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Proposal Pre-Check Service for Applicants from Widening Countrys

The network of National Contact Points (NCPs) for Widening participation and strengthening the European Research Area under Horizon Europe (NCP_WIDERA.NET) now offers a proposal pre-check service for applicants to Joint Transnational Calls (JTCs) of Institutionalised European Partnerships.

South Korea joins Pillar II of Horizon Europe

South Korea has concluded negotiations to join Horizon Europe. Following in the footsteps of Canada and New Zealand, from 2025 Korean researchers will be able to apply for grants under the Pllar II on an equal footing with EU researchers. This includes areas such as climate, energy and mobility, digital, industry and space, health and participation in most European partnerships.

European Partnerships under the Second Strategic Plan

The European Commission has adopted the second Strategic Plan for Horizon Europe on 20 March 2024. The Strategic Plan integrates the EU's overarching policy priorities with Horizon Europe's research and innovation activities as set out in the Horizon Europe Work Programmes. The Strategic Plan has been developed in partnership with Member States and Associated Countries, and has included public consultation.

Report on Partnership Stakeholder Forum 2023

The second Partnership Stakeholder Forum was organised by European Commission and ERA-LEARN and took place in Brussels, 5-6 December 2023. The event attracted more than 250 people that were able to take part in several workshops that addressed important topics namely, synergies between Partnerships and Missions, experiences, achievements and needs of the European partnerships based on the HE interim evaluation, the additionality and directionality of European Partnerships as well as openness and transparency and developing a coherent Partnership portfolio. At the same time, the future of partnerships was also discussed in detail both in terms of their selection process and their design under FP10 considering also their internationalisation and global links under the spectrum of strategic autonomy for the EU.

Partnership Stakeholder Forum 2023 - Results

The second Partnership Stakeholder Forum was organised by European Commission and ERA-LEARN and took place in Brussels, 5-6 December 2023. The event attracted more than 250 people that were able to take part in several workshops that addressed important topics namely, synergies between Partnerships and Missions, experiences, achievements and needs of the European partnerships based on the HE interim evaluation, the additionality and directionality of European Partnerships as well as openness and transparency and developing a coherent Partnership portfolio. At the same time, the future of partnerships was also discussed in detail both in terms of their selection process and their design under FP10 considering also their internationalisation and global links under the spectrum of strategic autonomy for the EU.

Workshop on European Partnerships phasing-out strategies

The Horizon Europe Regulation states that every partnership needs to develop a phasing-out strategy. Nevertheless, the activities of the partnerships and the attainment of their objectives should go beyond the availability of Union funding. The aim of the workshop, that took place on 21 September in Brussels, was to initiate a reflection on the phasing-out strategies of European partnerships and to elaborate potential future scenarios in the best interest of their members and of the EU. Slides and minutes are now available for download.

PKH Opinion on European Partnerships under the second Strategic Plan

The recently published opinion of the Partnership Knowledge Hub (PKH) on the second batch of European Partnerships aims at giving advice to the European Commission on the selection of new candidate partnerships under the second Strategic Plan of Horizon Europe, notably on the interpretation and the relevance of Horizon Europe selection criteria for Partnerships, as well as the relevance of additional issues to be considered in the selection process, on lessons learnt from the selection process of the first batch of European Partnerships, and on how to better design the selection process for European Partnerships.

New Model Consortium Agreement for co-funded European Partnerships

In addition to the Grant Agreement it is compulsory for all beneficiaries to sign a Consortium Agreement (CA). Each consortium has to define its own CA to meet its specific requirements. To support the preparation of your specific Consortium Agreement, ERA-LEARN has developed a template for a model CA for co-funded European Partnerships. The template is based on DESCA.

Country Report on Participation of France in European R&I Partnerships published

The ERA-LEARN Country Reports provide an analysis of European R&I partnership participation and try to explain the performance of a country in transnational collaboration within the context of the overall situation in the national research and innovation system and comparing the particular country with a number of other countries of interest, as well as the EU averages.

Revised ERA-LEARN RIPE Toolkit

ERA-LEARN has updated the guidance and tools provided by the RIPE toolkit to reflect the new requirements for European Partnerships. This resulted in the addition of an extra part in the now called Revised RIPE Toolkit, i.e. R²IPE - focusing on the Horizon Europe approach and the BMR requirements. The ‘old’ RIPE part has also been revised to include a comprehensive approach to the Basics in Monitoring & Evaluation that are useful in complementing the BMR-specific part.

Assessing European Partnerships against European policy priorities - Independent Expert Report

Responding to its first task set by the Commission, the Expert Group for support of the Strategic Coordination process for Partnerships developed a methodology to allow the creation of evidence-based independent advice to the Commission on the development of the portfolio of European Partnerships, considering emerging R&I priorities, common challenges and EU political priorities that require orchestrated large-scale investments.

ERA-LEARN Report on Challenges of Widening Countries in European Partnerships

This report presents the results of an ERA-LEARN survey on some of the early organisational and national experiences in the creation and implementation of the European Partnerships (EPs). The goal of the survey was to collect information about the challenges and opportunities facing national and regional stakeholders in EU Members States and Associated Countries, in the process of development and implementation of the partnerships.

EIT Culture & Creativity incorporates legal entitie & launches first open calls

On April 5, 29 European organizations came together in Cologne, Germany, to legally constitute the EIT Culture & Creativity association (eingetragener Verein, e.V). The association will serve as the legal platform for core partners to connect and organize as a community in the General Assembly. EIT Culture & Creativity, supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union, will be made up of a group of legal entities to be incorporated during 2023, including a non-profit association and a limited company (GmbH) under German law, as well as Co-Location Centers, which will be GmbH subsidiaries incorporated under respective national laws.

Translating Research into Innovation: Lessons from 3 Case Studies in Health Partnerships

The aim of this policy brief consists of setting up a methodological approach to understanding translation of research into innovative outcomes. Studies on knowledge transfer and innovation processes often come across the idea of “the valley of death”, that is the critical phase where one step of the innovation process ends and a new one begins. In this perspective, one of the roles of partnerships is to bridge this valley of death by linking excellent research with technology and solution-minded business undertakings hence generating virtuous cycles of research and innovation.

Implementation of co-funded partnerships: In-kind activities and in-kind contributions

In a note for the attention of the Strategic Programme Committee, DG Research & Innovation has provided guidance on in-kind contributions. The term “In-kind contribution” is described as non-financial assets that are being put at the disposal of a partnership and which can be used both in the context of external calls (e.g. a research infrastructure) or of in-kind activities (e.g. a dataset for use in a common R&I programme).

Updated version of the draft Annotated Model Grant Agreement

An updated version of the draft Annotated Model Grant Agreement has been published on the EC Funding & tender opportunities portal. On page 313-317 (Annex 5 for Co-funded Partnerships was updated) the specific rules for Co-funded Partnerships are now explained in more detail. Among others information on the involvement of Research Performing Organisations (RPOs) (Information barrier/ Firewall) or on the joint selection list (identical scores) were added.

Implementation of co-funded partnerships: Conflict of Interest

In a note for the attention of the Strategic Programme Committee, DG Research & Innovation has provided information on measures to avoid potential conflicts of interest or unequal treatment of applicants. This is notably relevant in the case of Research Performing Organisations participating as beneficiaries in a Horizon Europe Grant Agreement implementing a co-funded partnership, while at the same time participating in the external calls organised by the partnership. The information is provided in the application templates and in the Annotated Grant Agreement.

European Partnership Stakeholder Forum - Report published

The first Partnership Stakeholder Forum was organised by ERA-LEARN in collaboration with the European Commission and took place in Brussels, 15-16 November 2023. The Forum brought together the whole community of co-funded, co-programmed and institutionalised partnership stakeholders, including officials from national and regional governments, public funding agencies, the private sector and other science policy makers from all over Europe and beyond involved in the design and implementation of European Partnerships.

EU and New Zealand successfully conclude Horizon Europe association negotiations

The European Commission and New Zealand Government have concluded the negotiations for association of New Zealand to Horizon Europe. It is expected that from 2023, researchers and organisations in New Zealand will be able to participate in Pillar II of Horizon Europe. This includes areas in climate, energy and mobility, digital, industry and space, health, and participation in Europen Partnerships.

Publication of the Horizon Europe Work Programme 2023-2024

The European Commission has published all work programmes 2023-2024. A significant part of Pillar II of Horizon Europe will be implemented through institutionalised partnerships, particularly in the areas of Mobility, Energy, Digital and Bio-based economy, which will also have separate work programmes.

Partnership Stakeholder Forum results

The first Partnership Stakeholder Forum organised by ERA-LEARN and the European Commission on 15-16 November 2022 is now behind us, but many insightful lessons and conclusions shared during these two days are now available to be acted upon. Overall, the review of the first year of the partnerships has been quite promising in light of achieving the twin green and digital transitions and increase Europe’s resilience.

Governance Models of Horizon Europe Partnerships

Under Horizon 2020, partnerships have developed a variety of governance models, ranging from co-funded actions focusing mainly on the internal consortium management to more elaborated governance structures involving different configurations. In order to have a coherent and systematic approach to future governance arrangements, including a clearly defined role for the Commission services and national policy makers, it is necessary to identify the functionalities that are needed, and how to best reflect them in the governance set-up. Against this background, ERA-LEARN aims to provide a systematic overview on common governance functions that European Partnerships should aim to establish and updated this website section.

Open Research Europe (ORE) open to Partnership projects

Open Research Europe is an open access publishing platform for the publication of research stemming from Horizon 2020, Horizon Europe and/or Euratom funding across all subject areas. The platform makes it easy for beneficiaries to comply with the open access terms of their funding and offers researchers a publishing venue to share their results and insights rapidly and facilitate open, constructive research discussion.

New ERA-LEARN Survey

ERA-LEARN has launched a survey with an aim to investigate national and institutional experience in European Partnerships (Horizon Europe). The survey is addressed to organisations participating in these partnerships.

Council regulation on joint undertakings and Metrology adopted

On 19 November 2021, the Council of the EU adopted a Council regulation establishing joint undertakings under the Horizon Europe programme. The joint undertakings based on Article 187 TFEU complement the existing Horizon Europe framework by addressing global challenges and priorities that require critical mass and long-term vision.

Political agreement on the Single Basic Act

After an agreement was reached on the text of the Single Basic Act (SBA), the umbrella regulation for the Joint Undertakings (JU) in Horizon Europe in the Council Working Group on Research (representatives of the member states) at the end of September, the European Parliament adopted its position on the SBA on 21 October 2021 . This paves the way for formal adoption of the SBA by the Council at the end of November.

News from the expert group on support to the strategic coordinating process

The need for a common framework for monitoring and assessment of partnerships in research and innovation as well as a central system for monitoring data has been acknowledged and addressed in the new phase of the partnerships in Horizon Europe. The European Commission set up in 2021 an Expert Group to support the Strategic Coordinating Process – a new governance framework for EU Research & Innovation (R&I) Partnerships – by developing a new framework and methodology for monitoring and evaluation of the new partnerships in close collaboration with the partnerships and the participating countries.

Strategic Coordinating Process: Independent expert group published first report

The biennial monitoring of partnerships will be a key element of the strategic coordinating process. It will provide evidence-base for the strategic discussions on the partnership policies, increase transparency and visibility of partnership portfolio and impact and furthermore it will feed into Horizon Europe monitoring and evaluation exercises.

Join the ERA-LEARN Webinar on Widening in Partnerships

We have a pleasure to invite you to the ERA-LEARN Webinar on Widening in Partnerships. The objective of the webinar is to present best practices related to enhancing Widening Countries’ participation in partnership initiatives and to discuss challenges and opportunities facing Widening Countries in the upcoming Horizon Europe Partnerships.

CORE organic report on 15 years of joint research for organic food and farming systems (2004-2019)

The CORE Organic 15-year activity report was a large collaborative effort between the CORE Organic network funding and stakeholder partners and it has been finalised in October 2020. The publication was prepared under the CORE Organic Cofund in relation to the activities on mapping of the ongoing transnational and national research in organic food and farming. You are kindly invited to use the findings and share the report in your respective professional and national contexts.

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Academy of Finland: European Partnerships are Key Funding Opportunities

The Academy of Finland published a report on European Partnerships. The report looks at Horizon 2020 and its ERA-NET programmes, Joint Programming Initiatives (JPI), the European Joint Programme (EJP) Cofund and Coordination and Support Actions (CSA) as well as at funding calls by independent international funder networks. The report includes an analysis of financial data and data from a number of surveys sent to representatives of research services at universities, higher education institutions and research institutes and to the Academy officials responsible for the partnerships.

R&I Days: Session on European Partnerships

Bringing stakeholders together to shape future research and innovation policy. That was the motto of the Commission’s R&I Days that took place online on 22-24 September 2020. Several workshops were held that were connected to Partnership issues. Recordings of some of these sessions are available after the event.

ERA-LEARN - Focus on Global Research Cooperation

More than ever, Global Research and Innovation Cooperation is crucial to tackle global challenges. And it is used for many further purposes, e.g. as a diplomacy instrument, and to support of competitiveness of European industries. Currently, the ERA-LEARN team explores the globalisation of European Partnerships with the goal to identify drivers and barriers, as well as good and less functional practices for the initiation and management of globalisation through European Partnerships. This activity is based on telephone interviews, encompassing also the views and experiences from the opposite site, i.e. of global partners on European Partnerships. Results will be published on this website, and discussed during events later this year.

BREXIT does not affect cooperation with UK partners in Horizon 2020 partnerships

The UK stopped being a member of the European Union on 31 January 2020. However, under the Withdrawal Agreement agreed upon between the European Union and the United Kingdom, UK-based research institutions, companies and other legal entities will continue to be fully eligible to participate and receive funding in the current 2014-2020 EU programmes, including Horizon 2020.

New section on EJP Cofund available

ERA-LEARN started to assemble information about EJP Cofund and provides on the one hand the formal relevant information and the existing experiences on the ERA-LEARN Website.

R&I Partnership Evaluation (RIPE) Toolkit now available!

It includes concrete steps, examples, numerous templates (for online surveys, interviews and case studies) and good practice tips. These are all based on the work that we have been doing over the years in analysing and assessing P2Ps. Thus, it is a methodology completely tailored to the needs of P2Ps for monitoring and evaluation.

Taskforce key indicators for JPIs

In January 2017, the Chairs of the decision making bodies from the 10 JPIs established a Task Force on Monitoring and Evaluation of the JPIs with the aim to define a framework of common dimensions and indicators relevant and applicable for all the JPIs.

Facts and Figures updated

Following publication of the annual report earlier this year, the "Facts and Figures" section of the ERA-LEARN website has been updated to highlight the results of the annual data collection exercise.

Horizon Europe Consultation open until 15 Sept 2019

The web consultation on the Horizon Europe Implementation Strategy has been launched recently. The Commission invites to participate in the consultation, which will close on 15 September 2019. This survey is linked to the consultation on the strategic planning for Horizon Europe.

Openness and transparency in Horizon Europe partnerships

The new Framework Programme will include a focus on openness and transparency in building future partnership. With a view to addressing these Horizon Europe priorities, ERA-LEARN is launching a survey on inclusiveness targeted at ERA-NET Cofund and EJP coordinators.

Thematic partnership workshop: Towards Horizon Europe

The ERA-LEARN “Thematic partnership workshop: Towards Horizon Europe” will take place from 15 to 16 May 2019 in Brussels. The workshop aims to connect networks thematically and to foster cooperation between all types of partnerships. Network representatives will discuss the ERA-LEARN thematic analysis and the transition of European partnerships to Horizon Europe.

ERA-LEARN Annual Report 2018 published

ERA-LEARN has published the “4th Annual Report on Public-Public Partnerships 2018”. This report has been prepared by the ERA-LEARN project team using data provided by the P2P networks.

Strategic Coordinating Process

In its 41st ERAC plenary in Bucharest on 21-22 March 2019, ERAC exchanged views on the structured consultation process for future European Partnerships. The European Commission provided information on the status quo of the strategic coordinating process including a timeline.

Partnerships in Horizon Europe

A common understanding was reached between the Romanian presidency of the Council and the European Parliament on the majority of the operative provisions of Horizon Europe. The common understanding published on 27th March 2019 confirms the new policy approach on partnerships.

MLE on International Cooperation

The European Commission has started an MLE (Mutual Learning Exercise) on National Strategies and Roadmaps for International Cooperation in Research and Innovation with 15 participating countries.

ERA-LEARN Relaunch

Since 2008, the ERA-LEARN consortium has been supporting the Public-Public Partnerships (P2P) community. Building on the success of the previous ERA-LEARN project, we are now taking P2P support to the next level: Our experienced consortium is looking forward to the continuous cooperation with all relevant and interested stakeholders.

ERA-LEARN 2020 Newsletter #7

In this issue: A revised policy approach for European partnerships under Horizon Europe: What’s new? | Efficient implementation of partnerships under Horizon Europe | An interview with Maria Reinfeldt, Chair of the ERAC Ad-Hoc Working Group on Partnerships, and more...

ERAC ad-hoc Working Group on Partnerships - Reports

The ERAC ad-hoc Working Group was tasked with four goals. First, to propose criteria for selecting EU research & innovation partnerships. Second, to sketch out a long-term strategic coordinating process for the selection, implementation, monitoring and phasing out partnerships. The Working Group released reports on these two goals in May.

Commission redefines European Partnerships in its proposal for Horizon Europe

On 7 June 2018, the Commission adopted its proposal for the new framework programme, called Horizon Europe, which will become operational from January 2021 onwards. While the overall policy for the new framework programme was ‘evolution and no revolution’, the part on ‘European partnerships’ differs significantly compared to Horizon 2020.

EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

The new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that enters into force today has several implications for the use of personal data within the context of implementing co-funded joint call for proposals and funding/managing co-funded projects as well as using mailing lists and sending newsletters.

ERAC Ad-hoc Working Group on Partnerships

EU Research and Innovation Partnerships have been used since FP6 to optimise the contribution of public and private players in achieving sustainable growth and competitiveness, addressing societal challenges, and to ensure that national policies and Union policy are mutually consistent. A discussion on partnerships at the Informal Council of July 2017 resulted in a general recognition by the Member States of the continued relevance of partnerships.

P2P Calls in 2018 and 2019

The European Commission has launched nine calls in P2P specific topics in the Work Programme 2018 of the framework programme Horizon 2020. The Work Programme 2018 will fund P2Ps with a planned Union contribution of about Euro 100 million. H2020 calls invite for the submission of six proposals for ERA-NET Cofund actions, one proposal for EJP Cofund actions and two Coordination and Support Actions (CSA). In 2019, there will be calls for three additional ERA-NET Cofund actions and two EJP Cofund actions with a planned Union contribution of about Euro 90 million.

Mazzucato Report on Missions published

The European Commission has published a paper by Professor Mariana Mazzucato entitled "Mission-Oriented Research and Innovation in the European Union - a problem-solving approach to fuel innovation-led growth".

ERA-LEARN Support for P2Ps

During the annual P2P-Event 2017, conference participants identified 20 services that ERA-LEARN could provide to support the P2P-activities. While many of the specified needs have already been addressed by the current ERA-LEARN 2020 project, the next ERA-LEARN phase will also reach out to stakeholders beyond the P2P community.