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
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.
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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
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
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