Summary of EU participation in raw materials area of Horizon 2020

Primary and secondary raw materials are essential for the economy of all countries and influence significantly their competitiveness. EU faces two main challenges, high dependence on the import of raw materials and the security of supply of raw materials. EU addresses these challenges among others in the EU Raw Materials Initiative and in the Innovation Partnership on Raw materials and of course this issue is reflected in Horizon 2020 as well.

Raw materials part of Societal Challenge 5 (SC5) is focused mainly on non-energy and non-agricultural raw materials used in industry. Since the launch of Horizon 2020 in 2014 till February 2017 altogether 6 calls for proposals have been evaluated in the frame of SC5 containing 21 topics focused on raw materials. Budget for H2020 research focused on raw materials amounts to 600 mil. €. European Commission received 198 proposals from which 40 were recommended for funding. 594 teams from 43 countries participate in those 40 projects altogether requesting 211 mil. €.

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Funding opportunities & innovative solutions on wastewater treatment

The European Commission is organising a side event at the Porto Water Innovation Week on 26 September in Porto, Portugal. Register to learn about the latest wastewater treatment solutions co-financed through the EU’s LIFE programme as well as upcoming funding opportunities.

How can we ensure that our water sources are clean and secure? What are the most sustainable ways of treating wastewater? How can we reduce the multiple environmental and socioeconomic impacts of wastewater management? What are the most innovative technologies to valorise sewage by-products?

If you are curious to find out the answers, please join the “The LIFE programme: funding opportunities & innovative solutions on wastewater treatment” side event on 26 September at the 2017 conference of the European Innovation Partnership on Water.

Check the draft agenda

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The following LIFE projects will be present:

The event is organised by the European Commission’s Directorate General for Environment and the Executive Agency for SMEs, in collaboration with the EIP Water.

LIFE programme side event “Funding opportunities & innovative solutions on wastewater treatment”

EIP WATER CONFERENCE 2017

Race for Water

The Race for Water Foundation is a charity dedicated to water preservation. The Foundation aims to identify, promote and help implement solutions that give end-of-life plastics a value and therefore prevent the plastic pollution of the waterways. Using an innovative approach inspired by the principles of a circular economy and social entrepreneurship, the foundation seeks to create new sources of income for the people most affected by pollution by giving an economic value to plastic waste.

In July this year the Race for Water vessel has been transformed into a scientific station, acting also as a conference center for the first “From plastic waste to energy” seminar and for the first workshop of the Odyssey 2017-2021.

More specifically, Race for Water was turned into a floating laboratory for a series of sampling and testing of micro-plastics on the Bermudian beaches and surrounding waters. Raimundo Blanco (University of Vigo), Camilla C. Carteny (University of Antwerp) and Christelle Clérandeau (University of Bordeaux) are the first scientists to benefit from the facilities on this 90m2 oceanographic research vessel. All three scientists are involved in the EPHEMARE project, supported by the European consortium, JPI Oceans, and are studying the contamination by micro-plastics and consequent effects on aquatic species, both invertebrates and fish. On board Race for Water, with the help of the crew and local scientists, they will collect as many micro-plastic samples as possible from water columns, emerged and submerged sediments, as well as sea cucumbers and bivalves. Three areas of interest will be covered: Whale Bone Bay, Well Bay and Evans Bay. The samples will then be used to distinguish the pollutants present on the surface of these micro-plastics and to measure their potential toxicity with respect to one or two model marine species.

Source: http://www.raceforwater.com/news/race_for_water_hosts_first_jpi_oceans_scientists_in_bermuda

NCPs CaRE to support EEN brokerage event on H2020 and circular economy

In the framework of its collaboration with the Sector Group Environment of the Enterprise Europe Network, NCPs CaRE will support as co-organiser of the brokerage event “HORIZON 2020: opportunities in the circular economy Reducing, Reusing and Recycling” on 19 September 2017, in Oslo, Norway.

It will be a one-day event to present latest policy news and introduce relevant forthcoming calls for proposals in the Horizon 2020 programme.  The main conference topics covers waste management and recycling, soil remediation, water and wastewater treatment, bioenergy and biofuel and bioplastics.

This event is organised within the framework of the Europe Enterprise Network (EEN), the world’s largest support network for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with international ambitions. NCPs CaRE is collaborating with EEN to foster synergies and reinforce mutual understanding between our NCPs and the EEN in order to secure SME participation in project consortia in Horizon 2020. This event being focused on the next calls for circular economy in Horizon 2020, NCPs CaRE will support participants on the spot to answer their questions on Horizon 2020 and the coming calls. They can also accompany their own clients in preparing or joining a project consortia.

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Boosting Research and Innovation in the Water Sector: The Impact of EU-funded actions

This will be discussed during a side event of the Porto Water Innovation Week on 29 September 2017. The event will bring together water-related EU funded actions to discuss innovation in the water sector and address the different aspects and challenges in order to maximise impact.

Participants in different EU programmes and initiatives will share their achievements and experiences. They will highlight key enabling factors and barriers for research and innovation actions to reach the market, as well as to support policy making.
Other relevant stakeholders such as, investors, regulators, policy makers, innovation hubs, industrial partners and SMEs will also join the discussion and bring forward their views and perspectives.

The event is organised by the European Commission’s Directorate General for Research and Innovation and the Executive Agency for SMEs (EASME), in collaboration with the EIP Water.

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The following EU-funded projects will be present:

  • SUBSOL – Bringing coastal SUBsurface SOLutions to the market
  • WADI – Innovative Airborne Water Leak Detection Surveillance Service
  • INCOVER – Innovative Eco-Technologies for Resource Recovery from Wastewater
  • SALTGAE – Demonstration project to prove the techno-economic feasibility of using algae to treat saline wastewater from the food industry
  • INTEGROIL – Demonstration of a Decision Support System for a Novel Integrated Solution aimed at Water Reuse in the Oil & Gas Industry
  • AquaNES – Demonstrating synergies in combined natural and engineered processes for water treatment systems
  • INNOQUA – Innovative Bio-based on-site Sanitation system for Water and Resource Savings
  • WIDEST – Water Innovation through Dissemination & Exploitation of Smart Technologies
  • ZERO BRINE – Re-designing the value and supply chain of water and minerals: a circular economy approach for the recovery of resources from saline impaired effluent (brine) generated by process industries
  • SYSTEMIC – Systemic large scale eco-innovation to advance circular economy and mineral recovery from organic waste in Europe
  • NAIAD – NAture Insurance value: Assessment and Demonstration
  • REGROUND – Colloidal Iron Oxide Nanoparticls for the Reclamation of Toxic Metal Contaminated GROUNDwater Aquifers, Drinking Water Wells, and River Bank Filtrations
  • CENTAUR – Cost Effective Neural Technique for Alleviation of Urban Flood Risk
  • RUN4LIFE – Recovery and utilization of nutrients 4 low impact fertilizer
  • Water2REturn – REcovery and REcycling of nutrients TURNing wasteWATER into added-value products for a circular economy in agriculture
  • SIM4NEXUS – Sustainable Integrated Management FOR the NEXUS of water-land-food-energy-climate for a resource-efficient Europe
  • BRIGAID – BRIdges the GAp for Innovations in Disaster resilience
  • SAID – SmArt water management with Integrated Decision support systems
  • SMARTWATER4EUROPE – Demonstrating innovative Smart Water Network (SWN) for sustainable water supply, reliable quality control, energy optimization and improved customers’ interaction
  • R3WATER – Reuse of water, Recovery of valuables and Resource efficiency in urban wastewater treatment
  • BIOMETAL DEMO – Biometal demonstraton plant for the biological rehabilitation of metal bearing wastewaters
  • MARSOL – Demonstrating Managed Aquifer Recharge as a Solution to Water Scarcity and Drought
  • Saraswati – Supporting consolidation, replication and up-scaling of sustainable wastewater treatment and reuse technologies for India
  • AQUACROSS – Knowledge, Assessment, and Management for AQUAtic Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services aCROSS EU policies

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27 new Horizon 2020 projects in the pipeline

The European Commission has selected 27 proposals for funding under Horizon 2020’s Societal Challenge “Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials”.

The new projects will receive an EU contribution of about EUR 123 million. They were chosen from among 133 proposals which had been submitted by 7 March 2017 in reply to Horizon 2020 call for proposals. Most projects selected for funding are in the field of climate services and decarbonisation (10) and raw materials (8).

Grant agreements are now being prepared for signature so that the new projects are ready to be launched as of December 2017.

Successful applicants to two-stage calls for proposals were invited to submit full proposal by 5 September 2017.

Further environment projects will be selected through the two-stage calls for proposals of Societal Challenge “Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials”. Of the 268 draft proposals submitted by 7 March, 82 passed the first stage of evaluation and applicants were invited to submit a full proposal by 5 September 2017.

Background information:

FACTSHEET – integration of Socio-economic sciences and humanities in the Societal Challenge 5

Net4Society prepared a factsheet on the integration of Socio-economic sciences and humanities in the Societal Challenge 5.

The first page of the factsheet introduces the issue of SSH integration in SC5 and a section with some figures and graphs. The second page presents the results of an interview with the coordinator  of the WATERSPOUT project funded under the Societal Challenge 5. This project represents a success story of SSH integration in the environment research.

You can find this factsheet in our repository.

JPI OCEANS: JPI Healthy and Productive Seas and Oceans

JPI Oceans was established in 2011, as a coordinating and integrating strategic platform, open to all EU Member States and Associated Countries, who invest in marine and maritime research. JPI Oceans covers all European sea basins with 21 participating countries and provides a long-term integrated approach to marine and maritime research and technology development in Europe. Seas and oceans namely provide an essential part of our wealth and well-being. The EU’s maritime regions account for around 40% of its GDP and the maritime economy for 3 to 5%.

JPI Oceans focuses on making better and more efficient use of national research budgets and on developing joint research programmes in which countries can be involved on a voluntary basis. Participating countries decide what contribution to make, which may include institutional, project-related or new funding. It also encourages working with non- EU countries on research and policy initiatives in order to achieve its objectives and will actively seek out partnerships with non-EU countries. 

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Nature-Based Solutions: From Innovation to Common-use

As part of the Presidency of the Estonian Republic of the Council of the European Union, a flagship conference “Nature-based Solutions: From Innovation to Common-use” will be organized by the Ministry of the Environment of Estonia and the University of Tallinn. The conference will be held in Tallinn from 24 to 26 October 2017.

The conference will address nature-targeted innovation actions involving all societal actors. It will host leading scientists, policymakers and entrepreneurs from around the world who will share their experience on how nature-based innovation and eco-innovative technologies can be implemented in many areas of life.

More info about the conference and for the registration at: nbs2017.eu

Also the call for abstracts is now opened (deadline 14.07.2017!).

The conference is funded by Horizon 2020 work programme „Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials“

You can download the brochures here and here 

 

Information Day and brokerage event on the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020, Challenge “Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency & Raw Materials”

Information Day and brokerage event on the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020, Challenge “Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency & Raw Materials”, will take place on 8 and 9 November 2017 in Brussels in the European Commission’s Charlemagne building, rue de la Loi 170.

The event targets potential applicants to the 2018-2020 calls for project proposals under the Horizon 2020 Challenge 5 “Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials”

Registration
Compulsory registration for the event will open in July on the website.

Web-streaming
The event will be web-streamed (the link will be available about 48 hours before the event on this page).