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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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Seminar on Fast Track to Innovation under Horizon 2020
on december 16 in Brussels


Horizon 2020, the EU's new Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, will provide new and extended funding opportunities for excellent researchers and innovators across Europe. Running from 2014 to 2020 Horizon 2020 is part of the drive to create new growth and jobs in Europe.

One of the novelties will be the launch of a full-scale pilot to test a 'Fast Track to Innovation' instrument aiming to speed up the time from idea to market and to increase the participation of industry, SMEs and first time applicants. The pilot will be set up in 2015 and assessed as part of the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020.

DG Research and Innovation is organising a dedicated workshop with experts and stakeholders to prepare the setting up the 'Fast Track to Innovation' pilot with the aim to test this approach in a fully open and transparent way and in line with the potential beneficiaries' needs.


Clara de la Torre, Director, DG Research and Innovation

FTI: Policy Rationale and Implementation Challenges
Christian Ehler, Member of the European Parliament | Presentation (609Kb)

'Fast Track to Innovation Pilot' – legal frame
Bernd Reichert, Head of Unit, DG Research and Innovation | Presentation (160Kb)

Objectives and target groups: what is the ideal consortium for a 'Fast Track to Innovation' project?
o Representative industry:
- Markus J. Beyrer, Director General, Business Europe (tbc)
- Arnaldo Abruzzini, Secretary General, Eurochambres
o Philippe Vanrie, CEO, European Business & Innovation Centre Network
o John Smith, Deputy Secretary General, European University Association - EUA
o Muriel Attané, Secretary General, European Association of Research and Technology Organisations - EARTO
o Discussion


Implementation: how to manage an efficient innovation-oriented scheme?
Examples from Member States:
o Thomas Zuleger, Head of Division "Research Infrastructure and Guidance", Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, Germany | Presentation (122Kb)
o Milena Jozwik, Ministry of Economy, Poland (tbc)
o David Golding, Technology Strategy Board (TSB), United Kingdom | Presentation (830Kb)
o Luis J. Guerra Casanova , CDTI – Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, Spain | Presentation (1.1Mb)
o Discussion

Clara de la Torre, Director, DG Research and Innovations


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