Wider Outlook: December’s edition now here



The External Project’s Team newsletter Wider Outlook for December is now here –


the team has chosen the theme of  Horizon 2020 this month—our annual UK Research Office UKRO event on December 11th will major on the new EU research funding programme –and this month’s edition is full of tips, information and advice to get your project off the ground. As ever do contact us with any comments, ideas or suggestions at  externalprojects@staffs.ac.uk.




Horizon 2020 briefing sessions

As we are coming close to the launch of the first series of Horizon 2020 calls on December 11th, Beta Technology and the Environment Sustainability Knowledge Transfer Network (ESKTN),are organising webinars on 5th December on the following topics:

  • 10.00 – 11.00: Food Security Societal Challenge (Jane Watkins, UK National Contact Point for Food Security Challenge)
  • 11.00 – 12.00: Climate Change Societal Challenge (Catherine Holt, UK National Contact Point for Climate Change)
  • 14.30 – 15.30: SME Instrument (Steve Bradley, UK National Contact Point for SMEs)

The webinars can be viewed via http://tinyurl.com/esktntv. Further information from Beta Tehcnology at http://www.betaeurope.co.uk/news.htm



Horizon 2020 work programmes published by European Commission




The European Commission has started publishing drafts of some Horizon 2020 Work Programmes. These are now available on the official Horizon 2020 website.http://ec.europa.eu/research/horizon2020/index_en.cfm?pg=h2020-documents

Some draft Work Programmes for Horizon 2020 have now been made available by the European Commission. To date, these include the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, ICT, Access to Risk Finance, the ‘Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials’ societal challenge and the European Research Council.

The current drafts give information on the likely topics or actions for funding and the planned calls for proposals. Some indicate budgets and deadlines. For each topic, there are three sub-headings, the “Specific Challenge”, the “Scope” and the “Expected Impact”.

These are still drafts and changes can be made before the adoption of the final work programmes and their publication. The Commission is publishing these drafts to allow potential applicants to familiarise themselves with the main lines of funding planned ahead of the launch of the first calls, which is expected for 11 December 2013.

Calls will be published on the Commission’s Research Participant Portal, a new version of which is due to be launched in early December. 

The External Projects Team has produced a number of factsheets for the different Horizon 2020 funding streams.http://blogs.staffs.ac.uk/research/2013/11/11/horizon-2020-factsheets/


 EU Energy Focus, the National Contact Point for Energy in Horizon 2020, and the Energy Generation and Supply Knowledge Transfer Network are arranging a series of webinars on the topics covered by the draft Horizon 2020 Work Programme for 2014. It is hoped that 2014 work programmes will be published on 11th December, so for an early insight colleagues are advised to join these webinars or visit the site afterwards to listen to the recordings for more detail about the funding available.

Low carbon energy – 20th November at 2:30pm: Research and demonstration for grids, storage, biofuels, CCS plus market uptake www.eventsforce.net/h2020-6

Smart Cities and Communities – 22nd November 12.30pm  www.eventsforce.net/h2020-7


Horizon 2020 factsheets

Horizon 2020 is the new European Commission funding programme for collaborative research, development and innovation activities from 2014 – 2020. We will be promoting these workprogrammes at our UKRO event on 11th December. In advance of then, the Horizon 2020 draft work programmes are coming out thick and fast providing an indication of the topics you can bid for.  The External Projects Team has condensed these into a series of factsheets, providing you with an overview of the main funding opportunities. Additional factsheets will be produced as more work programmes become available. If you would like further information on any of the topics presented, please contact externalprojects@staffs.ac.uk for access to the full draft work programme document.

Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials Horizon 2020 Briefing Sheet

Secure Societies Horizon 2020 Briefing Sheet

Nanotechnologies Horizon 2020 Briefing Sheet

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Horizon 2020 Briefing Sheet

Health and wellbeing Horizon 2020 Briefing Sheet

Food and Security Horizon 2020 Briefing Sheet

ICT Horizon 2020 Briefing Sheet

Inclusive Innovative Reflective Societies Horizon 2020 Briefing Sheet

Energy Challenge Briefing Sheet

Future & Emerging Technologies Briefing Sheet

Leadership in Enabling & Industrial Technologies – ICT Briefing Sheet

The Joint Research Centre Information Sheet

European Research Council Horizon 2020 Briefing Sheet

Info Day on Horizon 2020 Health Challenge: Registration Now Open


 An Information Day on the Horizon 2020 societal challenge on Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing will take place on 22 November 2013 in Brussels. The event, for which registration is now open, will provide information on the first funding calls and priorities for 2014.

Further to a main session on the Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing societal challenge, there will also be sessions covering:

  • ICT in health and ageing
  • The involvement of the SME instrument
  • Understanding the rule for participation
  • From ‘omics’ to health promotion

Places will be attributed on a first come, first served basis. To register, please follow the link enclosed below.



Funding opportunities for ICT research

The ICT Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) and the ICT National Contact Point are organising a half day event at Aston University to promote forthcoming opportunities for funding from the Horizon 2020 programme. Horizon 2020 is the new European Commission funding programme for research, technological development and innovation. 

This event will provide an overview of the funding available and importantly the range of support in place to help people benefit from these opportunities. ICT is a fundamental part of Horizon 2020 in both addressing new ICT developments and developing the use of ICT to support societal challenges.  Access to finance schemes are also available to support innovation in SMEs.

The event is being held on 20th November at 12:30.  Registration is available at https://horizon2020birmingham.eventbrite.co.uk/ If you are unable to attend, please contact externalprojects@staffs.ac.uk for feedback. The event flyer can be viewed by clicking here H2020 ICT event flyer November 2013

UKRO Horizon 2020 factsheet

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For colleagues interested in the next generation of EU funding for research and development activity the UK Research Office (UKRO) have published an updated factsheet on the Horizon 2020 programme. This factsheet is available by clicking on the following link and signing into the UKRO site.  http://www.ukro.ac.uk/subscriber/ukro_info/events/Documents/130820_factsheet_h2020_researchers.pdf

UKRO is an excellent source of information for all EU funding and policy developments.  The External Projects Team will be updating you on the latest Horizon 2020 developments over the next few weeks, but we would encourage colleagues to register on UKRO to received personalised alerts relevant to your research area.

Open access to research publications reaching ‘tipping point’

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The European Commission has published a new report on the impact of “open data”, stating that over 50% of scienctific articles published in 2011 are now avaliable for free. By making research results more accessible, open access can contribute to better and more efficient science, and to innovation in the public and private sectors.

The Commission will make open access to scientific publications a general principle of Horizon 2020. As of 2014, all articles produced with funding from Horizon 2020 will have to be accessible:

  • articles will either immediately be made accessible online by the publisher (“gold” and “hybrid” open access) – up-front publication costs can be eligible for reimbursement by the European Commission; or
  • researchers will make their articles available through an open access repository no later than six months (12 months for articles in the fields of social sciences and humanities) after publication (“green” open access).

To read the full reports you can go to this LINK

Council Conclusions on International Co-operation in Horizon 2020

As part of the discussions during last week’s meeting of EU countries’ science ministers in Brussels, the Competitiveness Council has issued a set of conclusions on the subject of international co-operation within Horizon 2020.

 The Competitiveness Council calls on the European Commission, member states and key stakeholders:

 to develop common principles on issues such as responsible research and innovation, research integrity; peer review; promotion of gender equality and the gender dimension in research and innovation; researcher careers; fair and equitable treatment of IP; and open access to publicly funded research publications and to research infrastructures;

 Acknowledging the crucial importance of international research collaboration, the conclusions emphasise that the European Commission should ‘systematically consider where international co-operation can add strategic value in implementing Horizon 2020 and could play a particularly valuable role in the Horizon 2020 work programmes’. The Council also invites the Commission, working closely with EU Member States, to identify priorities for international co-operation on the basis of Horizon 2020 and of the results of FP7 projects.

 The conclusions also underline the importance of preparing ‘multi-annual roadmaps for co-operation with the EU’s strategic partners, which will identify priorities and instruments for activities within Horizon 2020 for international co-operation on research and innovation’. The Council also states that Member States must be involved from an early stage in this process, and calls on the Commission to present the first roadmaps by the end of 2013.