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H2020, FP7 & other Calls shortly expiring
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ENV+EUP: Env. reports shows benefits of EU actionss
EUP: Ukraine joins H2020
EUP+TRA: Mrs Bulk signed declaration to promote Sust. Transport
ICT: IoT will connect the world
TEC+TRA: Electric vehicle batteries cheaper than projections
ENE+EUP: Renewable Energy met 15% of EU demand in 2013
EUP+ICT: EU launched two GALILEO Satellites
ENE: What is the future of Electricity?
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Welcome to the April 2015 issue of the EPN Consulting Newsletter received every month by over 2,400 selected professionals in Europe.

After a few days off, fresh new energies can help you tackle the numerous challenges ahead such as the deadlines of many H2020 calls for proposals at the end of April. 

In May and June many other deadlines to submit proposals to Horizon 2020 are scheduled as well as to Eurogia2020 (25 May) and Urban III (16 June).
Details can be found below in this newsletter or on the Events Section of the EPN Consulting website.

An important event to remember is the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) that will start on 15 June until 19 June 2015.
Within that week, the EUSEW Policy Conference will be organised in Brussels between 16 and 18 June.  Since 2006, the Policy Conference during the EU Sustainable Energy Week has brought together thousands of energy experts, policy makers, representatives of the civil society and the media, from the EU and beyond, to discuss topics related to secure, clean and efficient energy. The 2015 Policy Conference will consist of:
- Policy sessions organised by the European Commission;
- Sessions organised by energy stakeholders;
- The Sustainable Energy Awards Ceremony;
- An interactive exhibition and networking village

SMEs are essential to the economic and technical development of the EU. We invite those ones who have brilliant ideas to start working on their proposals for the SME Instrument funding right now. Next cut-off date is 17 June, don't miss it! EPN Consulting can help you write them effectively, feel free to get in touch.

There is time until 02 June to fill in the online questionnaire launched in March 2015 by the EC on the Mid-term review of the 2011 Transport White Paper. The objective is refocusing the strategy for the next year.

Finally an interesting opportunity to learn more about the EU and its channels communications regarding many areas: it's the Social Network and the EU webpage. Enjoy it!

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

08 Apr 2015 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-PROTEC-2015 call

08 Apr 2015 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-COMPET-2015 call

08 Apr 2015 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-EO-2015 call

08 Apr 2015 Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-Galileo-2015-1 call

14 Apr 2015 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-ICT-2015 call

21 Apr 2015 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-PHC-2015-two-stage call (Stage 2)

21 Apr 2015 Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-PHC-2015-single-stage call

21 Apr 2015 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-WASTE-2015-one-stage call (Waste: a resource to recycle, reuse and  recover raw materials)

21 Apr 2015 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-WASTE-2015-two-stage call (Stage 1) - Stage 2 deadline on 08 Sept 2015

21 Apr 2015 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-SC5-one-stage call (Growing a Low-Carbon, Resource-Efficient Economy with a Sustainable Supply of Raw Materials)

21 Apr 2015 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-SC5-2015-two-stage call (Stage 1) - Stage 2 deadline on 08 Sept 2015

21 Apr 2015 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-EUB-2015 call (EU-Brazil R&D Cooperation in Advanced CyberInfrastructure)

21 Apr 2015 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-WATER-2015-one-stage call (Water Innovation: Boosting its Value for Europe)

21 Apr 2015 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-WATER-2015-two-stage call (Stage 1) - Stage 2 deadline on 08 Sept 2015

21 Apr 2015 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-INFRASUPP-2015-2 call (Support to Innovation, Human Resources, Policy and International Cooperation)

21 Apr 2015 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-INFRADEV-1-2015-2 call (Developing New World-class Research Infrastructures)

23 Apr 2015 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-MG-2015_SingleStage-A call (Mobility for Growth)

23 Apr 2015 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-MG-2015_TwoStages call (Stage 1) 

28 Apr 2015 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-MSCA-RISE-2015 call (Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange)

29 Apr 2015 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-INNOSUP-2015-3 call (Enhancing SME Innovation Capacity by providing better innovation support)

29 Apr 2015 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-FTIPilot-2015-1 call - 1st cut-off date (Fast Track to Innovation Pilot)

05 May 2015 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-SCC-2015 (Smart Cities and Communities)

05 May 2015 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-LCE-2015-2 call (Competitive Low-Carbon Economy)

05 May 2015 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-LCE-2015-3 call (Competitive Low-Carbon Economy)

07 May 2015 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-TWINN-2015 call

12 May 2015 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-INT-INCO-2015 call (Europe as a Global Actor)

12 May 2015 Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-ECSEL-2015-1-RIA-two-stage call (Stage 1) - Stage 2 deadline on 08 Sept 2015

12 May 2015 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-ECSEL-2015-IA-two-stage call (Stage 1) - Stage 2 deadline on 08 Sept 2015

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

25 May 2015 - Deadline to submit proposals to the EUROGIA2020 Call 04 - 2nd cut-off date

28 May 2015 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-REFLECTIVE-6-2015 call (Reflective Societies: Cultural Heritage and European Identities)

28 May 2015 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-YOUNG-SOCIETY-2015 call (The Young Generation in an Innovative, Inclusive and Sustainable Europe)

28 May 2015 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-EURO-SOCIETY-2015 call (Overcoming the Crisis: New Ideas, Strategies and Governance Structures for Europe)

28 May 2015 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-EURO-6-2015 call (Overcoming the Crisis: New Ideas, Strategies and Governance Structures for Europe) 

28 May 2015 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-REFLECTIVE-SOCIETY-2015 call

28 May 2015 - Deadline to submit proposals to the ERC-2015-PoC call (ERC Proof of Concept grant) - 2nd cut-off date

28 May 2015 Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-INT-SOCIETY-2015 call (Europe as a Global Actor)

28 May 2015 Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-INSO-2015 call (New Forms of Innovation)

28 May 2015 Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-INSO-2015-CNET call


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10 Mar 2015 - H2020-WIPRIZE-2015 (deadline 20 Oct 2015)

12 Mar 2015 - H2020-MSCA-IF-2015 (deadline 10 Sept 2015)

17 Mar 2015 - H2020-ECSEL-2015-2-IA-two-stage (deadline 12 May 2015 and 08 Sept 2015)
17 Mar 2015 - H2020-ECSEL-2015-1-RIA-two-stage (deadline 12 May 2015 and 08 Sept 2015)

24 Mar 2015 - H2020-SESAR-2015-1 (deadline 25 June 2015)

25 Mar 2015 - H2020-DS-2015-1 (deadline 27 Aug 2015)
25 Mar 2015 - H2020-DRS-2015 (deadline 27 Aug 2015)
25 Mar 2015 - H2020-BES-2015 (deadline 27 Aug 2015)
25 Mar 2015 - H2020-FCT-2015 (deadline 27 Aug 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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ENV+EUP - Environment report shows benefits of EU Action
03 Mar 2015 - A new report published shows that a coordinated EU Environment policy has delivered substantial benefits for citizens over the past five years. But the report warns that Europe's long-term goal of "living well, within the limits of our planet" - the aim of the General Union Environment Action Programme (7th EAP)- cannot be achieved with the current level of ambition of environment and related policies.

The European Environment - State and Outlook 2015 Report (SOER 2015) prepared by the European Environment Agency (EEA) is an integrated assessment of Europe's environment that includes data at global, regional and country levels, as well as cross country comparisons. It also looks at the next five years and beyond and sends a clear warning of the risks of environmental deterioration, in turn affecting human well-being and prosperity. 

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EUP - Ukraine joins Horizon 2020 to work with the EU in Science and Research

20 Mar 2015 - Researchers, businesses and innovators from Ukraine will now be able to fully participate in Horizon 2020, the European Union's Research & Innovation funding programme, on equal terms with EU Member States and other associated countries.

This is thanks to the Agreement for the Association of Ukraine to Horizon 2020, signed in Kyiv by Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, and Serhiy Kvit, Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine. Horizon 2020 is the first EU programme in which Ukraine has chosen to participate following the beginning of provisional application of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement.

More information available here.
EUP+TRA - Commissioner Bulc signed declaration to promote Sustainable Transport in the Alpine Region

20 Mar 2015 - On 19 and 20 March 2015, Commissioner Bulc met in Innsbruck (AT) the Transport Ministers of the seven Alpine States - Germany, France, Italy, Austria, Slovenia, Switzerland and Liechtenstein to discuss the development of transport solutions across the Alpine region.

The Commissioner and the Ministers confirmed their joint commitment to completing all the key railway projects within the next 15 years and formally signed a declaration (pdf) to promote Sustainable Transport in the region. These include "flagship" projects of the Trans European Transport Network (TEN-T) such as the planned Brenner and Lyon - Torino base tunnels.

More information available here.
ICT - Internet of Things: ready for the promise of a connected world?
22 Mar 2015 - The Internet of Things (IoT) is emerging as the third wave in the development of the Internet. The '90s fixed Internet wave connected 1 billion users while the '00s mobile wave connected another 2 billion.

The Internet of Things has the potential to connect 10 times as many (28 billion) "things" to the Internet by 2020, ranging from bracelets to cars, blurring the lines between hardware, software, and mobile.

In just a year or two, the number of IoT devices will outnumber the number of PCs, smartphones and laptops globally. Forecasts range from as low as 41 billion to as high as 80 billion connected devices worldwide by 2020.


More information available here.
TEC+TRA - Electric vehicle batteries already cheaper than 2020 projections
23 Mar 2015 - The cost of electric vehicle battery packs is falling so rapidly they are probably already cheaper than expected for 2020, according to a new study in Nature Climate Change.

Electric vehicles remain more expensive than combustion-engine equivalents, largely because of battery costs. In 2013 the International Energy Agency (IEA) estimated cost-parity could be reached in 2020, with battery costs reaching $300 (about 200 GBP; 275 EUR) per kilowatt hour of capacity.

Even though the  EU electric vehicle market grew by 37% year on year in 2014, it still made up less than 1% of total sales. High cost is a major reason why electric vehicles have failed to break through, alongside range and a lack of recharging infrastructure. 

More information available here.
ENE+EUP - Renewable Energy met 15% of the EU energy demand in 2013
26 Mar 2015 - 
Energy from renewable sources - solar thermal, solar PhotoVoltaic, hydro-tide (wave and ocean), wind, geothermal and biomass - met 15% of the gross final consumption of energy in the EU in 2013, according to Eurostat, the EU's statistical office.

This compares with the 8.3% of energy consumption covered by renewables in 2004 - the first year for which such data is available. Since then, renewables have grown in all EU countries, with 13 having at least doubled their share of renewables over the last ten years.

With a share of 52.1% Sweden topped the table by far, followed by Latvia at 37.1%, Finland at 36.8% and Austria at 32.6%. By contrast, the countries lingering at the bottom of the table include Luxembourg with a share of 3.6%, Malta with 3.8%, the Netherlands with 4.5% and the UK with 5.1%.

By 2020 the EU must have a 20% share of renewable energy with each country having its own renewable energy target to meet the EU-wide goal.

More information available here.
EUP+ICT - EU successfully launches two GALILEO Satellites
28 Mar 2015 -
GALILEO, the EU's satellite navigation programme, has just placed two more satellites into orbit. The lift-off took place on 27 March 2015 at 22:46 CET from the European spaceport near Kourou in French Guiana.

There were received signals proving that they were positioned as expected.

Elzbieta Bieńkowska, European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, commented: "The successful launch of two Galileo satellites takes us one step closer to a global European satellite navigation system. Today we demonstrated again that Europe has state-of-the-art know-how, cutting edge technology, and the vision and determination to accomplish great things. Whether you're hoping to benefit from the next generation of in-car Satellite Navigation - or the reassurance of knowing the coastguard can deploy Search and Rescue - Galileo will soon provide you with great opportunities".

More information available here.
ENE - What is the future of Electricity?

02 Apr 2015 - The electricity sector in OECD markets is undergoing tremendous change as it evolves to reduce carbon output and dependence on distant sources of fuel. These changes are creating many new businesses, from new types of power generation based on renewable sources (solar, wind, biomass) to new energy services that help consumers reduce and monitor their energy use.

The changes also challenge traditional economics and so are affecting the viability of investment in some countries, especially in centralised power generation, transmission and distribution.

OECD countries have already spent a great deal of money on this evolution: about $3 trillion since 2000, according to the International Energy Agency. But they will need to spend much more - as much as another $8 trillion - over the next 25 years

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Next Professional Events happening in Europe


12 Apr 2015 - Helsinki (FI) - INN+TEC - SENN 2015 - International Congress on Safey of Engineered Nanoparticles and Nanotechnlogies

13 Apr 2015 - Brussels (BE) - EUP - EUROPEAN CITIZENS' INITIATIVE DAY 2015

15-16 Apr 2015 - Amsterdam (NL) - TEC - TUNNELS FIRE SAFETY FORUM

16-17 Apr 2015 - Maastricht (NL) - EUP - Evaluating EU Structural Funds support for Business Growth and Innovation: moving from 2007-2013 to 2014-2020

16-19 Apr 2015 - Verona (IT) - TRA - TRANSPOTEC 2015 - Transport and Logistics Exhibition

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

27-29 Apr 2015 - Moscow (RU) - TRA - EXPOTRAFFIC 2015



05-07 May 2015 - Ghent (BE) - ARD+TRA - REAL CORP 2015 - 20th International Conference on Urban Planning and Regional Development in the Information Society GeoMultimedia 

06-07 May 2015 - Brussels (BE) - BIZ+FIN - EUROPEAN BUSINESS SUMMIT (EBS) 2015

12-14 May 2015 - Birmingham (UK) - TRA - RAILTEX 2015 - 12th International Exhibition of Railway Equipment Systems & Services 


20 May 2015 - Glasgow (UK) - TRA - STAR (Scottish Transport Application & Research) CONFERENCE 2015

21-22 May 2015 - Portroz (SLO) - TRA - ICTS 2015 - 17th International Conference on Transport Science

27 May 2015 - London (UK) - LEG+TRA - THE FUTURE OF LOCAL PARKING ENFORCEMENT - Delivering a Fairer Deal for Motorists

27-29 May 2015 - Istanbul (TR) - ITS+TRA - INTERTRAFFIC ISTANBUL 2015

01-04 June 2015 - Vienna (AT) - ENE+ENV - EUBCE 2015 - 23rd European Biomass Conference and Exhibition   

02-05 June 2015 - Nantes (FR) - ENV+TRA - VELO-CITY 2015 



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