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Strong RSE’s participation in first Horizon 2020’s call for proposals

Strong RSE’s participation in first Horizon 2020’s call for proposals

The new EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation triggers harsh competition between applicant consortia

The first data from 2014 applications to Horizon 2020 confirm strong participation in all open topics, resulting in extremely harsh competition between the applicant consortia and significantly lower submission success rates as compared to FP7.
Given the architecture of the new EU framework programme and the way the call for proposal was set up, one may reasonably think said strong competition is here to stay.

Hence the need to take extreme care in choosing topics and sub-topics during the proposal’s preparation stage to ensure its success, in addition to accurately outlining projects based on the chosen sub-topic, substantiating the data on the impact forecasted based on measurable, rather than generic, factors, as well as being capable of properly developing its innovation, exploitation, market analysis, commercialization and business plan features, thus providing value added to Horizon 2020.

The strong participation of RSE to the first call for proposals of the new Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (Horizon 2020), published on the 11th of December, 2013, continued in the second half of 2014 with 8 more new projects being submitted targeting the electricity/energy field, mainly under the Societal Challenges and Excellent Science  topics. Moreover, 2 full proposals were submitted (MEDUSAE and CPVMatch) that had already successfully passed the first assessment stage. The ERIGrid European Research Infrastructure supporting Smart Grid Systems Technology Development, Validation and Roll-out  project was assessed very positively, yet due to budgetary constraints it is still not ready to be sent in directly for negotiation of the Grant Agreement.

The GRIDS+Storage Support to R&D strategy in the area of SET Plan activities in smart grid and energy storage  project was selected for funding and the related Service Contract was signed in December, 2014.

The following projects are currently under evaluation:

HUME. Assessing the HUMan factor in the Energy systems
NATCONSUMERS. NATural Language Energy for Promoting CONSUMER Sustainable Behaviour

SOLFLEX. SOLar gas-turbines for FLEXible power generation
LIFE SAME. Improving the harmonized use of source apportionment methodologies in EU Member

The deadline of the new call for projects for 2015 under Horizon 2020 was provisionally set for spring 2015. This same year, more call for projects under different European funding programs such as Alpine Space, MED, INTERREG, SEE, to name a few, targeting transnational cooperation are planned to be launched.

RSE plays prominent role in
Best Path project, too

The Best Paths project (BEyond State-of-the-art Technologies for rePowering Ac corridors and multi-Terminal HVDC Systems) has debuted in the past few weeks. The initiative will feature the participation of nearly 40 leading organizations in the field of research and industry, utilities, transmission system operators, sharing the goal of finding the best paths towards providing affordable, reliable energy in Europe from coast to coast.

Such an ambitious research project under the coordination of REE (ES) will be co-funded by the EU allocating 35.5 million Euros and will target the development of high-capacity transportation network to meet Europe’s long-term demand for energy and incorporate renewable energy sources.

Experimental results will be supplemented with European-level impact analysis aimed to prove the projects’ scalability and will be made available as of 2018 to the benefit of the main players in the pan-European transmission grid.
RSE is going to play a totally prominent role dealing with several aspects of the project.