Multiple framework contract for the production of regulatory and economic analysis concerning the interactions between industrial, environmental, human health, climate change, raw materials, energy, transport, ecodesign, employment, taxation, trade and investment, research and innovation, public procurement, the internal market of services and sustainable product policies, and on the consequences of these on the competitiveness of European enterprises and industry sectors, including construction, and on consumers' welfare and employment.
The aim of the study will be to compose an inventory of raw materials that are used by the EU defence sector, including air, land and sea-based platforms; weapons (air-launched, infantry and naval); and communications (satellite, etc). The study shall, in particular, take into account the list of materials identified in both the RMI and the JRC studies.
Demonstration projects and pre-industrial/experimental projects should fall under one of the following two categories:
- Collection, sorting and preparation of waste and material derived from waste;
- Transformation and use of material derived from waste.
Particular focus will be placed upon projects dealing with the following topics:
The UK Technology Strategy Board, Invest Northern Ireland (Invest NI) and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) are to invest up to €3.432 million in collaborative feasibility studies to stimulate innovation across four technology areas that will enable and underpin UK growth: advanced materials; biosciences; electronics, sensors and photonics, and information and communications technology (ICT).
Investment of €33.6 million for ERA Chairs to support universities of other eligible research organisation to attract and maintain a high quality of human resources, and implement the structural changes necessary to achieve excellence on a sustainable basis.
The Proof of Concept funding helps ERC grant-holders bridge the gap between their research and the earliest stage of a marketable innovation. This programme is not open to Industry partners - the funding is only available to researchers from academic institutions. The ERC Proof of Concept grant is part of the HORIZON 2020 Funding Programme.
The overall objective of the framework contract is to provide the following services to the contracting authority:
1. Assistance and financial and technical support for the monitoring of open LIFE projects (operating and action grants) and new LIFE projects selected under the first 4 calls for action grants, of which the first one is expected to be published in June 2014;
2. Assistance for the evaluation and selection of proposals for traditional and integrated projects;
The objective of the contract is to analyse distortions of the functioning of waste markets in the EU, resulting from national, regional and local policy and legislation, and recommend actions to improve the situation. The tasks to be performed are:(a) information gathering;(b) case studies on different types of distortions of waste markets in the EU; and(c) options to ensure the efficient functioning of waste markets in the EU.
WASTE: A RESOURCE TO RECYCLE, REUSE AND RECOVER RAW MATERIALS This focus area will respond to needs identified in the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials, which also covers the supply of raw materials through sustainable extraction (e.g. novel mining techniques) and finding substitutes.
The work to be developed under this contract will support the development of the Sectoral Reference Document on Best Environmental Management Practice in the waste management sector.