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Improving noise reduction

The Silentwood project has developed sophisticated noise-reducing wall panels and doors. In addition to spurring growth and jobs in the doors/panels application sector, Silentwood will provide direct economic and health benefits to the EU.
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EuResist - Enhancing HIV treatment with more precise patient modeling

HIV is not curable but it is treatable, states Dr Francesca Incardona, CEO of EuResist Network GEIE and research area manager at Informa Srl, the SME responsible for coordinating the EuResist project.
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SILCO - Doing away with bacteria in water systems

The SILCO project has developed an innovative monitoring device that senses the elimination process of complex bacterial communities known as biofilm and unsafe bacteria from drinking water systems. The prototype successfully killed legionella bacteria at a natural source spa in Slovakia
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FIRELI - New hose equipment to increase safety of firemen

Every year, fires affect large areas of forest in Europe - mostly in the Mediterranean countries, where an average of around 500,000 hectares are destroyed annually. That is the equivalent of 50 times the land area of Paris. The economic cost is estimated at between €600 and €800 million per year.
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Smart irrigation technology set to reduce costs and save water

Due in large part to inefficient water irrigation systems, the agriculture industry wastes 60% of the water it uses each year, or 70% of the world's freshwater. WaterBee has developed a smart irrigation system to reduce this wastage, thereby saving money and increasing both crop quality and yield.
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NANORAY - A portable x-ray machine

X-ray technology has existed for more than 100 years, but in spite of repeated efforts no one has found a way of solving the problems involved in making X-ray machines portable. Now, thanks to an innovative European Union (EU) funded multinational research project, that breakthrough has at last been achieved.
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CleanHatch - New high-tech solution to clean fish hatcheries

Due to increased market pressure to produce high quality and low cost fish, the aquaculture industry has been forced to develop technologies that reduce the level of risk to investors yet maintain reliable production output.
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Let there be sight

Transplanting the human cornea (1) can enable a blind person to see. But it requires the perfect human donor match and there are no guarantees of success. A group of EU-funded SMEs and researchers, however, has developed an artificial cornea that offers failed transplant patients a potentially life-changing alternative.
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including climate change

An overall budget of EUR 1.8 billion has been earmarked for the Environment theme in the Seventh Framework Programme.


The objective of Theme 6 work programme is to fund research that will advance knowledge of the relationship between climate, biosphere, ecosystems and human activities and to produce new technologies and tools and services to ensure sustainable development.

Areas of Environment Research covered in FP7

Theme 6 is built around four main activities that include:

  • climate change, pollution risks;
  • sustainable management of resources;
  • environmental technologies;
  • earth observation and assessment tools.

Scope of environment research and opportunities in other thematic areas

The scope for health research is extremely broad with opportunities for health research funding arising under other themes. These include Health, Food, Information and Communication Technologies, Nanosciences, Energy, Environment, Transport, and Space

Opportunities for SMEs

The research calls under the theme of the environment are designed to attract industrial participants but with a specific focus on SME relevant research topics including: sustainable water, soil mapping, sustainable remediation, waste management technologies, control of hazardous chemicals and environmental risk assessment.

For more information on the Environment theme see pages on CORDIS.