Dear Reader,

If you are active in international cooperation in research and innovation, this is a great time for you to start new ventures!

In March, the EU and India agreed on a common statement to draw the two parties closer in many fields. Check the EU-India Agenda for Action-2020 to learn more about potential new opportunities for research and innovation projects with Indian partners.

When developing your next project proposal, keep in mind that despite your honed time management skills, there will always be an unforeseeable component that you should learn to best deal with. We have some advice for you on this: read Daniel’s latest blog post.

To get further advice from our experienced trainers on issues that may emerge during project management, check our upcoming courses: FP7&H2020 - Fast Track to Financial Reporting and EC Audits (Budapest, April 13) and Horizon 2020 Project Management and Financial Reporting (Vienna, May 12-13), a limited number of places is still available!

Finally, we are proud to announce the launch of our latest Horizon 2020 project, START2ACT: read Irene’s take on the Kick-off Meeting, which took place on 9-10 March in Budapest.

We wish you best of luck with your new ventures and hope to meet you soon at one of our next training courses!

Gabor Kitley Anita Ihasz
Gabor Kitley Anita Ihasz
CEO Key Account Manager
New EU rules for third-country researchers and students: Council adopts position at first reading

On 10 March 2016, the Council adopted its position at first reading on a draft directive aimed at making the European Union more attractive for students and researchers from third countries. The draft directive's objective is to advance the European Union in the global competition for talent and to promote Europe as a world centre of excellence for studies and training. Highly skilled people form the EU's key asset in strengthening its competitiveness, boosting growth and creating jobs.

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Commission moots use of crowdsourced peer review for Horizon 2020 evaluations
The European Commission is seeking views via a public consultation on whether to adopt an open, internet-based system for peer review and says it will stage a trial if the idea gets enough support.
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Horizon 2020 Calls for Proposals

WIDESPREAD-01-2016-2017: Teaming Phase 2

Deadline: 23 June 2016

SEC-01-DRS-2016: Integrated tools for response planning and scenario building

Deadline: 25 August 2016

SwafS-01-2016: Participatory research and innovation via Science Shops

Deadline: 30 August 2016

ENG-GLOBALLY-03-2017: The European Union and the global challenge of migration

Deadline: 2 February 2017

Blog Posts
? START2ACT: New Horizon 2020 Project Aiming to Save Energy at Workplace
Irene Ramirez

Europa Media and Geonardo are excited to announce the official start of the START2ACT project ‘Engaging European Start-ups and young SMEs for Action for Sustainable Energy’ with the Kick-off Meeting that took place in Budapest on March 9-10 2016. The meeting was attended by the representatives of all 11 partners from 10 countries.

START2ACT is a three-year project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, and aims to increase energy efficiency through behavioural change, sowing the seeds of a sustainable energy culture in European start-ups and young SMEs, with a view to achieving potential energy and cost savings.


? Competitive bidding – The right timing for proposal development
Daniel Frohnmaier

Countdown to submission – this is what many project managers and proposal writers all over the globe are struggling with continuously. Regardless of the subject, the art of combining scientific excellence with administrative soundness to deliver a winning proposal for a collaborative project is a widely sought skill. There are numerous ways and methodologies to develop project proposals but the time limit set by the funding body is always a challenging and often hindering factor.

In this blog post, I will try to give you some insight based on our first-hand experiences on how to understand and cope with this always difficult-to-keep time limit.

24 - 25 April 2016
Budapest, Hungary
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24 - 25 May 2016
Vienna, Austria
Pioneers Festival
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13 - 17 June 2016
Brussels, Belgium
EU Sustainable Energy Week Conference
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14 - 16 October 2016
Rome, Italy
Rome Maker Faire 2016
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Upcoming Courses
13 April 2016
Budapest, Hungary
FP7&H2020 - Fast track to Financial Reporting and EC Audits
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12 - 13 May 2016
Vienna, Austria
Horizon 2020 Project Management and Financial Reporting
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26 - 27 May 2016
Brussels, Belgium
FP7 & H2020 Master of Finance and Administration
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6 - 10 June 2016
Budapest, Hungary
Horizon 2020 Proposal Development Lab
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The 2016 Science|Business Horizon 2020 Conference - 4th Edition
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Startup Europe
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Quick Guide on EU Projects e-Learning Webinar Training Courses In-House Course Consultancy Partnership
Quick Guide on EU projects E-learning Webinar Training courses In-house courses Consultancy Partnership

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