New COST actions approved June 2017

New COST actions approved June 2017

COST, European Cooperation in Science and Technology, www.cost.eu, is an EU-funded networking activity which allows the networking of research on a European level. It facilitates research between scientific communities in different countries and also increases the mobility of researchers across Europe through the setting up of COST actions. COST fosters the establishment of scientific networks across all areas of research from humanities to basic sciences. It is suitable not only for academics but also for representatives from SMEs, NGOs and public entities.

COST actions are thus ‘bottom-up’ approaches to research and will fund networking meetings (usually twice per year), short-term scientific missions, training schools and publications. It leads to excellent contacts and can also lead to preparation for future grant proposals eg as in H2020.

New COST actions have just been approved and can be downloaded from below.
If you wish more information please contact the Malta COST national contact point, Prof Janet Mifsud on janet.mifsud@um.edu.mt or Dr Melchior Cini on melchior.cini@gov.mt

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COST

COST

Malta hosts the 199th European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) Committee of Senior Officials in Esplora Malta. Hon. Chris Agius Parliamentary Secretary for Research Innovation and Sports and Dr. Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando, Executive Chairman of the Malta Council for Science and Technology as well Dr Angeles Rodriguez- Peña, President of the COST Association were present for the meeting.

New COST actions approved October 2016

New COST actions approved October 2016

COST, European Cooperation in Science and Technology, www.cost.eu, is an EU-funded networking activity which allows the networking of research on a European level. It facilitates research between scientific communities in different countries and also increases the mobility of researchers across Europe through the setting up of COST actions. COST fosters the establishment of scientific networks across all areas of research from humanities to basic sciences. It is suitable not only for academics but also for representatives from SMEs, NGOs and public entities.

COST actions are thus ‘bottom-up’ approaches to research and will fund networking meetings (usually twice per year), short-term scientific missions, training schools and publications.  It leads to excellent contacts and can also lead to preparation for future grant proposals eg as in H2020. 

New COST actions have just been approved and can be downloaded from below.

If you wish more information please contact the Malta COST national contact point, Prof Janet Mifsud on janet.mifsud@um.edu.mt or cost.mcst@gov.mt . or Dr Melchior Cini on melchior.cini@gov.mt

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COST Actions approved

Health Programme under Horizon 2020

Health Programme under Horizon 2020

The Health Programme under Horizon 2020 has been highly competitive. There have been 415 proposals submitted across 10 Personal Medicine calls (PM calls) alone in 2016 as shown in our latest infographic below. And it doesn’t look like this sector is showing any signs of changing soon. There will be between 50 and 78 projects receiving funding in the upcoming months.


There are four upcoming call deadlines we are focusing on in this infographic.

One in October of this year focusing on the three subjects Preventing disease, Understanding health, well-being and disease, and Treating and managing disease.

In 2017 there are another three deadlines which cover the subjects Active ageing and self-management of health, Methods and Data, Understanding health, well-being and disease, and Treating and managing disease

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Horizon 2020 Information Day & Brokerage Event Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency & Raw Materials

Horizon 2020 Information Day & Brokerage Event Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency & Raw Materials

On 14th September 2016, the European Commission will be organising an info session and brokerage event on upcoming Horizon 2020 calls falling under Societal Challenge 5 (Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials).

The programme can be accessed via the website: https://ec.europa.eu/easme/en/horizon-2020-information-day-climate-action-environment-resource-efficiency-raw-materials

Registration is done online. Please note that the morning plenary sessions and the parallel sessions will be webcast live. After the event, video recordings with sound and integrated slide presentations will be made available online.

Representatives of the research community, businesses and public administration are invited to attend.

Be Smart, Think Blue Conference and Brokerage Event

Be Smart, Think Blue Conference and Brokerage Event

Location: Gdansk, Poland

Date: 9th and 20th September 2016

The Maritime Institute in Gdansk in cooperation with the national contact point (NCP) networks BioHorizon and ETNA2020 have the pleasure to invite all stakeholders in the area of maritime research to participate in a joint conference and brokerage event!

Three projects, namely the Smart Blue Regions Interreg project (Smart specialisation and blue growth in the Baltic Sea Region) and the two European NCP network projects BioHorizon (Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy) and ETNA2020 (Smart, green and integrated transport), have joined forces to strengthen Europe’s capacity for efficient blue growth.

Smart specialisation is a key concept in the effort to boost innovation across the EU. Understanding the role of smart specialisation in enhancing the European blue growth sector is prerequisite to successfully availing of the sea of opportunities open to stakeholders. In addition to regional specialisation and funding, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020, offers several funding opportunities for marine and maritime R&I projects on a European scale. Creating synergies between all available funding sources is the ultimate goal of the ‘Be Smart, Think Blue’ event.

The first day of the event, 19th September 2016, will provide attendees with comprehensive insights into smart blue specialisations, including examples of success stories and reflections on the major current challenges. On the second day, participants will have the possibility to initiate international research cooperation initiatives during a brokerage event dedicated specifically to stakeholders in the area of blue growth. The brokerage event will focus on relevant open calls in Horizon 2020 and other applicable funding schemes. Participants attending the brokerage event will be able to schedule a series of bilateral meetings with other attendees of the event ahead of time on the basis of organisation and research profiles created during registration. There will also be an opportunity for a limited number of participants to hold flash presentations introducing their project idea and partnering needs.

Free of charge to participants, the aim of this two day event is to create an inspiring space and engender a spirit of effective cooperation amongst blue growth actors from across Europe.

For more information and to register for one or both days visit the event website at https://www.b2match.eu/smartblue2016

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Call for Expression of Interest for Members of the High Level Group as part of the Interim Evaluation of Horizon 2020

Call for Expression of Interest for Members of the High Level Group as part of the Interim Evaluation of Horizon 2020

In the context of the Interim Evaluation of Horizon 2020, the European Commission is establishing a High Level Group on maximising the impact of EU Research and Innovation Programmes in the future and to formulate a vision for future R&I.

Interested experts are invited to express their interest in becoming a member of this group, which is expected to have up to 12 members. It is expected to start its work in January 2017 for a period of six months.

 

More detail on the call can be found here: http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/support/about.htmland the detailed announcement can be found here: http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/ref/h2020/other/events/high-level-group_en.pdf

European Commission publishes Short Summary Report of PRIMA Open Public Consultation

European Commission publishes Short Summary Report of PRIMA Open Public Consultation

The European Commission has published a Short Summary Report outlining the results of the PRIMA Open Public Consultation, whose objectives are:

− to collect views and opinions on the scope, objectives, and expected impacts of the Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area (PRIMA)

− to seek input in relation to the preparation of a potential EU contribution to PRIMA

The Report can be downloaded from: https://ec.europa.eu/research/environment/pdf/prima/prima-ia_consultation_ssr.pdf#view=fit&pagemode=none

 

More information and regular updates on the stakeholder consultation process and the Impact Assessment being carried out by the European Commission can be found here:

https://ec.europa.eu/research/environment/index.cfm?pg=prima

Marie Sklodowska Curie Individual Fellowships 2016

Marie Sklodowska Curie Individual Fellowships 2016

Do you want to apply for a Marie Sklodowska Curie Individual Fellowship in one of the Universities in Valencia region?

More than 100 research groups in Valencian Universities are looking for Marie Sklodowska-Curie candidates.

Follow the link – http://ruvid.org/ri-world/host-institutions-for-msca/ to find the profiles of the research groups in our affiliated universities that are looking to host Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship candidates in 2016. Keep in mind that, although the 2016 call closes on 14th September 2016, the individual groups indicate the deadline by which you must submit your applications to them in order to be considered (for the most part, between mid-June and July).

Deadlines:

University deadlines vary between mid-June and end of July, so don’t “save this for later”. Take action… now!

Official call deadline: 14th September