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Proposal Development Challenges. Building an International Consortium

November 13, 2017

Whether you are an organization with extensive experience in proposal development or a newcomer looking to develop a competitive proposal, you’ve faced the challenge of building a consortium, which is best suited to carry out the tasks envisaged within the Work Plan.

We all have close partner networks (organizations that we worked extensively with, and whom we can contact regularly in order team up in for a specific project idea) as well extended contacts (organizations recommended by our partners or those we know from other projects).

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It might be relatively easy to build a consortium including partners from EU Member States, but what is the best strategy to follow, if the call requires participation of partners from countries we never worked with before, moreover, outside the European Union?

We at Europa Media tackled this challenge on several occasions while developing proposals targeting non-EU countries (for example, from Eastern Partnership (EaP) and Western Balkans regions) and are happy to share useful tips:

  • If you are as lucky as us to have a multinational team, make use of the added value of multilingualism: the initial search for the best partners can be done in the local language, as in many cases organizations might not have their websites in English, even if they have experts who are fluent in the language.

For example, for our new project, which is currently in Grant Agreement Preparation stage, our colleague did an extensive research in Macedonian, established initial contacts with relevant organizations and then the communication was continued in English.

  • If you’ve had any previous experience of working in the country/region, but you need experts in a different field, ask your local partners for recommendations.

While developing a proposal on EU-EaP cooperation, another EM’s project manager from Ukraine contacted her previous colleagues working in the migration field and asked for recommendations on organizations experienced in the fields of democracy, security, good governance from Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, and Moldova.

  • Once you have identified several equally professional organizations, conduct a background check on CORDIS to see their track record in participating in EU-funded projects.

As the regional interdisciplinary network is quite developed, we obtained a number of expert contacts in the case described above and then we were able to decide whom to invite to the Consortium based on their experience in participating in EU-funded projects.

It is a relatively new feature, enabling you to search for partners by country, key words, programmes and organization types.

  • As a friendly gesture, include a greeting in a local language in your initial email on potential partnership as a sign of being aware of regional peculiarities.

Be aware, of mixing, for example, Slavic languages in your email 🙂

Once you found the potential perfect partner to carry our local tasks, make sure to be as clear in your initial email as possible, however, without giving up confidential details of your project idea. Describe the call, potential consortium and required tasks and expertise. Based on the reply, you will be able to judge whether a partner will be able to contribute at the proposal development stage, meet the deadlines and fulfill the tasks accordingly. A follow-up call on task distribution is always a good idea, if you decide to include the organization into your consortium.

Remember, with the new Work Programmes already published, it is never too early to start building a consortium for your competitive proposal. Good luck!

Written by Liliya Levandovska


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PLANNING PUBLICATIONS IN A HORIZON 2020 PROPOSAL

November 2, 2017

While preparing materials for our own training courses on impact, exploitation and dissemination activities under H2020, I came to re-read a classic guideline for researchers to understand the publishing process: “How to publish in scholarly journals”, by Elsevier.

 

This short guidebook gives quite useful information, tips and resources to early career researchers approaching the publishing world, and I thought in this blogpost I would try and discuss the main aspects described in those guidelines under a Horizon 2020 lens.

 

Once you agree with your partners on the outcomes deriving from your project, you can start thinking of which new findings may be worth becoming the content of new publications. While it can be pretty hard to estimate in advance exactly the types of results you are going to achieve, adding a realistic plan for publications to your section 2.2 can give a great added value to your proposal, especially if you’re submitting a Research and Innovation Action.

 

Where to start?

 

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For each new knowledge item, you or your partners plan to write an article about, try to estimate the following:

 

1. The type of publication that can best fit your results.

 

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*Text from “Understanding the publishing process. How to publish in scholarly journals”, by Elsevier

 

2. Examples of appropriate journals you are going to submit to

Based on the type of article you have decided to publish, look at the relevant literature in your field and then carefully read the aims and scope of each potential journal on their homepage. Other useful elements can be the journal’s metrics (e.g. international outlook, audience, impact metrics, etc.), and open access options.

 

3. Open Access option

It is worth mentioning that H2020 does not force you to publish your results. For specific cases, e.g. if you are planning to protect a project result with a patent, or there are ethical/security issues associated with it, you are allowed to keep the results confidential; just make sure you include a proper explanation of the rationale behind this choice. However, if you decide to publish the results, then you are required to provide open access. This may take two possible forms:

 

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*Table from “Understanding the publishing process. How to publish in scholarly journals”, by Elsevier

 

Both options are acceptable for Horizon 2020 projects (and you may choose different options for different publications in the same H2020 project), but remember to budget the necessary resources in case you plan to opt for Gold Open Access, which you can find on the journal’s homepage. Also bear in mind that, according to the H2020 General Model Grant Agreement, the author processing costs may be eligible only if they are incurred within the duration of the project.

 

4. Copyright issues

An additional detail concerns the discussion on the article’s author is going to retain its copyright, while granting appropriate licenses to the publisher. This might be relevant especially whenever you are going to use trademarks or other protected IP in the article, a frequent case for Innovation Actions for example. In such cases, you may want to briefly discuss the planned license agreement, as well as the potential type of user license, which determines the rights granted to readers. As a minimum in H2020, readers must be able to read online, download and print your article from online repositories such as OpenAIRE; you are then encouraged to provide additional rights, such as to copy, distribute, search, link, crawl and mine. Check this Creative Commons tool to choose the most appropriate user license for your article.

 

5. Estimated timeline

Based on your proposal Gantt chart and on the selected journal’s publication timeline, you may provide a realistic estimation of the publication timeline to evaluators. This is a useful exercise also for you, as you can double check if gold open access fees can in fact be charged to the project.

 

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*Text from “Understanding the publishing process. How to publish in scholarly journals”, by Elsevier

 

6. Promotional plan for the publications

Whether you manage to have the published article before or after the end of the project, it can be a good idea to include in your proposal measures to promote it to the interested audiences. In case the publication timeline ends after the project’s lifetime, of course you should be realistic and include only cost-efficient measures, such as promotion on social media, on your personal website, or through networking activities. For publications ready before the end of the project, on the other hand, why not linking their promotion to specific conferences/events you are planning to organise or to attend as part of your dissemination activities?

 

7. Monitoring and evaluation

As you do with other dissemination and communication activities, you can easily include measures for monitoring the impact of your articles, such as the number of views on your articles, or if you use social networks such as ResearchGate or Mendeley, you can obtain further statistics such as the geographic locations and research disciplines of your readers.

 

To recap all this into a ready-to-use template for your next H2020 proposal, find here below a potential table describing your plan for publications, with a fictitious example.

 

I hope this article was useful for you; to suggest more tools or ideas to include this section, or share specific issues and problems you have encountered, please do not hesitate to e-mail us or tweet us including the hashtag #askEuropaMedia!

Written by Valentina Zuri

INSPIRATION FROM OUR OCEAN CONFERENCE & YOUTH SUMMIT

October 31, 2017

 

The 400 global commitments on actions for healthier oceans made at #OurOcean Conference in Malta on 5-6 of October, surpassed the 7 billion euros and it is definitely a success!  However, for youngsters that inherited the weight of a decadent Ocean on their shoulders, with a challenging gloomy future to solve ahead, the Our Ocean Youth Summit provided an enormous and unexpected amount of inspiration! That, is what I definitely take from this 2-day event.

 

 

Sustainable Oceans Alliance and the European Union, brought together 100 young ocean leaders from 50 nations to work on 1 mission: to find sustainable solutions for the Ocean. Unexpectedly, it also brought the highest existing caliber of speakers from the ocean community to get inspired from.

 

THE RESULT?

100 youngsters motivated to take the future in their hands and surf together the rough tide of marine pollution, ocean acidification, climate change, overfishing, depletion of ecosystems, endangered species and general human negligence towards the Ocean.

 

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As one of the 100 participants, here are my three key takes-on:

 

WE ALL SUCK!

Although Lonely Whale Foundation uses this catchy play of words in their campaign to stop using single-use plastic straws and #StopSucking, I also take this phrase as “we all share the blame on this”. It is true, we all have contributed to this mess, and we all need to solve it together.

 

 IT IS TOUGH

Linked to #1, few months ago I read a statement from polar explorer Robert Swan that despite the obvious, it made me understand the level of inaction compared to the one needed and the urgency to do something about it. He said that “the Greatest Threat to Our Planet Is the Belief That Someone Else Will Save It”And when hearing Celine Cousteau, we all embraced that the path it’s tough and could be even tougher.

 

Tiago Pitta e Cunha from Oceano Azul Foundation simplified the path in a four-step process:

INFORMATION >  KNOWLEDGE > AWARENESS > ACTION

And although this is not something new, it is something we need to share and make contagious. Baba Dioum said in 1968 that in the end we will conserve only what we love, that we will love only what we understand and that we will understand only what we are taught.

SO, WE NEED TO ADVOCATE AND CATALYZE CHANGE!

That is the strategy that Charles Goddard, Editorial Director from The Economist told us is following through their yearly World Ocean Summit where they bring private and public sectors together to turn blue pledges into reality.

If advocating is not enough, then we should make it a culture.

Nathan Walworth from CoValence Life said we need to “Make sustainability a culture. Make a culture around ocean protection, climate change, circular economy. But make it without using those words”. His 4-step path:

SIMPLICTIY – LIFESTYLE – MINDFULNESS – COMMUNITY

WE ARE IN A BETTER POSITION THAN OTHER GENERATIONS, AND THERE IS HOPE

The highest of inspirations comes always from the living legend, explorer, pioneer and highly adored by the ocean community, Her Deepness Sylvia Earle. A woman that dove the once existing pristine and diverse seas and that has witnessed the disappearance of biodiversity hot spots, is the one who is more positive about change being possible and the one pushing for hope spots through her foundation Mission Blue.

Sylvia argues that we are in a better position now, because now we know. We know the problems we are causing, we know now that our actions, even far away from the Ocean affect directly the Big Blue. We know we have to do something about it and we know we need to do it fast. We know there are solutions and we know that we need to act as if our life would depend from it, because it does!

SO, WHAT TO DO NOW?

I will highlight my top 3 advices on this:

1. Collaborate with people that are better than you. Dan Watson from SafetyNet technologies said how we need to be onboard with people who are better than us, who challenge us.

We might be very good at something, but there are many others who are as good at many other things. Collaboration and multidisciplinarity are needed. And I would personally add humbleness, as shown by Sylvia.

2. Figure out what your currency is. Emily Penn, ocean advocate who has lived for the past 10 years at sea said to us:

“Figure out what your currency is. Figure out what you have to offer, what you are brilliant at. It could be graphic design, it could be raising awareness, it can be anything. Once you figure that out, use that. Don’t approach people by asking if they could help you, rather say what you could do for them and how. It will take you to wonderful places!”.

3. Never stop questioning, challenging or being passionate. Never stop being a kid and be humble. This is actually a mixed advice coming from two different people.

– John Brincat, Commissioner at DG MARE pulled me from my arm on my way out of one session to tell me that I gave a great remark. He then asked me to never stop being myself, never stop questioning what is given and challenging it. He said that when money and commitments come, people tend to change priorities. I believe this is something we must keep in mind and alive.

– Never stop being a kid. This one comes from Sylvia Earle. She says that scientists are little kids who never grew up and never lost the sense of wonder. Scientists have curiosity, who, what, where, why, when, and how. Just like a five-year-old kid!

– Humbleness. That was not said but shown. Sylvia Earle, being of the world’s best known marine scientists and a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, is of the humblest people I have had the pleasure to meet. The world has so much to learn from her!

 

THERE IS HOPE

Written by Mariana Mata Lara

WHAT IS NEXT FOR EUROPE?

October 30, 2017

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The political situation within EU has been changing significantly during the last year. In fact, it may have seemed that elections and actions in different EU countries questioned the very core values and made the Union’s foundation shake.

 

When Brexit referendum happened more than one year ago, domino effect was feared since many thought that other EU countries would express their will of leaving the Union through national referendum. This did not happen, but all eyes were on UK to see what would happen next to the Union that from 28 would have become formed by 27 Member States.

 

The State of the Union is a speech annually held by the president of the European Commission to the Parliament and during which the president presents what has been achieved in the past year and what is the action plan for the upcoming year.

The Europe shaped in president Juncker’s plan is a stronger, more transparent and more united one. During his speech, he called for a Europe that protects, a Europe that empowers, a Europe that defends.

 

Juncker’s vision for the future includes:

 

  • Strengthening the European Trade agenda: a trade agreement already exists with Canada, as well as a political agreement with Japan on a future economic partnership. The Parliament and the Commission are working on future similar agreements with Mexico and South American Countries as well as Australia and New Zealand.

 

  • European industry needs to get stronger and more competitive, this is why a new EU framework for investment screening and new Industrial Policy Strategy is needed.

 

  • EU has to play a primary role when it comes to the fight against climate change according to the Paris Agreement.

 

  • Cybersecurity needs to be taken seriously and a European Cybersecurity Agency should be established in order to protect EU citizens’ online data.

 

  • A new European Minister of Economy and Finance is foreseen to further support the structural reforms of the Member states.

 

  • All Member States are expected to join the Banking Union to create a safer financial sector for the single market.

 

  • A European intelligence unit will be set up to ensure sharing of data among EU Member States on terrorists and foreign fighters

 

  • A European Defence Union that should be achieved by 2025.

 

  • the merge the Presidents of the European Council and the European Commission for more democratic and more efficient institutions.

 

It is interesting to notice that in his annual speech Juncker addressed 27 members of the EU, even though the Union is still formed by 28 Member States as the negotiations on Brexit are still ongoing. However, efforts are being made in order to safeguard the cooperation with UK in research and innovation for EU projects under Horizon 2020 scheme. Also, the Labour party hinted to a possible second referendum to ask British citizens for their opinion again.

 

Some days later, also the French president Emmanuel Macron presented his vision of Europe in the same day of the German elections during a speech at Sorbonne University. In his speech, he highlighted the need of a ‘profound transformation’ for our Union and specifically he called for:

 

  • European defence budget and went a step further by talking about a European military intervention force within a very well-defined defence strategy.

 

  • The creation of new EU agencies such as EU asylum agency to tackle the migration crisis and a new EU agency for innovation to boost research and to encourage the emergence of champions in digital technology, following Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation Carlos Moedas idea of creating a European Innovation council.

 

All in all, most of European leaders are showing fondness towards a more powerful European Union both internally and externally as a global actor. Despite divergent opinions, now most of EU leaders are back on track. As Guy Verhofstadt stated in his answer to Juncker’s speech:

 

‘In August 2016, Mr. Hofer still wanted to take his country out of the Union. Five months later, after his defeat, he changed his mind. Mr. Hofer and the FPO now wants Austria to stay in the euro, to stay in the Union.

In March of this year, in the Netherlands, Mr. Wilders promised a “spring of populism” and he reaped the opposite, a rise of the pro-European parties; a boomerang in his face.

In France, Emmanuel Macron won the presidential elections after a pro-European campaign. Since then, the Front National doesn’t want to leave the euro anymore.

And even in Hungary, Viktor Orbàn is piping down. He accepts now the authority of the European Court of Justice. A few days ago, he even excluded that Hungary would ever leave the Union.’

written by Cosmina Bisboaca

BLUE ECONOMY – WHAT IS IT ALL ABOUT?

October 27, 2017

The term “Blue Economy” was first used by Gunter Pauli to describe his business model to shift society from scarcity to abundance “with what is locally available“, but it has surged into common usage all over the world as a goal of policy-making and investment, and it is understood as the use of the sea and its resources for sustainable economic development.

If the Ocean were a country, it would be the world’s 7th largest economy

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The Ocean has long been one of the drivers of world’s economy. However, it is not until recently that the eyes are on the great untapped potential for innovation and growth that the marine and maritime sector can bring to the economy. Bernhard Friess, head of the Maritime Policy and Blue Economy Directorate of the EU, assures that the seas can certainly be a great source of jobs and prosperity – but only if they are healthy, safe and sustainably managed. And that’s what it is all about!

So now what?

 

Well, now that we understand that we are an integral part of the marine ecosystem, and that we must plan and implement our economic activities with care, balancing the desire to improve human living standards and wellbeing with the imperative to sustain ecosystem health, now it is the time to create new synergiesbetween public authorities, local communities, researchers and private investors, and to harvest the full potential of the Blue Economy in a smart, sustainable and inclusive way.

The European Commission, through the Blue Growth strategy, has the priority to develop in particular five sectors that considers have high potential in Europe:

Aquaculture

 

Aquaculture is the most rapidly expanding food industry in the world, with an average increasing rate of 8% per year. Currently, more than 50% of the seafood we consume comes from farmed species, and it is expected to keep increasing as a result of declining wild fisheries stocks worldwide.

The sector is mainly composed of SMEs or micro-enterprises in coastal and rural areas and the Commission intends to boost aquaculture through the Common Fisheries Policy reform. In 2013, it published Strategic Guidelines presenting common priorities and general objectives at EU level.

Coastal tourism

 

Europe is a maritime continent with a coastline stretching from the Arctic to the Mediterranean and from the Atlantic to the Black Sea. This makes coastal and maritime tourism the largest maritime activity in Europeemploying over 3.2 million people, generating a total of € 183 billion in gross value added and representing over one third of the maritime economy.

As part of EU’s Blue Growth strategy, the Commission has identified 14 actions which can help the sector grow sustainably and provide added impetus to Europe’s coastal regions. For example, it is proposed to develop an online guide to the main funding opportunities available for the sector (particularly SMEs) and to promote strategies on waste prevention, management and marine litter to support sustainable coastal and maritime tourism.

Marine Biotechnology

 

Marine Biotechnology, or Blue Biotechnology, is concerned with the exploration and exploitation of the sea biodiversity that could enable us to develop new products of great value. Through new gene sequencing technologies, marine organisms other than fish and shellfish have the potential to provide inputs to the blue economy. A successful example are anti-viral drugs coming from Caribbean sponges.

The EC created a strategic approach to research and innovation to provide the scientific and technological bases for substantiating the strategic decisions that emerging industrial sectors need.

According to the Commission, in the very short term, the sector is expected to emerge as a niche market focused on high-value products for the health, cosmetic and industrial biomaterials sectors. By 2020, it could grow as a medium-sized market, an in a third stage, around 15 years from now, it could be subject to technological breakthroughs, and become a provider of mass-market products, together with a range of high added value specialised products.

Blue Energy

Blue energy, marine energy or ocean energy technologies are currently being developed to exploit the potential of tides and waves as well as differences in temperature and salinity besides the more studied offshore wind farms.

According to the Commission, these 5 offshore renewable energies have the potential to enhance the efficiency of harvesting the European energy resource. However, commercial operation of blue energy technologies still needs investments in grid connections and transmission capacity. Furthermore, efforts to reinforce research and development in the field of ocean energy are needed in order to reduce costs, lengthen the operating life of equipment and streamline logistics in the technologies.

The European Commission has developed a two-step action plan to support this emerging sector. In the first phase (2014 – 2016), a secretariat and ocean energy forum have been set up. For the period 2017-2020, the action will be focused on developing the Ocean Energy Strategic Roadmap.

Deep Seabed Mining

 

A lot of polemic goes around this sector. Today commercial scale seabed mining operations are limited to shallow water, but given the discovery of most promising deposits of the so-called “nodules” – small mineral-rich rocks – from the seabed, the game is changing. Even though the idea of exploiting the gold, copper, manganese, cobalt and other metals of the ocean floor has been considered for decades, it only recently became feasible with high commodity prices and new technology.

Nodules in the Pacific Ocean have more Mn, Ni, Mo and Co than the entire global terrestrial reserve base for those metals.

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The polemic is two-fold:

 

  • Firstly, there is limited knowledge of the unique ecosystems living there and therefore, there is a growing concern of decisions being made before science keeps up with decision making, leading to disastrous long-term consequences for marine life.
  • Secondly, most of the marine deposits of minerals prized by world markets are found beyond the EEZs, on the seabeds of the High Seas. In theory, this means that no one has sovereignty over the resources found there, being the UN’s International Seabed Authority (ISA) the overseeing body. ISA is awarding 15-year-licenses for exploiting the nodules under the commitment of a supposedly equitable distribution of the benefits that derive from the mineral resources among the 167 countries that have signed the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). However, developing countries that do not count with the technology to extract such resources are concerned about a real equitable distribution of the profits.

The European Commission is engaged in a variety of studies and projects aimed at shedding light on the benefits, drawbacks and knowledge gaps associated with this type of mining. A global annual turnover of marine mineral mining can be expected to grow from virtually nothing to €5 billion in the next 10 years and up to €10 billion by 2030.

The infographic created by 911Metallurgist and NeoMamStudios analyses in a very illustrative way if deep seabed mining worth the risk. You can find the full version here.

CALL FOR ACTION!

 

Now that you know what is Sustainable Blue Economy about, you can follow what will be discussed at Our Ocean Conference as it will be one of the 6 areas of action to be addressed. The EC will be looking for high-level commitments from the industry, national and local administrations, research institutions and civil society to delivering and transforming the challenges ahead into an opportunity for cooperation, innovation and entrepreneurship.

The other 5 areas to be discussed next month among world leaders include Marine Protected Areas, Climate Change, Sustainable Fisheries, Marine Pollution and Maritime Security.

Stay tuned for our upcoming blogpost on Our Ocean Conference as we will be participating in the side events!

Follow through the hashtag #OurOcean all the activities and attendants including heads of state and government; foreign, economy, environment and fisheries ministers; and other established and up-and-coming ocean leaders in government, business, finance, science and civil society, as well as young and cutting-edge innovators and entrepreneurs and global leaders in ocean conservation!

By Mariana Mata Lara

HOW TO TURN UNDERUTILIZED AREAS OF EUROPE INTO VALUABLE LANDS TO PRODUCE SUSTAINABLE BIOENERGY?

October 26, 2017

In Europe, there is a series of underutilized land. Contaminated, marginal, fallow lands etc. are fragmented areas quite common throughout the continent, as a result of improper forestry management, excessive mining activities, environmental pollution, or simple mismanagement of arable lands.

Although these abandoned areas are not suitable for conventional, agricultural, or forestry activities, there are several innovative and advanced bioenergy supply/value chains which can handle such underutilized lands in a sustainable way.

The main objective of the FORBIO project is to set examples and provide guidelines to European farmers, foresters, remediation companies and technology providers in order to get them involved and motivated in the development of innovative bioenergy value chains on underutilised and marginal lands.

Funded under the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme of the EU, this three-year project aims to demonstrate the viability of non-food bioenergy feedstock production in the Member States, neither interfering with the production of food or feed, nor with land, currently used for recreational and conservational purposes. FORBIO will develop a methodology to assess bioenergy production potential on available underutilised lands in Europe at national and local levels.

The project is in its half-time: the agronomic and techno-economic feasibility studies were prepared for GermanyItaly and Ukraine. The report on sustainability assessment of the selected advanced bioenergy value chains in the case study sites are expected by the middle of 2018, along with the roadmap for the removal of the main economic and non-economic barriers that hinder the application of advanced bio-energy practices on underutilized lands.

Based on the outcome of the sustainability assessment report and the roadmap, the capacity building activities of FORBIO will be initiated in 2018. Info days, training events and webinars will be organised by project partners, where representative of biomass supply chain providers, land-owners, farmers, foresters, mine-operators and remediation technology companies will be invited. Selected experts will be presenting hands-on project results to local stakeholders.

The Hungarian FORBIO event will be organised in February 2018 by the project’s co-coordinator Geonardo. More details about the event will be published in the coming months.

written by Péter Gyuris

MAXIMISING A PROJECT’S IMPACT: EMG GROUP’S INTERACTIVE ONLINE TOOLS

October 25, 2017

Currently EMG group is actively involved in coordination and implementation of more than a dozen of EU projects. Digitalization and globalization have positively changed the project implementation and management processes facilitating access to information and enriching the target audience with innovative learning instruments. Therefore, both Geonardo and Europa Media are responsible for the development of a number of online tools, which nowadays are a must to maximize project’s impact and reach wider audience.

Did you know that we a have a very creative IT team who realizes our most challenging ideas on various online platforms? This blog post provides an overview of some of the unique IT solutions (funding databases, interactive maps, online calculators, e-learning courses, etc.) developed by EMG’s IT department for many successful FP7 and H2020 projects.

For our LinkTADs project we developed a Find Funding tool – a database of various grants, scholarships, fellowships and other funding opportunities targeting international researchers in the EU and China working in the field of animal health.

Another Funding database was developed for Bilat USA 4.0 projectit covers funding programmes between the EU and the USA aimed to facilitate cooperation between researchers and companies.

For two of our projects we have developed online calculators. Based on custom entry parameters, the inbuilt Plascarb engine provides a quick estimate about the feasibility of the PlasCarb process in the form of a personalised output document.

The Environmental assessment tool for Waste2Go can be used by any interested user and gives an estimation of the environmental impacts (in CO2-eq.) for transformation strategies of municipal solid waste (MSW) into chemical building blocks.

One of the latest mapping instruments developed by EM is the MY-WAY  Map – a comprehensive overview of the best potential partners for start-ups covering all relevant fields, from technical management, legal services, investors to crowd funding, all sorted by countries and cities.

At the same time, it is not surprising that the most popular tool used in our projects is the e-learning system.We have developed dozens of e-learning courses, applying various approaches to context visualization and deployment. For example, for GEOCOM project we used presentations and narrations available via easy access online for anyone interested in geothermal energy.

For Health2Market we transformed our partners’ presentations on entrepreneurship and business models for health research into e-learning chapters available for registered users.

For INNO-4-AGRIFOOD project we transformed the materials sent by partners as online presentations on knowledge and skills to support online collaboration in agri-food sector into e-learning modules with graphical presentations, exercise and quizzes and case studies to be added later.

My personal favorites are the tools developed by our e-learning guru for the Start2Act project. Upcoming Start2Act e-learning will be one of a kind, as we applied our famous hands-on approach and took photos in our office in order to demonstrate potential energy efficient solutions. Here is a sneak peek (the e-learning is under development; therefore, the screenshots are confidential 😉

Before the launch of the Start2Act e-learning you can also play our energy saving game, which already proved to be very popular.

If you are interested in any of the topics mentioned above, don’t forget to register on respective project websites.

Which tool did you like the most? Let us know!

By: Liliya Levandovska