Call for proposals: European Alliances for Mobile and Mobility Industries and Creative Industries
. This call for proposals aims at a more strategic support to service innovations, with the objective to unlock its transformative potential at sectoral and market level and to contribute to strengthening the innovativeness of the economy as part of the implementation of the Europe 2020 Strategy. The call for proposals has two actions:
Action 1: European Mobile and Mobility Industries Alliance (1/G/ENT/CIP/11/C/N01C031).
Action 2: European Creative Industries Alliance (2/G/ENT/CIP/11/C/N03C011)
Deadline 24/06/2011

CALL FOR PROPOSALS — EACEA/15/11 Under the Lifelong Learning Programme Support for European cooperation in education and training (2011/C 93/10).
Part A — Raising national awareness of lifelong learning strategies and of European cooperation in education and training
Part B — Support for transnational cooperation in the development and implementation of national and regional lifelong learning strategies.
Budget EUR 2,8 million Dealdine 30 June 2011

Call for exploitation strategy and innovation consultants. This action aims to provide on-demand services to secure and enhance the potential impact of the results of projects co-financed by the Commission within the activity ‘Nanosciences, nanotechnologies, materials and new production technologies – NMP’..The tasks to be performed will more specifically aim at identifying and addressing potential obstacles to the exploitation of project results. These may be internal obstacles, such as diverging expectations or intentions between partners (risk for conflict of interest), as well as external obstacles, such as legislative or normative influences, market evolutions, development of other technologies to solve the same problem or address the same market, lack of training, lack of acceptance by society, etc. Deadline 23/05/2011

Calls for proposals under the 2011 work programme ‘People’ of the Seventh EC Framework Programme for Research, Technological Development and Demonstration Activities (2011/C 82/02):

  • FP7-PEOPLE-2011-IOF Intra-European Fellowships – Budget: € 40 000 000 Deadline: 11 August 2011
  • FP7-PEOPLE-2011-IIF International Incoming Fellowships – Budget: € 40 000 000 Deadline: 11 August 2011
  • FP7-PEOPLE-2011-IEF International Outgoing Fellowships – Budget: € 109 850 000 Deadline: 11 August 2011

Call for proposals: Promotion and development of world-class clusters in Europe. The present call for proposals aims at further supporting the development of more world-class clusters in Europe under two strands:

1.     Promoting international cluster activities in the CIP participating countries (3/G/ENT/CIP/11/C/N04C011). This action aims at fostering European cluster cooperation in view of internationalisation strategies outside Europe, by building upon and further developing successful support schemes already implemented in some Member States.

2.     Promoting excellence of cluster management in the CIP participating countries (4/G/ENT/CIP/11/C/N04C021). This action aims at improving cluster management in Europe, by building upon and further developing the efforts carried out by the European Cluster Excellence initiative.
Budget 4.400.000 Euro Deadline: 10-05-2011

10 – 12 May 2011, Budapest, Hungary. Keynote Speakers at eHealth Week 2011 Call for Significant IT Investments in Health Systems of the Future.
Keynote speakers at eHealth Week 2011 will emphasize on the role of technology in shaping up health systems of the future. They will discuss how to push information out into the ‘eco-system’: finding ways to move data from solely within the hospital out into the community, and from the GP’s office, or even the home, to the electronic medical record. For the first time, the Ministerial Conference of Day 1 will be open to the World of Health IT delegates.

14 April 2011, Brussels, Belgium. ICT for Energy Efficiency – Sharing best practices. This workshop is organised in the framework of the EU Sustanaible Energy Week. Local or regional representatives interested in ICT solutions for Smart Cities and Regions are invited to participate. The results of a study on initiatives related to the contribution of ICT to energy efficiency at local and regional level will be presented. Particular attention will be given to the guide/toolkit with information about relevant case-studies and specific recommendations for policy makers at local and regional level.

05 April 2011, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary. Conference ” Towards an open and competitive economy: examining the roots of innovation” co-organised by the Hungarian Ministry for National Economy and the National Innovation Office together with the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre. The conference will showcase how research provides integrated socio-economic and policy support in the fields of macroeconomic policies, the structural reform agenda and the employment, education and skills agenda.

31 March 2011, Brussels, Belgium Rural development and globalization in Europe – DERREG policy seminar. The seminar will present and discuss emerging findings, policy recommendations and good practice examples from DERREG – Developing Europe’s Rural Regions in the Era of Globalization – a research project funded by Framework Programme 7 Social Sciences and Humanities.

Caller location information for emergency 112 calls now available in Italy; Commission closes infringement case.
Today the European Commission closed a longstanding case against Italy as the country has met its obligations under EU telecoms rules to ensure that the location of callers dialling Europe’s single emergency number, 112 is made available automatically to emergency services. The Commission opened an infringement case against Italy in 2006. Following a judgement by the EU’s Court of Justice in 2009, the Italian authorities made significant efforts and implemented a nationwide caller location system in 2010. This action means that the Commission can now close the infringement case.


L’Europa in Comune.
Il 22 marzo (ore 10, Auditorium Conciliazione, Roma) viene lanciato un programma formativo sulle opportunità di finanziamento dell’Unione europea, che propone un quadro completo sul periodo 2007-2013 e prepara al successivo periodo di programmazione (2014-2020). Verrà posto l’accento in particolare sulle opportunità più rispondenti alle diverse esigenze e vocazioni territoriali del Lazio.


5 – 6 September 2011 Bratislava, Slovakia. The Second Eastern European Regional Conference on the Engineering of Computer-based Systems.
The conference will be devoted to the design, development, deployment, and analysis of complex systems whose behaviour is largely determined or controlled by computers. These kinds of systems are characterised by functional, performance, and reliability requirements that mandate the tight integration of information processing and physical processes.

2 – 3 April 2011 in Saarbrücken, Germany. Tenth International Workshop on Graph Transformation and Visual Modeling Techniques. The event will be a forum for researchers and practitioners interested in the use of graph-based notation, techniques and tools for the specification, modeling, validation, manipulation and verification of complex systems. It will also promote engineering approaches for visual modeling languages, enhancing formal reasoning at the semantic level in such areas as UML, Petri Nets, graph transformation or business process/workflow models.

Are experts born or made? A bit of both, study shows.
Phoneticians, who are skilled at identifying the subtlest of differences between sounds, appear to owe their expertise to a combination of innate skill and training, new research shows. As well as suggesting that some people may be predisposed to choose careers that need a good ear, the findings have implications for the treatment of people with problems like developmental dyslexia. They could also prove useful in the area of second language learning. The study, which was partly funded by the EU through a Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship, is published in the Journal of Neuroscience.

German researchers map out Japanese earthquake sequence. The international community has been shocked and horrified by the images of devastation and tragedy in the wake of the horrific events triggered by the 11 March earthquake which rocked the Sendai region of Japan. As a result of the earthquake and the tsunami, the death toll currently stands at over 6,000, and extremely cold conditions as well as the threat of radiation from the Fukushima nuclear power plant continue to overwhelm communities on the island.


Premio Nazionale per l’Innovazione nei Servizi
. Il 18 febbraio scorso è partita la terza edizione del “Premio nazionale per l’Innovazione nei Servizi”, prevedendo le seguenti categorie di premio:

  • “Innovazione nel Commercio”
  • “Innovazione nel Turismo”
  • premi “ICT & Service Design nei Servizi”

da conferire ai migliori progetti di innovazione nel terziario.

Accordo BEI-UniCredit: 400 milioni di euro per il leasing delle Pmi. La Banca europea per gli investimenti (BEI) ha messo a disposizione del Gruppo UniCredit una nuova linea di credito di 400 milioni di euro destinata a finanziare le società di leasing del gruppo per i loro interventi in favore delle piccole e medie imprese italiane (Pmi). Saranno finanziati i nuovi progetti e quelli in corso non ancora ultimati da parte delle Pmi. Il prestito, che può arrivare a coprire il 100% dell’investimento (con un massimo di 12,5 milioni di euro per progetto), potrà riguardare l’acquisto, la costruzione, l’ampliamento e la ristrutturazione di fabbricati; l’acquisto di impianti, attrezzature, automezzi o macchinari; le spese, gli oneri accessori e le immobilizzazioni immateriali collegate ai progetti, incluse le spese di ricerca, sviluppo e innovazione; la necessità permanente di capitale circolante legata all’attività operativa.

Premi ai migliori progetti finanziati dalla politica regionale dell’UE: 31 finalisti si contendono il titolo di progetti regionali più innovativi d’Europa. I premi annuali “RegioStars” sono assegnati dalla Commissione europea ai progetti più innovativi finanziati dalla politica regionale dell’UE. Il concorso 2011 è giunto alla fase finale e dei 66 progetti presentati da 18 Stati membri ne sono rimasti in lizza 31. I vincitori saranno proclamati in occasione di una cerimonia che si terrà a Bruxelles il 23 giugno alla presenza di Johannes Hahn, commissario per la politica regionale, e di Ann Mettler, presidente della giuria del premio e direttore esecutivo del think tank Lisbon Council con sede a Bruxelles. I progetti scelti riguardano aree geografiche diverse, dalle Azzorre in Portogallo alla regione dell’Austria inferiore, e comprendono una serie di cooperazioni interregionali e transfrontaliere che coinvolgono fino a sei paesi europei, compresi la Norvegia e le isole Fær Øer. Per l’elenco completo dei finalisti, cliccare sul link in basso.

19-20 maggio 2011 Budapest. ICT Proposers Day 2011 – Networking for European ICT Research and Development

Formazione e mobilità dei ricercatori nel VII Programma Quadro di Ricerca e Sviluppo Tecnologico – Bologna, 5 aprile 2011. Il seminario ha l’obiettivo di illustrare le opportunità di formazione e mobilità dei ricercatori nell’ambito delle borse Marie Curie del VII Programma Quadro dell’Unione europea per la ricerca e lo sviluppo.


Facebook e Twitter da ufficio così si chatta per l’azienda.
Cresce a dismisura il mercato dei business social software, piattaforme che hanno lo scopo di migliorare la comunicazione e la collaborazione all’interno delle imprese. Da Jive a Yammer passando per Flowr, ecco come funzionano. E perché dovrebbero premiare i migliori.


Bando per la raccolta di progetti congiunti di ricerca scientifica e tecnologica Italia – Israele
. Nell’ambito delle attività previste dall’Accordo di Cooperazione nel Campo della Ricerca e dello Sviluppo Industriale, Scientifico e Tecnologico tra Italia ed Israele e più in particolare in quello del “Sottocomitato per le Cooperazione Scientifica”, la Direzione degli Affari Politici e di Sicurezza del Ministero degli Affari Esteri per la Parte italiana, e il Ministero per la Ricerca Scientifica per la Parte israeliana, intendono avviare – per la prima volta – le procedure previste per la selezione di progetti, ammissibili di sostegno finanziario disciplinato dall’Art.4 dell’Accordo. Deadline 16-05-2011

PON R&C: proroga termini presentazione Avviso n. 713/Ric – Titolo III. Con la firma del d.d. 133/Ric il MIUR ha prorogato i termini per la presentazione delle domande inerenti il Titolo III dell’Avviso n.713/Ric
del 29 ottobre 2010, promosso nell’ambito del PON Ricerca e Competitività 2007-2013 – Asse I. La nuova scadenza per la presentazione degli Studi di Fattibilità è stata fissata alle ore 12 del 21 aprile 2011.


EC proposal to extend the FP7 EURATOM.
The European Commission has adopted on 7 March 2011 a proposal to extend the EURATOM Framework Programme 7 to cover the years 2012 – 2013. The proposal must be approved by the EU Council by the end of the year 2011 at the latest to ensure the continuity of nuclear research (fission and fusion). The current FP7 EURATOM was approved for the years 2007-2011 in line with the EURATOM Treaty that allows only 5-years research programmes.

Intel position on FP8. The position of Intel Corporation on FP8 dated 9 February 2011

Uupdate of the the Guide to Financial Issues for FP7. The European Commission has published an update of the Guide to Financial Issues for FP7 Projects. The main reason for this update is the adoption of simplification measures for FP7 on 24 January 2011. The simplification measures refer firstly to the new provisions and acceptability criteria for the use of average personnel cost by beneficiaries. Secondly they refer to the introduction of flat-rate financing for SME owners and other natural persons not receiving a salary.

ESOF 2012 – Call for scientific sessions
. The call for scientific sessions for the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) 2012, to be held in Dublin on 11-15 July 2012, is now open. ESOF 2012, an inter-disciplinary event held every two years in a major European city, will bring together over 5 000 scientists, business leaders, government officials, policy-makers and international scientific media representatives to discuss the best of European science and major scientific issues, including energy, climate change, food and health. Deadine  30 June 2011

JIC innovation vouchers. The South Moravian Innovation Centre (JIC) has launched a call on applications for innovation vouchers that will close on 28 April 2011. The overall budget available is almost 300.000 EUR. All companies from the whole European Economic Area can apply.


Predicting Earthquakes? Satellite applications to better predict earthquakes.
British and Russian scientists are currently planning a satellite system that will monitor seismic activity from space in the hope that one day it will be possible to predict the occurrence of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. The so-called “TwinSat” project will put one micro-sized and one nano-sized satellite into low earth orbit, which will work jointly to collect and interpret electromagnetic signatures from the ground.[tt_news]=441&tx_ttnews[backPid]=9&cHash=26bb91ef9817f63d61553c089549c44e

A new World Earthquake Intensity Map is available. On 15 March 2011, a new World Earthquake Intensity Map on an equal-population map was created. This map explains earthquake intensity in relation to the distribution of the population nowadays, giving an idea of where most people are at risk in regards to seismic activity. It also provides a visualisation of all major earthquakes that have been complied in the Global Significant Earthquake Database containing information on destructive earthquakes from 2150 BC to the present day.[tt_news]=440&tx_ttnews[backPid]=9&cHash=069e07d46f9b17c3e7526e22e59e6cdb


28 marzo 2011 Roma Favorire l’uso dei Fondi Europei. La Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri, Dipartimento per il coordinamento delle politiche comunitarie, ha organizzato una serie di iniziative a sostegno dell’uso dei fondi europei.l primo incontro  si terrà a Roma il 28 marzo 2011 presso la Sala Polifunzionale della Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri. Il Dipartimento per il coordinamento delle politiche comunitarie, in collaborazione con EIPA (European Institute of Public Administration) e SSPAL (Scuola Superiore della Pubblica Amministrazione Locale), organizza una serie di iniziative a sostegno dell’utilizzo dei fondi diretti europei da parte dell’Italia.