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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Coordinators of the H2020 projects in the environmental area

The role of coordinators, especially in collaborative projects based on the cooperation of high number of participants, is very important and demanding. Administrative as well as expert skills are necessary for the management of the teams from different national environments. As a benefit in addition to the higher contribution from the EC, the coordination brings also a so called ‘pull effect’ – it means the coordinator usually pulls up other partners from his/her country. The pull effect has also positive impact on the involvement of the institutions with no previous experience with the framework programmes´ projects.

Analysed data shown in Fig. 1 are taken from the E-CORDA database (version 7, 28/02/2017)

Fig. 1 Number of coordinators from EU15 (blue columns) and EU13 (grey columns) and share of coordinators in projects financed in SC5.

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Webinar on the ERA-MIN Joint Call 2017

A webinar on the ERA-MIN Joint Call 2017 will take place on 30th March at 12:00 (Lisbon time) for one hour. The link of the Webinar is: https://videocast.fccn.pt/live/fct/era_min_joint_webinar This Webinar will provide information of the topics and detailed explanations on the submission, evaluation, selection and funding procedures. This Webinar is the virtual place to answer online questions of the applicants.

The H2020 ERA-MIN 2 consortium has open a joint call “Raw materials for the sustainable development and the circular economy” with a total budget of 15 million Euro including EU co-funding. The deadline for the pre-proposals submission is 5th May, 17:00 (CEST). The scope of the call is to support transnational collaborative projects on demand-driven research and innovation on primary and secondary resources of metallic, construction and industrial minerals and substitution of Critical Raw Materials in a circular economy approach. More information of the call is available on: https://www.era-min.eu/call


Are you looking for some tips to prepare your Horizon 2020 SC5 project proposal?

Are you looking for effective and practical tips to prepare a project proposal in Horizon 2020  Societal Challenge 5  “Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials”?

The NCPs CaRE network prepared an interesting material that can guide you in drafting  your project proposal!

Have a look for our new “E-booklet of Best Practices” that you can now download from a section ‘Useful Guides’ at the NCPs CaRE website. In specific, focus on Chapter 8 “Analysis of the Evaluation Summary Report and Results of the questionnaire for evaluators” which highlights:

  • the most common strengths and weaknesses of each of the Horizon 2020 assessment criteria (excellence, impact, implementations), based on the analysis of 100 evaluation summary reports of environmental projects in years 2014-2015,
  • expert evaluators suggestions and observations

The valuable feedback of experts and the results of analysis of evaluation summary reports resulted in a short and practical guide for applicants (“DO’s and DON’Ts for applicants’) also available in the section ‘Useful Guides’ at the NCPs CaRE website.  The document focuses on different evaluations criteria and helps applicants to improve their project proposals, especially with regards to writing the three separate sections of a H2020 proposal, namely Excellence, Impact and Implementation.

Enjoy the lecture!


Survey on Partner Search Tool

Did you find partners for your project proposal? Or started a collaboration for any future project? Please fill this short survey (3 min) to help us get an impression of the successfulness of this tool! The survey will be accessible till 15. May 2017. This is a survey on the Partner Search Tool of the NCPs CaRE Network project for the Societal Challenge 5 “Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials”. With this survey we would like to determine whether the NCPs CaRE Partner Search Tool has been helpful in establishing possible (future) project collaborations.

Integration of Social Sciences and Humanities research (SSH) in Horizon 2020 projects

The integration of Social Sciences and Humanities research (SSH) in Horizon 2020 projects comes with great opportunities but also with certain challenges. For decades, the European research was mainly focused on the expertise of researchers specialised in life and physical sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Now, the Horizon 2020 policy looks further – it is based on a premise that integration of SSH aspects into European research is essential to generate new knowledge.

Net4Society – the Network of National Contact Points of Societal Challenge 6 ‘Europe in a changing world -inclusive, innovative and reflective societies’ prepared a short and informative factsheet about the added value of SSH integration, the main challenges and ways  to overcome them in order to effectively integrate SSH in a Horizon 2020 project.

Have a look at the fact sheet and learn how to ensure fruitful SSH integration!

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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Transformations to sustainability programme – T2S

The Transformations to Sustainability Programme (T2S) is a research initiative of the International Social Science Council (ISSC),[1] implemented in partnership with members of the Belmont Forum. [2]

The programme supports research to help advance transformations to more sustainable and equitable societies around the globe. It aims at providing a deeper understanding of the processes and impacts of the transformative social change in the context of global environmental change. It facilitates the creation of solutions to the problems of environmental change and sustainability, in the context of social and cultural diversity as well as promotes the use of the best knowledge about social transformations by researchers, educators, policy makers, practitioners, the private sector and citizens. 

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