Pharmaceuticals: Commission refines intellectual property rules

The Commission is proposing a targeted adjustment to intellectual property rules to help Europe’s pharmaceutical companies tap into fast-growing global markets and foster jobs, growth and investments in the EU. The EU has a strong intellectual property rights framework in place which protects Europe’s know-how and sustains the pharmaceutical industry’s world-class innovation capacity. To improve Read more about Pharmaceuticals: Commission refines intellectual property rules[…]

European Inventor Award 2018 finalists announced

They have found innovative ways to tackle health issues, reduce pollution, boost alternative energies and equip us with technology for the digital age. The 15 finalists for the European Inventor Award 2018, announced by the European Patent Office (EPO), have all made significant contributions to advancing technology, generating economic value and creating employment in Europe Read more about European Inventor Award 2018 finalists announced[…]

50 winners of an innovation grant competition

The awarded projects cover a variety of topics: a promising advance in the development of a universal flu vaccine, an atlas of the human sub-cortex for deep brain stimulation of people suffering Parkinson’s and other neurological diseases, a new environment-friendly process to produce menthol, and deep learning algorithms for the automatic detection of fake news. Read more about 50 winners of an innovation grant competition[…]

Bringing Sensors to Stroke Rehabilitation

A groundbreaking new wearable designed to be worn on the throat could be a game changer in the field of stroke rehabilitation. Developed in the lab of Northwestern University engineering professor John A. Rogers, in partnership with Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, the sensor is the latest in Rogers’ growing portfolio of stretchable electronics that are precise enough Read more about Bringing Sensors to Stroke Rehabilitation[…]

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[…]

EUREKA investing in innovation

In EUREKA’s high level group meeting in October 2017, a total of 32 EUREKA network and ITEA 3 cluster projects were endorsed for funding. Worth € 137 M, these projects will drive technological innovation in a wide range of areas, from transport to smart manufacturing, ICT, nanomaterials, healthcare and food production. For EUREKA network projects, this Read more about EUREKA investing in innovation[…]

More than EUR 3 mil. for conversion of captured CO2 – HORIZON 2020 Call

Specific Challenge: Conversion of captured CO2, for example using hydrogen made from renewable energy, to produce fuels is not only a means to replace fossil fuels, but also a promising solution for seasonal energy storage. There are still relevant and significant scientific and technological challenges to be able to exploit the CO2 as a chemical Read more about More than EUR 3 mil. for conversion of captured CO2 – HORIZON 2020 Call[…]

First Compact Plant Worldwide for Synthetic Fuels from Solar Energy and Carbon Dioxide extracted from Air

Demand-driven production of liquid fuels from regenerative energy sources is a major element of the energy turnaround. Production of synthetic fuels from solar energy and carbon dioxide extracted from air is the objective of the SOLETAIR project started now by INERATEC, a spinoff of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), in cooperation with Finnish partners. Together, Read more about First Compact Plant Worldwide for Synthetic Fuels from Solar Energy and Carbon Dioxide extracted from Air[…]

Danfoss invests massively in a new university center

Danfoss joins forces with local partners to establish a Center for Industrial Electronics. The new university center in Sønderborg will contain research, innovation and test facilities at international top level and will at the same time provide a basis for offering completely new engineering courses in electronics at the civil engineer and diploma engineer level. Read more about Danfoss invests massively in a new university center[…]

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[…]

Mining and Metals Companies to Increase Spending on Digital Technologies to Boost Innovation

Four of five mining and metals companies expect to increase their spending on digital technologies over the next three years, with more than one-quarter (28 percent) planning significant investments and almost half (46 percent) citing digital as the biggest contributor to innovation, according to new research from Accenture (NYSE: ACN).   Based on a survey Read more about Mining and Metals Companies to Increase Spending on Digital Technologies to Boost Innovation[…]

Engaging SMEs in space research and development

Specific Challenge: To engage small and medium enterprises in space research and development, especially those not traditionally involved in it and reduce as much as possible the entry barriers to SMEs for Horizon 2020 funding. The actions under this topic could cover any aspect of the Specific Programme for Space (Horizon 2020 Framework programme and Read more about Engaging SMEs in space research and development[…]