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€9.61 Billion approved for H2020 2015

Horizon2020The European Parliament has approved the EU’s budget for 2015 and the top-up to the 2014 budget at a plenary session in Strasbourg this week.

The budget allocated to Horizon 2020 in 2015 is 9.61 billion EUR for commitments and 9.02 billion EUR for payments, which is an increase of 45 million EUR on the European Commission’s draft 2015 budget. This increased budget will be used to meet outstanding payments from FP7/H2020 projects. Read more

Update: Swiss Participation in Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Euresearch, the Swiss Guide to European research & innovation, has published a useful update on Swiss participation in MSC actions.

Euresearch, the Swiss federal government’s guide to EU R&D, published an update on Swiss participation as a (Switzerland as a third country) in Marie Curie Actions.

The update explains practical effects of Switzerland status as a third country for MSCA application purposes. For Innovative Training Networks (ITN’s), EuResearch recommends that Swiss organisations participate in MSCA as partner organisations (without EU funding) rather than as beneficiaries. Switzerland will fund Early Stage Researchers of successful projects. In this case, Part B of the MSCA application must include description of activities including recruitment.

EU funding for Swiss organisations, as for any other Third Countries, will be only granted in exceptional cases and consortia are advised not to count on EU funding.

As a backgrounder, Switzerland currently has the status of a developed third country in Horizon 2020 and Swiss participants no longer automatically qualify for EU funding from the programme due to an immigration vote early this year.  The negotiations on Swiss association to Horizon 202020 are on hold. As an interim measure, the Swiss federal government will provide successful applicants with Swiss national funding.

To access more details on this update, please CLICK HERE.

Horizon 2020: Work Programme Update Published 

The current Horizon 2020 Work Programme covers the period of 2014-2015. The European Commission has now published an update to the Work Programme on the Participant Portal.

The 2015 Work Programme is allocating a total of €2.7bn to the Excellent Science pillar, down from €3bn in 2014, and €2.3bn to the Societal Challenges, a decrease from €2.8bn. The budget of the Industrial Leadership pillar will stay the same, at €1.8bn. Though the total budget of Horizon 2020 remains the same at €78.6bn, there are annual fluctuations in funding.

Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, said: “We are also firing the starting gun on the 2015 calls, and I am confident they will meet equally strong demand.”

A total of 25 calls have been announced under the Societal Challenges pillar, including five for ‘Europe in a changing world’ and four for energy and secure societies. 14 calls have been released under the Industrial Leadership pillar, including five for space and nanotechnology, advanced materials, biotechnology and production.

Additionally, 13 calls have been allocated under the Excellent Science pillar, which includes four calls under the European Research Council. Also unveiled is a new call under the EURATOM Treaty and Horizon 2020’s ‘Fast Track to Innovation’ pilot. This version of the work programme also introduced the five inducement prizes (on reducing the mis-use of antibiotics, food-scanner, reduction of air pollution, collaborative sharing of spectrum and breaking the optical transmission barriers).

The previous version of the Work Programme contained a note, which effectively rendered parts of the Work Programme relating to 2015 (topics, dates, budget) on indicative basis only.

The parts that relate to 2015 have, with this revised version, been updated. Potential applicants will find information on the relevant updates for each call under the ‘Call update’ section of the Participant Portal. For most, though not all, areas of Horizon 2020, the changes are minor and will often relate to the budget allocated to particular parts or be administrative changes.

To access the updated Horizon 2020 Work Programme, please click HERE.

To access the updated Horizon 2020 Call, please click HERE.

EU Call: Horizon 2020 Inducement Prizes Formally Announced

Following the adoption of the updated 2014-2015 Horizon 2020 Work Programmes, five inducement prizes in the area of health, ICT, and environment have been publicised.

Inducement prizes are new instruments in Horizon 2020 (with only one pilot project in FP7) and aim to deliver breakthrough solutions to problems of societal interest in Europe. The target is clearly defined by the European Commission and further specified through award criteria, but without prescribing how it should be achieved.

The following prizes have been confirmed for 2015:

Breaking the optical transmission barriers Prize

Prize money: EUR 0.5 million

Timeline: Contest will open at the end of 2014 and run until the beginning of 2016


Reduction of Air Pollution Prize

Prize money: EUR 3 million

Timeline: Contest will open at the beginning of 2015 and run until end of 2018

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UEL researcher explores conflict prevention in the Western Balkans

Vassilis-FouskasNew research into alternative conflict prevention in the Western Balkans is being explored today at a workshop co-hosted by UEL in cooperation with the University of Banja Luka, and the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Republic of Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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