The All-Island Information Day & Partnering Event -Opportunities in the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 2 2018-2020 Work Programme took place on Tuesday 21st November 2017, in Titanic, Belfast.

This event promoted the funding opportunities available for each SC2 area via Horizon 2020, the EU’s largest research and innovation funding programme, with over 1 billion Euros earmarked for calls in 2018-2020.

There were a number of useful presentations on the day, giving great insights into practicalities of the work programme. One centered around the impact of Brexit on cross border participation in H2020. This included great detail of North/South collaborations and drawdown targets.

Ian Homes, the H2020 National Contact Point, discussed how to write a proposal. He outlined how important it is for all proposals to be directly related to the work programme.

David Murphy, AquaTT Manager, spoke about the strategic approach to H2020 funding opportunities. He placed great emphasis on approaches being both interdisciplinary and complementary.

Elaine Groom of the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs discussed sustainable food security. She mentioned how important it is for there to be genuine and sufficient involvement of actors throughout the entire project.

Fiona Grant, Marine Institute, presented on the topic of Blue Growth. Blue Growth looks to sustainably harvest the potential of aquatic and marine resources, while protecting biodiversity and enhancing climate resilience.

Agnieszka Romanowicz of the European Commission gave an overview of the H2020 Work Programme for Research and Innovation. She worked through the challenges of the programme and also the policy contexts which underpin H2020.

Patrick Barrett, Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine, spoke about the Rural Renaissance and Circular Bioeconomy Thematic Investment Platform. He mainly focused on two areas; connecting economic and environmental gains – the circular economy, and digitising and transforming European industry and services.

Source: InterTradeIreland