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Grants for Collaborative Projects, including Research, innovation close to market, Coordination and Support Actions, and other new schemes (i.e. prizes, innovative public procurement, etc…) oriented to Political Priorities and Challenges of the Europe 2020 Strategy.

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  GRANTS FOR WASTE: A RESOURCE TO RECYCLE, REUSE AND RECOVER RAW MATERIALS
WASTE-1-2014 Moving towards a circular economy through industrial symbiosis CALL CLOSED
Specific challenge: Growing prosperity leads to the extraction and use of more resources and to the production of more waste. The EU is committed to implement the principles of the waste hierarchy, which implies the prevention of waste, its reuse...
WASTE-2-2014 A systems approach for the reduction, recycling and reuse of food waste CALL CLOSED
Specific challenge: Food waste has taken on disquieting proportions worldwide in all steps of the food production and supply chain but especially at consumer level. Before defining measures to reduce such waste at all stages it is necessary to develop...
WASTE-3-2014 Recycling of raw materials from products and buildings CALL CLOSED
Specific challenge: Advances in many complex products and buildings, such as energy efficient buildings, electrical and electronic equipment (EEE), (electric) vehicles, airplanes, multi-material packaging solutions, bring to the society benefits...
WASTE-4a-2014 An EU near-zero waste stakeholder platform CALL CLOSED
Specific Challenge: The complexity and heterogeneity of waste streams require coordination and networking between researchers, entrepreneurs and public authorities to harmonise technologies, processes and services, to profit from benchmarking, sharing...
WASTE-4b-2014 Global waste dimension CALL CLOSED
Specific Challenge: The complexity and heterogeneity of waste streams require coordination and networking between researchers, entrepreneurs and public authorities to harmonise technologies, processes and services, to profit from benchmarking, sharing...
WASTE-4c-2014 Secondary raw materials inventory CALL CLOSED
Specific Challenge: The complexity and heterogeneity of waste streams require coordination and networking between researchers, entrepreneurs and public authorities to harmonise technologies, processes and services, to profit from benchmarking, sharing...
WASTE-4d-2015 Raw materials partnerships CALL CLOSED
Specific Challenge: The complexity and heterogeneity of waste streams require coordination and networking between researchers, entrepreneurs and public authorities to harmonise technologies, processes and services, to profit from benchmarking, sharing...
WASTE-5-2014 Preparing and promoting innovation procurement for resource efficiency CALL CLOSED
Specific Challenge: Through innovation-oriented public procurement, the public sector can foster lead markets and generate critical mass of demand for eco-innovative solutions, thus providing an important boost to resource efficiency and to waste...
WASTE-6a-2015 Eco-innovative solutions CALL CLOSED
Specific challenge: The growing waste produced in Europe, particularly in urban areas, where the vast majority of the world population are expected to live by 2050, represents a cost for society and a burden on the environment and, at the same time,...
WASTE-6b-2015 Eco-innovative strategies CALL CLOSED
Specific challenge: The growing waste produced in Europe, particularly in urban areas, where the vast majority of the world population are expected to live by 2050, represents a cost for society and a burden on the environment and, at the same time,...
WASTE-7-2015 Ensuring sustainable use of agricultural waste, co-products and by-products CALL CLOSED
Specific challenge: Agriculture generates co-products, by-products and waste streams that are currently not properly taken care of both in environmental and economic terms.In plant production (e.g. from arable, horticulture, fruit, wine, grassland...
A smart economy minimises the production of waste and reuses waste as a resource. Resource constraints and environmental pressures will accelerate the transformation from a linear extraction-use-throw away model of production and consumption to a circular one. Moving towards a near-zero waste society not only has an environmental rationale, it increasingly becomes a factor of competitiveness. Europe has proven expertise in efficiently handling and treating waste and is at the forefront of innovation in this sector. Capitalising on these strengths, this call intends to further boost innovative, environmentally-friendly and cross-sectoral waste prevention and management solutions in order to reduce environmental depletion, impacts on health and Europe's dependency on the import of raw materials, and to reinforce its position as world market leader and look for opportunities to benefit the environment. The global waste market, from collection to recycling, is estimated at EUR 400 billion per annum and holds significant potential for job creation.

This call addresses the whole production and consumption cycle, from waste prevention and the design of processes and products for recyclability to reuse and waste management. This will involve economic actors from different sectors working together in new ways.

A better organisation at EU level of the different actors involved will contribute to this end. A systemic approach to innovative waste prevention and management will benefit from a better understanding of the environmental impact of human behaviour and the participation of citizens in co-developing and co-testing new solutions, particularly in urban areas, a field with great potential for public sector innovation.

This call addresses EU research priorities for 'Urban Waste and Innovation' identified by citizens through a wide consultation process in the context of the Seventh Framework Programme project VOICES1. Through a participatory approach involving science, technology, civil society organisations and policy experts, the priorities identified by citizens were subsequently clustered into six thematic areas: 'economic instruments'; 'education and communication'; 'modelling business and consumer behaviour'; 'policy'; 'product /production design'; and 'waste treatment /management'. The activities of this call respond to each of these thematic areas, as indicated in the text.

In addition to supporting cross-sectoral approaches, this call will address specific challenges in the areas of food, agricultural and construction waste. The Public-Private Partnerships on Sustainable Process Industries (SPIRE PPP) and on Bio-Based Industries will contribute to the objectives of this call.

The innovation actions in this call are expected to offer particular opportunities to SMEs.

Activities are expected to contribute to the objectives set out in the resource efficiency road map, with waste being managed as a resource by 2020, waste generated per capita in absolute decline and recycling and re-use of waste being economically attractive options for public and private actors. Prevention and better management of waste, which represents an estimated 2% of the EU's total greenhouse gas output, should also significantly contribute to climate objectives.

All activities under Societal Challenge 'Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials' should as far as possible use data resulting from or made available through different initiatives of the European Commission. In particular, the utilisation of GEOSS (Global Earth Observation System of Systems)2 and Copernicus (the European Earth Observation Programme)3 data, products and information should be privileged. Likewise, in line with EU cooperation with the European Space Agency (ESA), activities should use ESA Earth Science data, as far as possible. The data, both from ESA missions or third party missions, are for the vast majority of cases available for free web download (further details for ESA missions and Third Party Missions are available at http://eopi.esa.int).

The projects funded under Societal Challenge 'Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials', call 'Waste: A Resource to Recycle, Reuse and Recover Raw Materials', of the Work Programme 2014-15 will participate in the Pilot on Open Research Data in Horizon 2020 in line with the Commission's Open Access to research data policy for facilitating access, re-use and preservation of research data (i.e. projects funded under topics WASTE-1-2014, WASTE-4a-2014, WASTE-4b-2014, WASTE-5-2014 and WASTE-6-2015). Projects have the possibility to opt out of the pilot. A related new element in Horizon 2020 is the use of Data Management Plans (DMPs), detailing what data the project will generate, whether and how it will be exploited or made accessible for verification and re-use, and how it will be curated and preserved. The use of a Data Management Plan is required for projects participating in the Open Research Data Pilot. Other projects are invited to submit a Data Management Plan if relevant for their planned research. Further guidance on the Open Research Data Pilot is made available on the Participant Portal. The projects funded under the other topics of this call may participate in the Pilot on Open Research Data in Horizon 2020 on a voluntary basis.

Beneficiaries in projects participating in the Pilot on Open Research Data shall adhere to the GEOSS Data Sharing Principles and undertake to register in GEOSS all geospatial data, metadata and information generated as foreground of the project. Further information on the GEOSS Data Sharing Principles and GEOSS Register can be found here: http://geossregistries.info/index.html

Topics contributing to the objectives of this call in other parts of this Horizon 2020 Work Programme include:
- FoF 13 – 2015: Reuse and re-manufacturing technologies and equipment for sustainable product life cycle management
- SPIRE 7 – 2015: Recovery technologies for metals and other minerals.