Friday, 23 September 2016

€89 million for Human Brain #H2020 project

Following on from its €54 million, 30 month “ramp up” phase, the Human Brain consortium has now signed an H2020 funding agreement for a further €89 million for the two years from 1 April 2016. If all goes well, another €90 million will be provided for the following two years for the 86 member consortium to continue its work on computer simulations of the human brain, all part of a ten year programme supported by the EU.


Interestingly, the project is coordinated by EPFL, a major Swiss university. In a referendum in 2014, Swiss voters mandated their government to restrict immigration, including from the EU, which the government must implement by February 2017. Does Switzerland have something to teach the UK?


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Singleimage - H2020 Training Workshops and Advice

Thursday, 1 September 2016

#H2020: Guaranteed funding for UK organisations

Last month we reported that some UK organisations were being excluded from consortia developing H2020 proposals because of doubts that they would be funded to the end of the projects.
 
UK government has now confirmed that UK participation in H2020 will continue to be funded after the UK leaves the EU, for proposals selected for funding up to that time. The UK Finance Ministry – the Treasury – announced in August that it will underwrite the payment of such grants. This includes funding for projects scheduled to continue after the UK’s departure from the EU. The new UK Prime Minister has said that the UK will not initiate the exit negotiations this year, so the guarantee will over proposals submitted at least until the end of 2018.


Because the negotiation of the UK’s exit has not even begun, how the Treasury’s guarantee will be implemented cannot be defined. However, at the minimum, the funding could be paid directly to UK organisations by its government without interfering with the exit negotiation.


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Singleimage - H2020 Training Workshops and Advice