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H2020, FP7 & other Calls shortly expiring
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EUP+TRA: EPN Consulting CEO gave two speeches
INN: Why English, Not Mandarin, is the Language of Innovation
EUP+TRA: EC identifies Infrastructures Priorities
BIZ+EUP+FIN+LEG: Successful Euro Changeover in Lithuania
EUP+ICT: Connect with European Innovation
ENV: Richard Branson leads call to free global economy from carbon emissions
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Welcome to the February 2015 issue of the EPN Consulting Newsletter received every month by over 2,400 selected professionals in Europe.

On 02 Feb 2015 EPN Consulting attended the 2015 Transport Info Day organised in Brussels by the European Commission. The event was very popular and it was reported that the EC received 1,000+ attendance requests whose some had to be rejected.
The EPN Consulting Members are going to receive more info on it.

On 12 Feb 2015 a Smart Cities and Communities Info Day is scheduled and EPN Consulting has got plans to attend.

With regard to the SME Instrument, the funding tool designed to help SMEs make close-to-market ideas real, projects and beneficiaries of phase 1 and phase 2 proposals submitted to the first two 2014 cut-off dates are now published here. Results of the 3rd 2014 cut-off date are not yet available.
The first 2015 cut-off date is scheduled on 18 Mar 2015 for phase 1 and phase 2.

In 2015 a new funding scheme was launched to encourage innovation. It is the Fast Track to Innovation call for proposals.
The FTI pilot supports projects undertaking innovation from the demonstration stage through to market uptake, including stages such as piloting, test-beds, systems validation in real world/working conditions, validation of business models, pre-normative research, and standard-setting.
It targets relatively mature new technologies, concepts, processes and business models that need a last development step to reach the market and achieve wider deployment.
To this end, if a proposal involves technological innovation, the consortium must declare that the technology or the technologies concerned must be at least at Technology Readiness Level (TRL)= 6.
The first cut-off date is 29 Apr 2015.

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Contact EPN Consulting  for more information: you may want to book our professional assistance to convert your project idea into a real & funded work.
Alternatively, if you need pure consultancy, EPN Consulting will carry out feasibility and viability studies that will include some intelligence on EU projects that have been already funded to catch ideas and adapt them to the Client's needs. This will ensure the design of cutting-edge solutions that avoid re-inventing the wheel with a much appreciated consequence of saving time and money.

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Special attention on cities that would like to become "Smart" and be assisted during this challenging and exciting process  as well as on SMEs that could enjoy a growth by using the great number of European funding available.

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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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Horizon 2020 & other Calls shortly expiring   
European Projects


The following calls for proposals are close to an end in the next weeks: 

10 Feb 2015 Deadline to submit proposals to the CELTIC-PLUS call

12 Feb 2015 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-INNOSUP-2014-5 call (intermediate deadline)

13 Feb 2015 - Deadline to submit proposalst to the EUROGIA 2020 Call 04 - 1st cut-off date

24 Feb 2015 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-PHC-2015-single-stage_RTD call (Personalising Health and Care)

24 Feb 2015 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-HCO-2015 call (Health Co-Ordination activities)

26 Feb 2015 - Deadline to submit proposals to the CEF (Connecting Europe Facility) TRANSPORT calls for proposals 2014

05 Mar 2015 - Deadline to submit proposals to the EUROSTARS Programme

06 Mar 2015 - Deadline to submit proposals to EUROGIA2020 cluster

12 Mar 2015 - Deadline to submit proposals to the ERC-2015-CoG call (ERC Consolidator Grant)

18 Mar 2015 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-SMEINST-1-2015 call - 1st cut-off date (SME Instrument Phase 1)

18 Mar 2015 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-SMEINST-2-2015 call - 1st cut-off date (SME Instrument Phase 2)

26 Mar 2015 Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-LEIT-BIO-2015-1 call (Stage 1)

26 Mar 2015 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-NMP-ERA-NET-2015

26 Mar 2015 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-NMP-CSA-2015

26 Mar 2015 Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-NMP-PILOTS-2015

26 Mar 2015 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-NMP-2015-twostage (Stage 1)

31 Mar 2015 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-FETOPEN-2015-CSA call (Novel ideas for radically new technologies)


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 EU Programmes, EPN Consulting is the right consultancy to choose. Visit the EU Projects Consultancy  for more information.


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Between Dec 2014 and Jan 2015 tens of new Horizon 2020 calls were published. We invite you to visit the EPN Consulting Events section for more details.

If you would like to be regularly informed on EC activities relevant to your areas of interest, 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.


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To create a consistent link between the EPN Consulting Newsletter and the EPN Consulting Events Section as well as to facilitate the newsletter reading by immediately recognising the kind of article topic, we have imported the list of acronyms from the Events section of our website.

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

Some articles can show more than one acronym when news encompasses multiple topics.
EUP - EPN Consulting CEO spoke at the ITS UK & Transport Systems Catapult Workshop

28 Jan 2015 - EPN Consulting CEO, Stefano Mainero, gave a couple of speeches at the Workshop organised in Milton Keynes (UK) by the ITS UK & Transport Systems Catapult on "Making the most of Collaborative Funding Opprtunities".

Stefano, who is also one of the EC Projects Evaluators and Reviewers, spoke on the "Evaluator's view on Horizon 2020" and on the "EC TIPS Project helping SMEs convert studies into business" - ended last Autumn - as he was one of the Advisory Group Experts.

INN - Why English, Not Mandarin, is the Language of Innovation

12 Jan 2015 - Last October, Mark Zuckerberg shocked the world when he addressed a group of students at Tsinghua University in Beijing completely in Mandarin.

Media praised or lampooned his elementary grasp; some even called it mind-blowing. 

The story reignited a decades-old debate: Will Mandarin overtake English as the global language? For Zuckerberg, it's certainly proven effective - prompting China's Minister of Cyberspace Administration Liu Wei to visit for a meeting at Zuckerberg's own desk in December.

More info available here.
EUP+TRA - The EC identifies the Infrastructures Priorities and Investment Needs for the Trans-European Transport Network until 2030

15 Jan 2015 - The European Commission published nine studies on the state of play and the development needs of the TEN-T core network corridors.

The studies have identified infrastructure development needs which represent approximately €700 billion of financial investment until 2030.

They highlight the importance of optimising the use of infrastructure along the corridors, notably through Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), Efficient Management and the promotion of future-oriented clean Transport solutions.

This is the first time that tens of thousands kilometres of rail, road, inland waterway connections, ports, airports and other transport terminals have been studied in such a comprehensive way and with a common methodology.

More information available here.
BIZ+EUP+FIN+LEG - A successful Euro changeover in Lithuania
16 Jan 2015 - Lithuania's changeover from the Litas to the Euro has been smooth and successful. As of today, it is no longer possible to make payments in Lithuanian litas, the 15 days dual circulation period having ended on 15 January. No major problems were encountered and banks, post offices and retailers coped well with the extra workload caused by the changeover process and the parallel handling of two currencies.

According to a Commission survey, on 14 Jan 2015, nearly nine out of ten citizens made cash payments in shops in euro only. Virtually all customers were getting their change in euro. About two out of three citizens polled said they carry only Euro cash in their wallets.


More information available here.

In 8'22" the Euro's journey to Lithuania: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hg24F4BrVs#t=62
EUP+ICT - Connect with European Innovation 
28 Jan 2015 - From the Commissioner Gunter Oettingher's speech at the Orange event: 

[...] The Digital Economy is much more than the ICT sector alone. The use of ICT has spread to virtually every other sector, and plays a key role in most business processes, from production to marketing to sales.

The good news is: Europe is still a leader in ICT sectors such as robotics and embedded systems - where we have 31% of global market share in the latter. And Europe's ICT sector is more or less the same size as in the US. But there is a wide disparity when looking at the major players in the digital economy: 31 of the top 50 Internet public companies in 2011 were US-based and only 7 were EU-based [...].
More information available here.
ENV - Richard Branson leads call to free Global Economy from Carbon Emissions 

05 Feb 2015 - 
Governments should set a clear target of making the world's economy free from carbon emissions by mid-century, Sir Richard Branson and a group of other prominent businesspeople have urged.

The goal - of eliminating the net impact of greenhouse gases, by replacing fossil fuels and ensuring that any remaining emissions are balanced out by carbon-saving projects such as tree-planting and carbon capture and storage - is more stretching than any yet agreed by world governments.

The G8 group of rich nations has pledged to cut emissions by 80% by 2050, and some developing countries to halving emissions by then. 

Branson, long a vocal advocate of action on climate change, said that setting such a goal would galvanise businesses into reducing their reliance on fossil fuels and cutting carbon dioxide.

More information available here.
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Next Professional Events happening in Europe

16 Feb 2015 - Edinburgh (UK) - BIZ+EUP+INNMarie Sklodowska-Curie Actions - Bridging Business and Research




18 Feb 2015 - Birmingham (UK) - BIZ+EUP+INN - Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions - Bridging Business and Research 





18-20 Feb 2015 - London (UK) - TRA - DEFENSE LOGISTICS 2015

26 Feb 2015 - Vienna (AT) - BIZ+EUP+INN - Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions - Bridging Business and Research

02-05 Mar 2015 - Barcelona (ES) - BIZ+ICT - MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 2015


03 Mar 2015 - The Hague (NL) - BIZ+EUP+INN - Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions - Bridging Business and Research

03 Mar 2015 - Tallinn (EE) - BIZ+EUP+INN - Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions - Bridging Business and Research 

04-05 Mar 2015 - Amsterdam (NL) - ITS+TRA - ROAD USER CHARGING CONFERENCE 2015

04-06 Mar 2015 - Milan (IT) - ICT - ESSoS 15 - Engineering Secure Software and Systems

09 Mar 2015 - Berlin (DE) - BIZ+EUP+INN - Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions - Bridging Business and Research 

10 Mar 2015 - Bucharest (RO) - BIZ+EUP+INN - Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions - Bridging Business and Research 

10-11 Mar 2015 - Berlin (DE) - EUP+ICT+INN - ITEA and ARTEMIS CO-SUMMIT on "Smart Industry: Impact of Software Innovation"

16-20 Mar 2015 - Hannover (DE) - BIZ+ICT - CEBIT 2015

17 Mar 2015 - Grenoble (FR) - BIZ+EUP+INN - Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions - Bridging Business and Research

17 Mar 2015 - Bonn (DE) - BIZ+EUP+INN - Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions - Bridging Business and Research 

18 Mar 2015 - Lisbon (PT) - BIZ+EUP+INN - Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions - Bridging Business and Research 

18-19 Mar 2015 - London (UK) - TRA - 13th Annual LOGISTICS & SUPPLY CHAIN CONFERENCE

18-19 Mar 2015 - Berlin (DE) - TEC+TRA - 11th Annual FIRE PROTECTION OF ROLLING STOCK 2015

25 Mar 2015 - Manchester (UK) - CIV+TEC - BRIDGE 2015 - 23rd Annual Conference & Exhibition

25 Mar 2015 - London (UK) - TRA - RELEASING CAPACITY ON THE UK RAIL NETWORK - Finding Solutions on the HS2, HS3, line improvements  and International lessons

25-26 Mar 2015 - Coventry (UK) - TRA - INTRALOGISTEX 2015

25-26 Mar 2015 - Brussels (BE) - EUP+ICT - NET FUTURE 2015

21-23 Apr 2015 - Birmingham (UK) - TRA - TRAFFEX 2015


Find out many more 2015 events on the EPN Consulting Events Section.
(More events could be added to the list during the current month)

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In line with EPN Consulting's engagement in finding and supporting solutions that protect the Environment and improve the inhabitants' quality of life, this month we have chosed the MAYORS ADAPT.

In parallel with reducing its greenhouse gas emissions to mitigate climate change, the European Union also needs to strengthen its resilience to the inevitable impacts of climate change, now and for the future. Adapting to climate change is the way to do this.

Mayors Adapt - the Covenant of Mayors Initiative on Climate Change Adaptation - has been set up by the European Commission to engage cities in taking action to adapt to climate change. Cities signing up to the initiative commit to contributing to the overall aim of the EU Adaptation Strategy by developing a comprehensive local adaptation strategy or integrating adaptation to climate change into relevant existing plans.

Mayors Adapt aims to increase support for local activities, provide a platform for greater engagement and networking by cities, and raise public awareness about adaptation and the measures needed.

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