Event dedicated to the EU’s Research and Innovation programmes had Cáritas Coimbra as a speaker

Cáritas Coimbra participated as a speaker in the event “Destination: Horizon Europe – From Horizon 2020 to Horizon Europe”, dedicated to the future of the Framework Programme for the period 2021-2027.  National Agency for Innovation (ANI) promoted the session, which took place at its premises, in Lisbon, on February 27th.

The main objective of the event was to convey to Civil Society Organizations how they can participate in the next Framework Programme. The clarifications came through Marisa Borges, from ANI and Alexandre Marques, from the FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia. Participants were also able to hear the testimonies of Flávia Rodrigues, from Cáritas Coimbra and Maria João Vargas Moniz, from ISPA – Instituto Universitário, who brought to this initiative testimonies of the involvement of the organizations where they collaborate, about their participation in projects funded by H2020 .

Flávia Rodrigues contributed to the debate by sharing good practices and identifying obstacles and challenges in participating in Horizon 2020. Cáritas Coimbra has experience in this area, as confirmed by the speaker, to present the five projects that are currently being developed under the Horizon 2020 programme, namely SmartWork, Lifebots, PHArA-ON, VALUECARE and In addition to the programme focused on this session, it was relevant to share the experience in relation to other European funds, presenting the projects that are currently underway. The audience also got to know DAPAS and DIANA projects through the AAL Programme and AVIK, IGCAL and Hands-on-SHAFE through Erasmus+. The participation of Cáritas Coimbra in the event was part of an intra-regional activity of the EU_SHAFE project, funded by the Interreg Europe programme, which aims to improve policies and practices in 7 European regions through the development of a comprehensive approach to Smart Healthy Age-Friendly Environments (SHAFE).

The event was aimed at Civil Society Organizations (CSO), with the main objective of informing these entities about their potential participation in the European Union Framework Programmes for Research and Innovation. In this way, the “Destination: Horizon Europe” meeting was divided into two moments: Presentation of Horizon 2020 and the main lines of Horizon Europe (next Framework Programme) and how CSO can participate; Sharing good practices and identifying obstacles and challenges, based on the testimonies of organizations with experience participating in Horizon 2020.


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