Issue 6

Horizon 2020 NEWS


Issue 6
5 December 2017


Open H2020 calls  |  Proposals submitted in 2017  |  Successful projects in 2017  |  Upcoming events & trainings  |  H2020 news


Open H2020 Calls with potential interest for CERN

The 2018-2020 Work Programmes have been published by the EC in October 2017. The budget for the calls closing in 2018 amounts to about 2.4 B€.  

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 2017

Pillar H2020 Programme Submitted
Excellence Science ERC 10 (7) 2 (2) 8 (5)
  FET 6 (3)  1 (0) 2 (1)
  Marie Skłodowska-Curie* 8 (2) 3 (1) 1 (1)
  Research infrastructures 7 (1) 5 (1) -
  e-infrastructures 5 (0) 4 (0)
  Number of projects 36 (13) 15 (4) 11 (7)
Industrial Leadership ICT 3 (0) 0 (0) -
  Number of projects 3 (0)  0 (0) -
Other programmes Science in Society 1 (0) - 1 (0)
  COST 1 (0) 1 (0)  -
  Number of projects 2 (0) 1 (0) 1 (0)
  Total 41 (13) 16 (4) 12 (7)
* MSCA do not include Individual Fellowships
The brackets indicate the projects coordinated by CERN

H2020 continues to be very popular: 41 proposals have been submitted by consortia where CERN is a coordinator or a partner, and 16 of these proposals have been selected for funding. This means a success rate of 55%, not including the proposals still under evaluation.

In 2017, there was continued interest in all the programmes part of the Excellent Science pillar, with a very high success rate for Research infrastructures & e-infrastructures programmes (71% and 80% success rate respectively). The EC funding for CERN for the projects that have been selected in 2017 so far, amounts to 6.7 M€, more than 2 M€ higher than last year. 

The overall success rate for H2020 projects with the participation of CERN in the period 2014-2017 is 36%, which is significantly higher compared to the H2020 average of 12%. 

Highlights of successful projects selected for funding in 2017

Acronym & Title Coordinator EC funding Short summary
mPP: machine learning for Particle Physics CERN 1.7 M€ mPP is the first successful H2020 ERC Consolidator Grant submitted by CERN. The project focuses on machine learning techniques to solve physics and technical problems common to many CERN research projects. 
TWIST: TOF PET with Strip SiPMs CERN 150 k€ TWIST is a Proof of Concept Grant aiming to build a new type of detector modules for PET scanners to improve the resolution and sensitivity of images.
Research infrastructures      
ATTRACT: breAkThrough innovaTion pRogrAmme for a pan-European detection and imaging eCosysTem CERN 20 M€ ATTRACT aims to fund 180 projects (lump-sum of 100 k€/project) focusing on the demonstration of breakthrough technologies related to detection and imaging, in an Open Call to be launched in 2018.  
ESSnuSB: Feasibility study for employing the uniquely powerful ESS linear accelerator to generate an intense neutrino beam for leptonic CP violation discovery and measurement CNRS 3 M€ ESSnuSB is a Design Study which aims to prepare the ground for a neutrino facility in Europe to address the matter-antimatter asymmetry in the leptonic sector.  
ICEDIG: Innovation and consolidation for large scale digitisation of natural heritage  UEF 3 M€ ICEDIG aims to lay the ground for DiSSCo (Distributed System of Scientific Collections), a new ESFRI initiative which will unify access to colection data in a harmonised and integrated manner accross Europe.  
RI Impact Pathways: Charting Impact Pathways of Investment in Research Infrastructures EFIS Centre 1.5 M€ RI Impact Pathways aims to develop a model describing the socio-economic impact of research infrastructures and of their related financial investments. 
XLS/CompactLight: X-band Light Source Elletra 3 M€ XLS is a Design Study which aims to facilitate the widespread development of X-ray FEL facilities across Europe and beyond.
EOSC-hub: Integrating and managing services for the European Open Science Cloud 30 M€ EOSC-hub creates the integration and management system of the future European Open Science Cloud. 
FREYA: Connected open identifiers for discovery, access and use of reseach resources STFC 5 M€ FREYA supports the EC vision of Open Innovation, Open Science, Open to the World to enable everyone to profit from research outputs. 
OpenAIRE-Advance: Advancing Science through Open Infrastructures  NKUA 10 M€ OpenAIRE-Advance continues the mission of OpenAIRE to support the Open Access/Open Data mandates in Europe. 
XDC: eXtreme DataCloud  INFN 3 M€ XDC will develop scalable technologies for federating storage resources and managing data in highly distributed computing environments. 
FuSuMaTech: Future Superconducting Magnet Technology CEA 500 k€ FuSuMaTech aims at establishing a strong and sustainable R&D&I European network for structuring and strenghtening the field of superconductivity and associated industrial applications.
CLOUD-MOTION: CLOUD Mobility, Training and Innovation Network GUF 3.9 M€ CLOUD-MOTION ITN establishes a network of early stage researchers to investigate the aerosol nucleation for athmospheric aerosol, clouds and climate. 
EASITrain: European Advanced Superconductivity Innovation and Training CERN 3.8 M€ EASITrain ITN focuses on superconductivity: advancing the understanding of the behaviour of superconductors under different operating conditions, establishing innovative production techniques and improving the cost efficiency of cryogenic refrigeration. The project will establish a training curriculum in superconductivity for experts in Europe who can bring the technology to the market. 
INSIGHTS: Advanced Statistical Methods for Particle Physics RHUL 3 M€ INSIGHTS ITN will develop advanced statistical methods and apply them to current research in Particle Physics. 

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

Upcoming H2020 Events and Training

External trainings:    
Horizon 2020 High Impact Workshop, Euresearch  5 December 2017 Bern
2 Day - Finance in Horizon 2020, Singleimage 6-7 December 2017 Cambridge
EU Research Funding new calls - Unveiling the H2020 2018-2020 Work Programmes, Euresearch 7 December 2017 Lausanne
Horizon 2020 - Webinar on the Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE), Euresearch 12 December 2017 Bern
ERC Consolidator Grant 2018 Applicants Training, Euresearch 9 January 2018 Bern
2 Day - Finance in Horizon 2020, Singleimage 30-31 January 2018 Brussels
Info days and other events    
Vision2020: Horizon 2020 International Health Event 7 December 2017 Leuven

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

Other news and suggestions for further reading on H2020

1. 30 B€ for the last Horizon 2020 Work Programme

The European Commission published the H2020 Work Programmes 2018-2020 in October 2017 with a total budget of 30 B€, which is the largest ever allocation of EU funding to Research & Innovation in a single work programme. Read more

2. Horizon 2020 budget for 2018 topped-up by 110 M

Overturning a proposal from some EU member states to cut half a billion euros from EU research, the Horizon 2020 budget for 2018 was topped-up by 110 M€ to be distributed among the most competitive EU funding schemes such as Marie Curie actions, SME Instrument and ERC grants. Read more

3. Horizon 2020 statistics released by the EC

The European Commission has released H2020 statistics on participation in proposals and simplified and detailed data on funded projects per country, organisation and thematic area. 

4. The European Innovation Council pilot

The European Innovation Council pilot will include a revamped SME Instrument, Fast Track to Innovation, FET Open and innovation prizes and will spend 2.7 B€ on about 1,000 projects during its initial 2018-2020 pilot phase. Read more 

5. Sustainable European Research Infrastructures

In September 2017, the European Commission released an Action Plan on the long-term sustainability of Research Infrastructures. The Action Plan aims to set the basis for discussion with Member States and stakeholders to address the sutainability of Research Infrastructures in the medium and long-term.  Read more

6. FP9 preparation

Following the release of the high-level expert group report, chaired by Pascal Lamy in July 2017, the official consultations on the preparation of the next framework programme for Research & Innovation (commonly referred to as FP9) are well under way in Brussels and across Europe. The FP9 proposal is expected to be tabled by the EC in May/June 2018, but there are already lively debates on how to address global and societal challenges in FP9. The EC aims to include 10 new research moonshot projects (e.g. curing dementia, reducing obesity, a digital ocean) in the next framework programme.

CERN, together with the other EIROforum organisations has expressed its views on FP9 in a position paper, which has recently been published.  

7. Newsletter from the European Research Council


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