Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020

11 environment and resources projects in the pipeline

These projects were selected among 79 proposals which were submitted by the deadline of 27 February 2018 for the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 one-stage call - Greening the economy in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.

Grant agreements are now being prepared for signature so that the new projects are ready to be launched as of November 2018 onwards.

118 successful applicants to the first stage of the two-stage calls for proposals were invited to submit full proposal by 4 September 2018.

The European Commission has selected 11 projects that will receive around €29.7 million under Horizon 2020's Societal Challenge "Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials".

World Circular Economy Forum side event - register today!

Following the first edition in 2017 in Helsinki, SITRA (the Finnish Innovation Fund) organises -together with the Ministry of the Environment of Japan - the 2nd edition of the Forum in Yokohama, Japan from 22 to 24 of October. 

The Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises is organising a side event during the World Circular Economy Forum (WCEF) in Yokohama, Japan. Interested in innovative solutions for circular services? Let us know! 

Open call for innovations on climate adaptation

6-9 innovations will be selected on the basis of their technical, social and market readiness. The minimum requirements for the innovations are:
  • it has been developed by an innovator with legal representatives in a EU or associated country;
  • it mitigates impacts from floods, droughts or extreme weather events;
  • it is at a technical readiness level (TRL) of 4 or higher (i.e. a prototype has been developed and is ready for further testing in the lab or field); and
  • it is a structural, software or nature based solution.

Are you an innovator involved in climate adaptation? Does your innovation mitigate the impacts of floods, droughts or other extreme weather events? Are you eager to improve your innovation, make it fit with needs of end users, and meet with prospective clients? If you reply yes to all those questions, apply today for the open call for innovations by 15 August! 

Smart water services: bridging the digital and the physical world

The workshop was the occasion for public discussion on the recently published ICT4Water Digital Single Market for Water Services Action Plan, for welcoming new members, and for listening key stakeholders’ views on digitalisation applied to the water sector.

The workshop “Smart water services: Bridging the digital and the physical world” has been jointly organised on 13 June by the European Commission and the European Water Technology Platform (WssTP) within the Water Innovation Europe in Brussels. 

Circular Impacts - supporting policy makers in the transition towards circular economy

The aim of the Circular Economy Policy Workshop was to share recent policy-relevant findings, demonstrate the project’s evidence library and discuss forward-looking circular-economy policy in the context of:

A circular economy policy workshop took place in Brussels on 31 May 2018. The event was organised in the context of the CIRCULAR IMPACTS project.

Plan Bee: projects on beekeeping

Bees play the vital role of pollinating many of our agricultural crops and balancing the ecosystem. A big part of the food we eat depends on pollinators such as honeybees. However, apiculture is facing important colony losses lately due to diseases and harmful pesticides.

The EU is funding several projects managed by the Executive Agency EASME (the EU’s Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises) to help cope with this environmental crisis and save the hardworking bees:

From Tuesday 26 to Wednesday 28 June, the European Parliament is celebrating the 7th edition of the Bee Week. Here are 4 projects managed by EASME on beekeeping that contribute on the ground to this year's theme: How is the agricultural community mobilised to protect bees?

PERMIDES showcases great results at its Final Conference

With partners in pharmaceutical and medical sectors on the one hand and IT solution providers on the other, PERMIDES has granted around 3 million Euro for digital innovations and development of prototypes in the framework of innovation.

Fourteen of the best of such projects presented their results at Utrecht, with close to 100 attendees from all over Europe sharing their insights and experiences and networking with potential partners. 

Empowering personalised medicine through digital solutions – this was the motto of the Final Conference of PERMIDES, an EU funded project supporting 50 innovative solutions with strong digital elements.

€60k for automotive and mobility startups

IMPACT Connected Car, a disruptive mobility acceleration programme, just launched their second and final call for startups innovating in mobility and automotive sectors. The programme looks to recruit startups and SMEs that can deliver ground-breaking solutions in areas such as wireless chargers, anti-hacker security, smart driving and 0% emission transport, to name a few.

Would you like to receive €60,000 equity-free funding, mentoring and support for your innovative mobility or automotive idea? Here is your chance!

EU-funded Arctic research projects: building synergies to boost impact

When ice melts, polar bears retire on land, waiting for new ice to form and relying on their fat reserves to survive.  Polar bears are emblematic for a huge change that is going on. Climate change in the Arctic is three times faster than in other regions. It has a huge impact not only on the polar bears, but also on the Arctic environment, its people and on the rest of the globe, since “what happens in the Arctic doesn’t stay there”. 

Loss of Arctic sea ice due to climate change is the most serious threat to polar bears throughout their circumpolar range. The largest land carnivores on Earth cannot hunt without ice platforms in the sea. 


Horizon 2020 projects featured at Water for Africa session at EBC-VII & ISEB-2018 conference

Seven Horizon 2020 projects:

Sustainable water supply and sanitation is key to the food security, health, survival, societal well-being and economic growth in developing countries, and especially in Africa.


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