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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31/05/2022: BioData.PT Session 3, EU AI Law, European Sustainable Energy Week, LIFE Awards 2022 Winners, EU Green Deal, and more.

In today’s Morning Brief:
– BioData.PT Talks Session 3: Recent Artificial Intelligence Tools and Architectures for Structural Biology;
– EUA Policy Input: Considerations for a “European Degree”;
– Putting Science into Standards;
– The EU AI law will not be future-proof unless it regulates general purpose AI systems;
– European Sustainable Energy Week: Going green and digital for Europe’s energy transition;
– European Commission reveals winners of LIFE Awards 2022;
– Interact with statistics for the European Green Deal;
– EU countries urged to prepare for Russian gas cut: Summit draft.

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30/05/2022: INESC TEC Workshop, EU Cancer Plan, Eurostat, Defunct Satellites, Hydrogen, and more.

In today’s Morning Brief:
– INESC TEC coordinated a workshop on Machine Learning;
– Access to financial products for persons with a history of cancer in EU Member States;
– Eurostat regional yearbook: From traditional printed publication to modern interactive tool;
– ‘World-first’ project for capturing defunct satellites ramps up;
– Hydrogen: BAM sets up digitally networked research filling station to increase safety of technology;
– EFCA coordinates EU efforts to monitor the bluefin tuna fishing season;
– Zero Pollution Monitoring and Outlook Workshop – Report;
– Commission outlines defence R&D priorities in new €924M work programme.

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26/05/2022: INESC-ID research grants, new MSCA platform, Horizon Europe UK backup, REPowerEU, Fit for 55, and more.

In today’s Morning Brief:
– INESC-ID: Nuno Lopes receives research grants from Google and Woven Alpha;
– EU ramping up efforts for strategic autonomy in raw materials;
– Laurence Moreau appointed head of the ERC executive agency;
– Event: The UK’s Position in Global Science and Innovation;
– New MSCA networking platform for future applicants;
– Application system opens for UK Horizon backup grants;
– Fraunhofer elects three new executive vice-presidents;
– FaST Navigator study identifies models necessary to provide accurate advice on the use of fertilisers to EU farmers;
– Germany’s pacifist universities pose obstacle to militarisation of EU R&D;
– Webinar: The European Standardisation Booster;
– MSCA Cluster event on Mission Ocean and Waters;
– REPowerEU: Commission establishes the EU Energy Platform Task Force to secure alternative supplies;
– Horizon Europe mission on carbon-neutral cities kicks into gear;
– Fit for 55: New EU carbon sink goal will increase 2030 reduction target;
– A new Blue Economy Observatory to monitor and promote the sustainability of our ocean related activities;
– Zero Pollution Monitoring and Outlook Workshop – Report.

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