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European Commission: Activity report 2021 in the area of RTD and on Horizon Europe and Horizon 2020

The European Commission  has recently published the „Annual Report on Research and Technological Development Activities of the European Union and Monitoring of Horizon Europe and Horizon 2020 in 2021“.


Ten simple rules for a successful Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Postdoctoral Fellowship (PF) application

Today PLOS Computational Biology published the editorial article "Ten simple rules for a successful EU Marie-Skłodowska-Curie Actions Postdoctoral (MSCA) fellowship application". The team of authors is comprised of former MSCA postdoctoral fellows and reviewers who have been evaluating MSCA applications for several years. BayFOR has also contributed here.


Expert knowledge: Lump sums in Horizon Europe

The financing of projects funded under the European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation was still mainly based on the reimbursement of actual costs in Horizon 2020. However, due to the high time and effort involved and the susceptibility to errors, the European Commission is aiming for greater use of lump sums under Horizon Europe.


EU project InShaPe – Next innovation leap in metal-based additive manufacturing

In many industrial sectors, such as in the automotive industry, in aerospace or in the energy sector, the demand for special metal components that are light and have a high strength is increasing.


New European Partnership „Driving Urban Transitions to a Sustainable Future” – First Call for proposals and launch event

The new European Partnership "Driving Urban Transitions to a Sustainable Future (DUT)" between the EU Commission and various national and regional funders has announced its first call for proposals for September 2022.


Horizon Europe Periodic Report Template published

The European Commission has published the template for the periodic reporting of projects in Horizon Europe on the Funding & Tenders Portal.


European Commission presents new European Innovation Agenda to spearhead the new innovation wave

The European Commission adopted a New European Innovation Agenda to position Europe at the forefront of the new wave of deep tech innovation and start-ups. It will help Europe to develop new technologies to address the most pressing societal challenges, and to bring them on the market.


European Commission: Launch of the Alliance for Zero Emission Aviation

On 24 June 2022 the European Commission has launched the 'Alliance for Zero Emission Aviation'. The Alliance aims to prepare the aviation ecosystem for the entry into service of hydrogen- and electric-powered aircraft, to ensure that air transport contributes to Europe's 2050 climate neutrality objective.


New pan-European partnership on Culture and Creativity

Today, the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) announced its Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) on Culture and Creativity, adding to the already existing eight Communities, which address a pressing societal challenge: climate, digital, energy, health, raw materials, food, manufacturing, urban mobility.The EIT launched a call for proposals for the new KIC in October 2021, inviting applicants to submit their vision for how EIT Culture & Creativity could bring about change in the sector. The winning consortium ICE - Innovation by Creative Economy, led by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, consists of 50 partners from 20 countries, presenting a wide geographical coverage. The Bavarian cultural and creative industries will also certainly contribute to numerous cooperations here.


Clariant produces first commercial sunliquid® cellulosic ethanol at new plant in Podari, Romania

  • After construction completion in October 2021, the plant underwent a thorough commissioning process and has successfully started  production
  • The offtake of the entire production has been contracted to global energy company Shell for several years
  • The flagship plant will process approx. 250,000 tons of straw to produce approx. 50,000 tons of cellulosic ethanol per annum
  • The production start at this first sunliquid® cellulosic ethanol plant proves the commercial viability of Clariant’s innovative technology and with that supports the licensing business strategy

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