European Green Deal Call: €1 billion investment to boost the green and digital transition

The European Commission has decided today to launch a €1 billion call for research and innovation projects that respond to the climate crisis and help protect Europe’s unique ecosystems and biodiversity. The Horizon 2020-funded European Green Deal Call, which will open tomorrow for registration, will spur Europe’s recovery from the coronavirus crisis by turning green challenges Read more about European Green Deal Call: €1 billion investment to boost the green and digital transition[…]

Recovery and Resilience Facility

The Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) will support Member States in absorbing the economic shock created by the COVID crisis and making their economies more resilient. In a new opinion published today, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) points to the importance of the national Recovery and Resilience Plans (RRPs) in making sure that the Read more about Recovery and Resilience Facility[…]

Tackling climate change is a high priority for the EU

The Commission made a commitment, for the 2014-2020 period, to spend at least one euro in every five (20%) of the EU budget on climate action. It has now raised this target to 25% (one euro in every four) for the 2021-2027 period. According to a new review by the European Court of Auditors, setting Read more about Tackling climate change is a high priority for the EU[…]

European Defence Industrial Development Programme: calls for 2020

With a total budget of more than €160 million, the 2020 calls for proposals cover 12 categories reflecting the critical capability needs defined in close cooperation with the Member States. The Commission is looking for project proposals including design, prototyping and testing Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear (CBNR) medical countermeasures, such as preventive and therapeutic immunotherapy, which could Read more about European Defence Industrial Development Programme: calls for 2020[…]

Municipalities will be able to apply online for the €15,000 WiFi4EU scheme voucher

As of 7 November municipalities in the EU can apply for free Wi-Fi hotspots in public spaces On 7 November 2018 at 13:00 (CET), the Commission will launch a call for applications for the scheme ‘WiFi4EU’. The call, which is open to municipalities or groups of municipalities in the EU, will be open until 17:00 Read more about Municipalities will be able to apply online for the €15,000 WiFi4EU scheme voucher[…]

New plans for how EU cohesion funds are spent are simpler and more flexible

EU Auditors  make a number of suggestions on how to make sure that Member State spending has a real impact and complies with the rules. The proposed Common Provisions Regulation (CPR) for 2021-2027 covers seven funds for investment in regional development and employment, security and border protection, and measures to support migrants in the EU Read more about New plans for how EU cohesion funds are spent are simpler and more flexible[…]

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LIFE Programme: Member States to benefit from quarter of a billion euros of investments in environment, nature and climate action

The European Commission has approved an investment package of €243 million from the EU budget for projects under the LIFE programme supporting nature, the environment and quality of life in Europe’s transition to a more sustainable and low-carbon future. The EU funding under the LIFE programme for the Environment and Climate Action will mobilise additional investments leading to a Read more about LIFE Programme: Member States to benefit from quarter of a billion euros of investments in environment, nature and climate action[…]

Commission helps Europe’s regions become more innovative

Commission is renewing the initiative ‘Stairway to Excellence’, to continue to provide tailored support and expertise to regions lagging behind in terms of innovation. The initiative will help regions develop, update and refine their smart specialisation strategies – that is, their regional innovation strategies based on niche areas of competitive strengths – ahead of the start of Read more about Commission helps Europe’s regions become more innovative[…]

EU supports new fund for early-stage digital companies in central and northern Europe

We are pleased to announce Trind Ventures has concluded the first closing of its new fund at €21 million. The three largest investors in the fund are European Investment Fund (EIF) under the Juncker Plan, LHV pension funds (LHV) and Trind Ventures’ team itself. The fund shall invest into early stage ICT companies in Estonia, Read more about EU supports new fund for early-stage digital companies in central and northern Europe[…]

Innovative solutions for inclusive and sustainable urban environments

Specific Challenge: The increasing percentage of people living in urban areas and the impact of digital technologies on public services make good governance, inclusive policies, smart planning and social and environmental sustainability ever more important for ensuring the quality of human life. Urban environments and agglomeration effects provide an ecosystem for economic growth and innovation. Read more about Innovative solutions for inclusive and sustainable urban environments[…]

Space robotics technologies

Specific Challenge: The overall challenge of this strategic research cluster (SRC) is to enable major advances in space robotic technologies for future on-orbit missions (robotics and proximity rendezvous) and the exploration of the surfaces of the other bodies in our solar system. The first activities in the SRC have addressed designing, manufacturing and testing of Read more about Space robotics technologies[…]

EU to invest over €114 million to help 262 small businesses bring their innovation on the market

A total of 262 small and medium-sized companies have been selected for funding under the latest round of Horizon 2020’s SME Instrument. The total amount to be distributed to the companies under both Phases of the programme is €114.237 million. With this funding, companies will be able to finance their innovation activities ranging from feasibility studies Read more about EU to invest over €114 million to help 262 small businesses bring their innovation on the market[…]