N°10, 20 September 2010
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The ceremony for the 2010 EARTO Innovation Prize will take place in Brussels on 27 October 2010, at the Representation of the Free State of Bavaria to the European Union. We will be welcomed personally by the Bavarian State Minister for Science, Research and the Arts, Wolfgang Heubisch.
The Presidency of the European Union has kindly honoured our event by the presence of Belgian Capital-Region Minister BenoÃ®t Cerexhe, who currently chairs the meetings of the Research Ministers in the European Council of Ministers.
The European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, has most graciously accepted to join us for the ceremony and to share with us her thoughts on the future direction of European research and innovation policies.
This event will also see the publication of the study on the role and impact of RTOs in Europe currently being prepared by the Technopolis Group at the request of EARTO - as well as of a set of case studies of high-impact innovations produced with a significant contribution by EARTO members.
The ceremony will be followed by an evening reception.
A detailed programme is available here. If you want to register, please complete our registration form as soon as possible and send it back to firstname.lastname@example.org . Please note that this event if free of charge but that places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. For further information, please contact Kadija Taffah.
New Staff at the EARTO Secretariat
Talita Soares joined the EARTO Secretariat as Policy Intern on 13 September 2010. She will be working with us from September 2010 to March 2011. Talita, a Brazilian national, has lived and studied in France, Germany and the UK, and holds a Master in European Studies from Lille University (France) and a Bachelor in International Business from Toulouse University (France). She speaks fluent Portuguese, English, French, Spanish and basic Dutch.
Before joining EARTO, Talita worked for SEMI Europe, a Brussels-based association representing European suppliers of semiconductor equipment. While at SEMI, Talita gained a good understanding of research and innovation policy and public relations. Talita will work as a Policy Intern and will be responsible for the policy and press monitoring activities of the association, while assisting the Secretariat on a number of issues related to EU affairs, European research and innovation policy and media relations. Talita can be reached via email at email@example.com or by phone: +32 2502 8698.
EPP Hearing on Simplification of the Framework Programme
On 1 September 2010, the European People’s Party Group (EPP Group) and Dr. Maria da GraÃ§a Carvalho MEP, parliamentary rapporteur on simplification of the FP, hosted a public hearing on the simplification of Framework Programme in the European Parliament. This hearing was designed to stimulate the debate on simplification before adoption of a parliamentary report on the subject.
Senior representatives from universities, research centres and industry presented their wish lists for simplification of the Framework Programme. EARTO Secretary General Christopher John Hull was invited to represent RTOs and gave a robust presentation on key measures that RTOs would like to see implemented as a priority to improve the way the Framework Programme operates. He argued for the need to ensure a unified interpretation of the rules, for the acceptance of usual accounting practices of the beneficiaries, including for the use of average personnel costs, and for a quick removal of the obligation to open interest-bearing bank accounts. He explained why lump sums would not be a suitable option for RTOs and recommended the utmost care in replacing the current cost-related control system with science-based controls. A copy of his presentation and of his speech can be found here.
New Commission Director General for Research Robert-Jan Smits made a clear and personal commitment to the issue of simplification of the Framework Programme, promising rapid changes whenever possible. He made it clear that he would only implement mechanisms that had proven their value at national level or outside of Europe, dismissing the idea of results-based funding and science-based controls as too dangerous. Dr. Ingeborg Grässle MEP promised that she would address key concerns of research stakeholders shared by RTOs via the revision of the Financial Regulation, such as the issues of multiple controls by different sets of auditors and divergent interpretations of the rules for procedures.
Christopher John Hull was interviewed by EPP TV after the hearing. The video recording can be found here. For more information, please contact Christopher John Hull or Pauline Bastidon.
Belgian Presidency Workshop on Joint Programming
On 15 September 2010, the Belgian Presidency organised a workshop on Framework Conditions for Joint Programming in Brussels, with senior national representatives and key stakeholder organisations. Members of the High Level Group for Joint Programming (GPC) presented and discussed the draft framework condition guidelines with stakeholders. These guidelines focus on peer review procedures, foresight activities, funding of cross border research, evaluation of joint programmes, dissemination and use of research findings, and IPR issues.
EARTO Policy Officer Pauline Bastidon attended the workshop on behalf of EARTO and argued for streamlined and uniform rules and governance models for the JPIs, a strong focus on impact and relevance, and for a careful handling of the funding and IPR issues.
Conclusions from the workshop were presented to the GPC on 16 September and will feed into the preparatory work on the framework conditions guidelines, which should be adopted before the end of the year. A copy of the draft guidelines can be found here. For further information, please contact Pauline Bastidon.
Technopolis Report on the Impact of RTOs
Technopolis Group, which is producing the EARTO-commissioned report on the role and impact of RTOs in Europe, has sent out a questionnaire to EARTO members in order to complete its work in time for the Innovation Prize ceremony. We would be grateful if you could complete the questionnaire and return it to Technopolis by Thursday 23 September. For further information, please contact Christopher John Hull.
Responsible Partnering - Update
EARTO met with stakeholder organisations EUA (European Universities Association), EIRMA (European Industrial Management Association) and ProTon Europe on 9 September to discuss a possible revision of the Responsible Partnering Guidelines following forthcoming changes in the State Aid rules. The Responsible Partnering guidelines were designed to facilitate research collaborations between universities, research organisations and industry. A copy of the Responsible Partners Handbook is available here.
The Responsible Partnering organisations agreed to update the guidelines in the course of 2011, in accordance with proposed changes in the State Aid rules. For more information, please contact Pauline Bastidon.
The latest edition of the YEAR Newsletter is available here. The newsletter contains updates on the activities of YEAR, articles on various research centres and a list of events organised or supported by YEAR.
GE Launches Ecomagination Challenge
General Electric has launched a $200 million “GE Ecomagination” Challenge, together with some of the largest venture capital firms in the world. The competition is open to businesses, entrepreneurs, innovators and students with ideas to build the next-generation power grid to meet the needs of the 21st century. The $200 million capital pledge of GE and its partners will be invested globally into promising start-ups and ideas. Participants will also have the opportunity to develop a commercial relationship with GE, with an evaluation of their business strategy, exploration of partnership opportunities with GE, access to the GE research facilities and commercial expertise. Those wishing to participate will need to submit their proposals before 30 September. Further information on the contest can be found here.
Job Vacancies in RTOs
EARTO gives space in this newsletter to members who would like to publish their job vacancies. Please contact Pauline Bastidon.
Events by and with EARTO
European and Other News
September 20, 2010 | European news
Council of EU Ministers adopts regulation on GMES programme and its initial operations
At the occasion of the General Affairs Council meeting that took place on 13 September 2010, EU Ministers adopted the proposal for a regulation on the European Earth observation programme (GMES) and its initial operations (2011-2013). The adoption, which follows the agreement reached with the European Parliament in first reading on 16 June 2010, is the final step of the co-decision process. The aim of the regulation is to contribute to the establishment of GMES as an operational programme, and to provide additional funds for its initial operations enabling a gradual build-up of capabilities until 2013, as well as to put into place the necessary structures for the governance of the programme. The new EU law includes an additional EUR 107 million in the initial operational phase of GMES, as proposed by the European Commission in May 2009.
September 17, 2010 | European news
GE survey identifies structural funds as key element of future innovation strategy
On 14 September, General Electric (GE) published the results of its 'Innovation Barometer', an independent poll of 240 opinion leaders on EU innovation policies carried out by StrategyOne. The research, published in conjunction with GE's 'ecomagination challenge' for open collaboration on new technologies, comes ahead of the Commission's 'Innovation Union' strategy to be presented in October. The overwhelming majority of respondents want EU structural funds to be used to get innovative products and services to the market. As the European Commission readies its new innovation plan, a consensus is also forming around the need to slash bureaucratic procedures and boost venture capital funding.
September 13, 2010 | European news
Clean Sky organises information day on 7th call for proposals
The Clean Sky Joint Undertaking is organising an information day on the Clean Sky 7th call for proposals in Brussels, on 11 October 2010. Registration is now open; please note that registration is free of charge but mandatory. A draft programme, topic list for the call, registration form and additional information can be downloaded on the Clean Sky website.
September 10, 2010 | European news
ERC Secretary General steps down
On 7 September 2010, The European Commission confirmed the resignation of the Secretary General of the European Research Council, Professor Andreu Mas-Colell. The Professor returns to his career as distinguished Professor of Economics at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona.
September 9, 2010 | European news
Interim Evaluation report of ARTEMIS and ENIAC JTIs is now available
The Interim Evaluation Report on the JTIs ARTEMIS and ENIAC has been published earlier this week. The Evaluation Panel makes several recommendations for Member States, the European Commission, Industrial Associations and the Joint Undertakings. Key recommendations include the need for Member States to make multi-annual budgetary commitments, the need for industrial associations to engage better with the JTI constituencies and the need for the joint undertakings to place greater emphasis on strategic, European aims in proposal evaluation and selection processes. All in all, the Evaluation Panel considers that these are early days in an experiment with a new form of integration and recommends that the experiment should be continued, and that ENIAC and ARTEMIS should be renewed in their present tripartite form in 2013.
September 9, 2010 | European news
Marie Curie Actions receive record number of applications
Nearly 5 000 researchers have applied for EU-funded Marie Curie fellowship grants this year, which represents an increase of 20% compared with last year. For the first time, a funding category is available for researchers who want to restart their career after a break. Results of this year's selection are expected by the end of the year.
September 9, 2010 | European news
EU adopts tougher rules to protect animals used in research
On 8 September 2010, the European Parliament voted to revise legislation on animals used for scientific purposes. The revised legislation, first proposed by the European Commission in 2008, will strengthen the protection of animals still needed for research and safety testing. The new directive will also play a significant role in minimising the number of animals used in experiments, and require alternatives to be used where possible, whilst ensuring a level playing field for EU industry and enhancing the quality of research conducted in the EU. The Member States will have 24 months to adopt and publish national legislation which will transpose the provisions of this Directive. The new Directive will take effect on 1 January 2013.
September 7, 2010 | European news
FCH JU Governing Board appoints new Executive Director
On 6 September, the Governing Board of the FCH joint undertaking announced that Bert De Colvenaer had been appointed as Executive Director, starting from 1 September. Bert De Colvenaer brings to the partnership a thorough experience in the field, with an involvement of over 20 years in the automotive industry in the field of power-train production engineering and advanced research.
September 7, 2010 | European news
Barroso highlights key Commission priorities in State of the Union speech
On 7 September 2010, José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, delivered the first State of the Union address before the European Parliament. He highlighted the key priorities for the European Commission for 2010-2011 and beyond. Innovation, competitiveness and research featured high on his agenda. Implementing the EU2020 Strategy will be one of the five key priorities of the Commission in the next few months. This will notably be done via the publication of the Innovation Union flagship Communication and the set up of innovation partnerships to improve competitiveness of the whole innovation chain, from basic research to market. Another priority is the preparation of the EU budget post-2013. While the future EU budget is unlikely to be higher than the current one, it is expected than the Commission will argue for a greater focus on the EU2020 priorities, including research and innovation. President Barroso said he would like to introduce a ten-year budgetary framework for the first time, with a mid-term review of the budget after five years.
September 2, 2010 | European news
Green Cars PPP - Joint strategy and networking event 2010
In order to facilitate the participation of interested stakeholders in the European Green Cars Initiative and particularly in the latest bunch of calls for proposals, VDI/VDE-IT, EPoSS and ICT4FEV are jointly organising a Strategy and Networking Event on 10 September in Berlin, Germany. Opportunities for presenting project proposals and technology offers/requests will be given. Attendance is free of charge but it is necessary to register to be able to participate. Please note that places are limited.
September 1, 2010 | European news
Belgian Presidency Conference on Research, Development and Innovation for a more secure Europe
The fifth annual security research conference will take place in Ostend, Belgium, from 22 to 24 September, as part of the programme of events of the Belgian Presidency of the Council. This conference will allow security research, technology development and innovation stakeholders to meet and shape the European security research agenda.
August 25, 2010 | European news
Legal opinion delivers blow to plans for single EU patent
Plans to create a single court for litigating patent disputes, one of the basis for the creation of a single EU patent, have been seriously compromised by a negative opinion from the Advocate General of the European Court of Justice, Juliane Kokott. Kokott said that the proposal as it stands is incompatible with EU treaties. Four reasons are given for this incompatibility, the most crucial one focusing on the issue of official languages. Kokott stated that the proposal to operate in English, French and German only is contrary to the rights of defendants who do not speak, or work in, these languages. The European Court of Justice is not bound to accept the Advocate General’s opinion. However, this opinion represents another obstacle to be overcome in the process of setting up the European Patents Court, and by extension, the single EU patent. The Advocate General’s opinion will probably be seized on by countries including Spain, Italy and Poland, which are against the three languages proposal.
August 12, 2010 | European news
EPO fees for international applications to rise from 1 September 2010
As from 1 September 2010, the table of fees for international applications published in OJ EPO 2009, 619, is changed as follows: International filing fee: from €878 to €950 Fee per sheet in excess of 30: from €10 to €11 Reductions (under the Schedule of Fees, item 4): • Electronic filing (the request being in character coded format) from €132 to €143 • Electronic filing (in character coded format) from €198 to €214 Handling fee: €132 (unchanged)
August 9, 2010 | European news
Reminder: FP7 interim evaluation online consultation open until 27 August 2010
The European Commission launched a public consultation on the interim evaluation of FP7 on 2 July 2010. This consultation on the functioning and achievements of FP7 is still open until 27 August 2010.
August 6, 2010 | European news
EC adopts new Communication addressing key issues in nuclear medicine, radiology and radiotherapy
On 6 August 2010, the European Commission adopted a Communication to the European Parliament and to the Council on medical applications of ionizing radiation. The Communication proposes a way forward to resolve the urgent issue of shortage of supply of radioisotopes for nuclear medicine. The Communication also identifies key issues to improve radiation protection of patients and medical staff, to avoid a rise in population exposure associated with the technological advances in X-ray computed tomography imaging (CT) and an increase of accidental or unintended exposures in radiotherapy.
August 6, 2010 | European news
REA organises Information Day on new Security research call
The Research Executive Agency is organising an information day on the FP7-SEC-2011-1 Security research call on 9 September 2010, in Brussels. The FP7-SEC-2011-1 call offers new research funding opportunities to research institutions, universities, industries, SMEs, civil society organizations and any other security stakeholders. The brokerage event will give you opportunity to present your ideas, look for research partners and exchange views. Participation in this info day is by registration only, before 1 September 2010.
August 4, 2010 | European news
Belgian Presidency Conference: "From knowledge to competitiveness"
On 14 September 2010, the Belgian EU Presidency and the Federal Public Service Economy are organising a seminar entitled "from knowledge to competitiveness". This seminar will focus on the use of standardisation, intellectual property and public procurement by public authorities to promote and strenghthen innovation as a factor of competitive and sustainable growth. The seminar will take place at the cultural centre Wolubilis, in Brussels.
July 29, 2010 | European news
De Nazelle to leave the EIT on 1 September 2010
On 22 July 2010, the EIT Governing Board announced that Gerard de Nazelle, EIT Director, had decided to leave the EIT as of 1 September 2010 due to personal reasons. Dr. Ronald de Bruin (EIT Head of Unit for Operations, Strategy & Communication) will assume the position of acting Director until a successor is nominated.
July 28, 2010 | European news
Clean Sky launches new call for proposals
The 6th Clean Sky Call for Proposals was published on 27 July 2010. It covers 29 topics across 6 ITDs with total available funding of over €14 million. The closing date for submission of proposals is 12 October 2010.
July 26, 2010 | European news
Consultation on Scientific Basis for a Definition of the Term "Nanomaterial"
The services of the European Commission need to elaborate a working definition for the term “nanomaterial” to ensure the consistency of forthcoming regulatory developments to guide, as appropriate, the effective implementation of existing regulation and to contribute to international work and dialogue on nanotechnology definitions. The European Commission has requested the Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) to provide advice on the essential elements of a science-based working definition of “nanomaterials” and, specifically, to identify the most appropriate metrics to define materials at nanoscale, taking into account reported size ranges and other relevant characteristics and corresponding metrics, characteristics, physico-chemical properties and thresholds. In line with its procedures for stakeholder dialogue, the European Commission is launching a public consultation on the pre-consultation opinion approved by written procedure on 6 July 2010. All interested parties are invited to submit their comments and proposals on the preliminary opinion by 15 September 2010.
The EARTO Meeting Facilities
The EARTO meeting room is available to members for meetings of up to 12 participants, including light refreshments (coffee, tea, etc.) and the use of a projector, at â‚¬250 per day. Lunch arrangements are extra.
Members needing a larger meeting room are welcome to contact the Secretariat for assistance.
For further information, please contact Sylvia Lopomo at the EARTO Secretariat: +32-2-5028698.
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