Useful Guides

E-Booklet of Best Practices (3rd of 3)

The “E-booklet of Best Practices“ was compiled to provide practical help to all National Contact Points (NCPs) of Horizon 2020 programme Societal Challenge 5 “Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials“ (SC5). The booklet facilitates and fosters the common knowledge and best practices shared within the member organisations of NCPs CaRE network. The main aim was to create a versatile practical guiding manual, which would identify and openly disseminate good practices of supporting interested researchers and programme applicants within the network.

Explanation about the updates in E-booklet (June 2018 vs. January 2017)
The main changes in 2018 in comparison to the previous "E-booklet" versions are a new section in chapter 7 -  7.5. "Statistical sources for Horizon 2020 SC5 data" (+ a shorter version of this document to be distributed as a handout during information days, available in the "Templates and materials" section), a new leaflet " Horizon 2020 SC5 project proposals need experts. " also in the "Templates and materials" section and tips for proofreading proposals which can be found in chapter 5 (5.6). Other chapters remained in the major part the same, occasionally some minor corrections and additions were made in the text.

In addition, the impact assessment of this "E-booklet" has been carried out via a questionnaire for "new" NCPs ("new" refers to SC5 NCPs who started their work after the launch of the first "E-booklet”). 

SRIA WssTP The Value of Water

WssTP is the European Technology Platform for Water. Initiated by the European Commission in 2004 as an industry-lead stakeholder forum, currently composed by 172 members, it is a recognized voice and promotor of water-related RTD and innovation in Europe.

The WssTP Strategic Research Agenda (SIRA) has been developed by WssTP with the input of its members, the WssTP Working Groups, and its key stakeholders. A public consultation has also been part of the drafting process. The WssTP SIRA is a living document that has initially been developed in the first half of 2016 to promote a balanced mix of research and innovation measures that contribute to overcoming the main bottlenecks towards the realization of the WssTP Vision as described in “THE VALUE OF WATER; Multiple Waters, for multiple purposes and users. Towards a future-proof model for a European water-smart society”

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Circular Economy Topic 2019-2020

The Horizon 2020 work programmes (WPs) for years 2018 - 2020 were designed around four main Focus Ares namely the Focus Area 'Connecting economic and environmental gains - the Circular Economy'.
Further development of a sustainable, resource efficient and competitive economy will require a transition to a more circular economic model with products, processes, services and business models that are designed to maintain the value and utility of materials and resources in the economy for as long as possible. The circular economy solutions should combine a strong environmental rationale with a convincing business logic.

Circular Economy Fact Sheet

In recent years, the European Commission has intensified its efforts to foster economic, social and environmental prosperity by moving to a circular economy and society. A systemic approach to eco-innovation is intended to promote new modes of production and consumption, triggering a disruptive transformation for a resource efficient society.

General observation on ESR Analysis

Analysis of 100 SC5-ESRs RIA, IA 2014-2015 in order to detect the most common shortcomings of the projects, 100 ESRs of 2014-2015 calls were analysed. Firstly, all weaknesses and strengths brought out by the evaluators of each ESR were observed. We separated weaknesses and strengths for each evaluation criterion (excellence, impact and implementation). Thereafter it was possible to bring out the most commonly mentioned weaknesses and strengths of each criterion (see below). Secondly, the most common shortcomings of all the analysed reports were selected as a basis for formulating suggestions for applicants (“DO’s” and “DONT’s”).

Evaluators recommendations for applicants

NCPs CaRE project conducted a survey with eight questions addressed to the evaluators from all the calls of SC5 2014 and 2015 work programme in order to collect their valuable experiences and observations. The purpose of the questionnaire was to perform an analysis of Horizon 2020 SC5 Evaluation Summary Reports and to raise the overall quality of services provided to clients. Based on this survey, recommendations have been made separately for the EC and for the applicants.

Do's and dont's for Applicants

“Do’s” and “Don’ts” for applicants is a short version of recommendations of the evaluators. These recommendations are in good coherence with the results of the main weaknesses and strengths of the ESR analysis.

Water JPI Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) update

The objective of this report is to make an overview of the changes mad in Water JPI Strategic Research & Innovation Agenda V1.0, focusing on modification relevant for NCPs Activities.

Opportunities Document for SSH in Horizon 2020

This document is designed to help potential proposers find SSH-related topics across the different parts of Horizon 2020 in Work Programmes 2016 -17.

Horizon 2020 aims at fully integrating Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities (SSH) in each of its pillars and specific objectives. SSH is therefore a cross-cutting issue and embedded in the whole framework programme.

Short Guide to the SME instrument for Eco-innovators

This guide addresses eco-innovation SMEs with a strong ambition to develop, grow and internationalize intending to submit a proposal to calls for the SME instrument of the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge “Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials”. It contains hints on how to prepare for proposal conception and concrete suggestions and tips for the drafting of the different chapters of the proposal, complementing the instructions provided in the proposal template.