Launch of Horizon Europe - NGI Enrichers
"Horizon Europe is a massive tool to foster research and science. It will make possible to build bigger and more ambitious projects to tackle more and more challenging issues, from particle physics to food security, climate change, health and environment," Yannick Tagand.
On October 11, Horizon Europe - "NGI Enrichers" was launched at the French Consulate in Chicago. It is a new collaborative transatlantic fellowship program for researchers and innovators in the EU, the U.S and Canada. This project opens the doors to exchanges, knowledge-sharing and long-term cooperation in the field of the Next Generation Internet Technologies, their related services and standards, and their future applications.
The launch-event took place in the presence of the program’s stakeholders, Consul General of France Yannick Tagand, as well as the Consul General of the Czech Republic, which is currently holding the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The event was organized by the Office for Science & Technology at the French Consulate.
The project "NGI Enrichers" is coordinated by France and funded by Horizon Europe program. Last year, it was allocated 100 Mds Euros by the EU Parliament for the 2021-2027 period.
"NGI Enrichers" comprises of a transatlantic consortium to which the U.S are a full partner. The first EU Framework Program was launched in 1984, but it is the first time the U.S appear as a full partner in a EU program supporting research and science. Partners include Fermilab (Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory) in Batavia, IL.
- Jaroslav Kantůrek, Consul General of the Czeck Republic, and Yannick Tagand, Consul General of France
The EU as such is represented in the U.S since 1954. It was the first EU representation outside Europe. The EU-US, scientific cooperation is vibrant with ongoing "giga-projects," such as the programs developed by NASA and the ESA in the field of space science.
In the Midwest, the EU presence is strong with large-scale projects such as DUNE, the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment, an international flagship experiment in fundamental physics hosted by Fermilab. DUNE comprises state-of-the-art particle detectors: one at Fermilab, and one deep underground at Sanford Lab in South Dakota. Several European countries, as well as the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), collaborate on this project, supporting operational capability with science and technology expertise.
Visits and exchanges take place regularly. In June 2022, under the coordination of the EU delegation to the U.S. and the National Council of University Research Administrators organization, leading science counselors representing European countries and Canada visited Fermilab to learn about the facilities, science programs and capabilities. The purpose of the visit was also to strengthen existing collaborations and foster new ones especially in the field of particles physics. The delegation visited different infrastructures including the Muon-g-2 accelerator, the Short Baseline Near Detector, and the PIP-II project part of DUNE with a 1 billion dollars funding from the U.S and 300 million dollars from collaborating countries. France through the CNRS actively collaborate on this project providing expertise and specific parts for the accelerator.
On September 2, a five-member delegation from the French National Centre for Scientific Research’s Institut National de Physique Nucléaire et de Physique des Particules (IN2P3), led by director Reynald Pain, visited the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. The delegation met with Fermilab management and scientists to discuss collaboration in accelerator and neutrino programs and obtained an overview of the lab’s quantum research, scientific computing efforts and theory programs.