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2023/01/05

ERC grants - open calls in 2023

The European Research Council (ERC) funds several types of grants. There are currently 2 calls: the ERC Consolidator grants and the ERC Advanced grants.

The ERC funds cutting-edge research in all scientific disciplines, so-called frontier research, i.e. research that goes beyond the frontiers of knowledge in a given field to breakthrough discoveries or a significant advance in knowledge in a given scientific area, on a global scale. The Horizon Europe programme allocates €16 billion to the ERC, with 66% of the budget allocated to the category of scientists 2-12 years after obtaining their PhD (ERC Starting and Consolidator grants). The basic principle is to fund the projects of individual scientists (Principal Investigator, PI) and their teams without prescribing any thematic priorities (bottom-up approach). Individuals from all over the world can apply for an ERC grant, provided they choose a host institution in an EU Member State or a country associated to the EU Framework Programme.

 

1) ERC Consolidator grants

ERC Consolidator grants aim to support the independent careers of outstanding young scientists at the stage when they are consolidating (needing to strengthen or expand) their own independent research team or programme. Formally, applicants can be researchers of any age or nationality who have obtained their Ph.D. more than 7 to 12 years before the fixed date of 1 January of the year covered by the current ERC work programme (i.e. 1 January 2021 for calls under the 2021 work programme).  The PI must commit to working on the ERC project at least 40% of the total time and at least 50% of the time in an EU Member State or a country associated to the Framework Programme. The amount of financial support can be up to EUR 2 million. The amount of the ERC grant can be up to € 2 million for a period of five years. In justified cases, additional funding of €1 million may be requested. €.

The grant application is submitted through the Financial Opportunities and Procurement Portal (FTO), where you can also find the project proposal template.

When preparing your project proposals, please refer to the current rules set out in the ERC Work Programme 2023. Please also consult the Guide for Applicants, the so-called "Guide for Applicants". Information  for  Applicants to the  Starting and Consolidator Grant Calls.

The closing date has been set for 2 February 2023 at 17:00:00 (CET).

 

2) ERC Advanced Grants

ERC Advanced Grants aim to support internationally renowned experts who have already established themselves in the field and made a demonstrable impact. These are exceptional leaders (in terms of the significance of their scientific achievements and their originality) who, in the last 10 years prior to the publication of the call, have demonstrably influenced the field by achieving results that have led to breakthroughs or significant advances in knowledge in the field, on a global scale. The Principal Investigator must commit to working on the ERC project at least 30% of the total time and at least 50% of the time in an EU Member State or a country associated to the Framework Programme. The amount of financial support can be up to €2.5 million. The amount of the ERC grant can be up to € 2.5 million for a period of five years. In justified cases (see above), additional funding of €1 million may be requested. €.

The grant application is submitted through the Financial Opportunities and Procurement Portal (FTO), where you can also find the project proposal template.

When preparing your project proposals, please refer to the current rules set out in the ERC Work Programme 2023. Please also consult the Guide for Applicants, the so-called "Guide for Applicants". Information  for  Applicants to the  Advanced Grant Call.

The closing date has been set for 23 May 2023 at 17:00:00 (CET).

 

For more information see Calls | Horizon Europe Portal

Source: the Prague Technology Centre

 

Horizon Europe

2023/01/03

HORIZON EUROPE - Cluster 6 Work Programme - for the period 2023-2024

HORIZON EUROPE - Global Challenges and Competitiveness - Cluster 6 - FOOD, BIOECONOMICS, NATURAL RESOURCES, AGRICULTURE AND ENVIRONMENT

Human activities, combined with climate change, are putting significant pressure on the natural resources and systems on which the nutrition of the planet's growing population is directly dependent. The concept of a circular economy, bioeconomy and an economy based on harnessing the potential of the seas and oceans (blue economy) should provide an opportunity to balance environmental, social and economic objectives and move towards sustainability.

Research and innovation in this cluster should contribute to accelerating the achievement of the objectives of key European and global strategies and policies. These include, in particular, the Sustainable Development Goals defined by the United Nations, which include ensuring adequate nutrition, clean water, health and quality of life for the world's population, and an emphasis on sustainable production and consumption. Activities in Cluster 6 are also intended to contribute to achieving climate neutrality by 2050, a key objective of the Green Deal for Europe. Further development of the bioeconomy and circular economy is intended to fully exploit the potential of biological resources for renewable production, reduce the EU's dependence on non-renewable resources, and help reduce emissions and waste production from industrial processes. The protection and restoration of ecosystems is one of the main objectives of the European Biodiversity Strategy. Preventing biodiversity loss also means preventing future threats to human health.

 

The Circular Bio-based Europe Joint Undertaking (CBE JU) has published its work programme for 2023, which includes information on calls for projects. 215.5 million will be dedicated to 18 topics. The deadline is scheduled for 20 September 2023.

The CBE JU Information Day will take place on 20 April 2023.

On 22.12.2022, 8 calls for projects in Cluster 6 (Food, Bioeconomy, Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment) were opened with deadlines on 28 March 2023 or 12 April 2023. You can find the calls here or you can see a spreadsheet of all the themes for 2023 here (under the title Cluster 6 Theme Overview for 2023-2024).

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2023/01/03

HORIZON EUROPE - Cluster 5 Work Programme - for the period 2023-2024

 

HORIZONT EUROPE - Global Challenges and Competitiveness - Cluster 5 - Climate, Energy and Mobility

The main objectives of this Cluster 5 - Climate, Energy and Mobility are to combat climate change, to improve the competitiveness of the energy and transport industries as well as the quality of services these sectors provide to society. This requires a better understanding of the causes of climate change, its evolution, risks, impacts and opportunities. Energy and transport systems need to be climate and environmentally friendly, smarter, safer, more resilient, more inclusive, more competitive and more efficient.

The main driving force here is the need to decarbonise the energy and transport sectors by 2050 while strengthening their competitiveness.

 

On 6 December 2022, the European Commission approved the Climate, Energy and Mobility Work Programme for the period 2023-2024.

Part 8: Climate, energy and mobility

The first calls are due to open on 13 December 2022, except for Destination 6, where the first call will not open until May 2023.

HORIZON-CL5-2023-D1-01: deadline 18 April 2023, 11 topics

HORIZON-CL5-2023-D1-02: deadline 18 April 2023, 2 topics

HORIZON-CL5-2023-D2-01: deadline 18 April 2023, 8 topics

HORIZON-CL5-2023-D3-01: deadline 30 March 2023, 18 topics

HORIZON-CL5-2023-D4-01: deadline 20 April 2023, 6 topics

HORIZON-CL5-2023-D5-01: deadline 20 April 2023, 19 topics

Part 12. Mission

In the Cities mission (from page 86 and page 145 of Part 12 of the program), the first call will open on January 10, 2023, and the closing date is scheduled for April 27, 2023. The call includes 2 topics.

Horizon Europe

2023/01/03

HORIZON EUROPE - CLUSTER 4 WORK PROGRAMME - FOR THE PERIOD 2023-2024

HORIZONT EUROPE - Global Challenges and Competitiveness - Cluster 4 - Digitalisation, Industry and Space

Digitisation and the development of technologies, including space, are having a decisive impact on all economic sectors and society as a whole. They underpin the transformation of industrial production and the emergence of new products and services that fundamentally affect the way we live and are key to future sustainable development.  The main strategic priorities of Cluster 4 are:

  • Transforming European industry for a clean, climate-neutral, circular and competitive economy
  • Ensuring (strengthening) European leadership and strategic autonomy in key technologies
  • Developing technologies and innovations that serve citizens

 

The expected impacts of this part of the second pillar of Horizon Europe are reflected in 6 work programme areas (called Destinations)

  1.  Climate neutral, circular and digitised production
  2. Increased autonomy in key strategic value chains for resilient industry
  3. World leading data and computing technologies
  4. Digital and emerging technologies for competitiveness and fit for the Green Deal
  5. Open strategic autonomy in developing, deploying and using global space-based infrastructures, services, applications and data
  6. A human-centred and ethical development of digital and industrial technologies

 

Areas 1 and 2 are mainly relevant for industry, areas 3 and 4 for digitalisation and area 5 for space.

Basic information about Horizon Europe can be found on the EC website, and about Cluster 4 specifically here.

 

Following the publication of the Horizon Europe Work Programme 2023-2024, the 2023 calls opened on 8 December 2022 - the closure dates can be found here. For two-round calls, these are first-round closures, which will be evaluated without revealing the identity of the applicants to the evaluators (Blind evaluations).

The work programme of Cluster 4 can be found here

Horizon Europe

2023/01/03

HORIZON EUROPE - Cluster 3 Work Programme - for the period 2023-2024

HORIZONT EUROPE - Global Challenges and Competitiveness - Cluster 3 - Civil Security for Society

Security is one of the priorities in the life of our society, and due attention must be paid to it. Security threats have no boundaries, so a concerted and coordinated effort from politicians, industry and security forces to research is needed to bring about the necessary innovations in technology and practices and an understanding of the human factor. Cluster 3 focuses on a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to addressing civilian security issues to support the implementation of relevant EU priorities,

The main objective is to protect citizens and the European economy, public spaces and critical infrastructures of all types from terrorism and crime, and to ensure a secure digital environment. Research includes understanding the root causes of terrorism and crime to ensure effective prevention and innovation of technologies and procedures for early warning as well as for rapid and effective response in the event of a real threat. The protection of external borders is aimed at the legal, safe and rapid movement of people and goods.  The objective in the field of cyber security is to create a trustworthy and, above all, secure digital environment using the latest technologies and services.

The Cluster3 will work in synergy with the Digital Europe Programme, the Internal Security Fund and the Integrated Border Management Fund and will be coordinated with EU defence research in the areas of dual use applications. The research focuses on the needs identified by end-users and on building the capacity of the security sector to anticipate threats and respond optimally to the consequences of incidents, as well as on understanding the human factor and the societal context.

The topics addressed will be closely coordinated with key European agencies such as FRONTEX, JRC, ENISA and the European Defence Agency EDA. Research tasks are adapted to progress from prevention to response and recovery, with an emphasis on interoperability of technologies and services.  The solutions are rigorously attentive to respect for human rights, protection of personality and the social context of the impact of technologies. Coherence with the results of previous projects and linkages with other programmes, in particular EU programmes on homeland security and digital technologies, shall be monitored.

Cluster 3 is structured into six areas (destinations):

  • Better protecting Europe and its people from crime and terrorism
  • Effective protection of the EU's external borders
  • Resilient infrastructure 
  • Improved cyber security
  • A disaster-resilient society
  • Enhanced security research and innovation

EC information on the whole HE programme is here and details on Cluster 3 are here

On 6 December 2022, the European Commission published the Cluster 3 work programme with calls for the period 2023-24. The calls will open 42 topics with a total budget of almost €320 million. The call deadlines are in November 2023.

The Prague Technology Centre organised a National Information Day on the challenges of 2023 on 24 November. 

 

Horizon Europe

2023/01/03

HORIZON EUROPE - Cluster 2 Work Programme - for the period 2023-2024

HORIZONT EUROPE - Global Challenges and Competitiveness - Cluster 2 - Culture, Creativity and Inclusive Society

The social sciences and humanities have been given a place in Cluster 2 in Horizon Europe. Its main purpose is to strengthen democratic governance and civic participation in Europe, to preserve and make accessible Europe's cultural heritage, and to find answers to the current social, economic and technological transformation.

The activities supported by Cluster 2 are designed to generate and coordinate interdisciplinary knowledge from the European social sciences to help understand contemporary transformations in society, economy, politics and culture. This new knowledge is intended to help design concrete policy measures to contribute to a more socially just and inclusive Europe and to foster its green and digital revival. Research topics in Cluster 2 include democratic principles, education, inequalities, unemployment, discrimination, radicalisation and respect for human rights. Cultural diversity and ways of preserving Europe's cultural heritage are explored. The role of the cultural and creative industries as one of the important economic sectors in the EU is also newly explored. New social innovations are designed to empower citizens. The cluster is open to the social sciences, humanities, arts and cultural and creative industries.

The Culture, Creativity and Inclusive Society Cluster is divided into 3 basic areas, called Destinations. An overview of open, upcoming or closed calls is provided by the European portal:

Basic information about the Horizon Europe programme can be found on the European Commission's website, and about Cluster 2 specifically here. The commissioning of research on single topics is set out in the Work Programme for Culture, Creativity and Inclusive Society 2023-2024. All opportunities for the Culture, Creativity and Inclusive Society strand are mapped on the Funding Opportunities and Procurement Portal.  

For information on social science/humanities research and an overview of successful EU-funded projects, see Social  sciences and humanities.

 

On 6 December 2022, the European Commission published the Cluster 2 Work Programme for Culture, Creativity and Inclusive Society for the period 2023-24.

The deadline for the submission of projects for the 2023 calls is 14 March 2023. The 2024 calls open on 4 October 2023 and close on 7 February 2024.

On 21 November, the Prague Technology Centre organised a National Information Day on the newly opened calls in Cluster 2. The European Commission is organising an Information Day on the calls on 17 January 2023.

The funding opportunities are divided into three main areas:

  • DEMOCRACY AND GOVERNANCE: Funding research that will strengthen democratic governance, trust in institutions and the protection of fundamental rights. There are 8 calls and a total budget of €75 million for 2023. For 2024, there will be 12 calls and a budget of €95 million.
  • EUROPEAN CULTURAL HERITAGE AND CULTURAL AND CREATIVE INDUSTRIES: Funding research that will improve access to cultural heritage, promote its preservation and contribute to job creation in the creative industries. There are 10 calls and a total budget of €113 million for 2023. For 2024, there will be 5 calls and a budget of €65 million.
  • SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION: Funding research that will help address social, economic and political inequalities and promote human capital development. There are 10 calls and a total budget of €80 million for 2023. For 2024, there will be 11 calls and a total budget of €96 million.

 

Horizon Europe

2023/01/03

HORIZONT EUROPE - Global Challenges and Competitiveness - Cluster 1 - Health

The health and well-being of people are central objectives of EU policies and programmes. In the field of social rights, these programmes aim for a fairer, more inclusive and more social Europe for all European citizens, based on a European Social Model for the challenges of the 21st century. Providing timely access to good quality healthcare for all citizens is a key EU objective. This is in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goal, which calls for universal healthcare for all citizens by 2030, so that preventable deaths can be eradicated.

The main challenge is to work on the persistent health inequalities between and within EU countries. There is also the need to respond to the rise in certain types of diseases, such as cancer, non-communicable diseases, mental illness and, not least, infectious diseases. Improving the promotion of disease prevention, including in the area of vaccination, will also be a challenge. Other areas to focus on are: the impact of increasing environmental pollution on human health, growing resistance to antimicrobial drugs, demographic changes, including in the context of an ageing population.

The research and innovation to be supported in Cluster 1 should aim at advancing knowledge, building capacity, developing innovative solutions that improve people's health and well-being and support the transformation of healthcare systems.

On 6 December 2022, the European Commission published the Cluster 1 Health Work Programme for 2023-2024. This document can be found here.

Further information, calls, documents and contacts can be found here.

Horizon Europe

2023/01/03

NEW BROCHURE European Research Council (ERC) Grants

The Prague Technology Centre presents a new brochure from the VADEMECUM series - European Research Council (ERC) Grants. 

This publication is intended not only for ERC grant applicants, but also for project investigators and project managers, both in the preparation phase and in the implementation phase. It offers a quick orientation on the five types of ERC grants, provides information on how to submit project proposals and how to evaluate them, introduces the basic principles of ERC grant funding including cost reporting, reporting, controls and audits, and last but not least briefly summarises issues of ethics, open science, dissemination and exploitation of research results and intellectual property rights. It contains useful hints and tips gathered by the National Contact Points (NCPs) in their daily work and, in particular, through collaboration with the members of the ERC Call Applicant Support Expert Group, other evaluators and ERC grant holders.

Source: the Prague Technology Centre

The presentations from the National ERC Grants Information Day, which took place on 15.11.2022, are available here.

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2023/01/03

The Ministry of Education announces a public competition in the INTER-COST sub-programme

On 14 December 2022, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic announced a public competition in research, development and innovation aimed at selecting research projects linked to COST actions. Project proposals can be submitted until 6 February 2023.

The intention of this competition (SMSM2022LU002 in the INTER-EXCELENCE II programme, sub-programme INTER-COST) is to select research projects linked to COST actions of the international COST programme in the category of basic research, industrial research and experimental development with a focus on all scientific areas. The duration of the supported projects must be at least 20 months and must not exceed the duration of the relevant COST Action.

A set of all relevant information for the preparation and submission of the project proposal is the tender documentation submitted here.

The competition period for the submission of project proposals (applications for earmarked support) starts on 15 December 2022 and ends on 6 February 2023. The evaluation period runs from 7 February 2023 to 31 July 2023.

More information and the necessary documents can be found here.

 

Source: the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic

 

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2023/01/03

ERA-MIN 3 Call 2023 is open

A new international call ERA-MIN 3 Call 2023 has just been launched, focusing on research in the field of non-energy, non-agricultural raw materials. The deadline for receiving project proposals is 30 March 2023.

Call topics (in original):

  • Topic 1. Supply of raw materials from exploration and mining
  • Topic 2. Strengthening the Circular Economy
  • Topic 3. Processing, Production and ICT
  • Topic 4. Environmental assessment, climate and policy development for sustainability
  • Topic 5: Social sustainability in health, safety and public perception-cutting topics.

The Technology Agency of the Czech Republic (TA CR) will support Czech applicants with a total allocation of EUR 800 000. The maximum amount of support per project is EUR 350 000.

Czech applicants must meet the national conditions based on the EPSILON Programme (Sub-programme 2 - Energy and Materials). The call is funded by the National Recovery Plan under Component 5.2 entitled "Support for R&D in enterprises and the introduction of innovation into business practice" and its investment "Support for R&D in synergy with the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation".

Project proposals may be submitted by international project consortia consisting of at least three eligible independent partners applying for funding from at least three of the following countries (the list of countries is as of 7.12.2022 and is pending confirmation of participation by some agencies):

Belgium (VLAIO/FIO, SPW-Recherche, FWO); Bulgaria (BNSF); Czech Republic (TA CR); Estonia (ETAg); Finland (Business Finland); France (Région Nouvelle Aquitaine*), Ireland (GSI/EPA); South Africa (DSI); Canada (PRIMA); Germany (BMBF/JÜLICH*); Poland (NCBR); Portugal (FCT); Romania (UEFISCDI); Slovakia (SAS*); Slovenia (MIZS); Spain (AEI, IDEPA, EJ/GV - Innobasque, CFNA); Sweden (Vinnova), Turkey (TUBITAK)

More information on the call can be found here.

 

Source: the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic

 

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2023/01/03

Applying for Barrande Fellowships

The Embassy of France in Prague, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic, has announced the next edition of the Barrande Fellowships programme, which is designed to support the mobility of PhD students between the Czech Republic and France. Interested applicants can apply until 12 February 2023.

The Embassy of France in Prague and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic coordinate the Barrande Fellowships programme, a mobility exchange programme for Ph. D. students between the Czech Republic and France. The aim of the programme is to provide PhD students in the Czech Republic with the opportunity to study in France. With representation from all disciplines, it allows PhD students to gain international experience in the humanities, natural and biological sciences, exact and technical sciences, economics and law, medicine and others.

The aim of the programme is to strengthen international exchange in the field of education and to promote scientific cooperation between French and Czech research teams. To this end, the programme funds:

  • Cotutelle, a doctoral programme that is implemented jointly at two partner universities, one in France and the other in the Czech Republic. Each year, the scholarship holder completes a five-month stay in France for a maximum of three years.
  • A short-term stay in a research laboratory in France for 1 to 3 consecutive months.

Since the signing of this bilateral partnership in 2020, more than 75 PhD students have taken advantage of this opportunity.

"This program has allowed me to grow personally and scientifically and has enriched my knowledge and experience beyond my expectations," says Anastasia Cassisa, Ph. "Thanks to the two months I spent at GANIL, I expanded my scientific skills and enriched my personal background. I improved not only my language skills but also my communication skills."

Henok Tegegne, Ph. D. student in Epidemiology and Public Health adds that, "The working environment in France is very good and one of my favorite places to spend time was my workplace." He also shared his experience at the University of Lyon between 2018 and 2020: "The tutors were very supportive and I was very independent. I was able to use all my potential, especially in research, so it was very different from other countries."

You can listen to the experiences of other fellows on YouTube.

Applications are open until 12 February 2023.

More information can be found here.

Source: the French Institute in Prague

 

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