TECNIOspring PLUS 1st call for proposals is open!

ACCIÓ (the Catalan Agency for Business Competitiveness) opened the 1st call of the TECNIOspring PLUS programme, which will close on February 1, 2017.

TECNIOspring PLUS is a mobility programme co-funded by the European Union (H2020 – Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions) which aims at fostering the mobility of experienced researchers. It offers 2-year employment contracts to experienced researchers in order to develop an applied research project with a focus on technology transfer.

All the information about the programme and the open call can be found at www.tecniospring.eu. For  further information, contact tecniospring.accio@gencat.cat.


The second monitoring report on Horizon 2020

The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation has published the second monitoring report on the activities, results and impacts of the Horizon 2020 funding programme.

The report provides an assessment of the calls closed in 2015 along with the updated data for 2014 calls, as well as aggregation for both years. The study underlines the most important issues related to performance as measured by the key performance indicators, implementation aspects and participation trends.

From the intellectual property aspect, the report includes preliminary statistics related to output of projects, in particular publications, patent applications and patent grants, although many of the projects have not yet produced large numbers of publications and patents as they are still in their very early phases.

Nevertheless, as preliminary findings, the report shows that there are 1760 publications in peer-reviewed journals, 109 patent applications and 29 awarded patents, which can be attributed to Horizon 2020 so far.

To read the full report, please click here.


New Animated Clip on IP in Horizon 2020

The new animated clip published by the European IPR Helpdesk sheds light on the importance of smart Intellectual Property (IP) management in Horizon 2020. Moreover, it outlines how the services of the European IPR Helpdesk can support researchers and SMEs involved in Horizon 2020 projects.

With a strong focus on innovation and close-to-market activities, Horizon 2020 provides a sound framework for IP management defining a set of rules on the exploitation and dissemination of project results.

The short clip can be directly accessed through the website of the European IPR Helpdesk. Should you be interested in using the clip on your own online channels, you may simply embed the YouTube link: https://youtu.be/AjPI-dprQbk

Organisations providing innovation and IP support in Europe that are interested in using the clip on their own online channels, may also get in touch with the European IPR Helpdesk's communications team at communications@iprhelpdesk.eu.

Horizon 2020: Work Programme update

The European Commission has just confirmed the calls and other actions of the second year of the two-year work programmes setting out funding opportunities for 2017 under Horizon 2020, the EU's research and innovation funding scheme . Although the 2016-2017 Work Programme builds on the success of Horizon 2020 to date, important novelties have been introduced.

Among them, as of the Work Programme 2017, the current Open Research Data Pilot will be extended to cover all thematic areas of Horizon 2020, making open research data the default setting. This move will boost competitiveness by accelerating innovation and collaboration, improving transparency, and avoiding duplication of efforts.

A further new element in Horizon 2020 is the use of Data Management Plans (DMPs), detailing what data the project will generate, whether and how it will be made accessible for verification and re-use, and how it will be curated and preserved.

More information regarding all the novelties introduced is available here.

A new edition of TECNIOspring PLUS

ACCIÓ (the Catalan Agency for Business Competitiveness) will launch a new edition of the TECNIOspring PLUS programme in October 2016.

TECNIOspring PLUS is a mobility programme co-funded by the European Union (H2020 – Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions) which aims at fostering the mobility of experienced researchers. It offers 2-year employment contracts to experienced researchers in order to develop an applied research project with a focus on technology transfer.

The new programme will involve industry as much as possible since companies involved in research and technology transfer processes will be eligible host organisations.

If you want more information about the programme, visit the TECNIOspring PLUS webpage and/or take part in the next Infoday on July 12.

If you need further information, you can contact tecniospring.accio@gencat.cat.

DESCA 2020 Version 1.2

The updated version of the DESCA 2020 model Consortium Agreement has just been published.

DESCA is used in the Horizon 2020 actions as a comprehensive model Consortium Agreement, providing various options and alternative modules and clauses, and thus maximum flexibility.

Further information along with the updated text of the DESCA model Consortium Agreement is available 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.