Position Paper on Social Sciences and Humanities in „Horizon Europe“

The working group Research On Societies in Europe (ROSE) calls for an approporiate consideration of the Social Sciences and Humanities in the next European Framework Programme Horizon Europe.

ROSE is a working group of German EU-Liaison officers aiming at strengthening the role of research on societies in the European Research Area. In its position paper, ROSE calls for a significant increase of the budget of the „Horizon Europe“ cluster on Inclusive and Secure Societies.

While the European Commission proposed 2.8 billion Euro for the entire cluster, ROSE suggests a budget of 3 billion euros only for the three areas of intervention on Democracy, Cultural Heritage and Social and Economic Transformations.

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Pre-Publication of the 2019 Health Work Programme Update

The official publication of the work programme is scheduled for mid-July

The European Commission has recently published a „pre-publication version“ of the 2019 work programme update for the societal challenge „Health, demographic change and wellbeing“.

The update encompasses a revised version of the topic SC1-BHC-01-2019 (understanding causative mechanisms in co- and multimorbidities) together with the inclusion of five new topics in the work programme:


National Information Event on the ERC Synergy Grant

21-08-2018, 14:15–16:30 in Bern
ERC Synergy Grants enable 2-4 top researchers with complimentary skills and knowledge to jointly address a research problem of their choice in unconventional ways. After a pilot in 2012 and 2013, the ERC decided to re-introduce the Synergy Grant to its portfolio in 2017. The second call since its re-introduction (ERC-2019-SyG) is expected to open in July 2018 with a deadline in early November 2018.


Why the Horizon 2020 Programme SEWP could be relevant for you?

Do you already have a collaboration with a Widening country and seek funding for further networking? Are you planing to start a cooperation with a Widening country? Watch this short webinar to be informed on SEWP funding opportunities and on the upcoming Twinning call.

The Horizon 2020 Programme „Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation (SEWP)“ specifically targets European countries with low participation rates, also referred to as the Widening countries*. SEWP offers a set of core measures that fund cooperation between the Widening countries and other EU Member States and Associated countries (eg Switzerland).

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Five Questions, One Project: ZHAW Helps Young Swiss Companies Find Investors in Asia

In the context of the bilateral science and technology cooperation of the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) with Asia, for which ETH Zurich acts as Leading House, Max Weber from the ZHAW Center for Asia Business has been asked to promote young Swiss entrepreneurs in Southeast Asia. He is developing a custom training programme to help Swiss entrepreneurs convince local investors to support their projects. In the following interview, Max Weber talks about his programme and its special characteristics. Weiterlesen

Die ZHAW erhält Forschungs-Verstärkung durch zwei ausländische Post-Docs

Das Staatssekretariat für Bildung, Forschung und Innovation SBFI vergibt jedes Jahr „Bundes-Exzellenz-Stipendien“, um herausragenden ausländischen Forschenden einen Forschungsaufenthalt in der Schweiz zu ermöglichen. „Diese Stipendien sind das perfekte Instrument, um die Kollaboration mit anderen Ländern zu stärken“, ist Maria Anisimova vom Institut für Angewandte Simulation IAS überzeugt. Sie sitzt neu als Vertretung der Fachhochschulen in der Eidgenössischen Stipendienkommission für ausländische Studierende (ESKAS), welche die Stipendienvergabe bestimmt. Auch die ZHAW selbst empfängt demnächst wieder zwei Post-Docs für einen Forschungsaufenthalt. Weiterlesen

5 Fragen, 1 Projekt: „Wir mussten zuerst herausfinden, wie der Projektförderer tickt.“

Seit Anfang 2018 ist die ZHAW Mitglied bei Climate-KIC, einem vom Europäischen Institut für Innovation und Technologie (EIT) geförderten Netzwerk für Innovationen gegen den Klimawandel. Die Projektförderung im Netzwerk ist den Mitgliedern vorbehalten, rund 270 qualitativ hochstehenden Organisation aus Wissenschaft und Wirtschaft. Marcel Janser und Markus Hubbuch vom Institut für Facility Management erhielten nun für ihr Projekt „Recommendations on the Procurement and Provision of Sustainable / Climate-Friendly Real Estate Services (SUC-RES)“ eine Finanzierung von Climate-KIC. Projektleiter Marcel Janser erläutert im Interview die erfolgreiche Projektakquise. Weiterlesen

European Commission Webinar on Upcoming Health Horizon 2020 Funding Opportunities

Save the date! On 12 July 2018, the European Commission is organising a webinar to present the 2019 funding opportunities of the health, demographic change and wellbeing societal challenge.

This half-day event (9:00-12:00) will only be webstreamed. The link will be published on this page a week before the event. The programme will be online in the coming days.

Questions – which can also be sent during the webinar – should concern the WP 2019 topics of Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 1 (Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing). They may be related to the text of specific topics or to other questions of practical relevance for applicants to these SC1 2019 call topics. Please send your questions preferably in advance at this address. Weiterlesen

Register to the Recently Launched European Artificial Intelligence (AI) Alliance

European Commission launches the European AI Alliance steered by the High Level Group on AI.

You can now officially join the European AI Alliance – a forum engaged in a broad and open discussion of all aspects of Artificial Intelligence development and its impacts.

Why join the AI Alliance? Weiterlesen

Health Horizon Applicant Training

Do you wish support in planning and writing your EU health Horizon proposal?

23-08-2018, 09:45–16:00 in Bern

The event addresses applicants of Health Horizon 2020 proposals. At the time of the event, participants should already be familiar with the proposal template and the topic text in the Health work programme to which they are planning to submit a proposal.You will receive targeted information and advice to support you in the roles of task or work package leader, coordinator or partner in a project and learn what you need to consider when planning the proposal. You will learn how to write the proposal in order to answer to all three evaluation criteria. You will have the opportunity to book a time slot and discuss your project proposal bilaterally in the afternoon.

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