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EU project LIGNOFLAG: Clariant completes construction of first commercial sunliquid® cellulosic ethanol plant in Romania

Clariant, a focused, sustainable and innovative specialty chemical company, today announced the official completion of its sunliquid® cellulosic ethanol plant in Podari, Romania. The completed construction is an important next step for the commercial deployment of sunliquid® technology and thus supports Clariant’s sunliquid® licensing business strategy. The facility will be operational in the fourth quarter, producing cellulosic ethanol from agricultural residues. BayFOR is a partner in the EU project LIGNOFLAG.


From 2022 on: "Gender Equality Plan" (GEP) as an eligibility criterion for Horizon Europe funding

More women in science and research, fewer gender gaps in the labour market, more inclusion, a more balanced participation of women and men in different sectors of the economy and other gender equality initiatives – all of this is what the European Union wants to achieve, among other things through the introduction of a "Gender Equality Plan" (GEP) which will become mandatory in all Horizon Europe applications for calls with a deadline in 2022.


EU Commission launches five EU missions to tackle major challenges

The Commission launched today five new EU missions, a new and innovative way to work together and improve the lives of people in Europe and beyond. EU missions aim to tackle big challenges in health, climate and the environment, and to achieve ambitious and inspiring goals in these areas.


Horizon Europe: Switzerland as a non-associated third country in first calls for proposals

Switzerland can currently only participate as a non-associated third country in the first calls for proposals of the EU framework programme for research and innovation Horizon Europe. The European Commission has made this clear in the list of eligible countries published on the Funding & Tenders Portal.


Horizon Europe: Publication of the "Programme Guide" and the list of associated countries

The European Commission has published a Program Guide to Horizon Europe. In it, applicants will find background information on the structure of the framework program as well as the related policy priorities of the European Union, such as the European Partnerships, the missions, international cooperation, Open Science or digital key technologies.




Eleven new European partnerships to mobilize new research investment

Together with industry representatives, the EU Commission launched 11 new partnerships earlier this week to increase investment in research and innovation to address major climate and sustainability challenges. The partnerships will receive more than €8 billion from Horizon Europe, the EU's new framework program for research and innovation, from 2021-2027.


Horizon Europe work programs for the period 2021-2022 were published

The Commission has adopted the main work programme of Horizon Europe for the period 2021-2022, which outlines the objectives and specific topic areas that will receive a total of €14.7 billion in funding. These investments will help accelerate the green and digital transitions and will contribute to sustainable recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and to EU resilience against future crises. They will support European researchers through fellowships, training and exchanges, build more connected and efficient European innovation ecosystems and create world-class research infrastructures. Moreover, they will encourage participation across Europe and from around the world, while at the same time strengthening the European Research Area.

Further information can be found here.

Source: European Commission


ERA-NET Joint Call 2021: "Accelerating the Heating and Cooling Transition"

The joint call of ERA-NET Smart Energy Systems and GEOTHERMICA ERA-NET focuses on the energy transition in heating and cooling. The call addresses technology development, system integration and innovation.


ERC Advanced Grant 2021: Applications now open

Are you an established, leading researcher seeking long-term funding for a groundbreaking, high-risk project? If so, you can now apply for the ERC Advanced Grant. Applicants for ERC Advanced Grants - called Principal Investigators (PI) - should be active researchers with significant research accomplishments over the past 10 years.


UAS4EUROPE Networking Conference: From breakthrough ideas to breakthrough innovation

Brussels - On 11 May 2021, UAS4EUROPE, the informal network of European Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS), held its biennial Networking Conference, this time as a virtual event, with high-level keynote speeches, a political discussion, interactive workshop sessions, face-to-face matchmaking and a virtual exhibition.

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