The European Commission organized the Horizon 2020 Future Internet Info Day in Brussels, Belgium on Jan 31st 2014. The participants coming from all over the Europe were informed about the aspects of the new Horizon 2020 Programme by the European Commissioners and presented their Project ideas on future internet related topics.
The Horizon 2020 Future Internet Info Day was realized in Brussels, Belgium on Jan 31st 2014 with the great interest of 560 attendees from different countries. The event started with the Welcome message by “Net Futures” Director – Mario CAMPOLARGO. He stated that they have been able to put very ambitious programme within H2020 focusing on future internet. He also emphasized the new thing in H2020: “Open disruptive Innovation Scheme” which is not subjected to the traditional work programme. It is open for all innovative ICT concept, product and service applying new sets of rules, values and models and implemented through the SME instrument which has a very simple way where the SMEs don’t need to have a consortium for participation.
The European Commissioners introduced the Horizon 2020 and Work programme 2014-2015 and presented the Submission, Evaluation, Negotiation and Financial Aspects in Horizon 2020 during the morning sessions of the info day.
Some novelties and the important topics of the new programme had been told as following:
- H2020 is a single programme for all EU managed research and innovation funding
- Three priorities: Excellent Science, Industrial Leadership and Societal Challenges
- There is only 1 method for calculation of indirect costs: Flat rate of 25% of total direct costs
- Only two reimbursement rates for all types of participants: 100% for research activities, 70% for piloting and demonstration;
- No negotiations are foreseen before signing grant agreement so no possible to change the consortium before signing grant agreement
- 8 months time to grant after submission of the proposal: 5 months for informing applicants, 3 months for signatures of GA
- Only Coordinator will be checked for financial capacity (of actions equal or superior 500 kEUR, except specific cases)
- “Impact” is essential for the equal score of the projects
- New SME Instrument: Phase 1, Phase 2 and Phase 3 Projects where there is no need to establish a consortium
There were 4 separate sessions during the info day including: Network Technologies (ICT5, ICT6, ICT14, EUJ2, EUJ3), Software & Services – Cloud (ICT7, ICT9 and EUJ1), Net Innovation (ICT13) and Experimental Platforms (ICT11-FIRE, EUJ4). The most focus of the attendees was for ICT7: Advanced Cloud Infrastructures and Services, ICT9: Tools and Methods for Software Development and ICT13: Web Entrepreneurship. In each session the project ideas were presented for the open ICT 2014-2015 call. Moreover, the New SME Instrument obviously became the most attractive programme for SMEs.
Please visit the link below if you want to see the presented project ideas and to watch the web-streaming recording of the info day:
You can find the detailed information on H2020 Calls and Future Internet topics via the link below:
For opportunity to meet the Future Internet Community, you can attend the Future Internet Assembly (FIA) which will be held on March 18-20, 2014 in Athens.
And if you are interested in Future Internet Projects, please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Aslihan Kağnıcı, 26 February 2014