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Horizon 2020 - most relevant calls

All Horizon 2020 call descriptions can be found here using the search topic or call names.

Societal challenges "Health, demographic change and wellbeing"

  • PHC-9–2015: Vaccine development for poverty-related and neglected infectious diseases: HIV/AIDS
  • PHC-15- 2015: Clinical research on regenerative medicine
  • PHC-33-2015: New approaches to improve predictive human safety testing

Deadline: 24.02.2015

  • PHC-21-2015: Advancing active and healthy ageing with ICT: Early risk detection and intervention
  • PHC-25-2015: Advanced ICT systems and services for integrated care
  • PHC-27-2015: Self-management of health and disease and patient empowerment supported by ICT
  • PHC-28-2015: Self-management of health and disease and decision support systems based on predictive computer modelling used by the patient him or herself
  • PHC-29-2015: Public procurement of innovative e-Health services
  • PHC-30-2015: Digital representation of health data to improve disease diagnosis and treatment

Deadline: 21.04.2015

Societal challenges "Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy - Focus on biotechnology"

  • ISIB-03-2015: Unlocking the growth potential of rural areas through enhanced governance and social innovation
  • ISIB-04b-2015: Improved forest management models
  • ISIB-06-2015: Converting CO2 into chemicals

Deadline: 03.02.2015

  • ISIB-02-2015: Closing the research and innovation divide: the crucial role of innovation support services and knowledge exchange
  • ISIB-12c-2015: Monitoring and mitigation of agricultural and forestry greenhouse gases (GHG)
  • ISIB-12e-2015: Sustainable livestock production
  • ISIB-12f-2015: Biomarkers for nutrition and health
  • ISIB-13-2015: Coordination action in support of the implementation by participating States of a Joint Programming Initiative on 'A Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life'

Deadline: 11.06.2015

Industrial leadership

"Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies (LEIT)", focus biotechnology

Topics of this call are:

BIOTEC-2-2015: New bioinformatics approaches in service of biotechnology
BIOTEC-6-2015: Metagenomics as innovation driver

Deadline: 24.02.2015, stage 2: 11. 06.2015

Innovation in SMEs


INNOSUP-1-2015: Cluster faciltated projects for new value chains

Deadline 30.04.2015, stage 2: 09.09.2015

INNOSUP-6-2015: Capitalising the full potential of online collaboration for SME innovation

Deadline 10.03.2015, stage 2: 12.08.2015

INNOSUP-7-2015: Professionalization of open innovation management in SMEs

Deadline 29.04.2015

SME instrument:

The SME instrument consists of three separate phases and a coaching and mentoring service for beneficiaries. Participants can apply to phase 1 with a view to applying to phase 2 at a later date, or directly to phase 2.

Topics of this call relevant for food, biotechnology, blue growth, clinical research and eco-innovation are:

BG-12-2015-1: Supporting SMEs efforts for the development - deployment and market replication of innovative solutions for blue growth
SC5-20-2015-1: Boosting the potential of small businesses for eco-innovation and a sustainable supply of raw materials
BIOTEC-5b-2015-1: SME boosting biotechnology-based industrial processes driving competitiveness and sustainability
PHC-12-2015-1: Clinical research for the validation of biomarkers and/or diagnostic medical devices
SFS-08-2015-1: Resource-efficient eco-innovative food production and processing

Next cut-off dates:

More information can be found here.


The RISE scheme promotes international and inter-sector collaboration through research and innovation staff exchanges, and sharing of knowledge and ideas from research to market (and vice-versa) for the advancement of science and the development of innovation.

RISE involves organisations from the academic and non-academic sectors (in particular SMEs), based in Europe (EU Member States and Associated Countries) and outside Europe (third countries).

Support is provided for the development of partnerships in the form of joint research and innovation activities between the participants. Exchanges can be for both early-stage and experienced researchers' levels and can also include administrative, managerial and technical staff supporting the research and innovation activities of the proposal.

Deadline: 28.04.2015. More information can be found here.


The 3rd call for research proposals was published for the following topics:

  • Disease control and surveillance
    The topic addresses very specifically the subtopics: active surveillance, disease modelling, vector borne diseases, vaccination and the role of wild life reservoirs.
  • Production diseases
    The topic addresses very specifically the subtopics: infection dynamics on‐farm, antimicrobial and anti‐parasitic treatment.
  • Animal Welfare
    The topic addresses very specifically the subtopics: databases and automatic recording systems, research on dairy cattle, pigs, broilers, laying hens and fish.

The pre-proposal should contains information on all consortium partners, an abstract, and project aims, description, keywords, added value of international collaboration, a Gantt chart and an overview of project costs as outlined in the guidelines.

Pre-proposal deadline 12.02.2015

More information can be found here.

EU Joint Programme – Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND)

Joint Transnational Call for Research Proposals – Preannouncement As part of this new initiative, JPND will launch a joint transnational call for proposals in January 2015 aimed at supporting transnational research collaborations in three JPND priority areas:

  • Longitudinal Cohorts
  • Advanced Experimental Models
  • Risk and Protective Factors

The aim of the call is to support a limited number of ambitious, high level, innovative, multi-national and multi-disciplinary collaborative research projects that will add value to the respective research areas.

The official call is expected early January 2015, with a likely first stage (pre-proposal submission) deadline of March 2015.

More information can be found here.

Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020

Interreg Baltic Sea Region is an EU funding programme that facilitates transnational cooperation in the region. The start of the new Programme was just announced. The main objectives are:

  • Priority 1, "Capacity for innovation", will offer support for e.g. development of innovation infrastructures, implementation of smart specialisation strategies and development of non-technological innovations.
  • Priority 2, "Efficient management of natural resources", highlights the need to manage natural resources more efficiently. Resource efficient blue growth, renewable energy sources, energy efficiency and clear waters are examples of the areas that will receive support.
  • Priority 3 will concentrate on "Sustainable transport". Here themes such as accessibility of remote areas, maritime safety, environmentally friendly shipping and urban mobility will attract project proposals.
  • Priority 4 offers support to the stakeholders of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.

Applicants will have to follow a two‐step proposal procedure. The features of the new programme and all related documents can be found here.

Deadline for the first call for concept notes is 02.02.2015

Do you need support in finding the right topic, partner or need further information?

Contact the Steinbeis Team here.