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Primeur weekly 2017-11-06

Quantum computing

Researchers develop data bus for quantum computer ...

Focus on Europe

Luxembourg 25th country to join PRACE ...

European Commission to invest 30 billion euro in new solutions for societal challenges and breakthrough innovation ...

Middleware

3i partners with DDN Storage to deliver demanding microscopy workflow solutions and unmatched performance ...

A third of the Internet is under attack ...

University of Nevada Las Vegas selects winning combination of Bright Cluster Manager and Advanced HPC ...

Hardware

Cray reports third quarter 2017 financial results ...

Asetek announces OEM partnership with E4 Computer Engineering and installation at CINECA in Italy ...

Asetek announces NEC Corporation as new data centre OEM partner ...

NVIDIA announces new AI partners, courses, initiatives to deliver deep learning training worldwide ...

Canadian Minister Qualtrough unveils new supercomputers to help forecast Canada's weather ...

KAUST IT receives iCMG Enterprise Architecture Award ...

Pawsey's Zeus expands to fulfil researchers' needs ...

NCI supercharges Raijin, Australia's fastest supercomputer ...

Supermicro showcases deep learning optimized systems ...

Applications

Sherlock deploys UC's first HIPAA-compliant Hadoop based data management system ...

Yu Liu appointed assistant professor of electrical & computer engineering at Clarkson University ...

Cutting datasets down to size ...

University of Delaware professor wins IEEE award ...

A bit of a 'quantum magic trick' ...

From quantum physicist to quantum CEO ...

High-performance computing methods focus of new text ...

Students explore immigration through a Big Data lens ...

Bright Computing announces reseller agreement with HPE for high performance computing and AI ...

The Cloud

IBM brings Cloud-native environment to private Clouds ...

IBM expands Watson Data Platform to help unleash AI for professionals ...

UberCloud brings parallel MPI to Univa Grid Engine's Docker support ...

Huawei acquires a seat in the Kubernetes Steering Committee ...

Red Hat improves IT flexibility and reduces complexity with Linux containers in latest version of production-ready OpenStack platform ...

European Commission to invest 30 billion euro in new solutions for societal challenges and breakthrough innovation


27 Oct 2017 Brussels - The European Commission has announced how it will spend 30 billion euro of the EU research and innovation funding programme Horizon 2020 during 2018-2020, including 2.7 billion euro to kick-start a European Innovation Council.

Horizon 2020, the EU's 77 billion euro research and innovation funding programme, supports scientific excellence in Europe and has contributed to high-profile scientific breakthroughs such as the discovery of exoplanets and gravitational waves. Over the next 3 years, the Commission will seek greater impact of its research funding by focusing on fewer, but critical topics such as migration, security, climate, clean energy and digital economy. Horizon 2020 will also be more geared towards boosting breakthrough, market-creating innovation.

Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, stated: "Artificial Intelligence, genetics, blockchain: science is at the core of today's most promising breakthrough innovations. Europe is a world leader in science and technology and will play a major role in driving innovation. The Commission is making a concerted effort - including with the European Innovation Council which takes its first steps today - to give Europe's many innovators a springboard to become world leading companies."

Since the beginning of its mandate, the Juncker Commission has been working hard to give Europe's many innovative entrepreneurs every opportunity to thrive. Now, the Commission is launching the first phase of the European Innovation Council. Between 2018 and 2020, the Commission will mobilise 2.7 billion euro from Horizon 2020 to support high-risk, high-gain innovation to create the markets of the future. Moreover, Horizon 2020 will make better use of its "crack the challenge" prizes to deliver breakthrough technology solutions to pressing problems faced by our citizens.

The 2018-2020 Work Programme will focus efforts on fewer topics with bigger budgets, directly supporting the Commission's political priorities:

  • A low-carbon, climate resilient future: 3.3 billion euro
  • Circular Economy: 1 billion euro
  • Digitising and transforming European industry and services: 1.7 billion euro
  • Security Union: 1 billion euro
  • Migration: 200 million euro

2.2 billion euro will be earmarked for clean energy projects in four interrelated areas: renewables, energy efficient buildings, electro-mobility and storage solutions, including 200 million euro to support the development and production in Europe of the next generation of electric batteries.

At the same time, Horizon 2020 will continue to fund 'curiosity-driven science' - often referred to as 'blue sky science' or 'frontier research'. The annual Work Programme of the European Research Council for 2018, adopted in August, will enable support for excellent researchers with nearly 1.86 billion euro. Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, which fund fellowships for researchers at all stages of their careers, receive a boost with 2.9 billion euro in total over three years.

The new Work Programme also strengthens international cooperation in research and innovation. It will invest over 1 billion euro in 30 flagship initiatives in areas of mutual benefit. Examples include working with Canada on personalised medicine, with the US, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Australia on road transport automation, with India on water challenges and with African countries on food security and renewable energies.

Between 2018 and 2020, 460 million euro under Horizon 2020 will be allocated specifically to supporting Member States and associated countries that do not yet participate in the programme to their full potential. The aim is to tap into the unexploited pockets of excellence in Europe and beyond. In addition, the programme also continues to promote closer synergies with the European Structural and Investment Funds.

Another novelty is the introduction of the lump-sum pilot, a new, simpler approach to providing financial support to participants. It will shift the focus of ex-ante controls from financial checks to the scientific-technical content of the projects.

The programme marks a step change in promoting Open Science by shifting from publishing research results in scientific publications towards sharing knowledge sooner in the research process. 2 billion euro will be channelled to support Open Science, and 600 million euro will be dedicated to the European Open Science Cloud, European Data Infrastructure and High Performance Computing.

Horizon 2020 is the EU's biggest ever research and innovation framework programme with a budget of 77 billion euro over seven years (2014-2020). While most research and innovation activities are still underway or yet to start, the programme is delivering.

Horizon 2020 researchers have contributed to major discoveries like exoplanets, the Higgs boson and gravitational waves, and at least 19 Nobel Prize winners received EU research funding prior or after their award.

As of October 2017, Horizon 2020 has in total funded more than 15,000 grants to the tune of 26.65 billion euro, of which almost 3.79 billion euro went to SMEs. The programme has also provided companies, in particular SMEs, with access to risk finance worth over 17 million euro under the "InnovFin - EU finance for innovators" scheme. Furthermore, 3,143 ERC Principal Investigators in host organisations and 10,176 fellows under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions have received grants worth almost 4.87 billion euro and 2.89 billion euro respectively.

Simultaneous to the adoption of the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020, the Euratom Work Programme 2018 has been adopted, investing 32 million euro in research into the management and disposal of radioactive waste. It will also develop a research roadmap on safe decommissioning of nuclear power plants to reduce environmental impact and costs.

Source: European Commission

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2017-11-06

Quantum computing

Researchers develop data bus for quantum computer ...

Focus on Europe

Luxembourg 25th country to join PRACE ...

European Commission to invest 30 billion euro in new solutions for societal challenges and breakthrough innovation ...

Middleware

3i partners with DDN Storage to deliver demanding microscopy workflow solutions and unmatched performance ...

A third of the Internet is under attack ...

University of Nevada Las Vegas selects winning combination of Bright Cluster Manager and Advanced HPC ...

Hardware

Cray reports third quarter 2017 financial results ...

Asetek announces OEM partnership with E4 Computer Engineering and installation at CINECA in Italy ...

Asetek announces NEC Corporation as new data centre OEM partner ...

NVIDIA announces new AI partners, courses, initiatives to deliver deep learning training worldwide ...

Canadian Minister Qualtrough unveils new supercomputers to help forecast Canada's weather ...

KAUST IT receives iCMG Enterprise Architecture Award ...

Pawsey's Zeus expands to fulfil researchers' needs ...

NCI supercharges Raijin, Australia's fastest supercomputer ...

Supermicro showcases deep learning optimized systems ...

Applications

Sherlock deploys UC's first HIPAA-compliant Hadoop based data management system ...

Yu Liu appointed assistant professor of electrical & computer engineering at Clarkson University ...

Cutting datasets down to size ...

University of Delaware professor wins IEEE award ...

A bit of a 'quantum magic trick' ...

From quantum physicist to quantum CEO ...

High-performance computing methods focus of new text ...

Students explore immigration through a Big Data lens ...

Bright Computing announces reseller agreement with HPE for high performance computing and AI ...

The Cloud

IBM brings Cloud-native environment to private Clouds ...

IBM expands Watson Data Platform to help unleash AI for professionals ...

UberCloud brings parallel MPI to Univa Grid Engine's Docker support ...

Huawei acquires a seat in the Kubernetes Steering Committee ...

Red Hat improves IT flexibility and reduces complexity with Linux containers in latest version of production-ready OpenStack platform ...