Funding news from Horizon 2020

This page is an outline of the most recent research news direct from the Horizon 2020 website. This webpage provides you with direct access to the Horizon 2020 RSS Feed (http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/rss.xml)

Please Note: The information on this page is download directly and automatically from the Horizon 2020 RSS feeds at http://ec.europa.eu. The EPA have no control over the currency or content of these RSS feeds. They are supplied for information purposes only. Please check http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/ for the most up-to-date information on Horizon 2020 funding and related activities.

First set of top-class innovators selected for funding under the European Innovation Council pilot to scale-up their businesses

A total of 57 small and medium-sized companies have been selected for funding under the recently launched European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot. The companies, selected following face-to-face interviews with a jury of innovators, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, will receive a total amount of €94.25 million.

Published on: Tue, 13 Mar 2018 15:16:21 +0000

Twelve outstanding finalists are in the running for the 2018 EU Prize for Women Innovators

Twelve successful women entrepreneurs who have brought their breakthrough ideas to the market have made it to the shortlist for the EU Prize for Women Innovators 2018, funded under Horizon 2020, the EU’s research and innovation programme.

Published on: Thu, 08 Mar 2018 16:25:21 +0000

AgriResearch Conference - Innovating for the future of farming and rural communities

The EU AgriResearch Conference is dedicated to scientists, farmers, rural communities, industry, advisors, policy-makers, citizens and NGO representatives who wish to learn about EU agriculture and rural R&I activities and achievements and to have their say on how to shape the future of agriculture R&I after 2020. The conference will also be a great occasion to network with around 500 peers.
From 02/05/2018 to 03/05/2018
Le Charlemagne, Brussels, Belgium


The conference will take place in Brussels, rue de la loi 170 (Charlemagne Building) from 2 Mai 12:00 until 3 May 18:00.

What is the conference about?

The conference is about EU agriculture and rural research and innovation activities now and in the future.

These activities are driven by a long-term strategic approach to EU agricultural research and innovation which was published in July 2016, after a year-long participatory process including a large conference on 26-28 January 2016. This strategic approach has underpinned the development of Horizon 2020 activities and the organisation of synergies with innovation support provided under the Common agricultural policy through the EIP-AGRI. With the final Horizon 2020 work programme for 2018-2020 published in October 2017, and as the dialogue accelerates on how to design future EU policies, the time has come to take stock of the implementation of the strategic approach and to reflect on next steps.

What are the conference objectives?

The conference objectives are:

  • to take stock of the implementation of the strategic approach to EU agricultural R&I and present its first achievements on knowledge produced, linkages established between EU policies or new avenues opened in terms of implementation approaches;
  • to kick-start a participatory process to discuss how to further structure agricultural and rural R&I activities under future EU policies, in particular the future EU framework programme for research and innovation and the future CAP by identifying key issues deserving particular attention under the different strategy priorities and exploring how to maximise impact and synergies between the various EU policies and instruments.

What is on the programme?

The conference will start with a welcome lunch at 12:00 on 2 May and be structured in two parts:

  • 2 May (14:00-20:00) - "From strategy to action" - A plenary afternoon including:
    • a high-level opening by European Commissioner Phil Hogan, followed by interventions from European parliament COMAGRI Chair Czesław Adam Siekierski and Mr Rumen Porodzanov, Minister for agriculture, food and forestry of the Republic of Bulgaria.
    • Keynote speeches on the key role of agriculture R&I to solve global challenges, featuring Tim Benton (University of Leeds), Bruce Campbell (CGIAR) and Carmel Cahill (OECD)
    • A science-society-policy panel discussing the implementation of agricultural and rural R&I under the current period.
    • Closure by Commissioner Carlos Moedas
  •  3 May (9:00-18:00) - "Building on achievements to shape the future" - A full day including:
    • 3 parallel sessions dedicated to "Smart resource management", "Healthy plants, animals and ecosystems for healthy people" and "Attractive, smart and resilient rural communities", each structured in three rounds showcasing activities under Horizon 2020 and other EU programmes and discussing priorities for the future;
    • A plenary closing session featuring Janez Potočnik, co-chair of the International Resource Panel and Chair of the Forum on the Future of Agriculture, reports from the plenaries as well as a discussion panel.

NEW! Download the draft conference programme.

Who will attend?

The conference is aimed at all actors and stakeholders who play a role in the design, implementation or promotion, dissemination and uptake of EU agricultural and rural R&I including:

  • farming, agro-food and bio-based industries value chains and communities (including consumers);
  • organisations representing economic, environmental or social interests in particular in rural areas (NGOs, EU networks);
  • policy-makers at various governance levels (EU, national, regional, local);
  • scientists, innovation agencies, advisors and actors involved in knowledge and innovation systems;
  • journalists.

500 participants are expected.

Why attend?

  • Learn about what's going on: the conference will not only showcase project examples but overview of the porfolio of activities, cutting across several EU programmes.
  • Connect with your peers: the conference programme will provide plenty of networking opportunities around thematic corners, breaks, networking lunches on 2 and 3 May and networking cocktail dinner on 2 May evening.
  • Have your say: several opportunities will be provided for you to voice what you think is important for the future in speaking or in writing, in the sessions and via expression walls (paper and digital). 

Practical information: how to attend?

The event is free of charge and open to all willing to attend. Participants will however have to cover their own travel and accommodation costs and make their own arrangements (no hotel pre-booking).

Registration is open since 15 March and will close on 18th of April or once the event is fully booked if it happens earlier. Please note that your registration is subject to approval by the European Commission. Once registered, you will receive an acknowledgement of your request immediately and a few days later a confirmation of approval of your attendance. This confirmation is mandatory to be able to access the event.

Interpretation will be provided in English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Spanish and Bulgarian on the first day of the conference only (2 May). The second day of the conference will be in English only.






European Commission, DG Agriculture and Rural development

Published on: Wed, 07 Mar 2018 13:00:00 +0000

FET seminar "Artificial photosynthesis: From basic principles to technological impact"

The next FET seminar “Artificial photosynthesis: From basic principles to technological impact”, organised by DG CONNECT, DG RTD and DG ENER, will focus on presenting how the artificial photosynthesis works.
Brussels, Belgium

The main speaker will be Dr. José Ramón Galán-Mascarós from the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ) and coordinator of the FET Proactive project A-Leaf (www.a-leaf.eu).

The seminar will take place on Thursday 15 March 2018 from 14:30 to 17:00 at the Research Executive Agency (Covent Garden building, room COV2 15/SDR1, Place Rogier 16, 1000 Brussels).

The seminar is intended for all interested colleagues and internal or external experts.

More information

Published on: Tue, 06 Mar 2018 09:56:20 +0000

Infoday on Societal Challenge 2 calls 2019 & brokerage event

From 25/06/2018 to 26/06/2018
Come and learn about the Societal Challenge 2 calls 2019 and get some practical information on how to successfully apply to the upcoming calls for proposals. The Info Day will take place in the Charlemagne building on 25 June and the brokerage event will be on 26 June in the Borschette building of the Commission. More details on registration and agenda will follow.
Brussels, Charlemagne and Borschette buildings

Published on: Mon, 05 Mar 2018 14:40:37 +0000

EIT Raw Materials Start-up and SME Booster Call 2018

For start-ups and SMEs that want to test business ideas, would like to meet key players in the raw materials sector, are looking for financial and/or non-financial support. EIT RawMaterials can help you to create and develop new, innovative business ideas in the raw materials sector – covering every stage from initial ideas to business creation and business growth.
EIT Raw Materials Start-up and SME Booster Call 2018

Published on: Fri, 02 Mar 2018 16:31:19 +0000

EIT Cross-Innovation Community Business Idea Competition 2018

Turn your idea into business. The Business Idea Competition 2018 seeks at supporting idea holders aiming at embracing the venture path and wanting more training in entrepreneurship. It is jointly organised by EIT Health, EIT RawMaterials and EIT Food to improve cross-sectoral innovation performance, with a special focus on - but not limited to - EIT RIS eligible countries, along the following thematic areas: Food, Health and Raw Materials.
EIT Cross-Innovation Community Business Idea Competition 2018

Published on: Fri, 02 Mar 2018 16:19:58 +0000

Innovators mobilise for EIT Information Day in Brussels

The EIT Information Day was held for the 2018 Call for Proposals for two new Innovation Communities, EIT Urban Mobility and EIT Manufacturing. The EIT Information Day gave innovators interested in forming one of these Innovation Communities an unrivalled opportunity to hear what’s needed and what’s expected. The entire event was streamed live. Recordings of each session are available on the EIT's Youtube Channel.

Published on: Tue, 27 Feb 2018 09:36:26 +0000

Commission launches €10 million EIC Horizon Prize for innovative batteries for electric vehicles

The European Commission has launched the fifth of six European Innovation Council (EIC) Horizon Prizes, on Innovative batteries for eVehicles, worth €10 million. The EIC Horizon Prizes are part of the first phase of the EIC under Horizon 2020, the EU's Research and Innovation Framework Programme.

Published on: Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:42:31 +0000

Speech by Commissioner Carlos Moedas at European Industry Day - A New Ecosystem for Science, Start-ups and Industry

Speaking at the Industry Day in Brussels, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation Carlos Moedas delivered a speech on the challenges for European industry and on opportunities in the next EU research and innovation programme.

Published on: Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:39:03 +0000

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