Horizon 2020 – The new name for FP8
Horizon 2020 Structure
Horizon 2020 thematic workshops
Horizon 2020 Web portal
Two new FP7 Marie Curie Grants
Updated Free downloadable FP7 book
Upcoming Finance Helpdesk Workshops
Horizon 2020 – The new name for FP8:
The program to succeed FP7 will be known as "Horizon 2020".
This program will run for 7 Years (2014 – 2020), with approximately 80 Billion Euro available.
Horizon 2020 is made up of:
– FP7 (Current Framework Program)
– CIP (Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme)
– EIT (European Institute of Innovation and Technology)
Current talk about Horizon 2020 funding schemes is that they will be standardised and simplified, with one single set of rules for participation and financial reimbursement across all funding schemes.
Horizon 2020 Structure:
Horizon 2020 will be made up of three pillars. Currently, the working names of these 3 Pillars are:
– ‘excellence in the science base’
– ‘societal challenges’
– ‘industrial leadership and competitive frameworks’
Pillar 1: ‘excellence in the science base’
This Pillar contains bottom-up instruments that address excellence driven projects as well as basic research and actions for research careers and mobility. European Research Council (ERC) and the Marie Curie Actions will be kept, although a reduction in the number of different Marie Curie Actions are likely.
Pillar 2: ‘societal challenges ’
This Pillar will be a top-down, policy oriented pillar. It will probably address large, cooperative projects.
Little has been defined to date; the EC is currently organizing expert and stakeholder workshops to define the content of this pillar.
Pillar 3: ‘industrial leadership and competitive frameworks’ ’
This Pillar addresses "innovation goals" and will contain funding opportunities for industry and small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to facilitate the transition from research into marketable products and services. The sections of the current CIP which are directly relevant to research and innovation activities will be integrated into the Horizon 2020 and placed within this pillar.
This pillar will also include new financial mechanisms to support innovation activities and the competitiveness of industry such as (pre-commercial) public procurement, instruments to facilitate access to venture capital and an enhanced window for SME within the Risk Sharing Financing Facility (RSFF).
Horizon 2020 thematic workshops:
The Commission have been and are holding thematic workshops towards Horizon 2020.
Summary reports of these workshops and some of the presentations used can be downloaded from here.
Horizon 2020 Web portal:
In case you have not bookmarked it yet, the official Horizon 2020 Web portal can be found here.
The Portal contains links to the Green paper, Written Positions, and all the latest official information.
Two new FP7 Marie Curie Grants:
European Industrial Doctorates (EID)
Postgraduates enrolled in and qualified to complete a PhD program under a university can be employed with a partnering private enterprise during the project period, and will divide their time between the university and the enterprise. The program aim is for private industry to be involved in a much greater way in doctoral-level training.
One academic institution and one research-performing enterprise established in two different MS/AS. The academic partner must be entitled to deliver doctoral degrees. Each recruited researcher must:
· Be enrolled in a doctoral programme of the academic participant
· Be employed by and spend a majority of his/her time at the research-performing enterprise
· Be jointly supervised by at least two supervisors, one from each participant
Innovative Doctoral Programmes (IDP)
This replaces the ‘Monosite Initial Training Networks (ITNs)’, and aims to encourage crossovers between disciplines, sectors and states. Whilst there are plenty of doctoral schools across Europe, there are not many international, interdisciplinary, cross-sectoral programs. The IDP is intended to rectify this.
Sole University or research organisation in MS/AS offering innovative doctoral program(s) (international, interdisciplinary and intersectoral training)
· Innovative elements of the proposed training should address the needs of the “Innovation Union Flagship Initiative”
· Large recruitment capacity
· Provide International and Interdisciplinary training environment
· Collaborations with wide set of Associated Partners
Upcoming Finance Helpdesk Public Workshops:
New Workshop dates just announced:
19/09/2011 3 Day in-depth FP7 Financial Workshop in London-Heathrow, UK
04/10/2011 2 Day Marie Curie Financial Workshop in London-Heathrow, UK.
Updated FP7 Book by Mr Myer Morron (FREE) V2.9:
Version 2.9 of Mr. Myer W. Morron’s FP7 Book, which follows on from the highly acclaimed FP5 and FP6 versions has been published by EFPConsulting Ltd. It replaces drafts that were previously released.
Specific Changes from V2.8 are:
· Have clarified application of 7% within CSA projects
· Updated introduction
· Have updated Chapter 19 on PPPs.
· Introduced the FP7 simplifications
· Clarified practice of Ethics review
· Removed table in A1.2.3
· Added status of initial moves to FP8 in new Chapter 21
· Have corrected further typos and minor changes
· Updated text to reflect usage of Participant Portal
The downloadable book continues to be free as it was in the previous framework programs. The book is constantly updated and registered users are notified of important changes and updates by Email.
The book covers subjects such as:
· Background to changes in FP7
· Overview of rules of participation
· Benefits of participation in a Collaborative R&D project
· Reasons not to participate
· Brief Overview of Framework Program Seven and CIP
· FP7 Funding Schemes (Types of Projects)
· Framework Program Seven changes
· Partner Search
· Proposal preparation and submittal
· What to do if your Proposal Fails
· Project Roles
· Financial Aspects
· Use of External Consultants
· What to do when your proposal is to be funded
· Consortium Agreement
· Problems during the project
· Project Management
· Project Ethics and Good Practice
· European Technology Platforms
· Ethical Considerations in FP7
· SME Status
· Intellectual Property Aspects
· How to write a proposal
To download, please click here.