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In today's Morning Brief:

Horizon Europe Work Programmes for 2021-2022 published

All work programmes for the first two years of the Horizon Europe programme are now available in EC Funding Tenders & Opportunities Portal.


The INSIDER: New Health Technologies podcast on POCUS (Point of Care Ultrasound)

In this new episode, Miguel Coimbra (INESC TEC) talks with three of the most interesting and knowledgeable people in Europe on the topic of Artificial Intelligence enhanced POCUS (Point of Care Ultrasound).

A short bio of our speakers and moderator:

Michael Friebe, Dr. Friebe currently is a research fellow of TUM in Munich, an adjunct full professor at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, and a professor of HealthTec Innovation at the medical faculty of Otto-von-Guericke-University in Magdeburg, Germany.

Dietmar Seifriedsberger, Experienced senior management generalist with strong strategic and sales focus. Background in sales, business development and marketing roles. Global player with broad understanding in the healthcare sector.

Commercially minded leader who engages multiple stakeholder groups effectively to secure a common strategic vision. Able to deliver growth and profitability results in a complex international environment through strong coaching and influencing skills and expertise.

Daniel Simões Lopes is an Assistant Professor of the Computer Science & Engineering Department at Técnico Lisboa, and Senior Researcher at INESC ID, where he carries research in Computer Graphics and Human-Computer Interaction. He holds a degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Lisbon where he also graduated in computational engineering under the framework of the UT Austin|Portugal Program.

Miguel Coimbra, coordinator of the TEC4HEALTH R&I area at INESC TEC and Associate Professor (with Aggregation) at the Computer Science Department of the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto. He is a member of the Executive Board of the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto since 2019 and current Chair of the Portugal Chapter of the IEEE Engineering and Medicine Society. He was one of the founders of IT Porto in 2007, its coordinator during 2015-19 and founder of the Interactive Media Group at this institute.

The topics to be addressed are:

The rising clinical importance of POCUS

  • What clinical areas or specialties are today the early adopters of POCUS?
  • What are the reasons for this early adoption, and what are the limitations for adoption in other clinical areas or specialties?
  • POCUS in an European context vs. POCUS in an underprivileged scenario context. Are we facing different motivations and adoption challenges?
  • What should be the European role in promoting POCUS in underprivileged scenarios?

The role of AI in the future of POCUS

  • What are the POCUS challenges that can be addressed or mitigated with AI?
    • Probe positioning
    • Assisted decision
  • What is the pathway to successfully achieve these AI results?
    • The path for Industry
    • The path for Academia

AI-Enhanced POCUS in Horizon Europe

  • Can these challenges be successfully addressed within the 2021-22 program?
  • What calls should we promote for 2023 and beyond, to successfully address this challenge?


Launch of first 11 Horizon Europe industrial partnerships

Eleven public private research partnerships got off the ground today, with a promised investment of €22 billion over the next seven years for the first bunch of Horizon Europe’s 49 proposed partnerships. The partnerships will boost investments in research and innovation by pooling private and public resources to help the EU tackle big challenges on its road to carbon-neutrality, with an €8 billion contribution from Horizon Europe. One big challenge will be decarbonising energy-intensive industries such as shipping and steelmaking. Meanwhile, in the EU‘s fight for digital sovereignty, a partnership on AI, data and robotics will instil ‘European values’ in these technologies. Find the details in the Science Business article here.


Launch of EIT under a renewed paradigm

Starting today, according to its new strategic and innovation agenda, the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) and its eight innovator networks are operating under a revamped, more inclusive structure and with a renewed brief to improve the innovation potential of Europe’s regions.

“We believe that the changes which have been made in the regulatory framework of the EIT will help [it] open up towards an always-inclusive research excellence strategy in Europe,” said Portuguese science minister Manuel Heitor at the launch ceremony.

EIT has a budget of €2.96 billion for the next seven years, to be distributed to its eight (soon to be ten) innovator networks, the Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs). These provide training, business acceleration services and funding to innovators in the different sectors of digital, raw materials, manufacturing, health, climate, innovative energy, food and urban mobility. The new framework ushers in big changes in the management of KICs. This year, they will have access to 10% of the EIT‘s €2.96 billion budget. If they perform well and attract third-party financing, KICs will get more funding from the EU budget. If not, their funding will decrease. The tougher financing rules come with more flexibility over how KICs use the money. Annual grants will be replaced by multi-annual agreements, enabling long-term planning. This is something the Parliament fought for, hoping it will allow EIT to respond rapidly to future crises. More info here.


ERC Gender Equality Plan

ERC has recently published a Gender Equality Plan. Available in the HUB Private Area.


How COVID-19 changed Research Infrastructures

In response to COVID-19, Europe’s research labs scrambled to make the best use of their resources and offered remote access for researchers. Now some of the enforced changes are set to become a permanent feature. According to ESFRI Chair Jan Hrušák, big labs will fine tune remote access schemes and allow more researchers to send in samples for those projects that do not require their physical presence in the lab. Check the full article here.


UNESCO Science Report 2021: global research spending increased almost 20%

The UNESCO Science Report monitors trends in science governance worldwide to identify which development path countries are following. The seventh edition in the series explores how countries are using science to realize a digitally and ecologically smart future.


Biden in Brussels: a new phase in the strained EU-US relations?

President Joe Biden is the first US president in 7 years to come to Brussels for a meeting. The world has changed dramatically and with this strong transatlantic partnership, in the words of the EC President “we have opened a new and promising chapter”.

There are 4 focus points for the EU-US partnership and global recovery:

  • end the aircraft dispute, the longest trade dispute in the history of the World Trade Organization.
  • establish an EU-US Vaccines Task Force to step up our work to end the coronavirus pandemic.
  • set up an EU-US High-level Climate Action Group to reach climate neutrality by 2050.
  • expand trade, investment and technological cooperation through the establishment of an EU-US Trade and Technology Council.

For the last 60 years, the EU and the US have been supporting common values, including peace, freedom, and the rule of law. Together we have built the world’s largest and most open trade and investment relationship which benefits millions of citizens and businesses.

Read President Ursula von der Leyen full statement following the EU-US Summit

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– 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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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
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