application. Proposals should build upon existing strengths and expertise and demonstrate potential to address an unmet healthcare need and/or offer significant added value over current or alternative healthcare solutions.

Applicants will be eligible if they have held an EPSRC grant or portfolio of grants in advanced materials and nanotechnology. Universities must work with at least one industrial partner to progress their previous research outputs towards translation. Partner(s) will be expected to provide a financial contribution to support the project and play an active role in development of the research project and pathways to impact.

Proposals will be assessed on the impact generated from their previous EPSRC funded grant, the suitability of the proposed research team, the quality of the proposed research and the extent to which further support will progress the previously funded research towards translation.The closing date for applications is 24 July 2013
For further information look at this website: