The European Union's Erasmus+ programme is a funding scheme to support activities in the fields of Education, Training, Youth and Sport.
Erasmus+ provides grants for activities in the fields of education, training, youth and sport. It offers opportunities for: - individuals to spend a mobility or volunteering period abroad and to receive linguistic training, - organisations to collaborate in project partnerships in the fields of academic and vocational training, schools, adult learning and European sport events.
Erasmus+ also supports teaching, research, networking and policy debate on EU topics.
The main challenge of this topic is to develop EGNSS applications contributing to digitisation of products and services that will: - Foster the adoption of EGNOS and Galileo in mass markets and ensure that the benefits will be captured by the users. - Create applications that will make the best use of EGNSS innovative features such as better multipath resistance, authentication etc. - Contribute to the competitiveness of the European GNSS industry in the area of mobile applications, with special focus on the innovative role of SMEs. - Maximise public benefits by supporting the development of applications that will address major societal challenges in focus areas such as health, citizen safety, mobility, smart cities, sustainable resources monitoring and management, regional growth, low-carbon energy infrastructure, operation planning and protection, climate action.
The proposed EGNSS applications may integrate digital technologies like Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing, big data and robotics.
For all the areas, the development and innovation should build on: - Galileo features that improve performances; - Multi-constellation, fusion with other positioning techniques, including sensor fusion and innovative network fusion techniques; - Authentication services provided by Galileo; and - Techniques to optimise power consumption.
Eligibility: A group of two to maximum four Principal Investigators (PIs) – of which one will be designated as the corresponding PI (cPI) – working together and bringing different skills and resources to tackle ambitious research problems. No specific eligibility criteria regarding the academic training are foreseen for ERC Synergy Grants. PIs must present an early achievement track-record or a ten-year track-record, whichever is most appropriate.
Proposals will be evaluated on the sole criterion of scientific excellence which, in the case the ERC Synergy Grants, takes on the additional meaning of outstanding intrinsic synergetic effect. Deadline: 05 November 2019
Eligibility: All Principal Investigators in an ERC frontier research project, that is either on going or has ended less than 12 months before 1 January 2019, are eligible to participate and apply for an ERC Proof of Concept Grant. The Principal Investigator must be able to demonstrate the relation between the idea to be taken to proof of concept and the ERC frontier research project (Starting, Consolidator, Advanced or Synergy) in question. Deadline: 21 January 2020
CHIST-ERA is a programme for European Coordinated Research on Long-term Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and ICT-based scientific challenges.
This year CHIST-ERA promotes projects that address the two following themes: 1. Explainable Machine Learning-based Artificial Intelligence; 2. Novel Computational Approaches for Environmental Sustainability.
International consortia composed of researchers from at least three of the twenty-three following countries may submit a proposal: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada (Quebec), Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Great-Britain, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland and Turkey. To contribute to the growth and propagation of scientific excellence in the European Union, the consortia are encouraged to include researchers from enlargement countries or non-EU countries participating in European research programmes.
Researchers may submit a pre-proposal from 31 October 2019 until 10 January 2020. Applicants whose pre-proposals are accepted will be informed in March 2020 and invited to submit a full proposal.
Objective: The European Researchers' Night aims to bring researchers closer to the general public and to increase awareness of research and innovation activities, with a view to supporting the public recognition of researchers, creating an understanding of the impact of researchers' work on citizen’s daily life, and encouraging young people to embark on research careers.
Activities focus on the general public, addressing and attracting people regardless of the level of their scientific background, with a special focus on pupils and students. Activities can combine education aspects with entertainment, especially when addressing young audiences. They can take various forms, e.g. hands-on experiments, science shows, simulations, debates, games, competitions, quizzes, etc. Where appropriate, engagement with educational institutions should be sought in order to encourage formal and informal science education with the aim to improve the scientific knowledge base.
Platforma de programe comună (JPP) ERA-Net Smart Energy Systems în colaborare cu Mission Innovation (MI) are plăcerea de a anunța un nou apel comun transnațional, dedicat proiectelor globale, care dezvoltă soluții integrate de stocare a energiei, cunoscut și sub denumirea globală MICall19.
La nivel european, lansarea apelului comun 2019 va avea loc în Namur, Belgia, pe 7 octombrie 2019, în cadrul Conferinței JPP Smart Energy Systems 2019.
Pe lângă invitația de participare la eveniment, JPP ERA-Net Smart Energy Systems pune la dispoziție o platformă online de matchmaking pentru a facilita crearea parteneriatelor.
Prin acest instrument de finanţare, se urmăreşte susţinerea cooperării între cercetătorii din România şi Norvegia, fiind, de asemenea, un mijloc de stimulare a participării cercetătorilor români în competiţiile europene pentru finanţarea cercetării.
New: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks
The Innovative Training Networks (ITN) aim to train a new generation of creative, entrepreneurial and innovative early-stage researchers, able to face current and future challenges and to convert knowledge and ideas into products and services for economic and social benefit.
ITN will raise excellence and structure research and doctoral training in Europe (EU Member States and Horizon 2020 Associated Countries), extending the traditional academic research training setting, incorporating elements of Open Science and equipping researchers with the right combination of research-related and transferable competences. It will provide enhanced career perspectives in both the academic and non-academic sectors through international, interdisciplinary and intersectoral mobility combined with an innovation-oriented mind-set.
New: Calls for Proposals: High Performance Computing (HPC)
1. HPC and data centric environments and application platforms
Scope:Proposals should address the development of energy-efficient HPC solutions supporting the adoption of applications with industrial and societal relevance for Europe on evolving HPC hardware and system software/programming environments.
The use of HPC solutions to generate innovation and value creation should be clearly demonstrated (for instance in manufacturing, farming, health, mobility, natural hazards, climate, energy, space, finance or cybersecurity) and aimed at providing secure and simple access and service provisioning to relevant stakeholders based on such HPC solutions.
These developments should be driven by complex application workflows, for instance High Performance Data Analytics (HPDA), combining artificial intelligence and simulation modelling, exploiting underlying hardware heterogeneity/modularity, integrating cloud-based solutions etc.) and should offer solutions to key application areas including industrial use cases. These developments may also promote the efficient use of platforms and architectures best suited for the targeted use cases and applications (e.g. accelerated platforms).
2. Industrial software codes for extreme scale computing environments and applications
Scope: Proposals should address the development of extreme scale computing technologies and system architectures, programming models and tools, and mathematical methods and algorithms in an increasingly complex and heterogeneous computing environment with memory and storage hierarchies. The approaches should respond to critical demands of application performance, energy efficiency, scale, resilience, programmability, etc., across the levels of the compute stack, including compute elements, networking, data storage and data handling. A co-design approach should be followed, covering from the application to the hardware, answer user challenges of industry and research centers/academia and involve the work done at the Centres of Excellence and the data provided e.g. by the Digital Innovation Hubs.
3. Extreme scale computing and data driven technologies
Scope: Proposals should address the development of extreme scale computing technologies and system architectures, programming models and tools, resource management, fault tolerance, and mathematical methods and algorithms in an increasingly complex and heterogeneous computing environment with memory and storage hierarchies. The approaches should respond to critical demands of application performance, energy efficiency, scale, resilience, scheduling, programmability, etc., across the levels of the compute stack, including compute elements, networking, data storage and data handling. A co-design approach should be followed, covering from the application to the hardware, answering user challenges of industry and research centres/academia and involving the work on the European low power processing technologies and results of Centres of Excellence, significant previous European and national projects in the area, and the data provided e.g. by the Digital Innovation Hubs.
a. Research and Innovation Actions
Set-up and operate one HPC Competence Centre in a maximum number of countries of each of the EU Member States and EuroHPC JU Participating States, associated to the national supercomputing centres. The HPC Competence Centre should provide leading-edge, innovative solutions taking into account national HPC needs and requirements emanating from different users (industry, academia, public administrations), and develop the necessary expertise and applications know-how close to the users. National HPC Competence Centres should implement a flexible and modular approach in the services to be provided, taking into account the degree of maturity of the national HPC infrastructure
b. Coordination and Support Action
Proposals should aim at coordinating the national HPC Competence Centres. In particular, it is expected to establish a communication platform, facilitate dialogue, promote the objectives of the HPC Competence Centres and organize outreach events and workshops (on topics identified by the national HPC Competence Centres). It is expected to identify potential training solutions and tools available from the HPC Competence Centres network to support and assist national HPC Competence Centres requests and/or needs and help networking of respective national and European activities including through the provision of mentoring and twinning schemes.
New: Calls for proposals Programme: Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund
1. Fostering the integration of persons in need of protection through private sponsorship schemes
Private sponsorship schemes implemented to date in Europe can be divided into four main categories: humanitarian corridors; ad-hoc schemes for specific religious groups; specific family reunification schemes; and community-based sponsorship. Given the diverse range of admission schemes that have operated in Member States with a sponsorship component, sponsorship is best described as a way of admitting persons for humanitarian reasons, rather than as a separate channel itself. Private sponsorship schemes share one common characteristic: they involve a transfer of responsibility from government agencies to private actors for some elements of the identification, pre-departure, reception, or integration process of beneficiaries. With a strong involvement of local communities and civil society organisations, these schemes allow strengthened capacities at local level to provide adequate support for integration and usually lead to better integration outcomes of the persons concerned.
2. Social and economic integration of migrant women
Women can be crucial facilitators in the integration process. When they have children, they are often multipliers in the areas of education and employment and play an important role as agents for the transfer of values. The positive impact of migrant women’ employment on the social outcomes of their children is well documented. Still, data and research show that migrant women face multiple disadvantages in comparison with migrant men and native-born women; in particular they have lower activity and employment rates, a higher risk of poverty or social exclusion and are more likely to be in lower skilled/valued occupations. This is true even though migrant women have on average a similar, or slightly better, level of education than migrant men. More adverse integration outcomes in turn can undermine their personal as well as economic independence, increase the risk of vulnerability and social isolation, as well as the risk of suffering mental health issues and low self-esteem. Women perceived as Muslim or of African descent face particular difficulties, in particular due to discrimination in access to the labour market.
Therefore, it is essential to support migrant women and girls to participate in all spheres of society and to promote gender equality. An effective social integration of women in the receiving society, in particular the capacity to interact and feel at ease with the new social environment, can contribute to improved social cohesion and facilitate their integration in the labour market.
3. Support to victims of trafficking in human beings
Providing better access to and realising the rights of the victims of trafficking in human beings is a priority under the 2017 Communication ‘Reporting on the follow-up to the EU Strategy towards the eradication of trafficking in human beings and identifying further concrete actions (‘2017 Communication’). The European Commission has been supporting transnational projects contributing to the early identification, assistance, support, referral and integration of third country national victims of trafficking in human beings. Ensuring that funding matches anti-trafficking policy aims is a cross cutting priority of the 2017 Communication.
The European Commission second progress report (2018) indicates that Member States reported on victims of trafficking found in asylum application systems; on organised criminal groups abusing asylum procedures. In this respect, Europol has warned that ‘OCGs involved in trafficking in human beings also continue to exploit asylum provisions in order to traffic non-EU nationals into the EU. In many occasions, victims are provided with fraudulent documents to conceal their real identity and age’. EU Member States and other sources reported concerns on criminal networks involved in trafficking in human beings taking advantage of the irregular migration routes. In the report, the European Commission notes that trafficking in human beings should be addressed in the context of migration, taking into account the disproportionate targeting of women and girls trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation. Efforts should continue to ensure that all victims are identified and provided with assistance and protection appropriate to their gender, age and the form of exploitation.
4. Protection of children in migration
Migrant children continue to arrive to the EU in relatively large numbers. From the 34,376 irregular migrants who arrived to the EU by land or sea or land in the first half of 2019, 23% are children. According to EASO, in 2018, children lodged 159,000 asylum applications in the EU+. The number of unaccompanied migrant children arriving to the EU frontline Member States is notable: in Spain, 13,500 estimated to be present on the territory at the end of 2018, in Italy 8,500, and in Greece 3,700.
The 2017 Communication on the protection of children in migration is still actual. The Communication identified serious gaps in the protection offered to migrant children in different areas, and set out recommendations on how to address the gaps identified. The Communication had highlighted the need to provide adequate reception and support to the migrant children, including in terms of accommodation, access to basic services, and specialised support for the most vulnerable, and the negative impact that detention measures may have on children, especially when detention is the consequence of an irregular migration status. The Communication thus recommended to work towards ensuring the availability of alternative care systems and of effective alternatives to administrative detention on migration grounds.
According to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (‘UNCRC’), a child should grow up in a family environment, and children temporarily deprived of their family environment, including migrant children, are entitled to special protection and assistance. In line with the requirements of Art. 24(2) of the Reception Conditions Directive (2013/33/EU), unaccompanied children seeking to obtain international protection in the EU must be provided suitable and safe reception conditions, which include placement with a foster family, accommodation centres with special provision for children, or other suitable accommodation, such as supervised independent living arrangements for older children. The UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children (2010) constitute relevant standards in this respect.
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:
- Technical implementation;
- Service sustainability.
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.
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