Webinar on Funding Opportunities under Innovation Procurement

Nikola Benin, PhD


The public sector in the EU, as elsewhere in the world, is faced with important challenges. These include modernising internal operations of public services to make them run more efficiently, as well as improving the external quality of public services to the citizens, e.g. improving high quality affordable health care to cope with an ageing population, improving energy efficiency, etc.

Addressing such challenges can require new and better solutions:

  • Procurement of solutions new to the market where the public sector acts as first customer: Public Procurement of Innovative solutions (PPI)
  • Procurement of R&D services to tackle specific public needs when solutions are not yet on the market:  Pre-commercial Procurement (PCP)

Horizon 2020 reinforces these co-financing mechanisms and will continue boosting in the upcoming work programme for the calls in 2018-2020.

This webinar aims to give more information on how PCP and PPI work. The agenda consists of a detailed presentation by the EC representative on basic info, benefits, eligibility, etc. and a successful Swiss PCP project testimonial.

Contact: zuricheuresearch.ch


Webinar. “Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation (SEWP)”

Nikola Benin, PhD


15-05-2017, 14:00–15:00 in Bern

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Horizon 2020: What is the Programme “Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation (SEWP)” About?

This webinar will give you background information on the SEWP Programme and highlight upcoming calls

15-05-2017, 14:00–15:00 in Bern

Registration fee: free

The European Union is faced with big disparities in research excellence and innovation performance between the different Member States and Associated countries. Therefore, the specific objective “Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation (SEWP)” was introduced in Horizon 2020.
In a nutshell, it is about measures to increase cooperation and knowledge transfer between the Widening Countries* and other Member States (MS) and Associated Countries (AC, eg Switzerland).

This webinar will provide an overview on SEWP funding opportunities and will in particular highlight the upcoming call WIDESPREAD-05-2017 which has the objective to strengthen a field of research (no thematic restrictions) between a widening country and any two internationally-leading research institutions in other MS or ACs.

The Widening Countries are: Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Georgia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta,  Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tunisia, Turkey and Ukraine.

Webinar on the SME

Nikola Benin


The SME instrument type of projects is dedicated to established, high growth, highly innovative, for-profit SMEs seizing European and global business opportunities. Adressing specific challenges within the “Industrial Leadership” and “Societal Challenges” sections of Horizon 2020.

The goal is to enhance the profitability and growth performance of SMEs by combining and transferring new and existing knowledge into innovative, disruptive and competitive solutions.

For more information for partners and Fund subscribe to the Billetin PROJECT AND FUND

Price for 1 year € 120

6 months € 60



Webinar: Data Management Planning

Nikola Benin


In the 2017 Work programme, the Open Research Data Pilot will be extended to cover all the areas in Horizon 2020. In particular, it requires that the proposal, and the funded projects, provide detailed information on the Data Management Plans.

In this webinar the OpenAire2020 helpdesk as well as the Swiss activities concerning the Scientific Data Management will be presented.

Keep an eye on: Bulletin Project and fund

 For more information subscribe to the Billetin PROJECT AND FUND  nbenin@uni-ruse.bg


Webinar: Calls in the Energy Work Programme

Nikola Benin


This Webinar will present the topics in the Horizon 2020 Energy Work Programme with emphasis on the topics with deadlines in the second and third quarter of 2017.

Wherever available, results and experiences from previous calls will be presented.

Participants of this webinar are encouraged to ask questions of general interest before the webinar by email to stefan.fischer@euresearch.ch.

Webinar: WebinarWebinar


Blended learning has been one of the buzzwords in education in the past years. But what does it really mean? In this webinar we are going to have a look at the basic principles of blended learning: the rationale, challenges and success criteria of blended learning:blended learning methodology (including flipped learning), collaborative learning, managing and designing blended learning courses.

The webinar will last from 3 to 4 pm (CET) on the 21st of September.

Link: http://dlearn.eu/event/webinar-blended-learning/

Webinar “Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials”


Author: Nikola Benin

Alison Imrie, European Commission Work Programme coordinator, will present background information on the 2017 calls of the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge “Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials”. Detailed information about the new Work Programme, open calls, budget and deadlines will be provided.The goal of the webinars is to promote and enhance the participation of researchers from academia and industry from the Black Sea countries in Horizon 2020. The webinars in this series are free of charge and open to all.


14:00–14:05 Introduction
Dr Judith Zbinden – National Contact Point ERC and Climate, Euresearch Head Office
14:05–14:35 Work Programme “Climate action, Environment, Resource efficiency and Raw materials”
Alison Imrie – European Commission
14:35–14:45 Euresearch services
Dr Judith Zbinden – National Contact Point ERC and Climate, Euresearch Head Office
14:45–15:00 Questions and answers



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3008 Bern


Contact:  Judith Zbinden judith.zbindeneuresearch.ch