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TOPIC : Demonstration of novel concepts for the management of pandemic crises

Topic identifier: SU-DRS05-2019
Publication date: 27 October 2017
Focus area: Boosting the effectiveness of the Security Union (SU)

Types of action: IA Innovation action
DeadlineModel:
Planned opening date:
single-stage
14 March 2019
Deadline: 22 August 2019 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
  Horizon 2020 H2020 website
Pillar: Societal Challenges
Work Programme Year: H2020-2018-2020
Topic Description
Specific Challenge:

Large-scale pandemics constitute an ever growing threat in today's globalized society, given the increasing flows of goods and people among continents. This challenge ought to be addressed internationally, and with the involvement of a large variety of practitioners and stakeholders, from planners in national health systems, to first responders. The Horizon 2020 work programme separately includes an EIC Horizon Prize for 'Early Warning for Epidemics' that is relevant for preparedness and response specifically to vector-borne disease outbreaks.

Scope:

In 2014 an exploratory phase was called for (in DRS4 of the 2014 Call in Societal Challenge 7) to address the feasibility of strengthening capacity-building for health and security protection in case of large-scale pandemics (phase 1). The resulting project has issued a range of recommendations for research gaps to be addressed in priority. It has also proposed innovative concepts to integrate better the existing tools and systems for health and security protection in case of large-scale pandemics, taking into account potential impacts of climate change.

All these recommendations and proposals will be made public on the portal of the Call in due time.

Demonstrations are now required to assess these novel concepts, in support of cross-border emergency approaches (phase 2), to strengthen preparedness and response to pandemics (including the detection of disease outbreaks that could lead to pandemics), in line with Decision 1082/2013/EU on serious cross-border threats to health[1] and the International Health Regulations (WHO, 2005)[2].

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of about EUR 10 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Expected Impact:

Short term:

  • Novel concepts for health and security protection in the case of large-scale pandemics, validated by international organisations and a large number of EU Member States including a commitment to sharing these novel concepts.
  • A prototype IT system integrating innovative tools, and supporting existing emergency frameworks.
  • An operational strategy for implementation of the concepts and IT system supporting cross-border preparedness and crisis management, and demonstrated in situ.

[1]http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX:32013D1082

[2]http://www.who.int/topics/international_health_regulations/en/

Topic conditions and documents

1. Eligible countries: described in Annex A of the Work Programme.
A number of non-EU/non-Associated Countries that are not automatically eligible for funding have made specific provisions for making funding available for their participants in Horizon 2020 projects. See the information in the Online Manual.

 

2. Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in Annex B and Annex C of the Work Programme.

This topic requires the active involvement of organizations in charge of national planning in relations with pandemics preparedness, from at least 5 different EU or Associated countries.

This topic requires the active involvement of at least 3 first responder organizations, from at least 3 different EU or Associated countries.

The duration of the proposed activity must not exceed 24 months.

Proposal page limits and layout: please refer to Part B of the proposal template in the submission system below.

 

3. Evaluation:

  • Evaluation criteria, scoring and thresholds are described in Annex H of the Work Programme.
  • Submission and evaluation processes are described in the Online Manual.

 

4. Indicative time for evaluation and grant agreements:

Information on the outcome of evaluation (single-stage call): maximum 5 months from the deadline for submission.
Signature of grant agreements: maximum 8 months from the deadline for submission.

 

5. Proposal templates, evaluation forms and model grant agreements (MGA):

Research and Innovation Action:

Specific provisions and funding rates
Standard proposal template
Standard evaluation form
General MGA - Multi-Beneficiary
Annotated Grant Agreement

Innovation Action:

Specific provisions and funding rates
Standard proposal template
Standard evaluation form
General MGA - Multi-Beneficiary
Annotated Grant Agreement

Coordination and Support Action:

Specific provisions and funding rates
Standard proposal template
Standard evaluation form
General MGA - Multi-Beneficiary
Annotated Grant Agreement

Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) Cofund:

Specific provisions and funding rate
Specific requirements for innovation procurement (PCP, PPI)
Standard proposal template
Standard evaluation form
MGA PCP/PPI - Multi-Beneficiary
Annotated Grant Agreement

 

6. Additional provisions:

Horizon 2020 budget flexibility
Classified information
Technology readiness levels (TRL) – where a topic description refers to TRL, these definitions apply.

Members of consortium are required to conclude a consortium agreement, in principle prior to the signature of the grant agreement.

For grants awarded under this Security call for Coordination and Support Actions, Pre-Commercial Procurement Actions, Innovation Actions and/or Research and Innovation Actions, the Commission or Agency may object to a transfer of ownership or the exclusive licensing of results to a third party established in a third country not associated to Horizon 2020. The respective option of Article 30.3 of the Model Grant Agreement will be applied.

8. Additional documents:

1. Introduction WP 2018-20

14. Secure societies – protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens WP 2018-20

18. Dissemination, Exploitation and Evaluation WP 2018-20

General annexes to the Work Programme 2018-2020

Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Regulation of Establishment
Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Rules for Participation
Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Specific Programme

 

 

7. Open access must be granted to all scientific publications resulting from Horizon 2020 actions.

Where relevant, proposals should also provide information on how the participants will manage the research data generated and/or collected during the project, such as details on what types of data the project will generate, whether and how this data will be exploited or made accessible for verification and re-use, and how it will be curated and preserved.

Open access to research data
The Open Research Data Pilot has been extended to cover all Horizon 2020 topics for which the submission is opened on 26 July 2016 or later. Projects funded under this topic will therefore by default provide open access to the research data they generate, except if they decide to opt-out under the conditions described in Annex L of the Work Programme. Projects can opt-out at any stage, that is both before and after the grant signature.

Note that the evaluation phase proposals will not be evaluated more favourably because they plan to open or share their data, and will not be penalised for opting out.

Open research data sharing applies to the data needed to validate the results presented in scientific publications. Additionally, projects can choose to make other data available open access and need to describe their approach in a Data Management Plan.

Projects need to create a Data Management Plan (DMP), except if they opt-out of making their research data open access. A first version of the DMP must be provided as an early deliverable within six months of the project and should be updated during the project as appropriate. The Commission already provides guidance documents, including a template for DMPs. See the Online Manual.

Eligibility of costs: costs related to data management and data sharing are eligible for reimbursement during the project duration.

The legal requirements for projects participating in this pilot are in the article 29.3 of the Model Grant Agreement.

 


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