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OPEN CALLS: March, 2021

OPEN CALLS: March, 2021


March, 2021

‍NATIONAL CALLS

Deadline: March 31, 2021, 17:00 Lisbon time

The CMU Portugal Program and Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT) are launching, for the first time, a Call under the new initiative Affiliated Ph.D. Programs which offers up to 12 Scholarships for the 2021/2022 academic year. The selected candidates will be hosted by Portuguese Universities and allow a research period of up to 1 year at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

Online info session on February 25, at 2 pm (Lisbon time).


Deadline: March 31, 2021, 17:00 Lisbon time

The 2021 FCT Call for PhD Studentships aims to support researchers, in all areas of knowledge, who wish to develop research activities leading to a PhD degree.


Deadline: April 1, 2021, 17:00 Lisbon time

ERA-MIN3 intends to give the research and innovation community the opportunity to apply for globally coordinated funding, thereby supporting needs-oriented research on primary resources, secondary resources, and replacement of critical raw materials, in an economical approach circular, as well as for cross-cutting themes, such as, for example, raising public awareness of this issue.


Deadline: April 16, 2021

Applications for the 2nd edition of the Institutional Call to Scientific Employment Stimulus are open until April 16, 2021.


Deadline: July 30, 2021, 17:00 Lisbon time (2nd phase)

PROCiência 2020, Incentive System for the Production of Scientific and Technological Knowledge of the Autonomous Region of Madeira, is aimed directly at companies (SMEs and Non-SMEs) and with the objective of strengthening the competitive capacity of the regional economy by boosting projects in strategic areas Research, Development and Innovation (R&D&I) in companies, between companies and the entities that make up the Regional System for the Development of Research, Technology, and Innovation (SRDITI) and Higher Education institutions, fully aligned with the objectives and priorities defined within the scope of the regional RIS3, in order to ensure a threshold of technological skills that allow the transformation of the knowledge generated into new products and services.

‍European Calls

Deadline: April 8, 2021, 17:00 Brussels time

The ERC Starting Grants are designed to support excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they are starting their own independent research team or program. Principal Investigators must demonstrate the ground-breaking nature, ambition and feasibility of their scientific proposal.


Deadline: April 20, 2021, 17:00 Brussels time

The ERC Consolidator Grants are designed to support excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they may still be consolidating their own independent research team or program. Principal Investigators must demonstrate the ground-breaking nature, ambition, and feasibility of their scientific proposal.


Deadline: May 19, 2021, 17:00 Brussels time

You should apply to this call if you are looking for support from EIC Pathfinder Open to realize an ambitious vision for radically new technology, with the potential to create new markets and/or to address global challenges. EIC Pathfinder Open supports early-stage development of such future technologies (e.g. various activities at low Technology Readiness Levels 1-4), based on high-risk/high-gain science-towards-technology breakthrough research (including ‘deep-tech).


Deadline: June 8, 2021, 17:00 Brussels time

This topic aims to enhance the prevention of and protection from the effects of maritime disasters.
Priority 1: Developing response capacity for marine pollution incidents; Priority 2: Enhancing regional and cross-sectoral coordination.


Deadline: June 9, 2021, 17:00 Brussels time; October 6, 2021, 17:00 Brussels time

The EIC Accelerator Challenges supports companies (principally start-ups and SMEs) to scale up high impact innovations with the potential to create new markets or disrupt existing ones in identified areas of strategic relevance. The EIC Accelerator Challenges focus on innovations building on scientific discovery or technological breakthroughs (‘deep tech’) and where significant funding is needed over a long timeframe before returns can be generated (‘patient capital’).


Deadline: June 9, 2021, 17:00 Brussels time; October 6, 2021, 17:00 Brussels time

The EIC Accelerator Challenges supports companies (principally start-ups and SMEs) to scale up high impact innovations with the potential to create new markets or disrupt existing ones in identified areas of strategic relevance. Like EIC Accelerator Open (Section II.3 of the EIC Work Programme 2021), the EIC Accelerator Challenges focus on innovations building on scientific discovery or technological breakthroughs (‘deep tech’) and where significant funding is needed over a long timeframe before returns can be generated (‘patient capital’).


Deadline: June 9, 2021, 17:00 Brussels time; October 6, 2021, 17:00 Brussels time

The EIC Accelerator supports companies (principally start-ups and SMEs) to scale up high impact innovations with the potential to create new markets or disrupt existing ones. The EIC Accelerator focuses in particular on innovations building on scientific discovery or technological breakthroughs (‘deep tech’) and where significant funding is needed over a long timeframe before returns can be generated (‘patient capital’).


Deadline: June 23, 2021, 17:00 Brussels time

The present call targets projects on low-carbon technologies and processes in all sectors covered by Directive 2003/87/EC (the EU ETS Directive): Innovation in low-carbon technologies and processes in sectors listed in Annex I, including environmentally safe carbon capture and utilization (‘CCU’) that contributes substantially to mitigating climate change, as well as products substituting carbon-intensive ones produced in sectors listed in Annex I, environmentally safe capture and geological storage (‘CCS’) of CO2, and innovative renewable energy and energy storage technologies. 


Deadline: July 1, 2021, 17:00 Brussels time

Central objective of this call is to develop and implement the pilot(s) of the European Master of Science (MSc) programme(s) for High Performance Computing (HPC). The graduate education programme(s) will focus HPC and HPC-usage. They will demonstrate the added value of a pan-European education programme, committed to academic excellence, that offers students an outstanding career perspective in international companies and research institutes.

EVENTS

March 24, 2021, 10:00 a.m. Brussels time

The purpose of this event organized by the European Commission is to inform all potential applicants to Horizon Europe calls on the modalities for preparing their proposals. The agenda will include two main points: “Submission and Evaluation” and “Model Grant Agreement”.This first Horizon Europe webinar will take place via YouTube only, from 10.00 a. m. Registration. Agenda.


March 25, 2021, 10:00 a.m. Lisbon time

In the scope of the FORWARD project, ARDITI and UMa are organizing an online webinar for Horizon Europe funding opportunities. This session is focused on Madeira region. Registration. Program.


April 14-16, 2021

This event will take place in the framework of the Portuguese Health Cluster’s Innovation Conference “The (new) Challenges in Health Innovation.” The conference will take place on the 14th of April and will be broadcasted virtually. More information here.


April 22, 2021

This event will be held in a digital format featuring contributions from leading experts from the aviation industry, academia, research centres and SMEs. Lively discussions about the future of sustainable aviation are expected.


Horizon Europe - Civil Security for Society Info Day

May 18-19, 2021

Participate in the first official event in the area of Civil Security for Society in Horizonte Europa. This event is organized by the network of NCPs SEREN4 in cooperation with the EU Commission and the Research Executive Agency (REA). Topics such as the first calls of Cluster 3, the rules for participation, and horizontal aspects will be covered, all presented by COM and REA. Find out about opportunities for research centers, universities, industry, SMEs, civil society organizations, and for all stakeholders in the Security area. Reserve these dates: the registration and event links are not yet available.


June 3-4, 2021

The All-Atlantic 2021 – All-Atlantic R&I for a Sustainable Ocean: Ministerial High-Level & Stakeholders Conference will take place under the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union, in close cooperation with the European Commission, aiming to strengthen Research & Innovation cooperation across and along the Atlantic Ocean, from “pole to pole.”


June 16, 2021

By bringing together leading scientists, European policymakers, key players in ocean governance, and representatives of civil society, the event will nurture discussions at the frontier between science and technology, bridging scientific progress to policy actions and advances in ocean literacy.


June 17, 2021

The event is dedicated to private companies, including SMEs and large companies, public authorities and municipalities, industry and associations willing to develop innovative, sustainable technologies or research projects with a focus on smart cities.

Challenges & Prizes

Deadline: March 31, 2021

The Procura+ Awards reward successful, already running, sustainable, and innovative public procurements. These procurements lead to significant improvements in public goods, services, processes, and infrastructure. More info here.


Deadline: March 31, 2021

This competition aims to create two large-scale scientific centers in two locations in East Germany and to increase the relevance and scientific transformation of the East of Germany, introducing new modes of cooperation between science and industry. More information here.


Deadline: May 5, 2021

The challenge is to build a fully functional, bench-scale prototype of an artificial photosynthesis based system which is able to produce a useable synthetic fuel. Expected Impact: a number of innovative devices and systems demonstrating the use of sunlight to produce a fuel ready to be used.


Deadline: May 6, 2021

Energy - This category recognises organisations that can demonstrate innovative, impactful and inspirational sustainability solutions in the areas of energy that include, but are not limited to: ensuring access to affordable and reliable clean energy; increasing production of clean energy; improving energy efficiency; introducing new forms of clean energy or other technology innovations. (600K$)

 

Water - This category recognises organisations that can demonstrate innovative, impactful and inspirational sustainability solutions in the areas of water that include, but are not limited to: ensuring access to safe and affordable drinking water; ensuring access to sanitation and hygiene; increasing water use efficiency; improving water quality. (600K$)


Deadline: June 1, 2021

The challenge is to develop a European technologically non-dependent solution for launching light satellites into Low-Earth Orbit (LEO), which will enable dedicated low-cost launches with committed schedule and orbit. The solution needs to be innovative, implementable, affordable in development and exploitation phases, and commercially viable. Prize: 10M€.


Deadline: June 30, 2021

The prize is awarded to the most talented women entrepreneurs from across the EU and countries associated to Horizon Europe, who have founded a successful company and brought innovation to market. In the ‘Women Innovators’ main category, three prizes of EUR 100 000 each are awarded to the women who, in the opinion of the jury, have excelled in all award criteria and stood out amongst the other applicants. In the second category, one prize of EUR 50 000 is awarded to a promising ‘Rising Innovator’ aged 30 or younger.


Deadline: July 15, 2021, 17:00 Brussels time

The European Capital of Innovation Awards will recognize the cities’ role as catalyzers of the local innovation ecosystem and will stimulate new activities aimed at boosting game-changing innovation.


Deadline: September 21, 2021, 17:00 Brussels time

The main objective of the prize is to develop an innovative solution that will allow tracking all commercial freight trains, from all railway undertakings, covering the whole European network. The aim is to provide real-time information about the train, accessible to all, including information on the location, departure, destination, composition, and punctuality. 

Other

Deadline: April 1, 2021, 17:00 Lisbon time

LEAP-RE is a project funded by the Framework Programme Horizon 2020 (2020-2025) and a national contribution to the implementation to the "Roadmap on climate change and renewable energy” (HLPD Roadmap) contributing for the Joint Africa Europe Strategy. LEAP-RE is a partnership of 88 organisations, 44 from European countries and associated countries and 39 from African countries coordinated by LGI CONSULTING (LGI), France.


The 5th version - final draft (February 2021) of the Cluster 5 Work Program, WP2021-2022, has already been made available on the platform of the National Support Group for the Discussion of Horizonte Europa, as well as being available for public download here. To access the documents, future updates and contribute to the discussion, register on the platform of the National Group to support the discussion of Horizonte Europa (GNAD). After receiving an email with the access password (it is not immediate), accept the conditions and have access to all documents.


The strategic plan 2021-24 defines the key strategic orientations for the first four years of Horizon Europe, the EU’s multiannual framework program for research and innovation. Download the Factsheet and the Strategic plan.


Sneak peak: you can participate as an Associated Country. Find out all about the participation patterns of UK entities here


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The New European Bauhaus is a creative initiative, breaking down boundaries between science and technology, art, culture, and social inclusion, to allow design to find solutions for everyday problems. Join to connect with a growing community interested in building beautiful, sustainable, inclusive places to live together after the pandemic.


The National Strategy for Oceans 20212030 is a public policy instrument for the Oceans that presents the country's vision, objectives, areas of intervention, and goals for the period 2021–2030, with regard to the Ocean's development model.


‍Participant Portal: partner search

This feature offers the possibility to look for partners directly in the context of individual call topics (open and forthcoming). Potential applicants can access the list of existing partner search requests for a given topic via the individual call topic pages. From the same place, Legal Entity Appointed Representatives (LEARs) can also create new partner search requests on behalf of their organization. Detailed guidance is available.


Open Calls

Visit the European Commission portal for the full list of calls, and FCT for national calls


ERA Careers

Scientific job opportunities: http://www.eracareers.pt/.

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