Building on the success of SOFT Innovation Prize in 2014 and 2016, the European Commission launches today the third edition of the SOFT Innovation Prize under Euratom Work Programme 2018. Prize contest is open to the world and invites international fusion researchers from all ITER partner countries and any third country, which has a bilateral fusion cooperation with Euratom. It sets no specific category, but is rather interested in any physics or technology innovation related to fusion with a potential for further exploitation.
At the meeting the fission part of the Euratom Work Programme 2018 (Call for proposals NFRP 2018) and horizontal issues related to the implementation of the programme were presented.
All presentations are available for download: here
2nd November 2017, Prague
The new Horizon 2020 work programme 2018 – 2020 and EURATOM work programme 2018 were published on the 27th of October 2017. As a prompt reaction to this, the National Information Day on ENERGY and EURATOM was organised by the Technology Centre CAS in Prague, Czech Republic.
The Fission and Radiation protection part took place in the afternoon part of the event. About fifty participants listened to Rita Lečbychová, head of Unit G.4 of DG RTD. Her presentation was consecrated to Euratom Research and Training Programme 2014 – 2018, the policies and general objectives. She presented a thorough analysis of the results of the EURATOM programme, as well as the topics for the following year – 2018. Examples of specific call conditions were included, as well as recommendations concerning ethical issues. there was also space for questions and answers.
Analyst from the TC CAS, Daniel Frank, concentrated on the participation of the teams from the Czech Republic in the activity EURATOM. He presented also the list of successful participant from the Czech Republic in H2020 EURATOM projects.
We could hear from the most successful participants, the organisation Research Centre Řež, about one of their projects (altogether they are involved in 16 EURATOM projects in H2020). The project M4F deals with a cross-cutting issue of fusion/fission, and was presented by Lukáš Veselý and Petra Bublíková.
The INSIDER project dealing with waste minimisation was presented by Peter Kiška and Monika Mazánová from the Czech Institute of Metrology. The institution is included also in EMPIR (European Metrology Programme for Innovation and Research) projects.
The programme was ended by a joined presentation of Veronika Korittová and Eva Kudrnová from TC CAS on partner search instruments, including the possibilities offered by Enterprise Europe Network, and last but not least, the common partner search instrument for Energy and EURATOM on C-ENERGY web page.
Please be informed that a Euratom Info Day will take place on 9 November 2017 in Brussels. The main objective will be to present the Euratom Work Programme for 2018.
More information and invitation to register will be circulated at the beginning of October 2017.
The search function is based on the data registered in the beneficiary register either as declared or validated data, but in addition to that it uses the database of keywords linked to the projects and the editable data in the organisation profiles.
In its first version, the service allows searching for organisations and displaying their profiles.
The profiles comprise:
- Organisation name, city, country, Participant Identification Code (PIC)
- Organisation type (Higher or secondary education establishment, SME, etc.)
- The list of EU projects in which the organisation is involved
- An overview of its main collaboration links with other organisations
- Keywords related to its projects, indicating its fields of expertise
The bulk of the organisation profile is created automatically. In addition, LEARs or Account Administrators (or self-registrants) can edit two data fields:
- Add or delete keywords
- Add a summary description of your organisation.
Contact organisations or project participants
Users of the portal can contact organisations, via a Web form that sends a message to the LEAR and Account Administrator. Similarly, users can contact participants in projects (Participant Contacts) – this function is available from the project list on the organisation profile page.
These functions do not disclose the identity of the LEARs, Account Administrators or Participant Contacts.
Plans for future developments
The service will be expanded in two additional stages to include:
- The possibility to indicate an interest in finding partners related to a particular call topic (open or forthcoming).
Planned delivery: December 2017
- The option to publish profiles of individual persons and make them searchable. As for the organisation profiles, also the person profiles will be created automatically, based on the available data. For the person profiles, any disclosure requires the explicit consent of the person. In the initial stage, only the person him/ herself will have access to her profile, with a possibility to decide on the subset of data that can be made public (including the possibility to not make any data public).
Planned delivery: 1st quarter of 2018
Further guidance on the Partner Search