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Improving Our Performance in Societal Challenge 5 – Brian Donlon

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Presentation given by Brian Donlon, Environmental Protection Agency, at the 2015 Horizon 2020 SC5 Information Day, 21/10/2015, Herbert Park Hotel, Dublin

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Improving Our Performance in Societal Challenge 5 – Brian Donlon

  1. 1. Horizon 2020 – Societal Challenge 5 Can we improve our performance? Dr. Brian Donlon, EPA Research Manager 21st October 2015 Herbert Park, Dublin
  2. 2. Talk Content 1. FP7 (Irish Successes & changes in scope) 2. SC-5 Results to Date 3. EPA Support Role 4. Concluding Remarks
  3. 3. 1. Irish Successes in FP7  Approx €18m under Theme 6.  6 projects led by Irish Partners, Involved in 55 projects  Key Areas Marine, Environmental Technologies, Natural Resources Mgt  Also success in Climate and Env & Health  Across FP7 – Approx €50m drawn down by Environmental Researchers  Big successes in Agriculture, Marie Curie, SME, ERC, Energy and ICT
  4. 4. 1. Env. R&D: Cross-Thematic Environment SME ERC ENERGY ICT INFRA Agriculture (KBBE) Nano Space Marie Curie
  5. 5. 1. Changes in Scope from FP7 Marine Research  Societal Challenge 2 Env & Health  Societal Challenge 1? New – Materials Science (Irish researchers are 6th in World – not EPA research community) 60% of the Entire Expenditure is aimed at Sustainable development, 35% to go to climate change related projects
  6. 6. 2. SC-5 Results (2014) Catalogue of 2014 Projects available from the EC Low Participation from IE (37) 14% Success Rate (no. of applicants) 4% Success Rate (budget requested) 0.26% of the SC5 Budget
  7. 7. 2. SC-5 2015 Results One Stage Proposals  Total Budget going to IE (1-stage topics) = € 1,337,033.18 => 3 successful projects involving 4 IE partners  Total IE participation: 15 participants (including 2 coordinators) of which 4 participants are successful Two Stage Proposals  Stage 1: 806 submissions => 208 going to Stage 2  c. 31 IE participants(x) of which 29 are coordinators => 15 going to Stage-2 (11 IE Coordinators)
  8. 8. 2. SC-5 Results to Date
  9. 9. 3. EPA Activities  Members of SC5 Programme Committee  Chair of Advisory Group  Horizon2020 SC5 Working Group  EPA active in Climate and Water JPIs (Huge interest in the Joint Calls)  EPA members of task forces on Water & Raw Materials  Annual Information Days  Roadshows  Joint Call with SFI Investigators Programme to catalyse participation in H2020
  10. 10. 3. EPA Support Activities (ctd.)  Catalogue of Irish Expertise in Environmental Research (>90,000 views)  Dissemination (Newsletter, Website, Update emails)  Close linkages with other societal challenges as well as ERC , Marie Curie, Infrastructures & Humanities  Mapping activities of research areas under Horizon2020 SC5 (done for Water, four new studies released today aligned to WP 2016-2017)  Queries, Review of proposals  Partner Search requests  One-to-one meetings
  11. 11. Mapping Research Excellence (EU Level)
  12. 12. 4. Concluding Remarks  Materials Science (6th in world)  ICT and Nanosciences (potential under x-cutting areas)  Climate Change and Water – EPA aligned and JPI linkages  SME successes in FP7 & Competitiveness Innovation Programme (CIP)  Liaise with Enterprise Ireland & client base Text from 2016-2017 Draft Work Programme: “Within the projects funded, additional, complementary or follow-up funding should be sought, be it private or public, including from relevant regional/national schemes under the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF), in particular under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). ”
  13. 13. 4. Concluding Remarks (ctd.)  H2020 – challenging target set Nationally (€1.25bn)  60% of H2020 aimed at Sus Dev, 35% to climate change  EPA significant role to play (SC5 & other areas)  Opportunities in Raw Materials, climate/water, SME eco-innovation  Good alignment between EPA & H2020 initiatives (JPI, EIP)  Potential deficit in researcher capacity in SC5 (SFI joint call may assist)  Liaise with & support from others (Specialisation Strategy, Materials, Prioritise National investments incl New Science Strategy)
  14. 14. How Can we Improve our Performance?  EPA & EI provide support to researchers.  Can we increase our participation rate ? Success rate?  Feedback today – complete forms available at the EPA Stand.  Alternative – complete SurveyMonkey.
  15. 15. Societal Challenge 5 Support Team

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