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/ 

By-bye, Participant Portal! Hello, Funding & Tenders Portal!

The European Commission is phasing out the Participant Portal and replacing it by the Funding & Tenders Portal, which will allow searching for EU funding and tender opportunities, and managing grants and contracts in one place. Redirection to the new portal is happening since end of November, and soon the old portal will be switched off.

The new Participant Portal will host all centrally managed EU programmes in one location. Moreover, it will cover calls for tender and the related procurement contracts. Anyway, besides its different look, it still give access to the same kind of information, assets and functions. Furthermore, new username and password are not required.

In the future, fully electronic management will be introduced gradually, and in a few years procurement contracts will be handled paperless.

Read more here.

Check the new Participant Portal here.

Presentations from the Raw Materials Week 2018 are now published

The presentations and pictures from the Raw materials Week 2018 – H2020 Raw Materials Info Day and Brokerage Event have been published on the website of the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials and are availabe at the following link: https://ec.europa.eu/docsroom/documents/32886  

The above link includes also presentations from partner searches.

A short video from the event will also be published in the coming weeks.

11 new SC5 projects funded for €29 million total

The European Commission has selected 11 projects that will receive around €29,7 million under Horizon 2020’s Societal Challenge “Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials”.

These projects were selected among 79 proposals submitted for the SC5 one-stage call – Greening the economy in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.

Selected projects will be launched in 2018.

The 11 projects fall into 4 different topics:

  • Water: 5 funded projects out of 57 proposals submitted
  • Raw materials: 2 funded projects out of 9 proposals submitted
  • Natural and cultural assets: 3 funded projects out of 9 proposals submitted
  • Circular economy: 1 funded project out of 4 proposals submitted

More information about the funded projects available here.

New calls for proposals are now open, and it’s possible to apply by 19 February 2019.

To find out what type of projects have already received EU funding and how much budget is still available until 2020, check the infographics available here.

EIB’s Inaugural Donors Conference

The first European Investment Bank (EIB) Donors Conference will take place on 14th November in Luxembourg, at the same time of the European Microfinance Week which will be held 14-16 November.

The conference gathers EIB donors, partners and beneficiaries working together to explore financing solutions to help tackling global challenges and to create new opportunities around the world.

The event is a good opportunity to discuss key topics such as economic resilience, climate action and innovation.

Participation is by invitation and more information can be requested at events@eib.org.

More information and agenda available here.

EU RAW MATERIALS WEEK

The 3rd EU Raw Materials Week will take place from Monday 12 to Friday 16 November in Brussels. In order to address the latest news on raw materials in EU, the European Commission has planned a series of events along the whole week offering  to people interested in raw materials the opportunity to discuss together relevant issues for the whole community (i.e. policy, technology, international cooperation, framework conditions, knowledge base and others).

The highlight of the week is the 6th High Level Conference of the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials, taking place on 14th November. Its main topic is “Raw materials for low carbon and circular economy” and it will cover relevant issues such as battery value chain or secondary raw materials for energy-intensive industries.

Full agenda of the event, speakers, practical info and registration available here

 

RURITAGE Call for Interest for Role Models – Open until 18 November 2018

The European project RURITAGE has extended the deadline for its recently launched call for interest for local actors in rural areas for joining the project as additional Role Models. The deadline, originally planned for 31st October, has been moved to 18th November. Candidate Role Models can apply by submitting good practices they have been implementing in their territories. A good practice is a successful experience, which has been tested and validated and that has reached a great impact in rural regeneration, and that deserves to be shared so that a greater number of rural communities can adopt it.

RURITAGE is a European project that aims at transforming rural areas in sustainable development demonstration ‘laboratories’, through the enhancement of their unique Cultural and Natural Heritage potential. Additional Role Models selected following this call will have the great opportunity to see their good practices promoted by RURITAGE and to share their experiences with the other Role Models and knowledge experts enabling the subsequent enhancement of the good practice in their own rural territory.

For more information about the RURITAGE project and how to become a Role Model, click here.

Deadline: 18th November 2018

Limiting global warming to 1.5°C: the IPCC report

Early October, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published its awaited special report on the impacts of global warning of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. The IPCC was commissioned as part of the Paris Agreement to produce this report. The Paris Agreement includes the aim of “holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels”. Pre-industrial levels refer to the period of around 1850-1900.

Climate change effects already visible

Extreme weather, rising sea levels and diminishing Artic sea ice are the consequences of 1°C above pre-industrial levels. The IPCC report states that human activities are estimated to have caused this 1°C global warming above pre-industrial levels, and that global warming is likely to reach 1.5°C between 2030 and 2050. However, the report highlights that warming from anthropogenic emissions from the pre-industrial period to the present will persist for centuries to millennia but that these emissions alone are unlikely to cause global warming of 1.5°C. Anthropogenic emissions are also unlikely to cause further warming of more than 0.5°C over the next two to three decades. Climate change effects are already visible. Many land regions experience a warming greater than the global annual average. Moreover, scientists observe a trend in some climate and weather extremes that are occurring more frequently and with more intensity.

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ERA-MIN 2018 Joint Call on Raw Materials for the Sustainable Development and the Circular Economy is now open

The ERA-MIN 2018 Joint Call on Raw Materials for the Sustainable Development and the Circular Economy is now open from October 31st, 2018. 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-four public funding organisations from 15 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 € 14 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.

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