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Firenze, Italy

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-CA | Phase: NMP-2009-4.0-7 | Award Amount: 1.66M | Year: 2009

Fibre materials and textiles can be a material of choice for the future. The realisation of this potential depends on Europes ability to achieve a critical mass of investments in RTD and on our ability to transfer research into innovations. Here Europe faces great challenges and therefore, there is a need to bridge the good intentions of the European Technology Platforms, the Lead Market Initiative and the reality of Europes textile research with an instrument that provides new structures and new resources. The foreseen instrument is the herewith proposed ERA-NET project CROSSTEXNET. CROSSTEXNET draws together 18 research funding agencies on regional and national level in a co-operation project aiming at making more and smarter funding available to European textile research, on a permanent basis, by exploiting the potentials of international co-ordination and programming of research programmes. CROSSTEXNET is distinguished to be an operative initiative supplying resources for cooperation. Its ambition is to transfer policy and strategy oriented documents to the level of beneficiaries, hereby providing a tool for implementation of research policies and strategies. The dominance of regional funding and policies, while fostering a triple helix between public authorities, RTOs and companies, also creates fragmentation and duplication of efforts. To this regards, CROSSTEXNET will be instrumental in overcoming fragmentation of policies and funding by helping policy makers to benefit from the experiences of the main textile regions of Europe and further to develop coherent R&D funding systems in a joint strategy. On the basis of synergies and added value of transnational cooperation, the project partners will achieve critical outputs as a joint research programme, based on a joint strategy and four joint calls. Finally, CROSSTEXNET will lead to an increased understanding of research and new mindset as a pre-requisite for innovation and growth in the textile industry.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: ERA-NET-Cofund | Phase: ICT-27-2015 | Award Amount: 18.66M | Year: 2016

According to the final report of the High-Level Expert Group on Key Enabling Technologies photonics has with 480 billion $ by far the biggest market of all key enabling technologies in 2015. If we take a closer look on the various markets within photonics, we see that the sensor market is with 44% by far the biggest individual market (followed by the lighting market with 19%). The ERANET Cofound action PhotonicSensing focuses therefore on the strategically most important areas within the sensing domain: Safety (incl. food safety) Civil security Manufacturing/production Environmental monitoring and Medical. In the safety area the aim is to develop new photonic based sensors which allow for an easy and fast detection of various bacteria as well as to precisely, quickly and efficiently analyze the food composition. The importance of this field is emphasized by the fact that one of the three Horizon prizes of the European Commission (worth 1 million Euro) will be awarded for the development of a food scanner. In civil security a new generation of photonic sensors will help the European law enforcement forces in their fight against crime and terrorism by allowing them to detect hazardous substances earlier and more easily. In production photonic sensors help to improve the quality management and allow for a high level of automation which is necessary to be competitive to the cheap production in Asia. Another crucial area of this call will be the environmental monitoring, which would not be possible without photonic sensing (LIDAR (LIght Detection And Ranging, mid-infrared sensing,). The challenge in this area is to bring the prices of the detectors down and improve their usability. The health aspects is also be covered by the BiophotonicsPlus (ERANET Plus) and therefore the focus of the ERANET Cofund Action of PhotonicSensing project will be on the sensing part making sure that the topics will be complimentary to the topics covered by the BiophotonicsPlus.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-CA | Phase: REGIONS-2012-2013-1 | Award Amount: 2.80M | Year: 2013

Dorothy Project is targeted to develop the potential of innovation and research in the four Regions Tuscany (Italy),Valencia (Spain),Lisbon and Tagus (Portugal) and Oltenia (Romania) composing the Consortium in the field of Urban Logistics, one of the main focus of attention of the Flagship Initiative. In fact UL could reach 40% of the total cost of transportation and has great relevancy for energy consumption ad for town environmental quality. Research and technological innovation can play a significant role in the improvement of competitiveness of the sector. The Project organization shows a two level structure: -the Consortium partners, qualified in their specific role, experienced in the field, capable of developing the work required, be representative of the realities of the local Clusters, cover the essential roles in the Project. -The Stakeholders group, composed by all the initial partners of the Clusters and by other significant stakeholders (representatives of Associations, Chambers of Commerce, etc.) which can address and support the actions foreseen by the Project. The specific objectives of the Project can be synthesised as follow: -To define lines of research and innovation for the Clusters compliant with the specific technological and territorial specialisations. -To address the research-driven clusters in the four Regions toward common developments and collaboration through networking activities. -To set up the better conditions for the full exploitation of the results of the researches. -To ensure the spread of knowledge through high quality dissemination and stakeholders involvement. -To support the internationalisation of the Clusters through specific actions (Albania and Brazil already interested ). -To define Joint Action Plans (JAP) for the four Regions, with the active involvement of the Regional Authorities and Agencies -To mentor the start-up of the research clusters -To monitor the start-up of the activities defined in the JAP.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2013.4.3 | Award Amount: 1.86M | Year: 2014

To make publishing and processing of linked data easy, the proposed project develops a set of integrated software components based on open-source Linked Data Platform best practices. The tightly integrated components support the multilingual data value chain from data exploration (e.g. identifying structured and unstructured data sources), extraction (e.g. using named entity recognition, RDF conversion), enrichment (e.g. interlinking, crowdsourcing), and delivery (e.g. analytics, apps for desktop and mobile devices). These components run on an open-source data platform with various enterprise-grade storage solutions.The vision is to make publishing and reuse of linked data as easy as possible for the end user thanks to a thriving market economy with data publishers, developers, and consumers along the value chain. Making data reusable and interoperable within and outside the organization requires a fundamentally different ap-proach to storing knowledge. The best name is probably a Logical Data Warehouse...because it focuses on the logic of information ...[for] giving integrated access to all forms of information assets. Only with integrated access to the data is it possible to have apps on top of that data that scale across single use cases and provide real added value.Fusepool LDAP (Linked Data Analytics Processing) derives its name from the idea of fusing and pooling linked data with analytical processing on top of it. Because linked data is multidimensional data, it lends itself to analytical processing such as consolidation (e.g. aggregation within a dimension), drill-down (e.g. navigating through the details), and slicing and dicing (e.g. viewing an aspect from different dimensions). However, an integrated publishing and processing workflow with integrated user interfaces is still missing. The lack of an integrated publishing and processing environment makes it difficult and time-consuming for data publishers and consumers to engage with linked data.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: CSA | Phase: ISIB-02-2014 | Award Amount: 1.99M | Year: 2015

AgriSPIN: creating SPace for INnovation The project name reflects the overall aim of this project: to strengthen support systems in creating space for innovating farmers. Innovative farmers are everywhere, but their environment determines the rate of success. The project aims to create more space for innovations, through amplifying good examples of innovation support systems and through multi-actor learning about ways to stimulate innovation and remove obstacles. The main target group is intermediates who connect initiators to other actors for involving them in creating innovations, such as farmers, knowledge workers, actors in the value chain, administrators, civil society groups, etc.. 11 European project partners are playing this intermediate role in their regional AKIS. 4 scientific partners complete the team. Each regional partner will host a Cross Visit. The visiting team, composed of project partners, studies interesting cases of agricultural innovations. The scientists provide sound methodology for making these visits valuable. Throughout the project period partners support each other in an emerging professional innovation network. They inspire each other and initiate improvements in their own systems. The project also addresses the institutional environment, involving public managers, administrators and policy makers. Case studies and lessons learned are made available to a wider public. Attention will be given to cultural and historical particularities, requiring tailor made solutions for every region. The scientists explore lessons to be generalised and added to the scientific discourse on knowledge brokers. Once the approach of joint learning through Cross Visits has been well tested and the professional network is functional, the project is ready for collaboration with other partners such as thematic networks and operational groups under the EIP as well as other interested regions in joint learning about innovation support systems.

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