Invitation to attend the Horizon 2020 Champions of Research Event

The Irish support network for Horizon 2020 Ireland invites you to attend a celebration of the achievements of Irish co-ordinators of Horizon 2020 projects.

We are honoured that Ms. Julie Sinnamon, CEO Enterprise Ireland, will present the Research Excellence Awards.

This national event provides an opportunity to network with other Irish academic and industrial researchers who are leading Horizon 2020 funded projects.

The forum will take the format of a panel discussion on topics including the impact of Horizon 2020 on Ireland’s research system and strategic approaches to maximising future Horizon 2020 and future Framework Programme participation.

Event details

The Royal Hospital Kilmainham
Military Road
Dublin 8

Registration commences at 11.30 am
Lunch served from 12 pm – 1 pm
Event commences at 1 pm and will conclude at 3.30 pm


To confirm your attendance please follow this link

Dr Imelda Lambkin
National Director for Horizon 2020
Enterprise Ireland

Tel: +353-87-646 2431

Training: The COST programme – What’s in it for your clients?

Training: The COST programme – What’s in it for your clients?

An NCP (National Contact Point) Academy webinar about the strategic link and complementarities between Horizon 2020 and the COST programme, held by a representative of the COST Association and a COST National Coordinator (CNC) for the benefit of Horizon 2020 NCPs with welcome words of the COST director, Ronald de Bruin

Date:                   18 May 2017, 2.30 pm CET
Duration:            1.5 hours incl. Q&A session


COST is the longest-running European framework supporting transnational cooperation among researchers, engineers and scholars across Europe. Together with Horizon 2020 it is one of the most important pillars of the promotion of research cooperation in Europe and therefore an essential component of the European Research Area (ERA).

The COST programme and Horizon 2020 are highly interwoven: Horizon 2020 project applications are often the result of former or running COST Actions, COST Actions are often used as a means to distribute Horizon 2020 project results, project ideas that are not “ready” for Horizon 2020 can eventually be supported through COST and membership in COST Actions can be a great possibility to find partners, in particular for the “widening countries”. And last but not least, the COST programme itself is also supported through the Horizon 2020 budget.

Horizon 2020 NCPs should therefore not only dispose of some basic knowledge about the COST programme, but also be aware of the strategic links and potential complementarity between COST and Horizon 2020.

Target Group

All Horizon 2020 NCPs, who would like to learn more about potential strategic links with the COST programme.
•You are a Horizon 2020 NCP Coordinator and would like to learn about ways of strategic cooperation between the two programmes.
•You are a thematic NCP and would like to think out of the „Horizon 2020 box“.
•You are a NCP for the “Spreading Excellence and Widening participation” pillar and would like to hear what the COST programme does to support the Widening countries.
•You are a Horizon 2020 newcomer, who would like to learn about one of the other programmes that are out there.
•You have heard about the COST programme, but do not know enough about it to be able to judge if it is a possible alternate solution for your clients.

The webinar is also open for the participation of COST Stakeholders and basically everyone, who is interested in the complementarities between these two programmes.

Your benefit/aims of the webinar

After taking part in this webinar you will understand the strategic links and complementarity between COST and Horizon 2020, you will be able to identify potential cooperation opportunities at an early stage and act as a signpost towards the COST programme, whenever appropriate.

You will learn about the structure and procedures of the COST programme such as the framework partnership agreement with Horizon 2020, the obligation to include “Inclusiveness Target Countries” and where this obligation comes from and will listen to Success Stories and good practices of cooperation between H2020 NCPs and COST National Coordinators (CNCs).

Non Goals

The webinar won’t look in detail into the application process or give tips for applying, for submission and/or evaluation.

•The COST programme – Short overview
•COST and Horizon 2020 – Strategic links and cross fertilization
•COST and Horizon 2020 cooperation – Success Stories and what there is to learn from them
•CNC & NCP cooperation – Good practices
•Q&A session

Speakers/technical support:

Welcome words:
Ronald de Bruin, COST Association, Director

Elke Dall, COST Association, Policy Officer
Nicole Schmidt, FFG – Austrian Research Promotion Agency, COST National Coordinator Austria

Technical Support:
FFG – Austrian Research Promotion Agency

For questions please contact

Free event for food companies

Press Release:  

All Island Agri-Food Summit takes place in UCC 17th & 18th May 2017, organised by Enterprise Europe Network Ireland

Companies in the agri-food sector are invited to register for the All Island Agri-Food Summit which will take place in University College Cork (UCC) on the 17th & 18th of May.

Organised by Enterprise Europe Network Ireland in collaboration with Invest Northern Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, Institute of Technology Tralee and UCC, the summit will provide an opportunity to access market leaders, state-of-the-art food innovation expertise, and B2B meeting sessions designed to sow the seeds for all island collaborations across the food sector.

There is no cost to attend this event and it will be launched with a guided tour of the in-house bakery facilities and micro-brewery on campus in UCC as well as the opportunity to hear specialist speakers from Teagasc & UCC from the dairy, meat, bakery and beverage sectors.

The event provides an array of speakers from different backgrounds offering key insights. Those in attendance include Professor Christine Loscher, Director of Dublin City University’s new Health Technologies Research and Enterprise Hub who will discuss Emerging Opportunities for Healthier Foods.

Michael Bell, Executive Director of NI Food & Drink Association will present Does it Matter Where Our Food Comes From? written by Professor Chris Elliott of Queen’s University Belfast Institute for Global Food Security.

Chris Brockman, Head of Food & Drink at Mintel Europe will discuss Global Food Trends in 2017 and what the future might hold. Dr. Helena McMahon from the Institute of Technology Tralee, Managing Editor of will discuss how Taste of Science is enabling and accelerating the flow of knowledge and technologies from food innovators to food enterprises encouraging progression in the food sector.

Dr. Imelda Lambkin, Director of Ireland’s national support network for Horizon 2020, will outline European funding opportunities for SMEs and the Marie Curie H2020 project.

P J O’Reilly, Regional Manager with Enterprise Ireland outlined that “attending this event will give attendees information on the expertise and capabilities within our third level institutes and Teagasc regarding research and development, and how they can tap into this to benefit their business. It is also an ideal opportunity for participants to network and build relationships with their peers and R&D facilitators, as well as having access to distribution channels”.

To register for this event please visit



For more information contact;

Grace Labanyi
Senior Executive, Corporate Communications
Enterprise Ireland
Direct line:  +353 (0)1 727 2820
Mobile: +353 (0)87 3286404

Nessa Morrissey
Development Executive
Corporate Communications & Marketing
Enterprise Ireland

T: +353 (0) 1 727 2947

MSCA ITN Webinar 2016

In advance of the 2016 Call deadline for MSCA Innovative Training Networks (12th January 2016), the Irish Marie Skłodowska-Curie Office are offering a webinar to assist researchers with writing an ITN proposal. The webinar will be hosted by Dr. Jennifer Brennan, NCP for the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions and will take place from 16:00 to 17:00 on December 1st.

How to participate:

To register, please email You will receive an email confirming your registration and containing more information about accessing the webinar. Please note that it may be up to 72 hours before you receive the confirmation email.

NB: For those unable to participate at the appointed time, the webinar will be recorded and placed on the IUA website for viewing at your own convenience.

Information Day on the Research Contractual PPPs, Brussels

A special Information and Networking Day dedicated to H2020’s ICT-15 ‘Big Data PPP: Large Scale Pilot actions in sectors best benefitting from data-driven innovation’ (also known as Lighthouse Projects) will be organised by DG Connect – Data Value Chain Unit, on 1st December 2015 in Albert Borschette Congress Center in Brussels.

Lighthouse projects are large scale Innovation Actions aiming to practically demonstrate how big data technologies can be transformative for data intensive industrial domains. Lighthouse projects are expected to deliver commercial and technological impact. Possible industrial domains of applications include (but are not limited to) health, energy, environment, earth observation, geospatial, transport, manufacturing, finance, media.
Further information

Predict Conference 15-17 Sept., Dublin

The Predict Conference Dublin takes place from the 15-17 September 2015 at the Royal Dublin Society (RDS). This interactive conference will feature leading international thinkers in the areas of Data, Predictive Models, Technology and Decision making. The Predict Conference’s goal is to democratise big data modelling and make it accessible and available to everyone. It will be an interactive meeting designed to demystify big data analytics and introduce you to people who can help.

As part of the Conference, Enterprise Europe Network Ireland in association with Enterprise Europe Network Northern Ireland will host an INTERNATIONAL BROKERAGE EVENT on WEDNESDAY 16TH SEPTEMBER.

The focus of the event will be on;

  • Predictive Analytics – Impact on Business Decisions
  • Technology – Hardware and Software – From Data to Decisions
  • The Data Age – Data Generation & Expert Models
  • Business Impact – Case Studies
  • Data Science – Mathematical Methods & Predictive Modelling
  • Human Health – Food Safety, Nutrition, Predictive Intake Modelling & Chemical Exposure

The Brokerage Event will give registered participants the opportunity to meet potential business or technology partners in pre-arranged face to face meetings.

Checkout the following links for more information about the conference

and about the brokerage event:


Head Office

Enterprise Ireland
East Point Business Park, Dublin 3
Tel: +353 1 727 2000 | Fax: +353 1 727 2020

  • The Department for Agriculture Food and the Marine
  • The Environmental Protection Agency Ireland
  • Health Research Board
  • Higher Education Authority
  • Irish Research Council
  •  Irish Universities Association
  • The Marine Institute
  • Science Foundation Ireland (SFI
  • The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

Horizon 2020 national support network led by Enterprise Ireland