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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-CA | Phase: NMP.2011.2.3-2 | Award Amount: 3.49M | Year: 2012

M-ERA.NET will be a real tool for developing a strong European RTD community on materials science and engineering and for supporting the European economy with respect to the challenges of the 21st century. M-ERA.NET will be a highly ambitious network involving a majority of European key players in national funding of materials science and engineering. M-ERA.NET will replace a number of smaller previous ERA-NETs and cover the materials domain with an innovative and flexible umbrella concept for one single ERA-NET contract. M-ERA.NET will set up a multi-annual policy for joint programming targeted at the whole innovation cycle. Cooperation at an international level will enable the European RTD community to access world leading knowledge. It is our mission to - strengthen the status of the European RTD community and economy in materials sciences and engineering; - mobilise critical mass of national and regional funding for transnational RTD cooperation in materials science and engineering, thereby achieving a very large leverage effect of the requested FP7 funding; - set up a novel umberlla concept for cooperation to react to emerging needs and to allow coverage of future topics in related thematic areas; - establish strategic programming of joint activities, addressing societal and technological challenges in an interdisciplinary approach; - support the exploitation of created knowledge along the whole innovation chain; - enable enlarged research cooperation within the EU member states and associated states; - establish international cooperation with partners outside Europe; - exploit the novel developments in a durable, long term cooperation between funding organisations.


EU is dependent on the import of Raw Materials, if we consider that in Europe there are between 150K to 500K highly variable landfills, it is easy to understand that the SRM potential of various landfills is significant. Valuable Raw Materials disposed in landfills are mostly lost due to inefficient waste management practices. Existing knowledge, reporting standards and inventory on SRM seems to be inefficient. In this context, the SMART GROUND project intends to foster resource recovery in landfills by improving the availability and accessibility of data and information on Secondary Raw Materials (SRM) in the EU, while creating synergies among the different stakeholders involved in the SRM value chain. SMART GROUND involves the 3 main players of the process: End-users (waste management companies),RTD institutions (Research centres, Universities, SMEs), and Technology Transfer providers (Networking, training organizations and public authorities). Thus, the consortium will integrate all the data from existing databases and new information retrieved in a single EU databank. SMART GROUND will respond to the needs of coordination, networking and cooperation between stakeholders, through the creation of a databank enabling the exchange of information among them. It will improve data gathering on SRM from different types of waste, by defining new and better data acquisition methods and standards; it will cooperate with other EU ongoing activities and support the implementation of the EIP on RM. The project also aims at improving the SRM economic and employment potential, by i) providing training on the assessment of landfill sites material recovery targeting end-users, ii) forming a dedicated network of academic, industrial and other stakeholders and regulators committed to cost-effective research, technology transfer and training; iii) developing and implementing a dissemination and exploitation plan to maximise the impacts and benefits of the SMART GROUND action


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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-SA | Phase: REGIONS-2007-1-01 | Award Amount: 1.10M | Year: 2008

The proposed project CReATE is based on the cooperation of highly innovative clusters in the creative industries, one of the emerging lead markets of the European knowledge economy. With the objective to bring the benefits of research to SMEs, the largest group in those clusters, the project facilitates an open innovation approach. It incentivates and enables a more systematic use of the innovation potential of information & communication technologies (ICT), key for developing internationally competitive products and services. To strengthen the research potential of EU regions, and to increase related investments from EU, national & regional funds, CReATE targets to position regional capabilities in the most promising international technology and market development perspectives. Prospective tools and a focus on the trans-regional dimension complement the traditional tools to lay the ground for self-sustaining economic success. Thus, CReATE promotes synergies between regional, national, EU & research policies, and facilitates intra- and trans-regional cooperation and knowledge exchange between cluster development agencies, researchers, SMEs and MNEs. To optimise outcomes, the Consortium Members have working relationships already proven successful, and can add European value with their complementary contributions. They bring in-depth knowledge of creative industries, practical cluster development and the underlying theories, and of providing strategic economic and policy intelligence in general. To optimise CReATEs contribution to the objectives of the call we plan to 1) develop and apply a new assessment template 2) develop a joint research agenda 3) develop a toolkit, and implement training courses for interested regions, also for other clusters 4) ensure multiplying effects beyond project scope and timeframe.


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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2009.7.3 | Award Amount: 2.38M | Year: 2010

Today the ever growing visibility of the web as a medium that exhibits the potential to attract and maintain societys involvement coupled with the need for a more citizen-centric and socially-rooted policy making, calls for novel tools with the capability to analyze societys input and forecast the possible impact of policies. Thus, more citizen-centric governance arises more pressing than ever.\nThe proposed project aims at bringing together two well established domains, the mashup architectural approach of web 2.0 for creating web applications (gadgets) and the methodology of system dynamics in analyzing complex system behavior. The objective is to design, develop and deploy a prototype toolset that will allow policy makers to graphically create web applications that will be deployed in the environment of underlying knowledge in Web 2.0 media. For this reason, the project introduces the concept of Policy Gadget (Padget) similarly to the approach of gadget applications in web 2.0 to represent a micro web application that combines a policy message with underlying group knowledge in social media (in the form of content and user activities) and interacts with end users in popular locations (such as social networks, blogs, forums, news sites, etc) in order to get and convey their input to policy makers.\nThrough the proposed platform any policy can become a reusable and communicable web application to be used in relation to underlying content and social activities over the web. Policy makers will be able to set up such applications on their own and use them to communicate their policies to the public. People can use these applications as they use everyday services and policy makers can track the results of this interaction back to their policy making process to assist them in reaching solid decisions that represent societys input and aspirations.


Grant
Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-CA | Phase: NMP.2013.4.0-7 | Award Amount: 1.71M | Year: 2014

Towards Europe 2020, European Commission adopted a comprehensive innovation strategy to enhance Europes capacity to deliver smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. This strategy concerns the so called concept of Smart Specialization Strategy. By itself, sounds a challenging task, but it is of crucial importance, especially for less advanced regions. According to this concept, each region must set its own innovation priorities and streamline public funds in those technological fields, where certain advantages and thus exploitation prospects exist. This is the challenge INCOMERA partners decided to take up by answering those three objectives: 1. To detect and financially support NMP research results likely to provide solutions for innovative products, processes or services, 2. To analyse and assess the lessons from the measures taken and supported in various Member States to exploit transform research results, 3. To provide operational guidance for supporting efficiently the successive steps between research and innovation, paying particular attention to the use of European Regional Development Funds (ERDF), in the context of Smart Specialization Strategies. INCOMERA is composed of 22 extremely experienced partners (including the associated partner), 13 countries and 11 regions, planning to: - Develop all synergy required for supporting SMEs transnational/regional cooperation, within the context of each regions smart specialization strategy for enhancing the commercialization/productivity plans of NMP consortia, - Launch an Online Platform for innovation providing tailored made services to NMP research projects that reached TRL4, - Launch three joint calls for proposals to fund innovative industrial research projects close to the market.

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