The overall structure of the MSCA program in five sub-actions under Horizon 2020 remains the same in Horizon Europe and only the namings have changed: Innovative Training Networks (ITNs) become “Doctoral Networks”; Individual Fellowships (IF) are merged into a single action: “Postdoctoral Fellowships” with two destinations (Global and Europe); the Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) becomes the […]


The member states are finally able to make targeted investments in R&D without requiring approval from Brussels, as the European Commission has finally adopted state aid exemption rules for research. It’s possible to spend EU structural funds to co-finance Horizon Europe partnerships and research projects that receive the European Commission’s seal of excellence. The changes will […]


The European Commission renewed its efforts to get member states to raise their national public and private R&D investments. The pact seeks to convince member states to raise total private and public expenditure on research and development to at least 3% of gross domestic product. The EU average is 2.2%, well below the US, Japan, […]


The list of third countries invited to join new funding calls includes the UK and 17 others, while research cooperation between the EU and Switzerland is on hold. The news dismayed the Swiss researchers and policy stakeholders, leaving Swiss universities to wonder what will come of applications submitted this spring – and what the prospects […]


The work programmes for Horizon Europe are now published. Download them RIGHT HERE. -Work programme & call documents -2021-2022 HE Main Work Programme 2021-2022 EIC Work Programme 2021 ERC Work Programme 2021 For the next level in Horizon Europe grant applications, EFMC experts offer a comprehensive 3-day training on the proposal writing process for Horizon Europe […]


The European Commission is standing firm on its plan to exclude researchers from the non-EU countries from “sensitive” parts of the bloc’s upcoming €95.5 billion research programme. The Commission wants to limit the participation of non-EU entities in 49 actions in the main 2021/22 Horizon work programme, which sets out funding priorities and competitions for […]


Writing and managing EU-funded projects can turn into a painful experience. Why EU research needs professional support.   By Marco Liviantoni EU Senior Expert at EFMC – European Fund Management Consulting   In almost 2 decades of experience in EU affairs, one of the things I learned is that writing a project proposal for EU funding […]


Researchers in EU13 countries are perplexing over how to tap new research programme to strengthen R&D systems, as a struggle to attract foreign talent due to low salaries, and pandemic-driven economic crisis sparking cuts in national science budgets. Over the next seven years, the EU is going to spend 3.3% of Horizon Europe’s budget on […]


Calculating eligible personnel costs is among the most complex aspects in the financial management of Horizon 2020 projects. Errors can have undesired consequences in the form of cost rejection, grant reduction or even administrative sanctions. Beneficiaries, therefore, need first to master the distinction between different types of eligible personnel costs. In addition, the various options […]


EIC calls for Pathfinder OPEN and Accelerator OPEN are now available.  You can already apply for the 1st step of the Accelerator via the AI dedicated platform, and EFMC can stand by your side with a specific coaching scheme to succeed in this first challenging go/no-go step.  If your disruptive innovation is still in an […]

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