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ERC work programme 2021 published Sticky news item

The ERC work programme 2021 was published yesterday and the announcement of the calls for proposals on the funding and tender portal is expected soon. In the work programme the following calls for proposals are taken up: The Starting grants call which opened on 25 February 2021 and closes on 8 April 2021 The Consolidator grant call which will open on 11 March 2021 and closes on 20 April 2021 The Advanced grant call which will open on 20 May 2021 with deadline on 31 August 2021 The call calendar differs from the calendar that was in place in the last years under Horizon 2020, and it is expected to return to the regular call opening and closing dates by mid-2022. Furthermore the Synergy grants call is not taken up, which will return in the 2022 work programme and the next call might still be launched in the summer of 2021. The Proof of Concept call is taken up neither, due to being revised currently, but will be included in the 2022 work programme and that call will most likely open in the second half of 2021. Other novelties compared to Horizon 2020 are the addition of two new evaluation panels: SH7 - Human Mobility Environment and Space, and PE11 – Materials Engineering. For the Advanced grant call an interview for proposals retained for step 2 is now also included in the evaluation procedure, as was already the case for the Starting and Consolidator grants calls. All proposals that pass the evaluation successfully and conclude the grant agreement, need to submit a research data management plan within the first six months after the start of the project. For applicants applying with host institutions in non-EU countries, in order to be eligible, an association agreement with the EU for Horizon Europe should be in place at the time of the signature of the grant agreements for the call to which they applied. Currently no countries are associated to Horizon Europe yet. More information on association to the European framework programme for research and innovation can be found here. European Commission press release ERC press release

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Info session on Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) under Horizon Europe

This info session on Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) in Horizon Europe is organised by the National Contact Points (NCPs) for MSCA in Belgium (NCP Federal BE, NCP-FNRS, NCP Flanders) to inform future potential applicants and host institutions coming from both the academic and non-academic sector on the different actions and calls for proposals under MSCA. The MSCA has the aim to create an excellent research base in Europe by offering research and training grants to equip researchers with new knowledge, skills, international as well as inter-sectoral experience. It is open to any research domain and researchers with any nationality. Research and training grants can be applied for through five actions, in short: Doctoral Training Networks aimed at PhD students; Postdoctoral Fellowships aimed at postdoctoral researchers; Staff Exchanges for any type of research staff; Co-funded (inter)national and regional training programmes aimed at (post)doctoral researchers; and public outreach events which aim to bring research and researchers closer to the general public. During this information session, an overview of the different actions and calls for proposals will be provided and opportunities for business-academia collaboration will be highlighted. Due to the measures with regard to the ongoing covid-19 pandemic, this info session is completely virtual. Participation to this webinar is free and open to any researcher in any career stage wishing to apply with a Belgian host institution or any staff member of a Belgian host institution (both from the academic and non-academic sector). Registration is mandatory and open until the 12th of March. You have the possibility to write any question you might have at this stage in the registration form. Please take this opportunity, as all the questions raised beforehand will be addressed in the relevant presentations. There will be time for Questions and Answers after each presentation by chat, however, more questions will probably be answered in the timeframe of the webinar if most of the questions have already been raised in advance. The programme and registration form are available on the webpage of the info session


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AVIA-GIS / SMEinstrument

Avia-GIS is a Belgian innovative SME established in 2001. They have built research and public authority trust over the past 19 years and developed a unique, disruptive software suite - VECMAP® - that will support society to overcome one of its important health threats, the spreading of Pests of Public Health importance.

With the help of a Horizon 2020 SME Instrument-phase 2 project, they will be able to add Integrated Pest Management (IPM) functionalities and bring VECMAP®IPM to the market. Within 5 years Avia-GIS will enable 2000 SME pest controllers and 2340 local authorities to shift to IPM strategies. With the grant they will raise revenue from 2 M€ to 14.2 M€ in 2024, and increase the headcount from 15 to 58.

The Horizon 2020 grant was an essential component of their second investment round. To date Avia-GIS already raised 1 M€ in additional private equity and they are now are seeking to complement this with an equal amount as a subordinate loan.

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