First “Teaming” projects selected
The European Commission has announced the first "Teaming" grant holders. "Teaming" is a new scheme under Horizon 2020 aiming at bridging the research excellence gap between Member States and strengthening competitiveness and growth across Europe. The grants awarded are designed to help countries with lower research excellence rankings to improve research performance and increase investment. With funding from Horizon 2020, 31 projects from such countries have now been selected to prepare operational plans for new Centres of Excellence by teaming up with outstanding institutions from all over Europe. From Austria, 5 research organisations are involved in successful projects: the Vienna University of Technology (two projects), the Graz University of Medicine, BBMRI-ERIC Graz, Fraunhofer Austria, and Joanneum Research.
The first Teaming projects selected for funding will be led by research institutions or agencies as well as national or regional authorities. In phase 1 of this action, the projects will receive up to €500,000 each (€14.5 million in total) to prepare operational plans for new Centres of Excellence or for upgrading existing one.