Issue 4

Horizon 2020 NEWS


Issue 4
10 May 2016


Open H2020 Calls with potential interest for CERN

The calls for proposals with potential interest for CERN can be found here.

All calls for proposals are available on the EC portal

H2020 proposals submitted in 2016

A total of 27 proposals of which 6 coordinated by CERN, have been submitted to H2020 Calls for proposals in the period January-April 2016. ARIES (Accelerator Research and Innovation for European Science and Society), coordinated by CERN, is the largest project of these and it is of crucial importance for the accelerator community.

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie programme continues to be very popular for teams from CERN and its community: 12 Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITNs (of which 4 coordinated by CERN) and 2 RISE proposals were submitted. The Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN results have just been released: 3 projects, including 1 coordinated by CERN have been selected for funding in this call where the success rate is expected to be below 10%:

  • RADSAGA: RADiation and Reliability Challenges for Electronics used in Space, for Aviation, at Ground and at Accelerators - coordinated by CERN
  • MCnet3: Monte Carlo Marie Curie Network - coordinated by the University of Manchester
  • pbar-NET: Research with low energy antiprotons - a European training network - coordinated by the University of Liverpool
H2020 Programme Submitted
ERC - - -
Marie Skłodowska-Curie 15 3 2
Research Infrastructures 4 - 4
e-Infrastructures 2 - 2
FET Open - - -
ICT 4 - 4
NMBP - - -
Industrial pillar/SME 1 - 1
Science in Society - - -
Widening Excellence - - -
COST - - -
Erasmus Mundus 1 - 1

Highlights of successful projects submitted in 2015 recently selected for funding

EIBT-LS is an ERC Starting Grant, awarded to a young PI from ISOLDE. The project aims at producing a novel type of ion trap, an Electrostatic Ion Beam Trap in order to benchmark modern theoretical models utilizing 3-body forces in a quest to understand the evolution of nuclear shells.

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

EU Steering Committee

A new EU Steering Committee (EUSC), comprising Department Heads, representatives of services involved in EU projects, and ex-officio the Directorate members, has been put in place at CERN. Its mandate is to provide advice and recommendations to the DG and the Directorate in elaborating and executing a strategy for interacting with European Institutions. The EUSC had its first meeting on 9 March. The agenda of this meeting covered the challenges and opportunities for CERN under the Excellence Science Pillar of Horizon 2020, getting practical benefits from the H2020 Industrial Leadership and Societal Challenges programmes, the new ARIES project and the strategy of CERN for the Marie Skłodowska-Curie 2016 COFUND scheme.

Upcoming H2020 Events and Training

CERN internal trainings: Date Location
How to write an impact section in proposals under the H2020 framework 6 September 2016 CERN
External trainings:    
2 Day - Finance in Horizon 2020, Singleimage 18-19 May 2016 Brussels
Horizon 2020 - Applicants Traning for Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships, Euresearch 24 May 2016 Bern
2 Day - Finance in Horizon 2020, Singleimage 15-16 June 2016 Cambridge
Horizon 2020 - Applicants Training for Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships, Euresearch  28 June 2016 Geneva
Managing Horizon 2020 Projects, Singleimage 28 June 2016 Cambridge
Horizon 2020: Developing Winning Proposals, Singleimage 5 July 2016 Cambridge
Consortium Agreements for Horizon 2020, Singleimage 13 September 2016 Cambridge
Info days and other events    
Brokerage Event on Key Enabling Technologies - Horizon 2020 NMBP Calls 12 May 2016 Mainz
H2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Conference, Euresearch 27 May 2016 Geneva
InfoWeek on calls in 2017 for Societal Challenge 2 27-29 June 2016 Brussels
Marie Sklodowska-Curie Forum 2016 - where business and research talent meet 29 June 2016 Brussels
Info Day, Horizon 2020 - Health, demographic change and wellbeing 8 July 2016 Brussels
FET at the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) 2016 23-27 July 2016 Manchester
MSCA ESOF satellite event: "Researcher and Society" 28-29 July 2016 Manchester

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

Other news and suggestions for further reading on H2020

1. Assessment of the first 2 years of Horizon 2020 from a budgetary angle

CSEC (Centre for Strategy and Evaluation Services) prepared a study on the budgetary implementation and performance of the Horizon 2020 programme, at the request of the European Parliament´s Directorate for Budgetary Affairs.

The study found that the overall success rate of eligible proposals under the first 100 calls in Horizon 2020 was lower than in FP7 (20% in Fp7 vs. 14% in H2020). According to the EC this is explained by the less funding available in 2014 compared to 2013 and the increase in newcomers to the programme. Due to the high demand for H2020 funding, the study recommended the European Parliament to consider the possibility of additional funding, in particular to the most competitive Horizon 2020 priorities, to ensure that it can maintain the success rates achieved under FP7. 

The study will be used by the European Parliament as background material for  political assessment on the functioning of Horizon 2020 and its budgetary needs between 2016-2020. Read more 

2. Horizon 2020 Monitoring Report 2014

The first Annual Monitoring Report under H2020, encompassing the analysis of H2020 through its calls closed in 2014, has been published. Read more

3. The third strategic programme of H2020 (2018-2020)

The European Commission DG Research & Innovation published a foresight report in support to the preparation of the H2020 third strategic programme. The following main challenges for H2020 were highlighted in the report: hyper-connectivity and big data, falling cost of energy, migration and changing demographics, health, climate change, oceans and space, primary sector innovation, biotechnology, instability as a new norm in global society. Read more

4. Public consultations for H2020 WPs 2018-2020 

Public consultations have been launched by the EC for the preparation of the next Work Programmes 2018-2020:

5. New ESFRI roadmap launched

Six years since its last update, the ESFRI roadmap for the construction and development of the next generation of pan-European research infrastructures was recently published. The 2016 ESFRI roadmap includes 21 projects, out of which 15 are ongoing projects identified in earlier versions and six are newly included. Successful ESFRI projects that are already delivering science services or effectively advancing in their construction are called landmarks. 29 ESFRI landmarks are listed in this category, including the High Luminosity upgrade of LHC (HL-LHC). The 2016 ESFRI roadmap is available here

6. Ideas for the European Innovation Council (EIC)

Back in February, the EU Research Commissioner Carlos Moedas invited all interested parties to share ideas on the creation of a new European Innovation Council. CERN and the other intergovernmental research organisations, members of EIROforum, have provided input to this consultation. Read more

7. European Cloud Initiative

The European Cloud Initiative is designed to help science, industry and public authorities in Europe access world-class data infrastructures and cloud-based services as they become the decisive factors for success in the digital economy. Recently the European Commission published a communication to the European Parliament and Council on this subject. 

8. Newsletter from the European Research Council


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