The calls for proposals under the new Horizon 2020 programme are now available online. Horizon 2020 is the framework for the EU’s research and innovation programme. It has a budget of over €70 billion for 2014-2020.
The following is a summary of the calls for proposals for 2014 that are related to research and innovation in education, training, and ICT. Please visit the European Commission’s website to browse the full selection of calls. New Forms of Innovation – Platform for ICT for Learning and Inclusion:Develop and maintain a sustainable platform and active online community to improve the co-creation and delivery of digital tools and services for education, training, and employability. The platform should also address the risk of digital exclusion, and thereby socio-economic exclusion. New forms of Innovation – Towards joint programming under Horizon 2020:Building on the ERA-NET scheme for research collaboration between Member States, the ERA Partnership now seeks to implement common strategic research agendas. This call for proposals is for the development and implementation of an online platform for information, learning and support for public-private partnerships; improving mechanisms for implementing public-private partnerships; or implement new approaches that allow funding bodies increase the impact of their research activities. New Forms of Innovation – ICT-enabled Open Government:New technologies combined with the availability of open data and open services have the potential to make government services more personalized, efficient, and transparent. Proposals should focus on either (a) innovation actions, such as piloting new tools or using data in new ways; or (b) coordination and support actions, such as building stakeholder networks. Innovative ways to make science education and careers attractive to young people:It is becoming increasingly difficult to attract enough young people to the domains of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). This call for proposals will support a range of activities, which will raise young boys' and girls' awareness of the different aspects encompassing science and technology in their societal content and to address the challenges faced by young people when pursuing careers in STEM. Responsible Research and Innovation in Higher Education Curricula:Proposals should assist the development of openly available curricula that embed all five RRI keys (societal engagement, gender equality and gender in research and innovation content, open access, science education and ethics), in a comprehensive approach for students, teachers, professional trainers and academic staff of Higher Education Institutions and other higher education establishments. Pan-European public outreach: exhibitions and science cafés engaging citizens in science:This topic supports the organisation of public outreach exhibitions and participatory events across Europe to engage citizens in science. Efforts should draw on the experience and capacity of science museums, Higher Education Institutions, scientific centres of excellence and innovation hubs, and cities of scientific culture, but also alternative sources such as grass root Do It Yourself (DiY) creative re-use communities (like movements, etc.), secondary schools, civil society organizations, etc. Youth mobility: opportunities, impacts, policies:This call is for research proposals for a comprehensive study of the different patterns and types of mobility of young people within the EU according to their purpose, length of stay, motivation, as well as the characteristics of people moving abroad or moving to Europe. The research should also analyse the skills acquisition and recognition (formal and informal) associated with youth mobility. Novel ideas for radically new technologies:Supporting a large set of early stage, high risk visionary science and technology collaborative research projects is necessary for the successful exploration of new foundations for radically new future technologies. This call is open to early-stage research on any new technological possibility. Widespread 2014 Teaming:This call for proposals is for institutions of research and innovation excellence to partner with an organisation in a low-performing Member State to establish a new centre of excellence in the low performing Member State (or upgrade an existing one). Widespread ERA Chairs:ERA Chairs will address the challenges and barriers to the mobility of high-quality researchers and research managers between institutions. ERA Chairs should be an outstanding researcher or research manager with a track record of leadership, who will support their institution in attracting and maintaining the necessary human resources to significantly improve their research performance.
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