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Find partners for Secure Societies at the Pitching Session at Milipol Paris on November 22nd

A Horizon 2020 Security pitching session will take place in Paris on Wednesday November 22nd in the framework of the Milipol Paris event. Contributors at this session will have 3 minutes to present their skills and/or latest thoughts related to the topics of 2018 in the Horizon 2020 DRS, FCT, BES, GM, and INFRA calls.
They should send by 17 November 2017 their presentation to:
There is a pitch presentation template available for download.
Participation to the pitching session is free of charge. However, registration at Milipol is mandatory (The code to activate the registration is: H2020)

Registration open for Healthy Urban Living - H2020 Health Matchmaking & Infoday, 9-10 November 2017, Utrecht

Interested in setting up an international project with partners from the Netherlands and other countries? University Medical Center Utrecht and regional parties together with the Dutch National Contact Point for Horizon 2020 and the Enterprise Europe Network will organise 2 days dedicated to project building for research and technology innovation and funding information.

Focus of this Healthy Urban Living event is to build international partnerships and set up projects on novel research ideas. Through site visits, information sessions, demonstrations, pitches, workshops and pre-arranged one-on-one meetings the event aims to facilitate your participation in EU Horizon 2020 and Eurostars programmes.

The activities are clustered around three themes: Future Health Technologies, Future Healthy Society (healthy living in an inclusive society), Future Urban Sustainability (sustainable urban environments).

For more detailed information on the event and registration please visit the event website.

The event is open to all potential (Horizon 2020 or Eurostars) consortium partners.

Belgian info session on ERC call for Consolidator Grants 2018 - 23 October - Palace of Academies

This ERC info session is organised by the National Contact Points (NCPs) for ERC in Belgium (NCP Belspo – Eurofed, NCP F.R.S.-FNRS, NCP FWO) to help applicants in the preparation of their ERC Consolidator Grant proposal.

The opening of the ERC Consolidator Grant call 2018 is expected in October 2017 with a deadline in February 2018. The call is open to researchers of any nationality and from any field of research, with 7-12 years of experience since completion of PhD. More information on .Consolidator Grants

Participation is free but registration is mandatory.

Registration and more info on the dedicated website

Registration is open for the info day and matchmaking event of Societal Challenge 6, 14 November 2017, Brussels

This international information-day event will highlight research topics covered within the 2018 and 2019 calls for proposals in Societal Challenge 6 Europe in a changing world – inclusive, innovative and reflective Societies of Horizon 2020.

Participants will have the possibility to join in a matchmaking event dedicated to the topics of the 2018 Societal Challenge 6 call for proposals. The matchmaking event will give participants the opportunity to join pre-arranged meetings with other participants in order to identify possible collaborators and to facilitate the setup of Horizon 2020 project consortia.

The matchmaking session will be preceded by an information session, which will focus on the policy context, funding opportunities and the open call for proposals. This info session will provide valuable insights for your proposal preparation, adding important background information to compliment the bilateral meetings in the afternoon part of the event.

For registration, agenda and further information please visit this webpage. As this event is every year very popular and quickly complete, please do not delay your registration when interested.

Belgian info session on the MSCA 2018 calls for ITN and RISE - 16 October - University Foundation

The information session is organised by the National Contact Points (NCPs) for MSCA in Belgium (NCP Belspo – Eurofed, NCP F.R.S.-FNRS, NCP FWO).

The information session is organised to support researchers/research organisations in the preparation of their MSCA application.

ITN bring together universities, research centres and companies from different countries worldwide to train a new generation of researchers. Projects may take one of three forms: European Training Networks, European Industrial Doctorates and European Joint Doctorates.

RISE funds short-term exchanges for staff to develop careers combining scientific excellence with exposure to other countries and sectors. RISE enables more interaction between academia and non-academic organisations within Europe and worldwide.

Registration and programme are available on the dedicated website

Registration now open for the Health Partnering Event, 7 December 2017, Brussels

The brokerage event, held back-to-back with the EC info day on H2020 SC1 2018 call for proposals, is the place to find your future partner to H2020 Health, demographic change and well-being projects.

You will get a chance to present your ideas and meet with potential partners in pre-arranged face-to-face bilateral meetings.

Participation is free-of-charge, register here and guarantee your spot!

Info Day on Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing, 8 December 2017, Brussels

You can now register for the Info Day on Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing which will take place on the 8th of December in Brussels.

Participation is free. Seats will be allocated on a 'first come, first served' basis.

New Horizon 2020 Work Programmes and Info Days

You can already find general information about the work programmes of Horizon 2020 via this link. The official work programmes will be published on 27/10/2017, but the European Commission wants to indicate the main lines of the work programme to potential participants as soon as possible. However, only the adopted work programme will have legal value.

The European Commission will organise a series of Info Days between October and December to introduce the work programmes. This is an interesting way to receive information about the call objectives, requirements and specificities. It is also an opportunity to meet potential partners. In conjunction with the information days, brokerage events are organised. Offered free of charge, brokerage events support applicants in finding the right partners to participate in the upcoming calls. Following a general introduction to the topics and some information on aspects to consider when building a consortium, the main part of such event comprises a series of bilateral meetings between individuals interested in the same call topics. Often only limited places are available, so please register as soon as possible.

Below are the dates of the information days and the brokerage events which we already received. Also via Eurofed news we will inform you when the registration is open.

23/10/2017: Belgian Info Day on ERC Consolidator Grants, Brussels, Palace of Academies

16/10/2017: Belgian Info Day on MSCA ITN and RISE calls, Brussels, University Foundation

Research Infrastructures
30/11/2017: Info Day jointly organised by EC and RI NCP Network, Brussels

9-10/11/2017: Info Day EC and Brokerage Event, Budapest

8-9/11/2017: Info Day EC, Tallinn

SC 1 Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing
7/12/2017: Brokerage Event, Brussels
8/12/2017 : Info Day EC, Brussels

SC 2 Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Marine, Maritime and Inland Water Research and the Bioeconomy
14/11/2017: Info Day EC, Brussels
15/11/2017: Brokerage Event, Brussels

SC 5 Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials
8/11/2017: Info Day EC, Brussels
9/11/2017: Brokerage Event, Brussels

SC 6 Inclusive, Innovative and Reflective Societies
14/11/2017: Info Day EC and Brokerage Event, Brussels

Science with and for Society (SwafS)
7-8/12/2017: Info Day EC and Brokerage Event, Brussels

3rd BioHorizon International Brokerage Event, 15th November 2017, Brussels

The EU-funded NCP network project BioHorizon will host its 3rd International Brokerage Event as part of the European Commission’s Info Week for Horizon 2020’s Societal Challenge 2 in Brussels on 15th November 2017. Offered free of charge and timed to coincide with the publication of the Horizon 2020 work programme for 2018-2020, the brokerage event will support applicants seeking the right partners to participate in the upcoming calls. The brokerage event will focus specifically on the 2018 topics in all three calls under SC2 (namely Sustainable Food Security, Blue Growth and Rural Renaissance) and the Key Enabling Technology 'Biotechnology' (KET-B).

The main part of the event will comprise a series of bilateral meetings between individuals interested in the same call topics. Following successful registration for the event, participants can pre-arrange these bilateral meetings by means of a sophisticated, user-friendly matchmaking tool. With this tool users can select their desired discussion partners based on the profiles and research interests input into the system by participants themselves.

The event programme will also provide a limited number of researchers and entrepreneurs a platform to present their project ideas and expertise in 5-minute flash presentations.

In addition to the bilateral meetings between potential project partners, participants will also be able to meet with representatives of various supporting bodies and initiatives, as well as with the NCPs from the BioHorizon project, responsible for the organisation of the event. This represents an opportunity for attendees to draw on personalised support and information.

For more information and to register, visit the event website

European Space Week 2017, 3-9 November 2017, Tallinn

The aim of the Space week is to bring together the space community and non-space innovators, entrepreneurs and digital enthusiasts. Therefore the specific focus lies on showcasing cutting-edge space applications, especially in the context of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU, which names a digital Europe and the free movement of data as its priorities.

You will have the chance to take part in high-level roundtable discussions and interact with future high-flying startups and high-ranking speakers from Europe’s most relevant space stakeholders.

The European Space Week 2017 is organised by the European Commission under the auspices of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU and co-organised by the European Space Agency (ESA), AZO Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen and Garage48.

You can find more information and register here.

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.


H2020 calls for proposals for cooperation with Africa

The RINEA project which received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 645809 over a period of 36 months (04/2015-03/2018) and which supports the EU-Africa High Level Policy Dialogue on science, technology and innovation, has on his website a page where they list H2020 calls with topics especially suited for International Cooperation.

Horizon 2020 Coordinators' Day, 20 November 2017, Brussels

On the 20th November 2017 the European Commission will organise a “coordinators’ day” for coordinators of existing grants. The purpose of the event is to explain the details on the preparation of grant amendments and reports. It will take place in the Charlemagne building in Brussels from 9.30 to 17.00h. The event is mainly meant for grant coordinators, but other participants are also welcome subject to the availability of seats.

Registration (first-come first-served) is via this website. The agenda is also available there. It will also be possible to follow the event online here (no need to register).

Free H2020 service for disseminating project results - apply by 30 November 2017

The Commission is delighted to announce a new, EU-funded dissemination service that can help your project make an impact on your market, your interested parties and your users. The full list of H2020 Common Dissemination Booster services and guidance on how to apply can be found at this link.

Lump sum pilots in Work programmes 2018-2020

The EC wants to introduce in the next Frame Workprogramme a new financial mechanism with 'lump sums'. As a test, already pilot projects will be introduced in some 2018 calls from H2020 and a lump sum grant agreement has been drafted for H2020.

The calls that will have pilot projects with lump sum are the following:
- Pillar 2: Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Advanced Manufacturing and Processing, and Biotechnology (NMBP): DT-NMBP-20-2018: A digital 'plug and produce' online equipment platforms for manufacturing (Innovation Action) with option 1 (lump sum defined in work programme)
- Pillar 3 : Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing (Health): SC1-BHC-15-2018: New anti-infective agents for prevention and/or treatment of neglected infectious diseases (Research and innovation action) with ioption 2 (lump sum defined in proposal).

The official publication of the workprogrammes is foreseen for 27/10/2017.


The European Big Data Value Forum 2017, 21-23 November 2017, Versailles

The registration for The European Big Data Value Forum 2017 (EBDFV 2017) is now open!

EBDVF 2017, jointly organised by the European Commission, the Big Data Value Association (BDVA) and EDF (European Data Forum), will take place on the 21-23 November in Versailles and it will be a key European event for industry professionals, business developers, researchers, and policy makers to discuss the challenges and opportunities of the European data economy and data-driven innovation in Europe.

The central topic of the event is “Trusted AI in Smart Industry”.

Registration to the European Big Data Value Forum is free. You can register and find more information here.

Health, demographic change and wellbeing

Information on the IMI2 Partnering Platform

The IMI2 Partnering Platform facilitates networking among universities, research and patient organizations, SMEs and industry interested in participating in the Innovative Medicines Initiative Joint Undertaking (IMI JU). The Innovative Medicines Initiative is a unique Public-Private Partnership (PPP) between the pharmaceutical industry represented by the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) and the European Communities represented by the European Commission. The IMI2 Partnering Platform offers you to search for partners and to present your expertise to the IMI2 research community.

By completing and activating your profile you publish your partnering profile to all users and present your collaboration offers.

The partner search function is available for all users, also for those who do not publish their partnering profile. It assists you in finding suitable cooperation partners for future IMI Calls.

More information on the Innovative Medicines Initiative Joint Undertaking can be found on the official IMI JU website.

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

Register for the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) Stakeholder Forum 2017

This Stakeholder Forum is a one-day public event dedicated to engaging directly in dialogue with BBI JU’s stakeholders. They want to hear your opinions on the opportunities and obstacles for moving the bio-based industries forward.

You can find out about the BBI JU initiative and meet the 65 ongoing projects who will be exhibiting their projects throughout the event in the BBI JU project exhibition.

registration is free but obligatory. Places are offered on a 'first come' basis and are limited. We advise you to register as soon as possible.

Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies

Net4Society Newsletter September

Net4Society, the network of National Contact Points for SC6 'Inclusive, Innovative and Reflective Societies', has published their Newsletter for September. This edition focuses on the conference “Democracy and Europe” which will take place from 30-31 October in Lisbon, Portugal and the EC SC6 infoday which will be organised in Brussels.
The newsletter.

New factsheet "Learning from Horizon 2020 evaluators"

Net4Society recently published a factsheet named "Learning from Horizon 2020 evaluators" which offers vital recommendations to Societal Challenge 6 applicants. This factsheet was developed as a result of a Net4Society Expert Workshop which took place in June 2017. Horizon 2020 evaluators gave valuable insights in their work and provided useful information on how to best address the evaluation criteria excellence, impact and implementation.

Download the factsheet.

SC6-H2020 Consortium Building Workshop in Brussels on 26/10/2017

On 26 October 2017 associated Brussels-based RTD liaison offices from EU member states and H2020 associated countries jointly organise a one-day Consortium building workshop around selected topics of the upcoming Work Programme (2018-2020) of the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 6 (Europe in a changing world – Inclusive, innovative and reflexive societies), open for submission from November 2017, deadline March 2018 (tbc).

The workshop is planned from 10:00AM to 16:30PM . Total number of participants estimated around 50 people. Working language is English. This is not an info day. The objective of this hands-on event is to prepare ground for consortia building: to give opportunity to future proposers to discuss concrete cooperation possibilities, to present their expertise and learn from each other. In order to effectively use the precious time, experienced R&I officers will help participants to steer the group discussions.

Selected topics* are the following:
MIGRATION-02-2018: Towards forward-looking migration governance: addressing the challenges, assessing capacities and designing future strategies (RIA)
MIGRATION-09-2018: Addressing the challenge of forced displacement (RIA)
TRANSFORMATIONS-06-2018: Inclusive and sustainable growth through cultural and creative industries and the arts (RIA)
TRANSFORMATIONS-08-2019: The societal value of culture and the impact of cultural policies in Europe (RIA)
GOVERNANCE-03-2018: Addressing populism and boosting civic and democratic engagement (RIA)
SU-GOVERNANCE-11-2018: Extreme ideologies and polarisation

To register please fill in the on-line form before 22/09/2017. Your participation will be confirmed. REGISTRATION.

DANDELION launched two interactive guides to improve communication skills

The interactive guides provide easy-to-follow support for those working in the field of Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities (SSH) and Inclusive, Innovative and Reflective Societies (IIRS). The Guides offer examples of best practices, useful tools, tips and recommendations and will greatly enhance the communication efforts of any project working in this field.

One of the Guides, the “Need to disseminate SSH/IIRS research results? Learn how to reach your target groups”, focuses on providing relevant insight into the dissemination of information to 4 target groups: general public, policy makers, academia and media.

The other Guide, the “Guideline of good practices for dissemination and communication managers”, focuses on providing useful information about how to define and implement a strategic dissemination and communication plan for EU-funded projects. This guide provides valuable support for dissemination and communication managers on how to raise awareness about their work and to better communicate their results.

Both guides are available to view online and are also downloadable for printing purposes. A physical version is also available, which will be distributed at events or upon request.
Dandelion website.

Science with and for society

Updated Partner search form for SwafS 2018 calls available

The SwafS partner search form has now been made available on the website at and here.