Human Brain Project, Fight against coronavirus, HPC, EIC, EOSC and more

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	15 July 2020 	

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The last Horizon 2020 calls in numbers

In the current year, the Horizon 2020 Framework programme will be 
closing its funding opportunities. The first numbers proved that the 
last calls and their topics attracted lots of attention, as the calls 
have met great response.


Young female researcher front of a futuristic user interface

Proposals for scaling up the European Open Science Cloud

Ten proposals were submitted under the last calls of Horizon 2020 for 
the implementation of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). The calls, 
with a deadline on 18 June 2020 and a total budget of €64,9 million, 
aimed to consolidate, scale up and increase the service offer of the 
EOSC Portal.


Hand holding a globe in an urban environment, connected coulds on the sky

Coronavirus: Using European supercomputing, EU-funded research project 
demonstrates promising results for potential treatment

The EU-funded consortium Exscalate4CoV just announced that an already 
registered generic drug used to treat osteoporosis, Raloxifene, could be 
an effective treatment for COVID-19 positive patients with mild or 
asymptomatic infection. The consortium is using an EU-backed 
supercomputing platform, one of the world's most powerful, to check the 
potential impact of known molecules against the genomic structure of 


graphic showing a supercomputer and molecules with European flag and 
text Exscalate4Cov

EuroHPC Joint Undertaking
Can supercomputers help find a COVID-19 treatment?
Launched in January 2020, the first project to receive funding from the 
European High-Performance Computing Joint Undertaking (EuroHPC JU) is 
now helping to support research into SARS-CoV-2.

	MareNostrum Experimental Exascale Platform 


19 proposals selected to develop a world-class supercomputing ecosystem 
in Europe

The European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking (EuroHPC JU) 
selected 19 projects during the evaluation of its first research and 
innovation call. These projects will help the EuroHPC JU to draw on the 
skills and knowledge of European SMEs and industry to put its ambitious 
work plan into action and develop HPC applications and services.


A Conceptual vision of a Datacenter/supercomputer on the cloud

Emerging technologies in brain research
How the digital revolution is transforming EU-funded brain research

As the world continues to be remodelled by the digital revolution, we 
are seeing digital technologies embed themselves firmly into all aspects 
of our lives, including into the mainstream of neurosciences research to 
help unravel the complexity of brain disorders. A cross-cutting CORDIS 
Results Pack highlights innovative projects from across the full 
spectrum of EU-funded research programmes that are helping science make 
sense of arguably the most complex and mysterious machine in existence – 
the human brain.


digital rendering of a brain

EIC supports BRAINIAQS: Brain imaging with arrays of quantum sensors

The newly signed Pathfinder project called BRAINIAQS promises huge 
breakthrough for biological imaging experiments. It will develop 
state-of-the-art technology using quantum sensing.


stylized insight into human head and brain

Current challenges of neural nanotechnology: Developing brain-implants

The BrainCom project develops novel medical devices for restoration of 
speech and communication in aphasic patients suffering from upper spinal 
cord, brainstem or brain damage. At the same time the researchers also 
tackle the ethical aspects of the innovative technology.


array of graphene sensors (screenshot from FETFX video-interview)

Flagships and large research initiatives
Paweł Świeboda is the new Director General of the Human Brain Project

The Human Brain Project (HBP) is the largest brain science project in 
Europe and stands among the biggest research projects ever funded by the 
European Union. Mr Paweł Świeboda takes up his position at the beginning 
of the HBP’s final phase as a ten-year EU Flagship project.


Photo of Paweł Świeboda

EU projects in the fight against infectious diseases
FET-Proactive projects contribute to global research efforts into 
infectious diseases

Two former Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) projects have helped 
to develop a software, which could support ongoing effort to prevent the 
spread of infectious diseases.



Marilia, a new Pathfinder project focused on detection of pathogens in 

The Marilia project got selected in the 2019 EIC Transition to 
Innovation Activities call. The project’s aim is to develop industrial 
low-cost identification assay improving the quality of water.


photo of a water droplet falling into a mass of water

eInfrastructure & Open Science Cloud
EOSC beyond 2020- next steps

To ensure the development beyond 2020 of the European Open Science Cloud 
(EOSC), the open and trusted environment for accessing and managing 
research data and related services, the EOSC interim Governance has been 
working to establish a European Partnership under the Horizon Europe 
programme. The draft EOSC European partnership proposal has now been 
published. Furthermore, the stakeholders are invited to express their 
interest to join the new EOSC Association, which is in process of being 
established and will become the leading entity of the partnership.


Logo of the EOSC portal: a cloud surrounded by 12 stars reminding the 
flag of the EU

Projects' news & stories
IM-TWIN: EIC Pathfinder project addressing autism spectrum disorders

The IM-TWIN project wants to develop an innovative, modular, 
technological system for the monitoring and treatment of cognitive and 
emotional skills of typical developed children and children with autism 
spectrum disorders.


PlusMe robot in testing

ODYSSEY: A new EIC Pathfinder project promising game-changing innovation 
for eyeglasses industry

Imagine you can get on demand prescription eyeglass lenses, which are 
laser-printed in the shop while you wait – that is exactly what the new 
Pathfinder project ODYSSEY proposes.


glasses on the desk

Smartwave, a new Pathfinder project, will innovate the beam steering 

The Smartwave project got selected in the 2019 EIC Pathfinder call. It 
focuses on development of phase shifters for future generation phased 
array antenna applications.


communication tower (transmitter)

MARVEL project will propose new diagnostic and therapeutic tools using 
extracellular vesicles

The MARVEL project is focused on diagnostics and regenerative medicine. 
The new technology can help for example to detect cancer or provide 
medicinal products for cardiac repair.


photo of a microscope

Forthcoming Events
Future Tech Week 2020

The European Commission in collaboration with FETFX organises the second 
annual Future Tech Week, which will be held as a virtual event from 21 
to 25 September 2020. Save the date!

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	21/09/2020 - 25/09/2020


FET Disruptive Project Ideas Week

PREFET, a platform based on and bearing the same name as the ongoing 
Pathfinder project, offers a four day event focusing on the top 
technology trends for long-term Research and Development and social impact.

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	26/10/2020 - 29/10/2020


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