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Happy Monday! In today’s Morning Brief, we go in depth in the new Horizon Europe developments, calls and webinars, and also the fact that Armenia is the new nation to join this European programme. We also discuss COP26 now that it has come to an end, nuclear energy , and more! Have a great week!    

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In today's Morning Brief:

In today’s Morning Brief:

Court of Auditors clears Horizon 2020 public-private partnerships

The ECA has signed off the 2020 financial records of all Joint Undertakings, the EU’s public-private partnerships with industry and research groups.

In the seventh of their ten-year life span, most Joint Understandings have already implemented approximately two thirds of their activities within Horizon 2020, the EU’s eight framework programme for research and innovation.

“Although several aspects could be improved further, our audit for 2020 confirms that the financial and compliance management of the Joint Undertakings is healthy”, said Ildikó Gáll-Pelcz, the member of the European Court of Auditors responsible for the audit..

EUSPA opens first Horizon Europe call for space research

The first Horizon Europe call managed by the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is now open for submissions.

With an overall budget of €32.6 million, the call welcomes proposals that aim develop applications based on data from the EU space programmes Galileo, EGNOS, and Copernicus.

The deadline for applications is 16 February 2022.

Click here to sign up.

European Commission’s Webinar in declaring personnel costs in Horizon 2020 grants

On the 2nd of December from 10h00 to 12h00 (CET) don’t miss this webinar on how to avoid errors in declaring personnel costs in Horizon 2020 grants with Peter Härtwich, Head of Unit, Common Implementation Centre, European Commission.

Registration isn’t required as the webinar will be broadcast live via the Funding & Tenders Portal, here.

Armenia joins Horizon Europe

The Horizon Europe Association Agreement will start producing legal effects after its entry into force that is once Armenia completes its ratification process and an exchange of diplomatic notes takes place between the European Commission and the Armenian authorities.

Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, stated, “I welcome Armenia to our Horizon Europe programme. Armenia has continuously increased its participation in the previous Horizon 2020 programme and has supported the acceleration of the reforms of the Armenian national research and innovation system in the past few years”.

Mission Innovation sets fresh objectives for international cooperation at COP26

Mission Innovation, set up in 2015 by Barack Obama and other world leaders, has this year pivoted to a new strategy that sees the countries involved work together on specific climate missions, for example, sucking 100 million metric tons of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere annually by 2030, some of which were newly unveiled at COP26.

Despite a rivalry over technological leadership between the US and China, both are members of Mission Innovation, along with 21 other countries. Collectively the body claims to represent over 90 per cent of the world’s public investment in clean energy innovation.

“You might advance more quickly…if we work more closely together,” said Patrick Child, chair of the steering committee, and deputy director general for environment at the European Commission.

According to a progress report last year, spending after four years had increased by 60 per cent – a sizable increase, but still well short of the promised doubling over five years.

This year, the organization has taken a different tack. There are no more specific R&D spending commitments, but in their place are missions with specific goals, each led by a handful of member countries.

So far, there are seven missions: zero-emissions shipping; clean hydrogen; integrating green power into electricity grids; removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere; creating demonstration projects for net-zero cities; green refurbishment of steel, cement, and chemicals plants; and replacing fossil fuels with biofuels.

The latter four were launched at COP26, and although some of them are still to have their missions defined, Child said they will have to boast concrete targets.

Read all about it here.

Commission takes action against five Member States to improve waste management

In its Circular Economy Action Plan, the Commission has set out a path on how to significantly reduce waste generation and EU rules set the objective of limiting the share of municipal waste landfilled to 10% by 2035.

The Commission is continuously working to modernize these rules to make them fit for the circular economy and the digital age. As part of this ambition, the Commission will propose in the coming days a reform of the EU rules on the shipments of waste abroad to ensure that the EU does not export its waste challenges to third countries.

In this regard, today, the Commission is taking legal steps against Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece and Slovakia for failing to comply with EU laws on waste – the Waste Framework Directive and the Landfill Directive. These five Member States are urged to ensure appropriate treatment of waste before landfilling.

Read more about it here.

German pro-nuclear activists make rare appearance in Berlin

With Germany set to shut down its last six reactors in 2022, a group of pro-nuclear activists made an appearance in Berlin hoping to reverse the decision.

“56% of Germans are pro-nuclear, only 34% of Germans are against”, Björn Peters, a pro-nuclear activist, told attendees at a rally in Berlin this Saturday. Svenja Schulze, Germany’s caretaker environment minister, “formed an alliance with dwarves in Europe – Denmark, Austria, Luxembourg and Portugal – to work against the big countries in Europe” and oppose the inclusion of nuclear power in the EU’s green finance taxonomy, he bemoaned.

Last week, Schulze and her colleagues from four other EU countries announced they would oppose the inclusion of nuclear power in the EU’s green finance taxonomy, a set of rules designed to provide investors with a common definition of what is green and what is not, with the aim of channeling more capital into sustainable businesses.

Read it here.

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16/05/2022: INESC-ID at SciComPT, INESC TEC and a new modelling language, Energy Poverty Conference, EIT Health report, and more.

In today’s Morning Brief:
– ERC president Maria Leptin elected fellow of Royal Society;
– INESC-ID present at SciComPT 2022;
– INESC TEC team contributed to a new version of Alloy modelling language;
– Innovation and Technology Transfer in Central and Southeast Europe;
– MACUSTAR study on common cause of blindness gets regulatory nod;
– EU readies €195 billion plan to quit Russian fossil fuels;
– First report on the performance of European Partnerships under Horizon Europe;
– Mechanobiology of Cancer Summer School 2022;
– Energy Poverty Advisory Hub Conference – Moving Towards Energy Autonomy: How to Guarantee Social Inclusion;
– EIT Health publishes report on building sustainable healthcare systems;
– Bringing the best of European produce to your table;
– Viewpoint: Energy should be at the heart of EU-Japan research cooperation;
– EU-Azerbaijan – Senior officials meet to reinforce energy cooperation.

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13/05/2022: INESC Brussels HUB Summer Meeting 2022, Technology Infrastructures, Horizon Europe, EU Soil Mission, and more.

In today’s Morning Brief:
– INESC Brussels HUB Summer Meeting 2022;
– EU boosts R&D funding in Finland with €523M in cohesion money;
– Nine case studies for a European strategy on technology infrastructures;
– Results of the second Call for Technical Assistance;
– Commission says European Innovation Council grant logjam to end in June;
– Horizon Europe call for proposals for a “Network for innovative solutions for the future of democracy” is open;
– Making the polluter pay: Commission seeks views on EU environmental liability laws;
– The Commission’s renewed strategy for the EU’s outermost regions puts people first and unlocks their potential – including the blue economy;
– Western democracies craft alliance on quantum technology;
– Call submission figures for Horizon Europe – Reforming the European R&I system;
– EU Soil Mission: €95 million call opens;
– The EU and Japan open Horizon Europe association talks;
– Academic sector makes moves to going green;
– MLZ Conference 2022: Neutrons for Mobility;
– EIT Manufacturing LEADERS – Women Innovators call in now open;
– EU and China to hold the 15th Joint Steering Committee Meeting on Science and Technology Cooperation;
– UK research assessment could shift money away from London, Oxford and Cambridge.

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12/05/2022: EU Missions Info Days, Fit for 55, European Open Science Cloud, European Innovation Ecosystems, and more.

In today’s Morning Brief:
– The report on the final outcomes of the Conference on the Future of Europe is now online;
– EU Missions Info Days;
– New study unveils how the CAP is contributing to animal welfare and antimicrobial use reduction;
– Mission “Restore our Ocean and Waters by 2030” launches a second wave of actions;
– Fit for 55: MEPs back CO2 emission standards for cars and vans;
– Prior information notice related to “Managed Services for the European Open Science Cloud Platform”;
– EIB report: COVID-19 pandemic intensified EU’s transition to a digital economy;
– Experts urge rethink of energy metrics to fully decarbonise buildings;
– European Innovation Ecosystems work programme: Upcoming calls worth €29.5 million;
– Tech.eu Summit 2022.

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