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Update of Horizon Europe Model Grant Agreements (general and unit costs)

The following Horizon Europe Model Grant Agreements have been updated on 1st of April. The Horizon Europe General Model Grant Agreement  - with following changes compared to the previous version: Changes in Data Sheet + Article 6 + Annex 2, 4 for new personnel unit cost Changes in Preamble + Data Sheet + Article 1 + Article 3 + Annex 5 + Annex 6 to disactivate special options for EIC Accelerator Blended Finance (EIC Accelerator will in the future no longer be managed as single actions but as standard linked actions) Changes in Annex 5 to update European Charter for Researchers Minor drafting changes in ERC Annex 5 for portability/transfers/lump sum grants Changes in EIT Annex 5 to introduce provisions for KICs (Knowledge and Innovation Communities of EIT) under Memorandum of Cooperation; minor clarifications for low value grants and joint calls Minor drafting changes in Joint Undertakings (JU) Annex 5; obligation to adhere to JU agreement for Clean Aviation and SNS JU grants; change of KDT to Chips JU logo; correction of EuroHPC logo The Horizon Europe Model Grant Agreement Unit Costs (mainly for MSCA actions)- with following changes compared to the previous version Changes in Article 6 (for DN-JD, the doctoral programme where the researcher is enrolled no longer needs to lead to a doctoral degree in at least two EU member States or Associated Countries) Changes in Annex 5:▪ Minor drafting changes▪ New provision on results free from restrictions▪ Third parties giving in-kind contributions added to clause on restricted calls▪ Update of European Charter for Researchers The history of changes can be found on the second page of the agreements.


Evaluation results - ERC Advanced Grant 2023 call

The results of the 2023 European Research Council (ERC) Advancd Grant call (call deadline 23 May 2023) were published. Advanced Grants are open to active researchers who have a track-record of significant research achievements in the last 10 years. The Principal Investigators (PIs) should be exceptional leaders in terms of originality and significance of their research contributions. Proposals are evaluated in 27 evaluation panels in three research domains (Physical Sciences and Engineering, Social Sciences and Humanities and Life Sciences) composed of top scientists and scholars coming from all over the world and in addition by remote referees with necessary specialised expertise (two to five per proposal). Of the 1829 submitted proposals 255 researchers with 32 different nationalities received an ERC Advanced Grant: 75 In Life Sciences, 107 in Physical Sciences and Engineering and 73 in Social Sciences and Humanities. In the ERCEA news articles more background on the evaluation results, call statistics and several project examples are highlighted. However the statistics and list of successful candidates for this call are provisional since the UK will only be formally associated to Horizon Europe as of 1 January 2024 and the association would apply only for award procedures implementing 2024 budget and onwards. For this and other calls from the 2023 Work Programme, the transitional arrangement applies and the recommended for funding UK-based applicants may receive EU funding if they choose to transfer their proposal to an eligible Host Institution. Among the 255 selected researchers are eight based at Flemish host institutions. The projects of these eight Principal Investigators (PIs) are presented in the news articles of Universiteit Gent, KU Leuven and VIB. Tijl De Bie, Universiteit Gent, “VIGILIA VIrtual GuardIan AngeLs for the post-truth Information Age”, panel Physical Sciences and Engineering 6 Luc De Raedt, KU Leuven, “DeepLog - Deep Probabilistic Logics”, panel Physical Sciences and Engineering 6 Stefaan Poedts, KU Leuven, “Open SESAME - Open Superior Efficient Solar Atmosphere Model Extension”, panel Physical Sciences and Engineering 9 Jan Steyaert, Vlaams Instituut voor Biotechnologie, “Allosteris - Allosteric modulation of immune checkpoint complexes as a new mode of therapeutic intervention in immunotherapy”, panel Life Sciences 6 Greet Van den Berghe, KU Leuven, “AdrenalWeakness - Concomitant Reversal of Adrenal Insufficiency and Muscle Weakness to Enhance Recovery from Prolonged Critical Illness”, panel Life Sciences 7 Kevin Van Geem, Universiteit Gent, “e-CRACKER - Revolutionizing Olefin Production with the electric High Mach Steam Cracking Reactor”, panel Physical Sciences and Engineering 8 Peter Van Nuffelen, Universiteit Gent, “New Polities - New Polities. Political thought in the first millennium”, panel Social Sciences and Humanities 6 Stijn Vansteelandt, Universiteit Gent, “ACME - Assumption-Lean (Causal) Modelling and Estimation: A Paradigm Shift from Traditional Statistical Modelling”, panel Physical Sciences and Engineering 1

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AI, Data & Robotics partnership information day and brokerage event

  ADRA, the AI, Data and Robotics Association, alongside the European Commission and Ideal-ist the network of National Contact Points for ICT research, cordially invite you to participate to an information day and brokerage event featuring pre-arranged Face2Face meetings. This event aims to inform potential applicants about the upcoming funding opportunities of the amended 2024 Horizon Europe Cluster 4 'Digital, Industry and Space' Work Programme (coming soon), the recently opened Digital Europe programme and the EIC accelerator. These events give the participants the opportunity to network with others in order to identify possible collaborations and business cases, to facilitate the setup of Horizon Europe and DEP project consortia and for companies to learn about the accelerator. Open to all but will be of special interest to representatives from companies, universities, and research institutes worldwide passionate about Digital innovation and seeking collaborative opportunities. Why should you join? Stay updated with the latest from the European Commission. Forge strong partnerships for Digital initiatives under Horizon Europe and Digital Europe. Seamlessly form project consortia for upcoming calls. Engage in insightful discussions on Digital at an international level. Expand your network and foster collaborations globally. Showcase your research, technologies, and expertise. More info and Registeration via:  


MSCA Presidency Conference "Researchers' careers: multiple pathways"

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Presidency Conference 2024 will explore the multiple pathways of researchers' careers. It is organised under the Belgian presidency of the Council of the European Union in cooperation with the European Commission. This two-day event will take place on 18 and 19 April 2024 in Mons/Bergen, at the Wallonia Conference Center. What can you expect? The conference features keynotes, policy discussions and parallel sessions aimed at facilitating discussions among researchers, employers in different sectors, policy makers, stakeholders and anyone interested in the topic of researchers’ careers (conference agenda). Inspire us with your achievements, needs, insights and experience! Networking: Get in contact with researchers, universities, research institutions and research infrastructures, businesses, industry, SMEs, public administration, civil society organisations and other socio-economic actors from across Europe. MSCA Awards and poster session: 15 nominated MSCA researchers or alumni will pitch their research topic, innovative project, social initiative, product, service or idea in front of a jury. The call for MSCA Awards will open in February. More information on how to participate will follow. Information on the previous editions MSCA Awards at MSCA 2023 Conference and MSCA Falling Walls Lab at MSCA 2022 Conference. 20 posters (or another medium) will be displayed during the whole conference. On the first day of the conference, participants will be given the opportunity to present their posters during the breaks. The call for applications for the poster session is open until 15 March 2024. More information is available here. On the second day the winners of both competitions will be announced.  Social and cultural activities: Included in the conference is a networking dinner and guided visit to the Mundaneum (Thursday), an optional guided tour to the Auguste Rodin exhibition (Friday afternoon) and a museum pass which gives free access to cultural hot spots in Mons until Sunday (21 April). This event, co-created by the Walloon Region, the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, the Flemish Government (EWI) and BELSPO in partnership with the European Commission, is a unique opportunity to contribute to the European Research Area (ERA) together. For all information on the event and to stay up to date, please visit the event website. Registration for the conference is open. There is an early bird discount on hotel bookings (details under 'practical').    #MSCA2024BE Conference poster


image of ERC grants for UGent professor Lieven Eeckhout

ERC grants for UGent professor Lieven Eeckhout

Professor Lieven Eeckhout’s main research interests include computer architecture and the hardware/software interface with a specific emphasis on performance evaluation and modeling, and dynamic resource management.

Professor Eeckhout is the recipient of a European Research Council (ERC) Starting grant, Advanced grant and three Proof of Concept grants. Two of his former PhD students founded in 2013 CoScale, a spin-off in data center monitoring, which was acquired by New Relic.