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Innovation International | Date: 2017-03-22

A battery charging circuit comprising: a semiconductor switch (Q1) having an output connected to a rechargeable battery (24); a battery charge controller (20) for receiving power from an external source, and supplying output power to a portable device (18) and the input of the semiconductor switch, the current output of the battery charge controller being controllable; and a voltage sensing circuit (30) for: measuring the voltage drop across the battery charge controller; and responding to the voltage drop across the battery charge controller by modulating the semiconductor switch to reduce the quantity of current supplied to the rechargeable battery when the voltage drop is too great; whereby the total power dissipated by the battery charge controller is controlled, the portable device receiving the power it needs to operate and the rechargeable battery receiving any additional available power.


Grant
Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-IP | Phase: SSH.2013.3.2-1 | Award Amount: 6.25M | Year: 2014

SI-DRIVE extends knowledge about social innovation (SI) in three major directions: - Integrating theories and research methodologies to advance understanding of SI leading to a comprehensive new paradigm of innovation. - Undertaking European and global mapping of SI, thereby addressing different social, economic, cultural, historical and religious contexts in eight major world regions. - Ensuring relevance for policy makers and practitioners through in-depth analyses and case studies in seven policy fields, with cross European and world region comparisons, foresight and policy round tables. SI-DRIVE involves 15 partners from 12 EU Member States and 10 from other parts of the world. The approach adopted carefully interlinks the research process to both the complexity of the topic and the project workflow. First, cyclical iteration between theory development, methodological improvements, and policy recommendations. Second, two mapping exercises at European and global level. Initial mapping will capture basic information about 1000\ actual successful and failed social innovations from a wide variety of sources worldwide, leading to a typology of SI (testing the SI perspectives proposed by the BEPA report) and using this to examine the global SI distribution. Subsequent mapping will use the typology to focus on well documented SI, leading to the selection of 10 cases each for in-depth analysis in the seven SI-DRIVE Policy Fields. Third, these case studies will be further analysed, used in stakeholder dialogues in 7 policy field platforms and in analysis of cross-cutting dimensions (e.g. gender, diversity, ICT), carefully taking into account cross-sector relevance (private, public, civil sectors), and future impact. The outcomes of SI-DRIVE will address all objectives required by the Call, cover a broad range of research dimensions, impacting particularly in terms of changing society and empowerment, and contributing to the objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy.


Grant
Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA | Phase: ICT-2013.10.3 | Award Amount: 1.03M | Year: 2014

In the fluid environment of the junction between FP7 and HORIZON 2020, the EAST HORIZON Support Action, brought forward by a balanced mixture of European Strategic Consulting companies, IT Industry, EECA National Research and Governmental Organizations, comes as a bridge for a two-way cooperation between the EECA and the EU.\nIt will inspire ideas, influence policies, and launch actions to:\nSupport the Dialogue between EU and EECA countries\nRaise awareness, help networking EECA organizations for participating in EU R&D and EU organizations participate in EECA R&D Programs.\nMatching EECA Societal Challenges, ICT R&D and Industrial Priorities to HORIZON 2020 concepts, EAST HORIZON, after validating results from previous related projects, will focus on new elements introduced by H2020 and the current frame of policy Dialogue between EU and EECA countries and bring concrete ideas and arguments to the Dialogue between the EC and EECA countries, in the perspective of a coherent ICT R&D cooperation policy.\nThe project will raise awareness by focused events where a deep insight of all relevant EU ICT R&D Frameworks will be provided; reciprocally it will gather feedback on EECA R&D Programs for enabling EU organizations participate in them.\nThe project will create a dense grid of relevant players on the two sides (ICT researchers, IT Associations, Companies, ETPs, Knowledge Networks and Policy makers) in a balanced way so as to maximize research collaboration, in parallel promoting innovation. This will shape new or strengthen existing business links between the EU and EECA IT Industries and Academia/Institutes.\nA permanent communication and collaboration platform, an environment where all ICT Research players meet and work together to raise ideas for joint Research projects will be established. The platform, linked to similar platforms, will be transferred to EECA stakeholders at project end, for achieving sustainability of collaboration mechanisms built under EAST HORIZON.


Grant
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.


Grant
Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: CSA | Phase: ICT-33-2014 | Award Amount: 4.27M | Year: 2015

The main objective of Idealist2018 is reinforcing the network of National Contact Points (NCP) for LEIT ICT under Horizon2020, by promoting further trans-national cooperation within this network. This cooperation will also include collaboration and networking with similar networks in parallel themes (Security, ENV, Transport, Energy, Health,etc) especially in the context of joint/coordinated or PPP calls. Special focus is put on helping less experienced NCPs from Member States (MS) and Associated Countries (AC) to access the know-how accumulated in other countries and to apply it in a locally relevant and efficient manner. Furthermore Idealist2018 aims to address national and cross-border audiences, relying on the NCP network mainly established in the MS and AC at national and regional level, to stimulate, encourage and facilitate the participation of current and future ICT research stakeholders in ERA. Special focus is put on newcomers and SMEs, including organisations from MS, AC and third Countries. The activities of Idealist2014 are incremental to the formal NCP responsibilities as they address the international aspects not covered by the nationally funded NCP role. It is built upon: -Experience gained over more than 15 years from the 8 preceding projects covering FP4 to FP7 and now the transition to H2020 -Strengthening NCP cooperation with support for MS, AC and third Countries -Provision of Training and Twinning for less experienced NCPs -Provision of partner search, pre- and full proposal quality support -Focused support for SMEs in the ICT sector and for organisations new to H2020 -Provision of NCP support for countries with S&T international agreements -Promotion of opportunities and Idealist services ensuring a higher NCP visibility


Grant
Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: CSA | Phase: INT-02-2015 | Award Amount: 1.57M | Year: 2016

The project STI International Cooperation Network for EaP Countries Plus (EaP PLUS) aims to stimulate cooperation between researchers from the EaP countries and EU MS and enhance the active participation of the Eastern Partnership countries in Horizon 2020 Framework Programme. Building on the results of the predecessor FP7 project IncoNet EaP, the project will eliminate remaining obstacles to EU-EaP STI cooperation through a number of innovative and targeted actions: (a) strategic priority setting through supporting EU-EaP policy dialogue and through maximizing the impact of the association to Horizon 2020; (b) stronger interaction between researchers & participation in H2020, i.e. Info days, cooperation with scientific diaspora, and grants for networking; (c) promotion of the research-innovation interface supporting communities of excellence, i.e. co-patenting analyses, clustering schemes, promotion of the technology platforms concept to EaP countries; (d) optimal framework conditions and increasing coordination in policies and programmes through training seminars for STI policymakers, increased coordination and synergies between policies and programmes of EU/MS and EaP, i.e. JPIs, COST, national programmes; (e) communication and outreach through innovative actions


Patent
Innovation International | Date: 2014-04-01

The invention relates to a fertilizing product, for example a potash fertilizer, the release of which is controlled and delayed by a coating comprising a first layer based on a polysaccharide resin obtained from a vegetable oi, and a second layer based on a non-hydrated cement.


The present invention relates to the use of a fructooligosaccharide (FOS) comprising from 2 to 10 monosaccharide units, as an elicitor of the mechanisms of absorption of mineral elements from the soil, and of the defense mechanisms against pathogens. It also relates to a fertilizing and biostimulating composition containing these fructooligosaccharides, and to the use thereof in a method for treating crop plants.


Patent
Becher Stp and Innovation International | Date: 2014-11-18

A foldable modular structure for a fast-erecting shelter comprising the assembly of profiled sections that form at least two opposing arches linked by at least two purlins, including one ridge purlin. A first end of the ridge purlin is linked by a hinge to a first ridge part of a first arch, said hinge comprising first pivoting means allowing said ridge purlin to pivot on a transverse axis, parallel to the plane of the arch, in order to allow the purlin to fold parallel to said arch, and second pivoting means allowing the ridge purlin to pivot on an axis perpendicular to the plane of the arch, and the second end of the ridge purlin comprises linking means for linking with a second ridge part of a second arch, said linking means being arranged to provide a dismountable but rigid link between the ridge purlin and said second linking part.


Grant
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: PARTNRSHIPS FOR INNOVATION-PFI | Award Amount: 49.93K | Year: 2017

This award provides support to conduct a 2-day workshop organized by the International Society of Service Innovation Professionals, ISSIP, to take place in the winter of 2017 in Silicon Valley, California. The workshop will bring together industry and academic researchers from around the country and the world. Industrial and academic participants who are considered thought leaders from a variety of academic fields and areas of application will discuss a long-term human-technology research agenda that will enable the smart service systems of the future.

Service systems contribute to more than 75% of the U.S. GDP and provide close to 80% of employment. It has been demonstrated that the integration of technology as an aid to the human worker can result in dramatic improvements in productivity by augmenting human capabilities in the workplace. Hence, in the next few decades technology-based innovations in service systems can have enormous economic importance for the United States. Smart service systems also have the potential to become the conduit for social innovations addressing major societal problems.

The agenda of the workshop can have transformative impact on the US economy and beyond by identifying the grand challenges that industry faces, not for todays service systems, but for the service systems envisioned in 20-30 years. The ultimate objective is to bring attention of academic research on technologies that neither industry nor academia are working on at the moment but that are necessary to enable this next generation of service systems.

These futuristic services are likely to be enabled by the automation of the built environment capable of providing innovative services by teaming with humans for the benefit of individuals and society. Examples are those enabled by ambient intelligence, cognitive environments, virtual assistants, service robots, intelligent vehicles, smart infrastructure, and autonomous systems or intelligent devices of all sorts, all networked by the internet of things and other communication paradigms. The departments from where academic researchers will be drawn to work on these challenges will be diverse. Participants have been selected based on a broad range of expertise across a variety of research fields, including engineering, information technology, computer science, operations, optimization, and social and behavioral sciences. In particular, researchers who are already interested in trans-disciplinary collaborations will be invited. Industry researchers from Fortune 500 companies in the smart services space will be summoned. With more than a 1000 members with diverse backgrounds representing industry, academia, and government, ISSIP is uniquely positioned to convene this distinct group.

The collaborating institutions organizing the workshop are the International Society of Service Innovation Professionals, San Jose State University (San Jose, CA) and IBM Research, IBM (San Jose, CA)

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