Dear Reader,

The latest Horizon 2020 Interim Report has just been released: it provides an in-depth assessment of the R&I funding programme across five key points: relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, coherence and the EU added value. You can find the full report here, or wait for our upcoming brief commentary.

Among the latest news from our H2020 projects, this month we launched an e-learning platform for innovation consultants and SMEs in the agri-food sector (Inno4-Agrifood e-Learning Platform); Start2Act continued to share tips on energy efficiency for startups and SMEs through Business Breakfasts in Hungary, UK, Romania and Bulgaria; to check upcoming dates and venues, follow its Twitter feed. Our project on R&I cooperation between the EU and the US will fly to Minneapolis in June for the Trans-Atlantic Symposium on ICT Technology and Policy. Last but not least, on 23rd of June, PLANHEAT will organise a workshop for municipalities committed to decarbonising their heating and cooling systems, in the framework of the EU Sustainable Energy Week: check the agenda and speakers here.

We are happy to disclose a new training course for the autumn season: next to our classical H2020 Master of Finance and Administration, we now offer you the option to add a third day on EC Audits, based on a workshop to find miscalcultions in a fictional H2020 project, and an analysis of the findings. Check the new agenda here.

We hope to meet you soon,


Gabor Kitley
Gabor Kitley
Commission Staff Working Document – In-Depth Interim Evaluation of Horizon 2020

This new document provides the in-depth analysis of all evidence collected for the interim evaluation around each of the five evaluation criteria

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Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions 2017 Prizes Winners announced

The Marie Sklodowska Curie prize winners were announced at the MSCA 2017 Presidency Conference, “Mobility takes research further” on Thursday 11th by Director General, Education and Culture of the European Commission Martine Reicherts

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New report assesses the role of crowdfunding and other forms of alternative finance for R&I

This report provides an assessment of whether alternative finance has the potential to help Europe address the problem of access to finance for innovative companies and bridge the gap in terms of access to risk capital, and if EU action is needed to support development of the sector.

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Horizon 2020 Calls for Proposals

ERC-2017-ADG: ERC Advanced Grant

Deadline: 31 August 2017

MSCA-IF-2017: Individual Fellowships

Deadline: 14 September 2017

SwafS-27-2017: Implementing a European Train-the-trainers initiative with regard to Ethics and Research Integrity

Deadline: 30 August 2017

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The Ocean Conference is around the corner!
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From June 5th – 9th, coinciding with World Oceans Day, the United Nations will host at its headquarters in New York a high-level conference to support the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) #14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

Passing on the Start2Act Strategy to support European young SMEs and Startups
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Our H2020 project START2ACT has now completed the first of its three years. This past period was all about preparing the START2ACT support programme on Energy Efficiency to people at young SMEs and startups.

EU Blue Growth in action and European Maritime Day
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The European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) funded 15 new blue growth projects that will help enhance career opportunities, stimulate the creativity of young researchers and bring research results faster to the market.
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Sustainable Cities – Towards Zero-Carbon Heating and Cooling
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26 - 27 June 2017
Brussels, Belgium
Seventh Cohesion Forum
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29 - 30 June 2017
Brussels, Belgium
European Communication Summit
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Upcoming Courses
27 - 29 September 2017
Barcelona, Spain
H2020 Master of Finance and Administration and EC Audits
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27 - 28 September 2017
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H2020 Master of Finance and Administration
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5 - 6 October 2017
Vienna, Austria
Horizon 2020 Proposal Development
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19 - 20 October 2017
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Horizon 2020 Project Management and Financial Reporting
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Europe Day: the average European
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Celebrating the 10th European Maritime Day: working together for the future of our seas
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Erasmus+ International Dimension
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