EU launches 'Horizon Birthday Prize'

The European Commission, together with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and MSD for Mothers (Merck Sharp & Dohme Corporation), launches a research and development competition to identify and bring to market innovative solutions to prevent death and complications during pregnancy and childbirth. It includes a €2.5 million prize. The 'Horizon for the Birthday' Prize, as it is called, will be awarded to the solution that can best demonstrate a reduction in maternal and/or newborn morbidity and mortality and/or stillbirths during facility-based deliveries. It must also be new, safe, and scalable. 

Applications are due on September 6, 2017.

Competition page - European Commission

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EuroNGOs push back annual conference to September 2017

The 2017 EuroNGOs conference, which focuses on protecting sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in a time of growing populism, moves from May 2017 to September 2017. The two-day gathering explores and debates how populism affects SRHR in the context of global development, and focuses on pro-SRHR messaging and advocacy techniques. Detailed thematic tracks and sessions will be shared on the EuroNGOs website.

Location: Brussels, Belgium

Event page - EuroNGOs

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EuroNGOS seeks youth participation for pre-conference meeting

This year, the EuroNGOS annual conference focuses on how sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) are affected by growing populism. The conference plans to allow youth speakers the opportunity to speak at plenary and breakout sessions. A pre-meeting for youth organizations is held on September 26, 2017.

Financial support to attend the meeting may be available to participants who apply before June 12, 2017. Registration for the conference closes August 25, 2017.  

Location: Brussels, Belgium

Event page - EuroNGOs


Oct 9-11, 2017: Call for participation in 4th Africa-EU Youth Summit

Leading up to the 5th AU-EU Summit, the 4th Africa-Europe Youth Summit brings together more than 120 youth leaders from both continents to develop a declaration and concrete deliverables for AU-EU cooperation on education, peace and security, environment, business, democratic inclusion, and culture. Prospective participants must respond to one of three calls for participants that have been launched, for either African applicants, diaspora applicants, or European applicants.

Location: Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

Website - The Africa-EU Partnership


October 11-13, 2017: Conference on European research excellence held in Tallin

The Estonian Presidency and the Estonian Research Council organize a research policy conference entitled 'European Research Excellence – Impact and Value for Society ', which aims to reinforce the vital importance of research to address Europe's challenges and increase its competitiveness. The high-level event is open to a variety of policymakers and encourages open debate on how research generates societal and economic "added value".

The outcome of the conference will be presented in a final declaration – 'the Tallinn Call for Action'.

Website - EU Innovation Trends

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Westminster Higher Education Forum holds seminar on post-'Brexit' research partnerships

The Westminster Higher Education Forum holds a seminar to discuss ways that the UK can collaborate and partner in the global research landscape as the process of leaving the EU begins.  Delegates – who include university vice-chancellors, research directors, international embassies, R&D businesses, research consultancies, and others – discuss challenges such as future involvement in Horizon 2020, availability of European Research Council funding, and mobility of researchers. The seminar will also address next steps for the Newton Fund and its global collaborations. 

Webpage - Westminister Higher Education Forum

November 14-17, 2017: Horizon2020 Societal Challenge 2 'Infoweek' in Brussels

The European Commission has begun organizing an ‘Info Week’ to support potential applicants with proposals under the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 2 (SC2), entitled ‘Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy.’ Co-hosted by the Research Executive Agency (REA), the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD), and the Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development (DG AGRI), the Info Week includes a presentation of the 2018-2020 Work Programme and of new funding opportunities, It also gives applicants a chance to network amongst themselves.

Location: Brussels, Belgium

Website - European Commission


9th European Innovation Summit takes place in November 2017 in Brussels

The 9th European Innovation Summit (EIS), the largest annual event on innovation, research, and technology in the EU, is  scheduled to take place the last week of November 2017, in Brussels. Sessions focus, among others, on food, agriculture, energy, and the environment. In an effort to bridge policy making and the day-to-day challenges of innovators, the event organizer, Knowledge4Innovation, plans a ‘European Innovation Week". Start-ups, investors, and actors of the innovation ecosystem in Brussels are invited to participate. The week-long schedule includes a plenum event at the European Parliament, workshops, networking, and exchange of best practices. 

Location: Brussels, Belgium

The draft Summit program is available here

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Fifth EU-Africa Summit to take place in Côte d’Ivoire

The fifth EU-Africa Summit takes place in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, on November 29-30, 2017.  The EU-Africa Summit brings together key decision-makers from the EU and Africa to discuss the future of relations and to deepen connections between the two continents. The Summit falls within the context of ongoing discussions and negotiations on the renewal of the Cotonou Partnership Agreement and the future relations between the EU and African, Caribbean and Pacific countries (ACP). By the end of 2017, the European Commission will have received the mandate from the European Council to negotiate a new agreement for the period 2018-2020. The Summit occurs every three years and its 2017 edition follows several key events, including the EU-Africa Business Forum and the election of African Union representatives.

Location: Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

Website - EU Africa Partnership