WIT will continue to strive to achieve further H2020 research funding success as it moves ambitiously into the final work programmes 2018-2020
The Irish launch event for the final Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020 took place in University College Dublin on 18 October 2017. Along with approximately 700 attendees from research performing organisations and Irish companies Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) participated in the national launch hosted by Enterprise Ireland and co-sponsored by InterTrade Ireland.
The event was opened by John Halligan T.D., Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development who called on Ireland’s researchers and companies to seize the opportunities presented in the €30 Billion final work programme of Horizon 2020.
WIT is actively positioning itself for the last work programmes of H2020. This event not only gave WIT participants the opportunity to meet potential project partners, but also gave them the unique chance to engage with specific organisations that can provide valuable support to help turn research ideas into a successful EU project.
WIT has benefited immensely from Horizon 2020 over the last two years. The TSSG in particular was successful in securing approximately €2.1m in H2020 funding in the past six months alone, with successful awards in the ICT; Low Carbon Emissions and MSCA calls amongst others. WIT will continue to strive to achieve further H2020 success as it moves ambitiously into the final work programmes 2018-2020.
Following the event Professor Willie Donnelly, President of WIT said: “Horizon 2020 is an important source of funding for research and innovation and provides a mechanism for us as an Institute and a region to network and collaborate with the best researchers, leading academics and leading enterprises across Europe. These benefits are particularly important for WIT and we as an Institute fully recognise what has worked well for our researchers to date and will continue to apply that knowledge to position ourselves to make the best use of the €30bn available funding from Horizon 2020 and beyond to FP9. I call on all our EU Champions in WIT to continue to proactively lead this initiative going forward.”
Waterford Institute of Technology had a strong presence at the launch, key researchers from the Telecommunications Software Systems Group (TSSG); the Nutrition Research Centre Ireland (NRCI); Health Sciences and Business and Innovation were amongst the 700 strong participants.
The keynote address delivered by guest speaker Dr Brendan Hawdon, Advisor at the Directorate General for Research & Innovation in the European Commission outlined details of the changes to the final programme including the introduction of mission-oriented activities, new ways of addressing innovation and new areas of focus which will include; Building a low-carbon, climate resilient future; Connecting economic and environmental gains – the Circular Economy; Digitising and transforming European industry and services and, Boosting the effectiveness of the Security Union.
A panel discussion on optimizing Ireland’s participation was followed by a networking lunch and a set of parallel sessions. The focus of the panel discussion and the afternoon workshops was Ireland’s success in Horizon 2020 to date, how to maximise participation in the final period 2018-2020 and how to capitalise on the opportunities presented by the successor programme which will commence in 2021.
Horizon 2020 is the EU framework programme for research and innovation. With a budget of €74.5 billion, Horizon 2020 runs over seven years from 2014 to 2020. The Government has set a national target of winning €1.25 billon from the programme. To date, Ireland has secured funding of €475 million.
Enterprise Ireland leads the national support network for Horizon 2020, working to increase participation by Irish companies and academic institutions in the EU’s main instrument for funding research in Europe. Led by Enterprise Ireland, the national support network for Horizon 2020 has 9 member organisations; the Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine, Enterprise Ireland, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Health Research Board, the Irish Research Council, the Irish Universities Association, the Marine Institute, the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland and Science Foundation Ireland.
For more information visit www.horizon2020.ie
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