The purpose of this Call for Proposals is to fund projects that are designed to support SSA countries to establish and/or develop robust national medicines regulatory systems and capacities for ethical review of clinical research and use of medicinal products and technologies in humans, as well as national and international collaboration in compliance with established internationally accepted good practices.
Researchers are invited to submit research proposals on the role of heritage in society from different (inter)national perspectives and value systems. This includes questions such as what role heritage plays in the formation of identities, how institutions can manage heritage in an inclusive manner, and to what extent digitization contributes to meaningful access to heritage. The call aims to support interdisciplinary research that is set up and carried out by transnational consortia within the context of a single project.
To lay the foundations for radically new future technologies of any kind from visionary interdisciplinary collaborations that dissolve the traditional boundaries between sciences and disciplines, including the social sciences and humanities. This topic also encourages the driving role of new actors in research and innovation, including excellent young researchers, ambitious high-tech SMEs and first-time participants to FET under Horizon 2020 from across Europe.
The availability of appropriate decision support tools for healthcare practitioners can promote uptake of personalised medicine in health care. On-going progress in the fields of bioinformatics and biostatistics, advanced analytical tools (e.g. machine learning) up to Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions, should make possible the development of devices, platforms or novel approaches leading to highly personalised diagnosis, based on the integration of data available from various sources. Novel hardware enabling truly innovative, integrative diagnostic platforms can also be considered.
Micro-plastics are intentionally added to, for example, toothpaste and beauty products (referred to as microbeads) or are a secondary by-product of rubber from, e.g. textiles, tyre wear or artificial turf. The debris is filtered into marine species’ gastrointestinal tract mechanically or it may look like food to some species, thus entering the food chain, with unknown effects. Proposals should use innovative approaches to provide policy relevant scientific data in support of improved human health hazard and risk assessment of micro and/or nano-plastics.
Physical intelligence is derived from combinations of underlying functional capabilities and developing these capabilities beyond the state of the art depends on fundamental R&D&I which crosses between technical domains, for example into materials research or human interaction. It is therefore important to enhance the capability of robots by exploring and developing the opportunities offered by novel technical developments related to physical intelligence. Proposals are expected to enable substantially improved solutions to challenging technical issues, with a view of take-up in applications with high socio-economic impact and low environmental footprint, where appropriate.
The purpose of this topic is to address such issues in a modular and open way, and reduce the barriers that prevent a more widespread adoption of robots. Four Priority Areas (PAs) are targeted: healthcare, inspection and maintenance of infrastructure, agri-food, and agile production. In each of these PAs it is critical to develop appropriate autonomous capability that has impact on the efficiency of key applications in the PAs and moves beyond the current state of the art. User needs, safety, ethical, gender, legal, societal and economic aspects should be addressed in order to raise awareness and take-up by citizens and businesses.
The challenge is to go well beyond the 5G capabilities developed under 3G PPP release 16 that will become available early 2020. It also looks beyond 5G to prepare for the realisation of Smart Connectivity systems as a platform for a Next-Generation Internet, which should support a highly flexible connectivity infrastructure that can dynamically adapt to changing requirements of innovative applications whilst facilitating user data control and innovation friendly implementation of relevant legislation.
Develop novel mobile applications translating between speech and sign languages to assist people with hearing impairments. The projects should leverage on current state-of-the-art in translation between all official spoken and sign languages of the EU Member States and associated countries for efficient and effective use on mobile devices. The resulting applications should be open source, robust, cost-effective and validated across a wide spectrum of users. Priority will be given to projects addressing a wide range of languages, in particular under-resourced languages.
To reinforce cooperation and strategic partnership with selected countries in Africa to support the strengthening of existing digital innovation hubs (DIHs) in Africa and to facilitate the collaboration between EU and African DIHs in order to strengthen a common EU-Africa innovation and start-up ecosystem.
Personalised early risk prediction models, estimating the probability that a specific event occurs in a given individual over a predefined time, can enable earlier and better intervention, prevent negative consequences on a person’s quality of life and thus result in improved individual health outcomes. The challenge is to develop and validate these comprehensive models based on AI or other state of the art technologies for prediction, prevention and intervention using multiple available data resources and to integrate them in personalised health and care pathways that empower individuals to actively contribute to risk mitigation, prevention and targeted intervention.
This action aims to address these challenges by developing smart living environments for ageing people, while strengthening relevant international collaboration in the area. Proposals should develop and validate new solutions leading to smart living environments for ageing people, supporting independent active and healthy lifestyles.
The specific challenge is to facilitate active contributions (in the form of institutional, technological and behavioural change) from all stakeholders to continue on a path towards large-scale deployment of innovative solutions for active and healthy ageing. Proposals are expected to define mechanisms to facilitate further uptake by actively involving partners from the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy ageing as well as other relevant stakeholder groups (e.g. Joint Programming Initiative on More Years Better Lives, Active and Assisted Living programme, EIT Digital and EIT Health), and research and innovation projects, at European, national and regional levels.
To explore and consolidate a new technological direction in order to put it firmly on the map as a viable paradigm for future technology. To foster the interdisciplinary communities that are able to drive this forward, extending from the participating consortia to a wider European pool of expertise. To stimulate the emergence of a European innovation eco-system around a new technological paradigm, well beyond the world of research alone.
The ultimate goal is to build a systemic understanding of the socio-environmental inter-relationships, for instance to regulate or design policies and incentives for environmental sustainability and to track their effectiveness over time and to provide intelligible options for adjusting them.
In 2018, proposals must be submitted under the theme "Social innovation in the energy sector", in 2019 under the theme "Challenges facing carbon-intensive regions" and in 2020 under the theme “Energy citizenship”. They have to address one or several of the questions listed under the respective sub-topics below. All proposals have to adopt a comparative perspective, with case studies or data from at least three European Union Member States or Associated Countries.
Currently, the European energy and climate modelling landscape is quite fragmented. Structured, multilateral communication between modelling groups and other stakeholders was only recently initiated via the Energy Modelling Platform Europe, whereas similar initiatives have a long history in the USA and at UN level and also exist in China. A new "European Energy & Climate Modelling Forum" will structure and manage joint model benchmarking and comparison exercises on the EU energy system, climate mitigation and its regional and sectoral components along relevant policy questions.
Better use of process excess/waste heat represents a significant source of energy savings for industries. In a context of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and introducing the concept of circular economy in heat management in view of industrial process electrification, European industries have a clear interest in finding new ways to capture the heat produced by their process and to reuse it or to produce electricity. Proposals will integrate an industrial waste heat-to-power conversion system using one type of fluid (supercritical CO2 or organic) and demonstrate the system operation in industrial environment at an output power level of at least 2 MW, with improved cost efficiency compared to existing solutions.
Integrated local energy systems can be used to create economically attractive conditions to boost local energy sources and activate local demand-response. Innovative approaches in line with the recently adopted Renewable Energy Directive (EU) 2018/2001, can result in attractive business cases for local investments. Proposals will develop and demonstrate solutions which analyse and combine, in a well delimited system, all the energy vectors that are present and interconnect them, where appropriate, to optimise their joint operation that is demonstrated by an increased share of renewables in and higher energy efficiency of the local energy system.
The goal of the Individual Fellowships is to enhance the creative and innovative potential of experienced researchers, wishing to diversify their individual competence in terms of skill acquisition through advanced training, international and intersectoral mobility. It also promotes the career restart of individual researchers who show great potential.
The COFUND scheme aims to stimulate regional, national or international programmes to foster excellence in researchers' training, mobility and career development, spreading the best practices of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions. This will be achieved by co-funding new or existing regional, national, and international programmes to open up to, and provide for, international, intersectoral and interdisciplinary research training, as well as transnational and cross-sectoral mobility of researchers at all stages of their career.
Online Webinar | 08 June 2020 | Business webcast conference (15:00-16:00 CET)
In the COVID-19 crisis, we have all seen how important it is to have a ready supply of smart researchers, clever innovators and entrepreneurial companies with disruptive ideas and technologies that could pivot quickly into vaccine, treatment, health app or other solutions. In the EU, it happened just-in-time with a few programmes, such as Horizon 2020 health funding and the European Innovation Council, quickly issuing coronavirus calls to researchers and innovators.
Brussels | 30 June 2020 | Business Healthy Measures webcast conference
Even before the emergence of COVID-19, the significance of real world data to European health policy and programmes was growing – notably in the domain of patient-reported outcomes and their integration into health system analysis / assessment frameworks, which inspired Science|Business to create its Healthy Measures initiative back in 2016.
Brussels | 09 Sep 2020 | Partner event | Business conference, in partnership with Huawei
As the launch of the next Framework Programme for research and innovation, Horizon Europe, is approaching, this conference will address the following questions: how does EU-China research cooperation benefit Europe? How to get the world working together on the most pressing global challenges, in particular in the fields of digital, cities, health and climate?
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