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We subsequently identified about 100 topics that were connected to

our areas of interest, and these results are a good sign that we have

some influence on the European agenda.

We also assessed the participation of the big companies of the European

Chemical Industry Council involved in Horizon 2020, and found they have

been participating and submitting many proposals. There has been a

reasonable success rate in getting projects funded, although the

competition is tough. We have been successful in mobilising the core

community to participate in the calls, which is important because having

an agenda that is effective without participating would be meaningless.

How do you assess the progress made by Horizon 2020

in encouraging the greater participation of industry

and SMEs?

If we consider the data published by the EU on the 2014 PPP calls and

the projects that are receiving funding, we can see that there is good

participation from SMEs. In addition, there is specific funding directed to

SMEs, which has also had a good uptake.

Yet with greater participation, the success rate can be lower compared

to the number of small and medium-sized businesses that applied.

However, participation has so far been really good and SMEs are

becoming more and more involved.

To what extent is there enough emphasis on crossing

the ‘valley of death’ in Horizon 2020?

In the Industrial Leadership pillar, there are specific calls relating to pilot

activities based on the technology readiness level. In addition, there is

the ‘Fast Track to Innovation’ pilot, a special tool that is open permanently

where a company can submit proposals on an idea that will go to the

market quickly. These activities show the EU is giving a lot of importance

to bringing ideas and innovation to the market.

I S S U E S E V E N

H O R I Z O N 2 0 2 0 P R O J E C T S : P O R TA L

www.horizon2020projects.com

Dr Jacques Komornicki

SusChem

B R OW S E

www.suschem.org

H O R I Z O N

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Furthermore, among the calls connected to the

Societal Challenges there are also calls relating

to the demonstrations of pilots. This is one of

the differences between Horizon 2020 and the

Seventh Framework Programme. In addition,

the Juncker Investment Plan includes the idea

that innovation could be developed with some

combined funding schemes.

How is SusChem contributing to the

development of the next stages of

Horizon 2020’s work programmes?

We have a permanent dialogue with the

Commission, especially with DG Research and

Innovation, and when we see an issue or

something we want to bring to the attention of

the EU institution, we have direct contact and

discuss the issues involved. Also discussed are

the new trends in industry and in the market.

We constantly talk to the Commission about

different issues, for example CO

2

capture and

use or specific technology topics, e.g.

lightweight materials, which are particularly

important for the transportation sector.

Consequently, we are contributing to the 2016-

2017 work programmes and beyond as we will

continue this communicative relationship.

How can the chemical industry

contribute to the circular economy?

There are a couple of topics, for example CO

2

utilisation and recyclable lightweight materials

or the waste to resources concept. We are also

drawing attention to one aspect of the circular

economy: inside the loop, we can optimise the

use of resources before they make their way to

the consumer – this is an industry to industry

effort known as ‘industrial symbiosis’. This can

be a big contributor to the circular economy and

is the ‘invisible part of the iceberg’ because

action is taken before moving to the consumer.

SusChem is also

focusing on the reuse

of raw materials and

on industrial

symbiosis as

its contribution

to Europe’s

circular economy