EARTO News

N°8, 19 September 2011

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Open Calls for Proposals and Tenders


Open Calls for Proposals and Tenders

Seventh Research Framework Programme (FP7)
Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP)
Tenders Electronic Daily (TED)

In this Issue

Open Calls for Proposals and Tenders

2011 EARTO Innovation Prize

2012 EARTO Annual Conference

IMI to Reimburse Actual Indirect Costs

EP Approves Amendment to FCH JU Regulation

Launching of ERA Framework Consultation

European Parliament Research Committee Adopts Report on Horizon 2020

Revision of the State Aid R&D&I Framework Postponed to 2013

4th FP7 Monitoring Report

EARTO Communications Working Group

EARTO FP8 (Horizon 2020) Task Force

Quality Working Group Next Meeting

Welcome to New Member: SignalGenerix from Cyprus

Invitation to Attend ICTurkey, Istanbul, 27th September

FEDIT Technology Fair

Job Vacancies in RTOs

Events by and with EARTO

European News

Meeting room


2011 EARTO Innovation Prize



The award ceremony for the 2011 EARTO Innovation Prize will take place in Brussels on 7th December 2011, at the Royal Belgium Institute of Natural Sciences. The ceremony will be followed by an evening reception. All members are most welcome to attend. A detailed programme will be published shortly and registration will open soon. In the meantime, please mark the date in your diary. For further information, please contact .

2012 EARTO Annual Conference



 

The 2012 EARTO Annual Conference will take place in Geneva, Switzerland, on 7th-8th May. The general theme of the conference, which will be hosted by CSEM (Centre Suisse d’Electronique et de Microtechnique), will be globalisation and its consequences for RTOs. Please mark the date in your diary. For further information, please contact .

IMI to Reimburse Actual Indirect Costs

EARTO appears finally to have won the argument that the funding model of the Innovative Medicines Joint Technology Initiative (IMI) must change. Since IMI’s launch in April 2008 the reimbursement of overhead costs has been capped at 20% of eligible direct costs. EARTO’s early criticism of this unattractive funding model has been echoed since by many other organisations, including LERU (League of European Research Universities). Now, following approaches by EARTO and others to the IMI Member States Representatives Group in 2009, and in response to recent critical articles in the online magazine Nature Biotechnology, the IMI Governing Board has announced that in future projects IMI will fund the actual indirect costs of participating organisations.

For further information, please contact .

EP Approves Amendment to FCH JU Regulation

On 13th September 2011, the European Parliament adopted a report that approves amendments to the Regulation establishing the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking. The amendment means that the in-kind contribution of the research organizations that participate in FCH projects will in future be counted as "matching" funding on an equal footing with the contribution of industry. This will improve funding rates and remove uncertainty about the funding level for particular projects. The Competitiveness Council is expected to adopt the amendment at its meeting on 28th- 29th September.

For further information, please contact .

Launching of ERA Framework Consultation

The Innovation Union initiative commits the Union to completing the European Research Area by the end of 2014. To this end, the Commission is preparing its ERA Framework proposals, which will likely be a mixture of legislation and recommendation to “free up” the production and circulation of knowledge in Europe. To help prepare this, the Commission has just launched a public consultation on issues including researcher mobility, cross-border operation of research actors, development and access of research infrastructures, knowledge transfer, and open access. The consultation, which will run until 30th November, can be found here.

For further information, please contact .

European Parliament Research Committee Adopts Report on Horizon 2020

The European Parliament's Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) has adopted a report on the proposed Common Strategic Framework for R&I, drafted by MEP Ms. Marisa Matias. Many amendments were proposed to the original report, calling for a more balanced distribution of the research budget between Member States, greater simplification, and a more risk-tolerant approach. Other demands include reduced time-to-contract (and to grant) and fewer mandatory reports. MEPs have also highlighted the need to double the research budget and to further support the participation of SMEs in collaborative projects (to reach 15%). The report also calls for an EU SME Programme, conceived as a specialized branch of the EIB, the creation of an all-European fund financed by Structural Funds to promote research, and an additional budget involving the EC, Member States and Structural Funds to enable financing of excellent EU project proposals which receive a positive evaluation but cannot be funded for lack of budget. The report, if adopted in plenary on 26th September, will serve as the European Parliament’s position and basis for discussions with the European Commission on the future Horizon 2020 proposals.

For further information, please contact .

Revision of the State Aid R&D&I Framework Postponed to 2013

The European Commission has published a staff working document on the Mid-Term Review of the State Aid R&D&I Framework. The document highlights the context and features of the R&D&I Framework as well as statistics of approved aid schemes since it entered into force in January 2007. Data for 2007-2011 suggest that most funding went to aeronautics and microelectronics, with energy taking third place. 80% of total R&D&I state aid went for the development of Key Enabling Technologies. The report indicates that the revision of the State Aid R&D&I Framework - originally due in 2010 - will now be further postponed until 2013. A questionnaire will be addressed to Member States and interested stakeholders before the end of this year. For further information, please contact .

4th FP7 Monitoring Report

The 2011 report analyses participation trends in FP7, implementation and management, and other topics such as the current state of the simplification process, the role of National Contact Points, and the participation of EU regions. For the first time the report lists the top participating research organizations, and six out of the first twenty are EARTO members. The 245 calls completed so far have received more than 77,000 proposals, of which 12,000 have been retained for negotiations. SME participation is in line with target: SMEs make up 16.6% of the participants.

For further information, please contact .

EARTO Communications Working Group



The EARTO Communications Working Group will meet in Brussels on 27th September. Topics for discussion will include a review of the EARTO Communication Strategy, the final preparation of the 2011 EARTO innovation case studies brochure, and a review of the EARTO logo and website.

Communication professionals from EARTO members interested in participating in this Working Group should contact for further information.

EARTO FP8 (Horizon 2020) Task Force

The EARTO Horizon 2020 Task Force assists the EARTO Secretariat in monitoring the preparation of Horizon 2020 and in formulating responses on issues critical for RTOs. The next meeting of the Task Force is scheduled for 28th September and will be held at the offices of ACC10, rue de la loi 227. Items on the agenda will include current drafts of the Horizon 2020 legislative decision and rules for participation, including funding models and intellectual property rights.

For further information, or if you wish to participate, please contact .

Quality Working Group Next Meeting

The next meeting of the EARTO Working Group on Quality Issues in RTOs will take place on 11th October at the EARTO offices. The main points on the agenda are customer satisfaction measurement, complaints-handling procedures, the role of the process owner in the project management system, and a discussion on benchmarking customer feedback and related processes.

For further information, please contact .

Welcome to New Member: SignalGenerix from Cyprus



SignalGenerix is a solutions provider in digital signal processing and communications. The company is privately owned by its founder, Dr. Anastasis Kounoudes. It develops tailored state-of-the-art solutions, aiming to add value to its clients’ products and processes through the development of strong intellectual property.

There is currently little applied research in Cyprus and no RTO structures. Tassos Kounoudes has launched an initiative to create CARIE - the Cyprus Association of Research and Innovation Enterprises. The intention is to use this association to encourage the government of Cyprus to invest more strongly in applied R&D and to develop RTO-like structures.

For further information, click here.

Invitation to Attend ICTurkey, Istanbul, 27th September



Pera Innovation, on behalf of TÃœBÄ°TAK, the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey, invites EARTO members to ICTurkey - the International Partnering Event in ICT - to take place in Istanbul on 27th September 2011: “By attending you will be able to meet with over 200 researchers and companies from Turkey and all across Europe. You will have the opportunity to take part in one-to-one meetings with other event participants and discuss proposal opportunities. In addition, top level researchers will showcase their current FP7 R&D proposals at dedicated workshops. As a direct benefit of your participation, you will be able to identify potential Turkish partners for FP7 proposals. You might also want to circulate this information to your networks and be interested to know that travel support is granted to selected participants attending with proposal concepts. Therefore, please feel free to forward this invitation to researchers/professionals who may be interested in attending. To register for your free place, please click here. Once your participation has been validated, you will be able to view the organisations that have already registered to attend and arrange face-to-face meetings with selected participants that you wish to meet up with.”

For further information on the event click here or contact Nicolas Garnier at nicolas.garnier@pera.com.

FEDIT Technology Fair



On 26th October 2011, the Spanish Federation of Technology Centres, FEDIT, is organising the Sixth FEDIT Technology Fair in the Convention Centre of Málaga. It is the first time that the Technology Fair is open to companies, which will have the opportunity to learn about technology and innovation capacities of technology centres and research organizations participating in the fair.

The day before FEDIT is organising a training event for researchers and technology developers on the valorisation of R&D, followed by the award ceremony of the FEDIT Innovation Prize. For further information click here.

Job Vacancies in RTOs

 

 

EARTO gives space in this newsletter to members who would like to publish their job vacancies. Please contact .

Job Vacancy: The Catalan Agency for Competitiveness of the Government of Catalunya (ACC10) is looking for a project manager for FP7 projects, based in Brussels.

Tasks :
• Support proposal of projects by Catalan enterprises and other R&D actors
• Follow up applications to the European Commission
• Identify potential initiatives and projects for Catalan project promoters
• Support and follow Connect-EU members in their activities in Brussels
• Support in organising events and training on EU R&D Programmes and projects
• Follow participation in specific networks based in Brussels
Background education : University degree in Sciences or Engeneering
Additional education : postgraduate or PhD in EU affairs,with a speciality in Project Management in R&D
Previous professional experience : companies,universities or other organization working in EU R&D projects
Languages :French, English, Spanish. Catalan will be a plus.
Information tools : good knowledge of EU databases
Other requisites : international working experience will be evaluated positively mainly in EU-related institutions.
Working place : Brussels, Schuman area
Remuneration: according to the experience of the candidate
Please send your detailed resume to: acoelho@acc10.com


EARTO Calendar

Events by and with EARTO

Nov 20, 2014
EARTO WG Working with SMEs, Brussels, Belgium
Dec 3, 2014
EARTO-EIRMA-EUA Event on Responsible Partnering, Brussels, Belgium

European and Other News


September 14, 2011 | European news

Researchers Support Open Access Publishing

An EU-funded study published in September revealed that scientists are increasingly happy to publish in open access journals, with open access becoming the preferred route to publishing and accessing research results.   The report, “An Open Access future” from the eurocancercoms project” analyses the results of a survey carried out as part of the Framework Programme 7-funded Eurocancercoms project, looking at researchers’ attitudes towards open access publishing. Open access business models to challenge the traditional subscription models are also examined.   The survey, by the European Association for Cancer Research (EACR), found that 59 per cent of researchers say their work is often hindered by a lack of free access to research findings, whereas 88 per cent of respondents said publicly-funded research should be available to be read and used without access barriers.

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September 13, 2011 | European news

EC Launches Public Consultation on the ERA Framework

On 13 September 2011 the European Commission has launched a public consultation to identify main obstacles and possible solutions towards the completion of the European Research Area. The goal is to achieve the ERA by 2014, creating a single market for knowledge, research and innovation.   Questions in the consultation cover topics such as researchers’ mobility, knowledge transfer, cross-boarder cooperation and research infrastructures.   The consultation will run until 30 November 2011. A wrap-up event revealing the results of the consultation is planned for January 2012, while the Commission's proposals for the ERA Framework are scheduled for June 2012.

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September 9, 2011 | European news

ERC Starting Grants Awarded

On 9th September the European Research Council published the results of the fourth ERC Starting Grants Competition. The ERC has allocated over €670 million to early-career researchers. In this Starting Grant call, the number of applicants has increased by 42%; from 2873 last year to 4080 this year, although the budget has only increased by 15%. Few of the ERC Grants have been awarded to researchers working at RTOs, a trend that has been observed in previous calls. Some complaints have arisen regarding the low level of funding for RTOs in the ERC schemes, specially having in mind that around 40% of the budget is allocated for Physical Sciences and Engineering, a domain where RTOs would make a telling contribution. The Commission has promised to address this issue.

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September 9, 2011 | European news

EIT Consultation Report published

On 8 September 2011 the European Commission published the report with the results of the Open Consultation on the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). The main conclusions of the consultation are: • The support of stakeholders for EIT’s mission and concept; • The need for maintaining the EIT's autonomy and flexibility to organize itself within Horizon 2020. • Strong calls for a more efficient and streamlined organization, as well as a reduction of the administrative burden, in order to increase the participation of the private sector. • Clarification of the role of the co-location centers within the KICs. • The consolidation of the existing KICs is considered as important as the designation of the new ones. The results of the consultation will be used as an input for the preparation of the Strategic Innovation Agenda (SIA) of the EIT and for an accompanying proposal amending the EIT Regulation. The amendments will update the EIT Regulation without introducing dramatic changes. Both the SIA and the amendments are expected to be presented on 30 November, together with the Commission’s proposal on Horizon 2020.

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September 7, 2011 | European news

Inventory on Japan’s international research cooperation published

On 3 August the International Cooperation ERA-NET project CONCERT-Japan published an inventory on Japan’s international research cooperation funding agencies. The document gives a brief overview of the Japanese STI funding system, it describes the key policy makers and the Japanese institutions managing international STI cooperation programs. The inventory is a useful tool for RTOs willing to set up RTD projects in cooperation with Japanese partners, as it covers all the Research and Development programmes open to EU countries. The inventory will serve as a basis for a more comprehensive database.

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September 7, 2011 | European news

5th SET-Plan Conference to be celebrated in Poland

On 28 And 29 November 2011 will take place the fifth conference on the European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan), organized by the European Commission and the Polish presidency of the Council. During these two days representatives from of industry, research, financing and policy will discuss the achievements and developments of the SET-Plan and the different European Industrial Initiatives (EIIs). One of the main objectives of the conference is to support a political resolution on a proper reflection of the SET-Plan technologies in the next multiannual financial framework (2014-2020).

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September 6, 2011 | European news

FCH JU First Interim Evaluation published

On 4 September the European Commission Publications Office has published the official version of the Interim Evaluation of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, one of the five Joint Technology Initiatives. The Interim Evaluation was carried out between December 2010 and May 2011 by a group of independent experts. The Interim Evaluation consider the setting up of the FCH JU an achievement on its own, but points out some negative aspects that should be addressed. The main critics regard the insufficient resources of the Programme Office, which prevents an active management of the project portfolio, and the uncertainty of funding rates, which are known after the selection process and are lower than in the Framework Programme. The second problem is to be addressed in an amendment to the FCH JU Regulation that the European Parliament will vote on 13 September; and the current revision of the Multiannual Implementation Programme (MAIP) may address some of the obstacles found during the Interim Evaluation.

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September 6, 2011 | European news

EP's Research Committee adopts report on Horizon 2020

On 31 August 2011, the European Parliament's Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) adopted a report on the Common Strategic Framework for R&I, drafted by MEP Ms. Marisa Matias.   In total 385 amendments have been proposed to the report, highlighting the need for a more balanced distribution of the research budget between Member States, the support of a “stairway to excellence”, more simplification of procedures and the switch towards a more risk-tolerant approach for research. Other requests included reducing time-to-contract (and to grant) and the number of mandatory reports.   MEPs have also called on the Commission to double the research budget and to further support the participation of SMEs in collaborative projects (to reach 15%). New elements in the report included an EU SME Programme, conceived as a specialized branch of the EIB, creation of an all-European fund financed by Structural Funds to promote research and the creation of an additional budget involving the EC, MS and regional funds to fund excellent non-selected project proposal.   The report, if adopted in plenary on 26 September, will serve as the European Parliament’s position and base for discussions with the European Commission on the future Horizon 2020 proposals.

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September 2, 2011 | European news

Interim Evaluation of the international cooperation activities of the Capacities Programme

In early August the European Commission published the Interim Evaluation of the international cooperation activities undertaken under the Capacities Programme. The Evaluation was carried out by a group of Independent Experts and presented to the Commission in October 2010. The report analyses the functioning of the FP7 INCO Calls and of specific activities such as BILAT, ERA-NETs or Access4EU. The Group of Experts also assessed the achievements in the areas of Policy Dialogue, Capacity Building and Partnership Building, as well as the coordination with other Community Instruments. The EU has earmarked a total of €180 million for funding international Cooperation activities in the Capacities Programme over the duration of FP7.

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September 1, 2011 | European news

New practical guide on EU funding opportunities for R&I

On 31 August it was published an EC staff working paper containing a new edition of the Practical Guide to EU funding opportunities for Research and Innovation. The guide provides a concise description of the main funding sources in the field of research and innovation and explains how they can be combined in practice. The new guide explains in a nutshell the main EU programmes that provide funding for R&I activities, such as the Framework Programme, the CIP and the Structural Funds, as well as European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the European Fisheries Fund, which were not analyzed in the first edition. It also includes information of other EU programmes such as the LIFE+ or the Pre-Accession Instrument.

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September 1, 2011 | European news

Review of State Aid R&D&I Framework postponed to 2013

On 10 August 2011, the European Commission has published a staff working document on the Mid-Term Review of the State Aid R&D&I Framework. The document highlights the context and features of the R&D&I Framework as well as statistics of approved aid schemes since it entered into force in January 2007.   As regards the R&D&I activites and the type of beneficiary for which State aid has been granted, available data from 2007-2011 suggests that the largest proportion of funding went for activities in the domain of aeronautics and microelectronics, with energy taking the third place. 80% of total R&D&I state aid went for the development of Key Enabling Technologies, whereas 90% of large aids went to large companies and only 10% to SMEs.   As to measures put in force under the General Block Exemption Regulation, amongst others there were 99 schemes providing aid for basic research, 299 for industrial research and 290 for experimental development.   According to the report, the review of the State Aid R&D&I Framework will be postponed to 2013. A public questionnaire aiming to collect ideas and identify positions will be addressed to Member States and stakeholders in the second semester of 2011.

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September 1, 2011 | European news

Joint Programming and ERA-NET annual event to take place in Brussels

On 9 and 10 November 2011 the annual event on Joint Programming and ERA-NET will take place in Brussels. The two-day conference will integrate the former “Annual ERA-NET events” and is targeted at 300 to 400 policy makers and research funders as well as related stakeholders from Joint Programming Initiatives, ERA-NET coordinators and participants, Members of the Parliament and the Permanent Representations.   The event will offer a progamme including plenary sessions and interactive smaller sessions with working groups around key issues related to public-public partnerships in the context of Horizon 2020.

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August 29, 2011 | European news

ERC appoints new Secretary General

On 29 August the European Research Council has announced the appointment of its new Secretary General, Professor Donald B. Dingwell, by the ERC Scientific Council. Professor Dingwell is currently head of the Department for Earth and Environmental Sciences at Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich. A renowned expert in the fields of mineralogy and volcanology, Professor Dingwell was awarded himself an ERC Advanced Grant in 2009. The Secretary General of the ERC is its permanent representative in Brussels and is the person in charge of the day-to-day cooperation with the Executive Agency and the European Commission. The post was vacant since August 2010. The new Secretary General will take office as of 1 September this year and his term lasts until December 2013.

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August 29, 2011 | European news

CEN organises info session on standards in research projects

On 9 September 2011, the European Committee for Standardization, will organise an info session on standards in research projects.   The event, to take place in Brussels, will aim to support and inform the research community in understanding and integrating standardization in their future research and innovation projects.

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August 26, 2011 |

ERC 2010 Report published

On 17 August it was published the Annual Report on the ERC activities and the realization of its objectives. The report presents the Commission's assessment of the ERC's operations and the achievement of its objectives in 2010. During last year, the ERC made commitments of more than € 1.1 billion and executed payments of € 528 million within the Ideas Programme. Out of the 225 redress complaints introduced in 2010, only 10 lead to re-evaluation of proposals and none of the complaints introduced was successful. At governance level, a reflection on the legal and organizational structure of the ERC was initiated by the ERC Task Force, which delivered its report in July of this year. The report will serve as a basis for the future ERC structure in the forthcoming proposal for the Horizon 2020 Programme.

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August 25, 2011 | European news

DG RTD publishes graphics on FP7 execution by year and theme

On 25 August the Directorate General for Research and Technology Development published the new expenditure charts for 2007-2013. The FP7 budget execution levels are represented in different graphics that show the expenditure (actual or planned, depending on the year) for each year of FP7 and each theme. Compared to 2011, practically all the themes increase their budget in the 2012 Work Programmes. The themes that experience a higher level of increase are the ICT theme and the Ideas Programme, followed by the Marie Curie Actions. The only themes that have suffered a decrease in its budget are Health, Space and the Capacities Programme.

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August 24, 2011 | European news

EC 4th Monitoring Report says only tiny proportion of FP7 proposals are re-evaluated

The Commission's 4th Monitoring Report, published on 4 August, revealed that only 0.057 per cent of Framework 7 proposals have been re-evaluated after a redress procedure that allows would-be grantees to appeal the rejection of their applications.   The Commission received 2,105 redress requests, re-evaluated only 30 were and three proposals were finally funded. Issues prompting re-evaluation were related, for example, to the eligibility of proposals, to factual errors, or to reviewers’ insufficient specialist knowledge.   In general, the report finds that Framework 7 is easier to use than FP6. More than half of national contact points surveyed say that it is easier to find information and that application procedures are simpler. About 35 per cent also find that financial management of Framework 7 projects is easier than under Framework 6.

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August 19, 2011 | European news

Consultation on Joint Programming in Research in Neurodegenerative Diseases

On 11 August 2011 the EU Joint Programme on Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND) has launched an online consultation on its Strategic Research Agenda. The objective of the consultation is to gather the opinions of organizations and individuals with an interest in neurodegenerative diseases about the research priorities for the future in this domain. The consultation will be open until September 18, 2011

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August 19, 2011 | European news

Innovation Convention Exhibition Submission Deadline Postponed

The organizers of the Exhibition that is going to take place within the Innovation Convention have extended the period for submitting proposals until the 7 of September. The call for exhibition is open for all entities willing to show the results of a project that has been financed by the Framework Programme or the CIP Programme. The Innovation Convention will gather more than 1,200 participants in Brussels, the 5 and 6 of December.

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August 17, 2011 | European news

Reports of Horizon 2020 thematic workshops published

During the months of June and July the European Commission organized several workshops on the societal challenges and other component parts of Horizon 2020. In total, more than twenty workshops to gather the views of stakeholders regarding different issues, such as Research Infrastructures, Access to Risk Finance, Clean Energy, Smart Transport or the role of Industrial and Enabling Technologies in Horizon 2020. The summary reports of the different workshops are now available in the Horizon 2020 dedicated section of the Europa portal.

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August 17, 2011 | European news

4th FP7 Monitoring Report published

On 4 August 2011 the European Commission published the 4th FP7 Monitoring Report, which covers the implementation of the Framework Programme from 2007 to 2010. The report analyses the participation trends in FP7, the implementation management and other topics such as the current state of the simplification process, the role of National Contact Points, or information about the participation of EU regions in FP7. The report shows the high attractiveness of the Seventh Framework Programme –the 245 calls closed up to date have received more than 77,000 proposals, of which 12,000 have been retained for negotiations- as well as a relatively high level of participation of SMEs -16.6% of the participants-.

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August 12, 2011 | European news

COST to hold event at the European Parliament

On 18-20 October 2011, COST will hold an exhibition in the European Parliament, showcasing the 'networks of science' that COST Actions have been creating across Europe.   The event, to be hosted by Ms Pilar del Castillo Vera MEP will also highlight the societal impact of COST Actions and their relevance for policy-making.

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August 11, 2011 | European news

EU R&D investors to increase innovation efforts

On 10 August 2011, the European Commission published its sixth EU Survey on R&D Investment Business Trends, a survey of the R&D investment expectations of the 1000 European companies which invest most in R&D.   The report explained that top R&D investing companies based in the EU expect their global R&D investments to grow by 5% annually from 2011 to 2013. This is more than double of last year's expectations, and represents a significant upturn from the R&D cuts implemented by these companies in 2009.   Top factors indicated as having a positive effect on innovation were the availability of qualified personnel and of public support such as grants and fiscal incentives. Factors perceived as negative for all sectors were costs of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and the time needed to obtain IPR protection.   In October 2011 the European Commission will publish its next EU Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard, which ranks the biggest 1000 EU and 1000 non-EU companies investing in R&D.

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August 10, 2011 | European news

EC published report on STTP consultation

The European Commission has published the results of the public consultation on the Strategic Transport Technology Plan. The STTP will provide a strategic framework for future EU transport research and innovation. The consultation received a total of 157 contributions. All responses can be found online.   On the topic of policy transport and technology, most respondents support a strategic coordinated action at EU level, combined with a 'partnership approach' involving different stakeholders. A set of broad areas for research and innovation (ICT, fuels and energy technologies, materials and vehicle design, transport infrastructure, etc) was presented in the questionnaire and according to participants all technological areas are perceived to offer potential to contribute to EU policy.   Regarding the research and innovation chain, participants have ranked the "deployment phase" as top priority by 45% (when compared to "R&D phase" and "demonstration phase"). On competitiveness, 70% of the contributions suggested applied research and demonstration actions as a means to maintain or improve European competitiveness.   The STTP should be finalised by the Commission by autumn 2011.

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August 4, 2011 | European news

JTIs joint event to take place at the European Parliament

From 4-6 October 2011, the five Joint Technology Initiatives –Clean Sky, Innovative Medicines Initiative, Fuel Cells and Hydrogen, ENIAC and ARTEMIS- are organizing a joint event on the future of R&D and innovation in Europe.   The event, to take place at the European Parliament, will include an exhibition, five thematic sessions as well as panel sections exposing the activities, achievements and perspectives of the JTIs.   The event is hosted by the Portuguese MEP Ms Maria da Graça Carvalho. Deadline for registration is 15 September.

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August 4, 2011 | European news

SESAR JU has selected new partners

On 4 August 2011, the Air Traffic Management Research Joint Undertaking (SESAR JU) has published the list of the new associated partners. The selection process has been done through a call for proposals open on February 2011. The call was exclusively addressed to SMEs, Research Organisations, Universities, and Institutes of higher education.   The SESAR JU was set up in 2007 to pool research efforts in the domain of Air Traffic Management in order to build the Single European Sky Area. It has a budget of €2.1 billion shared equally by the European Union, Eurocontrol and the industry.

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August 2, 2011 | European news

Commission launches a Prize Competition for Innovative Women

On 29 July the European Commission has launched a prize competition to encourage the participation of women in innovative enterprises. The Women Innovators Prize will reward women who have founded or co-founded a company that has ever participated in a project funded by the Framework Programme or the CIP programme. The deadline to apply for the prize is 20 September. The prizes will be awarded during the Innovation Convention, to take place in Brussels on 5 December 2011.

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August 2, 2011 | European news

Council starts the discussion on EU budget 2013-2020

On 28 and 29 July it was held an Informal Meeting of the Council of General Affairs in Sopot, Poland. The next Multi-annual Financial Framework was the main point of the discussions. The main result, according to the Polish Presidency, was the broad acceptance of the draft presented by the Commission at the end of June as a basis for the discussion. The proposal of the Commission allocates €80 billion for the future Horizon 2020. The next debate will take place in the Council of General Affairs to be held in September.

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August 1, 2011 | European news

EC publishes results of consultation on future CIP

The European Commission has published a final report summarizing all contributions received to the consultation on a possible successor to the Competitive and Innovation Framework Programme. Written responses and position papers submitted are available online.   Overall, responses suggested that the future programme should focus on supporting SMEs and creating a favourable business environment. EU 2020 flagship initiatives should be used as main reference. Respondents also felt that priority should be given to direct support in the form of grants to pilot actions testing innovative solutions. Simplification of the programme structure and rules was also a concern.   Due to start in 2014, Horizon 2020 will integrate the CIP, the European Institute for Innovation and Technology and the Framework Programme. Some aspects of the current CIP programme could be integrated as part of Horizon 2020, although this is still under discussion. The Commission will present its proposals in December 2011.

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July 28, 2011 | European news

EC to launch Innovation Convention

On 5-6 December 2011, the European Commission will organise the first Innovation Convention, a major event linked to the Innovation Union flagship initiative.   The Innovation Convention 2011 will take place in Brussels and will gather more than 1200 participants involved in the innovation chain, including high-level policy makers, industry, universities and research centres.   It will also include a key exhibition showcasing the latest research and innovation results being developed in Europe under EU funding. Participants in FP7 or CIP-funded projects can participate in the exhibition applying for a stand within the Convention, in which they will be able to expose the results and concrete examples of their projects.   The deadline for submission of exhibition proposals is 31 August 2011 and the registration process for participating in the event will open soon.

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July 27, 2011 | European news

Council proposes tight research budget in 2012

On 25 July 2011, the Council has approved its position regarding the Draft Budget for 2012. The Member States call for a reduction of €1.13 billion in payments for next year in respect to the proposal presented by the Commission. An important part of this reduction would come from the field of Research.   Among the most affected chapters would be the themes of Health - €76 million less-, ICT -€74 million- Space -41 million less- NMP -€40 million less-, Transport -€33.5 million- and Security -€25 million less. The Council proposes to reduce in €60 million the amount devoted to the People programme. In the Cooperation programme, the most affected areas is the Research for the Benefit of SMEs, which would lose €5 million if the proposal of the Council is accepted by the Parliament.   The European Parliament is excepted to adopt its position at the end of October 2011. If the Council's and the Parliament's positions diverge, a three-week conciliation process will start on 1 November 2011.

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July 26, 2011 | European news

REA organises info day on FP7 security research call

On 8 September 2011, the Research Executive Agency will organise an info day on the recently launched FP7 security research call.   The event, to take place in Brussels, will allow participants to present their ideas and look for potential research partners.   Participants can register free of charge via the REA website.

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July 25, 2011 |

Commission publishes report on RTD activities in 2010

On 21 July the European Commission has published a report summarizing the developments at European level in the domain of Research and Technological Development. The report summarizes the main achievement in the different areas such as the Framework Programme, the European Research Area, Joint Programming Initiatives and Joint Programming, among other topics.

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July 22, 2011 | European news

ERC launches 5th ‘Starting Grants’ Call for Proposals

On 20 July the European Research Council launches the fifth call for proposals for the ‘ERC Starting Independent Researcher Grants’, aimed to support up-and-coming research leaders who are about to establish or consolidate a proper research team and to start conducting independent research in Europe. The budget of the call amounts to €730 million, a 10% increase regarding last years’ call. The call will fund 500 to 600 talented researchers. There are three different deadlines to presenting proposals: 12 of October for proposals in the domain of Physical Sciences and Engineering, 9 of November fir the Life Sciences domain, and 24 of November for proposals in the area of Social Sciences and Humanities.

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July 22, 2011 | European news

Advisory Group on ICT Research publishes report

On 20 July 2011, the ISTAG, the Advisory Group to the Commission on the ICT Theme within the FP7 Cooperation Programme, has issued a report about the future of Research in ICT beyond 2013. The main conclusions of the reports are: •To keep a dedicated R&D&I programme for collaborative research on ICT within Horizon 2020; •Focus on social innovation centered in the users’ needs; •Promote the participation of new stakeholders in the research projects; •Define the research priorities based on Europe’s strengths. •Focus on security of ICT infrastructures; •Increase the efforts on Innovation and exploitation •Create schemes to detect and accelerate innovation opportunities •Continue the Future Emerging and Technologies scheme with new initiatives; •Fund cross-border initiatives and partnerships with Member States; •Establish a dynamic agenda that embraces ambiguity and unpredictability

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July 22, 2011 | European news

EC launches €7 billion FP7 calls for proposals

On 19 July the Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, presented the launch of 41 calls for proposals within the 7th Framework Programme. The overall budget for these calls amounts to €7 billion. The calls, which were formally published on 20 July, cover the different Themes of the Cooperation Specific Programme. The €7 billion are expected to be distributed to 16,000 recipients, with special attention for SMEs, which will receive around €1 billion. One of the specific measures for SMEs is a €108 million call focused on removing barriers to innovation. One of the areas that receive special attention in the new calls for proposals is the topic of ageing, that will receive €220 million of the €656 million available for health research and €240 million of the €1.3 billion in funding for ICT.

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July 22, 2011 | European news

Clean Sky 2011 call launched

On 19 July the Joint Technology Initiative Clean Sky has launched its 10th Call for Proposals. It covers 40 topics in different domains –ecodesign, green regional aircraft, green rotorcraft, sustainable engines, smart fixed wing aircraft and systems for green operations- for a total funding of 19.5 million euro. The deadline for submitting proposals is 12 October 2011.

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July 22, 2011 | European news

IMI JTI has launched its 4th Call for Proposals

On 18 April 2011 the Innovative Medicines Initiative JTI has launched its 4th Call for Proposals With a budget of €105 million. This amount is matched by the in-kind contribution by the research-based pharmaceutical companies that are members of the IMI JTI Industrial Association. The Expressions of Interest from the applicant consortia can be presented from 19 September until 18 October 2011. Afterwards, the selected consortia will present a final proposal.

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July 20, 2011 | European news

Research ministers meet in Sopot, Poland

On 20 and 21 July 2011, the Ministers of Research of the EU will meet in the city of Sopot under the auspices of the Polish Presidency of the Council. On the first of the two days, there will be held the Ministerial Conference about the development of the European Research Area, where ministers will discuss the steps to be done to achieve the ERA by 2014, an objective settled in the Innovation Union. In September the Commission should launch the Consultation on the ERA Framework in order to prepare its proposal for 2012. On 21 July, the Ministers will celebrate an Informal Council of Competitiveness. Among the issues to be discussed in this meeting are the achievements and future steps of the European Innovation Partnerships (EIPs), the synergies between the Research Programmes and the Cohesion Funds as well as the underrepresentation of the regions of the new Member States in the Framework Programme. Introducing mechanisms that promote a higher participation of these regions in Horizon 2020 is one of the priorities of the Polish Presidency in the area of Research.

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July 19, 2011 | European news

EC reveals research priorities for second half of 2011

The European Commission had revealed some of its research priorities for the second semester of 2011. They include:   - Proposals for Horizon 2020 (basic act, specific programmes and rules for participation) - November 2011 - Communication on “Partnering in Research and Innovation” - September 2011 - Progress Report on the implementation of the Innovation Union - 4th quarter 2011 - European roadmap for innovating with nanotechnologies 2011-2015 - 4th quarter 2011 - Annual Report on progress achieved by JTIs in 2009 - July 2011 - Launching of Joint Programming Initiative “More years, better lives” - July 2011, “Antimicrobial resistance - 3rd quarter 2011, “Urban Europe” - 4th quarter 2011   Provisional plans for 2012 cover the ERA Framework, a Communication on enhancing and focussing international cooperation in R&D&I and a Communication on the state of implementation of the Innovation Union and mainstreaming of innovation in EU policies.

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July 19, 2011 | European news

4th IMI call launched

On 18 July 2011, the European Commission has launched its 4th Call for Proposals under the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) with a budget of €105 million. The IMI Joint Undertaking applies a two stage Call process, which means that in a first stage applicants should present an Expression of Interest (EoI). The period for submitting the EoIs starts on 19 September and finishes on 18 October 2011.

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July 19, 2011 | European news

EU-US plans joint funding of rare diseases research

The European Commission and the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) are putting together a jointly-funded programme of research to capitalise on advances in genomics and speed up the development of diagnostics and treatments for rare diseases.   The International Rare Disease Research Consortium (IRDiRC) set up by the Commission and the NIH is modelled on similar projects, such as the International Cancer Genome Consortium and the International Knockout Mouse Consortium, in which national public funding agencies have set out research roadmaps and funded joint programmes to reach specific objectives as quickly as possible, without any duplication of effort. Each agency launches calls according to its own rules, to meet the shared objectives.   The Consortium will hold a meeting in Canada in October 2011 to finalise its research agenda, following two earlier meetings to set objectives and draw up a strategy.

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July 18, 2011 | European news

Conclusions Info Day on research PPPs (11-12 July)

On 11 and 12 July the European Commission organized the Information Days on the Research Public Private Partnerships. The event was held in order to prepare the participants for the coming €418 millioncross-thematic coordinated calls that are going to be launched on 19 July.   The InfoDays served also to discuss the progress regarding the Research PPPs as well as the future of this scheme, which was set up as part of the Economic Recovery Plan launched in 2008. Herbert Von Bose, Director of Horizontal Issues at DG Research, presented in the Final Session the main findings of the Interim Assessment of the PPPs. The PPPs have resulted in a higher participation of industry in research projects, particularly SMEs. One of the conclusions of the Assessment is that the PPPs should be formalized and extend its scope in the future, addressing the innovation challenges. The Infodays were closed by the Commissioner of Research, Innovation and Science, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn. In her keynote speech, the Commissioner highlighted the positive impact of the PPPs and announced that its future would be addressed in the legislative proposal for Horizon 2020 that the Commission will present in November.

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July 18, 2011 | European news

EC recommends new JPI

On 11 July the European Commission has recommended the launching of a new research Joint Programming Initiative in the domain of demographic ageing. The title of the proposed JPI is ‘More years, better lives – the potential and challenges of demographic change’. The Commission calls on Member States to develop a common vision on how to coordinate research in the field of ageing by: • Exchanging information on national research programmes. • Identifying areas or research activities where resources could be pooled. • Sharing research infrastructures or developing new facilities • Promoting collaboration between public and private sectors • Developing networks of research institutions focused on demographic change. The demographic challenge was already identified by the Council in May 2010 as an area where joint programming would provide an added-value to the current fragmented efforts of Member States. Apart from Germany, the country leading the initiative, twelve additional countries have already confirmed their participation in the new JPI. The Council will decide on its establishment before the end of 2011.

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July 18, 2011 | European news

FP7 calls no longer published on CORDIS

From mid-July on, the FP7 calls for proposals will only be published in the Participant Portal, which has become the single official website for the publication of FP7 calls. This means that the FP7 call-related information is no longer published on CORDIS. The ‘Find a call’ section on CORDIS webpage redirects to the Participant Portal webpage. Users willing to have access to services such as RSS feeds and e-mail notifications are requested to sign up for these services on the Participant Portal. Currently, the Participant Portal is the entry point for FP7 projects throughout their lifecycle, from the publication of calls and the submission of proposals to the negotiation and reporting phases. In the future it will extend its scope to other programmes in the area of research and innovation.

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July 18, 2011 | European news

EIT publishes its annual report

On 12 July 2011 the European Institute of Innovation and Technology has published its Annual Report 2010. The report contains the main developments and activities carried out by the EIT during last year. 2010 was crucial for the EIT, as it has been the year in which the three Knowledge and Innovation Communities (Climate-KIC, EIT ICT Labs and InnoEnergy) have been launched. After being designated in December 2009, during 2010 the KICs negotiated and signed with the EIT the groundbreaking contractual agreements establishing a seven-year partnership. 2010 was also the year during which the three KICs established their legal entities and put in place their management and governance structure. In July 2010 the KICs submitted their first Business Proposals and started implementing their activities in the field of education and entrepreneurship Other achievements of last year were the setting up of the headquarters in Budapest, inaugurated in April 2010, and the establishment of the EIT Foundation, created in order to raise additional public and private funds for the KICs.

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July 18, 2011 | European news

EC launches consultation on access and preservation of scientific information

On 15 July 2011, the European Commission has launched a public consultation on access and preservation of scientific information. The results will feed in a Communication, to be presented late this year, setting out actions to be taken by the Commission on open access to publications and data in the context of research projects funded by EU budget.   The consultation is open until 9 September 2011.

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