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Inform yourself about the last Horizon 2020 funding opportunities in Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture

On 4 July 2019, the European Commission will host an Info Day in Brussels on the upcoming calls in Societal Challenge 2 (SC2): “Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Marine, Maritime and Inland Water Research and the Bioeconomy”.
The SC2 Work Programme deals with some of the key challenges our planet is facing: adapting to and mitigating climate change, ensuring food security, protecting natural resources, and promoting alternatives to fossil-based economies. The proposed solutions are expected to deliver significant economic, environmental and social benefits. For most activities, a multi-player approach is crucial: various partners including end-users need to be involved during the entire project.

The Info Day is a great opportunity to gain detailed insight into the SC2 Work Programme for 2020, which includes more than 40 topics with a total budget of approx. €500 million and is structured around 4 calls: Sustainable Food Security, Rural Renaissance, Blue Growth and a new call, which makes a bridge to the next European Framework Programme, “Horizon Europe”. Sessions providing guidance on successful proposal preparation and Q&A are part of the agenda. Detailed information on individual topics will be presented and discussed in parallel sessions, with a focus on sustainable farming and agricultural value chains, blue planet, food systems and the bioeconomy.

Do not miss this opportunity to inform yourself about the last Horizon 2020 calls for SC2, to develop your project ideas and to connect with potential project partners! Have a look at the draft agenda and register for the Info Day (deadline: 28.06.2019).

All sessions will be webstreamed and presentations will be available online after the event.


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Research Impact: Ready for REF 2021 – The second round of the Research Excellence Framework, the UK’s system for assessing the excellence of research in domestic higher education institutions, will be conducted in 2021. Since the first round of assessment in 2014, the REF has been developed in order to ensure that the exercise provides accountability for public investment in research and evidence of its benefit as well as further emphasising the importance of environments that support research. Ready For REF 2021 will deliver comprehensive, practical insights to assist in delivering high-quality outputs, measuring impact and nurturing research environments.

The agenda includes presentations designed to help higher education institutions improve outputs, processes, codes of practice and interdisciplinary research for REF 2021 submissions. Looking further afield, the conference will explore how clusters of universities are forming to enhance regional research capabilities and how domestic political uncertainty will impact the UK’s collective research output and international contention.


Too often measuring value is limited to physical things that are easy to count. Public and social value – such as the value of bicycle lanes, clean air or happiness – has been harder to quantify, making what matters most to us difficult to manage and grow.

In government, this almost certainly has skewed public spending towards cures rather than prevention. Public Value: How can it be measured, managed and grown? brings together views from across Nesta’s areas of work to set out alternative ways to map and measure public value.

With better metrics on what matters most, we can guide investment towards ideas that help change the world for the good.

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Research Professional Newsletter

Augar review puts research at risk, peers hear

The Augar review of post-18 education funding has placed great uncertainty on the future of research at universities, according to leading figures in academia.

Brexit could harm research for a generation, says Leverhulme head

Brexit may set the UK’s research base back by a generation regardless of the type of exit, the director of the Leverhulme Trust has said.

Nesta launches funding call for education technology projects

The innovation charity Nesta has invited education technology companies to bid for up to £100,000 each to fund innovations that help teachers and students.

NIHR – Funding alert

The NIHR Global Health Policy and Systems Research (Global HPSR) Programme aims to support research in global health policy and systems research which is directly and primarily of benefit to people in low and middle-income countries (LMICs).

This will be driven by effective equitable partnerships between LMIC and UK researchers, who together will:

  • engage stakeholders
  • identify and address priorities for research in health policy and health systems
  • develop plans for capacity strengthening and knowledge sharing

A series of three complementary research funding opportunities are planned. These have been informed by stakeholder engagement, including the development of a global HPSR community of interest.

The first of these opportunities are Development Awards, launching in early June 2019.

These awards will allow development of equitable partnerships between ODA-eligible LMIC researchers and UK institutions to; identify and engage relevant stakeholders (policy makers and LMIC communities); undertake a needs-assessment and identify local priorities for research, with the aim that Development Awards will support an application for future research funding.

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