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While we wait for the final versions of the 2018-2020 Work Programmes to be officially published on the Participant Portal, how about getting ready with some interesting reading? Here is a selection of the latest analysis reports on a variety of topics, which can be a good starting point for the background research you will need to carry out before developing your next proposal:

Do you know how to contribute to the research agenda setting of the upcoming Framework Programme? Secure your place at our next Proposal Development training course to hear some tips and strategies and make your voice heard from the European Commission!

Gabor Kitley
Gabor Kitley
Commission supports Poland in improving its research and innovation system
This Peer Review of Poland's Higher Education and Science system, requested by the Polish government, was carried out between January and September 2017 by an independent panel of experts under the Policy Support Facility (PSF) of Horizon 2020, the EU's research and innovation programme.
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EIF and the Netherlands Investment Agency launch investment programme for fast-growing SMEs
The European Investment Fund (EIF) and the Netherlands Investment Agency (NIA) as predecessor of Invest-NL are launching a EUR 100 million co-investment programme – the Dutch Growth Co-Investment Programme. The objective of the programme is to support innovative and fast-growing SMEs and small mid-caps, which are either established or operating in the Netherlands.
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Commission creates forum of experts to overcome cross border obstacles
To unlock the full economic potential of EU border regions, home to 150 million citizens, the Commission launches today the "Border Focal Point". It provides tailored support to regions to help them break down barriers to jobs and investments. The Border Focal Point will consist of Commission experts in cross border issues, who will offer advice to national and regional authorities, by gathering and sharing good practices through the creation of a new EU-wide online network.
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Upcoming Calls for Proposals

ERC=2018-STG: ERC Starting Grant

Deadline: 17 October 2017

IMI2-2017-12-05: Analysing the infectious disease burden and the use of vaccines to improve health

Deadline: 24 October 2017

ERC-2018-SyG: ERC Synergy Grant

Deadline: 14 November 2017

Blog Posts
BLUE ECONOMY – What is it all about?
Mariana Mata Lara

The term “Blue Economy” was first used by Gunter Pauli to describe his business model to shift society from scarcity to abundance "with what is locally available", but it has surged into common usage all over the world as a goal of policy-making and investment, and it is understood as the use of the sea and its resources for sustainable economic development.


What is next for Europe?
Cosmina Bisboaca

The political situation within EU has been changing significantly during the last year. In fact, it may have seemed that elections and actions in different EU countries questioned the very core values and made the Union’s foundation shake.

When Brexit referendum happened more than one year ago, domino effect was feared since many thought that other EU countries would express their will of leaving the Union through national referendum. This did not happen, but all eyes were on UK to see what would happen next to the Union that from 28 would have become formed by 27 Member States.

17 October 2017
Brussels, Belgium
Agri-Food Waste Day - Conference
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7 November 2017
Brussels, Belgium
High-level conference on clean energy financing: Delivering the energy transition for jobs, growth a
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29 - 30 November 2017
Brussels, Belgium
1st European Conference Results from road transport research in H2020 projects
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Upcoming Courses
19 - 20 October 2017
Berlin, Germany
H2020 Project Management and Financial Reporting
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7 - 8 November 2017
Budapest, Hungary
H2020 Proposal Development: Focus Impact
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14 - 16 November 2017
Amsterdam, Netherlands
H2020 Master of Finance and Administration and EC Audits
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Common Dissemination Booster (CDB) - European Commission
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Climate Change, 6th theme of the 2017 #OurOcean conference
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Commissioner Carlos Moedas, launches EU Prize for Women Innovators 2018
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