Aberdeen University
14 November 2013
Edward Ricketts
[email protected]
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British Council
The EU funding programme for research and innovation
from 2014 to 2020
• Budget of €70.2 billion
• From research to innovation – from basic research to bringing
ideas to the market
• Focus on societal challenges EU society is facing (e.g. health,
clean energy, food security, integrated transport)
• Promise of simplified access for all
As at July 2013:
• UK-based organisations have been awarded €5.2 billion of FP7 funding,
(the second highest share by country, after Germany), equivalent to 15%
of the programme’s overall budget
• Academic organisations were awarded 62% of this share (thus 10.9% of
the entire FP7 budget went to UK academia), and around 17% to SMEs
• UK organisations were involved in around 8100 funded projects (the
highest number by country)
• The highest number of European Research Council grants went to the UK,
with around 800 grants based at over 75 different host institutions
Framework Programme
Research themes
SME participation important
Growing importance of
Range of funding rates,
complex rules
Horizon 2020
Integrates FP, EIT, CIP
Societal Challenges
Strong industry focus
Covering the entire cycle
from basic idea to market
Single reimbursement
rate for all
Health and Wellbeing
European Research
Council (ERC)
Future and Emerging
Technologies (FET)
Leadership in Enabling
and Industrial
Technologies (LEIT) ICT, KETs, Space
Food security
Marie Skłodowska-Curie
Actions (MSCA)
Climate action
Access to Risk Finance
Research Infrastructures
Innovation in SMEs
Widening Participation; Science with and for Society
European Institute of Innovation
and Technology (EIT)
Joint Research Centre (JRC)
Challenge-based, aims to allow freedom to come up with
innovative solutions
Fewer topics but broader, less prescriptive topics
Cross-cutting issues embedded (e.g. social sciences,
gender, INCO)
Simplified presentation (“common look and feel”)
Aim to be relevant to wider range of participants and to
provide easy access to newcomers
28 EU Member States (Croatia joined in 2013)
Associate Countries (similar list to FP7 expected)
• Still under negotiation
• Some might not sign agreement in time for Horizon 2020 start
but can still apply as long as the agreement is signed in time
for grant signature.
Third countries (funding will depend on GDP)
• BRIC no longer eligible for automatic funding
Pillar 1 – Excellent Science
The ERC seeks to fund the best ‘frontier research’ proposals
submitted by excellent researchers in the area of their choice.
Will fund projects led by a Principal Investigator, if necessary
supported by a research team (no requirement for collaboration
or forming consortia across different EU countries).
25 panels in 3 domains which proposals can be submitted to:
 Physical Sciences and Engineering (PE)
 Life Sciences (LS)
 Social Sciences and Humanities (SH)
Starting Grants
(for PIs 2-7 years since PhD, up to €2 million for 5 years)
Consolidator Grants
Advanced Grants
Synergy Grants
(for PIs 7-12 years since PhD, up to €2.75 million for 5 years)
(for leading researchers, up to €3.5 million for 5 years)
(for 2 to 4 PIs, up to €15 million for 6 years)
Proof of Concept (for ERC grant holders only, up to €150,000 for 1 year)
Starting Grants
Who is a competitive candidate?
Must be able to show potential for excellence and evidence of maturity:
• expectation for at least one important publication without the
participation of the PhD supervisor
• promising track record of early achievements appropriate to field and
career stage, including:
• significant publications (as main author) in major international
peer-reviewed journals
• and/or monographs
• invited presentations, granted patents, awards, prizes etc
• good leadership potential and must convince the ERC panel that the
PI will be able to lead an ambitious ‘frontier research’ project
Proposals evaluated solely on the basis of excellence
(excellence of the PI and of the research project), and should
Extended Synopsis (5 pages)
Scientific Proposal (15 pages)
To what extent does the proposed research address important challenges?
To what extent are the objectives ambitious and beyond the state of the art?
How much is the proposed research high risk/high gain?
To what extent is the outlined scientific approach feasible?
To what extent is the proposed research methodology appropriate to achieve the
goals of the project?
To what extent does the proposal involve developing novel methodology?
To what extent are the proposed timescales and resources necessary and properly
* please note that this is the wording from the 2013 ERC calls
Starting Grants:
opens 11 December 2013, deadline 25 March 2014
Consolidator Grants:
opens 11 December 2013, deadline 20 May 2014
Advanced Grants: opens 17 June 2014, deadline 21 October 2014
Synergy Grants: no call launched in 2014
Proof of Concept: opens 11 December 2013, two deadlines on 1 April and
1 October 2014
Marie Skłodowska-Curie
Operates in a ‘bottom-up’ basis, open to all research
and innovation areas
Mobility is a key requirement
Key areas supported:
Fostering new skills by means of excellent initial training of
Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector
Stimulating innovation by means of cross-fertilisation of
Co-funding of activities
Horizon 2020
Innovative Training Networks
(Early Stage Researchers)
Individual Fellowships
(Experienced Researchers)
Research and Innovation Staff Exchange
(Exchange of Staff)
Cofunding or regional, national and
international programmes
Major differences compared to FP7
• Participants defined as ‘academic’ and ‘non-academic’
• Early stage researchers (ESRs) only
• The Innovative Doctoral Programme strand moved to the COFUND
The ITN scheme consists of 3 strands
European Training
Networks (minimum of 3
European Joint
Doctorates (at least 3
academic participants
who can deliver a
doctoral degree)
European Industrial
Doctorates (1 academic
participant and 1 nonacademic participant)
European and Reintegration
•12-24 months
Global Fellowships
•From any country to MS/AC
•12-24 months plus 12 month return
•Host country is subject to the MSCA
mobility rule
•Secondment from MS/AC to third
•(Reintegration Fellowship only)
mobility to Europe, researcher must
have been a long-term resident (at
least 3 years) in Europe
•Mandatory 12 month return phase in
Europe (not subject to mobility rule)
•(European Fellowship only) separate
multi-disciplinary career break panel
Mobility rule for the career re-start panel “researchers shall not have resided or
carried out their main activity in the country of their host organisation for more than
3 years in the 5 years immediately prior to the relevant deadline”
ITN 2014
11 Dec 2013
8 April 2014
350 M
IF 2014
11 Dec 2013
10 April 2014
175 M
NIGHT 2014
11 Dec 2013
4 March 2014
7.8 M
8 July 2014
18 Nov 2014
80 M
ITN 2015
2 Sep 2014
21 Jan 2015
386 M
RISE 2015
30 Sep 2014
15 Jan 2015
80 M
IF 2015
11 Dec 2014
14 April 2015
190 M
Expanded from ICT and Energy to be used as cross-cutting funding
Supports frontier research: alternative ideas, concepts or paradigms of
risky or non-conventional nature
Open, light and agile
FET Open
•‘Fostering novel ideas’
•Individual research
•Early ideas
•Coordination and support
Roadmap based research
FET Proactive
•‘Nurturing emerging
themes and communities’
•Open research clusters
•2 topics: Global Systems
Science (GSS); Knowing,
doing being: cognition
beyond problem solving
High-Performance Computing (HPC) Strategy
Developing the next generation towards exascale
3 call topics
FET Flagships
•‘Tackling grand
Interdisciplinary science
and technology challenges’
•Common research agendas
•Human Brain
•Support to Flagships
Pillar 2 – Industrial Leadership
Collaborative projects similar to NMP theme under FP7
Multi-disciplinary approach
Pre-commercial / pre-competitive stage funding
Focus on tackling common technological barriers
Expectation of strong SME involvement
Public Private Partnerships: PPP
50% of LEIT budget
Leading role for industry in defining research priorities
Cross reference to KET focus areas
ICT strongly featured
SME targeted / demo projects
Strong focus on industrial involvement and applied
Developing industrial capacity in focus areas:
• Key Enabling Technologies (KETs)
Micro- and nano-electronics
Advanced Materials
Advanced Manufacturing and Processing
Nanotechnology and Advanced materials
• Bridging the gap between nanotechnology research and market
• Nanotechnology and advanced materials for more effective Healthcare
• Nanotechnology and advanced materials for low carbon energy
technologies and energy efficiency
• Cross-sector potential of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials to
drive competitiveness and sustainability
• Safety of nanotechnology-based applications and support for the
development of regulation
• Addressing generic needs in support of governance, standards, models
and structuring in nanotechnology, advanced materials and production
NB: Based on draft. Subject to change
New generation of
components and
technologies and
Future Internet
Micro- and
Cross-cutting and horizontal activities and International
See draft 2014 Work Programme at:
Future Internet
Public Private
Excellent Science
ICT in bottom up
schemes: ERC,
MSCA, FET, and eInfrastructures
ICT in LEIT – micronano-electronics
KET and photonics
ICT embedded in
Societal Challenges
Health: e-health, self management of health, improved diagnostics, improved
surveillance, health data collection, active ageing, assisted living;
• “Advancing active and healthy ageing with ICT: Service robotics within assisted living
• “Advancing active and healthy ageing with ICT: early risk detection and intervention”
“Advanced ICT systems and services for integrated care”
• “self-management of health and disease: decisional support systems and patient
empowerment supported by ICT
• Ocean observation technologies “Acoustic and imaging technologies”
• “Forecasting and anticipating effects of climate change on fisheries and aquaculture”
• “Improved data and management models for sustainable forestry”
Energy: smart cities; energy efficient buildings; smart electricity grids; smart
• “New ICT based solutions for energy efficiency”
• “Modelling and analysing the energy system, its transformation and impacts
Transport: smart transport equipment, infrastructures and services; innovative
transport management systems; safety aspects
• “Intelligent infrastructure”
• “Connectivity and information sharing for intelligent mobility”
• “System modelling and life-cycle cost optimisation for waterborne assets
Climate: ICT for increased resource efficiency; earth observation and monitoring
• “Integrated approaches to water and climate change”
• “Harnessing EU water research and innovation results for industry, policy makers and
• “Making Earth Observation Data usable for ecosystem modelling and services”
Replaces Research for Benefit of SMEs scheme
Dedicated SME instrument
Target highly innovative SMEs looking to develop and grow
in international environment
Funding awarded to single company, but projects can be
Allows for outsourcing of research
Three-stage support through innovation cycle
One project can access all three in order
One application per year
Stage 1: Feasibility
• 6 month project
• ~ €50k lump sum funding
• to assess technological / commercial potential of project
Stage 2: Innovation Activity
• 12 – 24 month duration
• €1m - €3m funding
• Emphasis on demonstration and market replication
Stage 3: Commercialisation phase
• No direct funding
• Simplified access to debt and equity financial instruments
• Assistance with IPR protection
Pillar 3 – Societal Challenges
Concerns of citizens and society + EU policy objectives
Breakthrough solutions come from multi-disciplinary
collaborations, including social sciences and humanities
Addressing challenges requires full research &
innovation cycle, from research to market
Focus on policy priorities without predetermining
technologies or types of solutions to be developed
health and
food security
Blue growth
Smart cities
Mobility for
the crisis
Digital security
Personalising Health and Care
Food security
Sustainable Food Security, Blue Growth, Innovative,
Sustainable and Inclusive Bioeconomy
Energy Efficiency, Low Carbon Energy, Smart Cities and
Mobility for Growth, Smart Cities and Communities, Blue
Climate Action
Waste, Water Innovation, Disaster Resilience
Overcoming the Crisis, Smart Cities and Communities
Digital Security, Disaster Resilience
2014-2015 Calls divided into 8 specific activity areas:
• Understanding health, aging and diseases
• Effective health promotion, diseases prevention, preparedness and
• Improving diagnosis
• Innovative treatments and technologies
• Advancing active and healthy aging
• Integrated, sustainable, citizen-centred care
• Improving health information, data exploitation and providing an
evidence base for health policies and regulation
• Co-ordination activities e.g. AHA EIP; More years, Better Lives;
Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases
The Leadership in
Industrial and Enabling
Societal Challenge 2
Societal Challenge
Societal Challenge 7
1. Scale-up of
2. Networking of SMEs
in the nanobiomedical sector
3. Biomaterials for the
treatment of
diabetes mellitus
4. Nanomedicine
therapy for cancer
5. Biomaterials for
treatment and
prevention of
1. Assessing the
health risks of
combined human
exposure to
multiple foodrelated toxic
2. Improving the
control of
epidemics and
outbreaks through
rapid identification
of pathogens
3. Tackling
malnutrition in the
1. Always more
inequalities? New
views on equality,
solidarity and
2. Early job insecurity
and labour market
3. Youth mobility:
impacts, policies
4. Inclusive and
sustainable urban
planning for a
modern society
1. Feasibility study
for strengthening
and security
protection in case
of large-scale
2. Crises and disaster
resilience –
resilience concepts
Innovative Medicines Initiative homepage http://www.imi.europa.eu/
European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials
Partnership homepage - http://www.edctp.org/
More Years Better Lives homepage - http://www.jpdemographic.eu/
Joint Programme on Neurodegenerative Disease homepage http://www.jp-demographic.eu/
Joint Programme on Antimicrobial Resistance homepage http://www.jpiamr.eu/
2014-2015 Calls divided into 3 specific activity areas:
1. Sustainable food security
• Sustainable food production systems
• Safe food and sustainable consumption
• Global drivers of food security
2. Blue Growth: Unlocking the potential of the Oceans
• Sustainably exploiting the diversity of marine life
• New offshore challenges
• Ocean observation technologies/systems
• Horizontal aspects, socio-economic sciences, innovation,
engagement with society and ocean governance
3. Innovative, sustainable and inclusive bioeconomy
• Sustainable agriculture and forestry
• Sustainable and competitive bio-based industries
• Cross-cutting actions covering all activities
+ Contributions to other focus areas: Waste
Useful links:
European Commission pages on EU-funded research on the bioeconomy, plus details
of new EU Bioeconomy Strategy: http://ec.europa.eu/research/bioeconomy/policy/
European Commission pages on EU ‘Blue Growth’ strategy:
European Innovation Partnership on Agriculture: http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/eip/
Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (UK
among the participating countries): http://www.faccejpi.com/
2014-2015 Calls divided into 3 specific activity areas:
1. Energy efficiency
Bring to mass market technologies and services for a smart and efficient energy
Unlock the potential of efficient and renewable heating-cooling systems
Foster uptake of energy efficiency technologies in industry
Innovative finance for sustainable energy
2. Low-cost, low-carbon energy
Accelerating the development of transformative energy technologies
Renewable electricity and heating/cooling
Modernising the single European electricity grid
Enhanced energy storage technologies
Sustainable biofuels and alternative fuels for transport
Sustainable use of fossil fuels
Social, environmental and economic aspects of the energy system
3. Smart Cities and Communities
Commercial-scale solutions with a high market potential, integrating energy,
transport and ICT sectors
Projects implementing the main aims of the
European Strategic Energy Technology
(SET) Plan will be a big priority!!!
Draft Work Programme
Mode of transport
1) Mobility for
2) Green vehicles
3) Blue growth
4) Small Business
Urban mobility
Intelligent transport
European Commission’s Transport website
Transport Research & Innovation Portal
The European Green Cars Initiative website
Clean Sky website
2011 Transport White Paper - Roadmap to a Single European Transport Area
2012 Transport Communication – Research and Innovation for Europe’s Future
Flightpath 2050 – Europe’s Vision for Aviation (2011)
Fighting and adapting to
climate change
Protecting the
environment, sustainably
managing natural
resources and ecosystems
Sustainable supply of nonenergy and nonagricultural raw materials
To achieve: Transition to a green economy through eco-innovation
+ Global environmental
observation and
information systems
to focus areas
Waste: a resource to recycle, reuse
and recover raw materials
Water innovation: boosting its value
for Europe
1. Waste: A resource to recycle, reuse and recover raw materials
• Addressing whole production and consumption cycle – waste
prevention, design of processes and products for recyclability, reuse,
waste management
2. Water innovation: Boosting its value for Europe
• Integrated approaches to water and climate change
• Bringing innovative water solutions to the market
3. Fighting and adapting to climate change
• Better understanding of climate change and reliable projections
• Innovative adaption and risk prevention measures
• Climate change mitigation policies
4. Sustainably managing natural resources and ecosystems
• Functioning of ecosystems, interactions with social systems and their
role in sustaining economy and human beings
• Support for decision making and public engagement
European Commission pages on EU-funded Environmental research
European Innovation Partnership on water:
• http://ec.europa.eu/environment/water/innovationpartnership/index_en.htm
Joint programming initiatives:
• Water: http://www.waterjpi.eu/home
• Oceans: http://www.jpi-oceans.eu/home
• Climate: http://www.jpi-climate.eu/home
Life+ programme:
• http://ec.europa.eu/environment/life/funding/lifeplus.htm
Overcoming the
crisis: new ideas,
strategies and
Young generation in
an innovative,
inclusive and
sustainable Europe
Reflective societies:
cultural heritage
and European
To achieve: inclusive and innovative European societies in a context
of unprecedented transformations and growing global
Europe as a global
New forms of
1. Overcoming the crisis: new ideas, strategies and governance
structures for Europe
• The reform of the EU economic governance structure to better
secure financial and economic stability
• The social, political and cultural consequences of and responses to
the crisis
• Understanding the evolution of the crisis
• The impacts of broader global trends on the EU’s economy
2. Young generation in an innovative, inclusive and sustainable
• The situation of young people, their capabilities, prospects and
needs – from the economic, social and individual perspective
• How to ensure the full participation of young people in an innovative,
inclusive and sustainable Europe?
3. Reflective societies: cultural heritage and European identities
• European diversities, cultural heritage and identity formation - ‘Unity
in diversity’
• Intellectual, artistic and historical legacy of the EU
• Digital technologies for European cultural heritage
4. Europe as a global actor
• International cooperation in research and innovation
• Research to support Europe’s role as a global actor
5. New forms of innovation
• Social and public sector innovation, new business models
• Modernisation of public administration, incl. ICT-enabled open
• Uptake of technologies in education, training and inclusion
“Social sciences and humanities (SSH) research will be fully integrated
into each of the general objectives of Horizon 2020”
• SSH fully supported under the ERC, MCSA and
research infrastructures
• FET calls for “intense collaboration across
disciplines…cognitive sciences, social sciences or
economics…and with the arts and humanities”
• “Societal engagement on responsible
• “Innovative materials for creative industries”
• “Developing smart factories that are attractive to
• “Human-centric digital age”
“SSH will be mainstreamed as an essential element of the activities needed to tackle
each of the societal challenges”
Food security
• “Individual
empowerment for selfmanagement of health”
• “A systems approach
for the reduction,
recycling and reuse of
food waste”
• “Promoting integrated
• “Optimising the
efficiency and
effectiveness of health
care systems and
reducing inequalities”
• “Unlocking the growth
potential of rural areas
through enhanced
governance and social
• “Tackling malnutrition
in the elderly”
• “Socio-economic
research on energy
• “The human factor in
the energy system”
• “Consumer
engagement for
sustainable energy”
How to get involved
Publication of work programmes and calls for proposals:
• The first work programmes will cover 2014 and 2015
• The first calls are expected to be launched in December
Work programmes explain what is funded (topics, grant
schemes) and the expected policy impact
Calls for proposals give details on the timeline
(deadline, evaluation, results) and the eligibility criteria
For researchers:
Check the Horizon 2020 draft work programmes - do they cover your
research area?
Activate your current networks – do you need to expand them?
Who are the key players? Who has been involved in previous projects?
Check FP7 Projects http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/projects_en.html
Attend EC information days, events & conferences
Join the EU evaluators database
Check out partner searches: UKRO can distribute partner profiles / National Contact
Points (NCPs) / IDEAL-IST (ICT research), Fit for Health (Health research), NET4SOCIETY
(SSH research) / Enterprise Europe Network / Social Media? (Linked-in etc) / IGLO partner
search (Informal Group of European RTD liaison offices)
Some areas, such as Marie Curie, ERC and FET Open are bottom-up
Sign up to the UKRO portal and you will receive:
 Updates on the likely funding priorities for Horizon 2020 in
each planned area
 Updates on key events
 Updates on call dates and management/financial issues
 Updates on opportunities to feed in to the programme’s
development (i.e. formation of expert advisory groups,
evaluator registration, other calls for expressions of interest)
 ‘UKRO understands’: early information
 New: UKRO Horizon 2020 Factsheets!
Practical aspects of Horizon
Single funding rate per project:
• 100% for research projects
• 70% for innovation projects (100% for non-profit organisations
including universities)
• Rate and type of project defined in the Work Programme
Indirect costs: flat rate of 25%
Research and Innovations Actions
Innovation Actions
CSA: Coordination and Support Action
SME Instrument
cPPP: contractual Public/Private partnership
PCP: Pre-contractual procurement
PPI: Public procurement of innovative solutions
“Traditional” multi-national, multi-partner
collaborative projects
Closer to market ” multi-national, multipartner “innovation projects”
“Traditional” multi-national, multi-partner
support actions
100% (or 70%)
SMEs only – research can be subcontracted
to HEIs
Vehicle to pursue specific technological
roadmap. Part funded by industry. EU
funding element from Horizon 2020. Issue
research calls – same funding regime as
Horizon 2020
Research programmes run by network of
national funders in specific field part
funded by EU from Horizon 2020. Issue
research calls on their own funding
All or nothing specific competitive calls –
content varies
Procurements carried out by procurers in
MS/AC or by the EU
Procurements carried out by procurers in
MS/AC or by the EU
No time sheets for staff working full-time on Horizon 2020
Shorter time to grant (5+3 months)
Promise of broader acceptance of participants’ accounting
Promise of risk and fraud prevention based audit strategy
One audit certificate (Certificate on the Financial
Statements) at the end of each project per beneficiary
New features to include:
• Simpler and more user-friendly presentation of calls
• Improved search function (including keywords) for specific calls and topics
• ‘Context-related’ presentation of call documents
Improved grant management facilities:
• No further paper submissions of documents
• Improved ‘My Projects’ section featuring new project dashboard, clearer
notifications of tasks and better access to grant documents
• EC Project Officer details to be indicated next to each project
• More flexibility for organisations to determine access rights and signatories
Horizon 2020
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climate change
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Call Updates
Other Funding Opportunities
Previous Framework
Programmes (FP7 & CIP)
Horizon 2020 predefined criteria:
Cross-cutting Key-Enabling Technologies (KETs) 
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SME Instrument 
Gender 
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Topic: SFS 7 - 2014: Optimising external nutrient inputs in intensive crop production systems in Europe
European crop production is facing more and more difficulties in remaining competitive in the global
market for many reasons. One of these reasons is certainly the high cost of external nutrient inputs
Call title: Sustainable Food Security
Call identifier: H2020-SFS-2014/2015
Status: Open
Deadline: 2014-03-18
Topic: WATER 2 – 2014/2015: Integrated approaches to water and climate change
The rising demands of a growing world population for food, water, materials and energy will put
increasing pressures on land use, water resources and ecosystems. Energy consumption is expected
to increase,
Call title: Water Innovation: Boosting its value for Europe
Call identifier: H2020-WATER-2014/2015
Status: Open
Deadline: 2014-03-18
Topic: WATER 5 – 2014/2015: Strengthening international R&I cooperation in the field of water
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Developing countries, especially in Africa, are facing serious challenges for sustaining its
development. Sustainable water supply and sanitation is fundamental to the food security, health,
Call title: Water Innovation: Boosting its value for Europe
Call identifier: H2020-WATER-2014/2015
Status: Open
Deadline: 2014-03-18
Horizon 2020
Call: Water innovation: boosting its value for Europe
WATER 1 – 2014/2015
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Topic: Bridging the gap from innovative water
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Other Funding Opportunities
Specific challenge: One of the main factors hampering the market uptake of innovative solutions in the field of water
Previous Framework
Programmes (FP7 & CIP)
is the lack of real scale demonstration of their long term viability. In addition, highly promising and advanced ecoinnovative water technologies, processes, products and services often do not reach the market due to precommercialisation challenges and the residual risk linked to scaling-up. The first Strategic Implementation Plan of the
European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Water has identified as priority areas: water reuse and recycling; water and
wastewater treatment, including recovery of resources; water and energy integration; flood and drought risk
management; and the role of ecosystem services in the provision of water related services.
Scope: Actions should address one or more of the following:
• demonstration/pilot activities of new or improved innovative water solutions (technologies, processes,
products and/or services) in a real environment
• the first application and market replication of near commercial water solutions.
They should focus on the priorities identified in the first Strategic Implementation Plan of the European Innovation
Partnership (EIP) on Water, and/or helping process industries become less water dependant while ensuring efficient
management of other resources (e.g. raw materials and energy), and/or exploiting untapped potential of ICT by
developing and deploying advanced ICT solutions for water resources management in agriculture and urban areas.
Expected impact: Wide and fast deployment of eco-innovation in the water sector in line with the priority areas of the
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EIP 'Water'. Support to the objectives of the Sustainable Process Industries Public-private Partnership (SPIRE PPP), in
particular helping process industries to view water as a highly valuable asset rather than a consumable. Market
penetration, long-term application and sustained use of successful solutions by various end-users, and creation of new
market opportunities both inside and outside Europe. Increased resource efficiency and environmental performance of
the water sector, through synergies between public water authorities, water utilities, various economic sectors, big
companies, SMEs and research organisations.
Type of action: Innovation actions (70%)

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