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13/01/2015
The list of the very first Horizon 2020 projects in robotics from Call 1 is now ready. It includes medical- and rescue robotics, industrial and service robotics as well as cognitive interaction and precision agricultural techniques. Read more
12/01/2015
EU-funded researchers have developed an automated prototype to help farmers monitor and control the amount of water and fertiliser they need for their crops. It has already been successfully tested on 25 hectares of land (an area roughly the size of 35 football pitches), and the SMEs involved are making commercialisation plans – there is currently no such system on the market. Read more
12/01/2015
Mycotoxins – produced by fungi – contaminate about 25 % of food crops worldwide, according to the latest estimates. Detecting contamination quickly and reliably is essential for food safety, as mycotoxins could be transferred to bread, for instance, making it unsafe to eat. The MYCOHUNT project developed a system that can sniff out mycotoxins almost immediately. It is expected to be on the market within two years. Read more
12/01/2015
With the help of EU research funding, three small businesses have been able to take a concept for more efficient, cheaper types of paints for hazardous, explosive work areas, develop innovative products, and successfully bring them to market. The new paints also eliminate the need for the metal particles and solvents normally used in such products – removing a potential health hazard. Read more
12/01/2015
In this newsletter Thierry Van der Pyl, Director of "Excellence in Science" at DG CONNECT, summarises the achievements in FET for this first year in H2020, in parallel with EC policies development, and looks at the challenges ahead of us. We also report on FET related funding opportunities, conferenes & workshops, major results & achievements of FET projects & initiatives & reports. Read more
09/01/2015
EU-funded researchers have identified the untapped commercial potential of products like wild berries, mushrooms, nuts and plants growing in Europe’s forests for the benefit of rural communities – a way to generate growth and jobs. Read more
09/01/2015
Sugar-based biomolecules such as glycoproteins contribute to many cellular processes and interactions on which our health depends. They are also involved in a variety of diseases and could offer leads for new medical breakthroughs — if they could be analysed quickly and accurately on a large scale. EU-funded researchers have found a way. Read more
09/01/2015
Bridges are an integral part of today's road and rail transport network, but maintaining them puts significant strain on public finances. The EU-funded project Long Life Bridges has found a way to keep them safe at lower cost. It has also built a prototype of a device designed to extend the lifetime of bridge cables. Read more
09/01/2015
Today the European Commission is announcing new support for innovative companies around Europe through two initiatives. One of these is a new, €200 million, "Fast Track to Innovation" initiative launched today by the Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation Carlos Moedas. This instrument will promote innovation by reducing the time it takes to bring innovative ideas to market. Read more
09/01/2015
The first Societal challenge 2 project, HENNOVATION, has just officially started on 1st January 2015, after a grant agreement preparation of less than a month. It is a thematic network for agriculture innovation addressing practice-driven innovation in particular in the laying hen sector. Read more

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