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Coordinator’s Day on Grant Agreement Preparation on 22/02/2019

On 22 February 2019 the European Commission will organise a “Coordinators’ Day on Grant Agreement Preparation” for coordinators of successful proposals. The purpose of this event is to explain the details on the preparation and signature of grant agreements. It will take place at the Charlemagne building in Brussels from 09:30H to 17:00H. This session is mainly meant for coordinators of proposals who were invited to prepare a grant agreement, but other participants are also welcome to attend, subject to the availability of seats.

Registration (first-come first-served basis) is via the event website.
The agenda is also available under the same link. It will also be possible to follow the event online (no need to register).

H2020-financial infosession: 02/04/2019

A new Belgian information session "H2020-financial" will be organised with all the Belgian Legal and Financial NCP's on 2 April 2019 in Brussels.

Please save this date already in your aganda. More info will follow.

Secure societies Information Day and Brokerage Event : 13-14/03/2019

This information day and brokerage event is organised by the Network of Secure Societies National Contact Points (SEREN4) in collaboration with the European Commission.

The event will give details on Secure Societies calls for proposals in 2019. But also will the event provide networking opportunities through B2B meetings and project ideas pitch sessions.

Registration will be soon open.

Another information day and brokerage event will be organised by SEREN4 in Riga, the second week of April 2019. More info will be send beginning 2019.


By-bye, Participant Portal! Hello, Funding & Tenders Portal!

Users of the Participant Portal might have already noticed that the EC is phasing out the Participant Portal and replacing it by the Funding & Tenders Portal.

What’s new?
The EC has created the Funding & Tenders Portal to allow searching for EU funding and tender opportunities, and managing grants and contracts in one place. Whether you are an SME looking to bid for an EU procurement contract or an NGO having won an EU grant, it is just one click to get involved. Why was this needed? The Participant Portal was established, at the beginning, for the EU Research & Innovation Programme (Horizon 2020) only. Other EU programmes joined later, and now the new Funding & Tenders Portal will host all centrally managed EU programmes in one location. In addition, it will cover calls for tender and the related procurement contracts.

What changes for me?
Not much. Although the new Portal might look and feel a bit different, it still gives access to the electronic workflows that you are familiar with. You can continue using your existing username and password. You will find all your assets that you had in the old portal and all functions for managing them. Just remember to update your bookmarks.

What’s next?
Today, the new portal covers about 15 EU funding programmes (i.e. there are still programmes managed in other places). By the start of the next EU Budget period (2021), the portal will cover all centrally managed EU funding programmes. For procurement contracts, the fully electronic management will be introduced gradually. Initially the Funding & Tenders Portal provides a simple search on calls for tenders. In a few years, procurement contracts of the European Commission will be handled paperless (as grants are handled already today).

Health, demographic change and wellbeing

Webinar on How to read and follow the proposal template in order to write a strong Health Horizon proposal - 25 February 2019

We would like to invite you to join the webinar organised by the network HEALTH NCP-Net 2.0 to learn more about how to read and follow the proposal template in order to write a strong Health Horizon 2020 proposal. The webinar will explain you the evaluation criteria and how they can be addressed when writing the proposal. You learn where to pay special attention when preparing and writing the proposal.

The second part will be a Q&A session during which related questions will be answered.

Presenters: Sasha Hugentobler (SC1 NCP Switzerland), Astrid Hoebertz (SC1 NCP Austria) and Caterina Buonocore (SC1 NCP Italy)

When: Monday 25th February 2019, from 11:00 to 12:30 CET

How to register: please register here.

Registration closes on Friday 21st February 2019. Due to the fact that there are limited places available and participation will be on a “first come first served basis”, registration will close when maximum number of participants will be reached.

Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies

SSH Opportunities document 2018-20 - December 2018 update

The December 2018 update of the "Opportunities for Researchers from the Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities (SSH) in Horizon 2020" has been published on the Net4Society website.

Belgian info session on 2019 calls in Societal Challenge 6 – Europe in a changing world

The Belgian National Contact Points (Eurofed, NCP Flanders, NCP-FNRS, NCP Brussels) have organised a half-day event on 23 November 2018 at BELSPO to help you prepare your application to the 2019 calls for proposals in Societal Challenge 6 “Europe in a changing world – inclusive, innovative and reflective Societies” of Horizon 2020.

The European Commission presented the different topics under the 2019 calls.

The presentations are now available via this link.

Presidency Conference on 'Impact of Social Sciences and Humanities for a European Research Agenda

The EU Council Conference on Impact of Social Sciences and Humanities for a European Research Agenda – Valuation of SSH in mission-oriented research was successfully organised. More than 350 experts from the fields of research, policy-making, funding agencies, foundations, NGOs and the business-enterprise sector got together in Vienna.

You can find most of the presentations already online, if you visit the ‘conference programme section’ on the homepage . Moreover, you can access from the ‘News-section’ on the homepage the livestream recording, the press release from the Austrian Federal Minister of Education, Science and Research about the conference, pictures and the conference brochure for download.

It is worth visiting the ‘News-section’ on the homepage from time to time. We will update it regularly with forthcoming products such as a short promo video, the vade mecum on how to successfully implement mission-oriented research and the working paper on SSH impact pathways. And still many tweets are exchanged!

Secure societies

SMI2G MEETING 2019 on Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th January in Brussels

As in previous years, the Security Mission Information & Innovation Group (SMI2G) is organising together with SEREN4, the network of secure societies national contact points, a two-day event in Brussels to discuss on the upcoming 2019 Secure Societies calls of Horizon 2020. This brokerage event will provide a unique networking platform to stimulate innovative ideas and facilitate the creation of consortia. All security topics will be represented.

This event will be held on Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th January 2019. This year the SMI2G is kindly hosted again by Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL) in Brussels. Don't miss out on this excellent opportunity to expand your network and find partners for your proposals!

Registration is already open at the event website.

Science with and for society

New policy brief on Research Integrity

This policy brief aims to provide a concise definition, explanation and context, along with useful (online) resources on research integrity, which can be understood as a summary of responsibilities for the research community on one hand, and as a reassurance of society's trust in the outcomes of research on the other. Research integrity is a key strategic dimension of the Horizon 2020 Programme Science with and for Society and is part of the Responsible Research and Innovation concept.

You can access the policy brief, -as well as previously published policy briefs on the website.