HORIZON 2020 NEWSLETTER – Malta and EU news

HORIZON 2020 NEWSLETTER – Malta and EU news

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WHY DO WE NEED A COMMERCIALISATION PLAN IN HORIZON 2020 PROPOSAL?

Quite simply, and in line with the EU innovation policy, the EU provides official instructions for evaluators to seek out a commercialisation plan in grant proposals. For example, the Horizon 2020 Proposal Evaluation brief refers to this in the Impact section and states: “Strengthening the competitiveness and growth of companies by developing innovations meeting needs of European and global procurement markets.”  We agree that these instructions are quite elusive. We therefore understand why many researchers overlook them as a direct requirement for a commercialisation plan, as part of the expected innovation management activities. That being said, experience shows evaluators are definitely looking for such a plan. Therefore, grant proposals that successfully present solid commercialisation plans will truly enhance the competitiveness of their overall proposal.

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THE EUROPEAN RESEARCH COUNCIL (ERC) PARTICIPATED AT THE WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM IN DAVOS

At this year’s World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, the European Research Council (ERC) have brought a frontier science to the discussions, represented by ERC President Prof. Jean-Pierre Bourguignon and eight stellar ERC grantees.

There was also a press conference on the “SCIENCE OF HEALTHY AGEING”.

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PATHWAYS TO IMPACT FROM SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES RESEARCH

Austrian Presidency have published the outcomes of the Conference on “Pathways to Impact from Social Sciences and Humanities Research” held in November 2018.

You can go to SSH guidelines published online to learn more about how to successfully design and implement mission-oriented research programmes.

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EUROPEAN NUTRIENT RECYCLING CONTEST: NUTRIENT RECOVERY TECHNOLOGIES AND PRODUCTS FOR   NITROGEN / PHOSPHORUS RECOVERY

Please contribute to the selection of the best available nutrient recovery technologies and products for deployment/market uptake promotion of Nitrogen/Phosphorus recovery innovations: https://nutriman.net/questionnaire

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FUNDING   OPPORTUNITIES

H2020: SME INSTRUMENT PHASE 1 (2019)

Cut off dates: 13th February or 7th May 2019.

Overall indicative budget for 2019:  552.26 million €

If your proposal is not funded by the European Commission but you receive the Seal of Excellence, you can be funded by Maltese national R&I funds (CVP, FUSION programme).

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EUROPEAN RESEARCH COUNCIL  – 2019 CONSOLIDATOR GRANT

Deadline: 7 Feb

ERC-2019-COG Consolidator Grants are designed to support excellent Principal Investigators consolidating their own independent research team or programme.

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HORIZON 2020

WORK PROGRAMMES

With close to €13 billion, the overall budgets in 2019 are the highest ever and thus so are your chances of obtaining your share!

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EUROPEAN RESEARCH COUNCIL 2019 PROOF OF CONCEPT ERC-2019-POC

Deadline: 25 April 2019 

The ERC PoC funding is made available only to those who already have an ERC award (either ongoing or has ended less than 12 months before the opening date of this call).

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FAST TRACK TO INNOVATION (FTI)

Deadline: 23 May 2019 

Projects applying for FTI funding should undertake an innovation from the demonstration stage through to market update. This includes activities such as piloting, test-beds, system validation and more.

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FUNDS FOR SHORT-TERM EXCHANGES

Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) funds short-term exchanges of personnel between academic, industrial and commercial organisations throughout the world. The call for proposals is now open for submissions until 2nd April:

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NETWORKING AND INFO DAYS

SECURE SOCIETIES INFORMATION DAY AND BROKERAGE EVENT

13-14 MARCH 2019, Brussels

This information day and brokerage event is organised by the Network of Secure Societies National Contact Points (SEREN4) in collaboration with the European Commission.
The event will give details on Secure Societies calls for proposals in 2019. The event will also provide networking opportunities through B2B meetings and project ideas pitch sessions.

Registration will be open soon.

Another information day and brokerage event will be organised by Network of Secure Societies National Contact Points in Riga, the second week of April 2019.

EUROPEAN NETWORKING EVENT “­­­­­­­­­­­­­SUCCESSFUL R&I IN EUROPE “2019 

14 – 15 FEBRUARY 2019, DÜSSELDORF

For the 10th time, this networking event invites researchers and entrepreneurs from Europe to find new research and innovation (R&I) partners for Horizon 2020 projects. About 300 participants from more than 20 countries are expected to attend. Participants are invited to give a short presentation (ideas and/or results) with a focus on Horizon 2020 calls.
Examples of past presentations can be found here (see “Programme”).

If you are interested, please register for the event here.

NMBP 2019 – EU Industry Days 

5-6 February 2019, Brussels

EU Industry Days 2019 will focus on key industrial challenges such as sustainability, digitalisation, investment and globalisation. The event on 5-6 February will demonstrate how EU industrial policy benefits European citizens and provide input for future policy making.

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ICT/SC7 – EUROPEAN CYBER DEFENCE INDUSTRY CONFERENCE

26 February 2019, Tallinn 

Jointly organised by the European Commission, Estonian Ministry of Defense and Estonian Defence and Security Industry Cluster, this ENDR event will explore challenges and opportunities for the Cyber Defense Industry in Europe.

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MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS

26-28 February 2019, Barcelona

With over 107 000 key decision-makers expected to attend #MWC19, the Enterprise Europe Network is running a brokerage event during the congress. Expand your professional network with 1-to-1 meetings with key stakeholders, industry facilitators and innovative entrepreneurs.

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SCIENCE AND SOCIETY IN PRESENT-DAY EUROPE

9 May 2019, Bern

This symposium is being organised by ALLEA, the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities. It will reflect on the role European academies play in providing a bridge between the production and diffusion of knowledge to and with society.

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PROPOSAL PREPARATION TIPS AND HINTS

FINDING AND MAINTAINING A COLLABORATION 

LEARN FROM BRITISH COUNCIL RESEARCHER CONNECT PROGRAMME

We often start with what we need. But we should think about what we can offer. What challenges do others have and what can you provide that will help?

Instead of saying ‘I have this great research’, start with ‘what’s keeping you awake at night?’ Ask your potential collaborator some questions about their challenges, and then suggest ways that you can work together.

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BROKERAGE EVENTS

PARTICIPATE IN EEN ORGANISED BROKERAGE EVENTS & TRADE FAIRS

21-Feb Matchmaking event during the construction fair BATIBOUW 2019   Brokerage Event – Brussels (Belgium)
21-Feb Cross-cultural workshop in Gdansk, Poland Workshop – Gdansk (Poland)
22-Feb International matchmaking event on life sciences “Life-on-Chip” Brokerage Event – Leuven (Belgium)
26-Feb B2B meetings at Mobile World Congress 2019 Brokerage Event – BARCELONA (Spain)
28-Feb About Japan! Cross-cultural workshop in Vilnius, Lithuania Workshop – Vilnius (Lithuania)
3-Mar Keep pace with Robotics and China – A Culture Journey to Shanghai for European SMEs in the Sector of Robotics Training – Tjajin (China)
6-Mar Brokerage event for Industry 4.0 @ Global Industrie in Lyon, France Brokerage Event – Lyon (France)
6-Mar Futurebuild Matchmaking 2019  Brokerage Event – London (United Kingdom)
12-Mar CFIA Rennes 2019, the exhibition for the food processing sector – International B2B Meetings Brokerage Event – Rennes (France)
12-Mar Partnering at JECworld 2019 – Innovation or Composites Brokerage Event – Paris (France)
13-Mar B2B Matchmaking focused on rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing during the fair RapidPro 2019 Brokerage Event – Veldhoven (Netherlands)
13-Mar Innoform 2019 – Brokerage Event at International Cooperative Trade Fair of Tools and Processing Industry Brokerage Event – Bydgoszcz (Poland)
14-Mar 5th International B2B Software Days 2019 – The Future of Digital Business Brokerage Event – Vienna (Austria)
14-Mar Inn2Power B2B matchmaking event offshore wind Groningen Brokerage Event – Groningen (Netherlands)
15-Mar Budgryf & Home – a matchmaking for construction, energy and interior decoration sector Brokerage Event – Szczecin (Poland)
15-Mar DroneDays brokerage event, 4th edition  Brokerage Event – Brussels (Belgium)
19-Mar Green Industry Innovation, Digitalisation and ICT Matchmaking, Oslo! Brokerage Event – Oslo (Norway)
20-Mar Energy match -matchmaking event at Vaasa energy week 2019 Brokerage Event – Vaasa (Finland)
25-Mar #Let’s Cluster – international micro- and nanoelectronics conference and matchmaking event Brokerage Event – Graz (Austria)

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MCST hosted the BLUEMED 2nd Project Coordinators’ Meeting on the 25th January 2019, Malta

The BLUEMED 2nd Coordinators’ Meeting – “Sustaining the lessons learned and enhancing the Bluemed initiative synergies” – took place in Malta on 25 January 2019. The single day event revolved around key actions and achievements of funded projects, with a view to tapping the lessons learned within the blue growth community in the Mediterranean, in order to foster the transformation of the Mediterranean basin into a hotspot of innovation.

The meeting converged on “Sustaining the lessons learned and enhancing the BLUEMED Initiative synergies” and Pilot Action on Healthy Plastic Free Mediterranean Sea. This was followed by a discussion on litter and plastics and elements of Blue Labs and Blue Careers Projects Outcomes. This lead to another discussion on challenges and opportunities faced by projects as a result of scoping exercise currently underway via a questioner on the impact of the BLUEMED Initiative. The results of which will be integrated into the implementation plan.

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