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In today’s Morning Brief we open with a session dedicated to the ERC Consolidator Call 2021, news on adapting to climate change in European cities, a call for projects related to the European Laboratory for Structural Assessment and the Rural Pact, and more!

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In today's Morning Brief:

In today’s Morning Brief:

Session dedicated to the ERC Consolidator Call 2021

Don’t miss this webinar session on the ERC Consolidator Call 2021 on March 26. It is a webinar open to all but focused on the candidates elaborating a proposal.

ERC NCPs will welcome CoG candidates on March 26, at 14h30. Click here for a link to the session.

If you are looking for more information on ERC don’t miss the recording of our event on “Research Careers in Research Performing Organisations – The case of the European Research Council” on our website here.

Adapting to climate change in European cities

To kick start the year, the Covenant of Mayors – Europe Office has released the publication  “Adapting to climate change in European cities: Towards smarter, swifter & more systemic action”.

The new EU Strategy and this historical juncture – presenting an opportunity to ‘build back better’ – make this a timely moment to consider where local and regional governments should best direct their efforts for a more resilient future. In this context, this publication is designed for decision-makers and technical staff working on climate change adaptation and resilience in local and regional governments.

Click here to download the publication.

Reaction Wall, European Laboratory for Structural Assessment (ELSA)

The EU Science Hub is inviting cross-boundary proposals for projects to experiment, prototype and demonstrate ideas for the New European Bauhaus.

The JRC ELSA Reaction Wall and the Nanobiotechnology Laboratory will serve as collaboration platform to stimulate creativity and innovation in the built environment.

The central feature of the European Laboratory for Structural Assessment (ELSA) is the Reaction Wall. It consists of a reinforced concrete vertical wall and a horizontal floor rigidly connected together to test the vulnerability of buildings to earthquakes and other threats to structural stability.

In this call for proposals, ELSA is collaborating with the Nanobiotechnology Laboratory to provide access to techniques such as electron microscopy, X-Ray diffraction, X-Ray photoelectron microscopy and BET for the structural and morphology characterisation of smart and sustainable materials including nanomaterials in buildings and constructions.

Click here to find out more about the call which closes on February 1st.

AI Adoption Roundtables: UK End-User Review 2022

Between 18-20 January, Innovate UK, Innovate UK KTN and the Office for Artificial Intelligence will organise a series of roundtables bringing together end-users from different industries to assess the extent to which the sector appetite and readiness for AI adoption has been impacted by Covid-19 and Brexit.

In 2019, Innovate UK KTN conducted comprehensive research across the sectors with high potential for implementing AI research and innovation in order to accelerate their growth and competitiveness. UK KTN would now like to understand how the global events that took place in the last 18 months have modified industry interest in adopting AI.

The event will take place online on January 18 from 10h00 to 12h30. Find out more information and how to register here.

The Future of Mobility: what is the role of communications?

Only available in Portuguese, Susana Sargento, Carnegie Mellon Portugal’s Scientific Director anticipates in this piece for SapoTEK that 2022 will be a crucial year for smooth, autonomous and connected mobility to become a reality in Portugal.

Make sure to give it a read here.

A long-term vision for the EU’s rural areas

Europe’s rural areas provide us with our food, homes, jobs, and essential ecosystems services.

To ensure that rural areas can continue to play these essential roles, a European Commission communication sets out a long-term vision for the EU’s rural areas up to 2040. It identifies areas of action towards stronger, connected, resilient and prosperous rural areas and communities. A Rural Pact and an EU Rural Action Plan with tangible flagship projects and new tools will help achieve the goals of this vision.

On 20 December 2021, Vice-president Šuica, Commissioner Wojciechowski and Commissioner Ferreira extended an open invitation to join the discussion on the Rural Pact. They encourage all interested authorities and organisations to express their support for the vision’s shared goals and their interest in taking an active role in its development.

Stakeholders can get involved in building the Pact by joining the Rural Pact community though a dedicated on-line form here.

The Pact initiates a long-term process. It seeks to simplify interaction on ideas and experiences, to help public authorities, stakeholders and citizens to combine and increase efforts for the benefit of rural areas.

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26/05/2023: New Horizon Europe calls, a global drive for open science, European Commission DG RTD recent reorganisation, EU-China & much more

In today’s Morning Brief:
Horizon Europe
– Twinning call for proposals is open – Read all about it
– Horizon Europe ERA Fellowships call is now open
– EUR 20 million available for Pathways to synergies – Call for proposals
– New Horizon Europe funding opportunity: Dissemination & Exploitation Support Facility call
– Commission Open Call: Expert Group on the Interim Evaluation of Horizon Europe
– Industry 5.0 Award contest opens: apply by 1 September 2023
– Horizon Europe: The EU and the Republic of Korea launch formal negotiations on association to the programme
– European Space Agency chief seeks ‘forward-looking decisions’
Research & Innovation:
– EU research ministers make fresh call for a full transition to free open access publishing
– Open Science: stakeholders welcome European efforts towards publicly owned and not-for-profit scholarly communication
– Global drive for more open, rigorous research is growing
– European Commission sets up new European Innovation Council unit in the research directorate
– Spain wants EU presidency to be ‘bridge’ with Latin American R&D
– Green industry law haunted by old conflicts over nuclear, financing
– The five EU research projects involving China’s military-linked universities
– Critical Raw Materials: EU ministers want to move fast but dilemmas abound
– G7 ministers call for rules to improve research security
– Territorial Economic Data viewer supports policy monitoring
News from INESC institutes:
– INESC Brussels HUB is signing an Open Letter regarding changes to Who is Who in EC Directorate
– ECI Cruelty-free cosmetics – Consultation to adhere to joint final statement
– Structuring the ecosystem: RTOs collaboration with higher education institutions
– INESC TEC develops pioneering research in the application of variational quantum circuits to reinforcement learning
– INOV: MULTICAM prototypes, an online presentation on Blockchain and 5000 followers
– Job Opportunities
Events & Training workshops

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19/05/2023: HUB Summer Meeting, Digital Europe Programme, Regional Innovation Valleys, European R&I funding and policy, and much more

In today’s Morning Brief:
Horizon Europe
– Commission Expert Group on the Interim Evaluation of Horizon Europe
– Commission launches first €122M call to create regional innovation ecosystems
– New calls for proposals of the Digital Europe Programme
Research & Innovation:
– EU research commissioner Mariya Gabriel resigns
– France to boost funding for health research infrastructures and UK to invest £100M in improving RIs
– Commission takes European Innovation Council management under its wing
– Industry 5.0 Award: The contest is open for applications
– AI Act moves ahead in EU Parliament with key committee vote
– Defence industry renews call for R&D spending boost
News from INESC institutes:
– Technology and Law: building a virtuous relationship, by Graça Barbosa
– The 2022 INESC-ID AnnualReport is out
– Exciting news from H2020-RESCUER
– Launch of the New Horizon Europe Project SYCLOPS
– INESC TEC supports the implementation of robotic technologies to reduce the ecological footprint
– INESC TEC develops virtual reality app to support youngster looking for jobs
– Job Opportunities
Events & Training workshops

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05/05/2023: HE calls update, cohesion policy, open access, open science, cohesion policy and coordination of national and EU R&D policy.

In today’s Morning Brief:
Horizon Europe
– Horizon Europe – easy call and topic search
– From KOWI: MSCA: Model Working Contract for Doctoral Networks published
Research & Innovation:
– Report on the outcome of 2021-2027 cohesion policy programming
– Spain adopts national open access strategy
– Commission attempts to strengthen coordination between national R&D policies and EU research programs
– Commission Plans to launch a European Standardisation Panel survey
– Research funders draw attention to uneven implementation of open science
– EIT Climate to become financially sustainable by end of 2024
– Preparing for Belgium’s Thirteenth Presidency of the Council of the European Union
– African Union-European Union High Level Policy Dialogue – Science, Technology and Innovation. Senior official meet to endorse the AU-EU Innovation Agenda
News from INESC institutes:
– INESC MN has a new publication in Advanced Materials Journal
– INOV projects on Youtube
– Diogo Vaz published an article in Público
– Job Opportunities
Events & Training workshops

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