Seal of Excellence
This quality label is awarded to project proposals submitted for funding under Horizon 2020, which succeeded in passing all of the stringent selection and award criteria but could not be funded under the available Call budget. The 'Seal' identifies project proposals which merit funding from alternative sources (public or private, national, regional, European or international).
Widening actions under the Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation part of Horizon 2020 address the causes of low participation by fully exploiting the potential of Europe's talent pool. It ensures that the benefits of an innovation-led economy are both maximised and widely distributed across the European Union.
Participate in our survey on how to improve Horizon 2020
Always wanted to have a say on the European Commission's research and innovation activities? Now is your chance! Participate in our questionnaire so we can improve the implementation of H2020 and future EU research and innovation funding. The survey is particularly interesting for researchers, entrepreneurs and innovators who participated in Horizon 2020. Closing date for responses is 15 January 2017.
The Seal of Excellence now also for Teaming Phase 2 and Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
On 23 November Carlos Moedas, the Commissioner for Research & Innovation, announced the expansion of the Seal of Excellence to Teaming Phase 2 in Horizon 2020. More good news was announced during the 20th anniversary celebrations of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) by Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport. MSCA proposals which passed the quality threshold and missed out on funding, will now also receive the Seal of Excellence certificate! This quality label will assist these proposals in the path to finding alternative funding.
New actions to help close the gap in research excellence across Europe
Ten new centres of excellence were selected for funding from Horizon 2020 for a total of €140 million. This will help nurture scientific excellence in nine countries, which are currently less performing in research and innovation. Each project will receive up to €15 million from the so-called Teaming instrument run under Horizon 2020, which is designed to facilitate institution building in eligible countries in close cooperation with Europe's leading scientific and innovation powerhouses.
Tune in to the 'Spreading Excellence and Crossing the Innovation Divide' Conference on 23 November
The SECID Conference is taking place on 23 November 2016 in Brussels. It will provide a platform to have in-depth discussions on the role of excellence in European research and innovation as well as opportunities presented through Horizon 2020 and European Structural and Investment Funds for crossing the innovation gap between countries, regions, research institutions, universities, and enterprises. All plenary sessions and the first parallel session will be broadcasted online.
Opportunities for Seal of Excellence Phase 2 proposals in Regione Piemonte with ERDF Regional Programme (Structural Funds)
Regione Piemonte published a call for proposals which includes among others funding for Seal of Excellence SME Instrument Phase 2 proposals. The call is launched in the framework of the Regional Operational Programme co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and supports experimental development and industrial research projects submitted by companies associated to the Piedmont Innovation Clusters.
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Perspectives for Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation in the wider context of the Europe 2020 Growth Strategy
The existence of a national or regional Research and Innovation Strategy for Smart Specialisation (RIS3) is the 'ex-ante conditionality' for the use of European Structural and Investment Funds to support R&I. This report by a group of independent experts examines the contribution of RIS3 to the Europe 2020 Growth Strategy in the wider context of research and innovation policies.