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Opened the LIFE grants call for environmental innovation

The LIFE programme is a European Union instrument for financing environmental conservation projects and the development of Community environmental policy and legislation.

01.04.2020 The publication of LIFE Call 2020 is expected to be 2nd April. LIFE is responsible of co-financing projects about environment, especially in the field of air, chemical products, ecological and circular economy, industrial accidents, marine and coastal management, noise, soil, waste, water and urban environment, ang gives grants to accomplish pilot and demonstration projects that aim to develop, prove and demonstrate a political or management focus.  

This programme also is related to the development and proving innovative technologies, as well as the application, the monitoring and evaluation environmental policies and legislation of the EU, or looking for better practices and solutions. In particular, they are seeking with technologies and solutions ready to be applied and near to the markets, at an industrial and commercial scale during the period of the project. The budget would be of 3,4000 million euros.  

The LIFE programme is the only financial instrument of the EU that is focused exclusively on the environment. The main objective for the period 2014-2020 is to contribute to sustainable development and achieving the objectives and targets of Europe Strategy 2020 and the other strategies and plans of the Union related to the environment and climate. This programme is divided into 2 subprogrammes: one that is aimed at environment, that sums up a total of 75% of the total financing and the other aimed at climate change, with up to 25% of the total budget.

The National contact point (Punto de Contacto Nacional in Spain) is expecting to celebrate, collaborating with the executive agency for SMEs (Agencia Ejecutiva para la Pequeña y Mediana Empresa), an informative event at some point during the second half of April.

Due to the sanitary crisis of Covid-19, it is not possible now to confirm dates or the type of event for the 2020 call of LIFE. If the situation enables it, an online conference or webinar might be organized. Information about any other event will be announced with enough time. Normally, the informative event organized on 30th April 2020 by the European Commission in Brussels should take place as an online conference.

FINANCING:

Projects get a co-financing of up to 55%

PROCESS:

The process to participate in the programme has two stages:

  • Presenting a 10-page concept note that can be modified as many times as necessary until the call for project proposals closes.
  • If the concept reaches the second stage, a complete proposal of the project will be required according to the LIFE programme commentaries’. The average budget per project goes from 1 to 2 million euros.

BENEFICIARIES:    

Consortium between public and private organizations: delegations, councils, universities, public and private companies (including SMEs) and associations.

DEADLINE:

June 2020. Financing: up to non-refundable 55%. Duration: between one and five years.

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Finnova’s staff has experience in more than 30 LIFE projects and one example of it is Ecobus, an initiative that gathers and then recycles oil from restaurant’s kitchens to transform them into biofuel and using it in diesel engines. This project was launched in Valencia and had a budget of 1,675,000€

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ISCIII launches ‘Covid-19 Fund’ for studies to improve short-term management of Coronavirus

The Carlos III Health Institute (ISCIII), dependent on the Ministry of Science and Innovation, has launched the call for the ‘COVID-19 Fund’ to finance research projects on the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the disease it causes, the Coronavirus. This call will have 24 million Euros, as approved in the Royal Decree-Law 8/2020, last March 17th, of extraordinary urgent measures to face the economic and social impact of the new coronavirus. The aim is to contribute to improving the public health response and to develop new preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic tools. These must be projects that can be implemented immediately in the National Health System (SNS). They will also prioritize concrete results applicable to the current situation.

The areas of research that will be eligible for funding are the development of rapid virological diagnosis techniques for Covid-19, development of vaccines, analysis of their effectiveness and applicability, projects on the clinical, biological and molecular characterisation of the disease, as well as ideas for developing innovative therapies, new antiviral, antiseptic and disinfectant molecules against SARS-CoV-2.

In addition, this call also seeks studies on antiviral resistance and on the effectiveness of non-pharmacological, prophylactic and therapeutic interventions, the characterization of the virus (genetic variation and antigen), the management of the immune response and the virus-host interaction.

On the other hand, the Finnova Foundation, based in Brussels, will advise those interested in this call as it has experts in the presentation of proposals and in addition, we are already invested in several projects related to COVID-19.

Artificial intelligence and integrated mass data analysis
The call will also finance projects on epidemiological surveillance and molecular study of Covid-19, with analysis of mortality, morbidity and lethality incidence; study of environmental and social factors of the spread, risk factors and population dynamics of the infection. Projects using artificial intelligence tools and the massive analysis of integrated data for the epidemiological control of the disease are also eligible for this economic fund, as well as research on the socio-economic impact of the disease: use of primary care resources, general hospital resources and critical care resources.

A specific committee to evaluate all proposals
The evaluation of the projects will be carried out by the Scientific and Technical Committee for the Evaluation of Expressions of Interest for Research Projects in Covid-19 and SARS-COV-2 (CTE-Covid-19), whose coordinator is Cristóbal Belda, ISCIII’s Assistant Director General for Research Evaluation and Promotion and responsible for Strategic Action in Health (SEA), and eight other members. According to the ministry, the Committee will assist in the approach and possible modifications to those presenting projects. Proposals will be submitted by email to covid19@isciii.es, using the template available for download from the ISCIII website.

According to the Ministry of Health, in addition to the 24 million euros, ISCIII has also received another 1.2 million euros, which it will devote in part to its own research projects.