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BlueSCities aims to develop the methodology for a coordinated approach to the integration of the water and waste sectors within the Smart Cities and Communities EIP. It will identify synergies in accordance with the Smart City context and complement other priority areas such as energy, transport and ICT. It will seek to contribute to the achievements of the 20-20-20 objectives. Placing emphasis on local solutions for global issues, the proposal seeks improved public engagement and enhanced decision-making processes at all political levels based on scientific knowledge and adequate social and economic awareness. BlueSCities will build on the hitherto successful implementation of the EIP Water Action Group, CITY BLUEPRINTS, which will provide the data required for a practicable planning cycle. The necessary socio-technological tools will be produced. It will aim to improve exchange synergies between researchers and users, decision-makers and consumers, industry, SMEs and national and international authorities. The project in order to achieve this, will further review the current situation in 50 European cities employing its unique methods of analysis, produce detailed case studies of four specifically chosen municipalities/cities, and demonstrate a self-assessment baseline assessment tool for water and waste in cities, which will enhance the implementation of European Smart City activities, to be published in the Blue City Atlas. It will, in a carefully planned step-by step process, collate data and formulate sufficient recommendations in order to produce an administrative methodology capable of eliminating cross sector barriers between water, waste and Smart City sectors to be described in a practical guidance document for the use of all relevant stakeholders. This will be supported by a programme of dissemination ensuring a wider public understanding of the nature of water and waste systems within the structures of European municipalities, regions and countries.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-SA | Phase: INCO.2011-6.2 | Award Amount: 552.91K | Year: 2011

The overall objective of Morocco Research Advance in ICT for Water (MoICT) project is the Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University in Morocco co-operational and technical capacities strengthening to reinforce the ICT for water research and application in the context of the European Research Area and development of research centre of excellence to respond to Moroccos socio-economic needs. More specifically, MoICT aims to set up an innovation collaboration framework to enhance cooperation between research and private sector and enable better conditions for young researchers. The specific objectives of the action have been formulated as follows: - Strategic strengthening of USMBA to become regional centre of excellence; - Strengthening of USMBA capacities for ICT research and application in water sector; - Raise of innovation capacities and quality of research management; - Better integration in ERA and enhanced EU-Morocco research cooperation in ICT and water sectors; - Research results and project information dissemination to wider EU/Mediterranean audiences; - Support to young researchers through targeted mobility scheme; - Fostering path to innovation through collaboration with industry stakeholders. The MoICT project main outcome will be better integration of Moroccan researchers in ERA and strengthened USMBA research centre in terms of: increased USMBA ICT and Water research capacities and established permanent dialogue with innovation actors; increased research management capabilities and regional coverage encompassing strategic relations within Morocco, Mediterranean countries and EU regions; enhanced number of international research partnerships and participation in the FP7; enabled better conditions for Moroccan young researchers scientific career. The project duration is 30 months, and brings together well defined mix of expertise in water research, ICT and strategic capacity building, represented by consortium of one Moroccan and three EU partners.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: ICT-10-2015 | Award Amount: 3.75M | Year: 2015

POWER is a user-driven project to share knowledge and experience of water related issues in different EU local authorities to create a tool for EU water policy. It addresses four of the eight EIP WATER priorities: 1. Water reduction consumption 2. Water quality 3. Extreme weather events (surface water flood risk) 4. Variables related to water conservation It will develop a common DSP system prototype to be demonstrated in Milton Keynes, Sabadell, Leicester and Jerusalem. It will combine the experience of these Key Demonstration Cities with follower Cities. The followers are members of EIP Water Action Group City Blueprints, NetwercH2O and cities that have already produced a CITY BLUEPRINT. The objectives are: 1. Set up a user-driven Digital Social Platform (DSP) 2. Ensure the involvement of a wide society and knowledge community 3. Ensure social, technological, environmental and political uptake 4. Transfer the POWER model environment to other communities 5. Create new collaborative business models The POWER project will therefore: - Increase the transnational municipal network effect by facilitating unrestricted communication and community involvement - Influence related policy planning and decisions - Offer an innovative and effective open source solution to excluded regions, cities and users, based on a link and scale up strategic network - Prioritise social value, scalability, transferability, society empowerment and motivation to act. POWER responds to the call and topic c) challenges by: - harnessing the collaborative nature of ICT to create awareness - reducing the gap between stakeholders of specific city challenges. - addressing scalability and deployment for new cases - involving excluded stakeholders - integrating water issues into economic and social policy - being based on the networks: EIP Water - Action Group City Blueprints; and NetwercH20 - engaging with decision makers, professionals and the general public.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: Fission-2011-1.1.1 | Award Amount: 4.74M | Year: 2012

The EURATOM FP7 Collaborative Project Fast / Instant Release of Safety Relevant Radionuclides from Spent Nuclear Fuel (CP FIRST-Nuclides) is established with the overall objective to provide for improved understanding of the fast / instantly released radionuclides from disposed high burn-up UO2 spent nuclear fuel. This issue is given a high priority in the SRA of the IGD-TP. The outcome of the project is relevant for all types of host rocks in Europe. European experimental facilities with specialised equipment for work with highly radioactive materials collaborate for improving the knowledge relevant for the period after loss of the disposed canister integrity. The project provides for experiments combined with modelling studies on integration of the different results as well as for up-scaling from experimental conditions to entire LWR fuel rods. Spent fuel materials are selected and characterized that have known initial enrichment, burn-up and irradiation histories. Experiments and modelling studies access the correlation between the fast release of fission gases and non-gaseous fission products. They also cover the chemical speciation of relevant fission/activation products and the retention of radionuclides in the rim and grain boundaries of the fuel. Complementary, existing data from previous investigations are evaluated. The 3 years project is implemented by a consortium with 10 Beneficiaries consisting of large Research Institutions and SMEs from 7 EURATOM Signatory States, and the EC Institute for Transuranium Elements. National Waste Management Organizations contribute to the project by participation in the End-User Group, by co-funding to Beneficiaries, and provide for knowledge and information.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-SA | Phase: INCO.2010-6.2 | Award Amount: 508.75K | Year: 2011

The PERA project is aiming at strengthening capacities of the Palestine Technical University Kadoorie (PTUK) while realizing it as an international centre of excellence, and reinforcing the cooperation capacities and research activities in Palestinians water and energy sectors by defining water and energy research priorities to respond to socio-economic needs, facilitating participation in European water and energy research initiatives and inclusion in European Research Area. The specific objectives of PERA project are: -Better Coordination Between Policy, Research and Business in Palestine -Enabling Better Participation in Framework Programmes -Setting Up Palestines Environmental NCP -Enhancement of EU-PS S&T Partnerships in Energy and Water Research -Capacity Building for Solving Specific Energy and Water Issues -PTUKs Strengthening and Cooperation Capacities Reinforcement -Energy and Water Research Results Dissemination The project thus addresses current Work Programme for International Cooperation to reinforce the cooperation capacities of research centres located in the ENP countries and contributes to the European international co-operation in S&T strategy implementation, while strengthening the international dimension of the ERA and improving the framework conditions for international S&T cooperation. The main impact of PERA will be increased capacities of the PTUK centre and the structuring and enhancement of the existing EU-Palestinian Territories support landscape in Energy and Water S&T cooperation through a threefold way: (i) by supporting the participation of Palestine in the FP7, (ii) knitting together all relevant support schemes, and (iii) facilitating both the uptake of water and energy research areas and the monitoring of the performance and impacts of this cooperation. The PERA consortium brings together 4 Palestinian and EU organisations representing a well-defined mix of competencies and expertise. Project duration is 24 months.

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