New Horizon 2020 Work Programme Launched

​Commissioner Moedas launched the 2016/17 Horizon 2020 Work Programme today at a press conference in Brussels. The two-year programme has a budget of almost €16 billion and has been designed to respond to the wider policy objectives of the European Commission, including the Jobs, Growth and Investment Package, the Digital Single Market, the Energy Union, Climate Change policy and making Europe a stronger global actor.

The Commissioner said that while these were the overarching priorities, on a horizontal level the Work Programme also responds to the priorities defined by him on research and innovation policy, namely the three O’s (Open Science, Open Innovation and Open to the World).

The second Horizon 2020 Work Programme includes 16 work programmes, 63 calls and around 600 topics in 2016 and 2017. The Commission is planning to award approximately 1000 European Research Council grants and 10,000 fellows are to benefit from the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions in 2016 itself.

The Work Programme is available on the Participant Portal (under the ‘Reference Documents’ section) and the Commission has produced a useful factsheet which summarises the main features and provides an overview table on funding calls in 2016 and 2017. UKRO factsheets on the Portal have been updated and provide information on each part of Horizon 2020.


Horizon 2020: Secure Societies – Upcoming Call

Horizon20201The European Commission Horizon 2020: Societal Challenges, under the secure societies topic, will soon be inviting proposals for its Digital Security call. The expected opening date is 16 December 2015 with the closing date likely to be mid-April 2016.

Proposals may address assurance and certification for trustworthy and secure ICT systems, services and components, and must take the form of research and innovation actions, coordination and support actions or innovation actions, depending on the topic addressed.

Research and innovation actions and innovation actions require participation by at least three legal entities, each established in a different EU member state or associated country. Coordination and support actions require at least one legal entity established in a member state or associated country.

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Horizon 2020: Industrial Leadership – Upcoming Calls

Horizon20201The European Commission will soon be inviting proposals for it’s industrial leadership calls for Japan and South Korea. The Call is to open on the 20th October 2015 and close mid January 2016. Although very early on in the process, with more details to follow, the expected topics are as follows:


— Next generation communication networks;
— Internet of things, cloud and big data platforms in social application contexts;
— Experimental testbeds on information-centric networking.

South Korea:

— Next generation communication networks;
— Internet of things joint research
— Federated cloud resource brokerage for mobile cloud services.

Proposals must take the form of research and innovation actions. These require participation by at least three legal entities, each established in a different EU member state or associated country.

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Horizon 2020 ‘First Results’ Publication

The Directorate-General for Research and Innovation within the EC has published a booklet with results of the first 100 Horizon 2020 calls for proposals which closed by 1 December 2014.

Some of the initial findings included in the booklet have already been published by the Commission on its website in early July, however the publication contains a wealth of statistical information on the first calls and covers the participation of Member States/Associated Countries and third countries, their success rates and number of applications submitted. It also includes information about the grants agreements signed and types of organisations participating in the first projects.


Horizon 2020: Secure Societies Call (inc. Cyber)

The European Commission has published four different calls under the Secure Societies Societal Challenge 7 of the Horizon 2020 Programme.

The new open calls are as follows:

Each call contains several topics and the last call will be of particular interest to people in the Department of Computer Science. Details are as follows (click on the above links for full info):

Digital Security: Cybersecurity, privacy and trust call
Proposals should investigate the dependencies on communication networks and ICT components (including SCADA and IACS systems) of critical infrastructures, analyze and propose mitigation strategies and methodologies for assessing criticalities of services and detecting anomalies, developing tools and processes to simulate or monitor cascading effects due to ICT incidents, and develop self-healing mechanisms. ICT should be protected or re-designed at the software level, but also at the physical level, leading to more robust, resilient and survivable ICT infrastructure.