The European Commission has launched the fifth of six European Innovation Council (EIC) Horizon Prizes, on Innovative batteries for eVehicles, worth €10 million. The EIC Horizon Prizes are part of the first phase of the EIC under Horizon 2020, the EU's Research and Innovation Framework Programme.
Speaking at the Industry Day in Brussels, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation Carlos Moedas delivered a speech on the challenges for European industry and on opportunities in the next EU research and innovation programme.
Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, opened the 2018 European Capital of Innovation contest at the EU Covenant of Mayors Ceremony in the European Parliament. The winning city will be awarded a prize of €1 million to further promote and enhance its innovative actions. Applications can be submitted until 21 June 2018.
Ambitious research and innovation missions can inspire European citizens, push the frontier for research and innovation, drive economic growth, and help solve some of our society's biggest challenges. These are several conclusions of a report by Professor Mariana Mazzucato, presented today to Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation.
Europe has a unique opportunity to lead the next wave of breakthrough innovation where digital technologies meet the physical world in areas such as digital manufacturing, genomics, artificial intelligence or the Internet of Things, penetrating all sectors of economy and society. But it needs to translate its global scientific leadership into innovation and entrepreneurial leadership.
Examples of the highly ambitious targets ahead of the successful FET-Open proposals include a super-resolution microscope in a microfluidic chip smaller than a coin, a novel GPS-free positioning technology, the non-invasive imaging of biochemical processes in the human body, and building a 3D muscle on a chip.
Some examples of the successful proposals are the testing of a drug that inhibits the metabolism of cell lines from several types of tumor, the commercialisation of a new actuator for physical human-robot interaction, the exploitation of an innovative tool to convert inexpensive near-infrared (NIR) light into coherent UVA for industrial and biomedical use.
Research team from the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement in France, led by Prof Alexandre Dumont, won the first €1 million Horizon Birth Day Prize for their work that has cut the number of deaths of new mothers in hospitals in Mali and Senegal by as much as a third.
Theory, experiment and applications of bio-inspired magnetic systems - a thematic workshop focusing on the magnetically actuated and controlled microscopic systems enabling a range of actions at Low Reynolds number.