Horizon 2020 ICT Proposer’s Day: 9-10th Oct – Places Still Available

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The ICT Proposer’s Day is a networking and information event for anyone interested in the ICT agenda in Horizon 2020.

It takes place on 9th – 10th October 2014 in Florence, Italy – some satellite events are also being planned for the 8th October. Registration is still open, and I strongly encourage researchers interested in this agenda to register for a place.

The event includes.

    • Information sessions on how to prepare and submit a proposal
    • Topic information stands where European Commission officials provide up-to-date information on the research and innovation topics of the Work Programme 2015 and the content of the calls for proposals
    • A European Commission ICT information desk to supply information on relevant topics, along with other information stands
    • Networking sessions organised according to the Pillars and Topics of the Work Programme 2015 where potential proposers present their project ideas
    • Booths, organised per villages, which serve as meeting points for people interested in the same research topics
    • Ample space for informal networking and bilateral pre-arranged meetings between participants

For Northumbria staff, RBS has some internal funding available to support EU proposal development and networking activities such as this. Please contact us to discuss how you might use this.


EEN Horizon 2020 ICT Information Day on 3rd July

horizon2020Enterprise Europe Network, the Technology Strategy Board and the National Contact Point for ICT are delivering two half day events on ICT in Horizon 2020. The ICT theme covers a wide range of topics, including digital, communications, healthcare applications, electronics and others. The events are aimed at companies, research organisations and academics who are either looking for funding for their innovative idea or for collaborative research/business/technology partners.

The free event will be held in Newcastle City Centre from 08.00-11.30 and at NETPark, Sedgefield from 13.30-17.00. More information here.


Consultation for FET Proactive Topics open until 30th June

Any idea by Massimo Barbieri CC BY-SAThe EC’s public consultation on Horizon 2020’s Future and Emerging Technologies Proactive topics has been extended until the 30th June, 2014.

FET is part of Horizon 2020 and funds “visionary and exploratory” research opening up avenues to promising new technologies. The consultation is organised as a series of discussions, in which contributors can suggest ideas for a new FET Proactive initiative or discuss the 9 research topics identified in the previous consultation to determine whether they are still relevant today.

Some of the new ideas proposed so far include “Zero power computers”, “Nanoarchitectronics”, and “ICT Art Connect”, which looks at how we could bring the power of creative art into the domain of computer science.

The ideas identified by the previous consultation include: Bottom-up intelligent construction: how to make objects grow or self-assemble; Knowing, doing and being: how to explore the fundamental concepts of knowledge; and Quantum technologies.

This consultation will inform the 2016-17 work programme, so you are strongly encouraged to take part. Three of the previously identified topics were included in the 2014-15 work programme, so this is your chance to shape the future of Horizon 2020 and visionary science in Europe.

UPDATE: If you’re interested in applying to this round of FET, UKRO, the Knowledge Transfer Network and the UK’s FET National Contact Point are hosting a joint workshop on 8th July at BIS Conference Centre in London. These events usually book out very quickly, so I’d advise you to book quickly in order to guarantee a place.


ICT & Art event: Brussels 11-12 May

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“ICT & Art Connect sets out to bring together artists and technologists to explore new ways of working. Collaborative acts of co-creation, together with an open and multidisciplinary discussion will foster the blending of Art and Technology.” The final project event takes place 11th-12th May 2014 in Brussels. For further programme details and to register, check the FET-ART project website.


ICT 2013: Create, Connect, Grow

ICT 2013 Create Connect GrowICT 2013, taking place in Vilnius, Lithuania from 6th – 8th November 2013, is the biggest ICT event in Europe and incorporates a conference, exhibition, networking sessions, investment forum and activities for students and young researchers.

More than 4000 researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs, industry representatives, young people and politicians are expected in at the event, which will focus on Horizon 2020 – the EU’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation for 2014-2020.

There are still opportunities available to exhibit your research and innovative projects at the event – there will be 150 stands available and potential exhibitors have until 7th June 2013 to submit their exhibition proposal. The kinds of exhibits they are looking for are:

  • Advanced research projects;
  • Research, technology and innovation projects with high-tech prototype demonstrators;
  • Companies demonstrating innovative products less than 2 year on the market;
  • Information stands about ICT-related activities without technology prototypes.

Potential exhibits should fall under one of the five broad themes of the exhibition: the digitally empowered citizen; smart and sustainable cities for 2020; the industry and business of tomorrow; intelligent connecting intelligence; culture, science and creativity. The exhibition will be accompanied by an art exhibit “where art meets ICT and Futures”.

Any Northumbria staff interested in applying for the exhibition should get in touch asap to discuss their application as it may be that staff can collaborate on a themed exhibition.


Northumbria goes to CHI 2013: Changing Perspectives

Louvre at dusk by scot2342 CC BY-NC-ND 2.0Once again Northumbria University is involved in 26 contributions to the prestigious CHI conference, this year being held in Paris and finishing today.

You can read about them all here:

CHI 2013: Changing Perspectives

Experts from the Faculty of Arts, Design and Social Sciences and Health and Life Sciences have taken part this year, with contributions including digital art, design for ageing, vulnerability and dementia, spiritual user experiences, HCI in Mass Media through to understanding communication needs of different health groups.

CHI is the premier international conference on human-computer interaction, which took place this year between 27th April and 2nd May in Paris. This year’s conference is one of the biggest ever, with over 3,000 professionals from over 40 countries.


Horizon 2020: Consultation On ICT-Driven Public Sector Innovation

Code by Lindsey Bieda CC BY-SA 2.0Last week the European Commission announced an online public consultation on research and innovation in ICT-driven public sector innovation. The responses to this consultation will feed into the forthcoming Horizon 2020 work programmes around ICT. Contributions are welcomed from all stakeholders including researchers, academia, innovators, national administrations and businesses:

Consultation on directions for ICT-driven public sector innovation in the EU

The consultation document highlights some key drivers and trends, including open government based on open data, open services and participation, as well as basic technological tools and enablers, including big data which is open to being searched, analysed and mashed up with other tools and data sources to create innovative services. On the basis of this, the document identifies several possible focus areas for research and innovation which may form the building blocks for Horizon 2020 work programmes. These are:

In relation to the drivers and trends:

  • Open governance systems and how the public sector can create open ICT-supported platforms for public value creation.
  • ICT-supported co-created, personalised and high impact public services, including the use of social media and smart mobile devices.
  • Open participation and engagement supported by ICT across all areas of public sector operation.
  • Experiments with ICT-supported open, bottom-up and social innovation involving large numbers of actors.

In relation to basic technology tools and other enablers:

  • Infrastructures, processes and interoperability integrating different parts of the public sector, and linking the public sector with other actors.
  • The innovative use of open and big data by the public sector and together with other actors, including policy modelling tools.
  • Measurement and monitoring tools for use by the public sector itself or other actors.
  • Further development of Web 2.0 tools and the introduction of Web 3.0 methods.
  • Empowering the civil servant and making work processes more efficient and effective.
  • Identity management, personal data protection and data security.

The consultation is open until April 15th. If this is an area of research interest for you – and particularly if you are keen to explore future possibilities for EC funding under Horizon 2020 – you should seriously consider engaging with this consultation.


ARTEMIS 2013 Call: Network Embedded Systems

The shape of the online universe by Adam Crowe CC BY-NC-SA 2.0The ARTEMIS Joint Undertaking, a European public-private partnership for research funding in embedded systems, has recently released its 2013 call for funding. The deadline for full proposals is 6th June 2013.

You can read a summary of the call on the ARTEMIS 2013 call page. Full details can be found on the EU Participant Portal call page – you should read Work Programme Part ASP if you’re interested in the ARTEMIS sub-programmes (areas of research around real-world applications of embedded systems) and Part AIPP if you’re interested in the ARTEMIS innovation pilot projects (technology development for user and business needs in the area of embedded systems).

What’s an “embedded system”?

“Embedded Systems pervade all areas of life, from children’s toys and mobile phones to space probes and from transportation vehicles to healthcare systems. In fact, Embedded Systems will be part of all future products and services, providing intelligence on the spot and capabilities to connect to the abundance of systems in their environment, either physical or at cyber-space level, in real time. In this sense, Embedded Systems form the edges of the “Internet of Things” bridging the gap between cyber space and the physical world of real ‘things’, and are crucial in enabling the “Internet of Things” to deliver on its promises…”

Content of the calls

Under the ASP call, projects should have a focus on at least one of the industrial priorities of ARTEMIS in the context of at least one sub-programme.

The industrial priorities are:

  • Reference designs and architectures: “The objective is the creation of an energy efficient generic platform and a suite of abstract components with which new developments in different application domains can be engineered with minimal effort.”
  • Seamless connectivity and interoperability: ” Middleware, operating systems and other functions required to link the physical world, as seen by the networked nodes, and also the higher layer applications, as well as hardware features needed to support an efficient and effective interoperability implementation.”
  • Design methods and tools: “To manage architectural complexity during design while ensuring maturity at introduction under strong time-to-market constraints”

The sub-programmes are:

  • Methods and processes for safety-relevant embedded systems
  • Embedded Systems for Healthcare and Wellbeing
  • Embedded systems in Smart environments
  • Embedded Systems for manufacturing and process automation
  • Computing platforms for embedded systems
  • Embedded Systems for Security and Critical Infrastructures Protection
  • Human-centred design of embedded systems

In the AIPP call, applicants should have a technological focus on at least one AIP programme:

  • Innovative Integrated Care Cycles
  • Seamless communication and interoperability – Smart environments: the Neural System for society
  • Computing platforms for embedded systems

Who’s eligible and how are the proposals costed?

Projects are multi-partner involving at least three organisations from three participating ARTEMIS member states (see the eligibility rules [PDF] for more information). Different member states structure their own costing rules and requirements in different ways, depending on which funders are actually providing the funding. For the UK, universities can be involved in projects but you’ll also need a UK-based industrial partner, because the UK element of the call is coordinated by the Technology Strategy Board alongside EPSRC.

Research and academic organisations will receive a standard 80% of FEC contribution, but 83.3% (of that 80% FEC) will come from the UK funders (i.e. TSB and EPSRC) and 16.7% (of that same 80% FEC) will come from the ARTEMIS pot. Universities don’t have to find any additional funding as it’s funded in the same way as a standard Research Council award. However, SMEs and Large Companies have different balances of funding and do have to contribute some of the cost themselves. Note also that costs for academic organisations can only make up 30% of the total consortium cost for the UK part of the consortium, so these consortia must be industry-led and driven. To receive funding at this level, Research Organisations will have to be non-profit distributing, and ensure they disseminate the outputs of their research relating to the project, and state in the application how they are going to do this.

Northumbria staff should contact RBS if you are interested in discussing ARTEMIS further or if you think you may have a proposal idea which would be eligible.


Horizon 2020: Cloud Computing, Software and Services – Draft Orientation Paper Available

IBM Cloud Computing by Ivan Walsh CC BY-SA 2.0The European Commission has this week released a document outlining initial thoughts on how the ICT Work Programme 2014-15 could address the future research and innovation challenges in Cloud Computing, Software and Services:

Orientation Paper: 2014 Cloud Computing, Software and Services

This paper is an advance opportunity to see the topics which may form part of the first ICT Work Programme in Horizon 2020. However please note that this is a draft and therefore priorities may be subject to change before the final publication of the Work Programme.

The paper presents two objectives with underpinning aims, rationale and outlines possible areas of activity which may form part of the next call. These are:

  1. Advanced Cloud Infrastructure and Services: Federated cloud networking; automated service composition; mobile cloud service development environments
  2. Innovative Tools and Methods for Software Development:  Tools and methods to manage complexity, system simulation, variability, testing and failure management across the software lifecycle; flexible and scalable tools for on-line collaborative software development