Horizon 2020.Commission to invest €8.5 billion in research and innovation in 2017



Brussels, 25 July 2016

Today, the European Commission announced an investment of €8.5 billion to be released during 2017 into research and innovation, following an update to the Work Programme of Horizon 2020, the EU’s research and innovation funding programme.

The updated Work Programme builds on the success of Horizon 2020 to date, but introduces important novelties. A particularly important change is the introduction of open research data  PDF icon206 KB in all new Horizon 2020 calls and the strong commitment to research integrity and simplification as a driver for research quality. For projects funded under the programme, free online access to scientific data will become the norm. This move will boost competitiveness through open science by accelerating innovation and collaboration, improving transparency, and avoiding duplication of efforts.

The programme also reacts to topical developments by reinforcing research into migration  PDF icon127 KB . In response to the refugee crisis, €11 million will be dedicated to new research to understand migration but also to develop effective policies for managing the influx and integrating migrants in the society and economy.

The funding opportunities offered by the Work Programme are directly aligned with the policy priorities of the Commission and will substantially contribute to the Jobs, Growth and Investment Package, the Digital Single Market, Energy Union and Climate change policy, Internal Market with stronger industry and making Europe a stronger global actor. In line with strategic priorities of Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Horizon 2020 will be open to innovation, open to science, and open to the world.

Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, said: “The response to the Horizon 2020 calls has been immense, with around 90,000 eligible proposals submitted in two and a half years. The EU investment in the 50 calls announced today has the potential to change the nature of EU-funded research with open research data as the norm from now on. It will stimulate innovation by making access to research information easy and affordable for the scientific community, for innovative business and for the general public. With the package of migration actions we demonstrate again that Horizon 2020 can adapt quickly to new and emerging challenges.”

Today’s update releases the second round of funding from the two-year Horizon 2020 work programme announced last October. This includes support for a range of cross-cutting initiatives in 2017: Industry 2020 in the Circular Economy (€325 million) to develop strong and sustainable economies; Smart and Sustainable Cities (€115 million) to better integrate environmental, transport, energy and digital networks in EU’s urban environments; Technologies and standards for automatic driving (over €50 million); and the Internet of Things (€37 million) to foster the take-up of digital technologies in Europe.

Moreover it also includes a number of new calls. For example, the new ‘Closing the water gap’ topic with a budget of €10 million in the ‘Greening the economy’ call aims to reduce fragmentation of water research and innovation efforts across Europe and contribute to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as well as the conclusions of the COP21 Paris Agreement on climate change. With around €20 million, Horizon 2020 will also support the development of a new generation of cells and their integration in batteries, as part of the €133 million call for Green Vehicles. The ambition is to allow Europe to recover competitiveness in the production of future cells and batteries for transport and energy applications. Another novelty is the €4 million topic to support the policy development and implementation of the European Commission’s FOOD 2030 initiative. This topic, included in the €280 million Sustainable food security call, aims to connect, structure and scale-up research and innovation for food and nutrition security in Europe, but in a global context. In addition, four new Horizon Prizes will be launched, focusing on boosting innovation in digital technologies and offering €11 million to winning solutions.

The current Open Research Data Pilot will be extended so that Research data sharing by default will apply to all Horizon 2020 calls covered by the 2017 Work Programme. This means that grant beneficiaries must take measures to enable third parties to access, mine, exploit, reproduce and disseminate research data underlying their scientific peer reviewed publications free of charge. Horizon 2020 beneficiaries are encouraged to also share datasets beyond these publications. Projects can “opt-out” of these provisions in case of conflicts with IPR, personal data protection, national security or other concerns.

The package of migration actions aims to bring together pertinent research communities to map, assemble and synthesise currently running migration research in Europe. It will compare national asylum laws and policies, including their implementation under stress, and identify ways for more harmonisation. It will also make policy recommendations on how to facilitate labour market integration of migrants.


Horizon 2020 is the EU’s biggest ever research and innovation framework programme with a budget worth €77 billion over seven years (2014-2020). Most EU research funding is allocated on the basis of competitive calls, but the budget for Horizon also includes funding for the Joint Research Centre, the European Commission’s in-house science service; the European Institute for Innovation and Technology and research carried out within the framework of the Euratom Treaty. Separate calls are also published under specific partnerships with industry and with Member States. In 2017 the total EU research and innovation budget, including these items, will be around €10.5 billion.

The updated Work Programme adopted today confirms details of the calls for proposals for 2017 first announced last October IP/15/5831 and specifies the deadlines for applications (see MEMO). The Work Programme of the European Research Council also adopted today will allow supporting excellent researchers with nearly €1.8 billion. All funding opportunities under Horizon 2020 are accessible from the Participant portal.

As of 1 July, Horizon 2020 has funded almost 9,000 grants in total to the tune of €15 billion of which almost €2.2 billion went to supporting SMEs in the societal challenges and the ‘leadership in enabling and industrial technologies’ part, exceeding the budget target. 1,860 ERC grantees and 6,160 beneficiaries under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions have received almost €2.6 billion and €1.6 billion respectively.

More information

Link: http://ec.europa.eu/research/index.cfm?pg=newsalert&year=2016&na=na-250716




The EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation proposes a 6 month in-house fellowship scheme in Japan, designed to support its research and policy analysis of EU-Japan economic and industrial issues.

The Research Fellow will undertake research work on a selected priority topic of the Centre, which should result in a consistent policy report (70-100 pages), to be owned by the Centre.

Apart from research on a pre-determined topic, the Research Fellow will be expected to support the daily analytical activities of the Centre, including media monitoring, policy briefings, seminar reports, etc.



Candidates must be citizens of an EU Member-State or a COSME Third Country (*) or Japan. They must be professionals (trade and economic analysts, academics, scientists, civil servants) with a proven interest in EU-Japan cooperation from multiple perspectives (trade/market access, industrial policy issues, R&D, etc…).

Minimum requirements: EU / COSME or Japanese citizenship, university degree, strong interest and motivation in Japan and EU-Japan relations.

The following elements will constitute an advantage in the selection process: previous professional experience with Japan, an already advanced study/research on one of the priority topics, Japanese language abilities.

(*) http://www.eu-japan.eu/sites/default/files/imce/eligible_cosme_countries.pdf 



The candidates should specify the slot for which they are applying.

Application documents to be submitted: CV, Covering Letter, Research Topic-Research Plan (1-2 A4 pages).

Deadline for Applications

  • October 2016 – March 2017 slot –> deadline to apply: 15 July 2016

The application materials and eventual requests for clarification should be sent electronically to the following address: minerva@eu-japan.gr.jp



After a first review of the applications, a short-list will be established. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview (via telephone, Skype or in person).

Shortlisted candidates will be required to submit official documents proving that they meet the minimum requirements (citizenship, education etc).

The short-listing will be done by the two general managers of the Centre on the basis of the submitted CVs, cover letters and work/research plans. The final selection stage may include an interview in person, by telephone or via Skype.



The fellowship is worth 2000 EUR/month (paid in JPY) and covers a period of 6 months:

The fellowship is expected to cover basic daily expenses and accommodation in Tokyo. A Research Fellow selected from outside Japan, will receive an additional travel subsidy of up to 1000 EUR.

Insurance: the Research Fellow shall take out a personal insurance policy for the whole duration of the Fellowship to cover:

  • Travel,
  • Personal health,
  • Accident insurance,
  • Third-party liability (private life): insurance against the loss of, or damage to, his/her personal property, and insurance against any injury, loss or damage suffered by a third person for which the Participant is personally liable.

This policy shall be taken out prior to the beginning of the fellowship. (The Centre may provide assistance in this matter, if the participant is an EU national not residing in Japan.)

The EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation will provide assistance in obtaining the visa for Japan as well as various logistical assistance (finding accommodation etc).



Exceptionally and depending on the initial results and the interests from the stakeholders, the Minerva Fellowship may be extended for another 6 months.

Link: http://www.eu-japan.eu/events/minerva-fellowship-programme

H2020 partner search in SC1-PM-02-2017

Nikola Benin


NewPas New methods of Patient stratification for personalized therapeutic solutions.


PS ID: PS-IL-101558
Status: Open
Date of last Modification: 25/07/2016
Date of Publication: 25/07/2016


Proposal Outline:

HORIZON 2020 Health, demographic change and well-being

SC1-PM-02-2017: New concepts in patient stratification

(RIA) 40.0     04 Oct 2016 (First stage) 11 Apr 2017 (Second stage)

Specific Challenge: Despite the major advances in understanding disease in the post-genomic era, still a majority of all drugs are effective in only a limited number of patients. From a clinical perspective, implementingknowledge-based decisions on what therapeutics to use for which patients and, if relevant, in which combinations, are extremely challenging. The aspiration to provide more effective therapeutic interventions tailored to the individual or groups of individuals with common molecular phenotypes remains unfulfilledbecause of the variable response of individuals to such interventions.


The proposed project will research and deliver new methods for disease-mechanism based patient stratification to address the needs for stratified or personalized therapeutic interventions. The proposals will develop new methods and implement them by integrated software system that will provide solutions to analyze multidimensional and longitudinal data from multiple sources, using areas like pharmacogenomics, systems biomedicine, big data analysis and computational modeling.

The new methods will support the development of improved targeted therapies, optimizing the intervention to individual patients, thus facilitating achievement of a greater success in treating or curing the patients.

The system and the process that will demonstrate new concepts of stratification will be validated in pre-clinical and clinical studies in 3 different locations, taking into account sex and gender differences. The system will befocused on addressing 3 complex diseases having high prevalence and possibly will also have high economic impact.

In the case of success system can in future be gradually improved by SMEs participated in the project by future developments to address main complex diseases.

The system design and implementation will comply with the regulatory aspects needed for clinical practice. The companies and SMEs participated in the system development will benefit from detailed plans for commercialization opportunities.

Link: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2842114

EU Projects Partner Search.Project is to increase the access of adults to various forms of learning through

Nikola Benin

Archipelago Foundation for Social Innovation of Polish looking for partners for transnational project.The aim of the project is to increase the access of adults to various forms of learning throughout life.We look forward to organizations from other countries that have interesting experiences and good practices in this field. These experiences will be transferred to the Polish and adapt them to the Polish realities.If you have an interesting experience, you want to divide them and to participate as a partner in the project write email wies21@wp.pl



In a Europe characterized by constant migration flows, the uncertainty arising from a lack of knowledge of European policies and a lack of integration of foreign citizens requires the preparation of plans of action and governance which no longer reflect the emergency and piecemeal approaches adopted until now .
These plans must be defined to help European citizens in the understanding of the national and European policies on immigration, and to permit foreigners to learn about their rights and duties, in order to effectively partecipate to the national life. Simultaneously, the knowledge of the advantages (even economics) deriving from the presence of foreign citizens in the local communities, the solicitation to engage in a confrontation between people of differents nationalities, combined with the despondency of stereotypes, should lead to a progressive construction of a cohesive and harmonious society.
The project aims to create a network of municipalities and associations that manage to prepare long-term answers, which will be useful in the building of a multicultural and partecipaory society; the harmonization of cultures and is also functional to the preservation of the stability of society , allowing to maintain a relatively low degree of conflict , social exclusion (especially of vulnerable groups such as women and children ) and ethnicized crime .

Partners: Public bodies, local and regional authorities, non-profit organizations, civil society organizations, educational/cultural or research institutions;

Please send you candidature to partnersearchdica@gmail.com within 28th July 2016.

Energy Efficiency Call for Proposals 2017 Info Day

Nikola Benin


Applying for funding is a competitive process, and only the best project proposals will be selected.  This year we have structured the content of the Info Day in 8 different sessions, each one providing several networking opportunities as well as the possibility to learn from successful projects. Take a look at the Agenda.

This year’s Information Day will:

  • update you on the European Energy Efficiency policy;
  • present you the Energy Efficiency priorities of the H2020 Energy Efficiency 2017 calls for proposals;
  • provide you guidance on how to apply for funding;
  • offer you dedicated workshops for each funding area with the opportunity to meet the EASME energy team and receive answers to your questions;
  • give you an opportunity to network and find project partners.

Who should attend?

More than 700 participants coming from SME associations, businesses, European and national trade associations, chambers of commerce, European institutions, universities, financial institutions, etc. are expected.

Event date and venue

Monday 19 September 2016 in the European Commission Charlemagne Building, Rue de la Loi 170, 1000 Brussels.  Please read the Privacy statement before registring.
You are welcome to submit your questions to @H2020EE under #H2020EE2017.Twitter


The conference language is English. Please note that no simultaneous interpretation will be provided.

Cannot attend the Information Day?

You can watch a live internet broadcast of the morning plenary session and the parallel sessions on your computer. The link to the web streaming will be published here one week before the event. Access is free and does not require prior registration.

Note that our web streaming system requires the following settings on your PC: Windows PC + Explorer + Windows Media Player

For Mac: install Real Player for Mac then launch the Real Player browser and copy the streaming video’s link.

Live webstreaming & Recordings

Video recordings with sound and integrated slide presentations will be made available online, on this page, after the event.

Travel and Accommodation

Please note that while attendance is free of charge, you will have to cover your travel and accommodation expenses and will need to make your own arrangements.

We recommend booking your hotel early.


For any questions regarding the registration, conference programme and logistics, please contact  Dorothée Crowe – easme-h2020-info-days@ec.europa.eu

Link: http://www.horizon-research.ro/news/46/62/Energy-Efficiency-Call-for-Proposals-2017-Info-Day/d,sumar-nou.php


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Mark your agendas: 14 September 2016, Brussels – Information Day & Brokerage event on the 2017 calls for proposals of Horizon 2020’s Societal Challenge 5 “Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials”.

The European Commission is organising an Information Day & Brokerage event on the upcoming calls for proposals which will be launched in autumn 2016.

We invite representatives of the research community, businesses and public administration to join us on Wednesday, 14 September 2016 in Brussels.


9:00 – 10:15

De Gasperi room

Introduction to Societal Challenge 5 “Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials”
Writing and submitting a proposal – Best practices
10:45 – 11:30

De Gasperi room

Open data
Risk management
Questions & Answers
11:45 – 15:00 PARALLEL SESSIONS: Policy introductions & presentations of topics:

  • Nature-based solutions & Cultural heritage for sustainable growth
  • Climate services & decarbonisation, The Arctic dimension & earth observation
  • Raw Materials
  • Circular economy

Please check this list of 2017 call topics for more details.