Category Archives: Policy

HORIZON EUROPE LOSES OUT IN HISTORIC EU BUDGET DEAL

The budget of the new Horizon Europe research and innovation programme fell victim to the EU leaders’ historic summit negotiations this month as they debated the EU’s long-term budget and a post-pandemic economic recovery plan over a lengthy five days … Continue reading

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ADVISORY BOARD PRESENTS ROADMAP FOR FULLY-FLEDGED EIC IN HORIZON EUROPE

On 30 June the European Innovation Council (EIC) Advisory Board, an independent group of 22 leading entrepreneurs, researchers, investors and innovation experts,  published their report “A Vision and Roadmap for Impact” which paves the way for the fully-fledged EIC in … Continue reading

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EUROPEAN GREEN DEAL CALL READY TO LAUNCH IN SEPTEMBER 2020

Fighting climate change and making Europe climate-neutral by 2050 is one of the main priorities of the European Commission. In support of this priority, the Commission is reinforcing Green Deal-related research and innovation with a dedicated call for proposals under … Continue reading

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EUROPEAN INNOVATION SCOREBOARD 2020 REVEALS STEADY GROWTH OF EU’S INNOVATION PERFORMANCE

The 2020 edition of the European Innovation Scoreboard was published on 23 June, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg’s national holiday, giving the small state of just over 600,000 inhabitants another good cause to celebrate: for the first time the country … Continue reading

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EUROPEAN INNOVATION COUNCIL FUND BECOMES LEGAL ENTITY

The EIC Fund, which will provide equity from €0.5m to €15m to companies whose breakthrough innovations are selected for EIC Accelerator blended finance support (grant and equity), became an official legal entity in June. This is the first time the … Continue reading

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HORIZON EUROPE MISSIONS TO RECEIVE CITIZEN CONSULTATION

On 25 June the European Commission revealed initial details of the five planned research missions which will be launched as part of the Horizon Europe research and innovation programme in 2021. The 15 experts and chair of each mission board, … Continue reading

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COMMISSION USES MONEY FROM RECOVERY FUND TO BOOST HORIZON EUROPE BUDGET

On 27 May, the president of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen presented the much anticipated €1.1 trillion, seven-year EU budget plan together with the €750 recovery fund (a mixture of €500 in grants and €250 in loans) to … Continue reading

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EU’S LATEST SCIENCE, RESEARCH AND INNOVATION PERFORMANCE REPORT PUBLISHED

On 27 May, the Commission released its latest report on the EU’s Science, Research and Innovation Performance, through which it analyses how Europe performs in the global context. The report highlights the need for research and innovation (R&I) to support … Continue reading

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COMMISSION EXPLORES EU-WIDE CROWDFUNDING PROJECT TO FINANCE RECOVERY

According to an internal document seen by the European news agency EURACTIV, the European Commission has held initial talks with various platforms involved in crowdfunding and proposed to lead a joint EU-wide crowdfunding campaign to help some of the most … Continue reading

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EUROPEAN COMMISSION SURVEY ON INNOVATION SUPPORT FOR SMES

The European Commission has launched a survey on the effectiveness of public innovation support for SMEs in Europe. It is addressed to enterprises (especially SMEs) and providers of innovation support to SMEs (including institutional stakeholders, business organisations, etc.) operating in … Continue reading

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