EU Horizon 2020 for Water Innovation


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EU Horizon 2020 for Water Innovation

  1. 1. Horizon 2020 as an opportunity for innovation in water European Commission Directorate General for Research and Innovation Kurt Vandenberghe Director for Environment 1
  2. 2. WATER A major component of successive EU environmental research programmes  A major environmental component and a major societal challenge  A key element of EU environmental (water), climate change (adaptation), international and development cooperation policies (Rio+20)  A sector of key economic importance and ready for innovation
  3. 3. FP7 Cooperation - Environment Theme (including climate change) An important milestone on EU water research  Innovative resource efficient technologies, process and services  Demonstration and exploitation of most promising prototypes and tools derived from European research activities (towards market uptake)  SME targeted topics and bottom-up approaches  Risk assessment and management, global water resources, emerging pollutants,  International co-operation with non-EU countries EU-India cooperation in water technology, research and innovation (joint/complementary calls)
  4. 4. AquaFit4Use Sustainable Water Use in Water-Intensive Industries Achievements: Better definition of water quality needs in chemical, food, textile, paper industries  Fresh water withdrawal reduced by 20 to 50 percent Other results: − Technology for salt removal reducing fresh water intake for cooling by 80% − Optimised technology for fouling prevention Why does it matter? Better definition of water quality = − For industry: Better products and processes at lower costs − For ecosystems: Minimised impact on available water resources Countries involved: NL, BE, CZ, DE, DK, ES, FR, IT, SE, SI, PL, UK EU investment: Almost €10 million – Other Sources: €5 million
  5. 5. •FP7-ENV-20013 WATER DEMO&INNO Call •A dedicated contribution to EIP Water  A very competitive call attracting more than 130 proposals and more than 1500 organisations (55% of them representing industry and SMEs). 11 proposals selected for funding, addressing innovative solutions for a wide variety of water challenges in urban, rural, agricultural and industrial domains and promoting innovative public procurement strategies. Combination of innovative solutions with real business cases, e.g. • making a business case for smart water supply networks • applying an evaluation framework to account for changes in the value of ecosystem services of water bodies Particular attention given to linking these projects with the 9 priority Action Groups of the EIP Water
  6. 6. What is Horizon 2020  Research and innovation funding programme (2014-2020) about €70 billion  A core part of Europe 2020, Innovation Union & European Research Area: − Responding to the economic crisis to invest in future jobs and growth − Addressing people’s concerns about their livelihoods, safety and environment − Strengthening the EU’s global position in research, ⃰ innovation and technology All funding figures in this presentation are subject to the pending Multiannual Financial Framework Regulation by the EP and the Council 6
  7. 7. What's new  A single programme bringing together three separate programmes/initiatives*  Coupling research to innovation – from research to retail, all forms of innovation  Focus on societal challenges facing EU society, e.g. health, clean energy and transport  Simplified access, for all companies, universities, institutes in all EU countries and beyond ⃰ The 7th Research Framework Programme (FP7), innovation aspects of Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP), EU contribution to the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) 7
  8. 8. Three priorities Excellent science Industrial leadership Societal challenges (SC) 8
  9. 9. Priority 3. Societal challenges Why: • Concerns of citizens and society/EU policy objectives (climate, environment, energy, transport, etc) cannot be addressed without innovation • Breakthrough solutions come from multi-disciplinary collaborations, including social sciences & humanities • Promising solutions need to be tested, demonstrated and scaled up
  10. 10. Proposed funding (€ million, 2014-2020) Health, demographic change and wellbeing 7 472 Food security, sustainable agriculture, marine and maritime and inland water research & the Bioeconomy 3 851 Secure, clean and efficient energy * 5 931 Smart, green and integrated transport 6 339 Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials 3 081 Europe in a changing world-inclusive, innovative and reflective societies 1 309 Secure societies-protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens 1 695 Science with and for society 462 Spreading excellence and widening participation 816 ⃰ Additional funding for nuclear safety and security from the Euratom Treaty activities (2014-2018)
  11. 11. Societal Challenge 5: Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials Objective: "to achieve a resource – and water – efficient and climate change resilient economy and society, the protection and sustainable management of natural resources and ecosystems, and a sustainable supply and use of raw materials, in order to meet the needs of a growing global population within the sustainable limits of the planet's natural resources and eco-systems."
  12. 12. Societal Challenge 5: Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials Broad lines of activities: • Fighting and adapting to climate change • Sustainably managing natural resources and ecosystems • Sustainable supply of non-energy and non-agricultural raw materials • Transition towards a green economy through eco-innovation • Global environmental observation and information systems • Cultural heritage
  13. 13. Strategic programming in H2020 • To increase impact of funding, and a more integrated approach by:  Bringing together activities from different challenges  Providing support across the innovation cycle  Use of funding schemes available • Work programmes expected to have a 2 year-duration  First Work Programme 2014-15
  14. 14. Focus Areas Twelve focus areas identified, of which five linked to 'Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials: •Waste: A resource to recycle, reuse and recover raw materials •Water innovation: Boosting its value for Europe •Energy-efficiency •Disaster-resilience: Safeguarding society and adapting to climate change •Blue growth: Unlocking the potential of the oceans
  15. 15. EU major policy drivers for research and innovation in the water sector in the context of Horizon 2020  Innovation Union Flagship Iniative (European Innovation Partnerships)  Resource Efficency Flagship Iniative  Eco-Innovation Action Plan  EU water related policies (Blueprint to safeguard Europe’s waters)  Joint Programming Initative "'Water challenges in a Changing World“  Water related ETPs (WssTP, SusChem) and PPPs (SPIRE) 15
  16. 16. Water innovation: Boosting its value for Europe Rationale:  Reinforce water innovation capacity and market uptake of successful research results  Boost the competitiveness and growth of the European water sector  Create leadership in water resources management and position Europe as a global market leader in water related innovative solutions  Support the needs of relevant EU water, innovation and resource efficient policies, international commitments and related initiatives: EIP Water, EIP Agriculture, JPI on Water, SPIRE PPP, IPCC, Rio+20, etc.
  17. 17. Water innovation: Boosting its value for Europe - Areas covered in 2014 WP  Bridging the gap: from innovative water solutions to market replication  Integrated approaches to water and climate change  Stepping up EU research and innovation cooperation in the water area  Harnessing EU water research and innovation results for industry, policy makers and citizens  Strengthening international R&I cooperation in the field of water
  18. 18. Horizon 2020 support to the market uptake of innovation  Stronger support to activities closer to end-users and markets  More partnering for greater impact (PPPs, P2Ps, EITKIC)  Strengthened bottom-up activities (SME instrument, Fast Track to Innovation)  More support to demand-driven innovation (public procurement for innovation, debt and equity facilities) 18
  19. 19. SME instrument ? Procurement Concept & Feasibility Assessment IDEA Demonstration Market Replication Research Development Commercialisation business coaching throughout the project 19 SME window EU financial facilities MARKET
  20. 20. Fast Track to Innovation (FTI) - speed up time from idea to market - increase industry participation and first-time applicants - contribute to innovation and competitiveness in Europe  Close-to-market innovation actions  maximum 5 partners, up to 3 million euro per project  Bottom-up driven logic  Higher weighting for criteria "impact"  Continuously open call with three cut-off dates per year  Time to grant not exceeding 6 months  Covering any technology fields across LEITs and Societal Challenges  Pilot FTI with cut-off date in 2015 (up to 100 projects) 20
  21. 21. Horizon 2020 and COSME are complementary programmes to generate growth and jobs Different focus  Horizon 2020 = innovation driven growth  COSME = support to create favourable business environment and competitiveness But closely coordinated, for instance:  Integrated financial instruments (debt and equity), with facilities in both programmes serving complementary objectives  Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) set up under COSME, but supports SMEs for EU funding 21
  22. 22. Cohesion Policy Synergies with Horizon 2020  Both parts of EU 2020 Strategy  Strengthening research and technological innovation is part of the 11 thematic priorities of ERDF  Possibility of joint implementation by a single beneficiary of projects from ERDF and H2020  Smart specialisation strategies 22
  23. 23. Smart Specialisation Strategies  Concentrate resources on a limited and selected number of R&I priorities  Priorities are to reinforce the regions' strenghts, In line with the national reform programme (NRP)  The agreement on the Strategy is an ex-ante condition for the allocation of support from the Structural funds  Commission assists regions to develop their strategies: Smart Specialisation Platform 23
  24. 24. HORIZON 2020 Thank you for your attention! Find out more: