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ICT Proposers' Day 2017, Budapest

The ICT Proposers' Day 2017 will take place in Budapest on 9 and 10 November 2017. This networking event centers on European ICT Research & Innovation with a special focus on the Horizon 2020 Work Programme for 2018-2020. An opening ceremony and social event will be organised by the Hungarian Ministry of National Development and will take place on 8 November (at 18:00).

Registrations are free and can be done at the following address. Please also consult the ICT Proposers' Day 2017 website for the latest updates of the programme and for some practical information about transfers, etc.

JRC Conference: Evidence for policy in a post-fact world and call for submission

What is the rightful place of numbers and emotions in policy making? The interaction between science and policy has never been easy, and the people and their representatives are the final arbiter. With beliefs and emotions more volatile and unpredictable in our post-fact world, how do we find the right balance? And how do we deal with a fluid situation, constantly redefined by social media, big data and "alternative statistics" that changes the way we make decisions? The Joint Research Centre (JRC) organises its annual conference "EU4FACTS: Evidence for policy in a post-fact world" on 26 September in Brussels. The event aims to answer these questions and produce recommendations for successful evidence-informed policy making. It will offer a frank debate between leading scientists, policy-makers and communication experts.

If you are interested in learning from past success and failures and you want to understand the causes and implications of the post-fact world, register for the JRC Annual Conference.

COST open call and infoday

The next deadline for the submission of COST Actions proposals will be September 7nd, 2017 at 12:00 CET (noon), More info on the COST website.


Eurofed summer break in August

The Eurofed office will be closed throughout the month of August 2017.

If you need information in this period, you can contact one of the other Belgian NCP Systems. See the following webpage for the Belgian NCP colleagues.

COST Open Call - Nomination to the Review Panel

The COST Association has launched in 2015 the COST Open Call with new rules and procedures for the Submission, Evaluation, Selection and Approval of COST Action proposals (see document COST 133/14 REV).
The Review Panels are in charge of guaranteeing the quality of the independent External Expert evaluation outcome and resolving potential differences of opinion. They prepare a list of top ranked proposals for examination and selection by the Scientific Committee.
COST Member Countries can nominate up to 3 experts according the OECD classification of six scientific fields so that will make 18 experts per country for a max of 2 years. The experts have to enter their core expertise and submit their CVs to the COST database .
If you are interested, please contact Lieve Van Daele ( before September 7 2017.

Report of the High Level Group on Maximising the Impact of European Research and Innovation Programmes

The report of the High Level Group on Maximising the Impact of European Research and Innovation Programmes, chaired by Pascal Lamy, is available. The report comes at a time when Europe is debating the future of Europe and the future of Europe's finances. The report, with its sharp messages and 11 recommendations, will contribute to keeping the momentum for an ambitious research and innovation policy and programme in the future.

The report.

Joint call BELSPO-NRF South AFrica with focus on 'Marine sciences' & 'Space ': Submission September 2017

In the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding for science and technology cooperation between Belgium and South-Africa signed in January 2017, a first call for networking proposals is launched in May 2017. This call is focussed on the following themes: marine sciences, space.

The call is restricted to:
• projects that are or have been (co-)funded by BELSPO's (projects started ≥ 2012), via the following programmes: BRAINmarine, Bilat, UNESCOmab, STEREO III, Belgian PRODEX Projects (ESA Framework), IUAP-Space08, IUAP-Space15 and to
• projects of the federal scientific institutions

More information.

European Research Council

Publication of the ERC WP 2018

The official ERC WP 2018 is available since 2 August.

The main novelties in the 2018 WP are:

  • the reintroduction of the Synergy Grants call for groups of 2 to 4 principal investigators
  • Beneficiaries of ERC research grants funded under this Work Programme will automatically be covered by the provisions on research data sharing unless they specifically decide to opt-out

Info session on future calls:
  • ERC Synergy Grant: 19 September 2017 from 1:30 to 4 PM at the University Foundation
  • ERC Consolidator Grants: 23 October 2017 at the Palace of Academies

More info in future news update

ERC Syngergy Grant Belgian info session - 19 September 2017

The ERC Synergy Grants are back in 2018. They are open to groups of two to maximum four Principal Investigators working together and bringing different skills and resources to tackle ambitious research problems.

This workshop is organized by the National Contact Points (NCPs) for ERC in Belgium (NCP Belspo – Eurofed, NCP F.R.S.-FNRS, NCP FWO) to address all questions you may have about the Synergy Grants.

Participation is free but registration is mandatory.

Programme and registration:

Health, demographic change and wellbeing

IMI launches EUR 130 million Calls for proposals with focus on Alzheimer’s disease, big data, vaccines, and more

The Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) is launching two new Calls for proposals with topics on Alzheimer’s disease, big data, vaccines, autoimmune disease, the blood-brain barrier, drug development, and the exploitation of IMI project results. The total budget for the two Calls stands at just over EUR 130 million. Around half of this comes from the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme. The other half comes from EFPIA companies as well as IMI Associated Partners.

Alzheimer’s disease and technologies
Making data FAIRer
Towards more reliable clinical trials for primary Sjögren’s Syndrome (pSS)
European Health Data Network
Vaccines and older people
Getting drugs across the blood-brain barrier
European screening centre
Exploitation of IMI project results

Deadline for submission of proposals: 24 October 2017. Call 11 and call 12.

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

Harnessing Research and Innovation for FOOD 2030: A Science Policy Dialogue, 16 October 2017 Brussels

The draft programme foresees an opening plenary followed by a panel discussion. The afternoon consists of three parallel sessions on Sustainable and Healthy nutrition; Climate & Environmental Sustainability and Circularity and Resource Efficiency. The last part of the day consists of a closing session on the future development of FOOD 2030, followed by a networking cocktail. Participants will have also the opportunity to visit a photo exhibition "Food and the City: A citizen science study in the Heart Healthy Hoods ERC Project".

The registration for the FOOD 2030 conference on 16 October in Brussels is now open.

Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials

Save the Date: Infoday and brokerage event WP2018-2020

The Information Day and brokerage event on the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020, Challenge "Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency & Raw Materials", will take place on 8 and 9 November 2017 in Brussels.

The event targets potential applicants to the calls for project proposals under the Horizon 2020 Challenge 5 "Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials".

Compulsory registration for the event will open in July. But the event will be also web-streamed (link will be available about 48 hours before the event on its website).

Please check event's webpage regularly: further information (programme, registration, practical information) will be published in the following weeks.

Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies

July edition of Net4Society’s e-magazine “ISSUES – The voice of SSH in Europe”

Net4Society, the network of National Contact Points for SC6 'Inclusive, Innovative and Reflective Societies', has published their July edition of Net4Society’s e-magazine “ISSUES – The voice of SSH in Europe”. This edition focuses on the Interim Evaluation of Horizon 2020. The Interim Evaluation aims to contribute to improving the implementation of Horizon 2020 in its last Work Programme 2018-2020 and to inform the design of a future Framework Programme. In the article results from the evaluation with specific focus on Societal Challenge 6 “Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies” are presented.
The next Framework Programme is also one of the topics that ISSUES discusses in an interview with Poul Holm, president of the “European Alliance for Social Sciences and Humanities” – EASSH. Professor Holm speaks about the main objectives and future plans for EASSH and shares his view on Social Sciences and Humanities in FP9.
In a further interview, Maria Jesús Cancer, Project Coordinator of the Polycare project speaks about successful SSH integration in Horizon 2020's Societal Challenge 1, "Health, demographic trends and well-being".
Finally, ISSUES highlights some of the recently published policy briefs that communicate project research results in the area of Social Sciences and Humanities to policy-makers.
The online version.

Net4Society Factsheet on SSH integration in the Societal Challenges

Factsheets on the integration of SSH in the different challenges outside of Challenge 6 are made up by Net4Society. They provide some insights into the status and character of SSH integration in the individual challenges and include interviews with coordinators of projects where SSH work together with natural/technical sciences. You can download a compilation of all factsheets in a single PDF file from the Net4Society website.

Net4Society Factsheet on SSH integration

Net4Society, in cooperation with the ‘Open and Inclusive societies’ unit of the European Commission, has organized an Expert Meeting entitled ‘SSH in H2020: Societal Challenge 6 and integration in other Challenges’ addressing the issue of how to ensure fruitful and effective integration of SSH into a project. The workshop brought together representatives of the European Commission responsible for SSH integration, several high-level experts in interdisciplinary research and management as well as coordinators of Horizon 2020 projects that successfully integrate SSH.

The key issues and good practices identified during the workshop are summarised in a factsheet on successful SSH integration. You can find the factsheet on the Net4Society website.

Secure societies

2017 ENCIRCLE Workshop on 7 and 8 September 2017 in Warsaw

The 2017 ENCIRCLE workshop will allow to better understand idea of ENCIRCLE project and its objectives. Most importantly it will allow to present first results of the ENCIRCLE project regarding the analysis of the currently existing needs and gaps in the CBRNe field. The dedicated thematic workshops will allow to get insights from practitioners and to obtain full picture on missing CBRNe capabilities. With support of the practitioners the consortium will also conduct a new threat assessment in order to take into account new needs (new threats) and technologies. The final session of the workshop will be dedicated to discussion on the CBRNe Policy and Procurement.

2017 ENCIRCLE Workshop is mainly dedicated to Practitioners, including State Fire Service, Police, Border Guards, however any other relevant institutions which will allow to achieve goals of the workshop will also be invited.

Registration by e-mail:

Joint Research Centre (JRC)

Training on citizen engagement in Policy relevant Science, Technology and Innovation

This training is concerned with the science for policy realm where engagement of citizens is needed and relevant to ensure quality of policy formulation processes in situations described in the framework of “postnormal science” where “facts [are] uncertain, values in dispute, stakes high and decisions urgent". Hence, this training will look into participatory approaches to discuss science and technology developments as well as discuss what makes trustful relationships between the scientific community and the public trustworthy.

The training is organized into 4 main modules:

  • 1) Understanding citizen engagement in science and technology in the context of policy making
  • 2) Methodologies of citizen engagement focusing on those that sustain dialogue
  • 3) Planning citizen engagement; conditions of application
  • 4) Hands-on and discussion of cases of citizen engagement in science and technology debates.

The participants will work on a case throughout the course that interests the region in which the course is held.

The number of place is limited to 25 persons.
Interested persons are invited to send a CV and supporting letter at
Deadline for application: 20 August 2017