The EIB Institute is launching a new prize — the Societal Impact Prize — to help a Social Innovation Tournament finalist grow the societal impact of their venture. The Societal Impact Prize will go to a finalist able to show outstanding, demonstrable and significant societal impact. The prize amounts to EUR 200,000 and will be awarded for the first time during the final edition of the SIT 2018 in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 23 October 2018. Its periodicity will be decided at a later stage. Open to all SIT finalists from previous editions (2012 to 2017), the prize offers them a unique opportunity to showcase how their projects have grown since inception and since their participation in the Tournament. It allows them to show how much positive change they have been able to generate in their area of intervention (Health, Education, Environment, Ageing, Social Inclusion, etc.). Please click here to know more about the prize. Deadline for submission of applications: 27 March 2018. [+]
The challenge is to develop a safe and sustainable battery for electric-vehicles through the development of new materials and chemistries making use of abundant, sustainable low cost materials, which are easily available in Europe. Solutions are required to provide the same or better performance than vehicles with internal combustion engines and to be capable of recharging the electric vehicle within a time equivalent to fill a conventional gasoline/diesel fuel tank.
This prize will contribute significantly to the decarbonisation of Europe for the benefit of the EU's economy and its citizens. Expected results. A prototype battery with fast repowering and long-distance range, high recyclability, and long life cycle.
Eligibility and award criteri: The contest is open to any legal entity (including natural persons) or group of legal entities established in an EU Member State or in a country associated to Horizon 2020. The prize will be awarded, after closure of the contest, to the contestant(s) who in the opinion of the jury demonstrates a solution that best meets the following cumulative criteria for a prototype battery (demonstrated and tested in adequate environment). Τimetable: 23 February 2018 – contest opens, 23 February 2019 – deadline for registration of interest. 17 December 2020 – deadline to submit applications. [+]
The prize recognising the most innovative cities in Europe — those pushing the boundaries of innovation, and changing people's everyday lives for the better
Today, Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, opened the 2018 European Capital of Innovation contest at the EU Covenant of Mayors Ceremony in the European Parliament.
The contest – also known as iCapital – is a prize to reward the cities and mayors who have built the most inclusive and dynamic innovation ecosystems, for the benefits of citizens and business. The winning city will be nominated the European Capital of Innovation 2018 and awarded a prize of €1 million to further promote and enhance its innovative actions. This year's edition will also reward the subsequent five ranked cities, named runners-up, who will each receive €100 000 to scale up their innovation activities. The contest is open to cities with a minimum of 100 000 inhabitants from EU Member States, and countries associated to Horizon 2020. Applications can be submitted until 21 June 2018. The winners will be announced in the fall, followed by an award ceremony later in the year. [+]
Eurobasque decidió en el año 2001, en que celebraba su 50 aniversario, crear un Premio de Investigación con el nombre de “Francisco Javier de Landaburu Universitas”, en recuerdo el que fue miembro de la primera Junta Directiva de EuroBasque creada en 1951 y destacado estudioso e intelectual en los temas europeos.
Este premio se dedica a promover los estudios y reflexiones sobre los aspectos de la construcción europea con mayor interés para la ciudadanía en el momento de su convocatoria. La convocatoria queda fijada con periodicidad anual. Tema de la convocatoria del 2018: Europa de las regiones y el futuro federal de Europa: balance y perspectivas de la gobernanza multinivel en la Unión Europea. Plazo presentación de los proyectos de investigación: 20 de marzo de 2018 (W3 EuroBasque, 3.1.2018)
Los premios concedidos hoy a destacados proyectos de investigación sanitaria se inscriben entre los esfuerzos que realiza la Comisión para fomentar la mejora del uso de los antibióticos y luchar contra el problema que constituye el aumento de las resistencias a los antimicrobianos. En el día de hoy, Carlos Moedas, comisario de Investigación, Ciencia e Innovación, ha otorgado el Premio Horizon al mejor uso de los antibióticos, de un millón de euros, y Vytenis Andriukaitis, comisario de Salud y Seguridad Alimentaria, ha adjudicado el Premio Europeo de la Salud a las ONG por combatir la resistencia a los antimicrobianos, en una ceremonia de entrega de premios que ha tenido lugar en la Universidad de Lovaina, en Bélgica. El Premio Horizon de un millón de euros se asigna a una prueba de punción del dedo que puede diagnosticar en menos de diez minutos una infección bacteriana y determinar si resulta seguro tratar a un paciente sin recurrir a los antibióticos. Se espera que esta prueba de fácil utilización esté a disposición de los pacientes para 2018. La ha desarrollado Minicare HNL, que es una iniciativa de investigación combinada de P&M Venge AB de Suecia y de PHILIPS Electronics de los Países Bajos.
El Premio Europeo de la Salud a las ONG por combatir la resistencia a los antimicrobianos reconoce las iniciativas destacadas de las ONG con el fin de reducir la amenaza que supone para la salud humana la resistencia a los antimicrobianos. El primer premio, de 20 000 EUR, ha sido concedido a la BEUC (Oficina Europea de Uniones de Consumidores) por su campaña «From Farm to You» («De la granja a ti»), que ha mejorado la sensibilidad ante las causas de esta resistencia, tales como el uso excesivo de antimicrobianos en ganadería y el uso indebido y excesivo de antibióticos en medicina. (RAPID, IP/17/205, 6.2.2017)
We all know that in these difficult times cities face ever increasing urban challenges linked to demographic change, climate and environmental targets, unemployment and urban poverty to name but a few. As urban practitioners, we are all seeking practices which are relevant and overcome these barriers. Such practices, as far as URBACT is concerned, come in all shapes and sizes, all themes and topics. And when we say ‘good practice’ we do not necessarily mean something grand, innovative and demonstrating excellence.
URBACT believes that your city has ‘hidden’ good practices which interest other European cities and they do not need to be any of the above. What is more, the opportunity to learn from peers and adapt and reuse tried and tested practices without reinventing the wheel is an attractive option when scarcity of resources is a daily discussion. This call invites your city to come forward with your good practices in the field of sustainable integrated urban development to:
Be part of the pioneering group of URBACT Good Practices to be widely promoted at EU and international level
Be able to share the Good Practice within the framework of a Transfer Network (Call to be published in September 2017)
All the cities with selected good practices will be awarded the title URBACT Good Practice City. The label will provide your city with the recognition and visibility it deserves for the results accomplished.
Furthermore, a specially conceived mix of communication and promotional activities will be put in place to promote the label, your city’s practice and the story that lies behind it. First of all, a Good Practice Festival will be organised in September 2017, where all the selected cities with good practices will take part and have the opportunity to network with European and city policy-makers. Other materials such as publications, presentations, videos and infographics will be produced and shared with urban practitioners from all over Europe, making sure that your story gets known.
By becoming an URBACT Good Practice City, you’ll have the chance to advocate for sustainable and integrated urban development at URBACT events and capacity-building activities (workshops and conferences at programme and project level) including the activities related to the contribution to Urban Agenda for EU. Last but not least, the label will also allow you to share your experience within the framework of a Transfer Network. This will not only allow you to lead and mentor the process of understanding and reusing your practice, but also to better refine and improve it by using an in-depth peer-review methodology. Deadline: 31 march 2017. [más]