New EU funding opportunities for your R&I project/idea: Horizon2020

HORIZON2020 is the new  program launched by the commission to support Research and Innovation for securing Europe’s global competitiveness as foreseen by the Europe 2020  flagship initiative,  Innovation Union. It  combines all research and innovation funding previously channeled  through the Framework Programmes for Research and Technical Development (FP7), the innovation related activities of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). If you want to learn more about Horizon2020: http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/what-horizon-2020 One of the important innovative element of Horizon2020 is the high relevance given to the participation of SMEs, for which the program foreseen a new devoted financing stream: the SME instrument. It offers financial resources for business innovation support from idea to market, covering the three stages of the full innovation and start up creation cycle (proof-of-concept, innovation development and commercialization). In addition, a coaching and mentoring scheme is provided exclusively to beneficiaries of the instrument in order to accelerate the impact of the funding provided. If you want to learn more about the SMEs instrument download the brochure: http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/news/sme-instrument-your-highway-innovation Horizon2020 call are open! You can easily find the call better fitting with  your need here: http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/index.html    

Conference in Podgorica

Faculty for Information Systems and Technologies of University of Donja Gorica and Chamber of  Economy of Montenegro organize the first conference within the “NEXT- A collaborative platform to support research and technology transfer” project, funded by the IPA Adriatico program of the European Union. The Conference is dedicated to improving of creative resources and capacities of national companies and research institutions for utilization of resources from EU funds for innovation support. The Conference will take place from the 2nd to the 4th of April 2014 under the working title “Education, science and business – Joint potentials”. The first day of the Conference will be held at University of Donja Gorica, while the second and the third day of the conference will continue at the hotel “Maestral”. If you are interested, please confirm your participation by Wednesday, 26th of March 2014 (contacts: 020 210 130, 020 410 777 – e mail: mkokovic@pkcg.org and next@udg.edu.me). agenda NEXT Project Funds are aimed at providing expert support to Montenegrin research institutions and companies and at usingavailable EU funds dedicated to the innovation and technology transfer, through the definition and application of economically profitable innovative models of business as well as applied research. Since the countries in which the project is implemented are regionally connected and, at the same time, are at very different levels of success regarding the use of EU funds, a series of educational meetings will be organized where different experiences will be shared and specific solutions for companies, in terms of introducing innovations that have a real chance to get financial support, will be proposed. Creation of a special on-line platform for productive linking of science and business is focused on establishing a creative base for the commercialization of scientific research results. The initial ideas will be formulated and transformed through the intense cooperation, into specific proposals for introduction of optimal innovation from the perspective of reducing the cost of doing business in companies and the speed of the return of investment that will improve their market position.  

State of the Net, fourth edition

sotnHeaderOn 13-14 June, in Trieste, will be held the forth edition of State of the Net (SotN) (http://bit.ly/1ga2FBz). The meeting is a web-dedicated conference that tries to capture the state of art of the internet in Italy and worldwide, focusing on its impact on our society. On June 12, The Area Science Park that hosts the conference organizes a brokerage event ICT4inclusion (http://bit.ly/1dcEr9j), addressed to SMEs, manufacturing companies, R&D centres, universities, professionals working in the ICT sector willing to network at a local, national and international level.