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In today's Morning Brief:

HUB’s workshop “Horizon Europe: Practical tips and Q&A” on May 18th

On May 18th, from 11.30 to 13.00 GMT, the HUB will host a Zoom workshop on Horizon Europe for researches from all INESCs. The workshop will focus on practical tips on how to participate in Horizon Europe. It will provide information and tips on aspects such as: how to write a successful proposal, how to address impact criteria, proposal development timeline, important links and templates.

The workshop will start with a short 25 minutes presentation by Ricardo Migueis, Head of INESC Brussels HUB, and it will be followed by an open Q&A session with the 5 Research and Innovation Managers across all INESCs: Ana Soares (INESC Coimbra), Filipa Borrego (INESC ID), John Rodrigues (INOV), Marta Barbas (INESC TEC), Sofia Martins (INESC MN).

Many researchers have registered already, but it is worth reminding that registration is mandatory and still available at this link. Remember that, in order to receive the participation link, the attendees will have to have registered as users of the Private Area of the HUB’s website. In the Private Area, attendees will also find useful information and templates regarding the workshop.


Webinar on latest updates on Horizon Europe – European Commission

Massimiliano Esposito, Deputy Head of Unit Horizon Strategic Planning and Programming at Common Policy Centre of the EC’s Directorate-General for R&I, is going to hold a special webinar focused on the latest updates on Horizon Europe. The presentation will be a general introduction on the programme and its novelties covering topics such as: missions, strategic planning, the EIC, and planning for the first work programmes/calls for proposals. It will take place on the 5th May, between 11h and 1h45 CET. Register here.


Previous EC webinar on Horizon Europe available

Being the first year of the new framework programme, the Commission is also organizing a series of workshops on Horizon Europe. The first workshop took place in March, and the supporting documents can be found in the HUB’s Private Area (EU R&I funding>Horizon Europe>Commission webinars on HE). The second workshop, focused on Key Impact Pathways, Dissemination, Exploitation and Communication, Open Science and Gender took place last week. The supporting document of this workshop has just been uploaded in the dedicated folder of the Private Area, while the recording of the session is available here.


Public Consultation on State aid for research and development and innovation

A subject matter of interest to all INESCs, we will prepare an answer and take this up in the next HUB Policy and Operations Board meeting (which gathers a representative of each of the 5 INESCs, nominated by the HUB Management Committee).

The revision of the Framework for State aid for R&D&I focuses on the following areas:

  • Improving and updating the existing definitions of research and innovation activities eligible for support under the RDI Framework
  • Introducing new provisions to enable public support for technology infrastructures
  • Simplifying certain rules, for example by introducing a simplified indirect cost calculation methodology for determining the eligible costs

You can check the page of the public consultation directly here and if you have any suggestions or questions, please address them to hub@inesc.pt or to your local HUB Focal Point.


Webinar on how to engage communities with PCIs

Participation and citizen engagement is one of the key strategies of the European Commission, as instanced by the Conference on the Future of Europe launch earlier this month. Citizen engagement is also required for the implementation of Projects of Common Interest, which are key cross-border energy infrastructures in Europe. DG Energy will be hosting a webinar on public acceptance of Projects of Common Interest on April 28th, from 10 to 12 CEST. This webinar aims to share good practice examples and provide a “step-by-step approach” to how to organise awareness raising activities and further improve public acceptance for EU PCIs. Today is the last day to register, here.


World IP day

Yesterday was World Intellectual Property Day, and DG GROW seized the opportunity to remind that the European Commission has a series of instruments for SMEs to be aware of IP rights and to use them to build a stronger business. Here is the link of the EC IP Helpdesk: it is composed of a Helpline, a section on IP trainings, an IP resource library, and gives the possibility to become or get in contact with IP Helpdesk Ambassadors. Moreover, the EC makes available best practices and IP support to SMEs: find more information here.


WWF and other NGOs protest against EU green finance taxonomy

Last week the Commission has released the package of rules to implement the green finance taxonomy, but as anticipated, the role of bioenergy and forestry in the package was to raise perplexities. The WWF and several other NGOs have decided to suspend their participation in the European Commission’s Sustainable Finance Platform in protest against what they see as weak and “unscientific” criteria for bioenergy and forestry in the EU’s green finance taxonomy. The whole story here.

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01/11/2023 – Lisbon crowned European Capital of Innovation, Canada´s association to Horizon Europe, €75.35B boost to the ERA, new energy projects for the Green Deal & much more

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Calls open for 2023 Innovation Fund proposals with record €4B budget
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Utilizing Artificial Intelligence to develop the Smart Specialization Observatory
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Commission proposes 166 cross-border energy projects for EU support to help deliver the European Green Deal
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Canada to sign Horizon Europe association deal next year
No more New European Bauhaus Mission
Nature-inspired flying robots: advancements in environmental monitoring
Over €75B of the recovery funds will go to European Research Area objectives
Lisbon crowned European capital of innovation for 2023
Maria Leptin’s perspectives on university challenges and innovation
EU’s Industrial R&D Scoreboard updates
RTP3 features INOV’s AI-integrated inspection system in RiaStone production
APPRAISE system: INOV contributes to enhancing security in public spaces through innovative technology
INESC TEC collaborates on a European project that promotes the use of algae in sustainable aquaculture
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Job Opportunities
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24/11/2023 – EU’s decarbonization push, INESC participates in Portugal’s Blockchain initiative, Horizon Europe budget boost for R&I & much more

In today’s Morning Brief:
EU Commission to spend €186 million promoting agri-food products in and outside EU in 2024
Commission opens search for technology infrastructure expert group
Artificial Intelligence and Data Science
Call for Contributions: EU-U.S. Trade & Technology Council’s first edition of AI terminology and taxonomy
Belgium to focus on a public sector European blockchain during its EU presidency
Europe still working with China on military and surveillance uses of artificial intelligence, report finds
EU launches new competition to give AI companies access to supercomputers
Plans to boost Europe’s Net-Zero technology production
As microscopic materials proliferate, ensuring they are safe is a priority
Research & Innovation
European Parliament Approves 2024 EU Budget with Boost for Research and Innovation
Council approves UK’s inclusion in Horizon Europe and Copernicus Programmes
EU lagging behind on antimicrobial resistance research
Opinion article in Science Business: The European Research Area needs a reboot
EIT lauds impact of Regional Innovation Scheme in latest report
INESC participates at BLOCKCHAIN.PT initiative
INESC MN partners up in semiconductor consortium
INESC TEC advances autonomous vehicle perception in THEIA project
The HUB hosts EARTO meeting on EU RD&I Programmes
HUB contributes at the INESC TEC Autumn Forum
Job Opportunities
Events & Training workshops

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17/11/2023 – Horizon Europe latest calls, the €85M boost next year to reach €12.9B, the approval of the Critical Raw Materials Act & much more

In today’s Morning Brief:
Horizon: €290M in funding for digital, industry and space
ERC sees rise in Starting Grant applications
Artificial Intelligence
OECD updates definition of Artificial Intelligence ‘to inform EU’s AI Act’
Study highlights AI’s economic potential amid EU regulatory focus
EU Atlantic strategy: what’s next?
How can regenerative agriculture help the food system survive?
Regional Innovation Valleys for Bioeconomy and Food Systems” launch event conclusions
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Horizon Europe: €12.9 Billion Boost in 2024 Budget
Commission welcomes political agreement on the Critical Raw Materials Act
Paper: How regional innovation ecosystems can improve participation in the European Framework Programme for R&I
European Space Agency looks to private sector to stay competitive
Technology readiness levels are getting a reality check to ensure innovations are socially acceptable
Research Management initiative advances strategic capacities in European research organisations
Carla Gonçalves of INESC TEC recognized among Portugal’s green visionaries
Bactometer project secures runner-up position in EIT Health
Artificial Intelligence and humans collaborate to enhance critical infrastructure security
Job Opportunities
Events & Training workshops

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