Category Archives: EU Horizon 2020

Interested in future funding announcements from Horizon2020?

Impressed by Research Council of Norway’s previous events, Brussels has moved their next event from Central Europe to Oslo. The international network meeting, entitled “Brokerage for Health”, will focus on calls in the ongoing EU’s health program with deadlines during 2019.

The meeting offers several possibilities. Perhaps you are curious about the health program and considering applying EU calls in the future. You have maybe found a relevant call and want to collect hints and advice. Or you have decided to apply but need additional partners. You will also have the opportunity to present your project in the format of a 5-minute flash presentation (deadline to submit the flash presentation is 17 August 2018).

The event will take place 3-4 September in Oslo and the registration opens 15 June.

A hint: remember to bring business cards. If you do not have business cards, you can order them here.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Amra (Laboratory building, 8th floor).

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions 2017

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions 2017 is now ready for launch, and those responsible wants to reach out to as many people as possible during the mobilization period.

The plan is to visit all the faculties and possibly some departments, individual groups and centers. The target audience is not the administration, but researchers, research groups / group leaders, project managers, centre / center leaders, young researchers and institute / department leaders.

More information about the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions 2017 is available here.

Inquiries may be directed to Emmanuel Babatunde or Jeanette Helgesen.

Kristof’s H2020 Workshop at K2

Kristof from UiB’s Brussels office visited K2 Thursday in Week 3. The participants received tips and tricks on writing applications and interpretation of the text of the calls. There were plenty of time for questions and discussion. A big thanks to Kristof for taking the time to visit us, and we hope we can repeat this on another occasion.

Horizon 2020 HelpDesk

Horizon 2020 HelpDesk is a meeting arena where companies and researchers can meet and develop Horizon 2020 (H2020) projects.Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU research and innovation programme, and provides funding over 7 years (2014 – 2020).

Who should attend?
Companies and researchers from the Bergen Region are welcome to book a meeting at the HelpDesk.

What services do we provide?
EU advisors and business developers will answer your questions and help you with:
•Finding the right calls
•Application writing process
•Project organisation
•Finding partners
•Financing the writing process

Horizon 2020 HelpDesk runs every second Wednesday (even weeks) from 9PM to 12PM at BTO (2nd floor, Vitensenteret, Thormøhlensgate 51).

You can register for the HelpDesk here, or contact us if you have any questions. Contact information .

Horizon 2020 – input on the Advisory Group report

The Advisory Group (AG) report for Social Challenges in health, demographic change and quality of life (SC1) is now available. The report is advisory for the design of the work programme for SC1 for the period 2018-2020. This is described in the preface. The AG report will be used as the basis for discussions at the meeting between the AG and the programme committee on 21 September 2016. The programme comittee will provide input on behalf of Norway. Good suggestions paves the way for this.

Input on the report can be sent to Kristin Andersen (, no later than Thursday 30 June. Suggestions and comments must be entered in the attached form.

AG advice report 2018-2020

Information day about H2020 announcements for 2016-2017

NFR will hold an information day on Health SC1 in H2020; Health, demographic change and wellbeing.
There will be an introduction to the H2020 and the work program and review of opportunities for researchers wishing to apply EU. Eystein Husebye will also have a half hour presentation of his experiences as EU coordinator.

Location:    Haukeland University Hospital, Aud. B301
Time:         04/11/2015 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Registration deadline: November 1st

Program and registration.

Horizon2020 spotlight: COST Action – facts and chances

 What is COST?

COST is an intergovernmental framework for European Co-operation in Science and Technology. It funds pan-European, bottom-up networks, called ‘COST Actions’ of European researchers, engineers and scholars across all disciplines. Cost Actions are are open throughout their lifetime to new members and are adaptable in terms of internal organisation and strategy. These networks intend to coordinate nationally funded research activities throughout Europe, thereby reducing fragmentation of investment and contributing to the European Research Area (ERA) agenda. COST draws the funds for its activities from Horizon 2020, and the new strategy plan has much in common with H2020 goals. COST Actions are an instrument to close the gap between science, policy makers and society throughout Europe and beyond. COST funds networking activities; it does not fund research.

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Norwegian health researchers must become more EU-active

Norwegian health researchers applied far less than their Swedish and Danish counterparts for grants in EU’s 7th Framework Programme.  The Resesarch Council is of the opinion that the ambition level of Norwegian health researchers should be far higher, and the Council wishes to mobilize more researchers to apply for funding in Horizon2020.
For more information (in Norwegian)

Horizon 2020 – Spotlight: Scoping papers Work programmes 2016/17

Scoping papers are working documents, sent to the Programme Committee for the Horizon 2020 Specific Programme for discussion in the context of the preparation of the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2016-2017. As such, information and descriptions of activities indicated in this document may not appear in the adopted Work Programme 2016-2017, and likewise, new elements may be introduced.

The scoping papers released so far set out in more detail the coming main priorities for each part of the Horizon 2020 Work Programme. Member States, European stakeholders and initiatives from society and industry, as well as Horizon 2020 Advisory Groups have been consulted throughout 2014, and their input has been taken into account for strategic programming and drafting the scoping papers. After another round of Advisory Groups consultations on developing the Work Programme contents, the adoption of the Work Programme for 2016-2017 is planned in the third quarter of 2015.

The Horizon 2020 Strategic Programming Document which gives guidance for the development of the Work Programme 2016-2017 defines the key priorities for the framework program 2016/17 and the Focus Areas which are relevant to Pillar 2 (Industrial Leadership) and 3 (Societal Challenges). Compared to the current programme where 12 Focus Areas had been identified, the draft specifies 9 candidate areas whereof 3 are new ones: Internet of Things, Automated road transport and Industry 2020 and Circular Economy. Personalizing health and care which has been a focus area of the last strategic programme, does not longer appear, but will still have its anchoring within the Societal Challenges Pillar as one individual Call on Promoting healthy ageing and personalised healthcare. 5 subareas are specified in the scoping paper on “Health, demographic change and well-being”:

1. Ageing: from early development to the elderly
2. Translational research
3. Population health and health promotion & sustainable health and care systems
4. Infectious diseases
5. ICT for health

The scoping papers are, although they are confidential documents, available at certain websites and through the national Research Councils. You can look at them here.

Horizon 2020: Stakeholder Consultation for the Societal Challenge “Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing”

The Commission has released a short questionnaire for contributors to add to the stakeholder consultation on the development of the 2016-17 work programme for the Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing societal challenge. This consultation questionnaire forms part of a broader effort by the Commission to consult stakeholders on the future direction of this societal challenge. The deadline for submission to the consultation is 20 September. For more information.

Feedback to “Leading and Enabling Industrial Technologies/Biotechnologies”

Regarding Horizon2020, feedback is wanted to “Leading and Enabling Industrial Technologies/Biotechnologies” by May 26, 2014, and feedback for Samfunnsutfordring 2 (societal challenges 2) is wanted by June 9. See attachments about Research Infrastructures, Working programs (in Norwegian) and Food, Sea and Bio Economy (in Norwegian).

Feedback should be sent to Pro Dean Lise Øvreås, MatNat.

EEA grants/Norway Grants – What’s in for me and is it relevant to Horizon 2020?

The Donor States Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein have now announced collaborative research programs with three European countries (Beneficiary States): Romania and Czech Republic; the announcements for Hungary and Latvia are coming soon. Research projects in priority areas like Health and Food Safety or interdisciplinary projects are supported up to three years. Common to all programs is that the projects are sought, led and administered by the Beneficiary States.

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Horizon 2020 – What is the “Expert database”, why should I register and how do I do it?


On November 22, the call has been launched in order to establish a database of prospective evaluators for Horizon 2020 proposals. Experts, as peer reviewers, assist in the (i) evaluation of research and innovation proposals (ii) review of research and innovation projects, (iii) monitoring the progress, outcome and impact of research and innovation programmes as well as giving advice on the shape of future research and innovation activities. You have a chance of being selected as an expert if you (i) have a high level expertise in research or innovation in any scientific and technological field, including managerial aspects, (ii) have at least a university degree, and (iii) can be available for occasional, short-term assignments.

Researchers are encouraged to submit an expression of interest as, if selected to evaluate a specific Horizon 2020 call, this can be a useful way to see first-hand what makes a successful proposal and how the evaluation process works. This is especially interesting for young scientists who are planning to get involved with EU funding. It might take short time to several years until you are picked by the Commission.

Experts wishing to take part can access the service from the Participant Portal: From here, you create an ECAS (European Commission’s secure Authentication Service) account, if you don’t already have one. If you have received your password, go back to the Expert area in the Participant Portal, log-in with your ECAS user name or email address and password. Then click on ‘Register or update your profile’, this leads you to the introductory page of the expert registration service.

Experts previously registered for FP7 need to declare their interest in working as an expert for the Horizon 2020 programme as well as revising the ‘area of expertise’ section.