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: https://ec.europa.eu/docsroom/documents/32886  

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 events@eib.org.

More information and agenda available here.

EU RAW MATERIALS WEEK

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

Limiting global warming to 1.5°C: the IPCC report

Early October, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published its awaited special report on the impacts of global warning of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. The IPCC was commissioned as part of the Paris Agreement to produce this report. The Paris Agreement includes the aim of “holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels”. Pre-industrial levels refer to the period of around 1850-1900.

Climate change effects already visible

Extreme weather, rising sea levels and diminishing Artic sea ice are the consequences of 1°C above pre-industrial levels. The IPCC report states that human activities are estimated to have caused this 1°C global warming above pre-industrial levels, and that global warming is likely to reach 1.5°C between 2030 and 2050. However, the report highlights that warming from anthropogenic emissions from the pre-industrial period to the present will persist for centuries to millennia but that these emissions alone are unlikely to cause global warming of 1.5°C. Anthropogenic emissions are also unlikely to cause further warming of more than 0.5°C over the next two to three decades. Climate change effects are already visible. Many land regions experience a warming greater than the global annual average. Moreover, scientists observe a trend in some climate and weather extremes that are occurring more frequently and with more intensity.

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ERA-MIN 2018 Joint Call on Raw Materials for the Sustainable Development and the Circular Economy is now open

The ERA-MIN 2018 Joint Call on Raw Materials for the Sustainable Development and the Circular Economy is now open from October 31st, 2018. The scope of the Joint Call is needs-driven research on non-energy, non-agricultural raw materials (metallic, construction, and industrial minerals), to foster the sustainable supply, processing, production and consumption of primary and secondary raw materials in a circular economy.

Twenty-four public funding organisations from 15 EU/associated countries/regions and 4 non-EU countries participate in this Joint Call for research and innovation transnational collaborative projects. Partners in a transnational consortium will apply for funding from the respective funding organisation of their country/region which participates in the Joint Call. The total budget available for this Call is approximately € 14 million corresponding to the sum of national and regional public committed funds of the participating Funding Organisations and the co-funding of the European Commission.

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NCPs CaRE at Green Days – Pollutec 2018

NCPs CaRE invites you to participate to the Green Days, the official brokerage event of Pollutec 2018 on 27-30th November 2018 in Lyon, France.

Every year, NCPs CaRE supports a brokerage event organized by the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) as part of its collaboration with the EEN Sector Group Environment. This year NCPs CaRE will support the Green Days organized in the framework of Pollutec Fair, the largest international exhibition of environmental and energy equipment, technologies and services. In 2016, Pollutec Fair Lyon received 2,200 exhibitors and 60,800 visitors coming from over 128 countries.

This year, Pollutec is taking place from 27th to 30th November. The Green Days consist of a conference (in French) and a brokerage event (in English).

A Conference on Horizon 2020 funding opportunities in the fields of Climate Action and Energy will take place on 27th November. The working language will be French only. NCPs CaRE, the European network of NCPs for Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 (“Climate Change, Environment, Raw materials and Resource Efficiency”) will be present!

On 28th-29th November,  SMEs, Groups, Research Centres, Agents, Distributors, Funding Companies, Exhibitors & Visitors will have the opportunity to participate in pre-validated B2B meetings & expert meetings to explore new partnerships. Participants will be also able to meet a representative of NCPs CaRE to discuss about their project idea for Horizon 2020 SC5 topics and receive support.

This event thus provide an excellent opportunity for interested applicants under Societal Challenge 5 to finalise consortium for the 2019 calls and prepare for the 2020 topics!

To prepare yourself for the event, have a look at our useful guide on “good practices Participating to (EEN) brokerage events”

Registration is open until 4th November 2018 !

More information about Pollutec

Report on the water sector in China: market opportunities and challenges for European companies

The H2020 project PIANO together with the China Europe Water Platform (CEWP) has recently published a new report providing an overview of the existing market situation of China’s water sector. The report investigates the main issues of water management in China and defines the overall policy framework of “Ecological Civilisation” which is driving a transformation of the Chinese economy to be more environmentally aware and sustainable.

However, China is a large, complex and confusing market to enter and there are many barriers in the way of starting and successfully sustaining a business there. Products need to adapt to the local requirements and companies will need to develop their relationships with partners and clients as well as complying with the local business processes.

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