APPLY FOR THE COMMON IP BOOSTER

A 1st call is open for a new EU-funded service to provide specialised, professional IP advice to European Universities and Public Research Organisations.

The IP Booster is a free service funded by the European Commission for public research organisations looking to realise value out of their research results.

Experts will examine the case and guide them towards the best intellectual property strategy. It is possible to benefit from 5 services which will be offered depending on needs:

  • Initial IP Audit
  • Patent landscaping
  • IP evaluation or due diligence
  • Patents, design and trademark application
  • Negotiating technology transfer

Eligibility criteria are as follows:

  • The application must originate from a European University or Public Research Organisation
  • The applicant’s university or organisation must have a PIC (Participant Identification Code)
  • You must not be able to secure similar IP services at national level

Applications for the 1st call are open until Wednesday 6 March. IP support services will be available until December 2021.

More information available here: http://ipbooster.meta-group.com

 

Ethics and data protection

Wondering about how to respect GDPR in your Horizon 2020 project? Check out the latest guidelines on “Ethics and data protection“. 

The ethics part is an essential but often forgotten section of the part A of an Horizon 2020 proposals.

Even more since the entry into force of the General Data Protection Regulation on 25 May 2018, data protection has become an issue for Horizon 2020 projects.

To guide potential and current beneficiaries of EU research and innovation projects, a guidance note “Ethics and data protection” has been drafted by a panel of experts at the request of the European Commission (DG Research and Innovation) and aims at raising awareness in the scientific community. It does not constitute official EU guidance but the reading is still very much recommanded of course.

For more information to prepare the ethics section of your proposal, check out the Horizon 2020 manual and especially the “Guidance How to complete your ethics self-assessment

Accessing European Research infrastructures

In preparing your Horizon 2020 project, you have identified that you need specific infrastructures for instance to get data or conduct specific test? Have a look at the European Research Infrastructures ! 

What are Research Infrastructures?

Research Infrastructures (RIs) are facilities, resources and services used by the scientific community for conducting research and innovation in their fields to reach excellence.

There are several types of RIs:

  • European RIs are too big to be funded by just one university. For instance the famous CERN Center for elementary particle physics obtained the Nobel Price.
  • National RIs are operated by one country but are openly accessible. They can be found under Meril Portal
  • Networks of RI are funded by the European Union under the INFRAIA calls of Horizon 2020 to provide notably Trans-National Access (TNA) as explained below.

For example in the field of environment:

  • IAGOS – In-service Aircraft for a Global Observing System is a collection of data on atmospheric trace gases and aerosol particles, which are measured by devices in passenger aircrafts and which are required for validation and improvement of climate modelling.
  • LifeWatch ERIC is the e-infrastructure for Biodiversity and Ecosystem research

Why can Research Infrastructures be useful for you?

Because you could request free of charge Trans-National Access (TNA)  to Research infrastructures

  • either in person or virtual
  • in other countries
  • for any types of research projects, notably but not only for Horizon 2020 projects.

If the RIs offers Trans-national access (TNA) in person, you could even get reimbursement for your travel costs if selected. Any individuals from academy, industry and public services can benefit from this.

What should you do?

  1. Identify the Research infrastructures and data you would need for your project.
  2. Identify the European RI which you could use through the RICH database. For Horizon 2020 this should be done at proposal stage and be written in your draft Data Management Plan. There are also National Contact Pointsfor Research infrastructures.
  3. Contact the RI to enquire about the conditions for access. This is recommended at proposal stage for H2020 projects. 
  4. Apply for the TNA. For Horizon 2020 projects, this should be done after the selection of the project. 

If you have an interesting research infrastructure, you can also join European networks and apply for INFRAIA projects to open your infrastructure and provide TNA.

This article is based on a presentation done by the Rich network during an NCPs CaRE webinar “Research Infrastructures Programme for H2020: Transnational Acces Opportunities (TNA) for the SC5 Environment related research” on 18/10/2018.

You can get more information about research infrastructures on the website of the RICH project, the network of National Contact Points for Research infrastructures http://www.rich2020.eu/ 

NCPs CaRE at Green Days – Pollutec 2018

NCPs CaRE invites you to participate to the Green Days, the official brokerage event of Pollutec 2018 on 27-30th November 2018 in Lyon, France.

Every year, NCPs CaRE supports a brokerage event organized by the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) as part of its collaboration with the EEN Sector Group Environment. This year NCPs CaRE will support the Green Days organized in the framework of Pollutec Fair, the largest international exhibition of environmental and energy equipment, technologies and services. In 2016, Pollutec Fair Lyon received 2,200 exhibitors and 60,800 visitors coming from over 128 countries.

This year, Pollutec is taking place from 27th to 30th November. The Green Days consist of a conference (in French) and a brokerage event (in English).

A Conference on Horizon 2020 funding opportunities in the fields of Climate Action and Energy will take place on 27th November. The working language will be French only. NCPs CaRE, the European network of NCPs for Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 (“Climate Change, Environment, Raw materials and Resource Efficiency”) will be present!

On 28th-29th November,  SMEs, Groups, Research Centres, Agents, Distributors, Funding Companies, Exhibitors & Visitors will have the opportunity to participate in pre-validated B2B meetings & expert meetings to explore new partnerships. Participants will be also able to meet a representative of NCPs CaRE to discuss about their project idea for Horizon 2020 SC5 topics and receive support.

This event thus provide an excellent opportunity for interested applicants under Societal Challenge 5 to finalise consortium for the 2019 calls and prepare for the 2020 topics!

To prepare yourself for the event, have a look at our useful guide on “good practices Participating to (EEN) brokerage events”

Registration is open until 4th November 2018 !

More information about Pollutec

NCPs CaRE to support EEN brokerage event on H2020 and circular economy

In the framework of its collaboration with the Sector Group Environment of the Enterprise Europe Network, NCPs CaRE will support as co-organiser of the brokerage event “HORIZON 2020: opportunities in the circular economy Reducing, Reusing and Recycling” on 19 September 2017, in Oslo, Norway.

It will be a one-day event to present latest policy news and introduce relevant forthcoming calls for proposals in the Horizon 2020 programme.  The main conference topics covers waste management and recycling, soil remediation, water and wastewater treatment, bioenergy and biofuel and bioplastics.

This event is organised within the framework of the Europe Enterprise Network (EEN), the world’s largest support network for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with international ambitions. NCPs CaRE is collaborating with EEN to foster synergies and reinforce mutual understanding between our NCPs and the EEN in order to secure SME participation in project consortia in Horizon 2020. This event being focused on the next calls for circular economy in Horizon 2020, NCPs CaRE will support participants on the spot to answer their questions on Horizon 2020 and the coming calls. They can also accompany their own clients in preparing or joining a project consortia.

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