Università degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo / Portale Web di Ateneo


Bandi in scadenza

Informazioni concorso

Bando per il Finanziamento di Progetti di Ricerca di Ateneo - Anno 2020 (Tema: promozione della salute e della sicurezza alimentare)

Digital Life Science Open Call

EOSC-Life brings together the 13 Life Science ‘ESFRI’ research infrastructures to create an open, digital and collaborative space for biological and medical research.

Recent advances in research technology have led to a vast increase in data volumes produced by life science research. These datasets, many arising from large-scale screening projects, are beyond what can be handled, shared and analysed using classical tools and often contain treasure troves of data beyond what was analysed in the initial project. Making available data, tools and workflows in the cloud is therefore necessary in order to use the data produced to the fullest extent, both within and beyond the original intended scope of  individual projects. The purpose of this Open Call is to support the development of a wide variety of projects that will contribute to the long-term aims of developing an open digital space for data and tools in the life sciences, fostering interdisciplinary collaborations and advancing data-heavy research areas. The overarching goal of the project is to begin to populate EOSC with tools, data and workflows of use and impact to our life science communities.

Nuovo bando PRACE per soluzioni che contribuiscano a mitigare l’impatto della pandemia Covid-19

PRACE – Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe ha aperto un bando per la ricerca di soluzioni che contribuiscano a mitigare l’impatto dell’emergenza Covid-19.

I topic affrontati sono i seguenti:

  • Biomolecular research to understand the mechanisms of the virus infection
  • Bioinformatics research to understand mutations, evolution, etc.
  • Bio-simulations to develop therapeutics and/or vaccines
  • Epidemiologic analysis to understand and forecast the spread of the disease
  • Other analyses to understand and mitigate the impact of the pandemic

Il bando è aperto fino a data da definirsi. Le candidature verranno valutate nell’arco di una settimana e i progetti selezionati dovranno iniziare il prima possibile.

European call for applications for Robot Operating System (ROS)

ROS is of great value and almost immediate applicability for service robotics: in fact, the overwhelming majority of today’s service robots run on ROS. ROS-Industrial aims to transfer this value and the ease of application to industrial hardware, by developing new components, improving existing ones, but also by performing non-development work such as compiling usage and development guidelines or performing license audits.The bigger the ROS-Industrial community and the higher its engagement in actively using and further developing it, the more business-relevant and hence successful the platform will be. For this reason, a considerable part of ROSIN’s budget (3+ Million EUR) is reserved for co-financing Focused Technical Projects (FTPs): you identify what you need to develop for your ROS application and outline a technically sound plan to achieve it. If successfully evaluated, you receive 33% of the total cost to perform the work, provided that you commit to sustain the remaining 67%.

European Museum Collaboration and Innovation Space

Specific Challenge

Museums and cultural organisations have been hit by the COVID-19 crisis, some of them significantly, by the loss in revenues. At the same time, the crisis has speeded up the digital transformation of the sector. Digital technologies become central to almost every aspect of the work of museums to meet the new realities. On the one hand, digital means can offer solutions in relation to museums’ functions, from the collection of artefacts to their conservation and study, and from the interpretation and exhibition of museum collections to marketing and to managing online and onsite visitors. On the other hand, there is a huge potential for innovation and experimentation using advanced technologies and for collaboration between the cultural, creative and technology sectors, in an inclusive way. Investing in digital technologies is essential for museums to innovate and to adapt to new circumstances.

Scope

The proposed action will provide the opportunity for museums to work with creative and technology partners, as well as with each other, through small, experimental projects, to apply digital technologies to a selected area of work or activities, in an innovative way. The project will support museums, for example and not exclusively, to develop solutions that enhance their digital presence, or innovate their day-to-day functions and processes, experiment with 3D digitization and AR/VR applications for visitors, tap in the creative potential of technology to offer transformative experiences for audiences, or test new business models for their post-crisis recovery.

The action will be implemented through a number of individual projects in selected museums, representing good geographical balance across Europe. The action is targeted in particular to small and medium sized museums. Participating museums can choose to experiment in any application area they wish, but variation in the application areas across participating museums is encouraged.

The action will lead to a collaborative project structure for museums and cultural organisations in Europe, where the outcomes and the detailed documentation of the implemented individual projects will be shared through a cloud-based collaboration and innovation space, to serve as examples of reference, best practice and source of know-how for the museum sector.

Expected Impact

The action will promote collaboration and innovation in cultural organisations, primarily in the museum sector, at European level. It will offer the opportunity for museums, especially smaller and medium ones, to make the most of digital technologies and services to innovate their digital processes and digital presence, acquire and share know-how through collaboration, experimentation and shared practices, and potentially develop solutions contributing to their financial recovery. Participating museums are expected to develop skills and expertise through their dedicated project, while a shared collaboration and innovation space with good practices, examples of reference and common knowledge will foster capacity building and innovation in the museum sector in a wider and more inclusive way.

Training of national judges in EU Competition Law

The new call for proposals focuses on EU competition law trainings addressing national judges dealing with competition cases at national level. This also includes prosecutors, apprentice national judges and the staff of national courts of eligible countries. Applicants may apply for a grant between EUR 30.000 up to a maximum of EUR 300.000. Co-financing rate is maximum 90% of the eligible costs. Priorities to be considered are:

  • Articles 101 and 102 TFEU
  • Directive 2014/104 on antitrust damages actions
  • Economic principles of competition law
  • Competition law in regulated industries
  • Digital Markets
  • State Aid

Preference will be given to projects considering:

  • Trainings foreseeing consecutive levels, building up one on another
  • Trainings which not simply duplicate/overlap existing/planned training material or existing/future projects of other training providers at national level, but that act in complementarity or that innovate
  • Trainings addressing judges from several member states in one training and thus encouraging cross-border networking

Support for information measures relating to the EU Cohesion policy

Within the current legal framework governing the implementation of the EU's Investment and Structural Funds, this call for proposals aims to provide support for the production and dissemination of information and content linked to the EU Cohesion policy, while respecting complete editorial independence of the actors involved.

The European Commission seeks to select potential beneficiaries for the implementation of a number of information measures co-financed by the EU. The main aim is to provide support for the production and dissemination of information and content linked to EU Cohesion policy, including inter alia the Just Transition Fund and the recovery plan for Europe, while respecting complete editorial independence of the actors involved.

The exact content of the proposed information measures will depend on the editorial choice of the applicants. The editorial independence will be guaranteed by a charter of independence that will be part of the agreement signed between the European Commission and the grant beneficiaries.

The specific objectives of this call for proposals are:

  • To promote and foster a better understanding of the role of Cohesion policy in supporting all EU's regions;

  • To increase awareness of projects funded by the EU - through Cohesion policy in particular - and of their impact on people's lives;

  • To disseminate information and encourage an open dialogue on Cohesion policy, its results, its role in delivering on the EU's political priorities and on its future;

  • To encourage civic participation in matters related to Cohesion policy and to foster citizens' participation to setting priorities for the future of this policy.

H2020 GREEN DEAL - Call straordinaria

Area 1: increasing climate ambition and Green Deal impact with cross-cutting solutions

Area 2: supplying clean, affordable and secure energy

Area 3: industry for a clean and circular economy

Area 4: energy and resource efficient buildings

Area 5: Sustainable and smart mobility

Area 6: Farm to Fork

Area 7: Restoring biodiversity and ecosystem services

Area 8: Zero-pollution, toxic-free environment

Area 9: Strengthening our knowledge in support of the European Green Deal

Area 10: Empowering citizens for transition towards a climate neutral, sustainable Europe 

NIA Multi-site COVID-19 Related Clinical Trial Implementation Grant on Aging-Related Topics in at-risk Older Adult Populations (R01 Clinical Trial Required)

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites applications for implementation of investigator-initiated multi-site clinical trials (all phases or stages) of interventions focused on specific aging-related issues to reducing transmission, risk, morbidity, mortality, severity, or complications of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Applications on the following priority topics are invited:

  • Efficacy and safety of interventions that target aging-related biological mechanisms that may influence risk or severity of COVID-19 infection among at-risk older adults
  • Efficacy and safety of preventive and treatment interventions in older patients with differing comorbid conditions that make them especially vulnerable to adverse outcomes of COVID-19 infection
  • Effectiveness of health and/or custodial care practices to reduce transmission risk or improve outcomes of COVID-19 infection in nursing homes or other residential settings serving at-risk older persons, including the development and testing of infection control training procedures for healthcare workers
  • Rapid pragmatic trials in (at least two) health systems, nursing homes, or adult living facilities, ensuring replication across large pragmatic trial sites and leveraging electronic health records to promote quality improvement in physician, hospital, palliative care, and hospice practices to improve outcomes for older patients with COVID-19, especially those with cognitive impairment, Alzheimer's disease or Alzheimer's disease-related dementias (AD/ADRD), or underlying comorbidities
  • Trials in at-risk older adults age 65 and older for whom electronic medical records are available and long-term outcomes can be tracked, and in institutions serving those populations
  • Trials in older adults with AD/ADRD, older adults from populations with NIH-defined health disparities, and/or other vulnerable populations (e.g. incarcerated, homeless, living in institutions)

Fondi per gli investimenti in ricerca e sviluppo

In attuazione del Programma Operativo Nazionale (PON) Ricerca e Innovazione 2014-2020 e allo scopo di incrementare gli investimenti in ricerca e sviluppo fornendo adeguati strumenti finanziari, il Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca (MIUR) ha creato un "Fondo di fondi" di rilevanza nazionale per la ricerca e l'innovazione gestito dalla Banca europea per gli investimenti (BEI).

Le risorse comunitarie a disposizione del Fondo di Fondi vengono investite tramite strumenti finanziari gestiti da Equiter SpA, da Banca del Mezzogiorno-MCC e Banco di Sardegna S.p.A., operatori individuati dalla BEI, con lo scopo di veicolare ai progetti di ricerca e innovazione selezionati strumenti di prestito, equity e quasi-equity nonché strumenti equivalenti.

L'attuazione dello strumento finanziario interessa innanzitutto le otto regioni target del PON (Basilicata, Calabria, Campania, Puglia, Sicilia, Abruzzo, Molise e Sardegna), ma anche le rimanenti aree del Paese, purchè vi sia un vantaggio dell'area del Programma PON.

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Informazioni concorso

ENEN - European Nuclear Education Network Mobility Grants

The mobility grants are intended for those, who would like to improve their knowledge, skills and competitiveness for career opportunities in the following nuclear fields:

  • Nuclear engineering and safety
  • Waste management and geological disposal
  • Radiation protection
  • Medical applications

In particular, the following groups of learners are eligible to receive mobility grants:

  • BSc. students interested in pursuing a master education and/or a career in the nuclear fields.
  • MSc. students in nuclear interested in extracurricular experience and/or academic exchange such as EMSNE.
  • PhD. students and Post-docs in nuclear interested in academic and research exchange, access to research infrastructures and cooperation with EURATOM research projects.
  • Professionals, interested in changing their careers to nuclear and/or building up their life-long learning on nuclear topics.

Prevent Radicalisation - EC - INTERNAL SECURITY FUND

The present call for proposals aims at funding projects providing approaches for disengagement and reintegration of extremist offenders and radicalised individuals related to violent right wing and Islamist extremism, including returning foreign terrorist fighters and their families.

Project applications submitted under the present call for proposals must develop such approaches addressing both of the following sub-priorities:

1. strengthen the collaboration among stakeholders involved in disengagement and reintegration programmes, and

2. enhance the preparedness of stakeholders involved in disengagement and reintegration programmes

Proposals which match most closely these priorities will be evaluated as particularly relevant and will have a higher chance of being selected. Applicants are therefore invited to consider very carefully the links between their proposal and the priorities of the call.

Proposals focusing on

  • media campaigns with counter-narrative or alternative narrative;

  • research studies of the motivations of phenomena of polarisation and/or radicalisation;

  • the issue of the online content which can lead to radicalisation; will not be considered for funding under this call for proposals.

ISPF - Prevent Radicalisation

The present call for proposals aims at funding projects providing approaches for disengagement and reintegration of extremist offenders and radicalised individuals related to violent right wing and Islamist extremism, including returning foreign terrorist fighters and their families.

Project applications submitted under the present call for proposals must develop such approaches addressing both of the following sub-priorities:

1. strengthen the collaboration among stakeholders involved in disengagement and reintegration programmes, and

2. enhance the preparedness of stakeholders involved in disengagement and reintegration programmes

Proposals which match most closely these priorities will be evaluated as particularly relevant and will have a higher chance of being selected. Applicants are therefore invited to consider very carefully the links between their proposal and the priorities of the call. Proposals focusing on:

  • media campaigns with counter-narrative or alternative narrative;

  • research studies of the motivations of phenomena of polarisation and/or radicalisation;

  • the issue of the online content which can lead to radicalisation; will not be considered for funding under this call for proposals.

Open schooling and collaboration on science education

The proposed action targets the creation of new partnerships in local communities to foster improved science education for all citizens. This action aims to support a range of activities based on collaboration between formal, non-formal and informal science education providers, enterprises and civil society in order to integrate the concept of open schooling, including all educational levels, in science education.

"Open schooling" where schools, in cooperation with other stakeholders, become an agent of community well-being shall be promoted; families should be encouraged to become real partners in school life and activities; professionals from enterprises and civil and wider society should actively be involved in bringing real-life projects to the classroom. Relevant policy makers should also be involved, to encourage policy buy-in and the mainstreaming of good practices and insights into policies, and hence sustainability and impact beyond the lifetime of funding. Partnerships that foster expertise, networking, sharing and applying science and technology research findings across different enterprises (e.g. start-ups, SMEs, larger corporations) should be promoted. Gender, socio-economic and geographical differences should be considered.

IP Booster

Aperto nuovamente l'IP Booster, il servizio gratuito della Commissione europea che fornisce consulenza specializzata e professionale nel settore della proprietà intellettuale rivolto alle università europee e alle organizzazioni di ricerca pubbliche. Gli enti interessati potranno sottoporre la propria ricerca ad un gruppo selezionato di esperti che la analizzerà e li aiuterà a sviluppare la migliore strategia rispetto alla proprietà intellettuale. L'IP Booster offre 5 tipologie di servizi:

  • Initial IP audit
  • Patent landscaping
  • IP evaluation or due diligence
  • Patents, design and trademark applications
  • Negotiating technology transfer

Innovation Fund Large Scale Projects

The Innovation Fund is one of the world’s largest funding programmes for demonstration of innovative low-carbon technologies.

The Innovation Fund focuses on:

  • Innovative low-carbon technologies and processes in energy intensive industries, including products substituting carbon intensive ones
  • Carbon capture and utilisation (CCU)
  • Construction and operation of carbon capture and storage (CCS)
  • Innovative renewable energy generation
  • Energy storage

The Innovation Fund will focus on highly innovative technologies and big flagship projects with European value added that can bring on significant emission reductions. It is about sharing the risk with project promoters to help with the demonstration of first-of-a-kind highly innovative projects.

It aims to finance a varied project pipeline achieving an optimal balance of a wide range of innovative technologies in all eligible sectors (energy intensive industries, renewable energy, energy storage, CCS and CCU) and Member States.

At the same time, the projects need to be sufficiently mature in terms of planning, business model and financial and legal structure.

The Fund will also support cross-cutting projects on innovative low-carbon solutions that lead to emission reductions in multiple sectors, for example through industrial symbiosis.

Euopean Cooperation in Science & Technology

Participants are invited to submit COST Action proposals contributing to the scientific, technological, economic, cultural or societal knowledge advancement and development of Europe. Multi- and interdisciplinary proposals are encouraged.

The Open Call Action proposal submission, evaluation, selection and approval (SESA) procedure is fully science and technology-driven and will ensure a simple, transparent and competitive proposal evaluation and selection process, reflecting the bottom-up, open and inclusive principles of COST.

Erasmus Plus - Covid19 call

Il programma Erasmus Plus ha lanciato due call straordinarie con un budget di 100 milioni di euro ciascuna, per sostenere i settori dell'istruzione e della cultura e creatività davanti alle sfide poste dalla pandemia di Covid-19. Le call finanzieranno le seguenti due tipologie di Partenariati Strategici:

  • Partenariati strategici per l'istruzione digitale: progetti nel settore dell'istruzione scolastica, istruzione superiore e istruzione e formazione professionale volti a migliorare la capacità di gestione della didattica a distanza, anche sviluppando le competenze digitali degli insegnanti e preservando il carattere inclusivo delle opportunità educative digitali.
  • Partenariati strategici per la creatività: progetti nei settori gioventù, istruzione scolastica ed educazione degli adulti volti a promuovere la collaborazione tra enti di istruzione formale, non formale e informale e le organizzazioni del settore culturale e creativo per stimolare giovani e adulti a sviluppare idee creative e innovative in risposta alle nuove sfide nelle proprie comunità.

Ogni progetto deve coinvolgere almeno 3 organizzazioni di 3 paesi aderenti al programma. Il cofinanziamento europeo ammonterà al massimo a 300.000 euro per progetti della durata di 24 mesi.

Competence centres for social innovation

The call will fund the development and establishment of national competence centres, their activities to promote social innovation in the country (in particular by assisting stakeholders in the design, implementation and scaling up of successful innovative actions), and mutual learning, as well as mentoring of less advanced centres by more experienced ones combined with networking between the different competence centres and other key stakeholders. The types of activities to be funded under this call for proposals may include:

  • Drawing a comprehensive overview of the social innovation ecosystem synthesising the visions, needs, opportunities and priorities of relevant social innovation stakeholders and promoters, in order to produce a shared strategy and action plan for boosting social innovation in a Member State, including under the ESF+;

  • Collecting, validating, mapping, and communicating suitable and successful tools and methods, approaches and models, practices and inspiring examples, through social media, web platforms, conferences and seminars;

  • Organising awareness and inspirational actions for social innovation promoters;

  • Providing guidance, coaching, mentoring and training in applying/ adapting suitable tools and methods and practices to social innovation promoters;

  • Creating and facilitating (thematic) networks of social innovation promoters, academics and local bodies to speed up mutual learning and exchanging good practices;

  • Facilitating and assisting the development of (new forms/new combinations) of community-led/citizen-controlled finance for pursuing social innovations;

  • Continuously monitoring and assessing public support towards social innovation, and drafting recommendations for improving the responsiveness, effectiveness and governance of public policy towards social innovation;

  • Providing guidance, coaching, mentoring and training to less experienced competence centres, and assist them in mutual learning and exchanging good practices;

  • Sharing suitable and successful tools and methods, approaches and models, examples and practices and inspiring examples with other competence centres.

LIFE 2020 - Climate action sub-programme

ASSEMBLE Plus provides access to over 30 marine biological research institutions across Europe and overseas to carry out your scientific research in the field of marine biological sciences. ASSEMBLE Plus funds access to laboratories, state-of-the-art experimental facilities and technological platforms, ecosystems, and a wide variety of marine biological resources.

ASSEMBLE Plus sponsors teams of up to two researchers for:

  • access to the ASSEMBLE Plus research infrastructures (facilities, platforms, laboratories, standard lab consumables, chemicals and disposables)
  • travel (one round trip per person, economy class)
  • subsistence (meals and accommodation, up to 30 days, weekends included)
  • shipping costs of project material from the Access Provider to your home institution(covered by most Access Providers, up to €400)

Erasmus+ KA1 - KA2 - KA3

KA2: Un partenariato strategico dà l’opportunità alle organizzazioni attive nel settore della gioventù, nonché alle imprese, agli enti pubblici, alle organizzazioni della società civile attive in diversi settori socio-economici, di cooperare per attuare pratiche innovative che portino ad un’animazione giovanile di alta qualità, alla modernizzazione istituzionale e all’innovazione sociale. Ma anche di cooperare per il riconoscimento e la certificazione a livello nazionale delle abilità e delle competenze frutto dell’educazione non formale, facendo riferimento ai quadri europei e nazionali delle qualifiche e utilizzando gli strumenti UE di convalida.

KA3: Nell’ambito dell’obiettivo comunitario di ridurre la distanza tra giovani ed istituzioni europee, di armonizzare le politiche dei Paesi membri in materia di gioventù e di coinvolgere direttamente i giovani nelle decisioni che li toccano da vicino, il programma Erasmus+ favorisce con la Key Action 3 – Policy reforms l’incontro tra i giovani e i responsabili delle politiche per la gioventù.

Bandi Cariplo

1) Ambiente

Plastic challenge: sfida alle plastiche monouso - Scadenza: 20 luglio 2020 h 17.00 (prorogata)

Call for Ideas “Strategia Clima” - Scadenza: 6 luglio 2020 h 17.00 (prorogata)

2) Arte e cultura

Bando Cultura di qualità - 30 settembre 2020 ore 16.59

3) Ricerca scientifica

Attrattività e competitività su strumenti dell’European Research CouncilBando a doppia scadenza Sottomisura Attrattività:22 settembre 2020 \ Sottomisura Rafforzamento: 12 ottobre 2020

Bando Economia Circolare - Scadenza: 19 maggio 2020

Bando Ricerca Sociale: Scienza Tecnologia e Società - Scadenza: 10 giugno 2020

Preparatory Action on Media literacy for All - 2020

The Preparatory Action Media Literacy for All (2018-20) responds to the societal challenge of improving media literacy of citizens of all ages in the Member States of the European Union.

The general objectives of this Call are:

  • to increase the level of media literacy in Europe; 
  • to assess the scalability, sustainability and adaptability across linguistic, state or cultural borders of the actions developed through the earlier Calls of the Preparatory Action Media Literacy for All; 
  • to pursue further methodological innovation and collaboration across media literacy communities within the European Union.
  • The specific objectives are:

  • Identify and catalogue techniques commonly used by malicious actors to create, distribute and amplify online disinformation, including the newest forms of manipulation of communication technologies;
  • Catalogue and design/repurpose for wider sharing relevant educational materials in collaboration, where appropriate, with civil society and media organisations, online platforms, fact-checkers and/or academic researchers with a specific expertise in communication sciences, psychology, sociology, cognitive sciences or other relevant academic fields;
  • Develop tools based on innovative pedagogic approaches, including gaming, creative uses of videoconferencing and other remote learning methodologies, to be used by trained teachers and educators for media literacy training;
  • Develop educational modules targeted at different age, linguistic and/or cultural groups, with a particular focus on the most vulnerable segments of the population, to be used by trained teachers and educators;
  • Design and deliver appropriate, replicable trainings/training materials to school teachers and/or educators active in out-of-school contexts including by innovative means such as those developed in the third bullet point above;
  • Develop 1-2 use-cases on sharing of best practices among trainers of targeted communities;
  • Contribute to fostering a media literacy ecosystem based on shared best practices across linguistic and cultural borders, including through the creation of, and/or collaboration with, open educational repositories.
  • Think4Food

    La pandemia Covid-19 ha provocato radicali trasformazioni nella filiera agroalimentare. Dalla produzione agricola alla ristorazione collettiva, dalla trasformazione industriale all’e-commerce, dal packaging alla grande distribuzione le imprese cooperative stanno affrontando profondi cambiamenti.

    Se hai un’idea innovativa per affrontare questi mutamenti, sostenere lo sviluppo sostenibile e contribuire al raggiungimento di uno o più dei 17 SDGs della Agenda ONU 2030 partecipa alla nostra Call 4 Ideas!

    La Call è aperta a start up, studenti e ricercatori under 40, residenti in Italia o all’estero. Una giuria di cooperatori ed esperti del settore agroalimentare selezionerà le idee da mettere in connessione con le imprese cooperative e decreterà quali premiare nelle categorie:

    • Start Up (5.000 euro)
    • Ricercatori (3.500 euro)
    • Studenti (1.500 euro)

    Shortening the path to Rare Disease diagnosis by using newborn genetic screening and digital technologies

    Specific Challenge:

    Approximately 5,000-8,000 distinct rare diseases (RD) affect 6-8% of the EU population i.e. between 27 and 36 million people; 263-446 million people are affected globall. Despite scientific advances, in Europe, the fact remains that fewer than 10% of RD patients receive treatment and only 1% are managed using an approved treatment. Delivering effective treatments to RD patients where the prevalence is low has been described as one of the major global health challenges of the 21st century. 

    The overall objective of this call topic is to shorten the path to RD diagnosis by using newborn / paediatric (infants during their first weeks of life) genetic screening; and, via application of advanced digital technologies that enable rare disease diagnosis / identification. The latter might require consolidation of existing fragmented efforts.

    The specific objectives are:

  • Assessment and development of a comprehensive, strategic overview of existing converging RD resources e.g. databases, registries (such as the EU RD platform), natural history projects, platforms, reference networks, rare disease academic centers of excellence (e.g. European Reference Networks (ERNs)), and initiatives for evaluation / identification of potential collaboration and synergies;
  • Federation of available RD databases into a RD metadata repository amenable to machine learning or other advanced digital tools;
  • Co-creating a sustainable strategy for newborn genetic screening and pilot it. This could start directly after achieving objective 1;
  • Based on the output of objectives 1 & 2:a) Repurposing of pre-existing diagnosis AI algorithm to identify early onset RD patients in electronic health records (EHRs). This will include at least 3 pilots in better-known rare diseases (with the understanding that solutions and algorithms developed or adapted should be amenable or made amenable to be emulated for larger sets of better-known RDs) where more robust data is available to train and test the AI algorithm(s), and / or;b) Design and development of new AI algorithm(s) to achieve the above goal.
  • Based on insights generated by objectives 1, 2 & 4, either repurposing or development of a broad AI RD diagnosis “symptom checker” to help undiagnosed RD patients going from one health care provider (HCP) to another. In addition, exploration of further viable options to implement the symptom checker in actionable solutions for HCPs and patients.
  • PRIMA Section 1 Agro-Food Value chain 2020

    The shift in the Mediterranean food consumption patterns and trends should be appraised under a holistic approach where the acceptance and affordability of the traditional Mediterranean food products is considered into a broader Mediterranean lifestyle concept (thus including socio-economic, physical activity, psychosocial and behavioural determinants). In doing so, the overall focus of the local food production system should be on sustainable consumption of healthy diet.

    The activities should aim to develop innovative food products based on consumer-centred re-design of traditional Mediterranean recipes and ingredients, in order to satisfy consumer demand in terms of healthiness, convenience, ease of preparation, taste acceptability, and use of ingredients exploiting the local biodiversity also as an element of cultural identity. The nutritional value of the developed food products should be at the centre of the process of valorisation of Mediterranean food product, along with a focus on food technologies to preserve the healthiness and quality of these products.

    The activities should also consider the market receptivity for the developed products to predict the extent of the shift in the adherence to the Mediterranean diet consequent to its commercialization, according to the frequency of consumption in the target populations, based on its lifestyle determinants, such as socio-economic, physical activity, psychosocial and behavioural. Finally, the action should be in line with the development of national and/or regional strategies and policies to ensure the provision of healthy, safe and sustainable food products along the whole Agri-food value chain. Proposals should fall under the concept of the multi-actor approach.

    8TH FED4FIRE+ OPEN CALL – MEDIUM EXPERIMENTS

    The major objective of this Call is to make Fed4FIRE+’s federated infrastructure directly available for execution of innovative experiments by experimenters at both industrial (including SMEs) and research organisations. Examples of such experiments may include but are not limited to testing of new protocols or algorithms, performance measurements or scalability testing. These Calls envisage experiments by which existing products or services are tested, implemented or optimized on the Fed4FIRE+ testbeds rather than proposing or developing new ideas from scratch.

    Supporting European SMEs to participate in public procurement outside EU

    Specific Challenge

    Improving SMEs’ access to public procurement is an important objective for the European Commission. 

    The participation of SMEs in public procurement is a win-win situation. It helps SMEs to grow and scale-up, it improves their reputation, and helps them to obtain more business in the private sector. For public authorities, it increases the number of offers the public buyers get, ultimately increasing the chances to obtain the best value for money.

    This action will be implemented through a call for proposals. The projects shall take into consideration several aspects: the identification of the SMEs capacities to operate in an international environment, the sector specificities, and the knowledge and expertise related to certain non-Union partner countries, the knowledge about procurement markets.

    Scope

    The objective pursued is to improve SMEs’ access to public procurement in the non-Union countries with which the Union signed an agreement covering public procurement (for example, the Government Procurement Agreement of the World Trade Organisation, Stabilisation and Association Agreements, Free Trade Agreements, etc.).

    Public procurement contributes to the growth and the global competitiveness of SMEs. The European Union has invested significant resources in negotiating these agreements in order for Union companies to be able to take advantage of the opportunities outside the Union. This action will focus particularly on the public procurement area and falls under the second specific objective of the COSME programme: access to markets.

    The projects will have two stages:1. A preparatory phase, where each project will be requested to develop an internationalisation strategy and its implementation roadmap, based on the targeted Member States and third countries, and2. The implementation phase, to apply the internationalisation strategy.In order to achieve the objectives of the action and to have, potentially, economies of scale, the grantees should cover at least three Member States and COSME participating countries. They should target at least two non-Union partner countries with which the Union has signed a trade agreement including a public procurement or are member of the Government Procurement Agreement of the World Trade Organisation.

    Coal, a new European call for research and innovation projects published

    Specific Challenge

    On the 1st of December 2019, a new European Commission entered into service for the present quinquennium 2019-2024 with the commitment to “tackling climate and environmental-related challenges that is this generation’s defining task”. The European Green Deal Communication, presented by the Commission in December 2019, is a new growth strategy that aims to transform the EU into a fair and prosperous society, with a modern, resource-efficient and competitive economy where there are no net emissions of greenhouse gases in 2050 and where economic growth is decoupled from resource use.

    Within the most pertinent lines for the RFCS research programme arising from the European Green Deal Communication, applicants to RFCS-2020 call for the coal topic should consider the following elements when preparing their proposals:

    - A power sector must be developed that is based largely on renewable sources, complemented by the rapid phasing out of coal- The EU should also reinforce current initiatives [..] on cross-cutting climate and environmental issues. This may include ending global fossil fuel subsidies in line with G20 commitments, [..] phasing out all new coal plant construction, and action to reduce methane emissions- Focus on the regions and sectors that are most affected by the transition because they depend on fossil fuels or carbon-intensive processes- Protect the citizens and workers most vulnerable to the transition, providing access to re-skilling programmes, jobs in new economic sectors

    Scope

    Proposals submitted to the RFCS programme on the coal research topic must address at least one of the respective RFCS Research Objectives of the Council Decision 2008/376/EC (Articles 4 to 7) and should relate to the European Green Deal Communication’s elements listed in the Introduction chapter of the RFCS 2020 Information Package.

    Each proposal shall include an assessment of anticipated industrial, economic, social, and environmental benefits, as stated in the Article 26 of the Council Decision 2008/376/EC “Content of proposals”.

    Steel, a new European call for research and innovation projects published

    Specific Challenge

    On the 1st of December 2019, a new European Commission entered into service for the present quinquennium 2019-2024 with the commitment to “tackling climate and environmental-related challenges that is this generation’s defining task”. The European Green Deal Communication, presented by the Commission in December 2019, is a new growth strategy that aims to transform the EU into a fair and prosperous society, with a modern, resource-efficient and competitive economy where there are no net emissions of greenhouse gases in 2050 and where economic growth is decoupled from resource use.

    Within the most pertinent lines for the RFCS research programme arising from the European Green Deal Communication, applicants to RFCS-2020 call for the steel topic should consider the following elements when preparing their proposals:

    - Energy-intensive industries, such as steel [..] are indispensable to Europe’s economy, as they supply several key value chains. The decarbonisation and modernisation of this sector is essential.- The Commission will support clean steel breakthrough technologies leading to a zero-carbon steel making process by 2030.

    Scope

    Proposals submitted to the RFCS programme on the steel research topic must address at least one of the respective RFCS Research Objectives of the Council Decision 2008/376/EC (Articles 8 to 10) and should relate to the European Green Deal Communication’s elements listed in the Introduction chapter of the RFCS 2020 Information Package.

    Each proposal shall include an assessment of anticipated industrial, economic, social and environmental benefits, as stated in the Article 26 of the Council Decision 2008/376/EC “Content of proposals”.

    The general challenges for the steel topic are: to contribute to clean sustainable development while increasing competitiveness, the development of new or improved technologies to guarantee the clean, safe and economic production of steel and steel products characterised by steadily increasing performance, suitability to use, customer satisfaction, prolonged service life, easy recovery and recycling.

    ​The Research Objectives for the steel topic are:

  • New and improved steelmaking and finishing techniques
  • RTD and the utilisation of steel
  • Conservation of resources and improvement of working conditions
  • Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

    Field: Co-funding of regional, national and international programmes

    Co-funding of regional, national and international programmes (COFUND) provides organisations with additional financial support for their own researcher training and career development programmes.

    The extra funds are available for new or existing schemes for training researchers abroad and across various sectors.

    COFUND supports doctoral programmes for PhD candidates, as well as fellowship programmes for experienced researchers.

    European Join Programme SOIL

    The European Joint Programme “EJP SOIL - Towards climate-smart sustainable management of agricultural soils” comprise 24 countries committed to the overall goal of providing sustainable agricultural soil management solutions that contribute to key societal challenges including climate change and future food supply.

    As EJP SOIL works on important societal issues in an integrated manner, any innovation developed within the framework of EJP SOIL will meet a societal need and will therefore be relevant for European and global markets. Through its knowledge framework, EJP SOIL improves its innovation capacity using 1) knowledge development, 2) knowledge sharing & transfer, 3) knowledge organization & storage for 4) knowledge application in different areas.

    The overall objective of this internal call is to fund research projects open to EJP SOIL partners and linked third parties according to the consortium agreement to fill research and development gaps identified by the EJP SOIL`s “Roadmap for EU Agricultural Soil Management research”.

    Expand circular economy to include the underexploited circular bioeconomy

    Gain insight into EU, national and regional regulations on waste management; map the interests of different stakeholders in this field; and bring these stakeholders together to recommend steps to support the circular bioeconomy.

    The scope of this topic includes ‘bio-based waste’: residual streams that could serve as feedstock for the bio-based industry. Waste-water sludges are excluded from this topic.

    Proposals must analyse whether and how EU waste directives and regulations/policies on the circular economy are implemented on a Member State level. They need to take into account that national and regional regulations differ. They may use successful national/regional regulations as best practices. Proposals must analyse whether industry is already adapting to these regulations, and if so how and where they are adapting. Proposals must analyse where bio-based products or processes can benefit from these regulations. Proposals should identify regulatory hurdles for circular use of bio-resources.

    Proposals should include industry sectors as well as large and small companies to understand their approach. This would be helpful because in some cases industry acts ahead of regulation (e.g. single-use plastics, and microplastics in home care). Proposals should also include public sectors dealing with, for example, waste management, environmental protection and monitoring, and territorial resources management planning.

    Create and interlink bio-based education centres to meet industry's needs of skills and competences

    The call is aimed to determine the criteria and conditions for bio-based education centres to create dynamic ecosystems that include industry, education institutions, governments, and society. These ecosystems should operate at local, regional and/or national levels.

    The scope of this topic includes specifying the need for these centres and testing their feasibility as regards their design, setting-up, running and maintaining, always together with the envisaged partners.

    Proposals must state the appropriate level (regional, municipal, national etc.) for a bio-based education centre, taking into account the different educational systems across Europe. Proposals should also take into account the different levels of bio-based industry activities, bio-based industry potential, and bio-based industry strategies. Therefore, proposals must design bio-based education centres in at least three different regions/Member States in Europe, preferably one in each of: (i) north-west Europe; (ii) central and eastern Europe; and (iii) Mediterranean Europe. Proposals must also work with relevant partners in the selected regions and test this design with them and with regional stakeholders from industry, academia, government and civil society.

    Geological Storage Pilots - HORIZON 2020

    Specific Challenge

    The total geological storage capacity in Europe is estimated to be over 300 billion tonnes (Gt) of CO2. This is sufficient to permanently hold all the CO2 that could be captured in the EU for decades to come. The significant lead time for the development and permitting of geological storage, which is in the order of 7-10 years, demands speeding-up storage site identification and characterisation in Europe. The appraisal and development of storage capacity in promising regions has to provide the necessary confidence that the required CO2 storage capacity will be available when needed. In addition, storage pilots will play a crucial role in unlocking European CO2 storage capacity, assessing the potential risks and visualising CCS technology to the wider public. A portfolio of pilot storage sites in different geological settings, onshore or offshore, either in depleted hydrocarbon fields or in deep saline aquifers, is therefore needed to catalyse full‐scale deployment of CCS in the medium to longer term.

    Scope

    The objective is to carry out the identification and geological characterisation of new prospective storage sites for CO2 (including the 3D architecture of the storage complex) in promising regions of future demonstration and deployment (onshore or offshore) through the implementation of new CO2 storage pilots. This will result in new data, knowledge and detailed models of potential storage complexes and their response to dynamic pressurisation. Important aspects include (but are not limited to): detailed geological characterisation, including faults and facture systems; analysis of initial stress field and geomechanical behaviour of the storage formations and seals under varying stress and pore-pressure conditions; estimation of storage capacity; accurate modelling of injectivity; overall storage risk assessment, including induced seismicity and blow-out or blockage during injection, and including proposed mitigation action. Detailed plans should propose site-specific solutions for CO2 injection strategies, pressure management, mitigation of induced seismicity, and MMV (measurement, monitoring and verification).

    Civil Society Projects

    The project should consist in stimulating and organising reflection, debates or other activities related to the multiannual priority themes of the Programme and propose practical solutions that can be found through cooperation or coordination at European level, and ensure a concrete link with the policy making process indicated above. Projects should actively involve a large number of citizens in the implementation and aim at setting the basis for, or encouraging the development of, long-lasting networking between many organisations active in the field. This measure supports projects implemented by transnational partnerships promoting opportunities for solidarity, societal engagement and volunteering at Union level.

    A Civil Society Project must include at least two of the following types of activities:

    - Promotion of societal engagement and solidarity: activities promoting debate/campaigns/actions on themes of common interest in the framework of the rights and responsibilities of the Union citizens and making the link to the European political agenda and policy making process.

    - Gathering of opinions: activities aiming at gathering the individual opinions of the citizens favouring a bottom up approach (including the use of social networks, webinars, etc.) and media literacy.

    - Volunteering: activities promoting solidarity among Union citizens and beyond.

    Contributi Banca d'Italia

    A) la ricerca, la cultura e l’educazione in campi affini alle funzioni istituzionali (economia, moneta, credito, finanza). In particolare, la Banca fornisce sostegno a università, associazioni e fondazioni scientifiche per progetti di ricerca o eventi specifici (convegni, seminari, etc.); programmi di dottorato e master universitari, borse di studio e di ricerca;

    B) la ricerca scientifica, la promozione culturale, la formazione giovanile e scolastica, fra cui rilevano: B1) ricerca scientifica e innovazione tecnologica, con particolare riguardo a: •progetti di istituzioni e aree scientifiche di eccellenza, eventualmente in collaborazione con università, istituti nazionali e consorzi inter-universitari di ricerca, anche tramite il finanziamento di borse di studio; ricerche in campo biomedico, attraverso il finanziamento per investimenti in attrezzature scientifiche e strumentazioni d’avanguardia che agevolino l’attività di ricerca; trasferimento del know-how scientifico e tecnico al sistema economico-produttivo;•acquisto di strumentazioni, attrezzature diagnostiche e terapeutiche presso strutture sanitarie e ospedaliere; B2) attività di accademie e istituzioni culturali di primario rango operanti a livello nazionale nella promozione e nel sostegno della cultura umanistica, storica e scientifica, con particolare riguardo a: studi e iniziative divulgative in campo storico, letterario e scientifico; •eventi, mostre ed esposizioni, con l’esclusione di iniziative meramente celebrative di ricorrenze; B3) promozione a livello nazionale della qualità della formazione giovanile e scolastica, con particolare riguardo a: progetti, anche a carattere audiovisivo, volti allo sviluppo di opportunità educative che incidano sulla crescita qualitativa del sistema scolastico e sulla formazione culturale e scientifica dei giovani; •progetti di alta formazione, promossi da centri accreditati e di rilievo nazionale, volti allo sviluppo di professionalità coerenti con i fabbisogni espressi dal mercato del lavoro;

    C) beneficenza, solidarietà e pubblico interesse, con particolare riguardo a: progetti di primarie associazioni, enti e istituzioni finalizzati all’assistenza e al sostegno in ambito nazionale di: -minori e anziani in stato di bisogno; -malati e disabili; -persone colpite da forme di esclusione e disagio sociale.

    Human factors, and ethical, societal, legal and organisational aspects of using Artificial Intelligence in support of Law Enforcement

    Specific Challenge

    Advantages of AI are numerous. However, the lack of transparency of AI technologies and tools complicates their acceptance by users and citizens. Ethical and secure-by-design algorithms are necessary to build trust in this technology, but a broader engagement of civil society on the values to be embedded in AI and the directions for future development is crucial. This fact is generally correct, and it becomes extremely important in the security domain. Social engagement has to be part of the overall effort to fortify our resilience across institutions, civil society and industry, and at all levels - local, national, European. There is a need to find ways to build a human-centred and socially driven AI, by, amongst other, fostering the engagement of citizens and improving their perception of security. Possible side effects of AI technological solutions in the domain of security need to be considered carefully, both from the point of view of citizens and from the point of view of Law Enforcement.

    Scope

    Proposals under this topic should provide an exhaustive analysis of human, social and organisational aspects related to the use of AI tools, including gender related aspects, in support of Law Enforcement, both for cybersecurity and in the fight against crime, including cybercrime, and terrorism. Points of view and concerns of citizens as well as of Law Enforcement should be tackled. Based on this analysis, proposals should suggest approaches that are needed to overcome these concerns and that stimulate the acceptance of AI tools by civil society and by Law Enforcement. Proposals should lead to solutions developed in compliance with European societal values, fundamental rights and applicable legislation, including in the area of privacy, protection of personal data and free movement of persons. The societal dimension should be at the core of the proposed activities. Proposals should be submitted by consortia involving relevant security practitioners, civil society organisations as well as Social Sciences and Humanities experts.

    Human factors, and social, societal, and organisational aspects of border and external security - HORIZON 2020

    Specific Challenge

    Border and external security may depend on a variety of human factors, and social and societal issues including gender. The adoption of appropriate organisational measures and the deeper understanding of how novel technologies and social media impact border control are required. One main challenge is to manage the flow of travellers and goods arriving at our external borders, while at the same time tackling irregular migration and enhancing our internal security. Any novel technology or organisational measure will need to be accepted by the European citizens. For the purpose of this topic, 'migration' does not refer to persons enjoying the right of free movement under Article 21 TFUE and secondary legislation (i.e. Union citizens and their family members, independently of their nationality).

    Scope

    Proposals (which should take into account already existing tools) are invited to address related research and innovation issues, each under only one of the following sub-topics:

    • Sub-topic 1: [2018] Detecting security threats possibly resulting from certain perceptions abroad, that deviate from the reality of the EU

    Research should investigate how to better detect and understand how the EU is perceived in countries abroad by analysing e.g. social media data, how such perception could possibly lead to threats and security issues on its citizens and territories, and how such perceptions can be avoided or even actively and effectively counteracted through various measures. In line with the objectives of the Union's strategy for international cooperation in research and innovation (COM(2012)497), international cooperation according to the current rules of participation is encouraged.

    • Sub-topic 2: [2019] Modelling, predicting, and dealing with migration flows to avoid tensions and violence

    Better modelling and predicting migration flows, based on a sound analysis and taking into account gender aspects, is required for high-level strategic decision-making, to plan and implement operational activities. For the management of the migratory flow, including relocations within the EU, it is necessary to map public sentiment, including perceptions of migration, by analysing data available from many different governmental or public sources, and by developing socio-economic indicators of integration strategies. Proposals should be solution-oriented and propose convincingly how to better deal with such flows and to reduce risks of tensions and violence among migrants and European citizens.

    • Sub-topic 3: [2020] Developing indicators of threats at the EU external borders on the basis of sound risk and vulnerability assessment methodologies

    EU border guards have to deal with diverse serious challenges at external borders, e.g. management of flows of people, smuggling and the use of counterfeit documents. Arrivals of thousands of people through one border area will quickly trigger a reaction, whereas the detections of a few cases of document fraud on a daily basis will be considered as part of the routine work and is unlikely to trigger a strong reaction. Research that assesses the impacts on the EU’s internal security of different threats and that proposes a model to compare those threats would assist in improving the situational awareness of decision-makers across the EU. This research on external threats would also further enrich the vulnerability assessment tasks as defined in the European Border and Coast Guard Regulation.

    • Sub-topic: [2018-2019] Open

    Proposals addressing other issues relevant to this challenge, based on a sound rationale, and supported by a large number of relevant practitioners are invited to apply under this sub-topic (see eligibility and admissibility conditions.)

    Proposals should lead to solutions developed, tested and validated in compliance with European societal values, fundamental rights (including gender equality) and applicable legislation including in the area of free movement of persons, privacy and protection of personal data. Societal aspects (e.g. perception of security, possible side effects of technological solutions, societal resilience) have to be analysed in a comprehensive and thorough manner with a view to facilitating future acceptance of such solutions.

    Human factors, and social, societal, and organisational aspects for disaster-resilient societies - HORIZON 2020

    Specific Challenge

    The resilience of societies heavily depends on how their citizens behave individually or collectively, and how governments and civil society organisations design and implement policies for mitigating risks, preparing for, reacting to, overcoming, and learning from disasters. The spread of new technologies and media are inducing dramatic changes in how individuals and communities behave, and they are affecting societies in unpredictable ways. Building the resilience of society and citizens requires a better understanding and implementation of these new technologies, media and tools, and their capacity to raise disaster risk awareness, to improve citizen understanding of risks, to build a culture of risks in society, to enable an effective response from affected populations, to improve functional organisation in most fragile and vulnerable environments, and to increase the resilience of health services, social services, education, and governance, in line with target (d) of the Sendai Framework on critical infrastructure and disruption of basic services.

    Scope

    Proposals are invited to address related research and innovation issues, in particular:

    Recent disasters related either to natural causes (including climate-related hazards) or to terrorist attacks have shown gaps in the level of preparedness of European society for disasters, and therefore highlighted the importance of increasing risk awareness, and hence resilience among people and decision-makers in Europe. 

    Sub-issues to be addressed are diversity in risk perception (as a result of e.g. geography (within Europe), attitudes, institutional and social trust, gender and socio-economic contexts), in vulnerabilities and in understanding responses to crises in order to propose new approaches and strategies for community awareness, for leadership, and for crisis readiness and management with a particular emphasis on the use of new technologies.

    For achieving disaster-resilient societies that cope with disasters and build back better, the research community needs to transfer research outputs in an appropriate manner to meet citizen expectations given the current levels of risk acceptance, risk awareness, and involvement of civil society organisations in a mediating role.

    Civil society organisations, first responders, (national, regional, local, and city) authorities are invited to propose strategies, processes, and methods to enable citizens better to access research results related to disaster resilience, and to prepare the ground for exercises involving citizens. These strategies, processes, and methods should be tested with citizens and communities representative of European diversity and for different types of disaster, in particular with regards to citizens' individual capacities and their involvement in checking and validating proposed tools, technologies and processes for disaster management. Studies will assess the value of raising awareness about relevant research among citizens and communities.

    Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) cluster - HORIZON 2020

    Specific Challenge

    Technologies and innovations in the field of CBRN are developed by companies which often face difficulties in bringing them to markets. At least three reasons may be identified:

    • they address local, small niche markets;
    • these companies have neither the capabilities nor the strategic objective to go for foreign markets;
    • the individual technologies that they develop can make it to the market only if integrated and combined with other tools by other companies that have the capabilities and the strategy to market products abroad, and possibly on the global market.

    In this context a platform has been established further to the response to topic SEC-05-DRS-2016-2017 in 2017. A larger number of innovative technologies, devices and services need to be added to this platform.

    Scope

    In 2019 and 2020 the Commission will select several RIAs aiming at research and development of novel CBRN technologies and innovations identified in the catalogue that is updated by the ENCIRCLE project on a regular basis. Each of these actions will be led by an SME. Each consortium implementing such a RIA must not only establish a consortium agreement among its members, but also an agreement with the participants in the ENCIRCLE project which must settle how the results from the RIA will be exploited and integrated into platforms managed by ENCIRCLE.

    Intelligent security and privacy management - HORIZON 2020

    In order to minimise security risks, ICT systems need to integrate state-of-the-art approaches for security and privacy management in a holistic and dynamic way. Organisations must constantly forecast, monitor and update the security of their ICT systems, relying as appropriate on Artificial Intelligence and automation, and reducing the level of human intervention necessary.

    Security threats to complex ICT infrastructures, which are multi-tier and interconnected, computing architectures, can have multi-faceted and cascading effects. Addressing such threats requires organisations to collaborate and seamlessly share information related to security and privacy management.

    The increasing prevalence and sophistication of the Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) broadens the attack surface and the risk of propagation. This calls for tools to automatically monitor and mitigate security risks, including those related to data and algorithms. Moreover, storage and processing of data in different interconnected places may increase the dependency on trusted third parties to coordinate transactions.

    Advanced security and privacy management approaches include designing, developing and testing: (i) security/privacy management systems based on AI, including highly-automated analysis tools, and deceptive technology and counter-evasion techniques without necessary human involvement; (ii) AI-based static, dynamic and behaviour-based attack detection, information-hiding, deceptive and self-healing techniques; (iii) immersive and highly realistic, pattern-driven modelling and simulation tools, supporting computer-aided security design and evaluation, cybersecurity/privacy training and testing; and (iv) real-time, dynamic, accountable and secure trust, identity and access management in order to ensure secure and privacy-enabling interoperability of devices and systems.

    Human factors, and social, societal, and organisational aspects to solve issues in fighting against crime and terrorism - HORIZON 2020

    The free and democratic EU society, based on the rule of law, mobility across national borders, globalised communication and finance infrastructure, provides many opportunities to its people. However, the benefits come along with risks related to crime and terrorism, a significant number of which have cross-border impacts within the EU. Security is a key factor to ensure a high quality of life and to protect our infrastructure through preventing and tackling common threats. The EU must play its part to help prevent, investigate and/or mitigate the impact of criminal acts, whilst protecting fundamental rights. The consistent efforts made by EU Member States and the EU to that effect are not enough, especially when criminal groups and their activities extend far beyond national borders.

    Chemicals: intelligence, detection, forensics - HORIZON 2020

    Specific Challenge

    Criminals, including terrorists are constantly seeking new ways to develop, deploy and activate dangerous chemicals (explosives, neurotoxins, new drugs, etc.). The way in which such chemicals can be manufactured and combined evolve continuously, which makes the specialized work of law enforcement agencies (LEAs) and reference laboratories in this area a continuous challenge.

    Scope

    Research needs to anticipate and match this challenge by increasing the knowledge about these threats; developing technologies to counter and respond to incidents with them, improving knowledge on these dangerous chemicals and increasing deterrence messaging whilst also recognising the need to minimise the inconvenience that security measures place on operators and users of public spaces.

    Proposals should address only one of the following aspects:

    • Proposals should focus on the continuation of the work already done on some explosive precursors in previous FP7 and H2020 projects, including; tackling new precursors not yet studied.
    • Proposals should tackle the chemicals and potentially their precursors in the usage other than explosives and explosive precursors covered under the first point, and propose means to decrease the vulnerability of the public to their malevolent or terrorist use, along the full timeline of a potential criminal/terrorist plot (from early intelligence to the actual attack).

    ERC ADVANCED GRANT

    ERC Advanced Grant Principal Investigators are expected to be active researchers and to have a track record of significant research achievements in the last 10 years which must be presented in the application. A competitive Advanced Grant Principal Investigator must have already shown a record which identifies them as an exceptional leader in terms of originality and significance of their research contributions.

    Advanced Grants may be awarded up to a maximum of EUR 2 500 000 for a period of 5 years (the maximum award is reduced pro rata temporis for projects of a shorter duration).

    Multilateral call for projects on healthy ageing

    Participants are invited to submit applied research and innovation project proposals for the development of digital health tools and smart devices to promote healthy ageing.

    These can include (but are not limited to):

    • connecting robotics and medical imaging systems to simplify surgical procedures
    • software as a medical device (or diagnostic) incorporating artificial intelligence
    • software for better diagnostics or therapy 
    • digital health and smart drug delivery services
    • linking big data capabilities with new knowledge from precision medicine to create precision health offerings that promotes preventive interventions before symptoms of disease manifest.

    2020 LIFE call for proposals for traditional projects - environment and resource efficiency

    The sub-programme for environment covers three priority areas:

    • Nature and biodiversity

    • Environment and resource efficiency

    • Environmental Governance and Information

    In particular for the third priority area the LIFE Programme supports projects in the areas of awareness raising, environmental training and capacity building, legislative compliance and enforcement, knowledge development and public and stakeholder participation. Also, It co-finances action grants for information, awareness and dissemination projects that aim to promote awareness raising on environmental matters. This includes cooperation platforms and knowledge sharing on sustainable environmental solutions and practice.

    2020 LIFE call for proposals for traditional projects – nature and biodiversity

    The sub-programme for environment covers three priority areas:

    • Nature and biodiversity

    • Environment and resource efficiency

    • Environmental Governance and Information

    In particular for the first priority area the LIFE Programme supports nature conservation projects in particular in the areas of biodiversity, habitats and species. It provides action grants for best practice, pilot and demonstration projects that contribute to the implementation of the EU’s directives on birds and habitats, the EU’s biodiversity strategy to 2020, and the development, implementation and management of the Natura 2000 network.

    Projects receive a co-funding of up to 60%. The co-financing rate can be up to 75% if at least half of the total estimated project costs are used for actions to improve the conservation status of priority habitats or species listed in the EU’s birds and habitats directives.

    European Rare Diseases Joint Programme

    The innovative “Rare Diseases Research (RDR) Challenges” call aims at facilitate and fund collaboration between industry, academia, SMEs, and patient organizations to solve specific research challenges in rare diseases.

    Industry partners have been involved in the identification of four challenges that are the topics of the call and that were validated by the EJP RD partners including patients.

    Collaborative consortia of applicants (academics, SMEs, patient organizations) and the involved industry partners will address the challenges and provide solutions. It is expected that the creation of new RDR partnerships will enable access to scientific and technological innovations emerging from SMEs and academic research groups for industry and provide a facilitated pathway for academics to exploit their research.

    2nd XR4ALL (eXtended Reality for All) open call 

    Interactive technologies such as Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) are set to transform the ways in which people communicate, interact and share information. The XR industry has now reached a stage, following years of research and development, where technology has become commercially viable.

    XR4ALL launches the current open call to attract, select and provide financial support to third parties (outstanding XR research teams from organisations such as SMEs, industry, research institutions, and academia) to develop new XR solutions (e.g. plugins for games engines such as Unity, low level components based on open APIs, standards, and frameworks such as SolAR, any XR Application or hardware).

    XR4ALL will give funded projects access to the XR developers platform (a wide range of tools to support the development of XR components using a methodology inspired by DevOps), which they can use to develop their application.

    XR4ALL expects the funded projects to publish their solution on the XR solutions catalogue as a measure to ensure they exploit the results of their project.

    Premio giovani ricercatori edizione 2020

    Il Gruppo 2003 per la ricerca scientifica indice la seconda edizione del “Premio Giovani Ricercatori 2020” per promuovere l’attività di ricerca e richiamare l’attenzione delle istituzioni e dell’opinione pubblica sulle nuove generazioni di scienziati e scienziate, risorsa preziosa per il futuro del nostro Paese. 

    Il periodo che stiamo attraversando ci ha fatto apprezzare ancora di più l’importanza cruciale della ricerca scientifica, che può fare la differenza nelle nostre vite. Per questo motivo il Gruppo 2003 ha deciso di lanciare questa nuova edizione del Premio, che oltre a riconoscere i migliori studi di giovani che lavorano in Italia in diverse aree scientifiche, darà un premio alla migliore ricerca sulla pandemia Covid-19. 

    I premi che verranno assegnati riguardano dieci ambiti disciplinari: 

  • Agricoltura; 
  • Alimenti e nutrizione; 
  • Ambiente; 
  • Astrofisica e spazio; 
  • Biomedicina e farmaci; 
  • Covid-19; 
  • Oncologia;
  • Ingegneria; 
  • Intelligenza artificiale e big data; 
  • Fisica, matematica e informatica
  • Pre-commercial Procurement for Digital Health and Care Solutions - HORIZON 2020

    Specific Challenge

    Digital solutions supporting a continuum of care across a range of health and care services can relieve the pressure on governments to provide more cost-effective health and care systems by improving the use of healthcare and health outcomes. In this context the challenges are to network, lead and facilitate health systems research, innovation and digitisation in view of addressing key areas of interventions in health and care services including health promotion and disease prevention.

    Scope

    Support the health and care service provider to procure the development of digital services that can facilitate the transition to integrated care models across health and social services and country-specific cross-institutional set-ups, including decentralised procurement environments and collaboration across institutions. Key challenges that could be addressed are patient empowerment, self-management, patient safety, patient involvement, chronic disease management, diagnosing, hospital logistics, skills and independent living. These challenges could be addressed by ICT-based solutions such as, e-Health, telemedicine, and mHealth, to be defined through the market consultation process. This should result in early adoption and demonstration of the potential for scaling-up the services and positive impact with evidence of appropriate incentives of various actors. Legal, ethical, gender and socio-economic issues should be addressed as appropriate.

    Second pilot VET mobility scheme for the Western Balkans - call for proposals - EAC/S54/2019

    The general objective is to contribute to the improvement and modernisation of VET systems in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, and Kosovo, as well as reinforcing the links between VET and the labour market.

    More specifically, the aim of the call is to enhance the capacity of VET providers in the four mentioned partners by promoting mobility activities aimed at improving the skills and competences of VET teachers, learners and managers and the occupational prospects of young students.

    Expected General Outputs

  • Exchange programmes between the four mentioned partners and the European VET providers;
  • The knowledge, technical and pedagogical skills of VET teachers is improved;
  • The knowledge of VET managerial staff is improved;
  • The transversal, generic and subject specific skills of learners are enhanced.
  • Indicative activities:

  • Mobility arrangements (identification of target groups, development of individual programmes and action plans for schools and teaching staff
  • implementation of mobility in the EU)
  • document best practices
  • dissemination at national and regional level
  • creation and institution of networks and partnerships for exchanges
  • Union Civil Protection Mechanism Knowledge Network: Network Partnership

    The Knowledge Network was established through the revised Union Civil Protection Mechanism legislation and it is foreseen as a platform for better data collection, increased flow of information, innovation, improved sharing of knowledge, expertise and skills and consolidated scientific evidence through cooperation, partnership and networking.

    The Call for Proposals aims to strengthen the role of the Union Civil Protection Knowledge Network as an inclusive platform of shared knowledge and expertise, good practices and networking to establish common understanding and shared culture of prevention, preparedness and response in civil protection and disaster risk management in the EU and the wider Neighbourhood.

    The purpose of such a collaborative approach is to create linkages and synergies among the selected projects that strengthen networking and contribute to the establishment of formal and informal partnerships among relevant stakeholders. Established on a multinational basis, these networks and partnerships can facilitate the identification and dissemination of existing knowledge, promote the development and exchange of good practices and encourage research and innovation with a replicative and amplifying effect across many civil protection and disaster risk management actors

    EUREKA Clusters AI Call  

    The EUREKA Clusters CELTIC-NEXT, EUROGIA, ITEA 3, and PENTA-EURIPIDES, have perceived a common cross domain interest in developing, adapting and utilising emerging Artificial Intelligence within and across their focus areas. These Clusters, together with a number of EUREKA Public Authorities, are now launching a Call for innovative projects in the AI domain. The aim of this Call is to boost the productivity & competitiveness of European industries through the adoption and use of AI systems and services.

    The Call is looking for projects that will form innovative ecosystems, with AI at their core, that will enable advances in the State-of-the-Art and result in opportunities for commercial and/or societal impact in the application areas addressed. The intent is to bring together partners from across the broad AI adopters Community of all types (Large Enterprise, SME’s, Research & Technology Organisations and Universities) into collaborative teams that will be able to demonstrate a high impact in the chosen application area at the end of the project.

    Participants are invited to submit applied research and innovation project proposals in the field of Artificial intelligence, indicating, where possible, how they are related to the technological focus area of the participating Clusters most relevant to their proposal.

    “Mid-size” projects with eligible costs in the range of 2-10MEuro are expected, though projects outside this range may also be submitted for evaluation. As always, it is essential that project partners hold in depth meetings with the representatives of the Public Authorities in the countries from which they wish to gain support, to understand detailed eligibility requirements.

    Interreg Med - Second call for Strategic projects

    This call takes place under the framework of Axis 4 – Governance and is open only for public authorities or equivalent. The private sector is not eligible for this call. Applications will have to be submitted online via the Programme monitoring system, SYNERGIE CTE. The tool being rather complex, we strongly advise to read the user guide. The application process will be conducted in 2 phases:

    • an administrative and eligibility assessment phase
    • and the application one.

    PRACE support to mitigate impact of COVID-19 pandemic

    PRACE is welcoming project proposals requesting computing resources to contribute to the mitigation of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. This applies, without being exhaustive, to the following topics:

    • Biomolecular research to understand the mechanisms of the virus infection
    • Bioinformatics research to understand mutations, evolution, etc.
    • Bio-simulations to develop therapeutics and/or vaccines
    • Epidemiologic analysis to understand and forecast the spread of the disease
    • Other analyses to understand and mitigate the impact of the pandemic

    Scaling up innovation for active and healthy ageing

    Proposals are expected to define mechanisms to facilitate further uptake by actively involving partners from the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy ageing as well as other relevant stakeholder groups (e.g. Joint Programming Initiative on More Years Better Lives, Active and Assisted Living programme, EIT Digital and EIT Health), and research and innovation projects, at European, national and regional levels.

    The work will build on previous actions and have a clear focus on the successful support to supply and demand sides in implementing scaling up strategies for innovative solutions (technology, integration of health and social care, systemic change). In particular, complementarity and consistency should be ensured with the outcomes, guidelines and strategies delivered in projects funded from SC1-HCO-17-2017 (“Support for large scale uptake of Digital Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing”), SC1-HCC-01-2018 ("Supporting investment in smart living environments for ageing well through certification") and SC1-HCC-05-2018 (“Support to a Digital Health and Care Innovation initiative in the context of Digital Single Market strategy”).

    International cooperation in smart living environments for ageing people

    Proposals should develop and validate new solutions leading to smart living environments for ageing people, supporting independent active and healthy lifestyles.

    The proposed solutions should provide personalised advice, guidance and follow-up for key age and health related issues in daily life which impact the person's ability to remain active, healthy and independent. These may include amongst others diet, physical activity, risk avoidance, preventive measures, lifestyle and activity management, leisure, social participation and overall wellness and health. Proposals should pay particular focus to measures aimed at fostering social participation and avoiding social exclusion.

    Countries for cooperation: Japan, Canada

    Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD) - Prevention and/or early diagnosis of cancer

    Proposals should focus on implementation research for the prevention and/or early diagnosis of cancer on in LMIC and/or in vulnerable populations in HIC. Proposals should build on interventions with promising or proven effectiveness (including cost-effectiveness) for the respective population groups under defined contextual circumstances. For promising interventions, a limited validation period can be envisaged. However, the core of the research activities should focus on their implementation in real-life settings. The proposed interventions should gender-responsive.

    The aim should be to adapt and/or upscale the implementation of these intervention(s) in accessible, affordable and equitable ways in order to improve the prevention and early diagnosis of cancer in real-life settings. Interventions should meet conditions and requirements of the local health and social system context and address any other contextual factors identified as possible barriers.

    Collaborative Partnerships

    Collaborative Partnerships action offers the opportunity to organisations to develop, transfer and/or implement innovative outputs and/or engage into intensive dissemination and exploitation activities of existing and newly products or innovative ideas in different areas relating to sport and physical activity.

    They involve various organisations and actors in and outside sport, including in particular public authorities at local, regional, national and European levels, sport organisations, sport-related organisations and educational bodies.

    Collaborative Partnerships are, in particular, innovative projects aimed to:

    • Encourage participation in sport and physical activity, especially by supporting the implementation of the Council Recommendation on health-enhancing physical activity and being in line with the EU Physical Activity Guidelines and the Tartu Call for a Healthy Lifestyle;
    • Encourage participation in sport and physical activity, especially by supporting the European Week of Sport;
    • Promote education in and through sport with special focus on skills development, as well support the implementation of the EU Guidelines Dual Careers of Athletes;
    • Promote voluntary activity in sport;
    • Combat doping, notably in recreational environments;
    • Combat match-fixing;
    • Improve good governance in sport;
    • Combat violence and tackle racism, discrimination and intolerance in sport;
    • Encourage social inclusion and equal opportunities in sport.

    Health Outcomes Observatories – empower patients with tools to measure their outcomes in a standardised manner creating transparency of health outcomes

    The main goals are:

    1. Identify appropriate standards for capturing the patient perspective when measuring health outcomes and patients’ experience of healthcare, and obtain support for these standards among relevant stakeholders.

    2. Implement appropriate technology solutions (including adopting existing technology where appropriate) that would allow individual patients to record and measure their outcomes according to these standards and use the information for a more structured dialogue with their HCPs.

    3. Establish the appropriate platform to collect, process and manage data in the best interest of patients, patient organisations, health authorities, healthcare professionals, the research community and health care payers.

    4. Create a sustainable, socially acceptable and ethical model for the continuous collection of data and an appropriate model for providing access to the identifiable or anonymised or aggregated data to researchers with a legitimate interest in analysing them.

    Central repository of digital pathology slides to support the development of artificial intelligence tools

    The overall scope of the Call topic is to collect, host and sustain virtual slides along with associated data and to support the collaborative development of artificial intelligence in pathology. The funded action will also address the regulatory, legal and ethical challenges associated with the collection, sharing and mining of the virtual slides.

    Objective 1: Sustainable infrastructure

    Objective 2: Data

    Objective 3: Tools

    Objective 4: Regulatory framework

    Integrating Activities for Starting Communities

    A 'Starting Community' has never been supported for the integration of its infrastructures under FP7 or Horizon 2020 calls, in particular within an integrating activity.

    An Integrating Activity will mobilise a comprehensive consortium of several key research infrastructures in a given field as well as other stakeholders (e.g. public authorities, technological partners, research institutions) from different Member States, Associated Countries and other third countries when appropriate, in particular when they offer complementary or more advanced services than those available in Europe.

    Funding will be provided to support, in particular, the trans-national and virtual access provided to European researchers (and to researchers from Third Countries under certain conditions), the cooperation between research infrastructures, scientific communities, industry and other stakeholders, the improvement of the services the infrastructures provide, the harmonisation, optimisation and improvement of access procedures and interfaces. Proposals should adopt the guidelines and principles of the European Charter for Access to Research Infrastructures.

    Innovation pilots

    Funding will be provided to research infrastructure networks to kick-start the implementation of a common strategy/roadmap for technological developments required for improving their services through partnership with industry. Proposals should then involve research infrastructures, industry and SMEs to promote innovation and knowledge sharing through co-creation of needed technical solutions and make use, when appropriate, of large-scale platforms combining R&D (Research and Development), integration and validation for the technological developments.

    Proposals should address:

    • if not already done,the identification of key techniques and trends which are crucial for future construction and upgrade of the involved Research Infrastructures and the definition of roadmaps and/or strategic agendas for their development, in close partnership with the industrial partners, especially with innovative SMEs;
    • the development of the identified fundamental technologies or techniques underpinning and arising from the efficient and joint use of the involved research infrastructures, taking into due account resource efficiency and environmental (including climate-related) impacts.
    • the prototyping of higher performance methodologies, protocols, and instrumentation, including the testing of components, subsystems, materials, and dedicated software, needed to upgrade the involved research infrastructures, construct their next generation, or develop new advanced applications.

    Strengthening the human capital of research infrastructures

    The activity will support the training of both female and male staff managing and operating research infrastructures, the exchange of staff and best practices between facilities, and the adequate supply of skilled human resources, including through the development of specific education curricula and courses. A proposal under this topic should build on the past activities and the experience gained in projects such as RAMIRI (Realising and Managing International Research Infrastructures) and RItrain (Research Infrastructures Training Programme and presents a clear evolution. The activities should include the promotion of existing good practises at research infrastructures as well as dissemination and exploitation of successful experiences to a wider set of relevant stakeholders. It should continue engaging with universities and developing specific curricula and courses for pan-European research infrastructures, taking into account their intercultural and interdisciplinary nature as well as their diversity (global, highly distributed, single site etc.). Strategic planning for the sustainability of training and exchange programmes should be addressed, with the involvement of national agencies, ERICs, international organisations, and other relevant stakeholders. An increased use of interactive online training material should be explored. Particular emphasis should be put on the development of data management, exploitation and stewardship skills, in line with the FAIR principles, including the mastering of the data protection legislation features.

    ERA-MIN Joint Call 2019 - second call pre-announcement

    ERA-MIN 2 is a Pan-European, global, innovative and flexible network of 21 public research and innovation funding organisations of EU countries and regions and non-EU countries that aims to develop the non-energy and non-agricultural raw materials sector: metallic, construction and industrial minerals. ERA-MIN 2 has successfully implemented two joint calls (2017 and 2018) for collaborative R&I projects and as a result a total of 28 transnational projects were supported with €21.1 million of public funding and €28.7 million total costs. This joint call will be implemented without EU co-funding and with only national and regional funds of EU and non-EU funding organisations

    Curation of digital assets and advanced digitisation

    The proposals should demonstrate how the new technologies, methods and data formats would help to present cultural and historic remains and memories in a comprehensive and attractive though scientifically based way, supporting the promotion of Europe’s cultural heritage. Proposals should also show how the preservation and analysis of the tangible and intangible resources of our cultural heritage would enhance our understanding of cultural history. They should also deliver solutions to the problem that language change hampers static ways of retrieving the information from historic data collections. The economic impact for the creative industries and the scientific impact for cultural institutions who own content will include gains from use and re-use of digital assets.

    The main area of expected impact will be in the better promotion of Europe’s cultural heritage, such as through presenting cultural and historic remains and memories (in a comprehensive and attractive way using new technologies, methods and data formats, including solutions to the problem of language when retrieving information from historic data collections. Curating digital assets will also offer the opportunity to preserve study and disseminate the memory of cultural heritage that underwent dispersal or destroyed. The preservation and analysis of the tangible and intangible resources of our cultural heritage will enhance our understanding of cultural history, and bring economic impact for creative industries and for cultural institutions owning content, such as from the use and re-use of digital assets.

    European Competence Centre for the preservation and conservation of Monuments and Site

    Proposals under this action should set up a "Competence Centre" aiming at the preservation and conservation of European Cultural Heritage using new state-of-the-art ICT technologies. The Competence Centre should map past and ongoing research, collect, analyse and promote best practices from Europe and beyond, and become a major point of European reference for transnational and interdisciplinary networking in the preservation of Cultural Heritage.

    The Competence Centre should support cultural institutions to benefit from the opportunities brought by new ICT technologies by sharing best practices on technical, legal, and online publishing requirements, etc. as well as increasing cooperation in the sector, with a special attention to 3D technologies and corresponding standards.

    The Competence Centre should also act as a facilitator for access to finance and mapping possibilities as well as an ambassador for massive digitisation of endangered European Cultural Heritage. The Competence Centre should also pave the way for future European research on cultural heritage that would need a holistic research agenda and an inclusive interdisciplinary approach, bringing together multidisciplinary expertise such as historians, archaeologists, architect, geographers, civil engineering, chemical engineering and conservation scientists, craftsmanship, social and human sciences.

    To set up a digital accessibility observatory as a forum to take stock of market and technological developments, monitor progress in digital accessibility and provide opportunities for exchange of best practices

    To help harmonise approaches across Member States, to ensure a cost-efficient provision of accessible information and services and to enable the participation of all relevant communities in the Digital Single Market, it is important to support the relevant stakeholder communities (such as Member States, public administrations, service providers, academia and associations representing people with disabilities). This can be done by raising awareness of the current state-of-the-art as regards digital accessibility solutions and to offer opportunities to make use of existing know-how and best practices. Proposals under this action should set up a 'digital accessibility observatory' with the aim to:

    1.take stock of market and technological developments in the area of solutions for digital accessibility. This in order to identify gaps as well as available and affordable solutions and services, for fulfilling the accessibility requirements of the Web Accessibility Directive. People with disabilities may be involved in the identification of these gaps, issues and barriers and in the testing of possible solutions;

    2.monitor progress of market development in digital accessibility and the deployment of cost efficient solutions across the EU;

    3.create, maintain and update an open and dynamic repository of all the project's findings, such as a digital accessibility platform;

    4.provide opportunities for exchange of best practices among Member States and other stakeholders;

    5.promote awareness raising, and capacity building.

    Copernicus evolution: Mission exploitation concept for WATER

    The main goal is to analyse current and planned EO space capacities together with innovative processing, modelling and computing techniques to reinforce the existing portfolio offered under Copernicus and to propose an integrated approach for a coherent and consistent inland water monitoring system.

    A specific attention should be paid to Copernicus core services providing an economy of scale at EU level, how to avoid also duplication of effort between the six services and to support and benefit from the innovation power of the market driven the industry. Through this Copernicus evolution action, specific elements should be addressed:

    • improved quality of inland water variables with remote sensing at high and very high resolution (spatial, temporal and radiometric) considering specific pre-processing cloud screening and atmospheric correction, providing objective harmonized measured over different water (e.g. with gradients of trophic status, optical properties), water storage and flux components types with methods from regional to global applicability, building on a multi-sensor and sensor-independent approach to retrieve seamless and gap-filled products;
    • development of high level biogeochemical products, beyond basic variables for water quality and food web modelling or analysis;
    • development of mixed EO / model approach leading to enhanced key variables with hindcast and forecast features, continuity of altimetry water-levels and water storage consistent between land and ocean, integrative approach of water at atmosphere (e.g. precipitation) combined with land and ocean, water hydrological cycle and its hydrodynamics provided seamlessly along the hydrographic networks, lakes and rivers including the transition from land to ocean;
    • Development of temporal and change detection approaches based on the analysis of existing times series of satellite observations of inland waters, including water availability, water quality, water storage, water fluxes, temperature, ice conditions of rivers, lakes, basins and coastal areas, including socio-economic data of the catchment area;
    • Development of innovative methodologies for uncertainties characterisation (including in-situ data and crowd sourcing).

    European Universities (Sector Skills Alliances 2020)

    This action aims to encourage the emergence by 2024 of some twenty 'European Universities', consisting of bottom-up networks of universities across the EU which will enable students to obtain a degree by combining studies in several EU countries and contribute to the international competitiveness of European universities.

    ‘European Universities’ have an ambitious mandate aimed to trigger unprecedented levels of institutionalised cooperation between higher education institutions, making it systemic, structural and sustainable.

    More specifically 'European Universities' aim to establish:

    • A shared, integrated, long-term joint strategy for education with, where possible, links to research and innovation and society at large
    • European higher education inter-university ‘campus‘ offering curricula where students, doctoral candidates and staff can experience mobility at all study levels
    • European knowledge-creating teams addressing together societal challenges in a multi-disciplinary approach.

    ‘European Universities’ should act as models of good practice to further increase the quality, international competitiveness and attractiveness of European higher education. The action supports higher education institutions in going beyond existing higher education cooperation models, and gradually achieving the long-term ambitious vision for 'European Universities'.

    Erasmus+ Sector Skills Alliance

    Sector Skills Alliances aim at tackling skills gaps, by identifying sector specific labour market needs and demand for new skills with regard to one or more occupational profiles (demand side), or by enhancing the responsiveness of initial and continuing VET systems, at any level (supply side), to sector–specific labour market needs. Drawing on evidence regarding skills needs, Sector Skills Alliances support the design and delivery of transnational vocational training content, as well as teaching and training methodologies. Sector Skills Alliances for strategic sectoral cooperation on skills identify and develop concrete actions to match demand and supply of skills to support the overall sector-specific growth strategy.

    KNOWLEDGE ALLIANCES

    Knowledge alliances are transnational and result-driven activities between higher education institutions and businesses.

    Knowledge Alliances target cooperation between organisations established in Programme Countries. Organisations from Partner Countries may also participate as partners (not as applicants) if they bring an essential added value to the project. The projects are open to any discipline, sector and to cross-sectoral cooperation. Knowledge Alliances aim at strengthening Europe's innovation capacity and at fostering innovation in higher education and business. They intend to:

    • develop new, innovative and multidisciplinary approaches to teaching and learning;
    • stimulate entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial skills of higher education teaching staff and company staff;
    • facilitate the exchange, flow and co-creation of knowledge.

    Erasmus+ Social Inclusion and Common Values: the Contribution in the Field of Education and Training

    Proposals should address one of the following specific objectives:

  • a)  Enhancing the acquisition of social and civic competences, fostering knowledge, understanding and ownership of values and fundamental rights;

  • b)  Promoting inclusive education and training and fostering the education of disadvantaged learners, including through supporting educational staff in addressing diversity and reinforcing diversity among education staff;

  • c)  Enhancing critical thinking and media literacy among learners, parents and educational staff;

  • d)  Supporting the inclusion of newly arrived migrants in good quality education, including by assessing knowledge and validating prior learning;

  • e)  Fostering digital skills and competences of digitally excluded groups (including older people, migrants and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds) though partnerships between schools, business and the non-formal sector, including public libraries.

  • Jean Monnet Chairs

    A Jean Monnet Chair is a teaching post with a specialisation in European Union studies for university professors for a duration of three years A Jean Monnet Chair is held by only one professor, who provides a the minimum of 90 teaching hours per academic year. Main activities (minimum of 90 hours per academic year):

    • deepen teaching in European Union studies embodied in an official curriculum of a higher education institution;

    • provide in-depth teaching on European Union matters for future professionals in fields which are in increasing demand on the labour market;

    • provide teaching/lectures to students from other departments (e.g. architecture, medicine, etc) to better prepare them for their future professional life.

    • encourage, advise and mentor the young generation of teachers and researchers in European Union studies subject areas;

    • conduct, monitor and supervise research on EU subjects, for other educational levels such as teacher training and compulsory education;

    • organise activities (conferences, seminars/webinars, workshops, etc.) targeting to policy makers at local, regional and national level as well as to civil society.

    Jean Monnet Module

    A Jean Monnet Module is a short teaching programme (or course) in the field of European Union studies at a higher education institution. Each Module has a minimum duration of 40 teaching hours per academic year. Modules may concentrate on one particular discipline in European studies or be multidisciplinary in approach and therefore call upon the academic input of several professors and experts.

    Erasmus+ supports Jean Monnet Modules with the aim to:

    • promote research and first teaching experience for young researchers and scholars and practitioners in European Union issues (up to 20% of the budget allocated to support Modules will be granted to coordinators who are researchers who have obtained a PhD degree in the last five years);
    • foster the publication and dissemination of the results of academic research;
    • create interest in the EU and constitute the basis for future poles of European knowledge, particularly in Partner Countries;
    • foster the introduction of a European Union angle into mainly non EU related studies;
    • deliver tailor-made courses on specific EU issues relevant for graduates in their professional life.

    JEAN MONNET CENTRES OF EXCELLENCE

    A Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence is a focal point of competence and knowledge on European Union subjects.

    A Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence gathers the expertise and competences of high-level experts and aims at developing synergies between the various disciplines and resources in European studies, as well as at creating joint transnational activities and structural links with academic institutions in other countries. It also ensures openness to civil society.

    Jean Monnet Centres of Excellence have a major role in reaching out to students from faculties not normally dealing with European Union issues as well as to policy makers, civil servants, organised civil society and the general public at large.

    Jean Monnet Networks

    Jean Monnet Networks foster the creation and development of consortia of international players (HEIs, Research Centres, Associations, etc.) in the area of European Union studies.

    They contribute to gathering information, exchanging practices, building knowledge and promoting the European integration process across the world. This Action can also support the enhancement of existing networks supporting specific activities, notably fostering the participation of young researchers in EU-related themes.

    These projects will be based on proposals, focused on activities that cannot be achieved successfully at a national level and require the involvement of a minimum of three partner organisations (including the applicant institution) from three different countries. Their aim is to undertake projects that have a multinational rather than a national dimension.

    Jean Monnet Projects

    Jean Monnet Projects support innovation, cross-fertilisation and the spread of European Union content. These projects will be based on unilateral proposals - although the proposed activities may involve other partners - and may last between 12 and 24 months.

    • "Innovation" projects will explore new angles and different methodologies in view of making European Union subjects more attractive and adapted to various kinds of target populations (e.g. projects on Learning EU @ School);

    • "Cross-fertilisation" projects will promote discussion and reflection on European Union issues and enhance knowledge about the Union and its processes. These projects will aim at boosting EU knowledge in specific contexts;

    • "Spread content" projects will mainly concern information and dissemination activities.

    A common European framework to harmonise procedures for plastics pollution monitoring and assessments

    The aim of this action is to develop a common European framework to harmonise procedures for plastics pollution monitoring and assessments. This action should do so by bringing together the main national research groups in the field of physicochemical analysis of plastics in the environment, covering nano-, micro- and macro-plastics, to present jointly designed process proposals for the determination of plastics in different environmental matrices. A critical mass of actors and increased synergies between all relevant research areas (e.g. marine, surface, groundwater, drinking and waste water, soil, air), industry, regulators, associations and relevant EU services and standardisation bodies will be a key element to address the challenge. It is expected that different sampling, extraction and analysis methods are evaluated for their suitability and feasibility (availability, cost-effectiveness, quality of data generated) for use within future monitoring activities.

    Monitoring ecosystems through research, innovation and technology

    The action should design an EU-wide framework for monitoring biodiversity and ecosystem services which:

    • integrates different reporting streams, data sources and monitoring activities at international, EU, national and regional level (including remote sensing, citizen science and citizens observatories);
    • is cost effective;
    • links to policy targets, indicators and assessments;
    • builds on best practices in EU Member States;
    • delivers timely data, which is comparable over time and across the EU Member States.

    ERA-NET Cofund action on conservation and restoration of degraded ecosystems and their biodiversity, including a focus on aquatic systems

    Based on priorities identified in the Strategic Research and Innovation Agendas of the Water Joint Programming Initiative (Water JPI) and of the BiodivERsA Partnership, proposals should pool together the necessary financial resources from the participating national (or regional) research programmes with a view to implementing a joint call for proposals resulting in grants to third parties with EU co-funding to improve the conservation and restoration of degraded ecosystems and their biodiversity, including a specific focus on freshwater aquatic systems. Research & innovation (R&I) supported through grants to third parties with EU co-funding under the joint call should cover all environments (i.e. terrestrial, freshwater and marine) and include a specific focus on freshwater aquatic systems. In addition, research under this joint call will support the implementation of relevant EU policies and objectives, and international endeavours. This will allow preparing a sustainable cooperation and coordination between Water JPI and BiodivERsA to increase synergies on cross-cutting issues, where appropriate. Participation of legal entities from international partner countries and/or regions including those not automatically eligible for funding in accordance with General Annex A is encouraged in the joint call as well as in other joint activities including additional joint calls without EU co-funding. Participants from countries not listed in General Annex A are eligible for funding under this topic and may request a Union contribution (on the basis of the ERA-NET unit cost) only for the coordination costs of additional activities.

    ERA-NET Cofund action on raw materials

    The objective of the ERA-NET is to strengthen co-ordination of national and regional research programmes in the field of non-energy non-agricultural raw materials, while building on the experience of previous ERA-NETs ERA-MIN and ERA-MIN 2. This should be achieved in line with the integrated strategy proposed in the EU Raw Materials Initiative (RMI) and the Strategic Implementation Plan of the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Raw Materials. The ERA-NET should cover the whole raw materials value chain including exploration, extraction and processing technologies and recycling, as well as substitution.

    Erasmus+ JOINT MASTER DEGREES

    An Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) is a prestigious, integrated, international study programme, jointly delivered by an international consortium of higher education institutions (HEIs) and, where relevant, other partners with specific expertise and interest in the study programme. EMJMDs aim to:

    • Foster excellence, innovation, and internationalisation in HEIs
    • Boost the attractiveness of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) and support the EU's external action in the field of higher education
    • Improve the level of competences and skills of Master graduates and their employability

    ASSEMBLE Plus Call

    ASSEMBLE Plus will provide scientists from academia, industry and policy with a quality-assured programme of access to its marine biological station facilities and resources.  These stations offer a wide variety of services, including access to marine ecosystems, unique marine biological resources, state-of-the-art experimental and analytical facilities with integrated workflows, and historical observation data. The goal of the project is to stimulate fundamental and applied research excellence in Europe in the fields of marine biology and ecology, thereby improving the knowledge- and technology-base for the European bio-economy, policy shaping and education.

    Transnational Access applications (for on-site, or on-site and remote access projects) can be sent all-year round (last call: 7th, deadline for submission: April 2020). Each TA call has a defined "access call window" in which your project, once accepted, must be performed. We warmly invite you to plan in advance your project, discussing the period in which you prefer to perform your Transnational Access with the liaison officer of your selected access provider.

    ERA-NET on materials, supporting the circular economy and Sustainable Development Goals

    The proposed ERA-NET aims at coordinating the research efforts of the participating Member States, Associated States and Regions in the field of materials, continuing the activities started by M-ERA.NET, for materials research and innovation, especially targeting the circular economy and Sustainable Development Goals (such as Goal 7 – “Affordable and clean energy”, by enabling electromobility through sustainable energy storage technology or Goal 9 “Industrial innovation and infrastructure”, by enhancing scientific research and upgrading the technological capabilities of industrial sectors). Proposals should pool the necessary financial resources from participating national or regional research programmes by implementing a joint transnational call for proposals (resulting mainly in grants to third parties) with EU co-funding to fund multinational innovative research initiatives in this domain, including support to the large scale research initiative on future battery technologies launched under the H2020-LC-BAT-2019-2020 Call.

    Materials life cycle sustainability analysis

    The main purpose of the Circular Economy (CE) is to develop material/product business models that are economically and environmental sustainable, with actions supporting each stage of the value chain (from production to consumption, from design to recycling and upcycling of waste-materials) while promoting industrial and social innovation. In line with this, the challenge is to evaluate product improvement, taking into consideration, all relevant subsystem interactions (environmental, economic and social) and all the life cycle stages of the product. However, although environmental indicators and methodologies for product level assessment are well advanced and harmonised (LCA-PEF) this is not yet the case as regards the social and economic pillars of sustainability assessment. Life cycle sustainability analysis (LCSA) is needed, integrating social and economic benefits with environmental burdens, which fit these causal interrelations into an holistic approach understandable to different stakeholders.

    Raw materials policy support actions for the circular economy - Expert network on Critical Raw Materials

    All actions should contribute to improving EU official statistics and to building the EU knowledge base of primary and secondary raw materials (EC Raw Materials Information System – RMIS). Clustering and cooperation with other selected projects under this cross-cutting call and other relevant projects supporting the EIP on Raw Materials is strongly encouraged. Actions should strengthen an EU expert network and community covering all raw materials screened in the CRM assessment of 2017, and once available also the raw materials of 2020 assessment. The consortium should organise the expert community across the EU covering expertise on primary and secondary resources; production, including exploration, mining, processing, recycling and refining; substitution of CRM; raw materials markets; future demand and supply; materials flows; socio-economic analysis, and strategic value chains and end-use sectors, including batteries, e-mobility, renewable energy, electronics, defence and aerospace.

    Preserving fresh water: recycling industrial waters industry

    Proposals should aim at near-zero discharge using closed-loop systems in combination with recovery of energy and/or substances (resources) through the development of integrated water-smart strategies for industrial processes. Strategies should take into account:

    • Better characterising the water usage and production in the industrial processes;
    • Defining recycling options with a combined water, waste and energy approach in an integrative system design method considering investment and optimal operations;
    • Future production demand through design, control options, and technologies integration that reduce water consumption, recycle water, and reduce the use of fresh water resources in closed-loop industrial processes including cascading use of different kinds of water in industrial settlements or for compatible re-use in urban and rural areas.

    Tapping into the potential of Industrial Symbiosis

    Technology based innovations should prove the potential for novel symbiotic value chains in demonstrators involving multiple industrial sectors in real industrial settings. Proposals are expected to address e.g.:

    • Broader symbiosis, from local and regional perspectives, with infrastructures (e.g. waste and water management infrastructure, gas networks), communities and energy grids (e.g. smart operations scheduling, district heat integration), including distributed generation and the role that symbiosis can play in fluctuating energy grids (i.e. grid services, seasonal storage, biomass or heat pumps integration);
    • Management of side/waste streams (through e.g. capturing, purification, concentrating, sorting, collecting, exchanging or preparation) specifically for the use as resource for other plants and companies across sectors and/or across value chains;
    • Process (re-)design and implementation to integrate and adapt existing processes to enhance industrial symbiosis (energy and material flow coupling, infrastructure and logistics).
    • Integration of information technology, including artificial intelligence, and operational technology; appropriate ICT tools (e.g. aggregation technologies) for multi-criteria decision making, for the design and the operation management of exchange streams in a dynamic production environment, advanced modelling to design and establish novel symbiotic interactions; data sharing and preservation of data confidentiality;
    • Assessment methodologies and KPIs to measure the performance of symbiosis, including environmental, economic and social impacts. Life cycle assessment and life cycle cost analysis should take into account existing sustainability standards (e.g. ISO 10410) and existing best practices;

    Pilot lines for large-part high-precision manufacturing (IA 50%)

    The proposals should deliver reliable high-precision processes to manufacture and repair innovative large-scale parts, such as wind turbine blades, large vehicles (aerospace, road or rail), ships or ship segments, construction components, large industrial components, etc. Proposals should cover at least three of the following areas and demonstrate them in a relevant industrial environment:

    • Upgrading manufacturing equipment using several innovative steps for high precision manufacturing, in order to obtain an integrated and modular process;
    • Implement design, modelling and simulation tools to support the selection of processing parameters;
    • Introduce new methods and instruments for process characterisation and in-line process control of the large-scale parts, to guarantee the quality of the final outcomes including high precision (e.g. non-destructive testing);
    • Develop work-holding devices to reduce the repositioning of all components, as well as new methods for equipment calibration and in-process fast recalibration.

    Quality control in smart manufacturing (IA)

    To address the challenge of data reliability, the sensors, actuators and instruments used at various levels of integration in the manufacturing process – often operating under adverse physical conditions – need to provide adequate levels of data accuracy and precision. Measurement traceability should ensure optimal manufacturing quality. Furthermore, suitable modelling and simulation approaches and data fusion techniques are needed to interpret and use sensor/actuator data in a factory. Proposals should therefore address at least three of the following aspects:

    • Integrate intelligent, cognitive, adaptive and cost-effective instruments and systems of sensors/actuators for process monitoring and control (e.g. virtual sensors and digital twins) into existing production or pilot lines;
    • Showcase real-time data validation within an actual production line, and incorporate data integrity strategies based on, e.g., distributed ledger (blockchain) technology.
    • Demonstrate how distributed, time stamped and persistent solutions for automated collection, storage, analysis and use of production data can lead to an integrated approach to zero-defect manufacturing;
    • Develop strategies for rapid line qualification and reconfiguration based on large pre-existing data sets and related open protocols.

    Artificial Intelligence and Big Data Technologies for Process Industries (CSA)

    The Coordination and Support Action should identify, based on a mapping of digital technologies in process industries and their level of penetration, which specific AI- and big data technologies are most relevant, and what are, or could be, the most relevant application cases and/or pilots in process industry. A roadmap should be developed for all the different sectors in the process industries to take full advantage of AI and big data and give clear and pragmatic recommendations for researchers, managers, and operators planning to harness their potential. The roadmap should explore, inter alia, actions on:

    • Research and innovation management, planning, and design (e.g. new chemical synthesis strategies, health and safety assessments);
    • Process control: yield and accuracy enhancement;
    • Supply chain management and scheduling of connected processes, plants and/or sites (e.g. for industrial symbiosis), process flexibility;
    • Predictive maintenance;
    • Product customisation and product traceability.

    Industrialisation of building envelope kits for the renovation market (IA)

    Proposals should:

    • Develop plug & build smart components and modules, including insulation materials, heating and cooling elements, ventilation, smart windows and possibly energy production, harvesting and storage with the specific connecting and controlling parts and with options to integrate a large panel of different elements with their dedicated toolbox;
    • Develop decision support tools for the selection of the refurbishment solution based on LCA (Life Cycle Assessment)/LCC (Life Cycle Cost Assessments), addressing global environmental impact, cost for energy use and improvements to Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ), comfort and health. The support tool should consider embodied energy, use of resources, material losses, moisture performance, maintenance costs, possible disassembly and consequent recyclability (including the use of Construction Demolition Waste - CDW). Decision support should be multi-objective and the solutions should be configured to the needs and requirements of the end user;
    • Include adaptable Building Management Systems (BMS) easy to use, providing assistance for eventual step-by-step renovation and long term maintenance of the assets;
    • Develop case modelling applications, analysis prior to installations, guide for installers and support for decommissioning, with adequate assistance/tutorials for users and building managers.
    • Develop the first elements of a solid plan for industrial uptake at a large scale, meeting eco-construction and eco-production standards (minimising waste, energy and water consumption);
    • Include the whole envelope of two to three real scale residential buildings in different climate zones, retrofitted together with at least three virtual installations in total of the plug & play elements in other existing buildings to support the proof of concept, showing clear evidence of technical and financial viability.

    Novel high performance materials and components (RIA)

    Proposals should develop and test high performance materials and combined components to withstand extreme and varying conditions that are expected in future processes, and improve their target performance for a long time. The proposals need to consider the following aspects:

    • Design, including through modelling and artificial intelligence, development, processing and testing of highly innovative materials with improved properties in terms of, e.g., temperature and humidity resistance (corrosion, oxidation, thermal insulation), strength, functionality, weight, etc. and components with graded and protective coatings, yield strength, hardness, and resistance to media relevant for specific industrial application;
    • Components embedded with sensors to minimise industrial processing conditions constraints;
    • Significant increase in lifetime of equipment by reducing damage and degradation such as wear and oxidation in high temperature demanding applications of productive processes;
    • Reduction of environmental impacts in terms of waste management and energy and resource consumption.

    Citizens and industrial technologies (CSA)

    Previous work on societal engagement has focused on specific technologies, notably nanotechnology, and their potential benefits and risks. The human dimension has also been considered, notably in manufacturing technologies. The proposal should build on this work, to engage with wider society in the broader context of key enabling technologies, in order to develop those technologies in ways that intrinsically reflect societal values and needs. The proposal should launch a participatory multi-actor engagement process, including workshops, deliberations and working groups, using primarily existing practical models of engagement. The proposal should consider selected applications addressing global challenges, e.g. health, climate and the circular economy, as well as the changing nature of work.

    This multi-actor engagement process should include appropriate disciplines of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH), researchers, industry, manufacturers, professional users and citizens, paying attention to the roles of citizens as workers and consumers. The proposed action should take into account the diversity of cultural contexts of processes and communication within Europe, and start with an evaluation of previous related projects and societal debates on emerging technologies. It should use dynamic public engagement concepts designed specifically for co-creation. . The activities should take into account gender, social and cultural aspects, as well as existing knowledge on Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI).

    Erasmus+ Capacity Building in the Field of Youth

    Capacity-building projects in the field of youth cover a range of activities that encourage cooperation between organisations active in youth, education, training and other socio-economic sectors in Programme and Partner Countries from different regions of the world. These projects aim to recognize and improve youth work, non-formal learning and volunteering and link them to education systems and the labour market. They also support regional and transnational non-formal learning mobility schemes to encourage the participation of youth in society. Examples of capacity-building activities:

    • Conferences, workshops and meetings
    • Large-scale youth events
    • Information and awareness campaigns
    • Communication and media tools
    • Development of methods, curricula, training and documentation such as Youthpass
    • Open and flexible learning materials, virtual cooperation, open educational resources (OER)

    Erasmus+ Capacity Building in the Field of Higher Education

    Capacity-building projects in the field of higher education support the modernisation, accessibility and internationalisation of higher education in Partner Countries. These projects build on the success of the Alfa, Edu-link and Tempus programmes. The projects aim to encourage cooperation between the EU and Partner Countries and support eligible Partner Countries in addressing challenges in the management and governance of their higher education institutions. This includes improving the quality of higher education, developing new and innovative education programmes, modernising higher education systems through reform policies as well as fostering cooperation across different regions of the world through joint initiatives.

    There are 2 types of capacity-building projects:

    • Joint projects: aimed at organisations to help improve curriculums, governance, and the strengthening of relations between higher education systems.
    • Structural projects: aimed at promoting reforms in higher education systems, modernising policies, governance and strengthening relations between higher education systems and the wider economic and social environment.

    Capacity-building projects can be:

    • National projects involving institutions from only one eligible Partner Country
    • Multi-country projects within one single region, involving at least two countries from this region
    • Multi-country projects involving more than one region and involving at least one country from each region concerned

    Consumer engagement and demand response

    The proposals will develop and test novel solutions and tools for demand response and energy services, using real consumption data and feedback from the testing of services with the objective to improve predictability of consumption and consumer behaviour (aiming to create a digital twin of the consumer). The main focus will be on households, but other types of consumers (residential, industrial, commercial and tertiary, including prosumers who are self-consuming part of the energy they produce) may be included. Proposals will demonstrate services that bring a fair share of benefits to consumers and to the energy system, in particular the electricity grid. The proposals should take into account the existing EU framework and the proposed measures under the Clean Energy for all Europeans Package, including the relevant measures on demand response, active customers, energy communities and dynamic price contracts.

    Proposals can target one or multiple types of loads (e.g. appliances, electric vehicles, power to heat / cool, etc.) as well as (small-scale) production (e.g. PV), include energy storage and one or several methods of aggregation (e.g. citizen energy communities). Preferably they should rely on advanced automation, advanced ICT tools and approaches (e.g. IoT, Big Data, AI, blockchain, etc.), communication protocols and interoperability.

    Erasmus+ 2018 - Key Action 2 Strategic Partnership in the Field of Youth

    Un partenariato strategico dà l’opportunità alle organizzazioni attive nel settore della gioventù, nonché alle imprese, agli enti pubblici, alle organizzazioni della società civile attive in diversi settori socio-economici, di cooperare per attuare pratiche innovative che portino ad un’animazione giovanile di alta qualità, alla modernizzazione istituzionale e all’innovazione sociale.

    Keyword: giovani, partecipazione, innovazione sociale, mobilità

    Erasmus + KA2 Strategic Partnership in the Field of Youth

    I Partenariati strategici mirano a sostenere lo sviluppo, il trasferimento e/o l'attuazione di pratiche innovative, nonché l'attuazione di iniziative congiunte e la promozione dell'apprendimento tra pari e gli scambi di esperienze a livello europeo. A seconda degli obiettivi e della composizione, i partenariati strategici possono dar vita a due tipi di progetto:

    • Partenariati strategici a sostegno dell'innovazione: Il progetto deve sviluppare risultati innovativi e/o svolgere un'intensa attività di diffusione e di valorizzazione di prodotti o idee innovative, esistenti e di nuova concezione. In questo caso, nella candidatura può essere richiesto un budget specifico per le realizzazioni intellettuali e per i relativi eventi moltiplicatori, così da poter dar seguito direttamente all'aspetto innovativo di questa azione. Questo tipo di progetti è aperto a tutti i campi dell'istruzione, della formazione e della gioventù.
    • Partenariati strategici per lo scambio di buone pratiche: Scopo primario di questi progetti è creare o consolidare reti, incrementandone la capacità di operare a livello transnazionale, e condividere e confrontare idee, pratiche e metodi. I progetti selezionati possono produrre anche realizzazioni tangibili e dovrebbero diffondere i risultati delle loro attività in maniera proporzionale agli obiettivi e alla dimensione del progetto. Tali risultati e attività saranno cofinanziati attraverso il budget standard previsto per la gestione e l'attuazione del progetto.

    Keywords: gioventù, innovazione, mobilità, inclusione sociale, reti europee, ONG, associazioni, partecipazione

    Horizon 2020 Prize - Early Warning for Epidemics

    Il Premio si pone l'obbiettivo di sviluppare un prototipo di sistema di allarme rapido, affidabile ed economicamente vantaggioso per prevedere e monitorare le malattie trasmessibili da vettori per contribuire alla prevenzione di relativi focolai, mitigandone l'impatto su scala locale, regionale e globale.I vettori sono organismi viventi in grado di trasmettere malattie infettive tra gli umani o dagli animali all'uomo. Le malattie trasmesse da vettori (come la malaria, la Zika, la dengue o la febbre gialla) rappresentano oggi una minaccia globale per la salute pubblica e possono avere impatti economici e sociali di vasta portata.

    Keywords: diseases, alert system, outbreaks prevention, health determinants, communicable diseases

    FET Open - Novel ideas for radically new technologies

    Le FET-Open mirano a stabilire una leadership europea nelle tecnologie future ed emergenti, cercando opportunità a lungo termine per i cittadini e l'economia europea. L'obbiettivo è mobilitare i ricercatori europei più creativi e lungimiranti di tutte le discipline per collaborare ed esplorare quelli che potrebbero diventare i principali paradigmi tecnologici del futuro. Il bando punta quindi a finanziare i primi stadi della ricerca scientifica e tecnologica e dell'innovazione da parte di consorzi interdisciplinari che esplorano idee visionarie per tecnologie future radicalmente nuove e che sfidano gli attuali paradigmi e si avventurano nell'ignoto.  

    Il bando prevede due topic:

    H202 ROSIN (ROS-Industrial quality-assured robot software components)

    Il progetto europeo ROSIN (ROS-Industrial quality-assured robot software components), finanziato da Horizon 2020, ha lanciato una call per progetti tecnici mirati (ROSIN Call for Focused Technical Projects) in ambito Robot Operating System (ROS).In particolare, la call mira a co-finanziare (fino al 33% dei costi totali) progetti di sviluppo di applicazioni ROS con un finanziamento massimo di 100.000€ per progetto. Inoltre, i progetti selezionati riceveranno durante la fase di sviluppo un servizio di supporto da parte dei partner ROSIN.

    Keywords: robot, ROS, industry, education

    2019 LIFE call for proposals for traditional projects – Climate action

    This call for proposals addresses the priority areas of Climate change mitigation, Climate change adaptation, Climate governance and information under the LIFE Climate action sub-programme.

    Timeline:

    • 4 April 2019 - Publication of the call for proposals 
    • 12 September 2019 - Submitting the full proposal 
    • February 2020 - Notification to applicants if their proposal has been selected 
    • May/June 2020 - Signature of grant agreements

    Keywords: climate change, mitigation, climate change adaptation, climate governance and information 

    2019 LIFE Call for proposals for Integrated Projects (Environment and Climate Action)

    EIC Transition to Innovation Activities

    FET Proactive: emerging paradigms and communities

    Horizon 2020 - LEITs: Foundations for tomorrow's industry

    Topic aperti

    Data apertura: 16 ottobre 2018

    Data chiusura: 3 settembre 2019

    Keywords: Nanotechnology research

    EIC - FET Proactive: Boosting emerging technologies

    • FETPROACT-EIC-05-2019: FET Proactive: emerging paradigms and communities Il topic vuole esplorare, consolidare e validare nuovi paradigmi per tecnologie future nell'ambito di uno dei seguenti temi:
      • Human-Centric AI
      • Implantable autonomous devices and materials
      • Breakthrough zero-emissions energy generation for full decarbonization
      • Future technologies for social experience (NB: tema previsto per il bando 2020)
      • Measuring the unmeasurable - Sub-nanoscale science for Nanometrology (NB: tema previsto per il bando 2020)
      • Digital twins for the life-sciences (NB: tema previsto per il bando 2020)
      • Environmental Intelligence (NB: tema previsto per il bando 2020) 
    • FETPROACT-EIC-06-2019: EIC Transition to Innovation Activities Il topic vuole trasformare risultati promettenti dei progetti precedentemente finanziati dalla FET in innovazioni tecnologiche dirompenti. Le tecnologie dovranno essere in una delle seguenti aree:
      • Micro- and Nano-technologies;
      • Artificial Intelligence and advanced robotics;
      • Technologies for the life sciences, health and treatment;
      • Energy technologies;
      • Interaction technologies (including virtual- augmented- and mixed reality)

    EACEA Civil Society Projects 2019

    The aim of the Europe for Citizens Programme is to contribute to citizens' understanding of the EU, its history and diversity and to encourage the democratic participation of citizens at EU level. The call finances 2 different strands: Strand 1-European remembrance; Strand 2- Democratic engagement and civic participation.

    Keywords: remembrance, history, participation, diversity, awareness

    Horizon 2020 - Building a low-carbon, climate resilient future: secure, clean and efficient energy

    Topic aperti a novembre 2018:

    Topic di prossima apertura (7 maggio):

    Keywords: pollution, climate change, clean energy, solar energy, fuel, low-carbon

    COS-ENTRECOMP-2018-3-01: Support for the Implementation of the Entrepreneurship Competence Framework

    HORIZON 2020: Digital security, privacy, data protection and accountability in critical sectors

    Among the critical sectors mentioned in the NIS Directive, proposals should treat generic aspects for at least two of them, by identifying common threats and attacks, and by developing proof of concepts for managing cybersecurity and privacy risks. In addition, proposals should treat specific aspects for one of the three critical sectors/domains mentioned as sub-topics, i.e. transport, healthcare and finance, by identifying specific vulnerabilities, propagation effects and counter measures, by developing and testing cyber innovation-based solutions and validating them in pilots/demonstrators. During the conception and development steps, critical sectors/domains' specificities, such as complexity of infrastructure and their large scale, should be taken into account. These pilots/demonstrators are encouraged to use relevant transversal cyber infrastructures and capabilities developed in other projects.

    Proposals should also include (but should not be limited to) the delivery of specific social aspects of digital security related to training, in particular practical, operational and hands-on training, including: (i) increasing the dynamics of the training and awareness methods, to match/exceed the same rate of evolution of the cyber attackers; that is to say new methods of awareness/training offering more qualification tracks to fully and efficiently integrate ICT security workers and employers in the European e-Skills market; and (ii) integrating awareness into the eco-system of humans, competences, services and solutions which are able to rapidly adapt to the evolutions of cyber attackers or even surpass them.

    Keywords: cybersecurity, data, awareness raising, cyber attacks, protection, privacy

    COSME Support for the Implementation of the Entrepreneurship Competence Framework

    Il bando vuole riunire le principali parti interessate (a livello UE, nazionale, regionale o locale) per avviare e supportare collaborazioni nell'ambito dell'Entrepreneurship Competence Framework (EntreComp), con l'obiettivo di costruire collaborazioni tra enti di istruzione e formazione, imprese e altri soggetti interessati e di coinvolgere i gruppi di utenti di destinazione in un processo di co-progettazione.

    Il consorzio deve essere composto da un minimo di 6 soggetti giuridici situati in almeno 3 Stati membri dell'UE o paesi aderenti al COSME. Deve includere, come partner, per paese:

    • almeno un'autorità pubblica a livello nazionale, regionale o locale responsabile delle politiche e delle attività in materia di istruzione, lavoro o imprenditoria
    • almeno un'entità che rappresenta entità commerciali o di supporto all'occupazione, come camere di commercio e industria, sindacati, organizzazioni di datori di lavoro, uffici di collocamento

    Keywords: competences, skills, skill-matching, entrepreneurship, education, lifelong learning

    Horizon 2020 Prize - Cleanest engine of the future

    Lo scopo del premio è quello di stimolare lo sviluppo della nuova generazione di motori tradizionali. Tali tecnologie dovrebbero sia ridurre al livello più basso possibile le emissioni di sostanze inquinanti in condizioni reali di guida, sia fornire una migliore economia di carburante e minori emissioni di CO2. 

    Il premio mira quindi a ridurre l'inquinamento prodotto dai nuovi veicoli che utilizzano carburanti tradizionali. Infatti, se è vero che i motori ibridi o elettrici sono destinati a svolgere un ruolo importante nel futuro prossimo, la riduzione delle emissioni inquinanti oggi passa anche e soprattutto dai motori convenzionali.

    La scadenza è il 20 agosto, ma si consiglia l'iscrizione al premio entro il 20 maggio!

    Keywords: engine, pollution, fuel, electric vehicles

    Reducing youth unemployment: setting up co-operatives to enhance working opportunities in the EU

    ESAI Supporting the development of tailored learning provision in the implementation of "Upskilling Pathways”

    ENI CBC MEDITERRANEAN SEA BASIN PROGRAMME 2014-2020

    Sette priorità indicate dal bando:

    • A 1.1 - Sostegno alle start-up innovative e alle imprese create di recente, con particolare attenzione rivolta all’imprenditorialità giovanile e femminile, e sostegno alla protezione della proprietà intellettuale e alla commercializzazione (6,7 milioni di €)
    • A 1.2 - Rafforzamento e sostegno di network, cluster, consorzi e catene di valore euro-mediterranei in settori tradizionali e non (6,7 milioni di €)
    • A 2.1 - Sostegno al trasferimento tecnologico e alla commercializzazione dei risultati di ricerca, rafforzando il collegamento tra ricerca, industria e attori del settore privato (15,2 milioni di €)
    • A 3.1 - Potenziamento delle competenze utili all’occupabilità dei giovani, specialmente NEET, e delle donne (12,1 milioni di €)
    • B 4.1 - Sostegno a soluzioni tecnologiche innovative per aumentare l’efficienza idrica e incoraggiare l’uso di fonti di approvvigionamento idrico non convenzionali (9,1 milioni di €)
    • B 4.2 - Riduzione dei rifiuti urbani, promozione della raccolta differenziata e dell’uso ottimale delle componenti organiche (9,1 milioni €)
    • B 4.3 - Sostegno all’efficientamento energetico innovativo ed economicamente vantaggioso tarato su tipo di edifici e zone climatiche, con particolare attenzione agli edifici pubblici (9,1 milioni di €)

    Keywords: innovation, Mediterranean, cooperation, youth entrepreneurship, green economy, water, waste management

    ENI CBC Med Call for Strategic Projects

    Funding for Business Prototyping Projects in HPC

    Fondazione Roche

    Il bando vuole premiare 12 progetti di ricerca orientati ad un approccio personalizzato della terapia medica in queste aree:

    • Oncologia
    • Ematologia oncologica
    • Malattie respiratorie
    • Reumatologia
    • Neuroscienze
    • Coagulopatie ereditarie
    • Relazione medico-paziente

    Il bando è rivolto ad enti pubblici e privati italiani operanti nel settore scientifico e sanitario che vogliono intraprendere percorsi innovativi nella medicina di precisione, con un premio in palio pari a 50.000 €.

    Keywords: Oncology, haemato-oncology, respiratory diseases, rheumatology, neurosciences, hereditary clotting diseases, doctor-patient relations

    Fondazione ANT: Sprint for Ideas

    Sprint4Ideas è un bando finalizzato a trovare soluzioni ad alto contenuto innovativo per “contaminare” e migliorare ulteriormente il modello assistenziale ANT, trovare risposte inesplorate ai bisogni concreti di pazienti oncologici assistiti a domicilio, delle loro famiglie e dello staff socio-sanitario attraverso tecnologie e servizi che possono spaziare da medical device, software, presidi sanitari innovativi, progetti di virtual reality, innovazione di processo e sistemi di supporto ai caregiver fino a prodotti ancora inediti, non specificatamente nati per l’assistenza domiciliare ma integrabili con essa. Sarà possibile inviare progetti per tre diverse categorie:

    • risoluzione di criticità rilevate dallo staff sanitario ANT e implementazione di modelli innovativi in assistenza domiciliare;
    • sviluppo di nuovi progetti con virtual reality, intelligenza artificiale, realtà aumentata;
    • soluzioni ad alto contenuto innovativo, volte a migliorare il modello assistenziale ANT.

    Keywords: tumori, prevenzione, ANT, oncologia, sistemi caregivers, sanità, assistenza

    ACTIVAGE 2nd Open Call

    2019 LIFE call for proposals for traditional projects – environmental governance & information

    2019 LIFE call for proposals for traditional projects – nature and biodiversity

    2019 LIFE call for proposals for traditional projects - environment and resource efficiency

    JPI Climate & JPI Oceans “Next Generation Climate Science in Europe for Oceans”

    Il bando si concentra su oceani e clima e finanzierà al massimo 2 proposte per ciascuno dei seguenti temi:

    • rafforzare la conoscenza della variabilità del clima e delle sue manifestazioni estreme risultanti dall’interazione con gli oceani e migliorare la comprensione su come questi aspetti siano influenzati dal cambiamento climatico
    • migliorare la rappresentazione delle interazioni aria-acqua, dei processi fisici e biogeochimici degli oceani attraverso modelli del sistema Terra (Earth System Models)
    • migliorare la valutazione delle alterazioni indotte dal cambiamento climatico sulla chimica e la fisica degli oceani, inclusa l’acidificazione e la cattura del carbonio.

    Keywords: oceans, climate change, air-sea interactions, phisics, chemicals, Earth System

    LIFE Technical Assistance - Environment, Nature, Adaptation, Mitigation

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