With a new year comes a new name and look for the EU’s main research funding mechanism. The Framework Programmes have morphed into Horizon 2020, which now includes not just research but also innovation funding. To publicize all the new available funding initiatives under the Horizon 2020 umbrella, the government of Rheinland-Palatinate along with academic and industry partners organized a kickoff event for the region at IMB on 31 January.
More than 80 people spent Friday afternoon networking and learning about the funding structure of Horizon 2020 and the possibilities of research collaboration with industry. Katharina Zeller, IMB’s Grants Manager, prepared this handy chart to differentiate and explain the three tracks of EU-wide funding actions. Her Prezi presentation, below, is an interactive exploration of the funding structure.
The Horizon 2020 kickoff at IMB focused on funding opportunities for materials and life sciences, which are available in all three tracks. Organizers and speakers included representatives from Rheinland-Palatinate Innovation Management, KoWi (the European liaison office representing German scientific organizations), and the ‘National Contact Point’ for advanced materials (a consultancy run by the German government to facilitate the participation of German universities and companies in EU funding actions).
This kickoff event was the largest of five planned for the region. More informational events (in English, too) are jointly in the works by IMB, the Johannes Gutenberg University, the University Medical Centre, and the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research. IMB’s Grants Office will of course be on top of all the latest developments, and we will update the blog with fresh funding and event information as it becomes available. In the meantime, here is the link to get cracking on a grant submission.