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Horizon 2020 - COREPER I confirmed final texts of the Horizon2020 
The Committee of Permanent Representatives (COREPER I) confirmed the final compromise texts for Horizon 2020, on July 17.
COREPER I was chaired by the Lithuanian Presidency and outlined the Horizon 2020 package of four legislative acts that were agreed following trilogue negotiations between the European Commission, the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament. The package includes:
  • Regulation establishing Horizon 2020;
  • Regulation for a single set of rules and dissemination; 
  • Regulation establishing the European Institute of Innovation and Technology  and
  • Decision on the Strategic Innovation Agenda of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.
A budget of €70.2bn has been allocated to the Horizon 2020, including the EURATOM programme, in the 2014-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework (2011 prices). The approval at COREPER meeting will pave the way for a timely agreement at first reading on the Horizon 2020 package, pending the European Parliament plenary vote early autumn.
Source: http://www.consilium.europa.eu
 
The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) annual report 2012 now available
The EIT’s 2012 Annual Report has been published. It offers a more detailed understanding of the EIT’s developing ambitions matched with some of our Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) achievements over the past year.
The first three KICs were selected at the end of 2009 and established themselves in late 2010:
  • Climate-KIC: addressing the field of climate change mitigation and adaptation;
  • EIT Labs KIC: addressing the field of information and Communication Technologies;
  • KIC InnoEnergy: addressing the field of sustainable energy.
The EIT’s key goal for 2012 was to move from an initial start-up phase to a consolidation of activities with the existing three KICs as well as to start preparations for our future enlarged KIC portfolio and, last but not least, to realise our first offerings as an Institute for Europe that can build upon first results emerging to create clear impact also by disseminating good practices and learnings to the European innovation landscape.
Report: http://eit.europa.eu/
Source: http://ec.europa.eu/
 
More applicants for the latest ERC starting grants
Researchers across Europe have secured grants from the European Research Council (ERC) for projects including the design of a coastal defence against tsunamis, developing high-tech radiotherapy to treat head-and-neck cancer and using global positioning system technology for real-time monitoring of air pollution.
The scheme is increasingly popular, with the latest call attracting 3,329 applications, a fifty per cent increase from last year.
Source: http://www.sciencebusiness.net
 
Only one submission for CCS funding
A consultation with stakeholders will determine what should be done about the CCS funding failure.
Proponents of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, which traps carbon emissions and stores them underground, are expressing alarm after only one demonstration project applied for EU funding. CCS ‘demonstration projects', which trial the yet-unproven technology, were meant to be funded by the NER300 programme, which uses proceeds from the EU's Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) to fund low-carbon technologies.
Source: http://www.europeanvoice.com  
 
EU targets another insecticide linked to decline in bee population
The European Union added a new pesticide to its blacklist of substances suspected of playing a role in declining bee populations. The restrictions take effect from 31 December but seeds which have already been treated can be sown until the end of February 2014. The ban follows similar EU curbs imposed in April on three of the world's most widely used pesticides, known as neonicotinoids, and reflects growing concern in Europe over a recent plunge in the population of honeybees critical to crop pollination and production.
Source: http://www.euractiv.com
 
New technical standards deal signed during EU-US trade meetings
The US and European research agencies signed a new agreement here to collaborate more in developing technical standards, as the two governments continue negotiations towards a major new trade agreement.
The pact, between the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC), provides a small step forward on one of the key difficulties in liberalising US and EU trade: standards setting. Signed in the US Capitol Building by JRC Director General Dominique Ristori and NIST Director Patrick Gallagher, the deal will permit the two agencies to exchange more information and expertise in 10 sectors, including energy and medicines.
Source: http://www.sciencebusiness.net
 
Heated chemicals debate continues with open letter to EU chief
Eighty-one scientists have sent a letter to the European Commission president's science advisor urging the EU executive to listen to 'science' before regulating endocrine-disrupting chemicals, which can be found in everyday consumer products.
In the letter to Anne Glover, who advises Commission President José Manuel Barroso, scientists from both the EU and North America say that they are concerned because the Commission’s scientific committees have so far not been consulted on the Commission's upcoming strategy on endocrine disruptors, due in the autumn.
Source: http://www.euractiv.com
EIB to reinforce support for renewable and energy efficiency investment
The European Investment Bank has adopted new guidelines to reinforce support for investment in renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy grids.
Over the last 10 months the EU Bank has undertaken a comprehensive review to ensure that its energy lending criteria reflect EU energy and climate policy, as well as current investment trends. Following the review the European Investment Bank will focus on financing energy efficiency, renewable energy, energy networks, as well as related research and innovation. This will be complemented with technical assistance to help develop projects in these key sectors.
Source: http://ec.europa.eu
 
Launch of European alliance for apprenticeships
The European alliance for apprenticeships is launched by Commissioners Androulla Vassiliou (Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth) and László Andor (Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion) at the 2013 WorldSkills competition in Leipzig, Germany.
The Alliance will help to fight youth unemployment by improving the quality and supply of apprenticeships across the EU through a broad partnership of key employment and education stakeholders. It also seeks to change attitudes to apprenticeships. It will in particular identify the most successful apprenticeship schemes in the EU and apply appropriate solutions in each Member State.
Source: http://ec.europa.eu/
 
EU pushes through Unified Patent Court
Brussels has paved the way for a specialised European patent court to solve disputes in one instance and avoid multiple litigation cases in up to 28 different national courts.
The European Commission announced the legal framework for Europe-wide patent protection by updating EU rules on the jurisdiction of courts and recognition of judgments, the so-called Brussels I Regulation.
The changes are intended to make it easier for companies and inventors to protect their patents. The Unified Patent Court will have specialised jurisdiction in patent disputes, with an aim to cut legal costs and speed up decisions in patent infringement cases.
Source: http://www.euractiv.com
3rd European Energy Conference (E2C 2013)
27-30 October 2013, Budapest, Hungary
Source: http://www.e2c2013.hu
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Marie Curie career integration grants (CIG)
Marie Curie Career Integration Grants are intended to improve considerably the prospects for the permanent integration of researchers who are offered a stable research post in Europe after a mobility period in a country different from the country where the researcher has been active during the past years. The duration of these grants is up to 4 years. There are no predefined priority areas. Research fields are chosen freely by the applicants and all domains of research and technological development.
Deadline: 18 September 2013
Source: http://ec.europa.eu

COST Open Call
COST invites researchers throughout Europe to submit proposals for research networks and use this unique opportunity to exchange knowledge and to embark on new European perspectives. A continuous Open Call for Proposals is used to attract the best proposals for new COST Actions.
COST follows different evaluation procedures for Proposals submitted in one of the nine COST Domains or, when highly interdisciplinary and spanning several COST Domains, as Trans-Domain Proposals (TDP).
The support will cover the costs of networking activities such as meetings (e.g. travel, subsistence, local organiser support), conferences, workshops, short-term scientific exchanges, training schools, publications and dissemination activities. COST does not fund the research itself.
Deadline: 27 September 2013
Source: http://www.cost.eu

Calls for projects for EUREKA Clusters
The Eurostars Programme is a European Joint Programme dedicated to the R&D performing SMEs, and co-funded by the European Communities and 33 EUREKA member countries. Eurostars aims to stimulate these SMEs to lead international collaborative research and innovation projects by easing access to support and funding. Together with EUREKA Individual projects and Eurostars projects, Clusters are one of EUREKA’s three funding instruments.
Each Cluster covers one specific industry sector, including water technology, software, telecommunications, energy, nano-electronics and integrated electronics. Clusters are public-private partnerships uniting major companies and national innovation agencies. Clusters projects are initiated through calls for funding application, where SMEs and universities are invited to join projects putting them directly in touch with large companies and multinationals.
There is always at least one cluster call open during the year. Here are a few dates and information on currently open calls:
CATRENE – Deadline: 12 September 2013;
EUROGIA2020 – Deadline: 13 September 2013;
EURIPIDES² - Deadline: 24 September 2013;
CELTIC Plus – Deadline: 14 October 2013;
ITEA 2 – Deadline: 30 October 2013.
Source: http://www.eurekanetwork.org
  
Eco-Innovation Call for Proposals
The European Commission grants up to 50% co-funding to finance green ideas: the total budget available for the 2013 Call is almost 31.6 Million Euros.
This call is open to all legal persons that are based in eligible countries but the priority will be given to Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs). Clusters of applicants and projects which demonstrate a European added value and have a high potential for market replication are strongly encouraged.
Deadline: 5 September 2013
Source: http://ec.europa.eu
 
MEP awards 2013: winners announced
European parliament vice-president Edward McMillan-Scott has hosted an event in Brussels recognising MEPs for their outstanding work over the previous year. McMillan-Scott took to the stage for the ninth annual MEP awards where 18 members of the European parliament were rewarded for their work in a variety of policy areas. The parliament vice-president said that while there are many MEPs working in a "variety of policy areas" not covered by the awards, he hoped that through the night's celebrations "a few can be rewarded for their special contributions".
Paul Rübig, an Austrian MEP from the European People Party was awarded for his contribution in the area of research and innovation.
Source: http://www.theparliament.com
Consultation on the revision of Annexes I and II of the Groundwater Directive (2006/118/EC)
The objective of the consultation is to gather views for the first review of Annexes I and II of the Groundwater Directive (Annex I covers groundwater quality standards and Annex II, threshold values for groundwater pollutants and indicators of pollution). Article 10 of the Groundwater Directive requires the Commission to review Annexes I and II of the Directive every six years and come forward with legislative proposals, if appropriate. 
Deadline: 22 October 2013
Source: http://ec.europa.eu
 
Consultation: Implementation Report of the Aarhus Convention
The Convention on access to information, public participation in decision-making and access to justice in environmental matters, usually known as the Aarhus Convention, was signed on 25 June 1998. The objective of the Consultation is to receive eventual input from all interested stakeholders, which shall be considered when finalising the Implementation Report.
Please note that the text is a slightly updated version of the 2010 report. It highlights in track changes just some of the developments encountered since 2010 and shall be completed and finalised also in view of contribution by stakeholders.
Deadline: 14 October 2013
Source: http://ec.europa.eu
 
Roadmap: 2030 framework for climate and energy policies
The analysis in the context of the 2050 roadmaps has shown that currently enacted policies are not sufficient for achieving the transition to a sustainable, secure and competitive low carbon economy and energy system; nor for reaching the EU climate objective for 2050. As described in the Green Paper on the 2030 framework, early agreement on a 2030 framework is important for three reasons:
  1. Long investment cycles mean that infrastructure funded in the near term will still be in place in 2030 and beyond and investors therefore need certainty and reduced regulatory risk.
  2. Clarifying the objectives for 2030 will support progress towards a competitive economy and a secure energy system by creating more demand for efficient and low carbon technologies and spurring research, development and innovation, which can create new opportunities for jobs and growth. This in turn reduces both directly and indirectly the economic cost.
  3. While negotiations for a legally binding international agreement on climate mitigation have been difficult, an international agreement is still expected by the end of 2015.
The EU will have to agree on a series of issues, including its own ambition level, in advance of this date in order to engage actively with other countries.
The fundamental policy question is how to define a 2030 framework for climate and energy policies to make sure the EU is on track to meeting 2050 objectives.
Source: http://ec.europa.eu
 

5th Annual Workshop "The output of R&D activities: harnessing the power of patents data"
19-20 September 2013
Seville, Spain
Source: http://is.jrc.ec.europa.eu
 
Science for the environment 2013 - Mapping knowledge needs for Horizon 2020
2-4 October 2013
Aarhus, Denmark
Source: http://dce-conference.au.dk
 
Energy research and innovation, source of benefits for your region
8 October 2013
Brussels, Belgium
Source: http://ec.europa.eu
 
Small and medium enterprises in Horizon 2020: European Commission information day
18 October and 29 November 2013
Brussels, Belgium
Source: http://ec.europa.eu
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