EU projects – Technology Scouting – Business Innovation

The Pathfinder Challenge calls worth €132 million are open

The European Innovation Council (EIC) Pathfinder Challenges built on cutting-edge directions in science and technology to create new market opportunities. For each Challenge, the EIC will support a carefully crafted portfolio of projects that jointly explore different perspectives, competing approaches or complementary aspects of the Challenge. With its five Pathfinder Challenges for the 2021 call, it calls for high-risk/high-gain research and development, venturing into new interdisciplinary areas.

List of 5 Challenges:

The deadline for submission of proposals is on 27 October 2021

For more information visit the EIC News

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PHABULOus: Takeaways from Workshop on Advances in design, fabrication and applications of free-form micro-optics and new membership in Swissphotonics

PHABULOuS and PHENOmenon came together to organize a joint workshop on advances in design, fabrication and applications of free-form micro-optics. The two day event gathered 100 registered participants and focused on available technologies for production of polymer and hybrid micro-optics, and the advances of direct laser writing, two-photon polymerization and microreplication technologies for industrial production of custom and freeform optical surfaces. If you missed the workshop and you would like to learn more, the video recordings can be accesses on the PHABULOuS YouTube channel.

PHABULOuS membership in Swissphotonics
In addition to becoming a part of EPIC-European Photonics Industry Consortium, the PHABULOuS Pilot Line Association has recently extended its membership to include Swissphotonics. As collaborations grow we see great potential and interest in the services the PHABULOuS project can offer in the field of free-form micro-optics!

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The halfway is behind, but the next halfway is still ahead, wish us luck!

On 8 July, the ORGANTRANS team has met to sum up the achievements for the last 18 months and to plan future actions in the ORGANTRANS project. The main building blocks of this ambitious project have already been completed, such as spheroids production, hydrogel stabilization, bioprinting, and construct formation. Currently, partners work on optimizing and combining together these building blocks into one standardized process. Altogether, they will allow assembling a novel 3D bioengineered liver construct towards transplantation for regenerative medicine. 

More information about the ORGANTRANS project.

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Horizon Europe Work Programmes are published!

The European Commission has adopted the main Work Programmes of Horizon Europe for the period 2021-2022 which will receive a total of €14.7 billion in funding. 
Around €5.8 billion in total – will be invested in research and innovation to support the European Green Deal and the Union’s commitment to make the EU the world’s first climate-neutral continent by 2050.

Europe’s Digital Decade  – the development of core digital technologies will be supported with around €4 billion over 2021-2022.

Around €1.9 billion in total will go towards helping repair the immediate economic and social damage brought about by the coronavirus pandemic. In line with NextGenerationEU the funding will contribute to building a post-coronavirus Europe that is not only greener and more digital but also more resilient for the current and forthcoming challenges.

The Horizon Europe 2021-2022 work programmes:

All Work Programmes are available on the Funding & Tenders Portal

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Commission and industry invest €22 billion in new European Partnerships to deliver solutions to tackle major societal challenges

The European Commission launched 11 new European Partnerships together with industry, to boost investments in research and innovation and to overcome major climate and sustainability challenges, towards making Europe the first climate neutral economy and delivering on the European Green Deal. The Partnership will also deliver on the EU’s digital ambitions for the next decade, Europe’s Digital Decade. They will receive over €8 billion from Horizon Europe. The total commitments, including those from private partners and from Member States, amount to around €22 billion.

The eleven European Partnerships are:

  1. European Partnership for the European Open Science Cloud.
  2. European Partnership for Artificial Intelligence, Data and Robotics.
  3. European Partnership for Photonics (light-based technologies).
  4. European Partnership for Clean Steel – Low Carbon Steelmaking.
  5. European Partnership Made in Europe.
  6. European Partnership Processes4Planet.
  7. European Partnership for People-centric Sustainable Built Environment (Built4People).
  8. European Partnership towards Zero-emission Road Transport (2Zero).
  9. European Partnership for Connected, Cooperative and Automated Mobility.
  10. European Partnership for Batteries: Towards a competitive European industrial battery value chain.
  11. European Partnership for Zero Emission Waterborne Transport.

The Commission adopted on the 14 June 2021 Memoranda of Understanding to launch the Partnerships, which will start their operations immediately. A signature ceremony for the Memoranda of Understanding will take place at the European Research and Innovation Days on the 23 June.

For more information visit The European Commission Press corner.

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European Research and Innovation Days

European Research and Innovation Days is the European Commission’s annual flagship Research and Innovation event which brings together policymakers, researchers, entrepreneurs and the public to debate and shape the future of research and innovation in Europe and beyond.

The event will take place online on the 23 and 24 June 2021.

This year marks the start of Horizon Europe, the most ambitious EU research and innovation programme ever and will be a decisive moment to strengthen the European Research Area. 

The event is all about collaboration: bringing together individuals and experts from all areas to build connections and ignite a brighter future.

For more information and the programme click here

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MedTech industry investments analysis report

Innovation success and product placement into the market of any industry requires not only technical excellence but also access to capital. The capital sources usually start with own resources, family and friends. However, this may not be enough and start-ups or spin-offs usually search for external capital, which is crucial to bring the ideas and technologies further. Who are the main organisations investing in Medical Devices, Health Care, Health Diagnostics, Nanotechnology, Medical or Life Sciences in Europe?

At AMIRES, we mapped the investors in those fields and we share the summary on this analysis here. Furthermore, if you are interested in obtaining more detailed information on this analysis or to request similar analysis for a different domain / area or further segmentation, contact us.

The analysis prepared by us is available here.

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Save the dates for Horizon Europe Info Days 2021

The European Commission announced on the 1st June that the first edition of the Horizon Europe Info Days will take place from 28th June to 9th July 2021. 

The event will give the opportunity to prospective applicants and other stakeholders of EU research and innovation to get information and ask questions about news, main funding instruments and processes of Horizon Europe (HEU). 

The Horizon Europe Info Days will address 9 themes, each featuring a programme of exclusive discussions and hands-on sessions, dedicated to a different cluster or part of the new programme.

Online events:
28.6.2021 – Infrastructures
29 -30.6. 2021 – Cluster 4 – Digital, industry & space 
30.6.2021 – Cluster 3 – Civil security for society 
1.7.2021 – Cluster 2 – Culture, creativity & inclusive society 
1.7.2021 – The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions: What is new under Horizon Europe
2.7.2021 – Cluster 1 – Health
5 – 6.7.2021 – Cluster 5 – Climate, energy & mobility
7 – 8.7.2021 – Cluster 6 – Food, bioeconomy, natural resources, agriculture & environment
9.7.2021 – European Research Area (ERA) & Widening

The Horizon Europe info-days will be open for participation without prior registration.

For more information and practical details, visit the event website.
 

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News from the European Innovation Council (EIC): Women Leadership Programme for innovative entrepreneurs and researchers & Statement on Gender & Diversity in EIC

The European Commission has launched the Women Leadership Programme to provide a dedicated programme of mentoring, skills enhancement and networking for women entrepreneurs and researchers in EIC supported projects. 

Furthermore the EIC has launched mentoring and coaching programme for aspiring women researchers and innovators: the EIC Women Leadership Programme (WLP) where women can apply as of 3 June, 2021. 50 of them will get the training and get a chance to work with personal mentors to define and follow their business strategies. This programme will be extended to projects selected under the new WomenTechEU scheme

In addition to that, on the 3 June, 2021 the European Innovation Pilot Advisory Board has published a Statement on Gender and Diversity which is urging the EIC and other innovation actors to take actions and achieve balanced representation of women and men along the entire innovation chain. It was pointed out that the EIC already made progress by increasing the number of women-led companies awarded with EIC Accelerator funding from 8% to 29%. Moreover, the women represent 50% of the jury members that recommend EIC funding and 42% of the business coaches that advise and mentor EIC supported start-ups.

To learn more visit European innovation Council / News

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Open call for proposals for Enterprise Europe Network for 2021 and beyond

The European Innovation Council and SME Executive Agency (EISMEA) opened the call for proposals to setup Enterprise Europe Network after 2022. The call is following the adoption of the Single Marker Programme (SMP). 

The Network was launched in 2008 and since then played an important role in facilitating the access of European SMEs to the Single Market and third country markets. It is also providing growth-oriented, integrated business and innovation support services to help them compete.

The European Commission is looking for proposals for the next Network, as the current one is due to expire at the end of 2021, at first for the period from 1 January 2022 to 30 June 2025. The Network will be funded under the new Single Market Programme (SMP) which succeeds the COSME Programme.  

The available budget of the call amounts to EUR 164,5 million and it is expected to contribute to the SMP objectives, improving the competitiveness and sustainability of SMEs in Europe and promoting entrepreneurship. 

The deadline for submission of proposals is 11 August 2021 17:00 (Brussels time).

For more information visit EISMEA News, information how to apply, go to the EU Funding & Tenders Portal.

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Promoting the huge potential of OITBs for EU competitiveness

On May 4th, the FlexFunction2Sustain, supported by the Safe-N-Medtech Open Innovation Test Bed (OITB), organised a public workshop with the core aim of promoting the OITB ecosystem to relevant stakeholders and Industry. The event gathered over 100 representatives of the most relevant participants in this ecosystem: industry, academia, research and technology organisations and business support actors. The workshop took place as a satellite event of the EuroNanoForum 2021, organised under the auspices of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

In the opening session, Peter Dröll, Head of Prosperity Directorate at the European Commission DG RTD, highlighted the importance of the OITB as a key element in the EU ecosystem for research and innovation by providing integrated support to innovators at different stages of technological development. Dr. Rudolf Fryček, CEO of AMIRES, introduced the idea behind the EU Open Innovation Ecosystem, and how it can help industry to get their ideas realized to products.

The workshop helped creating a common understanding on how OITBs can make industries’ life easier. End-users’ talks where industrial stakeholders provided feedback on how the OITB are delivering their services and boosting innovation revealed the expectations of users towards an OITB. First and second generation OITBs presented their portfolio of services and added value to customers.
Find out the summary of the workshop here, watch the full recorded session here, and download the presentations here

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PANCAIM project has organised the story mapping workshop

On May 20-21st, the WP2, led by Collective Minds Radiology and the Hyve, hosted a story mapping workshop in Barcelona. Organizing this workshop was an important step in the process towards a successful PANCAIM project whose aim is to develop AI-assisted clinical applications that efficiently merge genomics and imaging phenomics to assist clinicians in each of the personalized medicine diagnostics areas (Prognostication, Prediction, Monitoring). To understand priorities and deployable releases of the final platform and also to achieve the user friendliness of the platform, the workshop gathered representatives from the PANCAIM consortium in each of the following groups: Data providers (data owner/uploader), Clinical expertise (data annotators), Repository users (researchers), AI developers and AI validators.

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Join us at the workshop on “Advances in design, fabrication and applications of free-form micro-optics”

Two EU funded projects PHABULOuS and PHENOmenon have come together to organise a workshop to present the available technologies for production of polymer and hybrid micro-optics, and the advances of direct laser writing, two-photon polymerization and microreplication technologies for industrial production of custom and freeform optical surfaces. This two day event held on 8-9 June 2021, will present additional information on the progress and status of both projects, as well as provide an opportunity for further discussion and exchange between worldwide researchers. 

For more information on the workshop or to register please click here
 

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Open call for applications for the selection of members of the EIC board

On 27 May, 2021, the European Innovation Council (EIC) launched a call for expression of interest for new EIC board members. The EIC funding worth over €1 billion aims to help scale up start-ups and small and medium-sized businesses that have the potential to achieve high impact. While over half of the funding is open to breakthrough innovations in any field, €495 million are earmarked for innovations that support the European Green Deal as well as digital and health technologies.

The EIC Board acts as the “voice of the innovator”, to ensure all EIC activities are innovator-centric and to promote the EIC as the investor of choice for researchers and innovators with visionary ideas.

The Board advises directly the European Commission, the EIC and European Innovation and SME Executive Agency (EISMEA, henceforth referred as ‘the Agency’) as the dedicated implementation structure, and interacts with a number of full time EIC Programme Managers with leading expertise in their fields. It also liaises with the EIC Fund, as the investment arm of the EIC, as well as with the European Research Council (ERC), the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) and other innovation programmes and initiatives.

EIC is looking for innovators – entrepreneurs, investors and venture capitalists, corporate leaders, researchers and academics with leading expertise in fields relating to future and emerging technologies, breakthrough and disruptive innovation, starting and scaling businesses, innovation ecosystem builders, and innovation experts. The Commission will select between 15 and 20 members with estimated start in September 2021.

The application deadline is 30 June, 2021.

More information available: EC News and European Innovation Council.

MedPhab launches platform for photonics-based medical devices ecosystem

MedPhab pilot-line launches its Community management platform (CMP) which includes a technical marketplace, the virtual catalogue of capabilities of the whole Photonics-based medical devices ecosystem. Although at this moment MedPhab partners technical services are visible, in the second half of 2021, non-MedPhab partners will be able to register their organisation and offering (prototypes, products and services).

This platform is a community building tool that allows lowering the barrier for photonics technologies adoption by companies interested in medical applications. Therefore, through CMP third parties interested in MedPhab services can submit their enquiries via the in-take form.
To learn more, register here for the Webinar on June  3, 2021, in which five MedPhab partners will speak about MedPhab, including Mariana Pacheco Blanco, MedPhab project manager and Programme manager at AMIRES who will present CMP.

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Join OASIS’ interactive workshop June 10th, 2021

On June 10th project OASIS will host an interactive online workshop for companies and institutions looking to innovate their products/services with nanotechnology and advanced materials.

Participants will get to hear about what services OASIS can offer them, what are the conditions for applying a project in its opencall and what projects have already been successfully supported by OASIS.

The other half of the workshop will be dedicated to direct networking with providers of specific services and diving deeper into the technologies on offer.

You can register for the event HERE

A new strategy for the European Commission’s international cooperation in research and innovation

On the 18th of May 2021 the European Commission adopted a Communication on its Global Approach to Research and Innovation. The aim is to take a leading role in supporting international research and innovation partnership, and to deliver innovative solutions to make our societies green, digital and healthy.

The strategic priority for the European Union (EU) is to bring together the best minds from around the world. However, the EU as well pointed out that there are still geopolitical tensions rising as well as the human rights and fundamental values are questioned. The response to all mentioned is to lead by example, promoting multilateralism, openness and reciprocity together by cooperation with the rest of the world. The new Horizon Europe framework program remains open to cooperation with third countries, now offering the opportunity to join for non-European countries that share European values and have a strong scientific profile.

Two main aims of the strategy are:

  1. it aims for a research and innovation environment that is based on rules and values, and it is also open by default, to help researchers and innovators around the world work together in multilateral partnerships and find solutions to global challenges
  2. It aims to ensure reciprocity and a level-playing field in international cooperation in research and innovation.

To achieve its goals, the EU will support researchers and their organizations to help accelerate sustainable development in low and middle-income countries as well with a “African initiative” under Horizon Europe. The European Commission highlight that Horizon Europe, the next EU research and innovation framework programme 2021-2027 will be the main key for implementation of this strategy.

To read an original article click HERE.

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FRIENDSHIP: one year completed!

The project FRIENDSHIP, started in May 2020, aims at promoting the use of solar heat in industrial sectors through the prototype of a complex and fully integrated heating and cooling system. The consortium had its M12 meeting on May 7th, an event that closed the first year of activities and served to plan the three years ahead. The meeting was held online due to current regulations linked to the Covid-19 crisis.

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During these first twelve months, the consortium has defined all the requirements and parameters that such a prototype should fulfil and has been in contact with several important industrial actors, who helped achieving realistic studies. The different components of the prototype (solar collectors, heat pump, thermal storage, chillers) have all been successfully conceptualized. They are all at a fundamental stage now: the shift from theory to practice, through testing, numerical analysis, selection of manufacturers and production of materials.

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Several articles have been written and some are currently in the process of publication. The following months should see a substantial increase in the number of physical results, so keep a close eye to the project to witness its cutting-edge progress!

European Innovation Council postponed the proposals from 16th June until 6th October

In April the European Innovation Council (EIC) announced the first funding opportunities and opened the first EIC Accelerator calls

Last week the EIC published on its twitter that they stopped new submissions from start-ups which were due on the 16th of June.

The official statement stated that they need to make several improvements to the Al-based platform which are expected to be introduced on 22nd June.

Before 16th June, the EIC has over 1,000 submissions to review. That is why it decided to stop new submissions for the first round of funding. Entrepreneurs who did not submit their pitches yet are left stranded as submissions closed without warning. Companies will now have to wait for reopening of the submission platform, with full proposal deadline on 6th October, to secure funding.

Based on the comments on official EIC twitter account, many people disagree with this decision and complain, because of the effort/budget investments done so far. One of the reasons is that start-up need a clear visibility of rules and timeline for funding.

 

Source: Official Twitter account of European Innovation Countil

Tumor and Lymph Node on Chip breakthrough: Tumor-LN-oC

On May 7th, 2021 Tumor-LN-oC project (Tumor and Lymph Node on Chip for cancer studies) was officially kicked-off via online conferencing service where all partners from 11 organizations participated. The project is coordinated by Institute of Communication and Computer Systems from Greece, with the participation of Eindhoven University of Technology (Netherlands), Biomedical Research Foundation Academy Of Athens (Greece), Åbo Akademi (Finland), Alpes Lasers (Switzerland)), Rayfos Ltd (UK), Vienna University of Technology (Austria), Elvesys (France), PhosPrint P.C. (Greece), Asphalion SL (Spain) and Amires (Czech Republic).

Tumor-LN-oC aims to offer a comprehensive solution for a robust, automated tumor-lymph node-on-chip platform that will connect primary surgically removed human tumors and LN tissue from the same cancer patient. This will allow to study the interaction of primary tumors with lymph nodes, identify their chemical signature, and offer personalized treatment relying on molecular characterization of lymph node metastasizing cells.

More information will be shortly available at https://tumor-ln-oc.eu/.

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AMIRES is HIRING!

To support our growth, we are looking for highly motivated person to join our team in Prague for position of Project Manager of European R&D&I projects in innovative technologies.

Are you passionate about research and technology innovation? Are you target oriented, responsible and flexible? If time management and team spirit are no strangers to you then we are looking for you!

Apply for our newly opened position by sending your CV and motivation letter (both in English) to Bajarova(at)amires.eu till May 19th, 2021.
Only candidates that will proceed to the next round of the job will be contacted by May 21st, 2021. For more information click HERE.

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Thank you for making successful the intensive Virtual Regenerative Medicine Workshop “FROM LAB TO CLINIC”

Thank you for making successful the intensive Virtual Regenerative Medicine Workshop “FROM LAB TO CLINIC”, which took place on 28 April 2021. Together with speakers, more than 80 people attended this event. The workshop was organized in the frame of the OrganTrans EU funded project and was a part of the webinar series “NEXT GEN ORGAN-ON-CHIP & ORGANOIDS”. If you missed the chance to join us, you can watch the full recorded session on YouTube.
Don’t miss the next Webinar on “NEXT GEN ORGAN-ON-CHIP & ORGANOIDS! More information is available HERE.

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A significant milestone reached in MOSAIC project: real receiver installed!

During the last months, different systems had been tested by means of a dummy receiver connected to dummy hoses, simulating work conditions. Once the tests were completed, both the receiver and the hoses were replaced by the real ones. The operation was carried out from 20th to 22nd April and needed the participation and the cooperation of different partners and their subcontractors. The thermal installation is now complete with its real components.

The elevation of the ensemble was performed by means of a crane which lifted the real hoses, already connected to the receiver, while the receiver itself was lifted by the tracking system cables, in a coordinated operation. The hoses’ end, opposite to the receiver, was connected to the skid installation, on top of the main metallic tower.

In the following days, the system will be filled with HTF, and then the thermal loop system will be ready for the different tests that will assess its fine working. In a few weeks the solar field will be installed, before the final period of set-up tests starts.

New Service Offer: 3D design, modelling and rendering

AMIRES is excited to offer an additional support for innovation projects! Do you need to show your product or prototype visualization to investors, to funding agency or to test how it will be looking or interacting in modelled environment?

Now we offer to our clients to design and visualize a concept and create attractive images and animations using 3D models. Our consultants will guide you by using the tools (Blender, SketchUp, Solidworks, Dialux) to your needs and propose realistically looking models.

Examples of applications of this service:

  • Design and create engineered components and innovative concepts to analyse their structure and interactions
  • Visualize the installation of a product or production line in a building or a natural environment, foresee the obstacles and the space available
  • Render realistic images of products, infrastructure, interiors, buildings, landscapes
  • Plan the illumination of an internal or external space
  • Create short animations (under 30 seconds) which are ideal for dissemination purposes
  • Test some physical properties in simulations

The service includes the whole process of 3D modelling: design, conversion of 2D plans or images to a 3D geometry, texturing, physics, environment. The fields of applications is very broad, including health and biotech, material sciences, photonics, smart systems, energy generation and energy efficiency.

For more information contact Dr. Rudolf Fryček.

Coronavirus: HERA Incubator & new calls with support of €123 million for urgent research into coronavirus variants

European bio-defense preparedness plan – “Hera Incubator“ – The Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority started in February 2021 to prepare Europe for an increased thread of coronavirus variants. For Europe to react properly HERA Incubator will bring together science, public authorities and industry. HERA Incubator will focus on detecting new variants of the virus to accelerate the development of new vaccines and its production. More information is available here.

As one of the actions under the HERA Incubator the European Commission introduced a measure to speed up the authorization of adapted COVID-19 vaccines. It will allow companies to act faster when it comes to the gathering evidence, moreover it will authorize adapted vaccines with a smaller set of data submitted to the European Medicines Agency. The measure will now go to the European Parliament and Council before entering into force. For original article, click here.

This April, the European Commission announced the mobilization of €123 million to support research of coronavirus variants. It is a first emergency funding under Horizon Europe. The aim is to fight the coronavirus, act to prevent, alleviate and respond top the impact of coronavirus variants in line with the mission of HERA Incubator.

On 13th April new calls were launched, future funded projects are expected to rapidly advance the knowledge of Coronavirus, develop vaccine candidates, support research and data sharing. The deadline for submission is 6th May 2021.

Horizon Europe calls:

  1. FAIR and open data sharing in support to European preparedness for COVID-19 and other infectious diseases 
  2. Research infrastructure services for rapid research responses to COVID-19 and other infectious disease epidemics
  3. Vaccines & therapeutic clinical trials to boost COVID-19 prevention and treatment
  4. Cohorts united against COVID-19 variants of concern

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Source: EC – Audiovisual Service, European Union, 2021, ID: P-049389/00-05, 3/2/2021, Brussels, available: https://audiovisual.ec.europa.eu/en/photo/P-049389~2F00-05

European Innovation Council opened EIC Accelerator calls worth €1B to help start-ups and SMEs

EIC – European Innovation Council with a budget over €10 billion for 2021-2027 is following up on a pilot programme under Horizon 2020. The aim is to expand innovative start-ups and SMEs.

Ensuing step after announcement of funding opportunities the European Commission has opened the first EIC Accelerator calls with funding worth over €1 billion. Half of the funding are earmarked for European Green Deal and to the digital and health technologies.

Usually, projects which are under the bigger risk and need more time to fulfill the results are struggling to receive the financial support. Therefore, EIC Accelerator focuses on technological and scientific breakthroughs which need longer time frame before returns are generated as well as bigger funding. This together will help innovators to attract the full investment amounts.

Last but not least, the European Commission also opened the EIC Pathfinder programme, which is supporting daring ideas for new technologies. High risk, high gain, cutting-edge science – these concepts are more than welcome in EIC Pathfinder programme. For the full article click here.

Calls opened at this moment are:

  • EIC Pathfinder (deadline 19.5)
  • EIC Accelerator Open Call Challenge (deadline 9.6)
  • The European Capital of Innovation Awards (deadline 15.7.)
  • EU Prize for Women Innovators (deadline 30.6.)
  • Facing Societal Challenges Award (deadline 29.7.)
  • Innovation Procurement Strategy Award (deadline 29.7.)
  • Procurement Leadership Award (deadline 29.7.)

More information about calls are available HERE. 

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How to be successful in Horizon Europe (focus: Health)

On April 22nd 2021, MedTech Europe is organizing for its members webinar How to be successful in Horizon Europe (focus: Health). The practical and pragmatic webinar will be hosted by our CEO Rudolf Fryček and our Programme Manager in the domain of Health and Biotechnology Martina Nešverová. As this is a MedTech Europe members’ restricted event, please do not hesitate to contact Rudolf to learn more about the topic.
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MEET OUR TEAM: Roman Pašek

Roman recently celebrated two years with AMIRES. He started as a Project Manager in March 2019 and due to his hard work, excellent skills and mindset he became a Programme Manager soon after. Roman is currently leading our Deep Tech group. In AMIRES Roman is managing the OASIS project (Open Access Single entry point for scale-up of Innovative Smart lightweight composite materials and components), acts as Dissemination Manager of H2020 project MANUELA (additive MANUfacturing using mEtal pilot Line) and is responsible for H2020 project proposals preparation.

He is also helping companies in achieving their business goals via business innovation coaching, where he’s mostly been working with companies in the area of Internet of Things.

About his work he said:

“Working at AMIRES has been a blast so far! The scope of activities is diverse and so have been the opportunities for growth. The team is excellent, the working ethic is demanding, yet flexible, and the coffee machine produces a decent productivity booster.”

In addition to his work in AMIRES, since 2015 Roman has also been cooperating with the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic and is a member of three different programme Boards assessing a wide variety of R&D projects. Even though Roman is a family man with two children, he always finds some time to play his favorite guitar or read a book.

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Horizon Europe first strategic plan 2021-2024

Horizon Europe is a funding programme for research and innovation with a budget of €95.5 billion. The programme is starting this year and will last until 2027.

The first plan for four years sets the strategic orientations for the targeting of investment. This secure that EU research and innovation actions participate to EU priorities.

Part of the strategic plan are also four strategic orientations:

  • Promoting an open strategic autonomy by leading the development of key digital, enabling and emerging technologies, sectors and value chains;
  • Restoring Europe’s ecosystems and biodiversity, and managing sustainably natural resources;
  • Making Europe the first digitally enabled circular, climate-neutral and sustainable economy;
  • Creating a more resilient, inclusive and democratic European society.

Moreover, the European co-funded and co-programmed partnerships together with EU missions are identified and supported through Horizon Europe. The strategic plan addresses a several of horizontal issues, such as gender.

The first call for proposals will be published in late spring 2021 and will be presented in details at the European Research and Innovations Days which be held on 23-24 June 2021.

For original article and more information click HERE.

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Last chance to register! Virtual Regenerative Medicine Workshop, 28 APRIL 2021

Check out the position of the companies participating in this workshop as speakers in the value chain of the expansive field of regenerative medicine. Register for free, and find out more about future technology solutions, therapy, products, and applications in regenerative medicine together with relevant information about enabling funding of the research in this field.
The full program and more information on the speakers and the registration can be found HERE

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Open Access Research Publishing Platform

European Commission has officially launched its own open access platform – Open Research Europe (ORE). The platform will present the results of research funded by Horizon Europe as well as Horizon 2020. ORE provides everyone free of charge access to the latest scientific advances. Already 40 scientific papers from diverse fields of research have been submitted and are available.

One of the standard methods of working under its research and innovation funding programmes is open science. ORE is supported by a Scientific Advisory Board, which provides guidance on publishing policies, therefore the researchers are assured that the policies and guidelines are of the highest standards. To learn more about advantages and platform itself click HERE

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Picture source: https://open-research-europe.ec.europa.eu/blog/accelerating-knowledge-sharing

Webinar: MedPhab open call to support photonic medical device innovation

AMIRES with its experience in open call preparation and implementation is in the core team organising for MedPhab open calls for demo-cases.  MedPhab, Europe’s pilot line for photonics-based medical devices, is launching an Open Call for proposals for companies developing medical products. In the selected projects MedPhab will provide technology development services to companies that are adopting advanced photonics technologies in medical diagnostics solutions, with a subsidized financial support of up to 75%.

This programme will be launched soon, having as first cut-off on July 15, 2021, and to explain all steps needed for participation, MedPhab is organising a Webinar on May 11, 2021 11:30 CEST. If you are interested in learning more about MedPhab and about how you can participate in the Open Call tune in to this webinar. More information about the Webinar HERE, and about MedPhab open call HERE

 

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EU launched new support scheme for women in Deep Tech

Thematically on the day that is internationally dedicated to women (8.3), the European Commission announced a new initiative called “Women TechEU”.

The aim is to support women leading deep tech start-ups in Europe. It is funded under European Innovation Ecosystem Work Programme of Horizon Europe and it will offer first-class coaching and mentoring to female CEOs and founders. Moreover it will be a targeted funding to help them to take their business to the next level.

“Women-led companies are on the rise” – the full view is that it is not only a matter of fairness, but also a major case of using Europe´s full potential of excellence in science and businesses. As per the latest statistics at least 25% of applications invited for the second stage of evaluation should come from the women-led companies.

To support the idea and fulfill the aim a call for mentors has been launched.

For more information and to view a original article, click HERE.

Video source: https://community-smei.easme-web.eu/articles/open-call-eic-women-leadership-programme-call-mentors

The MOSAIC project is entering its final phase!

The consortium aims at constructing the prototype of a fixed semi-Fresnel solar concentrator and an ad-hoc mobile receiver. This novel approach of CSP plants will optimize the cost of the installation per Kwh; besides, it will be modular and scalable to adapt to the needs of the solar industry and energy demands.

The prototype at Cener facilities in Sangüesa is on its way towards its final state, as depicted in this video created by Increscendo:

Here is a brief overview of the last works carried out on the construction site:  

  • The mounting towers for the mobile elements and the oven have been erected.
  • The mechanical, optical and electrical elements of the tracking system have been installed and are being tested.
  • The innovative dummy hoses have been connected to the receiver.
  • The meteorological station has been connected to the tracking system, and the DCS of the whole prototype has been updated to achieve a full control of the plant.

The next key step will be the installation of the field of the solar mirrors, along with the evaluation of a watering system for the mirrors.

For more information, do not hesitate to visit the MOSAIC website. For the latest news about the tracking system by Tekniker, click HERE

AMIRES at EuroNanoForum 2021!

AMIRES is very pleased to attend the EuroNanoForum 2021, an international online conference where we will not only promote our services but more importantly, we will disseminate our projects funded from EU Horizon 2020.

The conference is held on May 5th – 6th , 2021 with the main topic: Role of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials for innovation, competitiveness, and sustainability in Europe and on a global scale.

Not only experts across different sectors will be part of the conference, but Exhibition Hall and Poster sessions will be available to visit as well.

AMIRES will disseminate projects across Health & Biotech, Energy and Sustainability, New Materials and Flexible & Wearable Materials as well as Deep Tech domain.

Registration for potential interested parties is free of charge. For more information visit official EuroNanoForum website.

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Open positions for Deep Tech and New Materials and Flexible & Wearable Electronics domains!

Without our highly dedicated team our job and results will not be a success. Our team is our pride. To support growth, we are looking for highly motivated people to join our team in Prague for positions of:

Project Manager of European R&D&I projects in Deep Tech domain
Project Manager of European R&D&I projects in New Materials and Flexible & Wearable Electronics domain

Are you passionate about Advanced Manufacturing, Artificial Intelligence, Photonics or Flexible & Wearable Electronics? Are you target oriented, responsible and flexible? If time management and team spirit are no strangers to you then we are looking for you!

Apply for our newly opened positions by sending your CV and motivation letter (both in English) to Bajarova(at)amires.eu till April 21th, 2021.
Only candidates that will proceed to the next round of the job will be contacted by April 23th, 2021.

For more information read HERE.  

OITBs as a service to the Industry – Virtual Workshop on May 4, 2021. Register now!

With the aim to promote the European Open Innovation Ecosystem as service provider to Industry, FlexFunciton2Sustain project, in which AMIRES is a partner, organizes a workshop:  “Open Innovation Test Beds as a service to the Industry” as satellite event to the 2021 EuroNanoForum Conference. 

The European Commission has invested approx. 250 million euro in Open Innovation Test Beds (OITBs) with the aim to bring nanotechnologies and advanced materials within market reach by providing access to demonstration and upscaling facilities as well as advisory services to advance technologies from laboratory validation to prototypes in industrial environments. Up to today, 25 OITB projects have been launched in six technology domains.

The objective of the workshop is to take stock from current policy initiatives and Open Innovation Test Beds in order to get new ideas to support the Advanced Materials European Innovation Ecosystem in the context of Horizon Europe. OITBs, related clustering initiatives and end-users will have the opportunity to share their experience, expectations and new ideas to bring nanotechnologies and advanced materials within the reach of companies and users. The event is targeted to representatives from the OITBs, Industry, Industry Associations, other projects likely to integrate results to OITB service portfolio and the European Commission.

The workshop will be held on 4th May 2021, 14:00 – 17:30 CEST as Online Event and will feature two sessions:

1. About OITB and about user expectations to the European Open Innovation Ecosystem;
2. OITB as a Service for Industry: Introduction to the service portfolio of established OITB

If you are interested to join the event, please register through the EuroNanoForum Website.

Participation is free of charge!

Looking forward to discussing with you about the fast-track to turn your ideas to market-ready innovations!
 

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PANCAIM website has been launched!

We are pleased to announce that the full version of the PANCAIM project website is now available. Click HERE and find out more about how the project aims to develop trusted impactful AI applications for regular clinical use to help clinical decision-makers to give the right treatment to the right patients at the right time, and at the right cost and improve treatment outcomes of PDAC patients.

We will keep you updated about the project´s progress and latest news, you can also use the contact form to get additional information. We are looking forward to hearing from you!

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AMIRES as a coaching support to LIGENTECH

We are thrilled to see another successful story from our coaching sessions. Our CEO Rudolf Fryček as a coach supported the company LIGENTECH in its growth, with expanding the pool of their partners and the ecosystem at European level and to win the highly competitive EIC Accelerator grant.

LIGENTECH is a B2B company manufacturing Photonic Integrated Circuits (PIC) for customers in high-tech areas such as communication on ground and space, Quantum technologies, LiDAR and Biosensors.

Managing Director of LIGENTECH Michael Geiselmann shared:

“Coach Rudolf Frycek’s help focused on the business plan and fundraising, and more specifically the EIC Accelerator, a European scheme helping start-ups in the field of new technologies. “Thanks to the coaching, we won this grant, continues Michael Geiselmann. We are therefore very happy. It will allow us to finance the growth of our company for two years and also to be able to switch to large-scale manufacturing of our technology.”

We thank for the trust the LIGENTECH put in us.

AMIRES can help you identify new opportunities in the field of technology and in finding the most suitable solutions to your needs and technical challenges. For more information visit Our Services. 

For original article click HERE.

Press Release – PHABULOuS Announcing the establishment of the PHABULOuS Pilot Line Association

PHABULOuSPilot-line providing highly advanced & robust manufacturing technology for optical free-form μ-structures – is the European one-stop shop for the manufacturing of free-form micro-optics offering accelerated innovation & production cycles from prototypes to piloting and large volume production.

PHABULOuS announced a big milestone with the establishment of its independent PHABULOuS Pilot Line Association, moreover after the review process the pilot line is now the 20th official partner of the projects in Public Private Partneship with Photonics21.

Check the official Press release HERE. 
 

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PrintoCent Webinar on SmartEEs cases

On the 16th March, 2021 the Webinar on success stories of EU-SmartEEs organized by PrintoCent and VTT presented together seven projects.

AMIRES as a business coaching partner of SmartEEs was proud to support the project IoTflexNode – the IoT device that fits and bends, the project by Fuelium SMARTK7 – Smart cassette, Adaptive Architecture Systems (FLXilight) – MESH – modular adaptive skin for high efficiency buildings and last but not least O.light by ESYST – Modern Smart Lighting.

During the presentation, our CEO Rudolf Fryček presented a digital Marketplace for Flexible & Wearable Electronics.

The Marketplace offers Innovation companies the possibility to explore innovative offerings, based on flexible electronics. Moreover, the digital marketplace offers information and contacts to the leading European organizations involved in flexible & wearable technologies research, development, integration and commercialization. The SmartEEs Marketplace is a place to innovate the business of SMEs, Mid-caps and Large companies while scouting for new business opportunities with flexible electronics technologies and to connect supply (ready to integrate products, prototypes, services) & demand (designers, integrators, solution providers, vendors), and to facilitate the promotion of innovative products.

To learn more about SmartEEs, click HERE.

Virtual Regenerative Medicine Workshop “FROM LAB TO CLINIC”

CSEM and AMIRES invite you to the Virtual Regenerative Medicine Workshop with the main slogan “FROM LAB TO CLINIC”. It is organized in the frame of the OrganTrans EU funded project and is a part of the webinar series “NEXT GEN ORGAN-ON-CHIP & ORGANOIDS”. The workshop initiative aims to bring together leading experts from different companies and countries from across the expansive field of regenerative medicine. Structured around keynote presentations from selected speakers, the workshop will facilitate the exchange of views on the future technology solutions, therapy, products, and applications in regenerative medicine together with relevant information about enabling funding of the research in this field.
Take the opportunity, participate and find out more about incredible technology, modern trends, and interests of the key players in this field. Establish your new network for future collaborations! You can find below the list of companies presenting at this event.

TARGET AUDIENCE

Companies
Clinicians
Standardizers
Innovators
Researchers
Policy maker

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Open position in Deep Tech!

Without our highly dedicated team our job and results will not be a success. Our team is our pride. To support growth, we are looking for highly motivated people to join our team in Prague for position of Project Manager of European R&D&I projects in Deep Tech domain.

Are you passionate about Advanced Manufacturing, Artificial Intelligence and Photonics? Are you target oriented, responsible and flexible? If time management and team spirit are no strangers to you then we are looking for you!

Apply for our newly opened position of Project Manager of European R&D&I projects in Deep Tech domain by sending your CV and motivation letter (both in English) to Bajarova(at)amires.eu till April 6th, 2021. Only candidates that will proceed to the next round of the job will be contacted by April 7th, 2021. Read HERE for more.

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#podnikám SmartEEs2 – Inovujte s ohebnou elektronikou

 
30. března 2021 se pod záštitou JIC uskuteční seminář zaměřený na fungování, pravidla a možnosti využití programu SmartEEs2.

SmartEES2 (Sustainable ecosysteM for the Adoption, Ramp-up and Transfer of Emerging Electronics Solutions) může nabídnout jak finanční podporu na vývoj a validaci prototypu nebo koncových produktů s využitím z dostupných technologii, tak i podporu při realizaci.

Nepromeškejte šanci se dozvědět důležité informace a možnost diskuse s našim CEO Rudolfem Fryčkem.

Seminář je určen jak pro zkušené, tak pro začínající podnikatele.

Více informací se dozvíte ZDE

OASIS Open Call 1st cut-off winners announced!

The winners from the 1st cut-off of OASIS Open Call are these six applicants:

  • Trixell (France)
  • S.Z.T.K. “TAPS” – Maciej Kowalski (Poland)
  • Thales Alenia Space (France)
  • Décathlon (France)
  • Universidad del País Vasco UPV/EHU (Spain)
  • AT-P AVIATION Sp. z o.o. (Poland)

Congratulations and let the development of their exciting Democases begin!

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CONDOR website is now alive

The full version of the CONDOR project website is now up. Visit https://condor-h2020.eu/ to discover how we will reach our goal to become a basis for the next generation of non-fossil fuel production technologies and meet the involved partners working to bring this idea into reality.

Stay tuned for our latest news and keep yourself up-to-date with details on our dissemination activities. If further questions remain, an online Contact form is available to get in touch with us. We are looking forward to hearing from you!
 

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INSPIRE project aims to revolutionize photonic integrated circuit technology

InP on SiN Photonic integrated circuits realized through waferscale micro-transfer printing

New H2020 project INSPIRE will revolutionize photonic integrated circuit technology by combining highest optoelectronic efficiencies in InP photonics and lowest optical loss in SiN photonics, in a single platform through wafer-scale micro-transfer printing technology.

The project, coordinated by Eindhoven University of Technology, was launched on 1 January 2021. Partners in the project are IMEC (BE),  Smart photonics (NL), X-CELEPRINT (IE), Thales (FR), University of Cambridge (UK) and Amires (CZ). Further details are available in the project´s first press release here.

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Welcome our new team member!

AMIRES team is growing again! We are happy to welcome our new colleague Marika who joined us in March.

Based on the Marika´s experience which she gained at the University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague and in the Czech Liaison Office for R&D in Brussels, we believe that she  is a great fit to our team. Her experience with EU Research & Innovation landscape will make our team even stronger.

In AMIRES, Marika is involved in the Deep Tech domain, specifically she is covering the PICs portfolio. In line with that she is in charge of H2020 projects InPulse (Indium-Phosphide Pilot Line for up-scaled, low-barrier, self-sustained, PIC ecosystem) and INSPIRE (InP on SiN Photonic Integrated circuits REalized through wafer-scale micro-transfer Printing).

To learn more about our team click HERE.

Marika, welcome to our team, we are looking forward to working with you!
 

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PANCAIM´s first PRESS RELEASE

PANCAIM – A European consortium to improve pancreatic cancer treatment with artificial intelligence optimizing, integrating genomics and medical imaging

European (EU) H2020 funded PANCAIM project, officially started on 1st January, 2021, will develop trusted impactful AI applications for regular clinical use to help clinical decision-makers to give the right treatment to the right patients at the right time, and at the right cost and improve treatment outcomes of PDAC patients.

Read the Press Release announcing the launch of the PANCAIM project.

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The JePPIX Pilot Line has launched a Demonstrator Open Call offering pre-commercial InP PIC production

The JePPIX Pilot Line offers commercial InP PIC production, based on mature Process Design Kits (PDKs). The JePPIX Pilot Line is now opening a Demonstrator Open Call to provide support to innovative businesses and catalyze their transition to industrial prototyping and pre-commercial production of high-performance indium phosphide photonic integrated circuits (PICs).
 
The objective of this call is to find innovative partners who are interested in bringing a PIC-based product to the market, thereby demonstrating the capabilities of indium phosphide (InP) technologies “Made in Europe” and showcase the competences of the JePPIX Pilot Line supply chain.

The Call is now open and applicants are able to apply anytime until 12 November 2021. Up to 15 selected Demonstrator Open Call applicants will receive pioneer funding of up to 50% in in-kind contributions. The Call encourages applications from eligible companies of any size, and addressing any market segment, who are ready to take their InP PIC-based products to piloting readiness level and are willing to share high-level information about their demonstrator cases.

Demonstrator Open Call participants will have the opportunity to receive support from experienced specialists from the JePPIX Pilot Line consortium covering design, test and characterization, consultancy, and software support, among others. Piloting fabrication runs will additionally further process robustness and reliability, and contribute to accelerating your time to market, and lowering your development costs.

Information on eligibility criteria and application guidelines can be found here. Further assistance is available through the Helpdesk by phone to +420 226 217 422 or by email to helpdesk@jeppix.eu (Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 17.00 p.m. CET).

 

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MARVEL website has been launched!

We are extremely pleased to announce the official launch of our MARVEL project website! Our goal with this website is to provide our visitors an easier way to learn about MARVEL project, its goals, perspectives and assure an on-going communication between general public, scientific community, media, policy makers, industries, end-users, etc. on one side and partners of the project on the other.
Our new website is fully responsive, meaning that you can view it with ease on any device, whether in the office, at home, or on the move! Amongst the features, the website contains integrated social media buttons for Linkedin and Twitter, to foster improved communication with the broad public. We will be constantly updating our content with information about the project progress, achievements, and events connected to us on the News & Events page. You can also sign up for our updates or to contact us directly through the contact form.

Visit us HERE

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NEW GRANTS TO BEST RESEARCHERS

European Commission presents the first work programme under Horizon Europe, the new EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation for 2021-2027. The new EU largest transnational programme ever supporting research and innovation- Horizon Europe will have a budget of €95.5 billion for 2021-2027. This represents a 30% increase to the H2020.   

The first work programme includes three main calls for proposals for frontier research actions for a total amount of €1.9 billion: Starting Grants, Consolidator Grants and Advanced Grants. The European Research Council (ERC), an EU public body for funding of scientific and technological research, will manage this Work programme. 

Three main Calls for Proposals:

  1.  The first call is “Starting Grants”  which will support top researchers to start their own independent research team or programme. The call will be launched on 25 February, with a budget of €619 million and a deadline of 8 April.
  2.  The second call, the “Consolidator Grants“, for researchers who are consolidating their own independent research team or programme will open, with a budget of €633 million. The deadline for applications is 20 April.
  3. The third call, the “Advanced Grants”, will be launched on May 20, for leading advanced investigators, with a budget of €626 million and deadline on 31 August.

The European Research Council awards grants through open competitions to projects headed by starting and established researchers. As its sole selection criterion is scientific excellence, it strives to attract top researchers from anywhere in the world to come and stay in Europe.
The UK will be part of Horizon Europe. The UK government announced the UK will associate to Horizon Europe, the EU’s research and innovation programme 2021-2027. Association will give UK scientists, researchers and businesses access to funding under the programme on equivalent terms as organisations in EU countries.

•    Read the ERC 2021 Work Programme

MEET OUR TEAM: Mariana Pacheco Blanco

Mariana Pacheco Blanco joined AMIRES team 1 year ago and currently she was justly promoted to programme manager for healthcare domain. Her vision to better communicate science and her active involvement in voluntary activities are worth sharing.

Mariana studied the bachelor in biomedicine in Puebla, Mexico (BUAP). Since then she has been interested in pursuing a scientific career and become passionate about immunology. Mariana continued her study in Mexico City where she obtained a master’s in science, working in an immunology laboratory (CINVESTAV-IPN) and finally completed doctoral studies abroad. Germany brought a good opportunity for her in the Max Planck Institute. After that she moved to the Czech Republic due to personal links, where she stayed in a postdoctoral position at BIOCEV- having fun in the lab however she was inclined to make a switch in her career, and she said:

“Amires has been the perfect place. I can still be in contact with science but also with the knowledge and technology transfer for the development of innovative products. Working at Amires provides me a broader overview of scientific and technological development in Europe and be in the core of leaders in Research organisations and companies.”

In addition to her work at Amires, Mariana participates in voluntary activities. For example, she is a mentor in the programme “Leader Women in STEM”, organized by the US Foundation USMX leaders network. This programme has Mexican women, around the world mentoring high school students from rural areas in Mexico, in addition it provides leadership training in a cycle of 6 months. Since December 2019 she is coordinator of Science, technology and Innovation (STI) of the Mexican Network in the Czech Republic and organizes communication of science articles in the Czech chapter website (in Spanish). Since December 2020 she is part of the Commission of this network that coordinates STI in Europe.

Mariana believes that “It is very important to communicate science”, you can read her articles in the communication website: Immunobites.

Recently she participated in the first Meeting of BUAP Alumni: Legacy and Perspective of Biomedicine at BUAP in the world, which took place on 12-14 January, 2021 in Mexico. Students from the Bachelor of Biomedicine or interested in studying this or similar careers, were the main audience. They could listen Biomedicine BUAP Alumni, who are located in different scientific positions in Mexico and the World. The audience could see the open opportunities that bring the study of this bachelor or similar scientific studies. Mariana had the opportunity to present to alma mater in Mexico her career path, with the title “From bugs to multidisciplinary groups”. Listen to her motivated (HERE from min 25, in Spanish), about her start in Puebla,  Mexico City, Germany to the Czech Republic and her involvement in multidisciplinary groups searching for scientific and technological innovation.

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SABINA delivered a set of modular solutions to help reduce buildings and districts carbon emissions as well as overall operating costs

SABINA was an EU funded H2020 research and innovation project that aimed to develop new technology along with financial models that would connect, control and actively manage thermal and electric networks using generation and storage assets in order to exploit synergies between electrical requirements and the thermal inertia of buildings, whilst allowing aggregators to provide flexibility and balancing services to the grid. SABINA aimed to maximise the usage of variable renewable energy sources by converting excess electrical energy to heat or cold and storing it using the thermal inertia of buildings. Provision for aggregation at district level were provided to maximise the effect of SABINA. SABINA lasted for 4 year and finished in October 2020 with AMIRES as a partner responsible for project management and dissemination.

A set of critical factors are required to enable deployment of any new technology focussed on energy and carbon reduction in any market. While any technology may be proven in test environments deployment in real word settings can often be subject to other outside influences that should be reviewed prior to attempting deployment. Policies already exist in a number of member states that supports the introduction of innovative new technologies to deliver on a common EU carbon target. The interplay between the market, technology development and policymaking align itself well to the wider deployment of SABINA either as a technology supporting market and policy ambition or as a seed for transformative change in countries seeking to scale up ambition in carbon reduction. As part of our work on SABINA the partners assessed which markets in EU member states were already undertaking a reasonable level of demand side response at a national strategic level. Based on IEA data the findings demonstrate that a large proportion of the EU would be viable for SABINA deployment on the basis that flexibility and aggregation markets either already exist or are ramping up activity.

As the SABINA system relies on critical and regular data streams and the ability for swift response to them much of the successful deployment of the system will be dependent on the maturity of smart grids within any EU member state. The viability of SABINA is dependent on a number of key Net Zero transitions within any host member state. The challenge to enable the switch over from gas to electricity for our heating brings a number of critical risks in supply and demand of energy, placing greater pressure on our national energy infrastructure and requiring low and zero carbon generation to provide demand in a way that reduces our contribution to climate change. In order to provide the additional demand required to support the electrification of heating and vehicles in a sustainable way significantly higher levels of renewable deployment is needed.

Coupled with an increase in overall demand it will be important to develop technologies that can support swift demand side response, much greater flexibility in smart energy systems and digitalisation of operational control – SABINA can play a leading role in supporting this.

More information related to SABINA is available here.

FROM LAB TO CLINIC – Virtual Regenerative Medicine Workshop

Are you involved in the R&D of Regenerative medicine products or technologies? Or you are a clinician who is interested in knowing more about the new trends, and establish new contacts, or starting new collaborations? Then, register HERE for the “Virtual Regenerative medicine workshop: FROM LAB TO CLINIC” organized by CSEM and AMIRES in the frame of the OrganTrans EU funded project and find out more about incredible technology, modern trends, and interests of the key players in this field. Establish your new network for future collaborations!
The workshop is a part of the webinar series “Next Gen OoC & Organoids”.
More information coming soon…

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Get INSPIRED!

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A new Horizon2020 project INSPIRE (InP on SiN Photonic Integrated circuits REalized through wafer-scale micro-transfer printing) was launched on 1st January 2021. INSPIRE combines the power of indium phosphide technology with the full capability of silicon nitride photonic technology, creating and leveraging volume manufacturing techniques.

Read more information about the aim and consortium that AMIRES is also part of HERE.

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PANCAIM project has kicked-off!

On January 20th, 2021 PANCAIM project (Pancreatic cancer AI for genomics and personalized Medicine) was officially kicked-off via online conferencing service where all partners from 9 organizations participated. The project is coordinated by Radboud University Medical Centre Nijmegen from Netherlands, with the participation of Karolinska Institutet (Sweden), Oslo universitetssykehus HF (Norway), Spanish National Cancer Research Center (Spain), University of Glasgow (UK), Collective Minds Radiology (Sweden), Siemens Healthineers (Germany), The Hyve (Netherlands ) and Amires (Czech Republic).

PANCAIM will develop trusted impactful AI applications for regular clinical use to help clinical decision-makers to give the right treatment to the right patients at the right time, and at the right cost and improve treatment outcomes of PDAC patients.

More information will be shortly available at www.pancaim.eu.

 

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AMIRES – Female power in STEM

February 11 is the day of the Girls and Women in Science, in which we celebrate all females who contribute to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) disciplines.
Being that AMIRES is a company that seeks business innovation, through pushing the state-of the art technologies and advancement in Science in different fields, we count on excellent human resources, and great representation of women.

From 17 AMIRES team members, 10 are excellent female professionals in a high leadership position. Lenka Bajarova, AMIRES Managing Director, has outstanding scientific project management expertise and leads the AMIRES team. Moreover, from the other 9 women, 8 lead at least 1 EU funded project in STI (Science, Technology and Innovation). These incredible women share discussions, lead events and stir the outcomes of high-quality STI projects, whose consortia consist of companies, research centers, innovation centers, universities and even hospitals.

The Health Programme Manager, Martina Nesverova, is a senior team member with expertise in the Health and Biotech fields. With her thriving trajectory she has successfully led the preparation of proposals, which have been funded mainly by extremely competitive EU funding programmes. In addition, she had started long-standing partnerships with companies and research organisations not only in the Czech Republic.

A successful team is based on diversity and acknowledging the importance of a multidisciplinary approach. The AMIRES female team is a perfect example of this, bringing up a combination of skills and knowledge that encompasses different fields such as business, political sciences, international affairs, languages, biomedicine and even forensic entomology. Therefore, in AMIRES we have learned that by tackling situations from different angles provides more efficient and effective solutions from a multidisciplinary and enriched vision.

Science is not only found in a laboratory or in a university office, but is everywhere, and we need representation of women at all levels. At AMIRES we are showing it and we are making it our strength. Choosing AMIRES is choosing gender equality and empowerment of women in STEM.

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TINKER WEBSITE LAUNCH

It is official! TINKER website has been launched!

Visit https://www.project-tinker.eu/ and take the journey with us. We will keep you updated about the project´s progress and latest news.
So keep your eyes open.

This is just a start! 

AMIRES looking for new team member!

We are proud of the work we do, and our success is primarily the result of our passionate team of dedicated people. To support our growth, we are looking for highly motivated people to join our team in Prague for a position of Project Manager of European R&D&I projects.

If you are interested in new technologies, great at communication, familiar with European R&D&I funding, have analytical mind set and organizational skills and like challenges, then our job proposal is for you. Read HERE for more.

Good News for the EU and Beyond

The Commission welcomes the political agreement between the European Parliament and the Council on Horizon Europe, the largest transnational programme ever supporting research and innovation. The new EU research and innovation programme will have a budget of around €95.5 billion for 2021-2027 (current prices). This includes €5.4 billion (current prices) from NextGenerationEU to boost our recovery and make the EU more resilient for the future, as well as an additional reinforcement of €4.5 billion (current prices). This represents a 30% increase vis-à-vis the current research and innovation programme, Horizon 2020 (comparing Horizon Europe against Horizon 2020 for EU27, in constant prices) and makes it the most ambitious research and innovation programme in the world.

This is a big support for researchers and SMEs. 

Read more  https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/IP_20_2345

The world of “Photonics for Medical devices”

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Last Wednesday December8, 2020 the Webinar on Photonics for Medical Devices organized by EPIC gathered more than 20 organisations, including companies, research organisations and clinical institutions, which talk and discussed about opportunities in medical devices utilizing photonics. Within those companies, AMIRES was represented by our Health-Life Sciences project manager, Mariana Pacheco Blanco.  Moreover, MedPhab pilot line was also presented, in which Mariana acts as project manager.
We, at AMIRES are very glad to be part of such an essential and powerful value chain impacting European business and healthcare products, improving lives!

You can see this event HERE

Flexible Electronics Report

There are over 200 projects that deal with flexible electronics within the H2020 programme. The most active organisations are the RTOs and the Higher Education Institutions such as Fraunhofer, VTT, CEA, IMEC, TNO, CNRS, Cambridge, Oxford, EPF Laussane and Imperial College, among others.

Discover more in-depth analysis of flexible electronics within the Horiozon 2020 Programme, created by John Kennedy Mwangi, AMIRES. The analysis includes:

  • NUMBER OF PROJECTS OVER THE YEARS
  • DISTRIBUTION OF PROJECTS AMONG THE FUNDING INSTRUMENTS
  • PROJECT RANKING IN TERMS OF FUNDING
  • THE KEY PERFORMERS
  • THE DOMINANT PRIVATE FOR PROFIT ENTITIES
  • NUMBER OF PROJECTS PER COUNTRY

Full report HERE

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SmartEEs2 Webinar takeaways

Can flexible and wearable technologies innovate your products and services? How to get technical, business and financial support for testing it?

On December 4, 2020, AMIRES organized a webinar in the framework of the SmartEEs2 project. This webinar was specifically aimed at informing companies in Central Europe about possibilities to participate in the open calls for Application Experiments.

Within SmartEEs2 five Calls for Application Experiments are opened inviting interested companies to submit their application experiment proposals. Selected Application Experiments will demonstrate the transfer of flexible and wearable electronics technologies into new products / series of products, processes, business models and business opportunities. The next, already third, Call for Application Experiments is open until the 15th of January 2021.

At the workshop, participants were informed about the SmartEEs2 project and its objectives and how to submit a proposal in the Call for Application Experiments. The webinar also included two examples of companies that were supported through the first SmartEEs project.

Webinar presentations

Presentation title Speaker
Introduction to the workshopMichael ten Donkelaar, AMIRES
Introduction to SmartEEs2Rudolf Fryček, AMIRES
Company testimonial 1 – ESYSTJaroslav Sochor, ESYST, Czech Republic
Company testimonial 2 – IDEAGianluca Di Buo, IDEA, Italy
SmartEEs2 registration processMinja Maric, AMIRES

Webinar recordings

Upcoming Regenerative Medicine workshop…stay tuned

Due to the combination of the following: end of the year duties, the upcoming Christmas break and the difficult time of the sanitary situation, we need to postpone this event for Spring 2021. We apologize for the change of plans, however we want to assure you a high-quality experience through the newest trends in Regenerative Medicine. We thank you for your understanding and please stay tuned!

Are you involved in the R&D of Regenerative medicine products or technologies? Or you are a clinician who is interested in knowing more about the new trends, and establish new contacts or starting new collaborations? Then, register HERE for the “Virtual Regenerative medicine workshop: from lab to clinic” organized by CSEM and AMIRES in the frame of OrganTrans EU funded project and find out more about incredible technology, modern trends, and interests of the key players in this field. Establish your new network for future collaborations!
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MedPhab at virtual medical tech exhibition COMPAMED

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MedPhab shared a booth with three other European Photonics-based Manufacturing Pilot Lines during virtual COMPAMED. HERE  people could visit the virtual booth coordinated by MedPhab partner, EPIC.  More than 500 people had viewed what MedPhab offers, through the recorded presentation of Ralph Liedert from VTT, which you can see HERE as part of the IVAM Session: Laser and Photonics Applications. In addition, Anja Haase from MedPhab partner, JOANNEUM RESEARCH, shared with the audience their technology in micro- and nano imprint lithography during the microfluidics session of the virtual COMPAMED HIGH-TECH FORUM 2020. Watch her presentation HERE

Next generation of renewable energy technology! CONDOR project launched

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A new Horizon2020 project CONDOR (COmbined suN-Driven Oxidation and CO2 Reduction for renewable energy storage) was launched on 1st November 2020. The main project’s objective is developing a modular device for the production of fuels by using water and carbon dioxide as feedstock and sunlight as the sole energy source.
Read more information about the aim and consortium that AMIRES is also part of  HERE.

MANUELA project’s Open Call has been launched’

MANUELA project’s General Assembly meeting is taking place today and marks the launching of an Open Call for Business Development Cases. This is a unique opportunity for European companies to access the top-notch equipment and services of this Metal Additive Manufacturing Pilot Line, in order to develop and test novel parts, components or products exploiting the benefits of metal AM.

The Open Call will have two cut-off dates on 31st March and 30th September after which the best proposals for Business Development Cases will be selected. You can find all the details on MANUELA’s website here – https://manuela-project.eu/open-call/ – or you can contact its helpdesk at helpdesk@manuela-project.eu.

The Call is open for companies of any size and from any industry. In case you are interested we strongly encourage you to check the technical feasibility of your idea with us prior to submitting a proposal.

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SmartEEs Tuned Another Application Experiment to Bring Lighting Comfort With a Healthier Solution

ESYST, a Czech-based supplier for interior lighting, industrial lighting and public lighting, submitted a proposal to SmartEEs project for an application experiment aiming to bring smart light solutions.

There were two main problems:  lack of intelligent lighting luminaires and low lighting comfort resulting in unhealthy solutions for lighting interiors, which disturb hormone production and thus prevent an undisturbed circadian rhythm. SmartEEs solution, with the service provider – Fraunhofer FEP was developing human-centric light by LED/OLED combination. Development of esthetically pleasing smart lights, utilizing both LED and OLED for their emission capabilities of required wavelengths. By combining two separate tuneable-white modules, the color temperature range of emitted light was expanded, which improves quality over standard human-centric lights. By adding smart control on top the resulting lights should offer a wide range of applications and features such as usage statistics which may lead to more effective use in the future and thus lower power consumption. AMIRES, as a SmartEEs business provider for this case, identified growth potentials by analyzing market segments and further business opportunities throughout the business coaching sessions.

Watch ESYST’s story to bring lighting comfort and healthier solutions to life with SmartEEs support.

MARVEL project has kicked-off!

On November 5th – 6th, 2020 MARVEL project was officially kicked-off via online conferencing service where all partners from 6 organizations participated. The project is coordinated by the Italian National Research Council (CNR) SCITEC-CNR, with the participation of ITM-CNR and other 5 European partners from different countries: Vita-Salute San Raffaele University (Italy), Cardiocentro Ticino Foundation (Switzerland), Paperdrop Diagnostics (Spain), HansaBioMed Life Sciences (Estonia) and Amires (Czech Republic).
MARVEL project, whose full name is “Evolving reversible iMmunocapture by membrane sensing peptides: towARds scalable extracellular VEsicLes isolation” – will develop new diagnostic and therapeutic tools using extracellular vesicles. This innovative technology can help to detect bladder cancer and provide therapeutic treatment of cardiovascular diseases, which are among leading causes of deaths in the world nowadays.
Extracellular vesicles are membranous particles that are released from a cell. They are found in biological fluids such as blood and urine and they are involved in communication between cells. Extracellular vesicles act as signalling “vehicles” in both physiological and pathological mechanisms. These characteristics make them fundamental in the development of innovative methods in diagnostics, therapy, and industrial biomedical applications. Therefore, MARVEL’s goal is to upgrade the existing technology for reversible extracellular vesicles isolation and move beyond the analytical scale. This is crucial for the manufacturing scale production of extracellular vesicles and further their deployment in cardiac repair and non-invasive diagnosis of bladder cancer.
More information will be shortly available at www.marvel-fet.eu
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Next generation of renewable energy technology: CONDOR

The next generation of innovative renewable energy system is ahead of us thanks to the CONDOR project (COmbined suN-Driven Oxidation and CO2 Reduction for renewable energy storage) launched officially on 09th of October 2020. Funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, the project will address the two big scientific challenges related to the conversion of sunlight into fuels and mitigation of anthropogenic climate change.

CONDOR aims at developing a modular device for the production of fuels by using water and carbon dioxide as feedstock and sunlight as the sole energy source. The projects will develop a photosynthetic device made of two compartments: (a) a photoelectrochemical cell that splits water and CO2 and generates oxygen and syngas, a mixture of H2 and CO; (b) a (photo)reactor that converts syngas into methanol and dimethylether, via bi-functional heterogeneous catalysts. The final target is a full photosynthetic device with 8% solar-to-syngas and 6% solar-to-DME efficiencies with three-months continuous outdoor operation. CONDOR has the ambition to become a basis for the next generation of non-fossil fuel production technologies as it proposes an innovative approach that brings both techno-economic (cost reduction, higher efficiency, lower technological and manufacturing complexity) and environmental (reduced CO2 emission, reduced energy for production, reduced usage of rare materials) advantages in comparison to current solutions for renewable production of methanol and dimethylether.

The project’s innovation potential in terms of scientific and engineering activities is possible by combining the interdisciplinary approach, complementary competences and international collaboration. Coordinated by the University of Bologna and with AMIRES participation, the CONDOR consortium is unifying well reputed technology development teams and key industrial partners, specialised in nanomaterials preparation and characterisation by operando microscopy and spectroscopy, homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis, photochemistry/photoelectrochemistry, PEC engineering and assessment of the environmental and socio-economic impact of the proposed technology, including life cycle assessment.

Additional information about the CONDOR project can be found at: https://condor-h2020.eu/

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TINKER’s first PRESS RELEASE

The H2020 TINKER project bringing 15 partners from 8 EU countries under its roof has started on the 1st October 2020 and HERE is the first project’s Press Release.

Read more details and stay updated!

AMIRES looking for new team member!

We are proud of the work we do, and our success is primarily the result of our passionate team of dedicated people. To support our growth, we are looking for highly motivated people to join our team in Prague for a position of Project Manager of European R&D&I projects.

If you are interested in new technologies, great at communication, familiar with European R&D&I funding, have analytical mind set and organizational skills and like challenges, then our job proposal is for you. Read HERE for more.

2021 COMMISSION WORK PROGRAMME

Every year, the European Commission adopts a work programme which sets out its key initiatives for the year ahead.It contains new legislative initiatives across all six headline ambitions: 

A European Green Deal
A Europe fit for the digital age
An economy that works for people
A stronger Europe in the world
Promoting our European way of life
A new push for European democracy

A full list of the 44 new policy objectives under the six headline ambitions are set out in Annex 1 of the 2021 work programme.

AMIRES IS AMONG WINNERS OF EU DATHATHON 2020

The winners of the EU Datathon 2020 were announced on 15th October on the Digital event during the European Week of Regions and Cities and AMIRES is proud to be among them. 
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EU Datathon is an annual open data competition organized by the Publications Office of the EU since 2017. The main goal is to stimulate innovation and transform the interaction between citizens and the EU administration. There were four categories according to the challenge to be addressed:

  1. A European Green Deal (Challenge 1),
  2. An economy that works for people (Challenge 2),
  3. A new push for European democracy (Challenge 3)
  4. and a Europe fit for the digital age (Challenge 4).

Our team, consists of John Kennedy Mwangi, Rudolf Fryček, Roman Pašek and Lenka Bajarova, submitted the proposal for the competition by May 3, 2020, for the CHALLENGE 2 and we were selected as one of the 12 finalists from among 121 proposals on May 29th, 2020. Over the following months, we developed the EU4Regions platform and presented it on 15th October on the Digital event during the European Week of Regions and Cities.
Our platform EU4Regions emerged number 2 in challenge 2.  EU4Region, the application created by AMIRES helps identify unknown patterns, causal relations and changes resulting from the injection of EU funds in various regions. It maps the state of cohesiveness and inclusion of EU regions through funding.  The open data from EU CORDIS EU, RegioEvaluation and Eurostat were used to determine whether EU funding is helping our regions. The app should help policymakers adjust financial support. We are grateful to be part of creating new value for citizens through innovation and promoting the use of open data.

Visit our virtual stand addressing Cohesion & cooperation here or watch our final speech below.

Proposals for EU Missions for a Greener, Healthier and More Resilient Europe

High-level independent experts presented their proposals to the European Commission for possible EU missions on some of our most pressing societal challenges. By 2030, the proposed missions aim to find solutions for saving more lives from cancer, making Europe climate resilient, restoring our ocean and waters, achieving 100 climate-neutral cities, and ensuring 75% of soils are healthy. 

The five mission proposals submitted by the Mission Boards, the independent experts advising the Commission, are:

  1. Conquering Cancer: Mission Possible. Targets by 2030: more than 3 million lives saved, living longer and better: achieve a thorough understanding of cancer, prevent what is preventable, optimise diagnosis and treatment, support the quality of life of all people exposed to cancer, and ensure equitable access to the above across Europe.
  2. A Climate Resilient Europe – Prepare Europe for climate disruptions and accelerate the transformation to a climate resilient and just Europe by 2030. Targets by 2030: prepare Europe to deal with climate disruptions, accelerate the transition to a healthy and prosperous future within safe planetary boundaries, and scale up solutions for resilience that will trigger transformations in society.
  3. Mission Starfish 2030: Restore our Ocean and Waters. Targets by 2030: filling the knowledge and emotional gap, regenerating marine and freshwater ecosystems, zero pollution, decarbonising the blue economy, and revamping governance. These mutually supportive objectives will enable the regeneration of the water cycle as a whole.
  4. 100 Climate-Neutral Cities by 2030 – by and for the citizens. Targets by 2030:  support, promote and showcase 100 European cities in their systemic transformation to climate neutrality by 2030 and turn these cities into innovation hubs for all cities, benefitting quality of life and sustainability in Europe.
  5. Caring for Soil is Caring for Life. Targets by 2030: at least 75% of soils in the EU are healthy for food, people, nature and climate. The proposed mission combines research and innovation, education and training, investments and the demonstration of good practices using “Living labs” (experiments and innovation in a laboratory on the ground) and “Lighthouses” (places to showcase good practices).

The Commission will announce its final selected missions at the end of 2020. The missions will launch in 2021 as part of Horizon Europe, the next EU research and innovation programme. 
More information HERE. 

Photonics Digital Innovation Hub Secures €19 Million to Boost SME Growth and Ensure Europe’s Global Competitiveness

PhotonHub Europe – a new pan-European photonics digital innovation hub –has been awarded €19 million investment from the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme. AMIRES, as a business support provider, together with other partner organizations will help European SMEs and mid-caps become highly competitive digital businesses through the faster and smarter deployment of photonics-based technologies, directly creating over 1.000 new high-tech EU jobs and nearly €1 billion in new revenues and venture capital by 2025.

PhotonHub will provide a broad range of services and capabilities covering:
•    training and upskilling supports
•    “test before invest” innovation support
•    supports to find investment

PhotonHub Europe will commence operations from early 2021 and will be operating a continuous open call for companies to apply for its support services. Applications for support will be facilitated online through the PhotonHub website located at www.photonhub.eu.

Read first PhotonHub Europe press release highlighting the essence of photonics in traditional industrial base HERE

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From flexible plastic and paper surfaces and membranes to sustainable ecosystem

On 21st of October 2020, over 50 participants joined virtually the workshop on Applications and Industrialisation of Functional Polymer Films, Paper and Membranes. The event was organized jointly by Amires and Fraunhofer-FEP, in cooperation with the Technology Centre CAS, in the framework of FlexFunction2Sustian project. With a wealth of expertise and knowledge-sharing, the workshop provided the ideal opportunity for the attendants to digitally network, to exchange ideas on the latest developments and emerging trends in the fields of sustainable packaging and smart plastic films.

The virtual event was opened by Rudolf Frycek, CEO of Amires, and John Fahlteich, Group Leader at the Division: Plasma Technology at Fraunhofer-FEP and also coordinator of FlexFunction2Sustian project. The topic on sustainable and smart packaging was presented by the speakers Jakub Pedzinski (Capri Sun), Marlos Silva (Sonae MC), Wolfgang Lohwasser (AMCOR Flexibles). They shared interesting insights on the development of the industry by addressing the new challenges for reducing the environmental impact of the packaging and undertaken approaches to move to a more “circular” world. High-impact future innovative solutions for smart plastic films for design, optics and security were presented by Jaakko Raukola (ISCENT), Rafael Michalczuk (Swarovski), Tomáš Těthal (IQ Structures), Stephan Trassl (Hueck Folien) and André Kalio (Schreiner Group). Apart from the company profile, each speaker provided information on the in-house machines and process developments. Examples for the application of smart plastic films as well as thriving innovations and ideas for the products of tomorrow were also provided during the presentations. In addition, Alexander Schmidt (Sonnenberg Harrison Partners mbB) presented an overview of the intellectual property landscape of the nanofunctionalised surfaces.

At the end, John Fahlteich had the pleasure to introduce the new Horizon 2020 funded project FlexFunction2Sustain as the latest European initiative for enabling novel solutions and products for plastic and paper-based flexible materials and films. Apart from providing more details on the concept of the Open Innovation Test Bed, he informed the participants about the future possibilities and EU support offered for innovative SMEs and industries in the framework of the project. Learn more about FlexFunction2Sustain here.

The workshop represented a perfect opportunity to learn about the latest developments and industrial applications in the field of sustainable packaging and smart plastic films and possibilities to integrate polymer films, paper and membranes in existing or new products. With the motivation from speakers and a chance to interact with key industry stakeholders, it was truly an event to remember. Stay tuned for the next events organised in the framework of FlexFunction2Sustian project by checking the project website. 

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Join the last in OASIS series of webinars!

The OASIS Open Innovation Test Bed has launched an Open Call for Democases providing support to companies in the development of lightweight multifunctional products based on aluminium and polymer composites.

Join the third and last in our series of webinars on 10th November 2020, 1 p.m. CEST.

During this webmeeting, you will learn why and how to apply to this unique opportunity to benefit from the European Commission’s support through the OASIS project. Examples from Airbus and Pleione Energy will show what kind of projects are feasible.

This webmeeting will provide you information about:

  • the Horizon 2020 project OASIS
  • the open call for companies and institutions
  • the technologies that you can access through the pilot-lines
  • the business services provided by OASIS to boost your innovation
  • showcases already implemented to give you an impression of what can be achieved on the technological side with the support of the OASIS consortium.

You can register for the event here – LINK

 

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OrganTrans and RegenHU as part of the current and Future Perspectives on 3D Bioprinting

 OrganTrans and the importance of its Consortium as developer of 3D printing technologies was highlighted by Simon Mackenzie, CEO of RegenHU and OrganTrans partner in the interview with Next Big Innovation Labs® in India. See the complete intereview here (min. 15  OrganTrans was mentioned)
 

TINKER Kick-off meeting

On October 14-15th, 2020, TINKER project was officially kicked-off via online meeting and coordinated by scientist Leo Schranzhofer at PROFACTOR GmbH with AMIRES participation.

In the period of 3 years, starting from 1st of October 2020, European Union´s H2020 funded TINKER project is set to develop a new reliable, accurate, functional, cost- and resource efficient pathway for RADAR and LIDAR sensor package fabrication, using “key enabling technologies, especially inkjet printing and nanoimprint llithography”. The main aim is to establish the TINKER platform based on Additive Manufacturing and Fabrication of RADAR and LIDAR sensors packages as use cases.

The TINKER consortium consists of 10 the most excellent industrial companies, 3 research specialists, one consultancy and a service association, who are major players in the field of semiconductor and microelectronic manufacturing, as well as in the fields of material and process development and industrial fields applying or interested in applying AM for their needs.

More information will be shortly available at www.project-tinker.eu.

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MARVEL: the beginning!

The innovative project starts at the beginning of November 2020! MARVEL project – by the full name “Evolving reversible iMmunocapture by membrane sensing peptides: towARds scalable extracellular VEsicLes isolation” – was selected among 28 proposals and received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. It offers new diagnostic and therapeutic tools using extracellular vesicles. The proposed technology can help to detect bladder cancer and provide therapeutic treatment of cardiovascular diseases.
You can find out more about the project and MARVEL team by watching a promo video HERE.
 
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Ideas, trends and networking: Virtual workshop on Applications and Industrialisation of Functional Polymer Films, Paper and Membranes. Register now!

On 21st of October 2020, Amires and Fraunhofer-FEP, in cooperation with the Technology Centre CAS, are organizing a digital workshop on Applications and Industrialisation of Functional Polymer Films, Paper and Membranes in the frame of FlexFunction2Sustian Project.
Structured into two sessions with specific emphasis on the sustainable and smart packaging and smart plastic films for design, optics and security, the workshop targets SMEs, Start-ups and Mid-caps, innovative companies or traditional industries willing to introduce and integrate these materials into their products.
Representatives of leading industries will give talks about the latest trends and share their visions about high-impact future innovative solutions in the respective fields. Already confirmed speakers represent the value chain from packaging material suppliers (HUECK Folien, AMCOR Flexibles, Schreiner Group, Iscent) to users (Sonae MC, Capri Sun, Swarovski) and IP Experts (Sonnenberg Harrison Partners).
During the event, FlexFunction2Sustain project will be introduced as an EU funded initiative to bring together R&D Suppliers, Industries, Startups, Investors and other stakeholders for accelerating innovation in plastic and paper industry – particular smart and sustainable plastics products.
Participation in the workshop is free of charge! Join us online from the comfort of your office or home by filling out the registration form below until 20th of October 2020.

Click here for speakers, programme and registration.
We welcome you to the workshop and look forward to meeting you online!

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Join OASIS’ next Open Call Webinar

The OASIS Open Innovation Test Bed has launched an Open Call for Democases providing support to companies in the development of lightweight multifunctional products based on aluminium and polymer composites.

Join the second in our series of webinars on 15th September 2020, 1 p.m. CEST.

During this webmeeting, you will learn why and how to apply to this unique opportunity to benefit from the European Commission’s support through the OASIS project.

This webmeeting will provide you information about:

  • the Horizon 2020 project OASIS
  • the open call for companies and institutions
  • the technologies that you can access through the pilot-lines
  • the business services provided by OASIS to boost your innovation
  • showcases already implemented to give you an impression of what can be achieved on the technological side with the support of the OASIS consortium.

You can register for the event here – LINK

 

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KEY FACTS REPORT ON ICT 

The Information and Communications Technology Research and Development (ICT R&D) sector is one of the most dynamic sectors in the EU economy. What is the state of R&D in ICT in the EU and beyond? Get an insight into it from the 2020 PREDICT Key Facts Report.

The 2020 PREDICT Key Facts Report provides a detailed analysis of the state of ICT R&D activities in the EU28 and 12 further economies worldwide. The statistical information provided by the figures allows the comparison between: the ICT sector and the total economy; the ICT manufacturing sector and the ICT services sector; the four ICT manufacturing sectors, two ICT services sectors, and MC and RS sectors; EU countries; the EU and the international context (including the most relevant countries in the world economy). The report focuses especially on the ICT R&D macroeconomic dynamics. Report states that the ICT sector is one of the most dynamic sectors in the EU economy, standing out for its high R&D intensity and for a productivity that is higher than that of the whole economy.

  • The size of the EU28 ICT sector in 2017 amounted to 630 billion euros value added (VA),
  • employed 6.3 million people
  • and spent 32 billion euros on R&D (BERD) business expenditures.

The ICT sector represented 4.1% of the EU28 total value added, 2.7% of total employment, 15.2% of total BERD, and 18.1% and 20.4% of the R&D personnel and researchers in the EU28, respectively.

Report avaiable HERE.

The COVID-19 Data Portal- Accelerate Coronavirus Research

The European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI), Europe’s flagship laboratory for the life sciences (EMBL) and partners launch the COVID-19 Data Portal that is currently used by 73 000 scientists for vaccine development. This central repository facilitates data sharing and analysis.

A big of scientific efforts are taking place worldwide in order to help combat COVID-19. One of the biggest challenges is to share data and findings in a coordinated way, in order to understand the disease and to develop treatments and vaccines. To address this challenge, EMBL-EBI and partners operate the COVID-19 Data Portal, which brings together relevant datasets submitted to EMBL-EBI and other major centres for biomedical data.
The COVID-19 Data Portal enables researchers to upload, access and analyse COVID-19 related reference data and specialist datasets- such as raw and assembled viral sequences, and signposting to datasets that cannot openly be shared, in particular patient data subject to GDPR requirements, from clinical trials, hospitals and national healthcare systems.

The portal makes it easier for scientists, public health and healthcare professionals to collaborate, which will help accelerate the development of diagnostics, treatment and vaccines.

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European Council Adopts Conclusions on the EU Budget for 2021-2027

On 21 July 2020, the European Council agreed on the European Union (EU) budget for 2021 – 2027. The seven-year EU budget (the Multiannual Financial Framework or MFF) of an overall amount of €1,074.3 billion. Alongside the new long-term budget for the EU, they also agreed on the €750 billion recovery package called “Next Generation EU”- aimed at helping the EU come out of the looming recession set in motion by the coronavirus pandemic. €390 billion from the package will be distributed in the form of grants to member states and €360 billion in loans. The EU’s seven-year budget will cover the following main spending areas:

  • cohesion, resilience and values
  • natural resources and the environment
  • migration and border management
  • security and defence
  • neighbourhood and the world
  • European public administration

More information HERE. 

EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF INNOVATION 2020

12 finalist cities competing to become the European Capital of Innovation in 2020 are:

  1. Cluj-Napoca (Romania)
  2. Espoo  (Finland)
  3. Ghent (Belgium)
  4. Groningen (The Netherlands)
  5. Helsingborg (Sweden)
  6. Leeuwarden (The Netherlands)
  7. Leuven (Belgium)
  8. Linz (Austria)
  9. Milano (Italy)
  10. Reykjavik (Iceland)
  11. Valencia (Spain)
  12. Vienna (Austria)

The 6th edition of the European Capital of Innovation Award is funded by Horizon 2020. The prize recognises the EU cities that develop vibrant innovation ecosystems to address public challenges and improve the lives of the people. Cities have shown how they created the conditions for innovation by:

  • experimenting innovative concepts, processes, tools, and governance models as a test-bed for innovation
  • engaging citizens in the innovation process and ensuring the uptake of their ideas
  • expanding the city’s attractiveness to become a role model for other cities
  • empowering citizens by bringing concrete and measurable added value through the implementation of innovative practices
The winner city will receive the title of European Capital of Innovation 2020 as well as €1,000,000 to support its innovation activities and to enhance its capacity to connect individuals, public sector, academia, and businesses to deliver societal benefits for its communities. Five runners-up will get €100,000 each.

The European Commission will announce the winner and the runners-up of the European Capital of Innovation 2020 contest at the European Research and Innovation Days taking place on 22-24 September 2020. At the same event, the Commission will award the EU Prize for Women Innovators 2020, the EIC Horizon Prize for Affordable High-Tech for Humanitarian Aid, and the Horizon Impact Award 2020.

More details here

Save the date: Web Workshop on Applications and Industrialisation of Functional Polymer Films, Paper and Membranes

We are pleased to announce that AMIRES and Fraunhofer-FEP are organising a Workshop on Applications and Industrialisation of Functional Polymer Films, Paper and Membranes. The event will be held on 21st October 2020 (9.30 – 14.00) with a possibility for virtual participation.

Structured into two sessions with specific emphasis on the sustainable and smart packaging and smart plastic films for design, optics and security, the workshop targets SMEs, Start-ups and Mid-caps, innovative companies or traditional industries willing to introduce and integrate these materials into their products. The event will include presentations of representatives of leading industry’s who will give a talk about the latest trends and share their visions about high-impact future innovative solutions in the respective field.

The workshop is organised in the framework of “FlexFunction2Sustain” project which aims to enable novel solutions and products for plastic and paper based flexible materials and films. The project will integrate the existing European infrastructures into an Open Innovation Test Bed (OITB) in order to operate in open access mode and serve customers from along the value chain. FlexFunction2Sustain OITB will not only support the market acceptance of these novel products and related technologies, but it will also ensure that prototype ideas from European companies will have the possibility or reaching a semi-industrial scale in short time. Learn more about FlexFunction2Sustain here.

Save the date! We will keep you informed!

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FRIENDSHIP: Better Industrial Solar Heating Solutions

An article related to the potentialities and the future application of the SHIP (Solar Heat for Industrial Processes) technologies has been published by SINTEF, Norwegian FRIENDSHIP Partner. In the article, it is highlighted how FRIENDSHIP will work to break down some of the major barriers to wider SHIP implementation and how the industries will have a huge long-term benefits from this technology. AMIRES was the consultancy appointed for the proposal preparation and it also manages the grant agreement preparation together with CEA after the successful proposal evaluation. In the project, AMIRES is involved as project manager and dissemination leader. 

Traveling, handshakes, vaccines and stamps

Read HERE about traveling, handshakes, stamps and more from the perspective of Prof. Marc van Ranst, University of Leuven, virologist, and scientist expert in coronaviruses. He has been studying coronaviruses before the pandemic started and has been living this crisis extremely close.
The interview was prepared by the European Commission Research Executive Agency (REA) Programme Officer,  Agne Dobranskyte-Niskota, and published in the REAder Magazine.
University of Leuven belongs to the consortium of the twinning project, MiCoBion, led by Charles University in the Czech Republic, and two partners more: University of Paris in France and EMBL in Germany.

3Dprint.com glances at OrganTrans and regenHU

Simon MacKenzie, CEO of regenHU, partner of OrganTrans recently described in an interview to 3DPrint.com the mission of OrganTrans and the role of regenHU in such challenge project.
MacKenzie explained that OrganTrans uses regenHU’s 3D bioprinters to produce organoid-based liver constructs with organoid laden bioinks. He describes that if the feasibility of the approach in a mouse model will be verified, it will be groundbreaking for the disease, showing its potential as an alternative to transplantation for patients suffering from end-stage liver disease.
regenHU is a pioneer and global leader in tissue and organ printing technologies converging digital manufacturing, biomaterials, and biotechnology to lead transformational innovations in healthcare. regenHU are committed to provide disruptive technologies that will enable the community to make regenerative medicine a reality, to cover today’s researchers and tomorrow’s industrial biofabrication needs.
He emphasized that 3D bioprinting is currently behind 3D printing in other applications, however, it is expanding in Europe. And the role of projects like OrganTrans and companies, such as regenHU are pushing the technology onward.
Continue reading here the complete text of the interview.

My stay at AMIRES

My name is Katharina Kosjak and I am currently studying Molecular Biology and Innovation Management at the University of Graz and Campus 02, University of applied sciences. Always fascinated by nature and its regularities, I wanted to focus on life sciences. However, when I made my very first experiences while traveling the world, I discovered the importance of connecting scientists, economists, and politicians. This was the reason I decided to pursue an interdisciplinary study program and combine science and economy. During my studies I used to work as a paramedic, I became a member of the Young European Federalists (JEF) and since February 2020 I have been president of JEF Styria. Through this organization I took part in many international Erasmus programs, I learned a lot about the European Union and I believe it is important to connect the EU with people.
I applied for an internship at AMIRES without knowing much about consulting, but as I know today, it has been the best decision I could have possibly made. At Amires I had the opportunity to gain a comprehensive insight into the fields of project management and business innovation, which is fundamentally based on a good network. Amires is a space where Ideas come together and an ecosystem for entrepreneurship and exchanging know-how. It does not only connect ideas, but it also connects people with several backgrounds on an international level. Behind every project is a vision of continuous improvement, creative thinking, and open innovation. The realization of those visions is only possible with a good team and a network to spread ideas. It is fascinating to see the development of projects, starting with the first idea and to follow every step of a unique process. Working at Amires means being part of an outstanding team, working in an environment with an international character, and gaining the first impression of how the world of tomorrow could look like.

Open position in Health and Biotech sector

Are you passionate about the newest technological trends in medical technologies and medicine in general? Are you target oriented and responsibility, flexibility, team spirit or time management are no strangers to you? MS Office is your best friend and you are not worried to organize calls, take minutes or prepare presentations? Do you enjoy working in multinational environment with English as the main communication language? Are you ready to cooperate with excellent European R&D&I organisations, SMEs, hospitals and large industries? Then AMIRES is looking for you!

Apply for our newly opened position of Project Manager of European R&D&I projects in Health and Biotech sector by sending your CV and motivation letter (both in English) to bajarova(at)amires.eu till August 14 2020. Only candidates that will proceed to the next round of the job competition will be contacted by August 18 2020.

SmartEEs2 Call for AEs – 10 proposals selected for the 1st cut-off date

Following the evaluation process of proposals submitted by the 1st cut-off date, the SmartEEs2 consortium selected 10 proposals to proceed with the contracting phase, and put 1 proposal on a reserve list. The projects are focused on integrating flexible and wearable electronics into advanced new products / series of products.

Altogether 24 proposals were received for this cut-off date, 23 of which were evaluated by the SmartEEs2 Evaluation Panel. The funding amount for each of the selected projects will be decided during the contracting phase.

If you would like to know more about the 1st cut-off evaluation results, please check the Public Evaluation Report.

If you are interested in applying to the SmartEEs2 Call for AEs, please check the requirements on this page.

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FlexFunction2Sustain website is now live!

We are pleased to announce that the full version of the FlexFunction2Sustain project website is now available (https://flexfunction2sustain.eu/). Learn more about our goal to establish an Open Innovation Test Bed (OITB) to boost innovations for plastic and paper based flexible materials and films. The project aims to integrate the existing European infrastructures into an ecosystem, which will be able to operate in open access mode and serve customers from along the value chain. On our webpage, the users can discover information on the technical facilities that will be upgraded for processing of novel sustainable plastic materials and paper. Their new functionalities will be demonstrated in relevant industrial use cases covering various application areas such as sustainable smart packaging, plastic and paper electronics, surfaces and membranes in bio application and optical film for security and design. In the second phase of the project, the service portfolio will be subsequently verified and demonstrated by 20 pre-commercial pilot cases. Therefore, on the “Open Calls” section, all interested SMEs and industries can sign up to receive the latest information for the competitive calls, foreseen for January 2022 and January 2023. The contacts section provides information for the Project Coordinator and Project Manager as well as a contact form to send your inquire about related activities or additional information.


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AMIRES looking for Office Manager / Executive Assistant

Are you responsible, proactive, diligent? Do you enjoy working on different administrative and organisational tasks having colourful daily routine? Would you like to support our multinational team and help to strengthen its team spirit? Are you a proficient user of Microsoft Office? Do you speak fluently Czech and English? Then AMIRES is looking for you.

Apply for our newly opened position of Office Manager / Executive Assistant by sending your CV and motivation letter (both in English) to bajarova(at)amires.eu till August 5 2020. Only candidates that will proceed to the next round of the job competition will be contacted by August 7 2020.

Join the OASIS Open Call webinar on 16th July

The OASIS Open Innovation Test Bed has launched an Open Call for Democases providing support to companies in the development of lightweight multifunctional products based on aluminium and polymer composites.

Join our webmeeting on 16 July 2020, 1 p.m. CEST.

During this webmeeting, you will learn why and how to apply to this unique opportunity to benefit from the European Commission’s support through the OASIS project.

This webmeeting will provide you information about:

  • the Horizon 2020 project OASIS
  • the open call for companies and institutions
  • the technologies that you can access through the pilot-lines
  • the business services provided by OASIS to boost your innovation
  • showcases already implemented to give you an impression of what can be achieved on the technological side with the support of the OASIS consortium.

You can register for the event here – LINK

 

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OASIS Open Call has been launched!

The OASIS Open Innovation Test Bed has launched an Open Call for Democases with the objective of providing support to institutions in the development of lightweight multifunctional products based on aluminium and polymer composites. Successful applicants to the OASIS Open Call will get free access to an ecosystem of 12 nanotechnology manufacturing pilot lines, providing nanomaterials, nano-intermediates, nano-enabled products and associated services. The selected applicants will be provided with customized support through a complete set of services integrating technical and business expertise which will enable them to build up sustainable business cases. If interested, please check OASIS’ website, browse through its Catalogue of services, read the conditions of the Call, and eventually apply with your Democase here – LINK.

The Call’s first cut-off date, after which proposals will be evaluated and selected for support, is on 31st January 2021. We strongly encourage all potential applicants to check the feasibility of their ideas prior to submitting their proposals. Please do so by contacting the HelpDesk at helpdesk@project-oasis.eu or by calling this number +420 226 217 422.

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Marketplace: Virtual Catalogue for Flexible and Wearable Electronics is Live!

The Digital Innovation Hub – SmartEEs has built a digital platform, with catalog showcasing a globally unique and comprehensive list of validated Flexible and Wearable Electronics (FWE) products, prototypes and technical services. Particularly in these days, it is essential to build more agile and European value chains and to integrate already existing products or modules for fast market entry.

Through the catalog, each registered visitor can discover available technology and its use in various application fields. The aim of the catalog is to enable business innovation partnerships for developing novel products or services based on Flexible and Wearable Electronics. Last but not least, the registered offering may be involved in the experiments selected and co-financed by SmartEEs. This is the opportunity for the promotion of your FWE products, prototypes and services!

We invite you to register your organization and to share your capabilities with the SmartEEs community.
Register now by following these steps:
1.         Visit: https://ecosystem.smartees2.eu/
2.         Register in: Organization registry
3.         Wait for confirmation (max 48 hours)
4.         Go to the Marketplace and start adding New Items

Currently, the marketplace offers innovating companies the possibility to explore more than 80 innovative offerings, based on flexible electronics. These innovative technologies correspond to the state-of-the-art applications in Organic Photovoltaics, Flexible Displays, OLED Lighting, Electronics & Components and Integrated Smart Systems. Moreover, the Marketplace offers companies the possibility to consult different products by application domain. Available domains comprise applications for automotive, buildings, consumer electronics, energy, lighting, logistics, medical & pharmaceutical, packaging, graphic arts and textile sectors. The SmartEEs Marketplace is a place to innovate the business of SMEs, Mid-caps and Large companies while scouting for new business opportunities with flexible electronics technologies and to connect supply (ready to integrate products, prototypes, services) & demand (designers, integrators, solution providers, vendors), and to facilitate the promotion of innovative products.

See you in the marketplace where we display the best examples of what is possible with Flexible and Wearable Electronics Technologies.
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Medical Devices Development, As Fast As Light?

Perhaps Medical Devices cannot be on the market as fast as light, but we can try to accelerate the process. That is what MedPhab will try to do, being the first European Pilot Line of photonics-based medical devices. Photonics21 published a Press Release about MedPhab on June 22, which highlights the importance in finding better, faster and more reliable ways of developing medical devices.  

Medical devices development process takes normally long time from concept to clinical trials, and for instance to be introduced in the market. This process is not only slow but also significantly expensive. MedPhab aims to cut the costs involved in research and development of medical devices and more specifically diagnostic devices using photonics. MedPhab’s aim is to create easy access for European SMEs, researchers and businesses to a unified infrastructure dedicated to manufacturing, testing, validation and up-scaling of new photonics technologies that are used for medical diagnostics. Photonics being the field of physics that studies, uses and manipulates light is capable of helping the doctors and clinicians to understand diseases with greater specificity and sensitivity without being invasive. Helping its clients to implement cutting-edge photonics technologies into their medical diagnostics products, MedPhab believes it will significantly improve health and patient care. Through the Use Case Validation Program, MedPhab will ensure that the prototypes adhere to the highest medical standards, MedPhab selects companies that are validated with ISO13485 standardised manufacturing. (ISO13485 is the standard for a Quality Management System for the design and manufacture of Medical Devices). Use-case companies will cover both in-vivo and in-vitro domains in order to cover three application areas: hospital use, home care devices and equipment for molecular diagnostics. Moreover, the pilot line focuses on technologies such as Fibre optics, Microfluidics, Surface functionalisation, Instrumentation, Optoelectronic integration, Custom medical patches, Miniaturisation for micromodules and wearables. Medical devices development cannot be as fast as light but MedPhab is lightning a faster path. Read the full press release on MedPhab’s website or Photonics21 website.
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Findings of the General Data Protection Regulation Review

The EC published an evaluation report on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The General Data Protection Regulation is a single set of rules of EU law on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data. 

The report shows the GDPR has met most of its objectives, in particular by offering citizens a strong set of enforceable rights and by creating a new European system of governance and enforcement. The GDPR proved to be flexible to support digital solutions in unforeseen circumstances such as the Covid-19 crisis. It also finds that businesses are developing a compliance culture and increasingly use strong data protection as a competitive advantage. Read the full report from the EC on the key findings of the GDPR review HERE.

The Key Measures Needed to Achieve the European Green Deal

Fighting climate change and making Europe climate-neutral by 2050 is one of the main priorities of the European Commission. In support of this priority, the Commission is reinforcing Green Deal-related research and innovation with this dedicated call for proposals under the current research and innovation programme – Horizon 2020.

The European Green Deal is our roadmap for making the EU’s economy sustainable and the first climate-neutral continent. Over 35% of Horizon Europe spending will contribute to climate objectives therefore the Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG R&I) invites the research and industrial stakeholders, including RTOs to participate in the recently published broader stakeholder consultation on the Renewed Sustainable Finance Strategy. The Renewed Sustainable Finance Strategy aims to provide the policy tools to ensure the financial system genuinely supports the transition of the industry towards sustainability in a context of recovery. The strategy is an integral part of the European Green Deal and will contribute to the objectives of the European Green Deal Investment Plan, in particular to create an enabling framework for private investors and the public sector to facilitate sustainable investments.

Read initial roadmap of the key policies and measures needed to achieve the European Green Deal here and  take part in stakeholder consultation on the Renewed Sustainable Finance Strategy by providing your feedback  through the online questionnaire by 15 July 2020. 
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AMIRES is One of the EU Datathon Finalists

AMIRES was selected as one of the 12 finalists out of 121 proposals for EU Datathon. EU Datathon is an annual open data competition organized by the Publications Office of the EU since 2017. The main goal is to stimulate innovation and transform the interaction between citizens and the EU administration. Our idea proceeded to compete in the finals during the European Week of Regions and Cities (12-15 October 2020) in Brussels.
There are four categories according to the challenge to be addressed:
  1. A European Green Deal (Challenge 1),
  2. An economy that works for people (Challenge 2),
  3. A new push for European democracy (Challenge 3)
  4. and a Europe fit for the digital age (Challenge 4).
AMIRES team has been tackled challenge number 2- An economy that works for people. As a result, our team consists of John Kennedy Mwangi, Rudolf Fryček, Roman Pašek and Lenka Bajarova will develop new application called EU4Region. EU4Region is a visualisation platform that maps the state of cohesiveness and inclusion of EU regions through funding. It seeks to explore the absorption capacity of EU funding and help identify unknown patterns, causal relations and changes resulting from injection of EU funds in various regions. The AMIRES team’s ambition for this platform is to facilitate evidence-based policy-making by identifying regions that are lagging behind and encourage their participation in future funding programmes.

We are grateful to be part of creating new value for citizens through innovation and promoting the use of open data. Good luck to all teams!
Read more information about EU datathon.
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AMIRES looking for new team member!

We are proud of the work we do, and our success is primarily the result of our passionate team of dedicated people. To support our growth, we are looking for highly motivated people to join our team in Prague for a position of Project Manager of European R&D&I projects.

If you are interested in new technologies, great at communication, familiar with European R&D&I funding, have analytical mind set and organizational skills and like challenges, then our job proposal is for you. Read HERE for more.

Virus can connect people!

EU hackaton ‘EU vs Virus’ took place on 24-26 April, 2020, in which 600 volunteers and Commission officers from seven departments of the Commission and lead by the European Innovation Council teamed up for this initiative.
The interaction during these two intense days resulted in 2164 multi-disciplinary teams, from different countries and brought innovative ideas and solutions to COVID19 pandemics in different subjects. The winners in topics of health and Life, Business Continuity, Social & Political Cohesion, Remote Working & Education and Digital Finance received 3000 -5000 Euros that were sponsored by different companies, such as Caixa Bank Payments and Consumer, Huawei, AXWAY, EY. They were additionally invited to participate in the Matchathon that was held from 22 to 25 May on the new EIC COVID Platform. This second event enabled match-making with end-users, and provided access to other funding opportunities from across the EU. The closing ceremony occurred on June 2, 2020 as the “Accomplishment day”. More information HERE

Substantial reduction of plastic waste in the world: FlexFunction2Sustain project

FlexFunction2Sustain – Open Innovation Test Bed to boost innovations for sustainable plastic and paper products to reach the market faster

European (EU) H2020 funded FlexFunction2Sustain project, officially started on 1st April, 2020, is set to establish an Open Innovation Test Bed for nano-functionalisation technologies that enables sustainable and smart plastics and paper based products. AMIRES, together with eighteen consortium members, coordinated by Fraunhofer-FEP , unify their competencies, business development expertise and technical infrastructure to provide users an easy access to holistic innovation boosting services through a Single Entry Point. The ecosystem aims at helping companies to drastically reduce the time and cost to progress through the innovation chain from an idea to a successful product in the market.

Read the Press Release announcing the launch of the FlexFunction2Sustain project.​​​​​​​

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Key Enablers of the Progress in Biosensor

AMIRES participated in next interactive EPIC Technology Meeting on Biosensors, occured on 11 May 2020 and here are some of the highlights.

One of the key topics discussed was development of various Point-of-care (POC) tests for timely and reliable detection of COVID-19.  Laura Lechuga, the Head of the Nanobiosensors & Bioanalytical Applications at ICN2 presented a solution, which is cheaper POC nanophotonics-based version of the Nucleic Acid Amplification Tests (RT-PCR) laboratory testing. While establishing a manufacturing process of the nanophotonic-based biosensor, some of the highlighted challenges which are quite common for development of biosensors are: packaging and biofunctionalization.  As demonstrated by presentations of industrial partners (Surfix, PIXAPP, LIGENTEC), Europe’s manufacturing base is ready to address such challenge. One of the recent examples of strengthened manufacturing capability of Europe is the MedPhab H2020 funded initiative, which sets up Europe’s first manufacturing pilot line for photonics-based medical diagnostic devices and instruments to accelerate their development and commercialization.

From the technologies, integrated photonics was presented as a key enabler of the progress in biosensor research and development. Surface plasmon resonance imaging (NESPRI) was praised as a reliable sensing technology method. It has been successfully applied also in ULTRAPLACAD project, which recently developed an ULTRAsensitive PLAsmonic device for early Cancer Diagnosis.

For more information on the agenda and presentations click HERE

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Breakthrough Advancements in Organic Large Area Electronics

Breakthrough advancements in Organic Large Area Electronics (OLAE) are ahead of us thanks to the RoLA-FLEX project that has officially kicked-off on 1st May 2020. Although its Kick-off meeting needed to be held remotely via a teleconference (on 6th May), the consortium partners managed to have a fruitful meeting and discuss the plan for the project’s first year.
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RoLA–FLEX is an industry driven project led by National Technical University of Athens, which provides innovative solutions to the existing OLAE challenges associated with performance and lifetime, through:
  • (a) the fabrication and upscaling of organic semiconductors with high charge mobilities (up to 10 cm2/Vs) and high power conversion efficiencies (16% in OPV cell and 12% in OPV module);
  • (b) the development of metal oxides for charge carrier selective contacts and metal nanoinks for highly conductive micropatterns with increased environmental stability;
  • (c) the seamless incorporation of high speed laser digital processing in Roll-2-Roll Organic Photovoltaic (OPV) module fabrication and photolithography based Organic Thin Film Transistor (OTFT) manufacturing and
  • (d) the demonstration of two TRL5+ OLAE prototypes enabled by the developed materials and innovative processes:
  1. A smart energy platform for IoT devices powered by ITO-free and flexible OPVs operating at low indoor light conditions.
  2. A new generation of bezel-less and fully bendable smart watches integrating FHD, ultra-bright OLCD/OTFT displays.
RoLA-FLEX will advance all the aforementioned technologies to at least TRL5 within its timeframe. RoLA-FLEX will create an opportunity for a yearly increase in revenues of almost €400 M only 6 years after its end, accompanied by hundreds of new jobs. A timely investment in the early days of these new markets can ensure significant market share for the SMEs and Industries involved and greatly boost EU’s competitiveness globally.

MedPhab on EPIC webinar “In vivo imaging”

On May 4th, 2020 online meeting about “In-vivo imaging” was organized by EPIC who brought up together start-ups, SMEs and research centres, experts in in vivo imaging. In vivo imaging is the visualization of living organisms for research or diagnostic purposes, in these talks the living organisms are the humans.

Ten speakers presented their expertise, interest and role in this topic with application in medical sector. Jussi Hiltunen, MedPhab coordinator, introduced the pilot-line to the audience of this meeting. Not only the speakers which presented their current research and development were participating but also the attendants contributed to the discussions. Mariana Pacheco Blanco, from Amires, as MedPhab partner described the role of AMIRES in MedPhab, and how the company portfolio and expertise in proposal preparation and project management could be of interest for the attendants.

The topics that were discussed and presented ranged from applications in different cancers, surgery, ophthalmology, endoscopy, and even remote education for medical students and trainees. Start-of-the-art technologies of imaging, such as optical components, lasers, fibres, optical coherence tomography, were presented. This meeting incubates future collaborations and partnerships for applications in in vivo imaging.
Link to the video event.

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THE MANUELA PROJECT HANDBOOK IS OUT!

The MANUELA project handbook has been published and can be found in the Downloads section.

MANUELA´s ambition is to provide the European industry with world class, reliable Pilot line manufacturing service leveraging metal Additive Manufacturing products.The handbook contains crucial information about what the service offering of the pilot line is, what are its Unique Selling Points and what benefits it brings to its customers. This handbook will be the key material for liaison with future customers and will be updated regularly to reflect the developments within the project.
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ORGANTRANS website is up

A full version of the ORGANTRANS project website is up.  Click HERE and find out about how the project aims to enable 3D printing of tissue engineered constructs, what are its objectives, results and key persons in making the project goals a reality.  
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Join the Global Response

The European Union and its partners are hosting an international pledging conference starting on Monday 4 May 2020.  The aim is to raise €7.5bn to develop and deploy effective diagnostics, treatments and a vaccine.

WHO IS INVITED to pledge to help reach the funding target of €7.5 billion: 

  • International organisations,
  • financial institutions
  • and private sector companies of all countries

They need to ensure that not only we develop these life-saving tools but that we ensure they are universally available and affordable.
Individuals can show their support by spreading awareness to encourage companies to pitch in.

Fund raising starts on 4 May 2020 – JOIN HERE.
​​​​​​​Let’s support European effort to raise funding for developing vaccine and treatments against coronavirus.

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The Virus Knows No Borders

The impact of the coronavirus outbreak on the most fragile countries, migrants and the most vulnerable people is likely to be dramatic. “The virus knows no borders. This global challenge needs strong international cooperation.“ said The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen.

This means all EU institutions and Member States have to work together as a real Team Europe to provide the effective contribution to the global response. Team Europe approach, aimed at saving lives by providing quick and targeted support to EU partners facing pandemic. It combines resources from the EU, its Member States and financial institutions, in particular the European Investment Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. From existing external action resources, the EU is mobilising more than €15.6 billion, to:

1. tackle immediate needs, both humanitarian and in the health care sector-  €502 million.
2. strengthen the health, water and sanitation systems of partner countries, and support research- €2.8 billion 
3. address the economic and social consequences- €12.28 billion

The distribution logic follows the needs of our partner countries but will also take into account the added value, efficiency and complementarity of EU resources, with what other European and non-European stakeholders are doing. The EU’s contribution to the emergency humanitarian response will be allocated on the basis of needs on the ground and will prioritize the most vulnerable groups. The distribution of EU resources should not be isolated from what EU Member States will contribute to address the short to medium and long-term impact of the crisis in our partner countries and regions.

The EU will promote a coordinated multilateral response, in partnership with the United Nations, International Financial Institutions, as well as the G7 and the G20.

Download the factsheet on concrete examples of EU support in partner countries

Source:
ttps://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_20_604
https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/qanda_20_606
https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/fs_20_607


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ORGANTRANS in video lecture on Regenerative Hepatology

The recently launched H2020 funded project ORGANTRANS which develops a method for controlled organoid transplantation as enabler for regenerative medicine translation has been presented during an online lecture by Dr. Bart Spee of Utrecht University titled “Regenerative Hepatology”, which provide an excellent overview of the state of the field and mentions some pipeline innovations.  ORGANTRANS is presented as one of the emerging innovative approaches. The video is availalbe HERE and ORGANTRANS is mentioned in minute 48:00 – 49:30.
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Collaborative Work on COVID19 Research

MICOBION partners, BIOCEV centre in Czechia and Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium are actively involved in the detection and research of SARS-CoV-2 virus, cause of COVID19 disease. At BIOCEV, over one hundred volunteers, which are BIOCEV employees have enrolled in the large-capacity testing process. BIOCEV joined the initiative of Czech academic centres to speed up testing of the presence of this virus. The European Commission, through the Research Executive Agency recognizes each effort in the COVID19 pandemics, and even more from their funded projects institutions, as can be seen in their social media (April 7).
More information at BIOCEV Website and KUL news.


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InSCOPE finishes but its Pilot Line continues

After 39 months of implementation, InSCOPE project has come to an end. Back in January 2017, 11 partners from 8 European countries joined their forces and knowledge for an ambitious adventure of setting up an InSCOPE Pilot Line for Hybrid TOLAE (H-TOLAE) technologies in the automotive, healthcare, smart packaging and building sectors, and validating its services by 4 Showcases and 15 development cases.

It has been an amazing experience and a true example of successful collaboration across different cultures and borders. A perfect match between technical (TNO, CPI, CEA, VTT, IMEC, Walter Pack / Symbose) and industrial partners (Signify, Bosch, KONE and GSK) backed up by EU project management experts (AMIRES) made it possible to set up the Pilot line and achieve some remarkable results in line with the undertaken commitments with the European Commission.

If you are interested to learn more about our major results with the lighting wall, haptic dashboard, interactive elevator or smart blisters please check here. In addition, you can request here your copy of the InSCOPE Handbook with all relevant information about the project and its Pilot Line.

Event though the InSCOPE project ended, its Pilot Line will continue operating under different settings, one of which is a newly awarded H2020 project called SmartEEs2. Interested SMEs and Mid-caps can apply to the Call for Application Experiments with a topic Support to manufacturing of FWE based end-products including upscaling, and the selected companies will be offered a service by the Pilot Line. All those companies who wish to avoid the application process and just discuss independent collaboration opportunities can simply contact our coordinator Corne Rentrop at corne.rentrop@tno.nl .

A big thank you to all our partners and good luck to all with the new adventures!

SmartEEs2 to support 2 proposals fighting against Covid-19

SmartEEs2 partners are committed to contributing to the fight against COVID – 19 and other viruses with flexible & wearable electronics as solutions in the field of prevention, diagnostics, therapy, etc. Therfore, SmartEEs2 partners will preferentially support 2 application experiment proposals related to this thematic particularly under the 1st cut-off date of the Call for Application Experiments.

All interested companies are invited to present their ideas by 5th June 2020.

For detailed information about the application process click here.

Good luck to all and keep safe!


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MedPhab website officially has launched!

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ MedPhab website has officially launched!!! Through this open channel, public can learn about MedPhab, and its advantages as the first European pilot line for photonic-based medical devices. Potential customers have an overview of the MedPhab’s capabilities and expertise of its offering in manufacture, development and upscaling of photonics-based medical products.  MedPhab partners help in developing new concepts and a sustainable access to its operations. The technology validation of pilot production line focuses on three application areas: hospital use, home care devices and equipment for molecular diagnostics. External users will be able to adopt MedPhab technologies through the Demo-Case Open Calls programme, which will be open from June 30, 2021, so stay tuned!  Moreover, this program demonstrates the pilot line services and validates the open access business model to accelerate the product development. If further questions remain, info@medphab.eu  email is available, or an online Contact form exists. ​​​​​​​


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Joining SmartEEs Community

Over 30 participants joined the Workshop for Third Party Suppliers offering technology services in the field of flexible & wearable electronics. Originally planned face-to-face workshop at LOPEC 2020 was organized as an online event on 24th March 2020 through the Zoom video conferencing platform provided by AMIRES. SmartEEs2 partners CEA, FhG and AMIRES were happy to present to the invited companies the SmartEEs Community and benefits of becoming it member. Companies had the opportunity to lean more about the project, Financial Support to Third Parties, (FSTP) and evaluation and assignment process of the selected application experiments. Fruitful question and answer session concluded the event with an invitation to companies to stay tuned for further steps in the process of joining the SmartEEs Community.

For more information about the event and presentations, please check the links below:

Recording of the workshop

Presentations

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Success Stories– An Effective Impact of Coaching

Platinn Coaching, the Western Switzerland Innovation Platform, fosters the innovation capabilities and competitiveness of start-ups and SMEs. Amires’s CEO Rudolf Fryček, is a Platinn cooperation coach and since 2011 he has been helping SMEs to reach their milestones.
 Lately, two SMEs- regenHU and Daphne experienced an effective impact of the coaching that enabled them to complete the development and testing of its system and put new innovative products on the market. The coaching was primarily focused on the evaluation of European public funding opportunities and the establishment of partnerships in order to develop new products.  Both cases succeeded to get funding from the framework of Horizon 2020, the EU financial tool for innovation.

The success stories belong to regenHU and Daphne that have done a huge step towards:

  • Regenerative medicine – by replacing diseased tissue with healthy, artificially produced tissue
  • Decreasing maritime pollution– by developing a system to purify exhaust thanks to nanotechnology which eliminates up to 99.3% of sulfur oxides and 85% of nitrogen oxides.
regenHU has dedicated its engineering skills to cutting-edge 3D bioprinting solutions, allowing the artificial creation of biological tissues. regenHU develops both software and instruments. Their printers biofacture “in vitro” models to be able to test new products or develop human tissues for regenerative medicine.

Amires CEO, Rudolf Fryček helped regenHu to set up the search for partners and the preparation of the project proposal. regenHU is now part of the Horizon 2020 European funded project Organtrans aims to develop a disruptive solution that enables the 3D printing of tissue-engineered constructs.

Daphne
sells Nanotechnology-based exhaust, catalyst-free, dry scrubber (air pollution reduction technology), which allow cargo ships to comply with the International Maritime Organization regulations on the emissions, while still using Heavy Fuel Oil, which come into effect in 2020. Shipowners around the world will now have to run their ships on fuel containing 0.5% sulfur compared to 3.5% so far. The company has developed a system to purify exhaust gases, called SulPure, this filtration works thanks to nanotechnology which eliminates up to 99.3% of sulfur oxides and 85% of nitrogen oxides. At the end of the process, the exhaust gases are converted into solid particles which can then be recovered to be destroyed or possibly used as fertilizer.

Daphne Technology received 2.5 million euros in European grants in the framework of Horizon 2020. With this latest boost, Daphne Technology will be able to complete the development and testing of its system by the end of the year.  Dr. Mario Michal, Founder and Chief Executive of Daphne said: “Thanks to Rudolf Fryček experience, we were able to understand the European subsidy system. There are a lot of scholarships and grants, but they all operate according to specific rules. Rudolf helped us identify the programs we could apply for, and then formalize our proposal for Horizon 2020 EIC Accelerator. He is truly an expert in his field.”
Horizon 2020, the EU financial tool for innovation is indeed a very useful fund contribution to SMEs to do applied research and therefore to be able to put new innovative products on the market later.

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SmartEEs2 Call for integration of flexible and wearable electronics technologies is now open!

SmartEEs2 is an original European acceleration program dedicated to helping innovative companies digitise their businesses thanks to flexible and wearable electronics (FWE) testing, experimentation and manufacturing support. How do we do it? We opened a Call for Application Experiments on 6 March 2020 and set 5 cut – off dates between June 2020 and August 2021 for the evaluation and selection of submitted proposals. All interested companies, satisfying the criteria, are invited to submit their application experiment proposals.

All applicants to the SmartEEs2 program will get access to FWE and manufacturing technologies as listed in the Marketplace to integrate advanced features / functions inside new products and / or to make a series of products.

The winners of the Call will benefit from SmartEEs unique ecosystem composed of leading research organizations, a number of innovative technology suppliers, recognized experts in business development and investors.

The selected Innovative Companies will be provided customized support through a complete set of services integrating technical, business, ecosystem expertise which will enable them to build up sustainable business cases.

Check out our Call for Application Experiments (AEs) at www.smartees.eu and do not wait too long to apply! And good luck to all applicants!


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Horizon Impact Award 2020

This award is the European Commission’s initiative to recognize and celebrate outstanding projects that have used their results to provide value for society. These projects must have been funded by FP7 and/or Horizon 2020 funding programmes and they must be closed by the time of application.

Coordinators, Project teams take the chance to win The Horizon Impact Award (Five prizes of 10,000 EUR will be awarded) showcase your best practices and achievements from your project for these reasons:

  • You can inspire beneficiaries of research and innovation funding to maximize the impact of their research.
  • You will show the wider socio-economic benefits of EU investment in research and innovation.
  • The Horizon Impact Award will provide the winners with high visibility in the form of public interest and increased media coverage.

Last year winners came up with a new drug for a rare disease, helped prevent child abuse, increased security of browsing the web and protected coastal areas against the effects of climate change.

Closing date for submission is on 2 April 2020. More information on the criteria HERE.

Failed Goal to Boost R&D Spending

The goal to boost R&D spending to 3 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) in all member states up to 2020 has not been achieved.
In 2018, EU member states – UK not included – invested on average 2.19 per cent of their GDP on R&D, amounting to total figure of €295 billion. 
An analysis by European Commission officials estimates the EU needs to add in an extra €109 billion per year to reach the goal of spending at least 3 per cent of GDP on research and development.

More information HERE

An Offer for the US to Join the Horizon Europe

Discussions on Horizon Europe implementation are progressing – here are some of the important milestones that have been achieved. 
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Besides the 16 EU neighbours already in the existing programme,the Commission is dicussing Horizon membership with six other non-EU countries: Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and South Korea. The commission is proposing that non-EU countries, including longstanding partners like Switzerland and Israel, get out of Horizon only as much money as they commit to it, a change from the prior formula that saw some countries ending up with more or less money than they contributed. The draft Horizon legislation, which EU member state officials are due to start discussing on 10 February, also requires that Horizon partners share the same democratic values – a veto to China – and provide reciprocal access for EU researchers in their own national programmes.

However as the commission gets ready for formal Horizon negotiations with non-EU countries,  the transatlantic contractual disagreement has grown into a bigger issue.

Constance C. Arvis, director of the US State Department’s Office of Science and Technology expressed “concern” about EU-US cooperation.
“If they (the terms) are finalised in the path that we think they may be, that means that for seven years we are going to have to interact with a structure that is fundamentally not going to incentivise science across the Atlantic. And we think that is a very unnecessary and undesirable outcome,” Arvis said.

In her statement, Arvis said

  • the budgetary terms are “not an incentive to associate” – the legal term for a country formally joining the programme.
  • The proposed terms also don’t allow an international associate any oversight. “In other words, we can pay in, but we don’t get to decide how it’s used,”
  • In addition, the terms would allow the commission “unilaterally to exclude” associated third countries from elements of the programme.

Read the full text Constance C. Arvis, director for science and technology cooperation at the US State Department, delivered Here

More information:here

 

SmartEEs Community – New Call for Application Experiments opening soon!

Are you an SME or a Mid-cap?

Are you interested in integrating flexible and wearable electronics to diversify your activity and develop new products / series of products?

Do you have an idea, but need technologies, expertise and resources?

We have a solution!

Stay tuned and follow us on website and social media  @SmartEEsEU to learn about new opportunities offered by the SmartEEs Community you could benefit from! New Call for AEs opening soon!


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Breakthrough in Nanophotonic Devices: POSEIDON

The FET-OPEN project POSEIDON had its kick-off meeting on January, 23-24, 2020 in Aachen, in the facilities of AMO GmbH. POSEIDON is a project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, which aims at developing a radically new bottom-up approach for integrated light sources for silicon photonics.
“We will tear down the massive costs and complexity barriers of current top-down approaches for fabricating photonic integrated circuits”, says the project coordinator Anna Lena Giesecke from AMO GmbH. “The idea is to integrate light sources directly into the photonic circuits by exploiting the self-assembly of active colloids on chips. In this way, we will be able to realize cheap and yet very powerful optical devices, with a very broad range of applications, from data centers to medical sensors.”  
If the range of potential applications is broad, the project target explicitly the usual wavelengths of data-communications, with the goal of realizing cheap and efficient optical switches to drastically improve the energy efficiency of data-centers and network performance. The project itself is extremely exciting from the scientific and the technological point of view, as it requires developing a multi-scale approach to design and control the self-assembly of the colloids with nanometer-scale resolution in all three spatial directions directly on photonic integrated circuit. 
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