A part of the new Work Programme is the joint contest of the European Commission and SPIRE, the European platform of process industry, https://www.spire2030.eu. The contest provides funding for innovative projects aimed at improving resource and energy efficiency of the latter.
A distinguishing aspect of the contest is that the European Commission recommends including organizations from European Partnership countries, inter alia, from Belarus, into the consortia. It greatly increases the interest of EU partners in us and facilitates consortia membership. The 2018 contest budget was set at Euro 97 mln, application submission deadline is February 22, 2018. The 2019 and 2020 contest budget will be defined at a later date.
As it appears, the most probable contest participants from Belarus are large resource and energy intensive companies of the process industry, and national research institutions cooperating with them.
Please find the contest description on pages 61-71 of the document Horizon 2020 – Work Programme 2018-2020: Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Biotechnology and Advanced Manufacturing and Processing available at:
http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/funding/reference_docs.html (Work Programmes — 2018-2020 – Main WP – 5ii).
Further details: http://fp7-nip.org.by/ru/hor20/news/SPIRE_about.html.
A webinar aimed at explaining the SPIRE contest terms and rules will be held at 11:30 a.m. on November 23, 2017.
The working language is English. Participation is open for all. In order to participate, please follow the link: https://meet.lync.com/kpk.gov.pl/olga.zyrina/O65PUPOO. More details about the webinar: https://www.eap-plus.eu/object/event/125