H2020 Innovative Training Networks info event, Manchester, 16 September 2016

question mark by Leo Reynolds CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 (2)As UK National Contact Point for Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA), UKRO is holding an information event for those interested in applying to the 2017 MSCA Innovative Training Networks call, which has a deadline of 10 January 2017.

The event will be held from 10.30 – 16.00 on Friday 16 September at the University of Manchester. It will give participants an overview of the call, the proposal format and the aims of the Innovative Training Network programme. Attendance is free but registration is essential. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. You can register on the UKRO website. If you are not already an UKRO subscriber, you can sign up here.

Innovative Training Networks (ITNs) train early stage researchers (typically PhD students) and provide skills development and experience in the academic and non-academic sectors through international, interdisciplinary and intersectoral mobility. ITNs are collaborative research projects run by consortia of academic and non-academic partners across EU Member States and Associated countries.

UKRO has stated that there will be another similar event to be held in London during October. We will share more info here when we have it.


ERC Starting Grant Information Events in September

UKRO, as UK National Contact Point for the European Research Council, is holding two events for academics interested in applying to the next ERCERC Starting Grants call (which will have an October 2016 deadline). The events will be held at the University of York on Monday 5 September from 13:30 – 17:00 and at King’s College London on  Tuesday 6 September 2016 from 10:00 – 13:00. Attendance is free but you must register to confirm your place.

ERC Starting Grants are for early career researchers who completed their PhD between 2-7 years prior to 1 January 2017. The grants are extremely attractive (offering up to € 1.5 million) funding promising researchers with a great track record to undertake an excellent and innovative research project.


Presentations from H2020 Societal Challenge 1: Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing info day

Horizon 2020-2Presentations from a recent EC info day on Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 1: Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing are available to watch on the event website. The first set of presentations cover ‘ICT for Health, Infectious Diseases, Personalised Medicine and Non-communicable Diseases’ and the second, ‘Regenerative Medicine and Advanced Therapies’.

They give details of the 2017 calls, the rules of participation, key legal and financial issues, and information on opportunities for business. The introduction also highlights the main changes to the text of the 2017 calls from the original 2016-2017 Work Programme. These include:

  • PM-07-2017 (on promoting mental health) now makes specific reference to migrants;
  • PM-20-2017 is now called ‘Development of new methods and measures for improved economic evaluation and efficiency measures in the health sector’;
  • HCO-07-2017, a topic on the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD) has now been developed to focus on mental health;
  • A new co-ordination and support topic is included on providing support to the ‘World RePORT’ mapping project and tracking research outcomes; and
  • An additional €48 million has been added to the 2017 budget. €35 million of this will go to the SME Instrument in order to allow high-quality applicants from the last call to bid again for funding; the remaining €13 million will be split between topics PM-02, PM-08 and PM-10.
  • There is a new topic SC1-HCO-17-2017: CSA for support for large-scale uptake of Digital Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing.
  • Topic PM-15 on Personalised coaching for well-being and care of people as they age has had a budget increase of €1.5 million.

Applying to Horizon 2020 after the EU referendum

Obviously the recent EU referendum result has raised the question of ukro3whether UK-based institutions can continue to apply to Horizon 2020 and other EU funding  programmes. Whilst we don’t have too much information at the moment, Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities and Science, has issued a statement clarifying the current position for UK HE.

It states that the referendum result does not have any immediate effect on those applying to, or participating in, Horizon 2020. UK participants can continue to apply to the programme in the usual way.

Future access to EU higher education and science funding will be a matter for future discussions and it is stated that the Government is “determined to ensure that the UK continutes to play a leading role in European and international research”.

We will put further info on this blog as we get it.




Brussels information week on H2020 Societal Challenge 2, 27-29 June

The European Commission will hold an information week from 27 to 29 June on the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 2 ‘Food Security, Sustainable sugarcaneAgriculture and Forestry, Marine, Maritime and Inland Water Research and the Bioeconomy‘.

This will provide opportunities to hear about successful FP7 and Horizon 2020 projects in these areas, to learn about the upcoming Societal Challenge 2 calls and to participate in “brokerage” sessions to meet potential project partners.

Participation is free but you must register by 10 June. If you have an idea for a project in one of these areas and would like to attend this event, please contact your faculty research funding and policy manager. We also have  small “EU networking” fund to support academics to attend events such as these.



Horizon 2020 Webinar on 21st January 2016: Calls for Low Carbon Energy

In preparation for the Horizon 2020 Call deadline (16th February 2016 ) for some Low Carbon Energy topics, the EU Energy Focus Team and the Knowledge Transfer Network will deliver a seminar on 21st January 2016 from 11am until 12 noon. The webinar will focus on how to address the evaluation criteria effectively and will include examples of evaluator feedback from the previous Call for Proposals.

To register for the webinar and view the list of topics, please click here.



Registration closes 8th November for Societal Challenge 2 Partner Brokerage Event – 26 November 2015, Brussels

Societal Challenge 2: Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Marine, Maritime and Inland Water Research and the Bioeconomy

​​The EU funded project BioHorizon, (the network of National Contact Points for Societal Challenge 2) is holding this partner brokerage event on 26 November 2015 at the Sheraton Hotel, Brussels..

The main aim of the event is to help potential applicants to the Societal Challenge 2 calls find appropriate partners to apply for the upcoming Societal Challenge 2 calls for 2016. The new work programme addressing the challenge ‘Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy’ has just been launched and the first proposal submission deadlines will be at the beginning of 2016.

Registration is free of charge but mandatory, and will close on Friday 8 November.

Further information can be accessed here.




EU-US Fulbright-Schuman announce innovation grants

These new grants will support a limited number of Europeans and Americans to spend 6 – 9 months in a year  in 2016-17 working with transatlantic partners  ​focusing on data privacy and protection.

The new innovation grant is an extension of the already existing Fulbright-Schuman Program, which is the flagship joint exchange program between the United States and the European Union dating back to the 1990s and supporting the mobility of students and professionals conducting research in the field of US-EU relations.

On the EU side, the grants are funded through the so-called Partnership Instrument and managed by DG Education and Culture of the European Commission.


Call for Proposals: EAC/A04/2015 Erasmus + Programme

Deadline for the submission of applications as detailed below, ending at 12.00 noon Brussels time:

Key Action 1
Mobility of individuals in the field of youth 2 February 2016
Mobility of individuals in the field of education and training 2 February 2016
Mobility of individuals in the field of youth 26 April 2016
Mobility of individuals in the field of youth 4 October 2016
Erasmus Mundus joint master degrees 18 February 2016
Large scale European voluntary service events 1 April 2016

Key Action 2
Strategic partnerships in the field of youth 2 February 2016
Strategic partnerships in the field of education, training and youth 26 April 2016
Strategic partnerships in the field of youth 4 October 2016
Knowledge alliances, sector skills alliances 26 February 2016
Capacity building in the field of higher education 10 February 2016
Capacity building in the field of youth 2 February 2016 & 1 July 2016

Key Action 3
Meeting between young people and decision-makers in the field of youth 2 February 2016, 26 April 2016 & 4 October 2016

Jean Monnet actions
Chairs, modules, centres of excellence, support to associations, networks, projects 25 February 2016

Sport actions
Collaborative partnerships related to the European Week of Sport 2016 only 21 January 2016
Collaborative partnerships not related to the European Week of Sport 2016 12 May 2016
Small collaborative partnerships 12 May 2016
Not-for-profit European sport events related to the European Week of Sport 2016 only    21 January 2016
Not-for-profit European sport events not related to the European Week of Sport 2016    12 May 2016

For more information on the call and the deadlines for the different submission of applications, click EAC/A04/2015  and refer to the Erasmus+ Programme Guide.



Info Day on Smart Cities & Communities – Horizon 2020 Work programme 2016-2017 ‘Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy’

This event will take place on Friday 6th November 2015 in the Charlemagne building, Brussels.  Presentations will cover the Smart Cities & Communities part of the Work Programme for 2016-2017, the application procedure and detailed information on the calls. Participants will have networking opportunities throughout the event.

Free and compulsory registration for the event will open soon.

Note: Due to the limited number of seats available, a maximum of two people from the same organisation will be registered.

Further information can be accessed here.