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.
Switzerland is now fully associated to the entire Horizon 2020.
The Common Exploitation Booster is a new service offered by the European Commission. accelopment is among the first who use the service for one of our projects.
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.
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.
There have been some changes made to the Horizon 2020 Model Grant Agreement (MGA).
The ICT Proposers’ Day 2016 will kick off in about a month’s time, on the 26th September, in Bratislava, Slovakia.
The Horizon 2020 Information Day on the Research Public-Private Partnerships will take place on the 14th October 2016 in Brussels, Belgium.
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.
We are delighted to reveal that OPTO-BRAIN, a project on which accelopment is subcontractor for project-administration, has been selected as a winner of the prestigious EUREKA Innovation Award 2015/2016. The award will be handed to Emanuela Keller, the President of the Board of Directors from NeMoDevices AG.
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:
As of 14 October 2015, there are 53 new funding opportunities for researchers, developers and innovators: The EC has published new calls for proposals in all three pillars of Horizon 2020 (Excellent Science, Industrial Leadership, Societal Challenges) which are now open for submission. Several billion euro are available for different types of projects, including Research and Innovation Actions, more applied Innovation Actions and Coordination and Support Actions.
The European Commission has now published the new template for clinical trials in Horizon 2020 health calls.
accelopment has successfully supported the preparation of the H2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Training Network EXCILIGHT.
Here at accelopment we pride ourselves for being on the cutting edge when it comes to helping our partners with technologies. In this example we would like to explain how we use Adobe ConnectTM for training purposes. Adobe ConnectTM enables us to host virtual meetings whenever, and from wherever, we want. Having this possibility is essential when working on an international project. We have expanded our usage to more than just meetings and have used our tools to create a virtual training series.
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.
More than two years have passed, since the accelopment supported UNION project kicked off and the project is still going strongly. The project was recently reviewed by the Project Coordinator and the Project Officer and it is living up to its task. Before we get into the details of the report, let me explain, what the project is all about:
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.
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!
The EU research funds for Switzerland have been frozen as a result of the recent Swiss vote to reduce immigration.
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.
The State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) informs...
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.
KHCCBIO Consortium wins overall Prize for Best Poster in the Education & Standards category of the competition at the ESBB 2013 Biobanking Conference.
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.
On 1st of May, the Supporting LIFE project was launched.
Two FP7 projects will be launched this spring.
accelopment has been involved in the following six FP7 projects that have been approved recently.
Two FP7 Initial Training Networks, REFINE and TRAIN-ASAP, and one Eurostars project, OPTO-BRAIN, all start on first of January 2012.
energie-cluster.ch and accelopment have signed a cooperation agreement
Impact of funding on SMEs in renewable energies: Study results
5 dynamic SMEs from the region of Winterthur obtained information on funding opportunities for their companies
The MAXCOAT project aims to Successful development of new cell culture vessels for biological laboratories.
On the 1st of February 2010, the FP7 project RICHE was launched.
On 1 December 2009 the initial training network SYSWIND is launched.
The 1 November 2009 is the starting date for the cooperation project HEALING
In July 2009, accelopment was successfully audited on for ISO 9001 by the Swiss Association for Quality and Management Systems (SQS).
More than 50 managers representing some of the most renown Swiss companies participated in the prestigeous event
Also this year, accelopment successfully implemented workshops at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences.
accelopment is now listed in the Pool of Experts, an online database by Switzerland`s leading business network Osec.
Successful start of our strategic collaboration with the Swiss ITS Industrie- und Technozentrum Schaffhausen
Nine project partners and accelopment participated in the kick-off meeting of the FP7 project DERREG in Brussels on 15th/16th January 2009.
Optimising processes - Increasing efficiency - Ensuring high quality!
Twelve project partners including accelopment participated in the kick-off meeting of the FP7 project PILGRIM in Brussels on 5th/6th November 2008.
Well-known companies consider accelopment as a success story.