Posts Tagged ‘Horizon 2020’

Universities have problems with Horizon 2020

UWM, University World News, the newsletter on the global university, noted growing difficulties of universities with Horizon 2020. The success rate of applications is markedly reduced and the European University Association (EUA) attributes its responsibility to the austerity policies of governments. Of 73000 projects submitted in the first 18 months of the program, only about 13% was funded, compared to 18.5% of the 7th Framework Programme, and in some programs derived from the rate dropped to 10%. Sign of a deterioration in the quality of university research? Apparently not. The explanation that gives Thomas Estermann, EUA, the cause are numerous cuts to public funding as a result of the crisis; universities are turning so with increasing frequency Commission funding, to increase competitiveness. In addition, the reduction of funds available to the same program, which sold 2.2 MDI € the European Fund of Strategic Investments.

Fast Track – Innovation Pilot

The Fast Track to Innovation Pilot, operational since January 2015, is a pilot project characterized by a “bottom up” approach that allows you to submit proposals in all the thematic areas of LEIT (Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies) whose main components are 6 Key Enabling Technologies (Micro and nano-elechtronic; photonics, nanotechnology, advanced materials, biotechnology and advanced manufacturing) and the Social Challenges of Horizon 2020, in particular those related to environmental sustainability and efficient use of resources. It is an action that promotes innovations “close to market” (starting from a level of “maturity” that coincides with the technological demonstration prototype field – TRL 6), with the obligation to come to market within three years after ‘beginning of the project. Proposals must be submitted by a minimum of 3 to a maximum of 5 partners located in at least three Member States or associated UE28 Program Horizon 2020.

NEXT envive for the future – Opportunity

Schermata 2015-04-29 alle 15.52.33 On July the NEXT project will end, but we would like to exploit the follow up of a three years collaborative project. So we have made a proposal to NEXT partners that’s open to new ones. You’ll find in attach two papers that explain how we would like to give continuity to NEXT:
  • In the coming years the Italian regions, Croatia and Slovenia, will publish calls for financing initiatives to develop areas of specialization chosen by their Smart SpecializationStrategy (S 3)
  • At the same time the EU through Horizon 2020 will play a similar role.
  • In Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Albania governments will proceed to strengthen themselves excellence with targeted funding.

This means that in the next 6-7 years, it’s opening a space of opportunities to seize on innovation. In the Adriatic Ionian Macro Region will be therefore to materialize projects and initiatives to address the needs of common development.

Horizon 2020, projects financed (2014)

The European Commission has published data on Horizon 2020 financed projects (CORDIS website).

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UK was the country with the highest number of approved projects, but Germany was awarded the higher amount of investment, followed by Spain and Italy. Germany has also the medium project impact (600.000 €), than France, Nederland and UK (400.000) and Italy (300.000). Here you can dowload Horizon 2020 Projects and Participants data extract

Smart Cities and RIS 3

In developing the new 2014-2020 Programme is crucial to be able to define a coherent policy for the Union launched with Europe 2020, connecting points (say Steve Jobs) to discover the plan. An article on URBACT website, can very clearly to rebuild the sense of Smart Specialization Strategy connecting two strategic approaches emerged in recent years, the triple helix and the open innovation, then contextualize it in an urban area. Peter Ramsted takes the smart specialization strategy, focused on a regional approach, to affirm the fact that cities have to carve out a role. This can use the approach of the triple helix, connecting to research centers and companies in the identification of a role and an autonomous physiognomy, and then rely on the contribution of active citizenship arriving to quadruple helix. The set of research, business, local government and citizens must rely on companies to seek their path, the more functional as the entrepreneurial proves open to the exchange of knowledge (in a logic of open innovation). In this way, lucidly argues the author, the smart city is not only a laboratory of technologies more or less innovative, but also points to the value of human capital and the involvement of citizens as a research tool for sustainable solutions. If you are interested, here is the article: Smart Specialisation, triple helix, open innovation and smart cities. Going beyond the jargon.

Horizon 2020: 117 Mns in new grants for SME

Over 275 innovative small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are on track to receive a total of €117 million in new grants from Horizon 2020. These are the latest results of calls under the new €3 billion SME Instrument, launched under Horizon 2020 to help innovative small firms get ideas from the lab to the market and help generate growth and jobs for Europe. This new funding brings the total amount from the SME Instrument so far destined for innovative companies to €125 million. Horizon 2020 Here the EC news

Horizon 2020, How to best leverage on 2014-2020 structural Fund

Europe as a whole must advance significantly in research and innovation performances in order to make the EU the most dynamic and competitive knowledge-based economy, as foreseen in the Europe 2020 strategy. H2020 is going to be a key programme for allowing countries to better leverage on knowledge and research. MIRRIS (Mobilising Institutional Reforms in Research and Innovation Systems) aims at encouraging a better exploitation of European research and innovation programmes and a larger participation to the European Research Area of the 13 new EU countries by setting up a process of analysis, dialogue and mutual learning among key concerned stakeholders. More on the attached brief  

Innovative mobile e-government applications by SMEs

Deadline: 16/12/2015 Number: INSO-9-2015
The scope of this call is to provide support to innovative SMEs, including start-ups, for the design and creation of innovative applications, in order to foster the delivery of mobile public services. Specific Challenge: Current societal and economic challenges as well as rising expectations to reduce the burden on users, put pressure on all public administrations to provide efficient, open and citizen-centric public services. Due to the increased use of mobile technology as well as the increasing availability of public information, data and online services, public services can be transformed. Coupling open public data and services with information and services offered by the private sector can lead to innovative, user-friendly and personalised services that can be accessed easily. Because of their size, knowledge and agility, SMEs are key actors for the provision of those innovative services. The “apps” market for mobile devices is a very dynamic market, which mostly lacks application specifically for the public sector. Engaging SMEs into the potentially huge public sector innovation market is a challenge for local and regional public authorities. The scope of this action is to provide support to innovative SMEs, including start-ups, for the design and creation of innovative applications, in order to foster the delivery of mobile public services. The aim is to help the interaction of citizens and businesses with public administrations. This may be done through the combination of public and private sector services, through mobile technologies. Although they may be first piloted in a local context – with the involvement of public administrations and end users – the solutions need to ensure replicability, also taking into account multi-lingualism and, where necessary, the cross-border dimension. Scalability and sustainability issues are to be considered.

Supporting SMEs efforts for the development – deployment and market replication of innovative solutions for blue growth

Deadline: 17/12/2014 Number: BG-12-2014
The results of this call will enhance access to finance for SMEs for the development of innovative maritime economic activities Specific challenge: The potential of Europe’s Oceans, seas and coasts is significant for job and growth creation if the appropriate investments in research and innovation are made. SMEs contribution to the development of the ‘Blue Growth Strategy’ (COM (2012) 494) can be significant in particular in the fields of marine biotechnology (related applications, key tools and technologies) as well as aquaculture related marine technologies and services. However, SMEs lack access to finance to develop their activities and the economic and financial crisis has made access to finance even more difficult. This is particularly true in the previously mentioned maritime sectors, where access to finance for SMEs is considered as one of the most important barriers for the development of innovative maritime economic activities[1] . Scope: The SME instrument consists of three separate phases and a coaching and mentoring service for beneficiaries. Participants can apply to phase 1 with a view to applying to phase 2 at a later date, or directly to phase 2.

Business in Horizon 2020: the SME Instrument in detail

Business in Horizon 2020: the SME Instrument in detail 24-25 July 2014 Headquarters, Brussels, Belgium Registration is open until 22 July! COURSE OVERVIEW: A unique opportunity for your SME to learn how to effectively prepare top quality proposals under Horizon 2020′s SME Instrument, both for Phase 1 and Phase 2, and get ready to thrive through commercialisation of your product/technology/process/service in Phase 3! The SME instrument is a Horizon 2020′s funding scheme that is open for two years, mainly 2014 and 2015, with different cut-off dates for submission of applications. Many doors are open for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises from EU countries and Associated countries from several sectors: ICT, Biotechnology, Eco-Innovation, Health, Energy, Social Innovation, Nanotechnology, Advanced Materials and Manufacturing, Food processing, Blue Growth (marine and maritime sector), Transport, Space, etc. INCLUDED IN THE COURSE: Training material Refreshments and coffee breaks Lunch at the venue Certificate of training WHO SHOULD PARTICIPATE? Professionals from SMEs, micro enterprises, small and medium consultancies, business support organizations, innovation agencies, chambers of commerce, entrepreneurship-friendly organisations,  etc. Professionals from the business sector who have been participating in FP7 and/or CIP projects Professionals from the business sector who intend to participate in Horizon 2020, especially the SME Instrument Professionals from the business sector who would like to improve their project development and business planning skills to increase their chances of submitting a winning SME-friendly proposal (commercial plan) Full details will be sent after your registration. PRICE: 695€ (excl. 21% Belgian VAT) http://www.octopux.eu/training-courses/business-in-horizon-2020-the-sme-instrument-in-detail/