Joint Research Centre (JRC): non-nuclear direct actions

Grants for direct activities of the Joint Research Centre to reinforce the analysis of policies, impact assessment or strategic intelligence about the trends on science and technology, among others.
Topic / Target >SEAC.4.2015 EURAXESS outreach activities


Specific Challenge:
The EURAXESS initiative with its four pillars is an important tool for the development and implementation of our policies on researchers’ mobility and careers thus contributing to the completion of the ERA and to the implementation of the Responsible Research and Innovation field. Two specific challenges are tackled in this topic targeting an open and transparent labour market for researchers by outreaching to industry and by building a human resources strategy for researchers.
Lot 1- Outreach to industry
There is a clear need to raise the awareness of industrial organisations (both large companies and SMEs) of the opportunities offered by EURAXESS Services and Jobs. Their expectations and possible demands to support the removal of obstacles hindering the collaboration between public and private sectors in research and innovation need to be better assessed and met.

This action aims at providing EURAXESS service centres with tools to increase the uptake/use of the EURAXESS portals and services by the industry sector. Initiatives shall be supported that have proven to increase the level of interaction of industry with EURAXESS portals and services for the benefit of Responsible Research and Innovation. This topic will support strategic activities to enhance collaboration with industry by EURAXESS Services Network's members that have signed the Declaration of Commitment. This shall include special IT applications for the national EURAXESS portals and mapping of specific needs of the industry sector. Activities such as trainings, seminars, networking and updating of national EURAXESS homepages shall also be part of this action. In this context information and guidance on Responsible Research and Innovation shall be provided for researchers & employers, taking-up and further the information and training material produced by the RRI Toolkit (Seventh Framework programme RRI TOOLKIT project). In cooperation with relevant projects and initiative, EURAXESS shall provide guidance on how making research open access can be beneficial for the career development of researchers as well as offering benefits to industry. Gender equality shall also be taken into account in the activities. Interoperability between national EURAXESS portals and the European one (especially EURAXESS Jobs) shall be foreseen.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 0.5 and 1 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Lot 2: Accelerating the open labour market for researchers - Pilot call Accreditation for Human Resources Strategy for Researchers
Specific Challenge: More and more funders and employers of researchers recognise the importance of making research careers in Europe more attractive and enabling the researchers to undertake work of a high calibre. As a result, a steadily growing number of institutions are voluntarily participating in the Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R). The time is right to build upon this initiative through the introduction of a certification/accreditation scheme to measure the quality of Human Resources Management in research. Improving Human Resources Management (HRM) will increase the attractiveness of European research careers, particularly for early stage researchers and young people considering research as a career option.

This action will work towards establishing a system for the certification of genuinely 'good human resources management', primarily in the public research sector. The systems shall also include the accreditation of certifying bodies. Proposals should include the use of existing accreditation and certification bodies or the creation of a new body or bodies. The resulting scheme shall be pan-European while responding to national variations.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of the order of EUR 1.5 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Expected impact:
It is expected that this new EURAXESS initiatives will significantly contribute to kick-start and advance careers of researchers. While making more industrial job and funding opportunities available on the EURAXESS Jobs portal, the second activity aims at contributing to improve working conditions for researchers, as institutional barriers are removed, in turn enabling them to focus on producing excellent research.

In the medium term the actions will produce efficiency gains for employer and open up the labour market for researchers. In the long term, the schemes will increase mobility of talent across Europe and from third countries into Europe.


Start date: 11/12/2013
End date: 16/09/2015
Total budget
for this call: 10,400,000
(CSA) H2020-SEAC-2015-1 Coordination & support action
Budget: EUR 3 million
Making science education and careers attractive for young people

Knowledge-based societies need to make science education and careers attractive for young people in order to allow scientifically literate citizens to actively participate all along their life to their development, and to enable them to opt for a scientific career.

To reach this objective, this call will aim at:
- Developing scientific citizenship by promoting innovative pedagogies in science education, attracting more young people towards science, with a special emphasis on girls, and addressing the challenges faced by young people, in pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and innovation;
- Developing Responsible Research and Innovation in Higher Education Curricula;
- Easing the access to scientific careers by increasing the service level of the EURAXESS Services Network.

These activities are targeted to citizens and their associations or groupings, with primary, secondary and higher education establishments, science museums, libraries, but also media, artists, creative industries, as well as researchers and innovators, policy makers at national, regional and local levels, research organisations, etc.

The expected outcome of European Commission actions is to improve the science-literacy and the responsibility of citizens as well as their access to scientific careers.

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