HORIZON 2020 – Health: getting ready for the upcoming 2016-2017 calls

Several Horizon 2020 health-related topics have deadlines in October-November 2016, most of them for a stage 1 submission (with a stage 2 deadline in the first semester of 2017).

As detailed below, they may be found (not surprisingly) in the Work Programme 2016-2017 “Health, demographic change and wellbeing”, but also “Nanotechnologies, Advanced materials, Biotechnology, and Advanced Manufacturing and Processing” (NMBP) and SME Instrument.

We also suggest you read one of our previous blogposts for a reminder on main overall challenges and principles underlying the H2020 Health societal challenge. Read More

The European projects programme H2020

L’impact dans les projets européens : kezako ?

Les résultats issus des appels à propositions du programme européen Horizon 2020 sont suffisamment nombreux à présent pour pouvoir en tirer une première leçon sur les raisons du succès et de l’échec des propositions soumises : il apparaît en effet que bon nombre de propositions ont échoué en raison d’une note trop faible obtenue sur le critère de l’impact.

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H2020: Overall challenges and principles underlying the Health societal challenge

This post is meant as a reminder of the main challenges and principles underlying the Health societal challenge and Work Programme 2016 – 2017. While you may be familiar with these challenges and principles, and although your proposal on a specific topic may not have to address them all, you should certainly consider to what extent your project is in line with them. Highlighting for reviewers how your proposal provides answers or contributions on these issues would certainly be an asset. Read More


Scope and Impact of Horizon 2020 SME Instrument-06: Accelerating market introduction of ICT solutions for Health, Well-Being and Ageing Well (SMEInst-06-2016-2017)

If you are considering submitting a proposal under the SMEInst-06 topic, you are already aware that this call is focused on ICT solutions and eHealth. However, you should make sure to take into account and analyse the different elements of the call, and to address the scope and expected impact for this topic. Although the call text does not provide many details on the expected impact, issues to be taken into into account can be derived from EC documents on this specific challenge.

As obvious as it might be, the challenge addressed here is the gap in the exploitation of results in ICT for Health, Well-being and Ageing well, and the need to stimulate the availability and market uptake of ICT products and services. Therefore, your project should aim at making such products and services available on the market: disruptive innovation and fast market uptake are expected here, even for young companies. Too many proposals unfortunately focus a lot on technology aspects and fail to address market uptake and the commercial drive for your SME. On the other hand, if your project is still far from the market, you might considering other topics than this one.

You might also delimitate the e-Health by checking a definition from DG Health and Food Safety, where e-Health: Read More


Horizon 2020 SME Instrument: Supporting innovative SMEs in the healthcare biotechnology sector (SMEInst-05-2016-2017)

Whereas this call includes two sub-topics, the first one only is subject to cut-off dates in 2016. The second one (« Clinical research for the validation of biomarkers and/or diagnostic medical devices ») will be open for the first 2017 cut-off date only (18 January) for phase 2 applications.

Therefore, comments below only apply to the “Cell technologies in medical applications” sub-topic, for which the next cut-off dates are:

  • Phase 1: 7 September 2016, 9 November 2016
  • Phase 2: 15 June 2016, 13 October 2016

The scope of the topic is wide, as cell technologies include: Read More

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Fuel Cells and Hydrogen JU: Get ready for the 2016 Call!

If you have a research or innovation project in the area of energy and transport, you will be pleased to know that classical calls from the Societal challenges pillar are not the only option for collaborative research under H2020! Joint Undertakings (JUs), for instance the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen (FCH-JU), which is specialised in the area of Fuel Cells also regularly publishes calls for proposals.

Today focus is upon FCH-JU 2016 opened call for proposals; H2020-JTI-FCH-2016-1. In order to help you understand the calls for proposals between the lines it and help you to shape your project, we disclose for you the most relevant information for impact section.

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H2020 Net Futures Information Day

On January 25th, 2016 Interface Europe participated at the “Net Futures Information Day and Networking event” organized by the European Commission (DG CONNECT) in Brussels. The Information Day focused on ICT and Cross-cutting activities within the 2016-17 Work programmes, namely:

  • Internet of Things
  • Cloud computing and Software Technologies
  • Net Innovation
  • Experimental Platforms

Digital Innovation is one of the top priorities of the Juncker Commission. Compared to other countries (especially Asian countries and the US), the EU is lagging behind; large investments in ICT R&I are fundamental to boost the European competitiveness and to build an inclusive knowledge society. Read More

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H2020 and renewable energy

After a post on the Energy Union, let’s go one step further and focus on renewable energy. First, the nice surprise is that the budget allocated to the secure, clean and efficient energy H2020 work-programme for 2016-2017 is over 1 billion euros! To be exact 118.3 million are dedicated to projects in renewable energies and low carbon energy.  Energy transition is actually one of the main priorities of the European Commission. The work-programme recently published focuses on participation of consumers, the development of the next renewable energy technologies, and the efficiency of the energy system.

Now, it is good to know that there is funding available for renewable energy sources, but it even better to know what will be financed.

In general, regarding renewable energies the main goal is to focus on integration of RE in the energy system.

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H2020 and the Energy Union

You might have heard of both the Energy Union, and Horizon 2020 but do you know that both policies are linked? And not only by the fact that they are implemented by the European Commission or because they both have to do with energy!

To understand the link, first let’s dig into what is the Energy Union.

The Energy Union, is one of the 10 priorities of today’s Commission. It can be summed up in 3 words: secure, affordable and sustainable energy. It should be the result of the climate-energy packages of 2020 and 2030. Therefore, it encompasses 5 different dimensions: supply security, a fully-integrated internal energy market, energy efficiency, emissions reductions, and research and innovation. Read More

Concept / Future

Horizon 2020 and ocean energy

Moving on with our series of blogs on H2020 and energy, among the different sources of renewable energy, we decided to focus on ocean energy.

Seize the future – Sea is the future

Ocean energy encompasses several technologies: tidal energy, wave energy, salinity gradient, ocean thermal energy conversion, tidal range, and not to forget algal biomass. For those of you working on these renewable sources of energy you will be interested to learn that H2020 includes calls for proposals on ocean energy. Indeed, ocean energy can contribute to energy transition and to the shift to a low carbon economy, and therefore is part of the European strategy.

Three H2020 topics have caught our particular attention for their budget, deadlines and the possibilities they are offering.

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