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Horizon 2020 NEWS

Issue 1 - 10 March 2015

The EU Projects Office is launching a quarterly newsletter to inform all interested members of personnel about the latest news on H2020, relevant Calls for Proposals, CERN's involvement and new EU Projects.



Open H2020 Calls with potential interest for CERN

Call Topic Deadline
H2020-NMP-2015-two-stage Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials and Production 26/03/2015
H2020-FETOPEN-2014-2015 Novel ideas for radically new technologies 31/03/2015
H2020-ICT-2015-8 Boosting public sector productivity and innovation through cloud computing services 14/04/2015
H2020-INFRASUPP-2015-2 Innovative procurement pilot action in the field of scientific instrumentation 21/04/2015
H2020-MSCA-RISE-2015 Research and Innovation Staff Exchange 28/04/2015
H2020-TWINN-2015 Widening Excellence: Twinning scheme 07/05/2015
ERC-2015-AdG ERC Advanced Grant 02/06/2015

More H2020 Calls

H2020 proposals submitted in 2014

The first year of Horizon 2020 triggered a considerable interest within CERN's community. Teams led by CERN or by other institutes submitted some 60 proposals to different H2020 programmes in 2014. The Excellence Science Pillar of H2020 was the main target, as most of those proposals were for projects under the European Research Council, Future and Emerging Technologies, Research Infrastructures, e-Infrastuctures and Marie Skłodowska-Curie programmes.

Few of these proposals are still under evaluation, but the outcome for most of the projects is already known. 20 new projects have been selected for funding. The competition in H2020 is severe across the board and in several programmes the overall success rate is around or below 10% (e.g. ERC, FET and Marie-Curie ITN), so the outcome of the proposals submitted in 2014 is quite satisfactory as a whole.

H2020 Programme Submmited
ERC 6 2 2
Research Infrastructures 11 3 -
e-Infrastructures 10 6 -
FET Open 5 - -
Health 2-stage 3 - 1
ICT 3 1 -
Industrial Leadership 1 - -
Science in Society 3 - 3
Widening Excellence 1 - -
Eureka / Eurostars 1 1 -
Marie Curie* 12 6 -
*Only the ITNs coordinated by CERN are included in this table
Out of the 20 successful H2020 projects, 10 were submitted / coordinated by CERN: 2 ERC Starting Grants, 1 integrating activity for detector R&D, 1 design study in the frame of the FCC, 1 support action for procurement of cloud services in Europe, 1 Researcher’s Night project, and 4 Marie-Curie projects (one ITN, three RISE and one CO-FUND).
More information about all new H2020 projects is available on the web-site of the CERN EU Projects Office.

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Upcoming H2020 Events and Trainings

1. Building up and writing proposals for EU H2020 projects More

1. Horizon2020: New Commission, New Agenda. 24/03/2015 More
2.The future for Open Access and the move towards Open Data. 26/03/2015. More
3. Horizon 2020 Information Event – Health Research Topics. 21/05/2015 More

More events and trainings at the web-sites of Euresearch, the Vision 2020 Network and the European Commission.

Other news and suggestions for further reading on H2020

1. The European Commission wants to take 2.7 billion euros from the budget of H2020 to finance  the new European Fund for Strategic Investments, legislative proposal. Despite the promises for return of investment to research and innovation, the scientific community in Europe has expressed wide disagreement with the announced H2020 budget cuts. See article and the opinion of CERN's DG.

2. EARTO & IGLO joined forces to provide a first feedback to the European Commission on their practical experiences in responding to the first calls under H2020.

3. The European Commission shares lessons learned from the first year of H2020. Corrective measures were announced, especially regarding the visibility of the work programme and delays in handling questions and providing information.

4. The European Commission has published the outcome of a joint PwC-Technopolis Group study on the management of large collaborative research projects in FP6, FP7 and Horizon 2020.

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