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FP7 & other Calls shortly expiring
EC Tenders & Grants shortly expiring
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EUROSTARS closes on 04 Apr 2013
The 2013 CIVITAS Forum is in Brest (F)
EU MFF Negotiations
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Welcome to the March 2013 issue of the EPN Consulting Newsletter that is received by over 1,700 selected professionals in Europe.

As you know the economic situation in Europe is still not satisfactory and a few days ago also the UK - which is not in the Eurozone - was downgraded from AAA to Aa1 by Moody's.
The economic crisis, started in 2008, is being lasting for much a longer period than expected and some questions come to everybody's mind.

As a matter of fact, on 19 Feb 2013 Mr Olli Rehn, Vice-President of the European Commission and member of the Commission responsible for Economic and Monetary Affairs and the Euro made a speech:
Closely related to this, some days earlier there were problems in the European Council about agreeing on the Multiannual Financial Framework budget, which we described more in details below in this newsletter.
After some debates on the 08 Feb 2013 the European Council reached the agreement on the MFF, which lays down the EU's budgetary priorities for the years 2014-2020. This is a good news as it has a direct impact on the budget allocation to R&I activities envisaged in the Horizon 2020 research framework.

In February 2013 some new calls for proposals were launched and the most popular are ARTEMIS and LIFE+ 2013. In May 2013 it is expected the publication of the Eco-Innovation call, whereas on the 08 May 2013 the Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) call will close.

For those of you who are interested in ICT, please remember the FP7 ICT-11 call is still open (deadline 16 Apr 2013) as well as the CIP ICT-PSP call (deadline 14 May 2013).

Many other calls for proposals are closing in March and April 2013. Visit the relevant section in this newsletter and you will see how many funding opportunities are still open.

If you need help in finding partners and/or writing a good-quality proposal,
EPN Consulting is happy to receive your requests and design a bespoke service for you.

We remind you the new EPN Consulting Sponsorship Scheme that has been carefully designed to help you acquire/increase your professional visibility in Europe and boost your business. Contact us to know which benefits you will generate by applying to this scheme.

EPN Consulting provides assistance to public and private organisations as well as Universities and Research Centres that would like to see their ideas converted in a sound proposal to be submitted.

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If some of you are already involved in European projects and would like to publicise your progress,
contact us and you will be impressed by the range of opportunities that are waiting for you.



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FP7 & other Calls shortly expiring   
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The following calls for proposals are close to an end in the next 60 days: 


-  07 Mar 2013 - Deadline (1st cut-off date) to submit proposals to the FP7-PEOPLE-2013-CIG (Marie Curie) call 


- 12 Mar 2013 - Final Deadline to submit proposals to the FP7-ICT-2011-C call 


- 14 Mar 2013 - Final Deadline to submit proposals to the FP7-AAT-2012-RTD-L0 call 


- 19 Mar 2013 - Deadline to submit proposals to the FP7-NMP-2013-SME-7 call (2-stage procedure) 

- 19 Mar 2013 - Deadline to submit proposals to the FP7-NMP-2013-SMALL-7 call (2-stage procedure) 

- 19 Mar 2013 - Deadline to submit proposals to the FP7-NMP-2013-LARGE-7 call (2-stage procedure) 

- 19 Mar 2013 - Deadline to submit proposals to the IMI-CALL-2012-8 Call  


- 26 Mar 2013 - Deadline to submit proposals to the TEN-T Calls for proposals under the "Multi-Annual" Work Programme 2012 


- 28 Mar 2013 - Deadline to submit proposals to the FP7-AAT-2013-RTD-HIGH-SPEED call  


- 04 Apr 2013Deadline to submit proposals to the FP7-ENV-2013-WATER-INNO-DEMO call 

- 04 Apr 2013 - Deadline to submit proposals within the EUREKA's EUROSTARS Programme 


- 15 Apr 2013 - Deadline to submit proposals to the FP7-ICT-2013-C call 


- 16 Apr 2013 - Deadline to submit proposals to the FP7-ICT-2013-11 Call 


- 18 Apr 2013 - Deadline to submit proposals to the Clean Sky SP1-JTI-CS-2013-01 Call 


- 23 Apr 2013 - Deadline to submit proposals to the CELTIC-PLUS Spring 2013 Call

- 30 Apr 2013 - Deadline to submit proposals to the MERCOSUR IPR SME HELPDESK 58-G-ENT-CIP-12-BNN05C05 Call 

- 30 Apr 2013 - Deadline to submit proposals to the MARTEC II Call 

- 30 Apr 2013 - Deadline to submit proposals to the call 6 of the Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) Joint Programme 



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 other Programmes (i.e. CIP), EPN Consulting is the right consultancy to choose. Visit the EU Projects Consultancy  for more information.

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EC Tenders & Grants shortly expiring   
European Projects


The following EC grants are close to an end: 


- 19 Apr 2013 - SESAR Integrated Remotely Pilote Air System Demonstration Activities  


- 27 Apr 2013 - Grants in the field of Maritime Transport 


If you would like to be regularly informed on EC Tenders and Grants relevant to your activities, join EPN Consulting and become one of our valuable members.

You will receive exclusive services and first-hand items of information as well as gain immense visibility on the European scenario.
New Calls recently published  
European Projects

During last month the following new calls were launched.


- 19 Feb 2013 - LIFE+  2013 (deadline 25 June 2013) 


- 26 Feb 2013 - ARTEMIS-2013-1 (deadline 06 June 2013)
- 26 Feb 2013 - MERCOSUR IPR SME HELPDESK 58-G-ENT-CIP-12-BNN05C05 (deadline 30 Apr 2013)


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 (i.e. Competitiveness and Innovation Programme-CIP), 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.


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EPN Consulting helps you prepare sound FP7 and CIP 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 weaknesses 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.   


Learning now topics and funding schemes of the FP7 and CIP frameworks will set up the right mindset to understand the new Horizon 2020 framework due to start on 1st Jan 2014. Hurry up!  


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EUROSTARS call for proposals closes on 04 April 2013           


Eurostars aims to stimulate R&D performing SMEs to lead international collaborative research and innovation projects by easing access to support and funding.



It is fine-tuned to focus on the needs of SMEs, and specifically targets the development of new products, processes and services and the access to transnational and international markets.
More than 70% of the applicants of the Eurostars projects are R&D SMEs and SMEs. 

There are some eligibility criteria to comply with in order to apply in the Eurostars Programme. This is a summary of the different criteria:

  • The project must meet the EUREKA criteria: it can address any technology but must have a civilian purpose and be aimed at the development of a new product, process or service.
  • The leading SME must be a R&D performing SME
  • All the SMEs must fulfill the EU-adopted definition of an SME
  • The leading SME must be based in Eurostars member state
  • There has to be at least one other participant from a Eurostars country
  • The R&D performing SMEs must undertake 50% of total project cost
  • No partner or country is performing more than 75% of project total cost
  • The project duration is <= 3 years
  • Market introduction is foreseen within 2 years after project end
If you are an SME with at least 10% of your turnover generated by R&D activities, you could apply.

Although the EC intends to continue with this initiative in 2014 with Eurostars2 (as published in the EPN Newsletter No. 30), please note that this is the only call for proposal for 2013.

More information is available here.


The 2013 CIVITAS FORUM will be in Brest (France)     
The 11th edition of the annual CIVITAS FORUM Conference will take place between 30 Sept and 02 Oct 2013 in Brest, the main metropolitan centre of Western Brittany.

The CIVITAS FORUM 2013 is an event that will continue its mission of supporting cities to introduce ambitious transport measures and policies towards sustainable urban mobility. The Brest conference will be the 11th edition of the forum, placing this city alongside several quarters of Europe including Vitoria-Gasteiz, Funchal, Malmö, Krakow, Bologna, Kaunas, Burgos, Nantes, Rotterdam and Graz.

Although the series started in 2003, this will be the first time ever that the annual CIVITAS forum is hosted by a non-demonstration city, eager to present its achievements in terms of sustainable urban mobility to the CIVITAS community.

More information on this event is available here.

More information on the CIVITAS Initiative is available here.
EU Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) Negotiations     
The deal reached at the European Council limits the
maximum possible expenditure for a European Union of 28 Member States (Croatia is expected to join the EU on
01 July 2013) to EUR 959.99 Billion (this and all other figures are given in 2011 prices) in commitments, corresponding to 1.0% of the EU's Gross National Income (GNI).

This means that the overall expenditure ceiling has been reduced by 3.4% in real terms, compared to the current MFF (2007-2013). This is to reflect the consolidation of public finances at national level.

This is the first time that the overall expenditure limit of a MFF has been reduced compared to the previous MFF. The ceiling for overall payments has been set at EUR 908.40 Billion, compared to EUR 942.78 Billion in the MFF 2007-2013.

- 08 February 2013: Conclusions of the European Council (Multiannual Financial Framework) (EUCO 37/13)

- 15 February 2013:
 Herman Van Rompuy President of the European Council: A budget for the future (PCE EUCO 40/13)

Why is this important? The budget of the next multiannual programme Horizon 2020 (2014-2020) for Research and Innovation (R&I) depends on these decisions!

The 10 things you need to know to follow the MFF negotiations.

The 2 tracks of the MFF negotiations are explained here.

The rules for the adoption of the MFF package are available here.

An interesting animation of the MFF negotiating box is available here.

More info and figures regarding the 2007-2013 and 2014-2020 MFF budgets are available here.
R&I: President Barroso announces creation of a Science and Technology Advisory Council
Brussels, 27 Feb 2013 - The President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, announced the creation of a Science and Technology Advisory Council. This informal advisory body held its first meeting today in Brussels.

President Barroso said: "Science and innovation are key drivers for European competitiveness, economic growth and the creation of new jobs. This Advisory Council will focus on science and technology related topics that are of cross-cutting nature, with a clear societal dimension. It will identify the issues of value where science, research and innovation can contribute to support future development in Europe".


The Science and Technology Advisory Council is an independent and informal group of outstanding science and technology experts from academia, business and civil society, covering a broad range of disciplines and uniting expertise from across the European Research Area.  


The main aim of the Council is to provide advice directly to the President on how to create the proper environment for innovation by shaping a European society that embraces science, technology and engineering. In particular, the Council will advise on the opportunities and risks stemming from scientific and technological progress. It will also advise on how to communicate these in order to foster an informed societal debate and ensure that Europe does not "miss the boat" and remains a global leader in cutting-edge technologies.

More info is available here.
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Next Professional Events happening in Europe


- 05-06 Mar 2013 - Moscow (RU) - BIZ+ENE+TEC - RUSSIA POWER Conference and Exhibition 

- 05-06 Mar 2013 - Brussels - ITS+TEC+TRA - 10th Annual ROAD USER CHARGING CONFERENCE 2013 

- 05-06 Mar 2013 - Stockholm (SE) - ENV - The Economist Event - WORLD FORESTS SUMMIT - Achieving Sustainable Forest Management on a Global Scale 

- 05-09 Mar 2013 - Hannover (DE) - BIZ+ICT - CeBIT 2013  




- 07-09 Mar 2013 - Istanbul (TR) - TRA - EURASIA RAIL TURKEY  

- 10-12 Mar 2013 - Nantes (FR) - FIN+TRA - SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY ON A TIGHT BUDGET: Unlock Growth Opportunities for Your City


- 12 Mar 2013 - Brussels (BE) - ITS+TRA - UDRIVE Workshop - European Naturalistic Driving Study 


- 12-14 Mar 2013 - Amsterdam (NL) - LEG+TRA - ATC GLOBAL 2013 - The Independent View on the Skies 

- 12-15 Mar 2013 - Madrid (ES) - EUP+PRO - HOMSEC 2013 - 4th International Exhibition of Security & Defence Technologies


- 14 Mar 2013 - London (UK) - BIZ+PRO - FT Conference - NEW BUSINESS MODELS 



- 19 Mar 2013 - Vienna (AT) - BIZ+ENE+FIN - The Economist Event - INSIDE UKRAINE - Exploring the Country's Role in European Energy Security 


- 20-22 Mar 2013 - Nice (FR) - ENE+ICT+TEC - 3rd ANNUAL SMART GRIDS, SMART CITIES FORUM 2013  

- 26-27 Mar 2013 - London (UK) - ICT - MEX (Mobile user EXperience) 2013 


- 26-28 Mar 2013 - Lille (FR) - TEC+TRA - SIFER 2013 - 8th International Exhibition of Rail Technology 

- 28-29 Mar 2013 - Madrid (ES) - ENV+TRA - ICSUTE 2013 - 34th International Conference on Sustainable Urban Transport and Environment

Find out many more events on the EPN Consulting Events Section.

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The Website of the Month: EPIA   


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This month EPN Consulting has chosen the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA).  


EPIA is the most powerful voice of photovoltaics (PV) in Europe with Members active along the whole solar PV value chain: from silicon, cells and module production to systems development and PV electricity generation as well as marketing and sales. EPIA's mission is to give its global membership a distinct and effective voice in the European market, especially in the EU.

To carry out its mission, EPIA:

  • Represents its Members towards European policymakers and moves the debate on issues related to the PV industry and renewable energy in general  
  • Develops targeted business intelligence on markets, industry and technologies, keeping its Members and external stakeholders informed and up-to-date on the PV industry  
  • Communicates the benefits of PV to key stakeholders - including EU decision makers & opinion leaders, the PV sector and the general public  
  • Organises Thematic Working Groups (WG) supporting EPIA activities and reflecting its Members' interests: Policy WG; Communications WG; Sustainable Development WG; National Associations Task Force  
  • The association also takes part in several European Projects addressing issues of strategic importance for the growth of the whole PV industry

Finally, EPIA benefits from strong Partnerships and Alliances: EPIA is a founding Member of the European Renewable Energy Council (EREC), the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE), and PV CYCLE. EPIA is also Member of the International Energy Agency Photovoltaic Power System Programme (IEA-PVPS) and the European Forum for Renewable Energy Sources (EUFORES). It coordinates the European Photovoltaic Technology Platform and develops partnerships at national level with national associations and agencies.  


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