LIFE programme – another funding opportunity for climate change and environment – 2018 call is open!

The new 2018 call is open and the first deadline is 12 June 2018. It is the deadline for the concept note (ca. 10 pages; in H2020 we would call it the first stage proposal) for the LIFE Environment and Resource efficiency sub-programme. For the Environment sub-programme , LIFE introduced the 2 stage submission: concept-note (1st stage) on 12 June and full-proposal in January 2019. For the Climate programme the old one stage procedure remained. Deadline for Climate sub-programme proposals is 12 September 2018.

Overview deadlines for submission in 2018:

  • Environment
    • Nature and Biodiversity : 14 June (concept note)
    • Environment and Resource Efficiency: 12 June (concept note)
    • Environmental Governance and Information : 14 June (concept note)
  • Climate Action
    • Climate Change Mitigation: 12 September (full proposal)
    • Climate Change Adaptation: 12 September (full proposal)
    • Climate Governance and Information : 12 September (full proposal)

All deadlines are at 16:00:00h Brussels time.

Invitations for the full propopsals are expected to be sent in September/October 2018 (if the concept-note is evaluated and ranked high enough) . Deadline for full proposals will then be January 2019 (to be announced)

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Below an update of the article of December 2016

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Open Science: What is the OpenAIRE2020 project and how can it help Horizon 2020 applicants and NCPs?

The OpenAIRE2020 project is a large-scale initiative that aims to promote open science and substantially improve the discoverability and reusability of research publications and data. The project includes 50 partners covering all EU countries and beyond. The initiative brings together professionals from various backgrounds: research libraries, open scholarship organisations, national e-Infrastructure and data experts, IT and legal researchers. 

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Strengthening EU-China water innovation cooperation: results of the H 2020 PIANO project

The coordination and support action PIANO (Policies, Innovation And Network for enhancing Opportunities for China-Europe water cooperation), funded by the EU programme for research and innovation Horizon 2020 will present its main achievements in Brussels on 15 May 2018.

The project conducted a comprehensive landscaping (mapping, scoring and ranking) of European and Chinese water innovative technological solutions on the five research areas focused by the project: agricultural, municipal, river basin, industrial water management, water for energy.

It has also identified drivers, barriers and possible strategies for European SMEs to improve business exchange in the Chinese water market and elaborated a shared Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) which identifies need and priorities in the EU-China cooperation in the water sector and sets out the direction of future collaborative actions engaging public and private partnerships.

Results, policy messages and further initiatives will be discussed with representatives of the European Commission, the China-Europe Water Platform, EU water-related networks and supporting business agencies next 15 May at ENEA’s premises, rue de Namur 72

Welcome to JPI Urban Europe’s SRIA 2.0 Consultation

What are the urgent challenges in urban transitions/transformations? What are the ‘hardest cases’ in the European urban mission? What and how are they defined by different communities and stakeholders?

JPI Urban Europe needs your help to shape the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda for 2020 and beyond – the ‘SRIA 2.0’. During the implementation of the current agenda, we have learnt a lot on how the transnational European urban innovation ecosystem works. Similar to how the current agenda was co-created, we now need your brains and experiences, reflections and insights to shape the next generation. Find more background information here.

Joining us in this strategy process will give you the opportunity to shape the urban research and innovation agenda for the next five to seven years, helping to define themes, issues, and approaches – in short, to develop the European urban mission! For this purpose, we have set up this public consultation.

In this stage, we also give the floor to city stakeholders to discuss strategic issues with us and other stakeholders. That is why your participation in the consultation will also give you access to the virtual Agora discussion platform.

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Statistics about the applications in 2018 topic call

The first deadline for the proposal submission in the theme Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials has just passed. A total of 468 proposals were submitted in response to these calls. The number of proposals for each topic/type of action is shown below:


  • CE-SC5-05-2018: 4
  • CE-SC5-08-2018-2019-2020: 9
  • SC5-12-2018: 57
  • SC5-18-2018: 3
  • SC5-19-2018: 6


  • CE-SC5-01-2018: 26
  • CE-SC5-02-2018: 4
  • CE-SC5-03-2018: 32
  • CE-SC5-06-2018: 25
  • CE-SC5-07-2018-2019-2020: 52
  • SC5-09-2018-2019: 38
  • SC5-11-2018: 45
  • SC5-13-2018-2019: 43
  • SC5-15-2018: 4
  • SC5-17-2018: 20
  • LC-CLA-01-2018: 10
  • LC-CLA-03-2018: 14
  • LC-CLA-04-2018: 42
  • LC-CLA-08-2018: 34

For the the second stage proposal the deadline is on 04 September 2019 at 17:00:00.

Registration open – “How to write a good proposal” workshop aimed at SMEs in SC5

On 26 April 2018, NCPs CaRE, the network of Environment NCPs, is organising a free workshop in English on how to write a good proposal. The workshop is aimed at 30 SMEs from the environmental domain, especially in Societal Challenge 5 “Climate action, resource efficiency, environment and raw materials”. Participants of any nationality are welcome.

This training will elaborate on the most common mistakes in proposal writing and how to avoid them. A real proposal will be evaluated by the participants and afterwards compared with the original Evaluation Summary Report. A previous edition of this format was perceived very helpful by the participants.

The event will take place on the 26th of April 2018, between noon and 6 pm, at the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation. This Ministry is located at 25, Rue de la Montagne Sainte Geneviève, 75005 Paris. A lunch will be offered. The workshop is free of charge and is conveniently taking place a day before the “Space for Climate and Smart Mobility Matching Space, Environment and Transport communities” Brokerage Event.

Here is the link to subscribe for this session, you will be informed by e-mail about the status of your subscription. A detailed agenda will follow soon. For more information, please contact Ms. Marieke Zwartjes by phone +32 22 38 37 42 or by e-mail.

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:

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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