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Commission releases pre-draft of the Horizon Europe Model Grant Agreement

A “pre-draft” of the Annotated Grant Agreement, a simplified version of the Horizon Europe Model Grant Agreement, the legal document setting out the terms and conditions of EU grants, has been published by the European Commission. The document will help applicants who struggle to understand legal language behind a Horizon Europe proposal. It explains details of the grant process, such as calculating personnel costs, security, protecting intellectual property rights and clauses on confidentiality.

This document is available in the Private Area here, together with the other drafts of the Model Grant Agreement.

 

Consultation on Low-Carbon Industrial Technologies Prospect

Continuing its work and in order to further define which low carbon industrial technologies should be looked at further, the European Commission has launched a stakeholders’ consultation on its Low-Carbon Industrial Technologies Prospect report. This consultation can be found here.

The results of this survey will serve as the basis for the next steps on the roadmapping efforts by the Commission and the still upcoming workshop on this topic. EARTO is collecting the responses of its members, so if you wish to participate, please do not hesitate to let us know by contacting the HUB.

EU announces €122 million for 32 projects developing low carbon technologies

The European Union is to award €118 million for 32 small innovative projects located in 14 EU Member States, Iceland and Norway. The selected projects aim to bring low-carbon technologies to the market in energy intensive industries, hydrogen, energy storage and renewable energy. In addition to these grants, 15 projects located in 10 EU member states and Norway will benefit from project development assistance worth up to €4.4 million.

The grants and the assistance packages are part of the first funding round under Innovation Fund, a scheme dedicated to the commercial demonstration of innovative low-carbon technologies.

Research funding agencies want a greater say in shaping new ERA

The pact for research and innovation should give stakeholders a greater say over the implementation of the European Research Area (ERA), says Science Europe, the continent’s largest association of research organisations and funding agencies, in a statement published on Friday.

Earlier this month, the European Commission put forward a pact for research and innovation, aimed at convincing member states to boost public and private R&D expenditures. The pact is part of the Commission’s revamping of the ERA, the EU’s single market for research. While the pact acknowledges the role of research organisations and university associations in shaping the revamped ERA, the text does not detail how these stakeholders would help define and implement the new research and innovation policies. Read more on Science Business.

Study warns of compliance costs for regulating Artificial Intelligence

The EU’s forthcoming regulation on Artificial Intelligence could cost the bloc’s economy up to €31 billion over the next 5 years and cause investments to shrink by as much as 20%, according to a study published this week. The full study is now in the Private Area, here.

The assessment by the Centre for Data Innovation looked into the administrative costs of the Artificial Intelligence Act (AIA), a horizontal EU regulation to introduce increasing obligations based on the level of risk associated with the application of the groundbreaking technology.

The study author stresses the administrative burden the new legislation is expected to create, which they say will disincentivise innovation and technology uptake.

“The Commission has repeatedly asserted that the draft AI legislation will support growth and innovation in Europe’s digital economy, but a realistic economic analysis suggests that argument is disingenuous at best,” said senior policy analyst and report author Ben Mueller.

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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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