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  • European funding opportunities for water

    Widnes, 12th May 2015

    Ewa Bloch, Innovate UK

  • What is Horizon 2020? (1)

    70.2 billion billion research and innovation funding programme (2014-2020)

    A core part of Europe 2020, the Innovation Union & the European Research Area:

    Responding to the economic crisis to invest in future jobs and growth

    Addressing peoples concerns about their livelihoods, safety and environment

    Strengthening the EUs global position in research, innovation and technology

    Coupling research to innovation "from research to retail", funding all forms of innovation

    Focus on societal challenges facing EU society, e.g. health, climate change, energy and transport

    Simplified access, for all companies, universities, institutes in all EU countries and beyond

  • What is Horizon 2020? (2)

    Strong emphasis on expected impact (market relevance)

    Market exploitation - industry participation and market impact very important

    Innovative integrated solutions

    Support to and involvement of industry, in particular high potential SMEs

    Collaboration: industry-academia links, transnational links



    The European Commission supports collaborative Research and Innovation projects by means of grants


    The collaborators form a consortium which must include three independent partners from different EU member or associated countries


    Important benefits to project participants include the development of knowledge underpinning new products and services, shared expertise, widened capabilities, enlarged networks, and expanded world view


    Participation follows successful submission of a written proposal in response to a call for proposals referring to a Work Programme document which defines the technology and challenge areas to be addressed.

    Proposal is submitted electronically by the leading partner of the consortium.



    Proposals need to show that they offer an innovative approach and/or solution to a defined challenge/problem.

    Innovation and market relevance of a project are its key aspects, followed by the implementation logic and arrangements.


    The EC, supported by independent evaluators, evaluates proposals and draws lists of projects proposed for funding. Yes/No decisions are communicated to the leading partner 3-5 months after the submission deadline.


    2015 calls for proposals are now closed, were in the process of finalising the contents of 2016/2017 Work Programme, which will be launched in Autumn 2015.


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  • Allocated 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


  • Research and Innovation Actions (RIA) new knowledge and/or to explore the feasibility of a new or improved technology, product, process, service or solution

    basic and applied research, technology development and integration, testing and validation on a small-scale prototype in a laboratory or simulated environment (100% direct + 25% indirect) x 100%

    Innovation Actions (IA) producing plans and arrangements or designs for new, altered or improved products, processes or services

    prototyping, testing, demonstrating, piloting, large-scale product validation and market replication (100% direct + 25% indirect) x 70%

    Coordination and Support Actions (CSA) standardisation, dissemination, awareness-raising and communication, networking, coordination or support services, policy dialogues and mutual learning exercises and studies (100% direct + 25% indirect) x 100%

    SME Instrument: 3 phases (feasibility, demonstration/market, commercialisation)

    Fast Track to Innovation (funding for industry-led close to market projects)


    The types of projects (funding actions)

  • European funding is for research and development only

    The topics are narrow and defined

    Funding rates are not attractive

    First time applicants are never successful

    The application process is difficult, bureaucratic, time consuming and expensive

    The time-to-grant period is very long

    You have to pay for help with the application process

    National funding is easier and better

    I dont know where to start

    It is not for me


    Common facts and myths

  • Collaboration

    Becoming involved 'for the money' is generally a bad place to start, ending in disappointment - or worse..

    The principal opportunity revolves around the collaboration which the scheme enables

    [The vast majority of funded projects will involve at least three independent partners from different member states or associated countries]

    A participant with a particular skill can bring it to bear upon a problem which they could not address alone

    Necessary / missing skills / knowledge will be brought by their partners to the project

    This provides benefit for the consortium by enabling things which none of the partners could achieve alone

    In collaborating a participant may benefit in a number of ways Sharing Intellectual property with others to achieve new things

    Growth of understanding of technology

    Growth of wider international networks

    Understanding of wider markets / exploitation opportunities

    Participation in standards setting / market making


  • Finding Partners



    Friends of






    Look to your own supply chain first

    Partner search facilities, Enterprise Europe

    Network, Cordis etc)

    Go to brokerage events, European and national


    Join relevant UK Knowledge Transfer Networks

    Start early

    Most partnerships are formed on an individual basis with universities and companies, rather than as part of a broader relationship with academia / industry, each with different starting points and aims 11

  • The value of water


    Rationale: Water resources are under pressure from climate change, urbanisation, pollution,

    overexploitation of fresh resources and increasing competition between various user groups

    Improvement of the state of water resources (quality and quantity) will trigger significant economic benefits. Europe has a strong potential to become world leader in water innovation 9.000 SMEs active in the water sector, 600.000 direct jobs in water utilities. Just 1% increase of the rate of growth could create up to 20.000 jobs.

    The world market for drinking and waste water 250bn in 2008, investments over 33bn per annum. The cost of repairing damages (floods and droughts) is x6 higher than the cost of adaptation.

    Focus on: Thematic priorities: water reuse and recycling, water and waste water treatment (incl.

    recovery of resources), water and energy integration, flood and drought risk management, and the role of ecosystem services in the provision of water related services.

    Horizontal priorities: water governance, decision support system and monitoring, and financing for innovation.

  • Climate services

    Rationale: Building foundations for developing European climate services

    Climate services: demand-driven services for both mitigation and adaptation to climate change, for a range of end users, including businesses, public decision-makers and policy-makers, and citizens.

    Building the ability and capacity to translate, transform and use climate-related data into customised products and practical applications, covering the links between physical, chemical, biology, social, gender, health and economic aspects.

    Supporting climate policy through developing strategic capabilities in climate projection, prospective economic analysis, international cooperation and preparing for future IPCC reports

    Focus on:

    Translating data into usable information, developing the capacity of end users to understand what information they need in order to help design new solutions for climate change mitigation and adaptation

    Turning climate change into a business opportunity, in particular working with urban areas/cities to look at the different subsystems energy, water, material flows, transport, socio-cultural system, knowledge base and labour market.


  • Managing natural resources

    Rationale To establish Europe as a leader in innovation through nature-based solutions (solutions

    inspired and supported by nature, while maintaining and/or enhancing natural capital) for improving our economic, social and environmental resilience

    Focus on urban areas to complement existing European investments in Smart Cities

    Focus on: Integrating nature-based solutions into urban areas

    For example: solutions to enhance surface water retention from storm wa