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12 May 2015

Call for Tenders "Study on Frugal innovation and re-engineering of traditional techniques"

Study on the frugal innovation concept from an industrial perspective. Assessment of frugal innovation potential for Europe's competitiveness and economic development in the context of European policies (research and innovation, industrial, regional, etc.). Analysis of different options of public and private strategies for job creation and growth.

8 May 2015

Regional Growth through synergies between Horizon 2020 and the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF)

On 6 May 2015 the European Commission organised a workshop to establish a common perspective on the topic of synergies, and to identify what are the obstacles for the implementation of synergies between Horizon 2020 and ESIF. The workshop was hosted by the Committee of the Regions. More than 160 participants coming from national/regional authorities, industry and research exchanged ideas on how to enhance synergies between Horizon 2020 and ESIF to facilitate regional cooperation in the area of Key Enabling Technologies.

23 April 2015

Analysis of patenting activities of FP7 NMP projects

This study report presents the results from the analyses of patent activities from projects funded by FP7 within the field of NMP. The aim of this study was to assess the innovative performance of FP7 NMP projects, highlighting the particularities of NMP and within its different areas. The study also assesses the appropriateness and quality of the underlying patent data, which were retrieved from the EC project reporting database SESAM. The main findings reveal that patents can be considered a relevant but incomplete indicator of the innovative output of FP7 NMP projects, due to the relevance of other IP forms like secrecy and defensive publishing. Moreover, in its current form, the SESAM database appears to be an incomplete and inaccurate source of information for monitoring patent output from FP7 projects. The report concludes with guidelines for adequate patent registration in SESAM and recommendations about the type of indicators and the adequate time horizon for monitoring project innovative outputs.

21 April 2015

Ex post evaluation and impact assessment of funding in the FP7 NMP thematic area

The two reports present the results of the ex post evaluation and impact assessment study of the FP7 NMP Theme. The main report summarises the finding related to the FP7 NMP programme’s strategy and rationale, the programme’s implementation, efficiency and effectiveness. It also investigates whether the new directions chosen during FP7 – the launch the Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) - have delivered what they were introduced for. Although many FP7 NMP projects are still on-going the programme already has yielded significant results, scientific and economic. The report also provides recommendations to the Commission for implementation in the Horizon 2020 programme and beyond. The Annex Report published separately provides detailed information on the methodologies applied and more and detailed results.

16 April 2015

Horizon Prize on Materials for Clean Air launched

Particulate matter (PM) is the air pollutant that has the most severe impact on health, the environment and climate change. Develop the best material solution to reduce the concentration of particulate matter in cities and win €3 million.
Can you crack the challenge ?



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