Horizon 2020 New Societal Challenges calls published

With thanks to UKRO for their summaries, the European Commission has published a raft of new Horizon 2020 calls for proposals for the period 2018-2020. This will include a number of Societal Challenges calls which are listed below. For further information click the links to the full call information on the H2020 Participant Portal. Northumbria staff who are considering applying should contact their Research Funding and Policy Manager in the first instance.

Regarding Brexit, please note that there will be no immediate changes to the UK’s participation in Horizon 2020 and the UK Government has reconfirmed that it guarantees to underwrite awards where the application is submitted before the UK’s departure from the EU and is subsequently approved. This includes proposals which are informed of their success but, at the point of exit, have not signed a grant agreement, and proposals which have been submitted before exit and that are only informed of their success following exit.

Societal Challenge 2: Food Security

Call: Sustainable Food Security

The Sustainable Food Security call is Horizon 2020’s main contribution to research and innovation in relation to Food and Nutrition Security in Europe and beyond. Its commitment to sustainability implies that particular attention is given to the interfaces between the economic, environmental and social dimensions of food production. The call advocates for food system approaches to tackle the inherent links between ecosystems, food production, the food chain and consumer health and wellbeing.

– CE-SFS-25-2018: Integrated system innovation in valorising urban biowaste.
– DT-SFS-14-2018: Personalized Nutrition.
– LC-SFS-03-2018: Microbiome applications for sustainable food systems.
– LC-SFS-15-2018: Future proofing our plants
– LC-SFS-19-2018-2019: Climate-smart and resilient farming (two-stage)
– SFS-01-2018-2019-2020: Biodiversity in action: across farmland and the value chain (two-stage)
– SFS-05-2018-2019-2020: New and emerging risks to plant health (two-stage)
– SFS-06-2018-2020: Stepping up integrated pest management (two-stage)
– SFS-07-2018: Making European beekeeping healthy and sustainable (two-stage)
– SFS-08-2018-2019: Improving animal welfare (two-stage)- SFS-11-2018-2019: Anti-microbials and animal production (two-stage)
– SFS-16-2018: Towards healthier and sustainable food (two-stage)
– SFS-27-2018: Monitoring food R&I investments and impacts (two-stage)
– SFS-28-2018-2019-2020: Genetic resources and pre-breeding communities
– SFS-29-2018: Innovations in plant variety testing (two-stage)
– SFS-30-2018-2019-2020: Agri-Aqua Labs (two-stage)
– SFS-32-2018: Supporting microbiome coordination and the International Bioeconomy Forum
– SFS-33-2018: Support to the implementation of the EU-Africa Research and Innovation Partnership on Food and Nutrition Security & Sustainable Agriculture (FNSSA)
– SFS-38-2018: Highly efficient management of soil quality and land resources (two-stage)

The deadlines for single stage topics is 13 February and two-stage topics is 13 February and 11 September 2018.

Call: Rural Renaissance

The Rural Renaissance call will enhance the natural, social, cultural and economic potential of rural areas (the term “rural” is understood in a wide sense and also includes peri-urban, remote, mountain and coastal areas, unless otherwise specified in the topic description) and support policy coherence. It will boost economic development, ecosystem services and entrepreneurial innovation. This will be achieved by building on diversification and modernisation strategies, improving governance models, supporting innovative food and non-food (non-food chains include wood) value chains, and capitalising on local assets, including human, natural and cultural capital.

– CE-RUR-08-2018-2019-2020: Closing nutrient cycles (two-stage)
– DT-RUR-12-2018: ICT Innovation for agriculture – Digital Innovation Hubs for Agriculture
– RUR-01-2018-2019: Building modern rural policies on long-term visions and societal engagement
– RUR-01-2018-2019: Building modern rural policies on long-term visions and societal engagement (two-stage)
– RUR-02-2018: Socio-economic impacts of digitisation of agriculture and rural areas (two-stage)
– RUR-03-2018: Contracts for effective and lasting delivery of agri-environmental public goods (two-stage)
– RUR-04-2018-2019: Analytical tools and models to support policies related to agriculture and food (two-stage)

– RUR-09-2018: Realising the potential of regional and local bio-based economies
– RUR-13-2018: Enabling the farm advisor community to prepare farmers for the digital age
– RUR-14-2018: Digital solutions and e-tools to modernise the CAP
– RUR-15-2018-2019-2020: Thematic networks compiling knowledge ready for practice

The deadline for single stage is 13 February and for two-stage, 13 February and 11 September 2018.

Call: Blue Growth

The Blue Growth Call aims at sustainably harvesting the potential of resources from seas, oceans and inland waters for different uses and across the range of marine and maritime industries, while protecting biodiversity and enhancing climate resilience. It supports sustainable growth in the marine and maritime sectors through a responsible management of marine resources for healthy, productive, safe, secure and resilient seas and oceans, which are essential for thriving ecosystems, climate regulation, global food security, human health, livelihoods and economies.

– BG-01-2018: Towards a Baltic and North Sea research and innovation programme
– BG-02-2018: Blue Bioeconomy Public-Public Partnership
– BG-08-2018-2019: All Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance Flagship
– BG-08-2018-2019: All Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance Flagship (two-stage)
– DT-BG-04-2018-2019: Sustainable European aquaculture 4.0: nutrition and breeding
– LC-BG-03-2018: Sustainable harvesting of marine biological resources (two-stage)

The deadline for single calls is 13 February and for two-stage topics, 13 February and 11 September 2018.

Societal Challenge 3: Secure, clean and efficient energy.

Call: Building a low-carbon, climate resilient future

Achieving climate neutrality in the energy sector – while ensuring at the same time more efficient energy use, a secure supply of energy, affordable prices and low environmental impact – is a complex endeavour which requires R&I activities on multiple fronts.

– LC-SC3-JA-4-2018: Support action in preparation of a Joint Programming activity
– LC-SC3-RES-11-2018: Developing solutions to reduce the cost and increase performance of renewable technologies (two-stage)
– LC-SC3-RES-4-2018: Renewable energy system integrated at the building scale (two-stage)

Deadlines on 31 January 2018 for the single stage and 31 January and 23 August 2018 for two-stage.

Societal Challenge 4: Smart, green and integrated transport.

Call: Building a Low-Carbon, Climate resilient future: green vehicles

The Calls will focus on the most critical aspects supporting a massive introduction of electrified vehicles: 1) advances in electric batteries (production of elementary cells and pack assembly), 2) new architectures, concepts and components to support the advent of the 3rd generation of electrified vehicles, 3) improve the recharging experience from the view-point of the end-users, 4) supporting the competitiveness of European industries through the development of digitalised production environments and the use of advanced material, 5) addressing the urban dimension of introducing electrified vehicles.

– LC-GV-01-2018: Integrated, brand-independent architectures, components and systems for next generation electrified vehicles optimised for the infrastructure.
– LC-GV-02-2018: Virtual product development and production of all types of electrified vehicles and components.

Both topics are single stage and the deadline for submission of proposals is 4 April 2018.

Call: 2018-2020 Mobility for growth

Transport is changing at an accelerating pace as a result of several factors in many diverse but interconnected fields. In order to address these new challenges, targeted efforts are needed to develop and validate new solutions that can be rapidly deployed. They will address in a systemic way means of transport, infrastructure and operation models and integrate them into a user friendly European transport system of smart connected mobility for passengers and freight with significantly reduced impact on climate and environment.

– LC-MG-1-1-2018: InCo flagship on reduction of transport impact on air quality (two-stage)
– LC-MG-1-2-2018: Sustainable multi-modal inter-urban transport, regional mobility and spatial planning.(two-stage)
– LC-MG-1-3-2018: Harnessing and understanding the impacts of changes in urban mobility on policy making by city-led innovation for sustainable urban mobility (two-stage)
–  LC-MG-1-4-2018: Hardening vehicle environmental protection systems against tampering (two-stage)
– LC-MG-1-3-2018: Harnessing and understanding the impacts of changes in urban mobility on policy making by city-led innovation for sustainable urban mobility
– MG-2-1-2018: Human Factors in Transport Safety (two-stage)
– MG-2-2-2018: Marine Accident Response (two-stage)
– MG-2-3-2018: Airworthiness of mass-market drones
– MG-2-4-2018: Coordinating national efforts in modernizing transport infrastructure and provide innovative mobility services.
– MG-2-5-2018: Innovative technologies for improving aviation safety and certification in icing conditions (InCo flagship)
– MG-3-1-2018: Multidisciplinary and collaborative aircraft design tools and processes (two-stage)
– MG-3-2-2018: The Autonomous Ship (two-stage)
– MG-3-3-2018: “Driver” behaviour and acceptance of connected, cooperative and automated transport (two-stage)

– MG-4-1-2018: New regulatory frameworks to enable effective deployment of emerging technologies and business/operating models for all transport modes
– MG-4-2-2018: Building Open Science platforms in transport research
– MG-4-3-2018: Demographic change and participation of women in transport
– MG-4-4-2018-2019: Support for dissemination events in the field of Transport Research
– MG-BG-01-2018: Unmanned and autonomous survey activities at sea

All two-stage topic deadlines are 30 January and 19 September 2018 and single stage ones 4 April 2018.

 

Call: 2018-2020 Digitising and Transforming European Industry and Services: Automated Road Transport

The previous call on “Automated Road Transport” in the Transport Work Programme 2016/17 focused on vehicles with functions for automated driving level 3, which are expected to enter the market in the next few years. The overall objective of this call is to promote a wide market introduction of highly automated driving systems towards SAE level 4 (“the driving mode-specific performance by an automated driving system of all aspects of the dynamic driving task, even if a human driver does not respond appropriately to a request to intervene”).

– DT-ART-01-2018: Testing, validation and certification procedures for highly automated driving functions under various traffic scenarios based on pilot test data
– DT-ART-02-2018: Support for networking activities and impact assessment for road automation

The deadline for this call is 4 April 2018.

 

 

 

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ESRC Seminar Series on Brexit – Thursday 6 July 2017 at Newcastle Business School

The Implications of Brexit for the Future of Devolution in the North East of England and for the Northern Powerhouse

This ESRC Seminar is organised by Newcastle Business School and will be held on Thursday 6th July 2017. The event is the third and final one of the Seminar Series funded by the ‘UK in a Changing Europe’ Initiative. It is open to anyone interested and aims to encourage debate that is easily accessible to a wide range of organisations, actors and members of the public who are interested in the UK’s relationship with the EU. Previous events of this series registered full-house attendance, and it is highly likely that the event at Newcastle will attract the same level of interest so if you are interested, please sign up as soon as possible.

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Please note the event is free of charge but places will be allocated on first come first served basis. For further information about this event, please see the flyer. To book a place, please contact Gosia Slusarczyk

 

 

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Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships call open, deadline 14 Sept

This year’s call for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships has launched with a deadline of 14 September 2017. Full call information, including the Guide for Applicants, is available on the European Commission’s Participant Portal.

Individual Fellowships (IF) are aimed at individual fellows who already have a doctorate or equivalent research experience. They enable researchers to advance their careers and gain new skills through advanced training, international mobility, and optional intersectoral secondments. European Fellowships are held in EU Member States and are open to researchers either coming to Europe or moving within Europe. Global Fellowships are based on a secondment to a third country and a compulsory 12 month return phase in a Europe host organisation.

Applications are developed jointly between the fellow and their intended host organisation. As well as a strong programme of research, the application needs to describe the benefits of the fellowship to both the researcher and the host institution and how the programme of research and training for the fellow will be implemented and managed. Industrial secondments can also be included.

UKRO, as UK National Contact Point for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, is holding two information events on the call to be held in Liverpool on 5 May and Bristol on 23 May. These events will provide participants with an in-depth overview of the IF scheme. Participants should gain a clear understanding of the proposal format for each scheme and the key issues relating to planning, writing and submitting proposals. Attendance is free but you must register on the UKRO website to reserve a place.

If you are thinking about developing an application, please contact your relevant Research Funding and Policy Manager who can advise and support you through the application process as well as share resources such as previously successsful applications.

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House of Commons Select Committee Report on Leaving the EU

brexitUKRO has informed us that the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee has  published a report into the implications of leaving the EU for UK science and research, which states that the Government must send a clear message that it intends to protect the UK’s strength in science. It suggests that  the Autumn Statement is used to commit to raising the UK’s expenditure on science R&D to 3% of GDP to demonstrate a determination to negotiate a post-Brexit relationship that is good for science and science collaborations.

In particular, it recommends that:

  • Government should develop a comprehensive strategy to communicate messages of ongoing support for the science and research community in the context of its Brexit plans;
  • Government should be mindful of the need to clarify future immigration rules so that the UK continues to attract top-quality researchers;
  • An immediate commitment should be made to EU researchers currently working in the UK, to exempt them from any potential outfall arising from Brexit negotiations;
  • The interim Chair of UKRI should be formally appointed to act as a ‘bridge’ between the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Department for Exiting the European Union (DexEU); and
  • DexEU should appoint a Chief Scientific Advisor as a matter of priority.

 

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Have your say on Horizon 2020

As part of the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020, the European Horizon 2020-2Commission has launched a public stakeholder consultation which will run until 15 January 2017. The interim evaluation will help improve the way Horizon 2020 works and will also inform the preparations for the successor programme which will be launched in 2021.

If you have used the Participant Portal, applied to H2020 or been successful in winning funding from the programme, then the EC wants to hear your views. The questionnaire should take no longer than 20 minutes to complete.

 

 

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ERC launches 2017 Consolidator Grants call – deadline 9 February 2017

ERC logo 090714The 2017 European Research Council Consolidator Grants call has been launched with a 9 Feb deadline. Consolidator Grants are designed to support excellent Principal Investigators with 7-12 years of experience since completion of their PhD and at the career stage at which they may still be consolidating their own independent research team or programme. Applicants must demonstrate the ground-breaking nature, ambition and feasibility of their scientific proposal. These are “frontier” research grants operating on a “bottom-up” basis without predetermined themes or priorities.

This is highly competitive but also highly rewarding funding with up to €2 million available per award, covering up to 100% of the eligible direct costs of the research. If you are interested in applying, please contact your Faculty Research Funding and Policy Manager.

 

 

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Beyond Horizon 2020?

European CommissionAlthough we’re not yet half way through Horizon 2020, the European Commission’s 8th framework programme for research and innovation, discussions have already started about the successor programme, Framework Programme 9 (FP9). Although UKRO have said that the Commission does not yet have a “masterplan ” for FP9, it is clear that the Commission is keen on a “co-creation” approach this time and has noted that there were big changes from FP7 to Horizon 2020 and further huge restructures are unlikely to be useful.  However, it is likely that there will be small changes and some flexibility in the last few years of Horizon 2020, enabling the creation of a European Innovation Council as proposed by the Research Commissioner, Carlos Moedas, and this will presumably continue into FP9.

Following discussions at an FP9 event in Brussels yesterday, Research Professional reports that as a result of political pressures from member states, defence research and a focus on capacity building for the newer member states will be included in future proposals. There may also be a greater focus on innovation, with a more industry-friendly programmes although there is no detail at this stage of what this may look like.

The Commission has asked a range of experts to consider the societal challenges that should be included in FP9 and this will be followed by a public consultation later this year. The proposal for FP9 is likely to be published in early 2018.

And then there is the question of the UK’s relationship with the EU by the time FP9 starts in 2021…

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Virtual Information Day on Horizon 2020 Energy Societal Challenge Calls, 20th September

clean fuelA virtual information day will be held on 20th September for potential applicants to the calls for project proposals under the 2016-2017 Horizon 2020 Work programme ‘Secure, clean and efficient energy’. Presentations by European Commission speakers will cover:

  • Relevant Horizon 2020 topics that will open for submission in 2016, in particular the novelties and changes in the updated Work Programme;
  • Submission and evaluation process;
  • Best practices from successful applicants.

The Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy Challenge is based on the following research areas:

  • Reducing energy consumption and carbon footprint
  • Low-cost, low-carbon electricity supply
  • Alternative fuels and mobile energy sources
  • A single, smart European electricity grid
  • New knowledge and technologies
  • Robust decision making and public engagement
  • Market uptake of energy and ICT innovation.

You need to register in advance in order to participate in the info day.

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H2020 Innovative Training Networks info events in Sept and Oct

As National Contact Point for Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions, UKRO is holding two info events on the current Innovative Training Networks call. This call will open on 15 September and will close on 10 January.

The events will be held on 26 September at the University of Manchester and 12 October at the University of West London. They  are aimed at those interested in applying to this call and will take participants step by step through the proposal format and issues to consider when developing an application.

In both cases attendance is free but registration is essential. This can be done on the UKRO website. If you are not an UKRO member, you can sign up here.

Innovative Training Networks support joint research training and/or doctoral programmes, implemented by European partnerships of universities, research institutions, industry and other non-academic organisations. The research training programmes are intended to provide doctoral students with excellent research skills, coupled with experience outside academia, hence developing their innovation capacities and employability prospects.

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