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The EPN Consulting Newsletter No. 62 - Oct 2015 

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H2020, FP7 & other Calls shortly expiring
New Calls recently published
ENE+ENV+EUP: New Measure for heaters could save up to 20% energy costs
TRA: Do London Tube Trains travel too fast?
EUP+ICT: The EU and China signed a key partnership on 5G
ICT+TEC: Is your home about to get a lot smart
TEC+TRA: Real Driving Emissions provide pathway to cleaner diesels
BIZ+EUP+FIN: Capital Markets Union-an Action Plan to boost business funding and investment financing
ENV: Live map shows air-pollution levels in the World
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Welcome to the October 2015 issue of the EPN Consulting Newsletter received every month by over 2,400 selected professionals in Europe.

SPECIAL 2016 HORIZON 2020 calls for proposals

This month we are a bit late with this issue as we were waiting for the publication of 2016-2017 H2020 calls which happened last week.
Every call shows deadlines for 2016 and 2017 although only the 2016 ones are currently confirmed.

First deadlines are scheduled in January 2016 at least for stage1 of 2-stage proposals (e.g. Transport calls).

Cut-off dates of the SME Instrument scheme and the Fast Track to Innovation (FTI) Pilot are anticipated compared to last year and, in particular, the SME Instrument dates are now different between Phase 1 and Phase 2.
The FTI PIlot is confirmed for 2016 (100 million EUR in total for three cut-off dates) but not yet for 2017 as the EC will assess results obtained before allocating new funds to it. 

More details can be found on the EC Participant Portal. In the next days all deadlines will be also reported on the EVENTS Section of the EPN Consulting website.

We remind you of two useful info days organised in Brussels by the EC describing the 2016-17 work programmes on:

whereas the last 2015 cut-off date for the SME Instrument is 25 Nov and for the Fast Track to Innovation Pilot is 01 Dec.

By the previous cut-off date of the SME Instrument (17 Sept) there were received 2,833 proposals (1,873 for Phase 1 and 960 for Phase 2) whereas 231 proposals were submitted to the Fast Track to Innovation by its previous cut-off date (01 Sept).

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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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Horizon 2020 & other Calls shortly expiring   
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The following calls for proposals are close to an end in the next weeks: 
20 Oct 2015 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-WIPRIZE-2015 (EU Prize for Women Innovators)
17 Nov 2015 - Deadline to submit proposals to the ERC-2016-STG call (ERC STarting Grant)
25 Nov 2015 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-SMEINST-1-2015 call - 4th cut-off date (SME Instrument Phase 1)

25 Nov 2015 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-SMEINST-2-2015 call - 4th cut-off date (SME Instrument Phase 2)
01 Dec 2015 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-FTIPilot-2015-1 call - 3rd cut-off date (Fast Track to Innovation Pilot)
03 Dec 2015 - Deadline to submit proposals to 19 topics of the H2020-BBI-PPP-2015-02 call (Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking)
Find out more expiring calls on the EVENTS Section of the EPN Consulting website. In the next days the new 2016 H2020 deadlines will be added to our website.
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13 Oct 2015 - The new 2016 and 2017 H2020 calls were published. 

Please note that 2016 deadlines are confirmed whilst 2017 ones are currently indicative.

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ENE+ENV+EUP - New measure for heaters could save up to 20% of a household's energy bill
26 Sept 2015 - From 26 September 2015 onwards, new Ecodesign and Energy Labelling measures introduced by the European Union will help consumers save more energy - and money - while heating their homes or using domestic hot water. These measures concern: boilers; heat pumps; water heaters and cover aspects such as i) increased energy efficiency; ii) more transparent information for consumers and (for products burning fuels) emissions of nitrogen oxides (applying from 26 Sept 2018).

The Ecodesign Regulations set minimum energy efficiency requirements for the products being placed on the market while the two Energy Labelling Regulations set the rules for providing information to consumers on the efficiency of the products.

More information available here.
TRA - Do London Underground Trains travel too fast? 

28 Sept 2015 - 
As passengers we all know the frustration of a slow moving train, but a new report has proposed that to be more efficient London Underground's tube trains should actually lower their speeds permanently.
A brand new mathematical study is claiming that the Tube's network is in danger of becoming too fast and efficient and urges the network to follow New York's example and slow their trains down.
This might sound counter-productive but the numbers argue that if journey's are too fast, relative to going by road, then this causes an increase in congestion levels. This is because of the layout of the London tube network, with its many intersections and stations where people change lines causing bottlenecks and creating delays.

More information available here.
EUP+ICT - The EU and China signed a key partnership on 5G
28 Sept 2015 - The EU and China have signed a milestone agreement in the global race to develop 5G networks, during today's EU-China High Level Economic and Trade Dialogue in Beijing.

In the future, everybody and everything will use 5G, the next generation of communication networks. By 2020 there will be more than 30 times as much mobile Internet traffic as there was in 2010.

5G won't just be faster, it will also be the backbone of our digital future and the foundation of a trillion euro EU market in the Internet of Things, i.e. new functionalities and applications ranging from connected cars to smart homes.

More information available here.
ICT+TEC - Is your home about to get a lot smarter?

29 Sept 2015 - 
You're driving home from work. Your connected car pings your estimated time of arrival to your smart home, which springs into life. The thermostatically controlled heating comes on; your chosen lighting scheme glows welcomingly; the oven begins warming up the casserole you cooked the night before.
When you arrive the garage door swings open automatically and your car self parks; your front door opens automatically, too - the facial recognition security system identifies you - no more fumbling for keys. 

As you enter your nicely warmed home - dust-free courtesy of robot vacuum cleaners - music wafts through each room to suit your mood. This is one vision of the smart, or connected, home. But how realistic is it and how soon could it happen?

More information available here.
TEC+TRA - Real Driving Emissions provide pathway to cleaner diesel engines

30 Sept 2015 - The Ricardo research project is extremely timely against the backdrop of concern over future diesel emissions.

Despite continuing and significant reductions in the legislated light-duty diesel vehicle NOx emissions under the European Euro1 through Euro5 regulations of recent years, it has been demonstrated by many researchers that real-world NOx emissions appear not to have been reduced as significantly.

This is one of the primary drivers for the proposed introduction of RDE in European Euro6c legislation as early as 2017.

More information available here.
BIZ+EUP+FIN - Capital Markets Union: an Action Plan to boost business funding and investment financing
30 Sept 2015 - As part of the Juncker Commission priority to boost jobs, growth and investment across the EU, the Capital Markets Union (CMU), a key pillar of the Investment Plan, aims to tackle investment shortages head-on by increasing and diversifying the funding sources for Europe's businesses and long-term projects.

Also published are the first and most urgent steps in that Plan, such as relaunching sound securitisation markets. Alternative sources of finance, complementary to bank-financing - including capital markets, venture capital, crowdfunding and the asset management industry - are more widely used in other parts of the world, and should play a bigger role in providing financing to companies that struggle to get funding, especially SMEs and start-ups.

More information available here.
ENV - Live map shows the air-pollution level in hundreds of cities around the World
09 Oct 2015 - We have long known that air pollution is associated with a host of health problems like respiratory disease and lung cancer and a recent study published in the journal Nature tried to quantify its full human toll.
Air pollution, the authors concluded, contributes to approximately 3.3 million premature deaths worldwide each year.

The study authors noted that it was difficult to gather data for the research because so many places didn't keep track of air quality. The World Air Quality Index (WAQI) is trying to change that with a map that tracks air-quality measurements in cities around the world in real time. Areas in green have good air quality, while dark red areas have dangerous air quality that could be hazardous to health.

More information available here.
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Next Professional Events happening in Europe
20-21 Oct 2015 - Brussels (BE) - EUP+LEG - SOCIAL AFFAIRS FORUM - Cities promoting Inclusive Labour Markets
20-22 Oct 2015 - Lisbon (PT) - EUP+ICT - ICT 2015 INNOVATE, CONNECT, TRANSFORM
20-22 Oct 2015 - Bristol (UK) - ICT - IET Event - SYSTEM SAFETY AND CYBER SECURITY 2015
20-22 Oct 2015 - Hamburg (DE) - TRA - WPS 2015 - 5th World Passenger Symposium
20-23 Oct 2015 - London (UK) - TRA - AERODAYS 2015 - 7th European Aeronautics Days
21-22 Oct 2015 - Stuttgart (DE) - ITS+TRA - AUTOMATED TRUCK Conference
22 Oct 2015 - London (UK) - BIZ+TEC - LEADERS IN AFRICA'S OIL & GAS Summit
26-28 Oct 2015 - Dublin (IE) - LEG+TRA - 24th AVESEC World Conference
28-30 Oct 2015 - Monza (IT) - ITS+TRA - CONNECTED AUTOMOBILES 2015 
28-30 Oct 2015 - Muenich (DE) - TRA - UITP Conference - GO SMART-GO RAIL
02-03 Nov 2015 - Stuttgart (DE) - ITS+TRA - TU-AUTOMOTIVE EUROPE 2015
03 Nov 2015 - Eindhoven (NL) - ICT - INTELLIGENT SENSORS NETWORKS Conference
03 Nov 2015 - London (UK) - ICT - ODI (Open Data Institute) SUMMIT 2015
03-05 Nov 2015 - Copenhagen (DK) - TRA - SMART METRO
04-05 Nov 2015 - London (UK) - BIZ+ENE+FIN - The Economist Event - THE ENERGY SUMMIT 2015
04-05 Nov 2015 - Edinburgh (UK) - TEC+TRA - ROAD EXPO SCOTLAND 2015
04-05 Nov 2015 - Birmingham (UK) - INN+TEC - LAB INNOVATIONS 2015
05-06 Nov 2015 - Birmingham (UK) - TEC+TRA - SAE 2015 - Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR/VR) Technologies Symposium
09-10 Nov 2015 - London (UK) - INN - INNOVATE UK 2015
11-12 Nov 2015 - Warwickshire (UK) - TEC+TRA - ROADMARKING LIVE 2015
11-13 Nov 2015 - Zagreb (HR) - ICT - INFUTURE 2015 - The Future of Information Sciences

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The Website of the Month: The AQUASMART Project

The EU-funded AQUASMART Project is about enhancing innovation capacity within the aquaculture sector, by helping companies to transform captured data into knowledge and use this knowledge to dramatically improve performance. It also supports production benchmarking through access to global data.

The project is based in the real world, addressing actual problems that aquaculture producers face and is run by a skilled and experienced consortium including top research institutes, a major player in the aquaculture IT sector and three highly innovative aquaculture companies.

The EPN Consulting CEO Stefano Mainero is one of the project Advisory Board Members specialised in Transport issues and solutions.

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