“Empowering Climate Resilience: EU Mission on Climate Adaptation Unveils New Portal and Announces Open Calls for Transformative Solutions”

The European Union’s Mission on Climate Adaptation has recently unveiled its new Mission Portal. This comprehensive online platform offers valuable information about the mission, including climate data, the latest progress updates, and news relevant to regional and local authorities participating as Charter Signatories, as well as research projects. The Community of Practice serves as a collaborative space where Charter Signatories, Mission projects, the European Commission (EC), and other participating authorities can engage in knowledge exchange and joint implementation efforts.

Moreover, several open calls have been announced within the Mission on Climate Adaptation, with a submission deadline set for September 30, 2023:

  • HORIZON-MISS-2023-CLIMA-01-01: This call seeks proposals for testing and showcasing innovative solutions that enhance the climate resilience of the agriculture and/or forestry sectors.
  • HORIZON-MISS-2023-CLIMA-01-02: This call invites proposals that test and demonstrate groundbreaking solutions aimed at safeguarding critical infrastructure from climate change impacts, with an emphasis on integrating nature-based approaches.
  • HORIZON-MISS-2023-CLIMA-01-03: This call requests proposals for testing and demonstrating transformative solutions designed to bolster resilience against health risks stemming from climate change effects.
  • HORIZON-MISS-2023-CLIMA-OCEAN-SOIL-01-01: This call encourages proposals that demonstrate, at a regional level, an integrated strategy for enhancing landscape water retention capacity.

These open calls provide a valuable opportunity for innovative projects to contribute to the EU’s climate adaptation efforts and help build a more resilient future.

 

All the information can be found on Mission portal: click here

EU Member States Reach Agreement on Data Act for Fair Access and Use

Introduction

The Council of the European Union has reached a common position on the Data Act, aimed at empowering individuals and businesses with more control over their data and unlocking the economic and societal potential of data and technologies in line with EU rules and values.

Key Aspects of the Data Act

The Data Act seeks to ensure fairness in the digital environment, stimulate a competitive data market, and make data more accessible. Key aspects include:

  1. Allowing users of connected devices to access data generated by their devices.
  2. Preventing abuse of contractual imbalances in data sharing contracts.
  3. Enabling public sector bodies to access private sector data in exceptional circumstances.
  4. Introducing new rules for customers to effectively switch between cloud data-processing service providers.

Amendments and Next Steps

The Council has made several amendments to the Commission’s proposal, including a clearer definition of the regulation’s scope, protecting trade secrets and intellectual property rights, and fine-tuning data sharing requests by public sector bodies. Following the agreement on the Council’s common position, the Swedish presidency will enter negotiations with the European Parliament on the final version of the proposed legislation.

 

More information: link

Clean Hydrogen JU 2023 calls

The 2023 call published by the Clean Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (a Horizon Europe institutionalised partnership) is now open for submission of proposals.

The call consists of 26 topics (11 IAs, 13 RIAs, 2 CSA) with a budget of 195 million EUR in the following categories:

– Renewable Hydrogen Production: 7 topics, budget 49 million EUR
– Hydrogen Storage and Distribution: 5 topics, budget 36 million EUR
– Transport: 3 topics, budget 25.5 million EUR
– Heat and Power: 4 topics, budget 19 million EUR
– Cross-cutting: 3 topics, budget 7.5 million EUR
– Hydrogen Valleys: 2 topics, budget 38 million EUR
– Strategic Research challenges: 2 topics, budget 20 million EUR

The deadline for submission of proposals is 18th April 2023.

Are you working on hydrogen technologies? Contact us; we can jointly design a competitive project proposal for this call.

EIC informative events 2023

The Manager of the European Innovation Council (EIC) Program will be holding a number of informational sessions for the EIC Pathfinder and EIC Transition Challenges from January to March.

26 January 2023
– EIC Pathfinder Challenge – In-space solar energy harvesting for innovative space applications

31 January 2023
– EIC Pathfinder Challenge – Precision nutrition

1 February 2023
– EIC Transition Challenge – Environmental intelligence

2 February 2023
– EIC Pathfinder Challenge – Architecture, engineering and construction digitalisation for a novel triad of design, fabrication, and materials
– EIC Transition Challenge – Full scale Micro-Nano-Bio devices for medical and medical research applications

9 February 2023
– EIC Pathfinder Challenge – Responsible electronics
– EIC Transition Challenge – Chip-scale optical frequency combs

15 March 2023
– EIC Pathfinder Challenge – Clean and efficient cooling

Further details can be found on the EIC website

EU Missions Workprogramme 2023 – Infoday (17/18th January)

The EC is organising a new Infoday to inform potential applicants about the new topics included in the EU Missions work programme 2023, covering all of the EU Missions areas:

  • Adaptation to Climate Change Mission
  • Cancer Mission
  • 100 Climate-Neutral and Smart cities by 2030 Mission
  • Restore our Ocean and Waters by 2030 Mission
  • A Soil Deal for Europe Mission

The work programme 2023 contains new mission-specific calls and topics to support the full implementation of missions according to their implementation plans. In addition, three joint calls created to favour synergies across missions and achieve their impacts will be presented.

It will take two days (17th and 18th of January). Registration is already Open HERE.

Information Days Events on Horizon Europe 2023/24 Calls in Cluster 4 and 5

The European Commission will organize an Info Day week for the upcoming 2023-24 calls in Industry, Digital, Space, Climate, Energy and Mobility. It will take place in the week of 12-16 December.

The event will include explanations on all the calls and topic, together with brokerake sessions to find project partners.

Link to the event

IHI Call 3 and 4 Info Days + Matchmaking + Pitching

IHI will organize info days on call 3 from 12-15 December and call 4 from 18-19 January 2023, aimed at providing potential applicants with the information they need to understand the call topics and make new contacts to build a coherent consortium for their project proposals.

For each of the upcoming topics in Call 3 and 4 a webinar is provided, followed by matchmaking opportunities and pitching sessions.

Registration is already open at the IHI website

IHI new (draft) calls published

Draft topics for calls 3 and 4 are available on the IHI website. Five topics will be launched in December 2022 (call 3, single stage) and 2 topics in January 2023 (call 4, two stage).

IHI is publishing the draft topic texts in advance of the official call launch to give potential applicants additional time to start building a consortium and drafting a proposal. Please be aware that the topics are subject to change.

The IHI Programme Office is planning webinars, brokerage events and pitching opportunities around the time of the call launches to help applicants understand the topics, learn about IHI’s rules and procedures, and network with potential project partners.

List of (draft) topics –HERE

Brokerage event: SSH in Cluster 6 Food, Bioeconomy, Agriculture and Environment – 15th June

A brokerage event will be held on 15 June for researchers in Social Sciences and the Humanities (SSH) who are working in the following areas:  biodiversity, environmentally friendly food systems, circular economy, zero waste, climate change, inclusive rural and urban communities.

Registration is available here. Information on the published and future calls and networking opportunities with potential consortium partners.

Information on the published and future calls and networking opportunities with potential consortium partners. Registration link: here:

Cancer Mission new calls published: Deadline 7 september 2022

New topics in the Horizon Europe Cancer Mission just launched with a deadline of 7 September 2022. The following 5 topics are open for proposal submission:

  • Improving and upscaling primary prevention of cancer through implementation research
  • Strengthening research capacities of Comprehensive Cancer Infrastructures
  • Pragmatic clinical trials to optimise treatments for patients with refractory cancers
  • Towards the creation of a European Cancer Patient Digital Centre
  • Establishing of national cancer mission hubs and creation of network to support the Mission on Cancer

Details here: LINK

EIC Work Programme 2022 adopted

The EIC Work Programme for 2022 is now available.

Main novelties:

  • The EIC Pathfinder Open has its deadline on 4 May.
  • EIC Transition has deadlines on 4 May and 28 September
  • The EIC Pathfinder Challenges will address topics in environment, energy, health and digital technologies

An EIC applicants’ day will be organised by the EIC on 22 February, with detailed presentations of all elements of the EIC 2022 work programme and information on how to apply for potential beneficiaries.

EU Mission: Adaptation to Climate Change & Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities Missions.– 10th February

International Networking Event organised by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) in cooperation with Sabancı University.

The event will focus on the EU Mission Adaptation to Climate Change & Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities Missions.

The Networking Event aims to gather participants from Europe and beyond, who come from research institutions, industrial organizations, and local authorities having the ambitious goals to deliver projects on the Horizon Europe EU Mission. The event is a unique occasion to build a productive network between diverse actors in the context of Horizon Europe. The event will be conducted via B2Match software.

In the event, there will also be a pitching session for those who want to express their interest in the calls.

Registration

Registration for the event is mandatory and is now open. You can complete your registration by filling out the form.

Agenda

Please click here for the event agenda.