This EU Science Quarterly for University of Southern Denmark 1st Quarter 2015 contains the essential updates and information on EU research, innovation and education funding. If you have any questions about this, or other matters regarding EU funding, you are of course welcome to contact us directly at the South Denmark European Office.
Scoping Papers for Work Programmes 2016-2017 have been released
Scoping Papers have been drafted based on Horizon 2020 Advisory Groups, recommendations from Member States, European stakeholders and initiatives from society and industry. The Scoping Papers set The European Commission’s future priorities for the Research and Innovation Program Horizon 2020 in the Work Programmes for 2016-2017.
It is important to note that the Scoping Papers are working documents sent to the Program Committee for discussion in the preparation for Horizon 2020 Work Program 2016-2017. Therefore information and description of activities and priorities indicated in the Scoping Papers may not appear in the adopted Work Programmes and new elements may be introduced.
For more information regarding the draft programs please contact Christian Walther Bruun at South Denmark European Office (+ 32 4 777 77 587 or firstname.lastname@example.org) or attend the session on New Calls in Horizon 2020 on 13 march 2015 at University of Southern Denmark.
2015 call for proposals for ERC Advanced Grants is now open
Applicants for the 2015 Advanced Grants are now able to register their proposal and download the application documents on the Participant Portal.
The ERC Advanced funding has an overall call budget of €630 million and funding can be up to €2.5 million per grant (in some cases up to €3.5 million per grant). It targets already established research leaders with a recognized track record of research achievements during the last 10 years. The Advanced Grants are awarded based on scientific excellence and allow research leaders to pursue high-risk, ground-breaking projects with the objective of opening new directions in their respective areas.
The deadline for application is 02 June 2015, and applies to the three main research domains: Physical Sciences & Engineering; Life Sciences; and Social Sciences & Humanities.
Find more information about the ERC Advanced Grants call here.
2015 call for proposals for ERC Proof of Concept Grant is now open
Applicants for the 2015 Proof of Concept Grant are now able to register their proposal and download the application documents on the Participant Portal.
The ERC Proof of Concept funding has an overall call budget of €20 million and funding can be up to €150.000 per grant for a period of 18 months. This grant is open to Principal Investigators already benefitting from an ERC frontier research grant (Starting, Consolidator, Advance, and Synergy) and is therefore only offered to ERC grant holders whose proposals draw substantially on their ERC funded research.
The deadline for application is 28 May 2015 and 01 October 2015. Applications can be submitted at any time until the final deadline but a Principal Investigator may only submit one eligible application per call. Find more information about the ERC Proof of Concept Grant call here.
European research programmes advance researchers career skills and mobility
The European Commission has published a study on the Sixth and Seventh Framework Programmes (FP6 & FP7) impact on human research capacity. According to the study FP6 and FP7 have advanced participating researchers skills and expertise relevant for career development especially for researchers who are participating for the first time. Framework Programs also foster long-term international mobility among researchers with a difference of 13 percentage point from participating researchers to non-participating researchers.
The study also shows that Framework Programms help higher education institution to attract competent researchers outside the European Union. Consequently the Framework Programmes promote and nourish knowledge transfer both inside and outside the EU. The recommendations given on the basis of the study focus on strengthening communication of findings and harmonizing data collection with regards to the future monitoring of career opportunities and employability when participating in a Framework Program funded project.
Smart Cities and Communities in Horizon 2020
EU funds projects which focus on developing and implementing innovative ideas and projects that solve challenges such as traffic jams, air pollution and high energy costs that cities encounter. These projects are known as Smart Cities and Communities. Within Horizon 2020 EU has allocated funding to larger projects that intend to solve the problems cities are facing in the areas of Mobility for Growth and Integration of Energy, Transport and ICT.
The budget is €144.5 million and deadline for application is 23 April and 15 October 2015. For further information see Participant Portal.
Topics regarding Integration of Energy, Transport and ICT:
The budget is €107 million and deadline for application is 5 May 2015. For further information see Participant Portal.
- Smart Cities and Communities solutions integrating energy, transport, ICT sectors through lighthouse (large scale demonstration – first of the kind) projects
- Development of system standards for smart cities and communities solution.
EU POLICY AND ADVOCACY
New Investment Plan for Europe
On 28 November 2014 Jean Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, presented his new investment plan, European Strategic Investment Fund (ESIF).ESIF is to be financed through capital market loans, EU and the European Investment Bank (EIB) guaranties and private venture capital. The EU guarantee will be backed up by existing EU funds and as a result ESIF implies a reduction of the budget of Horizon 2020 of €2.7 billion, which corresponds to a reduction of 3.5% of the programs total budget. Cuts in the budget of Horizon 2020 will not be applied horizontally across all budget lines. The European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT) will be most affected with a budget reduction of €350 million representing 12.9% of its total budget.
The investment plan has been drawn up along with EIB and is estimated to mobilize €315 billion over a period of three years of private and public funding for high-risk high-gain projects. It is expected that the Commission will advocate for funds being distributed solely on the basis of socio-economic and common European added value instead of distributing funds by geographic or thematic criteria. In addition to the establishment of a new investment fund the plan also includes measures to ensure that public and private investors receive better information regarding profitable investment projects. See the plan here The Investment Plan.
European Commission changes priorities in Horizon 2020
The Research and Innovation Program Horizon 2020 is as of November 2014 officially one year old. During 2014 approximately 34.500 project applications was submitted, which shows that European actors have had a great interest in participating in EU funded projects.
The Commission is now analyzing experiences from the 2014 Calls in order to consider possible adjustments or a change of priorities for the Work Programme for 2016-2017. The analysis and possible adjustments is focused on four main areas:
The aim of the analysis and adjustments isto make information about Work Programmess and Calls more accessible for all potential applicants. For further information regarding what is in store for the next phase of Horizon 2020 see here.
Consultation on the 7th Framework Programme
The European Commission has launched its public consultation on the 7th Framework Programme. It must "... provide the High Level Expert Group conducting the ex-post evaluation of 7th Framework Programme (FP7) with a range of opinion and views about the functioning, achievements, and impacts of FP7." The programme has funded €53 billion to research and innovation activities in the period 2007-2013.
- Work Programmes and information available for applicants
- Response on calls
- Implementation of Horizon 2020 focus areas
The deadline for the consultation is 22 May 2015. See the press release here and voice your opinion here. The consultation takes the form of a 16 page questionaire.
Website for Horizon Prizes
The Horizon Prizes site is now launched. Horizon Prizes are “challenge” prizes which offer a cash reward to whichever actor can most effectively meet a defined challenge. The objective of the prizes is to stimulate innovation and to come up with solutions to problems which matter to European citizen as a whole. Challenge prizes have become a way to accelerate change and thereby an important driver for innovation in both the public and private sectors worldwide.
This is how the Horizon Prizes work:
Find more information about the Horizon Prizes here.
Faroe Islands associates to Horizon 2020
The Faroe Islands have signed an agreement with the European Commission on Faroese association to Horizon 2020.
- First a technological or societal challenge is defined;
- An award is promised for a breakthrough solution;
- Award criteria for solutions is set up;
- The means to reach a solution are not prescribed, giving applicants freedom to come up with the most effective solutions
The agreement has taken effect as of January 2014. The Faroe Islands have been associated with the European Framework Programs since 2010 under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). The archipelago has participated in Framework Program projects relating to food, agriculture and fisheries, biotechnology and environment, aquaculture and climate change.
Presentations from Information Days on 2015 Calls are online
The European Commission held Information Days on the 2015 Calls for Horizon 2020 in November 2014. More precisely an Info Day was held on Societal Challenge 2 (SC2), “Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Marine, Maritime and Inland Water Research and the Bioeconomy” was held on 21 November 2014. Also an Info Day on Societal Challenge 5 (SC5), “Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials” was held on 17 November 2014.
Presentation, video recordings as well as programs from the events are now available online here for SC2 and here for SC5.
Research Management Performance important to project success
The European Commission has published a study on Framework Programs impact on Research Management Performance (RMP). The study was prepared by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), EU Services, the European Interest Grouping (EEIG) and Technopolis Group.
The hope of the study is that a better understanding of RMP in collaborative projects funded under the Sixth and Seventh Framework Programs (FP6 & FP7) will contribute to more successful projects and allow for better RMP in Horizon 2020.
The study shows that project success is strongly correlated to Research Management Performance where good communication is of primary importance. A healthy relationship with high frequency contact, one-on-one communication and a structured spreading of information is crucial to project success. High performing projects are also characterized by trust and consensus-led decision making between partners.