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Keep an eye on forthcoming grants powered by the European Innovation Council It has already been two weeks since the European Innovation Council (EIC) was launched on March 18th. The EIC is an ambitious key novelty of Horizon Europe, with a total budget of EUR 10 billion for 2021-2027. Without precedent in its structure and… » read more

Posted by Rita Balazs

On 18th March 2021, the European Commission launched the European Innovation Council (EIC). Mark Ferguson, Chair of the EIC Advisory Board and the ceremony´s moderator, described the occasion as ´the opening verse of the opening chapter of the book of endless possibilities´, borrowing a quote from the Nobel Prize writer, Rudyard Kipling. Ursula von der… » read more

Posted by Rita Balazs

One of the few good things we learnt from the pandemic is that borders don’t exist. And that strong internet connections do. Yes, events are better in person. Nothing can replace some good old school networking, exchanging business cards, chit chat about the last panel talk you heard. But hey, it’s also pretty fascinating that… » read more

Posted by Rita Balazs

Hello there, my fellow EU enthusiasts! In today’s blogpost I will take you back to the basics, in case you are a new member of our ever-changing but exciting EU bubble. It’s December, so grab a gingerbread cookie and a hot chocolate and gather around because I am about to show you the top 5… » read more

Posted by Rita Balazs

Not so long ago, during one of our training courses on H2020 proposal writing, a participant asked me, “how would you address the gender dimension in a field that is historically dominated by men such as mechanical engineering? Or robotics?”. The question was pertinent and mirrors the concern of many researchers and proposal writers. However,… » read more

Posted by Rita Balazs

Ok, enough with the Halloween horror story-telling – we hope you had a spooktacular week! Now, that pumpkin spice latte is going to help me be productive and get back to more serious matters – work hard, play hard. However, this seriousness is going to last me a day maximum – I need tasks to… » read more

Posted by Rita Balazs

Innovation today is a buzzword. We use it to describe anything that is not traditional. But, akin to a two-faced Janus, it looks both backwards to tradition (i.e. the past) and forwards to the future. We consider a product or a service ‘innovative’ when it can provide us with solutions. A panacea for the problems… » read more

Posted by Rita Balazs

This Halloween season was truly Spooktacular! Thank you all for joining our Halloween competition. It was scary, but we must admit it was also entertaining to read all your horror stories: from the coordinator deciding to cut a personnel budget to publish deliverables with spelling mistakes. The winning story stood up and fit perfectly with… » read more

Posted by Rita Balazs

Let me tell you the shortest horror story: 2020. I think we all agree that Halloween doesn’t look so terrifying compared to this year. After all, what is scarier than a horror story based on a true event? Welcome to H2020 Chills and Thrills, the real horror stories from managing EU-funded projects. Before we dive… » read more

Posted by Rita Balazs

The EU research and innovation days concluded with great news for the gender equality community: to be eligible to funding, every legal entity, whether it is a public body, a research organization or a higher education establishment applying to Horizon Europe will need to have a Gender Equality Plan (GEP). However, once the euphoria falls,… » read more

Posted by Rita Balazs