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.
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.
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”).
The EIP Water Conference 2017-Water Innovation was held in Porto on 27th-28th September 2017. and The programme, dedicated to “Water Innovation: Bridging Gaps, Creating Opportunities”, was built upon the innovative solutions to address major European and global water challenges, as well as market opportunities and how to remove barriers by advancing and leveraging existing solutions.
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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.
Horizon 2020 considers the socio-economic sciences and humanities (SSH) as cross-cutting and integrated in all the priorities and objectives of the Programme. The Societal Challenge 5involves this research in order to tackle the societal challenges and to provide the most suitable impact for society.
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”).