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Save the date - European Research and Innovation Days 2020 - 22-24 September 2020

The fully online version of the European Research and Innovation Days will take place on 22, 23 and 24 September 2020. All of the sessions and actions showcasing Europe’s best and brightest research, science and innovation will be reimagined as an online happening featuring a high-level Policy Conference and the interactive Science is Wonderful! public exhibition. Brought to you by the European Commission, the European Research and Innovation Days brings together policymakers, researchers, entrepreneurs and citizens to debate and shape the future of research and innovation in Europe and beyond.

Check the draft programme.

10/09/2020 COST open call - online information session 2020

The next deadline to hand in the proposals for the COST Open Call is fixed on the 29th of October 2020 at 12:00 AM.

The Belgian COST National Contact Points (CNCs) organise on 10 September 2020 from 9:00 AM till 11:00 AM an information session via GoToMeeting for the Belgian researchers that consider handing in a proposal as 'main proposer'.

Agenda and registration.

17/6/2020 and 25/06/2020 - H2020 no financial - 2020 edition

These information sessions were organised in Belgium for the fourth time by the European Commission in close cooperation with the Belgian Legal and Financial National Contact Points.

The aim of the event was to explain to Horizon 2020 project partners how to avoid errors in Horizon 2020 project reporting.

Initially planned as a one-day session, it has been split into two shorter webinars taking place on two different dates. The two webinars covered different topics. The presentations are available on the event website.

Event website.


Open consultation for the EOSC Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda

The European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) is the envisioned federation of research (data) infrastructures that will enable the Web of FAIR Data and Services, help researchers to perform Open Science, and open up and exploit their data, publications and code.

The Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) provides general guidelines to help develop the work programmes for EOSC in Horizon Europe. The SRIA is open for public consultation until 31 August 2020, involving stakeholders from inside and outside the EOSC Community. Research infrastructures, universities, researchers, industry, national and international initiatives, policymakers, citizen scientists are all invited to take part, have their say and help shape the SRIA. Their contribution will be fed into the actual SRIA document to be released in October 2020 at the EOSC Symposium.

Before completing the consultation questionnaire below, respondents are advised to first read the SRIA consultation document which sets out a general framework and provides key information. The questionnaire refers directly to the consultation document.

Complete the online questionnaire and help shape the content of the Agenda.

A special webinar on the SRIA will be held on Tuesday, 28 July 2020, 11:00-12:00 CEST. you can register here.

Open for submissions: European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards 2021

Europe's top honour in the field of cultural heritage, these annual Awards identify and promote best practices in the conservation and enhancement of tangible and intangible cultural heritage; stimulate the trans-frontier exchange of knowledge throughout Europe; increase public awareness and appreciation of Europe's cultural heritage; and encourage further excellent initiatives through the power of example.
The Awards recognise outstanding conservation projects, innovative research, the longstanding dedication to heritage of professionals and volunteers, and exceptional initiatives in awareness-raising, training and education. In 2021, up to 30 remarkable heritage achievements from all over Europe will be awarded. Of those, up to 4 winners will receive a Grand Prix with a monetary award of 10,000 Euro.
The deadline for submissions is 1 October 2020 (date of sending).
Europa Nostra will also host a webinar about preparing a successful application which will take place on Thursday, 9 July from 17:00 until 18:00. Registration for the webinar is via this link.

European Green Deal call

The Green Deal call will mobilise research and innovation to foster a just and sustainable societal transition aiming at ‘leaving nobody behind’.

Projects are expected to deliver tangible and visible results relatively quickly and show how research and innovation can provide concrete solutions for the Green Deal main priorities.

The call will contain 11 areas.
Eight thematic areas reflecting the key work streams of the European Green Deal. In each area, one or more topics addresses the challenges outlined in the respective stream. Topics target specific, high-impact technological and societal innovations that can help advance the sustainable transition relatively quickly.
Three horizontal areas (strengthening knowledge; empowering citizens; and international cooperation) that cut across the eight thematic areas and offer a longer-term perspective in achieving the transformations set out in the European Green Deal.
More information for each area:

  • Call area 1: Increasing climate ambition: cross-sectoral challenges
  • Call area 2: Clean, affordable and secure energy
  • Call area 3: Industry for a clean and circular economy
  • Call area 4: Energy and resource-efficient buildings
  • Call area 5: Sustainable and smart mobility
  • Call area 6: Farm to Fork
  • Call area 7: Restoring biodiversity and ecosystem services
  • Call area 8: Zero-pollution, toxic-free environment
  • Call area 9: Strengthening our knowledge in support of the European Green Deal
  • Call area 10: Empowering citizens for transition towards a climate neutral, sustainable Europe
  • Call area 11: Accelerating the clean energy transition and access in partnership with Africa

Timeline: opening of the call: mid-September 2020. Deadline: end January 2021

EC European Research Area corona platform

A European Research Area (ERA) corona platform has been created on the EC Funding and Tender Portal with information in FAQ about impact of COVID-19 on your EC project.
And also an updated list with extended call deadlines.

European Research infrastructures

Supporting the Transformative Impact of Research Infrastructures on European Research

The European Commission published the final report of the High-Level Expert Group to Assess the Progress of ESFRI and Other World Class Research Infrastructures Towards Implementation and Long-Term Sustainability. This report, written by an independent group of experts, carries out a thorough assessment of EU support to the preparatory phase and implementation of pan-European Research Infrastructures, looking at the evolution of funding instruments and formulating recommendations for ensuring the long-term sustainability of the European Research Infrastructure system.
The report also includes assessments of 43 individual Research Infrastructures on their progress towards implementation and long-term sustainability from the lifecycle perspective.

The Report

The deadline for proposals for ESFRI Roadmap 2021 has been extended to 9 September 2020

In the face of the public health crisis caused by the coronavirus outbreak, and the resulting impact on the daily lives of all of us and on the ability of research organisations to effectively collaborate across countries, ESFRI has decided to extend the deadline for the presentation of new Proposals for Research Infrastructure Projects for the ESFRI Roadmap 2021 update to allow more time for the preparation of high quality applications.

The new deadline is 9 September 2020.

Health, demographic change and wellbeing

Innovative Health Initiative partnership proposal published

The future Innovative Health Initiative (IHI) is now available on the Horizon Europe partnerships website.

Secure societies

Security Union Strategy 2020 - 2024

The European Commission has adopted on 24 July 2020 the new Security Union Strategy. The objective of the Strategy is to create a multidisciplinary, coordinated and integrated approach to security. This Strategy sets out the inter-dependent strategic security priorities to be taken forward at EU level in 2020-2024. The new way forward on internal security is a key component of the Security Union Strategy 2020-2024. Research is explicitly mentioned in the Communication as one of the building blocks contributing to the overall objective.

All relevant documentation that is part of the package can be found at the following link.

Online webinar 08/07 on H2020 Secure Societies: funding opportunities & EEN/NCP support

The webinar aimed to give in-depth information about the open Security topics for the final Horizon 2020 SC7 calls in AI, FCT and INFRA, and to inform potential applicants, Security NCPs and EEN advisors on how the two networks can help support applicants in their partner search and project preparation.

It aimed to guide applicants towards the kind of support they need to find partners and join consortia, and to help NCPs and EEN advisors to stay informed about the other network’s activities and find ways to collaborate effectively.

The webinar featured presentations from SEREN4 Network Security NCPs and the chair of the EEN Sector Group Aeronautics.
Presentations are availabel on the SEREN4 website.

SEREN4 Online Information Day and Brokerage Event 12/05/2020: recordings and presentations

All presentations and recording from the info day part are available.

SEREN4 virtual training webinars of 28/04/2020

SEREN4, the network of Secure Societies NCPs, has organised 2 virtual training events:
- training on how to deal with security issues in proposals,
- workshop on cybersecurity,

The recording and presentations are available.

SEREN4 WEBINARS on Disaster Resilience 2020 Topics on 19 and 20 May 2020

The SEREN4 WEBINARS on Disaster Resilience 2020 Topics provide information and practitioner testimonials that can help those who are answering to the SU-DRS01, SU-DRS02, and SU-DRS03 topics.

The SU-DRS01 webinar recording is avialable here.

The SU-DRS02 webinar recording is available here.

The SU-DRS03 webinar recording is available here.

Horizon 2020 Secure Societies Information Day and Brokerage Event 12-13/03/2020

Due to the current situation caused by the Coronavirus in Europe and beyond, SEREN4, as main responsible and organizer of the event in object, decided to cancel the Secure Societies Info Day and Brokerage Event of 12-13 March in Brussels. The presentations foreseen for the infoday of 12 March 2020 were all recorded

These presentations are now available on the SEREN4 website.

Security Mission Information & Innovation Group on 29-30 January 2020:presentations

The Security Mission Information & Innovation Group (SMI2G) was organised in Brussels on 29-30 January to discuss on the upcoming 2020 Secure Societies calls of Horizon 2020. All security topics were represented.

The link to download the presentations is now available.