The European Commission launches an initiative to collect ideas about deployable Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotics solutions as well as information on other initiatives that could help face the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. The initiative aims to create a unique repository that is easily accessible to all citizens, stakeholders and policymakers and become part of the common European …

by Heather Smith

The European Commission has just published the following announcement on the Funding & Tender Opportunities portal:  Reacting to the Covid-19 crisis, deadlines for calls under Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 1 (Health section) are extended by initial two months, to allow medical professionals to focus on their fight against the Coronavirus and to leave more time for preparing their applications.  This …

by Beatriz Sanz

Back in 2014-2017, Blue Ocean Robotics created a self-driving disinfection robot in a pre-commercial procurement for a buyers group from several Danish regions. Since then, the Danish start-up attracted $34M USD Venture Capital, experienced a steep growth to dkk 800 million valuation and +100 employees, and is tipped to become Denmark’s next unicorn. The company …

by Heather Smith

Today, the European Commission launched an advisory panel on COVID-19 composed of epidemiologists and virologists from different Member States to formulate EU guidelines on science-based and coordinated risk management measures. This panel, which was created following a mandate by EU Member States, will be chaired by the Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, and co-chaired by Stella Kyriakides, Commissioner for Health …

by Heather Smith

In order to face the outbreak of COVID-19, the Lombardy Region has launched an international call for sanitary equipment. In attached you can find the list of materials needed to protect physicians and sanitary personnel facing the next 2 months of SARS-coV-19 emergency. ARIA S.p.A. the central purchasing company of the Lombardy Region, can be reached at gare@ariaspa.it  Thank you …

by Heather Smith

The recent escalation of restrictions related to the COVID-19 outbreak may hamper applicants’ ability to prepare and finalise high-quality proposals. For this reason, for Horizon 2020 calls with original deadlines between now and 15 April, extensions will be applied. The precise new deadlines for each call and topic will be published on the call and …

by Heather Smith

Specific Challenge: Deadline: 31st of March 2020 The current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has been declared by WHO as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern according to the International Health Regulation. It is crucial to rapidly gain a better understanding of the newly identified virus, especially in relation to potential clinical and public health measures …

by Heather Smith

The European Commission is calling for startups and SMEs with technologies and innovations that could help in treating, testing, monitoring or other aspects of the Coronavirus outbreak to apply urgently to the next round of funding from the European Innovation Council. The deadline for applications to the EIC Accelerator is 17:00 on Wednesday 18 March (Brussels local time). With …

by Heather Smith

On 19 February 2020 the EC published for consultation its white paper “On Artificial Intelligence – A European approach to excellence and trust”, giving us a clear view of the substantial changes the EC has in mind.  Artificial intelligence (AI) is a strategic technology that offers many benefits for citizens and the economy. It will change our lives by improving …

by Heather Smith

The European Commission is launching the 2020 edition of Horizon Impact Award – a prize dedicated to EU-funded projects whose results have created societal impact across Europe and beyond. The prize acknowledges and rewards the most influential and impactful project results under Horizon 2020, the EU research and innovation programme, and its predecessor, the 7th …

by Heather Smith
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