In today's Morning Brief:

EU Green Deal call – Some notes from a meeting with the EC

In a meeting with the European Commission yesterday, the HUB highlighted INESC’s researchers availability to act as evaluators for Horizon Europe across the different thematic areas, which was well received and noted but it is crucial that you help promoting your researchers registration in the Participants Portal as experts.

The call received 1550 proposals for its 1 billion budget, which is many more than what was expected. The difficulty in finding evaluators was great, especially considering the need to comply with the 40% quota for women. The numbers:

In each Green Deal call area, the following number of proposals were received: 

      1. Increasing climate ambition: 101
      2. Clean, affordable and secure energy: 256
      3. Industry for a clean and circular econom : 108
      4. Energy and resource efficient buildings: 115
      5. Sustainable and smart mobility: 44
      6. Farm to fork: 260
      7. Biodiversity and ecosystems: 72
      8. Zero-pollution, toxic-free environments: 115
      9. Strenghtening knowledge : 106
      10. Empowering citizens: 373

The panel meetings took place last week and are taking place this week and the results should be sent to participants in mid-April at the maximum, with a time-to-grant by September.

As a sideline information, it is important that you note that while the EC will maintain oversight of the evaluation exercises, this responsibility will be the responsibility of the Executive Agencies of the EC, while the officers will be keeping the responsibility of drafting and following work programmes only.

 

Cybersecurity: Council adopts conclusions on the EU’s cybersecurity strategy

Adopted yesterday, the conclusions note that cybersecurity is essential for building a resilient, green and digital Europe. They set as a key objective achieving strategic autonomy while preserving an open economy. This includes reinforcing the ability to make autonomous choices in the area of cybersecurity, with the aim to strengthen the EU’s digital leadership and strategic capacities. Check out a list of the main conclusions in a bullet point format in this link of the Council of the EU.

Then, if you haven’t done so, read and share our article on cybersecurity, co-written by Nelson Escravana (INOV), Miguel Pupo Correia (INESC ID), Rui Oliveira (INESC TEC).

 

New guidelines on wildfire prevention

The European Commission has released its new guidelines on land-based wildfire prevention and effective responses. The guidelines aim at outlining how EU Member States can access EU funding for wildfire resilience and work together at EU level. Although the focus of the document is especially on land use and citizens education, the guidelines bring the use of remote sensors as an example of successful wildfire response and prevention technology. The guidelines are part of the EU Forest strategy, whose public consultations are open until April 19th.

 

2021 Rolling plan for ICT standardisation released

Last week, the European Commission released the Rolling plan for ICT Standardisation 2021. This edition features new chapters on ‘COVID-19’, ‘Safety, transparency and due process online’, ‘Circular economy’ and ‘U-space’. The 2021 plan identifies around 170 actions grouped into 37 technological or application domains under four thematic areas: key enablers and security, societal challenges, innovation for the single market and sustainable growth.

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25/8/2021: EC Tenders of Interest to INESC, Work as an Expert, LIFE Training, MSCA opportunities, Research Infrastructures, Energy and Sustainability, Science Advice

In today’s Morning Brief:
– Work as an expert – Research Executive Agency
– Full list of the LIFE programme training videos
– MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships, Doctoral networks and Staff Exchanges
– Research Infrastructures – ESFRI Days 2021
– People at the centre of sustainable energy solutions
– Bridging the gap between climate science and policy – a report by Science Business and Elsevier

EU TENDERS
– Clean Sky Joint Undertaking
– European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)
– European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA)
– European Commission, DG Agriculture and Rural Developement (AGRI)
– European Commission, DG Competition (COMP)
– European Commission, DG Defence Industry and Space (DEFIS)
– European Commission, DG Education,Youth, Sport and Culture (EAC)
– European Commission, DG Energy (ENER)
– European Commission, DG Health and Food Safety (SANTE)
– European Commission, DG Mobility and Transport (MOVE)
– European Commission, DG for Climate Action (CLIMA)
– European Commission, DG for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (CONNECT)
– European Commission, DG for Environment (ENV)

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20/8/2021: Resources for better dissemination and exploitation plans in HEurope, call for experts in the Defence Sector, biodiversity, clean energy, open science, encryption, IPCC, science advice for governments and more summer reading suggestions

In today’s Morning Brief:
– Horizon Europe – Resources on dissemination and exploitation
– Defence sector – call for experts
– Seeking biodiversity winners and losers
– Emissions down as Europe’s electricity comes back cleaner
– An Open Science (OS) Index to complement the H Index
– Digitalisation in Europe 2020-2021
– I confess I’ve got things to hide – an opinion article on the importance of encryption
– The IPCC report
– New Horizon, new ERA, new international rules for R&D: A vacation reader
– International conference on science advice for governments 2021

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17/8/2021: Open EU Tenders of interest to INESC, Food systems, Biometrics for borders & Border surveillance, EU-Japan collaboration in agriculture, Vacation reading suggestions

In today’s Morning Brief:
– Everyone at the table: Co-creating knowledge for food systems transformation
– High-tech surveillance equipment to detect migrant boats
– International Conference on Biometrics for Borders (ICBB 2021)
– EU and Japan announce increased cooperation on sustainability and innovation in agriculture
– Vacation reading: the suggestions of permanent representatives to the EU
EU TENDERS
– Clean Sky Joint Undertaking
– European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)
– European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA)
– European Commission, DG Agriculture and Rural Developement (AGRI)
– European Commission, DG Competition (COMP)
– European Commission, DG Defence Industry and Space (DEFIS)
– European Commission, DG Education,Youth, Sport and Culture (EAC)
– European Commission, DG Energy (ENER)
– European Commission, DG Health and Food Safety (SANTE)
– European Commission, DG Mobility and Transport (MOVE)
– European Commission, DG for Climate Action (CLIMA)
– European Commission, DG for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (CONNECT)
– European Commission, DG for Environment (ENV)

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