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Webinar on the SC1 2019 Call Topics

​On 12 July 2018, the European Commission is organising a webinar to present the 2019 funding opportunities for the Health, Demographic Change and Well-being Societal Challenge (SC1).

This half-day event (9:00 – 12:00, Brussels time) will only be web streamed. The link will be published on the event page a week in advance and the event programme will be published online in the next few days.

Please send your questions in advance of the event to

Questions should concern the WP 2019 topics in the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 1 (Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing). They may be related to the text of specific topics or to other questions of practical relevance for applicants to the SC1 2019 call topics.

The European Commission has said that unfortunately they will not be able to respond to questions relating to 2020 call topics, Horizon Europe, or on issues outside the scope of the Horizon 2020 SC1.

UK Nutrition Research Partnership (UK NRP) Collaborative Awards: Outline stage – 31st July 2018

Closing Date: 31st July 2018


The UK Nutrition Research Partnership (UK NRP) for health and disease is a partnership between the Medical Research Council (MRC), the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

The MRC, on behalf of the UK NRP, is pleased to invite proposals for multidisciplinary pump-priming Collaborative Awards.

Following the publication of the Review of Nutrition and Human Health Research the UK NRP wishes to strengthen the UK nutrition research base by attracting new expertise and new partners into the field. The objective is to provide novel and robust insights into human nutrition, with the potential of transforming the long-term health of the population.

The call has been developed to catalyse the formation of multidisciplinary research teams able to address important challenges in nutrition research that require innovative, cutting-edge approaches to accelerate progress; to build research capacity in the field, and to strengthen the UK nutrition research base.

The UK NRP Collaborative Awards will widen the research base and increase collaborations by bringing together expertise from within and without the current nutrition field. We are particularly keen to attract the most exciting and transformative collaborative applications, including partnerships across disciplines and between clinical and basic scientists.

A core element of these awards will be visionary leadership at the outset and a strong drive to build a collaboration with a broad range of research expertise, drawn from different disciplines, and from relevant non-academic sectors.

The aim of these awards is to identify important challenges and opportunities related to nutrition in human health and disease and, by working in a cross-disciplinary manner, begin to make a significant step-change in scientific progress. The collaborations should foster a range of innovative research ideas designed to address the challenge(s) identified by integrating expertise across disciplines.

Up to £2 million will be available for this call. The Collaborative Awards will provide funding for up to three years related to the challenge(s) identified. Support will be primarily for pump-priming feasibility research to provide proof of concept and the generation of important data to support further grant applications.

This is a two-stage call; outline applications will be assessed in October 2018 and full applications invited forward for assessment in February 2019.

This call is part of a long-term approach to build research capacity and partnerships through phased and strategic development. It is anticipated that the pump-priming funding will ensure the collaborative groups will be positioned to apply for future funding to lead new interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral research proposals. Our expectation is that the Collaborative Awards will have fostered the development of interdisciplinary groupings of scientists with the critical mass of expertise that will make them well-placed to obtain such funding.

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How social scientists can get involved in the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund

A new set of research and innovation challenges has recently been announced through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF), providing major opportunities for the social sciences to collaborate with other academic disciplines and businesses to solve specific economic and societal challenges.

Charlie Dormer explains more about the ISCF and how social scientists can make the most of the opportunities it offers.

European Commission Publishes Proposal for Horizon Europe

The European Commission has published its proposal for the next Framework Programme (and the successor to Horizon 2020), Horizon Europe.  The programme will aim to strengthen the EU’s scientific and technological base, foster the EU’s competitiveness and its innovation performance, as well as deliver on the EU’s strategic priorities and tackle global challenges.

The total budget announced is €100 billion for 2021-2027, with €97.6 billion for Horizon Europe and €2.4 billion for Euratom. The Horizon Europe funding will be split across three pillars:

  • Open Science – €25.8 billion
  • Global Challenges – €52.7 billion
  • Open Innovation – €13.5 billion

The main changes from Horizon 2020 highlighted are:

  • The creation of the European Innovation Council (EIC) with its early stage and development based funding instruments for start-ups and companies;
  • The introduction of Missions, which will unite a body of research in pursuit of a clearly stated goal;
  • A new streamlined set of Partnerships with industry, civil society and funding foundations; and
  • Further simplification of the programme.

Carlos Moedas, the Commissioner for Research and Innovation, introduced the proposal at a press conference today.  The Commissioner explained that the overall structure of the three pillar approach and the vision between having a new Mission-orientated approach. The proposal is the first step of this co-creation process to develop Missions in Horizon Europe, and we can anticipate the launch of a Mission’s Board in early 2019. Commissioner Moedas explained the new radical approach to funding innovation under the European Innovation Council in the third pillar of Horizon Europe, with an aim to having a bottom-up approach to funding innovation, rather than a traditional top down approach. The Commissioner confirmed that the Horizon Europe Euratom and ITER proposals are based on continuity, with a specific focus on safety in the Euratom programme.

Attendees had the opportunity to ask questions, several questions related to the position of the UK and the opportunities for countries to associate to Horizon Europe. Moedas highlighted that the rules for association had been expanded in the proposal for Horizon Europe, as can be seen in the relevant part of the proposal. The Commissioner explained that in his view “it’s very important for the UK and it’s very important for the EU to have a relationship in science and innovation” and he reitterated that “we have Third Countries that are part of the family[…]”  but that the details on how this will work still needs to be worked out as part of the negotiations. He explained that the proposal is designed to allow Third Countries to associate to the programme, and that the “doors are open” for the discussion and gives freedom to agree the exact terms of association. In response to later questions he also tackled the topic of ‘influence’, highlighting that Associated Countries sit at the table and contribute to discussions on all programmes, even if they do not get a formal vote.

A new website on Horizon Europe has been launched by the Commission which includes links to a video, a factsheet on the budget and the research and innovation success stories as well as links to the package of legal texts.

UKRO has also updated its Future EU Programmes resource page and will provide further analysis on the Horizon 2020 proposal during the coming days.

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Just who are those reviewers?

Well it could be you.

The Newton Prize is a prestigious global award for research and innovation in developing countries. All the applicants this year are in partnership with South American Newton Fund projects with Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Mexico.

UNESCO are looking for experts from industry and academia in the fields of Agriculture, the Built Environment, Economic Development, Education, Energy, Engineering, Environment, Health, Manufacturing, Sustainability and Technology.

Reviewing takes place via an online portal which can be accessed at your convenience between 15 June and 31 July 2018.

If you fit the bill and wish to be considered then please register here