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Keys to sucess in LIFE call 2018

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On April 18th, the LIFE Programme call was published for this year 2018.

 

LIFE is the EU’s flagship tool to finance actions that have a direct impact on improving the environment and the climate.

 

The call is increasingly focused on projects that contemplate solutions close to the market, therefore, the participation of private entities and projects that are close to the market and ready to receive investment is encouraged.

 

The development on a larger scale and the reproduction of the results obtained as a means to guarantee the sustainability of the projects is also considered fundamental.

 

From this call onwards, the orientation towards the results is reinforced, and it is an essential requirement to produce measurable effects on the environment or climate change in all the priority areas.

 

The most important innovation is, undoubtedly, the simplification of the procedures for requesting funding, by launching a two-phase application procedure for the projects of the subprogramme Environment and Efficiency in the Use of Resources. In the first stage, it will only be necessary to submit a summary document (11 pages). If this phase is passed, propject proposal will be invited to present the complete proposal, with more financing options.

 

LIFE finances up to 55% of the total eligible costs of the project, in the categories of personnel, external assistance, equipment, infrastructure, prototype, consumables, other expenses and indirect costs. In the case of Nature and Biodiversity projects, the co-financing of the EU can reach up to 60% (and 75% if the project has as its object species and habitats of priority interest).

 

The typology of projects is defined by the subprogram and priority area in which the actions are framed:

 

Sub-Programme Priority area Project type
Environment Environment and Resource Efficiency Demonstration and pilot
Nature and Biodiversity Best practices

Demonstration and pilot

Goverance and Environmental Information Information, raise of awareness and dissemination
Climate Action Mitigation of Climate Change Best practices

Demonstration and pilot

Adaptation to Climate Change Best practices

Demonstration and pilot

Goverance and Climate Information Information, raise of awareness and dissemination

 

Within each priority area, the call marks priority issues. Projects that address these issues receive a higher score according to the selection criteria.

 

The thematic priorities are within the following sectors:

  • LIFE Environment and Resource Efficiency
  1. Water and marine environment
  2. Waste
  3. Efficiency in resources, including soils and forests, and circular economy
  4. Environment and health, including chemicals and noise
  5. Air quality and emissions, including urban environment
  • LIFE Climate Change Mitigation
  1. Reduction of Greenhouse Gases in sectors not subject to the Emissions Rights Regime.
  2. Improvement of greenhouse gas emissions in large industries.
  3. Fluorinated gases, their alternatives and adaptation of standards to these alternatives.
  4. Uses of the soil and its variations and forest management.

For adaptation

  1. Cross-border management of floods
  2. Transfrontier coastal management
  3. Urban adaptation and territorial planning.
  4. Inclusion in land management, urbanization and natural resources policies of adaptive approaches
  5. Resilience of infrastructures.
  6. Sustainable water management (drought, littoral and floods).
  • LIFE Nature and biodiversity

For nature

  1. Natura 2000 Spaces
  2. Species and habitats
  3. Marine projects

For biodiversity

  1. Prevention of the net loss of biodiversity and ecosystem resources.
  2. Endangered species and habitats
  3. Green infrastructures and connectivity
  4. Fight against invasive species

EuroVértice, who is an expert in the LIFE Program, will participate in the Information and Networking event scheduled for 4 May in Brussels to work on new projects and collaborate with our network on projects with high added value.

If you require further information from EuroVértice, write to us in the contact section or phone us at +34 968277845.

International call for the innovation – Innovoucher

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Innovoucher has just opened a call for the companies located in the project participating regions  Murcia, Flandes (Belgium), Marche (Italy), Rumania and Poland.

EuroVértice wrote the European project Innovoucher, within H2020 Programme leaded by the Regional Development Agency of Murcia.

SMEs, self-employed professionals and business associations of Murcia Region belonging to the following sectors: Agro-food, Water and Environment, Logistics, Habitat, Energy and Marine are able to ask for their voucher before 15th June 2018. More information on the call and participation requirements at: http://www.innovoucher.eu/call

EuroVértice collaborates in the diagnosis to implement the Circular Economy Strategy of the Region of Murcia

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The government of the Region of Murcia approved in September the start-up for the development of the Circular Economy Strategy of the Region of Murcia (ESECIRM). EuroVértice has been selected to work on the preparation of the initial diagnosis on which the actions of the strategy will be based.

This work is carried out by identifying organizations, initiatives and projects linked to the key aspects of the Circular Economy that are being developed in our region. To this end, meetings are held with agents involved in order to obtain the necessary information for the diagnosis. EuroVértice also contributes with its knowledge about European policies in this field, as well as detecting possible regional actions to be carried out within the framework of the different European funding programs.

The circular economy model is a concept developed by the American architect William McDonough and the German chemist Michael Braungart in the 90s, and is based on a unified philosophy for the development of products and systems, through the implementation of a protocol sustainable design, capable of changing the design of the world as we know it. All this on the basis that the current economic model, based on a linear economy, in which resources are extracted, products are manufactured and consumed, and what remains is considered waste and is eliminated, is an unsustainable model in the short and medium term.

The Circular Economy aims to reverse these flows, which bring the products to the landfill, completely, returning them to the productive chains, which implies a loop management of all material and energy resources. That is, the design of the products must have material resources capable of working in a loop during the life cycle of our products and their value chains, minimizing the waste generated.

More information, can be consulted on our website or by contacting us directly on +968 277845.

EuroVértice in the EU Greenweek

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“Green Jobs for a Greener Future” is the slogan chosen for this new edition of the EU Green Week 2017, which will bring initiatives from around the world to share their experiences of sustainable work within a circular economy model.

EUROVÉRTICE participates in this meeting as we are currently developing different projects in line with the new guidelines set by European environmental policies. More and more guidelines are being developed for the creation of a new circular utilization model to keep the value of products, materials, and resources in the economy for as long as possible and thus, minimize the generation of waste.

This new approach is generating important changes in the European economy, including the labor market. Despite the economic crisis of recent years; according to the organization, the environmental goods and services sector has created new jobs, with a growing demand for new types of “green skills” in different European professional sectors. An issue that will be dealt with extensively from 29 May to 2 June at EU Green Week, participated by companies looking for new sustainable business models, expanding their markets, and adapting innovative solutions for efficient use of resources.

EuroVértice expert in UIA supports Lorca Open City

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Urban Innovative Actions is a European Initiative that helps cities with more than 50,000 inhabitants to implement breakthrough solutions to meet the main challenges facing European cities and which offers 80% funding for projects up to 6 millions of euros. EuroVértice specializes in this program and other calls for integrated urban development, as we have a multidisciplinary and innovative team in the social, environmental, energy and urban areas.

The City of Lorca has relied on EuroVértice for the preparation and presentation of the Open City project within the priority of immigrants and refugees and that fosters coexistence and shared spaces. Yesterday, we worked with the University of Murcia, Cepaim, Cruz Roja Lorca, Cazalla Intercultural, partners in the project and all the key players in the intervention area, we analyzed the main aspects of the project presented based on co-writing with contributions expressed by all participants and more than 30 collectivities in the area and the experiences and knowledge of the participating partners who together with EuroVértice collaborated in this joint project.

In this second call, 206 proposals have been submitted, less than in the previous one that were 378 and has a similar budget to the previous one in which 17 projects were approved. The proposed date to communicate results is October 2017 and there are still 3 new calls that will take place in the coming years and in which we hope to continue working.

More information: http://www.lorca.es/lorcainforma/noticiasDetalle.asp?id=9918

Funding for R+D in companies to cooperate outside the EU

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If you have an R & D project to develop with countries outside the EU, this is your opportunity to receive funding. The fourth call for UNILATERAL Projects for international technological cooperation is open in 2017.

In Eurovértice we can develop your application form to this call and obtain financing according to the two options that UNILATERALES offers. The first of them, through the call for INNOGLOBAL, a grant for a single Spanish company, with a maximum amount of 50% according to type of company. Another option is to opt for International Cooperation R & D which has a maximum grant of 33% and a reimbursable tranche, similar to those under the Multilateral and Bilateral Programs in force in which one or more Spanish companies may participate .
In this call, projects are accepted by international consortiums formally constituted, with the participation of one or more Spanish companies and foreign partners. The submission of these will be done with several cut-off dates, depending on whether it is INNOGLOBAL on October 20th or International Cooperation R & D on May 16th and October 23rd.

Within the framework of these dates, projects with foreign partners located in the following countries with the presence of the CDTI Outside Network must be presented to CDTI: Mexico, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Colombia, Chile, Argentina, Peru, Brazil, China, Taiwan, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Philippines, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar, Japan, Australia, USA, Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, Lebanon and Tunisia.

For more information contact EUROVÉRTICE. Our multidisciplinary team can help your company to move forward and meet your challenges.

HUMEXE in Phase 2 SME Instrument

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EuroVértice has just submitted the project entitled HUMEXE (Human Exoskeleton) belonging to the Murcian company TECNIMUSA for the call H2020 SME Instrument Phase 2.

This project, that already obtained funding in Phase 1 in the same EU Programme, is developing a new exoskeleton model that will give autonomy of movement to patients with spinal cord injury of traumatic origin. It will also improve the rehabilitation of other type of patients due to accidents or to physical mobility problems.

At EuroVértice, we are very excited with this project, due to its social added value as to the technological innovation it brings. We hope we can continue advancing and growing with the support of the European Union.