Commission’s evaluation on the 7th Framework Programme

The European Commission has published its evaluation for the 7th Framework Programme (FP7), based on the report prepared by an independent group of high level experts, as well as the Commission's response to expert group’s recommendations.

The evaluation found out that the FP7 has greatly improved scientific excellence in Europe and strengthened its competitiveness by enhancing industry's capacity to innovate and by contributing to growth and jobs in Europe.

For more information about the European Commission’s evaluation, please click here.

 

Independent High Level Expert Group report on FP7

The independent High Level Expert Group (HLEG), appointed by the European Commission, has completed its study on the EU's Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7) and presented the HLEG report to the Commission.

The report includes the achievements and impacts of the full range of actions funded by FP7 between 2007-2013 encompassing participation patterns, dissemination, quality assessment and results of projects as well as project outcomes related to Intellectual Property Rights (IPR).

According to the study, "1586 IPR were reported in 7288 projects and 81% of them were patent applications". The main theme for IPR was “nanosciences, nonotechnologies, materials and new production technologies” under Cooperation programme of FP7, for which 296 patent applications were filed.

The Commission's formal communication on the conclusions of HLEG report accompanied by its observations is foreseen in early 2016.

To read the full report, please click here.

 

The Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2016-2017

The second Horizon 2020 Work Programme covering the years 2016-2017 has just been published by the European Commission. Through this new Work Programme, Horizon 2020 will continue to fund SMEs, researchers and innovators working on the latest breakthrough, promoting international cooperation in research and innovation.

Information on future funding opportunities under the different parts of the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2016-2017 are available on the Participant Portal at the following link.

 

European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin Issue (18)

We are pleased to inform you that a new issue of the European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin has been released and is now available on-line.

This Bulletin issue firstly presents Intellectual Property as an economic value for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) by introducing the IPR Business Insight. Reading this issue, you will also discover that companies which own intellectual property are more successful on the market and that different motives behind patenting exist depending on the size of the enterprise.

Thinking on the growing importance of the Internet as a business tool for SMEs, the Bulletin features an article on hyperlinking giving practical recommendations on how to avoid IPR infringement. Regarding the EU funded projects, this issue offers an interesting article on the applicability of the Horizon 2020 IP rules in Eurostars.

Furthermore, OHIM introduces the Harmonised Database and its advantages for trade mark applicants when building their list of goods and services.

As always, the issue reports information about training and events together with some fresh news on the Helpline service. In addition, it contains the usual patent quiz and a brand new trade mark crossword for those who enjoy challenges.

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Reserve your seat for European IPR Helpdesk Webinar on “IP in EU-funded Projects/Horizon 2020”

European IPR Helpdesk is hosting a free of charge webinar about one of the catchiest topics: IP in EU-funded Projects / Horizon 2020 on 29 July 2015 at 10:30-11:45 am. CET.

The webinar focuses on broad range of aspects of IP rules from basics to setting up access right regimes in EU funded projects.

More information, webinar programme and registration details can be found here.

New fact sheet on the Plan for the Exploitation and Dissemination of Results in Horizon 2020

We are pleased to inform you that the European IPR Helpdesk has published a new fact sheet on the Plan for the Exploitation and Dissemination of Results in Horizon 2020.

Exploitation and dissemination are integral part of the European research and innovation funding and certain obligations in this regard arise at the project proposal stage. The Horizon 2020 work programme 2014-2015 explicitly specifies that project proposals shall include a draft Plan for the Exploitation and Dissemination of Results (PEDR).

The aim of this fact sheet is to outline the main characteristics and scope of the PEDR in Horizon 2020 and to tackle the issues that participants in Horizon 2020 may encounter when preparing the PEDR.

The fact sheet is available here.

 

The Plan for the Exploitation and Dissemination of Results in Horizon 2020

Exploitation and dissemination are integral part of the European research and innovation funding and certain obligations in this regard arise at the project proposal stage. The Horizon 2020 work programme 2014-2015 explicitly specifies that project proposals shall include a draft Plan for the Exploitation and Dissemination of Results (PEDR).
The aim of this fact sheet is to outline the main characteristics and scope of the PEDR and to tackle the issues that participants in Horizon 2020 may encounter when preparing the PEDR.

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Innovation Radar report: Identifying Innovations and Innovators with High Potential in ICT FP7, CIP & H2020 Projects

The European Commission Joint Research Center has published a report on Innovation Radar (IR), a support initiative that focuses on the identification of high-potential innovations in the ICT FP7, CIP and Horizon 2020 projects and the key organisation in delivering these innovations to the market. The report provides details of the IR methodology and the results of its first application.

More information and the full report are available here.

 

More than 11.5 million documents in open access are now available in OpenAIRE

OpenAIRE stands for Open Access Infrastructure for Research in Europe and its mission is to gather the research outputs and metadata from EU funded research projects. With over 60 new data providers, OpenAIRE is now hosting more than 11.5 million documents and collects all global open access research outputs.

Beneficiaries of EU funded projects, who are required to publish into open access, can find useful information on open access repositories or open access journals on the OpenAIRE website here.