Issue 3

Horizon 2020 NEWS


Issue 3
30 October 2015



New Work Programmes for 2016-2017 published by the EC

The EC has recently adopted the new H2020 Work Programmes for 2016-2017

Work Programmes under the Excellent Science pillar
European Research Council Work Programme 2016
Future and Emerging Technologies Work Programme 2016-2017
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Work Programme 2016-2017
European Research Infrastructures Work Programme 2016-2017 (including e-infrastructures)

All H2020 Work Programmes can be found here

H2020 Calls with potential interest for CERN in 2016-2017

The first Calls for proposals with deadline in Q1 of 2016 are now open for applications. Below are the open and upcoming calls with potential interest to CERN in the Excellent Science pillar.

Call Topic Status Deadline
ERC-2016-STG ERC Starting Grant Open 17/11/2015
FTIPilot-2015-1 Fast Track to Innovation Pilot Open 01/12/2015
MSCA-ITN-2016 Innovative Training Networks Open 12/01/2016
MSCA-NIGHT-2016 European Researchers' Night Open 13/01/2016
ERC-2016-COG ERC Consolidator Grant Open 02/02/2016
ERC-2016-PoC ERC Proof of Concept Grant Open 16/02/2016
INFRADEV-03-2016-2017 Individual support to ESFRI and other world-class research infrastructures Opening on 08/12/2016 30/03/2016
INFRAIA-01-2016-2017 Integrating Activities for Advanced Communities Opening on 10/11/2015 30/03/2016
INFRAIA-02-2017 Integrating Activities for Starting Communities Opening on 08/12/2015 30/03/2016
INFRAINNOV-02-2016 Support to Technological Infrastructures Opening on 08/12/2015 30/03/2016
INFRASUPP-01-2016 Policy and international cooperation measures for research infrastructures Opening on 08/12/2015 30/03/2016
EINFRA-22-2016 User-driven e-infrastructure innovation Opening on 08/12/2015 30/03/2016
INFRASUPP-03-2016 Support to policies and international cooperation for e-infrastructures Opening on 08/12/2015 30/03/2016
MSCA-RISE-2016 Research and Innovation Staff Exchange Opening on 08/12/2015 28/04/2016
FETOPEN-01-2016-2017 FET-Open research and innovation actions Opening on 08/12/2015 11/05/2016
INFRADEV-04-2016 European Open Science Cloud for Research Opening on 15/03/2016 22/06/2016
MSCA-IF-2016 Individual Fellowships Opening on 12/04/2016 14/09/2016
MSCA-COFUND-2016 Co-funding of regional, national and international programmes Opening on 14/04/2016 29/09/2016
INFRADEV-01-2017 Design Studies Opening on 08/12/2016 29/03/2017
INFRAINNOV-01-2017 Fostering co-innovation for future detection and imaging technologies  Opening on 08/12/2016 29/03/2017
INFRASUPP-02-2017 Policy and international cooperation measures for research infrastructures Opening on 08/12/2016 29/03/2017
EINFRA-12-2017 Data and Distributed Computing e-infrastructures for Open Science Opening on 08/12/2016 29/03/2017
EINFRA-21-2017 Platform-driven e-infrastructure innovation Opening on 08/12/2016 29/03/2017

All H2020 Calls

H2020 proposals submitted in 2015

CERN community continues to show significant interest in Horizon 2020. 

In total 51 proposals for new EU projects with the participation of CERN (as coordinator or beneficiary) have been submitted to different H2020 programmes in the period January-October 2015. 

H2020 Programme Submmited
ERC 12 1 7
Research Infrastructures 2 2 0
e-Infrastructures 5 0 0
FET Open 6 0 5
ICT 2 1 0
NMP 1 0 0
Industrial pillar/SME 1 0 1
Science in Society 2 0 2
Widening Excellence 3 1 0
COST 6 0 4
Marie Skłodowska-Curie 11 4 1


Highlights of succesful projects recently selected for funding

QUACO is a Pre-Commercial Procurement project for the design, R&D and industrial prototyping of high-tech quadrupole magnets that will be used for focusing the beams for the high luminosity upgrade of the LHC. QUACO is coordinated by CERN and brings together 3 other research infrastructures (CEA, CIEMAT and NCBJ) who will contribute to the magnet development and public procurement. 

HNSciCloud is a Pre-Commercial Procurement project, coordinated by CERN, focusing on setting-up a hybrid cloud platform that can address the needs of world-class scientific research and where the competitive marketplace of European cloud players can develop their own services for a wider range of users. The HNSciCloud consortium is composed of 11 partners from 7 countries. 

ASCIMAT is a Widening Excellence, Twinning project aimed at boosting the scientific excellence and technology-transfer capacity in advanced scintillating materials of the Institute of Physics from the Czech Academy of Sciences by creating a network with 4 other partners: CERN, Institut Lumière Matière - Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, Università degli Studi di Milano - Bicocca and Intelligentsia Consultants. 

Invisibles+ is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie RISE (Research and Innovation Staff Exchange) addressing the neutrinos and dark matter properties at large, their interfaces and the connections of their particle/antiparticle asymmetries with those of the visible universe. The project, coordinated by the Autonomous University of Madrid, will also complement, continue and extend the knowledge sharing and collaboration of the ITN (Innovative Training Networks) Invisibles project. 

More information about all H2020 projects is available on the website of the CERN EU Projects Office. Read More

Working with consultants at CERN

Over the past years, CERN teams have engaged consulting company in preparing EU projects for reasons such as: (i) the lack of man-power and time within CERN to be dedicated to the proposal writing; (ii) the new funding scheme with which CERN has not had experience; (iii) super-competitive calls where the help of consultats could contribute in gaining a higher score. The EU Project Office has collected input from a number of CERN staff who have worked with consultants and prepared a summary document which is available to CERN staff members upon request

Upcoming H2020 Events and Training

CERN Internal trainings: Date  Location
Innovation Management in Horizon 2020 11/12/2015 CERN
External trainings:    
Finance in Horizon 2020 10-11/11/2015 Cambridge
Consortium Agreements for Horizon 2020 8/12/2015 Cambridge
ERC Consolidator Grant Applicants Training 14/12/2015 Bern
Info days and other events    
Science with and for Society in Horizon 2020 (Euresearch) 13/11/2015 Luzern 
Information Day on e-Infrastructures Work Programme 2016-2017 30/11/2015 Brussels
European Research Infrastructures Information Event 07/12/2015 Bern
H2020: ICT & FET (Euresearch) 15/12/2015 Geneva

More events and training opportunities on the web-sites of Euresearch, the Vision 2020 Network and the European Commission.

H2020 simplification: how far have we gone? 

At a recent stakeholder meeting, the EC received feedback as to how researchers and administrators perceive the implemented simplifications in Horizon 2020. How about time sheets and other aspects of the financial reporting, which constitute a large fraction of the "red tape"? Following this meeting the EC launched a wide online survey with H2020 project coordinators on possible further simplification measures. Read more

Other news and suggestions for further reading on H2020

1. The EC lays out plans to manage low Horizon 2020 success rates

Concerned about the very low success rates in H2020 so far, the EC plans to take some measures to improve the situation in future Calls. Among these will be having 2-stage proposals as a norm, and putting greater emphasis on "Impact". Fine, but how will this help increasing the success-rates in heavily over-subscribed programmes, such as Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITNs, FET, ERC, etc. is far from clear. Read more

2. European Innovation Council: the next new kid on the block? 

The EU Research Commissioner has come up with an interesting idea for creating a European Innovation Council to fund excellent innovation projects, in the same way as the European Research Council supports excellent research projects. The ball is now in the interested stakeholders. Read more

3. Big Science: what is it worth?

Science Business has published a report about the value of "big science" projects, such as super telescopes, synchrotrons, colliders, DNA databases and other, worth many millions (and even billions). What does society get for that money? This report, prepared with the support and a contribution from CERN, is available from the EU Projects Office upon request

4. News from the European Research Council


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