Funding news from Horizon 2020

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€2 Million Horizon prize for better mobility of older people

The aim of this contest is to develop innovative and sustainable mobility solutions for senior citizens (65+). This will help to combat social exclusion and support independent living.
From 27/11/2017 to 28/02/2019
An  image of and older person with a tourist map on blue and pink background

Context of the prize

The EU's population is ageing rapidly (according to current estimations, the share of people aged 65+ will increase from 17.5% in 2010 to 29.5% in 2060 in the EU-27), and there is an urgent need for improving mobility for seniors.

Adequate mobility solutions for older citizens will enable them to continue to fully participate in various social activities and services, including economic life. Developing or improving related mobility solutions will also provide new opportunities for innovative small companies, transport operators, social economy start-ups or NGOs at local, regional or national level.

Horizon Prize

The work and progress made by the applicants will be assessed by a jury during an implementation period of at least 5 months between the opening of the prize and the submission of the applications, based on measurable evidence that they will have to provide. The €2 million prize(s) will be awarded, after closure of the contest, to the applicant(s) who in the opinion of the jury demonstrate(s) a solution that best addresses the award criteria.The solutions submitted for this Horizon Prize must be implemented for several months during the contest period.

More information on the Horizon Prize and the Rules of Contest.


The prize will be launched during the  'Opening up to an era of social innovation' conference in Lisbon on 27-28 November 2017.

Submissions will be accepted until February 2019 and the prize will be awarded in 2019.

Published on: Mon, 27 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Workshop 'EU Aviation Research Policy on Noise' - REGISTER NOW!

Are you interested in Aviation R&I? Then this workshop is for you...
From 16/01/2018 to 17/01/2018
COV2 25/SDR1 'Auditorium Nowotny', Covent Garden Building, Place C. Rogier 16 - 1210 Brussels (BE)

The European Commission, Clean Sky JU and INEA organise a two-day workshop on EU Aviation Research Policy on Noise, towards linking noise research and technological developments with certification and regulatory issues at EASA and ICAO level.
The workshop builds upon the last successful one organised by the FP7 X-Noise project on 'Future Trends in Aviation Noise Research', held in Brussels in 2014.

To register, please send your name, organisation and e-mail address to: RTD-H3-SECRETARIAT@ec.europa.eu

Please note that, due to limited room's capacity, registrations will be taken in the order of arrival.


RTD/Transport, Clean Sky JU, INEA
RTD H3 Secretariat

Published on: Thu, 16 Nov 2017 18:23:53 +0000

Commission prepares to move its bioeconomy efforts up a gear

Through its 2012 Bioeconomy Strategy, Europe has made important headway towards becoming a more innovative, resource efficient society.

That is the main message of the review of this strategy, presented by the European Commission at the today´s high-level Bioeconomy policy day. The review paves the way for a revision of the strategy, expected next year.


Published on: Thu, 16 Nov 2017 13:12:12 +0000

Commission launches new Horizon 2020 Dashboard

The European Commission has launched a new online presentation of implementation data of Horizon 2020, the EU's research and innovation programme. The Horizon 2020 Dashboard is user-friendly but at the same time offers powerful new analytical functions that will inform programme reporting, impact analysis, feedback to policy-making as well as decisions on future priorities.

Published on: Fri, 10 Nov 2017 12:25:29 +0000

Commission awards Paris as most innovative European city in 2017

Today, the European Commission awarded the 2017 European Capital of Innovation (iCapital) prize of €1,000,000 to Paris. The award, granted under the EU's research and innovation programme Horizon 2020, recognises Paris for its inclusive innovation strategy. Tel Aviv and Tallinn were selected as runners-up, and were both awarded €100,000.

Published on: Wed, 08 Nov 2017 15:59:36 +0000

S2R Information Day - REGISTER NOW!

This Information Day will provide an overview of the Shift2Rail Research & Innovation Programme, focusing in particular on the upcoming funding opportunities under the umbrella of the Horizon 2020 Programme.

Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking is organising the S2R Information Day – Open Call for proposals 2018, which will take place next 12th of December 2017 in the Egg, Congress & Meeting Centre in Brussels.
The Information Day will provide an overview of the Shift2Rail Research & Innovation Programme, focusing in particular on the upcoming funding opportunities under the umbrella of the Horizon 2020 Programme.

Who should attend?

Interested companies and research organisations that are meeting Horizon 2020 eligibility criteria and who wish to carry out collaborative research and innovation projects in the area of the railway transports.

S2R will confirm your participation by e-mail, which will grant access to the event.

Do not hesitate: register now!


Published on: Wed, 08 Nov 2017 14:54:45 +0000

Magnetic manipulation for treatment of neurodegenerative disorders

A fundamentally new concept for remote control of cellular functions by means of magnetic manipulation for treatment of neurodegenerative disorders will be introduced by the FET-Open project MAGNEURON.
cellular image

Neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s disease, are a major public health issue given the aging population in Europe and beyond. While curative pharmacological treatment of these diseases is not in sight, cell replacement therapies (CTs) are considered very promising. However, a fundamental challenge in the medical application of CTs in the brain of patients lies in the lack of control of cell behaviour at the site of transplantation, and particularly their differentiation and oriented growth. This challenge will be tackled by the MAGNEURON project.

The aim of MAGNEURON is to introduce a fundamentally new concept for remote control of cellular functions by means of magnetic manipulation. The technology is based on magnetic nanoparticles functionalized with proteins involved in cellular signalling cascades. These bio-functionalized MNPs (bMNPs) will be delivered into target cells, where they act as intracellular signalling platforms activatable in a spatially and temporally controlled manner by external magnetic fields.

By the end of the project, MAGNEURON will have reached a conceptual and practical expertise for the magnetic control of signalling activity in cells, with a demonstrated proof-of-concept for the differentiation and growth of stem cell derived neuronal cells in cultures, tissues and animals.

To achieve their ambitious goal, MAGNEURON have gathered an interdisciplinary consortium of six partners with highly complementary expertise in Physical-Chemistry, Bio-chemistry, Biophysics, Nanosciences, Neurosciences, Regenerative medicine, and Project management.

For more information on this FET-Open project's consortium, objectives and achievements, please check MAGNEURON website.

Hijacking cell signaling pathways with magnetic nanoactuators for remote-controlled stem cell therapies of neurodegenerative disorders.

Published on: Wed, 08 Nov 2017 13:06:12 +0000

Cross4Health: unlocking collaboration between aerospace and energy for health innovation

The new Cross4Health project will promote and support innovative health solutions generated by Aerospace and Energy SMEs together with Health-related SMEs. More than 70 innovative project ideas will be selected and further supported.

Cross4Health has received funding under the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme to promote and support collaborative health solutions generated by Aerospace and Energy SMEs together with Health-related SMEs from sectors such as Biotechnology, ICT and Medical Devices.

The project will provide a framework for a structured cross-sectoral and cross-border collaboration. This way Cross4Health aims to ensure a long-term sustainability of the actions.

The main outcome of the Cross4Health project will be a portfolio of innovative services, processes and products conceived in an intelligent ‘plug-in’ platform. It will increase the competitiveness of the SMEs and will advance the positioning of European countries in this new emerging market.

More than 70 innovative project ideas will be selected and further supported.

More information




Published on: Mon, 06 Nov 2017 15:54:47 +0000

Horizon 2020 Work Programme from 2018 to 2020

Spanning seven years (2014 - 2020) and with a budget of €77 billion, Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU research and innovation funding programme ever. It is implemented via multi-annual work programmes.

On 27 October 2017, the European Commission presented the final Work Programme for Horizon 2020, covering the budgetary years 2018, 2019 and 2020 and representing an investment of around €30 billion.



Published on: Fri, 27 Oct 2017 15:17:37 +0000

Mobile app captures early signs of Parkinson’s disease

i-PROGNOSIS is an EU-funded multiscope research project aiming to provide technology-based solutions against Parkinson’s. Their latest mobile app was presented at the 'eHealth Tallinn 2017' conference and offers opportunities for health professionals to detect subtle changes that neurologists cannot perceive in consultations.
Project coordinator: 
i-PROGNOSIS via HealthTech Wire (Himss Insights)

Published on: Thu, 26 Oct 2017 17:10:44 +0000

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