Issue 5

Horizon 2020 NEWS


Issue 5
12 December 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

If you have interesting ideas or you are searching for EU funding for your R&D activities, do not hesitate to contact the EU Support Office

H2020 proposals submitted in 2016

We are getting close to the mid-point of Horizon 2020, and with the interim evaluation of the programme under way, it may be worthwhile to take stock of the participation of CERN in H2020 so far.

The table below shows the number of proposals submitted, selected and under evaluation within the different pillars of H2020 in the period 2014-2016.

 Participation of CERN in H2020

Pillar H2020 Programme Submitted
Excellence Science ERC 21 (19) 5 (5) 3
  FET Open 15 (7)  - -
  Marie Skłodowska-Curie* 39 (24) 13 (7) 2
  Research infrastructures 17 (4) 9 (4) 1
  e-infrastructures 17 (1) 8 (0)
  Number of projects 109 (55) 35 (16) 6
Industrial Leadership ICT 9 (2) 3 (2) -
  Industrial leadership  1 (0) - -
  Number of projects 10 (2)  3 (2) -
Social Challenges Health 3 (0) - -
  Number of projects 3 (0) - -
Other programmes Science in Society 5 (0) 1 (0) -
  Widening Excellence 4 (0) 1 (0) -
  Nanotech & Materials 1 (0) - -
  SME 2 (0) - 1
  Innovation support 1 (0) - 1
  ERA-NET 1 (0) - 1
  EURATOM 1 (0) 1 (0) -
  Eureka/Eurostars 1 (0) 1 (0) -
  EURAMET 1 (0) - 1
  COST 7 (3) 3(1)  -
  Number of projects 24 (3) 7 (1) 4
  Total 146 (60) 45 (19) 10
* MSCA do not include Individual Fellowships
The brackets indicate the projects coordinated by CERN

H2020 has been very popular so far: nearly 150 proposals have been submitted by consortia where CERN is a coordinator or a partner, and 45 of these proposals have been selected for funding. This means a success rate of more than 30% and that is a good achievement, considering that the overall success rate in H2020 is well below 15% on average.

As was the case in FP7, the ERC, Marie-Curie, Research Infrastructures, and e-infrastructure programmes have attracted a lot of interest within the CERN community: 75% of the proposals and 90% of the EC funding from H2020 comes from projects in these programmes, which are now grouped under the Excellence Science Pillar of H2020, including also the FET (Future and Emerging Technologies).

The average number of selected projects in H2020 – 15 per year – is higher than in FP7, and that is a great achievement in view of the fierce competition across the board. The total EC funding to CERN for successful H2020 projects – 11 M€  per year – is lower than in FP7. This is mainly due to the fact that in H2020 (so far) there are only 3 projects with EC funding to CERN exceeding 2 M€, whereas in FP7 we had 14 such projects. 

Highlights of successful projects submitted in 2016 recently selected for funding

ARIES (EC contribution of 10.0 M€) is a large Integrating Activity project on accelerator science and technology coordinated by CERN, with 40 beneficiaries from 18 countries.  The main goals of ARIES are linked to improving, developing and demonstrating novel concepts for accelerator technologies, providing European researchers and industry with access to top-class accelerator research and test infrastructures, as well as enlarging and further integrating the accelerator community in Europe.

AMICI  (EC contribution of 2.2 M€) is a Coordination and Support Action, led by CEA, which aims at creating an efficient integrated Technology Infrastructure for accelerator and magnet technologies among laboratories focussed on R&D, with a long term vision for the technological needs of future European Research Infrastructures and industry.

OPEN SESAME (EC contribution of 2.0 M€) is a Coordination and Support Action,  led by ESRF, with main objectives to train SESAME staff for optimal use of a modern light source facility, to build up human capacity in Middle East researchers to optimally exploit SESAME’s infrastructure, and to train SESAME staff and its user community in public outreach, demonstrating its socio-economic impact to assure longer term exploitation of the synchrotron facility. 

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

Upcoming H2020 Events and Training

External trainings:    
Working on an ERC Consolidator Grant Proposal?, Euresearch  12 December 2016 Bern
ERC Consolidator Grant 2017- Applicants Training, Euresearch 15 December 2016 Geneva
2Day- Finance in Horizon 2020, Singleimage 17-18 January 2017 Brussels
ICT and FET Multidisciplinary Research in H2020, Euresearch 24 January 2017 Geneva
Save the Date: How to write a Competitive Proposal for Horizon 2020, Euresearch  01 February 2017 Bern
Consortium Agreements for Horizon 2020, Singleimage 7 March 2017 Cambridge
Coordinating Horizon 2020 Projects, Singleimage 4 April 2017 Cambridge
Info days and other events    
How FET projects can reach investors, FET2RIN 26-27 January 2017 Brussels

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

Other news and suggestions for further reading on H2020

1. Horizon 2020 budget for 2017 approved

The European Parliament and the Council of the European Union reached a deal on the 2017 EU budget, which includes some €10 billion for Horizon 2020, a substantial increase compared to 2016. Read more

2. A 400 M€ boost for H2020 (2018-2020)

As part of a new multi-billion package of extra funding for some EU programmes, including those for support to jobs and growth, the EC is proposing an extra €400-million-boost for Horizon 2020 for the last 3 years of the programme. Read more

3. ERC Synergy Grants will be back in 2018

Following a gap of 4 years due to budgetary constraints, the ERC will reintroduce the Synergy Grants as of 2018. This is great news for the scientific communities searching funding for support to inter-disciplinary multi-team frontier research projects in all fields of science and technology. Read more 

4. H2020 Interim Evaluation 

The EC has recently started the process for the interim evaluation of H2020. One of the most critical aspects of this evaluation will be the Impact assessment of H2020, for which the EC has mandated a High Level Expert Group, chaired by Pascal Lamy. The results of this assessment may have also a profound influence on the next EU Framework Programme, tentatively referred to as FP9. Read more

5. European Innovation Council  (EIC)

Following a public consultation in spring 2016, with more than 1,000 responses and position papers received, the EC has decided that it shall not create a new EIC institution for the moment, nor will it divert money earmarked for basic research in H2020 for this purpose. Instead, an EIC Pilot will be launched in 2018-2020, most likely implemented by revising significantly the SME instrument, part of the H2020 initial structure. In order to advise on the development and design of the EIC in the future, the EC will set up a new High Level Expert Group comprised of top European innovators. Read more

6. Newsletter from the European Research Council


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