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H2020, FP7 & other Calls shortly expiring
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EPN Consulting CEO gave a speech and chaired session at EC TIPS Workshop
EUP+TEC+TRA: Electric Vehicles to measure pollution risks
EUP: Mr Juncker presented his programme
TRA: Helsinki wants to do away with car ownership
EUP+FIN: EU Parliament gives go-ahead for Lithuania to join Euro
EUP: H2020-SME Instrument-1st cut-off date, data released
EUP+ITS+TRA: EU develops new driverless car parking system
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Welcome to the August 2014 issue of the EPN Consulting Newsletter received every month by over 2,300 selected professionals in Europe.

Horizon 2020 is active also in these summer months. In July 2014 a set of new calls were published with deadlines between Autumn 2014 and June 2015. You can find details in this newsletter.

In July 2014 the results of the evaluation process regarding the SME Instrument - phase 1 - 1st cut-off date were published. You can find more details below.

On 28 August 2014 a number of calls published last winter are going to expire. If you are working on some of them, do remember there are only 3 weeks left for submission.

Last but not least, in June 2014 the long expected LIFE+ 2014 programme was published with a variety of deadlines ranging from Sept 2014 to end of Oct 2014. Have a look if interested:

There is a consultation on "The Urban dimension of EU policies - key features of an EU Urban Agenda" open until 26 Sept 2014. If you would like to express your opinion, you can find it here:

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Horizon 2020 & other Calls shortly expiring   
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The following calls for proposals are close to an end in the next weeks: 
 - 19 Aug 2014 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-PHC-2014-2015 call - 2nd Stage

- 16 Sept 2014 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-WASTE-2014-two-stage call (Stage 2)

- 16 Sept 2014 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-SC5-2014-two-stage call (Stage 2)

- 16 Sept 2014 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-WATER-2014-two-stage call (Stage 2)


- 17 Sept 2014 - Deadline to submit proposals to the NFRP-2014-2015 call

- 17 Sept 2014 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-WIDESPREAD-2014-1 call

- 23 Sept 2014 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-LCE-2014-1 call (Stage 2)

- 24 Sept 2014 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-SMEINST-1-2014 call (2nd cut-off date) 


30 Sept 2014 Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-FETOPEN-2014-2015-2 call

30 Sept 2014 Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-REFLECTIVE-7-2014 call

- 01 Oct 2014 - Deadline to submit proposals to the ERC-2014-PoC call 


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All Horizon2020 2014-2015 calls deadlines are published in our EVENTS Section.

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- 09 July 2014 - ECSEL-2014-1 (deadline 17 Sept 2014)
09 July 2014 - ECSEL-2014-2 (deadline 17 Sept 2014)
09 July 2014 - H2020-BBI-PPP-2014-1 (deadline 15 Oct 2014)
09 July 2014 - H2020-JTI-FCH-2014-1 (deadline 06 Nov 2014)

23 July 2014 - NFRP-2014-2015-2 (deadline 20 Nov 2014)

25 July 2014 - H2020-ISIB-2015-2 (deadline 03 Feb 2015; 2nd stage: 11 June 2015)
25 July 2014 - H2020-SFS-2015-1 (deadline 11 June 2015)
25 July 2014 - H2020-SFS-2015-2 (deadline 03 Feb 2015; 2nd stage: 11 June 2015)
25 July 2014 - H2020-INNOSUP-2015-3 (deadline 29 Apr 2015)
25 July 2014 - H2020-BG-2015-1 (deadline 11 June 2015)
25 July 2014 - H2020-BG-2015-2 (deadline 03 Feb 2015, 2nd stage: 11 June 2015)

30 July 2014 - H2020-HCO-2015 (deadline 24 Feb 2015)
30 July 2014 - H2020-PHC-2015-two-stage (deadline 14 Oct 2014; 2nd stage: 21 Apr 2015)
30 July 2014 - H2020-PHC-2015-single-stage_RTD (deadline 24 Feb 2015)

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ARD - Architecture & Design, BIO - Biology & Chemistry, BIZ - Business & Commercial, CIV - Civil Engineering, ENE - Energy, ENV - Environment, EUP - European Projects and affairs, FIN - Economics & Finance, ICT - ICT & Communications, INN - Research & Innovation, ITS - Intelligent Transport Systems, LEG - Legal Issues, Intellectual Property Rights, PRO - Professional services, Consultancy, Training Courses, TEC - Technology and Mechanics, TRA - Transport & Planning

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EPN Consulting CEO gave a speech and chaired a session during the EC TIPS Project Workshop in Rome

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Last 30 July 2014 in Rome the EPN Consulting CEO Dr Ing Stefano Mainero attended the EC TIPS Project Workshop.

During the workshop Stefano gave a speech on "The Need for an Exploitation Strategy in the Horizon 2020 Framework" within the 1st Session "From Research to Innovation" chaired by Mr Antonio D'Amico (Sophia RI association)
Stefano then chaired the 2nd Session "Success Stories" involving descriptions of clever solutions developed in some EU Transport projects .
More info on the TIPS Project is available here.

ENV+TEC+TRA - Electric Vehicles to measure pollution risks in Leicester (UK)    

03 July 2014 - The Scientists from the University of Leicester will be taking to the streets from 04 July 2014 in Electric Vehicles (EVs) fitted with specialised air monitoring sensors, to measure the extent of air pollution in city environments.

The Air Quality Group at the University of Leicester has collaborated with Cenex, the UK's First Centre of Excellence for Low Carbon and Fuel Cell technologies, which specialise in bringing new low and zero emission vehicle technologies to the UK roads.

As part of the project, the University of Leicester has designed and installed special sensors into EVs that can measure pollutant concentrations around the city. The information from these sensors will provide insight into the quality of the air we inhale in polluted urban areas.


More information available here
EUP -  Mr Juncker presented his programme


15 July 2014 - "You are the first Parliament to elect the Commission President", said Jean-Claude Juncker, presenting his programme in a final debate with Parliament's political group leaders before its vote on his election on Tuesday. MEPs applauded many of Mr Juncker's aims and reassurances.

Mr Juncker set out his reform agenda, his aim for a social market economy, including a €300 billion investment package to boost growth, employment and competitiveness, his views on making the EU Commission/ECB/IMF Troika more democratic, the margin for flexibility in the Stability and Growth Pact and his ideas for a European energy union.

More information available here

TRA - Helsinki wants to do away with Car ownership 

15 July 2014 - There was a time, a bit more than a century ago, when having a car of your very own put you ahead of the curve technologically and earned you the envy of your peers. Soon enough, it may be just the opposite: The future-forward will be measured by your ability to live without needing a car.

Finland's capital city, Helsinki, has set a goal of having zero individually owned cars by 2025, according to a thesis project written by transportation engineer Sonja Heikkilä and commissioned by the Helsinki City Planning Department. 

According to the plan, Helsinki would have a city-wide mobile application that would guide users from their starting point to the final destination through bikes, trains and ride-sharing, depending on location and weather. The concept is dubbed "Mobility as a Service" or MaaS.



The thesis project can be read here (94-page PDF)


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EUP+FIN - EU Parliament gives go-ahead for Lithuania to join the Euro
16 July 2014 - Lithuania should join the Euro on 01 Jan 2015, recommends the European Parliament in a resolution voted on Wednesday. This vote is in line with a European Commission recommendation and political backing from EU heads of state or government at the June EU Council summit. The Parliament's recommendation was passed by 545 votes to 116, with 34 abstentions.

Lithuania is to become the 19th member of the Eurozone, after Latvia (2014), Estonia (2011), Slovakia (2009), Cyprus and Malta (2008), Slovenia (2007), Greece (2001), and Belgium, Germany, France, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Austria, Portugal and Finland (1999)
More information available here.  
EUP - Horizon 2020 - SME Instrument statistics for the 1st cut-off date of phase 1 released  

24 July 2014 - 
The evaluation of proposals submitted before the first cut-off date for Phase 1 (18 June 2014) is over.

155 projects from 21 countries have been pre-selected for funding. They will receive €50,000 to finance a feasibility study and up to 3 days of mentoring.

Out of the 2,666 proposals submitted, 2,602 were eligible and 317 got a score above the threshold. 49% of these are pre-selected for funding.

Spain had the most projects selected (39) followed by the United Kingdom (26), Italy (20), Germany (11), Ireland (10) and France (9).

Ireland had the greatest success rate (20%) followed by Austria (14,81% - 4 projects pre-selected), the United Kingdom (11,21%), Israel (10,26% - 4 projects selected) and (Spain (9,29%).

The SMEs pre-selected for funding will be informed by mail in August 2014.

The next cut-off date for Phase 1 is on 24 Sept 2014 and for Phase 2 is 09 Oct 2014.

More information available here.  
EUP+ITS+TRA - EU develops New Driverless Car Parking System

31 July 2014 - Researchers from Germany, Italy, the UK and Switzerland are working on this, and successful tests took place at Stuttgart airport earlier this year. €5.6 million of EU funding is invested in the system which will be available in the coming years.

In the future, more and more people will drive electric cars and will switch from one mode of transport to another - creating the need for more and varied parking options at transport hubs.

To prepare for this mobility shift, the V-Charge Consortium is working on a fully automated parking and charging system for electric cars at public car parks.
Drivers will be able to leave their car in front of the car park and use a smartphone app to trigger the parking process. The vehicle will connect with the car park's server and drive itself to the designated space. While in the garage, the car can also be programmed to go to a charging station. Upon returning, the driver uses the same app to summon the car - fully charged and ready to go.

Since GPS satellite signals don't always work inside garages, the scientists have developed a camera-based system based on their expertise in robotics and environment sensing. Safety is at the centre of the project: the car is designed to avoid unexpected obstacles.


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Next Professional Events happening in Europe

11-12 Aug 2014 - Prague (CZ) - TEC - HTFF '14 - International Conferenceon Heat Transfer and Fluid Flow  

- 11-13 Aug 2014 - Prague (CZ) - ENV+LEG - ICEPR '14 - 4th International Conference on Environmental Pollution and Remediation

- 11-13 Aug 2014 - Prague (CZ) - INN - ICNFA '14 - 5th International Conference on Nanotechnology: Fundamentals and Applications

- 13-15 Aug 2014 - Luton (UK) - ICT - INTECH 2014 - 4th International Conference on the Innovative Computing Technology 

- 14-15 Aug 2014 - Prague (CZ) - ICT - MHCI '14 - 2nd International Conference on Multimedia and Human-Computer Interaction

- 16-18 Aug 2014 - Luton (UK) - ICT - FGCT2014 - 3rd International Conference on Future Generation Communication Technologies

- 20-22 Aug 2014 - Bremen (DE) - ENE+ENV - SUBSTATIONS 2014 - Offshore Wind Power  

- 20-22 Aug 2014 - Paris (FR) - ICT - CSS 2014 - the 6th International  Symposium on Cyberspace Safety and Security

- 26-28 Aug 2014 - Bremen (DE) - ENE+ENV - ADVANCES IN WIND TURBINE TOWERS


- 27-29 Aug 2014 - Reykjavik (Iceland) - ENE+ENV - NORDIC BIOGAS CONFERENCE

- 01-03 Sept 2014 - Antwerp (BE) - BIZ+INN - i-SUP 2014 - Industry & Innovative Sustainable Production, Growth & Sustainability

- 01-05 Sept 2014 - Muenich (DE) - ICTDEXA 2014

- 08-11 Sept 2014 - Odessa (Ukraine) - LEG+TRA - IRU Event - 15th AsMAP  UA INTERNATIONAL ROAD TRANSPORT CONFERENCE - "Road Transport: Challenges, Solutions and Development Prospects" 

- 10-11 Sept 2014 - Bergen (NO) - CIV+TEC+TRA - FIRE PROTECTION AND SAFETY IN TUNNELS 2014

- 16-19 Sept 2014 - Aix-les-Bains (FR) - CIV+ENE+ENV - EUROSUN 2014 - International Conference on Solar Energy and Buildings

- 16-22 Sept 2014 - ENE+ENV+EUP+ITS+TRA EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK 2014 - Our Streets, Our Choice


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The Website of the Month: The EUROZONE Portal

Following the news that Lithuania is going to adopt the Euro currency next year, this month we have chosen the EUROZONE portal, the official getaway to the Euro area.

All EU member states have committed to joining the Euro, except for Denmark and the United Kingdom that have opt-out clauses exempting them from participation unless they choose to participate.

Euro adoption depends upon member states meeting specific "convergence criteria" designed to ensure that their economies are ready to join the euro area.

The Commission and the European Central Bank (ECB) analyse the level of convergence of member states outside the euro area in convergence reports. These are published every two years or upon the request of a member state that believes it is ready to join the euro area. The euro area countries then examine these reports and make a recommendation to the Council on decisions relating to euro adoption.

Taking into account this recommendation, the full Council of all EU member states adopts a formal decision on the adoption of the euro by any member state fulfilling the convergence criteria.

The Council then consults the ECB and adopts the decision on the conversion rate at which the national currency is replaced by the euro. The conversion rate becomes irrevocably fixed.


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