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The Research and Innovations Actions (RIA) are one of the Key Features of Horizon 2020 and come with their own set of provisions and funding rates.

Research and Innovations Actions

The Research and Innovations Actions (RIA) are one of the key features of Horizon 2020 and come with their own set of provisions and funding rates.
Research and Innovation Actions (RIA) primarily consist of activities aiming to establish new knowledge and/or to explore the feasibility of a new or improved technology, product, process, service or solution.

For this purpose, Horizon 2020 includes basic and applied research, technology development and integration, testing and validation on a small-scale prototype in a laboratory or simulated environment. Horizon 2020 projects may contain closely connected but limited demonstration or pilot activities aiming to show technical feasibility in a near to operational environment. Funding for these types of activities is typically 100%.

Budget H2020

The EU framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020 is the European Grant and subsidy framework for innovation and R&D. The programme, running from 2014 to 2020, has a budget of  €70 billion and aims to secure Europe’s global competitiveness.

Horizon 2020 is built up of three pillars:

  • Excellent Science,
  • Industrial Leadership
  • Societal Challenge

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Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions focus on training and career development of researchers. Innovative Training Networks (ITN) are set up to train a new generation of creative, entrepreneurial and innovative early stage researchers.

Innovative Training Networks: training a new generation

The actions provide grants at all stages of researchers' careers, and encourage mobility across nations, sectors and disciplines. Innovative Training Networks (ITN) are set up to train a new generation of creative, entrepreneurial and innovative early stage researchers.Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions focus on training and career development of researchers. 

Types of ITNs

There are three types of ITNs:

  • ITN-ETN: European Training Networks (ETNs) produce highly-skilled researchers and stimulate entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation in Europe.
  • ITN-EID: European Industrial Doctorates (EIDs) meet the objectives of ITN by involving the non-academic sector in doctoral training.
  • ITN-EJD: European Joint Doctorates (EJDs) promote international, intersectoral and multi/interdisciplinary collaboration, leading to the delivery of joint, double or multiple doctoral degrees.

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Jochem Bossenbroek, MSc
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The European Research Council (ERC) is the foremost funding agency for excellent science in the EU under Horizon 2020.

The ERC has 4 grant schemes available, Starting, Consolidator, Advanced and PoC. Below you can read more about here grants and how ttopstart can help you develop the most competitive projects for them.

About the European Research Council

The European Research Council is a funding body of the European Commission which was created to boost scientific excellence of individual researchers. It specifically encourages researchers to develop high risk ground-breaking projects.

About the ERC grants

ERC Grants are so called personal excellence (individual) grants aimed to encourage the highest quality research in Europe through competitive funding, on the basis of outstanding scientific achievements. The grants support investigator-initiated frontier research across all fields of research. Based on the stage of their scientific career, researchers can apply for an ERC Starting, Consolidator or Advanced Grant. The ERC Proof of Concept Grant is intended for ERC grant holders to bridge the gap between research, (commercial) exploitation of the results and earliest stage of marketable innovation.

ERC Starting Grant

The ERC Starting Grant aims to support researchers with 2 to 7 years of experience after their PhD. The ERC Starting Grant can help you start your own independent research team or programme.

Principal Investigators who apply should demonstrate potential for research independence and evidence of maturity. Starting Grants may be awarded up to a maximum of €1.500.000 for a period of 5 years. However, up to an additional €500.000 can be requested.

Upcoming deadlines

This grant has currently no open calls for applications. However, this is a yearly returning call which is expected to open in September 2017 for a deadline in October 2017. For more information about the ERC Starting Grant visit our Life Sciences Funding Database.

Developing an ERC Starting Grant proposal

ttopstart can help you with developing a competive project proposal for the ERC starting grant. Have a look at the following links to see how:

Are you ready for an ERC Starting Grant?

ERC Consolidator Grant

The ERC Consolidator Grant is designed to support  researchers with 8 to 12 years of scientific experience after their PhD. At this stage, the Consolidator Grant can help you strengthen your own independent and excellent individual team with novel research lines.

Applicants to the Consolidator Grant must have shown potential for research independence and evidence of scientific maturity, and demonstrate the ground-breaking nature, ambition and feasibility of their scientific proposal. Consolidator Grants may be awarded up to a maximum of €2 million for a period of 5 years. However, up to an additional €750.000 can be requested.

Upcoming deadlines

This grant has currently no open calls for applications. However, this is a yearly returning call which is expected to open in October 2017 for a deadline in February 2018. For more information about the ERC Consolidator Grant visit our Life Sciences Funding Database.

Developing an ERC Consolidator proposal

ttopstart can help you with developing a competitive project proposal for the ERC Consolidator Grant. Have a look at the following links to see how.

Are you ready for an ERC Consolidator Grant?

3 tips on how to turn your ERC Starting Grant into an ERC Consolidator Grant

ERC Advanced Grant

The ERC Advanced Grant is open to excellent established researchers who are leaders in their field of research. This grant can help established Principal Investigators pursue ground-breaking, high-risk projects to (become and) stay the best of the best.

Applicants to the Advanced Grant should be exceptional leaders with original and significant research contributions. Projects may be awarded up to a maximum of € 2.500.000 for 5 years, plus an optional, additional € 1.000.000 for infrastructural investments or for relocation to the EU.

Upcoming deadlines

This is a yearly returning call, but it is currently not open for applications. The call will open on May 16th 2017 with a deadline of August 31st 2017. For more information visit our Life Sciences Funding Database.

Developing an ERC Advanced proposal

ttopstart can help you with developing a competitive project proposal for the ERC Advanced Grant. Have a look at the following links to see how.

Are you ready for an ERC Advanced Grant?

ERC Proof of Concept Grant

The ERC Proof of Concept Grant is open for ERC grantees only. The goal of this grant is to provide additional funding for establishing the innovation potential of new ideas arising from ERC-funded research projects. This is aimed at bridging the gap between research and earliest stage of marketable innovation.

The maximum duration of the ERC PoC Grants is up to 18 months and a maximum of EUR 150.000 may be awarded (100% funding).

Upcoming deadlines

Proof of Concept grants return regularly. The next deadline is the 5th of September 2017.

Developing an ERC PoC proposal

ttopstart can help you with developing a competitive project proposal for the ERC PoC grant. Have a look at the following links to see how.

How to write a successful ERC PoC grant application?

How can ttopstart help you with your ERC application?

ttopstart has a good track record in developing projects for ERC grants that get funded. For these applications, we first analyse the chances for success of the applicant. After a 'go', we use our FFWD method for winning grant applications to co-develop the research framework and support the writing process. We focus on the CV, impact and exploitation sections, as well as getting the grant reviewed by established experts in the field.

For ERC Proof of Concept applications, we do not only support researchers. We  are also active in the project itself with our intelligence and business development services.

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Are you thinking about applying for an ERC frontier research grant and you would like help and advice? Are you looking for more than a grant writing company? Contact us today and we will empower your project, research and application.

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Patrick de Boer, MSc
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The Horizon 2020 Future Emerging Technologies programme funds the early stages of joint science and technology research for radically new future technological possibilities.

Future and Emerging Technologies

Future and Emerging Technologies activities help to create in Europe a fertile ground for responsible and dynamic multi-disciplinary collaborations on future and emerging technologies and for kick-starting new European research and innovation eco-systems around them. These will be the seeds for future industrial leadership and for tackling society's grand challenges in new ways.

Support of novel and visionary thinking

FET focuses on research beyond what is known, accepted or widely adopted and supports novel and visionary thinking to open promising paths towards radically new technological possibilities. In particular, FET funds interdisciplinary collaborations that seek genuine cross-fertilisation and deep synergies between the broadest range of advanced sciences (including the life sciences, social sciences and humanities) and cutting-edge engineering disciplines.

The FET lines of activity

FET has three main lines of activity that together contribute to achieving its mission.

  • FET Open supports the early-stages of the science and technology research and innovation around new ideas towards radically new future technologies. It also funds coordination and support activities for such high-risk forward looking research to prosper in Europe.
  • FET Proactive addresses promising directions for research on future technologies in order to build up a European critical mass of knowledge and excellence around them.
  • FET Flagships are science-driven, large-scale, multidisciplinary research initiatives oriented towards a unifying goal, aiming at transformational impacts with substantial benefits for European competitiveness and for society.

FET projects need a clear commercialisation and IP strategy to enable the development of new products and services by industry.

FET-OPEN Factsheet

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Patrick de Boer, MSc
+31 (0)653897487