Now your EU updates are presented in a different way. The former monthly Brussels Science News for University of Southern Denmark will in the future be a quarterly newsletter containing all the essential updates and information on EU research, innovation and education funding. You can of course still contact us directly at South Denmark European Office. 


All you need to know about Horizon 2020 - Official Guide, Q&A and 'The Good Application'  

South Denmark European Office is continually gathering and collecting the latest information available on Horizon 2020 and other research programmes. If you have any Horizon 2020 ambitions or questions you should consult these publications: 
  • The Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation has published the official Horizon 2020 Guide that provides answers on structure, funding, instruments etc. Unfortunately only in Danish. Find the guide here.
  • South Denmark European Office has together with our partners in Brussels gathered the most frequently asked Horizon 2020 questions and answered these in a Horizon 2020 Q&A. The 45 questions are answered within nine areas such as structure of Horizon 2020, advocacy and players, rules of participation, funding and application, proposal, evaluation   etc. Find the Q&A here
  • The European Commission has published a guide to ’The Good Application’. Find it here
Profile creation and application forms available for European Research Council Consolidator Grants proposals

Applicants for the 2014 European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grants are now able to create a profile for their proposal on the Research Participant Portal and also download the application form. Deadline for this call is 20 May 2014. Read more here.

The submission service for Starting Grants is also open, and the deadline is 25 March 2014. You can read more about the Starting Grant call here.

45 billion DKK to new PPP's 

The European Commission has launched eight contractual Public Private Partnerships (cPPPs) of strategic importance for European industry. The new partnerships are decided on the basis of a number of roadmaps made from open consultation by the European Commission. Three of the partnerships are extensions of ones created in 2009. The eight partnerships and their indicative budgets are:

- Factories of the Future (FoF): 1150 mio. EUR.
- Energy-efficient Buildings (EeB)
: 600mio. EUR.
- European Green Vehicles Initiative (EGVI): 750 mio. EUR.
- Sustainable Process Industry (SPIRE): 900 mio. EUR.
- Photonics:700 mio. EUR.
- Robotics:700 mio. EUR.
- High Performance Computing (HPC):700 mio. EUR.
- Advanced 5G networks for the Future Internet (5G): 700 mio. EUR.

The partnerships are to ensure that Europe is in front of digital and industrial development, and will be financed with € 6.2 billion through Horizon 2020 calls. According to the first Horizon 2020 Work Programme, € 1.45 billion will be allocated to the partnerships in 2014-2015. 

For more information, see European Commission's press release.


Make your voice heard in Horizon 2020 - input to Strategic Programme for 2016-2018 

Before the next Work Programme for Horizon 2020 is agreed upon, a Strategic Programme (SP) has to be developed. The purpose of the SP is to guide the processes and the topics for the Horizon 2020 Work Programmes, thus making the SP essential for future call options. In the SP, a number of focus areas are identified. For the programme period 2014-2016 12 areas such as Personalising Health and Care, Mobility for Growth, Water Innovation, etc. were identified. The advantage of getting involved in the process and making your suggestion now is that all focus areas included in the Strategic Programmes will be given substantial priority in the Work Programmes.  

Find the Strategic Programme for 2014-2016 Work Programmes here.

If you wish to contribute to this process please contact Christian Walther Bruun at as soon as possible. The national proces closes on March 3rd, while the European Commission processes are expected to proceed until around May. 

The Hellenic Presidency priorities on the research area

On 1 January 2014 Greece replaced Lithuania as President of the Council of the European Union. The motto for the fifth Hellenic presidency period is "Europe: Our common quest", and the programme focuses on four main areas: Growth, Jobs and Cohesion; Further Integration of the EU; Migrations-Borders-Mobility; Maritime Policies. 

On the research area a main priority is to implement Horizon 2020 successfully. Among other things this means that the Presidency will focus on the international dimension of science, technology and Innovation striving towards 'a genuinely common market for knowledge, research and innovation' ensuring improved researcher and student mobility and career prospects. The European Research Area (ERA) is set to be completed by the end of 2014. The ERA will ensure students' and researchers' ability to cross borders to study and participate in research projects. The Presidency will in this matter ensure closer interaction between the European Commission and the research stakeholders.

The Hellenic Presidency supports the existing efforts to create a Europe 2020 Innovation Indicator, which is expected to have "important political consequences". Furthermore the Presidency puts emphasis on increasing the innovation dynamics of Medium Sized Enterprises through COSME and Horizon 2020 programmes. 

Read the entire programme here.

A new president of the ERC

The European Commission has appointed the new President of the European Research Council. The French Professor Jean-Pierre Bourguignon is by 1st of January 2014 replacing Professor Helga Nowotny. Bourguignon is former Director of Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques (IHÉS) in France. The professor has been member of the Board of the EuroScience Organisation and has served on EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) committees since 2004.

Mr. Bourguignon will be President of the ERC for the next four years and will, as a new thing, be based in Brussels. He will also be President of the ERC Scientific Council. Please find more on the the president here.


EU is also education - a revised ERASMUS+ 

Not everything coming from the EU is about research and innovation. The European Commission has in January launched the new education programme ERASMUS+ which incorporates former programmes such as Life Long Learning, Comenius, Grundtvig, Leonardo da Vinci, Erasmus etc. The new programme introduces a new structure that is no longer focused on education levels, but on different activities. The overall structure is divided into three key actions:
  • Learning Mobility of Individuals,
  • Cooperation for Innovation and Exchange of Good Practice 
  • Support for Policy Reform. Furthermore the programme also supports Jean Monnet Activities and Sport. 
For University of Southern Denmark especially the activities embedded in key action 2 are interesting and cover a broad range of activities such as those "... that promote the development, testing and/or implementation of innovative practices in the field of education, training and youth." In action 2 four sub-actions are supported:
  • Strategic Partnerships in the field of Education, Training and Youth (deadline: 30 April 2014)
  • Knowledge Alliances (deadline: 3 April 2014)
  • Sector Skills Alliances (deadline: 3 April 2014)
  • Capacity Building in the field of Youth (deadline: 3 April 2014)
For more information please consult the programme guide here or find the official ERASMUS+ webpage here.


Innovation Convention 2014, March 2014

Conference 'Health in Euope, making it fairer', March 2014

Bliv dus med Marie Curie (in Danish), March or September 2014

Future Internet, March 2014

SMEs in Transport Information Day, March 2014

The Successful ERC Applicant, March and/or September 2014

International Conference on Research Infrastructures, April 2014

European Universities Association Annual Conference, April 2014

Smart Growth Through Research and Innovation, April 2014

Climate Change Adaption Conference, May 2014

Bliv en haj til budgetter og regnskab i H2020 (in Danish), May or September 2014

Rapportering i FP7 (in Danish), May or September 2014

Euroscience Open Forum 2014, June 2014

How to Write a Competitive Proposal for Horizon 2020, June 2014

Embracing Inclusive Approaches, July 2014

OPEN DAYS, October 2014

Styr dit H2020-projekt sikkert i mål (in Danish), October 2014

Den gode ansøgning til Horizon 2020 (in Danish), November 2014

The 7th European Public Health Conference 2014, November 2014


Report of the Expert Group on Public Sector Innovation 
has been published by the Commission and gives specific recommendations.

Green Paper on Citizen Science for Europe 
has been published providing preliminary policy recommendations and ground for discussion.

Advice Paper on Good Practices in Doctoral Training
by the League of European Research Universities (LERU) gives specific recommendations to universities and others on the topic.

Practical Guide to three approaches on cross-border collaboration
by Science Europe contains definitions and guidelines towards a European Research Area.

European Union (EU) framework on climate and energy 
is the 2030 policy framework on the area and provides specific objectives for the period. 

Innovation Policy Platform (IPP)
by OECD has been launched and aims to support policy-makers around the world in the innovation-policy making.

European Union Mobility Scoreboard
has been published and provides for five factors that influence students' motivation and ability to study abroad.


SDU Research Support Offices 

South Denmark European Office

Particpant Portal  (call, work programmes, submission, become an evaluator etc.)

EURAXESS (EU's job database for researchers)

EUopSTART (Horizon 2020 pre-fund)

EU Science Quaterly (sign up here)
All questions about the newsletter can be directed to Christian Walther Bruun at South Denmark European Office (+ 32 4 777 77 587 or