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Reminder: Horizon Europe Information Days start next week (28 June – 9 July)
Following the publication of Horizon Europe 2021-2022 work programmes, the EC will now organise the Horizon Europe Information Days, taking place from Monday 28 June to Friday 9 July. The sessions will address the 6 Horizon Europe Clusters, as well as the Research Infrastructures, MSCA and ERA/Widening parts of the framework programme.
Here is an overview of the programme:
- 28 June, 09.00-16.00 CEST: Research Infrastructures – Programme and sessions’ links
- 29 June, 09.00-13.30 CEST & 30 June, 09.00-14.30 CEST: Cluster 4 – Digital, Industry & Space – Programme and sessions links
- 30 June, 09.30-17.10 CEST: Cluster 3 – Civil Security for Society – Programme and sessions’ links (registration mandatory)
- 1 July, 09.00-13.05 CEST: Cluster 2 – Culture, Creativity & Inclusive Society – Programme and sessions’ links
- 1 July, 14.00-16.30 CEST: The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions: what’s new under Horizon Europe – Programme and sessions’ links
- 2 July, 09.30-17.15 CEST: Cluster 1 – Health – Programme and sessions’ links
- 5 July, 09.30-16.15 CEST & 6 July, 09.30-16.30 CEST: Cluster 5 – Climate, Energy & Mobility – Programme and sessions’ links
- 7 July, 09.00-13.30 CEST & 8 July, 09.00-15.45 CEST: Cluster 6 – Food, Bioeconomy, Natural Resources, Agriculture & Environment – Programme and sessions’ links
- 9 July, 09.30-14.30 CEST: ERA & Widening – Programme and sessions’ links
Participation is open without registration (except for the Cluster 3).
EIC initiative for women founders of deep-tech start-ups
The European Innovation Council will launch on July 13th a call for applications for deep-tech start-ups led by women. Funded under the European Innovation Ecosystems work programme of Horizon Europe, Women TechEU is a brand new initiative of the European Union, offering first-class coaching and mentoring to female founders, as well as targeted funding to help take their business to the next level. It offers:
- Financial support to the company as an individual grant of EUR 75 000 to support the initial steps in the innovation process, and the growth of the company,
- Mentoring and coaching provided by the EIC Business Acceleration Services (BAS), under the new “Women Leadership Programme”, which include dedicated networking and pitching events,
- The possibility to participate in dedicated activities organised by InvestEU and Enterprise Europe Network.
More information on the initiative can be found here.
Elsevier report: Portugal approaches gender equality in research
According to the latest Elsevier’s report on gender in research, titled “Gender in the Portugal Research Arena: A Case Study in European Leadership”, women represent nearly 50% of active scientific authors in Portugal. This result was achieved through a dramatic increase over the past two decades in women’s representation in research –nine percentage points – putting Portugal at the leading edge of closing the gender gap in research. Portugal’s leadership is the result of a coordinated approach, with key drivers being: changes coming from the top, attention of policymakers to gender research, targeted scholarships and awards for girls and women in science since the 1980s, etc. At the same time, though, the report points to persisting gender gaps in research that require stronger transformative efforts, and it reveals how these gaps tend to mimic and perpetuate structural inequalities between women and men.
Horizon Europe calls for research Infrastructures
The Horizon Europe calls for research infrastructures are now open. The new framework programme will endow Europe with world-class sustainable research infrastructures which are open and accessible to the best researchers from Europe and beyond. It will also encourage the use of existing research infrastructures, including those financed from funds under the EU’s Cohesion Policy. The open calls can be accessed here. The deadline for applications is September 27, 2021.
EC signs 11 Horizon Europe partnerships
The first 11 Horizon Europe partnerships are officially up and running after the European Commission and industry associations signed a pact for cooperation at the Research & Innovation Days. The partnerships will pool €22 billion over the next seven years from industry and Horizon Europe, in a bid to accelerate innovation in sectors and technologies such as waterborne transport, batteries, photonics, artificial intelligence and greener steelmaking. Each partnership sets out their own goals, ranging from creating an open cloud for science data, developing a European ecosystem for batteries, to giving the manufacturing sector a green makeover.
One of the biggest partnerships, Processes4Planet, has a brief to put a green twist on energy intensive process industries such as manufacturing petroleum, chemicals, and paper and pulp products. There were meant to be 12 partnerships in this first Horizon Europe batch of industrial projects, but the space partnership has been grounded by the member states, with talks about its final shape expected to go on until October. Read more on the partnerships on Science|Business.
Horizon Europe associations: agreement to be reached by end of the year
As the publication of the Horizon Europe work programmes took longer than expected, the internal negotiations about HE associations were significantly delayed, too. Nonetheless, the agreements giving third countries access to the research programme should be ratified by the end of 2021, said Signe Ratso, European Commission chief negotiator for international association, at the Research & Innovation Days.
In a document dated 17 June the Commission encourages countries “with which association negotiations are being processed or where association is imminent” to join funding calls as a provisional workaround “until association agreements start producing legal effects.” Israel, the UK and 16 other countries are on the list, but Switzerland is excluded, since negotiations over Swiss contributions to the EU budget have reached an impasse. Read more on Science|Business.
University stakeholders call for a European Knowledge Act
To remove barriers to the circulation of knowledge between member states, the European Commission needs to set up a binding framework for knowledge sharing, says Karen Maex, rector of the University of Amsterdam. “We would need what some call a European Knowledge Act, so that we have a legally binding framework to share our knowledge,” Maex said in a panel discussion on the transformation agenda for universities at the Commission’s Research & Innovations Days event, earlier this week. Universities have been talking about binding frameworks for years, but the discussion is becoming topical again as the Commission works on the development of a pan-European strategy for Europe’s universities. Some level of convergence will be pivotal to the transformation, and this cannot be achieved without an easy way to share data, experience and knowledge. Read more on Science|Business.
Critical Chain Workshop (28 June)
REA is hosting next Monday June 28th, from 10 to 12 CEST, a workshop regarding the innovation introduced by Critical Chain Horizon 2020 projects. The workshop focuses on all banking innovations, from blockchain-based banking to payable smart contracts and mobile money. The workshop is titled “Blueprinting (Brown/Green) field Technology Adoption for the Open Banking Eco-System” and is targeted to a vast audience, including first adopters of emerging innovation from Critical-Chain, members of financial sector, and all other interested parties in banking innovations. The full agenda and registration can be accessed at this link.
EU Digital COVID Certificate is active in 16 EU countries
The EU Digital COVID Certificate is active in 16 EU countries. By 1 July all EU countries should be ready to facilitate safe and free movement across Europe. EU countries shall refrain from imposing additional travel restrictions on the holders of an EU Digital COVID Certificate, unless necessary and proportionate to safeguard public health. At the moment Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal and Spain are linked to the gateway. Would you like to know more? Read the FAQ on the EU Digital COVID Certificate here.
20/05/2022: Hydrogen R&I, INESC-ID researchers honoured, INESC TEC wins international award, new EIC call, Climate Change, and more.
In today’s Morning Brief:
– Hydrogen R&I gets boost in new Commission plan to wean EU off Russian energy;
– Ireland announces 2030 R&I strategy;
– EU pledges more research cooperation with Gulf states;
– INESC-ID researchers honoured with University of Lisbon/Caixa Geral de Depósitos Scientific Awards;
– INESC TEC robot wins international design award;
– Info session on Horizon Results Booster – Steering research towards a strong societal impact;
– European Innovation Council launches the Scale Up 100 Call;
– Energy industry’s cybersecurity awareness rises, defence lags;
– Climate change: Better using European forests as carbon sinks;
– European Maritime Day 2022: Sustainable blue economy for green recovery;
– Commission welcomes political agreement on new rules for securing winter gas storage;
– Leaked draft gives first glimpse of the Commission plan to turn the EU into an ‘innovation powerhouse’.
19/05/2022: REPower EU, Green Transition, Natura 2000 awards, EU Blue Economy Report, Women in the Blue Economy, and more.
In today’s Morning Brief:
– REPower EU: A plan to rapidly reduce dependence on Russian fossil fuels and fast forward the green transition;
– Research and Innovation to REPower the EU;
– ASEM Global Lifelong Learning Week;
– Scientists from the University of Coimbra test new intelligent monitoring systems for vineyards;
– Natura 2000 Awards: EU recognises excellence in nature protection across Europe;
– EU urges building insulation push in bid to end reliance on Russian gas;
– Finland, Japan open call for research cooperation;
– EU Blue Economy report: Ocean economy fuels European green transition;
– The “Women in the Blue Economy” call for proposals is now open;
– EPFL: A new law unchains fusion energy.
18/05/2022: Climate Change, Artificial Intelligence, Russian gas supply, Partnerships for Regional Innovation, and more.
In today’s Morning Brief:
– Renewable energy industry says EU fund for clean tech is failing its mission;
– The Guild: Diversity, sustainability and quality must be the hallmarks of academic publishing in Europe;
– Climate change: MEPs push for accelerated EU action and energy independence;
– EU and US edge closer together on AI at latest Trade and Technology Council meeting;
– Open Call: New EU TalentOn invites young, academic talent to find solutions for our most pressing challenges;
– Commission launches EPREL database to help consumers on energy efficient products;
– LEAK: EU countries urged to prepare for Russian gas ‘supply shock’;
– Forging sustainable timber construction in Europe;
– President Zelensky urges US universities to help rebuild Ukraine’s higher education system;
– Partnerships for Regional Innovation: 63 regions, seven cities and four Member States selected for Pilot Action.