Seed Grants as Support for Horizon Europe Proposal Preparation


With this support instrument CLARIN provides a seed grant (financial support for up to € 6.000) for the preparation of applications for Horizon Europe projects, specifically for:

  • Horizon Europe Pillar I projects (including ERC)
  • Horizon Europe Pillar II projects

The CLARIN seed grants can help cover costs associated with:

  • Meetings of an international consortium
  • External consultancy services
  • Support from student-assistants
  • Teaching replacement

The maximum amount that can be applied for is:

  • for the Coordinator of a proposal prepared by a consortium: € 6.000
  • for a Participant (Beneficiary or LTP) in a consortium: € 4.000

In 2021 an amount of approximately €30.000 is available for seed grants. If the budget is likely to run out this will be announced on this website.

Read more and apply here





2021 ENVRI Community International School


The 2021 edition of the ENVRI Community International School has been launched!

Organised by ENVRI-FAIR and LifeWatch ERIC, the School is at its fourth edition, having established itself as an unmissable opportunity to learn about FAIRness in the framework of Research Infrastructures.

Having gone into depth on data FAIRness and data management during previous editions, this year the School will focus on Services for FAIRness, from their design to their development and publication. Further information on the programme and teachers will soon be available.

SAVE THE DATE | The school will take place online from 27 September to 8 October 2021.

READ MORE & REGISTER | Apply through our online form.




Discover Euro-Biolmaging’s Annual Report

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The Euro-BioImaging Annual Report is the story of their infrastructure – the Hub team, their Nodes, their users, their governing bodies and their achievements – in their first year of operations as an ERIC.

This report provides a sense for the amazing progress that was made in 2020 – despite the global pandemic. As such, it is a tribute to the remarkable resilience, energy and passion for imaging of the Euro-BioImaging community.

The story begins with the “Introduction”a portrait of Euro-BioImaging, the European Research Infrastructure for biological and biomedical imaging, and specifically with Editorials from the Chairman of our Board and Co-chairs of our Scientific Advisory Board, who set the stage for our research infrastructure. Then, the footprint across Europe and provide a series of photos to illustrate Euro-BioImagin mission are presented.

Theye explain the User Access procedure, by which imaging technologies, expertise and services are provided to researchers, regardless of their affiliation or research area. This section also includes a 2020 Highlights calendar and portraits of our Hub Team.

Read more and enjoy the interactive PDF here



Call for Members of EOSC Association Task Forces


The EOSC Association is creating five Advisory Groups (AGs) focusing on overarching themes that are important for the realisation of EOSC which consist of Task Forces (TFs) working on specific topics related to the AGs.

Each TF has drafted a charter defining the scope and activities for the TF for the coming 1-2 years from September 2021 until August 2023. The draft charters are publicly available online and have been presented at the EOSC Symposium 2021.

The call for members to join the TFs is now open and will run until Friday 30 July 2021 at 18.00 CEST. The call for members is open to all participants from EOSC Association Members and Observers and the wider EOSC stakeholder community.

Applicants can apply for one TF and will be selected based on their experience and the membership criteria for their chosen Task Force. The selection of applicants will take place in August 2021 and the TFs will then be established in September 2021.

Learn more and apply here



Audience for EU Communication on Science, Research and Innovation


The European Commission is seeking to improve its communication on science, research and innovation with EU citizens.
By taking part in this short survey, you can help the Commission to better understand your main interests and concerns related to EU support for science, research and innovation. Your contribution would be equally important if you are not interested in these topic and the EU in general.
This survey is completely anonymous and will take 3-5 minutes of your time.

Read more and fill the questionnaire here.



Photonics 21: Scientists ramping up internet speed to 40 Tb/s

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An industrial research collaboration between scientists and engineers from Ireland, the Netherlands, and Germany have found a way to pack more data into existing internet cables to ramp up speeds to 40 Tb per second – fast enough to download 5,000 Standard Definition Netflix films in a second.

The internet is currently reaching a limit in performance and power efficiency. As the number of interconnected devices and rich content like Netflix and Facetime, as well as driverless cars, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and the Internet of Things (IoT), become more ubiquitous, the net will effectively grind to a halt if we take no proactive steps to free up and manage internet traffic through the ever-expanding number of datacentres around the world.

Instead of digging up roads and laying new optical fibres, the pan-European collaboration between the fast-growing start-up company Pilot Photonics and the European photonics innovation incubator ACTPHAST 4.0, has set out to tackle this impasse. Developing a new way of splitting up light channels, the consortium has found a way to deliver more information inside and between data centres.

Instead of using a single channel, the team use multiple wavelengths to deliver information – all on a single Photonic Integrated Circuit (PIC). Integrated circuits (ICs), or microchips, traditionally work with electronics and are used in many technologies today from smartphones to computers. PICs, however, use photonics or light-based technology and can deliver much higher bandwidth in a power-efficient manner.

With ACTPHAST 4.0 onboard to enable quick and subsidised access to cutting-edge PIC technology expertise, Pilot Photonics is developing this next generation solution of its core optical comb technology as a single integrated chip targeting mass-market adoption.

Read more here.



EUA signs SDG Watch statement on education for environmental sustainability

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EUA has joined SDG Watch Europe to provide input into the upcoming European Commission proposal for a Council Recommendation on education for environmental sustainability. The Recommendation will look at challenges for the integration of environmental approaches into education at all levels and recommend actions for overcoming these.

Moreover, it will set out details how the European Commission will support this through actions and funding.

Even though a Council recommendation is not a binding act, once adopted, member states and the Commission are expected to follow up on the respective initiatives – making it a strong signal of a collective will by the EU member states towards the goal of enhancing education for environmental sustainability.

The policy input from SDG Watch calls on the EU member states to:

  • include a clear link to the broader 2030 Agenda and point towards a holistic SDG strategy still to be developed by the European Commission;
  • ensure adequate, long-term funding at European, national, regional and local levels for environmental sustainability in education, using different funding programmes in ways that create synergies and complementarity, especially investing in teacher training; 
  • address the need for equity, diversity and inclusion for all levels of education, including access for learners in peripheral and rural regions;
  • fully acknowledge the role of civil society and non-educational institutions such as youth organisations, NGOs, employers and provide support to scale up their innovative practices;
  • develop data on existing practices with, for example, a mapping exercise that covers all sectors (formal, non-formal and informal) and levels (from early childhood education to adult learning) of education and training.

In order to reach these goals, the member states should work towards breaking down silos between different education levels and promote learner-centred approaches that include interdisciplinarity, experiential and transformative learning. It is also important to keep in mind the recognition of informal and non-formal learning in this context.

While promoting these approaches, member states must respect institutional autonomy.

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Experts say: “Time to harmonise artificial intelligence principles”

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Initiatives to regulate artificial intelligence (AI) have sprung up around the world, spearheaded by the likes of the OECD and UNESCO. It‘s time to harmonise and consolidate, a conference on AI ethics held under the auspices of Slovenia’s presidency of the EU Council heard this week.

“We are clearly at a developmental point where you’ve got a lot of actors right now contributing to this movement from principles to practice, and we simply need to work together in a multistakeholder way to harmonise these approaches,” said David Leslie, of the Council of Europe’s Ad hoc Committee on Artificial Intelligence (CAHAI). Leslie leads on ethics at the UK’s Alan Turing Institute and is the author of the UK government’s official guidance on the responsible design and implementation of AI systems in the public sector. Between 2015 and 2020, 117 bodies of varying standing published AI ethics principles, and the number keeps growing. In total, 91 came out of Europe and North America. This high number shows there are hopes and concerns related to AI technologies, but also an interest in building some type of mechanism of consensus on AI governance”,

said Marielza Oliveira, director for partnerships at the United Nations’ agency for education, science and culture (UNESCO).

All these initiatives are already moving towards harmonisation, she believes. The next big step will come in mid-September with the launch of the Globalpolicy.AI platform, enabling eight intergovernmental organisations, including the European Commission, the OECD, United Nations and the World Bank, to work together on defining principles for future AI applications.

AI holds the promise of changing more or less every industry, boosting productivity, improving forecasting and supporting moves to be more energy efficient. AI-based technologies can help predict crop yields, are already playing a role in drug discovery, being applied to autonomous cars, and automating administrative tasks.

In 2018 market anaylsts, McKinsey estimated AI-based technologies could give the global economy a $13 trillion boost by 2030, amounting to 1.2% additional global GDP growth per year.

But there are evident risks. AI-powered systems can infringe privacy, while applications based on low quality data can lead to bias and discrimination. In 2016, an investigation by the US news organisation Pro Publica showed an algorithm used by US law authorities to assess a criminal offender’s likelihood of reoffending was racially biased.

Rules for AI technologies are needed to limit the risks in areas such as health intervention, credit scoring and insurance ratings.

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Research infrastructures look to renew their role in new-look European Research Area

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Setting up shared European research infrastructures is the key achievement of previous attempts to establish a single European Research Area (ERA), but these large labs are now caught in the cross hairs of European Commission plans to revitalise the single market for research, cuts to the budget, changes in oversight and increased controls over international collaborations.

The question of how research infrastructures fit into ERA remains to be decided by the Commission, which in the thick of setting out the policy agenda, expected to be published this autumn.

“How ESFRI sits in [ERA] depends on the actions that will be defined,” said Jana Kolar, executive director of Central European Research Infrastructure Consortium and chair-elect of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI), the body that coordinates strategy for pan-European research labs. “I wish that ESFRI would contribute to as many of the relevant actions as possible,” Kolar told Science|Business.

Kolar would like ESFRI to be “better integrated” in the renewed ERA. “Europe is changing, and we have to identify the gaps with more respect to the policies, and integrate ESFRI research infrastructures in the renewed European Research Area,” she told an ESFRI meeting last month.

To back this up, ESFRI will launch a new roadmap for research infrastructures in December, including proposals for eleven new labs worth a total of €4.16 billion. The 2018 edition of the roadmap was far more modest, with €674 million in total planned investments.

However, member states have since become more adept at accessing EU structural funds to build research infrastructures, and according to ESFRI, the labs are getting increased political backing. In the new roadmap, on average, seven governments gave political support at ministerial level to each project, while institutions from 14 countries will participate in each selected project at the scientific level.

Currently, ESFRI is responsible for coordinating development of 55 research infrastructures, of which 37 have been implemented, across all fields of science, mobilising close to €20 billion. Of these, 21 are designated European Research Infrastructure Consortia (ERIC), a legal form enshrined in EU law – and the only EU regulation in the European Research Area (ERA) framework.

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METROFOOD-RI: Traceability and comparability of results in food measurements


The School of Advanced Studies on Food and Nutrition of the University of Parma, in collaboration with METROFOOD-RI and ENEA, promotes and organizes the training Course “METROFOOD-RI: Traceability and comparability of results in food measurements“, which will take place in Parma at the Center “Santa Elisabetta”, University Campus, from 20 to 23 September 2021. The Course is designed with simultaneous online and face-to-face lessons in a blended approach.

The call is open until 23rd July 2021.

The Scientific Director of the Course is Prof. Maria Careri, Full Professor of Analytical Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry, Life Sciences and Environmental Sustainability of the University of Parma and Scientific PI representing University of Parma in METROFOOD-RI, who chairs the Scientific Committee which includes academics and experts in the sector:

  • Dr. Claudia Zoani, Coordinator of METROFOOD-RI, ENEA, Rome
  • Prof. Daniele Del Rio, President of School of Advanced Studies on Food and Nutrition, University of Parma
  • Prof. Federica Bianchi, President of the Postgraduate University Course “Quality Control and Quality Management System in testing Labs”, University of Parma
  • Dr. Andrea M. Rossi, National Metrology Institute (INRIM), Turin
  • Prof. Michael Rychlik, Head of the Chair of Analytical Chemistry, Technical University of Munich
  • Dr. Isabel Castanheira, Principal Researcher, National Institute of Health (INSA), Lisbon
  • Dr. Nastasia Belc, General Director, National Institute of Research & Development for Food Bioresources (IBA), Bucharest
  • Dr. Michele Suman, Head of Food Safety & Authenticity Area, Advanced Research Labs, Barilla SpA, Parma
  • Dr. Filippo Trifiletti, General Director of Accredia, Rome
  • Dr. Elke Anklam, Principal Advisor, Joint Research Centre, European Commission
  • Dr. Stef Bronzwaer, Research Coordinator, EFSA European Food Safety Authority, Parma

At the end of the course a certificate of participation will be issued.


Learn more and subscribe to the course here.