The latest European news is reported below, including details of the activities of the Enterprise Europe team. To view the full article, click on the title.
The European Commission has adopted new rules that allow the latest wireless communication technology to be used by passengers on board aircraft flying over the European Union.
On the 5th November, the Enterprise Europe Network at Invest NI hosted an information session on Horizon 2020 health and related national funding opportunities.
Presentations from the event are now available to download.
VITAL Technology Scouting Initiative - For NI & Border County based SMEs
Are you an SME in need of a new Product or a new Innovative Technology to grow your Top Line?
VITAL is a pioneering €2.5 Million project designed to connect companies to innovative technologies.
The VITAL technology scouting project is a project which will work with you to identify and evaluate your need, source a solution which will have the potential to achieve top line growth and then provide assistance to fast track to market.
VITAL technologies will come from numerous cross-border, national and international sources. All participating SMEs must be based in Northern Ireland (outside the Greater Belfast region) or the six border counties of Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Louth, Monaghan & Sligo in Ireland.
In 2014, the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) are planning to invest up to £3 million in research and demonstration of localised energy systems that are compatible with national scale infrastructure. Northern Ireland stakeholders were given the opportunity to influence the priority challenge areas that will attract investment through a workshop hosted by Invest NI's Collaborative R&D Support Service in collaboration with the Environmental Sustainability Knowledge Transfer Network (ESKTN).
This new technology enables electronics devices to be printed in exactly the same way as we produce newspapers today, on a rolling strip, at the same speed, and from the same printing machines.
Displays, smart labels, transistors, energy sources and whole communication systems roll out from printing machines, quickly, cheaply and eco-friendly.
If you can imagine applications, or if you are a printer or electronics company who would like to enter this area, read more.
Featuring Peter Walters UK ICT National Contact Point, Ian Broster Rapita Systems, Martin McHugh Microsemi Corporation, Ian Philips ARM Ltd., Dave Carter Manchester Digital Development Agency.
Attached is a guide produced by the by NI Barroso Task Force.
We are approaching a key stage in the development of the EU’s budget, with negotiations to agree the Multi-Annual
Financial Framework for the period 2014-2020 still ongoing. The European Commission has proposed an overall budget of over €1 trillion, but it is highly unlikely that this will be accepted by member states, many of whom will be pushing for significant cuts. Although the overall policy objectives and programmes are unlikely to change dramatically at this stage, there is still a great deal of uncertainty around the amount of funding that will be available through each of the proposed new programmes.
Open Calls - FP7 Overview of all Open Calls at 8th November 2012
The European Commission has offered a €2 million prize to encourage inventors to overcome one of the biggest barriers to using vaccines in developing countries: the need to keep them stable at any ambient temperature. It is the first time the European Commission has offered a so-called inducement prize to stimulate research and innovation in the European Union.
This CDE SBRI call is for research into the disruptive potential of future (c.2030) advances in design, fabrication and manufacture. These could transform the supply chain, enhancing the performance and reducing the cost of materials, devices and systems across design, manufacture and support. This call will fund a number of short projects to generate information to improve MOD’s understanding of the potential threats and opportunities that could emerge in this area.
The £180 million Biomedical Catalyst, announced by David Cameron in December 2011, will see the Medical Research Council and the Technology Strategy Board working together to provide responsive and effective support for the best life science opportunities arising in the UK.
Support through the Biomedical Catalyst is available to UK businesses (SMEs) and academics looking to develop innovative solutions to healthcare challenges either individually or in collaboration.
Open date: 30th April 2012
The publication of Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) calls for proposals has been moved from CORDIS to the Participant Portal (http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal), which is now the European Commission's single authoritative website for FP7 calls.
With the unveiling of multiple calls for proposals for all FP7 programmes on 20 July 2011, CORDIS users will notice some changes to the Community Research and Development Information Service.
The Ministry of Defence’s Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) is launching a competition for proposals
This call is seeking novel and innovative solutions to enable MOD to maintain logistic distribution capacity whilst reducing the number of personnel involved in a re-supply operation.
"Advisers sometimes use research like a drunk uses a lamp post more for support than for illumination"
.... unless of course you're an ICAGNI adviser
We can provide you with an RSS Feed of Technology, Commercial and R&D Offers as an alternative to Email Alerts. Furthermore we can filter that feed based on free text words, rather than keywords.
The European Commission offers opportunities to scientific and technological "experts" in all disciplines to undertake evaluation of R&D proposals submitted to the Commission, and review and monitoring of Commission-funded projects. Registration is essential - register now!