Water Catalogue 2018

The Sector Group Environment of the Enterprise Europe Network has elaborated a Water Catalogue 2018.  In the Water Catalogue you can find:

  • Water related Partner Opportunities profiles,
  • EEN Environmental events,
  • Horizon 2020 & Water relevant calls (NEW!),
  • Water Networks (recommended by the network),
  • Contact details of the Sector Group Environment members.

The Water Catalogue can be found at the following link: https://www.enterpriseeuropenetwork.nl/sites/enterpriseeuropenetwork.nl/files/basic-attachments/EEN%20Water%20Catalogue%202018.pdf

What do projects REAL-TIME-MINING, UNEXMIN and VAMOS have in common?

All three project received funding under Horizon 2020 Configuration of Societal Challenge 5: Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials. REAL-TIME-MINING and VAMOS competed under the same topic in 2014, for the Call: Mining of small and complex deposits and alternative mining. UNEXMIN was granted funding in competition for the Call: New sustainable exploration technologies and geomodels. They connect more than 40 different organizations from 11 EU Member States and Associated Countries and are coordinated in Netherlands, United Kingdom and Hungary.

REAL-TIME-MINING (Real-time optimization and the logistic process in highly complex geological and selective mining settings) is about developing a real-time framework to decrease environmental impact and increase resource efficiency in the European raw material extraction industry. The key concept of the proposed research promotes the change in paradigm from discontinuous intermittent process monitoring to a continuous process and quality management system in highly selective mining operations. Real-Time Mining will develop a real-time process-feedback control loop linking online data acquired during extraction at the mining face rapidly with sequentially up-datable resource model associated with real-time optimization of long-term planning, short-term sequencing and production control decisions. The project will include research and demonstration activities integrating automated sensor based material characterization, online machine performance measurements, underground navigation and positioning, underground mining system simulation and optimization of planning decisions, state-of-the art updating techniques for resource/reserve models.

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Pre-announcement of PRIMA Calls

The PRIMA Foundation would like to announce the PRIMA Section 1 and 2 Calls for proposals for 2018 of the
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By funding R&I through competitive calls, PRIMA aims to: “build research and innovation capacities and to develop knowledge and common innovative solutions for agro-food systems, to make them sustainable, and for integrated water provision and management in the Mediterranean area, to make those systems and that provision and management more climate resilient, efficient, cost-effective and environmentally and socially sustainable, and to contribute to solving water scarcity, food security, nutrition, health, well-being and migration problems upstream”.

PRIMA also aims at to contribute to United Nations’ Agenda 2030 through the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

PRIMA consists of European Union Member States, Horizon 2020 Associated Countries and Mediterranean Partner Countries on an equal footing basis (co-ownership, co-management and co-funding) with the Participation of the European Commission, under the framework of an art.185 TFEU.

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Start-up and SME Booster Call 2018

EIT RawMaterials can help you to create and develop new, innovative business ideas in the raw materials sector – covering every stage from initial ideas to business creation and business growth.

EIT RawMaterials aims to significantly enhance innovation rates in the (mineral and metallic) raw materials sector through any therefore needed Incubator & Business Creation Services, via its Network and Collaboration Activities, as well as by Financial Support. Biotic and non-biotic materials will be valued against their properties as a substitute for metals and minerals.

EIT RawMaterials focuses on metal and mineral raw materials. Bio-based and polymer materials are covered in view of their potential as substitute material. Other materials are also considered in the context of multi-material product recycling. As a result of our broad membership base, EIT RawMaterials has the flexibility to address critical as well as non-critical raw materials.

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Booklets on Focus areas ‘Building a low-carbon, climate resilient future’ and ‘Connecting economic and environmental gains – the Circular Economy’

The Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020 focuses efforts on fewer topics with bigger budgets, directly supporting the Commission’s political priorities. Four Focus Areas represent a combined budget of € 7 billion: (i) Building a low-carbon, climate resilient future, (ii) Connecting economic and environmental gains – the Circular Economy, (iii) Digitising and transforming European industry and services, and (iv) Boosting the effectiveness of the Security Union.

The European Commission produced four dedicated booklets to bring together contributions from various programme parts to pursue a common objective and create sustained impact. They also include real examples demonstrating the added value of research and innovation.

The booklet related to focus area ‘Building a low-carbon, climate resilient future’ is available at: https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/sites/horizon2020/files/lc_booklet.pdf while the one on focus area ‘Connecting economic and environmental gains – the Circular Economy’ can be found at the following link: https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/sites/horizon2020/files/ce_booklet.pdf

Nature-Based Solutions: From Innovation to Common Use (NBS2017)

The NBS2017 conference was the flagship conference of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. NBS2017 was organised by the Estonian Ministry of the Environment and Tallinn University and it was held on 24 – 26 October 2017 in Tallinn, Estonia. Short video with the main highlights of the conference can be found below:

During three days, over 400 participants from 39 different countries participated with around 50 presentations on nature-based solutions topics.

The conference was divided into five thematic topics:

  • Blue-green infrastructure in smart cities;
  • Integrated water management through natural systems;
  • ICT as a supporting tool for nature-based solutions and ecosystems;
  • Ecological restoration through eco-innovation;
  • NBS in circular economy;

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List of experts for SC5-2016 topics published

The European Commission published a list of experts for SC5-2016 topics.

The excels file is available at the following link: ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/ref/h2020/experts_lists/challenges/climate/h2020-expertslists-challenges-climate-2016_en.xlsx

The folder can be also found in the Participant Portal: http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/funding/reference_docs.html#h2020-expertslists-excellent-erc

Annotated proposal template SME Instrument Phase 1 and Phase 2

The ‘Annotated proposal template SME Instrument ‘ is a guide created in order to assist innovative companies in applying to the EIC SME Instrument 2018-2020 call of Horizon 2020.

Its aim is to help companies better understand the requirements of the template and write better applications.

The authors of this guide are Horizon 2020 NCPs dealing daily with SME Instrument applications. Their recommendations also include feedback received from evaluators of SME Instrument proposals employed by the European Commission. The NCPs interacted with, trained and provided advice to thousands of companies that wanted to introduce their innovative product or service to market by using SME Instrument funding.

The guide should be useful for anyone who wants to submit an EIC SME Instrument related proposal.

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Some features of H2020 participation in the environmental area

Calls for proposals in H2020 societal challenge 5 – “Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials” – covering period 2014-2017 were evaluated and there is an appropriate time for the brief overview now. Analysed data were taken from the E-CORDA database (version 9.1, 30/09/2017). Please note that for 2017 the results of one-stage calls are included only. Altogether 4 634 proposals were submitted with 18 733 participants. During evaluation 427 projects with 3 537 participants from 85 countries were selected for funding. Share of participants from EU countries amounts to 89 %.

Participation of all EU countries is summarised in Table 1.

Country Teams Projects Eligible costs – € H2020 funding – €
AT 96 63 32 943 337,2 26 829 814,2
BE 191 101 66 466 110,6 57 236 189,8
BG 14 10 2 318 388,8 1 508 919,9
CY 22 20 6 598 037,2 4 914 810,7
CZ 29 22 9 923 629,6 6 566 549,9
DE 349 151 197 186 183,7 142 307 789,3
DK 85 54 37 608 772,4 28 290 732,2
EE 20 18 5 099 888,1 3 156 626,4
EL 95 55 35 600 224,2 30 774 913,2
ES 421 174 184 995 259,1 147 297 752,9
FI 95 63 49 289 948,4 36 964 322,0
FR 240 124 107 462 525,3 81 043 409,2
HR 16 12 2 563 847,0 2 011 979,7
HU 32 22 8 089 357,2 6 729 570,3
IE 42 28 16 787 690,1 12 374 683,1
IT 358 165 133 899 768,7 105 512 105,7
LT 10 9 2 375 336,9 1 889 396,0
LU 6 6 1 840 648,1 1 267 435,8
LV 7 7 1 408 998,6 765 073,9
MT 7 7 1 249 625,0 1 249 625,0
NL 234 116 107 439 218,2 92 541 883,0
PL 62 46 18 293 034,1 14 744 639,3
PT 121 65 39 541 013,1 33 349 117,7
RO 53 34 11 175 440,6 7 391 179,0
SE 125 80 73 691 288,3 52 939 480,7
SI 44 32 16 210 829,5 11 422 265,4
SK 19 15 2 791 659,5 2 022 537,2
UK 345 161 161 043 791,3 141 658 782,4
Total 3138   1 333 893 850,8 1 054 761 583,7

Table 1. Projects selected for funding in EU countries (number of projects, number of teams, total eligible costs and requested H2020 funding).

Participation success rate (ratio of all teams of given country in project proposals recommended for funding to the overall number of teams of given country in all project proposals) for EU and selected associated countries is very diverse (in range from 9,6 to 29 %), see Figure 1. Associated countries with very small number of participation were excluded from the comparison.  Average participation success rate of EU countries amounts to 21,1 % and it is clear from the figure that participation success rate of most EU-13 countries remain below this level.

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European Bioeconomy Manifesto published and presented to Commissioner Moedas

The bioeconomy means the production of renewable biological resources and the conversion of these resources, residues, by-products and side streams into value added products, such as food, feed, bio-based products, services and bioenergy (EU Bioeconomy Strategy 2012).

This article aims to give an overview on what is happening in regards Bioeconomy policy development on European level. While Bioeconomy as a word is included in the work programme for Societal Challenge 2, it is also a concept relevant for Societal Challenge 5 topics, from the point of view of (bio-based) raw materials, circular economy, nature-based solutions, and climate change.

The European Bioeconomy Manifesto was published and presented by the European Bioeconomy Stakeholder Panel to the Research and Innovation Commissioner Carlos Moedas at the end of November 2017.

The manifesto is an important boost for the Bioeconomy development in Europe, not the least because of the representative group of stakeholders who stand behind it. The Stakeholder Panel (footnote), who prepared the manifesto, brings together stakeholders from various different sectors: industry, research, primary producers, regions and NGOs. A common manifesto from sectors with different agendas gives a strong message to policy makers in Europe to further support the move towards a biobased economy.

The manifesto is divided into four sections: 1.) Introduction, 2.) Guiding Principles for Development of the Bioeconomy, 3.) Actions, 4.) Recommendations to the EU and Member States.

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