Career-FIT PLUS Call for Proposals Opportunity for 25 Companies to avail of fully funded international talent to support their research and development ambition

One year after launching Call One, Enterprise Ireland opens the last call for applications to its Career-FIT PLUS – Career Development Fellowships in National Technology Centres and Technology Gateways Programme. The aim of the Programme is to recruit 50 experienced researchers to work on market-focused research projects in Ireland for three years.

The programme is co-funded by the EU under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie CO-FUND Scheme under Horizon 2020 and it is an innovative concept where top talent and skills coming from all around the world are matched with the research needs of enterprises in Ireland.

This is also a great opportunity for international researchers as they are hosted by a Third Level Institution, spend between 6 to 12 months at the partner company and also work with Enterprise Ireland’s Technology Centres and Technology Gateway Network.

Following an international and independent expert evaluation, Enterprise Ireland approved funding for 25 fellowships involving eight different Technology Centres and Gateways and 22 Ireland-based companies of various sizes and sectors earlier this year. The aim of this call is to award the remaining 25 fellowships available under the scheme.

Welcoming the announcement, Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar T.D. said: “There has never been a more important time for Irish businesses to adapt and innovate. This programme gives Irish companies access to world-class research, helping them reach the next stage of their development. For researchers, this is a fantastic opportunity to take part in industry-focused research, making a real impact on the businesses they work with.”

Speaking of the opening of Call Two, Garrett Murray National Director for Horizon 2020 at Enterprise Ireland said: “This is the final opportunity to participate in this successful Programme so I would encourage all the companies and researchers that have an interest in carrying out industry-focused collaborative research to apply for the Programme. We have already seen the benefits that have been derived by stakeholders who engaged in similar programmes and this call for applications provides a great opportunity for companies to engage in Horizon 2020 for what might be their first time to undertake international research collaboration”.

Call Two will remain open from September 7th, 2020 until the end of the year.
For further information please click here: Career-FIT PLUS Call for Proposals
Contact: Micol Martinelli, Career-FIT Programme Manager, Email: careerfit@enterprise-ireland.com

Nine Irish researchers and innovators awarded over €2.9m in funding in response to Covid-19

Enterprise Ireland welcomes European Commission’s announcement of funding for researchers and innovators as part of Horizon 2020 emergency funding action for Covid-19 outbreak

Wednesday 12 August 2020: The European Commission has announced that 23 projects were short-listed for funding with a total of €128.2 million involving 347 research teams from 40 countries in Europe under the emergency funding action issued in May. Nine Irish researchers and companies were awarded over €2.9m under the funding action.

Projects were funded in the areas of rapid repurposing of manufacturing for vital medical supplies and equipment (€22.1m), behavioural, social and economic impacts of the outbreak responses (€28 million), pan-European Covid-19 cohorts (€19.9m) and collaboration of existing EU and international cohorts of relevance to Covid-19 (€3m) and medical technologies, digital tools and artificial intelligence analytics to improve surveillance and care at High Technology Readiness Levels (€55.2m).

Irish applicants did particularly well in the area of medical technologies, digital tools and artificial Intelligence analytics.

Enterprise Ireland client Palliare Limited is coordinating a project focusing on controlling viral aerosols in COVID-19 and beyond. Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, University College Cork, TUDublin, and Cork spin-out BioPixS Limited are also all partners in successful consortia.

BioPixS is a key member of a consortia led by Spanish researchers working on a portable platform for the assessment of microvascular health in Covid-19 patients at the intensive care.

Speaking following the announcement, Garrett Murray, National Director for Horizon 2020 at Enterprise Ireland said: “This announcement is a great success for Ireland and is testament to the capability and talent within the Irish research and innovation system particularly in areas relevant to the challenges posed by Covid-19. As citizens we rely on our innovators and researchers to help us overcome some our greatest societal challenges and as drivers of economic growth.
To date, Irish companies and researchers have been awarded and contracted in excess of €987m in funding under Horizon 2020 – with more in the pipeline. There continues to be many opportunities for Irish enterprises and researchers under the Horizon 2020 Programme, including calls for proposals under the European Green Deal, worth circa €1bn that will be issued in the autumn.”

Following the announcement, Sanathana Konugolu Venkata Sekar, CEO, BioPixS Ltd stated: “In VASCOVID, our novel phantoms will fast track instrument development by enabling standardized approach to characterisation/verification, and also provide quality control during day to day operations of VASCOVID device. A spinout of IPIC/Tyndall/UCC, this is a proud moment for us to positively impact on the challenges posed by this pandemic by partnering with leading institutes across Europe.”

Enterprise Ireland encourages all Irish researchers and innovators to look at the remaining opportunities under the Programme and to contact their National Contact Points in Enterprise Ireland and across the Horizon 2020 national support network for information, guidance and expert support in evaluating opportunities and making applications.

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For further information:
Paul Daly, Press & Media Relations, Enterprise Ireland paul.daly@enterprise-ireland.com
087-2235187

Notes on Announcement:
https://ec.europa.eu/info/sites/info/files/research_and_innovation/events/documents/facsheet_call2_projects-10-august-2020.pdf
https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_20_1460

About Horizon 2020
Horizon 2020 is the EU’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. It is one of seven flagship initiatives in Europe 2020, the European Union’s ten-year jobs and growth strategy. It has a budget of €75 billion and runs from 2014 to 2020. Horizon 2020 funding (i.e. grants) is awarded on a competitive basis to researchers and companies across three main pillars: Excellent Science, Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies and Societal Challenges.
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

Enterprise Ireland welcomes European Commission’s announcement of grant funding for two Irish companies under the European Innovation Council (EIC) Accelerator Green Call

Friday, July 24th – The European Commission has announced that 64 European start-ups and SMEs will be awarded €307m in funding to support the development of their innovations and the scaling of their companies.

Irish companies NVP Energy Limited (Galway) is to receive funding for its Ambi-Robic technology for treating municipal sewage wastewater, and GlasPort Bio Limited (Galway) which is to receive funding for its GasAbate N+ technology for removing greenhouse gas emissions from animal manure. Stored manures account for 16% of all GHG emissions from EU agriculture.
The EIC Accelerator pilot supports high risk, high potential SMEs and innovators to help them develop and bring onto the market new innovative products, services and business models that could drive economic growth. All grant awards are subject to the completion of grant agreements.
Speaking following today’s announcement, Garrett Murray, National Director for Horizon 2020 at Enterprise Ireland said: “Today’s announcement is a great news for these companies and is testament to their scalability. This announcement provides significant funding to support these companies to bring their innovations to market and achieve their global ambition.
“To date Irish companies and researchers have been awarded in excess of € €987.1m in funding under Horizon 2020. There continues to be many opportunities for Irish enterprises and researchers under the EIC with the remaining call deadline on October 7th and across the Horizon 2020 Programme. Calls for proposals under the European Green Deal, worth circa €1bn will also be issued in the autumn.”
Following today’s announcement, Ruari Friel CEO of GlasPort Bio noted that the company, “is delighted to be awarded €2.5m from the EIC Accelerator program. This is a highly prestigious scheme and acts as a major validation for our company and product. This shall have a transformative effect on our company, providing the funding to allow us to complete final stage development of our innovative product, greatly accelerating our path to market and allowing us to grow and achieve our goals”.
Next Tuesday, July 28th Enterprise Ireland will host a webinar offering expert advice on the application process and how best to approach preparing an application for the EIC October deadline. All are welcome and you can register here in advance.
Enterprise Ireland encourages all Irish researchers and innovators to look at the remaining opportunities under the Programme and to contact their National Contact Points in Enterprise Ireland and across the Horizon 2020 national support network for information, guidance and expert support in evaluating opportunities and making applications.

A full list of selected companies is available here.

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For further information: Ciara Ahern, Press & Media Relations, Enterprise Ireland. T: 083 8007203 Ciara.Ahern@enterprise-ireland.com


About Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the EU’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. It is one of seven flagship initiatives in Europe 2020, the European Union’s ten-year jobs and growth strategy. It has a budget of €75 billion and runs from 2014 to 2020. Horizon 2020 funding (i.e. grants) is awarded on a competitive basis to researchers and companies across three main pillars: Excellent Science, Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies and Societal Challenges. 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

About the EIC Accelerator Pilot

The EIC Accelerator Pilot is part of the Enhanced European Innovation Council pilot (Enhanced EIC pilot). The Enhanced EIC Pilot will pave the way to a fully-fledged EIC; it builds on the lessons learnt from the previous EIC pilot launched in late 2017. The Enhanced EIC Pilot serves as the umbrella for several EU funding instruments: the EIC Pathfinder (FET-Open and FET-Proactive) the EIC Accelerator (former SME Instrument): the Fast Track to Innovation (FTI), and Horizon Prizes, thus providing a ‘one stop shop’ for funding of breakthrough, market-creating innovation across the EU.
The Enhanced EIC pilot funds high-potential, high-risk innovation developed by SMEs through the EIC Accelerator Pilot  The EIC Accelerator Pilot  offers Europe’s brightest and boldest entrepreneurs the chance to step forward and request funding for breakthrough ideas with the potential to create entirely new markets or revolutionise existing ones. The Enhanced EIC pilot features a pilot Accelerator. The EIC Accelerator pilot provides grant-only support (former SME Instrument) as well as support in the form of blended finance (combining grant and equity).
The EIC Accelerator supports high-risk, high-potential small and medium-sized innovative enterprises willing to develop and commercialise new products, services and business models that could drive economic growth and shape new markets or disrupt existing ones in Europe and worldwide. The EIC Accelerator pilot provides full-cycle business innovation support. The EIC Accelerator pilot also offers coaching and mentoring.

Coronavirus: EU grants €314 million to innovative companies to combat the virus and support recovery

€314 million to 72 innovative companies
The European Commission through the European Innovation Council (EIC) Accelerator Pilot selects 72 companies set to combat the coronavirus pandemic and contribute to the recovery plan for Europe. A record number of almost 4000 start-ups and small and medium businesses (SMEs) applied to the EIC Accelerator pilot in March.
The start-ups and SMEs selected for support come from 16 countries, including 12 EU Member States, the UK and 3 associated countries.
The selected 36 companies, including 5 Irish companies,  are set to contribute to the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, will work on pioneering projects, such as on expanding the production of bio-decontamination wipes, developing ventilation monitoring systems that provide first aiders with real-time feedback on the quality of the ventilation given to the patient, developing an antibody platform.
An additional 36 companies, including 3 Irish companies are set to support the recovery plan for Europe, will work across a multitude of sectors and projects, to treat severe cases of infection, and many more.
Seals of Excellence were awarded to high-quality proposals who passed the EIC funding criteria, but could not be funded due to limited budget.
For full details of the article please click here

Eight Irish Start-Ups and SMEs to benefit from over €31m in funding

Eight Irish Start-Ups and SMEs to benefit from over €31m in funding. Enterprise Ireland welcomes European Commission’s announcement of funding for Irish companies under the Horizon 2020 European Innovation Council (EIC) Accelerator Pilot.
On Monday 08 June 2020 the European Commission announced that 72 European start-ups and SMEs will be awarded €314m in funding to support the development of their innovations and the scaling of their companies. The budget for this call was increased by the Commission to ensure many Coronavirus relevant innovations were supported in addition to other thematic areas.
Eight Irish companies have secured over 10% of the funding allocated under this call and have been awarded grant and equity funding totaling over €31m. Among the successful applicants are seven Enterprise Ireland clients including; Kite Medical, OneProjects Design Innovation, Provizio, Remedy Biologics, Kastus Technologies, SiriusXT and Aquila Biosciences.
Ireland ranked second, jointly with France and Denmark after the Netherlands in terms of the number of companies awarded funding.
The EIC Accelerator pilot supports high risk, high potential SMEs and innovators to help them develop and bring onto the market new innovative products, services and business models that could drive economic growth. All grant and equity awards are subject to the completion of grant and investment agreements.
Speaking following today’s announcement, Garrett Murray, National Director for Horizon 2020 at Enterprise Ireland said: “Today’s announcement is a great success for Ireland and is testament to the research and innovation capability of Irish companies and the vibrancy of the Irish high potential start-up and commercialisation eco-system. This announcement provides significant funding to support these companies to bring their innovations to market and achieve their global ambition.
“To date Irish companies and researchers have been awarded in excess of €907m in funding under Horizon 2020. There continues to be many opportunities for Irish enterprises and researchers under the EIC and across the Horizon 2020 Programme, including calls for proposals under the European Green Deal, worth circa €1bn that will be issued in the autumn.”
In October, the EIC Accelerator call for applications will have a focus on female entrepreneurship where, should the first-round evaluation show that a minimum of 25 per cent of companies selected for the final-stage interviews are not led by women, additional interviews will be planned.
Following today’s announcement, Joan Fitzpatrick CEO of Kite Medical stated: “This funding from the European Commission will allow Kite Medical to further develop the KITE system for the detection of kidney reflux to progress into a clinical study. The funding will also support an additional six jobs at the company in technical, quality, regulatory, and clinical roles and establish our market launch strategy. The project outcomes will facilitate fund raising to support our commercialisation plan”.
Daniel Crowley, CEO and co-founder of Remedy Biologics added: “Remedy Bio’s unique advantage is in the discovery of immune biology to fight disease with unmatched precision in areas such as cancer, immune disorders, and infectious disease. We greatly welcome the EIC’s support for our programme to develop a long-term pandemic response platform to protect Europe from future pandemics, as well as enabling development of our advanced passive therapy for Covid-19″.

Enterprise Ireland encourages all Irish researchers and innovators to look at the remaining opportunities under the Programme and to contact their National Contact Points in Enterprise Ireland and across the Horizon 2020 national support network for information, guidance and expert support in evaluating opportunities and making applications.

For further information please contact: Brigid Burke, Press & Media Relations, Enterprise Ireland brigid.burke@enterprise-ireland.com, telephone: 087 1803995.

Click here to link to the EIC results. Click here to link to projects

About Horizon 2020
Horizon 2020 is the EU’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. It is one of seven flagship initiatives in Europe 2020, the European Union’s ten-year jobs and growth strategy. It has a budget of €75 billion and runs from 2014 to 2020. Horizon 2020 funding (i.e. grants) is awarded on a competitive basis to researchers and companies across three main pillars: Excellent Science, Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies and Societal Challenges.
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

About the EIC Accelerator Pilot
The EIC Accelerator Pilot is part of the Enhanced European Innovation Council pilot (Enhanced EIC pilot). The Enhanced EIC Pilot will pave the way to a fully-fledged EIC; it builds on the lessons learnt from the previous EIC pilot launched in late 2017. The Enhanced EIC Pilot serves as the umbrella for several EU funding instruments: the EIC Pathfinder (FET-Open and FET-Proactive) the EIC Accelerator (former SME Instrument): the Fast Track to Innovation (FTI), and Horizon Prizes, thus providing a ‘one stop shop’ for funding of breakthrough, market-creating innovation across the EU.

The Enhanced EIC pilot funds high-potential, high-risk innovation developed by SMEs through the EIC Accelerator Pilot  The EIC Accelerator Pilot  offers Europe’s brightest and boldest entrepreneurs the chance to step forward and request funding for breakthrough ideas with the potential to create entirely new markets or revolutionise existing ones. The Enhanced EIC pilot features a pilot Accelerator. The EIC Accelerator pilot provides grant-only support (former SME Instrument) as well as support in the form of blended finance (combining grant and equity).
The EIC Accelerator supports high-risk, high-potential small and medium-sized innovative enterprises willing to develop and commercialise new products, services and business models that could drive economic growth and shape new markets or disrupt existing ones in Europe and worldwide. The EIC Accelerator pilot provides full-cycle business innovation support. The EIC Accelerator pilot also offers coaching and mentoring.

Key Enabling Technologies and EIC Accelerator in Horizon 2020 – What is happening in 2020 –

European Innovation Council (EIC) Pilot 2019-2020

These are brief presentations put together by the National Delegate and Contact Points in Ireland for the Horizon 2020 Industrial Technologies and EIC Accelerator programmes, April 1st, 2020. The presentations  include information about remaining relevant calls in Horizon 2020 in the Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) programme, events, examples of EU collaborative research and what is coming in 2021 under Horizon Europe. It also covers the EIC Accelerator (SME Instrument) open calls in 2020, tips for success and deadlines.

Horizon 2020 SME Accelerator – Ms Jill Leonard.

Industrial Pillar_Horizon Europe Digital & Industry – Dr. Sergio F Ceballos.

Fast Track to Innovation2020 – Ms Jill Leonard.

 

If you have any questions, please contact Dr Sergio Fernandez-Ceballos at sceballos@enterprise-ireland.com and Ms Jill Leonard at Jill.Leonard@enterprise-ireland.com

Keep up to date with H2020/HE news @SergioFCeballos

COVID-19 and the Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund

The The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation and Enterprise Ireland has issued a statement on DTIF and COVID-19 at https://dbei.gov.ie/DTIF. A further call for applications to the DTIF will be launched no earlier than Autumn 2020.

The DBEI are aware that the current situation regarding the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) may be having a significant impact on the research, development and innovation activities of companies and academic researchers.

We are working to understand the nature of any impacts on projects funded through the Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund (DTIF). We will try to facilitate any appropriate measures that may prove necessary, taking a flexible, constructive approach and we will consider any issues arising for projects on a case-by-case basis. Any queries should be directed to the DTIF team at Enterprise Ireland (dtif@enterprise-ireland.com) who will be happy to assist.

Please also consult the Department’s webpage for information on supports available for businesses impacted by COVID-19.

A further call for applications to the DTIF will be launched no earlier than Autumn 2020. Please follow the Department on Twitter (@EnterInnov) for updates on future calls of the DTIF.

 

Monthly update from Commissioner, Mariya Gabriel

The European Commission have shared the following link to the first edition of Commissioner Mariya Gabriel’s monthly update so that we may keep up to date on the latest developments from the Commission in these areas of interest.

This will be a regular mail with the latest news, and information on calls and collaborations, from across the Commissioner’s portfolio covering Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth. The first edition has a special focus on the coronavirus outbreak.

To receive future editions of the monthly update direct to your inbox, sign up here. 

Horizon Impact Award 2020 – IRELAND – deadline extended 15 April 2020

It’s time to celebrate impact and apply for the Horizon Impact Award 2020

This award is the European Commission’s initiative to recognize and showcase the wider socio-economic benefits of the EU investment in research and innovation. It also enables individuals or teams to share their best practices and place their achievements in the spotlight.

We would also like to inform you that due to the recent escalation of restrictions related to the COVID-19 outbreak, we have extended the deadline for the Horizon Impact Award until 15 April 2020. We hope that this extra time will help the applicants to prepare and finalise high-quality proposals.

Award value
5 awards of €10,000 each

The winners will also be invited to an award ceremony hosted in Brussels, which will include a selected audience of high-level representatives and promoters of innovation in industry and the public sector. The Horizon Impact Award will provide the winners with high visibility in the form of public interest and increased media coverage. The Commission will further promote the winners by inviting them to provide testimony at other major events.

Who can apply?
The contest is open to all legal entities, individuals or teams from FP7  and/or Horizon 2020  projects that have closed and can already demonstrate a societal impact deriving from their research results.

How to apply?
The call is available through the Funding and Tenders portal  until 15 April 2020.

We kindly ask you to support, endorse and promote the contest via your internal and external communication channels and networks within your service. The applications will remain open until 15 April 2020.

Please find enclosed an infographic for your consideration/engagement. For more information about the Rules of Contest, Application Templates and information about the last year’s winners, we invite you to consult the prize webpage.

For more information, please contact us at this address: ec-horizon-impact-award@ec.europa.eu

Don’t hesitate to get back to us in case of questions.

Thank you and with kind regards,
Horizon Impact Award team

Opportunities for Green Entrepreneurs and Female CEOs

The European Innovation Council (EIC) supports disruptive and market-creating innovations for high-tech SMEs to scale-up and prepare for the foundation of Horizon Europe. Irish Entrepreneurs were approved €38m of funding Irish companies under this programme in 2019. Enterprise Ireland is looking to support companies to exceed this success in 2020.

Due to a proposed substantial increase to the Horizon 2020 European Innovation Council Pilot budget for March 2020, a one-off EIC Accelerator call for Green Deal start-ups and SMEs is also planned for SMEs submitting for the 19th May 2020 cut-off. Companies will need to demonstrate how their innovation contributes to the goals of the European Green Deal:

➢Increasing the EU’s climate mitigation and/or adaptation ambition;
➢Supplying clean, affordable and secure energy;
➢Transitioning of industry to a clean and/or circular economy (including waste prevention and/or recycling); ➢Building and renovating in an energy and resource efficient way;
➢Accelerating the shift to sustainable and smart mobility;
➢Transition to a fair, healthy and environmentally-friendly food system;
➢Preserving and restoring ecosystems and biodiversity;
➢Realizing a zero pollution ambition and a toxic-free environment

The 7th of October 2020 cut-off for the EIC Accelerator Pilot will remain open to all kind of innovations.

Further opportunities for companies with women CEOs will be implemented in May and October, to ensure that 25% of all selected applicants in the EIC Accelerator Pilot are women-led companies. In addition, should the first round evaluation show that a minimum of 25% of companies selected for the final-stage interviews are not led by women, additional interviews will be planned.

Further details are available here: https://ec.europa.eu/info/news/increase-funding-game-changing-green-innovation-and-woman-led-companies-2020-feb-10_en and in the attached sheet available here.

 

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  • 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