The H2020 RURITAGE project is looking for rural areas which would like to transform themselves in in sustainable development demonstration ‘laboratories’, through the enhancement of their unique Cultural and Natural Heritage potential.

Already 19 case studies, also called Rural Heritage Hubs, are involved in the project. These 19 Rural Heritage Hubs represent 13 good practice examples or Role Models and 6 Replicators, which will implement innovative heritage-led solutions. Together with several multidisciplinary expert institutions, these Rural Heritage Hubs aim to demonstrate that Cultural and Natural Heritage can emerge as a driver for sustainable regeneration and development.

Why apply?

Territories selected as an additional Replicators through this call will have the opportunity to learn from Role Models, Replicators and knowledge experts and to access a wide range of tools and knowledge in order to develop heritage-led regeneration plans. Thanks to this process, they will be able to implement strategies tailored to their own rural territory and increase the visibility of their region worldwide.

Who is eligible?

Eligible beneficiaries for this call are rural communities both from EU Member States and ENP countries, eligible for participation in the EC H2020 Framework Programme and be located or implement their actions in “predominantly rural regions” (i.e. the rural population accounts for 50% or more of the total population) or “intermediate regions” (i.e. the rural population accounts for between 20% and 50% of the total population) according to the EUROSTAT definition.

Up to 9 replicators spots, 6 within, but not limited to, the EU and 3 in ENP countries, will be awarded.


31 March 2019

More information about the call and submission of application available here

By-bye, Participant Portal! Hello, Funding & Tenders Portal!

The European Commission is phasing out the Participant Portal and replacing it by the Funding & Tenders Portal, which will allow searching for EU funding and tender opportunities, and managing grants and contracts in one place. Redirection to the new portal is happening since end of November, and soon the old portal will be switched off.

The new Participant Portal will host all centrally managed EU programmes in one location. Moreover, it will cover calls for tender and the related procurement contracts. Anyway, besides its different look, it still give access to the same kind of information, assets and functions. Furthermore, new username and password are not required.

In the future, fully electronic management will be introduced gradually, and in a few years procurement contracts will be handled paperless.

Read more here.

Check the new Participant Portal here.

Presentations from the Raw Materials Week 2018 are now published

The presentations and pictures from the Raw materials Week 2018 – H2020 Raw Materials Info Day and Brokerage Event have been published on the website of the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials and are availabe at the following link:  

The above link includes also presentations from partner searches.

A short video from the event will also be published in the coming weeks.

11 new SC5 projects funded for €29 million total

The European Commission has selected 11 projects that will receive around €29,7 million under Horizon 2020’s Societal Challenge “Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials”.

These projects were selected among 79 proposals submitted for the SC5 one-stage call – Greening the economy in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.

Selected projects will be launched in 2018.

The 11 projects fall into 4 different topics:

  • Water: 5 funded projects out of 57 proposals submitted
  • Raw materials: 2 funded projects out of 9 proposals submitted
  • Natural and cultural assets: 3 funded projects out of 9 proposals submitted
  • Circular economy: 1 funded project out of 4 proposals submitted

More information about the funded projects available here.

New calls for proposals are now open, and it’s possible to apply by 19 February 2019.

To find out what type of projects have already received EU funding and how much budget is still available until 2020, check the infographics available here.

EIB’s Inaugural Donors Conference

The first European Investment Bank (EIB) Donors Conference will take place on 14th November in Luxembourg, at the same time of the European Microfinance Week which will be held 14-16 November.

The conference gathers EIB donors, partners and beneficiaries working together to explore financing solutions to help tackling global challenges and to create new opportunities around the world.

The event is a good opportunity to discuss key topics such as economic resilience, climate action and innovation.

Participation is by invitation and more information can be requested at

More information and agenda available here.


The 3rd EU Raw Materials Week will take place from Monday 12 to Friday 16 November in Brussels. In order to address the latest news on raw materials in EU, the European Commission has planned a series of events along the whole week offering  to people interested in raw materials the opportunity to discuss together relevant issues for the whole community (i.e. policy, technology, international cooperation, framework conditions, knowledge base and others).

The highlight of the week is the 6th High Level Conference of the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials, taking place on 14th November. Its main topic is “Raw materials for low carbon and circular economy” and it will cover relevant issues such as battery value chain or secondary raw materials for energy-intensive industries.

Full agenda of the event, speakers, practical info and registration available here


RURITAGE Call for Interest for Role Models – Open until 18 November 2018

The European project RURITAGE has extended the deadline for its recently launched call for interest for local actors in rural areas for joining the project as additional Role Models. The deadline, originally planned for 31st October, has been moved to 18th November. Candidate Role Models can apply by submitting good practices they have been implementing in their territories. A good practice is a successful experience, which has been tested and validated and that has reached a great impact in rural regeneration, and that deserves to be shared so that a greater number of rural communities can adopt it.

RURITAGE is a European project that aims at transforming rural areas in sustainable development demonstration ‘laboratories’, through the enhancement of their unique Cultural and Natural Heritage potential. Additional Role Models selected following this call will have the great opportunity to see their good practices promoted by RURITAGE and to share their experiences with the other Role Models and knowledge experts enabling the subsequent enhancement of the good practice in their own rural territory.

For more information about the RURITAGE project and how to become a Role Model, click here.

Deadline: 18th November 2018

Participate to the EU-INDIA event on Horizon2020 Arctic call


The EU-India information and preparatory event on the Horizon 2020 Arctic Call “The changing cryosphere: Uncertainties, risks and opportunities” will take place on 19th and 20th November 2018 in Goa (India).

The event, organized by the Indian Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), the National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research (NCPOR), the Delegation of the European Union to India, the Royal Norwegian Embassy to India and the Research Council of Norway, aims to promote the call on the Arctic under H2020 programme co-funded by the MoES.

Continue reading Participate to the EU-INDIA event on Horizon2020 Arctic call

Third countries participation in Horizon 2020 SC5

Since the start of Horizon 2020, Third Countries participation in H2020 projects has represented 3,89% of all H2020 projects with a total net UE contribution of 194,2 million spread over 3573 total participations and 110 countries participating (Fig.1). The most active Third Country is the United States whose participation (1063) is more than three times bigger than China (323), the second most active Third Country, followed by Canada (204), Australia (187) and South Africa (157).

Figure 1 presents an outline of Third Countries participations: first in all Horizon 2020 projects and then with a specific focus on projects falling into Work Programme Societal Challenge 5 (Climate action, environment, resource efficiency, and raw materials).
Figure 1 presents an outline of Third Countries participations: first in all Horizon 2020 projects and then with a specific focus on projects falling into Work Programme Societal Challenge 5 (Climate action, environment, resource efficiency, and raw materials).

Data includes number of participations and contribution (both for H2020 and SC5 projects) and number of SME participations and contribution (only for SC5 projects).

Available data sources (H2020 dashboard on participant portal at 11/09/2018) register 239 participations of Third Countries in the Work Programme under Societal Challenge 5 (Climate action, environment, resource efficiency, and raw materials) with a total contribution of 25,51 million corresponding to the 0.08% of total H2020 contribution (Fig.1). Among 49 Third Countries participating in SC5 projects, the most active one is South Africa, followed by Kenya and China (Fig.2). Furthermore, the most active organizations are the United Nations University in Tokyo, with 6 participations and about 1.9 million euro contribution, and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in Pretoria, with 6 participations and 800 thousands euro contribution.


 Figure 2 presents a map of Third Countries participation in SC5 projects. Legend is shown on down left. Lower participations are shown in light green, while higher participation are shown in dark green.

In total, there are 26 Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) participations of Third Countries in SC5 projects for a total contribution of 3,45 million euro (Fig.1). The countries with the most active SMEs are South Africa and Kenya with 4 participations each, followed by Namibia (3) and 4 other countries (Ethiopia, Ecuador, Mozambique and United States) with 2 SME participations (Fig.3).

Figure 3 presents the number of participations of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) per Third Country in SC5 projects. Only 14 Third Countries display SME participation in SC5 projects and the most active countries are South Africa and Kenya.

More than half of Third Countries participating in SC5 projects has received a total contribution below 250 thousands euro while only 8% of them has gathered funds above 1,5 million euro (Fig.4). The top funded country is South Africa with a total contribute of about 5,7 million, followed by Kenya and United Republic of Tanzania.


Figure 4 represents the % of Third Countries receiving contribution sized in 5 ranges listed in the legend on the right.

About one third of the Third Countries organizations participating in SC5 projects is represented by Higher or secondary establishments (HES), followed by research organizations (REC) and public body not including research and education institutions (PUB). Lower participation comes from private for profit companies (PRC) and others institutions (OTH) (Fig. 5).

Figure 5 presents the Third Countries participations in SC5 projects of different type of organizations. HES: Higher or secondary establishment; REC: Research organizations (excluding education); PUB: Public body (excluding research and education); PRC: Private for Profit companies; OTH: Others.