European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin Issue (28)

This Bulletin issue is dedicated to IP and research focusing on the crucial role played by IP in the context of research activities and how IP is managed by research institutions.

WIPO introduces us to institutional intellectual property policies and explains how it can assist on this matter.

OpenAIRE talks about open access and the different ways to make research results freely available under this practice while, Dr Dragan Indjin, a COST Action Chair and Grant Holder, shares with us his sucess story and his experience in this field.

Dr Claudia Tapia, from 4iPCouncil, explains how to collaborate in research projects while keeping IP business protected and, the European champion - TECNALIA, a Spanish research and technological development centre, describes to us its experience in IP management in the context of research projects.

Then, the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR) summarises the initiatives and programmes the FNR provides for research projects.

As a closure to these articles and interviews, Professor Jennifer Littlechild, coordinator of the ERA-net project THERMOGENE, tells us in an interview about her experience in research projects and the importance of IP and IP management for their success.

As per usual, the Bulletin reports information about the European IPR Helpdesk’s past and future events together with the latest updates from our Helpline service. This time, you will also find a short article regarding the Autumn Meeting for the European IPR Helpdesk Ambassadors, as well as our brand-new IP and research multiple choice test and our usual patent quiz.

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The European IPR Helpdesk is looking for case studies: tell us about your IP success story

Would you like your IP success story to be known by thousands of people around Europe?

What about becoming a source of inspiration to SMEs, institutions and researchers?

Tempted?

Then, tell your story as one of the European IPR Helpdesk's case studies and we will spread your success all around Europe!

Case studies are part of the range of publications developed by the European IPR Helpdesk in order to increase awareness of IP. Case studies contain concrete examples on how SMEs, institutions or academics use IP to achieve business success.

The European IPR Helpdesk disseminates case studies free of charge to an audience of more than 13,000 people through its website and through its newsletters, with around 8,000 subscribers.

Check our library if you would like to find out more about our case studies and contact the European IPR Helpdesk's IP advisors, Alejandra Aluja (alejandra.aluja@iprhelpdesk.eu) and Paula Barnola (paula.barnola@iprhelpdesk.eu), if you would like your case study published by the European IPR Helpdesk.

We are looking forward to hearing about your success story!

A guide to ICT-related activities in Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-20

The European Commission has published a guide to activities related to information and communication technologies (ICT) in the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-20: Information and Communication Technologies. The guide aims to help potential proposers find ICT-related topics across the different parts of H2020 in WP2018-20. This programme foresees around 6 billion out of the overall budget of EUR 30 billion to be spent on research and innovations in the ICT sector.

Consult the guide here

Commission to invest € 97 million to help 64 small businesses bring their innovations to the market

The European Commission has selected 64 small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) from 16 countries for funding in the latest round of the Horizon 2020 SME Instrument Phase 2. 

Funding under Phase 2 of the instrument allows companies to invest in innovation activities such as demonstration, testing, piloting, scaling up and miniaturisation, in addition to developing a mature business plan for their product.

Find out more about the most successful companies selected for funding and some other interesting figures here

The second call for TECNIOspring PLUS programme is now opened

ACCIÓ (the Catalan Agency for Business Competitiveness) has opened the second call of the TECNIOspring PLUS programme, which will be closed on 14th September 2017.

The programme provides financial support to individual mobility proposals presented by experienced researchers in liaison with any R&D entity around the world. Fellows are offered two-year employment contracts to develop an applied research project with a focus on technology transfer.

More information on the programme and details about the open call can be found at www.tecniospring.eu.

 

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.