B-Brussels: 2011/S 136-225467 study on foundations supporting research and innovation in the EU: quantitative and qualitative assessment, comparative analysis, trends and potential.
The objectives of the study will be to quantify and assess foundations’ financial support and policies for research and innovation in the EU, make a comparative analysis between EU Member States, and identify trends and the potential for future developments in this sector. The basis for the work will be the collection of data on the characteristics and activities of research-funding foundations in each EU Member State. Budget Range between 550 000 and 600 000 EUR Deadline 12 September 2011


CALL FOR PROPOSALS ‘Support for information measures relating to the common agricultural policy’ Implementation of information measures under budget heading 05 08 06 for 2012 (2011/C 212/11) Budget EUR 3 250 000 Deadline 30 September 2011


Calls for proposals and a prize under the 2011 and 2012 work programmes of the Seventh Framework Programme for Research, Technological Development and Demonstration Activities (2011/C 213/09).
Cooperation Specific Programme:

  • Health
  • Food, Agriculture and Fisheries and Biotechnology
  • Information and Communication Technologies
  • Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials and new Production Technologies
  • Energy
  • Environment (including Climate Change)
  • Transport
  • Socio-Economic Sciences and the Humanities
  • Space
  • Security

Ideas Specific Programme:

  • ERC Starting Independent Researcher Grant

People Specific Programme:

  • Marie Curie Initial Training Networks
  • Marie Curie International Research Staff Exchange Scheme

Capacities Specific Programme:

  • Research Infrastructures
  • Research for the benefit of SMEs
  • Regions of Knowledge
  • Research Potential
  • Science in Society
  • Coherent Development of Research Policies
  • Activities of International Cooperation


12 October 2011, Brussels, Belgium. Fet Proactive Infoday Call 8.
During this event, information on FET-Proactive initiatives under this call will be provided, as well as contractual, legal and administrative modalities. In addition, the creation of consortia and synergies will be facilitated through an open exchange “Proposers Forum”. Registration is free of charge but mandatory.


8th September 2011 in Brussels. Info Day on FP7-SEC-2012-1 Security Research Call. For more information and to register please go to:



27 September 2011, Brussels, Belgium. Cloud Computing, Internet of Services and Advanced Software Engineering – Information Day on Call 8 (Objective ICT-2011.1.2). The aim of this meeting is to inform the audience about the scope of this call, the procedure for preparing a proposal and to allow networking among the participants. The following areas are covered by this call : Cloud Computing, Internet of Services and Advanced Software Engineering (Objective ICT-2011.1.2). This objective focuses on technologies specific to the networked, distributed dimension of software and access to services and data. It will support long-term research on new principles, methods, tools and techniques enabling software developers in the EU to easily create interoperable services based on open standards, with sufficient flexibility and at a reasonable cost.Registration for the information day is free but mandatory.


European Union Women Innovators prize. Welcome to the application site of the European Union Women Innovators prize.
The EU Prize for Women Innovators will be awarded to three women entrepreneurs, who were at some point during their careers beneficiaries of funding for projects under the RTD Framework Programme (FP) or the Competitive and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP). It is time to have your accomplishments recognised and maybe win one of the first EU Prizes for Women Innovators!


EU ICT R&D and Innovation beyond 2013 – 10 key recommendations. The Information Society Technologies Advisory Group (ISTAG) has just issued its 10 key recommendation to the Commission on the orientation for EU ICT R&D and Innovation beyond 2013. ISTAG reaffirms the importance of pursuing and strengthening EU investment in ICT research and innovation. Indeed, ICT infrastructure plays a critical role in today’s globalised economy and its reliable and trustworthy operation is absolutely essential. However beyond this, ICT has become a key transformative force in social innovation, by enabling the development, implementation and deployment of innovative solutions addressing societal needs and supporting human and socio-economic development opportunities. This wider agenda calls for a larger stakeholder community, beyond the traditional players, including unconventional actors such as informal networks and influential individuals.


€7 billion boost for research and innovation will create jobs and growth. Today Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn announced nearly €7 billion to kick-start innovation through research. The European Commission’s biggest ever such funding package, under the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7), is expected to create around 174 000 jobs in the short-term and nearly 450 000 jobs and nearly €80 billion in GDP growth over 15 years1. EU research funding is at the top of the political agenda and has now been placed at the centre of a coherent innovation strategy, the Innovation Union, which Europe needs if it is to compete with large, dynamic countries like the US and China.


Commission to provide €244 million for 183 new LIFE+ projects. The European Commission has approved funding for 183 new projects under the fourth call for the LIFE+ programme (2007-2013). The projects are from across the EU and cover actions in the fields of nature conservation, environmental policy, and information and communication. Overall, they represent a total investment of €530 million, of which the EU will provide €244million.


Cloud, social media, context aware e information computing: l’alba dell’azienda digitale.
Quattro trend, ciascuno dei quali ha uno svilluppo abbastanza prevedibile linearmente, la cui combinazione può avere un effetto dirompente sull’azienda contribuendo a modificare radicalmente la relazione tra It e business, dove il fatturato può essere addirittura “guidato dall’It”. Peter Sondegaard (nella foto), senior vice president e capo della ricerca worldwide di Gartner, spiega perché.


Milano, capitale europea dei servizi alle PMI. Dal prossimo ottobre, nascerà nel capoluogo lombardo l’Euro-med Development Center for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises. Milano come capitale dei Paesi del Mediterraneo? Per quanto concerne le piccole e medie imprese, sì: dal prossimo ottobre, sotto la benedizione della Madonnina, nascerà l’EMDC (acronimo di Euro-med Development Center for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises), un’iniziativa promossa dalla Camera di Commercio di Milano – Promos, sotto l’egida del Governo italiano e con il sostegno della Commissione Europea e della Banca europea degli investimenti; un’iniziativa volta a creare un network di Centri tecnici di servizi per lo sviluppo e l’internazionalizzazione delle micro, piccole e medie imprese dislocate nell’Area Euro-Med.


L’evoluzione del reddito tra il 2008 e il 2009.
È on line la nota del Servizio Analisi e Finanza di Sviluppo Lazio su “L’evoluzione del reddito e dell’imposta sulle persone fisiche tra il 2008 e il 2009. Evidenze dalle dichiarazioni dei redditi 2009 e 2010”.


23 to 24 September 2011 Bonn, Germany. Second Workshop on Semantic Personalised Information Management: Retrieval and Recommendation.
Finding and managing information is a crucial task for internet users who have to deal with large amounts of information. Search engines have become an essential tool for finding and managing this information. While search engines implementing the canonical search paradigm are adequate for most ad-hoc keyword-based retrieval tasks, they have a very limited consideration of individual user’s preferences or context.

22 to 24 September 2011 Hamburg, Germany. ‘Governance and sustainability in information systems – managing the transfer and diffusion of information technology’.  Organisations today act in globalised and competitive markets where information technology is the backbone of many distributed business processes. Products and services are increasingly affected by aspects of governance, risk and compliance in information systems. The information system point of view requires methods and procedures to achieve assurance in information systems. Managing information systems needs to take into account these issues to achieve a sustainable use and adoption of information technology.

31 October to 3 November 2011 Brussels, Belgium. Fifth International Workshop on Semantic and Conceptual Issues in Geographic Information Systems. Recent advances in information technologies have increased the production, collection, and diffusion of geographical data, favouring the design and development of geographic information systems (GIS). These systems are emerging as a common information infrastructure, reaching into more and more aspects of our society. This has given rise to new methodological and data engineering challenges in order to accommodate user requirements for new applications.

Call for tenders for a monitoring report of the Directive 2009/33/EC on the promotion of clean and energy-efficient road transport vehicles. The European Commission has published a call for tenders for a monitoring report of the Directive 2009/33/EC on the promotion of clean and energy-efficient road transport vehicles.
The objective of this contract is to provide a monitoring study on the implementation of the Clean Vehicle Directive. The study will provide an analysis of the implementation of the Clean Vehicle Directive by EU Member States and the application of the relevant rules in procurement covered by the Directive. The study will also document and analyse the actions taken by Member States to promote the purchase of clean and energy-efficient vehicles.



“Ideas on wheels”: l’iniziativa nata per stimolare e supportare idee innovative sulla mobilità sostenibile.
Si tratta di una competizione internazionale che ha l’obiettivo di:

  • stimolare e supportare lo sviluppo di idee innovative nel settore della mobilità sostenibile da parte dei giovani;
  • agevolare la trasformazione di tali idee in iniziative imprenditoriali, mettendo a disposizione know how ed esperienza.

Deadline 30-09-2011



La Commissione mette a disposizione 244 milioni di euro per 183 nuovi progetti ambientali
. La Commissione europea ha approvato il finanziamento di 183 nuovi progetti nel quadro del programma LIFE+, il fondo per l’ambiente dell’Unione europea. I progetti coinvolgono tutti gli Stati membri dell’UE e trattano tematiche inerenti alla tutela della natura, ai cambiamenti climatici, alle tecnologie pulite, alle politiche ambientali, nonché all’informazione e alla comunicazione in materia di ambiente. L’investimento complessivo è pari a 530 milioni di euro, di cui 244 milioni saranno coperti dal contributo dell’UE.

Consultazione della Commissione su come cinema e televisione possono sfruttare appieno le opportunità dell’era digitale. Internet e la tecnologia digitale stanno rivoluzionando i modi di produzione, commercializzazione e distribuzione delle opere audiovisive. I consumatori si stanno sempre più abituando a poter guardare quel che vogliono, ovunque e in qualsiasi momento grazie a tutta una serie di dispositivi (TV, computer, console giochi e apparecchi di comunicazione mobile). I modelli commerciali devono evolversi rapidamente se vogliono tener dietro ai ritmi sempre più veloci dell’innovazione tecnologica, la quale offre nuove opportunità a creatori e distributori, crea nuove aspettative nei consumatori e, in definitiva, favorisce la crescita e l’occupazione.


Horizon 2020 thematic workshops.
The materials and information from the thematic workshops on the societal challenges and preparation process of the next framework programme for research and innovation Horizon 2020 can be found

EC is considering changing the definition of SMEs. The European Commission is considering changing the definition of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and opening a public consultation on it next year. Currently there are three broad parameters which define SMEs: micro-entities are companies with up to 10 employees; small companies employ up to 50 workers or medium-sized enterprises contain up to 250 employees. A range of other criteria are taken into account under different rules such as an annual turnover not exceeding 50 million euro, and/or an annual balance sheet total.


Pre-announcement of ESPON calls. The ESPON Programme pre-announces the upcoming Calls for Proposals on Applied Research projects, Targeted Analyses, Scientific Platform/Tools projects and Transnational Networking Activities. More information is available here. The Calls include four Applied Research projects under Priority 1, up to five Targeted Analyses under Priority 2, six Scientific Tools projects under Priority 3 and a call for proposal for Transnational Networking Activities by the ESPON Contact Point network under Priority 4. The Call will open on 24 August 2011. The deadline for submitting proposals is 20 October 2011


IMI 4th Call published. The Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) Joint Undertaking has launched the 4th Call for proposals (Stage 1).
The deadline for submitting Expression of Interest (EoI) is 18 October 2011.