European Innovative Ecosystems Online Info Session

The European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency (EISMEA) is pleased to invite you to the Online Info Session about the second 2024 European Innovation Ecosystems open calls, taking place on 11th June 2024, from 10:00 to 12:30 CEST.

The European Innovation Ecosystems (EIE) work programme aims to create and expand more connected, inclusive, and efficient innovation ecosystems that support the scaling of companies and spur innovation to address important challenges in a responsible way, as laid out in the New European Innovation Agenda.

In pursuit of innovation, we also recognise the importance of engaging all actors, from the public and private sectors to academia and civil society, as well as interconnections across the national and regional levels.

This informative session will focus on the requirements of the two EIE topics which will accept applications as of 06 June, 2024, until 19 September 2024, 17:00:00 hrs:

1: HORIZON-EIE-2024-CONNECT-02-01: Expanding Academia-Enterprise Collaborations

Description: The action should foster the creation of innovation ecosystems with educational and research institutions, or strengthen their existing links. Proposals should outline activities for supporting educational and research institutions to take a greater entrepreneurial role, e.g. through boosting innovation and entrepreneurship within their activities. The action should also ensure that educational and research institutions’ assets and vision are articulated clearly and in line with respective regional specialisations (such as smart specialisation strategies), so they can easily be integrated into innovation ecosystems and economic value chains.

Budget: 2.5 million EUR

Target Groups: Research and innovation ( related actors such as vocational schools, higher education institutions, public authorities in the field of education and employment, innovation agencies, SMEs, deep tech companies, the European Innovation Council (EIC) and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) start-ups and industry, research performing organisations, knowledge and technology transfer offices and associations, students and researchers.


2: HORIZON-EIE-2024-CONNECT-02-02: Mutual learning and support scheme for national and regional innovation programmes

Description: This action aims at improving dialogue and networking among public innovation authorities and agencies for the design and implementation of regional and national innovation funding programmes (in line with the requirements of the Plug-in certification for step 2 of the EIC Accelerator).

Budget: 1 million EUR

Target Groups: national or regional innovation agencies or similar organisations, national and regional authorities in charge of management of innovation programmes, EIC Plug-in contact points.

Register here for the Info Session

Check the event page for more information.

If you wish to get more information about the funding opportunities managed by EISMEA, we invite you to check the EISMEA website.

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Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to reach us by email at

Kind regards,
The Organising Team

R&I Solutions for Climate Neutral Cities and Regions: Israel & the Baltics Networking event

R&I Solutions for Climate Neutral Cities and Regions: Israel & the Baltics Networking event
The aim of the event is to foster international collaboration between research and higher education and research institutions, public sector institutions and business enterprises to meet the challenges caused by the changing climate and propose solutions for our cities and regions.

Event registration:

Participants will be given an opportunity to pitch their ideas and find partners for HE calls within 4 subtopics: Green Energy, Adaptation to Climate Change, Climate-neutral Cities (including New European Bauhaus) and Sustainable Mobility.

Upon registration all participants participants will be provided with a unified template for a 1 page presentation of an institution / research / project team, identifying fields of interests and potential calls. Presentations will be shared among participants.  Registration in open till 3 of June.

During the event, participants who informed about their intent to pitch will present their institution/project team and ideas (3 min. for pitch).  Due to limited event duration, institutions will be given opportunity to pitch on first come first served basis.  Please mark your intent to pitch in this form.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact by email: or tel. +370 675 69663.  

Call info day – Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Doctoral Networks 2024

This is an information event for the MSCA-DN-2024 call for proposals which will open on 29 May 2024. The main objectives are to:

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The Doctoral Networks are a key part of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions under the Framework Programme Horizon Europe. There are three different implementation modes: Standard Doctoral Networks (DNs), Joint Doctorates (JDs) and Industrial Doctorates (IDs).

The MSCA 2024 Call Info event aims at informing all potential applicants and stakeholders about all important requirements for 2024 and promoting the ID and JD modes. The participants will have the opportunity to raise their questions through Slido, in advance of the event (as of 30 May 2024) and during the Q&A session at the end of the event.

It will be an online event, which will be opened with a welcome address and some introductory remarks, followed by the main presentation of the DN-2024 call. After a short coffee-break, a live Q&A session will take place through Slido.

Past events

Horizon Europe – ERA 2024-02 Knowledge Day and Brokerage Event

Horizon Europe – ERA 2024-02 Knowledge Day and Brokerage Event

NCP_WIDERA.NET, the network of National Contact Points for Widening Participation and Strengthening the European Research Area (WIDERA), cordially invites you to the ERA Knowledge Day and Brokerage Event for the new ERA call 2024-02.

The ERA 2024-02 Knowledge Day and Brokerage Event will be held online on June 17, 2024.

The event will be focused on the second ERA 2024 call topics specified in the Horizon Europe WIDERA Work Programme for 2023-2025.

In the first part of the event, participants will gain insights into the new ERA call topics for 2024 (HORIZON-WIDERA-2024-ERA-02), as outlined in the WIDERA Work Programme 2023-2025 (Widening Participation and Strengthening the European Research Area). These presentations will be conducted by European Commission officers.

The second part of the event will provide an opportunity for participants to engage in matchmaking with potential ERA call 2024 participants and stakeholders through pre-arranged bilateral meetings. This aims to identify possible collaborations and streamline the establishment of Horizon Europe ERA project consortia.

Participants will create profiles, including search terms based on the ERA call titles of 2024-02 (please refer to the ERA call topics here).

Participation in this event is free of charge, and registration is mandatory.

Please be informed that during registration process registrations for both sessions (Information session and Bilateral matchmaking session) will be accepted first.


Who should participate?

  • Research and Development Institutions
  • Higher Education Institutions
  • Industries and SMEs
  • Third sector
  • Authorities/Governments
  • R&I policy-makers
  • Research Managers and Administrators
  • Other interested ERA stakeholders

Why participate?

This event is organised by NCP_WIDERA.NET, the transnational network of National Contact Points for Widening participation and strengthening the European Research Area under Horizon Europe.
 is funded by Horizon Europe, the European Union’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, under Grant Agreement 101055286.

Ekspertų įžvalgos apie vienkartinės išmokos modelį programoje „Europos horiontas“

Live Webinar on 8 May 11:00 (CEST)

Decoding Horizon Europe lump sum model

We welcome you to join our one-hour webinar focused on the key features of the lump sum model in Horizon Europe. The webinar will provide budget planning and work package design practices, as well as offer suggestions on how to implement and monitor lump sum projects.

If you have been scrolling through the Horizon Europe calls for proposals recently, you may have noticed that more and more of them have lump sum instead of action grant budget-based as the type of funding. The shift is visible, and the Programme will be going towards lump sum calls more and more in the future.

One key phrase from the lump sum model grant agreement, „The grant is an action grant which takes the form of a lump sum grant for the completion of work packages”, significantly impacts both the preparation and implementation of proposals.” This one-hour webinar will introduce the key features of the lump sum model in Horizon Europe, provide budget planning and work package design practices, as well as offer suggestions on how to implement and monitor lump sum projects.

The free webinar is presented by EMDESK in cooperation with Europa Media Trainings.

Time: 11:00 – 12:00 CEST (followed by 30 min Q&A)

Reserve Your Spot

If you can’t make it to the webinar, you can still register now and we will send you the recording.

If you have a colleague or contact who may be interested, please let them know (share on LinkedIn or Twitter).

If you have any questions or comments, please contact us. We are always listening and happy to help.

EARTO metinė konferencija

EARTO metinė konferencija vyks 2024 m. gegužės 15–16 d. Varšuvoje, Lenkijoje. Konferencijos programa skirta „Europos RTO vaidmeniui remiant ES atvirą strateginę autonomiją“, joje dalyvaus pranešėjai iš Europos Komisijos, taip pat EARTO nariai ir RTO atstovai iš viso pasaulio.

Konferencijoje panelinėje diskusijoje „Kompetencijų sklaida ir RTO pajėgumų plėtra visoje Europoje“ dalyvaus LEI direktorius dr. Sigitas Rimkevičius.


Urban Lunch Talk #26 – Envisioning a Sustainable Future: PEDs and Climate-Neutral Cities

Europe aims to become the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. Huge efforts on many levels are needed to achieve this goal, and one thing we know: cities will play a crucial role in this endeavour. The European Mission on Climate-neutral and Smart Cities strives for more than 100 frontrunner cities to reach this goal already by 2030. Positive Energy Districts (PEDs) are important building blocks for the climate-neutral city, as the PED concept focuses on neighbourhood-level solutions for optimised energy efficiency, renewable energy generation, and engages local communities to share and trade energy.

But what exactly defines a Positive Energy District, and how do its strategies relate to climate-neutral neighbourhoods? Why is it interesting to focus on the district level, and how do PEDs contribute to a just transition?

This Urban Lunch Talk will address these questions and explore the intricate intersection of climate-neutrality, PEDs, and the broader vision of sustainable, liveable cities. Together, we will explore the relevance of PEDs in accelerating the transition to climate-neutral cities and discuss ways to support their implementation.


• Hanne Mangelschots, Civil engineer-architect, Architecture Workroom Brussels & Researcher at UGent
• Simon Schneider, Researcher at University of Applied Sciences Vienna
• Anneloes van Noordt, Researcher at the Department of Environment and Spatial Development of Flanders
• Christoph Gollner, Transition Pathway coordinator, Driving Urban Transitions Partnership


• Jennifer Wendelius, Communications Officer, Driving Urban Transitions Partnership


EIT Manufacturing MatchMaking Event 2024

Bringing together the brightest minds in manufacturing for two days of collaboration, networking, & innovation.

Join us online for the MatchMaking Event 2024 if you have a challenge you wish to solve or an idea you wish to bring to life. The event will bring together the EIT Manufacturing community from across Europe, with the primary goal to lay the foundations for potential partnerships for the EIT Manufacturing Call for Proposals 2025.

Informative plenary sessions

Get to know the EIT Manufacturing Call for Proposals 2025 in detail in plenary sessions. You will learn about call topics, requirements and timelines. The Call will be officially opened on 30 April 2024.

1:1 meetings

Use the opportunity to schedule individual 1:1 meetings with other participants directly here on the platform! The booking phase starts on 1 April 00:00 CEST.

We look forward to making innovation happen with you!

More information on the Call for Proposals, will be soon shared on EIT Manufacturing website and a dedicated sphere on AGORA, our social innovation network.

REGISTRATION open until 30 April 2024.

#EULife24 Info Days

During these special Info Days on the LIFE 2024 Calls for projects, we will explore how to prepare an application and what makes an excellent proposal.

#EULife24 Info Days

The European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA) invites you to a series of virtual information sessions on the LIFE 2024 Calls for proposals

from 23 to 26 April. The programme and all useful information can be found here.

These live sessions will guide potential applicants through the new Calls for proposals, the priority topics for 2024, and the four LIFE sub-programmes:

More detailed information on the LIFE Programme is available on the CINEA Website.

All LIFE Calls for proposals 2024 are expected to be published on the Funding & tender opportunities portal on 18 April 2024.

Recordings of these sessions will be made available on the LIFE YouTube channel soon after the event.

Register here

Book your seat, 1 week left to register, registration will end on Tuesday 23 April 2024, 09:00 (CEST)

Webinar on Personnel Unit Costs in Horizon Europe

Starting in May 2024, you will have a much simpler option for claiming personnel costs for the personnel working in Horizon Europe projects. It will be a unit cost with a daily rate defined at the level of each beneficiary.

We would like to tell you more about this new option and invite you to a

Webinar on Personnel Unit Costs in Horizon Europe

16 April 2024

14:30 to 16:00 (CEST)

Please find the details on the event page, including a link to join the webinar.

Personnel unit costs provide a simpler and less error-prone way to declare personnel costs in Horizon Europe projects. The webinar will explain how this works in practice and answer any questions you might have.

If you are interested but cannot join the webinar, more information on personnel unit costs is available on the Funding & Tenders Portal.

Kind regards,
European Commission
DG Research & Innovation
Common Implementation Centre