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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-CA | Phase: NMP.2011.4.0-7 | Award Amount: 2.16M | Year: 2012

Industrial safety is an enabling and important success-factor in the pursuit of beneficial business activities. For this reason, industrial safety is a vital and important prerequisite for sustainable growth and competitiveness of the EU. Therefore, there is an urgent need to refocus the resources of national research programmes in EU Member States on industrial safety since the problems related to industrial safety are common to all and cannot be tackled adequately at the national level. SAFRA will bring dynamism into European research on industrial safety by fostering collaboration of national research programmes, by encouraging lateral thinking and by promoting innovations related to implementation of industrial safety. The Consortium consists of 19 leading public agencies, ministries and research organizations funding or managing safety research working in close collaboration with stakeholders from industry, enterprises, authorities, science, social partners and society at large. The strategic objective of the SAFRA project is to create a research and innovation market through systematic exchange of information and a stepwise integration of national research programmes in the EU by creating effective instruments which will emphasize collaboration between national research programmes on industrial safety. The goal is thus to promote the incorporation of a more effective safety culture into EU industrial activities to improve the competitive edge of European industries on a global scale. The scope of the SAFRA will be to support traditional industries to solve existing safety challenges and to promote innovative novel industries, such as bio- and nanotechnology-based industries, to consider safety issues in all their activities from the outset. The SAFRA therefore aims at improving the safety of European industries to promote sustainable growth as well as sharpening their competitive edge.


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Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: ERA-NET-Cofund | Phase: SC5-09-2014 | Award Amount: 38.00M | Year: 2015

The loss of biodiversity and degradation of ecosystems jeopardize the sustainable provision of ecosystem services and are major scientific and societal challenges. Addressing this challenge and providing scientific support to stakeholders and policy makers requires a coherent interdisciplinary research framework, with coordinated strategies and programmes at the national, regional and international levels, which are the relevant scales for many biodiversity issues. By networking 32 funding agencies from 18 countries, BiodivERsA3 aims to strengthen the ERA on biodiversity. Building on the previous experiences of the projects BiodivERsA1&2 and NetBiome, BiodivERsA3 will promote and support coordinated pan-European research on biodiversity and ecosystem services. It will strengthen research and research programmes coordination with the ultimate aim to provide policy makers and other stakeholders with adequate knowledge, tools and practical solutions to address biodiversity and ecosystem degradation. The objectives are to: - Enhance the capacity of the network to coordinate research programmes on biodiversity and ecosystem services more completely in Europe (including overseas territories) and to increase the international dimension of BiodivERsA activities - Develop a strategic, multi-annual vision of the networks priorities, based on ambitious mapping and foresight activities developed in collaboration with key initiatives in the field - Design and implement a co-funded call and other joint calls to better integrate research on biodiversity and ecosystem services across Europe - Develop a range of other joint activities, in particular alignment of national research programmes for biodiversity and ecosystem services, and activities for promoting mobility and equal opportunities for researchers and reinforcing data sharing - Promote effective science-policy and science-society (including science-business) dialogue during the whole research process


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Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: CSA | Phase: Energy | Award Amount: 3.00M | Year: 2015

The Concerted Action EPBD IV, supporting transposition and implementation of Directive 2010/31/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 19 May 2010 on the energy performance of buildings, is an activity which aims to foster exchange of information and experience among Member States and participating countries with regards to the implementation of the specific Community legislation and policy on the energy performance of buildings. It involves the national authorities implementing the Directive, or those bodies appointed and entrusted by them to do so. It is carried out under the coordination of Danish Energy Agency, DEA. The CA consortium is composed of organisations designated by all 28 Member States plus Norway. The CA is financed by the EUs Horizon 2020 Programme. The CA is the continuation of the first Concerted Action, CA EPBD, which ran from January 2005 to June 2007, then continued as the CA EPBD II from December 2007 until November 2010 and then CA EPBD III from March 2011 to October 2015. The CA IV will organise 4 CA Plenary meetings and some supporting activities over a period 30 months or approximately one meeting every 7-8 months, similar to the CA III. The work will be organised in Central Teams, which includes: a) 3 Core Teams on New Buildings, Existing Buildings and Certification & Quality of Inspection; b) 3 Cross-Cutting teams on Technical Elements, Policy & Implementation and Compliance, Capacity & Impact; c) 2 central functions on Collaboration with other actors and Internal & External Communication; and some additional functions and supporting measures. For each Central Team, issues are addressed on which the Directive does not require harmonised national implementation but where coordinated implementation would increase the impact of the Directive and reduce the implementing costs.


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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-ERA-Plus | Phase: SST.2013.1-3. | Award Amount: 9.03M | Year: 2014

Europe needs to redefine its transport system for the 21st century. Performance and cost-efficiency of the system need to be improved to meet future challenges. This means there is an urgent need for effective innovation for all components of the system; including vehicles, infrastructure, logistics etc. Transport ministries across Europe are facing ever tougher challenges to cope with the need to accommodate increased traffic growth, minimise congestion, maintain services in face of increasing climate change effects, as well as deliver on environmental and societal objectives. This is the time when innovation for road infrastructure is an absolute imperative to reduce costs without compromising on quality. To deliver this objective on a transnational basis, the ERA-NET Plus action on infrastructure innovation Infravation - is initiated enabling national bodies to take on tasks collectively that otherwise could not be taken forward. This scheme will allow for bringing together the efforts of member states, EC and industry. The Infravation call will be launched in March 2014 and is expected to be supported through the FP7 2013 Work Programme. Infravation comprises 11 European countries, one region and the EC. For the first time the USA will contribute funding to an ERA-NET Plus. The total pot available for R&D funding amounts to 9,025 M. The topics addressed reflect the needs of researchers/industry, road infrastructure owners and operators and EC for joint research on road infrastructure. Infravation will pave the way to a new quality of transnational research funding cooperation by applying a real common pot that merges national and EC top-up funding into one funding pot This approach allows for a coordinated, common governance structure for R&D projects funded, enabling the best expertise to be used, regardless of nationality and thereby minimising programme management and allow the maximum use of resources for transnational research cooperation.


The approach to criteria and indicators was proposed by Canada in 1992 as the operational demonstration of the integrative capability of the term sustainable development upheld by forestry negotiators at the UNCED (Rio de Janeiro, 1992) to resolve the ambiguities of the concept of sustainable developed as applied to forests. The implementation of resolution H1 (dealing with sustainable development) at the second Ministerial Conference for the Protection of Forests in Europe (Helsinki, 1993) provided scope for experimenting this approach on the European scale. The list of criteria and indicators adopted by the Helsinki process is a compromise steered by State foresters and scientists. It reflects a consensus on the scale of the European continent at a given point in time. This approach provided inspiration to other regional intergovernmental processes, which consistently associated countries that believed they shared not only similar problems in relation to sustainable forest development but also a similar culture for solving them with the criteria and indicators not considered as having any value per se; only for action taken within a given societal context. As early as 1995, European foresters expressed strong doubts about the feasibility of transcontinental, or even less, global management criteria and indicators. Indeed, sustainable management criteria and indicators do not reflect an objective, disembodied approach to what are "the sustainable, management, conservation and exploitation of all types of forests". Instead, they express the political will of foresters to go beyond the claim of being the only legitimate, competent voice to speak about forests, in the direction of a "shared vision" with other stakeholders, or at least a dialogue, without the choice of partners being pre-determined. Originally, this dimension as a renewed tool of governance in forest policies was as strong as the ambition to make these criteria and indicators tools that forestry decision-makers could use to steer policy. Their offspring has gone beyond what their promoters imagined, in spite of the fact that their operational ability and their benefits have yet to be solidly established. © AgroParisTech, 2013. Source

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