All posts tagged: Horizon Europe

MSCA4Ukraine boosted with €10m funding under Horizon Europe

MSCA4Ukraine boosted with €10m funding under Horizon Europe

The European Commission has increased the budget of the MSCA4Ukraine initiative with an additional €10m funding through Horizon Europe. MSCA4Ukraine was created to support Ukrainian researchers who were displaced from their country since the start of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine. The latest funding boost will enable these individuals to continue their essential scientific research safely across Europe. Iliana Ivanova, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, commented: “Thanks to Horizon Europe funding, researchers that had to flee Ukraine can continue their work. “This successful MSCA scheme is one of the ways in which we provide tangible support to the Ukrainian research and innovation community. Helping Ukrainian researchers and innovators is essential both now and for the sake of the future.” MSCA4Ukraine overview MSCA4Ukraine, initiated in September 2022 with an initial €25m budget from Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions under Horizon Europe, is a dedicated Commission scheme supporting displaced Ukrainian researchers to continue their work safely in Europe. Open to Ukrainian nationals, stateless persons, and those with main residence in Ukraine as of 24 …

EU Commission boosts Horizon Europe funding by €1.4bn

EU Commission boosts Horizon Europe funding by €1.4bn

The European Commission has announced it has adopted an amendment that will boost Horizon Europe funding by around €1.4bn for 2024. The amendment to the 2023-24 Work Programme of Horizon Europe will mobilise previously unallocated Horizon Europe funding, taking the 2024 budget to €7.3bn. The additional Horizon Europe funding includes a nearly €650m investment in the EU Missions to solve some of Europe’s major challenges. This includes helping over 100 cities become climate-neutral, creating a New European Bauhaus (NEB) facility, and taking key actions to support EU research and innovation activities. Iliana Ivanova, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, commented on the new Horizon Europe funding allocation: “We need to attract more newcomers to the opportunities presented by Horizon Europe in order to make the most of Europe’s potential. “This is why we are introducing experimental actions in this work programme update. Together with the roll-out of further funding for the EU Missions, the New European Bauhaus Facility and other actions, this will help maximise the impact of our research and innovation investments …

South Korea joins Horizon Europe programme

South Korea joins Horizon Europe programme

South Korea is set to join the Horizon Europe programme in a significant stride towards bolstering international collaboration in research and innovation. Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education, and Youth, Iliana Ivanova, alongside Korean Minister for Science and Information and Communication Technology, Lee Jong Ho, finalised negotiations, marking a pivotal moment in fostering cooperation under Horizon Europe. South Korea will now join the esteemed group of nations associated with the Horizon Europe programme, the world’s largest research initiative. The formal signing of the Association Agreement is slated to occur in the second half of 2024, pending the completion of ratification procedures on both sides. This milestone will pave the way for Korea’s full-fledged participation in Horizon Europe commencing in 2025. Ivanova commented: “I am happy to welcome Korea into the Horizon family. This is a milestone for our cooperation and great news for global science and innovation. Together, we will be able to tackle global challenges more effectively.” A shift in international research collaboration Traditionally, association with the EU’s research and innovation endeavours was extended …

EU and Switzerland launch talks for Horizon Europe participation

EU and Switzerland launch talks for Horizon Europe participation

The EU and Switzerland have announced they have launched negotiations to strengthen bilateral relations in a move that will boost Switzerland’s participation in Horizon Europe. Previously, Swiss involvement in Horizon Europe, the world’s largest research programme, has been limited due to the country’s ‘third country’ status. Now, the EU and Switzerland are working to strengthen ties that will provide various benefits to both parties. Launched by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and President of the Swiss Confederation Viola Amherd, the talks follow the adoption of EU and Switzerland negotiating mandates on 8 and 12 March. These mandates authorise the Commission and Switzerland to discuss a package detailed in the Common Understanding, endorsed by the Swiss Federal Council and the EU Commission in November last year, which details both sides’ intent to conclude the negotiations in 2024. von der Leyen expressed the significance of deepening the EU-Switzerland relationship: “Today is the beginning of a new chapter in our relationship with Switzerland based on a renewed trust and engagement between partners and neighbours. “I am glad that negotiations on …

UK launches Horizon Europe campaign to supercharge international links

UK launches Horizon Europe campaign to supercharge international links

The UK has launched a Horizon Europe campaign across print, online, and podcasts in Italy and Spain to encourage firms and researchers to work with UK researchers. The UK associated to Horizon Europe at the start of 2024, with around £80bn in grants available to bidders from the UK, Italy, Spain, and beyond. As home to four of the world’s top ten universities, the UK is a compelling partner to Italy and Spain’s brightest minds. The new Horizon Europe campaign will highlight the opportunities for collaboration with the UK’s world-leading researchers and their Italian and Spanish colleagues – from the UK’s best-in-class expertise in fields like space and life sciences to the potential to access new markets and clients. The importance of Italy and Spain’s UK partnerships Italy and Spain are integral partners to the UK through international scientific organisations, such as the Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), and through our shared interest in issues like climate change and quantum physics. UK, Italian, and Spanish scientists have also collaborated to bring potential HIV-AIDS vaccines to …

Transforming mining waste into waste heat recovery materials

Transforming mining waste into waste heat recovery materials

The START project aims to produce thermoelectric devices for waste heat recovery applications from secondary mineral resources (mining waste). The START project is co-funded by the European Union (EU), Grant Agreement No 101058632, via its Horizon Europe programme, under the topic ‘Building innovative value chains from raw materials to sustainable products’ (HORIZON-CL4-2021-RESILIENCE-01-07). It is a breakthrough project that aims to use secondary resources from mining waste and tailings to develop sustainable tellurium-free thermoelectric (TE) devices. START approach and concept: Recovering heat from mining waste The ultimate goal is to build an innovation ecosystem in the EU related to the production of TE devices with the highest economic efficiency suitable for use in waste heat recovery systems. This represents an opportunity to efficiently use the EU’s discarded secondary resources, reduce its waste and dependency on third countries, and offer a competitive solution for the sustainable development of renewable energy ecosystems using TE systems, in line with the strategies outlined in the European Green Deal and the EU Action Plans on Critical Raw Materials and Circular Economy. …

Training industrial doctorates in the transition towards biobased value circles

Training industrial doctorates in the transition towards biobased value circles

Biobased Value Circle establishes a paradigm shift in the innovation process for biobased materials to accelerate the transition from a  fossil-based to a biobased circular economy. Biobased Value Circle trains the new generation of industrial doctorates in the transition towards biobased value circles. It offers a unique interdisciplinary research and training environment tailored for 12 PhD researchers excited by the development of innovative biobased products, respecting the principles of the circular economy. The mission of Biobased Value Circle is to establish a paradigm shift in the innovation process for biobased materials to accelerate the transition from a fossil-based to a biobased and circular economy. This is essential to tackle urgent societal issues, such as climate change and plastic pollution. The programme brings together cutting-edge research and development spanning the biobased materials value circle, involving companies (including SMEs) and academic institutes across Europe. The Biobased Value Circle consortium consists of four European universities, one research institute, and eight European companies that hired PhD researchers or hosted secondments as part of the training programme co-ordinated by Maastricht …

FlowPhotoChem Project: Chemical production made sustainable

FlowPhotoChem Project: Chemical production made sustainable

The FlowPhotoChem Project is helping to achieve European climate targets by delivering innovations for sustainable chemical production. The EU has committed to tackling climate change targets head-on, aiming to reduce CO2 by 40% by 2030 and achieve a climate-neutral economy by 2050. The European chemical industry, one of the largest manufacturing sectors and producers of high-value industry-wide materials, must also significantly reduce carbon emissions to meet these targets. Europe’s chemical sector is one of the most polluting industries, with figures estimating that the sector released 123 million tons of CO2 equivalents in 2021. This is because a significant portion of chemical production is derived from fossil fuels, using processes that also generate significant quantities of greenhouse gases. Launched in June 2020, FlowPhotoChem is a 48-month Horizon 2020 project that aims to make Europe’s chemical industry more sustainable by focusing on sustainable approaches to manufacture ethylene – a chemical used in producing plastic polyethylene. FlowPhotoChem will not produce CO2; instead, it will consume CO2 during the process. Developing three types of reactors for sustainable chemical production …

University of Waterloo is strengthening EU connections for global impact

University of Waterloo is strengthening EU connections for global impact

The University of Waterloo, Canada’s number one comprehensive research university, is excited to tap into €53bn in new funding opportunities offered by Pillar II of Horizon Europe. Researchers at the University of Waterloo (Waterloo), Canada’s number one comprehensive research university for the last 16 years, eagerly anticipate the official launch of Canada’s participation in Horizon Europe’s Pillar II programme to further support the university’s globally important and impactful research. As the latest developed economy to join Horizon Europe under Pillar II, Canada has the opportunity to access €53bn in funding available through the European Commission. Waterloo’s proven track record of research excellence and successful international collaborations ensures that the university is well-positioned to leverage the myriad opportunities offered by this game-changing agreement. Waterloo’s international reach Waterloo is committed to advancing learning and knowledge worldwide through teaching, research and scholarship. Through Waterloo International, the university collaborates with other leading institutions around the globe to enhance its expertise further in the areas of research, entrepreneurship, and innovation. Waterloo recognises the world is changing and that humanity must …

Quantum gravity detected by researchers for the first time

Quantum gravity detected by researchers for the first time

Scientists have successfully detected the quantum gravity of a tiny particle with a new technique that uses levitating magnets. Physicists are a step closer to finding out the mysterious forces of the Universe after working out how to measure quantum gravity. Experts have never understood how the force works on a microscopic level. In Einstein’s theory of general relativity, he argued that there is no realistic experiment that could show a quantum version of gravity. Now, scientists at the University of Southampton, in collaboration with European physicists, have detected a weak gravitational pull on a tiny particle. The team argues that it could pave the way to finding quantum gravity theory. Published in Science Advances, the work used levitating magnets to detect gravity on microscopic particles – small enough to border the quantum realm. Understanding quantum gravity The work could help experts find the missing puzzle piece in our picture of reality. Lead author Tim Fuchs from the University of Southampton stated: “For a century, scientists have tried and failed to understand how gravity and …