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Update - Registration now open for the Info Day on Societal Challenge 2 calls for proposals of 2019 - 25 June 2018 - Brussels

Registration for the event is free of charge and compulsory. However, due to limited space, applications will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis. Registrations will be open until 15 June but will close when the maximum number of participants is reached. Travel and subsistence costs should be covered by the participants.

Belgian info session on ERC StG and CoG - 6 June - Palace of Academies

The National Contact Points (NCPs) for ERC in Belgium (NCP Belspo – Eurofed, NCP-FNRS, NCP Flanders) jointly organise an info session to help applicants in the preparation of their ERC Starting and Consolidator proposals.

The info session will take place June 6 and specifically targets researchers with 2 to 12 years of experience after PhD :

  • ERC Starting Grants which fund up to 1.5€ million for 5 years for promising early-career researchers with 2 to 7 years of experience after PhD (more information on Starting Grants);
  • ERC Consolidator Grants which can provide up to 2€ million for 5 years for excellent researchers with 7 to 12 years of experience after PhD (more information on Consolidator Grants).

ERC Starting & Consolidator Grants have yearly calls. The next calls should be announced under the Work Programme 2019 (published in the summer 2018).

Programme and Registration on the dedicated website

FOOD 2030 High Level Event 'Research & Innovation for Food and Nutrition Security – Transforming our food systems' - Plovdiv (BG) - 14-15 June 2018

The European Commission (EC) in cooperation with the Bulgarian Presidency and the Agricultural University of Plovdiv have announced the launch of the registration site for the upcoming FOOD 2030 High Level Event entitled 'Research & Innovation for Food and Nutrition Security – Transforming our food systems' to be held in Plovdiv (Bulgaria) from 14-15 June 2018.

During this conference, the EC will present an update of the FOOD 2030 process and vision towards shaping tomorrow’s food and nutrition systems through research and innovation. The event will aim at answering how the drivers of sustainability, resilience, responsibility, diversity, competitiveness and inclusiveness, can deliver on the FOOD 2030 priorities and Sustainable Development Goals. It will also provide a platform for dialogue, feedback and recommendations towards:

  • Understanding the complexity of food systems and the implications for R&I;
  • Building R&I ecosystems and place-based solutions to support food systems transformation;
  • Strengthening R&I alignment and investments through better governance;
  • Boosting future investments in R&I in Europe, leveraging private investments and increasing synergies with public funding;
  • Identifying how, who and what R&I is needed to transform our food systems

In addition to the main event, there will be a number of side events planned on June 13th. If you are interested, please book soon as places are limited.


New social media guide for H2020 projects

A new guide on the use of social media in Horizon 2020 projects has been recently published in the Participant portal on-line Manual. This guide will help you to use social media in the dissemination and communication activities of your project.

You can access the guide directly in this link to the Participant Portal.

Info about FP9

On the 2nd May 2018 the EC announced the proposed budget of €100 billion and the name of the next EU Research and Innovation Framework Programme - Horizon Europe (2021-2027).

You can find here the blog from Commissioner Moedas explaining the rationale for the new name.

And what are the next steps?
The Commission adopts its proposal for Horizon Europe and following this, tough negotiations will commence with the Council and European Parliament before adoption and launching Horizon Europe on 1 January 2021.

If you want to know how Horizon Europe is being designed more, please go to this link where you can find what will go into the Commission's proposal for the programme to succeed Horizon 2020, next steps and opportunities to contribute

BELSPO Call on Cultural Heritage - Open for the Federal Scientific Institutes and Partners - Deadline 14 June 2018

This call aims to develop the expertise of the federal scientific institutes (FSI) by supporting their inclusion in networks with international partners. The second aim is to give support for structural cooperation with the institutions in the selected proposals. The call invites FSIs to submit proposals for international networking in the domain of cultural heritage, including tangible, intangible and natural heritage, with partners of countries of their choice.

In order to be eligible, proposals must include at least one partner from a FSI and one partner from a non-profit research institution from outside Belgium. The proposed network can also include Belgian non-profit research institutes. The coordinator must be affiliated to a FSI. Each FSI may submit several projects. Networks should include not more than five partners that are financed by the BELSPO project (the coordinator being included).

The total budget of the call is 300,000 EUR. Each proposal can request to BELSPO a maximum funding of 35,000 EUR. The funding, via the coordinator, includes activities of the partner from outside Belgium. The projects funded in the framework of this call must have a lifetime of minimum 1,5 and maximum 3 years. The deadline for submission of proposals is 14 June 2018.

You can find more information on this website (also in Dutch and in French). For more information please contact the secretariat of the "Federal, Interfederal and International coordination" service at

Health, demographic change and wellbeing

The European Commission has launched the EIC prize for Early Warning for Epidemics

The European Commission officially launched on 26 April 2018 the EIC prize for Early Warning for Epidemics, a €5 million prize to find the best solution for setting up an early warning system for epidemics.

It is one of six European Innovation Council (EIC) Horizon Prizes, which are part of the European Innovation Council pilot run under Horizon 2020, the EU's Research and Innovation Framework Programme.

Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, said: "Every year there are over one million reported deaths from vector-borne diseases globally. Their societal impact is significant, often causing disability, stigmatisation and exacerbating poverty. This EIC prize will be a launchpad for innovators to find solutions that help prevent future outbreaks and improve life quality."

The deadline for applications is 1 September 2020, you can find more information here.

Innovative Medicines Initiative launches new Call for proposals

The Call has the following topics: (i) Targeted immune intervention for the management of non-response and relapse; (ii) Non-invasive clinical molecular imaging of immune cells; (iii) Development of a platform for federated and privacy-preserving machine learning in support of drug discovery; (iv) Centre of excellence – remote decentralised clinical trials.

All topic texts, Call documentation and details of how to apply can be found on the IMI website. The deadline for submitting short proposals is 14 June 2018.

Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies

Opportunities for Researchers from the Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities

Net4Society recently published an update of two documents:
- one updated version of "Opportunities for Researchers from the Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities (SSH)"
- one "Short guide on SSH-relevant Topics in Work Programme 2018/20"

Download the guides.

Save the date:

The Austrian EU Council Presidency will organise a conference on "Impact on Social Sciences and Humanities for a European Research Agenda - Valuation of SSH on mission-oriented research" taking place on 28-29 November 2018 in Vienna. Save the date!

Secure societies

SEREN3 Newsletter #7

This last SEREN3 Newsletter #7 provides an overview of selected policies related to cybersecurity calls.
The newsletter #7.

11th Community of Users Meeting, 4 – 7 June 2018 in Brussels

European Commission is supporting the development of a “Community of Users” in the EU to reduce the current fragmentation in security research and facilitate information exchanges among and between policy-makers, research, industry (including SMEs), practitioners (first responders, civil protection units etc.), and the general public.
The registration platform for the 11th Community of Users Plenary Meeting & Thematic Workshops is now open. The event will take place in Brussels, Belgium from 4 - 7 June 2018. The agendas of the thematic days are under preparation and first drafts will be sent to clients by April 27th.
Register to the Event Opt-In Mailing List (Due to new Privacy Policy you are asked to (re)confirm your interest to be kept on the CoU mailing list before registering for the event itself)

The current agenda foresees the following:
4th June High-Level Event
5th June – Theme 7 “Mainstream Disaster Risk Reduction” AND Theme 8 “Communication / Interoperability”
6th June – Theme 9 ‘Weather Extremes” AND Theme 10 “Geological Disasters”
7th June – Theme 12 “Urban CIP” AND Ad-hoc discussion “Practitioner’s networking”

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.

Science with and for society

New Success Story about the PRINTEGER project

The success story presents a project dealing with the SwafS activity ethics/research integrity and is titled: PRINTEGER - Integrity is part and parcel of excellent research The PRINTEGER project promotes integrity as an integral dimension of excellence in research. It does so by e.g. improving integrity policies of national and international research organisations, but also by providing better tools for research leaders and managers.
The success story PRINTEGER.