Recognising the importance of science and innovation to society, productivity and economic competitiveness, the government has now provided reassurance to UK participants of the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Programme with a commitment to safeguard funding for research and innovation projects.
The Treasury has confirmed that it will underwrite funding for approved Horizon 2020 projects applied for before the UK leaves the European Union. As a result, British organisations have certainty over future funding and should continue to bid for Horizon 2020 Calls while the UK remains a member of the EU. The Treasury will underwrite the payment of such awards, even when specific projects continue beyond the UK’s departure from the EU.
We have been working with the Energy National Contact Points from the other European countries that participate in Horizon 2020 to ensure the above message is being disseminated to relevant organisations so that UK organisations’ continued eligibility for funding is widely known to allow consortia to be maintained and built. Please let us know if you do come across European organisations that are not aware of the Treasury announcement.
On 18th July 2017, Jo Johnson spoke at the Instruct ERIC inauguration event in London. He highlighted the importance of collaboration with European and international partners on major science, research and technology initiatives and that modern scientific research nearly always involves the sharing of expertise to tackle the hardest questions, making a link between big science and big opportunities for collaboration. He also reaffirmed the parameters of the UK Government’s underwrite of Horizon 2020 funding, in which the Government has committed to underwrite all successful bids for competitive EU funding made by UK participants that are submitted before the UK leaves the EU. The latest Q&A on the guarantee can be found here.
UK Information Day and Networking Event on Energy Efficiency in Horizon 2020
UK Information Day and Networking Event on Energy Efficiency in Horizon 2020 The EU Energy Focus team, in conjunction with the Knowledge Transfer Network and the Enterprise Europe Network, is delivering an information and networking event on the forthcoming Horizon 2020 Calls for Proposals for energy efficiency projects. The event will be held in London on Tuesday 10th October. Details of the event and how to register can be found here.
European Information Days and Brokerage Event
The 2018-20 Call for Proposals from Horizon 2020 Energy are expected to be launched in November 2017. The European Information Days on the new Calls will be held on 23rd to 25th October in Brussels. Registration will open on 20th September. More information can be found here. The Information Days will be broadcast online and recorded so you will be able to access the information even if you are unable to attend the event.
A Brokerage Event will be held in conjunction with the Information Days on 24th October in Brussels. The Brokerage Event is an opportunity to arrange bi-lateral meetings with organisations from across Europe. You can upload your organisation profile, review those of others and arrange meetings on the event website.
The final 2017 Call for Proposals closed on 7th September 2017. The Commission received 83 proposals. The proposals will now be evaluated and the results of the evaluation will be communicated to coordinators by 7th February 2018. A breakdown of the number of proposals received by Call area can be found here.
The European Commission has published the Call for Tender identified as Other Action 41 in the 2016-17 Horizon 2020 Energy Work Programme. The tender is entitled “EU energy system: modelling, data collection and studies” and has a deadline of 29th September 2017. Details of the tender can be found here.
2017 Call for Proposals now closed
The 2017 Call for Proposals closed on 20th April 2017. Results have recently been communicated to the applicants. It is expected that the first grant agreements will be signed by December 2017. An overview of the results can be viewed here.
The European Commission has launched three Horizon 2020 energy prizes, which will encourage innovations and finding solutions in the areas of great importance to European citizens, culture and health, and by this contribute to one of the key challenges of Energy Union, which is to put citizens at its core. These prizes will reward innovative approaches to integrating solar energy into historical buildings, using renewable energy in hospitals, and developing products that help cut emissions by reusing CO2. The total value of the prizes is €3.25M. More information can be found here. There was a conference session on the prizes during the European Sustainable Energy Week conference. The presentations can be found here.
Now is a good time for you to consider joining one of our sector stakeholder groups. These continue to play an important role in helping to shape UK input to discussions on future European energy technology development spending priorities. But in parallel, in the light of the EU referendum result, they will increasingly now focus on providing input to the UK’s new, wider international energy innovation engagement priorities that are currently being developed and other possible activities related to international collaboration.
The UK Stakeholder Groups meet via conference call approximately four times per year. There are UK Stakeholder Groups for bioenergy, solar, wind, CCS, smart cities, smart grids, ocean and a group on energy efficiency is in the process of being set-up. Stakeholder group membership offers an opportunity to help influence policy at EU and UK levels; and to build your networks and knowledge to take advantage of the resulting opportunities.
It’s important to have representative groups made up of industry, academia and the public sector to help ensure feedback matches as closely as possible to UK priorities, strengths and interests. This should give UK organisations the best possible chance of success in securing EU funding and activity, along with wider international business opportunities against increasingly tough competition.
We are very interested in hearing from organisations, particularly trade associations or industry, about joining these stakeholder groups. Please contact the EU Energy Focus team if you would like more information or would like to explore joining.