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1 Director, DG RTD, Directorate International Cooperation HORIZON 2020Overview and strategic benefits to Australian researchers of collaboration with EuropeCristina RussoDirector, DG RTD, Directorate International Cooperation
2 The European Union 500 million people - 28 countries - a single market* 7% of the World's population24% of world expenditure on research32% of high-impact publications32% of patent applicationsThe European Union is a world leader in research and innovation, responsible for 24% of world expenditure on research, 32% of high impact publications and 32% of patent applications, while representing only 7% of the world population.Over recent decades the world landscape of research and innovation has evolved rapidly, with emerging economies strengthening their research and innovation systems. The number of scientific publications has increased significantly, yet the European Union has maintained its proportional share of the number of scientific publications.Member states of the European Union*Free movement of people, goods, services and capital
3 WHAT IS HORIZON 2020?A €80 billion research and innovation funding program ( )A response to economic crisis by investing in future jobs and growthIt addresses people's concerns about their livelihoods, safety and environmentResearch and innovation have been placed at the centre of the EU budget for the programming period between EU leaders believe strongly that research and innovation will create the economic opportunities of tomorrow.Horizon 2020, the new programme for research and innovation has been allocated a budget of almost 80 billion euros over the next seven years. Europe, like much of the world, faces major challenges such as ageing populations and the depletion of natural resources. This affects all of our lives directly, for example through high health care costs, rising energy prices, congested roads, and threats to security.Horizon 2020 is designed to address these societal challenges through funding excellent science, technology and innovation.[It is central to the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, the Innovation Union flagship to create a knowledge society, and the goal to complete the European Research Area as a single market for knowledge.]Open to the world
4 Horizon 2020 A single programme Coupling research with innovation: 'from lab to market'Focus on societal challenges: health, clean energy, transport, etc.Open to participation: companies, universities, institutes in EU and beyondHorizon 2020 allows seamless funding of research and innovation, so that innovative projects can be supported from the laboratory to commercial exploitation. All forms of innovation are included, including innovation in services and social innovation.Horizon aims to include the best researchers and innovators regardless of where they are located. It is open to participation by researchers from anywhere in the world.The work programmes, identifying the research are to be funded, are published every two years.All proposals are reviewed by international , independent experts.
5 Horizon 2020 is focused on three priorities: excellent science, industrial leadership and societal challenges [ all of which are open for international participation].
6 Excellent science European Research Council Supporting top researchers from anywhere in the world to work in EuropeFuture and Emerging TechnologiesSupporting visionary thinking through collaborations between science and engineeringMarie Skłodowska-Curie actionsProviding opportunities for training and career development of individual researchersResearch infrastructures- including e-infrastructureEnsuring access to world-class facilitiesThis first pillar includes several activities aimed at individual researchers of any nationality – offering very interesting opportunities to spend part of their research career in Europe.The European Research Council offers extremely generous and flexible grants for researchers , from anywhere in the world, to establish research groups in Europe. The grants support investigator driven, 'frontier' research in any scientific discipline and there is only one criterion; excellence.The Marie Sklodowska Curie actions support the career development and training of researchers –in all scientific disciplines, through transnational, intersectional and interdisciplinary mobility. Grants for all stages of researchers' careers are available. The MSCA will be the main EU programme for doctoral training, funding PhDs.Funding in millions: European Research Council €13 095; Future and emerging technologies €2 696; Marie Sklodowska- Curie Actions € 6 162; Research Infrastructures €2 488
7 Industrial leadership Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies Emphasising key technologies in areas such as advanced manufacturing, microelectronics, nanotechnology, biotechnology, ICT and spaceKey enabling technologies - such as advanced manufacturing, microelectronics, nanotechnology and biotechnology - underpin innovation across many industries and sectors. Innovative companies are at the heart of job creation and growth:Strategic investments in key technologies (e.g. advanced manufacturing, micro-electronics) underpin innovation across existing and emerging sectorsLike every other world region, Europe wants to attract more private investment in research and innovationLike every other world region, Europe wants more innovative small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to create growth and jobs.€ million will be available for research in Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies.Collaborative research proposals are invited from consortia of research organisations which may also include international partners.
8 Societal challenges Health, demographic change and wellbeing Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomySecure, clean and efficient energySmart, green and integrated transportClimate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materialsInclusive, innovative and reflective societiesSecure societiesThis, the part of Horizon 2020 in financial terms, aims to address, major challenges concerns of citizens and society through collaborative research and innovation.For example, reducing CO2 emissions depends on new technologies and solutions for energy, transport, agriculture and the management of resources.Such challenges are shared by all countries across the globe. The challenges require a broad, multi-disciplinary approach that brings together researchers, industry, public bodies and users to create innovative solutions that will meet peoples' needs. Horizon 2020 will support not only research into new technologies and solutions, but also their piloting, demonstration and market uptake. In this way the full impact of EU funding will be achieved.Collaborative research proposals are invited from consortia of research organisations which may also include international partners.Funding: Health, demographic change and wellbeing (€ 7 472); Food security, sustainable agriculture, marine and maritime and inland waterway research and the Bioeconomy (€ 3 851); Secure, clean and efficient energy (€ 5 931); Smart, green and integrated transport (€ 6 339); Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials (€ 3 081); Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies (€ 1 310); Secure societies (€1 695)
9 Some examples of topics under the Health, demographic change and wellbeing Societal challenge PHC : Understanding common mechanisms of diseases and their relevance in co-morbiditiesPHC 04 – 2015: Health promotion and disease prevention: improved inter-sector co- operation for environment and health based interventionsPHC : Vaccine development for poverty-related and neglected infectious diseases: HIV/AIDSPHC : Tools and technologies for advanced therapiesPHC 18 – 2015: Establishing effectiveness of health care interventions in the paediatric populationBy way of example, there are 21 topics currently open under the Health, demographic change and wellbeing Societal challenges7 topics covered by the NHMRC-EU schemeListed here are the first 5 open topics.Of which PHC 3,9 16 are funded by the NHMRC
10 HORIZON 2020: Open to the world GENERAL OPENNESS Horizon 2020 is open to participation of researchers from anywhere in the world, to:Extend the frontiers of scientific knowledgeTackle challenges that affect us allMake industries more competitiveA New International StrategyThe European Commission's approach to international cooperation has been set out in a Communication in entitled "Enhancing and focusing EU international cooperation in research and innovation: a strategic approach".The general openness of Horizon 2020 to the participation of researchers from public and private organisations from across the world is part of this approach.International Cooperation is therefore mainstreamed across Horizon 2020 to tackle global challenges, promote mobility of researchers and boost the competitiveness of industries
11 Benefits of International research improve research quality access to knowledgeopen up marketssharing expertiseimprove research qualityscience diplomacyhigher global profileInternational cooperation brings these benefits to all partners – be they in Europe or elsewhere in the world.International cooperation is necessary to address effectively many specific objectives defined in Horizon This is the case in particular for all the societal challenges which need to be tackled at global level.International cooperation is also essential for frontier and basic research in order to capture the benefits from emerging science and technology opportunities.Promoting the international mobility of researchers and innovators is crucial for enhancing this global cooperation.Activities at the international level are equally important to enhance the competitiveness of industries by promoting the take-up and trade of novel technologies, for instance through the development of worldwide standards and guidelines.
12 HORIZON 2020: Open to the world 1. Projects can include international partners as Australian partners2. Targeted opening- In certain topics in calls for proposals, inclusion of international partners may be:encouragedorb) required3. Coordinated calls- Used for specific actions (e.g. identified through joint steering commites). Paired calls, linked evaluations, two contracts, e.g.:EU-Japan R&D Cooperation in Net FuturesPartnering with Brazil on advanced biofuelsAll of H2020 is open to international cooperation. Any consortium on any topic mentioned can include an international partner. This is what we call 'General Opening'. It is completely bottom up and requires only that project coordinators include international partners when preparing their consortium.In addition to this 'General Opening', there is what we call 'targeted opening' – on topics which are pre-identified in the Work Programmes as encouraging or requiring international partners. These topics usually arise out of the dialogues we have with our main international partners and in this way can be considered 'Top Down'.With certain partner countries, coordinated calls for proposals can be jointly agreed and the partners funded separately be each side . The topics for coordinated calls , which bring mutual benefit, are always agreed in the policy dialogues we have with the partner country.Our targeted efforts with our near neighbours will focus on regional issues and challenges; targeted collaboration with developing countries will emphasise joint solutions to the specific difficulties faced by those countries, whether it be food security, water management, agricultural development, particular health issues, or coping with natural and man-made disasters; targeted engagement with industrialised countries as Australia and with emerging economies will concentrate more strongly on competitiveness, generating business opportunities through greater mutual access to markets, and tackling global challenges.Coordinated calls should be a major tool for the flagship initiatives we will develop with major partner countries. An example is the Transatlantic Ocean Research Initiative, for which €65 million is foreseen in targeted activities throughout the calls.
13 Rules of participation Applicants from non-EU countries are eligible to take part in Horizon 2020 programmes, even as coordinatorAll proposals must meet certain minimum conditions (in Rules for Participation)The Rules of Participation distinguish between eligibility to participate and eligibility for funding.Eligibility to participate : a legal entity from (almost) anywhere in the world can participate in a consortium as long as the minimum conditions are met (at least 3 legal entities from 3 different EU or Associated countries).A researcher in an international partner country can even be the coordinator of a research consortium – but the minimum conditions must still be met.[NOTE: in practice this is very rare since EU researchers have a stronger institutional and national support structure to help them in the preparation of proposals . Also the coordinator is responsible for the financial aspects of the whole project and this is easier in a EU/Associated country.]For the European Research Council, the applicant must identify in the proposal the host institution in an EU/associated country in which he/she will establish their research group.For Marie Sklodowska Curie Grants, pre- and post-Doctoral and other positions are published (on Euraxess Jobs Portal) and are open to applicants from anywhere I the world.
14 Rules of participation Minimum Conditions:For standard (cooperative) research projects:3 participants from different Member States or associated countriesIn addition, participants from Australia can also be includedFor actions aimed at individuals, like European Research Council or Marie Skłodowska-Curie:1 researcher1 host institution1 projectFor standard collaborative actions, at least three legal entities, each established in a different Member State or Associated Country; Once these 3 entities are determined, a participant from anywhere in the world can be included in the consortium.A researcher in an international partner country can even be the coordinator of a research consortium – but the minimum conditions must still be met.[NOTE: in practice this is very rare since EU researchers have a stronger institutional and national support structure to help them in the preparation of proposals . Also the coordinator is responsible for the financial aspects of the whole project and this is easier in a EU/Associated country especially if the international partner is not eligible for funding] There can be additional conditions for participation that will be set out in the relevant work programmeFor the European Research Council, the applicant (who can be from anywhere in the world) must identify in the proposal the host institution in an EU/associated country in which she/he will establish their research group.For Marie Sklodowska Curie Grants, pre-Doctoral positions in Europe are published (on MCSA website and on Euraxess Jobs Portal) and are open to applicants from anywhere in the world. Post doc and other opportunities in Europe available through open call for proposals (current call closes in September). Note that there is also a possibility for a European to apply to go to an international partner country for up to 2 years (with a compulsory return phase).
15 S&T cooperation with Australia is a priority for the European Union We have been working together since 1994!Goal:To increase overall scale, scope and strategic character of EU-Australia research cooperation under H2020Globally, we want to double the amount of international collaboration under H2020, compared to FP7H2020 presents a tremendous opportunity for research collaborationEurope is a natural partner for Australia and we have been working together at an EU level since the EC-Australia S&T Agreement came into force in 1994, some 20 years agoUnder H2020 we have the goal to increase overall scale, scope and strategic character of EU-Australia research cooperationA key goal under Horizon 2020 is to double the amount of international cooperation globally compared to FP7. A fairly ambitious KPI to say the least.Need to stress at this point we are talking about a tremendous opportunity for research collaboration with European excellance, which should be your motivation, not to get funding.
16 Find out more: www.ec.europa.eu/horizon2020 Open to the world!Thank You!Find out more: