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To enhance the European competitiveness, Horizon 2020 introduces specific measures for spreading excellence and widening participation through engaging the member states who commit less in the EU research and innovation effort.
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Despite serious efforts deployed at national and European level, the European Union sees significant internal disparities in terms of research and innovation performance. There is significant evidence pointing to the fact that the pathway to economic growth and competitiveness is strongly connected to the scaling up of investment in research and innovation.
In order to reduce the research and innovation gap, Horizon 2020 introduces specific measures for spreading excellence and widening participation. These measures are targeted at low-performing Member States in terms of research and innovation.
Widening consists of three main actions, i.e. Teaming, Twinning and ERA Chairs, for which specific eligibility conditions apply. This ensures a targeted approach towards Widening Member States and Associated Countries.
The Widening member states are: Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.
Belgium is not identified as a Widening Member State but can partake as partner.
On 21 October 2020, the Widening NCP Network NCP_WIDE.NET organized a webinar on synergies between the cohesion policy and Horizon Europe. Two representatives of the European Commission, Ms. Denisa Perrin and Ms. Karolina Tilman, both from DG REGIO presented and discussed this topic during this webinar. The presentation is available here... read more
On 11 May the consultation "Targeted review of the General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER/State aid): extended scope for national funds to be combined with certain Union programmes" was launched. Objective: to ensure that national and EU funds can be combined seamlessly under the new Multiannual Financial Framework without undermini... read more
FAQ from the Commission: Amendments should in principle not imply changes to the project that would call into question the award decision. However, due to the current situation, if re-orienting your project might contribute to tackling the Coronavirus crisis, this could be granted (via an amendment), upon request by beneficiaries (assessed case-by... read more
The recent escalation of restrictions related to the COVID-19 outbreak may hamper applicants’ ability to prepare and finalise high-quality proposals. For this reason, for Horizon 2020 calls with original deadlines between now and 15 April, extensions will be applied. The precise new deadlines for each call and topic will be published on the call an... read more
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.read more
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