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The European Commission published the “Strategic Programme Overarching Document” concerning the upcoming Horizon 2020 Work Programmes earlier this year. Although this document already gave us an early look at what to expect and which areas the EC wants to focus on during the final three years of Horizon 2020.
Since the decision to leave the EU was made, researchers from the UK had many unanswered questions concerning the future of EC funded projects, especially concerning Horizon 2020. The Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson have now sought to calm some of the fears in the research community.
When we received the first indication on how likely MSCA European Training Network (ETN) proposals were to receive funding in 2017, we were keeping our fingers crossed even harder for the proposals we had supported. With an average success rate of 8% even highly rated proposals faced the risk of not being selected for funding. Luckily we could once again beat the average proposal and almost two thirds of “our” ETN proposals were successful and were invited to grant preparation.
There are two upcoming cut-off dates in the Eurostars-2 programme: 14th September 2017 and 1st March 2018. These two dates represent the eighth and ninth cut-off of this joint EUREKA and EU programme. The bottom-up and market-oriented approach and its dedication to R&D-performing SMEs are some of the main factors that differentiate the Eurorstars-2 programme from other well-known European programmes.
Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) are a crucial part of any project funded under the Horizon 2020 European Training Network (ETN). Whereas our ETN Starting Guide blog series has given you some concrete tips on the essential steps on managing ESRs – Recruitment, Contracts, and Starting Phase – we have now created the ETN Starting Guide - an infographic on how to get your ESR on the way.
During the past week the EC has released the overall results of the H2020-MSCA-ITN-2017. Since we felt the numbers didn’t reveal much information, we’ve had a look at them, run some calculations and will detail our observations in this post.
Now that we’ve read about what it takes to find ESRs and how to get them signed up it’s time for the next step: The starting phase. A few things we’re going to mention might seem arbitrary, for instance collecting contact details. However, it’s the small things that get easily forgotten during the lifetime of a multi-year project, but it’s often the details that make the difference.
Once the ESRs have been successfully recruited, it’s time to get their contracts prepared and signed. Employing an ESR requires slightly more paperwork in comparison to other jobs. However, the extra work required isn’t something that should deter any potential employers, after all it’s all part of the project. In this post we will be looking at the contract needed to be put in place to get your ESR started and what shouldn’t be forgotten when employing an ESR.
After giving you a good overview of the individual subjects in previous articles we are now continuing with our Starting Guide series to offer you some more concrete help with your projects. In this three-part-series we will be giving you tips on how to manage your projects in regard to the ESRs, starting with the recruitment process.
The definition of an ESR is rather short: “ESRs shall, at the time of recruitment by the host organisation, be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.”
Today we’ve picked one of the five MSCA schemes for a closer examination: Innovative Training Networks.
In this article we’ll be looking at what an MSCA is and go through the different types of MSCAs.
We have previously written about two-stage topics in both the NMBT (Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Biotechnology and Production) and PM (Personalised Medicine) calls. These weren’t the only topics we’ve found with a two-stage submission scheme entering the second stage.
Internally we are aware of what it takes to uphold the certification and how it influences our daily work life, but because a large number of our clients and partners are either scientists or researchers, we often feel that the benefits they receive by working with a certified company aren’t perceived.
The workload for preparing a full proposal is also not to be underestimated and this is where accelopment’s offered services help.
Another year brings another broken record when it comes to MSCA ITN submissions: There were a total of 1,435 ETN proposals submitted to the H2020-MSCA-ITN-2017 call on the 10th January 2017, which marks a record high.
Switzerland is now fully associated to the entire Horizon 2020.
Today we would like to invite you to take a look behind the scenes and talk about the people who eventually will evaluate (or have evaluated) your proposal.
With Eurostars companies of any sector or industry can propose research, development and innovation projects in any area.
Many minor changes and a few worth your attention.
Renewable energy technologies, Heating and cooling, Buildings and Industry, services and products – all in our Energy infographic.
We’ve written extensively about the Eurostars programme in the past and to anyone interested in the subject there’s an interesting event coming up on 12th October. It will take place at the Amsterdam Arena in Amsterdam and is organised by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency, together with the EUREKA Secretariat and Enterprise Europe Network. The focus of this event will be the Eurostars programme.
Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Biotechnology and Advanced Manufacturing and Processing, NMBP in short, has become a priority area funded under the Horizon 2020 programme. With 17 2-Stage call Topics open with a deadline in October it is time to get the proposal ready now.
There are four upcoming Health call deadlines we are focusing on in this infographic on Horizon 2020 Health calls.
Big Data, Robotics, Future Internet and Cloud Computing: Find it all in our new infographic on ICT calls.
The ICT Proposers’ Day 2016 will kick off in about a month’s time, on the 26th September, in Bratislava, Slovakia.
There have been some changes made to the Horizon 2020 Model Grant Agreement (MGA).
Dr Jeanette Müller will be attending the Factories of the Future Conference 2016.
A new explainer page to guide you through the Horizon 2020 acronyms.
After the success of several workshops on EU proposal writing at renowned Irish and UK universities and based on the positive experience from the company days (firmensprechtage in German) it is long overdue that accelopment officially defines its tried and tested concept of individualised funding advice to scientists at universities across Europe. We are therefore excited to introduce one-two-grant.
ITN 2016 results are out, with good news for accelopment.
This year's Horizon 2020 FET Open call is still open until the 11th May 2016!
Find out what it takes for your Eurostars proposal to be successful.
As expected, the number of ITN submissions has increased, although the increase was not as pronounced as anticipated.
At accelopment we have always shown a special interest towards research in renewable and sustainable energy technologies, which is why we are happy to be involved in many projects in this growing and highly innovative field. The most recently approved Horizon 2020 projects we are supporting are:
accelopment has successfully supported the preparation of the H2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Training Network EXCILIGHT.
We are pleased to announce, that accelopment AG has been successfully re-certified by the Swiss Association for Quality and Management Systems (SQS).
We’ve recently had the first official Supporting LIFE (SL) report to the European Comission approved with no changes.
Update: With the workshop now over, we are happy to announce that it has succeeded our expectations. The presentation was fully booked well before the actual day.
The accelopment H2020 infographic gives an overview of the relevant facts for the most common project types in Horizon 2020.
The short animated EAGLE video, created by accelopment, gives an entertaining introduction to the FP7 project EAGLE.
The Horizon 2020 Fast Track to Innovation (FTI) programme offers funding for any innovation activities close-to-the-market. Call for proposals is open until 29 April 2015. Read our FTI factsheet for more information.
High interest in consultations with Jeanette Mueller of the participants at the Dairycare conference in Cordoba, 3- 4 March 2015.
The number of submitted ITN proposals for the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks (ITN) call 2015 increased by 35% compared to 2014.
ClickGene – „Click Chemistry for Future Gene Therapies to Benefit Citizens, Researches and Industry“: Kick-off meeting of the Horizon 2020 ITN in Munich.
Have you already applied for a Horizon 2020 ITN call? Read our list of 8 changes that you need to take into account if you write a proposal for the current call (H2020-MSCA-ITN-2015).
accelopment successfully supported the preparation of a Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network, called ClickGene
Dr Jeanette Müller to hold a two-day workshop ‘EU Projects: From Proposal Writing to Project Management’ at the University College Cork 22/23 August.
The ICT Proposers' Day will take place in Florence (Italy) from 9-10 October 2014.
accelopment provides you with factsheets that show relevant information on available funding programmes at a glance.
The Swiss Federal Council has published interim measures for the role of Switzerland within the research framework Horizon 2020.
Dr Jeanette Müller will be giving a two day workshop on Horizon 2020 proposal writing and project participation.
accelopment successfully supported the preparation of a COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) Action called NEOH – “Network for Evaluation of One Health”.
The final PROVE meeting has taken place in Sofia from 29 - 31 May 2014.
Our new project dissemination website is now online!
University College Cork (UCC), S-HELP’s coordinator, has created a project-related video.
EU Research is specialised in editing, writing and distributing articles on scientific EU-funded projects.
The Swiss newspaper 'Tages Anzeiger' published an article on the suspension of the Horizon 2020 treaty yesterday.
From 11-12 February 2014, 20 representatives of all 10 partners participated at the EAGLE kick-off meeting.
The S-HELP kick-off meeting took place in Cork, Ireland, from 6-7 February 2014.
The Robo-Mate project has been covered by various Swiss media recently.
The King Hussein Cancer Center in Jordan holds an international conference to announce the inauguration of the first ISO-compliant BioBank.
Switzerland Global Enterprise (SGE, formerly OSEC) is a renowned business network that wants to strengthen Switzerland as an economic hub.
The first Horizon 2020 calls were published on 11 December 2013.
Many calls for proposals in all three pillars of Horizon 2020 were published on 11 December 2013.
BBC News Technology published an online article about Robo-Mate.
More than 45 researchers at CIDETEC have been prepared for the upcoming calls for proposals in NMP and other Horizon 2020 LEIT programmes.
Eurostars funds innovative R&D projects to develop products, processes and services.
The first Information Days for Horizon 2020 have been announced.
accelopment continues to provide its services to members of this Swiss manufacturing network.
The Robo-Mate kick-off meeting took place in Genoa/Italy from 5-6 September 2013. 27 people including representatives from all 12 partners attended the meeting.