Please find here a selection of ongoing projects which BayFOR has succesfully supported in the funding application process or in which we are also participating as a partner organisation (please choose the filter option „With BayFOR“). The EU projects presented on this website have received funding from the European Commission.
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The EU advisory network “Enterprise Europe Network” (EEN) offers small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) advice and support on topics such as funding, research programs, public procurement, market penetration and the promotion of innovation at European level.
One of the most feared complications in intensive care is the simultaneous failure of several vital organs. If three such organs fail at the same time, only one in five patient survives. The EU project ADVOS (ADVanced Organ Support) provides the world's first device for the combined support of liver, lung and kidney.
There is currently no funding programme for research, development and innovation that is tailored specifically to the needs of the regions in the macroregion of the Alpine space, supporting the implementation of their specific objectives while at the same time facilitating cross-border cooperation. The EU project ARDIA-Net has now set itself the goal of creating such an R&I funding programme with a focus on the issues of the circular bioeconomy and health economy that brings together companies (SMEs), universities and their research partners in the Alpine space.
Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) top the statistics in Europe as a cause of illness-related absence from work. They not only bring about high direct expenditure in terms of treatment costs, but also high indirect costs through compensation for non-productive time (Source: German Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health). The BIONIC project has tasked itself with enabling MSD sufferers to enjoy active, long-term participation in the working life.
Modern autonomous vehicle technology is becoming increasingly advanced through connectivity and Artificial Intelligence. At the same time, cybersecurity is becoming more important in this area. Cyber attacks on autonomous vehicles can, in the worst case, cost lives. The EU CARAMEL project develops cybersecurity solutions for the latest generation of vehicles.
End-of-life flexible PVC floor coverings potentially contain ‘legacy plasticizers’ which may no longer be used today for reasons of consumer protection and which in the meantime have been replaced in the EU by safer alternatives. State-of-the-art recycling of such flooring with recovery of PVC in virgin-like quality therefore requires a technically sophisticated separation of these ‘legacy plasticizers’. The EU project Circular Flooring will meet this challenge.
Cities like Amsterdam, Copenhagen, or Munich have been working for decades on increasing the share of bicycle traffic in their city. In the Danish capital, 62% of working residents meanwhile even travel by bike to work. What exactly makes the bicycle so appealing as a form of transportation in these cities? The EU project CIVITAS Handshake is examining this question in order to share the findings with other European cities.
Around 10000 people are waiting for a lifesaving organ donation in Germany. According to the Deutsche Stiftung Organtransplantation (DSO), only one third can be helped per year, with almost 1000 people dying. The reason: There are too few donor organs. This makes the rapid and secure transportation of suitable donor organs between transplant centres even more important.
With 96 million affected every year, dengue fever is the most common mosquito-borne viral disease in the world. The number of new cases has more than sextupled between 1990 and 2015 according to information from the World Health Organisation (WHO), and there is currently no effective vaccine available. The Eurostars project DRIVE seeks to provide a toolbox for developing a new vaccine candidate against dengue fever that will serve as proof of concept.
Since 2015, the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) has invested €400 million in developing a Europe-wide Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) over a seven-year period to pool innovation-oriented, cutting-edge research on the subject of raw material supply and security.
ESIT is an Innovative Training Network (ITN) in the field of tinnitus research, that is primarily aimed at training young scientists. The purpose of this ITN is to improve existing treatment paradigms, to implement new research methods, to carry out initial genetic studies on tinnitus and to develop the largest pan-European tinnitus database, which will make it possible to establish innovative solutions for personalised tinnitus treatment.
Hydroelectric power has great potential as a renewable energy source and is a real alternative to fossil fuels: it is highly efficient and reliable, cheap and financially profitable, causes minimal carbon emissions and has the necessary technical maturity and a long life cycle. The goal of the FIThydro project is to undertake further development of this method of electricity generation.
From shrink-wrapped cucumbers to double-wrapped sweets – food packaging is a major factor in the life cycle assessment of a product. The EU project GLOPACK has recognised this and is developing innovative solutions to avoid or reuse food waste and packaging waste.
According to a study from the Bertelsmann Stiftung, the risk of poverty for children with single parents has increased strikingly, as single mothers and fathers are rarely able to work full-time due to a lack of care facilities. Healthcare and nursing jobs in particular, which require a special flexibility with time, present single parents with challenges that are difficult to overcome. At the same time, there is a massive lack of people working in these occupations. The EU-funded project “home and care” from the city of Landshut is now seeking to take on this problem with an innovative living concept.
Effective insulation systems in buildings are key to optimizing their energy performance. Vacuum insulation panels (VIPs) are particularly promising in this regard as evacuated materials can be extremely good insulators and panels based on them offer highly effective and space-saving solutions.
In order to remain competitive compared to the USA and China, the European industry needs to accelerate its innovation processes. For this purpose, the EU Commission has created the "Open Innovation Test Bed" (OITB) concept. An OITB refers to the networking of research and technology organisations (RTOs) into a technological ecosystem that spans the entire value chain of a product or a service. Like LEE-BED.
There has been a trend for several years in the construction industry in particular, but also in the aerospace and automotive industry, towards the increased use of ever lighter building materials, such as lightweight concrete and lightweight ceramics. Because of their resilience and versatility, both materials have become more and more a focus of interest, especially in construction and infrastructure.
With growing greenhouse gas emissions in the transport sector, EU institutions are looking at renewables such as biofuels to decarbonize the mobility sector. Therefore, the EU has set targets to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 40% (compared to 1990 levels) by 2030. Already available and cost-effective technologies for the production of advanced biofuels such as cellulosic ethanol need to be quickly implemented as solely the transport sector accounts for 20% of GHG emissions in the European Union.
Microplastics are now everywhere. Not just in our oceans, but also in our rivers and lakes. But where exactly do they come from? And how can we prevent this from happening in the future? The EU project LimnoPlast aims to answer these questions, and for the first time brings together the three disciplines of environmental, technical and social sciences.
The “M3i Industry-in-Clinic Platform” based at Munich University Hospital helps medical device manufacturers access clinical services and medical expertise quickly and easily. New medical devices should thus be developed in a more need-oriented fashion, more safely, effectively and economically, to ensure successful market access.
Large collections of data on, for example, perpetrators, crime scenes, and the sequence of crimes, are both a curse and a blessing to law enforcement agencies. On one hand, they provide new possibilities for solving crimes or even discovering hidden causalities. On the other hand, the evaluation of often heterogeneous quantities of data requires a great deal of capacity on the part of investigators. The EU project MAGNETO seeks to develop solutions for this issue.
Developing effective algorithms for unresolved problems and at the same time training future mathematicians and IT experts: This is the mission of the Innovative Training Network (ITN) MINOA.
How will we get around cities in the future? Ever-faster technical progress has a major impact here, too. The EU project MOMENTUM is developing analytical and planning tools designed to help cities to respond to technological change with an innovative, sustainable and dynamic urban planning strategy.
Biomass from agricultural waste and residues has great potential to provide society with sustainable, bio-based raw materials. On this basis the EU project “NoAW” aims to help bring about a paradigm shift from a throw-away economy to a circular one based on recycling.
In Germany, almost two out of every three bodies of water contain too much phosphorus due to soil fertilisation. The result: Excessive growth of algae and aquatic plants that remove oxygen from the water, thus endangering the ecosystem. At the same time, phosphorus is a valuable resource. The EU project P-TRAP seeks to recover phosphorus from bodies of water and transfer it into a circular economy.
Colleges and universities often limit their teaching on working scientifically to within the framework of a lecture - i.e. purely theoretically. When students then try to apply what they have learned in practice, they are quickly confronted with gaps in transferring their acquired knowledge. Undesirable practices such as plagiarism, careless handling of test subjects, or ignorance of new techniques are among the best-known consequences. The EU project "Path2Integrity" provides a remedy by developing student-centred learning methods.
A pancreatic cancer diagnosis is normally a death sentence. According to the Robert Koch Institute, pancreatic carcinoma has the lowest survival rates among all cancerous diseases and is the fourth most common cause of cancer-related deaths. The reason: patients rarely have symptoms during the early stages of the illness. And when the illness is then noticeable, it is normally too late to cure them. The EU project PRECODE is searching for innovative therapeutic approaches here.
Terrorism, organised crime and cybercrime are increasingly intertwined. For instance, terrorists can carry out virtual attacks, physical attacks or a mixture of the two simultaneously. In the complex virtual world, the criminal investigation authorities face enormous challenges. PREVISION aims to develop new solutions to support digital forensics.
Nowadays, the boundaries between terrorism, organised crime and online criminality are increasingly blurred. Islamists and both left- and right-wing extremist groups use cyberspace as a hub for illegal finance and to recruit and radicalise followers. To combat this, the EU project PROPHETS has set itself the task of developing ways to prevent and contain online criminality and assist law enforcement investigations in cyberspace.
Whether for heating, hot water, or air conditioning systems -heating and cooling systems make up half of Europe's total energy needs. They mostly consume fossil fuels - 68 percent of all gas imports into the EU alone, for example. The EU is seeking to move away from fossil fuels and is calling for the fastest possible switch to modern technologies and renewable energies. Against this backdrop, the EU project REPLACE seeks to drive the transition from inefficient and old heating and cooling systems.
According to the Robert Koch Institute's cancer registry, colorectal carcinoma (colon cancer) is the second most common cancer in both women and men. Although the mortality rate has decreased since the early 1990s, the disease is still the second most common cause of cancer-related death in Germany. The EU project REVERT wants to find out why some patients respond well to the therapy and some do not.
The pollution of the oceans is becoming a global environmental disaster. The limits of ecological self-cleaning have long been exceeded; the marine flora and fauna have been contaminated by pollution.
Of the 26 to 66 million tons of litter that the oceans currently contain, more than 90% end up at the bottom of the sea. However, most efforts to clean up the oceans focus on the litter found on the surface of the sea. This is where the EU project SeaClear comes in.
The "data carrier” of the laboratory in the 21st century is the blood sample. They are, however, extremely sensitive to environmental influences such as temperature, vibration or sunlight. Their quality can deteriorate during handling, transport and storage. Smart4Diagnostics GmbH has developed a solution to ensure the quality of blood samples.
The sustainable development of cities is a high priority for the European Union. The aim is to be equipped to face the challenges of the future.
For years, aircraft manufacturers have been looking for innovative aviation concepts and technologies to incorporate in their products to significantly reduce operating costs and CO2emissions which are harmful to the environment. To this end, the SMART-FTI EU project is developing innovative aerodynamic measuring instrumentation for the new helicopter RACER from Airbus.
The transport sector consumes about half of the world´s increasingly scarce oil resources, while at the same time, transport-generated CO2 emissions are also regarded as one of the causes of global warming.
Organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) are the future of innovative displays and of the smartphones, monitors and televisions, that use them. OLEDs offer various advantages over non-organic light-emitting diodes (LEDs), enabling displays that are not only lighter and thinner, but even flexible. They also offer a brighter glow, a truly deep black and shorter reaction times than standard LEDs. They also consume less power. Even more energy-efficient displays are now possible with innovative, highly efficient OLEDs that last just as long.
A humming, buzzing or ringing in the ears – we have all experienced this phenomenon at some time or other. But more than ten percent of the European population suffer permanently from a tormenting ringing in the ears: tinnitus. Although much progress has been made in treating the symptoms, the causes remain a mystery. The EU project UNITI aims to provide a calculation model that will recommend the optimum, personalised treatment approach for patients, based on specific parameters.
Many district heating grids in Europe are outdated, still use energy from fossil fuels, and are not as efficient as they could be due to insufficient maintenance. Because of the long piping distance to the end consumer, a portion of the heat produced is often lost. The European project "Upgrade DH" seeks to change this.
Cereals such as corn and millet are among the main foods in East Africa. But crops are often threatened by various factors: lack of soil fertility, extended dry periods and pests such as the stemborer and the Striga weed often result in smallholder farmers in this region earning low yields and falling below the poverty line. One solution here is the Push-Pull cultivation method in the EU project UPSCALE.
Social media, chatting, online gaming – the digital world is becoming increasingly complex and new knowledge and skills are becoming increasingly important in times of cyberbullying and ‘sexting’ (exchange of messages on sexual topics), which may be harmful, especially for children and adolescents. And how can you protect them from negative effects? The ySKILLS project is investigating this in order to strengthen the positive aspects of digitalization in the long term.