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Introduction to Horizon Europe Webinar - 11th March 2021 - 10am to 12pm GMT
The first in a series of webinars from KTN Global Alliance and Innovate UK on the opportunities in Horizon Europe is now open for registrations.
A keynote speaker from BEIS will give an overview of the UK’s strategic priorities for collaborative research and innovation, as well as providing an update on the UK’s current position on association and participation in Horizon Europe. National Contact Points will then present the new programme structure, including new partnerships and missions, support for innovators and innovative companies through the European Innovation Council, Pillar 2: introduction to the clusters and case studies of successful applicants from Horizon 2020.
The webinar will also offer an opportunity for delegates to learn about the support available to applicants via the National Contact Points (NCPs), Innovate EU EDGE (formerly Enterprise Europe Network – EEN) and KTN Global Alliance.
For more information and to register please click here.
The European Research Council (ERC) 2021 Work Programme is now published! – Monday 22nd February 2021
The European Commission has adopted the European Research Council (ERC) 2021 Work Programme! This work programme is the first approved under the 2021-2027 European Union Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon Europe. The ERC Starting (StG) Grant call will open 25th February with a closing date of 8th April 2021. The EU Team recently held an info session for interested StG applicants, with the presentation available via the following link: 9 Feb 21 ERC Starting Grants presentation [pdf]. The ERC Consolidator (CoG) Grant call will open 11th March with a closing date of 20th April 2021. The EU Team held an info session for the CoG on 2nd March (please see the 2 Mar 21 ERC Consolidator Grants presentation [pdf]) and we would encourage interested researchers to start now to work on their proposals. There are also many applicants to past Consolidator Grant calls who are eligible to re-apply for a Consolidator Grant and they are welcome to contact any of us in the EU Team directly with questions.
Horizon Europe - post-Brexit news
Imperial's Vice-Provost (Research), Prof Nick Jennings, writes in an email to all staff on 12th January 2021:
"I am writing to provide you with a brief update on European collaboration following the Brexit deal agreed between the UK and EU over the Christmas break.
First, there is the excellent news that the deal paves the way for our future participation in Horizon Europe. While the UK still has to formalise this through final negotiations with the European Commission, the first Horizon calls are expected in the Spring and we hope that the UK will be in the programme by that point (or shortly thereafter).
Association will give UK scientists, researchers and businesses access to the vast majority of the Horizon Europe programme, including the European Research Council and Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, on the same basis as EU member states and on equivalent terms as organisations in EU countries. UK researchers will continue to be able to be PIs and lead and coordinate projects.
Horizon Europe will have three main ‘pillars’ and a budget of around €95 billion (up almost 30% from Horizon 2020). Most of these will be familiar to you from our substantial participation in Horizon 2020:
- Pillar one: ‘Excellent Science’ will continue to support researchers through fellowships as well as projects defined and driven by researchers themselves, including through the European Research Council and Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions.
- Pillar two: Global Challenges, ‘societal’ evolution and industrial leadership. It will directly support research relating to societal challenges and setting EU-wide missions.
- Pillar three: Innovative Europe, very similar to previous European Innovation Council activities.
The UK is also expecting to participate in the Copernicus, EURATOM research and training and ITER programmes. The Research Office will issue further information as soon as it becomes available (see https://www.imperial.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/research-office/funder-information/european-commission/eu-news-and-events/ for regular updates)
It is critical that we continue to apply for funding to the end of Horizon2020 and to the first possible Horizon Europe calls, not least to demonstrate the value of the programme for us to partners and Government.
Imperial is the 8th most successful HEI worldwide at winning funding from Horizon2020 and I hope we continue at this level (this corresponds to around 10% of our research income last year). We will continue to make the case to Government for a swift completion of the outstanding negotiations and emphasise the importance for European partnerships for excellent science at Imperial and beyond.
If you have any queries or questions then feel free to get in touch with me.