EU Proposals on the Rise

Horizon 2020 LogoA statement from the European Commission has confirmed that in the first half of the year they received applications that totaled nine times the amount of funding available under the Horizon 2020 calls.

The response to the first Horizon 2020 calls has been enormous, with more than 17,000 proposals already submitted. I am impressed by the clear rise in industry interest, particularly from small businesses.”

European Research, Innovation and Science Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn

The response marks a substantial increase from the previous 7th Framework Programme (FP7) and a higher level of competition, however it is worth noting that due to the move from FP7 to Horizon 2020 there was a period when no calls were being published.

There has also been a notable increase in applications from industry, with business applications to the “industrial leadership” and “societal challenges” pillars of Horizon representing 44 percent of the total compared with 30 percent under comparable areas of FP7. SME participation is particularly strong, with over 5,500 SME applications to the Horizon calls on encouraging leadership in enabling and industrial technologies and nearly 2,700 applications for funding under the new €3 billion SME Instrument.

Horizon 2020 – First Call: Infoday and Brokerage Event, 5-6 December in Brussels

A Brokerage event in the field of Energy Technologies

  • Are you interested in submitting a proposal for “Energy” in Horizon 2020?
  • Start building your consortium of excellent partners from industry and academia now! Do not miss the following opportunity – free of charge.

H2020 Energy – First Calls

5th December 2013 – Infoday 

6th December 2013 – Brokerage Event 

This Brokerage Event will be organised on the 6th of December 2013 in conjunction with the H2020 Energy Infoday 2013 of the European Commission!


The event will target a wide spectrum of companies, universities and researchers from Europe and beyond and will foster the creation of consortia for the upcoming Horizon 2020 Energy calls on the 3 Focus areas:


Further more other energy related topics are also highly welcome!


  • Present your innovative ideas/technologies and call the attention of cooperation partners!
  • Meet prospective cooperation partners in a SINGLE day – reduce the amount of time and money for finding new partners

The event is free of charge, registration mandatory.

Dates for your diary:

20 November: Insert your collaboration profile

20 November – 1 December: Online selection of face-to-face meetings

6 December: Bilateral Face-to-face meetings (9:00-13:30)



Rue Royale 250,

1210 Brussels



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.


Horizon 2020: Cloud Computing, Software and Services – Draft Orientation Paper Available

IBM Cloud Computing by Ivan Walsh CC BY-SA 2.0The European Commission has this week released a document outlining initial thoughts on how the ICT Work Programme 2014-15 could address the future research and innovation challenges in Cloud Computing, Software and Services:

Orientation Paper: 2014 Cloud Computing, Software and Services

This paper is an advance opportunity to see the topics which may form part of the first ICT Work Programme in Horizon 2020. However please note that this is a draft and therefore priorities may be subject to change before the final publication of the Work Programme.

The paper presents two objectives with underpinning aims, rationale and outlines possible areas of activity which may form part of the next call. These are:

  1. Advanced Cloud Infrastructure and Services: Federated cloud networking; automated service composition; mobile cloud service development environments
  2. Innovative Tools and Methods for Software Development:  Tools and methods to manage complexity, system simulation, variability, testing and failure management across the software lifecycle; flexible and scalable tools for on-line collaborative software development

by David Young, Northumbria Research Support

Humanities and social sciences to get own budget in Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 LogoA report in ResearchFortnight has stated that the Humanities and Social Sciences will get their own budget in the next EU research funding programme, Horizon 2020.

It has been proposed that the sixth challenge in Horizon 2020’s societal challenges pillar—inclusive, innovative and secure societies— will be split into two, creating one challenge for humanities and social challenges, and one for security research. The new, sixth challenge will be called Europe in a Changing World, and will include research on “inclusive, innovative and reflective societies”, and would cover research into media, history, culture, philosophy, European identity and linguistics,.

No extra funding will be put forward for the additional societal challenge, instead the budget of the previous sixth challenge will be split between challenges six and seven, additional funding for humanities and social science will be spread out across all six challenges.