Horizon 2020 Information Days and Brokerage Events

horizon2020In preparation for the launch of the new EU research and innovation programme, Horizon 2020, there are a number of information days and partner brokerage events coming up in the fields of key enabling technologies, energy and under Societal Challenge 5: Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials.

Details are below. We will continue to add details of future events of potential interest to Northumbria researchers as we receive them.

EU Brokerage Event on Key Enabling Technologies in Horizon 2020, 29 November 2013, Strasbourg

The EU Brokerage Event on Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) in Horizon 2020 will focus on:

  • Nanotechnologies
  • Advanced materials
  • Advanced Manufacturing and Processing
  • Energy efficiency in Buildings
  • Factories of the Future
  • Sustainable process industries

Participants will have the opportunity to present their own project concepts and to meet representatives from companies/SMEs, universities and research organisations in order to exchange ideas during pre-arranged meetings. In your profile you can state what kind of technology/product/expertise you are offering, what kind of cooperation you are looking for and which ideas you would like to discuss with potential collaboration partners.

The aim is to pave the way for future co-operations and European projects including Horizon 2020 call topics for 2014 and 2015. More information and registration details are available from the workshop website.

Horizon 2020 Energy Information Day for 2014 and 2015 calls, 5 December 2013, Brussels.

This event will give essential information on the calls for proposals which will be open in 2014 and 2015. These calls are expected to cover Energy Efficiency, Competitive Low Carbon Energy and Smart Cities and Communities. Activities extend from research to market including activities build on the experience of the previous Intelligent Energy Europe Programme in facilitating market uptake of energy technologies and services, fostering of social innovation and accelerating the cost effective implementation of the Union’s energy policies.

It will be an excellent networking opportunity for potential participants as well as a chance to understand the new rules for participation under Horizon 2020.

The deadline for registration is 28 November 2013. Please note that this event is expected to be heavily over-subscribed. You can register here. https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/fmi/scic/ENERINFO13/start.php

EU Brokerage Event for the first Horizon 2020 Energy calls, 6 December 2013, Brussels

To support participation in the calls outlined in the event above, on the following day a Brokerage Event for the first Horizon 2020 Energy calls will be held. It aims to target a wide spectrum of companies, universities and researchers from Europe and beyond and will support the creation of consortia for the upcoming Horizon 2020 Energy calls on the 3 focus areas:

  • Energy efficiency
  • Competitive Low Carbon Energy
  • Smart Cities and Communities

The event is free of charge. The deadline for registration is 20 November.

Information day on Horizon 2020 2014 calls in Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials, 17 November 2013, Brussels.

The European Commission is holding an InfoDay on 12 November on the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5: Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials. The event aims to explain the 2014-2015 Work Programme and will provide guidance on the preparation and submission of proposals under the 2014 calls.

Registration for this event has closed but if you are interested, you can watch the event online. More information



Global Initiative Grants competition opens

REF RoadshowsThe Global Innovation Initiative grant competition has been launched. It is jointly funded by the British Council, the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the US Department of State.

Grants of £100,000 – £150,000 will be given to interdisciplinary higher education research partnerships of universities in the UK, US and selected countries including Brazil, China, India and Indonesia.

Proposals should focus on globally significant issues related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) addressing one of the following themes:

  • Energy, environment and climate change
  • Agriculture, food security and water
  • Global health and wellbeing
  • Urbanisation

UK-led partnerships can apply through the British Council.  US-led partnerships can apply through the Institute of International Education.

The deadline for applications is the 16 December 2013. More information is available from the Global Innovation Initiative website.



Early Career Researchers Forum at Northumbria University

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Early Career Researchers ForumD Social Networking by StockMonkeys CC BY 2.0

This open meeting will be held on Wednesday 30th October from 9-10.30am in the auditorium on the ground floor of Mea House. All Northumbria Early Career Researchers are invited.

It will establish the Northumbria University ECR forum which aims to be a useful and supportive group that meets regularly.

This meeting will discuss the role of the group and identify how best to move forward in a way that will benefit all ECRs at the university. It will be an opportunity to share views, thoughts and experiences as well as provide support to ECRs and enable ECR representation at relevant University committees.

The forum will be a place to allow ECRs to form links, both social and professional; discuss research challenges and opportunities; to share experiences; and to decide on future activities and events to support ECRs at Northumbria University.

Research and Business Services will also give an overview of the research support they can give ECRs as well as highlighting some of the key funding streams of interest.

Please come along. You can confirm your attendance by contacting Esha Smith in RBS: esha.smith@northumbria.ac.uk


Erasmus +: New (and possibly improved) EU funding stream for HE

Brukselka by Barbiez Creative CommonsA new EU programme for education, training, youth and sport called Erasmus + will be launched in January. It will replace a raft of existing EU initiatives, such as the Lifelong Learning Programme, in one simpler, but financially much bigger, programme of around €16 million.

Northumbria will be able to continue to participate in the Erasmus programme, under the new Key Action 1, which gives both students and staff opportunities to work and study abroad.

There will also be opportunities to participate in Key Action 2 “Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practice”, which will support strategic partnerships among HE and with key stakeholders. Of particular interest, there will be funding for “knowledge alliances” between HE and business to promote creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship by creating new learning opportunities and qualifications.

“Sector skills alliances” will also be funded. These will be partnerships between education and training providers and business to promote employability by forming new sector-specific curricula and innovative vocational teaching. Key Action 3 is “Support for policy reform” which focuses on developing the evidence base for policy-making and exchange of good practices in HE and vocational training.

The programme will also include a new loan guarantee system to support students in financing Master’s degrees.

The European Commission promises that the new programme will be easier to access with a simpler structure and more flat-rate grants used. It remains to be seen whether this really is the case. The first call for proposals is expected to be in November for learning mobility actions, followed by a second call in the spring for co-operation for innovation and strategic alliances.

More info from the European Commission Erasmus + and UKRO