Horizon 2020: Surge in applications but low success rate

Posted in Research on June 22nd, 2015 by steve

EU“Up to the end of February 2015, after 14 months, Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation 2014-20, had received 45,000 applications. This represents a large surge in the number of applications …” (more)

[Jan Petter Myklebust, University World News, 19 June]

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WIT leads €2.8m project to boost regional economic development

Posted in Research on August 5th, 2014 by steve

“Ireland and the south-east is set to benefit from a new research project that will boost regional economic development, job creation, new enterprise start-ups, and the commercialisation of research, as well as support the long-term sustainability of the region …” (more)

[Karina Corbett, Business and Leadership, 5 August]

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Ambitious target set for Horizon 2020 funding

Posted in Research on January 23rd, 2014 by steve

“Late last year, more than 2,200 people gathered in the Convention Centre in Dublin for the national launch of the Horizon 2020 programme, which will invest more than €79 billion in research and innovation between 2014 and 2020 …” (more)

[Conor O’Carroll, Irish Times, 23 January]

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State must seize €1bn opportunity afforded by EU’s Horizon 2020 plan

Posted in Research on December 9th, 2013 by steve

“Ireland can draw down a minimum of €1 billion over the next seven years under the EU research, innovation and science programme Horizon 2020. However, more Irish organisations must participate in the programme …” (more)

[Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, Irish Times, 9 December]

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Service to help UCC researchers win slice of 80bn Horizon fund

Posted in Research on November 26th, 2013 by steve

“University College Cork has established a project management service to help its researchers win and manage EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation funds worth nearly €80bn …” (more)

[Olivia Kelleher, Irish Examiner, 26 November]

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Science funding: how to get a piece of the Horizon 2020 cash

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 24th, 2013 by steve

“On December 10th, the Horizon 2020 programme will be launched in Ireland, and Europe-wide the following day. This European programme will make more than €70 billion available for research and innovation between 2014 and 2020 …” (more)

[Conor O’Carroll, Irish Times, 24 October]

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Budget boost for Horizon 2020 an Irish success

Posted in Research on July 25th, 2013 by steve

“A success of the Irish presidency of the Council of the European Union was the agreement reached for Horizon 2020 on June 26th …” (more)

[Conor O’Carroll, Irish Times, 25 July]

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Three Irish researchers secure €2m in EU R&D funding

Posted in Research on July 19th, 2013 by steve

“Three Irish researchers have been announced as recipients of the prestigious European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grants and will share €2m between them to pursue their cutting-edge research in physical sciences and engineering …” (more)

[John Kennedy, Silicon Republic, 19 July]

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EU launches €22bn PPP investment package

Posted in Governance and administration on July 11th, 2013 by steve

“… Research institutions, universities and SMEs will be eligible to apply for the scheme, which is part of Horizon 2020, an EU research and innovation programme for 2014 to 2020. It succeeds the EU’s current programme, known as FP7, which comes to an end this year …” (more)

[Suzanne Lynch, Irish Times, 10 July]

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Funding is key to more international collaboration

Posted in Research on July 4th, 2013 by steve

“Horizon 2020, the EU’s big R&D funding programme, will offer major opportunities to Irish researchers …” (more)

[Conor O’Carroll, Irish Times, 4 July]

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Auditors Slam Red Tape at EU Science Funder

Posted in Research on June 8th, 2013 by steve

EU“Scientists seeking grants from the European Union’s main research funding program — known as Framework Programme 7 (FP7) — face unnecessary bureaucratic hurdles, says the European Union’s budget watchdog …” (more)

[Tania Rabesandratana, ScienceInsider, 7 June]

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Social sciences are a compass in demanding times

Posted in Research on May 8th, 2013 by steve

“If there is one thing you learn in politics, it is that nothing ever stays the same. The world is constantly changing. And big changes force hard choices, especially for politicians. Science and research are invaluable for decision-makers, and it is usually the so-called ‘hard’ sciences that grab the headlines …” (more)

[Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, Irish Times, 8 May]

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In Downsized EU Budget, Mixed News for Research

Posted in Research on February 11th, 2013 by steve

EU“The news from last week’s EU budget summit is decidedly mixed for scientists. On Friday, leaders of the European Union’s 27 member states agreed for the first time to make cuts to the union’s overall long-term budget …” (more)

[Gretchen Vogel, ScienceInsider, 11 February]

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UCC researchers in €1.6m EU project to develop low-powered chips

Posted in Research on January 9th, 2013 by steve

“Researchers from University College Cork (UCC) are involved in a consortium that has been awarded €1.6m under the EU’s FP7 programme to develop new low-powered and environmentally friendly chips …” (more)

[Carmel Doyle, Silicon Republic, 9 January]

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Europe in bid to tie up €80bn plan for research

Posted in Research on January 7th, 2013 by steve

“Irish researchers and innovators are well placed to profit from the EU Horizon 2020 programme. You could call it a case of pretty good timing. Ireland is hosting the presidency of the council of the European Union for six months …” (more)

[Claire O’Connell, Irish Times, 7 January]

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EU research ministers agree on part of funding package for Horizon 2020

Posted in Research on December 14th, 2012 by steve

“EU research ministers met in Brussels this week to discuss the European Union’s new programme for research and innovation Horizon 2020, which will start in 2014 with a proposed budget of €80bn. The ministers reached an agreement on part of the funding package for research and innovation …” (more)

[Carmel Doyle, Silicon Republic, 14 December]

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A bleak Horizon

Posted in Research on November 27th, 2012 by steve

“After much posturing and politicking, European leaders walked away from talks last week without a deal on the European budget for the rest of the decade. The breakdown casts into limbo a European Commission proposal to apportion around €80 billion (US$104 billion) to research over the period 2014–20 …” (more)

[Nature News & Comment, 27 November]

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Follow the money, do the research

Posted in Research on November 22nd, 2012 by steve

“The ERC is a gold mine, and the gold standard, for scientific research funding. For an organisation to back one Nobel prize winner is impressive but being able to say you backed two is astounding …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 22 November]

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UCC-led researchers secure €6m in FP7 funding to carry out pre-eclampsia testing

Posted in Research on November 5th, 2012 by steve

“Under its FP7 research programme, the European Union has awarded €6m in funding to a consortium led by researchers at University College Cork (UCC) that’s working on bringing a test for the pregnancy complication pre-eclampsia to market …” (more)

[Carmel Doyle, Silicon Republic, 5 November]

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Geoghegan-Quinn: ‘Open access is the default’

Posted in Research on October 10th, 2012 by steve

“European Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn tells DW why Open Access to new scientific research is vital for the public, and why traditional publishers know it’s time to change …” (more)

[DW, 9 October]
[HT: Garret McMahon]

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