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Horizon 2020 grant applicants to compete for researcher mobility and space funds
 12 December

Almost €634 million in EU funds are now available for scientists and research institutions interested in applying for the first Horizon 2020 grant calls open in the fields of space research and 'training and career development', which will specifically cover Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks (ITN), Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) and European Researchers' Night (NIGHT) research proposals. All applications must be submitted via the Participant Portal. The top ranked projects will be sharing almost €634 million in EU grants for research. The first deadline is 4 March 2014.

Horizon 2020: Space research grants

Horizon 2020: space research grants

The 6 space research calls package announced yesterday covers 3 specific pillars: 'Earth Observation', 'Protection of European assets in and from Space' and 'Competitiveness of European space technology'. The grants amount to more than €150 million in total.

The first lot of grants is backed by more than €80 million.

The €21.5 million included for the first of the three pillars mentioned above is intended to support new Earth monitoring applications and tools for access to space data, which is particularly useful for climate change and atmospheric monitoring. €8 million will be used with the ultimate goal of protecting European assets from weather risks and 'Near Earth Objects' such as asteroids or comets. The remaining €52 million will be earmarked to foster the development of space technologies boosting competitiveness, non-dependency and innovation within the European space sector, including SMEs.

All applications must be submitted by 26 March 2014 (5 pm, Brussels time).

Horizon 2020: Space research grants

The remaining €69 million will be distributed in a second lot of grants for which interested stakeholders can apply by the end of 2014.

€26 million will be used to develop, based on Copernicus data, market-oriented Earth observation products and applications with a high business potential. Competitive imaging technology and new tools for access to space data, including information provided by European sentinel satellites, will also be supported. €6.5 million from the pillar 'Protection of European assets in and from space' are to help reduce the impact of space debris. €36.5 million, the sum earmarked for 'Competitiveness of European space technology', will back critical technologies, space science and exploration and new domains of international cooperation (e.g. human spaceflight – which may lead to applications on board the International Space Station – and scientific exploitation of astrophysics, comets and planetary data).

Further information is available in the specific Work Programme.

The grants emerging from these space calls will be managed by the Research Executive Agency (REA).

Horizon 2020: training and career development grants

Horizon 2020: training and career development grants

The first package of Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks (ITN) grants is supported by more than €405 million. The grants are intended to train a new
generation of creative, entrepreneurial and innovative early-stage researchers in both the academic and non-academic sectors through international, interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral mobility.

All interested researchers and research institutions must apply by 9 April 2014 (5 pm, Brussels time).

Potential beneficiaries with an eye on the first Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) grants must submit their research proposals by 24 April 2014. These grants are to promote international and inter-sector collaboration through research and innovation staff exchanges, and sharing of knowledge and ideas from research to market.

The final objective is to turn creative ideas into innovative products and services. €70 million are available for this specific action.

€8 million are reserved for the 2014 and 2015 European Researchers' Night (NIGHT) grants, also announced yesterday. The European Researchers' Night events aim at enhancing the researchers' public recognition and promoting careers in science. Applicants from EU Member States and Associated Countries must apply by 4 March 2014.

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions aim at ensuring excellent and innovative research training as well as attractive career and knowledge-exchange opportunities through cross-border and cross-sector mobility of researchers.

The Actions are open to all domains of research, from basic research up to market take-up and innovation services. Potential beneficiaries include research and innovation staff at all stages of their career, as well as universities, research institutions, research infrastructures, businesses, and other socio-economic actors from all countries.

Attention is paid to encouraging the strong participation of industry, in particular SMEs.

The grants covered by these actions will be managed by the REA

How will research proposals be selected?

How will research proposals be selected?

All EU grant applications submitted in the framework of Horizon 2020 will be evaluated by panels of independent experts. The evaluators will score each proposal against the criteria set out in the Horizon 2020 work programme.

The European Commission launched a call for independent experts on 22 November 2013. The call will remain open until 2020, the entire duration of Horizon 2020.

New academic and business specialists are wanted to help ensure that grants are awarded only to the best proposals. Those interested should register as soon as possible in the Participant Portal.

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