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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-CA | Phase: REGIONS-2012-2013-1 | Award Amount: 2.49M | Year: 2013

WE@EU is a coordination action born from the initiative of a wide range of actors from five different European regions that have a true awareness on problems related to availability of water in sufficient quantities and adequate quality in their regions. Taking into account that over 80% of the population is expected to be living in urban areas in EU countries by 2050, pressures on the availability of water, also under the effects of the climate change phenomenon, is becoming a major challenge at European and global level. WE@EU has been conceived to coordinate european innovation in the water efficiency market of products and services through high-level cooperation between five European regions represented by research-driven clusters. The five participating regions are envisaged to identify common solutions towards the development of effective R&D&I policies trough knowledge transfer, mutual learning and capacity building,in a coordinate collaboration with R&D&I performers, the business sector, regional authorities/policy makers and civil society. WE@EU will promote the delivery of innovative solutions, skills and policy instruments to support to boost competitiveness of the participating regions towards a more resource-efficient economy. Ultimately, WE@EU is expected to set up the base for a higher specialization degree in water-efficiency, contributing to the development of their Regional Innovation Strategies.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-SA | Phase: FP7-PEOPLE-2009-NIGHT | Award Amount: 298.46K | Year: 2010

Based on the success in previous years, IRN2010 was extended to additional institutes, and many additional sites at industries, and designed to attract Israelis of all ages, background and geographic location nationwide to meet researchers face-to-face. Number of sites was more than doubled and covers all of Israel (see map), with many places (science-caf and round tables) outside the Campuses where researchers will meet the public. The event will focus this year on How are researchers advancing Water technologies and Climate Change research?, with additional other scientific aspects. A broad range of compelling scientific activities, held nationwide and supported by the Ministry of Science & Technology and the Ministry of Industry, Trade & Employment, will contribute to altering public stereotypes of researchers, and to a greater understanding of the pivotal role of researchers in the economic development of Israel, and their contribution to the betterment of society and mankind as a whole. This event will comprise rich and imaginative programmes, featuring leading researchers from Israeli universities, research institutions, major science museums and industries, engaged in cutting edge scientific discovery and technological innovation. They will meet the public in their laboratories, in Science-Caf, at Round-Table Events, in the museums next to exhibitions and in lectures, where they will tell their personal stories. Events will include interactions with scientists who have received EU ERC and Marie Curie grants and a variety of hands-on activities for youngsters and others. Forums will take the shape of informal settings, where scientists and the public can get acquainted with each other in an unthreatening environment. We will emphasis the researchers passion for teaching the young generation on Water Technologies and Climate changes.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ENERGY.2010.10.2-1 | Award Amount: 3.64M | Year: 2011

In a solar cell that converts energy as efficient as the natural plant photosystems, electrons should travel over very short distances, through an extremely ordered structure free of traps. Guided by these principles that were worked out at WIS and CUNY, we want to synthesize many different peptides, and consecutively screen variants thereof for a putative diode function. When linked to light-harvesting building blocks, these should yield a novel type of solar cell that is based on biomimetic principles. To achieve these goals, UPC will chemically synthesize a panel of artificial building blocks that are designed to harvest light and/or tunnel electrons. When assembled into many different peptides, some of these constructs are expected to function as a diode, and, when linked to light-harvesting molecules, as a solar cell. Peptides will be embedded into a self-assembled monolayer of alkanethiols on individual gold pads of a computer chip, which will be designed and manufactured by IMS. Each individual peptide can be addressed by feeding in, and at the same time measuring, the amount of current flow in both directions through the gold pads of the individual pixels. A similar kind of screen should then detect a functional peptide-based solar cell. 10.000 Peptides per cm(\2) will be synthesized by a particle based combinatorial synthesis recently developed by KIT-G and PPP. These peptides will be transferred in the array format to the chip where they couple to the gold pads. Therein, peptides will be coupled through cysteine residues to the flat gold surface, where they are embedded into a membrane-like structure. We expect that our evolution inspired approach may open a novel route to very efficient, and very cheap solar cells. This is due to the small percolation distances, highly ordered modular peptide structures, the large number of generated peptides, the ability to easily combine and modify eventually found peptide-diodes, and the frugal material consumption.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-CA | Phase: REGIONS-1;REGIONS-2009-1 | Award Amount: 1.47M | Year: 2010

The availability of water resources is a key contributory factor to economic and social development, as well as being an essential pillar of environmental preservation. The most of the Mediterranean regions, with a semi-arid climate, has historically suffered from water scarcity. This has led in many cases to a strong culture in the efficient use of water and development of innovative policies and techniques relating to sustainable water management. Within this context, some Mediterranean regions have developed effective research-driven clusters focused on sustainable and efficient management of water, and dedicate considerable resources to research, technical development and innovation (R&TD&I) activities in this field. The SWAM Project is proposed to supply preconditions for further economic growth and global competitiveness of Murcia, Eastern-Galilee and Western Greece regions having high potential in the Water Technologies (Water-Tech) sector. The Project will develop an Action Plan (JAP) with the collaboration of these three regions, through mutual understanding of the respective research systems, coordinating their science policies as well as sharing the best practices and experiences in order to draw a pathway regarding: - Integration of synergies among these clusters, strengthening their internal capabilities and joining efforts in water technologies R&TD&I in order to develop world-wide this leading market. - Overcoming the current financial crisis as much as possible, by mobilizing other financial possibilities afforded by national/regional authorities, the private sector and by Community programmes. The project offers a cross-cutting effect over the participants regional economies, since water technologies are applied to all economic and productive sectors. There is also an innovative approach behind the idea which supports these clusters: to increase the regional economy growth and competitiveness matched with environmental preservation.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: CSA | Phase: MSCA-NIGHT-2014 | Award Amount: 808.05K | Year: 2014

Following previous eight years of successful implementation of European Researchers Night in Israel we will have: o Venues covering the whole country. o Involvement of the academic community including Israel Ministry of Science, Technology and Space (MOST), all major research universities, leading collages and three science museums. o Awareness campaign at national level managed and funded by the Israel Ministry of Science, Technology and Space. o Groups of junior-high and high-school students (ages 12-18) will be invited by each partner to take part in each venue. We are ready and proud to implement European Researchers Night 2014 & 2015. All of the partners involved in the project have the experience of running successful European Researchers Nights events. With the successive increase in number of visitors along the years and the reputation of the event we are expecting more than 50,000 visitors each year. Main theme for 2014 will be Water & Marine Sciences research. Main theme for 2015 will be Brain Research which is very attractive subject to the special 10th anniversary event. Same management as in 2011, 2012, 2013 successful events. Proposal covers both 2014 & 2015 European Researchers Night events.

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