Although 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…
Did you know that Open Access Week is fast approaching? Dr. Tony Ross-Hellauer, Scientific Manager of the EU-funded OpenAIRE project, writes about some of the events taking place online to celebrate and support researchers and administrators:
“For this year’s 9th International Open Access Week, OpenAIRE has scheduled a full week of webinars on various exciting Open Science topics. During the week of October 24-30, join us at lunchtime (12.00 CEST) each day for key insights into the ethics and implementation of Open Science, especially as they relate to the EC’s Horizon2020 programme and OpenAIRE’s mission to foster the social and technical links that enable Open Science in Europe and beyond.
MONDAY: “The fundamentals of Open Science”, October 24, 2016 at 12.00 CEST, on key introductory themes in Open Science, with Tony Ross-Hellauer (OpenAIRE, University of Goettingen), Paola Masuzzo (Ghent University) and Chris Hartgerink (Tilburg University).
TUESDAY: “H2020 Open Access mandate for project coordinators and researchers”, October 25, 2016 at 12.00 CEST, on Open Access to publications in Horizon 2020, with Eloy Rodrigues and Pedro Principe (University of Minho).
WEDNESDAY: “Open Research Data in H2020 and Zenodo repository”, October 26, 2016 at 12.00 CEST, on Research Data Management in Horizon 2020 and the Zenodo repository functionalities, with Marjan Grootveld (DANS) and Krzysztof Nowak (CERN).
THURSDAY: “Policies for Open Science: webinar for research managers and policy makers”, October 27, 2016 at 12.00 CEST, on OpenAIRE’s policy activities building on the PASTEUR4OA project, and how to create/implement policies for open science at a local and national level, with Marina Angelaki and Alma Swan (PASTEUR4OA) and Tony Ross-Hellauer (OpenAIRE).
FRIDAY: “OpenAIRE guidelines and broker service for repository managers”, October 28, 2016 at 12.00 CEST, on Openaire compatibility guidelines and the dashboard for Repository Managers, with Pedro Principe (University of Minho) and Paolo Manghi (CNR/ISTI).
Northumbria University staff and PGRs should also note that Ellen Cole and I are jumping the gun a little bit on OA week this year and holding our own Understanding Open Accesssession on 19th October, 12-1pm at City Campus. You can find out more and book here.
In its capacity as the UK National Contact Point for the European Research Council (ERC), UKRO is running two events for researchers who are interested in applying for the 2017 ERC Consolidator Grants call. These will be held as follows:
26 October from 14.00-17.00 at the University of Glasgow
16 November from 14.00-17.00 at the Royal Veterinary College in London
The sessions will provide participants with a detailed practical overview of the ERC Consolidator Grants scheme. Participants should gain a deeper understanding of the proposal format and the key issues they are required to address in planning, writing and costing a proposal as well as tips for preparing for interview.
The 2017 Consolidator Grants call is expected to open on 20 October 2016 and close on 9 February 2017. Applicants are expected to be active researchers and to have a track record of excellent research. The scheme is designed to support Principal Investigators (PIs) at the stage at which they may still be consolidating their own independent research team or programme. To be eligible for the 2017 call, the applicant must be 7-12 years from the date of award of their PhD on 1 January 2017, which is extendable in certain strict cases. The guidelines for applicants has further information.
There is no charge for attendance but you need to register for a place in advance on the UKRO website.
If you are interested in applying to any of the recently opened calls relating to Energy Efficiency you should check out the presentations and video recordings from two recent Horizon 2020 Information Days.
On Monday 19th September, there was an infoday on calls in the 2017 Work Programme on Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy. The infoday was structured around 8 sessions relevant to different stakeholders and interests: Industry, ICT, Public Authorities, Consumers and products, Financing, Project Development, Heating and Cooling and Preparing and Excellent Proposal. You can find all of the presentations on the Executive Agency for SMEs website.
On Tuesday 20th September, there was an Energy Research Virtual Information Day on remaining calls for proposals for Competitive Low-Carbon Energy. The presentations covered topics such as: Renewable Energy Technologies, Energy research with social sciences and humanities, All you need to know about evaluation, and some tips on preparing and submitting proposals. You can find all of the presentations on the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency website.
A 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.
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.
Obviously the recent EU referendum result has raised the question of whether 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.
You might be interested to note that UKRO has set up a page listing all the ongoing EU consultations related to Horizon 2020, including the preparation of future work programmes, the interim evaluation of H2020 and developments related to the next framework programme such as the creation of the European Innovation Council.
There are currently a number of ongoing consultations on the next work programmes for different parts of H2020. These are good opportunities to feed in your ideas and shape the future content of work programmes and specific calls for proposals. You can find these listed here but will need an UKRO account to access this page.
As we are a subscribing organisation, any Northumbria colleague can set up an UKRO account which will enable you to receive daily update emails on EU funding opportunities, events, and policy developmens relevant to UK-based academics.
The EC has published draft versions of the 2016-17 work programmes for Horizon 2020: https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/draft-work-programmes-2016-17. These are not officially endorsed yet but if you are planning an H2020 bid in the coming year they are well worth reading to get some advance intelligence on the likely themes and topics in the calls. Formal adoption of the WPs is expected in the next month.