2018 Information Days – calls 2019 – Presentations avaiable

In order to promote the exchange of information and to facilitate networking among potential applicants to 2019 calls for projects in Horizon 2020 Work Programme Societal Challenge 5 “Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency & Raw Materials”, the European Commission organized an event entitled “2018 Information days- call 2019” which took place on September 11th and 12th in Brussels. This website contains all presentations shown during the event, including the plenary session, the materials on the specific priorities of SC5 Work Programme and the relevant 2019 calls as well as materials on how to prepare a good proposal and how Horizon 2020 proposals are evaluated.

The website provides also the possibility to watch video recordings of the different sessions of both days.

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.


The European Plastic Strategy and Horizon 2020 opportunities

Concerned about the importance of plastics as a material in our economy and by its negative impact on the environment, the European Commission adopted in January 2018 its European strategy for plastics in a circular economy. This strategy, as part of the broader 2015 EU action plan for the circular economy and of the 2008 Waste Framework Directive, will also contribute to reaching the Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Agreement and the EU’s industrial policy objectives.


The objective identified by the Strategy s is to tackles two main challenges: developing a circular economy of plastic throughout the value chain and their entire life cycle and enhancing environment protection. The Commission aims at ensuring that, by 2030, all plastic packaging is reusable or recyclable in a cost effective manner.

What next?

In order to implement the strategy, the Commission is planning actions that will result in future EU measures.

The strategy is organised around 4 pillars that aim at improving the economics and quality of plastics recycling, curbing plastic waste and littering, driving investment and innovation towards circular solutions, encouraging global actions.

The Commission has already started taking a number of actions.

In order to improve the economics and quality of plastics recycling, new quality standards for plastic waste and recycled plastics have been introduced. The Commission has also planned to revise the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive and to issue new guidelines on separate collection and sorting of waste.

In its efforts to curb plastic waste and littering, the Commission proposed in January 2018 a revised directive on port reception facilities for the delivery of waste from ships. In May 2018, the Commission proposed a new directive to tackle marine litter, which targets the 10 single-use plastic products most often found on Europe’s beaches and seas, as well as lost and abandoned fishing gear. These proposed directives build on existing rules such as the Marine Strategy Framework Directive and complements other actions taken against marine pollution, such as under the Port Reception Facilities Directive.

The Commission is also seeking to impose restrictions on microplastics and oxo-degradable plastics via the REACH regulation.
On July 10th 2018, the European Parliament’s environment committee, under the guidance of MEP Demesmaeker Mark, included in its draft report a motion for a European parliament resolution to ban microplastics and oxo-degradable plastics. The European Parliament will debate on the strategy on the 12th of September and vote the 13th of September.

Finally, for driving investment and innovation towards circular solutions, the Commission plans to develop a Strategic Research Innovation Agenda on plastics to provide orientation for research and innovation funding beyond 2020. The Commission is also directing financial support for infrastructure and innovation EU funding instruments. 

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Participate in the European Sustainability award!

You have worked on a project or on an initiative addressing the sustainable development goals? Then the European Sustainability award by the European Commission is made for you!

What is it?

The European Commission launched for the first time its European Sustainability award. It is a prestigious recognition that aims at raising awareness of the SDGs in the EU by giving a human face to the efforts and creativity of European people, businesses and organizations, which are turning the global sustainable development goals into concrete solutions and opportunities.

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Nature-based solutions in Horizon 2020

Since the beginning of H2020 six topics directly focused on nature-based solutions (NBS) have been listed in the work programme under Societal challenge 5 (Climate action, environment, resource efficiency, and raw materials) and Cross-cutting activity Smart and Sustainable cities. The following topics have been already closed and evaluated:

  • SC5-08-2017: Large-scale demonstrators on nature-based solutions for hydro-meteorological risk reduction
  • SC5-09-2016: Operationalising insurance value of ecosystems
  • SC5-10-2016: Multi-stakeholder dialogue platform to promote innovation with nature to address societal challenges
  • SCC-02-2016-2017: Demonstrating innovative nature-based solutions in cities
  • SCC-03-2016: New governance, business, financing models and economic impact assessment tools for sustainable cities with nature-based solutions (urban re-naturing)
  • SCC-04-2016: Sustainable urbanisation

Available data sources (mainly the eCORDA database, January 2018) register 122 project proposals focusing on NBS issues in selected six topics. Seven project proposals did not meet the formal requirements needed for peer-review evaluation, and thus were classified as “INELIGIBLE”. Fifty-six project proposals were rejected during the first stage of the evaluation process. The remaining 59 project proposals were submitted to the final evaluation round as “full proposals”. Based on the results of the evaluation process, 16 project proposals were recommended for funding from the H2020 budget and other 17 high quality projects proposals ended above the threshold in evaluation process.

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A new IPERION CH call for Transnational Access open

The 7th call for transnational access to IPERION CH laboratories is now open. 

IPERION CH (Integrated Platform for the European Research Infrastructure on Cultural Heritage) is a H2020 project that offers transnational access to its world-class laboratories and knowledge distributed in 11 European countries.

Its main interest area is Heritage Science, a cross-disciplinary domain with the aim of interpretation, documentation, management and preservation of cultural heritage. IPERION CH is part of the ESFRI proposal to establish E-RIHS, the European Research Infrastructure for Heritage Science (www.e-rihs.eu).

European researchers can submit scientific proposals to have free access to cutting-edge laboratories of the three platforms:

  • ARCHLAB, scientific archives in 10 European museum and conservation institutes,
  • FIXLAB, large-scale facilities for synchrotron, neutron, and ion beam measurements;
  • MOLAB, mobile laboratories performing non invasive on-site measurements.

Deadlines are different for each platforms.

Further information on platforms and call are in the website http://www.iperionch.eu/access-to-facilities/.

For more information, don’t hesitate to contact the Coordination Office (co@iperionch.eu).

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MARINA Conference 2018: CALL FOR PAPERS now open!

Now open the call for papers for the MARINA Annual Conference, titled “Marine Responsible Research and Innovation in Science, Innovation and Society”, to be held in Tartu, Estonia, 17-19 September 2018, hosted by the Science Centre AHHAA. The deadline for abstract submission is 5 of June, the deadline for paper submission: 15 of June.

The second annual conference of the MARINA project aims at presenting cases studies highlighting examples where the implementation of RRI dimensions, principles and topics, made a difference in the impact of the research and innovation in the context of the H2020 societal challenges.

and-im-yoursThe concept of Responsible Research and Innovation is relatively recent and it is part of the Europe 2020 strategy. Its vision is to promote a stronger collaboration among scientists from different disciplines, societal actors, citizens and policy makers in order to achieve a wider dimension of science and innovation and enhance the role of society in dealing with its challenges.
With this focus, the conference will cover and systematize case studies and experiences developed in several past and running research activities and projects on RRI on within another context in relation to marine issues. This portfolio of experiences will also include examples of guidelines, approaches and good practices dealing with different aspects of RRI and marine challenges. These themes will help fill the gap in the present literature.
The conference overall aim is to establish, organise and activate an RRI community on the marine challenges, which involves scientists and societal actors working together during the whole research and innovation process. with the common goals of aligning both the process and its outcomes with the values, needs and expectations of the society and integrating citizens visions, needs and desires into science and innovation.

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EU and Brazil step up cooperation in research and innovation

European and Brazilian researchers will now be able to cooperate more easily thanks to an agreement that the Commission signed today with three Brazilian funding agencies. Main areas for cooperation with Brazil include marine research, information and communication technologies, health, transport and environmental research.

This is thanks to an agreement that the Commission signed today with three Brazilian funding agencies. The Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development, the Brazilian Funding Agency for Studies and Projects, and the Brazilian National Council of State Funding Agencies together represent the largest providers of funding to researchers in Brazil.

Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, said: “This is a great day for research in the EU and Brazil. We are putting in place a very practical arrangement to support our research communities to cooperate on some of the most important challenges facing our societies. We are unlocking the potential of some of the best minds on both sides of the Atlantic.

More information: International Cooperation with Brazil

Horizon 2020 main data sources

Among EC public sources EU Open Data Portal + CORDIS and Participant Portal are most commonly used. The European Union Open Data Portal (EU ODP) gives an access to open data published by EU institutions and bodies. All the data found via this portal are free to use for commercial or non-commercial purposes. Data since FP1 (1984-1987) till H2020 are available. There are four main files: participating organisations are listed in the file H2020 Organisations; file H2020 Projects contains grant information for each project; then there are Principal Investigators in Horizon 2020 ERC projects and Researchers in H2020 MSCA projects files. These CORDIS datasets are produced on a monthly basis. Therefore inconsistencies may occur between what is presented on the CORDIS live website and the datasets. On CORDIS website projects, reports, results etc. can be searched using many different criteria.

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