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Switzerland and EU join forces in science and research

The European Union and Switzerland signed a comprehensive international agreement associating Switzerland to parts of Horizon 2020, Research and Training Programme of Euratom and the ITER project.

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SME Instrument – 580 proposals received for phase 2

A Preliminary Analysis of SMEs phase 2 participation

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EDITORIAL 28.11.2014 "The integration of social sciences in H2020 proposals: what do "horizontal aspects" and "interdisciplinarity" mean"

creative industries    Being not only a new integrating programme with dedicated funding instruments, Horizon 2020 offers some important novelties when it comes to the philosophy behind the funding.

Applicants are now rather familiar with the innovative aspects and impact potential of the proposals. There are yet some terms and expressions largely used by the EC and in the workprogrammes that deal with horizontal aspects, cross-sectorial and social sciences.

What do these terms mean for proposals? What is the process underpinning social sciences and humanities (SSH) in the whole programme?

 

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Preparation for 2015 ICT calls has begun! ICT clients are ready for action!

NCP Brussels organised an info session of its series "A to Z Funding Sources" regarding ICT on November 14th at impulse.brussels premises.

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EDITORIAL 31.10.2014 "H2020: how to do even better next time"

Editorial of the NCP Newsletter of 31 October 2014, by Tania Van Loon

 

Dear reader,


9 months after the inception of the new Research and Innovation programme “Horizon 2020”, the European Commission, participants and intermediary organisations have learnt the first lessons.


In brief? The large response to the first calls has shown the attractiveness of a challenge-based approach… but has also reduced the success rate of applicants (8 times oversubscription vs. 5.5 under the previous programme). Evaluation reports suggest that applicants should carefully define specific objectives, quantitative indicators, end users involvement and project positioning in a market-based approach.


What does this mean for Brussels organisations? Prepare well to make your proposal attractive. NCP Brussels’ free of charge services can help you maximise your project design, select relevant impact indicators, include public and restricted deliverables, involve final beneficiaries...


And specifically for SMEs? The SME Instrument budget will be increased in the work programme of 2016-2017 as compared to that of 2014-2015. Thus, there will be very attractive opportunities for you. Check with us which upcoming topics are relevant to your research and future business deployment.


We wish you successful European R&I projects!


Tania Van Loon,
NCP Brussels Manager

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