Our UKRO advisor, Jon Brookes, will be visiting Northumbria for the day on Wednesday 5 April. As UKRO subscribers we are entitled to an annual visit which we can plan according to our EU funding needs.
As part of his visit, Jon will be running a session on Brexit: the EU referendum and implications for EU funding from 10-11am, NB116, Northumberland Building, City Campus. This will be an opportunity to hear what we know so far about the UK’s status and participation in EU funding over the next few years and also what happens next in the Article 50 negotiations. There will be plenty time for Q&A.
If you would like to come along, please sign up here: http://rbscalendar.northumbria.ac.uk/event/3238666
If you are interested in finding out more about the Horizon 2020 Research Infrastructures 2017 call which opens in early December, Dr Katie Ward, UK H2020 National Contact Point, will be giving an overview of the call at Newcastle University’s Institute of Genetic Medicine on 12 December at 14.00. For more information on how to register, please contact me directly.
The European Commission has recently launched new Horizon 2020 calls for projects related to nature-based solutions for inclusive urban regeneration, heritage-led rural regeneration and nature-based solutions for hydro-meteorogical risk reduction.
An information and brokerage day will be held on the 8th December for those interested in applying to these calls. The event aims to:
- Present the Horizon 2020 Work Programme for the 2017 “Innovating with Nature and Culture” calls. Keynote speakers and Commission officers will provide tips and information on: innovative nature-based solutions in cities; cultural heritage as a driver for sustainable growth; nature-based solutions for hydro-meteorological risk reduction
- To facilitate networking, information exchange and the development of new project partnerships during the afternoon brokerage event.
The event is free to attend but you need to register in advance to secure your place. Further information including the programme, a list of speakers and the registration link are available here.
The Enterprise Europe Network, in partnership with Innovate UK, is organising a National Information Day on the 2017 round of calls for Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 – Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials on 23 November in Birmingham.
The event will introduce the content of the forthcoming calls, present insights and priorities from the European Commission, provide information on the support available to UK applicants and offer networking opportunities to help find new project partners. In addition, National Contact Points (NCPs) from the UK, Ireland, Poland and Cyprus will be present to answer questions and help develop new collaborations. There will also be an opportunity to pitch ideas and expertise to representatives of industry and research organisations.
The event is free to attend but you must register in advance. More info is available on the event website.
As part of the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020, the European Commission 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.
The 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.
The first Raw Materials Week will be held in Brussels from 28 Nov – 2 Dec. It is expected to attract a range of stakeholders interested in hearing about and discussing raw materials policy and initiatives.
The event will include an information and brokerage event on Horizon 2020, EIT Raw Materials and ERA-MIN 2 calls, which is scheduled for the afternoon of 30 November. Participants need to register online in advance.
The UK National Contact Point for EU Horizon 2020 – Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials (Societal Challenge 5) is holding an information day on 23 November in Birmingham.
The day will feature presentations from a number of speakers including the European Commission, National Contact Points from the UK, Ireland, Cyprus and Poland, Enterprise Europe Network and the Knowledge Transfer Network. The event will give lots of useful information about the themes of the upcoming calls under Societal Challenge 5 as well as related priorities under Societal Challenge 2. The day will also include a best practice UK SME speaker, and an opportunity to pitch your project idea or collaboration opportunity.
The event is free to attend but you must register in advance.
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…
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.