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Last month, the European Commission has published the latest Innovation Scoreboard, an annual comparative assessment of the performance of EU countries and selected third countries in the field of research and innovation. An interesting finding from this year concerns the fact that EU performance has improved the most in the dimensions of human resources, innovation-friendly environment, own-resource investments and attractive research systems. Check the European Innovation Scoreboard Interactive Tool for detailed cross-country comparisons.

You may remember that EC President Juncker last September announced the establishment of a European Defence Fund to contribute to security and defence improvements as well as a number of EU and EU-NATO commitments. The Fund will support the whole defence production chain: research, prototype development, acquisition. Read more about eligibility and available budget in the EC Fact Sheet, and check the first three calls on the Participant Portal.

New opportunities may arise at the horizon with the new EU-China co-funding mechanism for research and innovation, which Commissioner Moedas and China’s Minister of Science and Technology, Wan Gang, recently signed. In the next Work Programmes, we can expect several calls for proposals inviting for EU-China collaborative work in the areas of Food, Agriculture and Biotechnologies, Environment and Sustainable Urbanisation, Surface Transport, Safer and Greener aviation, and Biotechnologies for Environment and Human Health.

The new calendar for our autumn and winter courses is now also available for registration and viewable in a new graphics. We hope to meet you soon in Barcelona, Vienna, Amsterdam, Berlin or Budapest!

Gabor Kitley
Gabor Kitley
EIT InnoEnergy launches PowerUp! competition for sustainable energy innovators

EIT InnoEnergy, Europe’s largest sustainable energy accelerator, has launched PowerUp! – the biggest regional competition for energy start-ups in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). The competition is part of the EIT InnoEnergy Regional Innovation Scheme.  

EIT InnoEnergy is offering the opportunity to take part in its flagship Highway programme, which offers support worth €150k to the most promising sustainable energy start-ups, along with three cash prizes of up to €20k.

Successful applicants will take part in unique bootcamp workshops to hone their ideas and develop skills to accelerate their businesses towards commercialisation – including professional mentoring and expert knowledge-sharing programmes. The best start-ups will progress to national finals where they will pitch their innovative solutions to a panel of CEE industry, start-up and energy experts.

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Priority dossiers under the Estonian EU Council Presidency
Estonia will hold the EU Council Presidency from July to December 2017. Its presidency will herald a new Trio Presidency, composed of Estonia, Bulgaria and Austria. This will be the first time Estonia holds the rotating presidency.
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From great science to thrilling technology

For more than 20 years the Future & Emerging Technologies (FET) programme has been a landmark in advanced European science and technology. Over the years, it has supported research that led to amazing developments in a wide variety of areas, from a bionic hand to robotic plants, from synthetic brains to quantum technologies, from modeling epidemics to creative machines.

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Upcoming Calls for Proposals

SMEInst-11-2016-2017 - Boosting the potential of small businesses in the areas of climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials

Next cut-off date: 6 September 2017


Next cut-off date: 5 September 2017

PADR-STF-01-2017 - The European Defence Research Runway – Part I

Deadline: 21 September 2017

Third call of INTERREG-Central Europe programme


Blog Posts
European Funding Academy: full immersion into the Horizon 2020 world
Cosmina Bisboaca

From 13 to 16 June 2017, I had the pleasure to attend a unique event in its genre: the European Funding Academy organised yearly by Europa Media. A tradition that has become a long-awaited event and well known by researchers, consultants, public administrators and project managers. Why is it unique? It brings together under the same roof all fundamental issues you will face while dealing with EU projects from proposal development, building a consortium, drafting a budget, reporting, writing deliverables, dealing with financial issues, closing a project to potentially being audited by the European Commission.

Learn how to save energy in the office with our new interactive game developed for the START2ACT project!
Liliya Levandovska

As a group of SMEs, we at Europa Media and Geonardo are well familiar with the need to apply energy saving practices in our offices. In fact, that is where we drew our inspiration for the START2ACT project. Now, as the project is in its second year, we are never short of creative ideas for engaging ways to deliver our main message – start to act and save energy at work!

Apart from our recently published Knowledge Base, listing all the tips, documents, solutions, tools and products on energy efficiency for SMEs and start-ups, we are working on the e-learning environment targeting office staff and company CEOs.

Before the launch of the e-learning course, Europa Media developed and released a teaser tool – the START2ACT Energy Saving Game.

Revolutionize your skills as an innovation intermediary with our e-learning solutions!
Frosina Ilievska

Listening to the needs of the innovation intermediaries, the INNO-4-AGRIFOOD project launched e-learning solutions which aim to enhance service portfolios and skills within innovation consultants in the agri-food sector.

INNO-4-AGRIFOOD is an EU-funded project set on fostering and stimulating online collaboration for innovation amongst more than 11 million SMEs active within the European Agri-food ecosystem. The project offers completely novel, innovative and free-of-charge innovation support services, tools and e-learning courses.

16 - 18 October 2017
Tallinn, Estoina
eHealthTallinn 2017: 'Health in the Digital Society. Digital Society for Health'
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18 - 19 October 2017
Budapest, Hungary
6th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region
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9 - 10 November 2017
Budapest, Hungary
ICT Proposers' Day 2017
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Upcoming Courses
27 - 28 September 2017
Barcelona, Spain
Horizon 2020 Master of Finance and Administration
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27 - 29 September 2017
Barcelona, Spain
Horizon 2020 Master of Finance and Administration and EC Audits
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5 - 6 October 2017
Vienna, Austria
Horizon 2020 Proposal Development
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19 - 20 October 2017
Berlin, Germany
Horizon 2020 Project Management and Financial Reporting
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Goodbye Roaming fees!
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World Environment Day "I am with Nature"
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Article 50 negotiations with the United Kingdom - Brexit talks
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