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1 West Midlands European Service: Your route to Transnational Funding Dr. Julia Buckley 24 Feb 2011, RETS Seminar 5

2 WMES Services 1.Application support from initial project idea to submission 2.Help with finding European, national and regional partners 3.Information days on programme specific funding opportunities 4.Application writing workshops advisory sessions and project surgeries 6.Feedback on draft applications 7.Project management advice and support with project kick-off

3 Which Funds do we support? Life Long Learning Vocational training skills Employability Innovative learning Policy or delivery INTERREG Regional level Strategy Policy Exchange of best practice Competitiveness & Innovation SMEs ICT Environment Innovative products, services and processes Marie Curie Actions SMEs/universities Networks Research/Knowledge Transfer Fellowships LIFE+ Environment Protecting natural Assets / species Strategic / policy Intelligent Energy Europe Energy efficiency Renewable energy sources Energy in transport Integrated initiatives Erasmus for Y. Entrepreneurs Work placements in the successful enterprises

4 Our success so far 467 submitted projects worth 73M 225 successful projects so far 19,000,000 investment to the WM 1661 people trained in bid writing / project development

5 Small scale: Transversal Study Visits European study visits for professionals involved in education or vocational training Choose from a catalogue of week-long visits on different themes in 31 countries Average grant is 1500 euro towards the costs of travel and subsistence Aimed at senior decision-makers; The next deadline is 31 st March 2011

6 Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs European Exchange programme New entrepreneurs travel to an experienced entrepreneur in another EU country and work with him/her for 1 to 6 months. The matching of the new entrepreneurs with the host entrepreneurs is carried out with the help of the intermediary organisations. The objective is to help new entrepreneurs to acquire relevant skills for running and developing an SME; taking full advantages of opportunities provided by the internal market.

7 THE BENEFITS (HE) work with a NE who has strong analytical and strategic skills new skills and innovative knowledge new ideas and views knowledge and intelligence about the foreign markets; expansion of the business to a new country; network with the other HEs. 7

8 THE BENEFITS (NE) business experience; international connections knowledge about foreign markets; co-venturing opportunities development of cross-border markets; cultural and organisational; understand the regulatory framework in another EU country. 8

9 IO NE HE IO Step 1. Application phase Interested NEs and HEs apply via an on-line registration tool and establish contact with the IO that they have chosen. The IOs responsible screen the entries and, once completed, accept them.

10 NE IO STEP 2: Matching Matching of NE and HE with the help of the 2 IOs STEP 3: Contracting and preparation HE, NE and IOs establish agreements; NE does pre-departure induction; NE receives a grant. IO HE

11 NE IO HE STEP 4: stay abroad Duration: 1-6 months; On-site support provided by the host IO to the NE; Reporting about the exchange. IO

12 STATISTICS The United Kingdom is the most desired destination for New Entrepreneurs (32% of applications), followed by Spain (11%) and Italy (11%). 12

13 How to get involved Talk to us today, and register on 13

14 MARIE CURIE : INDUSTRY-ACADEMIA PARTNERSHIPS & PATHWAYS (IAPP) Funding for R&D and cooperation between businesses and academia

15 What is an Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways? It is a two-way partnership with at least one commercial enterprise and one academic organisation in two different MS or Associated Countries Includes secondments, recruitment and networking activities Project can be up to 48 months Majority of researcher months should be secondments Deadline to submit application – December 2011

16 What can you do with an IAPP? Staff exchange (mandatory) – experienced researchers, early-stage researchers (and possibly technical staff and research managers!) for between 2 months and 2 years Recruit experienced researchers for between 12 months and 2 years (optional) Organise common workshops/conferences Inter-sectoral mobility possible, within framework of whole project, in same country up to a maximum of 30% of total researcher months For SMEs, a contribution towards small equipment costs (up to 10% of project total)

17 Living Allowance

18 LIFE+ Environment Protection

19 Funding for Conservation and Nature Protection Nature protection Halting the loss of biodiversity Developing Environmental Policy around: climate change, water, soil… Awareness raising campaigns Training for forest fire prevention

20 Deadline 15 th July 2011 Average budget 1 million (capital & revenue) Duration 2 – 5 years No European partner requirement but increased chance success

21 What does it fund? Yes Innovative/best practice/demonstration projects in the Environment field. Projects that have EU added value - policy relevant, Natura 2000 etc. No Does not fund research actions Actions proposed in LIFE+ projects should not be eligible for support under other European funds [Article 9], CIP, FP7, EEF etc Does not fund projects that have been done before

22 Examples Shropshire Housing Alliance Budget: Integrated business management model for mattress recycling Staffordshire Wildlife Trust Budget: 1,309,734 Connecting UK Biodiversity Action Plan habitats and species in the North Staffordshire Living Landscape area and beyond (Nature & Biodiversity) Warwickshire Wildlife Trust Budget: 29,237 Communication and education on biodiversity around Roman Roads


24 Addresses non-technical barriers to sustainable energy technologies, energy & carbon savings Four project areas: –Energy Efficiency (SAVE) –Renewable Energy (ALTENER) –Transport (STEER) –Integrated initiatives

25 Convert policy into action Real changes on the ground EU energy efficiency and renewables objectives Creating & spreading effective methods & best practice Training & education Know-how transfer Market intelligence Inform policy development & implementation

26 2010 Call published 22 nd March Deadline 12 th May Average project budget 1million Project duration 2 – 3 years Any organisation eligible Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE)

27 CIP Eco-Innovation Programme: Market Replication Projects Closing the gap between research and markets

28 ECO INNOVATION PROJECT DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP 27th April 2010, Birmingham 28 New services - greening businesses New processes - cleaner production New management methods, technologies and products Eco-innovation « All forms of innovation reducing environmental impacts and/or optimising the use of resources »

29 ECO INNOVATION PROJECT DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP 27th April 2010, Birmingham 29 Support innovative ideas which can be turned into marketable green products and services These need incentives to penetrate the market Potential for replication and wider application must be demonstrated Budget ~ 200 million ( ) Eco-innovation market replication projects

30 ECO INNOVATION PROJECT DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP 27th April 2010, Birmingham 30 Materials recycling Sustainable building products Food and drink Greening business/ smart purchasing ~35m for ~45-50 projects Four priorities Compared to the 2009/10 call, more emphasis on resource efficiency

31 ECO INNOVATION PROJECT DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP 27th April 2010, Birmingham 31 Fourth Call: April with a deadline in September 2011 Electronic submission (EPSS) Evaluation: Sept 2011-Feb 2012 First projects start May % funding rate of eligible costs Max 3 years contract duration Call planning 2011

32 ECO INNOVATION PROJECT DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP 27th April 2010, Birmingham 32 Eco-I versus FP 7 Research Post research Adaptation for market uptake Industrialisation First commercial deployment Market demonstration Basic research Applied research Prototyping/first practical use of technology Technology demonstration Knowledge gathering 32

33 ECO INNOVATION PROJECT DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP 27th April 2010, Birmingham 33 Eco-I versus IEE First application of solution and market uptake Integrated approach covering various environmental aspects (resource efficiency including water, energy and raw materials…) Life-cycle approach Explicit SME and private sector focus Market uptake important Promotion & dissemination of well- proven intelligent energy solutions Energy focus: energy efficiency & renewable energy sources, including transport Stimulates action through better market conditions & admin. procedures, training, awareness raising, policy analysis etc No investment project, no RTD Impact and contribution to 2020 EU energy targets important 33

34 ECO INNOVATION PROJECT DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP 27th April 2010, Birmingham 34 Eco-I versus LIFE + Priority on private sector, businesses CIP umbrella Market competitiveness and market uptake Replication is crucial Integrated environmental impacts (e.g. water only one ascpect) Mainly public sector Policy development and Implementation of legislation Dissemination, awareness raising, capacity building Land-use, urban planning and water management Environmental solutions but market uptake is not vital 34

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