Coordinators of the H2020 projects in the environmental area

The role of coordinators, especially in collaborative projects based on the cooperation of high number of participants, is very important and demanding. Administrative as well as expert skills are necessary for the management of the teams from different national environments. As a benefit in addition to the higher contribution from the EC, the coordination brings also a so called ‘pull effect’ – it means the coordinator usually pulls up other partners from his/her country. The pull effect has also positive impact on the involvement of the institutions with no previous experience with the framework programmes´ projects.

Analysed data shown in Fig. 1 are taken from the E-CORDA database (version 7, 28/02/2017)

Fig. 1 Number of coordinators from EU15 (blue columns) and EU13 (grey columns) and share of coordinators in projects financed in SC5.

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Webinar on the ERA-MIN Joint Call 2017

A webinar on the ERA-MIN Joint Call 2017 will take place on 30th March at 12:00 (Lisbon time) for one hour. The link of the Webinar is: This Webinar will provide information of the topics and detailed explanations on the submission, evaluation, selection and funding procedures. This Webinar is the virtual place to answer online questions of the applicants.

The H2020 ERA-MIN 2 consortium has open a joint call “Raw materials for the sustainable development and the circular economy” with a total budget of 15 million Euro including EU co-funding. The deadline for the pre-proposals submission is 5th May, 17:00 (CEST). The scope of the call is to support transnational collaborative projects on demand-driven research and innovation on primary and secondary resources of metallic, construction and industrial minerals and substitution of Critical Raw Materials in a circular economy approach. More information of the call is available on:


Are you looking for some tips to prepare your Horizon 2020 SC5 project proposal?

Are you looking for effective and practical tips to prepare a project proposal in Horizon 2020  Societal Challenge 5  “Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials”?

The NCPs CaRE network prepared an interesting material that can guide you in drafting  your project proposal!

Have a look for our new “E-booklet of Best Practices” that you can now download from a section ‘Useful Guides’ at the NCPs CaRE website. In specific, focus on Chapter 8 “Analysis of the Evaluation Summary Report and Results of the questionnaire for evaluators” which highlights:

  • the most common strengths and weaknesses of each of the Horizon 2020 assessment criteria (excellence, impact, implementations), based on the analysis of 100 evaluation summary reports of environmental projects in years 2014-2015,
  • expert evaluators suggestions and observations

The valuable feedback of experts and the results of analysis of evaluation summary reports resulted in a short and practical guide for applicants (“DO’s and DON’Ts for applicants’) also available in the section ‘Useful Guides’ at the NCPs CaRE website.  The document focuses on different evaluations criteria and helps applicants to improve their project proposals, especially with regards to writing the three separate sections of a H2020 proposal, namely Excellence, Impact and Implementation.

Enjoy the lecture!


Survey on Partner Search Tool

Did you find partners for your project proposal? Or started a collaboration for any future project? Please fill this short survey (3 min) to help us get an impression of the successfulness of this tool! The survey will be accessible till 15. May 2017. This is a survey on the Partner Search Tool of the NCPs CaRE Network project for the Societal Challenge 5 “Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials”. With this survey we would like to determine whether the NCPs CaRE Partner Search Tool has been helpful in establishing possible (future) project collaborations.

Integration of Social Sciences and Humanities research (SSH) in Horizon 2020 projects

The integration of Social Sciences and Humanities research (SSH) in Horizon 2020 projects comes with great opportunities but also with certain challenges. For decades, the European research was mainly focused on the expertise of researchers specialised in life and physical sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Now, the Horizon 2020 policy looks further – it is based on a premise that integration of SSH aspects into European research is essential to generate new knowledge.

Net4Society – the Network of National Contact Points of Societal Challenge 6 ‘Europe in a changing world -inclusive, innovative and reflective societies’ prepared a short and informative factsheet about the added value of SSH integration, the main challenges and ways  to overcome them in order to effectively integrate SSH in a Horizon 2020 project.

Have a look at the fact sheet and learn how to ensure fruitful SSH integration!

Published the number of proposals submitted in the SC5 topic

A total of 239 proposals were submitted in response to this call. The number of proposals for each topic/type of action is shown below.

•SC5-01-2016-2017 (RIA): 14
•SC5-02-2017 (RIA): 2
•SC5-04-2017 (RIA): 3
•SC5-06-2016-2017 (RIA): 5
•SC5-07-2017 (CSA): 6
•SC5-19-2017 (CSA): 7
•SC5-31-2017 (CSA): 5
•SC5-13-2016-2017 (RIA): 14
•SC5-15-2016-2017 (CSA): 12
•SC5-16-2016-2017 (CSA): 6
•SC5-18-2017 (RIA): 40
•SC5-22-2017 (RIA): 14
•SC5-26-2017 (PCP): 2
•SC5-30-2017 (ERA-NET): 1
•SC5-32-2017 (ERA-NET): 1
•SC5-33-2017 (ERA-NET): 1
•SC5-08-2017 (IA): 16
•SC5-14-2016-2017 (IA): 48
•SC5-21-2016-2017 (IA): 42

A total of 45 proposals were submitted in response to the call H2020-SCC-2016-2017 SMART AND SUSTAINABLE CITIES. The number of proposals for each topic/type of action is shown below:

•SCC-02-2016-2017 (IA): 45

Finally  a total of 117 proposals were submitted in response to H2020-IND-CE-2016-17 call. The number of proposals for each topic/type of action is shown below:

•CIRC-01-2016-2017 (IA): 72
•CIRC-02-2016-2017 (IA): 45

Call for ENVRIplus beneficiaries and RI-related organizations outside the ENVRIplus partnership

ENVRIplus projects launches an Exchange of Personnel (EoP) program to enhance cross-RI mobility of involved RI staff. This program will help disseminating the know-how of RI specialists and provide practical hands-on experience on the operation procedures.

The second call is now more open which means that in addition to all ENVRIplus beneficiaries also organizations outside the ENVRIplus partnership that have a clear and established relationship with the participating RI’s in ENVRIplus can apply. This now also includes in particular members of Theme2. The second call no longer prefers bi- or trilateral exchanges, thus allows to apply for several kinds of knowledge sharing activities such as boot camps or work hops.

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Transformations to sustainability programme – T2S

The Transformations to Sustainability Programme (T2S) is a research initiative of the International Social Science Council (ISSC),[1] implemented in partnership with members of the Belmont Forum. [2]

The programme supports research to help advance transformations to more sustainable and equitable societies around the globe. It aims at providing a deeper understanding of the processes and impacts of the transformative social change in the context of global environmental change. It facilitates the creation of solutions to the problems of environmental change and sustainability, in the context of social and cultural diversity as well as promotes the use of the best knowledge about social transformations by researchers, educators, policy makers, practitioners, the private sector and citizens. 

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Participation in the environmental area of H2020

The beginning of 2017 can be considered as a proper time to look back at Horizon 2020 participation, as  the programme  is in the middle of its duration. In this article, we concentrate on the basic characteristics of participation in Societal Challenge 5: Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials (SC5).  Analysed data is taken from the E-CORDA  database (version  6, 30/09/2016).

Similarly as in other H2020 priorities, in SC5 calls for proposal raise a strong response from the research community: altogether 3 277 eligible project proposals prepared by 14 294 participants have been submitted since the beginning of the H2020 programme in SC5. 326 projects with 2 335 participants were selected for funding. Total project success rate accordingly responds to almost 10 % (the highest – 27 % – in the case of Coordination and support actions, the lowest – 7 % in the case of SME Instrument).

A comparison of EU member states involvement in SC5 is given in Fig. 1. Columns show number of participations in funded projects calculated per 1 million of inhabitants for EU-15 (blue columns) and EU-13 (grey columns). High values of this parameter can be observed in case of Slovenia, Denmark, Belgium, Finland, the Netherlands and Portugal.  Absolute numbers of participations illustrated by points are the highest in Spain, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, followed by the Netherlands and France. Small countries, like Cyprus, Malta or Estonia, are characterised by the small number of participations, but belong to the most successful as for the above mentioned relative characteristic.

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Using satelites for measurements of the Earth´s ice sheet

Modern measurements of the Earth´s ice sheet can be carried out using satellites. Two methods are mainly used:

  1. Altimetry methods. In this category it is possible to use narrow laser beams. They give high resolution and can be used even for steep slopes. The drawback is that lasers are blocked by the cloud cover.  The second method is the use of radar. Their beam is broad, which means the resolution is low and they cannot be used on sleep slopes.  Their big advantage is that they are not blocked by the cloud cover. These two methods have been used together to combine the strength of each of them.
  2. Gravimetry. Two satellites are now running in parallel around the Earth under the program name GRACE. The distance between them is 200 kilometers. But this distance changes slightly due to tiny changes in the Earth´s gravitational field. These tiny changes reflect local changes in the Earth´s mass which is affected by, inter alia, ice on and near the Earth´s surface.  With repeated measurements of the same area and a little bit of maths and modelling it is possible to literally weigh the icesheet from space!

Taking Iceland as an example, 11.000 square kilometers  of the island are covered by glaciers. Among them is Europe´s biggest glacier – Vatnajökull.  In the period 2000 – 2013 these  glaciers have receeded about 500 square kilommeters yearly.  That  is similar to half of  the Reykjavík area.

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