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






he Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking

(BBI JU) has gained full autonomy, enabling it

to manage its own budget and launch its own

calls for proposals, grants and public procurement.

The €3.7bn public private partnership (PPP) has remained under the

European Commission’s supervision since its formal launch in July 2014

yet will now function as an independent body able to manage its own

budget and with its own staff and offices.

The BBI JU’s new executive director, Philippe Mengal, said it was a proud

moment for the organisation, commenting: “It has only been a year since

it was formally set up, but we have worked hard to launch calls for

proposals and grants, identifying promising initiatives across Europe.

“We appreciate the recognition of

our efforts, and we will continue to

promote the bioeconomy in Europe

in the years to come.”

Meanwhile, Marcel Wubbolts, chief

technology officer at Royal DSM and

chairman of the Bio-based Industries

Consortium, the private partner in the

BBI JU, described the move as “a

vital step in the BBI JU’s evolution”.

Meanwhile, Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science

and Innovation, added that the PPP will “help expand our knowledge of

how we can convert Europe’s untapped renewable resources and waste

into greener everyday products and biofuels”.

The Commission, BBI JU’s public partner, provides the PPP with €975m of

its overall funding.

26 October 2015


H2020 2016-17


he European Commission has announced

that Horizon 2020 will benefit from a budget

of almost €16bn during 2016 and 2017.

The announcement comes as officials agree the new 2016-2017 Horizon

2020 Work Programme.

Commenting, European Research Commissioner Carlos Moedas said that

research and innovation are “the engines of Europe’s progress and vital to

addressing today’s new pressing challenges like immigration, climate

change, clean energy and healthy societies”.

He added that investment from Horizon 2020 “would support Europe’s top

scientific efforts” and would make a “difference to citizens’ lives”.

Brussels has been keen to emphasise that the new work programmes are

directly aligned with the policy priorities of the Juncker Commission. The

EU institution says the funding

opportunities “will substantially

contribute” to the Jobs, Growth and

Investment Package, the Digital

Single Market, and the Energy

Union and climate change policy.

The programme will support a

range of cross-cutting initiatives:

the modernisation of Europe’s

manufacturing industry (€1bn); technologies and standards for automatic

driving (over €100m); the Internet of Things (€139m) to address digitalisation

of EU industries; Industry 2020 in the Circular Economy (€670m) to develop

strong and sustainable economies; and Smart and Sustainable Cities

(€232m) to better integrate environmental, transport, energy and digital

networks in the EU’s urban environments.

13 October 2015

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he European Commission has launched the

second edition of the European Capital of

Innovation award at a plenary session of

the Committee of the Regions.

The new agreement, signed on 30 October, will allow the Commission to

support the Human Brain Project (HBP) under the EU research and

innovation programme Horizon 2020.

It formalises the long term commitment, roles and responsibilities between

the HBP consortium and the Commission until 2020, and reinforces the

governance structure of the HBP as well as the essential contribution of

cognitive neurosciences within it.

The HBP is a key EU research project aimed at developing a better

understanding of how the human brain works. Launched in 2013 as one

of two Future and Emerging Technologies flagships, it will provide

researchers with world-

class infrastructure, ICT

tools and mathematical

models to improve their

knowledge of the human

brain, its diseases and its

computational capabilities.

The project involves more

than 400 researchers

from 24 countries from all

over Europe. It has an

estimated budget of €1bn

over ten years (2013-

2023), with support from

the Commission and from other partners, including universities, industry

and member states’ own programmes.

2 November 2015

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