Welcome to JPI Urban Europe’s SRIA 2.0 Consultation

What are the urgent challenges in urban transitions/transformations? What are the ‘hardest cases’ in the European urban mission? What and how are they defined by different communities and stakeholders?

JPI Urban Europe needs your help to shape the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda for 2020 and beyond – the ‘SRIA 2.0’. During the implementation of the current agenda, we have learnt a lot on how the transnational European urban innovation ecosystem works. Similar to how the current agenda was co-created, we now need your brains and experiences, reflections and insights to shape the next generation. Find more background information here.

Joining us in this strategy process will give you the opportunity to shape the urban research and innovation agenda for the next five to seven years, helping to define themes, issues, and approaches – in short, to develop the European urban mission! For this purpose, we have set up this public consultation.

In this stage, we also give the floor to city stakeholders to discuss strategic issues with us and other stakeholders. That is why your participation in the consultation will also give you access to the virtual Agora discussion platform.

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Statistics about the applications in 2018 topic call

The first deadline for the proposal submission in the theme Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials has just passed. A total of 468 proposals were submitted in response to these calls. The number of proposals for each topic/type of action is shown below:


  • CE-SC5-05-2018: 4
  • CE-SC5-08-2018-2019-2020: 9
  • SC5-12-2018: 57
  • SC5-18-2018: 3
  • SC5-19-2018: 6


  • CE-SC5-01-2018: 26
  • CE-SC5-02-2018: 4
  • CE-SC5-03-2018: 32
  • CE-SC5-06-2018: 25
  • CE-SC5-07-2018-2019-2020: 52
  • SC5-09-2018-2019: 38
  • SC5-11-2018: 45
  • SC5-13-2018-2019: 43
  • SC5-15-2018: 4
  • SC5-17-2018: 20
  • LC-CLA-01-2018: 10
  • LC-CLA-03-2018: 14
  • LC-CLA-04-2018: 42
  • LC-CLA-08-2018: 34

For the the second stage proposal the deadline is on 04 September 2019 at 17:00:00.

Registration open – “How to write a good proposal” workshop aimed at SMEs in SC5

On 26 April 2018, NCPs CaRE, the network of Environment NCPs, is organising a free workshop in English on how to write a good proposal. The workshop is aimed at 30 SMEs from the environmental domain, especially in Societal Challenge 5 “Climate action, resource efficiency, environment and raw materials”. Participants of any nationality are welcome.

This training will elaborate on the most common mistakes in proposal writing and how to avoid them. A real proposal will be evaluated by the participants and afterwards compared with the original Evaluation Summary Report. A previous edition of this format was perceived very helpful by the participants.

The event will take place on the 26th of April 2018, between noon and 6 pm, at the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation. This Ministry is located at 25, Rue de la Montagne Sainte Geneviève, 75005 Paris. A lunch will be offered. The workshop is free of charge and is conveniently taking place a day before the “Space for Climate and Smart Mobility Matching Space, Environment and Transport communities” Brokerage Event.

Here is the link to subscribe for this session, you will be informed by e-mail about the status of your subscription. A detailed agenda will follow soon. For more information, please contact Ms. Marieke Zwartjes by phone +32 22 38 37 42 or by e-mail.

Water Catalogue 2018

The Sector Group Environment of the Enterprise Europe Network has elaborated a Water Catalogue 2018.  In the Water Catalogue you can find:

  • Water related Partner Opportunities profiles,
  • EEN Environmental events,
  • Horizon 2020 & Water relevant calls (NEW!),
  • Water Networks (recommended by the network),
  • Contact details of the Sector Group Environment members.

The Water Catalogue can be found at the following link: https://www.enterpriseeuropenetwork.nl/sites/enterpriseeuropenetwork.nl/files/basic-attachments/EEN%20Water%20Catalogue%202018.pdf

Pre-announcement of PRIMA Calls

The PRIMA Foundation would like to announce the PRIMA Section 1 and 2 Calls for proposals for 2018 of the
PRIMA Programme: Download

By funding R&I through competitive calls, PRIMA aims to: “build research and innovation capacities and to develop knowledge and common innovative solutions for agro-food systems, to make them sustainable, and for integrated water provision and management in the Mediterranean area, to make those systems and that provision and management more climate resilient, efficient, cost-effective and environmentally and socially sustainable, and to contribute to solving water scarcity, food security, nutrition, health, well-being and migration problems upstream”.

PRIMA also aims at to contribute to United Nations’ Agenda 2030 through the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

PRIMA consists of European Union Member States, Horizon 2020 Associated Countries and Mediterranean Partner Countries on an equal footing basis (co-ownership, co-management and co-funding) with the Participation of the European Commission, under the framework of an art.185 TFEU.

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Start-up and SME Booster Call 2018

EIT RawMaterials can help you to create and develop new, innovative business ideas in the raw materials sector – covering every stage from initial ideas to business creation and business growth.

EIT RawMaterials aims to significantly enhance innovation rates in the (mineral and metallic) raw materials sector through any therefore needed Incubator & Business Creation Services, via its Network and Collaboration Activities, as well as by Financial Support. Biotic and non-biotic materials will be valued against their properties as a substitute for metals and minerals.

EIT RawMaterials focuses on metal and mineral raw materials. Bio-based and polymer materials are covered in view of their potential as substitute material. Other materials are also considered in the context of multi-material product recycling. As a result of our broad membership base, EIT RawMaterials has the flexibility to address critical as well as non-critical raw materials.

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Nature-Based Solutions: From Innovation to Common Use (NBS2017)

The NBS2017 conference was the flagship conference of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. NBS2017 was organised by the Estonian Ministry of the Environment and Tallinn University and it was held on 24 – 26 October 2017 in Tallinn, Estonia. Short video with the main highlights of the conference can be found below:

During three days, over 400 participants from 39 different countries participated with around 50 presentations on nature-based solutions topics.

The conference was divided into five thematic topics:

  • Blue-green infrastructure in smart cities;
  • Integrated water management through natural systems;
  • ICT as a supporting tool for nature-based solutions and ecosystems;
  • Ecological restoration through eco-innovation;
  • NBS in circular economy;

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Annotated proposal template SME Instrument Phase 1 and Phase 2

The ‘Annotated proposal template SME Instrument ‘ is a guide created in order to assist innovative companies in applying to the EIC SME Instrument 2018-2020 call of Horizon 2020.

Its aim is to help companies better understand the requirements of the template and write better applications.

The authors of this guide are Horizon 2020 NCPs dealing daily with SME Instrument applications. Their recommendations also include feedback received from evaluators of SME Instrument proposals employed by the European Commission. The NCPs interacted with, trained and provided advice to thousands of companies that wanted to introduce their innovative product or service to market by using SME Instrument funding.

The guide should be useful for anyone who wants to submit an EIC SME Instrument related proposal.

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Infoday 2017 & Social Dinner

SC5 Topics for international cooperation

The work programme (WP) for years 2018 – 2020 will focus on moving to a greener, more resource efficient and climate resilient economy in sync with the natural environment, demonstrating a strong commitment to supporting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets of the COP21 Paris Agreement (PA).

One of the measures Commission is implementing to tackle overall and thematic specific issues in this WP is focused on the reinforcement of international cooperation across both calls and topics with a strong international dimension, especially to ensure the follow-up and implementation of the COP21 PA.

The topics with the special emphasis on the international cooperation are highlighted in this table. For details please consult WP.

Helpful links:

Guidance note – Funding of applicants from non-EU countries & international organisations

Co-fund mechanism/-agreements BRIC+M (à Please click on the country – not on „S&T agreement“)

Online sources of information

European commission Participant Portal