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General European Highlights


2014 - International Year of Crystallography
The International Year of Crystallography 2014 (IYCr2014) commemorates not only the centennial of X-ray diffraction, which allowed the detailed study of crystalline material, but also the 400th anniversary of Kepler’s observation of the symmetrical form of ice crystals, which began the wider study of the role of symmetry in matter.
The open ceremony will take place in Paris on 20-21 January 2014.
Source: http://www.iycr2014.org
 
Research and innovation priorities of the Greek EU Presidency
For research and innovation, the main priorities of the Presidency are to ensure the smooth start and implementation of Horizon 2020 and the rapid completion of the legislative procedure for the Joint Technology Initiatives (JTIs) and Article 185 initiatives - also referred to as the Innovation Investment Package. The Presidency is therefore urging the European Parliament to ensure that the process can be completed before the next European elections in May 2014.
The Presidency will also focus on the progress of the European Research Area, which will be discussed at the Competitiveness Council meeting in May 2014.
Source: http://gr2014.eu/
 
Horizon 2020 aims to conserve natural resources
The era of seemingly plentiful and cheap resources is coming to an end, with raw material supply, water, air, biodiversity and terrestrial, aquatic and marine ecosystems all under pressure, says  Commission in its introduction to the work programme on ‘Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials’, in which it sets out a wide-ranging package of research on topics ranging from waste reduction to adapting to climate change. The objective is to de-couple economic growth from resource use by promoting the development of a resource-efficient and climate change-resilient economy, the protection and sustainable management of natural resources and ecosystems, and a sustainable supply and use of raw materials.
Source: http://www.sciencebusiness.net
 
ERA Progress report 2013: A “single market for research” is closer
It is widely accepted that Europe needs more investment in research and innovation. What is less well understood is that spending alone is not enough. The money needs to be spent efficiently and with the greatest possible impact. That’s why making the European Research Area (ERA) a reality is a key structural reform for Europe. The ERA Progress report 2013, the first of its kind, shows that in many countries policies are in place to support a single market for research. However, it also shows that we still have a long way to go.
Source: http://euroscientist.com
 
Commission launches pilot to open up publicly funded research data
Valuable information produced by researchers in many EU-funded projects will be shared freely as a result of a Pilot on Open research data in Horizon 2020. Researchers in projects participating in the pilot are asked to make the underlying data needed to validate the results presented in scientific publications and other scientific information available for use by other researchers, innovative industries and citizens. For 2014-2015, topic areas participating in the Open research data pilot will receive funding of around €3 billion.
Source: http://www.openaire.eu/
 
JRC releases online web platform on nanomaterials
The JRC released a first version of its web platform on nanomaterials, which is mainly based on links to available information. The wide use of nanomaterials in innovative applications and new consumer products, the increasing amount of nanomaterial-related information made available through the internet, and the growing importance of legislation on nanomaterials have triggered requests to facilitate access to relevant information. It is designed to be a tool for a wide range of users including the general public, and it will be expanded or updated continuously.
Source: http://ec.europa.eu
 
Encouragement of carbon capture and storage projects
Carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects have the potential to allow the EU to meet its low-carbon goals, in particular for decarbonizing high CO2-emitting industries, and should receive more support from Member states and the EU, the European Parliament said in a report.
MEPs believe that it may also contribute to the diversity and security of energy supplies while maintaining and creating employment opportunities. Members affirm “the urgent need” to develop a range of full-chain CCS flagship projects so as to identify the best and economically most advantageous solutions. They call on the Commission to set goals for the achievement of this objective.
Source: http://www.europarl.europa.eu

Funding Updates and Awards


A selection of Horizon 2020 calls
Stepping up EU research and innovation cooperation in the water area
Deadline: 10 March 2015; Source: http://ec.europa.eu
Converting CO2 into chemicals
Deadline: 24 February 2015; Source: http://ec.europa.eu  
Materials under extreme conditions
Deadline: 10 March 2015; Source: http://ec.europa.eu
Authentication of food products
Deadline: 11 June 2015; Source: http://ec.europa.eu
 
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)
The RISE scheme will promote international and inter-sector collaboration through research and innovation staff exchanges, and sharing of knowledge and ideas from research to market (and vice-versa) for the advancement of science and the development of innovation. The scheme fosters a shared culture of research and innovation that welcomes and rewards creativity and entrepreneurship and helps to turn creative ideas into innovative products, services or processes.
Deadline: 24 April 2014
Source: http://ec.europa.eu
 
Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) 11th Call 2013
The IMI 11th Call 2013 for proposals includes topics covering research priorities in the field of biomarkers and biobanks, Neuro-Psychiatric Disorders/Brain Disease, Infectious & Inflammatory Diseases, and Pharmacological Interactions at the Molecular Level
Deadline: 8 April 2014
Source: http://www.imi.europa.eu
 
LRI Innovative Science Award 2014
The European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic), in conjunction with SETAC, EUROTOX, ISES and Chemical Week, is offering a €100,000 award to support promising new research in the field of environmental risk assessment and management. The focus will be on new approaches and techniques that address the challenges in assessing such substances which could include, but are not limited to lab to field extrapolation, field assessment, weight of evidence assessment. The objective of this LRI Award is to stimulate innovative research, "out-of-the-box" thinking and new approaches which will advance the environmental assessment of hazardous substances.
Deadline: 14 March 2014
Source: http://www.cefic-lri.org

Consultations and Roadmaps


Consultation on a “European area of skills and qualifications”
The objective of the consultation is to collect the views of stakeholders and individuals on the problems faced by learners and workers with regard to the transparency and recognition of their skills and qualifications when moving within and between EU Member States, on the adequacy of the related European policies and instruments and on the potential benefits of developing a “European Area of Skills and Qualifications”.
Deadline: 15 April 2014
Source: http://ec.europa.eu
 
Questionnaire on INTERREG EUROPE
INTERREG EUROPE, the future interregional cooperation programme for 2014-2020, is currently under development. The 30 participating countries, together with the Managing Authority and Joint Secretariat of the programme, have prepared a draft Cooperation Programme. The environmental impact of this programme has also been assessed in the accompanying Environmental Report.
Stakeholders are encouraged to express their opinion on the development of this programme by filling in the online questionnaire available at http://www.interreg4c.eu.
Deadline: 21 March 2014
Source: http://www.interreg4c.eu
 
Consultation on the draft Union framework for state aid for research, development and innovation
The Community Framework for state aid for research and development and innovation ("the R&D&I Framework") sets out the conditions Member States should respect when granting aid to industry for R&D&I-activities.
The purpose of the present consultation is to collect views on the first draft text of the revised Framework.
Deadline: 17 February 2014
Source: http://ec.europa.eu

Business Updates

 
Chemicals: reducing legal overlaps to help businesses
The European Commission aims to take a coherent legislative approach to promote synergy in handling chemical risks. Aware of the burden that legal overlaps place on companies, the European Commission will examine how to eliminate or minimise duplications and inconsistencies between REACH and a range of other legislation.
Source: http://ec.europa.eu
 
EU industrial leadership gets boost through eight new research partnerships
The European Commission launched eight contractual Public Private Partnerships (cPPPs) of strategic importance for European industry. The partnerships will leverage more than €6 billion of investments to be allocated through calls for proposals under Horizon 2020. Each euro of public funding is expected to trigger additional investments of between three and 10 euro to develop new technologies, products and services which will give European industry a leading position on world markets.
Source: http://europa.eu

Forthcoming Events


Horizon 2020 Workshop and Partnering Event
4-5 February 2014
Brussels, Belgium
Website: http://www.pongratz.com/
 
Innovative regions: How can the EU support regional growth?
5 February 2014
Brussels, Belgium
Website: http://www.sciencebusiness.net
 
Innovation Convention 2014
10-11 March 2014
Brussels, Belgium
Website: http://ec.europa.eu
 
9th European Annual Symposium EU Funds 2014 Managing Change with the new Generation of European Structural and Investment Funds 2014-2020
10-12 March 2014
Berlin, Germany
Website: http://ec.europa.eu
 
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