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7 April 2020: Secure Societies Online Brokerage Event

SEREN4 decided to cancel the 12-13.03 brokerage event in Brussels, on which you have already been informed in the first week of March. SEREN4 has put all his efforts and resources to counter this difficult situation and allow you to get in touch with potential partners.

SEREN4 has already published presentations from the Info Day part HERE and now they want to inform you about how brokerage activities will be run.

The online brokerage event will be organized on April 7 via the online features of B2match system. This means you will be able to have your face-to-face meetings from wherever you are currently working. All you need to have is laptop/computer with stable internet connection, microphone/headset (mandatory) and web camera (not mandatory). From organizational point of view:
• new agenda is available HERE
• SEREN4 is still waiting for B2Match to confirm on the tool to be used for oral pitch session, this will be communicated to you in another message
• SEREN4 has rescheduled all confirmed meetings from March 13 to April 7. Please check your account for new schedule
• a PDF tutorial on how to run online meetings is available on SEREN4 website, please also check this VIDEO
• all participants with „canceled” and „rejected” status have been revoked to „accepted” but they still need to enter their profiles and choose matchmaking session to be able to book meetings. Should you not be able to participate on April 7, please cancel your presence in the system.
• matchmaking system has been restored, you can once again send out new meeting invitations. This will be possible until April 5 23:55 CET
• you also need to update your time zone with your own time zone, otherwise all meeting hours will be displayed in the event's time zone

Should you have any questions, please contact SEREN4 via email:

Postponed to 17/6 - H2020 no financial - 2020 edition

This information session is 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 is to explain to Horizon 2020 project partners how to avoid errors in Horizon 2020 project reporting. The day will be closed by some info on the implementation of the next framework programme for research and innovation, Horizon Europe.

Event will take place in Brussels in the Conscience building (near Nord Station) on 17 June 2020. Participation is free but registration is mandatory and will soon be open on the event website.

Event website.


JRC Solidarity with Europe

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) has used its extensive knowledge and expertise to inform the EU'spolicy response.
See this info on their website .

COVID-19 related call

Exscalate4CoV is an EU-funded project that was selected after the emergency Call of expression of interest issued by the European Commission (DG RTD) on 31 January. The project will receive a 3 million EUR of EU funding in the next 18 months.
It is consisting of a coalition of three of the most powerful supercomputing centres in the EU (CINECA in Italy, Barcelona supercomputing centre in Spain and Jülich supercomputing centre in Germany) together with a pharmaceutical company and several large Institutes dealing with biology and bio-molecular dynamics.

The E4C team use supercomputers in the search of a therapies (small molecule drugs) against SARS-CoV-2 by complementing the classical trial and error clinical approach and possible experimentation in patients, by comparing the signature of the protein of the virus against active molecules that are used in existing databases of compounds.

The project is currently processing digital models of the protein of the virus and is matching them against a publicly available database of thousands of known active anti-molecules that are part of existing drugs with the aim to find out which combinations of active molecules could react to the virus.

The E4C project is also establishing a pipeline of phenotypic and target based screens to evaluate the efficacy of repurposed, commercial and de-novo designed compounds.

To supplement the E4C compound pipeline, we invite organisations to submit proposals for screening of their compounds for efficacy profiling on the E4C Biology platforms. These may include compounds identified from in-silico screening of SARS CoV2 associated targets or rationally selected repurposed compounds and bioactives. Incoming compounds will be tested in phenotypic assays and functional biochemical assays against E4C’s priority viral encoded targets, (RNA-directed RNA polymerase; 3C-like proteinase; Papain-like proteinase; Guanine-N7 methyltransferase and 2'-O-methyltransferase).

Attractive compounds may then be subject to Mechanism of Action, studies including structural biology assessment by X-ray and Cryo-EM.

The minimum requirements for providing physical compounds are: i) rational reason for selection; ii) a positive review by E4C medicinal chemists; iii) compounds have not already been analysed in E4C or reported assays; iv) physical material is available (10mM in 100% DMSO, 20 microliters volume).

Submitters should have access to material for follow up studies or medicinal chemistry resources for synthesis of additional material.

Full criteria and conditions are defined in the “Drug-Box” submission portal on the E4C website –

FAQs in relation to COVID-19

New FAQs on Corona virus have been published on the Funding and Tender Portal at .

Two Horizon 2020 FAQs in relation to the COVID-19 outbreak already published on the Funding & Tenders Portal before are:

Can the clause on “force majeure” in the Horizon 2020 grant agreement be invoked in relation to the COVID-19 outbreak?.
Will the deadlines for Horizon 2020 calls be extended related to the COVID-19 outbreak?.

Use of force majeur clause

The Article 51 of the H2020 Model Grant Agreement (H2020 MGA) sets out the general framework and conditions in which the force majeure clause can be used. As a general rule under H2020, in case of force majeure, a party will be excused from not fulfilling its obligations (i.e. there will be no breach of obligations under the GA and none of the adverse measures for breach will be applied). Costs will be eligible, if they fulfil the general eligibility conditions like any other costs incurred under the action.

However, if force majeure entails extra costs for the implementation of the action, it will normally be the beneficiary who must bear them.

Having said that we are aware that indeed the outbreak of Corona virus in the EU and elsewhere may have implications for the participation of individuals in meetings and events organised by beneficiaries for the purposes of H2020 ongoing actions and for their implementation. For instance, it may prevent beneficiaries to fulfil their obligations under the action or even to carry out work in a zone affected by the virus. It may also force beneficiaries to cancel a meeting due to unavailability of key staff or because most of the participants cannot attend.

If such a situation occurs, beneficiaries must immediately inform the Project Officer, which will examine on a case-by-case basis the possible application of the rules on force majeure, in the meaning of Article 51 of the H2020 MGA.

Example: Beneficiaries cannot attend meetings or events related to the action because of their recent contact with someone suffering from the virus or their presence in an area considered to be at high risk. Costs of travel or accommodation that could not be cancelled and which are not reimbursed from other sources could be eligible (provided that the cost eligibility conditions are fulfilled, notably the that meeting was necessary for the action, the costs were reasonable and in line with the usual practices of the beneficiary on travel) even if the beneficiary did not travel and did not take part in the meeting/event.

European Research Council

Resignation of the President of ERC Mauro Ferrari

You have probably heard and read strong statements from Mauro Ferrari concerning his resignation as Preseident of the ERC.
As a reaction, the ERC Scientific Council issued a statement presenting the facts of the situation.
One of the three Vice-President will take over the position of President until a new President will be appointed.

Composition of the ERC Scientific Council

Marie Sklodowska Curie actions

Belgian infosession on the MSCA Individual Fellowships 2020 call

The infosession on the MSCA Individual Fellowships 2020 call is organised by the National Contact Points (NCPs) for MSCA in Belgium (NCP Belspo – Eurofed, NCP-FNRS, NCP Flanders) to help applicants in the preparation of their MSCA Individual Fellowships proposal.
For the first time, due to the exceptional measures taken to face the Covid-19 pandemia, we decided to hold a webinar.

MSCA Individual Fellowships has yearly calls. The 2020 call was published last 8th of April 2020 with a deadline on the 9th of September 2020. The call is open to experienced researchers from across the world.
Applicants need a doctoral degree or at least four years’ full-time research experience by the time of the call deadline.

Registration to the webinar is mandatory and open until the 24th of April.
As usual, you have the possibility to write your questions on the registraton form. Please take this opportunity, as all the preliminary questions will have answers incorporated in the relevant presentation. There will be time for Questions and Answers after each presentations by chat, however, it will be easier to organise the webinar if most of the questions have already been raised in advance.

European Research infrastructures

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.

European Research Infrastructures in the fight against COVID-19

As thousands of European citizens are infected with the SARS-CoV-2 every day and the number of casualties is increasing rapidly, Europe needs a coordinated effort of all available knowledge and resources to fight the pandemic.

Several webpage with information on access to RI's facilities, resources and services have been developped. The list hereunder gives an overview of the main intitiatives:

  • ESFRI is helping the scientific community by aggregating information about dedicated services offered by Research Infrastructures and communicating all relevant actions as broadly as possible. To this end, ESFRI has created this focused webpage that lists and provides quick links to the information gathered. It will be updated regularly

  • All national & European Research Infrastructures are invited to provide any information on their COVID-19 related activities and services in order to update the webpage. and

  • The European Research Facilities aisbl has also developped a dedicated webpage listing the research infrastructures offering access to Instruments and Laboratories, ressources and services.

  • LEAPS, the League of European Accelerator-based Photon Sources, has collected info on national and EU synchrotron and free electron laser facilities that have opened calls for rapid access to dedicated beamtime

  • LENS, the League of Advanced European Neutron Sources, has collected information on how neutrons can and will contribute to the research against covid-19. Relevant experiments will take priority over all other scientific activities at the facilities. Special access channels to beam time have been put in place to allow the scientific community to respond without delay to the challenge posed by Covid-19.

!! Postponement deadline of 3 H2020 RI calls !!!

Taking into account the extraordinary situation in Europe, the deadline of the following calls has been postponed to 14 May 2020:

  • H2020-INFRAIA-2020-1 (topics INFRAIA-02 and INFRAIA-03)
  • H2020-INFRAINNOV-2020-2 (Topic INFRAINNOV-03 and INFRAINNOV-04)
  • H2020-INFRASUPP-2020-2 (Topic INFRASUPP-02)
The relevant notification will appear in the Funding & Tender Portal.

Health, demographic change and wellbeing

Call deadline for the Horizon 2020 SC1-2020 calls postponed

In response to the extraordinary circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, the call deadline for the Horizon 2020 SC1-2020 calls has been postponed to 4 June 2020. Deadlines for H2020-SC1-DTH-2020 and H2020-SC1-FA-DTS-2020 topics have been postponed to 18 June 2020. Please see further information at the: Funding and Tenders website.

New European Commission Web Page on Coronavirus Research

A new web page has been launched presenting all European Commission-funded coronavirus-related research.

It is also accessible via the European Commission's main “Health research” page as a new link on the main Health page.

The European Commission will be continuously updating this website.

Secure societies

Horizon 2020 Secure Societies Information Day and Brokerage Event in Brussels

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: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.

Science with and for society

Deadline for Science with and for Society Calls for proposals extended

Taking into account the extraordinary situation in Europe, the deadline of the SWAFS calls has been extended until 23 April 2020.

Please see further information at the Funding and Tenders website.