The first month of spring 2016 has already unveiled a great amount of new challenges and opportunities in the EU research and innovation scene.
First off, the European Commission has launched a stakeholder consultation for the preparation of its 2018-2020 Work Programme of Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 “Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw”: check this page to have a peek at the policy priorities for the next work programme and share your thoughts to contribute to the shaping of the research funding landscape.
Also, new dates for H2020 Info Days have been released:
If you are already managing a H2020 project, you may be interested in the video recording of the Coordinators’ Day, which took place in Brussels on 24 February 2016 and focused on issues related to Grant Agreement Amendments and Reporting under Horizon 2020.
We can also help you clarify your thoughts on financial issues of FP7 and Horizon 2020 projects, as well as dispel any EC audit-related fear: join our “FP7 & H2020 Master of Finance and Administration” training course on 17-18 March 2016 in Budapest; we will share our experience with financial management and reporting and EC audits of FP7 and H2020 projects, focusing on typical bottlenecks, tricks and mistakes.
We hope to see you there!
Key Account Manager
The H2020 SME Innovation Associate: matching SMEs up with talented researchers
The H2020 SME Innovation Associate is a new pilot action under the Horizon 2020 programme, supporting European SMEs and Start-ups to recruit post-doctoral research associates from other countries to explore an innovation business idea.
The action aims at overcoming barriers for EU SMEs and Start-ups to the recruitment of highly qualified specialists that are not available on the national job market.
Get your FP7/H2020 project mock audited and test yourself and your procedures
Are you wondering how you would do in case of a financial audit on one or more of your FP7/H2020 projects? Do you have doubts on whether your administrative and financial management procedures comply fully with the requirements of FP7/H2020?
Try our brand new service: Mock Audit by Europa Media
Our experts will simulate apilot-scale EC financial audit for one or more of your FP7/H2020 projects, in which your organisation is involved as a beneficiary. The goal of this exercise is to verify the compliance of the administrative and financial procedures at your organisation with the requirements of the Grant Agreements of your project(s) funded under FP7 and/or Horizon 2020, and propose recommendations for improvement, if necessary.
EU Project Manager Traineeship programme by Europa Media Trainings
Europa Media Trainings is now launching its traineeship programme on EU project development and management. Successful trainees with an ambition to escalate their practical know-how and skills in developing and managing projects under the EU's research and innovation programmes will have the chance to work on real projects of Europa Media Non-profit Ltd. and/or Geonardo Ltd., and will develop innovative project concepts in response to real calls for proposals published under the Horizon 2020 and ERASMUS+ programmes.
The traineeship will last 3-4 months and run from May 2016 until August 2016. A mentor, an experienced project manager, will be assigned to each trainee. A maximum of five trainees will be accepted to the programme.
Go student entrepreneurs!
I had the chance to attend NACUE’s Student Enterprise Conference (SEC) at UCL on the weekend of February 20th-21st, which has been organised in partnership with our MY-WAY project. As some of you might remember, MY-WAY is about supporting young adults in becoming successful web entrepreneurs.
The SEC was full of inspiring talks, practical workshops and networking opportunities. The talks for young people were encouraging and answered many questions they had in mind as well as had many tips how to deal with the next steps ahead. You should have felt the energy coming from these young people! It was inspiring for all of us.
19 - 20 May 2016 Liverpool, The United Kingdom
1st EAI International Conference on Smart Grid Inspired Future Technologies
31 May - 2 June 2016 Berlin, Germany
10th GEO European Projects Workshop 2016
22 - 24 June 2016 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Industrial Technologies Conference
17 - 18 March 2016 Budapest, Hungary
FP7&H2020 Master of Finance and Administration
7 - 8 April 2016 Brussels, Belgium
Horizon 2020 Proposal Development
13 April 2016 Budapest, Hungary
FP7&H2020 - Fast track to Financial Reporting and EC Audits
12 - 13 May 2016 Vienna, Austria
Horizon 2020 Project Management and Financial Reporting