Horizon 2020


Horizon 2020 - Excellent Science

Horizon 2020 is the European Union’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation and is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union. It incorporates all the current research and innovation funding known as: the Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development, the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).

The Horizon 2020 focuses on three different areas, which are: Excellent Science, Industrial Leadership and Societal Challenge.

Excellent science programme aims to support world leading scientists in blue sky research, providing training and career development opportunities, developing future and emerging technologies and EU research infrastructures. Its objectives are to strengthen research in Future and Emerging Technologies, strengthen skills through the Marie Curies Actions and strengthen European Research Infrastructures including e-infrastructures.

The European Research Council (ERC) will provide substantial grants to top-level individual researchers working in Europe. Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) opens up new fields of research and innovation, whilst the Marie Curie Actions develops research and innovation skills through the training, mobility and career development of researchers. Other funding will also be available for supporting access to, and networking of priority research infrastructures across Europe.

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Horizon 2020 - Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation

Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe's global competitiveness.

By coupling research and innovation, Horizon 2020 is helping to achieve this with its emphasis on excellent science, industrial leadership and tackling societal challenges. The goal is to ensure Europe produces world-class science, removes barriers to innovation and makes it easier for the public and private sectors to work together in delivering innovation ‘Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation’ is a specific measures for spreading excellence and widening participation. The measure is targeted at low-performing Member States in terms of research and innovation.

• The Teaming action will provide new opportunities to the parties involved, with real prospects for growth through tapping into new collaboration and development patterns.
• Twinning helps strengthening a defined field of research in a knowledge institution through linking with at least two internationally-leading counterparts in Europe.
• The ERA Chairs scheme provides support for universities and other research institutions to attract and maintain high quality human resources and implement the structural changes necessary to achieve excellence on a sustainable basis.
• The Policy Support Facility aims to improve the design, implementation and evaluation of national/regional research and innovation policies.
• Supporting access to international networks for excellent researchers and innovators who lack sufficient involvement in European and international networks will include support provided through COST.
• Strengthening the administrative and operational capacity of transnational networks of National Contact Points allows financial and technical support and ensures the flow of information between them and the Horizon 2020 implementation bodies.

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Horizon 2020 - Science with and for Society

Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe's global competitiveness.

The ‘Science with and for Society’ programme addresses the European societal challenges tackled by Horizon 2020, building capacities and developing innovative ways of connecting science to society. It will make science more attractive (notably to young people), increase society's appetite for innovation, and open up further research and innovation activities.

It allows all societal actors (researchers, citizens, policy makers, business, third sector organisations etc.) to work together during the whole research and innovation process in order to better align both the process and its outcomes with the values, needs and expectations of European society. This approach to research and innovation is called Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI).

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Horizon 2020 - Industrial Leadership

The pillar ‘Industrial Leadership’ speeds up development of the technologies and innovations that will underpin tomorrow's businesses and help innovative European SMEs to grow into world-leading companies.

It consists of three specific objectives:
• Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies - provides dedicated support for research, development and demonstration and, where appropriate, for standardisation and certification, on information and communications technology (ICT), nanotechnology, advanced materials, biotechnology, advanced manufacturing and processing and space.
• Access to risk finance aims to overcome deficits in the availability of debt and equity finance for R&D and innovation-driven companies and projects at all stages of development.
• Innovation in SMEs - provides SME-tailored support to stimulate all forms of innovation in SMEs.

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Horizon 2020 - Societal Challenges

The pillar ‘Societal Challenges’ brings together resources and knowledge across different fields, technologies and disciplines, including social sciences and the humanities. This covers activities ranging from research to market with a new focus on innovation-related activities. It includes establishing links with the activities of the European Innovation Partnerships (EIP).

Funding focuses on the following challenges:
• Health, demographic change and wellbeing;
• Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research, and the Bioeconomy;
• Secure, clean and efficient energy;
• Smart, green and integrated transport;
• Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials;
• Europe in a changing world - inclusive, innovative and reflective societies;
• Secure societies - protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens

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Open Calls

 

INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP

Name of Call

Description of Call

Eligible Applicants

Deadline

Dedicated SME Instrument 2016-2017

The SME instrument consists of three phases, including a coaching and mentoring service for beneficiaries. Participants can apply to phase 1 or directly to phase 2:

- In phase 1, a feasibility study shall be developed in order to verify the technological/practical as well as economic viability of an innovation idea/concept with considerable novelty to the industry sector in which it is presented (new products, processes, design, services and technologies or new market applications of existing technologies). - In phase 2, innovation projects will be supported that address the specific challenges identified and that demonstrate high potential in terms of company competitiveness and growth underpinned by a strategic business plan. Activities should focus on innovation activities such as demonstration, testing, prototyping, piloting, scaling-up, miniaturisation, design, market replication and the like aiming to bring an innovation idea (product, process, service etc.) to industrial readiness and maturity for market introduction, but may also include some research.

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Various

For a Better Innovation Support to SMEs

The following call for proposal is one element of a broader action to develop the ecosystem of innovation support to SMEs in Europe. Where appropriate, a highly specialised support service may be established at European level to complement existing national and regional services. Generally, the actions are designed to provide opportunities to Member States and regions to enhance their services through collaboration, peer-learning and uptake of new approaches.

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Various

Improving access by innovative SMEs to alternative forms of finance

Sources of finance for innovative SMEs should be as diverse as possible in order to cater for their varying needs at different stages of the firm life-cycle and the innovation process. However, more needs to be done to improve such SMEs' access to alternative forms of finance such as peer-to-peer lending, venture debt and convertible loans, equity finance provided by crowdfunding or business angels, and factoring and trade finance. In particular, there is a need to:

1. Sensitise and improve capacity of financial suppliers such as National Promotional Institutions, Banks and enablers, such as National Central Banks, national innovation agencies providing finance about the potential of alternative finance.

2. Facilitate the exchange of best practices amongst Member States and Associated Countries about regulatory and other measures aiming to make it easier for innovative SMEs to diversify their sources of finance.

3. Make it easier for niche and specialist providers of alternative finance to market themselves to innovative SMEs seeking such forms of finance.

4. Develop ways of matching such SMEs to alternative finance schemes and their providers.In particular, developing information architectures across the European Union taking into consideration the potential of technology innovation in finance.

5. Improve the availability of financial and credit information about innovative SMEs to alternative lenders and investors.

6. Improve innovative SMEs' awareness and understanding  of the types of alternative finance available according to their circumstances and development phase.

NGOs
Local Councils
Trade Unions
SMEs
Others

September 7, 2017

ECSEL Innovation Action (IA)

An ECSEL Innovation Action (IA) primarily consists of activities aiming at pilot lines, test beds, demonstrators, innovation pilots and zones of full-scale testing. These activities produce plans and arrangements or designs for new, altered or improved products, processes, methods and tools or services.

A ‘technology or method introduction’ aims at the development, testing, and implementation of new technologies, tools or methods

A 'demonstration or pilot' aims to validate the technical and economic viability of a new or improved technology, product, process, service or solution in an operational (or nearly operational) environment.

A 'market replication' aims to support the first application/deployment in the market of an innovation that has already been demonstrated but not yet applied/deployed in the market due to market failures/barriers to uptake.

Universities, Institutes, SMEs and large companies

September 21, 2017

ECSEL Research and Innovation Action

An ECSEL Research and Innovation Action (RIA) primarily consists of activities aiming to establish new knowledge and/or to explore the feasibility of a new or improved technology, product, process, service, method, tool or solution. For this purpose they may include applied research, technology development and/or method/tool and integration, testing and validation on a small-scale prototype in a laboratory or simulated environment.

Universities, Institutes, SMEs and large companies

September 21, 2017

Materials for Clean Air

The objective pursued by this  prize is to reduce particulate matter air pollution in urban areas through the development of innovative material solutions. These solutions should be design-driven, affordable and sustainable, and they should demonstrate that they can effectively remove and/or prevent the formation of particulate matter in the atmosphere (vehicle exhaust systems will be excluded).

Legal entity, single person or group of legal entities

January 23, 2018

       
       

SOCIETAL CHALLENGES

Name of Call

Description of Call

Eligible Applicants

Deadline

Competitive Low-Carbon Energy

Energy being a cross-cutting issue, the Horizon 2020 Energy Societal Challenge exploits synergies with other relevant areas, e.g. information and communication technologies and material-related research. In addition, the Energy Challenge contributes to the 'Blue Growth' focus area as well as to the Public Private Partnerships on Energy-efficient Buildings and Sustainable Process Industries (SPIRE). Whilst projects are expected to contribute to a more sustainable energy system, technology development is encouraged to comply with the Circular Economy principles.

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September 7, 2017

Personalised Medicine

Beneficiaries will be allowed to charge the cost of clinical trials on the basis of unit costs established in line with a methodology set up in the Commission Decision (C2014) 1393, which is available on the Participant Portal.

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Various

Horizon Prize - Engine Retrofit for Clean Air

The prize aim at spurring the development of engine and powertrain technologies using conventional fuels to reduce emissions of pollutants in real driving conditions to the lowest level possible, in order to improve air quality issues in European cities.

The prize will be awarded, after closure of the contest, to the contestants who in demonstrate a solution that best addresses the following cumulative criteria: demonstrate the reduction of emissions of NOx, particle numbers, CO, hydrocarbons in real driving down to the levels that will be defined in the prize regulation specifications and according to the weighting methodology defined therein, while ensuring low levels of undesired non-regulated pollutants.

Legal entity, single person or group of legal entities

September 12, 2017

Digital Security Focus Area

ICT-driven transformations bring opportunities across many important sectors but also vulnerabilities to critical infrastructures and digital services, which can have significant consequences on the functioning of society, economic growth and the technological innovation potential of Europe. These challenges are being addressed through innovative approaches that cross the boundaries of individual H2020 pillars, calls and challenges. Therefore the main research & Innovation activities in Digital Security are grouped in a dedicated focus area cutting across LEIT–ICT and Societal Challenges parts of the work programme, including evidently the Societal Challenge 7 on "Secure Societies", but also the Societal Challenge 1 on "Health, demographic change and wellbeing".

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August 24, 2017

Horizon Prize - Birth Day

The Horizon Prize on reducing maternal and newborn morbidity and mortality - the Birth Day Prize - will be awarded to the contestants who demonstrate a novel solution to improve the outcome of facility-based deliveries, which might be of clinical, technological or managerial nature, or a combination of these. Any solution must take full account of relevant social factors and have the potential of scaling up rapidly.

Legal entity, single person or group of legal entities

September 6, 2017

Bio-Based Industries PPP

This is the 2017 call, fourth of a total of seven calls between 2014 and 2020. The 4 strategic orientations focus on: Feedstock, Process, Products, and Market uptake.

There are various open calls under this call. The inidicative budge is of €81M.

SMEs

September 7, 2017

Co-Creation for Growth and Inclusion

Europe has many competitive strengths: the talent and creativity of its people, a strong industrial base, a vibrant services sector, a performing education system, its position as the world's biggest trading bloc and leading destination for foreign direct investment. Likewise, Europe can also count on its strong values, democratic institutions, its consideration for economic, social and territorial cohesion and solidarity, and its respect for the environment and cultural diversity. The potential for societal and innovative development through co-creation in all sectors of society is widely recognised and the current socio-economic context, despite many difficulties, provides for manifold opportunities to fully exploit it.

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Various: starting October 15, 2017

IMI2-2017-11-01: Exploitation of IMI project results

This call for proposals aims at providing a starting/short term support to develop enabling solutions to ensure that significant results from IMI projects become fully exploitable, available to all relevant end users, and/or fully sustainable in the long term and in their own right. This will ensure that the significant outputs, important samples and/or data that have been generated by the large public-private investments are maintained and made available for future research by the whole scientific community and that important findings are integrated in general research and medical practice in support of the objectives of IMI2.

The work to be supported will consist mainly of activities and measures to make the results available to the broader scientific community and as such may include measures to enable technology transfer and the analysis of regulatory aspects, as well as the standardisation and transfer of samples, databases, tools, etc. to sustainable infrastructures.

In addition, the work may also encompass further activities should novel solutions/tools/methods be required to achieve the objectives of sustaining the results and ensuring their full impact. These could include adaptation of technologies to enable wider engagement, development of novel standardisation and/or interoperability measures, further development of scientific and business solutions, etc., as appropriate.

Legal entities falling under SMEs and companies with an annual turnover of €500M or less; secondary and higher education establishments; NGOs; the Joint Research Centre; and International European interest organisations.

October 24, 2017

H2020-JTI-IMI2-2017-12-TWO-STAGE

The Innovative Medicines Initiative is a jointly funded partnership between the European Union, represented by the European Commission, and the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA).

 The Innovative Medicines Initiative 2 Joint Undertaking (IMI2 JU) has been created1 following the principles below:
• Research related to the future of medicine should be undertaken in areas where societal, public health and biomedical industry competitiveness goals are aligned and require the pooling of resources and greater collaboration between the public and private sectors, with the involvement of small and mediumsized enterprises (SMEs).
• The scope of the initiative should be expanded to all areas of life science research and innovation.
• The areas should be of public health interest, as identified by the World Health Organisation (WHO) report on priority medicines for Europe and the World.

Topics for this call include Alzheimer’s Disease, primary Sjögren’s Syndrome,  infectious disease burde and use of vaccines to improve healthy years in aging populations, discovery and characterisation of blood-brain barrier targets and transport mechanisms for brain delivery of therapeutics to treat neurodegenerative & metabolic diseases and more.

The IMI2 JU objectives are usually implemented through Research and Innovation Actions (RIAs), and Coordination and Support Actions (CSAs) where public and private partners collaborate, joining their expertise, knowledge and resources.

The initiative should therefore seek to involve a broader range of partners, including mid-sized companies , from different sectors e.g. biomedical imaging, medical information technology, diagnostic and/or animal health industries. Involving the wider community in this way should help to advance the development of new approaches and technologies for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases with high impact on public health.

Legal entities falling under SMEs and companies with an annual turnover of €500M or less; secondary and higher education establishments; NGOs; the Joint Research Centre; and International European interest organisations.

Deadline: October 24, 2017

2nd stage deadline: May 16, 2018

Horizon Prize – Low Carbon Energy Inducement Prizes 2016 - Photovoltaics Meets History

In Europe, architectural and planning rules for protected historic buildings lead to major technical constrains in integrating renewable energy such as photovoltaic. These problems call for innovative and creative solutions for building integrated photovoltaics that must combine technology with the artistic and cultural heritage of a city/district. This inducement prize will reward a European protected historic urban district that has perfectly integrated in its buildings a photovoltaic system to generate and supply electricity for its own consumption. In this context the photovoltaic system should include all the necessary components to supply power within a district. The prize will induce the integration of new photovoltaic systems in protected historic urban districts.

Legal entity, single person or group of legal entities

September 26, 2018

Horizon Prize – Low Carbon Energy Inducement Prizes 2016 - Co2 Reuse

Preventing dangerous climate change is a key priority for the European Union (EU). Europe is working hard to cut its greenhouse gas emissions substantially while encouraging other nations and regions to do likewise. The EU has adopted a robust set of policies to promote renewable energy, energy efficiency and low carbon technologies such as carbon dioxide capture and storage. Carbon dioxide utilisation (CDU) technologies can also play a role in delivering Europe’s climate change objectives, by using anthropogenic carbon dioxide (CO2) as a feedstock in making industrial and consumer products, such as chemicals, building materials and substitute fuels. This can reduce emissions to the atmosphere, replace fossil-based feedstocks and products, and support renewable energy deployment through energy storage techniques. CDU technologies can also drive industrial innovation and contribute towards the circular economy by converting what was previously waste to useful material. More effort is needed to enhance and realise the potential of these technologies. The objective of this prize is to enhance the CO2 emission reduction of CO2 utilisation products so they make a genuine contribution to the European Union’s emission reduction targets.

Legal entity, single person or group of legal entities

April 3, 2019

HORIZON PRIZE – Low Carbon Energy Inducement Prizes 2016 - Low Carbon Hospital

The integration and use of renewable energy in buildings for heat and power generation still encounter unsolved technological problems linked to the security and reliability of energy supply and related costs. Partly, it is due the intermittency of some renewable energy sources, such as solar or wind. The difficulty is even greater in cases where a 100% security of energy supply is essential such as for hospitals and especially when several renewable energy sources are used.This inducement prize will reward a hospital that has an innovative and within its premises perfectly integrated combined heat and power (CHP) installation.

Legal entity, single person or group of legal entities regardless of their place of establishment owning or operating a hospital

April 3, 2019

Horizon Prize: Cleanest Engine of the Future

Cleanest engine of the future prize aims at reducing the pollution produced by future new vehicles using either gasoline or diesel fuels and their low biofuel blends available on the market.

Powertrains/cars in which the improvements are achieved by using significant amounts of fuels or stored energy other than the main fuel (i.e. plug-in electricity, mild and full hybrids, stored compressed gases, etc.) are excluded.

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August 20, 2019

       
       

Science With and For Society

Name of Call

Description of Call

Eligible Applicants

Deadline

Science with and for Society

The Horizon 2020 Specific Programme describes the aim of Part V 'Science with and for Society' (SWAFS) as follows: "The aim is to build effective cooperation between science and society, to recruit new talent for science and to pair scientific excellence with social awareness and responsibility". To that end, it indicates that the focus will be on 8 specific activities lines: attractiveness of scientific careers, gender equality, integration of citizens’ interests and values in research and innovation (R&I), formal and informal science education, accessibility and use of research results, governance for the advancement of responsible research and innovation and promotion of an ethics framework for research and innovation, anticipation of potential environmental, health and safety impacts, and improved knowledge on science communication. It also states the importance of the complementarities and cross-cutting issues between the various parts of Horizon 2020, notably for Science and Society and for gender equality.

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August 30, 2017

       
       

EXCELLENT SCIENCE

Name of Call

Description of Call

Eligible Applicants

Deadline

ERC Advanced Grant

Advanced Grants are designed to support excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they are already established research leaders with a recognised track record of research achievements. Applicant Principal Investigators must demonstrate the ground-breaking nature, ambition and feasibility of their scientific proposal. Advanced Grants may be awarded up to a maximum of EUR 2 500 000 for a period of 5 years.ERC Advanced Grant Principal Investigators are expected to be active researchers and to have a track record of significant research achievements in the last 10 years which must be presented in the application.

Researchers

August 31, 2017

ERC- Proof of Concept

Frontier research often generates unexpected or new opportunities for commercial or societal application. The ERC Proof of Concept Grants aim to maximise the value of the excellent research that the ERC funds, by funding further work (i.e. activities which were not scheduled to be funded by the original ERC frontier research grant) to verify the innovation potential of ideas arising from ERC funded projects. Proof of Concept Grants is therefore on offer only to Principal Investigators whose proposals draw substantially on their ERC funded research.

Researchers

September 5, 2017

FET-OPEN: New Ideas for Radically New Technologies

This call aims to support the early stages of joint science and technology research for radically new future technological possibilities. The call is entirely non-prescriptive with regards to the nature or purpose of the technologies that are envisaged and thus targets mainly the unexpected. A bottom-up selection process will build up a diverse portfolio of projects. In order to identify and seize opportunities of long-term benefit for citizens, the economy and society, the early detection of promising new areas, developments and trends, wherever they come from, will be essential. The FET-Open call also seeks for coordination and support activities to turn Europe into the best place in the world for responsible collaborative research and innovation on future and emerging technologies that will make a difference for society in the decades to come. Finally, a specific topic under this call aims to stimulate innovation by initiating entrepreneurial activities around results from FET research projects.

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 September 27, 2017

Coordination and Support Action for Quantum Technologies

Proposals should aim at coordinating the relevant stakeholders, notably academia and industry, as well as policy makers, addressing all of the following:

Establish a communication platform for all stakeholders;
Promote the objectives of the Flagship;
Facilitate connections between industry and academia;
Help shaping the Flagship Initiative during and beyond H2020;
Organize outreach events;
Facilitate dialogue between all stakeholders (policy, industry, academia);
Help the networking of respective national and international activities in the field.
It is expected that such an activity is driven by the relevant actors of the field including both academia and industry.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of up to EUR 0.5 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.The indicative duration of the Coordination and Support Action is from 12 to 18 months.

Legal Entities

September 26, 2017

FET Proactive - High Performance Computing

The FET-Proactive call on HPC aims at the next steps for leveraging the existing European strengths for building the next generation of extreme performance computing and taking advantage of the new opportunities created from the transition from peta to exascale computing. The ultimate goal is to achieve world-class extreme scale computing capabilities in platforms, technologies and applications.

The call complements the other building blocks under the e-Infrastructures and LEIT-ICT parts of Horizon 2020 of the European HPC strategy. The implementation of this HPC strategy in Horizon 2020 combines three elements:
(a) developing the next generation of HPC towards exascale;
(b) providing access to the best supercomputing facilities and services; and
(c) achieving excellence in HPC applications.

The Public Private Partnership (PPP) with the European Technology Platform in HPC (ETP4HPC), which started on 1 January 2014, provides the framework for the implementation of elements (a) and (c) of the HPC strategy, based on the Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) of the ETP4HPC.[[See http://www.etp4hpc.eu/strategy/strategic-research-agenda/]]

Legal Entities

September 26, 2017

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Co-Funding of Regional, National and International programmes

The COFUND scheme aims to stimulate regional, national or international programmes to foster excellence in researchers' training, mobility and career development, spreading the best practices of Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions.

This will be achieved by co-funding new or existing regional, national, and international programmes to open up to, and provide for, international, intersectoral and interdisciplinary research training, as well as transnational and cross-sectoral mobility of researchers at all stages of their career.

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September 28, 2017

Call for proposals for ERC synergy grant

ERC Synergy Grants are intended to enable minimum two to maximum four Principal Investigators and their teams to bring together complementary skills, knowledge, and resources in new ways, in order to jointly address ambitious research problems.

The aim is to promote substantial advances at the frontiers of knowledge, to cross-fertilize scientific fields, and to encourage new productive lines of enquiry and new methods and techniques, including unconventional approaches and investigations at the interface between established disciplines. This should enable transformative research not only at the forefront of European science but also to become a benchmark on a global scale.

Legal entities must engage Principal Investigators (active researchers and must present an early achievement track-record or a 10-year track-record whichever is most appropriate for their career stage)

November 14, 2017

Call for proposals for ERC starting grant

ERC Starting Grants are designed to support excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they are starting their own independent research team or programme. Applicant Principal Investigators must demonstrate the ground-breaking nature, ambition and feasibility of their scientific proposal.

Legal entities must engage Principal Investigators (active researchers and must present an early achievement track-record or a 10-year track-record whichever is most appropriate for their career stage)

November 17, 2017