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JRC research infrastructures – 4 calls to access nuclear research infrastructures

Following the publication in April of the JRC report on “Open access to JRC research infrastructures”, the JRC has now opened 4 calls to access its research infrastructures for nuclear reaction and decay data measurements in Geel (Belgium). Such measurements help to make nuclear reactors and the handling of nuclear waste safer, and enhance radiological protection for citizens and the environment. The calls are addressed to external users, including RTOs. The calls are open until 15 September. More information is available here.


Agri-Food TEF survey and workshop material

Following the 21 June Agri-Food TEF workshop, DG CONNECT shared the presentations made on that day. We have uploaded them on the Private Area (EU R&I policies> Digital transition> TEF workshops) : the general presentation here, and the contributions by Stefan Stiene, the one by Kees Lokhorste, and that by Raffaele Giuffreda. The EC also opened this survey that will help them to draft the call text. Your inputs to the survey are welcome until 6 August.


Venture capital fund to finance tech start-ups

Venture capital firm OTB Ventures is set to invest €50 million in early-stage technology companies with R&D components. The fund, which will finance the growth of 15 companies in fields such as cybersecurity, space, fintech and robotic automation, is backed by the European Investment Fund’s pilot programme for encouraging venture funds to secure follow-on investments for companies in their portfolio.


Public private partnership for the EU Open Science Cloud

The European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) will get an injection of €22 billion in the next decade to continue its mission of improving the storage, sharing and reuse of research data across borders and scientific disciplines. A new public private partnership will beef up investments and put research organisations, funding agencies, service providers and other stakeholders, providing most of the money, in the driving seat.

The aim is to give researchers access to open and robust data, which often ends up in inaccessible servers around Europe. “This partnership will pave the way for deepening open science practices in the new European Research Area and for contributing to the EU digital agenda,” said Karel Luyben, president of the European Open Science Cloud Association, the group representing public and private organisations in the partnership. “It will trigger better connections between research infrastructures and e-Infrastructures to leverage data services existing in Europe.” Read more on Science Business.


Software industry needs more EU digital sovereignty

Europe’s software industry is calling on EU governments to spur innovation through public procurement rules, saying the EU should take bolder action to secure independence from providers in the US and Asia. In Europe, US companies have become sole providers of software needed for email, office applications and cloud services. But EU companies now want to catch a ride on the new political wave of technology sovereignty to challenge that status quo.

The European Commission is relying on the broad uptake of digital services and the development of new technologies to reduce the continent’s greenhouse gas emissions and to recover from the coronavirus pandemic. At the same time, the EU wants to become less dependent on technologies from abroad. EU trade commissioner Thierry Breton is the Commission’s torchbearer for “open strategic autonomy”, a plan to incentivise local development and production of sensitive digital technologies such as quantum computers, microprocessors and artificial intelligence. Examples like GAIA-X and Galileo satellite navigation system are important role models, but there is still a long way to go to tackle digital sovereignty in the software development field. Read more on Science Business.


Supercomputing partnership EuroHPC gets final approval

The EU’s public-private supercomputing partnerships, EuroHPC, can now access its €7 billion pot of funding after EU member states gave their final approval to its new legislation.

The partnership between the European Commission, industry and member states, which first launched in 2018, will continue developing Europe’s supercomputing infrastructure and acquire more world-class computers but with a bigger budget at its disposal. This decision promise to contribute to the EU’s strategic autonomy, and to the goal of making Europe a world-leading actor in super computing.

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30/7/2021: New INESC e-magazine just published, input wanted on the Future of Europe, lump-sum in HE, new HE associations, synergies amendment to State Aid exemptions, EU quantum infrastructure, health data, and the shortage of semiconductors

In today’s Morning Brief:
– New INESC publication: first issue of H magazine “Visions of the future”
– Conference on the Future of Europe: input wanted
– Lump-sum in Horizon Europe – New EC Decision
– New round of Horizon Europe associations: Armenia, Georgia, Israel, Moldova, Western Balkans, Tunisia, Turkey and Ukraine
– Commission adopted the «Synergies amendment» to the State Aid General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER)
– EU members commit to build EU quantum communication infrastructure
– EuropaBio welcomes the Health Data Space initiative
– Solutions needed for to the shortage of semiconductors in Europe

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28/7/2021: Pre-draft of Model Grant Agreement, Consultation on Low-Carbon Technologies, funding for low carbon technologies, Science Europe on the new ERA, and costs for regulating AI

In today’s Morning Brief:
– Commission releases pre-draft of the Horizon Europe Model Grant Agreement
– Consultation on Low-Carbon Industrial Technologies Prospect
– EU announces €122 million for 32 projects developing low carbon technologies
– Research funding agencies want a greater say in shaping new ERA
– Study warns of compliance costs for regulating Artificial Intelligence

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27/7/2021: State aid exemptions, working group on offshore renewable energies, report on food systems, new steel&coal projects, EARTO on partnerships, and Spain funds more science missions

In today’s Morning Brief:
– State Aid exemptions: more money for research
– Commission launches call for expression of interest for working group on offshore renewable energies
– Report “Co-creating knowledge for food systems transformation”
– Approved 25 new steel and coal projects supporting the European Green Deal
– EARTO recommendations on European Partnerships
– Spain announces €141M for science missions in 2022

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