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August 5, 2010

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» FP7 Calls – 2011 Work Programmes published

The latest FP7 calls which cover a number of thematic and multidisciplinary areas have been announced at the end of July through the publication of the 2011 Work Programmes. There are 51 new calls which cover four FP7 specific programmes (Cooperation, Ideas, People and Capacities) across areas including Health, Security, Energy, Environment and Transport. Deadlines vary across the four specific programmes.

FP7 Cooperation

The specific programme on ‘Co-operation’ supports fosters collaborative research across Europe and other partner countries through projects by transnational consortia of industry and academia. Research will be carried out in ten key thematic themes:

-Health (3 calls)

-Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, and Biotechnology (FAFB) (5 calls)

-Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) (8 calls)

-Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials and new Production Technologies (12 calls)

-Energy (8 calls)

-Environment (including Climate Change) (8 calls)

-Transport (including Aeronautics) (9 calls)

-Socio-Economic Sciences and the Humanities (4 calls)

-Space (1 call)

-Security (1 call)

More Information: Cooperation Calls

FP7 Ideas (European Research Council, ERC)

The Ideas programme will support “frontier research” solely on the basis of scientific excellence. Research may be carried out in any area of science or technology, including engineering, socio-economic sciences and the humanities. In contrast with the Cooperation programme, there is no obligation for cross-border partnerships. Projects are implemented by “individual teams” around a “principal investigator”.

ERC Starting Independent Researcher Grants

ERC Starting Grants aim to provide critical and adequate support to the independent careers of excellent researchers, whatever their nationality, who are at the stage of establishing or consolidating their own independent research team or programme.

More Information: Ideas Calls

FP7 People (Marie Curie)

The People programme provides support for researcher mobility and career development, both for researchers inside the European Union and internationally. It is implemented via a set of Marie Curie actions, providing fellowships and other measures to help researchers build their skills and competences throughout their careers. Calls which have recently been announced are:

Marie Curie Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways (IAPP)

This activity will seek to open and foster dynamic pathways between public research organisations and private commercial enterprises, particularly SMEs. It aims to achieve this predominately by secondments between sectors and networking activities.

Marie Curie Initial Training Networks 2011 (ITN)

This action aims to improve career perspectives of early-stage researchers in both public and private sectors, thereby making research careers more attractive to young people. This will be achieved through a trans-national networking mechanism, aimed at structuring the existing high-quality initial research training capacity throughout Member States and associated countries. Direct or indirect involvement of organisations from different sectors, including (lead-) participation by private enterprises in appropriate fields, is considered essential in the action.

More Information: People Calls

FP7 Capacities

There are a number of interesting schemes under the ‘Capacities’ specific programme that cut across a number of research themes. It can be approached in a more bottom-up way than the ‘Co-operation’ programme. The programme aims to support the coherent development of policies; complement the Co-operation programme; contribute to EU policies and initiatives to improve the coherence and impact of Member States policies; find synergies with regional and cohesion policies, the Structural Funds, education and training programmes and the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP). Within ‘Capacities’ there are seven main activities which can be seen below:

-Research Infrastructures (3 calls)

-Research for the benefit of SMEs (2 calls)

-Regions of Knowledge (1 call)

-Research Potential (1 call)

-Science in Society (2 calls)

-Activities of International Cooperation (3 calls)

More information: Capacities Calls

Please visit the relevant call links above or contact the European Office for advice on which call is best suited to your needs.

EuRO recommends that anyone who is interested in accessing EU funding makes contact with the European Office in plenty of time prior to the submission deadline to fully benefit from our professional advice and support.

Any application for external funding requires the completion of an External Funding Application Submission (EFAS) form, to create a form please visit EFAS

March 29, 2010

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» The 2010 call for proposals under the Intelligent Energy – Europe programme is open!

Summary: The objective of the Intelligent Energy – Europe Programme is to contribute to secure, sustainable and competitively priced energy for Europe, by providing for action:

• to foster energy efficiency and the rational use of energy resources;

• to promote new and renewable energy sources and to support energy diversification;

• to promote energy efficiency and the use of new and renewable energy sources in transport.

The Programme in particular contributes to the Energy Policy for Europe, including the EU action plan for energy-efficiency and the Directive on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources.

Intelligent Energy – Europe covers action in the following fields:

• Energy efficiency and rational use of resources – SAVE (Energy-efficient buildings, Consumer behaviour);

• New and renewable energy resources – ALTENER (RES electricity, RES in buildings, Bioenergy);

• Energy in transport – STEER (Energy-efficient transport, Capacity-building and learning on energy aspects of transport);

• Integrated activities (Local energy leadership, Strengthening capacities for financing of energy efficiency and renewable energy sources in housing);

Some € 56 million will be made available, supporting up to 75% of the eligible project costs. Any public or private organisation from the EU, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Croatia can apply.

What will be funded: Capacity building; building and spreading of know-how, skills and methods; exchanges of experience; development of market and intelligence; policy input; awareness raising and information provision; and education and training.

What will not be funded: “Hardware” type investments, demonstration projects, or technical research & development projects on energy efficiency and renewables.

What does a project need to be eligible for IEE funding?

• Clear objectives, high impact, European added value;

• At least 3 partner organisations from 3 different eligible countries;

• Maximum funding period 3 years;

• Budget usually between €0.5 – €2.5 million;

Deadline: 24th June 2010, 17:00 CET.

Funder Link: For further information, please refer to IEE website.

Any application for external funding requires the completion of an External Funding Application Submission (EFAS) form, to create a form please visit EFAS.

EuRO recommends that anyone who is interested in accessing EU funding makes contact with the European Office in plenty of time prior to the submission deadline to fully benefit from our professional advice and support.

April 24, 2009

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» INTELLIGENT ENERGY EUROPE II: ENERGY IN TRANSPORT 2009 CALL

INTELLIGENT ENERGY EUROPE II

ENERGY IN TRANSPORT: 2009 CALL FOR PROPOSALS AND TENDERS

The 2009 Call was launched on 31 March 2009, with a closing date of 25 June 2009. Energy in Transport (STEER) has an indicative budget of around €14.00 million to be made available as grants or through calls for tender to fund projects tackling non-technological barriers to the uptake of renewable and energy efficiency measures in the action lines:

Submission deadline: 25 June 2009

Call for Proposals

Alternative fuels and energy efficient vehicles: €2.0 million

Energy efficient transport: €7.6 million

Capacity building in transport for existing local and regional agencies: €1.2 million

Calls for Tender

Energy efficient transport: €3.1 million

Projects may address any mode(s), except for aviation and long distance maritime transport.

So far, Energy in Transport has received fewer applications than any other area of the IEE Programme – so this represents a significant funding opportunity.

Funding is not for research, technology development or hardware investments – but for activities that support:

· Policy input and capacity building

· Development of market intelligence

· Development and sharing of knowledge, skills and methods

· Awareness raising, information provision, education and training

In areas such as:

· Promoting less car-dependent life-styles

· Increasing the quality and promoting collective transport

· Safe walking and cycling

· Energy efficiency in the freight sector

· Eco-driving

· Transport demand management initiatives

· Joint procurement

Funding available: Funding covers up to 75% of all eligible project costs.

Projects funded in the past range from sustainable planning and innovation for bicycles to policy strategies for alternative automotive concepts and alternative fuels. For further information have a look at the IEE’s database of projects

Further Information

Information on the Call is published on IEE website.

You can also download the presentations from the Information Days held in Brussels and London

For members of staff seeking further information on the IEE programme, or any other sources of European funding, please contact the European Office

April 20, 2009

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» Intelligent Energy – Europe programme 2009

The 2009 Intelligent Energy – Europe (IEE) Call for Proposals is now open!

At a time when the world leaders are exploring the options for restoring consumers’ confidence and giving new stimulus to the global economy, here is a tangible opportunity for forward-looking organisations in the EU to create new jobs and help to tackle climate change.

Deadline for submission: 25 June, 2009 at 17:00 (Brussels time).

With some € 65 million available for actions in the area of energy efficiency, renewable energy and energy-efficient transport, this may be the opportunity to have your next European project funded.

Grants awarded under this scheme may cover up to 75% of the eligible project costs.

Eligible activities

The IEE programme does not fund technical RTD projects. The IEE acts as a catalyst for socio-economic, market, regulatory, policy and institutional changes (e.g., international transfer of experience, promotion of best practice, education and training, institutional capacity building, information dissemination, creation of new standards and norms, etc.)

Partner requirements

Each project requires a different set of partners with specific knowledge, capacities, roles and geographical location to be able to deliver its objectives. In most cases, successful proposals involve more than the required minimum number of 3 partners. The average is between 8 and 9 partners. You must demonstrate your proposal will have a European impact.

Sounds interesting? Then take the time to go through the call documentation on the IEE website and remember: this is a highly competitive process, so only the best proposals will succeed!

The EACI press release announcing the call is available here

If you wish to obtain further information and support on the IEE programme, or any other sources of European funding, please contact the European Office

April 6, 2009

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» Intelligent Energy – Europe programme 2009

The 2009 Intelligent Energy – Europe (IEE) Call for Proposals is now open!

At a time when the world leaders are exploring the options for restoring consumers’ confidence and giving new stimulus to the global economy, here is a tangible opportunity for forward-looking organisations in the EU to create new jobs and help to tackle climate change.

Deadline for submission: 25 June, 2009 at 17:00 (Brussels time).

With some € 65 million available for actions in the area of energy efficiency, renewable energy and energy-efficient transport, this may be the opportunity to have your next European project funded.

Grants awarded under this scheme may cover up to 75% of the eligible project costs.

Eligible activities

The IEE programme does not fund technical RTD projects. The IEE acts as a catalyst for socio-economic, market, regulatory, policy and institutional changes (e.g., international transfer of experience, promotion of best practice, education and training, institutional capacity building, information dissemination, creation of new standards and norms, etc.)

Partner requirements

Each project requires a different set of partners with specific knowledge, capacities, roles and geographical location to be able to deliver its objectives. In most cases, successful proposals involve more than the required minimum number of 3 partners. The average is between 8 and 9 partners. You must demonstrate your proposal will have a European impact.

Sounds interesting? Then take the time to go through the call documentation on the IEE website and remember: this is a highly competitive process, so only the best proposals will succeed!

The EACI press release announcing the call is available here

If you wish to obtain further information and support on the IEE programme, or any other sources of European funding, please contact the European Office

September 10, 2008

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» FP7 Energy 2009

Funding Source: Seventh Research Framework Programme (FP7), European Commission

Summary:

Under the Energy theme of the Co-operation Specific Programme, three calls for proposals were issued on 3 September 2008 with varying deadlines.

Call Identifier: FP7-ENERGY-2009-1

There are four main activities/areas for this call:

1. Renewable Electricity Generation

Topics include: Geothermal, Solar Power, offshore platforms and photovoltaics.

2. Renewable Fuel Production

Topics include: second generation fuel from biomass.

3. CO2 capture and storage

Topics include: innovative capture techniques and storage technology

4. Smart Energy networks

Topics include: Cross cutting issues and technologies.

Budget: EUR 83m

Deadline: 25 November 2008, 17.00 Brussels local time.

01 April 2009 – 2nd deadline (for 2-stage procedure)


Call identifier: FP7-ENERGY-2009-3

There are six main activities/areas for this call, which have specific topics:

1. Renewable Electricity Generation

Topic: stakeholders’ activities in the field of Photovoltaics

2. Renewable Fuel Production

Topic: stakeholders’ activities in the field of Biofuels

3. Co2 capture and Storage

Topic: stakeholders’ activities in the field of Zero Emission Energy Production

4. Smart Energy Networks

Topic: stakeholders’ activities in the field of Smart Grids

5. Knowledge for Energy Policy Making

Topic: European energy infrastructure networks and systems transition planning

6. Horizontal Programme Actions

Topic: Trans-national cooperation among NCPs

Budget: EUR 5.5m

Deadline: 25 November 2008, 17.00 Brussels local time.


Call identifier: FP7-ENERGY-2009-2

There are six main activities/areas for this call, which have specific topics:

1. Renewable Electricity Generation

Topics include: Solar Photovoltaics and Biomass to electricity from energy crops and recovered fuels

2. Renewables for Heating and Cooling

Topics include: Solar thermal systems for industrial process heat and hybrid systems

3. Clean Coal Technologies

Topic: Efficiency increases in existing and new build pulverised coal power plants with a view to CCS

4. Smart Energy Networks

Topic: Optimisation of the electricity grid with large scale Renewables and storage

5. Energy Efficiency and Savings

Topic: Energy efficiency in energy intensive industry

6. Knowledge for Energy Policy Making

Topic: European scientific multidisciplinary “think-tank” to support energy policy and to assess the potential impacts of its measures

Budget: EUR 100m

Deadline: 29 April 2009, 17.00 Brussels local time.

For more detailed information on each call, please consult CORDIS for the key documents under this theme which include the call fiche, work programme, fact sheet and guide for applicants, using the identifier code above.

Funder Link: CORDIS

EuRO recommends that anyone who is interested in accessing EU funding makes contact with the European Office in plenty of time prior to the submission deadline to fully benefit from our professional advice and support.

If you are interested in applying please contact the Research Office for an External Funding Application Submission (EFAS) form or call ext. 3713.

September 8, 2008

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» FP7 2009 Calls Open

Funding Source: Seventh Research Framework Programme (FP7), European Commission

Summary:

The European Commission launched 22 calls for proposals in the Capacities and Co-operation Specific Programmes on 3rd September 2008. Please find a summary list below of each individual call by their call identifier code. The EuRO Office will be issuing more detailed information about each theme/call shortly.

CO-OPERATION SPECIFIC PROGRAMME

Health

- FP7-HEALTH-2009-single-stage

- FP7-HEALTH-2009-two-stage

Food, Agriculture and Fisheries and Biotechnology

- FP7-KBBE-2009-3

Energy

- FP7-ENERGY-2009-1

- FP7-ENERGY-2009-2

- FP7-ENERGY-2009-3

Environment (including Climate Change)

- FP7-ENV-2009-1

Socio-Economic Sciences and the Humanities

- FP7-SSH-2009-A

- FP7-SSH-2009-B

- FP7-SSH-2009-C

Space

- FP7-SPACE-2009-1

Security

- FP7-SEC-2009-1

JOINT CALL:FABF, NNM, Energy and Environment (including Climate Change)

- FP7-2009-BIOREFINERY-CSA

- FP7-2009-BIOREFINERY-CP

CAPACITIES SPECIFIC PROGRAMME:

Research for the Benefit of SMEs

- FP7-SME-2008-2

- FP7-SME-2008-3

- FP7-SME-2009-1

Regions of Knowledge

- FP7-REGIONS-2009-1

Science in Society

- FP7-SCIENCE-IN-SOCIETY-2009-1

Activities of International Cooperation

- FP7-INCO-2009-1

- FP7-INCO-2009-2

- FP7-INCO-2009-4

- FP7-INCO-2009-5

More Information: CORDIS – Find a Call (Use the call identifier code listed above)

If you have any queries or need clarification regarding any of the themes mentioned please do not hesitate to contact the European Office for further assistance.

April 10, 2008

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» UK National Information Day on the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme (Event)

Funding Source: Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE)

Summary:

The UK National Information Day on the Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) Programme will take place in London on Wednesday 23rd April. The event will include presentations from William Gillett from the European Commission and from the Energie Helpline team who are the UK National Contact Points (NCPs) for the IEE Programme.

The 2008 Call Proposals was launched on 12th March 2008, the call budget is €45 million and the deadline is Thursday 26th June 2008.

It is anticipated that the 2008 Call for Proposals will be extremely competitive, with the Commission looking for a step change in the quality of proposals and ambition of projects. Given the increase in Commission funding to 75%, there is the likelihood that only about 60 projects will be funded from the 2007 Call, a success rate of about 1 in 7.

Please note that Intelligent Energy – Europe is a non-technological funding programme. The programme cannot fund technological research and demonstration activity. The structure of the UK Information Day is as shown in the table below and the organisers ask you to select which sessions you will attend as part of the registration process.

Session content

Morning session:
  • Introduction to the IEE programme (Helpline team)
  • The detail of the 2008 Call for Proposals (William Gillett – European Commission)
  • Examples of funded projects
Lunchtime networking session:
  • Opportunity to network with other participants and for discussion with the Helpline team.
Afternoon session:
  • Presentations on how to increase your chances of success (Opportunity to discuss proposal development with members of the Helpline team)

If you are thinking of submitting a proposal to the 2008 IEE Call, the Energie Helpline UK would strongly recommend that you watch the recordings of the presentations from the European Information Day as soon as possible in order that you can commence your proposal preparation activity before you attend the UK Information Day. The UK NCP, the Energie Helpline, would be happy to review your proposal summaries now by email.

The UK Information Day is free to attend, is funded by BERR and Defra and organised by the Energie Helpline UK. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Please indicate which sessions you will be attending. The registration form includes a question on which aspects of the proposal preparation process you would like covered in the afternoon sessions. Your responses will allow the presentation content to be designed to meet your needs.

Event Date: 23 April 2008

Relevant Links:

The IEE Call documents can be downloaded here

The European Information Day on 31st January 2008 provided considerable information on the 2008 Call, including a Q&A; session. This information, including recordings of the presentations, can be viewed here

To register for the London event, click here

March 14, 2008

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» Intelligent Energy Europe – Call for Proposals 2008

Funding Source: Intelligent Energy – Europe

Summary:

The call for proposals 2008 was published on 12 March, opening this year’s application period for Intelligent Energy – Europe funding.

Around €45 million is available to co-finance European projects for the promotion of energy efficiency and renewables, and the setting up of local or regional energy agencies.

Successful applicants can expect to receive financial support covering up to 75% of the eligible costs.

What will be funded? Capacity building; building and spreading of know-how, skills and methods; exchanges of experience; development of market and intelligence; policy input; awareness raising and information provision; and education and training.

The IEE programme does not fund: Hardware-type investments, demonstration projects, or technical research & development projects on energy efficiency and renewables.

Eligibility Criteria: Any public or private organisation from the EU, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Croatia can apply. Projects must have at least 3 partner organisations from 3 different countries.

Sum: Budget usually between € 0.5 – 2.5 million (mainly staff costs). Maximum funding period 3 years.

Deadline: Thursday 26 June 2008 at 5pm (Brussels time)

Funder and Scheme Link: IEE

IEE Info Days

Want to learn more about the 2008 call? Attend the IEE Info Days!

A series of national info days are currently being organised across the EU to give you essential information and advice on how to develop a good project proposal and apply successfully.

In addition, you can also download all presentations and video recordings from the European Info Day, which was organised back in January in Brussels.

For more information, please click here

» 2008 Eco-innovation Call for Proposals

Funding Source: Competitiveness & Innovation Programme

Summary:

Got a great business project that could make Europe greener but don’t know how to get it off the ground? The 2008 Eco-innovation call for proposals may be for you!

The call will be published on 21 April 2008. This year’s funding priorities are:

Materials recycling;

Buildings;

Food & drink;

Greening business;

Smart purchasing.

€28 million worth of funding is available – enough to support some 40 of the best projects, covering up to 60% of the eligible costs.

A European Info Day will take part in Brussels on 8 May and provide you with more information and advice – make a note in your diary!

Eligibility: Priority will be given to Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs). Clusters of applicants and projects which demonstrate a European added value and have a high potential for market replication are strongly encouraged.

Sum: Projects will typically cost around €1 million

Deadline: 11 September 2008

Funder Link: Click here

Eco-innovation news alert service link: Click here