Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-SA | Phase: INCO.2013-9.1 | Award Amount: 1.12M | Year: 2014
The overall aim of the SUAFRI-EPC project is to bridge the gap between Agri-Food research and innovation in Eastern Partnering Countries (EPC), by bringing together all actors of the knowledge value chain and raising their awareness on how to uptake research results into innovation. The SUAFRI-EPC is supporting the Agri-Food sector and community in EPC by developing the basis for an efficient Research to Innovation - R2I process with the support of European partnering specialists. The project will consist in the following activities: Networking between Agri-Food actors: Mapping EPC Agri-Food actors at different level of the knowledge value chain and organise brokerage events; Analyse the potential for cooperation and knowledge transfer in the field; Exchange best practices in knowledge/technology transfer via a range of specific training courses ; Implement a R2I pilot project in three (3) targeted EPC countries with a European partner: - R2I Topic A in Armenia: Production methods to optimise economical and environmental sustainability in aquaculture and apiculture sectors; - R2I Topic B in Belarus: Development of consumer preferences for fish and seafood. - R2I Topic C in Georgia: Wine production optimisation using bio-technologies and zoning techniques. Innovation support services to EPC (and European) Agri-Food organisations willing to receive hands-on support for their RDI activities. The SUAFRI-EPC project aims also to cooperate with other European projects and initiatives targeting EPC countries, under Cluster joint activities. Cluster activities will consist in organising and contributing to joint event, exchange of information and support current projects and the successors of: BILAT-Ukr*aina, INCONET CA/SC and INCONET-EECA.
Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-CSA-Infra | Phase: INFRA-2008-1.1.1 | Award Amount: 4.00M | Year: 2009
The recently finished FP6 RI Black Sea SCENE project has established a Black Sea Scientific Network of leading environmental and socio-economic research institutes, universities and NGOs from the countries around the Black Sea and has developed a distributed virtual data and information infrastructure that is populated and maintained by these organisations to improve the identification, access, exchange, quality indication and use of their data and information about the Black Sea. The Black Sea SCENE research infrastructure stimulates scientific cooperation, exchange of knowledge and expertise, and strengthens the regional capacity and performance of marine environmental data and information management, underpins harmonization with European marine data quality control/assessment procedures and adoption of international meta-data standards and data-management practices, providing improved data & information delivery services for the Black Sea region at a European level. The Up-Grade of Black Sea SCENE project aims: a) to extend the existing research infrastructure with 19 marine environmental institutes/organizations from the 6 Black Sea countries, b) to implement the results of the Joint Research Activities of the FP6 RI SeaDataNet project (common communication standards and adapted technologies to ensure the datacenters interoperability), c) to network the existing and new Black Sea datacenters, active in data collection, and provide integrated databases of standardized quality on-line, d) to realize and improve on-line access to in-situ and remote sensing data, meta-data and products and e) to adopt standardized methodologies for data quality checking to ensure the quality, compatibility and coherence of the data issuing from so many sources. The Up-Grade Black Sea SCENE project is undertaken by 51 partners of which 43 are located in the Black Sea countries.
Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-IP | Phase: SST.2010.5.2-2. | Award Amount: 9.35M | Year: 2011
A sustainable and efficient freight transport in Europe plays a vital role in having a successful and competitive economy. Freight transport is expected to grow by some 50 % (in tonne-kilometres) by 2020. However rail has, in many areas, been displaced from a dominant position as road transport services have grown and developed in capability and levels of sophistication that have not been matched by rail service providers. SUSTRAIL aims to contribute to the rail freight system to allow it to regain position and market and the proposed solution is based on a combined improvement in both freight vehicle and track components in a holistic approach aimed at achieving a higher reliability and increased performance of the rail freight system as a whole and profitability for all the stakeholders. The SUSTRAIL integrated approach is based on innovations in rolling stock and freight vehicles (with a targeted increased in speed and axle-load) combined with innovations in the track components (for higher reliability and reduced maintenance), whose benefits to freight and passenger users (since mixed routes are considered) are quantified through the development of an appropriate business case with estimation of cost savings on a life cycle basis. In fact, a holistic approach to vehicle and track sustainability has to be taken, since improvements in track design and materials alone are not enough as demands on the rail system increase. Contributions from the different topic areas (vehicles, track, operations) will be demonstrated on real routes, offering geographic dispersion as well as differences in type, speed, and frequency of traffic. A strong multidisciplinary consortium committed to concrete actions aligned toward a common outcome has been grouped for the achievement of the challenging objectives of the project with a balanced combination of Infrastructure managers, freight operators and Industry, including Large and Small enterprises, with support from Academia.
Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-SA | Phase: NMP.2013.4.0-5 | Award Amount: 631.96K | Year: 2013
NANOMAT-EPC aims to support the deployment of societally beneficial nano- and materials technologies in European Partnership countries (EPC), in order to increase exploitation of their scientific results and contribute to the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. Consequently, NANOMAT-EPC aims to develop knowledge and technology transfer in nano- and materials technologies for healthcare, clean energy and environment applications. The project will be implemented by a well-balanced consortium of nine partners four EPC partners and five EU partners. In order to stimulate the knowledge and technology transfer, NANOMAT-EPCs mission is the following: i. Map and promote organisations involved with nano- and materials technologies in EPC; ii. Organise brokerage events in the EPC to facilitate knowledge and technology transfer in nano- and materials technologies; iii. Organise workshops in the EPC to identify nano- and materials knowledge and technology transfer opportunities; iv. Implement pilot nano- and materials technologies deployment projects. The pilot projects will be bilateral between the EPC and European partners and based on education, training and exchange of scientists as follows: a. Deployment of high conductivity zirconia anodes in solid oxide fuel cells (IPMS and UB) b. Deployment of hybrid CNT/graphene electrodes for supercapacitors (BSUIR and Cleancarb) c. Deployment of nanosensory devices for environmental monitoring using picosecond laser technology (GTU and PSUD) d. Deployment of magnetic nanoparticles for medical applications (IPR-NAS and LZH) v. Produce report with recommendations on how to exploit to nano- and materials knowledge and technology transfer opportunities in EPC.
Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-SA | Phase: INCO.2013-9.1 | Award Amount: 1.18M | Year: 2013
NoGAP bridges the gap between research and innovation and contributes to taking advantage of the innovation potential of SMEs based on a better cooperation with researchers, transferring and using knowledge resulting from research. The overall objective of the project is to reinforce cooperation with Eastern Partnership countries to develop a Common Knowledge and Innovation Space on societal challenge secure, clean and efficient energy. The NoGAP consortium is composed of 13 organizations from 6 countries of which 3 are EU members (Germany, Romania, Slovakia) and 3 are members of the Eastern Partnership (Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia). In order to improve mobility between research, business and innovation, interrelated tandem relations between research organizations and innovation support services are established. Within the NoGAP project we want to: - identify the main drivers and obstacles of closer links between academia and the market in the field of secure, clean and efficient energy in the Eastern Partnership Region - develop a best practice methodology to enhance successful commercialization of research results and to improve the management of these results - develop innovation support services to foster existing and establish new strategic partnerships - assess the opportunities for the establishment of sustainable Technology Transfer Centres (TTC) in the participating partner countries on the basis of existing structures and good practice - improve the competencies of researchers, entrepreneurs and multiplicators by organizing trainings - develop a list of pilot activities to foster mutually beneficial public-private-partnerships between EU and Eastern Partnership countries in the energy sector - create and organize twinnings between the regions - promote networking between EU and Eastern Partnership countries.
Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-SICA | Phase: NMP.2012.2.2-3 | Award Amount: 4.62M | Year: 2013
The overall objective is the development of new coatings for supercritical steam power plants for efficient and clean coal utilization. A significant reduction of emissions is expected by increasing efficiencies to > 50%. Currently, an efficiencies of 45% have been achieved in the last 30 years from subcritical 180 bar/540C to ultra-supercritical 300 bar/600-620C corresponding to a specific reduction of 20% of CO2 emissions. Efficiencies of 50% and more can be achieved by further raising the temperature, but conventional ferritic steels are not sufficiently oxidation resistant, since the temperature designed for operation was 550 C. From the mechanical properties perspective, ferritic steels can be used at temperatures up to 650 C and for higher temperatures austenic steels and Ni base alloys are being considered. One of the main objectives of this project is therefore to develop advanced coatings for steam environments which can resist the chemical attack of steam and fireside corrosion at temperatures higher than 620C employing materials with the required high temperature mechanical properties in particular creep strength. Ferriticmartensitic steels will be considered as substrate materials for up to 650 C whereas, austenitic steels will be explored for higher temperatures. In general higher temperatures mean higher oxidation rates, in particular when the oxidant is water vapour instead of oxygen. The introduction of carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technologies also aiming to reduce emissions in power generation has also increased the interest in developing new material solutions able to reduce the economical and environmental penalty associated to energy production systems when CO2 is generated. For instance oxy-fuel combustion takes place in a N2 free atmosphere so oxygen is burned in near stoichiometric conditions with the fuel (pulverized carbon) producing and exhaust gases mainly composed of CO2 and H2O.
Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-SA | Phase: INCO.2011-6.1 | Award Amount: 522.54K | Year: 2011
The overall aim of the SENS-ERA project is to integrate the Georgian Technical University (GTU) into the European Research Area (ERA), by developing cooperation with European research and innovation organisations in its 3 strongest research topics: A) Semiconductor based materials for optical sensors; B) Radiation sensor elements based on A4, A3B5, and rare earth semiconductors; C) Novel smart sensor systems for environmental monitoring. These are research topics highly relevant to the FP7 ICT, NMP, Security and Environment work programmes. GTU was established in 1922 and is the leading technology university in Georgia. It is also an important research centre in the South Caucasus and Black Sea region and many GTU graduates have gone on to become high-ranking scientists and engineers around the world. The SENS-ERA project will build upon GTUs existing strengths as a high-quality research institution via capacity building activities with the following 3 excellent European research and innovation organisations: 1. Cranfield University (Cranfield), 2. Technological Educational Institute of Piraeus (TEIPIR), 3. Intelligentsia Consultants (Intelligentsia) The capacity building activities will involve twinning and training of GTU researchers focused on the three research topics as well as the FP7 programmes (e.g. ICT, NMP, Security and Environment). Also, it will involve dissemination and strategy development to support the GTU organisation. The SENS-ERA project will be overseen by a steering committee involving the consortium partners plus members of the Georgian government, Euroscience Association and Euro Mediterranean Academy of Arts and Sciences. The regional economic and social impacts expected from the SENS-ERA project are precisely the reasons why many of these organisations have signed letters of support for this proposal.
Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-SICA | Phase: NMP.2012.2.2-3 | Award Amount: 3.60M | Year: 2013
The aim is to develop a heat resistant steel with a 100000 hour creep strength of 100 MPa at 650C. This allows increasing the thermal efficiency of fossil power plants to over 50%, which is 30% higher than the present standard in most existing power plants. The CO2 emissions are reduced accordingly. The consortium combines the expertise of a steelmaker, two utility companies, an engineering consultant company from Ukraine and eight research organizations and universities from EU and Eastern Partnership countries. The idea is to exploit the Z phase as a thermodynamically stable strengthening agent in martensitic creep resistant steels. Previously the Z phase has been considered as detrimental, since the coarse Z-phase particles that develop during long time service in high-chromium steels hardly contribute to the strength while growing at the expense of the fine, strengthening nitride particles. However, high chromium contents around 12% are needed, since the current 9% chromium steels do not provide sufficient oxidation resistance at 650C. Hence the challenge is to control the precipitation of the Z phase in 12% Cr steels such that fine Z particles are formed, which are stable for long times. An important aspect is that the beneficial microstructure should be established also by the post-weld heat treatment. To achieve the goal, test melts containing different alloying elements are prepared and subjected to different heat treatments. Welding consumables and processes are also tested. Since a purely empirical alloy development is time consuming and costly, the process is supported by microstructural investigations on an atomic scale. Similarly, multiscale modelling methods are developed and applied to Z-phase strengthened steels. Modelling not only enhances the fundamental understanding of the strengthening and degradation mechanisms, but also provides design tools and lifetime estimation methods for the safe and reliable operation of future power plants.
Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-SA | Phase: INCO.2010-6.1 | Award Amount: 520.45K | Year: 2010
GEO-RECAP will support Georgia in significantly enhancing the cooperation capacities of its leading ICT research centers, namely two Institutes of Georgian Technical University (GTU):GTU- MICM and GTU- IC). The projects central goal is to initiate and significantly increase scientific cooperation between the ERA and both GTU-MICM and GTU-IC. This goal comprises the following specific objectives: O.1: To conduct a series of targeted networking events between members of the Georgian research institutes and key partners of the ERA to facilitate the formation of new cooperations and partnerships relevant to FP7. O.2: To provide comprehensive practical and theoretical training to members of the Georgian research institutes to develop/enhance their skills and competences with regard to acquiring and participating in FP7 projects (including proposal writing, IPR, EU project and contract management etc.). O.3: To develop a sustainable strategy for increasing the research centres regional coverage and to improve its response to the existing socio-economic conditions.The strategy will be developed by means of a comprehensive SWOT analysis carried out both at GTU-MICM and GTU-IC. What makes GEO-RECAP special is the means by which it is implemented: Rather than just conducting a series of networking and training events and suggesting a strategy for further development, GEO-RECAP will be designed as a practical training-on-the-job and supported learning-by-doing action that will really empower the Georgian research centres by allowing them not only to learn but also put into practice everything that is relevant to sustaining themselves and actively integrating themselves into the international research community. Last but not least, to ensure optimal suitability, all capacity building measures will not only be developed in direct collaboration and consultation with the Georgian research centres, but also with the relevant Georgian instance on policy level - the NCP for FP7 ICT ICARTI who is also part of the GEO-RECAP consortium.
Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-SA | Phase: INCO.2013-9.1 | Award Amount: 1.12M | Year: 2013
The overall aim of the SECURE-R2I project is to reinforce cooperation with Eastern Partnership Countries (EPC) on bridging the gap between research and innovation for Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 6. Inclusive, Innovative and Secure Societies. The research domains encompassed by Inclusive, Innovative and Secure Societies are broad. From the perspective of FP7 thematic priorities, they include ICT; Security; Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials (NMP); and Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH). These research domains also form the basis of important economic sectors in the EPC, with many potential benefits for the EU, but which also need European support to increase their exploitation. Addressing this issue, the SECURE-R2I project will assist R&D and innovation (RDI) organisations in EPC via a range of knowledge and technology transfer activities with the support of European specialists. The activities include: Networking between EPC organisations involved in RDI for Societal Challenge 6: It consists in mapping EPC RDI organisations and organising brokerage events to stimulate cooperation; Analysing the tech transfer opportunities and bottlenecks of EPC organisations involved in RDI for Societal Challenge 6: It consists in surveying these organisations and holding discussions with representatives of government, industry, government and intermediary bodies; Exchanging best practices in knowledge/technology transfer via a range of specific training courses and intensive summer schools in Europe; Twinning via R2I pilot projects: Each EPC research partner in the consortium will twin with another consortium partner who will support them to implement a bilateral R2I pilot project; Providing innovation support services to selected, high-potential EPC (and European) RDI: The activities will consist in coaching and advisory services on innovation and tech-transfer.