Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020

Assessing costs of climate change thanks to EU funding

Coacch project

Horizon 2020 COACCH project (Co-designing the Assessment of Climate Change costs) project will address these issues, bringing together world-leading specialists in engineering science, climatologists and socio-economics.
More specifically, the COACCH project will focus on: 

Defining and assessing complex impact chains under different climate change scenarios, including macro-economic consequences, such as impact on growth and welfare, as well as non-market damage, constitute a prerequisite of policy-making. 

Collaboration between three Horizon 2020 projects for the decarbonisation and resilience of the European economy

How economic and social actors can champion CO2 phase-out

A joint session on 'How economic and social actors can champion CO2 phase-out' was organized at the European Sustainable Energy Week 2017. It featured contributions from Paul Ekins, Lars J. Nilsson and Jürgen Kropp, coordinators of INNOPATHS, REINVENT and EUCALC respectively. The session's discussions have identified the role of economic and social actors in CO2 phase-out, highlighting the importance of thoroughly understanding the innovation needs to address challenges of decarbonisation. 

The three Horizon 2020 projects INNOPATHS, REINVENT and EUCALC address the challenges of planning technological transition ahead of time and prioritising within and between different sectors in Europe. 

By acting in this way, they support stringent mitigation policies while taking into account the inertia in innovation systems and lock-in effects as well. They have been funded under the topic 'Pathways towards the decarbonisation and resilience of the European economy in the timeframe 2030-2050 and beyond'.

This collaboration on the decarbonisation of the EU economy is aimed at exchanging experiences while avoiding fragmentation and duplication of efforts. INNOPATHS, REINVENT and EUCALC collaborate in the communication and dissemination activities, joining efforts to stimulate science-to-policy discussions in support of policy making. This collaboration resulted in a joint participation at policy relevant events, such as the EU Sustainable Energy Week 2017 and a side-event at the 23rd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Bonn in November 2017.

Supporting EU policy-makers in the transition to the circular economy

The project is developing an assessment based on concrete data and indicators of the macro-economic, societal, environmental and labor market impacts of a successful transition to a circular economy. The assessment will support the European Commission in its discussions with the Member States on progress in the circular economy transition and the implications for the EU economy especially in the context of the European Semester.
To meet this objective CIRCULAR IMPACTS builds on the following principles:

Horizon 2020 Circular Impacts project is developing an assessment, based on concrete data and indicators of the macro-economic, societal, environmental and labour market impacts of a successful transition to a circular economy.

The new frontiers of Earth Observation

Monika Hohlmeier and Kurt Vandhenberge, Director at the European Commission, gave inspiring opening speeches, where they insisted on the crucial importance of protected areas such as national and regional parks. These are a mainstay of biodiversity conservation, while also contributing to people’s livelihoods, particularly at the local level. Furthermore, they contribute to mitigate the impact of climate change: it has been estimated that the global network of protected areas stores at least 15% of terrestrial carbon.

This week the Horizon 2020 ECOPOTENTIAL project launched an interesting photo exhibition in the premises of the European Parliament.

The event was hosted by MEP Monika Hohlmeier who is the Vice-Chair of the Budget Committee, and Chair of the “Sky and Space” Intergroup at the European Parliament.

Join us in Hannover Messe 23-24 April 2018!

Hannover Messe is one of the world's largest industrial technology trade fairs that focusses on key technologies and core areas of industry – from research and development, industrial automation, IT, industrial supply, production technologies and services to energy and mobility technologies. This year the fair will happen on 23-27 April under the main theme “Industry 4.0 reaches the next stage”. 

Over 6,000 exhibitors, 250,000 visitors, the newest technologies and key inventions - prepare your pitch - the SME Instrument is taking you to the world’s leading trade show for industrial technology. Applications to join us with the SME Instrument Business Acceleration Services close on 31 January 2018.

European Innovation Council pilot Jury unveiled – 87 investment and innovation experts selected

European Innovation Council pilot SME Instrument
A jury composed of 87 experts from 26 countries has been selected to interview applicants face to face, and judge which ones should be awarded funding of up to €2.5 million. The focus is on radical, market-creating innovations that have the potential to scale up onto European and global markets. The Jury consists of around 15% Business Angels, 20% entrepreneurs, 20% venture capitalists, with other experts coming from larger corporates, innovation hubs and accelerators, etc.

With the creation of the European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot, the SME instrument evaluations will undergo a radical change. Starting from the first cut-off on 10 January 2018, companies that pass the initial selection stage for Phase 2 awards, will have to pitch their innovation projects in front of a panel of jury experts, consisting of private investors, business angels and other players in the innovation ecosystem. This complements the existing paper based assessment in order to take full account of the personal qualities and motivations of the applicant innovators. 

TRA Vienna 2018 is waiting for you!

TRA 2018 is a renowned international transport research and technology conference, gathering representatives from business, industry, policy, science and research to shape the future of transport and mobility. More than 3,000 participants are expected to attend discussions on new mobility solutions for the society, the economy and the environment.

As part of the SME Instrument business acceleration services, we are bringing SME Instrument-funded companies to Transport Research Arena in Vienna on 16-19 April 2018. The main theme of TRA 2018 is "A Digital ERA For Transport - Solutions for Society, Economy and Environment", interested companies prepare to apply as the deadline closes on 10 January!


Hydrokemos builds a plant to clean groundwater with clean-tech

Hydrokemos water purification plant is funded by Horizon 2020 SME Instrument
Hydrokemos' technology - called electrodenitrification - destroys nitrates dissolved in water transforming them into air. The nitrates are entirely converted into N2 gas and oxygen – the basic components of air, which are of course environmentally harmless. This process produces no waste and the energy generated is re-inserted into the system – fully "closing the loop".

Algal bloom may sound pleasant but in fact it kills aquatic life by consuming all the oxygen from the water, suffocating wildlife and seriously damaging our environment. Most of it is due to excess nutrients applied to the soil, including nitrates. SME Instrument-funded Hydrokemos has built a plant to purify nitrate-polluted water with clean-tech equipment in Borrassà, Spain. Once fully operational, the plant will produce drinkable water to the city of Borrassà, the first town to use this new technology. In 2017 Hydrokemos also received an extra investment of € 500.000 from Victòria Venture Capital ​to help their project skyrocket.

List of SME Instrument evaluators in 2016 published!

Expert list is out!

The SME Instrument strives to have fair, equal and efficient evaluations in order to select the best, most innovative proposals for funding. Since January 2018 the SME Instrument is part of the European Innovation Council pilot, that supports market-creating innovation through funding and business acceleration support. This brings about changes to the evaluation process - notably face-to-face interviews for Phase 2. 

The list of more than 1400 evaluators who selected the most promising projects for the SME Instrument in 2016 has been published. The publication of the list aims to increase transparency and avoid conflicts of interest, as part of a set of measures taken to ensure funds are distributed in an equal way. Read here how the evaluations were made - and more importantly the changes ahead for 2018! 

EU to invest over € 114 million to help 262 small businesses bring their innovation on the market

EU to invest over € 114 million to help 262 small businesses bring their innovation on the market

69 companies get support to scale up their innovation

A total of 262 small and medium-sized companies have been selected for funding under the latest round of Horizon 2020's SME Instrument. The total amount to be distributed to the companies under both Phases of the programme is €114.237 million. With this funding, companies will be able to finance their innovation activities ranging from feasibility studies to market launch. 


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