As 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.
The 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:
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:
Advanced Cloud Infrastructure and Services: Federated cloud networking; automated service composition; mobile cloud service development environments
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
A 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.
The European Commission Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT) has issued a call for expressions of interest for experts for a new advisory structure.
The new advisory structure will be called CAF (DG CONNECT Advisory Forum for ICT Research and Innovation) and will replace ISTAG, the Information and Communication Technologies Advisory Group for the 7th Framework Programme. CAF is being set up as part of the preparation for Horizon 2020 and will be instrumental in developing the direction of research and innovation activities and initiatives dealing with communication networks, computing systems, digital content and related technologies.
Prospective members should correspond to the following profiles:
Members with expertise in technological aspects of ICT (emphasis on industry, SMEs);
Members with expertise in transformative frontier research;
Members with an ICT perspective of the societal challenges;
ICT market development and governance actors; and
Members representing the views of civil society.
More detailed descriptions are provided in the call text.
The call for expressions of interest is open until 26 October 2012 and applications may be submitted by individuals, representatives of collective interest groups and organisations.
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