The Commission has published its proposal for Horizon Europe, an ambitious €100 billion research and innovation programme that will succeed Horizon 2020. The proposal was made as part of the EU’s proposal for the next EU long-term budget, the multiannual financial framework (MFF).
The EU institutions reached a provisional agreement on Horizon Europe on 20 March 2019. The European Parliament endorsed the provisional agreement on 17 April 2019.
THE MAIN FEATURES OF HORIZON EUROPE
Horizon Europe is proposed as the most ambitious research and innovation funding programme ever. It will continue to drive Europe’s scientific excellence through the European Research Council and the Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowships and exchanges and draw on the scientific advice, technical support and dedicated research of the Joint Research Centre (JRC). And it will add a new level of ambition and boost the scientific, economic and societal impact of EU funding.
The European Commission launched a call for experts to join ‘Mission Boards’, which will advise the Commission for the identification and implementation of missions in Horizon Europe, the next EU research and innovation programme.
These missions will be high-ambition, high profile initiatives, to find solutions to some of the major challenges faced by European citizens, with a clear target that captures the imagination of citizens at large.
There will be five ‘Mission Boards’, one for each of the following areas:
The first task of the ‘Mission Boards’ will be to identify and design one or more specific missions for each of the mission areas, in consultation with stakeholders and citizens.
Missions will be implemented through a systemic approach, combining new knowledge and technology with a business model, finance, regulatory, governance, skills and social innovation.
The ‘Mission Boards’ will be comprised of high-level independent experts, who will help shape the missions including their respective objectives, indicators and timelines. The Commission is looking for individuals who can bring strategic skills and expertise, from across the spectrum of possible fields to support the work of the missions, and with profiles from industry, innovation and business; academia and research; policymakers and practitioners; end-users and key stakeholders.
The call for applications is available online.
MORE INFORMATION HERE
Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.
By coupling research and innovation, Horizon 2020 is helping to achieve this with its emphasis on excellent science, industrial leadership and tackling societal challenges. The goal is to ensure Europe produces world-class science, removes barriers to innovation and makes it easier for the public and private sectors to work together in delivering innovation.
Funding opportunities under Horizon 2020 are set out in multiannual work programmes, which cover the large majority of support available. The work programmes are prepared by the European Commission within the framework provided by the Horizon 2020 legislation and through a strategic programming process integrating EU policy objectives in the priority setting.
A novelty in this work programme are the four mutually reinforcing Focus Areas that cut across the programme boundaries and are aligned to major policy priorities: ‘Building a low-carbon, climate resilient future’ (LC); ‘Connecting economic and environmental gains – the Circular Economy’ (CE); ‘Digitising and transforming European industry and services‘ (DT); and ‘Boosting the effectiveness of the Security Union‘ (SU). Together these Focus Areas give a combined budget of over €7 billion (2018-2020). An overview of the new funding opportunities is provided in the introduction to the work programme 2018-2020 and accessible through dedicated search functions on the Participant Portal. In addition, a dedicated section brings together a spectrum of activities on next generation battery technologies to drive the transition towards a de-carbonised society.
This is the last work programme for Horizon 2020 and it puts in place a bridge to enable a smooth transition to any successor. This includes piloting new approaches, in particular, the European Innovation Council pilot and lump sum pilot.
More information about H2020 funding opportunities as well as an open and forthcoming last Calls for proposals are available on the new Funding & Tenders Portal
Around €112 million of EU funding is now available for energy efficiency research, innovation and market uptake. The deadline for applications is 3rd September 2019.
On 12th March the 2019 call for proposals for the Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy topics of the Horizon 2020 EU funding programme was launched. The funding is available for proposals submitted under 16 topics addressing 5 main areas: buildings, industry, finance, public authorities and policy support and consumer and services.
The areas of funding of particular interest for the lighting industry included in this Call are related to the energy efficiency in buildings:
More information and main takeaways from the H2020 Energy Efficiency Info day are available here
The IoT4Industry project seeks to support EU growth and competitiveness through the development of a new cross-sectoral industrial value chain based on the integration and use of IoT and related components (Digital Security, Cloud Computing, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence…) into manufacturing tools, machines and robots, through the cross-border collaboration between SMEs and other RDI actors of the ICT and advanced manufacturing sectors.
The project will launch specific Calls for collaboration for Innovation Vouchers addressed to manufacturing SMEs in order to enable their access to IoT technologies and to accelerate the access to the market to new products and services provided by technology SMEs.
The IoT4Industry funding will be allocated through 2 calls for projects:
The call is focused on the application of IoT technologies in the manufacturing environment. It will finance small and market-oriented projects involving SMEs, consisting of the integration and the use of IoT technologies (including Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and Digital Security) into machines, robots, manufacturing tools, industrial processes, and factories environments.
Projects shall gather at least one entity representing the “IoT” side (technology offer) AND another entity representing the industry side (demand) which could be a machine or tool manufacturer or a factory, as shown in the figure below. At least one of these entities shall be a European SME.
Projects shall have a strong international dimension, involving entities from at least two different NUTS 1 regions of Europe and are expected to be innovative, i.e. going beyond the state-of-the-art in terms of technologies used and use cases addressed. A clear industrial application is expected involving a final customer/end user.
If the final user (industry/factory) is not involved in the consortium, applicants are invited to insert a letter of support of the final user telling that he/she is interested in implementing the solution in its factory.
Considering the available funding types for SMEs, depending on the type of collaborative project proposal of applicants, the IoT4Industry project can provide 3 different types of innovation vouchers:
For more specific information, please visit the IoT4Industry website: https://www.iot4industry.eu/innovation-vouchers and the IoT4Industry CALL platform
The project’s support for the European SMEs with a total value of €4.2 million will offer €1.4 million direct vouchers to companies (to be spent on technology implementation) and €2.8 million in additional services.
24 SMEs will be awarded access to the ‘Circularity Programme’ – an acceleration program lasting up to 9 months with up to €60k vouchers and dedicated services from high-level Designers-in-Residence and top business professionals (mentors) who will guide them along the program to design new, circularity solutions.
Further 42 SMEs will be selected for the ‘Value Chain Replication Program’, obtaining €15k to create circular feasibility plans. This program will last for 3 months.
This will be implemented by two programs supporting European SMEs in new business models:
The Circularity Program and the Circularity Value Replication Program
This 9 months program will help Circularity SMEs reach “Circularity Solutions”. It offers:
Up to 24 Classic SMEs will be selected through 2 Open Calls to take part in a previous Prototype-athon, and the best 12 best will be invited to the Circularity Program to create new solutions.
This 3 months program aims at Adopter SMEs willing to incorporate or get inspired by the Circularity Solutions developed. It offers designers in residence professional services to define their own road map and incorporate those solutions in their processes (Feasibility Plan).
42 adopter SMEs that will take part in the program will be selected through 2 Open Calls and will be supported up to €15k per Adopter
For more specific information, please visit the C-Voucher website