Karin Totland, Theresa Aarhus and Ragnhild S. Berg

Horizon Europe and EIC work programmes

On the 6th of December the European Commission adopted the Horizon Europe Work Programme for 2023 and 2024. €13.5 billion are set aside to support research and innovation. Out of the budget €5.67 billion are earmarked for reaching important climate actions, that is 42 percent of the budget. Another big pot of money, €970 million, are dedicated to boost the transition to clean energy, in accordance with REPowerEU. Read more here

The European Innovation Council (EIC) received an allocation of €1.6 billion to support the most innovative companies and scientists to scale up breakthrough and market disrupting technologies. Some strategic areas are energy storage, quantum, food security and semi-conductors. These areas have specifically been funded with over €0.5 billion. The allocation is divided between the three instruments comprising the EIC, with €343 million being allocated for the EIC Pathfinder, €128.3 million for the EIC Transition, and €1.13 billion for the EIC Accelerator. Read more here


Norwegian “StartOff” won a prize at the European Innovation Procurement Award ceremony

During the EIC Summit, the winners of the European Innovation Procurement Awards were announced. The awards give recognition to public and private buyers in their promoting and implementation of innovative procurement throughout Europe. Read more about the 2022 awards here.   

The Norwegian startup StartOff won the price of procurement leadership, which is one of three award categories. The startup consists of a team from the Norwegian Digitalisation Agency, the Norwegian Agency for Public and Financial Management, and the Norwegian supplier development program (LUP). In order to grow businesses and solve challenges in the public sector, StartOff brings public clients together with startups. Read more about StartOff here


Launch of a European Ocean Research and Education Alliance

The European Ocean Research and Education Alliance (EOREA) was launched on the 8 of December in the European Parliament. Consisting of fourteen key European players in the ocean sector, the alliance aims at facilitating the European Ocean Research Community to work together. The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) is one of the founding members.  

The alliance is oriented towards contributing to the European agenda through the EU Mission “Restore our Oceans and Waters by 2030”, and the 2030 UN Agenda for Sustainable Deveopment. Read more in this article by Khrono (in Norwegian). 


Network meeting about Horizon Europe strategic planning 2025-2027

At this year's last monthly Norwegian network meeting we looked ahead at the upcoming work with the 2025-2027 strategic plan for Horizon Europe. Representatives in Norway participated digitally, and presented the ongoing processes at the Research Council of Norway and Innovation Norway, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Research. Partners in the Norwegian network also presented how they are approaching this process. 

Until February, the European Commission is open for input from countries, institutions and other stakeholders, and from the second quarter of 2023 they will begin analysing the content. In the start of 2024, the new strategic plan for 2025-2027 will be published. 


Some farewells

In this article, already published on our website, we say farewell to our three colleagues leaving the office.


Merry Christmas from NorCore

We look back at 2022 as a good and productive year for the office, with lots of engagement and visitors, interesting networking opportunities and a lot of new initiatives in European education, research and innovation. Now we look forward to what's to come in 2023, but before that let's all enjoy the upcoming holiday season.  

The NorCore team wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 

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