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In this Morning Brief we start with the new episode of “The Insider” continuing our miniseries on Deep Tech with Stéphane Ouaki from the European Innovation Council. We also discuss the recommendations for the implementation of an EU Strategy on Technology Infrastructures and let you know of two events coming up, the Workshop on European Health Data Space and Nordic Commons project and COMPIE’2022, focused on Counterfactual Methods for Policy Impact Evaluation.

Any comments or suggestions, hit me up with an email on teresa.carvalho@inesc.pt.

In today's Morning Brief:

In today’s Morning Brief:

Deep Tech and Horizon Europe – with Stéphane Ouaki (European Innovation Council)

How important is deep tech for the European Commission? And why? How is the EC going to promote deep tech in Horizon Europe? How does it relate to the digital transition, green deal and health priorities at EU level? These are the core questions that we talk about in the third episode of the Inside Deep Tech series of podcasts, produced by Science Business in partnership with the INESC Brussels HUB.

Listen to all the episodes and subscribe here!


Recommendations for the Implementation of an EU Strategy on Technology Infrastructures (EARTO and JRC)

As technology infrastructures (TIs) are critical enablers for the European research, development and innovation ecosystems, the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the European Association of Research and Technology Organisations (EARTO) recommend a pan-European, agile and sustainable environment for their development, accessibility and governance, within the framework of a dedicated EU strategy. Part of this work was developed under the EARTO Task Force on Technology Infrastructures, in which the HUB participated actively and contributed to the report as recognised in the acknowledgements.

Importantly, this is a key issue for INESC and will be a key issue in the French Presidency of the EU that has just started. We will be paying a close eye on it. For now, enjoy the two documents recently published:

The two documents are also available in the HUB Private Area in EU R&I document repository » EU R&I Policy » Technology Infrastructures.


Workshop on European Health Data Space and Nordic Commons project

The HUB has been invited to this event as part of the network of Brussels based representations (IGLO). We will get an insight into the preparations of the European Health Data Space, what is to be expected and the next steps. In addition, we will get a presentation of the Nordic Commons project, initiated by NordForsk and aiming at creating a secure digital infrastructure for health data.

Participants: Hugo van Haastert, Policy officer at the European Commission, DG Santé, Unit B.3, European Reference Networks and Digital Health

Maria Nilsson, Special Adviser NordForsk

Please register via the link here. The Zoom link becomes available when registered, and it will also be shared via e-mail before the event.


EU overachieves 2020 renewable energy target

At EU level, the share of gross final energy consumption from renewable sources reached 22% in 2020. This is two percentage points above the target level for 2020 which is a major achievement and an important milestone in the EU’s path towards climate neutrality by 2050.

If you’re interested in reading data on renewable energy by Member States in 2020 make sure to click on this study published by Eurostat yesterday here.


Counterfactual Methods for Policy Impact Evaluation – COMPIE’2022

The Counterfactual Methods for Policy Impact Evaluation 2022 has released a call for papers for this year’s event. The aim of COMPIE, as part of the European Commission’s Knowledge for Policy platform, is to bring together practitioners and academics to discuss developments in the theory and the applications of counterfactual methods for policy impact evaluation.

For more information and to access the COMPIE 2022 call for papers, make sure to access this page.


€60.5 million available to reform and enhance the European R&I system

A new call for proposals by the European Commission’s European Research Executive Agency wants to fund projects under Horizon Europe that can reform and enhance the European R&I system is open until 20 April.

The applications will be evaluated by independent experts selected by the European Research Executive Agency, on behalf of the European Commission. Evaluation results should be available in the third quarter of 2022. Successful project proposals will be invited to sign a grant agreement and start in the fourth quarter of 2022.

Make sure to check out the topics the call wants to enhance and how to apply by clicking this link.


Finland to build testing platform for clean energy innovations

The country’s VTT Technical Research Centre is investing €18 million in a new centre for piloting carbon neutral innovations for transport and industry, to be completed in the city of Espoo in 2024.

The goal is to give companies a space to scale innovation to the market in hydrogen, clean and energy-efficient transport, industry and built environment sectors, facilitating the transition towards clean energy domestically and enabling exports. 

“We will have people working on things like the interplay of traffic, households, industry and energy production in the energy system of the future, all under one roof,” said Jussi Manninen, executive vice president at VTT. “The development of winning solutions requires close cooperation between industry, start-ups and research actors, and the piloting centre will provide a good framework for that.”

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26/05/2023: New Horizon Europe calls, a global drive for open science, European Commission DG RTD recent reorganisation, EU-China & much more

In today’s Morning Brief:
Horizon Europe
– Twinning call for proposals is open – Read all about it
– Horizon Europe ERA Fellowships call is now open
– EUR 20 million available for Pathways to synergies – Call for proposals
– New Horizon Europe funding opportunity: Dissemination & Exploitation Support Facility call
– Commission Open Call: Expert Group on the Interim Evaluation of Horizon Europe
– Industry 5.0 Award contest opens: apply by 1 September 2023
– Horizon Europe: The EU and the Republic of Korea launch formal negotiations on association to the programme
– European Space Agency chief seeks ‘forward-looking decisions’
Research & Innovation:
– EU research ministers make fresh call for a full transition to free open access publishing
– Open Science: stakeholders welcome European efforts towards publicly owned and not-for-profit scholarly communication
– Global drive for more open, rigorous research is growing
– European Commission sets up new European Innovation Council unit in the research directorate
– Spain wants EU presidency to be ‘bridge’ with Latin American R&D
– Green industry law haunted by old conflicts over nuclear, financing
– The five EU research projects involving China’s military-linked universities
– Critical Raw Materials: EU ministers want to move fast but dilemmas abound
– G7 ministers call for rules to improve research security
– Territorial Economic Data viewer supports policy monitoring
News from INESC institutes:
– INESC Brussels HUB is signing an Open Letter regarding changes to Who is Who in EC Directorate
– ECI Cruelty-free cosmetics – Consultation to adhere to joint final statement
– Structuring the ecosystem: RTOs collaboration with higher education institutions
– INESC TEC develops pioneering research in the application of variational quantum circuits to reinforcement learning
– INOV: MULTICAM prototypes, an online presentation on Blockchain and 5000 followers
– Job Opportunities
Events & Training workshops

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19/05/2023: HUB Summer Meeting, Digital Europe Programme, Regional Innovation Valleys, European R&I funding and policy, and much more

In today’s Morning Brief:
Horizon Europe
– Commission Expert Group on the Interim Evaluation of Horizon Europe
– Commission launches first €122M call to create regional innovation ecosystems
– New calls for proposals of the Digital Europe Programme
Research & Innovation:
– EU research commissioner Mariya Gabriel resigns
– France to boost funding for health research infrastructures and UK to invest £100M in improving RIs
– Commission takes European Innovation Council management under its wing
– Industry 5.0 Award: The contest is open for applications
– AI Act moves ahead in EU Parliament with key committee vote
– Defence industry renews call for R&D spending boost
News from INESC institutes:
– Technology and Law: building a virtuous relationship, by Graça Barbosa
– The 2022 INESC-ID AnnualReport is out
– Exciting news from H2020-RESCUER
– Launch of the New Horizon Europe Project SYCLOPS
– INESC TEC supports the implementation of robotic technologies to reduce the ecological footprint
– INESC TEC develops virtual reality app to support youngster looking for jobs
– Job Opportunities
Events & Training workshops

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05/05/2023: HE calls update, cohesion policy, open access, open science, cohesion policy and coordination of national and EU R&D policy.

In today’s Morning Brief:
Horizon Europe
– Horizon Europe – easy call and topic search
– From KOWI: MSCA: Model Working Contract for Doctoral Networks published
Research & Innovation:
– Report on the outcome of 2021-2027 cohesion policy programming
– Spain adopts national open access strategy
– Commission attempts to strengthen coordination between national R&D policies and EU research programs
– Commission Plans to launch a European Standardisation Panel survey
– Research funders draw attention to uneven implementation of open science
– EIT Climate to become financially sustainable by end of 2024
– Preparing for Belgium’s Thirteenth Presidency of the Council of the European Union
– African Union-European Union High Level Policy Dialogue – Science, Technology and Innovation. Senior official meet to endorse the AU-EU Innovation Agenda
News from INESC institutes:
– INESC MN has a new publication in Advanced Materials Journal
– INOV projects on Youtube
– Diogo Vaz published an article in Público
– Job Opportunities
Events & Training workshops

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