The 3rd conference of the European Innovation Partnership on Water (EIP Water), was held in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands, on 10th February 2016.  In concluding the conference the Leeuwarden declaration was launched that underlines the key issues if Europe is to accelerate the development and uptake of innovation in the water sector.The conference was attended by more than 500 scientists, innovators, policy-makers, economists, engineers, resource managers and investors from over 50 countries.

Horizon 2020, the EU’s flagship €80 billion research and innovation fund was launched on 11th December. The European Commission has moved quickly to release calls for proposals worth more than €15 billion over the first two years. The funding is intended to help boost Europe's knowledge-driven economy, and tackle issues that will make a difference in people's lives.

The €7.8 billion budget for 2014 is focused on the three key pillars of Horizon 2020:

The European Commission has launched the search for the first European Capital of Innovation, or iCapital. The prize aims to promote innovation, which is central to the Europe 2020 strategy for economic growth and competiveness.

Horizon2020 is the European Commission’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, covering the period 2014-2020. One of the aims of the programme is to promote scientific research that tackles the grand societal challenges facing Europe and the World.

The BUILD UP Skills Guide for Proposers 2013 is now available and the electronic submission system is open: submission deadline is 28/11/2013. Applications for funding under this pillar II of the Build UP initiative are invited for projects that bring forward innovative onsite training for workers involved in the fitting and upgrading of specialist renewable energy technologies. Applications should build on the pillar 1 road maps and past projects that have been developed in most member states. READ MORE