Fostering innovation in the agrifood sector

Horizon 2020's SME Instrument new topics

As part of the Horizon 2020 European programme, the SME Instrument offers funding support to Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs). Project proposals submitted to the 2016-2017 call must be concerning one of the thirteen topics already published by the Commission.

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Horizon 2020 societal challenges

The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020 reflects the policy priorities of the Europe 2020 strategy and addresses major concerns shared by citizens in Europe and elsewhere. Funding will focus on the following challenges:

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Circular economy on the EU agenda

The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Commission is exploring the possibilities of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) to finance investments to promote circular economy projects. Promoting a circular economy is high on the EU agenda because of its potential to boost competitiveness, foster sustainable economic growth and generate jobs.

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Horizon 2020 SME Instrument beneficiaries

EASME has published a map displaying the companies selected for funding under the SME Instrument of Horizon 2020. The beneficiaries of the already approved projects are distributed along the EU.

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New European funding programme for close to market innovations

The 6th January 2015 was launched the Pilot funding programme Fast Track to Innovation (FTI). This pilot programme provides funding to promising  close-to-market innovations with a European added value. It will be implemented in 2015 and 2016 with a total budget of €200 million (€100 million per year). The programme is focused on industry involvement to ensure quick market take-up.

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European Commission publishes a divulgative video about bioeconomy: “The bioeconomy starts here! Be part of it!”.

Watch the video here: The bioeconomy starts here! Be part of it!

This video describes a future in which we rely on renewable biological resources to meet our needs for food, materials and energy.”

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What is Horizon 2020?

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.

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Pioneering EU project on track to assess level of contaminants in seafood

Cordis makes us accessible information about the EU funded project ECSAFESEAFOOD. They say: “Pollution of the oceans and climate change has sparked concerns not just about the status of the marine environment but also about the impact on seafood safety and public health. In the global seafood market, European added-value lies in offering safe, high-quality seafood to consumers”.

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Life+ continues to 2020

The new LIFE Regulation has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union, the official record of EU legislation. The Regulation – which was published on 20 December 2013 – establishes the Environment and Climate Action sub-programmes of the LIFE Programme for the next funding period, 2014–2020. The budget for the period is set at €3.4 billion in current prices.

Horizon 2020 launched with €15 billion over first two years

The European Commission will invest more than €15 billion over the first two years of Horizon 2020. The funding is intended to help boost Europe’s knowledge-driven economy, and tackle issues that will make a difference in people’s lives.

The Info day 2014 of Horizon 2020 calls for proposals in Societal Challenge 2 and LEIT Biotechnology will take place in Brussels the 17th of January

The info day is organised by the Directorate for Biotechnologies, Agriculture, Food to provide full information on the new calls for proposals of Societal Challenge 2 (Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research bio-based industries and the Bioeconomy) and on the call Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies (LEIT) – Biotechnology. It will take place in Charlemagne building, Rue de la Loi 170, Brussels, 17 January 2014, from 9.00 am till 5.00 pm.

The info day will be web streamed via the Bioeconomy website.

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EU industrial leadership gets boost through eight new research partnerships

The European Commission today launched eight contractual Public Private Partnerships (cPPPs) of strategic importance for European industry. The partnerships will leverage more than €6 billion of investments to be allocated through calls for proposals under Horizon 2020, the new EU programme for research and innovation. Each euro of public funding is expected to trigger additional investments of between three and 10 euro to develop new technologies, products and services which will give European industry a leading position on world markets.

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11 December 2013 for first H2020 calls

The European Commission has announced the date for the first calls for the next research and innovation framework programme.

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Eurostars – the EU funding programme that supports research-performing small and medium enterprises – presents its renewed website

The objective of this new website is to improve the online experience for SMEs so that they may find the right information they need.

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Horizon2020 & COSME Budget approved by ITRE Commitee

ITRE committee approved on the 26sth of September the budget for Horizon 2020 (77.000 million euro) and the budget for the Competitiveness of enterprises and SMEs programme – COSME – (2000 million euro).

MEPs made it a target that at least 11% of the Horizon 2020 budget should go to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). Moreover, there will be a specialised SMEs department to ensure the programme’s calls for tenders are SMEs-friendly.

COSME (Competitiveness of Enterprises and small and medium-sized enterprises), the other approved programme, is entirely dedicated to these firms. For this programme, MEPs managed to reduce bureaucracy and earmark 60% of its budget for risk-capital or loan guarantees, which are the programme’s main tools to help SMEs with financing.

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