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Launch of Horizon Europe work programmes postponed to late May

The European Commission has yet again delayed the adoption date of Horizon Europe work programmes, leaving researchers and MEPs to worry about a potential funding gap. The work programmes were due to be published in March, then that deadline was pushed to April, and subsequently to the first half of May. Now, Commission officials confirmed the documents will not be available until the end of May, postponing once more their official adoption. Some commentators suggest the delay is down to row over excluding UK, Israel and Switzerland from space and quantum R&D. Read more about the delay here.


MEPs enquire about research partnerships in industrial strategy

Trade commissioner Thierry Breton was in the European Parliament on Monday to present the update to the EU’s industrial strategy. As part of the strategy, the EU is to launch new industrial alliances to develop microprocessors and semiconductor technologies, industrial data and cloud technology, space launchers and zero emission aviation. As related in this Science Business article, MEPs asked the commissioner to explain how the Commission can achieve technological autonomy without a clearer plan, and a stricter timeline for launching new technologies by 2030. Portuguese MEP and rapporteur for public private partnerships in Horizon Europe, Maria da Graça Carvalho said the Commission’s industrial strategy should include clearer links with the private and public partnerships planned within Horizon Europe, the EU’s research and innovation programme.


EIC freezes funds for start-ups

The EIC has unexpectedly halted new submissions from start-ups for the 16 June round of the 2021 €1 billion call for funding from the EIC Accelerator. Entrepreneurs who have planned but not yet submitted their pitches ahead of the 16 June cut-off date were left stranded as submissions closed without warning. While they can still apply, they will now have to wait until 6 October for the next chance to secure funding – a long-time for a struggling start-up. The reason for freezing submissions was timing, said Jean-David Malo, the director of EISMEA, the EU agency behind the fund. Flooded with applications, EIC realised it was not possible to evaluate all the proposals in time for those who were successful with their initial pitch to submit a detailed application before 16 June. More information and reactions can be read in this Science Business article.


EU-wide start-up scoreboard

According to ScienceBusiness, the EU Innovation Ecosystem leaders group says an annual start-up scoreboard is needed to track innovation performance across EU start-ups, representatives from around Europe. The group published an Action Plan to make Europe the new Global Powerhouse for Startups and handed it in person to Marya Gabriel, the EU R&I Commissioner.


Health Commissioner: EU cancer plan must ‘break the silence’ on women’s cancers

Reporting on a webinar participation from EU health commissioner Stella Kyriakides, Euractiv says, there is a large inequality of access to women’s cancer services and treatments across the EU, according to the bloc’s health chief, who highlighted the role of Europe’s Beating Cancer plan in bridging these disparities. Speaking during a webinar on Thursday (6 May), Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides said there is a need to “break the silence” and talk openly about gynaecological cancers. The EU, she added, has “to assure that all women in all corners of the EU, get the support, have access to the screening and the vaccination, the information and the multidisciplinary care that they should be having”. Her hopes are on Europe’s beating cancer plan, which must bring “real change”. “This is what European citizens expect from us. And I also believe that we don’t have a right to fail them. We have an opportunity and we need to seize it,” Kyriakides said. Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan was set in 2020 to tackle the entire disease pathway, from prevention to treatment, with the goal to equalise access to high-quality care, diagnosis and treatment across the block.


IEA: Renewable energy to account for 90% of new power expansion post-COVID-19

According to EurActiv, after capacity additions continued to grow during 2020, the International Energy Agency (IEA) is forecasting that “exceptionally high” growth is likely to continue during this year and next. The Agency’s 2021 Renewable Energy Market Update, published this week, reveals that 280 GW of new renewable energy generation capacity was installed globally during the 2020 calendar year – a 45% increase in the amount installed during 2019. Renewable electricity generation and biofuel generation for transport are covered by these calculations. “Renewables were the only energy source for which demand increased in 2020 despite the pandemic, while consumption of all other fuels declined,” the report states, alluding to the IEA’s market updates on oil and gas.


EC Chemical Strategy: roadmap to revise REACH and CLP

This week, the Commission has published two Inception Impact Assessments (roadmaps), one on the revision of the CLP Regulation and one on the revision of the REACH Regulation. The new EU Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability requires a targeted revision of these Regulations. The roadmaps provide overall descriptions of the problems that need to be solved, possible options for how changing the two pieces of legislation may help to solve these problems as well as initial assessments of the potential impacts of such changes. The roadmaps are now open for stakeholder feedback until 1 June 2021. Next, the Commission will open a phase of open public consultations on the regulations.


New report on EU’s performance on the SDG 14 (Life under water)

Yesterday, the Commission releases a comprehensive assessment of the contribution of EU and its Member States to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goal 14. This study, the first of its kind, looks both at quantitative indicators as well as at the quality of progress achieved, of the a ‘SDG 14 toolbox’. The toolbox contains nearly 600 policy tools (170 at EU level and 417 at national level) that together form a coherent framework. On this basis, the EU and its Member States are taking strong action to improve the state of the marine environment, with achievements including the restoration of certain fish stocks and the establishment of marine protected areas. However, while the assessment does not identify significant gaps in the EU policy framework, most SDG 14 targets are currently not on track to be met by the agreed deadlines. In some areas, tangible results and impact have yet to emerge and some negative trends are far from being reversed, for example on ocean acidification or pollution of all kinds. In preparation to the next UN Ocean Conference in 2022, the EU plans to use the insights of the study to review its ocean agenda. The full report can be found here.

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01/11/2023 – Lisbon crowned European Capital of Innovation, Canada´s association to Horizon Europe, €75.35B boost to the ERA, new energy projects for the Green Deal & much more

In today’s Morning Brief:
Calls open for 2023 Innovation Fund proposals with record €4B budget
Artificial Intelligence and Data Science
Utilizing Artificial Intelligence to develop the Smart Specialization Observatory
Fighting extreme weather with extreme computing power
Commission proposes 166 cross-border energy projects for EU support to help deliver the European Green Deal
Commission sets out actions to accelerate the roll-out of electricity grids
EU and India sign semiconductor memorandum of understanding
Research & Innovation
Canada to sign Horizon Europe association deal next year
No more New European Bauhaus Mission
Nature-inspired flying robots: advancements in environmental monitoring
Over €75B of the recovery funds will go to European Research Area objectives
Lisbon crowned European capital of innovation for 2023
Maria Leptin’s perspectives on university challenges and innovation
EU’s Industrial R&D Scoreboard updates
RTP3 features INOV’s AI-integrated inspection system in RiaStone production
APPRAISE system: INOV contributes to enhancing security in public spaces through innovative technology
INESC TEC collaborates on a European project that promotes the use of algae in sustainable aquaculture
INESC TEC’s podcast among the nominees for a national award
Job Opportunities
Events & Training workshops

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24/11/2023 – EU’s decarbonization push, INESC participates in Portugal’s Blockchain initiative, Horizon Europe budget boost for R&I & much more

In today’s Morning Brief:
EU Commission to spend €186 million promoting agri-food products in and outside EU in 2024
Commission opens search for technology infrastructure expert group
Artificial Intelligence and Data Science
Call for Contributions: EU-U.S. Trade & Technology Council’s first edition of AI terminology and taxonomy
Belgium to focus on a public sector European blockchain during its EU presidency
Europe still working with China on military and surveillance uses of artificial intelligence, report finds
EU launches new competition to give AI companies access to supercomputers
Plans to boost Europe’s Net-Zero technology production
As microscopic materials proliferate, ensuring they are safe is a priority
Research & Innovation
European Parliament Approves 2024 EU Budget with Boost for Research and Innovation
Council approves UK’s inclusion in Horizon Europe and Copernicus Programmes
EU lagging behind on antimicrobial resistance research
Opinion article in Science Business: The European Research Area needs a reboot
EIT lauds impact of Regional Innovation Scheme in latest report
INESC participates at BLOCKCHAIN.PT initiative
INESC MN partners up in semiconductor consortium
INESC TEC advances autonomous vehicle perception in THEIA project
The HUB hosts EARTO meeting on EU RD&I Programmes
HUB contributes at the INESC TEC Autumn Forum
Job Opportunities
Events & Training workshops

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17/11/2023 – Horizon Europe latest calls, the €85M boost next year to reach €12.9B, the approval of the Critical Raw Materials Act & much more

In today’s Morning Brief:
Horizon: €290M in funding for digital, industry and space
ERC sees rise in Starting Grant applications
Artificial Intelligence
OECD updates definition of Artificial Intelligence ‘to inform EU’s AI Act’
Study highlights AI’s economic potential amid EU regulatory focus
EU Atlantic strategy: what’s next?
How can regenerative agriculture help the food system survive?
Regional Innovation Valleys for Bioeconomy and Food Systems” launch event conclusions
Research & Innovation
Horizon Europe: €12.9 Billion Boost in 2024 Budget
Commission welcomes political agreement on the Critical Raw Materials Act
Paper: How regional innovation ecosystems can improve participation in the European Framework Programme for R&I
European Space Agency looks to private sector to stay competitive
Technology readiness levels are getting a reality check to ensure innovations are socially acceptable
Research Management initiative advances strategic capacities in European research organisations
Carla Gonçalves of INESC TEC recognized among Portugal’s green visionaries
Bactometer project secures runner-up position in EIT Health
Artificial Intelligence and humans collaborate to enhance critical infrastructure security
Job Opportunities
Events & Training workshops

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