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  A blueprint for accelerating research collaborations
International collaboration is a driving force behind innovation, but for cooperation to occur effectively researchers must be able to securely and efficiently share resources, data and knowledge. An EU-funded project is proposing technical solutions and guidance to achieve unprecedented international interoperability between research communities.

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  Ramping up connectivity in remote regions
Drones, small satellites and smart software are set to enhance connectivity in some of the world's harshest environments thanks to an EU-funded project enabling innovative applications for Internet of Things devices such as polar climate sensors.

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  WaveRoller - turning waves into electricity
Finnish firm AW-Energy is tapping into wave power as a clean energy source. A loan supported by the InnovFin-EU finance for innovators initiative under the EU's Horizon 2020 programme and extended by the European Investment Bank has helped it bring its WaveRoller device to the commercialisation phase.

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  Mushroom compost: a rich source of bio-product innovation
A project funded by the BBI JU under Horizon 2020 is developing innovative technologies that will enable mushroom farms to turn compost into novel bio-based products such as natural pesticides, cutting fossil fuel use and positioning the sector at the heart of Europe's circular economy.

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  Global connections strengthen research collaboration
Tools, technologies and human connections developed in an EU-funded project are fostering collaboration opportunities for researchers globally, aiding mobility and providing seamless access to knowledge and resources across the academic world.

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  Satellites reveal undersea landscapes
Conventional methods of mapping the sea floor are slow and expensive. EU-funded researchers used satellite-derived techniques combined with crowd-sourced depth soundings to map large areas quickly and at lower cost.

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  Restoring the genetic diversity of key food crops
The EU-funded project G2P-SOL is gathering, improving and disseminating genetic and phenotypic information on key food crops like potato and tomato. This information can be used in farming to improve the productivity of such crops and provide healthier food.

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  Tasty and nutritious food for senior citizens
As a person ages, their appetite and physical capacity to eat can diminish. To prevent malnutrition among senior citizens and make eating a pleasure for them, an EU-funded project has developed tasty fruit- and vegetable-based foods adapted to their health needs.

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  Personalised medicine for disease prevention
Medical practitioners are increasingly adopting a 'personalised medicine' (PM) approach involving individually tailored patient care. An EU-funded project is fostering collaboration on PM research and training, with special emphasis on the prevention of chronic diseases.

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  Lighter, fuel-efficient ships for a sustainable future
Ultra-efficient ships built with innovative, lightweight materials using sustainable manufacturing processes are taking to the seas thanks to an EU-funded project that promises to boost the competitiveness of the European maritime industry - and benefit the environment.

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  A roadmap for wider access to scientific results
Open science and new technology, which make research findings freely available to everyone, have revolutionised academic research. An EU-funded project has proposed solutions and recommendations to ensure scientific discoveries are communicated as widely as possibly for the benefit of other researchers, industry and society as a whole.

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  Nature-based solutions for urban dwellers
Big city life can mean a lack of green living spaces, especially in more crowded, less affluent urban areas. TURAS, an EU-funded project, demonstrated ways to add green to the grey - transforming stressful urban areas into more liveable and sustainable spaces where local communities can thrive.


  Getting green renewables into the grid
Today's clean, renewable energy is bringing power to millions with virtually no adverse environmental impact. An EU-funded project is modelling the power sector and assessing different scenarios for the further integration of green renewables into the electrical grid.

  Better flood warnings over the phone
An EU-funded project has brought together satellite-imaging data with crowd-sourced information from a mobile phone app to provide better information and warnings for citizens and emergency responders during flooding events.

  Helping small farmers to meet growing food needs
The expansion of the world's population poses a number of urgent challenges, including increasing food production. An EU-funded project is developing an Earth observation (EO)-based IT platform that provides key information and advisory services to small farmers, to help them play their part in meeting future food needs.

  Award-winning innovations to propel fusion power
Researchers from Germany and the United Kingdom have been recognised for cutting-edge innovations that could help make fusion power a commercial reality - a highly stress-resistant metal and robots with mini yet mighty laser heads.

  Smart crowd evacuation in emergencies
Protecting large crowds is a key public safety priority. An EU-funded project has developed an evacuation platform to support responders in guiding crowds away from danger should an emergency arise, thereby saving lives.

  Targeting lone-actor terrorism
An EU-funded project has addressed the threat of violence posed by lone extremists, compiling an extensive database on cases of terrorism linked to such individuals to help prevent future attacks and protect people around the world.

  Cities work together towards a more resilient future
European cities face increasing hazards and disaster risks from extreme weather, terrorist attacks and insecurity. An EU-funded research project has provided guidelines and tools for cities to learn and share experiences and become better, more resilient places to live.

  Revitalising endangered languages: a service for all
Bringing a language back from the brink is not just a way to preserve cultural diversity. It is also an investment in a more inclusive society where a wider variety of citizens can thrive. EU-funded researchers are pioneering new approaches and techniques.

  Creating a culture of excellence in cardio assessment
Young researchers are gaining top-level training and exposure to the latest in image-based heart monitoring, assessment and disease diagnosis, thanks to an EU-funded collaboration between industry, clinics and researchers that could lead to better outcomes for cardiovascular patients.

  Helping robots learn new skills quickly and independently
An EU-funded project is looking to increase the capacity of robots to set themselves goals and develop skills autonomously. This could boost EU competitiveness in the field of artificial intelligence and advance understanding of learning processes.

  Seeking the seeds of tolerance in religious strife
Disinterested scholarship was able to unfold once rival religious denominations' rules and positions had been established in the 16th and 17th centuries, according to EU-funded research. Such scholarship, in turn, helped to generate greater religious tolerance - a mechanism that could inform ways to improve acceptance of diversity.

  Innovative technology for next-gen vehicles
Steering for direction, brakes for safety, suspension for comfort? Yes, but they are all relevant to each other. An EU-funded project that focuses on harnessing their interplay is developing smart technologies for even better cars - boosting industry competitiveness in the process.

  Making cutting-edge science accessible to the public
How to demonstrate why funding frontier research matters and how it improves our lives? An EU-funded project is taking up the challenge using multimedia campaigns to highlight research on cities, food, longevity, sensory experiences, music and artificial intelligence.

  EU and Indonesian researchers coordinate on community healthcare
With a focus on strengthening maternal healthcare service to rural Indonesia, researchers with the Eijkman Institute, in partnership with the EU-funded REACHOUT project, have developed new training manuals geared specifically towards volunteer community health workers.

  Empowering research into devastating insect-borne diseases
Researchers are gaining unprecedented access to mosquitoes, ticks, sandflies and the diseases they carry, thanks to a groundbreaking EU-funded initiative that pools resources, technology and expertise to counter the world's most devastating insect-borne pathogens.

  Infrastructure to accelerate vaccine development
An EU-funded project is developing infrastructure to support innovation and accelerate the development of new vaccines. This will enhance European competitiveness in this field and bring major societal benefits.

  Fast-tracking European innovations to the global market
An EU-funded project is building bridges between fundamental research in detection and imaging technologies and the world of business. The network it is creating will channel breakthroughs that push the frontiers of science on to the global market.

  Better forecasting to head off acute pollution events in Asia
Air quality in South East Asia is a major concern as the region further develops. European and Chinese scientists teamed up to develop space and ground-based tools and methods to monitor, model and forecast regional air quality and a growing list of emission types. Authorities can use the tools to plan for or prevent acute air-quality incidents, potentially saving thousands of lives.

  Connecting the dots for multi-messenger astrophysics
How do you see the invisible in our Universe? Various types of detectors can be used, and an EU-funded project is making it easier to piece together the bigger picture from the different signals they observe. In the process, it is helping to strengthen Europe's position at the leading edge of research into the nature of the Universe.

  Better hydraulic research to reduce risks of flooding
With countries facing greater risks of flooding due to climate change, an EU-funded project is promoting access to experimental hydraulic research facilities, bringing researchers together and accelerating the application of cutting-edge science to speed up adaptation to climate change.

  EU fish farming: research to reel in the competition
A chip to monitor fish health is just one innovation linked to an EU-funded project aimed at boosting European aquaculture by facilitating research. The possible future benefit for consumers is more high-quality fish.

  Turkish and EU researchers join forces for Mediterranean conservation efforts
Turkey's Mediterranean Conservation Society and the EU-funded MERCES project are researching innovative solutions for restoring the Mediterranean's degraded habitats.

  Designer proteins for new bio-tech applications
An EU-funded project has developed a technique to design and synthesise highly stable proteins. The approach enables proteins to be made from scratch, tailored to carry out specific tasks for advances in fields such as biomedicine and biotech - boosting Europe's competitiveness.

  Cities use waste heat to save energy and cut emissions
An EU-funded project is helping European cities to run district heating and cooling systems with waste heat. Solutions provided through the project capture and use this affordable and plentiful resource to help households, factories and offices save energy.

  Particle physics tools to push the boundaries of knowledge
Detectors at the accelerators of the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) help answer big questions about the Universe and support advances in fields such as medical technology. An EU-funded project is fostering collaboration on detector development to boost such scientific progress.

  Helping Africa 'hack' into Open Science
An EU-funded project has given African researchers the knowledge and tools they need to develop their own science gateways, web portals and accessible data repositories, helping to make their work more visible around the world.

  Global network of research infrastructures promotes bioimaging technologies
Advanced imaging technologies are revolutionising biological and biomedical science. An EU-funded project enabled researchers worldwide to better access cutting-edge biological and medical imaging technologies, to accelerate the great societal benefits this technological revolution will provide.

  Coordinated global virus collection to boost disease control
Virus collections are vital resources for understanding the basis of diseases and formulating control strategies. An EU-funded project is developing an easily accessible global archive of pathogens - a way of boosting research into protecting human and animal health.

  Unique magnets to supercharge the world's largest particle accelerator
An EU-funded project is driving innovation and commercial interest in novel magnet technologies that are set to play a key role in deepening our understanding of the universe by means of a planned major upgrade of the Large Hadron Collider, the world's largest and most powerful particle accelerator.

  Innovations to optimise industrial batch processing
Increasing batch processing efficiency is a key challenge for European industry. An EU-funded project has demonstrated innovative technology that improves product quality while optimising energy and raw material use in the polymer, steel and silicon industries.

  Infrastructure boost for planetary science in Europe
How do planets form? How do they evolve? What could their past tell us about our own planet's future? An EU-funded project facilitating access to crucial data and top-flight infrastructure is placing planetary scientists in a better position to explore such questions as part of Europe's cutting-edge contribution to space research.

  Making science more open and accessible
Open exchange and cooperation are guiding principles in the sciences. An EU-funded project is creating the integration and management system for the ground-breaking European Open Science Cloud, keeping communications open for science and the betterment of society.

  Boosting our defence against deadly Klebsiella pneumoniae
With a better understanding of how Klebsiella Pneumoniae evades our body's immune system, researchers with the EU-funded U-KARE project are developing new treatments based on boosting our defences against the potentially deadly disease.

  New insight into how the brain develops
Humankind has always had a fascination with the brain - how it develops, how it works and how things can go wrong. By tracking a neuron's path through the brain, neuroscientists with the EU-funded MOMECODE project have given us new insight into how the brain develops.

  Uncovering new information on the rise of the dinosaurs
By conducting field-work and re-examining museum collections, the EU-funded ARCHOSAUR RISE project has shed new light on how archosaurs and such relatives as the dinosaurs diversified and rose to dominance.

  Demystifying immunity in the bladder
The EU-funded UPECBCG project set out to study the bladder's immune system, with the aim of advancing our understanding of UTI and bladder cancer to improve treatment of these diseases.

  Bespoke sanitation solutions for water-stressed regions
With EU backing, an international team has developed a unique bespoke - modular yet integrated - solution for reusing wastewater in remote and/or water-stressed communities. The patented technologies are being piloted in locations where water is a precious commodity for agriculture or in the conservation of natural freshwater ecosystems.

  Researchers predict huge CO2 release by 2050
As the Earth warms, it releases trapped carbon into the atmosphere. Just how much is likely to be released and the impact it could have on the planet has been the subject of much debate. EU-funded researchers can now offer new insights into likely soil activity in climate-change scenarios.

  Rogue 'protein factories' point to potential cancer treatments
Cells are packed with proteins, encoded by the recipes in our genes. An EU-funded researcher has discovered key differences in protein production between healthy cells and tumours, revealing exciting potential avenues for the development of future cancer treatments.

  Defending hardware and data against malicious cyber attacks
The exposure this year of the Meltdown and Spectre flaws in computer processors has given added urgency to the work of an EU-funded project to protect systems against 'side-channel' attacks.

  A bigger, bolder leap into high-energy particle physics
An EU-funded project is setting in motion the future exploration of the building blocks of the universe, contributing to plans for particle accelerators three times bigger and many times more powerful than the Large Hadron Collider.

  Next-generation particle accelerators promise big benefits
A new generation of particle accelerators will help physicists explore the mysteries of the universe, provide engineers with novel tools to combat pollution and enable doctors to treat cancer more effectively. An EU-funded project is leading the advance, developing technologies that are set to have a profound impact on science and society.

  A research facility to drive forward technological progress
The European Spallation Source (ESS) will be the world's most powerful source of neutrons, a key tool in advancing materials science and technological progress. An EU-funded project has supported the development of ESS, which could lead to scientific breakthroughs that improve our quality of life.

  International network impacts Arctic research and monitoring
An EU-funded infrastructure project is enhancing international cooperation for research and monitoring in the Arctic. This is providing a better understanding of environmental change, and how to adapt to it.

  Strengthening Europe's CBRN industry
Defending the public against the malicious use of CBRN materials is a vital responsibility for European authorities, but it also represents a significant opportunity for European companies. An EU-funded project is working to promote a more efficient, sustainable and globally competitive European CBRN industry.

  High-tech detection of fraudulent documents
The making and use of false documents is responsible for enormous losses in societal and individual human terms. An EU-funded research initiative is piloting a high-tech detector of fraudulent documents, to be used by financial, border-control and law-enforcement services.

  Tracking and preventing radicalisation using an AI 'spy'
TA suite of smart software being developed by EU-funded researchers is designed to help law enforcers and intelligence agencies stop violent online radicalisation in its tracks.

  Walkie-talkies get a high-tech, super-secure makeover
As national and international emergency services start thinking about switching from standard radio networks to broadband, EU-funded researchers are ahead of the game with their secure, high-tech take on the traditional walkie-talkie.

  A study in gesture interactions
The EU-funded GETUI project is developing ways to assess how gestures fit into the communication skill set needed for collaborative problem solving.

  Vitamin D trial results breakthrough
EU-funded researchers have delivered the first internationally comparable data providing firm evidence of a significant risk to public health in Europe from vitamin D deficiency.

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