This grant will be awarded without call for proposals in line with Article 195(e) of the Financial Regulation, Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1046/2018 and Article 11(2) of the Rules for participation and dissemination in ""Horizon 2020 - the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020)"", Regulation (EU) No 1290/2013
Events of a major strategic nature, which are focused and attract a broad spectrum of stakeholders are important in assessing past activities, identifying policy options and priorities, and planning future actions.
The European Commission will support the organisation of an event (conference) in the first half of 2021, in cooperation with the Portuguese government, holding the EU Presidency of the European Union at the time.
The conference should cover an issue of direct relevance to nanotechnologies and advanced materials, and the innovation they bring to manufacturing in all industrial sectors.
It should enhance synergies between research and innovation initiatives launched by the Commission and by the Member States. The proposed content should be balanced, encompassing policy, technological, economic and social elements and points of view. The conference should be open to participants outside the EU. Outreach activities may be included, such as a press programme; activities dedicated to the wider public or schools are particularly encouraged.
To ensure impact, the focus and content of the conference should be well defined and clearly aligned with other Presidency events already undertaken or foreseen, while reflecting the specific strengths and needs of Portugal and its regional links.
The commitment of the national authorities to support the event, politically as well as financially, is a pre-requisite to submitting a proposal. Proposals should be supported by the competent Minister, evidenced in a letter included in the proposal. In order to ensure high political and strategic relevance, the active involvement of the competent national authorities will be assessed in the evaluation.
In agreement with the Commission services, projects should ensure appropriate flexibility, so as to respond to rapidly changing policy scenarios.
The event is expected to result in: improved visibility of the nanotechnologies and advanced materials areas; identification of policy options and priorities through a review and assessment of developments; sharing of information and comparison of points of views; and efficient networking of various stakeholders and support to their activities, e.g. industry, small and medium sized enterprises, businesses, investors, local authorities, non-governmental organisations, trade unions, etc.