Open Access in Horizon 2020

To help potential participants in Horizon 2020, the European Commission has published a fact sheet dedicated to open access in Horizon 2020. In particular, the following questions are covered in this document:

  • What is open access?
  • What are the potential benefits of open access?
  • What is the Commission's policy on open access and how will it be implemented in Horizon 2020?

This fact sheet is available here.

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Check the first calls and documents of Horizon 2020!

The first Horizon 2020 calls have been published this week on the Participant Portal.

To guide potential participants to find their way in Horizon 2020, the European Commission has made available in the Participant Portal a useful online Manual that offers:

  • an overview of all steps you need to know for the electronic management of proposals or grants;
  • easy navigation by process steps;
  • a brief description on how to complete your tasks.

The online Manual is still not fully completed, but it is expected to include information on Intellectual Property.

The Rules for Participation, model grant agreements and other useful documents are also available in the Participant Portal. You can find them here.

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Council adopts "Horizon 2020"

On December 3rd 2013 the Council of the European Union adopted the Horizon 2020 programme for research and innovation for the years 2014 to 2020, which will replace the EU's 7th Research Framework Programme (FP7). You can have a look at the new Regulation establishing Horizon 2020 here.

Horizon 2020 focuses on three pillars, namely:

  1. generating excellent science in order to strengthen the Union's world-class scientific excellence and make the Union research and innovation system more competitive;
  2. fostering industrial leadership to speed up the development of technologies that will support businesses and innovation, including for small companies; and
  3. tackling societal challenges in order to respond to the priorities identified in the Europe 2020 strategy by supporting activities covering the entire chain from research to market.

These priorities will be implemented through the Horizon 2020 specific programme, which you can read here.

To read the Council press release, please click here. The FAQs prepared by the European Commission on Horizon 2020 are available here.

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Horizon 2020 research programme approved by the European Parliament

Horizon 2020 was approved by MEPs on Thursday, November 21. Parliament amended it to improve support for small firms, attract more people into science and more scientists to join the programme, and earmark funding for non-fossil energy research.

Several amendments also concern the European Commission proposal for laying down the rules for participation and dissemination in Horizon 2020, having the aim to simplify the granting procedure and better exploit the research results.

The agreed budget for 2014-2020 is €70.2 billion (at 2011 prices). The biggest headings are "Societal challenges" (39% of the total budget), "Excellent science" (32%) and "Industrial leadership"(22%).

After Parliament's vote, the programme needs to be formally adopted by EU member states too, in the coming weeks. The programme starts on 1 January 2014.

To read the press release, please click here. To access the agreed rules for participation and dissemination and other background notes, here.

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European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin Issue (11)

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

This issue is thicker than the previous ones as our Bulletin comes to the end of its third year of publication. We thus decided to give space to more topics matching the interests of all our target groups. The publication starts with an article on Open Access (OA) in FP7 and Horizon 2020. A policy officer from DG Research & Innovation explains the importance and potential benefits of OA for the European Research Area, together with the activities of the European Commission to foster the utilisation of this dissemination tool in EU-funded programmes. The following article sticks with the EU framework programmes and offers an overview on intellectual property (IP) in Horizon 2020, with a focus on comparison with FP7.

Realising the benefits from IP requires its conscious and appropriate management. The article on IP valuation outlines the principal methods in practice. A INTA contribution points out in ten FAQ how SMEs can effectively use the Madrid System. Small businesses are again the target of two IP tools, providing information on how to use their intangibles.

Our close collaboration with Enterprise Europe Network has produced two other pieces. One introduces the publication of IPR Guidelines, created for the Network advisers to guide their clients through the IP process from idea generation to commercial revenue. The second one is an interview with one of the European IPR Helpdesk Ambassadors from Turkey, who shares with us his thoughts on the benefits and opportunities that the scheme offers to him and his clients.

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