пятница, 20 ноября 2015 г.

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European Commission invests € 160.6 million in 96 new environment projects

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Brussels, 20 November 2015

Commission co-finances under LIFE programme projects supporting the environment, nature and a more sustainable economy.

The Commission has approved an investment package of €264.8 million to support Europe's environment, nature and green growth. The investment covers 96 new projects spanning to 21 Member States, funded under the LIFE programme for the Environment. The projects cover actions in the field of environment and resource efficiency, supporting the transition to a more circular and sustainable economy, nature and biodiversity, and environmental governance and information. EU will co-finance the projects by providing € 160.6 million.
EU Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella said: "Money invested in environment projects is money well spent. I am delighted to see that our LIFE programme will support many innovative projects, and I am sure they will make a vital contribution. As well as protecting and enhancing natural capital, there are many promising avenues here that will help steer Europe towards a low-carbon, resource efficient and sustainable future. We will follow these projects carefully, with a view to sharing and replicating their success."
The Commission received 1 117 applications in response to a call for proposals that closed in June 2014. Of these, 96 were selected for co-funding through the programme's three components.
The 51 LIFE Environment & Resource Efficiency projects will mobilise € 103.3 million, of which the EU will provide € 56.2 million. These projects cover actions in five thematic areas: air, environment and health, resource efficiency, waste and water. Out of these close to half the funds will be dedicated to 14 resource efficiency projects that will facilitate Europe's transition to a more circular economy.
The 39 LIFE Nature & Biodiversity projects improve the conservation status of endangered species and habitats and contribute to the EU's goal of halting biodiversity loss. They have a total budget of € 153.9 million, to which the EU will contribute € 100 million.
The 6 LIFE Governance and Information projects aim to raise the awareness of environmental issues. They have a total budget of € 7.5 million, to which the EU will contribute nearly € 4.5 million.
Descriptions of all 96 projects can be found in the annex to this press release.
The LIFE programme is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action. It has been running since 1992 and has co-financed more than 4 000 projects across the EU and in third countries, mobilising € 7.8 billion and contributing € 3.4 billion to the protection of the environment and climate. At any given moment some 1100 projects are ongoing. The budget for the LIFE Programme for 2014–2020 is set at € 3.4 billion in current prices, and has a sub-programme for environment and a sub-programme for climate action.
For information on LIFE
Link to Annex
It is also possible to contact the relevant national authorities: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/life/contact/nationalcontact/index.htm

вторник, 17 ноября 2015 г.

SME Instrument - changes to November cut-off

In 2016 we will adapt the evaluation and cut-off rhythm. This shall allow us to inform applicants faster, in particular during summer and at the end of the year. At the same time we will decouple the evaluation of the phases which shall lead to a shorter time span for signing grants in Phase 2. During the transition period between November 2015 and February 2016 we will not be able to guarantee information to applicants for immediate resubmission.

понедельник, 16 ноября 2015 г.

Ready for a SME Instrument proposal in 2016?

You have a business idea which might fit a SME Instrument funding scheme?

 In order to check if it is could be applicable, check with the Enterprise Europe Brussels' advisors c/o impulse.brussels and  consult the Horizon 2020 - WorkProgramme 2016-2017 here, with a specific reference to this funding scheme.

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воскресенье, 15 ноября 2015 г.

Global business opportunities open up for Irish SMEs through the Enterprise Europe Network

Today, the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN), the world’s largest support network for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) announced a new partnership with 31 Local Enterprise Offices in Ireland. This will mean free access for Irish companies to Europe’s largest database with up to 10,000 new business and technology opportunities in the EU and many other major global markets.

L-R: Tom Hayes, Enterprise Ireland; Conor Healy, Cork Chamber of Commerce; Eileen Kelly, LEO Donegal; Gina Quin, Dublin Chamber of Commerce; Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD; Jan Gerritsen, Enterprise Ireland; Oisin Geoghegan, LEO Fingal
L-R: Tom Hayes, Enterprise Ireland; Conor Healy, Cork Chamber of Commerce; Eileen Kelly, LEO Donegal; Gina Quin, Dublin Chamber of Commerce; Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD; Jan Gerritsen, Enterprise Ireland; Oisin Geoghegan, LEO Fingal

Speaking today at the announcement, the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD commented: “This new partnership between the Enterprise Europe Network and the Local Enterprise Offices will provide Irish companies with an important gateway into the EU and a bigger footprint globally. I am confident that this new partnership will help our companies forge new international partnerships which will contribute to a boost in Irish exports”.
The Enterprise Europe Network in Ireland is a joint partnership between Enterprise Ireland, Local Enterprise Offices, Dublin Chamber of Commerce and Cork Chamber of Commerce. Launched in January, the Network is co-financed under ‘COSME’, the EU funding programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and SMEs. The services are tailored for SMEs but are also available to all other businesses, universities and research centres.
Also speaking at the announcement Tom Hayes, Divisional Manager, Regions & Entrepreneurship, Enterprise Ireland said: “Today’s announcement will open doors for Irish companies to foster new partnerships and access up to 60 international markets, get advice on EU funding and support on bringing their innovative products and technologies to a global audience. It is an important step in bringing Irish companies closer to our European counterparts, and will enhance the services that Local Enterprise Offices can offer Irish companies”.
Oisin Geoghegan, Local Enterprise Offices commented: “As the first-stop shop for enterprise, the network of Local Enterprise Offices' role is to encourage a culture of entrepreneurship in Ireland.  In partnership with the Enterprise Europe Network, Local Enterprise Offices across the country can now support SMEs in becoming more knowledgeable and competitive in global markets, leading to greater international business opportunities”.
Information on the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) can be found on the dedicated Irish website www.een-ireland.ie as well as the EU website http://een.ec.europa.eu/. To access your local EEN advisor please contact yourLocal Enterprise Office,Enterprise Ireland or Dublin Chamber of Commerce / Cork Chamber of Commerce.
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For further information contact: Brigid Burke, Press Office, Enterprise Ireland on 01 7272434
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Notes to Editor:
  • The Enterprise Europe Network helps Irish companies to make the most of business and technology opportunities in the EU and major other global markets, with close to 600 business support organisations in up to 60 countries including China, USA, Japan, India, Russia, Brazil, Canada etc
  • The Enterprise Europe Network offers fast track international growth by providing practical advice, targeted market intelligence and personalised support to companies across the EU. The EEN provides access to sourcing international Business and Technology Partners, access to finance and EU funding, support to take innovations to market, advice on intellectual property rights and EU Law conformity and Standards
  • There are over 4000 EEN experts on call throughout the whole Network. The EEN partner websites are:www.enterprise-ireland.com  www.localenterprise.ie  www.dublinchamber.iewww.corkchamber.ie

вторник, 3 ноября 2015 г.

H2020 in figures

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Multi-modal integration of cycling mobility through product and process innovations in bicycle design


The project developed a foldable bike enabling a fluid synergy between cycling, driving and public transportation. The innovation to make the bike lighter and smaller than existing models comes from an original way of making a hinged bicycle frame which combines light weight, strength, high compactness and automatic opening-closing. The design is modern, economically efficient and scalable, while being environmentally certified, technologically reliable and with low maintenance.

Project achievements/results:
BIKE INTERMODAL's technological advancements have provided a newer, better and higher-performing product for, among others, urban commuters and fleet services (car rentals, cruise ships, hotels) and for emergency mobility. Researchers overcame the volume and weight problems that affect all other folding bicycles currently on the market. The resulting folded bike package is just slightly bigger than a briefcase (40x50x15 cm). Folded, it occupies just 30 litres, 3 times less than the most compact model on offer in the global market. Unfolded it is a normal bicycle height. Currently, the compact, lightweight bicycle is still a prototype, but the project already won the Gaetano Marzotto Award for start-ups 'From the Idea to Enterprise' and the UniCredit Bank sponsored prize 'The Talent of Ideas' in November 2013. The personal vehicle will soon be mass produced and marketed broadly.

Programme name:
Seventh Research framework programme (incl. compl. of sixth Research FP)
EC’s priorities:
Jobs, Growth and Investment
EU Budget contribution to the project:
1 581 000
Coordinating organis.(s) /institution (s) :
Project partner(s):
Gerrmany, Italy, Switzerland, Slovenia
Project location:
2010 to 2014
Project webpage:
Related information:
Research on Europa
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