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Latest news about research and innovation policy in the European Union.

Innovation Fund Delegated Regulation
The Commission announced on 26 February an investment programme worth over €10 billion for low-carbon technologies in several sectors to boost their global competitiveness.

World Rare Diseases Day
Europe invested over EUR 1.4 billion in more than 200 collaborative research and innovation projects through the framework programmes related to rare diseases. 28 February is World Rare Diseases Day.

High-Performance Computing
High performance computing (HPC), also known as supercomputing, involves thousands of processors working in parallel to analyse billions of pieces of data in real time, performing calculations thousands of times faster than a normal computer. In the digital era, it is at the core of major advances and innovation and a strategic resource for Europe's future.

EU issues first call for supercomputers sites
The European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking launched its first calls for expressions of interest Monday to select the sites that will host its first supercomputers by the end of 2020.

European AI platform launches with EUR 20m EU funding
The EU's AI4EU artificial intelligence project officially launched Thursday with a view to mobilising Europe's AI community to build the first European on-demand Artificial Intelligence (AI) platform.

Coordinated plan for Artificial Intelligence 'made in Europe'
In the coordinated plan on Artificial Intelligence (AI) presented on 7 December, EU Member States and the Commission defined a series of joint actions to increase investment, make more data available, foster talent, and ensure trust in AI.

EUR 20 bn boost for artificial intelligence in Europe
The EU Commission presented a coordinated plan Friday, prepared with the EU Member States, to foster the development and use of artificial intelligence (AI) in Europe with EUR 20 billion investment.

European Open Science Cloud (EOSC)
The EOSC will offer 1.7 million European researchers and 70 million professionals in science, technology, the humanities and social sciences a virtual environment with open and seamless services for storage, management, analysis and re-use of research data, across borders and scientific disciplines by federating existing scientific data infrastructures, currently dispersed across disciplines and the EU Member States.

CLOSER 2019 - International Conference on Cloud Computing and Services Science
The 9th International Conference on Cloud Computing and Services Science, CLOSER 2019, will take place in Heraklion, on the Greek island of Crete.

ICE-B 2019
The International Conference on e-Business ICE-B 2019 will take place on 26-28 July 2019 in Prague, Czech Republic.

European Capital of Innovation (iCapital) Award
The European Capital of Innovation (iCapital) Award recognises and advances innovation in European cities. How to apply, news about the contest and full details of previous years' results.

Athens is Europe's most innovative city in 2018
The city of Athens has won this year's European Capital of Innovation Awards, funded by the EU's research and innovation programme Horizon 2020, the EU Commission announced on Tuesday.

Patents and self-driving vehicles
This study provides a comprehensive picture of current trends and emerging leaders in self-driving vehicle technologies. Drawing on the EPO's most recent patent information, including as yet unpublished patent applications, and incorporating advanced technology expertise in the field, it is a unique source of intelligence which will enable policy-makers and industry leaders to understand and anticipate the significant changes that are on the way.

Patent applications for self-driving vehicles surge in Europe: study
Innovation in self-driving vehicles (SDVs) is accelerating fast and could signal the coming of a transport revolution, according to a new study published Tuesday by the European Patent Office (EPO).

SME funding allocated to innovators across Europe
246 smaller businesses (SMEs) from 24 countries were selected Monday for financial support from the EU's SME Instrument - a funding mechanism under the EU's Horizon 2020 research programme.

Commission and Bill Gates launch EUR 100m clean energy investment fund
The EU and Breakthrough Energy signed an agreement Wednesday to set up an investment fund to help innovative European companies develop and bring new clean energy technologies to the market.

Hearing patent on beer
At a public hearing in Munich on 2 October, the European Patent Office (EPO) reduced the scope of patent EP 2384110 granted to Carlsberg and Heineken to plants showing a specific mutation.

Ministers give backing to European supercomputer project
Research ministers gave their backing Friday to the setting up of a new European joint undertaking with the aim of overseeing the pooling of resources into high-performance computing.

Infineon wins review of chip cartel fine at EU Court
The EU's top Court ordered a review Thursday of a fine imposed on Infineon Technologies for taking part in a cartel in the smart card chip market to fine imposed, and dismissed an appeal lodged by Philips.

2018 European Innovation Scoreboard
The Commission's 2018 European Innovation Scoreboard published today shows that the EU's innovation performance continues to improve, but further efforts are needed to ensure Europe's global competitiveness. Every year, the Commission publishes a comparative assessment of the innovation performance of Member States and benchmarks it with international competitors. The data helps Member States, and the EU as a whole, assess in which areas efforts need to be focused.

European Innovation Scoreboard 2018
The 2018 edition of the Scoreboard highlights that the EU's innovation performance continues to improve, that progress is accelerating, and that the outlook is positive. Since 2010, the EU's average innovation performance has increased by 5.8 percentage points, and it is expected to improve by an additional 6 percentage points over the next 2 years. The EU continues to improve its position relative to the United States, Japan, and Canada. However, China is catching up at three times the EU's innovation performance growth rate. Within the EU, innovation performance increased in 18 countries and decreased in 10 countries since 2010. Sweden remains the EU innovation leader, followed by Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, the UK, and Luxembourg. Lithuania, the Netherlands, Malta, the UK, Latvia, and France are the fastest growing innovators. The 2018 edition follows the methodology of the 2017 edition. However, results should not be compared across editions due to data revisions. Time series using the most recent data allow performance to be tracked over time.

New EU Space Programme
For the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the Commission is proposing to devote EUR 16 billion to help maintain and further enhance the EU's leadership in space.

New EU R&D programme aims for EUR 100 billion
The European Commission continued its detailed proposals for the EU's next long-term budget Thursday, announcing the new Horizon Europe programme of EUR 100 billion for research and innovation.

Horizon Europe - the next research and innovation framework programme
For the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the Commission is proposing EUR 100 billion for research and innovation. The new Horizon Europe programme will build on the achievements of the previous research and innovation programme (Horizon 2020) and keep the EU at the forefront of global research and innovation. What went into the Commission's proposal for Horizon Europe, legal framework, factsheets, reports and timeline

Horizon Europe: Innovation Council needs adequate budget to deliver
Europe's SMEs very much welcome the strong focus on innovation in today’s Commission proposal of for Horizon Europe, the next framework programme for Research and Innovation.