Last week, the European Commission adopted its work programme for 2016-2017. Over the next 2 years, a budget of €16 billion will be available for research and innovation. Calls for proposals and activities under the new Horizon 2020 work programme correspond to Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s policy priorities, i.e. the Jobs, Growth and Investment Package, the Digital Single Market, the Energy Union, the Internal Market with a strengthened industrial base and the European Union as a stronger global actor.
Horizon 2020 structures in line with the goal of boosting jobs, growth, and development include the European Research Council (ERC) calls and the Marie-Curie Actions (MCAs). ERC calls are open to researchers of any nationality, working in any scientific area (including humanities and social sciences). Several types of grants are available, depending on the applicant’s career stage. For example, on 15 October, the ERC opened its competition for Consolidator Grants. The latter support excellent mid-career researchers (with 7 to 12 years of post-doc experience) who are consolidating their own independent research team. The competition closes on 2 February 2016. Further information on the ERC grants, is available here.
MCAs provide researchers opportunities for career development and training abroad. In 2016, MCAs will benefit almost 10.000 fellows. MCAs include calls for Innovative Training Networks (ITN), Individual Fellowships (IF), Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE), and Co-funding of regional, national and international programmes (COFUND). The ITN call opened on 15 October 2015 and the deadline for applications is 12 January 2016. For an overview of opening and closing dates for the other Marie Curie calls, please consult the following link.
Besides ERC grants and MCAs, the call on personalized medicine (under the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenges Pillar) will also be of interest to EASL members. In investing in better prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases, this call intends to boost European industry and the silver economy. In addition, it is designed to address the issues of population ageing and the chronic disease burden. The budget for the personalized medicine call amounts to €343 million and €315.3 million for 2016 and 2017, respectively. Research priorities range from rare/infectious diseases to data security and big data. Opening and closing dates for the various research topics under this call can be found here.