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COST Open call - COST workshop at BELSPO

The deadline for the next COST-Action Open Call is 20/04/2018. More info.
On 27/03/2018 in the morning, an infosession (in English) is organised at Belspo for Belgian researchers who want to bring in a COST proposal.
NL Agenda and registration.
FR Agenda and registration.

Registration Webinar on How to Implement Clinical Studies in Horizon 2020 - 5 March 2018

The Horizon 'Health, demographic change and well-being' call is open with 11 topics that require to use a specific template if you carry out a clinical study.

A proposal including clinical studies has to fulfill several requirements, such as filling in the clinical trial proposal template and being aware of several issues specific to these studies, how to involve clinical partners, how to set up the budget, and what regulatory and safety issues need to be considered at proposal stage, amongst others. Experts from the European Commission will cover all these aspects.

The webinar will take place on 5 March from 10.00 to 12.00 CET.

The deadline for registration is the 1st of March 2018. Registration does not constitute automatic acceptance to the webinar. You will receive a confirmation email by 2nd of March. You can register here.

Info session on “H2020-no financial” on March 6 at Belspo: registration open till 19/02

Together with the European Commission, the Belgian Legal and Financial National Contact Points (BELSPO/Eurofed, NCP Flanders, NCP-FNRS, NCP Brussels and NCP Wallonie) will hold an info session on “H2020-no financial” on March 6 from 9.30 till 16.30. It will take place in Brussels at the Belgian Science Policy Office (Avenue Louise 231 Louizalaan, 1050 Brussels). A lunch for the participants is foreseen.

The aim of the event is to explain to Horizon2020 project partners how to avoid errors in Horizon 2020 project reporting. This event being a follow-up of the event held in October 2016 ( see presentation ), aim is to concentrate this time more on the latest novelties and audits.

Registration is free of charge but mandatory and a confirmation email will be sent to you on February 23. Registration is now open till 19/02.

Security Infoday and Brokerage event - 12&13 March in Brussels

SEREN3, the network of National Contact Points for the H2020 theme Secure Societies, in cooperation with the European Commission will organise a Horizon2020 Secure Societies European Infoday and Brokerage Event. The event will take place on 12 and 13 March in Brussels.
You can find more information about the event, including registration, at the following link (please note that the registration deadline is 28 February).


Provisionnal planning for the access to Tier-0 computing ressources

PRACE ( Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe) is an international not-for-profit association (aisbl) aiming to create a pan-European supercomputing infrastructure, providing access to computing and data management resources and services for large-scale scientific and engineering applications at the highest performance level.

PRACE provides HPC resources to researchers and scientists through Preparatory Access (code scaling and optimization) and/or through Project Access (large-scale, computationally intensive projects).

The provisional planning for the project access call has now been published:

    Call 17 ◦Opening of the call: 7 March 2018
    ◦Closing of the call: 2 May 2018, 10:00 Brussels time
    ◦Allocation period: From 2 October 2018 to 1 October 2019
    Call 18 ◦Opening of the call: 4 September 2018
    ◦Closing of the call: 30 October 2018, 10:00 Brussels time
    ◦Allocation period: From 2 April 2019 to 1 April 2020
    Call 19 ◦Opening of the call: 5 March 2019
    ◦Closing of the call: 30 April 2019, 10:00 Brussels time
    ◦Allocation period: From 1 October 2019 to 30 September 2020

Applications for Project Access must use codes that have been previously tested and that demonstrate high scalability and optimisation to multi-core architectures or that demonstrate a requirement for ensemble simulations that need a very large amount of CPU/GPU overall.

More info:
  • PRACE project access page

    Health, demographic change and wellbeing

    EIT Health - Wild Cards - Call open until 9 March 2018

    We would like to inform you about an open call 'Wild Card' of EIT Health on antimicrobial resistance and diagnostics with artificial intelligence and big data. Even though not part of Societal Challenge (SC) 1, this call has been developed by SC1 in collaboration with the EIT (which is also part of Horizon 2020). EIT Health is a consortium of more than 50 core partners and 90 associate partners from leading businesses, research centres and universities from across 14 EU countries. The consortium receives funding from the European Institute of Innovation and Technology - EIT (around 33 million in 2017 and projected to increase in the next years) which they need to complement with own resources (3 times as much as the EIT funding). EIT Health aims to increase the competitiveness of European industry, improve the quality of life of Europe’s citizens and the sustainability of healthcare systems.

    Wild Card is a new initiative, pioneered by EIT Health, to identify and support innovative and high-risk ideas with the potential to transform an area within European healthcare. They are looking for truly ground-breaking ideas and projects that address healthcare challenges and improve the health outcomes for Europe’s citizens. Focusing on applied research, entrepreneurial ideas and innovative thinking, they are looking for ideas and projects that address one of two challenge areas:

    Challenge 1: SMART HEALTH: How to transform medical diagnostics with artificial intelligence and big data?

    Challenge 2: FIGHT BACK: How to manage antibiotic resistance in European healthcare?

    EIT Health is looking for the best and the brightest talent in Europe. This is a call for individuals or teams of individuals who are not incorporated as a company nor part of a larger institution.

    The call is open until March, 9th. You can apply here. This is the website with more information.

    ICPerMed has published their first Best Practice in Personalised Medicine Award 2018

    The International Consortium for Personalised Medicine (ICPerMed) has published their first "Best Practice in Personalised Medicine" Award 2018.

    The Award aims to recognise, encourage, promote and disseminate outstanding examples of best practices in personalised medicine. Individuals who have published scientific papers and/or developed best practice strategies in the field of Personalised Medicine between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2017, from any of the ICPerMed partner countries (including Belgium), are eligible to apply.

    The awardee(s) will be invited to the ICPerMed Conference 2018 and will be given the opportunity to present their results during a plenary session to stakeholders interested in the area of Personalised Medicine. In addition, the successful candidates will receive a non-cash award of EUR 500 to support the dissemination of the awarded best practice example.

    Submission deadline for applications is March 2, 2018

    For more information please visit the ICPerMed website.

    Food, agriculture, marine and maritime research and Bio-economy

    The outcome report of the FOOD 2030 conference in 2017 is now online, save the date for the next FOOD 2030 conference in 2018

    The outcome report of the FOOD 2030 conference 'Harnessing Research and Innovation for FOOD 2030: A science policy dialogue' is now available on this website.

    The Second FOOD 2030 High Level Event "Research & Innovation for Food and Nutrition Security – Transforming our food systems“ will take place from 14-15 June 2018 at the Agricultural University in Plovdiv under the auspices of the Bulgarian Presidency of the EU. A web site for on-line registration will be made available shortly and information will be provided here.

    Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies

    Net4Society new factsheets

    Two new Net4society factsheets are pubished on the Net4society website: one on “transformation” and one on “e-government”.

    See the factsheets.

    Net4Society SSH Opportunities document - Now online

    The 2018-2019 version of the "Opportunities for Researchers from the Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities (SSH) in Horizon 2020” has been finalized and is now available on Net4Society website.

    The document can be downloaded at the following link.

    Europe in a changing world | 2018 Call Brokerage Event: presentations and webstreaming

    All presentations from the event from 14 November 2017 in Brussels, both from the European Commission's information day and the flash presentations from the afternoon session, are now available.

    You will find both them in the "downloads section" of the event website. This also includes link to YouTube recording of the morning session and a PDF catalogue of all participants of the event.

    Secure societies

    CfP for the pilot for a Cybersecurity Competence Network

    The Commission has launched a call for proposals for a €50 million pilot to support the creation of a network of cybersecurity competence centres across the EU. The proposals can be submitted until 29 May 2018.

    Scope of the call.

    Horizon 2020 Innovation Prize "Seamless authentication for all"

    The European Commission has recently launched a Horizon Innovation Prize for 'Seamless authentication for all'. The challenge of the prize is to invent secure, privacy-friendly and affordable authentication methods for smart objects. The Prize is worth €4M.

    More information here.

    Science with and for society

    Presentations from Brokerage event: available

    The presentations from the brokerage event are now accessible on the network website.
    The presentations.

    Policy presentations for the SWAFS 2018 topics on the Participant Portal.

    The policy presentations for the SWAFS 2018 topics have been published on the Participant Portal. These cover each SWAFS topic, and consist of an overarching SWAFS policy presentation and topic-specific policy presentations. Both the recordings and the PowerPoint slides have been made available.

    To access them, visit. They can be found under "Topic conditions and documents" (point 8) of the relevant Topic.