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In today's Morning Brief:

3.4bn to fund EU Industrial Strategy priorities through Cluster 4 of Horizon Europe

An excellent SB article details how €3.4 billion will be spent over the next two years to fund the EU’s Industrial Strategy priorities through HE Cluster 4.

  • €724 million will be spent over the next two years to digitise the manufacturing and construction sectors and reducing their carbon footprint. The calls will prioritise R&D projects that are very close to the market and which contribute to new hubs for circular economy applications, such recycling waste and helping industry switch to renewable energy.
  • €759 million on R&D projects to help the EU achieve strategic autonomy by developing its own digital technologies. The Commission will also launch calls for projects to help the EU decrease its dependence on imports of raw and advanced materials.
  • €733.5 million in projects to develop new generation wireless communications, artificial intelligence (AI) and quantum computing.
  • €346 million is foreseen for R&D projects to help EU companies standardise and share industrial data
  • €290 million call will fund projects to devise new ways of using data from the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency and from the EU’s earth observation programme Copernicus, to help the transport sector develop new mobility services and reduce congestion and car emissions.

The remaining is to be spent in AI applications to different sectors, in particular healthcare, as well as ultra-low power processors and innovation leadership in electronics and photonics.

Healthy aging

The 2nd Forum Portugal – UK on Healthy Aging will take place virtually on April 7th, from 9.45 to 12.35 GMT. The event, organised jointly by the UK Embassy of Lisbon and the University of Coimbra, aims to bring together policy-makers, researchers and businesses to discuss the impacts of an ageing society and promote the exchange of best practices in public health policy, innovation and business in both countries. The programme, available here, includes a workshop on “UK/PT synergies in ageing and biomedical research”. Registrations for attendants are open.

KCMD mobility functional areas dataset

The European Commission’s Knowledge Centre on Migration and Demography has released a dataset of Mobility Functional Areas (MFA), i.e. a dense cluster of highly interconnected regions. The mapping contains information about how subnational geographical areas cluster in terms of human mobility, measured through Mobile Network Operator (MNO) data, irrespective of the administrative border. The data is part of the study on Global Human Mobility and wishes to inform COVID-19 policies.

New European Bauhaus conference

The New European Bauhaus project takes shape as the Commission organises the first conference dedicated to the event, on April 22-23. The provisional programme features a stellar list of speakers for the first day, and a series of workshops facilitated by members of the project and its partners on topics as “Regenerating Construction Ecosystems” and “New Relationship with Nature”. The goal of the project is to co-design beautiful, sustainable, and inclusive ways of living, by mobilising designers, architects, engineers, scientists, students, and creative minds across disciplines. The registration to the conference is already available here.

Budget considerations (continued)

I know I focus a lot on budget issues but the parallels are too striking. Israel boosted its R&D spending to 4.9% of GDP. Scientists in the U.K. are worried that the government might take up to £2 billion a year from the science budget in order to pay for Britain’s participation in the EU’s research and development program Horizon Europe — the equivalent of a nearly 20 percent cut (this was previously included in the UK’s Treasury contribution to the EU and did not come out of the research budget per se, so it is understandable, but just look at the numbers!). Yes, this is all relative to a country’s GDP, but the UK has pledged to increase its science budget to 2.4% in 2027. Ireland is increasing its budget at a rate of 15% a year for the next 3 years and published a concrete roadmap on how it’s going to happen. France is developing a report along the same lines and is very advanced in the planning of how to spend its Recovery and Resilience Fund, through wide public consultations to all major research, innovation and education stakeholders.

Participation of third countries in quantum and space research

The discussions over strategic autonomy and technology sovereignty are heating up. Now with the potential exclusion of third-countries from involvement in quantum and space research projects, in a move that could see the UK’s involvement significantly downgraded due to concerns over intellectual property. Meanwhile, Germany spearheaded a campaign against Commission draft plans to distance third countries from involvement in certain projects as part of Horizon Europe, the EU’s research and innovation programme for 2021-2027. Strategic autonomy should be about reciprocity. Thinking that because a usual close partner is now excluded from participating in joint research and innovation projects will make the EU stronger, is just ridiculous.

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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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