Apeluri

New: Competiţii UEFISCDI (mobilităţi cercetători, premiere articole şi brevete)
1. Proiecte de mobilitate pentru cercetători cu experienţă din diaspora
Scop: Capitalizarea expertizei şi experienţei acumulate de cercetători români de prestigiu din diaspora, în manifestări ştiinţifice care facilitează transferul de competenţe, în vederea crearii unui spaţiu al dialogului şi al colaborării între cercetătorii români, indiferent de locul unde trăiesc şi lucrează.
Termen limită: 30 septembrie 2019.
 
 
2. Proiecte de mobilitate pentru tineri cercetători din diaspora
Scop: Crearea mediului propice schimburilor de experienţă şi expertiză ce au la bază transferul de aptitudini, competenţe dobândite de tinerii cercetători români aflaţi în diaspora şi cei din ţară, în vederea consolidării cooperării între aceştia.
Termen limită: 30 septembrie 2019.
 
 
3. Proiecte de mobilitate pentru cercetători
Scop: Dezvoltarea resursei umane din sistemul național de cercetare-dezvoltare și creșterea vizibilității cercetării românești prin publicarea şi prezentarea la conferințe internaționale de prestigiu a celor mai semnificative rezultate, prin efectuarea de stagii de pregătire și prin asigurarea accesului la infrastructuri/ biblioteci/arhive/baze de date internaționale.
Termen limită: 30 septembrie 2019.
 
 
4. Premierea rezultatelor cercetării - Brevete
Scop: Creşterea impactului şi vizibilităţii internaţionale a cercetării – dezvoltării - inovării româneşti prin recunoaşterea şi recompensarea rezultatelor semnificative protejate prin brevete de invenție.  
Termen limită: 15 noiembrie 2019.
 
 
5. Premierea rezultatelor cercetării – Articol
Scop: Creşterea calităţii, a impactului şi a vizibilităţi internaţionale a cercetării româneşti prin recunoaşterea şi recompensarea rezultatelor semnificative publicate în reviste de prestigiu din fluxul ştiinţific principal internaţional.
Termen limită30 noiembrie 2019.
New: Competița „Pentru Femeile din Știință”

L'Oréal Group și UNESCO invită tinerele cercetătoare din România să se înscrie în competița „Pentru Femeile din Știință”, ajunsă anul acesta la cea de-a 10-a ediție. Tinerele cercetătoare își pot depune candidaturile și pot câștiga burse de câte 42.000 de lei fiecare, pentru finanțarea unor activități de cercetare desfășurate pe teritoriul României.

 

Cercetătoarele din România cu vârste de maximum 35 de ani, care fie sunt doctorande, fie au obținut titlul științific de doctor și urmează un program de pregătire postuniversitară în România, se pot înscrie în programul de burse private prin depunerea dosarelor de candidatură pe platforma: www.forwomeninscience.com/en/fellowships.

 

Termen: 23 iunie 2019.

 

https://www.forwomeninscience.com/en/fellowships?fbclid=IwAR0LsnJtxwiz5lju2nQ_IfLqIDbaVlTZFl61CI8oqgkelyTaZIBsagwZ3U8

New: Application of web accessibility requirements in web-authoring tools and platforms by default (web access by default)
The objective of this preparatory action is to support the adoption of the accessibility requirements set forth in the HEN when producing content for websites and mobile applications. To that end, grants will be awarded to proposals developing authoring tools or platforms that help authors comply by default with the requirements of the HEN. Priority will be given to open-source or free-to-use solutions and to proposers involving users with disabilities, in particular in the validation process; accessibility of the tools or platforms for authors with disabilities will be considered an asset.
 
The expected results of this preparatory action are the following:
(accessible) authoring tools or platforms that help authors produce and maintain accessible content for websites and mobile applications by default, preferably validated by users with disabilities;
easier production of web and mobile content that complies with the accessibility requirements set out in the HEN, thus facilitating compliance with the Web Accessibility Directive;
wider take-up of web accessibility resulting from greater awareness of its benefits;
enhanced competition in the market for authoring tools and platforms with accessibility features.
 
The Web Accessibility Directive establishes common accessibility requirements to make the websites and mobile applications of public sector bodies across the EU more accessible, in particular for persons with disabilities. The reference to the harmonised European Standard EN 301 549 v2.1.2 (‘HEN’) in support of the Directive was published in December 2018, providing presumption of conformity with the accessibility requirements set forth in the Directive.
New: Bridging culture and audiovisual content through digital
This action will implement project(s) at the cross roads between different cultural and creative sectors (including audiovisual), for instance through the use of innovative technologies, including virtual reality. It will also foster innovative cross-sectoral approaches and tools to facilitate access, distribution, promotion and monetisation of culture and creativity, including cultural heritage.
 
Support will be given to projects:
a) featuring new forms of creation at the cross roads between different cultural and creative sectors, including the audiovisual sector, and through the use of innovative technologies, including virtual reality,
     or
b) fostering innovative cross sectoral approaches and tools to facilitate access, distribution, promotion and/or monetisation of culture and creativity, including cultural heritage.
 
The focus should be on the following aspects:
- problem solving approach and addressing challenges for the cultural and creative sectors;
- audiences and the user experience are of paramount importance in scoping the problem;
- technology is an enabler in addressing key problems, rather than an objective on its own;
- support innovation as regards the creation, distribution and promotion of creative content, addressing cross-sectoral collaboration as well as the use of enabling technologies is also an objective.
 
Deadline: 20 June 2019. 
 
New: MSCA Individual Fellowships
The goal of the Individual Fellowships is to enhance the creative and innovative potential of experienced researchers, wishing to diversify their individual competence in terms of skill acquisition through advanced training, international and intersectoral mobility.
This call is open to researchers who have a doctoral degree or at least four years’ full-time research experience by the time of the call deadline.
MSCA IF Fellowships offer favorable employment conditions, including the possibility to work part-time and, for example, work on creating your own start-up or follow advanced studies in parallel.
 
Deadline: 11 September 2019.  
 
New: SESAR 2020 Exploratory Research
The 4th call for proposals covers a wide range of topics aimed at fostering new and innovative ideas to transform air traffic management in Europe. The research topics covered by the call are steered by the needs identified in the Aviation Strategy for Europe, the European ATM Master Plan, Flightpath 2050 - Europe's Vision for Aviation and the ACARE’s Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA). This fourth call of proposals is driven additionally by the results from current and previous SESAR research, relevant Horizon 2020 projects and other research activities.
 
Deadline date: 29 August 2019.
 
 
New: Civil Society Projects 2019
Part of the Europe for Citizens Programme, the Civil Society Projects strand aims at supporting projects promoted by transnational partnerships and networks directly involving citizens. These projects gather citizens from different horizons, in activities directly linked to Union policies, with a view to give them an opportunity to actively participate in the Union policymaking process in areas related to the objectives of the Programme.
 
Civil Society Project must include at least two of the following types of activities:
Promotion of societal engagement and solidarity: activities promoting debate/campaigns/actions on themes of common interest in the framework of the rights and responsibilities of the Union citizens and making the link to the European political agenda and policy making process.
Gathering of opinions: activities aiming at gathering the individual opinions of the citizens favouring a bottom up approach (including the use of social networks, webinars, etc.) and media literacy.
Volunteering: activities promoting solidarity among Union citizens and beyond.
 
Eligible applicants are non-profit organisations, including civil society organisations, educational, cultural or research institutions, other organisations involved in the project can also be public local/regional authorities. A project must involve organisations from at least three participating countries of which at least two are an EU Member State.
 
New: Posting of workers: enhancing administrative cooperation and access to information - European Union Programme for Employment and Social Innovation "EaSI"

The European Programme for Employment and Social Innovation 2014-20202 is a European-level financing instrument managed directly by the European Commission to contribute to the implementation of the Europe 2020 strategy, by providing financial support for the Union's objectives in terms of promoting a high level of quality and sustainable employment, guaranteeing adequate and decent social protection, combating social exclusion and poverty and improving working conditions.

The specific objectives of this call for proposals are the following:
a) to promote transnational cooperation among competent public authorities and stakeholders, including the promotion of the use Internal Market Information (IMI) and sharing of information and best practices in this respect.
b) to increase the accessibility, transparency and quality of the information concerning the terms and conditions of employment and/or of the administrative requirements to be respected, and/or of the existing practices in the Member States to monitor and enforce the provisions of the Posting of Workers directives;
c) to promote the evidence basis through the collection and evaluation of original data, analysis and information specific to the posting process, including through the collaboration between universities across various disciplines, research entres and institutes, and stakeholders.

To be eligible, lead applicants, co-applicants and affiliated entities must fall in one of
the following categories:
• Public authorities;
• International organisations;
• Non-profit organisations (private or public);
• Research centres/institutes;
• Higher education establishments;
• Civil society organisations,
• Social partner organisation at European, national or regional level.

Deadline: 13 June 2019.

https://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?catId=629&langId=en&callId=554&furtherCalls=yes

New: Emerging Paradigms and Communities; EIC Transition to Innovation Activities
a. FET Proactive: Emerging Paradigms and Communities
Specific Challenge: To explore and consolidate a new technological direction in order to put it firmly on the map as a viable paradigm for future technologyTo foster the interdisciplinary communities that are able to drive this forward, extending from the participating consortia to a wider European pool of expertise.To stimulate the emergence of a European innovation eco-system around a new technological paradigm, well beyond the world of research alone.
Scope: Proposals are sought for cutting-edge high-risk / high-reward research and innovation projects that aim to demonstrate a new technological paradigm within the scope of one of the following sub-topics: 
a. Human-Centric AI;
b. Implantable autonomous devices and materials;
c. Breakthrough zero-emissions energy generation for full decarbonization.
 
b. EIC Transition to Innovation Activities
Specific Challenge: Tto turn promising results from FET-funded projects into genuine technological or societal breakthrough and disruptive innovations. Since the typical researchers' mindset is to identify further opportunities for research, promising research results that could be the basis for breakthrough and disruptive innovation risk to remain unexploited. The challenge is to create a fertile ground for those results to mature, to a level where exploitation and investment opportunities can start to be discussed, and ultimately towards future market uptake. While recognising that this may still take further research and development, it is crucial to complement research excellence with a focus on entrepreneurial ambition and commitment at an early stage.
Scope: The EIC Transition Activities pilot aims at bringing promising technologies as they are at the end of a typical FET-Open or FET Proactive project to a level of development, validation and demonstration where they become a credible basis for entrepreneurship, business creation, investment and, ultimately, economic and/or societal returns. The project shall be driven by a partner with the vision, ambition and commitment to bring the technology to actual use (possibly through the creation of a start-up or spin-off).

 

Deadline: 03 September 2019.
 

 

New: Improving expertise in the field of industrial relations (Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion Programme)
General objective: The overarching objective of this call is to improve expertise and knowledge on industrial relations through analysis and research, at EU level as well as in comparative terms (identifying convergences and differences in the industrial relations systems in place in the EU Member States and in Candidate Countries), thereby contributing to developing and reinforcing quality and effectiveness of industrial relations structures and processes in the Member States and in Europe as a whole.
 
The following categories of actions are targeted:
 Activities to further deepen the analysis on topics/key findings that were examined in the European Commission's Industrial Relations in Europe series and/or the chapters on social dialogue in Employment and Social Developments in Europe (ESDE) Report;
 Research activities on industrial relations and social dialogue, such as studies, surveys and other forms of data collection, monitoring exercises, action research;
 Measures to enhance the collection and use of (comparative) information on industrial relations systems in EU Member States and Candidate Countries and on developments at European level;
 Initiatives to promote awareness of effective industrial relations practices, at both national and European level, including by bringing together relevant actors such as academia, social partners and policy makers;
 Measures to identify and exchange information in the area of industrial relations, including through the activities of networks between industrial relations parties and/or experts;
 Actions to disseminate such findings in publications, round tables, seminars, conferences, training measures and training tools.
 
Applicants must fall within one of the following categories: non-profit-making organisations such as universities and research institutes; social partners; public authorities; international organisations.
 
Deadline: 11 June 2019.
 
New: Bio-based Industries Innovation action - Demonstration (Work programme: H2020-JTI-BBI-2019)
Among the topics of the call:
- Valorise the organic fraction of municipal solid waste through an integrated biorefinery at commercial level;
- Develop breakthrough technologies to improve the cost-effectiveness and sustainability of pre-treatment steps within biorefining operations;
- Apply microorganisms and/or enzymes to resolve end-of-life issues of plastics;
- Convert plant oils and fats into safe high-added-value products for various applications including food and personal care;
- Produce bio-based functional ingredients and additives for high-end markets
Produce high-performance bio-based alternatives to harmful products or processes to protect and enhance human health and the environment.
 
Deadline: 04 September 2019.
 
More information about the call: bit.ly/2Kjn911
New: M-ERA NET Joint Call

M-ERA NET is an EU funded network which has been established in 2012 to support and increase the coordination of European research and innovation programmes and related funding in materials science and engineering.

The aim is to fund ambitious transnational RTD projects addressing materials research and innovation including materials for low carbon energy technologies and related production technologies. M-ERA NET aims to strengthen the contribution of materials R&D to energy-related applications where applicable.

The call includes the following thematic areas:
- Modeling for materials engineering and processing;
- Innovative surfaces, coatings and interfaces;
- High performance composites;
- Functional materials;
- New strategies for advanced material-based technologies in health applications;
- Materials for additive manufacturing.

Deadline for mandatory pre-proposals: 18 June 2019.

Detailed information on participating countries and regions including funding rules are provided at: https://m-era.net/joint-calls/joint-call-2019/participating-countries-regions-call-2019
https://m-era.net/joint-calls/joint-call-2019

Appel 2019: Soutien à l’organisation de manifestations scientifiques

L’action d’appui de l’AUF a pour finalité de promouvoir la science en français et d’apporter un soutien aux réseaux universitaires et scientifiques qui démultiplient la coopération universitaire francophone, contribuent à son rayonnement international et renforcent la solidarité et le partage des savoirs entre les établissements universitaires.
Le soutien de l’AUF se traduit par un appui aux manifestations scientifiques de type: colloque, séminaire, journée scientifique, université d’été.

https://www.auf.org/nouvelles/appels-a-candidatures/soutien-a-lorganisation-de-manifestations-scientifiques-appel-2019/?fbclid=IwAR0aGSDzd0ejZ_h6Ooa9qguKgibQKWmSSwAC0qy9fc1Bmy-tl4COwHXFUyA

Calls for proposals JUST-AG-2019

1. Call for proposals for action grants to support national or transnational e-Justice projects
This call for proposals aims to support the development of pan-European electronic solutions and services in the area of justice which have the potential to produce outputs of tangible added value.
Project activities under this call would in principle include:
- analytical, conceptual, design and elaboration work,
- IT software development,
- quality assurance including related auxiliary measures necessary for the establishment of new IT systems,
- expansion and adaptation of existing national and transnational solutions towards addressing the objectives of the call.
Deadline: 13 June 2019.

2. Call for proposals for action grants to support transnational projects on judicial training covering civil law, criminal law or fundamental rights
This call supports training of members of the judiciary and judicial staff, i.e. judges, prosecutors, court officers, other legal practitioners associated with the judiciary, such as lawyers, notaries, bailiffs, insolvency practitioners and mediators, as well as court interpreters and translators, prison and probation staff.
Deadline: 27 June 2019.

3. Call for proposals for action grants to support national and transnational projects to promote judicial cooperation in civil and criminal matters
This call will support three priorities:
1. Judicial cooperation in civil matters;
2. Judicial cooperation in criminal matters;
3. Support to the members of the European Judicial Network (EJN) in civil and commercial matters and to the national authorities, courts and professional associations they represent.
Deadline: 16 April 2019.

4. Call for proposals for action grants to support transnational projects to enhance the rights of persons suspected or accused of crime and the rights of victims of crime
The aims of this call are:
- to contribute to the effective and coherent application of EU criminal law in the area of the rights of persons suspected or accused of crime (procedural rights priority);
- to contribute to the effective and coherent application of EU criminal law in the area of the rights of victims of crime (victims' rights priority).
Deadline: 15 May 2019.

Information about all the topics above: http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/just/calls/just-ag-2019.html#c,topics=callIdentifier/s/JUST-AG-2019/1/1&+OPEN/asc

Calls for proposal for Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme 2019

1. Call for proposals to prevent and combat racism, xenophobia, homophobia and other forms of intolerance and to monitor, prevent and counter hate speech online
These three priorities will be financed:
- preventing and combating racism, xenophobia, homophobia and other forms of intolerance;
- monitoring, preventing and counteracting hate speech online;
- improving national authorities’ capacity to respond to racism, xenophobia, homophobia and other forms of intolerance.
Deadline: 24 April 2019.

2. Call for proposals to promote the effective implementation of the principle of non-discrimination
The call will fund projects focused on one or more among the following activities:
- data collection, survey, monitoring and reporting implementation of non-discrimination legislation, support to victims of discrimination;
- capacity building, training of professionals and empowerment;
- mutual learning, exchange of good practices, cooperation, including identifying best practices which may be transferable to other participating countries;
- dissemination and awareness raising actions (including at local level), such as through conferences, campaigns or social media and press;
- actions to set-up and reinforce National Roma Platforms, involving all relevant stakeholders, with a focus on implementing and monitoring of National Roma Integration Strategies;
- meetings, working groups, seminars, events at national, regional or local levels; with topical discussion as education, employment, health, housing, representation, etc.;
- evaluation and review of National Roma Integration Strategies and Roma integration measures, exchange and transfer of practices that proved effective at the local level;
- transnational exchange between different National Roma Platforms to promote policy learning and transfer of good practices.
Deadline: 20 June 2019.

3. Call for proposals to prevent and combat all forms of violence against children, young people and women
This call aims to fund targeted, practical projects ensuring maximum tangible and demonstrable benefits and impacts on the lives of beneficiaries. Research activities are not excluded, but the accent is put on the practical side and projects should include a combination of elements to form a coherent whole. While the projects should build on evidence of what works (e.g., from previous available research), they should have an applied nature and lead to practical applications. Projects should not only develop a sound methodology using available evidence and recognised existing good practice or tried and tested intervention models but also include a large proportion of practical implementation measures and outcomes. Applicants are invited to consider the weighting of the work streams, with a view to ensuring maximum practical benefits, positive outcomes and impacts for the target groups and the final beneficiaries, and to check that the management and coordination work streams (including travel) are not over-resourced.
Deadline: 13 June 2019.

4. Call for proposals on capacity-building in the area of rights of the child and child-friendly justice
This call aims to fund targeted, practical projects ensuring maximum tangible and demonstrable benefits and impacts on the experiences of beneficiaries (i.e. children involved in judicial proceedings). Activities should focus on the target group and aim at making the system work better for children: the development of materials, the mapping of existing materials or research should be, at most, minor components of project proposals. If included, their need should be solidly justified and they should lead to practical applications and interventions.
Deadline: 14 May 2019.

Information about all the topics above and other topics under this call: http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/rec/calls/rec-ag-2019.html#c,topics=callIdentifier/s/REC-AG-2019/1/1&+OPEN/asc

Competiția pentru Schema Mică de Grant (SGS-ERC), finanţată din Mecanismul Financiar Norvegian 2014-2021
Scop: susținerea cercetătorilor români în vederea îmbunătățirii propunerilor de proiecte pentru redepunerea acestora în viitoarele competiții lansate de European Research Council (ERC).
Bugetul competiţiei este în valoare de 1.500.000 euro.
 
Termen limită: 01 august 2019.
Calls for proposals for Horizon 2018-2020
Artificial Intelligence and the Society of the Future - The Volkswagen Foundation

The initiative focuses on joint, integrative research approaches in the social sciences and the engineering sciences. Against the background of the current and emerging developments in the field of “Artificial Intelligence” the Foundation wishes to support projects dealing with the development of new perspectives and insights with a view to shaping the future of society as well as technology.
The aim is to enable novel project constellations and interdisciplinary cooperation in a scientific and socially highly topical area through a shift in thinking towards new perspectives and solutions.

Is it possible for someone based at a university or research institute abroad to apply for funding. There are two options: collaborating with an academic partner in Germany or continuing one’s research career in Germany (after PhD).

Deadline: July 04, 2019

https://www.volkswagenstiftung.de/en/funding/our-funding-portfolio-at-a-glance/artificial-intelligence-and-the-society-of-the-future

'Mixed Methods' in the Humanities? (The Volkswagen Foundation)

The aim of this funding scheme is to explore how such new procedures of digital humanities can be combined with "qualitative-hermeneutical" approaches, and to evaluate potential for "added value". The call addresses projects that reach beyond mere collaboration on a specific research question and explore the interface between the two procedures on a theoretical-methodological level.

The call comprises two funding lines: The first one addresses collaborative "hybrid projects" (closed call). The second offers support for workshops and small-scale summer schools. Funding line 2 is open to all researchers in the historical hermeneutical humanities. Funding may also be made available to fill the gender gap and support the training of female researchers in digital technology. Applications for the funding of workshops and summer schools may be submitted at any time. The review process is carried out in written form. The budget may include travel and accommodation expenses, as well as (reasonable) costs of personnel required for the preparation and implementation of workshops.

Research institutions outside Germany may also be eligible for funding. Such applications must include specific details of a substantial cooperation with academics in Germany.

Deadline (2nd funding line): July 04, 2019

https://www.volkswagenstiftung.de/en/funding/our-funding-portfolio-at-a-glance/mixed-methods-in-the-humanities

Artificial Intelligence and the Society of the Future (The Volkswagen Foundation)

The funding initiative addresses postdoctoral researchers and professors of all career levels in the social and engineering sciences prepared to devote themselves to interdisciplinary, integrative research networks and, by way of an innovative approach, to the challenges arising from the impact of artificial intelligence on society. The integration of different disciplines of the humanities is possible. In addition to substantial, longer-term project funding, it is also possible to fund upfront an optional one-year planning grant.

The application consortium must have expertise in engineering, social sciences and / or humanities. The full proposal must be submitted by an institution in Germany, the participation of researchers from abroad is welcome. The Foundation covers all project-related costs; however, general overheads cannot be granted. The Foundation can only grant funding to academic institutions.

Deadline: July 04, 2019

https://www.volkswagenstiftung.de/en/funding/our-funding-portfolio-at-a-glance/artificial-intelligence-and-the-society-of-the-future

EIC Horizon Prize for 'European Low-Cost Space Launch'

The challenge is to develop a European technologically non-dependent solution for launching light satellites.

An established service for regular launches dedicated to small satellites will contribute to achieve the following goals:
- internal market growth in the manufacturing sector of small launchers and satellites and the downstream services sector;
- European leading position in export markets globally in the field of light satellites and small launchers;
- space-enabled seamless solutions for European citizens thanks to operational light satellites and small launchers.

The contest is open to all legal entities (i.e. natural or legal persons, including international organisations) or groups of legal entities established in an EU Member State or in a country associated to Horizon 2020. The prize relates to the development of European critical space infrastructure, which is of strategic importance and security-critical for the Union and its Member States.

The prize will be ​​awarded, after closure of the contest, to the contestant(s) who in the opinion of the jury demonstrates a solution that best meets the following cumulative criteria:
​- ​Excellence
​- ​Technical implementation;
​- ​Service sustainability.

Deadline:​ ​01 June 2021
http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/h2020/topics/space-eicprize-2019.html

Oferta de burse DAAD pentru anul universitar 2019-2020

Serviciul German de Schimb Academic (DAAD) scoate și în acest an la concurs burse în Germania pentru studenți, absolvenți, doctoranzi și cadre didactice din cadrul instituțiilor de învățământ superior și cercetare din România.
Sunt finanțate cursuri de limbă, cursuri de limbaj de specialitate și civilizație germană, programe de masterat și stagii de cercetare.DAAD finanțează și programe desfășurate în limba germană sau în limba engleză.

Un tabel sinoptic al celor mai importante programe de burse DAAD poate fi consultat la următoarea adresă: https://www.daad.de/imperia/md/content/informationszentren/ic-bukarest/stipendien/rumaenisch/daad_stipendien_kurz_19-20-ro.pdf. Termenele de aplicare pentru stagiile finanțate în anul universitar 2019-2020 sunt trecute în tabel în ultima coloană.

Oferta completă a programelor de burse DAAD România este accesibilă: https://www.daad.de/deutschland/stipendium/datenbank/en/21148-scholarship-database/?status=&origin=10&subjectGrps=&daad=1&q=&page=1&back=1

EIC Horizon Prize for 'Blockchains for Social Good'

The challenge is to develop scalable, efficient and high-impact decentralized solutions to social innovation challenges leveraging Distributed Ledger Technology (DLTs), such as the one used in blockchains.

Social application areas in which decentralized solutions based on DLTs have shown clear benefits over conventional centralised platform solutions include, but are not limited to:
- demonstrating the origin of raw materials or products and supporting fair trade and the fair monetization of labour;
- allowing for a greater visibility of public spending and a greater transparency of administrative and production processes;
- participation in democratic decision-making by enabling accountability, rewarding participation and/or anonymity;
- enabling the development of decentralized social networks or clouds, or of decentralized platforms for the collaborative economy;
- managing property, land registry or other public records;
- contributing to financial inclusion.

This challenge is targeted at a wide range of actors: individuals, social entrepreneurs, civil society organisations, research centres from technological and social disciplines, creative industries, students, hackers, start-ups, and SMEs.

Deadline: 03 September 2019

http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/h2020/topics/blockchain-eicprize-2019.html

EIC Horizon Prize for 'Fuel from the Sun: Artificial Photosynthesis'

For the purpose of this prize, artificial photosynthesis is understood to be a process that aims at mimicking the physical chemistry of natural photosynthesis by absorbing solar energy in the form of photons. The solution is required to use this energy to generate fuel molecules through a synthetic system to be delivered as a single integrated device that utilises either biomimetic, nanotechnology, synthetic biology or a combination of these systems.
Meeting the challenge will stimulate innovation and focus research and development towards energy applications in a new energy technology through increased public and commercial interest. Moreover, it will accelerate the development of new innovative energy conversion systems using solar light and natural elements to produce renewable fuels to be used in industry, housing and transport.
Deadline: 03 February 2021

http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/h2020/topics/sunfuel-eicprize-2021.html

EIC Horizon Prize for 'Affordable High-Tech for Humanitarian Aid

The challenge consists of developing innovative solutions for the delivery of humanitarian aid based on frugal application of advanced technologies.
Expected Impact: More cost-effective, more sustainable and higher-quality innovative solutions, leading to an optimised use of humanitarian funding and an enhanced response to urgent needs in a humanitarian aid settings, notably for those in a most vulnerable situation, in areas such as shelter, water and sanitation, energy, heating or cooling, food, hygiene and medical care.
Deadline: 15 January 2020

http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/h2020/topics/humanitarianaid-eicprize-2020.html

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