These projects were chosen among 82 proposals which were submitted by the 5th of September 2017 for the two-stage 2017 calls.
Grant agreements are now being prepared for signature so that the new projects are ready to be launched as of June 2018.
AfriCultuReS (AFRIcan AgriCULTUral Systems with the Support of REmote Sensing) is the Horizon 2020 project that won a call on using Earth Observation assets for improving food security in Africa. The project has 17 partners, 7 of which are located in African countries (Tunisia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Ghana, Rwanda, Mozambique, South Africa) and receives about €8.5 million of EU funding.
Several local farming communities are strongly involved and might directly benefit from the projects results. They receive support in becoming more climate resilient, to increase their income and get access to clean, renewable energy – three factors that might improve their living conditions.
GREENWIN explores green business models and their implementation barriers, while TRANSRISK looks into low carbon pathways from a macro-economic perspective, including risk analysis and policy direction.
The €9 million investment includes € 1.75 million received from the SME Instrument and will help Octoly to launch Octoprime, a platform that will enable influencers to create their own online stores to sell the products they review.
The thawing of permafrost – which is the ground that has been frozen for at least 2 years, rock and soil included – exposes coastal areas and nearshore areas to rapid changes such as coastal erosion, release of nutrients in the sea, instable infrastructures (roads, water supply chains and so on), impact on biodiversity, release of gases in the atmosphere (CO2, methane and so forth)
In order to access the European mineral deposits and reserves in greater depths, the project has developed a sustainable robotics system for underwater mining. This clean and low visibility mining technique will enable to overcome the issue of mineral depletion and to open new mines with limited environmental impact, even where mineral deposits were traditionally unreachable. To achieve all this, ¡VAMOS! has engaged with stakeholders to reach environmentally-friendly as well as socially and economically advantageous solutions.
Amorph systems' software extracts data from diverse sources, including flight schedules, number of passengers on board an aircraft and any projected delays. The software then predicts passenger flows in a continuous, accurate and timely way and is updated every minute. This allows airports to avoid congestion and manage resources and staff in more effective way.
Workers in large industrial installations in particular are vulnerable to fatal accidents like fires and exposure to hazardous substances. Until now the focus has been on preventing accidents through procedures and safety regulations but thanks to eVision this approach might take a radical turn.
Minimal risk, maximal safety
The event, organised by Executive Agency for SMEs in cooperation with JPI-Climate ERA4CS, will take place in Brussels, on 29-30 November 2017.
Its objectives are:
9 of the most innovative SMEI beneficiaries from all over Europe had the chance to present their business ideas on sustainability in front of investors and interested spectators.