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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EIP (European Innovation Partnership) Water Conference took place on 10 February 2016 in Dutch Leeuwarden. With more than 550 participants from over 50 countries the conference – held in the inspiring environment of the Netherlands – resulted into the Leeuwarden declaration. It summarizes key findings and recommended actions in 8 areas of water sector (namely Circular economy and water innovation (WI), Regions and cities and WI, Sustainable Development Goals and WI, Regulation and WI, Finance for WI, Public procurement and WI, Partnerships and WI, Showcases and demonstration sites and WI).
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The 3rd annual High Level Conference of the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Raw Materials will be held on 9-10 December 2015 in Brussels, together with the Brokerage event on Horizon 2020 raw materials calls.
The annual conference presents a comprehensive overview of developments in the fields covered by the EIP, including successful Raw Materials Commitments; regional approaches and investment in raw materials; and launching the 2nd call for the EIP “Raw Materials Commitments”.
The Horizon 2020 Brokerage event on the 2016 Horizon 2020 calls relevant to Raw Materials will provide networking opportunities for new initiatives and projects.
Programme and Registration will be available soon.
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