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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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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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