The Fonds National de la Recherche (FNR) announces a new call for proposals for its "FNR Award for Outstanding Scientific Publications" and its "FNR Award for the Outstanding Promotion of Scientific Culture". The FNR attributes every year up to three awards of EUR 5,000 per category. The next submission deadline for proposals is 1st April 2010.
The MATERALIA (France), MECATECH (Belgium) and SURFMAT (Luxembourg) clusters will be signing an agreement for the establishment of the 1st trans-border materials cluster, INTERMAT. The three clusters, all situated in the Greater Region, initiated relationships in 2008 which have enabled them to organise several events (a nanotechnology seminar in Luxembourg, MECATUTURE’09 in France, R&D centre visits). These first exchanges have made it possible to develop two initial collaboration projects bringing together French and Belgian actors responding to a call for projects by the Regional Council of Champagne-Ardenne.
Public Research Centre Henri Tudor will be launching Skills Manager, a new training offer for project management. It targets project managers, project directors, managers, project engineers, project office members, etc, who wish to develop, complement or adapt their capacities. To achieve this, the research centre has brought together over 15 partners within a unique training platform which is coherent, economical and accessible.
The 4th trans-border information day on the 1st Project for the Promotion and Prevention of Mental Health (PPSM), which gathered all 11 partners of the project, took place on Thursday 18 February 2010 in Ahn, Luxembourg.
The National Research Fund (FNR) has finalised its assessment of the 2nd call for project proposals of its CORE programme by drawing up a very positive summary regarding the scientific quality of the research projects selected. In order to attain even better results, various changes were made to the CORE 2010 call for proposals, which enable, among other things, the increase of success rates of young researchers.
MATERA is an ERA-NET action under FP6 instrument designed to provide a mechanism for the initiation of transnational projects in the field of materials science and engineering. The goal of the MATERA Call is to launch transnational, interdisciplinary, innovative projects and to narrow the gap between basic materials research and industrial applications in the following areas: Biomaterials for Human Health Improvement, Materials with Tailored Properties, High Performance Engineering Materials.
A cooperation agreement was signed at the end of 2009 between the University of Luxembourg and the University of Bologna. This marks the start of an academic collaboration, above all in the field of social sciences and humanities, in economics and management, as well as in information technology and mathematics.
A national call for creativity and innovation has been launched among schools at the start of this calendar year! Luxinnovation, the National Agency for Innovation and Research, and the Ministry of National Education and Vocational Training are organising the 2010 edition of GENIAL!, the innovative ideas competition.
The Minister of Higher Education and Research, François Biltgen was present at the informal meeting of the “Competitiveness” Council, on 7 and 8 February 2010 in San Sebastián, Spain.
The recent Commission Staff Working Document on ‘Challenges for EU support to innovation in services – Fostering new markets and jobs through innovation’ recognizes that a European approach that brings together different methods and instruments to enable a strategic and coherent policy approach to services innovation is needed. To address this need, the European Commission has decided to establish an Expert Panel on Services Innovation in the EU. The call for experts in open until 26/02/2010.
Intellectual property rights are at the heart of any enterprise’s or public research unit’s daily events and occurrences, although the organisations concerned might not necessarily be aware that this is the case. Whether it is relating to work or collaboration contracts, confidentiality agreements, databases, software, client listings, or the naming of advertisements, publications or know-how, all activities can be connected to intellectual property.
Scientific research is a vast and abstract field, and it is not necessarily simple to figure out its impacts and results, at first glance. In concrete terms, what can scientific research provide for patients? After years of work, how can research results contribute to patients’ daily lives? In order to answer these questions, the Public Research Centre for Health (CRP Santé) has joined forces with the company Vesalius Biocapital in order to allow patients to benefit from research progress in a concrete way.
In the framework of its inter-regional business plan competition 1,2,3,GO, Business Initiative has organised a Speed Coaching session. It was an opportunity for future creators of innovative enterprises in the Greater Region to test their projects free-of-charge, whilst also receiving professional advice from experts during individual meetings of 3x20 minutes. Following this, more than 120 people gathered for a conference on “From an entrepreneurship idea to company creation” held by Mohamed Bayad.