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

A catalogue of the H2020-SC5 projects updated with the 2017 one stage results has been published by the European Commission

The catalogue contains information about 266 projects resulting from the 2014, 2015, 2016 and first part of 2017 calls for proposals1 in the Societal Challenge ‘Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials’. Altogether the 266 projects are mobilising resources totaling around EUR 1 642 million, of which more than EUR 1 271 million as EU funding.

The catalogue is available at the following link: http://ec.europa.eu/research/environment/pdf/research_and_innovation_sc5_projects_2014-2017a.pdf

27 new Horizon 2020 projects in the pipeline

The European Commission has selected 27 proposals for funding under Horizon 2020’s Societal Challenge “Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials”.

The new projects will receive an EU contribution of about EUR 123 million. They were chosen from among 133 proposals which had been submitted by 7 March 2017 in reply to Horizon 2020 call for proposals. Most projects selected for funding are in the field of climate services and decarbonisation (10) and raw materials (8).

Grant agreements are now being prepared for signature so that the new projects are ready to be launched as of December 2017.

Successful applicants to two-stage calls for proposals were invited to submit full proposal by 5 September 2017.

Further environment projects will be selected through the two-stage calls for proposals of Societal Challenge “Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials”. Of the 268 draft proposals submitted by 7 March, 82 passed the first stage of evaluation and applicants were invited to submit a full proposal by 5 September 2017.

Background information:

New project catalog published

A revised version of the document presenting an overview of projects financed by the Societal Challenge ‘Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials’, which includes the results of the 2016 calls has been pubblished recently from EU Commission. It’s possible download the catalog at the following link: http://ec.europa.eu/research/environment/pdf/research_and_innovation_sc5_projects_2014-2016.pdf

The 218 projects resulting from the 2014, 2015 and 2016 calls for proposals in the Societal Challenge ‘Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials’ are here briefly presented. All together, the 218 projects are mobilising resources totalling around EUR 1,392 million, of which more than EUR 1,092 million as EU funding. The projects could last up to 5 years duration.

The calls launched in 2014, 2015 and 2016 focussed on investing in systemic innovation by promoting resource efficiency for a greener and competitive economy as a key part of smart, inclusive and sustainable growth.