We have participated in the First “Coordination and Management of EU-funded Health Research Project” Congress!

On November the 8th, the office for European Health Projects of the Valencian Autonomous Region organised the First Congress in Coordination and Management of EU-funded Health Research Projects.

As it couldn’t be otherwise, we attended: PhD. Maite Ferrando, K-Veloce’s Managing Director, who has participated in a roundtable where an interesting debate has taken place about the success factors in the proposals from an evaluator’s point of view. On that subject, the experience as evaluators within the Fp7 and the H2020 allowed the table’s participants to transmit to our attendees important keys and handy hints. As a conclusion, in addition to an excellent proposal and an exquisite consortium, the high competitiveness of the programs demand creativity and a well justified and convincing impact; and, as it couldn’t be otherwise, some serendipity to find what the evaluators are expecting.

An Incredible Networking Opportunity

More than 27 speakers and 70 professions and researching personnel in the Health area, with or without experience in international Health Projects, I+D, biomedicine, or patient care have reunited in the First “Coordination and Management of EU-funded Health Research Project” Congress to debate and learn together.

During the conference, we have also been allowed to share the table with a lot of researchers with very promising ideas, both in the bilateral meeting as well as during the presentations. One of the other activities organised by the Congress was the exposition of diffusion signs with the result of already financed projects. Moreover, among the speakers, there were international-level academics as well as members of the European Commission.

What can Social Sciences and Humanities expect from Horizon 2020 and other European programs?

The University of Burgos has invited us to a conference on November the 23rd to present the opportunities of investigation and innovation that the European Commission offers to the Social and Legal Sciences and Humanities researching community through their programs, such as Horizon2020, DAPHNE, COSME, JUSTICE or ERASMUS+. Furthermore, we will also deal with the fragmentation and the transverse topics in other calls and programs.

To us, the success of this conference consists in encouraging the joint generation of new ideas and projects among the researching personnel of the Universidad de Burgos, fomenting its collaboration with other private and public agents. It is clear that this community can benefit, particularly from programs such as COSME or ERASMUS+ – which, by the way, will close in the first quarter of 2017 – but inside the Horizon2020 things have also changed for the better.

While, in the Seventh Macro Program (FP7), the investigation in Social Sciences and Humanities had its own specific program, with a restricted budget, in Horizon2020 the investigation in these areas is wholly integrated into each of the priorities of research: Excellent Science, Industrial Leadership and Societal Challenges.

Why? The strategy of the European Commission it’s based on the premise that the social and humanities areas are essential and will mean a great benefit for the society as a whole. In 2014, its integration was considered to be only very partially successful: ever since, a more significant emphasis has been made on its inclusion and on the improvement of the coordination of efforts, which is not only an opportunity for the researching community, but also for the whole European society.

Europe has laid out as an objective a bigger accent on the cross-disciplinary character, highlighting the necessity of experts on the social impact, in intellectual property rights, evaluation of experimental phases, and all tasks in which these disciplines have a lot to say in.

K-Veloce I+D+i supports worldwide MapMyDay campaign by Sozialhelden and WHO to raise awareness for common barriers

K-Veloce I+D+I and Polibienestar Research Institute at University of Valencia supports the “MapMyDay” campaign, a worldwide mapping event taking place on International Day of Personas with Disabilities (3 December) and initiated by Berlin NGO Sozialhelden e.V. and the World Health Organisation.

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