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The EPN Consulting Newsletter No. 15 - Nov 2011 

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FP7 & other Calls shortly expiring
New Calls published
Next Professional Events in Europe
EPN Consulting's 2012 Membership Campaign
Training Courses
News from EPN Consulting Member: Hodos
News from EPN Consulting Member: Sboing
EPN Consulting Crowd Funding Campaign
The Website of the Month

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Dear Subscriber,   

Welcome to the November 2011 issue of the EPN Consulting Newsletter that is received by hundreds of selected professionals in Europe.


The 05 Nov 2011 will be one month since Steve Jobs passed away. Many words have been written about him, his life, his visionary entrepreneurial gift, etc. That's why we are not going to add anything more. However, we would like to gather a few key videos and items of information that have now become part of modern history:
- Apple "Think Different" original 1997 ad
- Steve Job's 2005 Stanford Commencement Address
- Steve Jobs, "the Magician" -The Economist
- Steve Jobs and Apple, Timeline - Financial Times
- SteveJobs in his own words - AllThingsD

Changing subject, you will realise that this newsletter has a special focus on Europe. As a matter of fact, we woud like to remind our readers interested in taking part in FP7 project proposals that the available time is now ending.

There is time until 01 Dec 2011 (5:00pm Brussels time) to submit proposals into a number of calls (see our Events Section). Those interested in ICT topics have more time as this call is open until 17 Jan 2012.


EPN Consulting is available to provide assistance to public and private organisations that would like to see their ideas converted into a sound proposal to be submitted. We are also an ideal partner for your project consortium as we have got a lot of experience in dealing with EC projects. Contact us to know more about how we can help you.  

EPN Consulting is a front runner within this fast evolution process and its network of professionals generates a lot of excellent know-how. If you are not a member yet, don't wait any longer and join us: a number of exclusive services are waiting for you.
Besides, the New EU Comers and the EU Accession Countries enjoy a fantastic 50%-discount on the membership fees until 31 Dec 2012!
The 2011 membership fees are now FREE for all New Members subscribing to EPN Consulting for the year 2012 from 31 Oct 2011 to 16 Dec 2011!
If you would like to advertise your products and/or services on this effective tool of information as the EPN Consulting Newsletter is, please contact us.
Have you missed some of the previous issues? Don't worry, you can find them online on this webpage.


Finally, if you are already an EPN Consulting Member, please remember that if you introduce new members both of you will receive a discount on your membership fees! As this newsletter is also published on LinkedIn, Ecademy and Twitter, we ensure our members to gain an immense visibility within and beyond Europe!
We wish you a positive October!


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FP7 & other Calls shortly expiring 
European Projects
This month there are close deadlines of the following calls for proposals:

- 08 Nov 2011 - Deadline to submit proposals within the ERC-2011-PoC (Proof of Concept) Call 

- 08 Nov 2011 - Deadline to submit proposals within the FP7-NMP-2012-SME-6 Call 

- 08 Nov 2011 - Deadline to submit proposals within the FP7-NMP-2012-LARGE-6 Call

- 08 Nov 2011 - Deadline to submit proposals within the FP7-NMP-2012-SMALL-6  

- 09 Nov 2011 - Deadline to submit proposals within the ERC-2012-STG_20111109 Call for the domain "Life Sciences"  

- 15 Nov 2011 - Deadline to submit proposals within the FP7-KBBE-2012-6-singlestage Call 

- 15 Nov 2011 - Deadline to submit proposals within the FP7-INCO-2012-1 Call 

- 15 Nov 2011 - Deadline to submit proposals within the FP7-INCO-2012-2 Call  


Find out more expiring calls on the  Events Section of the EPN Consulting website
If you would like to be advised on how to prepare and submit project proposals within the 7th Framework Programme (FP7) and/or other Programmes, EPN Consulting is the right consultancy to choose. Visit the EU Projects Consultancy  for more information.

Would you like to know more about what an EU project is like? Attend one the tailored training courses that EPN Consulting organises for its clients. Visit the Training courses and Seminars section.


Notice: EPN Consulting Members enjoy discounts on EU projects assistance as well as up to a fantastic 20%-discount on Training Courses packages. Join us!

Connecting Europe: The New EU Core Transport Network  
European ProjectsLast 19 Oct 2011 the Commission adopted a proposal to transform the existing patchwork of European roads, railways, airports and canals into a unified transport network (TEN-T). The new core network will remove bottlenecks, upgrade infrastructure and streamline cross border transport operations for passengers and businesses throughout the EU. It will improve connections between different modes of transport and contribute to the EU's climate change objectives.

The new policy follows a two-year consultation process and establishes a core transport network to be established by 2030 to act as the backbone for transportation within the Single Market. The financing proposals published today (for the period 2014-2020) also tightly focus EU transport funding on this core transport network, filling in cross-border missing links, removing bottlenecks and making the network smarter.

More details here
New Calls recently published 
European Projects- 21 Oct 2011 - MARCO POLO 2011 Call for proposals whose deadline is 16 Jan 2012

- Please note that, although the Transport calls will end on 1st Dec 2011, the Transport-Move call will end on 1st March 2012 and its link to the EPSS (Electronic Proposal Submission Service) will be available as of 1st Nov 2011.

Last 14 Oct 2011 a new version of FAQs concerning the Transport Move call was published and can be found here.
- Further changes have been applied to Guide of Applicants to currently open FP7 Calls. The detailed list can be found here

If you would like to be advised on how to prepare and submit project proposals within the 7th Framework Programme (FP7) and/or other Programmes, EPN Consulting is the right consultancy to choose. Visit the EU Projects Consultancy  for more information.
Would you like to know more about what an EU project is like? Attend one the tailored training courses that EPN Consulting organises for its clients. Visit the Training courses and Seminars section.


Notice: EPN Consulting Members enjoy discounts on EU projects assistance as well as up to a fantastic 20%-discount on Training Courses packages. Join us!

NCP Meeting happened in Brussels last 15 Sept 2011  
European Projects

The network of National Contact Points (NCP) is the main structure to provide guidance, practical information and assistance on all aspects of participation in FP7 for researchers and organisations wishing to take part in FP7 projects.

At their annual meeting with the Transport Directorate in Brussels last 15 September 2011 they exchanged practices and information to stay up to date. The EC presentations were the starting point for an open discussion on the potential role of the Transport NCPs in the next Framework Programme.

The ETNA ("European Transport NCP Alliance") network opened the morning session with two presentations on their achievements and the difficulties encountered so far in FP7.In the afternoon important items of  information on FP7 and Horizon 2020 were discussed.  

All presentations can be found here.  


Conf-Shop in Brussels last 30 Sept 2011  
European Projects

In the context of the preparation of the future Horizon 2020 programme, and following the completion of the interim evaluation of FP7, the Ex-Post Evaluation Unit in DG Research and Innovation organised a 'Conf-Shop' to take stock of evaluation evidence and to look ahead at future challenges.


The 'Conf-Shop' was not a traditional conference, but a conference and a workshop combining presentations with active involvement from the participants and providing the occasion for a real engagement. In particular, all the participants were invited, through a poster survey, to express their views on the impacts of FP7, and on the challenges for a future evaluation and monitoring system under Horizon 2020. Almost 100 participants from the fields of research evaluation and research management attended the event. 

All presentations are available here.


Next Professional Events happening in Europe

01 Nov 2011 - London (UK) - ENE+ENV+TRA - Conference on "The Future of the Automotive Industry"

02-03 Nov 2011 - London (UK) - ITS+TRA - TRAVEL 2020 - 2nd Annual Exhibition and Conference 

02-03 Nov 2011 - Edinburgh (UK) - CIV+ITS+TRA - ROAD EXPO SCOTLAND 2011 

06-08 Nov 2011 - Venice (IT) - TRA - UITP Conference - "Making Public Transport part of a modern urban lifestyle? Yes, we can" 

06-09 Nov 2011 - Aachen (DE) - ICT - ISWCS 2011 - 8th International Symposium on Wireless Communication Systems 

07 Nov 2011 - London (UK) - ICT - IET Event - "Beyond Ka-Band: Meeting the Communication Broadband Requirements of the Future" 

07-09 Nov 2011 - Brussels (BE) - TRA - EXTENDED SUPPLY CHAIN Conference

Find out more events on the EPN Consulting Events Section.

There is a new fantastic business opportunity for you.

It is possible to sponsor one or more events (Event Sponsor) or even become an Event Section Sponsor (Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze packages available). Please drop us an email if interested and we will provide you with all information.


Notice: EPN Consulting Members enjoy up to 20% discount on sponsoring packages. Join us!

EPN Consulting's 2012 Membership Campaign is open

EPN Consulting - ITS & TransportWe are happy to inform you that as of 31 Oct 2011 the 2012 EPN Consulting membership Campaign has started.


New members subscribing to one of the 2012 available packages from now to 16 Dec 2011 will receive FREE services during 2011.

The Membership Packages available are designed to meet a wide range of requirements: from the individual professional to the large organisation and from a BASIC range of services to the ULTIMATE one that can satisfy any demanding member.


Membership fees can be paid in GB Pounds or in Euros in accordance with your Country currency or preference and thanks to the Member-Get-Member promotion any member can reduce its membership fee down to zero by inviting new members to join the EPN Consulting network.


Being part of The European Professionals Network (EPN) will

- give you visibility in projects and with other members and partners in Europe

- allow you to publish a short profile on he Business Hub Section of the EPN Consulting website

- give you the chance of advertise your achievements on the EPN Consulting monthly Newsletter and on the News Section of the EPN Consulting website

- provide you with advanced information and documents on your preferred topic(s)

- invite you projects consortia and bids

- help you boost your business growth 

and much, much more.


Every EPN Consuling Member is treated as a unique, valuable component of the Network. They receive personal communications in order to satisfy their needs in a totally bespoke way.


What's more, the New EU Comers and the EU Accession Countries enjoy a fantastic 50%-discount on the membership fees until 31 Dec 2012! Take your chance now of joining our exclusive network of professionals in Europe.  


Visit our Membership Section or contact us: we are looking forward to enrolling you as soon as possible! The more members the more business opportunities for all.

Be Connected. Be Contacted. Join EPN Consulting! 



EPN Consulting helps you prepare sound FP7 projects proposals. Book your place to learn how to improve your chances of success!

EPN Consulting organises "INTRODUCTION TO EUROPEAN PROJECTS" Courses to help you understand strengths and weakenesses of your ideas and how they can fit in the relevant Calls of interest. Theses courses are very flexible (No. of Students, Course Duration and Course Locations)  to help you get the best out of it.

We look forward to receiving your numerous subscriptions!


EPN Consulting Members receive up to 20% discount on training courses!  

FP7 Capabilities from Andalucia in Spain

One of the EPN Consulting Associates, the Agencia Andaluza del Conocimiento in Sevilla (Spain), would like to inform this Newsletter readers about the number of capabilities available in Andalucia in several fields of FP7 such as:

- Environment

- Energy

- Health


- NMP 



These capabilities do not imply availability to lead/coordinate proposals preparation. More information on the Agencia Andaluza del Conocimiento here


News from EPN Consulting Members:
HODOS Consulting 

Hodos logo  Our member HODOS Consulting, based in Brussels, has launched new training courses described in the following announcement.

    The Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7) is a beneficial tool for European companies to get much needed funding for research projects and other development needs, but it can be a time consuming, confusing and frustrating process for the average business to try to figure out on its own.
    Have an idea for funding but not sure how to secure it? You're not alone. Millions of Euros are made available for companies like you to work on research and deployment projects, but with the ever increasing restrictions, as well as the competitive market. It can be almost impossible to understand whether you should apply. That's where Hodos can help. Our goal is to help companies like your realise your potential in European Funded projects and make sure you get the funding you need.

    There are many opportunities out there, but when you have to take the time to sift through your options, you're losing valuable time you could be devoting to your business. It's a complicated process, and one that must be done in detail; even a minor mistake in the application or management process can cause funding to be delayed. Our FP7 training program will ensure that your application is filled out correctly, and that the complex process of negotiation and management of European funding research is handled accurately and professionally, ensuring you get the maximum benefit to your company, without the hassle that comes with doing it alone.
    Visit http://www.hodosconsulting.eu/ to learn more about us, and http://www.hodosconsulting.eu/training-calendar/ to book one of our courses.


News from EPN Consulting Members: SBOING


Sboing logo During the last year SBOING, our member from Greece, has been collaborating with the Hellenic Open University on a project regarding the "PILOT DEVELOPMENT AND EVALUATION OF A DATA COLLECTION SYSTEM USING AN AD HOC WIRELESS SENSOR NETWORK OF STATIONARY OR MOBILE NODES" with a wide range of applications, from traffic information to Location-based Services (LBS) and the Future Internet (FI) of people, things and services. This work was submitted to the annual international h/w competition "Cooking-Hacks" (by Libelium) and ranked in the top 5 finalists: http://www.cooking-hacks.com/index.php/let-s-cook/community-hacks.
It has also been presented and received the "best student research work" award in the International Conference on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS-2011).


Would you like to see the EPN Consulting Events Section expanded? We need your help! 

EPN Consulting has got plans to expand its EVENTS Section to include professional events happening anywhere, Worldwide!.
his will represent a definitive added value for visitors that will enjoy one of the most exhaustive lists of professional events. This Crowd Funding Campaign will ensure that this Section will be kept FREE as well as enriched with hundrends of additional events that currently are not listed.

There is still time available. The campaign will end on 17th Dec 2011 and will allow EPN Consulting to expand its EVENTS Section from early 2012.


Contributions start from a minimum fee of 3 up to whatever amount makes you feel comfortable with. We hope that many of you will be eager to contribute to this project to bring benefits to all!

We look forward to feeling your sensitivity about this topic! 

The Website of the Month: the 112 Foundation

112 Foundation This month EPN Consulting has chosen the 112 Foundation.


We all have heard of the free emergency number 112 that has been activated in Europe (alike the US 911) but only few know details about this initiative.

The 112 Foundation was created to save lives by promoting the knowledge and appropriate use of the European emergency number 112. The 112 Foundation was proposed and established by EENA - the European Emergency Number Association - in cooperation with its Advisory Board. Its main objective is to offer campaign materials to all citizens and organisations willing to inform and educate on the 112.  


Did you know that the 11th February is the "European 112 Day"? Are you aware of the "112 song" in several languages? 

Visit their website and you fill find many pieces of interesting information.



Please contact us for any question about becoming an EPN Consulting member, proposing business offers, informing us on your business specialties, et cetera.
Kind Regards,

Stefano Mainero

Founder, CEO

EPN Consulting Limited
London, UK