Challenges ahead: boosting innovation-led growth in EU regions

Smart specialisation has made a real difference in the way European regions are designing their innovation strategies, creating or reinforcing cooperation at all levels, especially with local business spheres. There is room for improvement; to better help regions catch the train of globalisation, this Commission communication identifies four main challenges to regional innovation, as well as actions and Read more about Challenges ahead: boosting innovation-led growth in EU regions[…]

Joint Actions to foster innovative energy solutions in renewable energy technologies

Specific Challenge: The EU needs to accelerate the transformation of its energy system by bridging the gap between research and the market with innovative solutions to obstacles in the development of low carbon technologies. Bridging this gap often requires substantial volumes of investment which cannot be allocated by individual countries or by the European Commission Read more about Joint Actions to foster innovative energy solutions in renewable energy technologies[…]

Horizon prize for CO2 reuse

Specific Challenge: Preventing dangerous climate change is a key priority for the European Union. Europe is working hard to cut its greenhouse gas emissions substantially while encouraging other nations and regions to do likewise. One way to help these efforts is to make use of the CO2 by integrating it in consumer products. CO2 re-use Read more about Horizon prize for CO2 reuse[…]

European Commission Joint Research Centre opens its laboratories to wider scientific community

The European Commission’s in-house science and knowledge service, the Joint Research Centre (JRC), is opening its scientific laboratories and facilities to scientists and researchers from the private and public sectors. As early as December 2017, researchers will be able to use JRC research facilities located in Ispra (Italy), and thereafter in Geel (Belgium), Karlsruhe (Germany) Read more about European Commission Joint Research Centre opens its laboratories to wider scientific community[…]

HORIZON 2020 CALL – Peer learning of innovation agencies

Specific Challenge: Innovation support agencies, i.e. the regional and national agencies that design and/or implement innovation support programmes for SMEs are important intermediaries for SME innovation. Focus, design and delivery mechanism of innovation support programmes determine to a large extent the economic impact from the supported actions and the satisfaction of the beneficiaries with the Read more about HORIZON 2020 CALL – Peer learning of innovation agencies[…]

EU-Iran Higher Education and Research Event to prepare closer cooperation

The European Commission and the Iranian Ministry of Science, Research and Technology are co-hosting a two-day science and research event in Tehran to pave the way for expanding Iran-European Union (EU) cooperation between higher education institutions, research institutes and other organisations through the EU’s higher education and research and innovation programmes, Erasmus+ and Horizon 2020. This initiative follows Read more about EU-Iran Higher Education and Research Event to prepare closer cooperation[…]

ONE-OF-A-KIND MULTI-MILLION EURO MICROSCOPE

A multi-million-Euro microscope funded by Science Foundation Ireland and the University of Limerick (UL), was unveiled today at UL’s Bernal Institute. The Titan Microscope will allow researchers to study materials at an atomic level in real-world conditions and is one of only a handful of microscopes with these capabilities worldwide. The new Titan Themis is Read more about ONE-OF-A-KIND MULTI-MILLION EURO MICROSCOPE[…]

Small business innovation research for Transport and Smart Cities Mobility

Specific Challenge: The European transport sector must have the capacity to deliver the best products and services, in a time and cost efficient manner, in order to preserve its leadership and create new jobs, as well as to tackle the environmental and mobility defies. The role of SMEs to meet these challenges in all the Read more about Small business innovation research for Transport and Smart Cities Mobility[…]

Romania implements SME Initiative: EUR 540 million available for SMEs

Five Romanian banks have signed up to the SME Initiative in Romania, to provide new financing for Small and Medium enterprises (SMEs) across the country. The SME Initiative is managed by the EIB Group (European Investment Bank and European Investment Fund), the Government of Romania and the European Commission. The agreements with the five banks Read more about Romania implements SME Initiative: EUR 540 million available for SMEs[…]

Inducement prize: Zero Power Water Infrastructure Monitoring

Specific Challenge: The objectives of this inducement prize are: to empower the EU water distribution market with solutions based on wireless sensor networks with energy harvesting technologies, designed for real-time monitoring of water management; and, to stimulate broader European efforts in developing solutions for this societal need. Prizes will be awarded to working prototypes for Read more about Inducement prize: Zero Power Water Infrastructure Monitoring[…]

EU innovation: some improvements but more even progress is needed

The EU’s innovation performance last year continued to grow despite somewhat uneven progress observed around Europe. This is one of the main findings of the latest Innovation Scoreboard published today by the European Commission. Overall, innovation performance has improved in 15 countries, though large differences exist between these Member States. Sweden remains the innovation leader Read more about EU innovation: some improvements but more even progress is needed[…]

Horizon 2020 Call – Dectection devices

Scope:The purchase and maintenance of devices for inspecting containers, trucks, railway carriages and vehicles at the Union’s external borders and within the Union (“Detection tools“). This equipment shall contribute to the strengthening of the beneficiaries’ operational and technical capacity to detect smuggled and counterfeited goods, in particular cigarettes or tobacco, imported into the Union with Read more about Horizon 2020 Call – Dectection devices[…]