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.
Co-fund mechanism/-agreements BRIC+M (à Please click on the country – not on „S&T agreement“)
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In view of the European Commission launching new Horizon 2020 work programmes for 2018-2020 – the partner search service of the Horizon 2020 NCP network projects NMP TeAm, NCPs CaRE and C-Energy 2020 have improved their services for you! These entail the following and will be effective from 26 October 2017 onwards:
- Common registration level for the three activities. This will allow registered users to enter partner searches and offers on call topics of all the activities. Which means, that a registrant only needs to fill in his/her profile once and can still chose the specific database of interest.
- Topic specific deadlines to avoid entries on already closed calls for proposals.
- General overhaul of the tool
All details can be found on http://partnersearch.ncps-care.eu/. On the right hand side you will find a registration as well as a login button. These will lead you directly to the re-launched common registration page or directly to the user login page. The NCP login page can be accessed by the common registration page or directly,
The European Commission is organising a side event at the Porto Water Innovation Week on 26 September in Porto, Portugal. Register to learn about the latest wastewater treatment solutions co-financed through the EU’s LIFE programme as well as upcoming funding opportunities.
How can we ensure that our water sources are clean and secure? What are the most sustainable ways of treating wastewater? How can we reduce the multiple environmental and socioeconomic impacts of wastewater management? What are the most innovative technologies to valorise sewage by-products?
If you are curious to find out the answers, please join the “The LIFE programme: funding opportunities & innovative solutions on wastewater treatment” side event on 26 September at the 2017 conference of the European Innovation Partnership on Water.
The following LIFE projects will be present:
- LIFE Lo2x – Supercritical water co-oxidation of urban sewage sludge and wastes
- PHORwater – Integral management model for phosphorus recovery and reuse from urban wastewater
- BIOCLOC – Bioprocess controL through online titrimetry to reduce carbon footprint in wastewater treatment
- BRAINYMEM – Advanced-control MBR for wastewater reclamation
- ECOdigestion – Automatic control system to add organic waste in anaerobic digesters of wastewater treatment plants to maximize the biogas as renewable energy
- PharmDegrade – Degradation of pharmaceuticals in wastewaters from nursing homes and hospitals
- ZELDA – Brine treatment based on electrodialysis metathesis and valuable compound recovery
- BIOSUR – Rotating bioreactors for sustainable hydrogen sulphide removal in wastewater treatment plants
- ETAD – Ecological treatment of acid drainage
The event is organised by the European Commission’s Directorate General for Environment and the Executive Agency for SMEs, in collaboration with the EIP Water.
This will be discussed during a side event of the Porto Water Innovation Week on 29 September 2017. The event will bring together water-related EU funded actions to discuss innovation in the water sector and address the different aspects and challenges in order to maximise impact.
Participants in different EU programmes and initiatives will share their achievements and experiences. They will highlight key enabling factors and barriers for research and innovation actions to reach the market, as well as to support policy making.
Other relevant stakeholders such as, investors, regulators, policy makers, innovation hubs, industrial partners and SMEs will also join the discussion and bring forward their views and perspectives.
The event is organised by the European Commission’s Directorate General for Research and Innovation and the Executive Agency for SMEs (EASME), in collaboration with the EIP Water.
Register for this event
The following EU-funded projects will be present:
- SUBSOL – Bringing coastal SUBsurface SOLutions to the market
- WADI – Innovative Airborne Water Leak Detection Surveillance Service
- INCOVER – Innovative Eco-Technologies for Resource Recovery from Wastewater
- SALTGAE – Demonstration project to prove the techno-economic feasibility of using algae to treat saline wastewater from the food industry
- INTEGROIL – Demonstration of a Decision Support System for a Novel Integrated Solution aimed at Water Reuse in the Oil & Gas Industry
- AquaNES – Demonstrating synergies in combined natural and engineered processes for water treatment systems
- INNOQUA – Innovative Bio-based on-site Sanitation system for Water and Resource Savings
- WIDEST – Water Innovation through Dissemination & Exploitation of Smart Technologies
- ZERO BRINE – Re-designing the value and supply chain of water and minerals: a circular economy approach for the recovery of resources from saline impaired effluent (brine) generated by process industries
- SYSTEMIC – Systemic large scale eco-innovation to advance circular economy and mineral recovery from organic waste in Europe
- NAIAD – NAture Insurance value: Assessment and Demonstration
- REGROUND – Colloidal Iron Oxide Nanoparticls for the Reclamation of Toxic Metal Contaminated GROUNDwater Aquifers, Drinking Water Wells, and River Bank Filtrations
- CENTAUR – Cost Effective Neural Technique for Alleviation of Urban Flood Risk
- RUN4LIFE – Recovery and utilization of nutrients 4 low impact fertilizer
- Water2REturn – REcovery and REcycling of nutrients TURNing wasteWATER into added-value products for a circular economy in agriculture
- SIM4NEXUS – Sustainable Integrated Management FOR the NEXUS of water-land-food-energy-climate for a resource-efficient Europe
- BRIGAID – BRIdges the GAp for Innovations in Disaster resilience
- SAID – SmArt water management with Integrated Decision support systems
- SMARTWATER4EUROPE – Demonstrating innovative Smart Water Network (SWN) for sustainable water supply, reliable quality control, energy optimization and improved customers’ interaction
- R3WATER – Reuse of water, Recovery of valuables and Resource efficiency in urban wastewater treatment
- BIOMETAL DEMO – Biometal demonstraton plant for the biological rehabilitation of metal bearing wastewaters
- MARSOL – Demonstrating Managed Aquifer Recharge as a Solution to Water Scarcity and Drought
- Saraswati – Supporting consolidation, replication and up-scaling of sustainable wastewater treatment and reuse technologies for India
- AQUACROSS – Knowledge, Assessment, and Management for AQUAtic Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services aCROSS EU policies
The new projects will receive an EU contribution of about EUR 123 million. They were chosen from among 133 proposals which had been submitted by 7 March 2017 in reply to Horizon 2020 call for proposals. Most projects selected for funding are in the field of climate services and decarbonisation (10) and raw materials (8).
Grant agreements are now being prepared for signature so that the new projects are ready to be launched as of December 2017.
Successful applicants to two-stage calls for proposals were invited to submit full proposal by 5 September 2017.
Further environment projects will be selected through the two-stage calls for proposals of Societal Challenge “Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials”. Of the 268 draft proposals submitted by 7 March, 82 passed the first stage of evaluation and applicants were invited to submit a full proposal by 5 September 2017.
Net4Society prepared a factsheet on the integration of Socio-economic sciences and humanities in the Societal Challenge 5.
The first page of the factsheet introduces the issue of SSH integration in SC5 and a section with some figures and graphs. The second page presents the results of an interview with the coordinator of the WATERSPOUT project funded under the Societal Challenge 5. This project represents a success story of SSH integration in the environment research.
You can find this factsheet in our repository.
As part of the Presidency of the Estonian Republic of the Council of the European Union, a flagship conference “Nature-based Solutions: From Innovation to Common-use” will be organized by the Ministry of the Environment of Estonia and the University of Tallinn. The conference will be held in Tallinn from 24 to 26 October 2017.
The conference will address nature-targeted innovation actions involving all societal actors. It will host leading scientists, policymakers and entrepreneurs from around the world who will share their experience on how nature-based innovation and eco-innovative technologies can be implemented in many areas of life.
More info about the conference and for the registration at: nbs2017.eu
Also the call for abstracts is now opened (deadline 14.07.2017!).
The conference is funded by Horizon 2020 work programme „Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials“
The Business Idea Competition of EIT RawMaterials seeks innovative ideas from individuals, research teams, entrepreneurs and early stage start-ups for new products, processes and services in 3 categories:
- Going beyond discoveries and intelligent mine. Technologies and solutions for improved and new mineral exploration, and for more efficient, safer and sustainable modern mining.
- Optimisation of processes, recycling and circular economy. Technologies and business models for improved material production, materials supply from secondary sources, recycling and for the implementation of a circular economy approach.
- Substitution of resource critical and toxic materials and for optimized performance. New technologies or services that make it possible to substitute or use less critical or toxic materials in key industries. In addition, solutions for an optimised performance of materials and entire products will be supported. New approaches and solutions can be developed on an elemental, material, process, product, system, and service level.
More details of the themes are provided in the call text.
How it works
To enter the Competition, you submit an idea of innovation that can make an impact in the raw materials sector. If you are selected in the first evaluation stage, EIT RawMaterials will help you develop your idea and turn it into a new business. You will learn how to define a business model for your idea and produce a preliminary Business Plan.
You will then submit a Business Plan to a second evaluation stage. Top 5 teams selected in each category will pitch their idea during the final ceremony to a jury consisting of industry partners.
The winners will receive a prize and will be involved in various events organised by the EIT RawMaterials, and have an opportunity to network with the world’s largest community in the raw materials sector.