Horizon 2020 Stakeholder Event

A Stakeholder Workshop on ‘Horizon Europe Implementation’ presented by the European Commission DG – RTD,  took place at our Enterprise Ireland, East point Dublin offices on December 2nd 2019.  Attendees mainly included the Horizon 2020 wider Network all Ireland members and Research Officers from the Institutes.

Remaining H2020 Opportunities under Energy, Transport & Climate

Remaining H2020 Opportunities under Energy, Transport & Climate

The Horizon 2020 team, Enterprise Ireland hosted an event on 11th November 2019 at The Glucksman, UCC, Cork, focussing on the remaining Horizon 2020 opportunities under Energy, Transport and Climate.

The event brought together innovators, researchers, public authorities and companies active across converging disciplines covering low-carbon technologies, climate resilience and the circular economy. It was an unique opportunity to develop new research partnerships, explore cross-cutting opportunities and get insights from Horizon 2020 experts across each of these areas.


The Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund (DTIF) Call 2 is live!

DTIF Call 2 is live! There will be an information session to officially launch the Call on 5 July 2019 at the University of Limerick. You can register your interest to attend the session on eventbrite.ie/Future Jobs Pillar 1 and DTIF Call 2 launch. Please see the relevant documents including the application form and guidelines for applicants here: DTIF: Call 2 – Documentation. The deadline for applications is 18 September 2019 (3pm Irish time).

The Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund is a €500 million fund established under Project Ireland 2040 and is run by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation with administrative support from Enterprise Ireland.

In Call 1 2018 27 projects were approved for funding with many led by start-ups and SMEs. The successful projects will receive over €70 million to 2021. The successful projects represent the health, food, ICT and manufacturing sectors in Ireland.

There are some important changes to CALL 2:

– The minimum funding request from DTIF is at least €1.5 million (previously €1.0 million);

– Collaborations must have at least 3 partners (previously 2) with at least one SME and one other enterprise partner;

– Research Performing Organisations cannot receive more than 50% of the total DTIF funding in any collaboration.

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please address them to Enterprise Ireland at DTIF@enterprise-ireland.com with the subject line ‘DTIF 2019 FAQ’. Queries will be answered at the information event and through the webinar process (follow the Department on Twitter for updates – @EnterInnov). A webinar for applicants will be scheduled in JULY 2019 with materials (presentation and recording of Q&A session) available on the DTIF webpage thereafter: https://dbei.gov.ie/DTIF.

For general enquiries contact the Enterprise Ireland Helpdesk at: Telephone: +353-1-727 2665; E-mail: DTIF@enterprise-ireland.com ;Twitter: @DisruptiveEI

CeADAR research centre named as one of 30 EU AI innovation hubs

Ireland is to have a seat at the table when it comes to European AI research with CeADAR to join a new network of 30 innovation hubs.

Last week, the European Commission’s (EC) High Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence (AI) published the ethics guidelines for trustworthy AI. As part of this news, the EC said that it will start setting up networks of digital innovation hubs in member states to develop and implement a model for best practices in data sharing among them.

Now, the Centre for Applied Data Analytics Research (CeADAR) has revealed it is the only Irish centre among a network of 30 AI innovations hubs across Europe selected by the EC. Each of these centres will collaborate on various AI projects and will lay the groundwork for future European policies on the technology.

A total of 150 applications were received from 27 different member states as well as three Horizon 2020-associated countries: Serbia, Switzerland and Norway. CeADAR, the technology centre funded by Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland, was chosen by a steering committee of independent external experts in both digital innovation hubs and AI.

“This is a huge accolade for CeADAR and we are looking forward to the close collaboration with the other network members across the EU, sharing best practice in the area of AI,” said CeADAR’s director, Edward McDonnell.

“It will be a great opportunity to leverage expertise from across all these countries to ultimately help SMEs and other companies here in Ireland. There will also be an opportunity for the network to provide evidence and have a voice at EC level. We are looking forward to working on pulling this community of 30 hubs more closely together.”

Within Ireland, AI adoption continues to grow, according to recent research by the National Standards Association of Ireland.

In a survey of more than 100 professionals working in large companies and SMEs in IT, business and technology sectors, more than half of the companies plan to use AI in the next five years.

Courtesy of Colm Gorey, Silicon Republic

Horizon 2020: €195 million to improve the R&I potential in seven EU countries

The European Commission will invest €195 million in setting up and developing 13 new ‘centres of excellence’ in seven Member States, helping to boost research and innovation performance and inspiring the scientific community to develop new products and processes in tandem with leading scientific institutes from all over Europe.

Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, said:

“Scientific talent is everywhere in Europe but in some parts of the Union it does not have fertile ground to develop. We want to change this and that is why we are investing €900 million from the EU’s Research and Innovation Programme in developing partnerships and setting up centres of excellence that will help talented researchers reach their full potential.”

To be funded by Horizon 2020, the EU’s research and innovation programme, the 13 projects will be located in Bulgaria (1), Cyprus (3), Czech Republic (2), Estonia (1), Latvia (1), Poland (3) and Portugal (2). The projects will each receive close to €15 million once the final grant agreement with the Commission has been signed in the second half of 2019. The grant will allow the new centres of excellence to form partnerships with leading scientific institutions across Europe in areas such as health, marine and maritime research, industrial production, biodiversity and nanomaterials.

For example, the Polish NOMATEN project will see the cooperation of the National Centre of Nuclear Research of Poland with the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission and the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. Their goal is to create in Poland a new research organisation in which international world-class research teams will design, develop and assess innovative multifunctional materials for industrial and medical applications.


The 13 project proposals have been selected for funding from the Teaming part of Horizon 2020, which is designed to facilitate institution building in countries with low research and innovation performance. The projects work in close cooperation with Europe’s leading scientific institutions.

A set of measures with total budget of around €900 million is available for creating the conditions for widening the participation of universities and research organisations in less R&I-performing countries in the competitive calls of Horizon 2020. These include the Teaming, Twinning and the ERA Chairs instruments. Eligible Member States under Teaming include all those that joined the EU after 2004 plus Portugal and Luxembourg, as well as some of the non-EU countries associated to Horizon 2020. So far 11 Teaming Phase 2, 61 Teaming Phase 1, 97 Twinning and 27 ERA Chairs projects have been funded under Horizon 2020.

List of project proposals selected for funding: https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/sites/horizon2020/files/widening_teaming_2_2019_results_table.pdf


Courtesy of the European Commission Europa News.

Five Irish SMEs selected for funding under latest round of the EIC SME Instrument

The five Irish SMEs are:

•Inflection Biosciences Ltd (Dublin) for a new breast cancer treatment
•NBMI Science (Dublin) for a new chelation therapy drug
•PEARlabs Technologies Ltd (Dublin) for a ground-breaking optical chip for use in the fight against life-threatening diseases, including cancer
•Numa (Dundalk) for an innovative cloud-based software product to help radiologists perform minimally invasive cancer treatments more successfully
•Poly-Pico Technologies Ltd (Galway) for Cal-Mate, an automated system to detect the presence and quantify trace level concentrations of metals and materials in water, food, biological samples, etc.

The funding is provided under Phase 1 of the EIC instrument, which means that each SME will receive € 50,000 to finance feasibility studies for new products that can disrupt the market. They can also ask for up to three days of free business coaching.

They can also later apply for Phase 2 funding which is aimed at turning a business concept into a market-ready product, service or process. Under Phase 2, SMEs can apply for grants of between €0.5 and €2.5 million as well as up to 12 days of free coaching.

The SME Instrument is part of the European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot, which supports top-class innovators, entrepreneurs, small companies and scientists with funding opportunities and acceleration services. The enhanced EIC pilot was launched on the 18 March; from 5 June 2019 the EIC SME Instrument will be renamed the EIC Accelerator Pilot, and will feature the possibility of applying for grant or grant and equity funding.

Here is a list of companies selected: https://ec.europa.eu/info/news/eic-pilot-277-innovators-selected-funding-bring-their-innovations-faster-market-2019-apr-11_en

And here is a  list of Projects Selected: https://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/doc/call/h2020/eic-smeinst-2018-2020/1850146-eic_ph1_02-2019_en.pdf

Courtesy of the European Commission Europa News.

I-Form & EU Industry Days release – INDUSTRY DAYS 2019

SFI Research Centre hosts EU Industry Day session on advanced manufacturing

  • SFI Research Centre I-Form is the only Irish entity to host a session at ‘EU Industry Days’ event in Brussels
  • Expert panel debates promises and challenges 3D printing brings to global manufacturing

(Brussels, February 5th) — I-Form, the SFI Research Centre for Advanced Manufacturing, is today hosting a thought-provoking session on 3D printing in manufacturing at the ‘EU Industry Days’ event at The Egg in Brussels. The session is titled: “Manufacturing as a service: The additive manufacturing promises to the EU economy”. I-Form, headquartered at University College Dublin, is the only Irish entity to organise a session at ‘EU Industry Days’ and is taking a leading role in the debate on the development of advanced and additive manufacturing in Europe.

The EU Commission event will be opened by Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, and each industry session has the opportunity to raise awareness of issues that are of broad relevance for EU industrial policy development, providing a unique opportunity to make a real impact on upcoming EU-level decisions. The event is shaped around three themes: industry & sustainability; industry & globalisation; innovation & digitalisation.

At the I-Form session, keynote speakers and an expert panel will debate the promises and challenges 3D printing (additive manufacturing) brings to global manufacturing, including:

  • Rethinking the current manufacturing model
  • Putting the customer at the heart of the manufacturing process (the emergence of the ‘prosumer’)
  • Identifying potential regulatory gaps (in areas such as IP and standards) that may emerge through a paradigm shift in manufacturing
  • New supply chain models, new markets and new customer needs

Speakers include:

  • Professor Robert Shorten, I-Form and University College Dublin, will address the topic of the democratisation of manufacturing and the emergence of the ‘prosumer’ model, where the end-user is increasingly involved in the design and manufacture of the goods they consume.
  • Dr Alireza Parandian, Head of Global Business Strategy Wearables, Materialise, will address the growing prominence of ‘manufacturing as a service’.
  • Dr Paula Quiepo, Director of External Relations at PRODINTEC Technology Centre, will offer insights on how Europe is positioned to take best advantage of the promise of additive manufacturing.
  • Tanja Missfeld, Associate Partner of EY Global R&D and Innovation Services, will discuss the impact of rapid digitalisation on partnerships, supply chains and operations.
  • A speaker from Siemens will share how this paradigm shift is addressed within industry and will elaborate on the promises of additive manufacturing.
  • Professor Valeria Nicolosi, I-Form and Trinity College Dublin, an ERC laureate, is the MC and moderator.

EU Industry Days (February 5th and 6th) is an annual event attracting more than 1,000 participants from across Europe and beyond. The 2019 event focuses on key industrial challenges for the EU such as sustainability, digitalisation, investment and globalisation. The event provides input for future industrial policy making in the EU. For more information on EU Industry Days, see: https://ec.europa.eu/info/eu-industry-days-2019_en.

I-Form is a Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre whose mission is to shape the future of manufacturing through high-impact research into the application of digital technologies to materials processing. I-Form is headquartered at University College Dublin.

Speaking at the event in Brussels, Professor Robert Shorten of I-Form and University College Dublin said: “Additive manufacturing promises to profoundly change manufacturing and put the consumer at the heart of the production process. The personalisation of products and the potential to produce things at or close to home are two of big trends threatening to disrupt the traditional supply chain. Alongside these technological developments, we must address key questions of standards, security and privacy. Today’s event is about debating these questions and asking where we want to go as a society and as an industry.”

Prof Mark Ferguson, Director General of Science Foundation Ireland and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland, said: “SFI Research Centres deliver significant economic and societal impact to Ireland. I-Form is shaping the direction of manufacturing in Ireland and at an EU level, helping to drive Ireland’s competitiveness internationally. Manufacturing, as a key driver of the Irish economy, is the second largest employer in Ireland. It accounts for 36.5% of GDP and €122.6 billion in exports. Involvement in this EU Industry event ensures that Ireland continues to develop a leadership position and attracts outstanding researchers in this rapidly changing sector.”

Dr Sergio Fernandez-Ceballos, National Delegate and Contact Point for Horizon 2020 at Enterprise Ireland, said: “To date, Irish researchers and companies have successfully won over €630 million under Horizon 2020, bringing Ireland over halfway to achieving our national Horizon 2020 target of €1.25 billion. I-Form’s successful bid to host this EU session builds on recent success by Irish participants in Horizon 2020 Advanced Manufacturing Research & Innovation programmes. Enterprise Ireland provided support for the team to develop their proposal in line with our strategy for H2020 to support excellence in research, with the objective of driving innovation and competitiveness across the Irish economy in line with Enterprise Ireland’s strategy 2017-2020.”

For further information, please contact:

Sergio Fernandez-Ceballos
Horizon 2020, Enterprise Ireland
+353 (1) 7272704 Mobile: 353(0)879030037

The event hashtag is #EUIndustryDay.
The I-Form session hashtag is #EUmanufacturing.




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