New project financed by EIB in the sector of energy for €205 million

10 Today, the European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed a loan agreement for an amount of €205 million to finance ElShababpower plant project. [read more]

Poverty: new Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived - frequently asked questions

12 Poverty: new Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived - frequently asked questionsThe European Commission proposed to set up a new Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) on 24 October 2012 (see  [read more]

Q&A on the third Health Programme 2014-2020

34 What is the overall aim of the new health programme? [read more]

Erasmus+ Programme KA3 –Meeting between young people and decision-makers in the field of youth

35 This Action promotes the active participation of young people in democratic LIFE and fosters debate around topics centred on the themes and priorities set by the Structured Dialogue and the renewed political framework in the youth field. [read more]

Active and Assisted Living Programme Challenge-Led Call for Proposals 2014 AAL 2014CARE FOR THE FUTURE An Ageing society faces an increasing need for care, how will ICT contribute to sustainable solutions?

36 The first AAL Joint Programme has now ended following the coordination of 6 thematic calls and the new Active and Assisted Living Programme has commenced with this being the first call taking a challenge-led approach. [read more]

Information and training measures for workers

37 In line with the remarks in the budget of the European Union, budget heading 04 03 01 05 is intended to cover grants for information and training measures for workers' organisations in accordance with Article 154 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. [read more]

HORIZON 2020 Societal Challenges CALL FOR COMPETITIVE LOW-CARBON ENERGY Market uptake of existing and emerging renewable electricity, heating and cooling technologies

53 Specific challenge:The legal framework established by the Renewable Energy Directive (2009/28/EC, 'RES Directive')) sets binding targets for all Member States to contribute to the overall 20% target for renewable energy in the EU final energy consumption by 2020, and the 'Energy Roadmap 2050' shows that renewables will have to play a much greater role in all future scenarios beyond 2020. [read more]

HORIZON 2020 Excellent Science FET-Open - novel ideas for radically new technologies FET-Open research projects

62 Specific challenge: Supporting a large set of early stage, high risk visionary science and technology collaborative research projects is necessary for the successful exploration of new foundations for radically new future technologies. [read more]

HORIZON 2020 Societal Challenges The Young Generation in an Innovative, Inclusive and Sustainable Europe The young as a driver of social change

75 Specific challenge: Meeting the challenges of the ageing population and a transformation into a more sustainable social and economic model, characterised by growing scarcity of resources, greater consideration for the natural environment, living under a shifting climate with uncertain consequences, and more gender equality, necessitates profound changes in the European society concerning our LIFEstyles, consumption patterns, the way we do business, develop our cities and design our homes, but also the way we build and govern our societies, forge intra- and intergenerational relations and organise our daily lives. [read more]

Smart Cities and Communities solutions integrating energy, transport, ICT sectors through lighthouse (large scale demonstration - first of the kind) projects

92 Specific Challenge: The EU policy and regulatory framework in the sectors of energy, transport and ICT supports the development of sectoral solutions, i. [read more]

HORIZON 2020 Societal Challenges Innovative, Sustainable and inclusive Bioeconomy Improved forest data

134 Specific challenge: The significant societal changes over the last decades and the emergence of new policies, e. [read more]

EUR 200 million loan for renewable energy and energy efficiency in India

137 The European Investment Bank is providing a long-term loan of EUR 200 million to the Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) to help finance projects in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sector in the country. [read more]

Erasmus+ KA2 — Capacity building in the field of youth

139 Youth Capacity Building projects aim to:foster cooperation and exchanges in the field of youth between Programme Countries and Partner Countries from different regions 22 of the world;improve the quality and recognition of youth work, non-formal learning and volunteering in Partner Countries and enhance their synergies and  complementarities with other education systems, the labour market and society;foster the development, testing and launching of schemes and programmes of non-formal learning mobility at regional level (i. [read more]

Enhancing resource efficiency of aviation

144 OBJECTIVESSpecific challenge: Aviation has an important impact on the environment and EU citizens due to emissions such as greenhouse gas (CO2), pollutants (NOx), particulate matter (e. [read more]

HORIZON 2020 Excellent Science Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (IF-GF)

145 Proposals for Global Fellowships involve asingle host organisation (future beneficiary) established in a MS or AC. [read more]

Country Based Support Scheme 2013 Papua New Guinea

148 Priority Areas under this Call for ProposalIn line with Objective 1 of the EIDHR Strategy Paper 2011-2013, priority for this 'Call for Proposals' will be given to at least one of the following areas:Actions that aim to promote democratic principles of equality and participation of women as enshrined in the PNG Constitution and the rule of law. [read more]

HORIZON 2020 Industrial Leadership H2020-LEIT-Space-Competitivenessof the European Space Sector-2014 Technology “demonstrator projects” for exploration

151 Specific challenge: The EU, together with ESA, initiated the high-level platform for space exploration with three dedicated international high level conferences at ministerial level (i. [read more]

The Human Brain Project just got bigger

177 One of the biggest EU-funded initiatives, the  [read more]

LIFE needs design and implementation improvements, say EU Auditors

178 A report published today by the European Court of Auditors (ECA) calls on the EU Commission to increase the effectiveness of the LIFE programme by improving the dissemination and replication of successful environmental projects. [read more]

Water innovation in action: €50 million for new research projects

179 A summary of the 11 resource-efficiency research projects that will receive a total of €50 million in EU funding is presented here:BIOMETAL DEMO(Biometal Demonstration Plant for the Biological Rehabilitation of Metal Bearing-Wasterwaters, EU budget contribution: € 2. [read more]

Support to the social inclusion of the most vulnerable groups, including Roma, through more diversified community-based social services Serbia

181 The specific objectives of this Call for Proposals are:To promote the social inclusion of vulnerable and disadvantaged groups through the provision of sustainable community-based social services;To improve the position of Roma people through initiatives aimed at their active social inclusion;To promote the efficient use of resources through partnering of different stakeholders involved in the provision of support to vulnerable groupsTo encourage and promote inter-municipal cooperation (cluster approach) in the delivery of social services, towards economies of scale and budget efficiency. [read more]

EBRD, EIB and EU finance improvements to water services in Moldova

182 €59 million in loans to modernise water and waste water management in ChisinauThe European Investment Bank (EIB), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), and the European Union, through theNeighbourhood Investment Facility,are joining forces to support the modernisation of water and wastewater infrastructure in Moldova’s capital, Chisinau. [read more]

2014 call for proposals from universities, thinks and other not-for-profit organisations

183 The European Commission Representation in the United Kingdom is offering project grants for initiatives by higher education establishments, think tanks and other not-for profit organisations to promote debate and raise awareness of the EU's political priorities. [read more]

CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR SOCIAL POLICY INNOVATIONS SUPPORTING REFORMS IN SOCIAL SERVICES

184 The overall purpose of this call for proposals is to foster innovation and reforms in thesocial services to tackle the main challenges identified above and to develop innovativeresponses corresponding to national, regional and local realities and in line with the socialinvestment approach. [read more]

RegioStars 2014: top awards for Europe

185 Europe's most promising and innovative regional projects will be in the spotlight tonight as Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for Regional Policy presents the  [read more]

EU-China Research and Innovation partnership

186 The global objective is for the EU to benefit from a sustained intensification of research, development and innovation networks, partnerships and other forms of RI interaction between the EU and China. [read more]

EIDHR Country Based Support Scheme for South Africa 2014

187 The EIDHR Strategy Paper 2011-2013 has identified the following Objectives:Enhancing respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms in countries where they are most at risk;Strengthening the role of civil society in promoting human rights and democratic reform, in supporting the peaceful conciliation of group interests and in consolidating political participation and representation;Supporting actions on human rights and democracy issues in areas covered by EU Guidelines, including on human rights dialogues, on human rights defenders, on the death penalty, on torture, on children and armed conflict, on the rights of the child, on violence against women and girls and combating all forms of discrimination against them, on International Humanitarian Law and on possible new guidelines;Supporting and strengthening the international and regional framework for the protection and promotion of human rights, justice, the rule of law and the promotion of democracy;Building confidence in and enhancing the reliability and transparency of democratic electoral processes, in particular through election observation. [read more]

Countering Harmful Practices that Legitimate Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in Tanzania

188 The general objective of the EIDHR is to contribute to the development and consolidation of democracy and the rule of law and respect for all human rights and fundamental freedoms, consistent with the European Union’s foreign policy as a whole. [read more]

All 2013 LIFE projects

189 Belgium (BE) 4 projects (28. [read more]

Improving expertise in the field of industrial relations

190 In line with the remarks in the budget of the European Union, budget heading 04 03 01 08 is intended to cover actions to support industrial relations measures, inparticular those designed to develop expertise and the exchange of EU-relevant information, as well as actions to improve knowledge on industrial relationsinstitutions and practices across the EU and dissemination of results. [read more]

European Commission adopts ‘Partnership Agreement’ with Poland on using EU Structural and Investment Funds for growth and jobs in 2014-2020

191 The European Commission has adopted a "Partnership Agreement" with Poland setting down the strategy for the optimal use of European Structural and Investment Funds in the country's regions, cities and people. [read more]

3rd Health Programme Innovation to prevent and manage chronic diseases

194 Objective: Put more emphasis on new approaches to prevention of major chronic diseases, including linking prevention to healthcare interventions, with an emphasis on groups most at risk. [read more]

Strengthening national capacity in nature protection – preparation for Natura 2000 network Albania

196 The overall objective is to stop biodiversity loss as contribution to achieve the Aichi targets for 2020,through improved management of Protected Areas stronger law enforcement. [read more]

LIFE Environment & Resource Efficiency

198 LIFE Environment and Resource Efficiency aims specifically at contributing to the implementation, updating and development of European Union environmental policy and legislation, including the integration of the environment into other policies, thereby contributing to sustainable development. [read more]

LIFE Environmental Governance and Information

199 LIFE Environmental Governance and Information aims specifically at contributing to the development and implementation of EU environmental policy and legislation. [read more]

Climate Governance and Information

200 LIFE Climate Governance and Information aims specifically at contributing to the development and implementation of EU climate policy and legislation. [read more]

Climate Change Mitigation

201 Climate Change Mitigation should contribute to the transition towards a low emission and climate-resilient economy. [read more]

Climate Change Adaptation

202 With a view to contributing to supporting efforts leading to increased resilience to climate change, the priority area Climate Change Adaptation has in particular the following specific objectives as set out in Article 15 of the LIFE Regulation: • to contribute to the development and implementation of Union policy on climate change adaptation, including mainstreaming across policy areas, in particular by developing, testing and demonstrating policy or management approaches, best practices and solutions for climate change adaptation, including, where appropriate, ecosystem-based approaches; • to improve the knowledge base for the development, assessment, monitoring, evaluation and implementation of effective climate change adaptation actions and measures, prioritising, where appropriate, those applying an ecosystem-based approach, and to enhance the capacity to apply that knowledge in practice; • to facilitate the development and implementation of integrated approaches, such as for climate change adaptation strategies and action plans, at local, regional or national level, prioritising, where appropriate, ecosystem-based approaches; • to contribute to the development and demonstration of innovative climate change adaptation technologies, systems, methods and instruments that are suitable for being replicated, transferred or mainstreamed. [read more]

LIFE 2014 Preparatory Projects

203 Under the 2014 call, proposals may be submitted only to address the following specific needs:1) Establishing an EU NGO platform on Best Available Techniques The proposed project: Establishing an EU environmental non-governmental organisation (NGO) platform on Best Available Techniques (BAT). [read more]

LIFE Integrated projects

204 Integrated projects(sub-programme for Environment,notfor Climate Action)are projects implementing on a large territorial scale (regional, multi-regional, national or trans-national scale) environmental or climate plans or strategies required by specific Union environmental or climate legislation, developed pursuant to other Union acts or developed by Member States' authorities, primarily in the areas of nature (including Natura 2000 network management), water, waste, air and climate change mitigation and adaptation*, while ensuring involvement of stakeholders and promoting the coordination with and mobilisation of at least one other relevant Union, national or private funding source. [read more]

LIFE Technical Assistance projects

205 Technical Assistance (TA) projects provide, by way of action grants, financial support to help applicants prepare Integrated Projects (IPs). [read more]

LIFE Capacity Building projects

206 Capacity Building projectsprovide financial support to activities required to build the capacity of Member States, including LIFE national or regional contact points, with a view to enabling Member States to participate more effectively in the LIFE Programme. [read more]

EaSI - PROGRESS – European Sector Skills Councils

207 The overall objective of the Call is to is to encourage new forms of collaboration betweenpublic and private actors on the labour market (such as social partners, training andeducation providers, labour market intelligence entities, companies including SME’s,chambers of commerce, public and private employment services) to address persistentskills shortages and mismatches and thus help fill the gap between labour supply anddemand in the EU. [read more]

Programme for Prevention, preparedness and response to floods in the Western Balkans and Turkey

208 The specific objectives of this Call for Proposals are:Specific objective 1: To increase beneficiary countries' capability to develop effective national civilprotection systems and collaborate in a coherent manner in dealing with floods at regional and Europeanlevel (prevention, preparedness and response). [read more]

Public-private partnerships under Horizon 2020: launch of activities and first calls

209 Public-private partnerships under Horizon 2020: launch of activities and first callsSeven public-private partnerships, established under the EU's new research funding programme Horizon 2020, are being launched today. [read more]

HORIZON 2020 Societal Challenges BIO BASED INDUSTRIES New sustainable pulping technologies

210 Specific challenge:In the trend towards optimisingthe (cost-)effectiveness and sustainability of thetransformation ofwood into new value-added products, one of the key challenges is to reduce temperature, pressure and toxicity of the chemical pulping processes. [read more]

HORIZON 2020 Societal Challenges BIO BASED INDUSTRIESNew products from sustainable cellulose pulp exploitation

211 Specific challenge:Although market prospects of cellulose based products in textiles, films and thermoplastics are high, their current market share is relatively small due to environmental and cost limitations of current cellulose based processes such as viscose, lyocell and cellulose ester based ones. [read more]

HORIZON 2020 Societal Challenges BIO BASED INDUSTRIES Fermentation processes to obtain biosurfactants and specialty carbohydrates from agricultural and agro-industrial streams

212 Specific challenge:Several hurdles hamper the full exploitation of two types of specialty biochemicals with high market interest, i. [read more]

HORIZON 2020 Societal Challenges BIO BASED INDUSTRIES Protein products from plant residues

213 Specific challenge:Valorisation of proteins from side streams of the agro-food sector, e. [read more]

HORIZON 2020 Societal Challenges BIO BASED INDUSTRIES Nutrient recovery from biobased waste streams and residues

216 Specific challenge:The production of nutrients and fertilisers currently relies heavily on mineral resources whose reserves are limited and depleting. [read more]

HORIZON 2020 Societal Challenges BIO BASED INDUSTRIES Lignocellulosic residues to (di)carboxylic acids, diols and polyols

217 Specific challenge:At present, (di)carboxylic acids, diols or polyols areproducedindustriallyasimportant source of innovative bio-based products such as bioplastics or added value fine chemicals as an alternative to existing petrochemical sources. [read more]

HORIZON 2020 Societal Challenges Chemical building blocks and value-added materials through integrated processing of wood

218 Specific challenge:There is a strong, but currently underexploited, potential for valorisation of sugars and lignin streams from wood. [read more]

HORIZON 2020 Societal Challenges BIO BASED INDUSTRIES Added value products from underutilised agricultural resources

221 Specific challenge:The agro-industry has significant opportunities for developing high added value products by valorising currently underexploited resources in new applications and markets. [read more]

HORIZON 2020 Societal Challenges BIO BASED INDUSTRIES Fibres and polymers from lignin

222 Specific challenge:Lignin-based side streams of the pulp and paper industry are currently incinerated to produce energy while being a potential large volume feedstock resource for producing higher added value products such as fibres, polymers, resins and platform chemicals. [read more]

HORIZON 2020 Societal Challenges Cell and stack components, stack and system manufacturing technologies and quality assurance

226 Specific challenge: There has been considerable progress with fuel cell stack designs to meet operational requirements, but many still fall short in terms of manufacturability, production efficiency and production cost. [read more]

HORIZON 2020 Societal Challenges Development of advanced fuel cell systems and system components

227 Specific challenge:A number of demonstration projects have already provided evidence about the maturity of fuel cell technology but further activities are necessary to fulfil automotive standards and requirements. [read more]

HORIZON 2020 Health Co-ordination Activities Towards sustainability and globalisation of the Joint Programming Initiative on Neurodegenerative Diseases

228 Specific challenge: The EU Joint Programming Initiative on Neurodegenerative Diseases Research, in particular Alzheimer's (JPND), was established in 2009 as the pilot of the Member State-led Joint Programming Initiatives (JPI) to enable the participating EU Member States to work together on the challenge of age-related neurodegenerative diseases. [read more]

HORIZON 2020 Personalising health and care New therapies for rare diseases

229 Specific challenge:A considerable amount of knowledge has been generated by biomedical research in recent years, yet most of the 6000-8000 rare diseases are lacking therapies despite many diseases being LIFE-threatening or chronically debilitating. [read more]

HORIZON 2020 Personalising health and care Establishing effectiveness of health care interventions in the paediatric population

230 Specific challenge:Knowledge about the overall benefit of healthcare interventions in the paediatric population is currently limited and may result in inappropriate interventions with acute or potentially LIFElong impact on health and well-being. [read more]

HORIZON 2020 Personalising health and care Promoting mental wellbeing in the ageing population

231 Specific challenge:Health and care of the rapidly growing older population in Europe and elsewhere poses a number of specific challenges. [read more]

HORIZON 2020 PERSONALISING HEALTH AND CARE New approaches to improve predictive human safety testing

232 Specific challenge:Current approaches assessing the safety of chemical substances in humans are expensive and time consuming, and may be of limited relevance as a predictor of adverse effects. [read more]

Call for proposals - Projects to prevent and combat racism, xenophobia, homophobia and other forms of intolerance – Action grants 2014

233 The proposals under this call shall focus on the priorities described below:  Best practices to prevent and combat racism, xenophobia, homophobiaand other forms of intolerance (BEST) Monitoring and reporting on hate crime and on-line hate speech (HATE)Proposals shall complement the efforts of the EU to prevent and combat racism,xenophobia, homophobia and other forms of intolerance. [read more]

Support for Production and Dissemination of Audio-Visual Programmes about EU integration process of Albania

235 The global objective of this Call for Proposals is to contribute to an improved quality of information ofAlbanian citizens on EU policies and their relevance vis-à-vis their daily LIFE as well as vis-à-vis the EUperspective of the country as such, especially in light of Albania being a candidate country. [read more]

Investment made by regions and cities to match EU structural funds should be excluded from the Growth and Stability Pact calculations

237 The Bureau of the Committee of the Regions adopted a declaration in Turin on 12 September urging European institutions and national governments to ensure the full mobilisation of EU cohesion policy investment by excluding national and regional co-financing from the deficit calculations under the Growth and Stability Pact. [read more]

Youth Guarantee: progress and achievements of 18 pilot projects

238 he European Commission is meeting with the coordinators of 18 [read more]

EU project hunts for natural substitutes to synthetics

239 The EU-funded AGROCOS project is foraging through the plant world for natural substitutes to synthetic ingredients currently used in cosmetics, and in agrochemical products such as insecticides, herbicides and fungicides. [read more]

Justice Programme & REC Programme – Framework Partnership Agreements 2015-2017 & Operating Grants 2015

240 ESTABLISHMENT OF THREE-YEARFRAMEWORK PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENTSWITH EU-LEVEL NETWORKS&OPERATING GRANTS FOR 2015IN THE AREAS OF▪ JUDICIAL COOPERATION IN CIVIL AND/OR IN CRIMINALMATTERS▪ ACCESS TO JUSTICE▪ DAPHNE – COMBATING VIOLENCE▪ RIGHTS OF THE CHILD▪ RACISM, XENOPHOBIA, HOMOPHOBIA AND OTHER FORMSOF INTOLERANCE▪ NON-DISCRIMINATION▪ RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES▪ EQUALITY BETWEEN WOMEN AND MENThe proposals submitted under this call will be evaluated as follows:The Commission will evaluate the documentation relevant to the network's three-yearaction plan for 2015-2017. [read more]

New professions and skills for e-infrastructures

241 Specific challenge: The changing methods of (digital) science and research require that researchers, professors and students receive adequate support in computing and networking, as well as in handling, analysing and storing large amounts of digital content. [read more]

Transnational projects on children's rights in judicial proceedings – Action grants 2014

242 The projects should include interactive activities (such as mock trials/moot courts) thatallow secondary school students or assimilated to understand their rights, with some degree of customisation for each participating country to take account of the nationalcontext, and taking account of relevant EU legislation and the Council of EuropeGuidelines on child-friendly justice. [read more]

Transnational projects to build capacity for professionals in the area of rights of the child – Action Grants 2014

243 The projects should include interactive activities (such as mock trials/moot courts) thatallow secondary school students or assimilatedto understand their rights, with somedegree of customisation for each participating country to take account of the nationalcontext, and taking account of relevant EU legislation and the Council of EuropeGuidelines on child-friendly justice. [read more]

Customised and low power computing

244 Specific Challenge: A key structural change overtaking computing is the move towards a low-power computing continuum spanning embedded systems, mobile devices, desktops, data centres, etc. [read more]

Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation

245 Specific Challenge: The challenge is to harness the collaborative power of ICT networks (networks of people, of knowledge, of sensors) to create collective and individual awareness about the multiple sustainability threats which our society is facing nowadays at social, environmental and political levels. [read more]

Integrating experiments and facilities in FIRE+

246 Specific Challenge: The validation of research results in large-scale, real LIFE experimental infrastructures is essential for the design and deployment of products, applications and services on the Future Internet. [read more]

Technologies for creative industries, social media and convergence

247 Specific Challenge: The demand is growing for high-quality content and new user experiences. [read more]

Technologies for better human learning and teaching

248 Specific Challenge: The development and integration of robust and fit-for-purpose digital technologies for learning are crucial to boost the market for and innovation in educational technologies. [read more]

National or transnational projects aimimg to promote Union citizenship policies

249 This call for proposals will support projects promoting Union citizenship, in particularfacilitating the exercise of the right to free movement and the electoral rights derivingfrom the citizenship. [read more]

Recovery technologies for metals and other minerals

250 Specific challenge:Metals and other minerals, such as non-ferrous and ferrous metals, ceramics, glass, cement and chemicals are utilised in numerous applications in many industrial sectors. [read more]

Integrated solutions of thermal energy storage for building applications

251 Specific challenge:Storage plays a pivotal role in synchronising energy demand and supply, both on a short and long term (seasonal) basis. [read more]

New tools and methodologies to reduce the gap between predicted and actual energy performances at the level of buildings and blocks of buildings

252 Specific challenge:The monitoring of real energy use in energy-efficient buildings frequently shows major differences with respect to the predicted performance. [read more]

Integrated approach to retrofitting of residential buildings

253 Specific challenge:Europe is facing the challenge of deep rehabilitation of residential buildings (including buildings of historic value) while lowering the costs of refurbishment. [read more]

ICT-enabled modelling, simulation, analytics and forecasting technologies

254 Specific challenge:Simulating continuous and discrete manufacturing processes, forecasting the behaviour of manufacturing systems and processes, and designing products to an even larger extent through virtual mock-ups and optimization methods integrated in the design and production chain are key enablers for Europe's future manufacturing sector. [read more]

ICT Innovation for Manufacturing SMEs (I4MS)

255 Specific challenge:For Europe's competitiveness in manufacturing, it is crucial that advances in ICT are taken up in engineering and manufacturing "at large" as soon as they have the appropriate maturity level. [read more]

Re-use and remanufacturing technologies and equipment for sustainable product LIFEcycle management

256 Specific challenge:In order to increase the competitiveness of EU industry and reduce the environmental footprint, manufacturing industries should develop innovative technologies and approaches to manufacture added-value products with fewer resources and to ensure a sustainable product LIFE cycle based on reuse and re-manufacturing methods and technologies. [read more]

Integrated design and management of production machinery and processes

257 Specific challenge:Production quality significantly depends on the ambient conditions and the process parameters. [read more]

Nanomedicine therapy for cancer

258 Specific challenge:Promising pre-clinical nano-medicine proof-of-concepts have been developed for the therapy of cancer, but their translation into clinical therapies remains a major challenge. [read more]

Materials innovations for optimisation of cooling in power plants

260 Specific challenge:Currently, power generation requires enormous amounts of cooling water, ranking second to the volume of water used for agriculture. [read more]

Extended in-service service of advanced functional materials in energy technologies (capture, conversion, storage and/or transmission of energy)

261 Specific challenge:Functional materials are enabling the large scale market penetration of secure, sustainable and affordable energy based on low-carbon, decentralised power generation. [read more]

Materials for severe operating conditions, including added-value functionalities

262 Specific challenge:The need to develop materials which can perform well in severe operating environments is increasing with advances in technology and requirements for higher efficiency in all areas such as manufacturing, energy, transport and communications, deep-sea technologies etc. [read more]

Increasing the capacity to perform nano-safety assessment

263 Specific challenge:Systems biology, high throughput screening and toxicogenomics approaches have the potential to revolutionise how chemical substances, including nanomaterials, are assessed for regulatory and risk management purposes. [read more]

Novel nanomatrices and nanocapsules

264 Specific challenge:Encapsulation technologies have been widely used for a long time in the pharmaceutical industry for drug delivery applications. [read more]

Passive means to reduce the impact of Space Debris

265 Specific Challenge:Reducing the impact of collisions between active satellites and orbital debris is a challenge that needs to be addressed at multiple levels. [read more]

Commission announces winners of European Business Awards for the Environment 2014-2015

266 EU Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Commissioner Karmenu Vella announced the winners of the European Business Awards for the Environment 2014-15 at an evening ceremony last night. [read more]

CALL FOR COMPETITIVE LOW-CARBON ENERGY

267 Topic:Demonstration of renewable electricity and heating/cooling technologiesIn 2015,the following technology-specific challenges have to be addressed:Photovoltaics:PV integrated in the built environment –Building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) systems will become essential elements in future net zero energy buildings provided a number of challenges are solved, e. [read more]

CALL FOR COMPETITIVE LOW-CARBON ENERGY

268 Topic:Market uptake of existing and emerging renewable electricity, heating and cooling technologiesSpecific challenge:The legal framework established by the Renewable Energy Directive (2009/28/EC, 'RES Directive')) sets binding targets for all Member States to contribute to the overall 20% target for renewable energy in the EU final energy consumption by 2020, and the 'Energy Roadmap 2050' shows that renewables will have to play a much greater role in all future scenarios beyond 2020. [read more]

Establishing a network on quality a and cost-effectiveness in long-term care and dependency prevention

269 The purpose of this call is to bring together institutions that can develop solid evidence on the costeffectiveness of investments in a wide range of measures to reduce the gap between the need for,and supply of, long-term care, including prevention, rehabilitation, assistive technologies and agefriendlyenvironments as well as a more efficient organisation of care systems (notably throughbetter coordination of the different actors involved in providing care). [read more]

ERA-NET on Smart Urban Futures

271 Specific challenge: European cities are very important in policies aiming to create growth, jobs and a sustainable future. [read more]

The Young Generation in an Innovative, Inclusive and Sustainable Europe

273 Topic: LIFElong learning for young adults: better policies for growth and inclusion in EuropeSpecific challenge: It is obvious that investing appropriately in LIFElong learning will contribute to overcoming the economic and social crisis and meeting the Europe 2020 targets on employment, poverty reduction, education, sustainability, innovation. [read more]

Waste: A resource to recycle, reuse and recover raw materials

274 Eco-innovative solutionsSpecific challenge:The growing waste produced in Europe, particularly in urban areas, where the vast majority of the world population are expected to live by 2050, represents a cost for society and a burden on the environment and, at the same time, a valuable stock of resources that can be exploited. [read more]

SMART CITIES AND COMMUNITIES

275 Topic: Smart Cities and Communities solutions integrating energy, transport, ICT sectors through lighthouse (large scale demonstration - first of the kind) projectsSpecific Challenge: The EU policy and regulatory framework in the sectors of energy, transport and ICT supports the development of sectoral solutions, i. [read more]

Growing a Low Carbon, Resource Efficient Economy with a Sustainable Supply of Raw Materials

276 ERA for Climate ServicesScope: Proposals should pool the necessary financial resources from the participating national (or regional) research programmes with a view to implementing a joint call for proposals with EU co-funding resulting in grants to third parties. [read more]

Growing a Low Carbon, Resource Efficient Economy with a Sustainable Supply of Raw Materials

277 Improving the air quality and reducing the carbon footprint of European citiesSpecific challenge:The majority of the European population lives in urban environments where citizens are frequently exposed to levels of air pollutants exceeding the limit values established by the European directives. [read more]

Energy Efficiency Research & Innovation

278 Demand response in blocks of buildingsSpecific challenge:demand response enables end users to participate actively in energy markets and profit from optimal price conditions, making the grid (heat, cold, electricity) more efficient and contributing to the integration of renewable energy sources. [read more]

Energy Efficiency - Market Uptake

279 Increasing energy performance of existing buildings through process and organisation innovations and creating a market for deep renovationSpecificchallenge: The Energy Performance of Buildings Directive and the Energy Efficiency Directive contain provisions to increase renovation rates, especially for public buildings. [read more]

Water Innovation: Boosting its value for Europe

280 Demonstration/pilot activitiesSpecific challenge:One of the main factors hampering the market uptake of innovative solutions in the field of water is the lack of real scale demonstration of their long term viability. [read more]

MOBILITY for GROWTH 2014-2015

281 Enhancing resource efficiency of aviationSpecific challenge: Aviation has an important impact on the environment and EU citizens due to emissions such as greenhouse gas (CO2), pollutants (NOx), particulate matter (e. [read more]

Support for social dialogue

282 OBJECTIVES OF THIS CALL FOR PROPOSALSIn line with the remarks in the budget of the European Union, budget heading04 03 01 08 is intended to cover grants for promoting social dialogue at cross-industryand sectoral level in accordance with Article 154 of the Treaty on the Functioning of theEuropean Union (TFEU), and for developing European social dialogue in its differentdimensions of information exchange, consultation, negotiation and joint action. [read more]

Information and training measures for workers

283 OBJECTIVES OF THIS CALL FOR PROPOSALSIn line with the remarks in the budget of the European Union, budget heading 04 03 01 05 is intended to cover grants for information and training measures for workers' organisations in accordance with Article 154 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. [read more]

Frequently asked questions - Galileo, the EU

284 Why is satellite navigation important to the EU? [read more]

Extended Working LIFE and its Interaction with Health, Wellbeing and beyond

285 The call invites proposals for funding research into one or more of four broad topics:Modern work factorsLonger working LIFE & InequalityHealth challengesCaring responsibilitiesResearch is expected to cross the traditional boundaries of Government departments and occupational sectors and to examine the implications of extending working LIFE for older workers (50+), new labour markets, health, wellbeing and intergenerational equity. [read more]