Assessment of Lump Sum Pilot in H2020: Feedback analysis published

On 6 October 2021, the European Commission published the analysis of surveys it had conducted as part of the assessment of the Lump Sum Pilot in Horizon 2020.

European Commission launches five EU Missions to tackle major challenges

On 29 September 2021, the European Commission officially launched five new missions to tackle in an ambitious and focused manner major societal challenges and find solutions by 2030 in the areas of health, climate and environment.

New European Bauhaus: New communication on planned actions and funding opportunities

The European Commission published a communication on the further progress of the New European Bauhaus Initiative (NEB) that includes a set of planned actions as well as funding opportunities.

Call for expressions of interest to select up to seven new members of the EIT Governing Board

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) is selecting new members for its Governing Board. Leading academics, entrepreneurs, innovators and researchers are encouraged to apply and help drive Europe’s ability to innovate. The EIT Governing Board consists of 12 European innovation leaders appointed by the European Commission for a four-year mandate as well as a representative of the European Commission.

New dates for the EIC Innovation Training Workshop

The Business Acceleration Services of the European Innovation Council (EIC) are organizing two additional editions of their EIC Innovation Training Workshop, in which only researchers from EIC Pathfinder (FET-Open & FET-Proactive) and EIC Transition projects are allowed to participate.

Pre-draft of Annotated Model Grant Agreement for Horizon Europe published

On 23 July 2021, the European Commission published a pre-draft of the Annotated Model Grant Agreement (AGA) for Horizon Europe on the Funding & Tenders Portal. Already at the beginning of this year the Model Grant Agreement (MGA) for Horizon Europe has been published, which will serve as a template for the grant agreements between the Commission or the executive agencies and the beneficiaries the new framework programme.

European Commission proposes Pact for Research and Innovation

On 16 July 2021, the European Commission proposed a Pact for Research and Innovation in Europe, in particular to support the implementation of national European Research Area (ERA) policies. The establishment of such a act was already announced in September 2020 as part of the EC communication on "A new ERA for Research and Innovation" (KoWi reported).

Calls Horizon Europe: Switzerland as a non-associated third country in first calls for proposals

Switzerland can currently only participate as a non-associated third country in the first calls for proposals of the EU framework programme for research and innovation Horizon Europe. The European Commission has made this clear in the list of eligible countries published on the Funding & Tenders Portal.

First calls of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions 2021 published

The European Commission published the calls for the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Doctoral Networks 2021, Postdoctoral Fellowships 2021 and European Researchers' Night 2022-2023.

MSCA: Model Grant Agreement and Proposal Templates available

The European Commission has published the Model Grant Agreement (MGA) for Unit Grants in Horizon Europe on the Funding and Tenders Portal. The Unit Grants MGA applies to Horizon Europe Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) and ERA-Fellowships, which are both reimbursed via unit costs instead of actual costs.