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.
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”.
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
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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