Horizon 2020

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    The UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn will represent a milestone for the implementation of the Paris Climate Change Agreement by governments.

    During the event, it will become clearer how to make the Agreement fully operational and how nations could get the support needed to reach their climate change goals. Taking place in Germany but being presided over by the Government of Fiji, COP23 is in itself an example of cooperation between nations towards the global climate change common challenge.


     

     

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    Circular Economy across European Regions: Synergies and Complementarities
    Tuesday, 21 November 2017 from 10:30 until 19:00 (GMT) 
    London, United Kingdom

  • A selected group of 14  SME Instrument top innovators had the opportunity to pitch their business cases, receive feedback and network with top managers of the global leader in industrial technology ABB, share experiences with the incubated start-ups of the ABB's innovation hub SynerLeap and learn about the state-of-the-art applied research in robotics, industrial automation and energy at the famous ABB Corporate research center in Västerås (Sweden).

  • In addition to the SME Instrument grant, we offer the companies we fund business acceleration services that aim to support them on their growth path. The services include coaching, training, partnerships with corporates  and matchmaking with investors.

  • The funding is provided under Phase 1 of the instrument, which means that each project will receive €50,000 to finance a feasibility study for innovative products that can disrupt the market. Companies applying also receive business acceleration services and up to three days of free business coaching.

    The European Commission received 2079 eligible proposals by the cut-off date of 6 September. The 119 SMEs selected for funding are involved in 117 projects in total (multiple SMEs can be involved in one project).

  • On October 23-27 2017, the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) community will come together in Washington, D.C. for the GEO Week 2017. GEO Week 2017, consisting of GEO-XIV Plenary, side events and exhibition, will highlight and promote the role, applications and opportunities to use Earth observations in delivering 'Insight for a changing world'. With a focus on delivery and impact, GEO Week 2017 will explore the use and applications of Earth Observation in both the public and private sectors for the benefit of humankind.

  • In addition to the SME Instrument grant, we offer the companies we fund business acceleration services that aim to support them on their growth path. The services include coaching, training, partnerships with corporates  and matchmaking with investors.

  • Globally, aquaculture is the fastest growing food production sector in the world. The industry has grown at a steady 8-10% over the past 30 years, and this is set to continue as catches from wild capture fisheries level off and demand substantially increases. The FAO (Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations) estimates that aquaculture will grow to over 62% of the worldwide supply of fish protein by 2030.

  • By assessing sources of existing data from several projects and conducting analysis of specific tools, MICA will aim at the establishment of a stakeholder tailored product: the “European Union Raw Materials Intelligence Capacity Platform” (EU-RMICP). In this way, the project will provide many stakeholders with quality information and knowledge on raw materials, while giving them the best possible guidelines and recommendations for decision-making.

  • The projects will act as beachheads in the creation of new value chains in the following challenges: 

    - Safety and security;
    - Driver assistance;
    - Well-being;
    - Mobility management;
    - Vehicle management;
    - Infotainment.