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In today’s Morning Brief we open with exciting news to start off the year! Our first “The Insider” features João Claro, CEO of INESC TEC in a conversation about Deep Tech. We also let you know about TIP’s 2022 Conference, a webinar on small non-coding RNA bioinformatics, the opening of the Horizon Impact Award 2022 Contest, and more!

Any comments or suggestions, hit me up with an email on teresa.carvalho@inesc.pt.

In today's Morning Brief:

In today’s Morning Brief:

INESC Brussels Hub “The Insider” Podcast is out!

Starting the year off with new and interesting content, a series of nine podcasts, in collaboration with Science|Business are going to be released twice a week on our page.

The first one is out today, an interview with João Claro, CEO of INESC TEC to learn how this organisation approaches the challenge of managing deep tech innovation.

Click here to hear it and stay tuned to our social media pages to know when the next ones will be released!

Transformative Innovation Policy Consortium Conference 2022

It has never been more critical than today to address our global challenges. As part of an ongoing collaboration and a network building process, the TIP 2022 will be an open platform for networking, meeting and developing ideas on accelerating transformations.

By circulating the knowledge and empirical evidence of systems of transformation, the organisation of the event aims to build a Knowledge Infrastructure that supports TIP initiatives.

It will take place from January 17 to January 21 so make sure to access the page here and get your ticket!

Small non-coding RNA Bioinformatics Club

Don’t miss this virtual seminar on enhancer RNAs in cancer and MicroRNA in cancer tissue this January 10 with Han Liang on Monday January 10 at 15h00 (GMT).

Make sure to click here to access the zoom link to the conference!

What French MEPs expect from their country’s Council presidency

With France’s European Council Presidency beginning at the start of this year, the European Parliament gathered what French MEPs expect for the next six months.

The country says it will be working for a stronger and more sovereign Europe. It will also strive to convince Europeans that a common response is the best one to address the challenges that we are facing.

Make sure to click here to hear what Sylvie Guillaume, Marie-Pierre Vedrenne and many others have to say about the presidency. 

Horizon Impact Award 2022 contest open

The European Commission is launching a brand new edition of the Horizon Impact Award, a prize dedicated to EU-funded projects whose results have created societal impact across Europe and beyond. The prize acknowledges and rewards the most influential and impactful project results under Horizon 2020 (2014-2020), the EU research and innovation programme, and its predecessor, the 7th Framework Programme.

After the success of the pilot editions in 2019 and 2020, Horizon Impact Award 2022 returns with an increased monetary prize and more winners. The 2022 edition will now have six champions that will each receive €25 000.

Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth Mariya Gabriel said: “We want to highlight the importance of ensuring that research, innovation and science translate into concrete benefits for the citizens and society. Horizon Impact Award puts the spotlight on projects and the people behind them that have contributed towards transformative impacts on the economy, society and policymaking – leading to advancements across different fields. I look forward to seeing many excellent examples of how EU-funded research contributes to shaping a better world”.

The contest is open for applications until 8 March 2022. The winners will be announced at a dedicated award ceremony in Brussels in 2022.

Read more here.

European Commission is looking for top experts to advise on EU Missions

The European Commission launched today a call for experts to join the five Mission Boards, with the role of advising on the implementation of the EU Missions. The five Mission Boards will have up to 15 independent top experts for each Mission.

Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, said: “This call for new Mission Boards members is the opportunity to take on new skills and bring together top experts to support the Missions. They will help inspire citizens and advise on the implementation plans. Together we will make our Missions a success”.

The main tasks of the new Mission Boards will be to promote the EU Missions by raising awareness of the citizens and advice on the actions of the Mission’s implementation plan. The Mission Boards resulting from this call for application will build on the work of the first phase Mission Boards (in charge until December 2021).

The Mission Boards advise on the full implementation of the five EU Missions working on: adaptation to Climate Change; Cancer; Restoring our Ocean and Waters; Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities; the Soil Deal for Europe.

The call for applications is available online. The deadline for applications is 02 February 2022, 17h00, CET. Find out more and how to apply here.

France opens access to quantum computing to researchers, start-ups

The French government launched a new programme to link quantum machines and supercomputers on Tuesday (4 January). The resources will have to be made available to researchers and companies to ensure France is up to speed with the technological revolutions to come.

The aim is to make this technology accessible to as many people as possible, including the scientific community and French and EU start-ups. The intent is to ensure France does not miss out on the major advances quantum computing could make in the decades to come.

The platform will be installed at the High-Performance Computing Centre at the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA).

Read more here.

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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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