1. Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 2


Work Programme 2018-2019

 a) The draft work programme was received from the EU Commission last week and has been distributed to the DAFM SC-2 Advisory Group for consideration and review.  The deadline for providing feedback and comments is this week May 10th in preparation for the Consultative Group meetings next week (i.e. SC-2 Programme Committee and Standing Committee on Agricultural Research meetings).   


  1. Bioeconomy

Biobased Industries Call 2017 & Information Event:

a) Please note the All-Island workshop on Bio-Based Industries opportunities to be held on Tuesday 6th June 2017, 09.30am – 1.30pm, University College Dublin.  For more information and to book your free place, visit the Eventbrite link here.

a) You can now download all the presentations and view the webcast recording of the recent BBI Info event in full online via the BBI JU event webpage here. To find out more about submitting a proposal, and find an updated FAQ for applicants, visit the BBI JU 2017 Call for proposals  webpage and find full details of the Call conditions, rules and topics on the Horizon 2020 participant portal.  If you would like to continue networking you can do so through the BBI JU Partnering Platform.  Please also see a summary of the BBI call 2017 attached.

b) Do you have Biobased Industries expertise to act as an expert evaluator?

The BBI JU has a broad scope => and different expertise needed!  As a BBI JU expert-evaluator, you’ll gain valuable BBI JU / H2020 insights.  For the upcoming Call 2017 reviews (September 2017 onwards) the BBI JU are seeking to extend out the expert-evaluator invitations beyond their current lists so if you haven’t registered yet on the Participant Portal (PP) please do so by 25 May 2017 AND then e-mail experts@bbi.europa.eu to indicate to them your details and your interest.

 c) BioBase 4 SME

The BioBase4SME project – Bio-Innovation Support for Entrepreneurs throughout North-West Europe (NWE) regions is an EU InterReg NWE project which offers professional innovation support services to SMEs and start-ups active in the bio-economy.  The support focuses on delivering industrial proof of concept for processes and a realistic business plan to overcome technological and non-technological barriers thereby stimulating the development of the biobased economy in North West Europe. For more details, conditions and application forms please go to this link and see attached.  The coupons can be combined with national enterprise development funding so EI’s funding schemes could be leveraged to provide the match funding component required for some of the services available. ERDF is not eligible and de-minimus rules apply.   

d) World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology – Montreal 23-26 July 2017 – See some information we received from the US based – Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) asking to promote the 2017 BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, taking place in Montréal, Canada (July 23 – 26).

    3. Food

All Ireland Agri-Food Summit: 

  • Please note this event will take place on May 17/18 in UCC (flyer attached). This event is targeted at Food SMEs and researchers. Registration can be made here.

Food Safety:

  • EFSA is to co-host a scientific colloquium on bee health as part of the European Parliament’s Week of Bees and Pollination 2017. Registration is now open for the event, which will take place in Brussels on 26 June 2017.
  • EFSA seek Food-safety scientists wanted. Join EFSA’s scientific panels
  • EFSA has also launched two thematic grant calls for proposals in the areas of allergens and airborne plant pathogens. The thematic grant scheme aims to facilitate scientific cooperation in the EU, boost innovation and support the exchange of expertise and best practice in areas relating to EFSA’s work.
  • Contact Edel Smyth Irish FP (FSAI) – focalpoint@fsai.ie

Food 2030 – Cities for Food Systems Innovation and Green Jobs

  • 31 May 2017, European Commission – DG Research and Innovation, Covent Garden, Place Rogier 16, 1210 Brussels.  Find the agenda and the registration link here. This full day FOOD 2030 workshop will provide an opportunity to explore the role of cities in fostering food systems innovation and green jobs at the local level.  The main objectives of the event are to discuss and share experiences related to 1) the importance of adopting a systems approach for sustainable and healthy food production and consumption in urban areas, 2) the potential for green job creation, and 3) future research, innovation and investment opportunities.  During the event, preliminary results of an ongoing European study focusing on ‘Food in Cities’ will be presented and used as a basis for interactive discussions. Participants will discuss the added value and challenges that ‘cities’ face – both as place-based ecosystems and local authorities – in enabling broad-based innovation, green jobs and the empowerment of communities. Targeted stakeholders for this workshop include city representatives, researchers, SMEs, entrepreneurs, living labs, NGOs and civil society associations. The workshop is part of the FOOD 2030 initiative that focuses on future-proofing our food systems through European Research and Innovation for Food and Nutrition Security. 
  • See also ‘EIP-AGRI Workshop Cities and Food – Connecting Consumers and Producers’