22 May 2018

Blue Point Brussels

80 Bd A. Reyers Ln, 1030 Brussels


EU Green Week took place around Europe. The opening event took place in Utrecht on Monday, 21st of May, followed by the Green Cities Summit and conference in Brussels, and concluded in Madrid on the 25th of May 2018.

EU Green Week’s Green Cities Summit was aimed at sharing the challenges and success stories of cities aiming to focus on a more eco-friendly future. As cities produce around 80% of the pollution then this year’s Green Week was geared on exploring how to make cities greener and more environmentally friendly. The aim of the event was to bring together various stakeholders to listen, learn and share their experiences.

4 May 2018

Charlemagne Building, Rue de la Loi 170

Brussels, Belgium


The LIFE 2018 Information and Networking Day gave an overview of the changes in the LIFE programme in terms of simplification of the application process by setting up a 2 stage application process. In addition to sharing their successes and achievements, the common problems of the projects were discussed, and the financial aspects of the budget received a good overview.

Maja Mikosinska (Head of Sector Unit LIFE and Eco-Innovation, EASME) introduced the new 2 stage application process:

1 .Preparation of Concept Note – only 10 pages via e-Proposal
2. Preparation of full proposal


EASME published their SME Instrument Report 2018 titled “Innovation Kitchen”. The SME Instrument has complemented the European innovation scene with

  • 1.3 billion euro in funding
  • during 4 years of the programme
  • supporting 3200 SMEs
  • providing 750 world class coaches
  • plus, business acceleration services

25 April 2018

Members’ Salon, European Parliament




Industry is central to Europe’s economy. Europe’s industrial sector has long been the engine for the sustainable growth of its economy and the main contributor to job creation. Industry is typically the largest source of business R&D, has larger technological and economic multipliers than other sectors, and is closely linked to knowledge-intensive services”


European funding normally is administered through one of three mechanisms: direct, shared, or indirect management:

  • Under direct management, funds are administered directly by the European Commission, which remains responsible for making decisions about which applicants receive funding as well as the final transfer of funds. Funding is awarded and administered by the EC’s Directorate Generals, executive agencies, services and joint centres
  • Under indirect management, funding is administered by various EU institutions, agencies, and other external bodies.
  • Under shared management, the Commission remains responsible for the budget, but allocating and administering of funds is the responsibility of national governments. Around 80% of the EU budget is administered in this way. (Mainly direct Common Agriculture Policy payments to farmers and European Regional Development Funds financing large infrastructure projects)

H2020 and research & development programmes are funded primarily under the indirect management model administered by the Research Executive Agency and European Research Council amongst them being the most prominent bodies. In the last few months what has fallen under the radar at EU and national level is that programmes under indirect management such as the Internal Security FundPolice, 3rd Health Programme, and Research Fund for Coal and Steel among many others are now all coming under the H2020 participant portal and reporting model.

24th April 2018
Hotel Renaissance
Rue du Parnasse 19, 1050 Bruxelles

Frontiers hosted their second Annual Data Services Workshop this week in Brussels. The aim of the event was to discuss and share the developments and success stories in the sphere of big data technologies and artificial intelligence (AI). The event was designed to tie these developments with health research and to also discuss policy challenges. Of course, the financial challenges were also noted during event, as well as the time lag of the innovation or research reaching the public sphere.

EFMC is pleased to announce new H2020 training courses taking place throughout Europe this summer and in beginning of autumn 2018.

Please see the list of courses below and register for the one most suited to your needs:

NEW! 11-13 July / Rome, Italy / Italian / Enrol 
NEW! 18-20 July / Barcelona, Spain / Spanish / Enrol 
NEW! 25-27 July / Milan, Italy / English / Enrol 
NEW! 1-3 August / Amsterdam, Netherlands / English / Enrol 
NEW! 5-7 September / Bucharest, Romania / English / Enrol 
NEW! 12-14 September / Brussels, Belgium / French / Enrol 
NEW! 19-21 September / Madrid, Spain / Spanish / Enrol 
NEW! 26-28 September / Frankfurt, Germany/ English / Enrol 

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