Getting ready for Horizon 2020 – Workshop notes

Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020

These are my notes from the “Getting ready for Horizon 2020” workshop, presented by Dr. Seán McCarthy from Hyperion Ltd at CWI on Oct 1 2012.

  • Website associated with the workshop, for more information: http://www.hyperion.ie/horizon2020.htm
  • There’s a ‘Horizon 2020’ group on LinkedIn
  • Use http://europa.eu to follow ongoing debates on a certain topic (use Google and a conjunctive query)
  • First part on the politics, made for ‘directors’ – the big picture
  • Very few people aware of FP7, so first a zoom-in on these projects
    • A little history (from 2000 onwards)…
    • Horizon 2020 is not called FP-8, because it’s a mixture of programs, with strong links to other programs
  • ‘”Innovation” will be the “new agriculture” for the next 15 years’
  • H2020
  • Europe 2020 Strategy: 7 flagship initiatives
    • Digital agenda for Europe
    • Innovation Union
    • Youth on the move
    • An agenda for new skills and jobs
    • Resource efficient Europe
    • Europe against poverty
    • An industrial policy for the globalisation era
  • Horizon 2020 is like taking the FP-7 LEGO blocks and reassembling them
  • Separate programs
    • “Innovation in SMEs” programme – valorisation
      • Bring technologies to the market
      • USA’s SBIR (~ “STW Valorisation”)
    • KETs (Key Enabling Technologies), since 2009 already.
    • FET
      • “an idea that might work or not, doesn’t matter if it doesn’t”
      • e.g., wearable electronics (influence of music on physiology), nature as computing
    • EIT (European Institute of Innovation and Technology) = European MIT
      • Not really a programme, but it has relevant options
  • Funding typically only for “Phase 1,” i.e., pre-competitive ideas/activities.
    • “Funding the checking of the patent, not the filing.” Examples of pre-competitive
    • Examples
      • ERC
      • FET
      • Industrial Leadership Societal Challenges
      • Eureka (actually between pre-competitive and competitive)
        • technology transfer
    • competitive
      • EIT
      • EIP (competitive)
        • Bv. “Smart cities”
  • H2020
    • has money for VCs, covering the whole value chain
    • Budget (numbers are still changing)
      • ~ 87.7b EUR
      • EIT interesting, see the notes and below
    • Exercise: for each institute: walk through the documents and identify which programmes etc. are relevant
    • Trends
      • FP5-FP6-FP7-H2020: projects -> programmes
  • Part II: FET
    • little topic in FP-7
    • Now: 3.5b EUR
    • radical innovations
    • FET Open
      • “what you submit is submitted (no resubmissions)” Although they are pre-proposals
    • FET Proactive
    • FET Flagships (FuturICT, e.g.)
      • two are selected: those will receive EUR 100m per year for 10 years. (But this will need to come from local governments.)
    • FET Young Explorers
    • SME
  • EIT
    • part of DG education
    • 2007-2013 (309m EUR)
    • 2014-2020 (3.2b EUR)
    • proposed (H2020): transfer/valorisation
    • Research -> industry
    • 3 KICs (knowledge and innovation communities)
    • research centres + universities + education (local! regional…)
    • 1 of them is “EIT ICT Labs”
      • 2/3 of European R&D spending in ICT
      • e.g., Eindhoven: Philips + Twente + Novay + TNO-ICT.
    • another is EIT Climate KIC
      • e.g., Randstad
    • H2020: 3 new ones (so 3.2b EUR)
      • Added-value manufacturing (Key Enabling Tech)
      • Smart secure societies
      • Urban mobility
  • “Joint programming”
    • Local money, no EC involvement although they want to
  • ERA-Net, ERA-Net Plus
    • EU + national funding
    • next ones
      • urban Europe
      • climate change
      • microbial challenge
      • aging
      • water challenges
      • seas and oceans
  • Public procurement
    • small companies can bid for small parts of projects (public tender)
  • EIP (European Innovation Partnerships)
    • related to the EU 2020 flagships (see above)
  • Part IV – changes in H2020 from FP7
    • overhead
      • FP7: actual overhead
      • H2020 (proposed): 20% of eligible costs
    • funding
      • FP7: 75% research, 50% demonstration, 100 mgmt
      • H2020 (proposed): 100% research, 75% innovation
      • impacts mainly SMEs, companies
    • productive hours (H2020) 1680 hours per annum)
    • decision expected before the end of the year
    • evaluation criteria
      • old
        • science
        • implementation
        • impact
      • new
        • excellence
        • impact
        • implementation
      • Open access, no time sheets
  • Part V – Lobbying
    • Top-down (from EU) vs bottom-up (from researchers) lobbying. How? Through ERC, research infrastructure, etc.
    • “Lobbying,” i.e. the EU asks for comments on the drafts of the programme from EU researchers
    • Make sure your topic is in the call (draft first and final also of course)
    • Decision-making process…
  • Part X – Getting ready for H2020
    • Getting ready for H2020
      • Different strategies, see the notes
  • Last part

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