Call for Proposals: Facilitating Transnational Low Season Tourism Exchanges in Europe

The European Commission has launched a call for proposals for facilitating transnational tourism flows of seniors within Europe in the low season under the 2013 Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme (EIP). This is a sub-programme of the EU’s Competitiveness and Innovation Programme which runs from 2007 to 2013.

  • Call identifier: 75-G-ENT-CIP-13-B-N03S01
  • Deadline: 26 September 2013 at 17:00 (Brussels local time)
  • Indicative budget: EUR 1,000,000
Additional Information

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Source: UKRO

Call for Tenders: European Cluster Observatory II

The European Commission, Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry, has published a call for tenders regarding the second generation of the ‘European Cluster Observatory’.

The subject of the contract is to launch the second generation of the ‘European Cluster Observatory’ aimed at supporting efforts to promote the development of more world-class clusters in Europe, notably with a view to fostering competitiveness and entrepreneurship in emerging industries and facilitating SMEs’ access to clusters and their internationalisation activities through clusters.

The main task of the ‘European Cluster Observatory’ is to offer statistical analysis, mapping tools and policy advice towards the design of more evidence-based cluster policy in Europe.

Specific aims to be met by ‘European Cluster Observatory II’ are to:

  • Publish a biannual European cluster panorama (statistical cluster mapping)
  • Provide a European cluster trend analysis report
  • Develop a European stress test for cluster policy
  • Provide customised advice to selected model demonstrator regions
  • Promote and raise awareness of the role that clusters and cluster policy can play

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Source: UKRO


Horizon 2020: Presentations Available from Seminar on Food Security and Agriculture Research

Following a recent UKRO update on food security, agriculture, biotechnology and marine research in Horizon 2020, presentations from a recent Brussels event on this subject have been made available.

The presentations, some of which were delivered by representatives of different European Commission DGs, can be consulted in tandem with the previous UKRO article indicated below. 

They cover topics including:

  • The role of the Joint Research Centre in supporting global food security into the future
  • Horizon 2020 and the Bioeconomy Strategy: policy, initiatives and participants
  • Agricultural research and food security in Horizon 2020
  • The environmental perspective on food security research
  • Plant science contribution to agricultural research and food security
Additional Information

Update on Future ERC Calls for Proposals (2014)

ERCAs you know the EU’s Seventh Research Framework Programme (FP7) will finish at the end of this year and the main European Research Council (ERC) calls for proposals under FP7 are already closed. The next ERC calls will be made under the future programme, Horizon 2020, that will take over from FP7 for 2014 to 2020. Horizon 2020 is still under negotiation however the ERC has issued a preliminary schedule for 2014 – as with previous transitions from one framework programme to another this is likely to differ so should be taken on a purely indicative basis only:

  • Publication of the provisional schedule for the new calls (ERC Work Programme 2014), late in 2013;
  • Opening and submission deadlines of new ERC calls throughout 2014:
    – Opening and submission deadline for Starting grants; first and second quarter of 2014
    – Opening and submission deadline for Consolidator grants; second quarter of 2014
    – Opening and submission deadline for Advanced grants; fourth quarter of 2014
  • No further calls for Synergy grants in 2013 and 2014;
  • Normal schedule for Proof of Concept grants (one call with two deadlines in 2014). Although no final decision has yet been taken by the EU, the ERC Scientific Council provides, without any commitment, this provisional information for the convenience of the scientific community.

No further information is available at this stage on the calendar, budget or rules of the next calls, however updates will be released on the ERC website and the Participant Portal.


Commission requests €678m Framework 7 top-up

The European Commission has asked for an extra €678 million for Framework 7, as part of nearly €1 billion of additional funds requested to boost research, innovation and education programmes in 2013.

The request is part of a proposal to amend the EU budget for 2013, submitted to the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers on 27 March. The Commission says the additional €678m is needed to pay bills for existing projects and to ensure it can sign grant agreements for Framework 7 projects scheduled for 2013.

“Delaying the signature of these grant agreements would disrupt the already complex planning and programming process, leading to delay in the recruitment of scientists, difficulties in their availability and instabilities of consortiums,” the Commission stated.

A further €304m is requested for other growth programmes under heading 1a of the EU budget, including €126m for education and the Erasmus student exchange programme.

In total, the Commission has requested €11.2bn extra to top up the 2013 budget of €133bn previously agreed by officials. The Commission says the money is needed to cover a shortfall in the EU budget that has arisen because member states have consistently set annual spending levels below that already committed by the EU.

Janusz Lewandowski, commissioner for financial programming and budget, said that this has created a “snowballing effect of unpaid claims” and that the request therefore “cannot come as a surprise”.

The proposal must now be approved by the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers. Representatives from the UK and the Netherlands have indicated they will oppose the request, with a UK government spokesperson calling the proposal “totally unacceptable”.

However, MEP Giovanni La Via, from the Group of the European People’s Party, said the proposal is only the “first step” in meeting the shortfall in EU funds. “More payments will be needed,” said La Via, who is the Parliament’s rapporteur for the 2013 budget.

MEPs have previously threatened to withhold their approval on the 2014-20 budget until member states balance the books for the current budget cycle.



  • Laura Greenhalgh