Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme in the world, with nearly €80 billion of funding available over seven years (2014 to 2020). Seen as a means to drive economic growth and create jobs, Horizon 2020 has the political backing of Europe’s leaders and the Members of the European Parliament.

By coupling research and innovation, Horizon 2020 is helping to achieve this with its emphasis on excellent science, industrial leadership and tackling societal challenges. The goal is to ensure Europe produces world-class science, removes barriers to innovation and makes it easier for the public and private sectors to work together in delivering innovation.

Significant opportunities exist for RMIT researchers based in Melbourne and Vietnam to access Horizon 2020 funding through RMIT Europe – RMIT’s European hub based in the city of Barcelona in Spain. Key benefits of engaging with the various Horizon 2020 schemes are the possibility to cover their own research time with EU project funds, and to establish and further develop fruitful partnerships with European academic and industry.

In the interactive informative session Barcelona-based research associates Amalia Sabiescu and Sergio Tirado Herrero will present an overview of RMIT Europe’s strategies and operations, introduce Horizon 2020 funding sources and provide real-life examples of how RMIT researchers can join EU research consortia, apply to Horizon 2020 calls, and fully participate in the implementation of successful project proposals. The session will focus on Horizon 2020 calls relevant to researchers of the Urban Futures ECP.

About RMIT Europe

RMIT Europe is focused on extending RMIT’s global reach across research, industry and student mobility. The location has evolved from over three decades of RMIT work in the design and construction of Gaudi’s iconic basilica La Sagrada Familia.

Established in 2013, RMIT Europe’s focus is on delivering research impact and global student experiences. The team matches RMIT’s research strengths and priorities with European funding and collaboration opportunities. Through RMIT Europe, the University engages with the €80 billion EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation program both through research collaboration and student exchange schemes.

Creating and enhancing global experiences for RMIT students is also at RMIT Europe’s core. This includes hosting PhD students in Barcelona for fieldwork or facilitating study tours and connecting students with study programs and industry across Europe.

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RMIT University City campus – Building 9, Level, 03, Room 7


Tuesday 24 May, 11am to 12:30pm