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In today’s Morning Brief, an international consortium develops identity and access standard for sharing biomedical datasets, new opportunities open up worldwide for energy innovators with the support of EDP, the EU invests into green technology translation projects, and more!    

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In today's Morning Brief:

In today’s Morning Brief:

International consortium develops identity and access standard for sharing biomedical datasets

A large group of international experts has developed the GA4GH Passport standard for digital identity and access permissions. It defines a machine-readable digital identity that conveys roles and data access permissions (called “visas”) of the authorized researcher. CSC participated in the standard creation and provides services for the national researchers with GA4GH Passport visas.

Human biomedical research data sets often contain sensitive information about individuals who consented their data for the research project. Sharing of these data for the secondary research use must comply with legal, ethical, and informed consent rules and regulations. The GA4GH Passport standard defines a machine-readable digital identity. It can be used to communicate the roles and granted data access rights of the researcher holding the identity. It is designed to enhance interoperability between data repositories by allowing services to provide safe and scalable access to the authorized data sets by enforcing standardized data access permissions locally.

To read all about this, click here.

Global collaboration to open opportunities for energy innovators features EDP

A collaboration has been announced between global business accelerator program Free Electrons, of which EDP is part of, and Innovate UK, partner in the Ofgem Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF). This partnership will open up new opportunities for innovative companies in the energy sector.

Innovative companies and energy networks will team up to submit projects for SIF funding, with the aim of bringing the most promising solutions to commercial reality as quickly as possible.

The program focuses on collaboration between start-up’s and utilities to pilot projects, commercially deploy products, facilitate investment opportunities, learning and development. Deals to date exceed USD $50 million.

The final 15 start-up’s selected to progress following the Bootcamp module are in the running for the prize of USD $200,000.

The global collaboration between Free Electrons and Innovate UK showcases the kind of strategic alignment that will be essential to enable accelerated delivery of net zero. It demonstrates how to maximise benefits for start-up’s, utilities, consumers and the planet.

To read all about it, click here.

EU invests €1.1 billion in green technology translation projects

The EU’s Innovation Fund is investing €1.1 billion in seven large-scale projects aiming to bring novel energy technologies to the market.

These projects are expected to contribute to decarbonising energy-intensive industries and the energy market with the help of hydrogen, carbon capture, use and storage, and renewable energy technologies in many European Nations.

Launch of the Start-up Village Forum: delivering the vision for EU’s rural areas

Today, the Commission launched the Start-up Village Forum to gather insights on challenges for and potential of rural start-up companies. As part of the EU’s June 2021 long-term vision for rural areas and the Commission Action Plan for Rural areas, the annual Start-up Village Forum contributes to boosting research and innovation in rural communities and help build up a more innovative entrepreneurship that will attract more young and talented people.

The Start-up Village Forum seeks to provide knowledge on rural innovative start-ups, the types of innovations they are involved in, the gaps in the services that they expect from innovation ecosystems and how these could be strengthened in the future.

The broader objectives of the Start-up Village Forum are to:

– Support the further development of rural innovation ecosystems;

– Identify and analyse triggers for innovation in rural areas;

– Connect rural innovation actors across the EU, with a focus on start-ups; and

– Provide a common understanding of the concept of Start-up village and highlight the link with the concept of smart village.

Read all about 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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