RHAPSODY success story

Euresearch has just published a success story about the IMI2 project RHAPSODY.

Diabetes is the pandemic of our time. Some 285 million people are diabetic and by 2030, it may affect 439 million, hitting children and young adults the hardest. “RHAPSODY” (Risk Assessment and Pro- gression of Diabetes) pools the data and expertise of 20 academic institutions, 4 pharma organisations, 1 biotech company and 1 management SME to discover how diabetes progresses. The goal is to develop precision therapy and prevention to stop the disease.

SCIPROM is glad to be part of RHAPSODY, supporting the consortium in management, communication and dissemination since its proposal stage.

Project Submissions for Participants from Switzerland

The Euresearch head office reminds Swiss participants in Horizon 2020 that they have to submit their projects as participants from associated countries and thus claim their budget from the European Commission.

In its announcement as of 17 August 2016, the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) clarified the current rules of proposal submissions from Swiss participants in Horizon 2020. The State Secretariat advised researchers in Switzerland to prepare their project on the basis of Switzerland’s full association in 2017 and therefore submit project proposals for all calls as participants from an associated country. In its detailed recommendations, SERI mentioned that exceptions for participants from Switzerland submitting projects as a Third-Country participant would be considered only for calls with deadlines earlier than 30 September 2016.

This means that since 30 September 2016 Swiss participants in Horizon 2020 have to submit their projects as participants from associated countries and thus claim their budget from the European Commission.

SERI understands that specific problems can be encountered in case of two-stage project submissions. If at the first stage, Swiss project partners submitted its budget as a Third-Country participant (EC contribution = 0), SERI accepts that the Swiss partner submits its budget as a Third-Country participant at the second stage too.

Please visit for further information theSERI Website on Horizon 2020.

Interim Evaluation of Horizon 2020: Public Consultation

All citizens and organisations are invited to contribute to a public consultation for the Interim Evaluation of Horizon 2020.

Contributions are particularly sought from researchers, entrepreneurs, innovators and all types of organisations that have participated in Horizon 2020.

The objective of this consultation launched by the European Commission is to collect information from a wide audience on different aspects of Horizon 2020 implementation. The results of the public stakeholder consultation will feed into the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020.

Hence, as does Euresearch, SCIPROM strongly encourages all Swiss participants to Horizon 2020 projects to answer to this consultation.

Public consultation is open until 15 Jan 2017. It should take about 20 minutes to complete the questionnaire, depending on the level of detail of your answers.

More information and the online questionnaire.

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