Report on the water sector in China: market opportunities and challenges for European companies

The H2020 project PIANO together with the China Europe Water Platform (CEWP) has recently published a new report providing an overview of the existing market situation of China’s water sector. The report investigates the main issues of water management in China and defines the overall policy framework of “Ecological Civilisation” which is driving a transformation of the Chinese economy to be more environmentally aware and sustainable.

However, China is a large, complex and confusing market to enter and there are many barriers in the way of starting and successfully sustaining a business there. Products need to adapt to the local requirements and companies will need to develop their relationships with partners and clients as well as complying with the local business processes.

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Participate to the EU-INDIA event on Horizon2020 Arctic call

 

The EU-India information and preparatory event on the Horizon 2020 Arctic Call “The changing cryosphere: Uncertainties, risks and opportunities” will take place on 19th and 20th November 2018 in Goa (India).

The event, organized by the Indian Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), the National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research (NCPOR), the Delegation of the European Union to India, the Royal Norwegian Embassy to India and the Research Council of Norway, aims to promote the call on the Arctic under H2020 programme co-funded by the MoES.

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Third countries participation in Horizon 2020 SC5

Since the start of Horizon 2020, Third Countries participation in H2020 projects has represented 3,89% of all H2020 projects with a total net UE contribution of 194,2 million spread over 3573 total participations and 110 countries participating (Fig.1). The most active Third Country is the United States whose participation (1063) is more than three times bigger than China (323), the second most active Third Country, followed by Canada (204), Australia (187) and South Africa (157).

Figure 1 presents an outline of Third Countries participations: first in all Horizon 2020 projects and then with a specific focus on projects falling into Work Programme Societal Challenge 5 (Climate action, environment, resource efficiency, and raw materials).
Figure 1 presents an outline of Third Countries participations: first in all Horizon 2020 projects and then with a specific focus on projects falling into Work Programme Societal Challenge 5 (Climate action, environment, resource efficiency, and raw materials).

Data includes number of participations and contribution (both for H2020 and SC5 projects) and number of SME participations and contribution (only for SC5 projects).

Available data sources (H2020 dashboard on participant portal at 11/09/2018) register 239 participations of Third Countries in the Work Programme under Societal Challenge 5 (Climate action, environment, resource efficiency, and raw materials) with a total contribution of 25,51 million corresponding to the 0.08% of total H2020 contribution (Fig.1). Among 49 Third Countries participating in SC5 projects, the most active one is South Africa, followed by Kenya and China (Fig.2). Furthermore, the most active organizations are the United Nations University in Tokyo, with 6 participations and about 1.9 million euro contribution, and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in Pretoria, with 6 participations and 800 thousands euro contribution.

 

 Figure 2 presents a map of Third Countries participation in SC5 projects. Legend is shown on down left. Lower participations are shown in light green, while higher participation are shown in dark green.

In total, there are 26 Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) participations of Third Countries in SC5 projects for a total contribution of 3,45 million euro (Fig.1). The countries with the most active SMEs are South Africa and Kenya with 4 participations each, followed by Namibia (3) and 4 other countries (Ethiopia, Ecuador, Mozambique and United States) with 2 SME participations (Fig.3).

Figure 3 presents the number of participations of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) per Third Country in SC5 projects. Only 14 Third Countries display SME participation in SC5 projects and the most active countries are South Africa and Kenya.

More than half of Third Countries participating in SC5 projects has received a total contribution below 250 thousands euro while only 8% of them has gathered funds above 1,5 million euro (Fig.4). The top funded country is South Africa with a total contribute of about 5,7 million, followed by Kenya and United Republic of Tanzania.

 

Figure 4 represents the % of Third Countries receiving contribution sized in 5 ranges listed in the legend on the right.

About one third of the Third Countries organizations participating in SC5 projects is represented by Higher or secondary establishments (HES), followed by research organizations (REC) and public body not including research and education institutions (PUB). Lower participation comes from private for profit companies (PRC) and others institutions (OTH) (Fig. 5).

Figure 5 presents the Third Countries participations in SC5 projects of different type of organizations. HES: Higher or secondary establishment; REC: Research organizations (excluding education); PUB: Public body (excluding research and education); PRC: Private for Profit companies; OTH: Others.

 

EU and Brazil step up cooperation in research and innovation

European and Brazilian researchers will now be able to cooperate more easily thanks to an agreement that the Commission signed today with three Brazilian funding agencies. Main areas for cooperation with Brazil include marine research, information and communication technologies, health, transport and environmental research.

This is thanks to an agreement that the Commission signed today with three Brazilian funding agencies. The Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development, the Brazilian Funding Agency for Studies and Projects, and the Brazilian National Council of State Funding Agencies together represent the largest providers of funding to researchers in Brazil.

Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, said: “This is a great day for research in the EU and Brazil. We are putting in place a very practical arrangement to support our research communities to cooperate on some of the most important challenges facing our societies. We are unlocking the potential of some of the best minds on both sides of the Atlantic.

More information: International Cooperation with Brazil

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

International cooperation SC5 calls 2018-2020

The work programme (WP) for years 2018 – 2020 will focus on moving to a greener, more resource efficient and climate resilient economy in sync with the natural environment, demonstrating a strong commitment to supporting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets of the COP21 Paris Agreement (PA).

One of the measures Commission is implementing to tackle overall and thematic specific issues in this WP is focused on the reinforcement of international cooperation across both calls and topics with a strong international dimension, especially to ensure the follow-up and implementation of the COP21 PA.

The topics with the special emphasis on the international cooperation are highlighted in this table. For details please consult WP.

SC5 Topics for international cooperation

The work programme (WP) for years 2018 – 2020 will focus on moving to a greener, more resource efficient and climate resilient economy in sync with the natural environment, demonstrating a strong commitment to supporting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets of the COP21 Paris Agreement (PA).

One of the measures Commission is implementing to tackle overall and thematic specific issues in this WP is focused on the reinforcement of international cooperation across both calls and topics with a strong international dimension, especially to ensure the follow-up and implementation of the COP21 PA.

The topics with the special emphasis on the international cooperation are highlighted in this table. For details please consult WP.

Helpful links:

Guidance note – Funding of applicants from non-EU countries & international organisations

Co-fund mechanism/-agreements BRIC+M (à Please click on the country – not on „S&T agreement“)

Online sources of information

European commission Participant Portal 

 

 

Information on First Call launched by China for the EU-China Research and Innovation Co-Funding Mechanism

Further to the political agreement reached at the 2nd EU-China Innovation Cooperation Dialogue and the Summit of 29 June and the conclusions of the EU-China Joint Steering Committee on S&T Cooperation of 30 October, the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) has published its first call for proposals under the EU-China Co-Funding Mechanism (CFM) for Research and Innovation.
The CFM is intended to support mainland China-based research and innovation organisations participating in Horizon 2020 projects. This first call covers a variety of thematic areas including food, agriculture, biotechnology, information and communication technology, space, aviation, energy, health, transportation, water resources, energy conservation, advanced manufacturing, new materials, sustainable urbanization, and exchanges of young scientists.

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