New: Building a low-carbon, climate resilient future: Research and innovation in support of the European Green Deal
European capacities for citizen deliberation and participation for the Green Deal
This topic covers citizen deliberation and participation. Actions should establish transnational networks of experts, researchers, practitioners and relevant civil society organisations specialised in deliberative democracy and civic participation across Europe, including professionals in the field of public engagement. Experts on gender equality and climate justice should also be included. They should share good practice, tools and resources and implement participatory and deliberation processes on priority issues in order to deliver on the Green Deal, both at the level of local communities and at wider scale. They should establish connection across the diverse participation and deliberation processes across regions and countries up to the European level. They should build on already existing experience and tools, notably open access ones stemming from EU-funded projects such as the RRI Tools platform.
Behavioural, social and cultural change for the Green Deal
Actions should address behavioural change at individual and collective levels, including public and private organisations, as well as broader changes in social practices related to the European Green Deal. Actions should establish transnational and transdisciplinary networks of experts, researchers, practitioners and relevant civil society organisations on behavioural, social and cultural change. They should jointly analyse social practices and behavioural change processes, including enabling as well as inhibiting factors, share good practice, tools and resources and implement relevant experimentation on priority issues to deliver on the European Green Deal. They should build on existing experience, notably stemming from EU-funded projects.
Actions should include several experimental studies, each implemented in at least four Member States and/or Associated Countries. Specific topics for case studies should be co-decided with the European Commission services involved in implementing the European Green Deal. They should support major EU actions where such change is key, including – but not limited to – Horizon Europe Missions, in close cooperation with the respective mission boards, and other R&I initiatives.
Enabling citizens to act on climate change, for sustainable development and environmental protection through education, citizen science, observation initiatives, and civic engagement
Citizen science is a powerful tool for climate action, sustainable development and environmental protection through civic engagement. Citizen science should be understood broadly, covering a range of different levels of participation, from raising public knowledge of science, encouraging citizens to participate in the scientific process by observing, gathering and processing data, right up to setting scientific agenda and co-designing and implementing science-related policies. It could also involve publication of results and teaching science. Citizen science activities should be based on a robust scientific methodology ensuring the quality of the data collected and a fair representation of all stakeholders involved. Citizen science will help to raise awareness, to educate in science, to increase understanding of scientific processes and scientific literacy. It will also provide new tools and data for environmental monitoring, covering a broad European geography. Citizen science can strongly contribute to the delivery of environmental data with a significant potential for further broad use, including contributing to improving relevant European policies. It will have real-life impact through adaptations in citizen/consumer personal behaviours.
Innovative land-based and offshore renewable energy technologies and their integration into the energy system
The European Green Deal expects to transform Europe into a fair and prosperous society with a modern, resource-efficient and competitive economy with no net emissions of greenhouse gases in 2050. To decarbonise Europe, land-based and offshore renewables must become the main energy source, while keeping the stability and resilience of the European Energy System. Research and Innovation is still needed to be able to achieve a full system transformation and to realize the ambition of other EU policies like the Clean Planet for all, the SET-Plan, and the New Circular Economy Strategy and to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations (in particular SDG 7 Affordable and Clean Energy and SDG 9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure.
Demonstration of systemic solutions for the territorial deployment of the circular economy
Boosting circularity is part of the policy response to address systemic crisis such as climate change, pollution, waste generation, and biodiversity loss. Circular economy can play an important role in the EU’s recovery from the adverse socio-economic and environment impacts of the COVID-19 crisis, by providing systemic solutions for sustainable growth and economic recovery. As indicated in the European Green Deal Communication, with increasing global consumption and growing pressure on resources there is an urgent need to decouple economic growth from resource use and to ensure a swift transition to climate-neutral and circular solutions. Europe also needs to increase its resilience in the face of uncertainty in the supply of critical raw materials and to increase the security of its value chains such as for example the new Circular Economy Action Plan key product value chains: batteries and vehicles, electronics and ICT, packaging, plastics, textiles, construction and buildings, food, water and nutrients. A circular economy which is sustainable, regenerative, inclusive and just can help our economies to function within the boundaries of our planet by restoring natural systems, reducing GHG emissions and minimising loss of natural capital and biodiversity. It can also connect environmental policies with social justice through just transition ensuring environmental sustainability, jobs and social inclusion. Where relevant, attention should also be paid to occupational health and safety aspects and potential challenges of the transition towards a circular economy.
Building and renovating in an energy and resource efficient way
With rising focus on the building sector (e.g. the ‘renovation wave’ initiative of the European Green Deal) in view of the full decarbonisation by 2050, the built environment remains a strategic domain for R&I. The priority is the design and construction of new or retrofitting of existing buildings as zero-emission/zero-pollution, positive energy-houses in sustainable green neighbourhoods. There are two major components in this transition. Firstly, a transition in designing and constructing buildings to reduce their embodied emissions and to increase the energy efficiency of their operation; the same applies to retrofitting existing buildings to increase their efficiency. Secondly, a transition to energy positive buildings (producing electricity, covering their heating and cooling needs and contributing to the energy grid stability) with sustainable, renewable energy technologies. These two components are closely linked, since greater building efficiency can reduce demand for heating and cooling and allow a greater range of zero emission technologies to become viable. It also means, reducing demand through effective building designs, including those that are adapted to their local environments (bioclimatic architecture conditions) and use. Spreading such building concept allows the creation of green neighbourhood “living labs” (including social housing and non-residential buildings such as hospitals, schools, public buildings, commercial buildings, etc.) with additional urban functionalities (e.g. shared EV charging facilities).
While solutions for the restoration of biodiversity and ecosystem services are available now, they are neither up-scaled nor integrated enough in today’s governance, investment or policy support landscapes. Research and demonstration on how to scale up technical and non-technical approaches for the spatial and social-economic integration of restoration impacts is therefore needed. The environmental emergency highlights the limits of current management approaches and calls for investment in innovative, sustainable and effective restoration including through mobilising innovative funding and cross-sectoral collaborations that could trigger transformational change. Moreover, the global biodiversity post-2020 framework seeks voluntary commitments by business and stakeholders to invest in biodiversity and new approaches to speed up actions in the framework of the UN decade for restoration.
From increased social awareness to more engagement with the private sector, there is a distinct need to build trans-disciplinary collaborations at all scales and across relevant ecosystem types. Win-win solutions and multi-purpose usage that support local biodiversity while delivering specific services and socio-economic benefits are sought. Hence, this topic seeks answers on how to frame transformational change which supports a just transition – to show how investing in nature restoration can explicitly help vulnerable regions and communities to improve their resilience to social and environmental shocks, when rapid changes in climate and environment, economies and social conditions occur.
This topic therefore responds to the urgent double challenge of (i) accelerating transformative change through (ii) upscaling restoration of ecosystems at sea or on land.
European Research Infrastructures capacities and services to address European Green Deal challenges
The urgency and the scale of Green Deal challenges require the mobilisation and advancement of world-class scientific capacities and resources such as those offered by European Research Infrastructures. They will contribute to the transition towards a climate neutral Europe, targeting at least 50% emissions reduction by 2030. As a pilot under Horizon 2020, activities will focus on the provision of research and innovation services for breakthrough research in two priority areas: energy storage and advanced climate/environment observation and monitoring. Expected impacts range from answering short-term needs of thematic European Green Deal objectives to longer-term perspective including Horizon Europe.
The European Researchers' Night takes place yearly, typically starting on the last Friday of the month of September. Supported main events can last up to two full days: they can start on Friday and continue the following day. Pre-events can also be organised prior to the main event in September. It is the occasion for a Europe-wide public and media event for the promotion of research careers, in particular towards young people and their families.
The European Researchers’ Night targets the general public, addressing and attracting people regardless of the level of their scientific background, with a special focus on families, pupils and students, and notably those who do not have easy access to, and thus are less inclined to engage in, STEAM or research activities.
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. Activities should promote the European dimension, gender balance and inclusion in research and innovation.
One of the political priorities of the European Commission is the European Green Deal for the European Union and its citizens, with an aim to tackle climate and environmental-related challenges. Applicants are therefore encouraged to include activities relating to the European Green Deal in their events.
The call targets scholars in the humanities, social and cultural sciences. Funding can be provided for the constitution of European research groups comprising up to five principal investigators (PIs) from at least three different European countries.
The main applicant needs to come from one of the three countries represented by the foundations, i. e. Denmark, Germany, or Italy. A collaboration with researchers from Southern and Eastern Europe is particularly desirable. The scientific qualification of young scholars has to be a central element of each research project.
The Foundation encourage researchers to develop research-based impulses for future cooperation within Europe. It wants to stimulate basic research on issues affecting Europe and the European Union, encourage comparative studies, and strengthen academic collaboration among European scholars.
New: ACT – "Accelerating CCS Technologies" (finantat de Comisia Europeană, ERA-NET Co fund)
Obiective: • Facilitarea cercetării, dezvoltării și inovării în domeniul captării și stocării CO2; • Stimularea dezvoltării proiectelor care vizează accelerea și maturizarea tehnologiei CCS.
Proiectele de succes vor facilita apariția CCUS în sectoarele energetice și industriale.Ambiția ACT de accelerare a timpului de introducere pe piață pentru tehnologia CCUS va necesita implicarea industrială în activități de cercetare și inovare. Prin urmare, propunerile de proiect care sunt conduse de partenerii industriali sunt deosebit de binevenite.
Data limită pentru depunerea pre-propunerilor: 10 noiembrie 2020.
New: Proiecte de mobilitate pentru Cercetători MC 2020
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.
New: The Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program 2021-2022
The Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission announces the annual competition for the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program for Romanian professors, researchers and professionals who have a doctoral degree or equivalent (certified). Grants are available for conducting research and/or lecturing in the U.S. universities. The Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program provides international travel, accident/sickness insurance and a monthly stipend covering accommodation and living expenses.
Eligible Fields: any field, except clinical medicine and other clinical disciplines.
Grant duration: 3 - 6 monthsApplicants must meet the following criteria:
• hold Romanian citizenship; green card holders and persons with dual (Romanian and U.S.) citizenship are ineligible;
• hold a PhD or equivalent (certified) in a relevant area before departure to the U.S.;
• show a proficiency in English corresponding to the proposed research or teaching project; English language proficiency results and/or TOEFL scores are not required; interviews will be conducted in English.
New: Joint Call for Twinnings: Scaling-Up Digital Health and Care Solutions
The aim is to support scaling-up digital health and care solutions across Europe.Investments in healthcare are crucial for the wellbeing of citizens, especially ageing people. Furthermore, health expenditure is recognised as a growth-friendly expenditure since it’s a precondition of economic prosperity.
European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP on AHA) and Digital Health Europe (DHE) launched this joint call for twinnings to amplify the synergies and increase the total funding amount to more than €400.000.
New: European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST)
COST brings together European researchers, engineers and scholars from different COST countries to jointly develop their own ideas and new initiatives across all science and technology fields through transEuropean cooperation. COST encourages and fosters trans-, multi- and interdisciplinary approaches by integrating researchers, engineers and scholars from different fields and horizons such as universities, research centres, companies, in particular small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as other relevant actors.
COST does NOT fund research itself, but supports networking via different tools such as meetings, short term scientific missions, training schools and dissemination activities part of COST Actions. COST invites proposals for Actions aiming at contributing to the scientific, technological, economic, cultural or societal knowledge advancement and development of Europe to close the gap between science, policy makers and society throughout Europe and beyond.
New: Local Development and Poverty Reduction, Enhanced Roma Inclusion - EEA&Norway Grants
Fighting poverty requires going down to the root causes – lack of job prospects, job capacity and problems leading to social exclusion. This includes supporting innovative solutions, empowering people to play an active role in the development of their community and create better prospects for the disadvantaged. Through the Grants, the support activities are: - The development of active inclusive policies and bottom-up approaches - The sharing of best-practices and knowledge at local, regional and national level - Activities to increase job prospects and job capacity - Anti-discriminatory activities focusing on those vulnerable to social and economic exclusion - Cross-sectoral and socially innovative approaches, such as to address unemployment among young people or minorities
New: Education, Scholarships, Apprenticeships and Youth Entrepreneurship - EEA&Norway Grants
The objective of the call: contributing to the reduction of economic and socialdisparities in the European Economic Area and strengthening the bilateral relations between theEEA states and Romania.
Areas of support: - Enhancing the quality and relevance of education and training in the Romania at all
levels of education - Higher education student learning mobility and staff mobility between donor and
beneficiary countries - Cooperation and partnerships between education and the world of work - Professional development of teachers - Improvement of the Roma population inclusion
Scop: Susținerea participării companiilor din România, în parteneriat cu organizații de cercetare, la programe internaționale de cercetare care facilitează mobilitatea cercetătorilor, circulația ideilor și a cunoștințelor, accesul la rețele transnaționale de colaborare.
Depunerea cererilor de finanțare este continuă. Platforma de depunere on-line a cererilor de finanţare este disponibilă din 7 noiembrie 2019.
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