Secure, clean and efficient energy (SC3)

The specific objective of the social challenge “Secure, clean and efficient energy” (SC3) of Horizon 2020 is to make the transition to a reliable, affordable and competitive energy system, aimed at reducing dependence on fossil fuels, in times of increasing scarcity of resources, increased energy needs, and climate change.

In fact, by 2020 the European Union intends to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20% compared to 1990 levels, with a further 80-95% reduction in emissions by 2050.

Specific activities involve the following areas:

  • Reduction of energy consumption and carbon emissions through intelligent and sustainable use
  • Use of low-cost, low-carbon electricity
  • Use of alternative fuels and mobile energy sources
  • A single intelligent European electricity grid
  • New knowledge and technologies
  • Important decision-making processes and public commitment
  • Market uptake of energy innovation – initiatives based on the “Intelligent Energy – Europe” program

At least 3 legal subjects belonging to a Member State or an associated country may participate.

The participation of a legal aubject belonging to a Member State or an associated country is permitted if:

  • co-financing actions for research programs
  • Support and Coordination actions
  • where indicated by work programs or work plans

FINANCIAL ACTIONS: (Link)

The total budget available for this challenge is € 5.931 million.

Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime water and inland water reserach and the bio economy (SC2)

The objective of the social challenge “Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime water and inland water research and the bio economy” (SC2) of Horizon 2020 is to guarantee a supply of food products of biological origin through the development of production systems sustainably based on the efficient use of resources. The strategy responds to some of the major challenges our country is facing, namely adaptation to climate change, food security, the use of fossil fuels, together with competitive, low-carbon supply chains, treatment and marketing.

Specific activities refer to these areas:

  • Sustainable agriculture and forestry
  • Sustainable and competitive agri-food sectors for a healthy and safe diet
  • Aquatic biological resources
  • Sustainable and competitive bio industries and support for the development of a European bio economy
  • Marine and maritime transversal research

At least 3 legal entities belonging to a Member State or an associated country may participate.

The participation of a legal subject belonging to a Member State or an associated country is permitted if:

  • co-financing actions for research programs
  • Support and Coordination actions
  • where indicated by work programs or work plans

FINANCIAL ACTIONS: (Link)

The total budget available for the challenge (SC2) is € 3.851 million.

Health, demografic change and wellbeing (SC1)

The specific objective of the social challenge “Health, demographic change and wellbeing” (SC1) of Horizon 2020 consists in improving health and well-being throughout the life span of the individual. The intent is to create high quality, economically sustainable and innovative health and care systems, as well as new jobs and professional growth.

This strategy aims to prevent disease and improve the general well-being of citizens by assessing cost efficiency and supporting the spread of new health and care practices through the use of technological innovations.

This strategy is intended to provide support for research activities, mobilizing private investments and public tenders for the design, testing, transfer and commercialization of knowledge in order to maximize the impact of actions at the European level .

Areas of application:

  • Health, wellness, diseases
  • Disease prevention
  • Disease treatment
  • Aging
  • Health care

At least 3 legal entities or international organizations, belonging to a Member State or an associated country, can participate.

Notwithstanding the general rule, the minimum condition is the participation of 1 legal subject from a Member State or an associated country in these cases:

  • co-financing actions for research programs
  • Support and Coordination actions
  • where indicated by work programs or work plans

FINANCIAL ACTIONS: (Link)

The total budget available for this challenge is € 7,471.8.

Secure societies – Protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens (SC7)

The specific objective of “Secure societies – Protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens” (SC7) of Horizon 2020 is to increase the level of security and protection of European citizens and society, in order to protect political stability and well-being of European Union.

The Secure Societies challenge supports multidisciplinary research, the development and application of new technological solutions, which provide adequate response to the main threats, the need for global security for citizens, respecting the fundamental rights of the individual and in particular the right to privacy. Among the activities that can be financed and implemented there are those indicated by the Internal Security Strategy and the Cyber ​​Security Strategy.

Specific activities refer to the following areas:

  • Resilience of society with respect to natural disasters or accidents caused by man, supported by the development of innovative solutions for crisis management and infrastructure protection
  • Fight against crime and terrorist activities, to be implemented through new tools in the field of forensic technologies and protection from explosives and harmful substances (CBRN)
  • Improvement of border security, with greater protection and surveillance of maritime borders, including supply chain security, up to supporting EU external policies (including conflict prevention and peace building)
  • Support for cyber security and e-services, through the secure exchange of information and a greater degree of personal data protection.

At least 3 legal entities belonging to a different Member State or associated country can participate.

The participation of a legal entity belonging to a Member State or an associated country is permitted if:

  • co-financing actions for research programs
  • support and coordination actions (CSA)
  • is indicated by the work programs (Work Program)

FINANCIAL ACTIONS: (Link)

The total budget available for this challenge is € 1.695 million.

Europe in a Changing world-inclusive, innovative and reflective Societies (SC6)

The specific objective of the social challenge “Europe in a changing world – inclusive, innovative and reflective Societies” (SC6) of Horizon 2020 is to support inclusive, innovative and reflective European societies in a context of transformations and increasing interdependencies of global reach.

Therefore, we want to understand, analyze and develop social, economic and political inclusion, strengthen human rights, equality, solidarity and intercultural dynamics, fight poverty and marginalization, supporting interdisciplinary research, progress technology, the development of regional innovation poles, new forms of collaboration and shared creation.

The specific activities of the challenge cover the following action areas:

Inclusive companies:

  • Promotion of new processes for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth
  • Policies and services necessary for the construction of inclusive, participatory, adaptable, open and creative societies in Europe, also taking into account the demographic changes dependent on migration and integration
  • Europe’s central role in defending human rights and justice in the world
  • New territorial and urban planning and innovative planning

Innovative companies:

  • Strengthening the scientific base and measures to support and develop the European Research Area (ERA)
  • Exploration of new forms of innovation and social creativity
  • Use of the innovative, creative and productive potential of all generations
  • Promotion of coherent and effective cooperation with third countries

Reflective societies – cultural heritage and European identity:

  • Study of cultural heritage, memory, identity, integration and cultural interactions and translations in Europe, including the way these elements are represented in cultural and scientific collections, archives and museums, for the purpose to inform and better understand the present through more in-depth interpretations of the past
  • Research on the art, philosophy, religions, history, literature, countries and regions of Europe and on how these have shaped contemporary European diversity
  • Research on the role of Europe in the world, on the influences and reciprocal bonds between the regions of the world and on European cultures seen from the outside

At least 3 legal entities belonging to a Member State or an associated country may participate.

The participation of a legal entity belonging to a Member State or an associated country is permitted if:

  • co-financing actions for research programs
  • support and coordination actions (CSA)
  • is indicated by the work programs (Work Program)

FINANCIAL ACTIONS: (Link)

The total budget available for this challenge is € 1.309 million.

Climate Action, Enviroment, Resources efficiency and Raw Materials (SC5)

The specific objective of the social challenge “Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials” (SC5) of Horizon 2020 is to achieve an economy and a society efficient in terms of resources and climate change, through protection and management sustainable natural resources and ecosystems, supply and sustainable use of raw materials.

Therefore, we intend to invest in innovation to support a green economy, contribute to increasing European competitiveness and safety in the field of raw materials and improving well-being, while ensuring environmental integrity, resilience and sustainability, to ensure that the average global warming does not exceed 2 ° C. Coping with climate change, problems related to waste and water is a cross-cutting priority of Horizon 2020 and represents 35% of the total budget of the program. Reducing EU greenhouse gas emissions and increasing water sector growth could generate new jobs.

Specific activities refer to the following areas:

  • Fight and adaptation to climate change
  • Environmental protection, sustainable management of natural and water resources, biodiversity and ecosystems
  • Sustainable procurement of non-energy and non-agricultural raw materials
  • Transition to a green society through eco-innovation
  • Development of global systems for sustainable and continuous monitoring
  • Cultural heritage

At least 3 legal entities belonging to a Member State or an associated country may participate.

The participation of a legal entity belonging to a Member State or an associated country is permitted if:

  • Co-financing actions of research programs
  • Support and coordination actions (CSA)
  • Is indicated by the work programs (Work Program)

FINANCIAL ACTIONS: (Link)

The total budget available for this challenge is € 3.081.1 million.

Smart, Green and Integrated Transport (SC4)

The social challenge “Smart, Green and Integrated Transport” (SC4) of Horizon 2020 aims to enhance the competitiveness of European transport industries and create an efficient transport system, to the benefit of all citizens, the economy and the society, in harmony with nature.

The development of political strategies to create efficient transport is one of the primary objectives.  Strategies must be developed to address the use of environmental resources, improvement of mobility of people and goods, traffic reduction, and increased safety.

The specific activities of the “Smart, Green and Integrated Transport” challenge to be carried out include:

  • Making aircraft, vehicles and ships more ecological and quieter to improve environmental performance, reduce noise and vibration levels
  • Developing smart equipment, infrastructure and services
  • Improving transport and mobility in urban areas
  • Reducing traffic congestion
  • Improving the mobility of people and goods
  • Developing new logistics concepts
  • Improving safety by reducing the number of accidents
  • Developing the next generation of transport vehicles to maintain market share in the future
  • Inserting intelligent control systems on board
  • Implementation of advanced production processes
  • Conducting a search for completely new forms of transport

At least 3 legal entities can participate, belonging to a Member State or an associated country.

The participation of a legal entity belonging to a Member State or an associated country is permitted if:

  • co-financing actions for research programs
  • support and coordination actions (CSA)
  • is indicated by the work programs (Work Program)

FINANCIAL ACTIONS: (Link)

The total budget available for this challenge is € 6.339 million.

SOCIETAL CHALLENGES

The third pillar responds to the most urgent social challenges in Europe and aims to improve the living conditions of European citizens by bringing together resources and knowledge from different sectors, technologies and disciplines, including social sciences and humanities in particular. It is divided into seven specific objectives.

Specific objectives:

 

More info Work programme Thematic page
Health, demographic change and well-being: the goal is to improve health by creating high-quality and economically sustainable health and care systems. SC1 LINK Link Link
Food security, sustainable agriculture, marine and maritime research as well as bio-economy: aims to guarantee a sufficient supply of safe and high quality food products, developing production systems based on an efficient use of resources. SC2 LINK Link Link
Safe, clean and efficient energy aimed at achieving a reliable, sustainable and competitive energy system, in times of increasing scarcity of resources, increasing energy needs and climate change. SC3 LINK Link Link
Intelligent, green and integrated transport: the goal is to create a European transport system that is resource efficient, environmentally friendly, safe and to the benefit of citizens, the economy and society. SC4 LINK Link Link
Climate action, resource efficiency and raw materials: aims to create a sustainable society in terms of resources and climate change, guaranteeing integrity and environmental sustainability. SC5 LINK Link Link
Europe in a changing world – inclusive, innovative, reflective societies: aimed at supporting inclusive, innovative and reflective societies, in a context of continuous transformations and growing global interdependencies. SC6 LINK Link Link
Secure societies – Protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens: the objective is to support the development and application of new technological solutions, which guarantee the overall level of security of citizens, respecting the fundamental rights of the individual. SC7 LINK Link Link

 

The notices for Societal Challenges are published on the official website of the program  (Participant Portal)  following the indications present in the specific WPs and in the online manuale online H2020.

CALL FOR VISITING PROFESSOR AND VISITING RESEARCHER 2019-2020

The University of Messina offers grants to support incoming mobility of Visiting scholars to carry out teaching and/or reserch activities within the framework of the UniME academic offer.
The duration of the visit shall range from 1 to 3 months. The first month of stay must be continuous. Visiting professors and researchers carrying out their activity in the area of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine may stay for a minimum period of 10 days (continuously).

Grants shall be assigned taking into account the Curriculum vitae of the Visiting as well as number of applications submitted for each scientific Macro-area. Selection criteria are laid down in the Call.
Scholars that already received a grant from previous UniME calls for application (Visiting Professor/Researcher) or any other UniME financing programme or who are currently employed by another Italian University/Research Centre are not eligible for a grant.

Visiting professors/researchers shall be allowed all rights and responsibilities in accordance with the relevant UniMe regulations.

Deadline for applications: 3 May, 2019 at 12:30 CET

Call for Visiting Professors 2019

Application form Visiting Professors 2019

Call for Visiting Researchers 2019

Application form Visiting Researchers 2019

European Researchers’ Night (NIGHT)

It is a public event at the European level to stimulate interest in research careers, particularly among young people. Activities are focused on the general public and can take various forms, such as practical experiments, scientific presentations, debates, competitions or quizzes. NIGHT takes place every year, usually on the last Friday of September.