On 9 January 2019 EURAMET has launched a new call in the European Metrology Programme for Innovation & Research (EMPIR) in the following areas:
The deadline for the Stage 1 call is 18 February 2019.
Read more: EURAMET website
This new report provides an overview of over 150 projects financed by the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme in 2016-2017 and which contribute to the different stages of a circular economy. The fields covered are diverse and address production processes, new bio-based and biodegradable products, substitution or recovery of raw materials, conversion of CO2, packaging, plastics, etc. Altogether, the projects represent an investment of around EUR 900 million, of which more than EUR 765 million from EU funding.
On 6 December, the winners of the Innovation Radar Prize were announced at the European Commission's ICT conference in Vienna. This Prize shows how EU funding is helping brilliant innovators to transform their research results into tangible benefits for the citizens.
Two "Key Enabling Technologies" projects from the Horizon 2020 "NMBP" programme are among the winners !
The 2018 Innovation Radar Prize goes to Gr3n from Switzerland, partner in the SYMBIOPTIMA project, for their breakthrough technology for "upcycling" PET/ polyester.
The Prize for the "Best early stage innovation" category goes to BioInicia (Spain), coordinator in the OptiNanoPro project, for their surface adhesion breakthrough that can revolutionise efficiency of solar panels and food packaging.
Read more about Innovation Radar Prize
2018 is the European Year of Cultural Heritage! Europe has a huge number of artefacts and their preservation poses a significant challenge to conservation approaches and materials. How can advanced materials and nanotechnologies contribute to the conservation of European and global cultural heritage?
Eight NanoData Landscape Compilation studies covering the application of nanotechnology in the fields of construction, energy, environment, health, ICT, manufacturing, photonics and transport were published in 2017, based on data from 2015 and 2016. This report is an update of those studies and is based on data collected in 2016 and 2017. NanoData Landscape Compilation studies covering the application of nanotechnology in the fields of construction, energy, environment, health, ICT, manufacturing, photonics and transport were published in 2017, based on data from 2015 and 2016. This report is an update of those studies and is based on data collected in 2016 and 2017.
This conference will offer a platform to industry and policy makers to discuss a comprehensive and long-term industrial strategy for Europe in the next Commission. It will also put a focus on the societal aspects of an industrial policy and how this effects people’s lives positively.
The programme will include key notes by high profile industry speakers, thematic workshops and an exhibition with results from EU funded research & innovation projects.
The European Commission is looking for industrial companies and factories willing to open their doors for the public from January to March 2019 to show the vital role industry plays in citizen’s lives and in the economy.
Possible events include plant tours, training courses, jobs & education fairs, breakfast discussions, etc.
The events will be labelled “EU Industry Week” and participating companies and factories will be promoted on the Europa website.
More information about the EU Industry Open Doors.
The deadline to apply is 15 January 2019.
Metalworking industries increasingly rely on additive manufacturing for the production of high added-value final parts and products. However, high costs and unpredictable defects are hampering the complete deployment and full adoption of this technology. Two EU funded projects have started recently under the topic “Factories of the Future – Pilot lines for metal additive manufacturing”, to address this challenge and ensure that Europe successfully makes the transition towards lower energy consumption and more efficient production.
An independent High-level Strategy Group on industrial technologies has published a report entitled Re-finding industry – Defining Innovation on the support of Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) through research and innovation. At the request of Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, the experts reviewed and updated the existing strategy on KETs. The Commission will now carefully study their recommendations.
Among other recommendations, the experts proposed two new key enabling technologies for prioritisation at EU level: artificial intelligence and security & connectivity. Their report states that with the right level of ambition for more skills, courage for funding, single market and social dialogue, these KETs will contribute to support growth, jobs and democracy. The experts believe that by focussing on inclusive and sustainable growth, Europe can become the best place to live, study, work and flourish.
A selection of articles about EU funded Research & Innovation projects from across Europe.