European Structural and Investment Funds for health

Very productive workshop ‘Research and Innovation in health’ of the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI Funds), June 20-21, 2018 Breda, the Netherlands. The purpose of this workshop was to foster knowledge and experience exchange on the challenges facing research and innovation in health and the life sciences and the role the ESI Funds can play in managing these challenges. Read on: http://esifundsforhealth.eu/  

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ERC Advanced Grant

CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR ERC ADVANCED GRANT Call identifier: ERC-2018-ADG Publication date: 17 May 2018 Advanced Grants are designed to support excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they are already established research leaders with a recognised track record of research achievements. Applicant Principal Investigators must demonstrate the ground-breaking nature, ambition and feasibility of their scientific proposal. Size of ERC Advanced Grants 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. This does not apply to ongoing projects.   Research Participant Portal is your entry point for electronic administration of EU-funded research and innovation projects — Read on ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/h2020/topics/erc-2018-adg.html

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Horizon 2021-2027

New Horizon trends and perspectives. Science Europe commented the new Horizon Programme for 2021-2027 in the document Science Europe reaction. The new pillars of the Programm were described and compared with the Horizon Programm 2020. Read on: www.scienceeurope.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/20180608-SE_Horizon_Europe_Reaction.pdf

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STOA | European Science Media Hub

The European Science-Media Hub (ESMH) is a new platform to promote networking, training and knowledge sharing between the European Parliament, the scientific community and the media. — Read on www.europarl.europa.eu/stoa/cms/cache/offonce/home/esmh;jsessionid=D196114AD62D0FC3CE91B12792EFBB8B

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Making EU qualifications more visible

EU qualifications The European Skills Agenda includes 12 actions organised around four building blocks: A call to join forces in a collective action: Action 1: A Pact for Skills Actions to ensure that people have the right skills for jobs: Action 2: Strengthening skills intelligence Action 3: EU support for strategic national upskilling action Action 4: Proposal for a Council Recommendation on vocational education and training (VET) Action 5: Rolling out the European Universities Initiative and upskilling scientists Action 6: Skills to support the twin transitions Action 7: Increasing STEM graduates and fostering entrepreneurial and transversal skills Action 8: Skills for life Tools and initiatives to support people in their lifelong learning pathways: Action 9: Initiative on individual learning accounts Action 10: A European approach to micro-credentials Action 11: New Europass platform A framework to unlock investments in skills: Action 12: Improving the enabling Eu qualifications framework to unlock Member States’ and private investments in skills Objectives for EU Qualifications The European Skills Agenda sets objectives to be achieved by 2025, based on well-established quantitative indicators. Read more: ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp is working according to the EU Cross-Border Healthcare Directive (CBD). Funding A massive investment in skills is needed. In addition to money from enterprise and governments, the EU is prioritising investing in people and their skills in our budget. The Recovery Plan for Europe proposed by the Commission in May 2020 will also focus on skills related activities. EU investment in skills Programme Investment (in billions of euros)* European Social Fund Plus (ESF+) 61.5 Erasmus 16.2 InvestEU 4.9 European Globalisation Adjustment Fund 1.1 European Solidarity Corps 0.8 Digital Europe 0.5 *Resources from the Recovery and Resilience Facility specifically for skills investment cannot yet be estimated To unlock more national and private investment in skills we are exploring how fiscal frameworks can better support investment and we will promote enhanced reporting on human capital by large companies. Together with national statistical offices, the Commission will work on transparent EU qualifications skills reporting in national accounts and statistics. In cooperation with the European Investment Bank group, the Commission will explore innovative financial mechanisms to promote skills investments.

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Future EU Research and Innovation

European Commission Reports The EU's FET Flagships are science- and technology-driven, large-scale, multidisciplinary research initiatives built around a visionary unifying goal. They tackle grand science and technology challenges requiring cooperation among a range of disciplines, communities and programmes. There are two FET Flagships running: the Graphene Flagship the Human Brain Project. A new one, the third one, is quantum technologies.  

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