RRI Opportunities in Horizon 2020

A guide that describes the role of RRI in Horizon 2020 project has been uploaded in useful guide section.

This document follows the first edition of Opportunities E-Book for Work Programme 2014-2015 for Science with and for Society.
This e-book is meant to be a guideline of the different funding opportunities with relevance to Science with and for Society stakeholders in the different parts of the Work Programme 2016-2017. Thus it identifies topics with one or more SwafS dimension to guide SWAFS’ stakeholders through the different H2020 Work Programmes. The analysis covers six SWAFS dimensions:

  • Engagement
  • Ethics
  • Open Access
  • Gender
  • Science Education
  • Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI)

The document compiles the information for each topic – the deadline for the submission of proposals, type of action and a direct link for each topic in the Participant Portal. Readers are encouraged to go through the whole Work Programme themselves to carefully identify all the opportunities available, and all its details and rules of participation. To ease this consultation, there is a direct link embedded in the title of each programme throughout the document.
Furthermore, and due to the extensive information included, we have dedicated the first pages to include tables of content by keyword. This allows the readers to identify the topic according to their area of interest and navigate throughout the document. To ease this navigation, each topic included in the table of contents has a link which takes the reader to its detailed description.
Please note that the SME Instrument, Co-Fund actions, and ERA-NETs were excluded from this analysis.

JPI “Water challenges for a changing world”

JPI Water is one of the altogether 10 Joint Programming Initiatives, launched in December 2011.[1]

JPIs were launched via European Council conclusions in 2009. They are inter-governmental collaborations meant to tackle major societal challenges unable to be addressed by individual countries and in doing so contribute to the development of the European Research Area. Member States and Associated Countries participate in joint initiatives on a voluntary basis in order to increase the value of relevant national and European R&D funding through joint planning, implementation and evaluation of national research programmes.

The aim of JPI Water is to tackle the challenge of “achieving sustainable water systems for a sustainable economy in Europe and abroad,” by dealing with research in the field of water and hydrological sciences. The availability of water in sufficient quantities and adequate quality is a public issue of high priority and addresses a pan-European and global environmental challenge. Europe invests an estimated amount of 500 million € per year to fund public research and innovation activities in water. While European countries invest 370 million €, the European Commission invests 130 million €.

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Published the number of proposals submitted in the SC5 topic

A total of 239 proposals were submitted in response to this call. The number of proposals for each topic/type of action is shown below.

•SC5-01-2016-2017 (RIA): 14
•SC5-02-2017 (RIA): 2
•SC5-04-2017 (RIA): 3
•SC5-06-2016-2017 (RIA): 5
•SC5-07-2017 (CSA): 6
•SC5-19-2017 (CSA): 7
•SC5-31-2017 (CSA): 5
•SC5-13-2016-2017 (RIA): 14
•SC5-15-2016-2017 (CSA): 12
•SC5-16-2016-2017 (CSA): 6
•SC5-18-2017 (RIA): 40
•SC5-22-2017 (RIA): 14
•SC5-26-2017 (PCP): 2
•SC5-30-2017 (ERA-NET): 1
•SC5-32-2017 (ERA-NET): 1
•SC5-33-2017 (ERA-NET): 1
•SC5-08-2017 (IA): 16
•SC5-14-2016-2017 (IA): 48
•SC5-21-2016-2017 (IA): 42

A total of 45 proposals were submitted in response to the call H2020-SCC-2016-2017 SMART AND SUSTAINABLE CITIES. The number of proposals for each topic/type of action is shown below:

•SCC-02-2016-2017 (IA): 45

Finally  a total of 117 proposals were submitted in response to H2020-IND-CE-2016-17 call. The number of proposals for each topic/type of action is shown below:

•CIRC-01-2016-2017 (IA): 72
•CIRC-02-2016-2017 (IA): 45

Call for ENVRIplus beneficiaries and RI-related organizations outside the ENVRIplus partnership

ENVRIplus projects launches an Exchange of Personnel (EoP) program to enhance cross-RI mobility of involved RI staff. This program will help disseminating the know-how of RI specialists and provide practical hands-on experience on the operation procedures.

The second call is now more open which means that in addition to all ENVRIplus beneficiaries also organizations outside the ENVRIplus partnership that have a clear and established relationship with the participating RI’s in ENVRIplus can apply. This now also includes in particular members of Theme2. The second call no longer prefers bi- or trilateral exchanges, thus allows to apply for several kinds of knowledge sharing activities such as boot camps or work hops.

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New project catalog published

A revised version of the document presenting an overview of projects financed by the Societal Challenge ‘Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials’, which includes the results of the 2016 calls has been pubblished recently from EU Commission. It’s possible download the catalog at the following link: http://ec.europa.eu/research/environment/pdf/research_and_innovation_sc5_projects_2014-2016.pdf

The 218 projects resulting from the 2014, 2015 and 2016 calls for proposals in the Societal Challenge ‘Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials’ are here briefly presented. All together, the 218 projects are mobilising resources totalling around EUR 1,392 million, of which more than EUR 1,092 million as EU funding. The projects could last up to 5 years duration.

The calls launched in 2014, 2015 and 2016 focussed on investing in systemic innovation by promoting resource efficiency for a greener and competitive economy as a key part of smart, inclusive and sustainable growth.

ERA-MIN 2017 Joint Call on Raw Materials for the Sustainable Development and the Circular Economy is now open

The ERA-MIN 2017 Joint Call on Raw Materials for the Sustainable Development and the Circular Economy is now open from February 1st, 2017. The scope of the Joint Call is needs-driven research on non-energy, non-agricultural raw materials (metallic, construction, and industrial minerals), to foster the sustainable supply, processing, production and consumption of primary and secondary raw materials in a circular economy. Twenty-one public funding organisations from 14 EU/associated countries/regions and 4 non-EU countries participate in this Joint Call for research and innovation transnational collaborative projects. Partners in a transnational consortium will apply for funding from the respective funding organisation of their country/region which participates in the Joint Call. The total budget available for this Call is approximately € 15 million corresponding to the sum of national and regional public committed funds of the participating Funding Organisations and the co-funding of the European Commission. There will be a two-stage submission procedure: pre-proposals and full proposals. The successful proposals will be selected after an international independent centralised peer-review process. The deadline for pre-proposals submission (mandatory) is 5 May 2017, 17:00:00 CEST. To facilitate consortia building, the partner search tool set up by the NCPs CaRE enables partner searches on the ERA-MIN Joint Call topics and sub-topics. For more information on the scope of the Joint Call, the participating funding organisations, countries and regions, the eligibility criteria and the submission, evaluation and funding procedures  please see the ERA-MIN Joint call page.

EC´s “2nd Monitoring report on SSH-flagged projects funded in 2015 under the Societal Challenges and Industrial Leadership priorities” published

The broad integration of the SSH within the Societal Challenges and Industrial Leadership priorities is an exercise that provides both opportunities and challenges:
One the one hand it provides opportunities by creating more scope for SSH contributions under more thematic areas and more topics than before.
On the other hand it also creates new challenges since this new approach necessitates a change of mind towards more interdisciplinarity.

This second monitoring and evaluation report assesses in a thorough and detailed manner how the different SSH disciplines have been integrated into the projects funded in 2015 under the Societal Challenges and the Industrial Leadership priorities. The report illustrates the progress of the new policy on the integration of SSH as a cross-cutting issue but it also points out to areas where further efforts for SSH integration are needed.

Source: https://bookshop.europa.eu/en/integration-of-social-sciences-and-humanities-in-horizon-2020-pbKI0116934/

Have your say on Horizon 2020 (public consultation)

The European Commission has launched a public stakeholder consultation which will feed into the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020, the EU’s €77 billion research and innovation funding scheme running from 2014 to 2020. This interim evaluation will help improve the functioning of Horizon 2020, and will also be an important element in preparations of a next EU research and innovation programme.

Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, said: “I hope as many people as possible will use the chance to have their say on Horizon 2020, its first three years and its future direction. We are already analysing available data, facts and figures. But in order to have a full overview, it is very important to get direct feedback from researchers, entrepreneurs, innovators, citizens and all types of organisations that have participated in the programme.”

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Strengths and weaknesses of EU member states´ research and innovation

European Commission published info-graphics describing the situation of EU member states regarding research systems and innovation. Strengths, key challenges as well as recommendations are provided under “Research and Innovation Performance”.  Information on H2020 participation and country success stories are included under “Country Profile and Featured Projects”.

FAIR data management : best practices and open issues. Firenze, 14th- 15th  November 2016

RDA, the Research Data Alliance, in collaboration with the universities of Turin, Milan, Bologna , Trento and Parma and supported by CNR, AISA and OpenAIRE organizes a two-day workshop about sharing, reuse, and reproducibility of research data on some selected scientific fields – and related research infrastructures – of strategic relevance in Europe.

The event will be organized in Florence the 14th and 15th of November.

Workshop overview and objectives

According to the Guiding Principles for Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Re-usable Data – so called FAIR principles – launched by the Data FAIRport initiative and recently adopted by the European Commission Guidelines on FAIR Data Management in Horizon 2020 the aim of this workshop is to bring new lymph to the political, legal, technical and technological debate around re-use and reproducibility of research data in Italy.

Starting from requirements and concrete experiences of research infrastructures and relying on the results and on-going activities of specific RDA Working and Interest Groups, this workshop will call to action the coordinators of research infrastructures, individual researchers, funding agencies, research institutions, data scientists, data librarians / curators and computing scientists to identify which of the FAIR guidelines can be effectively supported by the current technology, which national policies are supporting their implementation and what are the challenges still open towards a concrete implementation of the FAIR principles in Italy.

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