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Friday, January 17, 2014

PHOTONS LIKE PHAOS-ΦΩΣ

HAPPY NEW YEAR,
WITH  HYGEIA FOR ALL,

DEAR FELLOW READERS CHAIRESTAI,
YESTERDAY OUR TEAMWORK PARTICIPATED TO THE HORIZON 2020 FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES  EVENT FOR PHOTONICS,AT DG CONNECT/UNIT PHOTONICS  PREMISES,BRUSSELS ( https://twitter.com/epaphosinfo/status/423748723454517248 ).
DURING THE CROWDED CONFERENCE  BY VARIOUS  STAKEHOLDERS ,WERE PRESENTED THE  STRATEGIC  POLICIES AND WAYS FOR FUNDING BY THE SKILLFUL DG UNIT TEAM.
UNIVERSITIES AND INDUSTRIES PROPOSED FOR COOPERATION INNOVATIVE   TECHNICAL IDEAS  WHICH BY THE TIME WILL MAKE EUROPE A LEADER TO THE SECTOR,IF THESE ARE GOING TO BE IMPLEMENTED PROPERLY .
COPY AND PASTE PROJECTS AS THE UNIT'S STUFF RIGHTLY NOTICED,BY ITS EXPERIENCE AT THE PREVIOUS FP5,6 AND 7 PROGRAMS,AREN'T GOING TO BE ACCEPTED ANY MORE BY THE EVALUATORS.
OUR CONTRIBUTION ,POINTED  OUT AND ANALYZED IN BRIEF  3 POINTS,WHICH WEREN'T MENTIONED INTO THIS YEAR'S CALL:

1)HEALTH AFFECTS AND IMPLICATIONS STUDIES FOR THE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT OF NEW LIGHTING MATERIALS (OLED ETC)

2)SEMICONDUCTOR  SECTOR WHICH IS TOTALLY DEPENDED BY OTHER G(R)AIAN ZONES MANUFACTURERS,WHEN EUROPE SHOULD BE ,AT THE FIRST LINES  IN THE HIGHLY VALUED PRODUCTION  GLOBAL CHAIN.
EVERYTHING IN THE NEW CIVILIZATION IT WILL BE BASED ON CHIPS,AND SO IN SEMICONDUCTORS...

3)QUANTUM INFORMATION WHEN IT EMPLOYS PHOTONIC  METHODS AND  OPTICS


IT IS WISHED THAT THIS IMPORTANT FOR  THE EUROPEANS SCIENTIFIC-INDUSTRIAL SECTOR WILL CONTRIBUTE IN THE NEAR FUTURE FOR RE-ESTABLISHING OUR FACTORIES ,VIRTUAL OR NOT ,AGAIN AT  THE EUROPEAN LANDS AS IT WAS MENTIONED AT  PREVIOUS ARTICLES OF OURS SOME YEARS AGO . 1

IRENE,SALAM,PEACE
A.C.

New Year, New Horizon 2020

Small businesses, scientists and citizens north and south of Ireland would be right in thinking Christmas came early this year. On 10 December in Dublin, European Commissioner Maire Geoghegan-Quinn launched Horizon 2020, the new €79bn and largest ever EU fund set up to support research and innovation at large.
Something for everyone  
According to the commissioner “everyone involved in Horizon 2020 has reason to celebrate” because it is not strictly constrained to science. Instead, Horizon 2020 will focus on three distinct yet mutually reinforcing priorities:
Excellent Science: with €24.6 billion budgeted to support the EU’s position as a world leader in science.
Competitive Industries: with €17.9 billion earmarked to secure industrial leadership in innovation, which includes a major investment in key technologies, as well as greater access to capital and support for SMEs.
Societal Challenges: with €31.7 billion aimed at addressing major concerns shared by all Europeans, across six key themes: health, demographic change and well-being; food security, sustainable agriculture, marine and maritime research and the bio-economy; secure, clean and efficient energy; smart, green and integrated transport; climate action, resource efficiency and raw materials; and inclusive, innovative and secure societies.
No red tape wrapping
In response to criticism of its forerunner, the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7), Horizon’s application procedure has been streamlined. There will be one online system for applying as well as running and reporting on projects. This is welcome news for those tired of getting tied up in red tape, not least SMEs. In fact, particular emphasis has been placed on getting SMEs involved – 20% of the budget in the industry and society pillars has been set aside for them specifically.
Irish SMEs will be able to engage in large collaborative projects or seek support through a new dedicated SME instrument for highly innovative smaller companies. A risk finance support for SMEs is also being put in place to generate commercial value from their research, resulting in economic growth and job creation.
Across the miles  
Projects that demonstrate international collaboration will have a greater chance of success in Horizon 2020. In this regard, Ireland is already at an advantage over its European competitors. One island, one language mean that applicants here won’t have to go too far to create cohorts. Making the most of its cross-border location, theSmart ECO Hub can help to identify and match partners.
Raise your game before your glass
The Irish government wants to draw down a minimum of €1.25bn of Horizon 2020 funding over its seven-year lifespan – the equivalent of €3m a week coming into the country. But to achieve that target, Geoghegan-Quinn says Irish applicants will need to up their game to compete on the European stage.
Dublin in December was undoubtedly different this year. To extend that difference into the long-term for economic growth within and beyond our capital city, Ireland’s innovators will need to embrace Brussels’ billion euro bonus and make the New Year a year of new horizons.
Article written for the magazine and newsletter of Smart ECO Hub, a project part financed by the European Union Regional Development Fund


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