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EffiBUILDING has established a cooperation with EXCEED Project


Due to the common vision and mission, a strong cooperation with the EXCEED Project has been established.

The ExcEED project (which stands for European Energy Efficient building district Database: from data to information to knowledge) aims to create a European database for measured and qualitative data on beyond the state-of-the-art buildings and districts. Key performance indicators (KPIs) will be developed to quantify and benchmark the energy efficiency and the environmental quality at building and district level.

News about EffiBUILDING have been periodically published in the Exceed website. EffiBUILDING community will be updated on the development of the Exceed project.


H2020 Insights: Advances in Photonic Integrated Circuits


Photonic integrated circuits (PICs) use light to perform optical functions by incorporating numerous optical devices. In PICs, information signals are imposed on optical wavelengths typically in the visible spectrum or near infrared region. Various devices found on a PIC may include optical amplifiers, optical lasers, receivers, waveguides, detectors, gratings, multiplexers, de-multiplexers, and attenuators among others.

With the growth of photonics, about 19 projects specific to PICs have been funded within the Horizon 2020 (H2020) programme. Two of the projects, PIXAPP and 5G-PHOS, are funded within the Innovation Action (IA) funding scheme while 6 others are funded within the Research Innovation Action (RIA) scheme. Expectedly, PIXAPP and 5G-PHOS are the projects with the highest funding of 15.6 and 9.6 million euros, respectively (see the below image for funding distribution across the projects in PICs field). The rest of the projects are funded under the European Research Council (ERC), Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) and SME funding schemes.

The most involved private companies in this technological area are XIO Photonics BV (Netherlands), Lionix International BV (Netherlands) and Berenschot Groep BV (Netherlands). Other key players involved in PICs projects are VTT (Finland), CEA (France), University College Cork (Ireland), Eindhoven University of Technology (Netherlands), Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (Greece) and European Photonics Industry Consortium (EPIC).

The previously mentioned PIXAPP project provides the European SMEs a one-stop-shop to enable them to move their PIC based R&D technologies from the laboratories to the market by bridging missing gaps in the value chain, from assembly & packaging, through to equipment optimization, test and application demonstration. The project 5G-PHOS aims at exploiting the powerful PIC technology to fabricate 5G broadband wireless networks for dense, ultra-dense and Hot-Spot area use. Projects in Research and innovation action (RIA) uses PICs to develop and build myriad technologies such as:

  • Photonic needles for spectral tissue sensing as diagnostic tools for screening tumours (InSPECT project).
  • Leveraging advances in complementary metal–oxide–semiconductor (CMOS) to develop a novel CMOS compatible low-loss silicon nitride waveguide based PIC technology to be used in in the field of optical coherence tomography (OCT) for ophthalmology (OCTCHIP project).
  • Development of new wafer-scale technology for direct and intimate attachment of III-V Indium-Phosphide (InP) photonic integrated circuits (PICs) and BiCMOS electronic chips (ICs) to be used in data transmission (WIPE project).
  • Integrating microwave engineering and photonics by developing a disruptive photonic integration platform that will enable the development of very large scale photonic integrated circuits (VLSPICs) with cascaded stages of tunable structures for analog and digital signal processing that allow functionalities in microwave systems that are complex or totally impossible in the microwave domain (HAMLET project).
  • Creating a universal memory by combining opto-magnetism and spintronics with electronic and photonic integration technologies. This novel technology will be in the form of a spintronic-photonic memory chip demonstrator with 3 orders of magnitude higher write speed and 2 orders of magnitude lower energy consumption (SPICE project).

Companies in the photonics industry which are interested in H2020 funding should watch out for these open and forthcoming calls:

  1. ICT-03-2018-2019: Photonics Manufacturing Pilot Lines for Photonic Components and Devices
  2. ICT-04-2018: Photonics based manufacturing, access to photonics, datacom photonics and connected lighting
  3. ICT-05-2019: Application driven Photonics components
  4. DT-ICT-04-2020: Photonics Innovation Hubs

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Chronic Wound Healing by MEDILIGHT Blue Light on RTS TV


A report on the healing effect of blue light was featured on RTS TV! The report shows a personalized, light-based dressing for chronic wounds, which has been developed as a result of the MEDILIGHT project, which received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 644267.

Chronic wounds which fail to follow the typical healing process or timeframe are notoriously challenging to treat. Their burden is significant, affecting over 40 million patients and costing healthcare systems €40 billion annually. Urgo Medical aspired to create a dressing able to both stimulate self-healing with light and adapt to the individual patient, thus going beyond existing non-personalized nanoparticle-based solutions.

Urgo worked with 6 more partners in the European project MEDILIGHT to translate the technology behind light stimulation treatments delivered in hospitals into a smart wearable system for the personalized light treatment of chronic wounds at home. Their attention was focused on blue light’s ability to stimulate ani-bacterial effects and accelerate healing.

Enjoy the TV report in French!


H2020 Pushing the Human Health Frontiers Through Regenerative Medicine


Regenerative medicine develops ways to regrow, repair and or replace damaged and diseased tissues, cells, or organs. This is mainly achieved through the application of therapeutic cells, transplantation of stem cells, artificial organs production with an aim of restoring normal functionality.

As per analysis made to date, about 55 projects in the filed of regenerative medicine have been funded with Horizon 2020, with a majority having one player and funded within ERC, MSCA and SME funding schemes. In the below picture, the project with highest number of participants relates to communication of stem cells research (Eurostemcell). This consortium unites 33 partner institutions which collectively represents over 400 stem cell research groupings across Europe with a common goal of providing trusted high-quality information on stem cells accessible to citizens and stakeholders across Europe.

Key organizations within the field of regenerative medicine are CEA (France), Aarhus University (Denmark), Linköping University (Sweden), Autonomous University of Madrid (Spain), Technical University of Denmark (Denmark) and Leiden University Medical Center (Netherlands).

These projects foster intersectoral knowledge transfer through collaboration between academic and industrial participants to push regenerative medicine frontiers. Some of projects aim at developing guidelines to reduce the development and clinical testing timeframes to expedite the process of moving novel regenerative technology from the bench to the bedside.

Research focus within the regenerative medicine domain revolves around a variety of key areas. To fully elucidate mechanisms involved in the differentiation, self-renewal and mechanotransduction, many studies are being carried on embryonic stem cells (ESCs), mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) and hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) from various organisms as well as human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs). To achieve this understanding of cellular and molecular interactions, highly sensitive and real-time characterization is carried out using Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) and Raman microspectroscopy (RMS) and more so computer models. Some efforts monitor the cell-substrate interactions at nanolevels in order to fabricate precise surface topographies through state-of-the-art nanofabrication methods.

In other projects, the goal is to identify methods and materials for protecting stem cells from unfavorable differentiation for example stretch-induced differentiation. Examples of these materials are conductive polymer (CP) materials for the external stimulation of stem cells. There is also the development of new classes of materials such as artificial biomaterials that mimic functionalities of the natural cell environments or metamaterials with nanoparticles whose functionality can be remotely controlled by external magnetic fields. In terms of drugs, targeting tools and carriers specific to certain tissues and pathology are being developed for example GAG-binding enhanced transduction (GET). Novel bioengineering technologies including organ-on-chip, micro/nano fabrication and biomimetics are being developed while photon laser polymerization is already in the pipeline for controlling the geometry of the synthetic cell niches.


As seen in the below picture, the projects with the highest funding are MECHANO-CONTROL and INTENS. Both have funding over 7 million euros with 7 and 9 partners, respectively. The MECHANO-CONTROL project aims to understand and control cellular mechanics from the molecular to the organism scale, which will have high applicability in oncology, regenerative medicine, and biomaterials. On the other hand, the INTENS project has an objective to deliver a functional bowel reconstruction to patients with Short Bowel Syndrome (SBS) through an autologous tissue engineering strategy.

The current Horizon 2020 Work Programme for years 2018 – 2020 brings about several opportunities for funding of projects within the regenerative medicine area. These include:

  • NMBP-22-2018: Osteoarticular tissues regeneration (RIA)
  • NMBP-21-2020: Custom-made biological scaffolds for specific tissue regeneration and repair (RIA)
  • DT-NMBP-23-2020: Next generation organ-on-chip (RIA)
  • DT-NMBP-04-2020: Open Innovation Test Beds for bio-based nano-materials and solutions (IA)
  • DT-NMBP-06-2020: Open Innovation Test Beds for nano-pharmaceuticals production (IA)

Shall you wish to find out more, click HERE to watch a recording of European Technology Platform for Nanomedicine Webinar on Horizon 2020 funding opportunities for Regenerative Medicine (2018-2020).


AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES: the transport of the future


Autonomous or self-driving vehicles are the next generation of vehicles aimed at providing cleaner and safer mode of transport and revolutionize the way we experience travel. Thus, this topic has gained much traction amongst car manufactures and in the automotive industry.
In terms of innovation, research is focused towards creating guidelines for cross cultural road upgrading and passengers and road users’ safety, development of algorithms, simulations, models as well as Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems, navigation satellite systems, state of the art sensors and communication networks. Furthermore, some projects seek to leverage the applications of Big Data, cloud computing and Internet of Things technologies to advance autonomous vehicles. These innovations should facilitate the seamless integration of machine-human interactions (in case of semi automation), infrastructure design aimed at uninterrupted and efficient traffic flow as well as safe interactions between conventional and automated models considering shared infrastructure.
The below network shows the network of key players in the autonomous vehicles field within H2020 whereby the clusters represent the various projects. The largest cluster corresponds to the SCOTT project with 52 partners including Brazil and a funding of 39 million Euros. The SCOTT is geared towards provision of wireless sensor & actuator networks and communication in mobility and smart infrastructure.

There are currently about 15 projects related to autonomous vehicles and the cumulative amount of funding invested in projects related to autonomous vehicles is well over 65 million euros with well over 70% invested in projects that commenced in 2017. Private companies pioneering the autonomous/unmanned vehicles research in the H2020 include Tomtom Development Gmbh, Dynniq Nederland Bv, Tass International Mobility Center Bv, ERTICO-ITS Europe, Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Center Gmbh. Among the research centers and universities, the leaders in autonomous vehicles include Fraunhofer, CEA, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Centro Ricerche Fiat (Italy), VTI (Sweden), VeDecoM (France), Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (National Technical University of Athens), Centre for Research and Technology-Hellas (Greece).

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AMIPLEXUS in 2017 EPIC activity report

The European Photonics Industry Consortium (EPIC), has acquired the license to the AMIPLEXUS tool as reported in the EPIC-Activity-Report-2017 (page 11). This allows all employees of EPIC member companies to have free access to AMIPLEXUS, get an overview of the already funded projects, their key players and technologies funded. AMIPLEXUS provides unique insights and information in a speed and extent that is not available from any other existing engines.

A newly released AMIPLEXUS MULTIDATASET platform is available to anybody on subscription basis starting from 299 €/year. Search in over 20.000 projects funded within the European Union (H2020, Eureka, Eurostars, LIFE).



Horizon 2020 Cooperation Offers

Are you looking for partners or ideas for the upcoming Horizon 2020 calls? If so, check the below cooperation offers of our partners.

 Idea Topic   Proposer Link
Removal of hazardous substances and contaminants by specifically modified particles and automated screen printed electrodes (SPE) for detection of contaminants from different types of environments CE-SC5-01-2018 Methods to remove hazardous substances and contaminants from secondary raw materials Mendel University in Brno, CZ HERE
Nanobiotechnologies based on nanoparticles supported by protein cages with catalytic and enzyme-mimetic activity BIOTEC-04-2018 New biotechnologies for environmental remediation

SC1-BHC-09-2018 Innovation platforms for advanced therapies of the future

Mendel University in Brno, CZ HERE
Fluorescent nanomaterials for optical detection SFS-05-2018/2019/2020 New and emerging risks in plant health Mendel University in Brno, CZ HERE
Use of advanced nanomaterials for ensuring sterility and antimicrobiality of cover materials in agricultural practice SFS-11-2019 Anti-microbials and animal production Mendel University in Brno, CZ HERE
Use of advanced nanomaterials for ensuring sterility and antimicrobial properties of cover materials NMBP-21-2020 Custom-made biological scaffolds for specific tissue regeneration and repair Mendel University in Brno, CZ HERE
Design and manufacture of precision components from ultra-hard materials such as advanced ceramics and synthetic sapphire and ruby for the medical market (e.g. IVD, pistons, valves, implants, fully ceramic dental implants), electronics, wear resistant parts for automotive or bearings used in energy generation, hydrogen storage, sensors, actuators, filters or for creative industry (jewelry) DT-NMBP-01-2018: Open Innovation Hubs for Lightweight nano-enabled
multifunctional materials and components (IA)
DT-NMBP-09-2018: Accelerating the uptake of materials modelling software (IA)
NMBP-22-2018: Osteo-articular tissues regeneration (RIA)
CE-NMBP-26-2018: Smart plastic materials with intelligent recycling properties by
design (RIA)
DT-NMBP-03-2019: Open Innovation Hubs for nano-enabled surfaces and membranes
DT-NMBP-19-2019: Advanced materials for additive manufacturing (IA)
LC-NMBP-32-2019: Smart materials, systems and structures for energy harvesting
DT-FoF-07-2020: Reliable and accurate assembly of micro parts (RIA)
NMBP-21-2020: Custom-made biological
Ceramaret SA, CH HERE
Development of a decision-making software to allow simplification in agricultural management, optimization of resources (including personnel) and maximization of harvest with optimized cost  SFS-06-2018-2020 Stepping up integrated pest management
RUR-02-2018 Socio-economic impacts of digitisation of agriculture and rural
RUR-04-2018-2019: Analytical tools and models to support policies related to
agriculture and food
CE-RUR-08-2018-2019-2020 Closing nutrient cycles, B. [2018, 2019, 2020] Bio-based
DT-RUR-12-2018: ICT Innovation for agriculture – Digital Innovation Hubs for
DT-RUR-13-2018: Enabling the farm advisor community to prepare farmers for the
digital age
DT-RUR-14-2018 Digital solutions and e-tools to modernise the CAP
ICT-05-2019: Application driven Photonics components
ICT–11-2018-20: HPC and Big Data enabled Large-scale Test-beds and
DT-ICT-08-2019: Agricultural digital integration platforms

HEREIn case of any questions please contact Martina Urbankova.

SmartEEs CALL dedicated to Integration of flexible electronics technologies is now open!


SmartEES is the European acceleration program supported by the European Commission and dedicated to help Innovative Companies access new markets and grow their business by integrating  flexible electronics into products and services.

CALL OPENED ON 18th of DEC. 2017!

By applying to SmartEEs,

European Innovative Companies will benefit from freedom in design, high flexibility in functions integration and the agility of flexible electronics to make the difference in the marketplace.

A financial support of 140k€ (80k€ direct services and 60k€ Voucher) will be allocated to

the 20 most promising applicants.  

Applicants to the program will get access to more than 35 flexible electronics technologies to develop new products integrating organic photovoltaics, flexible displays, OLED lighting, control & Intelligence systems.

The SmartEEs team will provide customized support through a complete set of services from technology to business connections and access to funding beyond SmartEEs acceleration support.

All applicants to SmartEEs acceleration program will benefit from SmartEEs unique ecosystem composed by leading research organizations, recognized experts in business development and access to funding, as well as more than 34 international clusters, 18 industrial partners and 8 private

To enter the SmartEEs acceleration program submit your application online to the open Call at

5 Cut Off dates from March 2018 to September 2019

!!! Live application submission at LOPEC-2018 (Munich) at SmartEEs booth on 13-15 March!!!

For Additional info (program, partners, large area electronics, call criteria…)

visit SmartEEs website


10% Increase in Patent Activity in 2016

More than 2.6 million patent applications were filed at the world’s five largest intellectual property offices in 2016, an increase of 10.4% over the previous year. These numbers were presented by the recent IP5 Statistics Report published jointly by the EPO, the Japan Patent Office, the Korean Intellectual Property Office, the State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China, and the United States Patent and Trademark Office, collectively known as the IP5 offices. Moreover, together the IP5 offices granted 1.1 million patents in 2016 (9.6% more than in 2015).

To cope with increasing demand, the EPO has put in place a series of quality and efficiency measures, which in 2016 led to an 8.5% rise in products (completed searches, substantive examinations and oppositions), and 40% more patents granted.

Click HERE for further information and the report.

Extra €110 million for Horizon in 2018

Extra €110 million was allocated to the Horizon 2020 programme in 2018, reverting a proposal made by EU governments to cut about half a billion euros from EU research budget and fixing the 2018 spending at €160.1 billion. The extra funds will be allocated to Marie Curie fellowship grants, the SME instrument, Europan Research Council, and some climate changes competitions.  In 2018, EU will spend on research €160.1 billion, which is an increase from €157.9 billion in 2017.