Research & Innovation - Participant Portal

About this site

This Participant Portal was established as an Internet portal for the stakeholders of the EU research and innovation programmes. It provides you a set of services to facilitate your participation in the programmes and related interactions with the Commission. You are encouraged to register yourself with the portal to benefit fully from these services.

Releases

Release notes of the Participant Portal and underlying services can be found here.

What's New

Expert evaluators needed: help us select high-potential innovators [15/06/2017]

Are you an entrepreneur or investor with experience of helping innovative companies to grow? If so, you could become one of our evaluators, reviewing proposals and business plans put forward by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from across the EU as they seek funding to support the development of breakthrough innovations. We also need your help to interview the best applicants and select the top innovators for funding.

From autumn 2017, the EU's research and innovation programme Horizon 2020 will support innovation projects from innovators, researchers, corporates and SMEs active in any sector or technology as we look to support breakthrough innovations that have the potential to create new markets. We aim to identify companies and entrepreneurs with the potential and ambition to grow internationally, as part of a pilot European Innovation Council. Applications for EIC funding will need to be evaluated by experts in innovation. And the best SME applicants will be interviewed by a panel of expert evaluators. The Commission is therefore looking to expand its pool of expert evaluators to include:

  • entrepreneurs who have started up and scaled up innovative enterprises at European or global level;
  • investors (including those affiliated with banks, venture capitalists, business angels, crowd-funders etc.);
  • experts involved in the innovation ecosystem (business schools, universities, innovation hubs, accelerators, etc.).

Early application is encouraged as the first interview panels will be drawn up in October 2017.

How to register your interest

If you are interested in becoming an evaluator, please complete both of the following steps:

1. First, register as an expert at this website. Please fill in your data and when prompted, select keywords that match your expertise. Under the tab 'Area of Expertise – Specialist fields' please also select the keyword 'market-creating innovation'.

2. Second, send an e-mail to EASME-EIC-INVESTORS@ec.europa.eu, including your name and surname. It is helpful to mention your expert number from the website mentioned above (example: EX2017A123456).

All information relating to the working conditions of evaluators can be found here.

Participant Portal User Group Meeting on 16 June at 10-12AM 12/06/2017

For improving the user-friendliness of our portal, we collect feedback and suggestions from users. To this end, we organise a next external user meeting, to which we would like to invite you. This event will be a web meeting, i.e. you can participate from your office. All you need is a computer with internet connection and a telephone. See the detailed instructions.

This web meeting will take place on Friday 16 June, starting at 10:00 (Brussels time).

We will present you the new services and developments planned for 2017:

  • A new Partner Search Service that allows searching organisations that could be potential partners for the EU funded proposals and projects. The first stage of this development would automatically display all the public data of organisations that are registered in the PP Beneficiary Register. During the meeting we would present the service made public on PP the same week. We would also present the next planned development – expressing interest to find partners for a topic (call) published on the Participant Portal.
  • Revamping of the Participant Portal – Our portal publishes an increasing number of EU funding opportunities beyond Horizon 2020, and we aim at adapting the visual identity and navigation to reflect this broader scope. During the meeting we will present the testing version of the new developments and mockups of changes to the secured My Area.
  • PP notifications – TO and CC addressees of PP roles and grant management notifications are now visible to recipients. We interested in your feedback to this new feature.

For comments and questions also before and after the web meeting, we have opened a web forum at https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/fpfis/forums/research/participants/portal/viewforum.php?f=37 .

Call for experts in the field of Defence Research 07/06/2017

1. The European Defence Agency (EDA) is launching a call for experts to be registered in the European Commission’s Participant Portal and who can be called on in connection with the Preparatory Action on Defence Research (PADR) (2017-2021), for the following tasks:

  • evaluation of proposals
  • monitoring of the implementation of actions
  • ethics reviews, checks and audits.

2. EDA is looking for experts with a high level of expertise and professional experience in a military context, in one or more of the following areas:

  • Unmanned Platforms
  • Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR)
  • Effects
  • Force Protection and Soldier Systems
  • Military Cyber protection

Expertise will also be required on cross-cutting issues such as:

  • Strategic technology foresight
  • ITAR-related components in Europe’s armament systems
  • Military standards and interoperability
  • Military ethical, legal and societal aspects

If your profile is not yet in the Participant Portal experts database, please start registering on the Experts page. If you are already registered, please edit your profile in My Expert Area, confirming that you want to serve as expert for Preparatory Action on Defence research.

For more information, please see the full call text.

Attention: Phishing attempts pretending to come from the Participant Portal [22/05/2017]

Several Participant Portal users reported to us that they received emails from the e-mail address grants.eu@europa.eu, pretending to come from the Participant Portal, asking for vital personal and financial data such as ID or bank account details. Such e-mails may also ask you to click on a link or download an attachment to update your pertinent information there.

Your first action against phishing is to be vigilant. Protect yourself by keeping the following in mind:

1. The Participant Portal will never ask you to send important personal and financial information via email. When logging on to the Participant Portal, check that you use the default URL address https://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/ as the starting point.

2. Ignore phishing messages. Do not be coerced into following their instructions simply because they have threatened you that something will happen to your account or to your application for EU funding if you do not respond.

3. Exercise caution when opening attachments or downloading files. These may contain viruses or software that may pose security threats to your computer.

4. Update your user password regularly. Do not use passwords that can be easily attributed to you such as your name or birthday.

Report any suspicion of a phishing incident to us via our IT Service Desk.

Video of the "Horizon 2020 - Performance and Simplification" meeting is now viewable online [05/05/2017]

The meeting of Commissioner Moedas with European stakeholder organisations that took place on 28 February 2017, "Horizon 2020 - Performance and Simplification", was filmed and can now be watched in full online.

Call for experts in the field of financial readiness of projects [26/04/2017]

INEA is looking for new experts to assess the financial readiness of project proposals submitted for EU funding.

Are you an experienced financial expert with skills in one or more of these fields: financial due diligence, credit application review, financial structuring or bankability analysis, transport/infrastructure financing, Public-Private Partnership or concession, asset-based, project-based or structured finance?

Sign up (or update your current expert profile) to the European Commission's expert database by 20 May 2017!

The selected experts will assess the financial readiness of project proposals submitted for the CEF Blending call. Evaluations of the project proposals will run for two weeks from 11 to 22 September 2017 in Brussels where your presence will be required maximum 8 hours a day.

More information here.

New version of Horizon 2020 expert contract entered into force [01/04/2017]

On 1 April 2017, the revised Horizon 2020 model contract for experts enters into force. Among the modifications made are the addition of three types of experts, update of the Code of Conduct with consequences for non-compliance with expert obligations, new rules for expert groups, tasks and code of conduct defined separately by type of experts and a new methodology for the calculation of expert fees for remote evaluation and ethics review. Experts can find other changes, clarifications, corrections and new rules. The new version is available at the Reference Documents page with more detailed change description.

Save the date – Conference “R&I – Shaping our future” – 3 July 2017, Brussels [10/03/2017]

The conference "Research & Innovation – shaping our future", hosted by Research, Science and Innovation Commissioner Carlos Moedas in Brussels on 3 July 2017, will bring together policymakers from EU institutions, nearly 700 stakeholders and interested actors to discuss the role of research and innovation for Europe's future.

Pascal Lamy, chair of the High Level Group on maximising the impact of European research and innovation programmes, will present the group's vision and recommendations for the future, based on the results of the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020. The conference will build further momentum for research and innovation as an investment for our future by:

  • Discussing the recommendations of the High Level Group;
  • Debating game-changing ideas in an interactive panel format;
  • Launching the stakeholder consultation for the successor framework programme.

More information can be found here.

DG Research and Innovation (DG RTD) has set up an Expert Group on the Future of Scholarly Publishing [27/02/2017]

DG Research and Innovation (DG RTD) has set up an Expert Group on the Future of Scholarly Publishing in order to support the research and innovation policy development on Open Science. The group’s tasks shall be to assess emerging and alternative open access business models with the aim of establishing how an economically viable transition towards open access can be achieved. An important element of the group's work will be establishing general principles for the future of open access publishing and scholarly communication.

The group shall consist of up to 12 members that can be either:

  • individuals appointed in a personal capacity, who will act independently and in the public interest);
  • organisations, which will have to be registered in the Transparency Register.

Interested individuals and interested organisations are invited to submit their application to DG RTD. For further details and supporting documents, please visit the following website.

Commission adopted revised versions of Horizon 2020 model grant agreements [27/2/2017]

On 27 February 2017, the Commission adopted revised Horizon 2020 model grant agreements, providing, among other changes, clarifications, corrections and new rules in favour of beneficiaries that can be applied retroactively (without amendment) to grants signed with the previous version. The new versions are available at the Reference Documents site. See also the short document with an overview of the main changes.

Horizon 2020 coordinators' day on 01 March 2017 in Brussels - All you need to know about the preparation of your grant agreement. 26/01/2017

What's next after you received the message that your proposal was successful? The event on 01 March 2017 will provide all details on the preparation and signature of your grant agreement. It will take place in the Charlemagne Building in Brussels from 9.30 to 17.00. It is mainly meant for coordinators of proposals who were invited to prepare a grant agreement. Other participants may be accepted subject to the availability of seats. Registration (first-come first-served) is via this website. You will also be able to follow the event online through a live stream (no need to register in order to follow the web stream).

Horizon 2020 coordinators' day on 14 February 2017 in Brussels - How to Prepare Amendments and Reports. 23/12/2016

The European Commission is organising an information session in Brussels for Grant Coordinators, so they can learn legal aspects, business processes and IT tools used to prepare amendments and reports, with particular attention to the financial aspects and eligibility of costs. The event will take place in the Charlemagne building in Brussels from 8.30 to 17.00. It is mainly meant for grant coordinators, but other participants may be accepted subject to the availability of seats. Registration (first-come first-served) is via this website. You will also be able to follow the event online through a live stream (no need to register in order to follow the web stream). Be aware that this webpage will only become available at the beginning of the event.

Association of Switzerland to the whole of Horizon 2020 Framework Programme, Euratom Programme and activities carried out by Fusion for Energy [20/12/2016]

On 16 December 2016 the Swiss Federal Council ratified the Protocol on the extension to Croatia of the Free Movement of Persons Agreement between the EU and Switzerland. This means that in accordance with Article 13(6) of the Agreement associating Switzerland to Horizon 2020 ('the Agreement'), as of 1 January 2017 the Agreement continues to apply and will be expanded to cover the whole of Horizon 2020 Framework Programme, Euratom Programme 2014-2018 and activities carried out by Fusion for Energy. The relevant information can be found in the updated note regarding associated countries. The information note has been updated and contains FAQ and explanations concerning the status of Switzerland and of legal entities established in Switzerland in relation to participation to Horizon 2020 after 1 January 2017 and in the period of 'partial' association, i.e. between 15 September 2014 and 31 December 2016.

Horizon 2020 coordinators' day on 23 September 2016 in Brussels - All you need to know about the preparation of your grant agreement. 06/9/2016

What's next after you received the message that your proposal was successful? The event on 23 September 2016 will provide all details on the preparation and signature of your grant agreement. It will take place in the Conference Centre Albert Borschette in Brussels from 9.30 to 17.00. It is mainly meant for coordinators of proposals who were invited to prepare a grant agreement. Other participants may be accepted subject to the availability of seats. Registration (first-come first-served) is via this website. You will also be able to follow the event online through a live stream (no need to register in order to follow the web stream).

The new versions of the Horizon 2020 work programmes 25/7/2016

The new versions of the Horizon 2020 work programmes for 2016-2017 have been adopted this 25 July 2016. Among the modifications made are the introduction of open research data in all Horizon 2020 calls and the launch of research topics on migration challenges. Support for a range of cross-cutting initiatives will also been continued in 2017.

See also the press release.

Commission adopted revised versions of Horizon 2020 model grant agreements 20/7/2016

On 20 July 2016, the Commission adopted revised Horizon 2020 model grant agreements, providing, among other changes, clarifications, corrections and new rules in favour of beneficiaries that can be applied retroactively (without amendment) to grants signed with the previous version. The new versions are available at the Reference Documents site. See also the short document with an overview of the main changes.

Establishment of a High Level Group on maximizing the impact of EU Research and Innovation programmes, as part of the Interim Evaluation of Horizon 2020 13/07/2016

In the context of the Interim Evaluation of Horizon 2020, the European Commission is establishing a High Level Group on maximising the impact of EU Research and Innovation programmes in the future and to formulate a vision for future EU Research and Innovation.

Interested personalities and authoritative experts are invited to express their interest in becoming a member of this group, which is expected to have up to 12 members. It is expected to start its work in January 2017 for a period of six months. More details are available here.

Update to the Horizon 2020 Annotated Model Grant Agreements 01/07/2016

An updated version of the H2020 Annotated Model Grant Agreement is available since 01 July 2016 on the Participant Portal. The updates concern the explanations on Article 18 regarding time records (including a model of timesheet with minimum requirements) and the 'List of issues applicable to particular countries'. The "history of changes" table at the beginning of the document lists the updated articles. In addition, a small green sign was put on the left-hand margin of the document next to the changed paragraphs/sections.

See also the related FAQ.

You might have to empty the cache of your Internet browser for viewing the updated version.

Outcome of the referendum in the United Kingdom 01/07/2016

The Statement of 29 June of the Heads of State or Government of 27 Member States, as well as the Presidents of the European Council and the European Commission, confirms that until the UK leaves the EU, EU law continues to apply to and within the UK, both when it comes to rights and obligations. This includes the eligibility of UK legal entities to participate and receive funding in Horizon 2020 actions.

Report on Horizon 2020 online survey on simplification published 30/05/2016

The report on the results of the H2020 simplification online survey, launched in 2015 after the first 20 months of Horizon 2020, is now available. The feedback from more than 4000 respondents indicates that a significant proportion of users are satisfied with the simplification measures introduced in H2020. Furthermore, the vast majority of respondents with experience in both FP7 and Horizon 2020 confirmed that overall, the rules and processes in H2020 are simpler than in FP7. Respondents also provided many suggestions on further improvements that the Commission is now analysing and implementing. The full report is available via the following link: Report on the H2020 simplification survey

Co-funding mechanism to Indian Horizon 2020 participants 04/05/2016

The Indian Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and the EU have agreed to implement a co-funding mechanism by which DBT could fund Indian research teams participating in certain Horizon 2020 collaborative projects, in areas related to biotechnology. See India co-funding country page.

Georgia signed the H2020 Association Agreement 29/04/2016

Georgia signed the Horizon 2020 Association Agreement on 29 April 2016. The agreement is retroactively applicable as from 1 January 2016. Researchers and innovators from Georgia are now able to participate in Horizon 2020 under the same conditions as their counterparts from EU Member States and other 14 associated countries.

EC press release – Georgia joined Horizon 2020

Tunisia became H2020 Associated Country 13/04/2016

The Horizon 2020 Association Agreement with Tunisia entered into force on 13 April 2016. Researchers and innovators from Tunisia will now be able to participate in Horizon 2020 under the same conditions as their counterparts from EU Member States and other 13 associated countries.

Open consultations to prepare the next Horizon 2020 ICT work programme

The European Commission has launched four open consultations to prepare the next Horizon 2020 work programme. The objective is to gather input from e-infrastructure stakeholders on the challenges they face and collect ideas for Future and Emerging Technologies (FET), more particularly for the thematic orientations of FET Proactive and the FET Flagships schemes. In a fourth consultation, the European Commission seeks to shape the future work programme with innovative mathematical content. The underlying motivation is to lay the basis for future economic and societal benefits for Europe in the longer term

Research orientations for FET. The essence of FET is to stimulate the technological breakthroughs that will bring about radical change in the future. What are the science and technology themes that would benefit from a deeper exploration? Where do we need to channel resources to achieve the critical mass of interdisciplinary research that can put a new technology firmly on the map for a future wave of innovation? What are the most promising grand challenges in science and technology that can only be achieved through large scale multidisciplinary collaboration?

Key challenges of the future e-infrastructure. What are the key challenges ahead for e-infrastructure stakeholders? How to answer the increasing scientific data needs? How can industrial actors fully benefit from the services provided by European e-infrastructures? These are some of the questions for which we seek your input.

Consulting on Mathematics. This consultation wishes to identify new areas where mathematics in Europe could make a real difference while exploring how to inject more explicit mathematical content into the future work programme. How can mathematics be used to further European innovation? In which application domains are new mathematics needed? These are some of the questions looking for an answer. It follows up the workshop held in November 2014 based on the outcomes of a first online consultation on mathematics.

All consultations are available on theDigital4Science platform. The deadline of the four consultations is 30 April 2016. Share your views and help identify the themes of tomorrow's work programme for Excellence in Science.

Horizon 2020 Coordinators' Day on 24 February 2016 in Brussels - How to Prepare Amendments and Reports

The European Commission is organising an information session in Brussels for Grant Coordinators, so they can learn legal aspects, business processes and IT tools used to prepare amendments and reports with particular attention to the financial aspects and eligibility of costs. The event will take place in the Charlemagne building in Brussels from 9.30 to 17.00. It is mainly meant for grant coordinators, but other participants may be accepted subject to the availability of seats. Registration (first-come first-served) is via this website. You will also be able to follow the event online through a live stream (no need to register in order to follow the web stream). Be aware that this webpage will only become available at the beginning of the event.

New FAQ page (12/2015)

The revamped FAQ page allows searches by keywords and tags (with autocomplete function) and filtering by categories or programmes.

The database of FAQs includes generic as well as call and topic related questions. For instance, when entering the call ID H2020-MSCA-ITN-2016, you will get all the questions related to the 2016 call of Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks.

You can save your search result, forward it to others or put it as hyperlink in documents or your own websites, by simply copying the web address (URL) of the page showing your filtered list of FAQs from your browser address field.

Changes to proposal templates and evaluation forms of H2020 2016-17 calls (11/2015)

Part A and Part B Proposal Templates

Two stage calls:

Consortium members must now be announced at first stage of a two stage call in Part A of the templates. Therefore, the short table of applicants on the Part B cover page is no longer needed for stage 1 proposals

For single stage and two stage proposals:

Changes to the proposal templates have been made to align with the revised wording of the ‘aspects to be taken into account’ for the three evaluation criteria, which are set out in General Annex part H of the Work Programme 2016/17.

Evaluation Forms

Changes to the self-evaluation forms have been made to align with the revised wording of the ‘aspects to be taken into account’ for the three evaluation criteria, which are set out in General Annex part H of the Work Programme 2016/17.

Utilisation of Genetic Resources: EU Regulation on Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) is in Force

The EU is a party to the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilisation.

The EU ABS Regulation, which transposes into EU law the compliance pillar of the Nagoya Protocol, entered into force on 12 October 2014 (the recently adopted Implementing Regulation document provides details on how the ABS Regulation is applied). The principal obligations defined in this Regulation apply since 12 October 2015. In particular, there are obligations of due diligence and monitoring compliance.

If you are utilising genetic resources (i.e. conduct research and development on the genetic and/or biological composition of genetic resources, including through the application of biotechnology), you should

  • be aware of the obligations arising from the ABS Regulation
  • ensure your project is compliant

Practical guidance for recipients of EU research funding will be made available on the Participant Portal as soon as possible. This will help you decide if you have obligations under the ABS Regulation and, if yes, how to comply.

More information about the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) or the ABS Clearing House.

Horizon 2020 Coordinators' Day on 26 November 2015 in Brussels - How to Prepare Amendments and Reports - CANCELLED

The European Commission is organising an information session in Brussels for Grant Coordinators, so they can learn legal aspects, business processes and IT tools used to prepare amendments and reports with particular attention to the financial aspects and eligibility of costs. The event will take place in the Charlemagne building in Brussels from 9.30 to 17.00. It is mainly meant for grant coordinators, but other participants may be accepted subject to the availability of seats. Registration (first-come first-served) is via this website. You will also be able to follow the event online through a live stream (no need to register in order to follow the web stream). Be aware that this webpage will only become available at the beginning of the event.

Information on the FP7 post-grant open access publishing funds pilot (29/09/2015)

The European Commission has recently launched a pilot action to fund open access peer-reviewed publications from finalised FP7 projects. It covers journal articles as well as monographs, book chapters, and conference proceedings.

This initiative is implemented by the project OpenAIRE2020. FP7 project participants currently in the process of publishing results from their finalised FP7 project will find the necessary tools and information on the OpenAIRE website

The eligibility of projects for funding can be checked on the pilot website. Only projects finalised in 2013 or later (but before the end of the pilot, which is expected in April 2017) will be eligible.

In addition, for all FP7 projects for which the grant agreement contains Special Clause 39 (Open Access clause) and which are therefore part of the FP7 Open Access Pilot, provisions for open access through self-archiving ('Green' open access) remain applicable after the project ends. Specifically, beneficiaries must:

  • deposit the peer-reviewed publications or final manuscripts into an online repository immediately upon publication, and
  • make their best effort to ensure open access to these publications within 6 months after publication (12 months in the case of the activity "Science in Society" and the thematic area "Socioeconomic Sciences and the Humanities").

More information about Open Access in FP7 can be found on both the Europa portal and the OpenAIRE website. ERC grantees can contact ERC-OPEN-ACCESS@ec.europa.eu in case they have any questions concerning the specific OA related obligations linked to their grant agreement.

All FP7 beneficiaries are invited to link their published research results to FP7 funding via the OpenAIRE website. OpenAIRE has already collected references to the majority of publications from FP7 funded projects. If beneficiaries or authors find that the information about their FP7 project publications is incomplete in OpenAIRE, they can easily add missing publications.

25 September – Commissioner Moedas discusses future possibilities for simplification in H2020 with stakeholders

In a meeting on 25 September 2015 in Brussels (9.30 – 12.00), Mr. Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, will discuss the impact of the simplification measures introduced in Horizon 2020, and future simplification options, with representatives of major European stakeholder organisations.

This meeting is open for remote participation by everybody via live-stream and a related Web forum.

25 September – Launch of online survey on simplification in Horizon 2020

On 25 September, the Commission launches an online survey to gather opinions from stakeholders on the impact of the simplification measures introduced in Horizon 2020, and to ask for new ideas on future simplification.

There will be 2 variants of the survey, open in October:

  • a version targeting actual participants in ongoing Horizon 2020 projects (by personal invitation)
  • an open version for all types of stakeholders.

A summary of the results will be published at the beginning of 2016.

Horizon 2020 coordinators' day on 08 September 2015 in Brussels - All you need to know about the preparation of your grant agreement.

08 September 2015 - 9.30H to 17.00H - Charlemagne Building, Brussels

What's next after you received the message that your proposal was successful? The event on 08 September 2015 will provide all details on the preparation and signature of your grant agreement. It will take place in the Charlemagne building in Brussels from 9.30 to 17.00. It is mainly meant for coordinators of proposals who were invited to prepare a grant agreement. Other participants may be accepted subject to the availability of seats. Registration (first-come first-served) is via this website. You will also be able to follow the event online through a live stream (no need to register in order to follow the web stream). Be aware that this webpage will only become available at the beginning of the event.

New release: grant management services (25/06/2015)

Bugfix: the ethics requirements are now included in the Annex I - Description of action (part A).

Webinar on the new Beneficiary Register & Partner Search on the Participant Portal (27/05/2015)

Possibilities for improving the user-friendliness of the Beneficiary Register and ideas for a potential Partner Search service are in the works for the Participant Portal, the central web platform for the EC research and innovation funding. You can learn more at the webinar on 27 May at 14-17:00 (Brussels time).

All the grant-related online exchanges of EC research and innovation funding are managed on the Participant Portal. To make the system as user-friendly as possible, the Commission seeks continuous advice from the actual users. A next meeting of an external user group is planned for May 27 2015 afternoon in Brussels. To allow maximum participation and input from a wide audience, this meeting will be webcast with a live stream. Additionally, a web forum will be used where any interested party can post questions and comments, either directly during the meeting or afterwards. The address of the web forum is:

https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/fpfis/forums/research/participants/portal/viewforum.php?f=32

Important remark : to prevent spamming from robots, you will need the following password to access the web forum: forum

The link for the live video stream can be found here:

http://scic.ec.europa.eu/streaming/index.php?es=2&sessionno=50982fb2f2cfa186d335310461dfa2be

It will allow you to watch the meeting in real time. The recording of the meeting will be available shortly after the meeting at the same address.

The agenda is available at the web forum site.

Time: 27 May 2015 at 14:00-17:00 (Brussels time)

Meeting type: Webinar

Launch of the 1st inducement prize under Horizon 2020 02/2015

The European Commission has launched the "Horizon Prize for better use of antibiotics", the 1st inducement prize under Horizon 2020. It offers €1 million to the person or team that develops a rapid test to tell whether a patient needs to be treated with antibiotics or not. With such a test, doctors will be able to quickly know whether patients with upper respiratory tract infections (such as the common cold, bronchitis and otitis) can be treated safely without antibiotics. The aim is to stop overuse of antibiotics and halt the growing resistance of micro-organisms to them that causes every year 25 000 deaths and over €1.5 billion in healthcare expenses and productivity losses in Europe alone.

The contest is published on the Participant Portal.

Find out more on this website and infographic

Status of association of Ukraine to Horizon 2020     02/2015

The signature of the Horizon 2020 Association Agreement with Ukraine is expected for March 2015, but the Agreement will only enter into force once Ukraine has ratified it and notified the Commission.

Ukrainian entities are treated like entities from an Associated Country in all Horizon 2015 calls, including those already published, and in activities of JRC funded from 2015 budget. However, grant agreements with the Ukrainian entities will only be signed when the Association Agreement enters into force.

For further detail please see the document on the Countries Associated to Horizon 2020.

Third Horizon 2020 Coordinators' Day in Brussels - All you need to know about the preparation of your grant agreement (1/2015)

10 February 2015 - 9.30H to 17.00H - Mado Building, Brussels

What's next after you have received the message that your proposal has been successful? This event will provide all details on the preparation and signature of your grant agreement. It is mainly meant for coordinators of proposals who were invited to prepare a grant agreement. Other participants may be accepted subject to the availability of seats. Registration (first-come first-served) is via this website. If you are not able to attend the event, you can watch one of the previous Coordinators' Days here.

New programmes start using the experts database (10/2014)

The 3rd Health Programme and the Consumer Programme, managed by the Consumer, Health and Food Executive Agency (CHAFEA), and the Research Fund for Coal and Steel (RFCS) are now using the European Commission's experts database to select experts for assignments including the evaluation of proposals and monitoring of projects. If you are already registered as an expert and wish to also indicate your interest in these programmes, please update your profile by ticking "RFCS (Research Fund for Coal and Steel)" and/or " Third Health Programme (managed by Chafea)" ('Programme Selection' section). New experts registering can indicate their interest in working for any of the programmes listed in the 'Programme Selection' section.

Model grant agreements amended 10/2014

Amended model grant agreements were adopted by the European Commission on 1 October 2014. All beneficiaries of Horizon 2020 grants will benefit from them. For the ones having signed or in the process of signing the previous version, the Commission will initiate the amendments later. The purpose of the revisions to the model grant agreements is to correct some incoherencies and clerical mistakes and to introduce the following three more substantial changes:

  • Article 20.6 "Currency for financial statements and conversion into euro" in order to allow beneficiaries with accounts in other currencies than euro to convert into euro all costs incurred independently of the currency in which they were incurred (similar to FP7 projects).
  • Article 21.2 "Pre-financing payment - Amount - Amount retained for the Guarantee Fund" in order to give the possibility to the consortium to receive the pre-financing payment at an earlier date, namely 10 days prior to the starting date of the action.
  • Article 38.1.2 "Information on EU funding - Obligation and right to use the EU emblem" in order to ensure more visibility of EU funding

The amended MGAs are posted on the Participant Portal "Reference Documents" page. They include an indication on the more substantial changes and a link to a version showing the full track of all changes.

Second Horizon 2020 coordinators' day on 13 October 2014 in Brussels - All you want to know about the preparation of your grant agreement.

What's next after you received the message that your proposal was successful? The event on 13 October 2014 will provide all details on the preparation and signature of your grant agreement. It will take place in the Charlemagne building in Brussels from 9.30 to 17.00. It is mainly meant for coordinators of proposals who were invited to prepare a grant agreement. Other participants may be accepted subject to the availability of seats. Registration (first-come first-served) is via this website. You will also be able to follow the event online through a live stream. Be aware that this webpage will only become available at the beginning of the event.

SME Instrument: first 155 winners of grants announced 09/2014

The Commission has today published a list of the 155 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that will be first to benefit from its new €3 billion SME Instrument. 155 SMEs from 21 countries will each receive €50,000 to finance feasibility studies for their projects, and they can also benefit from up to three days of business coaching. After that, their projects may be considered for further financial support from the Commission worth up to €2.5 million. For more detail, see the Commission press release.

Switzerland associated to parts of Horizon 2020 09/2014

Subject to signature and conclusion of an Agreement, Switzerland's partial association to Horizon 2020 takes effect on 15 September. The association agreement will cover limited elements of H2020. For more detail, please see Information on Swiss participation in Horizon 2020.

If your ongoing or forthcoming call is concerned, there will be also relevant call updates published on the Participant Portal.

Horizon 2020 coordinators' day on 26 September 2014 in Brussels - All you want to know about the preparation of your grant agreement.

What's next after you received the message that your proposal was successful? The event on 26 September 2014 will provide all details on the preparation and signature of your grant agreement. It will take place in the Charlemagne building in Brussels from 9.30 to 17.00. It is mainly meant for coordinators of proposals who were invited to prepare a grant agreement. Other participants may be accepted subject to the availability of seats. Registration (first-come first-served) is via the following website: https://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/events/cf/h2020-coordinators-day/register.cfm. The agenda is available there. You will also be able to follow the event online through a live stream. Be aware that this webpage will only become available at the beginning of the event.

The new versions of the Horizon 2020 work programmes

The new versions of the Horizon 2020 work programmes have been adopted this 22 July 2014. Among the modifications made are details on a pilot call for Fast track to innovation (EUR 100 million) and five innovation prizes.

With the publication of the revised Horizon 2020 work programmes on 23 July 2014

calls for proposals are presented in a new way in the categories "forthcoming", "open" and "closed". A call is categorised "forthcoming" between the date of publication of the work programme and the call opening date. A call is categorised "open" from the moment of opening the electronic submission service until the call deadline. After the call deadline, a call is categorised "closed".

Consumer Programme - first calls published 07/2014

Consumer Programme published the first calls on the Participant Portal on 18 July.

Call for expressions of interest to become candidate member of the SESAR JU 07/2014

Published on the SESAR JU web site, the call for expression of interests to become candidate member of the Single European Sky Air Traffic Management Research Joint Undertaking (SESAR JU) is addressed to the current members, who wish to confirm their interest in SESAR Research and Innovation Programme 2020, and to any new entity who intends to become a member of the SESAR JU. For the call criteria and further information, please see the call web site (ref: SJU/LC/0110-CEI).

Five JTIs publish their first H2020 calls on the Participant Portal 07/2014

The five JTIs - BBI, Clean Sky 2, ECSEL, FCH2 and IMI2 - are publishing their first Horizon 2020 calls on the Participant Portal on 9 July 2014.

Joint Technology Initiatives (JTIs) are public-private partnerships involving industry, research community and public authorities to pursue common ambitious research objectives.

You find more information about the priorities and topics of their first calls under Horizon 2020 in the following pre-announcements:

The calls are published on the H2020 calls page and you can search these calls for topics of your interest on the Topic search page.

Webinar about the usability of the Participant Portal, LEAR appointments, H2020 grants signature (06/2014)

The Participant Portal, the central web platform for the EC research and innovation funding, is improving its user-friendliness and functions for H2020. You can learn more at the webinar on 24 June at 14-17:00 (Brussels time).

All the grant-related online exchanges of EC research and innovation funding are managed on the Participant Portal. To make the system as user-friendly as possible, the Commission seeks continuous advice from the actual users. A next meeting of an external user group is planned for 24 June 2014 afternoon in Brussels. To allow maximum participation and input from a wide audience, this meeting will be webcast with a live stream. Additionally, a web forum will be used where any interested party can post questions and comments, either directly during the meeting or afterwards. The address of the web forum is:

https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/fpfis/forums/research/participants/portal/viewforum.php?f=28

Important remark : to prevent spamming from robots, you will need the following password to access the web forum: forum

The link for the live video stream can be found here:

https://scic.ec.europa.eu/streaming/index.php?es=2&sessionno=fb4c835feb0a65cc39739320d7a51c02

It will allow you to watch the meeting in real time. The recording of the meeting will be available shortly after the meeting at the same address.

A draft agenda is available at the web forum site.

Time: 24 June 2014 at 14:00-17:00 (Brussels time)

Meeting type: Webinar

New features on Participant Portal (PP) 06/2014

1. You have now a possibility to contact the Legal Entity Appointed Representatives (LEARs) of organisations. The organisation (PIC) search list of results has a green CO ("Contact Organisation") action button providing a contact form for submitting your question to the LEAR.

2. The list of proposals for the LEARs now includes also all Horizon 2020 proposals of the organisation, and a first version of a downloadable list (Excel) with an extended data set on their organisation's proposals. The content of this list is subject to further improvements in future releases.

3rd Health Programme - first calls published 06/2014

3rd Health Programme published the first calls on the Participant Portal.

Iceland and Norway join Horizon 2020 (05/2014)

Iceland and Norway sign up to join Horizon 2020: on 16 May the two countries became the first non-EU countries to associate to Horizon 2020, the seven-year EU research and innovation programme launched in January. The decision takes effect from the beginning of Horizon 2020 allowing these two countries' researchers and companies to participate on the same basis as their counterparts in the EU. The Commission press release.

Information on the Horizon 2020 work programmes (03/2014)

In relation to the call announcement published in the Official Journal C361 of 11 December 2013, please note that all the conditions have been met by 14/2/2014 for the three work programmes. The part 'Secure societies - Protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens' of the 2014-2015 work programme in the framework of the Specific Programme Implementing Horizon 2020 - The Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020) is also adopted(C(2014)1720).

Your attention is drawn to the two following corrigenda of clerical errors:
Corrigendum to the main H2020 work programme
Corrigendum to the Euratom work programme

The latest changes to the Participant Portal (03/2014)

You will be prompted (only once) to agree to Terms and Conditions of the use of the Participant Portal when logging into the secured My Area.

LEARs can export an Excel table with extended information about their organisation's projects (under "My organisations" > "View projects" button).

New release of the Beneficiary Register tool (02/2014)

The new version of the of the Beneficiary Register tool, released on 28 February, includes a questionnaire that allows determining whether an organisation is an SME according to the EU Recommendation 2003/361/EC and thus whether it is eligible to apply for the funding of certain H2020 actions.

Information on Swiss participation in Horizon 2020 (02/2014)

More information can be found here.

First H2020 calls published on 11 December (01/2014)

The first calls for projects of the new Horizon 2020 research and innovation framework programme were published on the Participant Portal on 11 December 2013.

You can find all the calls in the section Funding opportunities: the page H2020 Calls lists all the open calls, while on the page Search Topics you can search for topics of your interest by key words or via free text search.

The Horizon 2020 funding opportunities for 2014-2015 are set out in Work Programmes that are available on the Reference Documents page.

All Calls are sub-divided into Topics: Topic pages describe the scope and expected impact of proposals for the given topic, list the eligibility conditions and evaluation criteria and other conditions, and provide access to the electronic submission system. On the Call pages you find additional documentation, such as the Work Programme, call related FAQ, support services and helpdesks, etc.

Moreover, the Search Topics page provides a quick access to topics relevant to such cross-cutting aspects as Cross-cutting Key-Enabling Technologies (KETs), Contractual Public-Private Partnerships (cPPPs), ERA-NET, Gender, International cooperation, SME Instrument, Socio-economic sciences and humanities.

Most of the 2014 calls are already open for submission, other published calls will open for submission over the course of the year on the dates indicated in the Work Programmes.

Learn more:

New Improved Participant Portal (12/2013)

The layout of the Participant Portal has been redesigned to help you find the information you need as quickly and simply as possible. The main changes are:

  • Improved speed for LEARs - the full lists of your projects will be available faster than before
  • New layout of calls - the section of H2020 calls will be available on 11 December
  • Topics as sub-division of H2020 calls - you submit your proposals to a particular topic as compared to FP7 submission to a call
  • Search topics of open calls with free keywords
  • Proposal submission forms - templates in pdf format will be available on the "topic conditions" section of the H2020 call service
  • New section How to participate giving the main steps for newcomers to prepare their proposal
  • H2020 Online Manual - overview of all steps you need to know for the electronic management of proposals or grants
  • SME participation - dedicated guidance page for SMEs
  • H2020 and FP7 Reference Documents are available in the section How to Participate
  • Experts' interactions with Commission services will be fully electronic: experts selected for assignments will sign their contracts electronically and submit their payment requests online.
  • Beneficiary registration tool is getting ready for H2020. Under the "Research & Innovation" section, self-registrants (or LEARs when updating data) will be able to declare also the "civil society organisation" status. The FP7 Indirect Cost Method will need to be defined only when self-registering for FP7 and becomes by default not applicable for H2020.
  • Access to continue an unfinished registration of an organisation is moved to the section My area -> My Organisations

H2020 call for expression for interest for experts (11/2013)

New calls for expression of interest for individual experts and for organisations to suggest experts were just published in OJ C342 of 22 November 2013. European Commission will soon need experts to evaluate first Horizon 2020 proposals. Don't forget to tick the H2020 box in the registration platform and update your expertise.