Horizon 2020: information events in Southern Mediterranean countries

March 25, 2014

Hat: A EU project holds series of awareness and training events on information and communication technology cooperation in the framework of the Horizon 2020 research programme.

Pgm2014 2020: Yes

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A series of awareness and training events on information and communication technology cooperation in the framework of the Horizon 2020 research programme is being held in several countries of the Southern Mediterranean in the framework of the Med-Dialogue project, funded under the EU’s seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7) to help enhance policy dialogue and collaborative research in the field of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) with the Mediterranean partner countries.

The H2020 Awareness and Training Events will take place in the following countries:
 
– Beirut (Lebanon) 21-22 March 2014
– Algiers (Algeria) 01-02 April 2014
– Tunis (Tunisia) 03-04 April 2014
– Fes (Morocco) 08-09 April 2014
– Cairo (Egypt) 14-15 May 2014
– Ramallah (Palestine) 20-21 May 2014
 
The events consist of two different sessions, one technology and scientific oriented, focusing on the ICT-related topics across H2020, and one for the general training on proposal writing and finding partners. They address the following topics:

– EU funding opportunities (understanding of the EU research funding landscape and the opportunities available, how to find your way through the information and documents related to each call, how to read documents and quickly find the information of interest, understanding the main characteristics of each of the H2020 ICT funding mechanisms)

– From the scientific idea to the project (how to find a matching call, where to find information on past and active projects and state of the art; what are the important steps to ensure the idea is eligible and has potential to be funded etc.)

– Practical application writing workshop (CORDIS database searches, consortium building and networking techniques; key techniques for proposal writing, project cycle management approach, etc.)

MED-DIALOGUE, which was launched in January 2014 and will run until 2016, places a strong emphasis on Horizon 2020, the EU Research and Innovation programme running between 2014 and 2020. In particular it seeks to increase the participation of partner countries in the programme as well as support the European Commission in the preparation of the Horizon 2020 work-programme for 2016-17, by identifying strengths and opportunities in the Mediterranean partner countries for mutually beneficial cooperation.

The EU promotes R&I through its seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7). FP7 launched its last round of calls in 2013, and now the EU is launching its successor, Horizon 2020, the largest collaborative transnational research programme in the world with an expected overall budget of €79 billion from 2014 to 2020. Horizon 2020 offers many opportunities for addressing EuroMed common challenges through R&I international cooperation.