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Success Stories Swiss Projects and Partnerships in the 7th European Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7)


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editorial

dear reader, This brochure provides an overview of some of the Success Stories from Swiss participa­ tion in the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7) between 2007 and 2013. Switzerland, as a non-EU Member State participates in FP7 as a so-called Associated Country. The European Commission (EC) allocates funding through competitions based on criteria of excellence. This, combined with the many outstanding proposals submitted by Swiss participants, explains why EU research funding is now the second most important institutional source of R&D&I funding in Switzerland after the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). The following pages contain a selection of FP7 Success Stories where Swiss partici­ pants have gained funding for a range of FP7 projects. They are classified according to the

3 key objectives of the new European Frame­ work Programme for Research and Innovation – Horizon 2020: - Excellent Science - Competitive Industries - Societal Challenges These Success Stories provide a glimpse into Switzerland’s extensive, active, effective and strong participation in FP7, which in fact is one big success story. Enjoy your reading!

Peter Erni Director Euresearch


Table of content Project/ FP7 Programme/ Company Name Innovation 

Horizon 2020: Excellent Science

Horizon 2020: Competitive Industries

Horizon 2020: Tackling Societal Challenges

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COMET ERC MININEXACT ERC PICS ERC PROPEREMO ERC  COFIT Marie Curie COFUND ITN-LCG Marie Curie ITN LEAP Marie Curie IAPP P-CUBE Infrastructure COSIT FET

9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17

ECOMATION Factory of the future Qcoala Factory of the future ELSA Space KHRESMOI ICT MOBIO ICT Ganser Innovation Ecolistec Innovation Hydroplant Innovation Body-on-a-Chip ICT Health CAPPELLA Health PROHIBIT Health MEMSTICK Health FLUINHIBIT Health SLIC Health RADAR FAFB FLUIDGLASS Energy MacSheep Energy SOM SSH BRIDGE Security HEROIC Environment EnviroGRIDS Environment

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Chapter 1

horizon 2020 – Excellent Science These FP7 Success Stories are classified according to the new European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation – Horizon 2020. Supporting our excellent science base by • supporting the world’s leading scientists in blue sky research • providing training and career development opportunities • developing future and emerging technologies • strengthening EU research infrastructures


H2020 - Excellent Science

Time and money for in-depth research Michael Bronstein from the University of Lugano has received one of the prestigious ERC starting grants. The grant allows him to continue the work he has done so far – but with more financial means, more time, and more freedom. Michael Bronstein received the

Not doing miracles anymore

starting grant of the European

Michael

Research Council (ERC) about a

experience

year ago. “That grant is an

research

extremely

(R&D)

competitive,

and

Bronstein in and and

has

also

industrial development

working

methods for the detection of similarity between

texts,

multimedia

images,

documents.

videos

or

Traditional

approaches to the detection of similarity concentrate

on

distances

between

parts of an object. COMET, in contrast, aims to build a theoretical base that can accommodate broader notions of similarity that works across different modalities (sound, image, text, for

startups.

he says. Indeed, in 2012 there

the difference between that

were 4741 applications, and

and the work he does now: “In

image according to a tag query) or

only

were

a startup, you have little money

medical imaging (aligning pictures taken

successful. This competitiveness

and little time – with which you

by CT and MRI so that they show similar

was one reason for Michael

are expected to do miracles”,

parts of the body in a similar size and

Prof. Dr Michael Bronstein

he says. Now that he is working

COMET Coordinator

from a similar point of view).

for the University of Lugano

of

them

Bronstein to apply.

explains

The project COMET aims at improving

prestigious funding scheme”,

566

Bronstein

with

ABOUT THE PROJECT

example). Possible applications include multimedia search (like retrieving an

and has received the grant,

There was also another reason: “While I also considered other

Michael Bronstein divides his work into three

funding opportunities, the starting grant has just a different scale: it really allows you to do research on fundamental things.”

“The starting grant really allows you to do research on fundamental things.”

The long-term funding (up to 5 years) and

parts: theoretical models, computational algorithms

and

applications.

“We

have

developed efficient algorithms that work well in some important applications like multi-

the quite generous amount of money - up

things are different. There is more time to

modal similarity-preserving hashing. But

to 1.5 million euro in Bronstein’s case -

devote to more fundamental research, rather

what is really missing is some broader

allows him to work not only on applications

than

unifying vision that explains the relations

but on theory as well.

performance results.

running

after

benchmarks

and

between different methods and why some of the work better than others”, Bronstein says.

FACTS AND FIGURES Project Name:

COMET – foundations of COmputational similarity geoMETtry

Research Area:

Industrial Manufacture

Organisation:

University of Lugano (USI)

Start Date - End Date:

01.10.2012 – 30.09.2017

Duration:

5 years

Project Cost:

1.5 million Euros

Project Funding:

1.5 million Euros

Project Reference:

307047

Contract Type:

ERC Starting Grant

Disadvantages? None! When asked whether he thinks there are any disadvantages of this kind of financing, Michael Bronstein gives a quick answer: “No, not that I am aware of.” For his university, the starting grant is a success as well: “it is an important appreciation that confirms its ability to attract excellent researchers from all over the world”, as the university writes in a media release.

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Long-Term Research Funding thanks to a ERC grant Michalis Vlachos was awarded a Starting Grant from the European Research Council (ERC). These Grants support emerging scientists to establish a team and to conduct independent research.

ABOUT THE PROJECT Today,

data

is

increasingly

stored

in the ‘cloud’. During this process it undergoes a number of modifications: anonymization,

watermarking

or

even lossy compression (e.g. jpeg). In the “Exact Mining from In-Exact

The ERC was established by the

Long-term research horizon

European

and limited administration

Commission

to

support research leaders who

burden

are

a

The main reason for applying

proper research team and to

for the ERC Starting Grant was

start conducting independent

that

research in Europe. The success

long-term EU funding scheme.

rate

about

in

to

the

establish

Starting

it

offers

the

most

Grant

Data” (MININEXACT) project Dr Vlachos studies

how

to

support

common

data transformations in a way that the mining capacity of the original is still retained even after it is modified. For example, if a hospitalanonymizes medical

data,

some

of

original

information

may

even

the

that

to

extent

the

be it

lost is

no

“It is one of the few EU funding

longer useful for statistical analyses.

cent.

schemes that does not involve

The ultimate goal is to understand

Dr Vlachos’ application was one

multiple partners, which makes

the

administration simpler,” says

data

Dr Vlachos.

them as variants of the same basic

competition

around 12 per-

of this success. Dr Vlachos applied for the grant because “it

Dr Michalis Vlachos IBM Research – Zurich ERC Principal Investigator

provided the most long-term

between

transformations

by

common viewing

operation: addition or removal of noise.

research horizon, and promised the greatest independence. ”This was the first time in Switzerland that this grant was given to a researcher hosted by an industrial

connection

laboratory. Dr Vlachos

“It was the funding opportunity that provided the most long-term research horizon, and promised the most freedom and independence.”

learned of the ERC grant from a collabora-

the team to focus on the science”, Dr Vlachos says. Good for employer and employee

tor of Euresearch who presented various

The administrative burden is quite minimal

Applicants for ERC Starting Grants need the

EU funding options at ”IBM Research – Zu-

too: “The institution needs to file a financial

support of a “host institution” that can be any

rich, where he works.

progress report every year and half, allowing

research entity, like a university or, as in the case of IBM Research – Zurich, an

FACTS AND FIGURES

industrial laboratory.

Project Name:

Exact Mining from In-Exact Data (MININEXACT)

Research Area:

Industrial Manufacture

Principal Investigator:

Dr Michalis Vlachos

Host Institution:

IBM Research – Zurich

Start Date - End Date:

01.04.2011 – 31.03.2016 (60 months)

Project Cost:

1.5 million Euros

Project Funding:

1.5 million Euros

Project Reference:

259569

Contract Type:

ERC Starting Grant

For Dr Vlachos working within an industrial lab, as opposed to a university, brings the advantage that it is easier to commercialize the results of his research and thus achieve greater impact. He mentions that for IBM the advantage is that they receive funding for forward-looking research and that they are able to secure some of the intellectual property for the results of this work.

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Support for up-and-coming research leaders 1.5 million Euro for a duration of 5 years: this is what a “Starting Grant” of the European Research Council is. Many apply, Andrea Alimonti from the Istituto Oncologico della Svizzera Italiana (IOSI) succeeded, also thanks to the right profile. When Andrea Almonti from the

does Andrea Alimonti, who has

IOSI was awarded the grant in

experience both in basic re-

2011, it was the first time that

search and as an oncologist.

such a grant went to Ticino, and

ABOUT THE PROJECT The project PICS therapy (Pten loss Induced Cellular Senescence therapy) aims to find a new kind of cancer therapy,

especially

against

prostate

cancer. The

therapy

protein

that

focuses regulates

on

PTEN,

cell

a

growth

and division. If a cell has not enough of this protein, for example 80 % of normal, the cell grows and divides beyond control - which means cancer.

rare

Of course, this alone would not

occasions that it goes to a

be enough to get a starting

Paradoxically, however, if the level drops

researcher hosted by a non-uni-

grant:

“targets

to 0 %, the cell reacts by “getting old”: it

versity researcher lab. Part of

promising researchers who have

does not grow and divide anymore at all.

this

the proven potential of becoming

it

was

one

success

of

was

the

the

right

profile of both researcher and host institution.

Dr Andrea Alimonti ERC Starting Grantee

the

scheme

independent research leaders”,

PICS therapy screens several thousands

as it says on the website of the

of compounds that potentiate this effect

European Research Council.

on cancer cells and, eventually, will try

From lab to clinic

selected compounds in clinical tests.

The project of Andrea Alimonti is looking for new compounds to fight cancer and then aims to try the compounds in clinical tests. Finding the right compounds re-

“Thanks to the grant I can work for five years without too much worrying about funding.”

quires a research lab and basic research,

Recruiting an international team The

1.5-million

grant

enables

Andrea

Alimonti not only to pay the salaries of an

the clinical tests require hospitals and on-

Obviously, Andrea Alimonti was deemed

international team of researchers, it also

cologists. Being part of an association of

promising enough to support his work with

helped him to get the right people for the

regional hospitals, the Istituto Oncologico

1.5 million Euro coming from the European

project, as the grant stands for good quality

della Svizzera Italiana offers both, and so

Commission.

and financial stability.

FACTS AND FIGURES Project Name:

Long-term financial stability and leeway is PICS therapy (Pten loss Induced Cellular Senescence therapy)

European Research Council:

ERC-SG-LS7 Diagnositc tools, therapies and public health

Principal Investigator:

Dr Andrea Alimonti

Organisation:

Istituto Oncologico della Svizzera Italiana

Start Date - End Date:

01.04.2011 – 31.03.2016

Duration:

60 months

Project Cost:

1 500 000 Euros

Contract Type:

ERC Starting Grants

also the main advantage of the grant in the eyes of Andrea Alimonti: “Thanks to the grant I can work for five years without too much worrying about funding, and there is enough money to realize the ideas of my team and myself.” Just to be complete, one has to ask: Are there any drawbacks of the grant? Andrea Alimonti’s answer: “Erm, no, actually, not so much.”

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Challenge successfully tackled Prof. Klaus Scherer has successfully applied for an ERC Advanced Grant. This grant funds research of experienced researchers with up to 3.5 million euro over 5 years. However, “the reason for applying was not all about the money”, says Scherer. “There were several possibili-

find new perspectives, formulate

ties to fund this project. What

new hypotheses and concepts”.

made the ERC Advanced Grant particularly interesting was

When Scherer got the message

that anyone having such a

that

grant was apparently going in

accepted, he felt excited thinking

the right direction”, says Klaus

of the interesting research that

Scherer. The ERC Advanced

now lays ahead of him and satisfied

Grant is a highly competitive

that, apparently, he actually was

scheme, and so it was the

going in the right direction.

challenge

which

attracted

him, not only the money.

his

proposal

had

been

Dr Klaus Scherer PROPEREMO Coordinator

Drafting proposals can be fun This challenge meant a lot of work for Klaus Scherer. Never before had he compiled lists of quotations and publications as needed for

“What made the ERC Advanced Grant particularly interesting was that anyone having such a grant was apparently going in the right direction”.

the proposal, and he was not very used to do

ABOUT THE PROJECT PROPEREMO (Production and perception of

emotion:

An

affective

sciences

approach) investigates the production and perception of emotion. Unlike most theories in this field, the conceptual framework of Klaus Scherer advocates a componential

approach

to

emotion:

events – such as an encounter with a bear in the forest – are appraised on a subconscious level (could this encounter be dangerous?), this leads to reactions (production of adrenaline, trembling), which leads to people becoming conscious of their emotions. Others might see expressions of these emotions and try to interpret them. All these stages influence each other. The goal of PROPEREMO is to empirically prove this model, refine it, and better understand the underlying mechanisms.

considered to be interesting and important in the project”, says Scherer.

a lot of self-marketing. Drafting the proposal,

The reviewers of his proposal did not only

however, was not only a lot of tedious list-

accept his proposal, they also provided

Visibility increased

compiling: “It was also fun”, says Scherer,

useful feedback. “The feedback I received

Thanks to the ERC Advanced Grant, Klaus

“because I had to think about my research,

was helpful because I could see what others

Scherer’s research has become more visible than before. He could choose collaborators for his project among a high number of

FACTS AND FIGURES

applicants. Two postdocs and three doctoral students were selected.

Project Name:

PROPEREMO Production and perception of emotion

Being

Research Area:

Social Sciences and Humanities

Switzerland who have received an ERC

Coordinator:

Dr Klaus Scherer

Advanced Grant in the field of social sciences

Organisation:

Université de Genève

and humanities, he is now considered not

Start Date - End Date

2009/03/01 - 2014/02/28

only to be an expert on emotions, but also an

Duration:

60 months

expert on drafting ERC Advanced Grant

Project Cost:

2.37 million Euros

proposals: “A lot of people asked me for

Project Funding:

2.37 million Euros

advice on how to draft such a proposal or

Contract type:

ERC Advanced Grant

even asked me for the proposal itself”.

FP7 Reference Number:

230331

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one

of

the

few

researchers

in


H2020 - Excellent Science

Additional funding for fellowship programmes COFIT is a fellowship programme that offers generous conditions to researchers: a secure income, academic freedom and many opportunities for career development.

ABOUT THE PROJECT COFIT is a fellowship programme of the World Trade Institute in Bern that is partly (40 per cent) funded by a European funding scheme called COFUND. Fellows work in one or more of the institute’s six work packages: 1. Trade Governance,

The

fellowship

researchers from all over the

programme

2. Preferential Trade, 3. Innovation and Creativity, 4. Trade Development and

Trade

European Union (the funding

Institute in Bern (WTI) sounds

scheme would also allow for

almost too good to be true:

fellows from all over the world).

researchers can pursue their

However, this third point is only

research project at the institute

of

without restrictions while at the

researchers are attracted. This

same time receiving a salary

was the main challenge during

Successful applicants have the freedom

equivalent to regular University

the

the

to work independently at the WTI and

of Bern employees of similar

programme: “It is vital and

receive support in developing both their

experience and profile. During

rather difficult to select the

research skills and their career.

COFIT

of

the

World

this time they can also utilise the infrastructure and network

Dr Susan Brown World Trade Institute COFIT Scientific Coordinator

of the institute along with

any

right

use

first

if

the

phase

people”,

says

right

of

Migration, 5. Trade and Climate Change and 6. Impact Assessment. Candidates are assessed on the basis of the quality of their research proposal, its alignment with the work already being conducted in-house, as well as their research record.

Susan

Brown, scientific coordinator at

The main learning so far

the WTI.

COFIT fellows benefit from being integrated

various offers for career develop-

into a research group that meets regularly,

ment.

“European coffers will be an increasingly important source of our research funding in future.”

The benefits for the institute What then, is in it for the WTI? First, 40

offers support with research planning and provides opportunities to present informally and organise workshops. In addition, fellows have access to various courses, seminars and

percent of the programme’s costs are

Selection is all the more important as the

conferences at the WTI and the University of

covered by European funding. Second, the

fellows, once appointed, are so free in their

Bern. The WTI learned that these opportuni-

programme reinforces the international

work.

ties “hold relatively more appeal for the less

contacts of the WTI. Third, it attracts

experienced researcher”, says Susan Brown. More experienced researchers are more

FACTS AND FIGURES

likely to treat their fellowship as basically a “sabbatical”. Thus, in the second phase of

Project Name:

COFIT (COFUND International Trade)

Organisation:

World Trade Institute (WTI), Bern

Start Date - End Date:

31.01.2011 – 30.01.2015

Duration:

48 months

Project Cost:

1 171 898 Euros

Project Funding:

468 759 Euros

Project Reference:

246005

Contract Type:

Co-funding of Regional, National and International Programmes (COFUND)

the programme, the WTI will focus on researchers with less than 4 years of postPhD experience. COFIT was the first experience of the WTI with a European-funded project. This first experience was all the more valuable as the project is only the beginning of a more long-term strategy: “European coffers will be an increasingly important source of our research funding in the future.”

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How language influences how we think of gender – and vice versa “Our new boss arrives tomorrow. Make sure you are around while she is here.” Did you hesitate when you read “she” because you first had a man in mind? Yes? No? Why? Such questions are investigated by the project ITN LCG regarding several countries and languages.

ABOUT THE PROJECT The

Marie

Network

Curie

Initial

“Language,

Gender” (ITN-LCG)

Training

Cognition,

and

investigates

the

various relationships between language and gender representations. Does, for example,

Basque

have

certain

linguistic features that lead to different What we think may influence

programme”, says Sabine Scz-

gender-related representations than, for

language and language may

esny, coordinator of the project.

example,

influence what we think, that

English

does?

How

are

language use and language policies

much is clear. What is not so

Don’t just wait for calls

clear is how this exactly happens

The advantage of the Initial

gender-equality of different countries?

and how certain features of

Training

its

How do language, individual attitudes

languages and language use

“bottom-up approach”: research-

and social behavior influence each other

influence

ers

research

(for example, is a “Technikerin” (a female

behavior

projects without having to wait

technician) considered less capable than

towards the sexes, and how

for a specific call asking for a

a “Techniker” (a male technician)? And

gender equality can be promot-

specific kind of research topic. It

how are issues of gender-fair language

societies,

gender

equality

social

in

can

programme propose

related to socio-economic rankings of is

ed through gender-fair language

Prof. Dr Sabine Sczesny

also promotes international and

dealt with, for example, in textbooks or

use. These are the areas that the

ITN-LCG Coordinator

interdisciplinary

communications from governments?

and

researchers in the Marie Curie Action - ITN LCG project investigate. And they do so across several languages, cultures and countries: “Lisa von Stock-

mobility

collaboration of

early-career

“The networking effects are extremely High risk, high reward valuable to us.”

The odds of successful application under the

hausen and me had the idea to launch an

researchers: the ten partners of the project

Initial Training programme are somewhat

interdisciplinary and international project

have to each employ researchers from out-

intimidating: about 10 percent.

in this field; we asked Euresearch about

side their own country. The project attracted

funding possibilities and together found

early-career

the

Europe but from other continents as well.

‘Networks

for

Initial

Training’

researchers

not

only

from

However, the rewards of being successful are considerable: “The funding has enabled us to set up a truly international project with professional management. This allows us to

FACTS AND FIGURES Project Name:

focus on research and training ”, says Sabine Initial Training Network – Language, Cognition, and

Sczesny.

Gender (ITN-LCG) Coordinating Institution:

University of Bern

And the final advantage of this kind of

Coordinator:

Prof. Dr Sabine Sczesny

project:

Training supervisor:

Prof. Dr Lisa von Stockhausen, Uni of Duisburg-Essen

extremely valuable to us. Even if we had not

Project Manager:

Dr Rachel Jossen, University of Bern

been successful with the application, we

Number of Partners:

10

would have been satisfied because of all the

Start Date – End Date:

01.10.2009 – 30.09.2013 (48 months)

good contacts we established with other

Project Cost:

4 106 379 Euros

researchers within and outside of Europe.”

Contract Type:

Marie Curie Actions: Initial Training Network (ITN)

So, what are you waiting for?

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“The

networking

effects

are


H2020 - Excellent Science

“Funded by the EU”: a seal that opens doors “Odyssey” is what comes to mind when one hears the story of how the LEAP-project grew from idea to implementation – including, fortunately, a happy ending for the crew, ETH Zurich and four enterprises.

ABOUT THE PROJECT LEAP stands for “Lean Development – new principles for innovation management and a more time and cost efficient development of novel products”. The ideal that “lean” management aims for: the right production process for the right

The aim of the LEAP project is to

Soon they found that it is not

investigate how to increase

implemented at all, so they

efficiency

product

wanted to share their knowl-

development processes. To this

edge of the concept with Euro-

end,

the swiss Center for

pean companies, start pilot

Automotive Research of ETH

projects and evaluate them to

Zurich

four

see whether, when and how the

from

concept could be put into prac-

cept with four automotive companies:

Switzerland, Liechtenstein and

tice in Europe.

Behr GmbH, Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH,

Germany. Such collaboration

The team applied for funding

Bystronic Laser AG and ThyssenKrupp

between

under the “Industry Academia

Presta AG. Together, they find ways to

Partnerships

Pathways”

apply lean management principles, origi-

scheme. Their first application

nating from Japan, in the development of

was rejected. A revised applica-

new products in Europe.

in

works

automotive

tions

new

with

companies

research

and

organiza-

enterprises

financed

by

the

“Industry

Academia

is

European

Dr Anja Schulze ETH Zurich LEAP Coordinator

Partner-

and

product at the right time, satisfying consumers’ needs, without waste, without glitches or redundancies and with collaborators who continuously improve the process and product. The swiss Center for Automotive Research of ETH Zurich shares its knowledge of this con-

tion, then, was accepted in

ships and Pathways” funding scheme. The start of the project was less

2008 – just as the crisis hit the automotive

than easy, but now yields distinct benefits.

industry.

A difficult journey Initially, the ETH team wanted to investigate how the concept of Lean Manage-

“It is amazing how this “funded by the EU”-seal helps to open doors.”

time of crisis, and the European Commission had to be convinced of the necessity and quality of the new partners. After all of this, an administrative hurdle concerning employment contracts and taxes almost stopped the

ment is implemented in product develop-

Having other priorities, three of four partners

project in the last minute. Fortunately, this

ment in Europe.

retreated. New partners had to be found at a

hurdle was overcome with the help of Euresearch, and the project could finally start.

FACTS AND FIGURES Project Name:

LEAP (Lean Development – new principles for innovation management and a more time and cost efficient development of novel products)

Marie Curie Action:

FP7-PEOPLE-IAPP-2008 Marie Curie Action “Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways”

Coordinator:

Dr Anja Schulze

Organisation:

ETH Zurich

Start Date - End Date:

2010/01/01 – 2013/12/31

Duration:

48 months

Project Cost:

913 061 Euros

The benefits “It is amazing how this ‘funded by the EU’seal helps to open doors”, says the project’s coordinator Anja Schulze. Not only, but also thanks to this “seal of quality” the ETH team was able to visit and talk to people who rarely give interviews and to invite excellent experts for workshops and conferences. The companies, on the other hand, gain access to the ETH team’s knowledge and extend their professional network and expertise.

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High-tech infrastructure becomes available to all Producing specific types of proteins and analyzing their structure on an atomic level profits greatly from high-tech infrastructures. Only a few institutions have such infrastructures, many more would need it. P-CUBE tackles this problem: it shares infrastructures and the expertise how to operate it. The three institutions involved

programs”, says Markus Grütter,

in P-CUBE not only share their

the project coordinator from the

high-tech

University of Zurich.

their

infrastructures,

know-how

experience

and

with

P-CUBE

(Infrastructure

Production

for

Platforms)

Protein

involves

three

partner institutions, which operate the most

advanced

producing structure

infrastructures

proteins, on

crystallizing

an

analyzing

atomic

proteins

so

for their

level

and

that

their

structure can be investigated. Researchers have to apply to obtain access and to use the infrastructures for free. P-CUBE gets funding from the European Commission

their

for

A big demand

those

ABOUT THE PROJECT

offering

service,

know-how

and

technologies and for improving and

scientists who need it, they

Clearly, P-CUBE meets the needs of

also teach them how to set up

researchers in the field of structural

methodologies at their home

biology. From April 2009 (the start

laboratory. But helping others

of the project) to April 2010,

capacity as far as the contract with the

in their research instead of

P-CUBE has received applications

European Commission is concerned – and

from

that after only one of four years that the

doing research of one’s own? Not exactly the kind of project

Prof. Markus Grütter P-CUBE Coordinator

a researchers would like to participate in. This is where the project’s second part comes in: the refinement and optimization of the technologies to improve the infrastructures offered.

90

researchers

from

21

“The EU facilitates the optimization and improvement of our methods a lot – without the funding we would not be half as fast as we are now.”

optimizing the infrastructures.

project is planned for”, says Markus Grütter. A win-win situation P-CUBE is not only important for external researchers who use the infrastructures of P-CUBE, it is also crucial for the P-CUBE partners: “So far, the work in P-CUBE has

“These

challenges

importance

for

are

of

participating

particular

countries to use its infrastructure. “Many of

yielded great findings which will also result

in

our platforms have almost reached their full

in

such

publications”,

says

Markus

Grütter.

Today’s success did not come for free,

FACTS AND FIGURES Project Name:

though: “We couldn’t rely on any experience

P-CUBE – Infrastructure for Protein Production Platforms

Research Area:

INFRA-2008-1.1.1 Bottom-up approach: Integrating Activities in all scientific and technological fields

Coordinating Institution:

University of Zurich

Coordinator:

Prof. Markus Grütter

Number of Partners

3 (DE/UK/CH)

Start Date - End Date

2009/04/01 – 2013/03/31

Duration

48 months

Project Cost:

7.80 million Euros

Project Funding:

6.60 million Euros

Project Reference:

227764 (FP7 - Research for Infrastructures)

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since P-CUBE was a pilot project. The drafting of the proposal therefore turned out to be quite demanding and the bureaucracy we had to face was a real challenge”, says Grütter. Although

this

phase

is

over,

he

still

appreciates the help from Euresearch, which supports P-CUBE in administrative issues. Now that all is up and running, Markus Grütter is happy with the project. “The EU facilitates the optimization and improvement of our methods a lot – without the funding we would not be half as fast as we are now.”


H2020 H2020 -- Excellent Competitive Science Industries

European Funding: “Funded by the for an opportunity EU”: sealMedium that Smalla and opens doors Enterprises Rainbow Photonics is ato small with nine “Odyssey” is what AG comes mindcompany when one hears employees, known a producer of devices based on the story of howasthe LEAP-project grew from terahertz technology. At least two facts about the idea to implementation – including, fortunately, a company are unusual. First, it coordinates a big project happy ending for theUnion crew,(EU) ETH Zurich four funded by the European – which theand EU would enterprises. like to see more. Second, it is led by women – which is rather in The aim of exceptional the LEAP project is to

the high-tech industry. Soon they found that it is not

investigate how to increase

implemented at all, so they

efficiency in new Good for business

product

wanted tolike share theirPhotonics knowlof an SME Rainbow

development this For Rainbow processes. Photonics To AG,

edge theopportunity concept with AG isofan toEuroprofit

end, the swiss Center the COSIT-project is anfor

pean companies, pilot from the expertisestart of people

Automotive of ETH opportunity Research to conduct

projects andthe evaluate them to who know markets’ needs

Zurich workswill ultimately with four research that

see how the andwhether, what when the and “real-world”

automotive companies from lead to a new saleable product

concept could put research into prac-is problems are be when

Switzerland, Liechtenstein and – research that would not be

tice in Europe. implemented.

Germany. Such collaboration possible without external

The team applied for funding

between research organizafunding: “We could not bear

under How tothe get“Industry funding Academia

tions enterprises the costand of two years of is financed by the research relying solelyEuropean on the

Dr Anja Schulze ETH Zurich LEAP Coordinator Dr Carolina Medrano Coordinator COSIT project

Partnerships and byPathways” COSIT is funded the EU’s scheme. first application Future Their and Emerging was rejected. A revised applicaTechnologies (FET)-Open

ABOUT THE PROJECT LEAP stands for “Lean Development – COSIT (Compact High Brilliance Single new principles for innovation managefrequency THz Source) aims at developing ment andthat a more and efficient a device can time detect thecost tiniest flaws development of for novel products”. The in materials used medical applications, idealexample that “lean” management aims for: for knee implants. Companies the right production process for the right producing such materials need to detect product at thesmaller right time, irregularities than satisfying 10 µm (= con0.01 sumers’ needs, without mm) in less thanwithout 100 ms waste, per pixel. Such glitches or redundancies andextent with colirregularities can grow to an that laborators continuously improve the implantwho has to be replaced. So far the process and product. The– which, swiss materials are checked manually Centerfrom for being Automotive of ETH apart costly, Research is not completely

Zurich shares its knowledge of this conreliable. cept with four automotive companies: funding scheme. Photonics Behr GmbH, BroseRainbow Fahrzeugteile GmbH,AG learned of this scheme during an Euresearch Bystronic Laser AG and ThyssenKrupp event andAG. by an e-mail from officer Presta Together, they an find waysintothe EUapply Commission. “At first principles, we were not sure lean management origiwhether it was rightinfor company.ofBut nating from Japan, theour development

tion, then, was accepted in

having the information from Euresearch, we new products in Europe. decided to submit the requested 5-page

research for two years that will industry.

Medrano. Bothand thethe 5-page proposal and the time of crisis, European Commission

lead to the development, enginee“It is amazing how this “funded ring and marketing of a new by the EU”-seal helps to open product.” doors.”

following one of were had to bedetailed convinced theaccepted. necessity and

ment is implemented in product develop-

Having other priorities, three of four partners

work is one thing; do the rest, project in the lastmaking minute.others Fortunately, this

ment in Europe.

retreated. New partners had to be found at a

is quitewas another”, says Carolina The hurdle overcome with the Medrano. help of Eure-

“Industry Academia expected revenue of thePartner-

ships and Pathways” Carolina funding Medrano, resulting product”,says scheme. of theasproject was less who leadsThe thestart company CEO together than easy, but now yields distinct benefits. with Mojca Jazbinsek (CTO) and Blanca Ruiz (Product Manager). A difficult journey Initially, ETH team wanted to investiGood forthe research gate how the concept of Lean ManageFor the European Union (EU), the involvement

FACTS AND FIGURES FACTSName: AND FIGURES Project

Project Name: Research Area: Marie Curie Action: Coordinator: Organisation: Coordinator: Start Date - End Date Organisation: Duration Start Date - End Date: Project Cost / Funding: Duration: Contract type: Project Cost:

“The project toautomotive conduct 2008 – just as theenables crisis hitus the

proposal with our idea”, says Carolina

quality of the new partners. After all of this, Finding reliable partners an administrative hurdle concerning employ“As a contracts project coordinator, doingstopped one’s own ment and taxes almost the

partners’ reliability andcould quality of start. work is search, and the project finally COSIT – Compact High Brilliance Single THz –Source LEAP (Leanfrequency Development new principles for innovaFP7 – Cooperation Information Com tion management and a more– time and costand efficient munication – Future and development of novel Technologies products) emerging technologies (FET)-open FP7-PEOPLE-IAPP-2008 Marie Curie Action Dr Carolina Medrano and Pathways” “Industry-Academia Partnerships Rainbow Photonics AG Dr Anja Schulze ETH Zurich2012/01/01 – 2013/12/31 24 –months 2010/01/01 2013/12/31 48 months1.28 million Euros / 966 868 Euros FP7: Specific Targeted Research or 913 061 Euros Innovation Project (STREP)

key. Luckily, as the coordinating institution, Rainbow Photonics AG was able to select the The benefits project partners according to the needed “It is amazing how this ‘funded by the EU’expertise: Metz University (France), Institut seal helps to open doors”, says the project’s Jozef Stefan Anja Ljubljana (Slovenia), andbut CICESE coordinator Schulze. Not only, also Centro todethisInvestigación Científica de thanks “seal of quality” the ETH yteam Educación Superior de talk Ensenada (Mexico). was able to visit and to people who “Thesegive are interviews institutionsand with high excellent scientific rarely toainvite reputation doing excellent research work experts for workshops and conferences. The known internationally and to says companies, on the other hand, gainus”, access to Carolina Medrano. Now within frame of the ETH team’s knowledge and the extend their this project they will and work together during professional network expertise. two years, starting in January 2012.

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Chapter 2

horizon 2020 – Competitive industries These FP7 Success Stories are classified according to the new European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation – Horizon 2020. Building industrial leadership in Europe by • boosting job creation • supporting innovation and increasing market uptake • stimulating private investment in R & I • strengthening participation of innovative SMEs


H2020 - Competitive Industries

Making factories more energy efficient – and one’s university better known The goal of the project Factory-Ecomation is to increase

ABOUT THE PROJECT

the energy efficiency and reduce emissions of factories.

The

Apart from contributing to a more sustainable industry,

project

Factory-Ecomation

aims

to conceive, define and demonstrate a

new

kind

of

factory,

the motivation for the coordinating “Scuola Universitaria Professionale Della Svizzera Italiana” (SUPSI) is to be

general have the same importance as

at the frontline of research networks.

from

reducing

and

emissions,

and

consumption,

where

energy

environment-related

emissions aspects

in

productivity and product quality. Apart energy a

key

consumption concern

is

With rising energy costs and

tages: “It brings you to the front-

to

governmental pressure towards

line of research, you get access

management of factories. This could

saving

reducing

to more resources and publica-

mean, for example, that production of

emissions, it is vital for factories

tion networks, you work with the

wastes could be seen as positive and

to

energy

foremost universities, you build

eventually even increased because those

efficiency and include environ-

a name for your institution (given

wastes can be transformed in energy that

ment-related aspects into their

you work competently) and you

in turn could be used to increase efficiency

business plans. These are the

get to have a say in the objec-

and contemporarily power an emissions

two thoughts that were at the

tives of future funding schemes.”

abatement equipment. The hardware

energy

increase

and their

beginning of the project Factory-

European projects

a

holistic

eco-oriented

innovation and the factory management “Wonderful”

Ecomation. Exploiting the advantages of

develop

for

small

and

logics are tested in the factories of two

Dr Paolo Pedrazzoli

medium companies

of the project partners, namely IKEA and

Coordinator Factory-ECOMATION

Funding from European projects

BREMBO.

But why coordinating a European project instead of applying for other, national funding? “If you do not want to keep on being a small university in a local context, a good strategy is to apply for European

is good not only for universities,

but for small and medium enterprises (SMEs)

“SME actually get paid for improving their business, that’s wonderful for them.”

that’s wonderful for them”, says Pedrazzoli. “In addition, they can extend their markets and get in contact with experienced partners. Unfortunately, many do not know and trust

projects”, says Paolo Pedrazzoli, coordina-

as well: “They actually get paid for improving

these European funding possibilities”, he

tor of the project at SUPSI. According to

their business, an activity they may not have

adds. When he contacted Swiss SMEs to ask

him, such projects have undeniable advan-

the resources for under normal conditions,

them to participate in the project, they felt that it all sounded “too good to be true” and

FACTS AND FIGURES

declined. A better informed German SME, on Factory ECO-friendly and energy efficient technologies

the other hand, agreed to participate about

and adaptive autoMATION solutions

seven minutes after they had received the e-

(Factory-ECOMATION)

mail with Pedrazzoli’s request. To Paolo Pe-

Research Area:

FP7-NMP

drazzoli, having reliable partners and a

Coordinating Institution:

“Scuola Universitaria Professionale Della Svizzera

strong coordination is the key to make such

Italiana” (SUPSI)

project work “like clockwork”. But what if the

Coordinator:

Dr Paolo Pedrazzoli

existing network of contacts does not in-

Number of Partners:

12

clude all the partners with the properties

Start Date – End Date:

01.10.2012 – 30.09.2015 (36 months)

necessary for a certain project? “In this case,

Project Cost:

9 337 750 Euros

Euresearch can be very valuable. They can

Project Name:

help to find the right partners”, says Paolo.

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H2020 - Competitive Industries

Industry and academia collaborate on innovative product In QCOALA, eight companies and three research institutions will work together to develop an innovative laser welding process. The advantage of such a collaboration: researchers know for sure what the industry needs and the industry can test and use new technology before competitors do. Gain a competitive advantage

projects which applied for

David

funding under the “Factories

FLISOM, sees QCOALA as a chance

of the Future” initiative, one

to

of

Public-Private-

therefore competitive advantage.

Partnerships (PPPs) projects

“With this project we have the

of the European Commission.

opportunity to make progress that

three

gain

a

co-founder

technological

of and

we might not make otherwise – or If all goes according to the

not so quickly. And we can test new

plan,

technology and use it before the

QCOALA

should

be

ready to start this summer. The companies involved in

David Brémaud QCOALA Coordinator

QCOALA (Quality Control of Aluminium Laser Welded Assemblies) consists of eight companies and three research institutions.

They

will

develop

an

innovative process for laser welding and the adequate machines. The process and machines will have to meet the specific

QCOALA is one of the first

Brémaud,

ABOUT THE PROJECT

needs of the partner companies involved. One of the partners, FLISOM (www.flisom. ch), produces a flexible and extremely lightweight

solar

cell

device

which

converts light into electricity with worldrecord efficiency. The company expects from the new laser welding a higher durability, conductibility and flexibility of the electric contacts on the solar cell.

finished product is on the market.” Furthermore, the project enables

this project have already copiled “wish lists” regarding

an

innovative

laser

welding

process. Their research partners will cover this wish list over the next three years.

“We can test new technology and use it before the finished product is on the market.”

When asked about the disadvantages of participating

in

such

a

project,

David

Brémaud points out the administrative effort, which would be much smaller if he would just

One of the companies involved in QCOALA is

FLISOM to develop relationships to other

assign a university to do the research he

FLISOM AG, a spin-off company of ETH

companies and researchers; relationships

wants. However, the advantages seem to

Zurich.

which might result in fruitful collaborations.

prevail. Finding partners for the second call

FACTS AND FIGURES Project Name:

Apart from “Factories of the Future”, the QCOALA

European Commission funds two other

Quality Control of Aluminium Laser Welded

initiatives under FP7 which aim to enable

Assemblies

such public-private-partnerships: “Energy-

Research Area:

Factories of the Future

efficient Buildings” and “Green Cars”. The

Organisation/Coordinator:

TWI Ltd

European Commission will issue a second

SME-Partner:

Flisom AG

call for projects in these three areas in July

Contact SME-Partner:

David Brémaud

2010. In the case of FLISOM, getting involved

Start Date - End Date

2010/09/01 – 2013/08/31

in “Factories of the Future” was not so

Duration

36 months

difficult: they were contacted by TWI Ltd, the

Project Cost:

4.10 million Euros

coordinator of the project, and asked to join

Project Funding:

2.74 million Euros

in. Those who find it harder to find partners

Contract type:

FP7, Public Private Partnership

get support from Euresearch.

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H2020 - Competitive Industries

Improving the steering part of satellites The project ELSA - European Levitated Spherical Actuator - aims at developing an innovative satellite attitude and orbit control system (AOCS). For the coordinator of the project, CSEM from Neuchatel, it is a chance to enter a niche market. The ELSA project has the goal of

this stabilization of attitude

improving European capacity to

more efficient and reliable. So

independently

the company wanted to take

commercial

manufacture and

this project one step further,

scientific

to be constantly stabilized. This can be done by “reaction wheels”: If such a wheel is accelerated, it can move a satellite around its center of mass. For

redundancy

and

optimization

reasons, four or five wheels are common (although, theoretically, three would be sufficient). ELSA is developing a single device that can replace these three or four devices: a sphere (controlled

actuator for attitude and orbit

possibilities – and found it in

control systems to a higher

the Space programme of the

one sphere is needed and as there is no

level of maturity. This goal is in

European Commission.

mechanical friction, the new device is

ESAs

funding

earth or another point in space needs

looked

with

other

The position of a satellite towards the

satellites by bringing a new

line

for

ABOUT THE PROJECT

technology Bearable administrative

Support for initial development

burden

actuator

technology

was

provided within the framework

accelerated in any direction. As only

expected to be more reliable, lighter and

strategy and long term plan. activities for this innovative

by magnetic levitation) that can be

Dr Emmanuel Onillon CSEM ELSA Coordinator

of ESAs GSTP program. In other words, once a satellite is in space its

consuming less power than other systems.

“The application process was time

consuming”,

says

“The administrative burden of this project is not too heavy.”

attitude, i.e. its orientation towards the

us who write up such proposals”. According to

him,

the

administrative

burden

of

coordinating such a project is not too heavy. Which is probably also due to the fact that the company had already collaborated with all of

earth or another point in space, needs to

Emmanuel Onillon, the project coordinator.

the project’s partners before, so collaboration

be constantly stabilized. CSEM (Centre

“You have to expect two months for drawing

is more likely to be smooth.

Suisse d’Electronique et de Microtechnique)

up a proposal.” However, his company had

already showed the feasibility of a new

the resources to cover the costs of the

Innovation to enter a niche market

kind of AOCS equipment that would make

application process and “there are several of

Satellites are not the kind of products that are produced and sold everywhere, so the

FACTS AND FIGURES

market is relatively small. “And it is very difficult to enter”, says Emmanuel Onillon,

Project Name:

European Levitated Spherical Actuator (ELSA)

Research Area:

Research and development for space exploration

Principal Investigator:

Dr Emmanuel Onillon

Coordinating Institution:

Centre Suisse d’Électronique et de Microtechnique

Start Date - End Date:

01.12.2011 – 31.05.2014 (30 months)

Project Cost:

3 143 391 Euros

Project Funding:

1 966 305 Euros

Project Reference:

283223

Contract Type:

Small or medium-scale focused research project

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“as you have to prove very conclusively that your product is extremely reliable, and for that you have to participate in scientific missions” – which are not taking place all too often either. But he is confident that they can enter this niche market because “it is not just an improved version of an old product, it really is an innovation, something that has not been here before”.


H2020 - Competitive Industries

Good partners, good chances for success With the project Khresmoi, the University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland in Sierre coordinates a 10 million Euro project, funded by the European Commission. An essential ingredient for its success: a good network.

ABOUT THE PROJECT Khresmoi

stands

for

“Knowledge

Helper for Medical and Other Information users”. It aims at automatically collecting the most up-to-date medical information from various sources (journals, websites, books, images), automatically making sense of all of this information

“I think that finding really good

projects before the proposal

partners with very specific com-

was drawn up. They started

petencies for a project to be

with a raw idea for a joint pro-

funded by the European Com-

ject, they waited until a call

mission is the main challenge

from the European Commis-

for

applied

sion seemed to fit their idea,

sciences”, says Henning Müller,

and then they detailed and

the coordinator of the Khresmoi

fashioned their idea in order to

particular patient and then find what the

project. A challenge, but also an

fit the call and to make it as

diagnoses for these similar images were.

opportunity, because “if you

appealing as possible to the

universities

of

chances are better that it is accepted.

And

the

quickly available to the general public, to doctors and to radiologists according to their expertise. The system will be multilingual and include a search for images so that, for example, radiologists can find X-ray images similar to those of a

European Commission – and

find renowned partners who submit the proposal with you,

and automatically making it easily and

Prof Henning Mueller HES-SO KHRESMOI Coordinator

more

successful you are with such projects, the more visibility you gain, and the more likely it is that your future proposals will be accepted.”

not only to the Commission, it

easily available in several languages. Know-

would seem: the aim of Khres-

ing

moi is to develop a system that

success, says Henning Müller: “If you know

The more successful you are with such projects the more likely it is that your future proposals will be accepted.

Developing an idea strategically

one’s

partners

is

also

key

to

your partners, you know how they work and you know that you can rely on them. It is not only factual knowledge and reputation that is important but also social competence.” Benefits and drawbacks

The members of the “core team” of Khres-

collects and makes sense of biomedical

Participating in such a project has several

moi already knew each other from other

information and makes it freely, quickly and

benefits: It obviously provides a secure financial basis for four years of work, it raises the institution’s visibility on a Europe-

FACTS AND FIGURES Project Name:

an and international level and therefore KHRESMOI (Knowledge Helper for Medical and Other Information users)

Research Area:

Intelligent Information Management (ICT-2009.4.3)

Coordinating Institution:

University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland in Sierre

Number of partners:

12

Start Date - End Date:

2010/09/01 – 2014/08/31

Duration:

48 months

Project Cost/Project Funding: 10 560 000 Euros/ 8 040 000 Euros Contract Type:

FP7: IP (Integrated Project), Collaborative project

makes it easier to acquire more funding in the future. Being, in addition, the coordinator of such a project has the benefit of considerable influence over the general direction of the project. The main drawback is the administrative workload.

However,

the

Commission

compensates

costs

generously

more

European

administrative

than

costs

for

scientific work – which makes the paperwork not more interesting, but at least financially more attractive.

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H2020 - Competitive Industries

Making smart phones smarter To shop online with a mobile phone, you usually have to enter at least a username and a password. But why does that phone not just recognize you by your voice, your face, or both? Well, thanks to MOBIO, it soon will be. The

project

Biometry)

MOBIO

is

the first proposal and submitted

(Mobile

developing

it again in 2006 to FP7. Finally, it

a

was accepted.

technology for mobile phones

Have a plan B

by the interplay of both. This is

“Obviously I was very happy

not only easier for the user than

when the project was accepted”,

passwords and PIN’s, it is also

says Sébastien Marcel, “but soon

an additional level of security.

I

first

negative

experience.” Just as the project MOBIO

is

coordinated

by

Sébastien Marcel from the Idiap

Dr Sébastien Marcel MOBIO Coordinator

Research

being

Institute.

coordinator,

He

likes

was accepted, one of the partners wanted to leave the project.

a

although (or because) it is

(Mobile

developing

a

Biometry)

technology

aims for

at

mobile

phones that recognizes people by their voice, face or the interplay of both. Namely the use of this interplay is innovative. Researchers have systematically collected sound and video recordings with mobile on these recordings, they developed

user by his or her voice, face, or

the

MOBIO

phones at several sites in Europe. Based

that will be able to identify a

had

ABOUT THE PROJECT

algorithms that are able to recognize voice and face even if illumination is not optimal and even if there is background noise.

Finally,

they

adjusted

these

algorithms so that they are sufficiently accurate and at the same time can operate with the limited resources (CPU, memory and speed) provided by mobile phones.

“The international experience and networking is invaluable.”

anything but easy.

Marcel had a backup plan and found a new partner.

Be persistent Sébastien Marcel submitted a first proposal

Fortunately, he had a backup plan and found

for MOBIO in 2004 to FP6. It was rejected. He

a new partner. In 2009, though, the new

submitted a similar project to a Swiss funding

partner discontinued all mobile projects due

Believe in your idea

agency. It was rejected. He then improved

to the economic crisis. Again, Sébastien

Now that smart phones are fairly popular, the idea of MOBIO does not sound very visionary. But in 2004, they were not so popular.

FACTS AND FIGURES

Therefore, Sébastien Marcel had to have an

Project Name:

MOBIO - Mobile Biometry

idea and work for it. “When you prepare a

Research Area:

ICT-2007.1.4 Secure

proposal, you have to know what you want

dependable and trusted infrastructures

and where you want to go, do most of the

Coordinator:

Dr. Sébastien Marcel

work yourself and then contact people to

Coordinating Institution:

Idiap

participate and contribute”, says Marcel.

Number of Partners:

9

Start Date - End Date

2008/01/01 - 2010/12/31

He already has submitted another project

Duration:

36 months

under FP7, and it was accepted. Apparently,

Project Cost:

3.99 million Euros

he likes being a coordinator. And he has

Project Funding:

3.99 million Euros

good reasons for it: “Without the project, I

Contract type:

FP7: collaborative project (generic)

would not have been able to employ more

FP7 Reference Number:

214324

people, and the international experience and networking is invaluable.”

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H2020 - Competitive Industries

Finding the ideal complement to one’s business Through Enterprise Europe Network (EEN), the Swiss company Ganser CRS has found an ideal partner from the UK: “Together, we can offer a product that neither of us could produce alone”, says Alessandro Ganser, Commercial Operations Director.

ABOUT THE COMPANY Ganser CRS is a Swiss company that equips Diesel engines with Common Rail injection systems, a technology which reduces fuel consumption and emissions. More specifically, Ganser CRS concentrates on Diesel engine builders and end users in the so-called off-road

The Enterprise Europe Network

offers was searched by Alessandro

(EEN) is a network that helps

Ganser from Ganser CRS;

small

the

found the technology request

business opportunities of the EU

posted by the UK-based company,

single market. The cooperation

decided that the two companies

between the Swiss company

would perfectly complement each

Ganser CRS and the UK-based

other, and expressed his interest

company R2G2 Controls is one

to get in contact.

companies

seize

he

Bringing the right

Alessandro Ganser Commercial Operations Director Ganser CRS

companies together R2G2 Controls is a designer and manufacturer of engine management electronics. It was looking for a company that equips Diesel engines with Common Rail injection systems

Today, the two companies work together

to

modernize

engines for power generation, ships, locomotives and construction machines. The

company

has

considerable

experience in the field of Common Rail injection for Diesel engines, is highly flexible and can therefore offer custommade, fast solutions to its customers. Ganser CRS AG

example of how this can work in practice.

market. This means that they equip

the

engines of Diesel locomotives for a customer in the US. The aim is

to reduce the locomotives’ fuel consumption

“In the EEN database we found exactly what we were looking for.”

because only this way they could offer an

Industriestrasse 26 8404 Winterthur Tel: +41 (0)52 235 38 80 E-mail: info@ganser-crs.ch www.ganser-crs.com

engines

consume

less

diesel

fuel

and

therefore emit less CO2, but they will also produce less other emissions per liter.

integrated product. They expressed this

by 5 to 10 percent. Because fuel costs account

interest by publishing a technology request

for about half of such a company’s overall

An efficient way to find partners

in the EEN database. This database with

costs, such a reduction significantly reduces

Before he started to search the EEN database,

hundreds of both technology requests and

operating costs. In addition, not only will the

Alessandro Ganser was introduced to its aims, benefits and use by Euresearch. Today,

COMPANY’S BENEFIT Thanks to EEN support, Ganser CRS: • identified a valuable partner to set up a new project • was able to broaden its network • is continuously updated with further technology opportunities

he automatically gets e-mail alerts when a new technology request or offer is published matching his search criteria. “So far, I have flicked through maybe about one hundred such profiles. It doesn’t take that much time to do this, and we have found exactly what we were looking for. It is an efficient way to find

EEN SUPPORT . EEN supported Ganser CRS by: • presenting a whole set of partner search services matching their needs • giving access to new technology/business opportunities via the EEN database • establishing and nurturing contact between the two partners

partners”, says Alessandro Ganser. EEN and its local contact points (such as Euresearch) promote, maintain and explain the database, establish contacts between companies and get back to them after a while to see how the partnerships evolve.

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H2020 - Competitive Industries

Corporate speed dating that ends in lasting relationships Ecolistec was looking for a new relationship: a partner whose products could supplement its own portfolio. But how to find a reliable, smart – and attractive – partner? By corporate speed dating.

ABOUT THE COMPANY Ecolistec Ltd. is a Swiss company offering three kinds of products for production sites: lifting systems (gantry cranes, jib

cranes),

transportation

systems

(trolleys, sack trucks) and systems to clean, transport or test the quality of

Corporate speed dating – or

at

“partnering

Ecolistec

event”,

as

it

is

matchmaking and

that

Jumbo

Stillads

other.

Today,

wastewater. Since June this year, Ecolistec distributes folding

officially called – brings together

found

companies that have something

Ecolistec has supplemented its

to offer with companies that are

portfolio with Jumbo products.

looking for something. They

And it is not the first time that

enter their offers, needs and

speed dating has worked for

short company profile when

Ecolistec: “Not only have we found

company

registering for a meeting that

partners whose products we can

the

profiles match and if they agree

ladders,

scaffolds

toolboxes of

the

and

Danish

company Jumbo Stillads. Founded in 2008, Ecolistec

focuses

on

products

with

special

for

a

economical,

sociopolitical is

Swiss

high-quality concern

ecological sustainability.

founding Cleantech

and The

member

of

Association.

distribute in Switzerland, but also

usually takes place at fairs, trade shows or conferences. If their

each

events

Joachim Esser CEO Ecolistec

our products are now sold, for example, in Norway and England”,

to, their representatives meet in

says

person to discuss how they

Ecolistec.

would work together in the future. These speed datings are part of the service offered by the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN). Expanding portfolio and market

Joachim

Esser,

CEO

of

“Partnering events are effective because I know who is there, what they are offering or looking for, and I can prepare myself accordingly”

Ecolistec is a Swiss company offering lifting

Ecolistec AG Bottighoferstrasse 1 8280 Kreuzlingen Tel: +41 (0)71 686 90 40 E-mail: j.esser@ecolistec.ch

look for what you need, but 98.6 % of them would neither be interested nor interesting”, says Joachim Esser. In contrast, at partnering

technology, transportation equipment and

Increasing efficiency, ensuring quality

events, “I know who is there, what they are

wastewater cleaning systems

for construc-

“You could, of course, go up to every exhibi-

offering or looking for, and I can prepare

tion sites. It is through contacts established

tor at a trade fair and offer your products or

myself

accordingly”.

This

increases

the

chance that both parties find what they are

COMPANY’S BENEFIT Thanks to EEN support, ECOLISTEC • could enter new markets within Europe • was able to increase their product portfolio • met efficiently the right partners at the partnering events

looking for. Such meetings help Ecolistec to find partners who meet its requirements regarding quality and sustainability. “We are looking for partners who produce sustainably and locally as far as possible, like we do”, says Joachim

EEN SUPPORT . EEN supported ECOLISTEC with: • informing on partnering events that match with their technology profile • organizing partnering events during European trade fairs or conferences • distributing meeting schedules prior to the partnering event

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Esser. If it was only price that counted, then an internet search would do. But if things are more complicated, partnering events are an ideal place to meet and evaluate potential partners – something that Ecolistec intends to continue in the future.


H2020 - Competitive Industries

Living artwork Instead of growing in pots, plants can also grow on the wall – with this idea, a French artist set a new trend a few years ago. Following on from this, Hydroplant developed the innovative “plant artwork”. Thanks to the Enterprise Europe Network, a Dutch company was found

instead of colours and shapes,

Ernst-Jan

living plants give the artwork

Enterprise Europe Network - Swit-

its form. Together with the

zerland searched the Technology

Zurich University of Applied

Database with Küderli’s request

Sciences (ZHAW) in Wädenswil,

in mind and found a Dutch

Hydroplant has developed a

company

plant artwork. This 55 cm x 120

substrate for the cultivation of

cm installation of acrylic glass is

orchids. The sample supplied

passive watering system and a substrate on which the plants

Hattum

of

produces

fulfilled expectations with only Moritz Küderli Hydroplant Owner and Managing Director

the colour and thickness of the substrate

mat

having

interior and exterior spaces of business and private clients. In addition to the creative workshop, where the design

provides care and maintenance services

Success at the first attempt

fitted with a water reservoir, a

specialises in greenery concepts for the

Hydroplant has its own nursery and also

It decorates the wall – but

that

Hydroplant AG was founded in 1972. It

concepts with plants are developed,

that was able to supply the ideal planting substrate. van

ABOUT THE COMPANY

to

for the installed greenery. The family business, with its headquarters in Zurich Oerlikon, employs a staff of 60.

Hydroplant AG Neunbrunnenstr. 50 8052 Zurich Tel: +41 (0)44 942 93 93 E-mail: Moritz.Kuederli@hydroplant.ch www.hydroplant.ch, www.verticalis.ch

be

changed. “In order for the sup-

grow. “The challenge was to find a suitable substrate,” explains Moritz Küderli,

plier to be able to manufacture to the correct

Hydroplant has already been able to supply

owner and managing director of Hydroplant

thickness, we had to invest in a special tool,”

several large orders; for example, the Prime

AG. A trial with mineral wool failed because it became mildewed in interior spaces.

The

designer also involved in the project

sug-

“The EEN led us to the right partner within a very short time.”

Tower in Zurich West. Küderli is convinced: “The feedback from customers is very good and we see great potential in the new

gested to Küderli that he place his technology

explains Küderli. The mats have now been

request in the Enterprise Europe Network

supplied since September 2011 and are built

(EEN) in order to try and find an alternative.

into the plant artworks, which are marketed

Unexpected branch

under the name Verticalis.

“The EEN led us to the right partner within a

product.”

very

COMPANY’S BENEFIT Thanks to EEN support, Hydroplant: •

was able to look for solutions in other sectors

saved resources in delegating the search to EEN

solved their technology need within a very short time

short

time,”

explains

Küderli.

“We were saved a lot of work thanks to the efforts

of

the

Swiss

contact

point.”

Hydroplant’s own research on the internet, however, had not provided the desired results. “We were searching mainly in the building industry, and were very surprised when, thanks to the EEN, we found what we

EEN SUPPORT . EEN supported Hydroplant to: •

identify a provider of a suitable substrate for the new product

establish contact with this company in the Netherlands

initiate a fruitful cooperation among both companies

needed in the horticultural industry.” The next

challenge

will

be

to

reduce

the

production costs of Verticalis. Küderli will most certainly rely on the help of the EEN in order to find a new material to replace the acrylic glass.

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Chapter 3

horizon 2020 – Tackling Societal Challenges These FP7 Success Stories are classified according to the new European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation – Horizon 2020. Tackling societal challenges for a better society focused on • longer and healthier lives • reliable, clean and efficient energy • efficient use of resources for the protection of the planet • inclusive, innovative and secure societies • a safe and secure food supply • smart, green transport


H2020 - Societal Challenges

A small company realizes its big vision It is a project with an ambitious vision: developing a chip with microtissues that can, to some extent, simulate how parts of the human body react to a potential new drug.

ABOUT THE PROJECT The aim of the project “Body-on-aChip” is to build a system of connected human

microtissues

(such

as

liver,

tumor, heart) that in some ways act similarly to their counterpart in the human body. With such a system, the effects of

whole

of the Swiss Federal Institute of

Funding from the EU helps the

Technology (ETH) Zurich and

small company to realize this

the University Zurich. Founded

vision, in collaboration with its

in 2009, its primary products

partners.

are new types of microtissue

But even if it should turn out

models. Ideally, when such a

that the vision cannot be fully

microtissue model for, say, a

realized, “the project is planned

(around 1.5 billion dollars) are incurred

part of the human liver, is

in a way that the ‘by-products’

after the beginning of the clinical phase,

exposed to a potential new

of the development process are

improving the early testing phase is

drug, it reacts like an actual

products that we can sell”, says

highly cost-relevant.

liver – or at least very similarly. The “Body-on-a-Chip” project is currently

coordindated

Dr Jens M. Kelm InSphero AG Chief Scientific Officer

system

of

tissues.

potential new drugs can be assessed

InSphero is a spin-off company

in a more reliable way than today. Currently, the results of testing methods are not sufficiently predictive: even if 10 drugs reach the phase of clinical trials, about 9 of them fail afterwards. Given that around two thirds of the development costs of a new drug

Jens M. Kelm, co-founder of the company.

by

“The project is planned in a way that the ‘by-products’ of the development process are products that we can sell.”

InSphero company. Exploiting the project’s “by-products” Already a few years ago, the founders of InSphero had the idea to take this principle

business. Everything else has to be done on top of that.” However, InSphero appointed a project manager, David Fluri, who handles a lot of the coordination tasks. In addition, InSphero can rely on partners that, for the

one step further: their vision is to connect

Coordination: easier with some support

most part, they had already known before the

models of different types of tissues so that

“For a small company, it’s not all that easy to

project

not only the reaction of separate tissues

coordinate a project”, says Jens M. Kelm,

contributed their part in drafting the project

can be tested, but also the reaction of a

“since we have enough to do with our daily

proposal.

FACTS AND FIGURES

These

partners

also

Strong competition

Project Name:

The Body-on-a-Chip (BoC)

Research Area:

Health care

Coordinating Institution:

InSphero AG

Coordinator:

Dr Jan Lichtenberg, Dr Jens M. Kelm, Dr David Fluri

Start Date - End Date:

01.06.2012 – 31.05.2015

Duration:

36 months

Project Cost:

1 919 000 Euros

Project Funding:

1 395 000 Euros

Project Reference:

296257

Contract Type:

Collaborative project

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started.

Two consortiums from the US have started a similar project like that of InSphero – with a funding of about 30 million dollars each, while InSphero has to content itself with 1.4 million euro. “We were quite shocked when we heard that”, says Jens M. Kelm. “However, with our resources, we have to be pragmatic and always focus on practicability in the ‘real world’. A simpler technology might be more robust and finally better suit the needs of customers.”


H2020 - Societal Challenges

Generating innovative compounds for novel approaches to cancer treatment CAPPELLA brought together several SMEs and academic groups to develop new drugs for cancer therapy. For the coordinating SME Evolva, it was the first EU project to participate in.

ABOUT THE PROJECT The

inhibition

of

protein

protein

interaction is a promising and at the time of submission of the CAPPELLA project newly

emerging

approach

to

the

development of cancer therapies. Because protein-protein interactions occur within

The right partners and a

where all partners would devote

strong “project culture” as

two days fully to the project. We

keys to success

believe that the considerable effort we and all partners put into a

CAPPELLA very successfully

“project culture” was a key in

tackled the questions at the

achieving the ambitious scientific

heart of the project. The

goals of the project.”

coordinators Tanja Thybo and Sanne Jensen elaborate on the

According to them, the range of

underlying

experience, knowledge and access

consider

factors: the

“We

consortium

composition as the key to

Dr Tanja Thybo and Dr Sanne Jensen

success of EVOLVA. Our existing network was essential in building this strong consortium: We choose partners with whom we have worked before and based on expertise and reputation. But the strength of the collaboration was also something we invested in as coordinator. For example, we organised meetings twice yearly

very specific drug characteristics. The main aim of CAPPELLA was to design, synthesize and optimise such innovative molecules that inhibit protein-protein interaction in cancer. Moreover, the project developed innovative tools for more efficient development and testing of drug candidates.

to infrastructure available to the

Administrative hurdles

consortium led to real synergies

Despite

the

overwhelmingly

positive

clearly enhancing the quality of the research

outcome, project implementation was not

output.

always easy: “Especially for a small company

“The administrative and bureaucratic workload was much heavier than expected, but more than outweighed by the considerable long-term benefits the project coordination brings to our company.”

like ours, getting considerable research funding was important. For some project partners, gaps in payments due to delays in mid-term report approval posed severe problems” say the coordinators. They describe the administrative/bureaucracy work of coordinating as considerable and had underestimated this in the beginning.

FACTS AND FIGURES Project Name:

cells, targeting these with drugs requires

CAPPELLA – Combating cancer through novel approaches to protein-protein inhibitor libraries

Research Area:

LIFESCIHEALTH (corresponds to FP7 Health)

Coordinator:

Dr Tanja Thybo & Dr Sanne Jensen (Scientific Coordinator)

Organisation:

Evolva SA

Start Date - End Date

2007/01/01 – 2009/12/31

Duration

36 months

Project Cost / Funding:

4.91 million Euros / 3.36 million Euros

Contract type:

Specific Targeted Research Project

FP6 Reference Number:

37251

Yet this should not deter from coordination: “We

would

still

recommend

taking

up

coordination if the topic and partners match, but be aware of the administrative burdens and plan how to handle these from the start! Being the project coordinator allows you to really drive the direction of the project. The biggest advantage is maybe the establishment and enhancement of our network of academic groups and SMEs.”

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H2020 - Societal Challenges

Creating evidence for fighting healthcare associated infections Under the lead of the university hospital Geneva, PROHIBIT unites European medical research centres and the WHO to understand crucial factors determining the frequency of healthcare associated infections. Many more hospitals contribute to the study by providing information and testing interventions to minimise healthcare associated infections. A research subject with

collaborate with hospitals in their

compelling/imperative Eu-

region. Another major project goal

ropean dimension

is the evaluation of two interventions

That the aims of PROHIBIT can

for the prevention of a specific

only

be

tackled

involving

healthcare associated infection. As

from

different

the hospitals performing the trial

partners European

countries

is

are not involved in the conceptual

inherent to the subject. “The

aspects of the project, involving

extended network as well as

them as consortium partners would

technical know-how of each project partner is invaluable for PROHIBIT”, says Dr. Walter

not be sensible and lead to Dr Walter Zingg PROHIBIT Coordinator

“As coordinators, we have a lot of influence on the direction of the research. Having known the partners beforehand facilitates coordination as we had a rather clear idea on where our guidance would be most needed from the start”.

Zingg, who coordinates the project together with Prof. Didier Pittet. The collection of information on guidelines and practices applied by hospitals in different countries in the

fight

against

healthcare

associated

diseases forms a central aspect of PROHIBIT and local partners are much better able to

The rather high frequency of healthcare associated infections is posing a major health risk to European patients and creates considerable healthcare costs. There

are

huge

differences

in

the

frequency of healthcare related infections across European countries and healthcare institutions that cannot be explained solely by differences in characteristics of the treated patients. Rather, differences are suspected to be also caused by differences in healthcare procedures and underlying guidelines and best practices. The main aims of PROHIBIT is to identify and validate factors that determine the implementation of effective interventions to

prevent

healthcare

associated

infections. unjustified administrative burdens for all involved. Nearly a forth of the budget of PROHIBIT is allocated to subcontracting these centres. Lengthy, but successive negotiations Subcontracting in R&D projects is generally not viewed favourably by the EC and is subject to very specific conditions. Walter Zingg states that the PROHIBIT consortium was very lucky with the EC project officer who

FACTS AND FIGURES Project Name:

ABOUT THE PROJECT

understood that subcontracting the trialPROHIBIT - Prevention of Hospital Infections

performing hospitals was the best solution.

by Intervention and Training

Yet other offices of the EC had to be convinced

Research Area:

FP7-Health

before the grant agreement could be signed.

Coordinator:

Prof. Didier Pittet & Dr Walter Zingg

Support by the Euresearch regional office

(joint coordination approved by EC)

Geneva was much appreciated during this

Organisation:

Université de Genève

negotiation phase and finally, subcontracting

Start Date - End Date:

2010/01/01 - 2013/12/31

was accepted. Walter Zingg advised: “It is

Duration:

48 months

important that you explain as early as in the

Number of Partners:

8

proposal that the organisations planned to

Project Cost / Funding:

3.86 million Euros / 3.00 million Euros

subcontract are not carrying out essential

Contract type:

Small or medium-scale focused

parts of the actual research and that you

research project

describe how they will be chosen”.

FP7 Reference Number:

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241928


H2020 - Societal Challenges

Novel synthetic molecules to treat memory loss MEMSTICK investigates the role of certain molecules in memory loss. The project translates the basic findings into development of synthetic molecules mimicking the natural ones. These novel molecules should prevent and treat memory loss. Although the responsibility of coordination can be daunting, Prof. Carmen Sandi regrets that the project is completed. Carmen Sandi had participated

colleagues as she believes they

in FP project as far back as

often tackle research problems in a

FP5 – MEMSTICK is the first

more creative way than established

one she coordinates. “A few

senior researchers.

partners from a running FP6

Prof. Sandi, the careful choice of

projects asked me if I would

partners following the cornerstones

lead an application to an open

of the call was one of the keys to

FP7 call that matched our

success in winning the competition,

research

but

interests” Prof. Carmen Sandi MEMSTICK Coordinator

coordination “During a course given by Sean McCarthy I realised how crucial it is for the project to be in scope with the call topic” says Prof. Sandi. She meticulously analysed the call text, identifying

the

missing

for

the

successful

Memory loss occurs in a range of widespread diseases, but the molecular causes

are

largely

Consequently,

there

unknown.

are

no

drugs

available that would markedly interfere with memory loss. So-called cell adhesion molecules are suspected to play a crucial role in memory loss. The FP7 Health project MEMSTICK investigates the role of these

molecules

conditions:

in

three

Psychiatric

different disorders,

Alzheimer’s disease and ageing. The ultimate goal of the project is to develop synthetic

molecules

that

mimic

cell

adhesive molecules for the treatment of memory deficits and/or prevention of memory loss.

implementation of the project. “I

remembers Prof. Sandi. Ups and downs in project

also

According to

ABOUT THE PROJECT

expertise.

Additionally, she tried to involve young

would put even greater care in

“The careful choice of partners according to the cornerstones of the call was one of the keys to success in winning the competition.”

As another key for the success of MEMSTICK she considers the fact that the scientific partners are supported by a small company specialised

in

the

conception

and

implementation of EU projects, taking off most

administrative

tasks

from

the

coordinator. “The responsibility remains with

choosing the right partners for the next

the coordinator, but the management partner

project”, she says.

dealing with the legal and administrative issues when we had to amend the contract was a huge relief”.

FACTS AND FIGURES Project Name:

MEMSTICK

Prof.

Synaptic mechanisms of memory loss:

disadvantages of being the coordinator.

Novel cell adhesion molecules as

“Being a key partner in a consortium led by

therapeutic targets

someone dedicated to the project and

Research Area:

FP7-Health

sharing research interests and views certainly

Coordinator:

Prof. Carmen Sandi

is less stressful than coordinating and can be

Organisation:

EPFL

very rewarding” she states. She sees an

Start Date - End Date

2008/02/01 - 2011/04/30

advantage in coordinating in being able to

Duration

39 months

control the research direction. “It never

Project Cost / Funding:

4.14 million Euros / 2.97 million Euros

occurred to me to think about it in terms of

Contract type:

Small or medium-scale focused research

reputation and visibility, but I guess it is a

project

point” she replies when brought on the

201600

subject.

FP7 Reference Number:

Sandi

sees

both

advantages

and

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H2020 - Societal Challenges

Protect the public against future flu pandemics FLUINHIBIT aims at the discovery of novel antiviral drug candidates to protect the public against future flu pandemics. The coordinator, Dr Beatrice Pilger, is co-founder of the SME Pike Pharma, a spin-off of the ETH Zürich. In the project FLUINHIBIT

HEALTH call. I would not coordinate

you

a consortium with more than 10

are

coordinator,

in

FLUCURE partner. Where do

partners,

as

you see the advantages of

work increases exponentially with

being a coordinator?

each

extra

the

administrative

partner,

ABOUT THE PROJECT The

H1N1

pandemic

in

2009

has

illustrated the urgent need for new therapeutics for the treatment of both pandemic

and

seasonal

influenza

infections. FLUINHIBIT’s major objective is the discovery of molecule inhibitors of influenza polymerase subunit interactions as novel antiviral drug candidates, which will help to protect the public against future flu pandemics.

especially

during the negotiation stage. But

possibilities to get our project idea funded.

Beatrice Pilger: The work as

our scientific officer and financial

We found information on FP7, Cordis and

a coordinator is an investment

officer were very helpful and the

Euresearch on the internet. The HEALTH call

into one’s future. It gives an

amount of administrative work was

open at the time contained a topic that

SME the advantage to have a

much lower than anticipated at the

largely fitted our research idea. When we

beginning.

became aware of this call for proposals, the

major influence on the project strategy. Mostimportantly, it

Dr Beatrice Pilger FLUINHIBIT Coordinator

gives you a constant up-to-date overview of

submission deadline was only six weeks

“The work as a coordinator is an investment into one’s future ”

the research results of all the partners in the consortium. Thus it is possible to protect

away. Having no experience with the Commission’s Framework Programme at all, we were

results via patent applications at an early stage and before they get published. In

Why did you decide to submit the project

hesitant to participate. Fortunately, the

addition, the network to which a coordinator

FLUINHIBIT?

Euresearch Regional Office in Zürich and the National Contact Point (NCP) Health convinced

has access is invaluable. We were invited to an EU workshop on influenza to discuss

Beatrice Pilger: Due to the scarcity of venture

us to set up a consortium and adapt the

research priorities in this domain for the 4th

capital

project idea to fit the topic fully. It was tough,

funding

we

looked

for

other

but

FACTS AND FIGURES Project Name: Research Area:

even

first-timers

can

successfully

navigate the proposal writing process with some assistance. FLUINHIBIT – small molecule inhibitors of the trimeric influenza virus polymerase

What did you think about the evaluation

HEALTH-2007-2.3.3-7 Supporting highly

of your proposal?

innovative inter-disciplinary research on influenza

Beatrice Pilger: For an SME it is invaluable to

Coordinator:

Dr Beatrice Pilger / Dr Ulrich Kessler

get critical feedback on our research strategy

Organisation:

Pike Pharma GmbH

via a peer review from top scientists in the

Number of Partners:

6

field of influenza research. The suggestions

Start Date - End Date

2008/04/01 – 2010/03/31

we received in the Evaluation Summary

Duration

24 months

Report were very valuable and have a

Project Cost:

1.94 million Euros

significant impact on the project.“

Project Funding:

1.48 million Euros

FP7 Reference Number:

201634

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H2020 - Societal Challenges

First Swiss SME coordinator in a European project The EU project SLIC - Synthetic Ligand-Gated Ion Channel - is coordinated by Dr Solomzi Makohliso, CEO of Ayanda Biosystems SA. It is the first SME in Switzerland coordinating a EU project in the Framework Programme. Where do you see the advan-

submit the project SLIC?

tages of being a coordinator?

In 2003 the market was down,

As coordinator it is possible to

and

any

focus the project in such a way that

investment.

it can produce deliverables that are

possibility

was of

not

innovate and build new tools

more market competitiveness for

ready to sell once the market

them.

recovered. A suitable call topic

demanding

was

time

in the Health FP6 calls became available in the summer that

Dr Solomzi Makohliso SLIC Coordinator

year; the timing was perfect.

For

this

reason

the

administrative

process, especially the negotiation stage, is considered acceptable.

«As coordinator it is possible to focus the project in such a way that it can produce SME relevant deliverables.»

The SME Ayanda Biosystems has participated in three EU projects in FP6 to date, of which they coordinated one of them, their first FP6

Makohliso,

CEO

of

Ayanda

Biosystems SA, aimed to develop new diagnostic tools that would facilitate the detection of RNA-based infectious disease

Nanobiosystem, an electrical detection

relevant to the SME and lead to

it

Solomzi

aim of the project was to use the SLIC

to

Therefore

The EU project SLIC, coordinated by Dr.

pathogens for molecular diagnostics. The

Why did you decide to

there

ABOUT THE PROJECT

device, for the realisation of a miniaturized and

cost-effective

instrument.

This

creates new opportunities within the area of point of care application in the clinical diagnostic

market.

One

of

the

key

deliverables to emerge from this project was a novel and rapid method for lysing and extracting RNA from cells in a single step.

What is the quality of research carried out at EU level under FP6? It would not have been easy to carry out the

project in fact. In FP7, they are coordinating

Hopefully the improvements from FP6 to FP7

SLIC nor the current PharMEA project only at

the project called PharMEA, which starts in

will make this administrative process less

the national level. SLIC developed a novel

September 2009.

time consuming.

state-of-the–art diagnostic and life science tool that is ahead of similar products in the market.

FACTS AND FIGURES

The PharMEA project aims at adapting a product already used widely in academic

Project Name:

SLIC - Synthetic Ligand-Gated Ion Channel

research labs for use in drug discovery and

Research Area:

Health

development. Our objective is to use the

Coordinator:

Dr Solomzi Makohliso

adapted technology in order to enter the

Organisation:

Ayanda Biosystems SA

pharmaceutical industry and in that way

Number of Partners:

4

enlarge

Start Date - End Date

2005/01/01 - 2007/12/31

competitiveness. An international consortium

Duration:

36 months

was

Project Cost:

2.38 million Euros

consortium and also strengthen our future

Project Funding:

2.00 million Euros

market competitiveness. Funding on EU level

Contract type:

Specific Targeted Innovation Project

was our best choice.

FP6 Reference Number:

513771

and

needed

improve to

build

our a

market

well-balanced

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H2020 - Societal Challenges

EU funding to make our food safer The project RADAR aims at developing a novel instrument to detect toxins and pollutants in the food chain. This task involves risks and high-tech on a level that only big companies can tackle – or small ones, thanks to funding from the European Union. “Counter-intuitive” is the word

Complexity brings economic

that the project coordinator of

risks

RADAR,

Follonier,

The instrument to be developed

uses when he comments the

consists, basically, of five parts:

fact that the European Union

Part one prepares samples of,

funds a project that aims at

for

developing

analysed. These samples are

Stéphane

a

very

concrete

example,

to

be

RADAR aims at developing an instrument to test solid or liquid material for toxins and pollutants. To achieve this, the researchers take receptor molecules from aquatic organisms that binds classes of toxins and alter them in a way that they achieve a certain sensitivity and a broad specificity. The advantages compared to existing testing methods: thanks to the modified receptor molecules, the instrument can detect even toxins that are not known yet but that interact with the receptor molecules; and thanks to

product. Follonier is also head

brought

bio-engineered

its ability to perform real-time analysis,

of the Landquart division of

receptors (part two) that bind a

it can continuously (not just every now

CSEM,

coordinating

certain range of toxins and

and then) monitor, for example, water in

the

pollutants. These receptors sit

a fish farm for such toxins.

the

institution

of

RADAR

to

water

ABOUT THE PROJECT

project. RADAR shows that the

Dr Stéphane Follonier

on a chip with a nanostructured

Union

RADAR Coordinator

surface (part three). Optical

and work autonomously for at least a month

sensors (part four) then detect

(part five). Sounds quite straightforward, but:

not

only

funds

big

universities who conduct basic research.

“Even though the technologies for these

research not only for research’s sake, but

“The European Union is trying to involve small enterprises and promoting research not only for research’s sake, but for the development of concrete applications.”

for the development of products with

how many toxins and pollutants are bound

Consequently, new technologies have to be

concrete

by the receptors. Finally, another part makes

developed in different fields, and if only one

the system able to be remotely controlled

part of the instrument does not work, the

“I find it very important that the European Union is trying to involve small and medium enterprises and is promoting

applications”,

says

Stéphane

Follonier.

parts currently exists, dedicated technologies optimized

for

the

end

application

are

required for a successful product”, says Stéphane Follonier.

whole instrument will not work. If it was not

FACTS AND FIGURES Project Name:

for the funding from the European Union, RADAR (Rationally Designed Aquatic Receptors integrated in label-free biosensor platforms for remote surveillance of toxins and pollutants)

Research Area:

KBBE.2010.3.2-04 Innovative aquatic biosensors

Organisation:

CSEM (Centre Suisse d’Électronique et de Microtechnique)

Start Date - End Date:

01.01.2011 – 31.12.2014

Duration:

48 months

Project Cost:

3 896 412 Euros

Project Funding:

2 926 127 Euros

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only big companies would have the resources to bear such a risk. The research partners are each responsible for one part of the instrument. “The problem is sometimes that each partner wants to optimize their part of the instrument”, says Stéphane Follonier, “but what is really important is that the performance of the whole system is maximised. Ensuring that is the job of the CSEM as a coordinator.”


H2020 - Societal Challenges

Experience and tenacity pay off Imagine a building where heating, cooling, window shades and insulation are all integrated into its façade. The members of the FLUIDGLASS project aim to realize just that vision. On the way to that vision, their endurance has been put to the test. Lessons learned

goes back as far as 1998, when

So the partners decided to

architect

answer a European project call

Schwarz,

transparent glass façade that consists of three layers: The first layer, outside the building, contains a circulating fluid that can be dyed serving as both a sun shade

cooled or heated to condition the room;

for

sustainable

design

the

when they found a call that

Liechtenstein,

suited even better, they decided

patented the system on which

to give it another try. This time,

the project is based. Since

their

then, a few research projects,

successful. “This shows that

capabilities is 50 to 70 percent for

led

of

endurance and tenacity pay, if

retrofitting and 20 to 30 percent for new

Liechtenstein and Schwarz’s

you learn your lessons”, says

low energy buildings.

of

by

start-up

the

University

GLASSX

AG,

have

yielded a proof of concept

Dr Daniel Gstöhl FLUIDGLASS coordinator

application

2012,

contains a circulating fluid that can be

Professor

University

In

the second layer, inside the building,

currently

at

unsuccessfully.

FLUIDGLASS aims to construct a fully

and a huge thermal solar collector;

The history of FLUIDGLASS Dietrich

ABOUT THE PROJECT

was

very

the third layer lies between the other two and makes sure that as little heat as possible is exchanged between the other layers. The potential for energy savings due

to

novel

energy

management

Daniel Gstöhl. It is the first time that an

prototype.

institution from Liechtenstein coordinates However, at a certain point, the partners “were convinced that these small projects could only solve single pieces of the puzzle

“Our story shows that experience and tenacity pay.”

project, not the least because that way it could decide on the direction and focus of the whole project.

and that they needed something big to

such a European project. For the other

Sharing the work

develop the whole system”, says Daniel

partners, working in EU projects is relatively

“Inexperience

Gstöhl, the project coordinator at the

new as well. In this situation, the University

procedure quite challenging”, says Daniel

University of Liechtenstein.

of Liechtenstein decided to coordinate the

Gstöhl. He learned an important lesson from

made

the

application

the first application: “The second time, one partner concentrated on the management

FACTS AND FIGURES

part of the application – in which he was

Project Name:

FLUIDGLASS

Research Area:

FP7-Energy

Organisation:

University of Liechtenstein, Institute of Architecture

Coordinator:

Dr Daniel Gstöhl

Partners:

Mayer Glastechnik, NTB, TU München, GlassX, Hoval, CEA-INES, University of Stuttgart, CNERIC, Alcoa, Amires

Start Date - End Date:

01.09.2013 - 31.08.2017

Duration:

48 months

Project Cost:

5.1 million Euros

Project Funding:

3.9 million Euros

Contract Type:

FP7: Collaborative project

specialized

while

the

universities

concentrated on the scientific, the industry on the impact part.” This way, all partners did what they knew most about. This

strategy

application Commission.

resulted

review Among

in

by

an the

other

excellent European

things,

the

reviewers are confident that “the project can produce new and innovative solutions which can impact significantly on building energy performance and comfort”.

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H2020 - Societal Challenges

International collaboration needed for a product that sells internationally The members of the project MacSheep aim to develop a system of heat pump and solar thermal panels that works with 25 percent less electricity demand than current systems. To make the system competitive, they have to draw on each others knowledge about their markets.

ABOUT THE PROJECT Systems of heat pumps and solar thermal panels that heat water or space need a certain input of electricity. With that input and the “free” energy of sun, air and earth, these systems produce an output in the form of useful heat. MacSheep aims to develop a system that needs 25 percent less electrical input than current

The heating system that the

Common funding brings closer

systems. In the first phase of the project,

members of MacSheep aim to

collaboration

system simulations are used to show the

develop

sold

Having partners from all over

performance of combinations of newly

internationally. Therefore, it has

Europe also enables MacSheep to

developed materials, components and

to meet differing demands: “The

exploit the expertise of institu-

control systems applied on a whole

requirements that have to be

tions that are highly specialized

system concept. In a second step,

met for a heating system in

in certain areas. This degree of

prototypes are developed and tested.

Switerland

quite

specialization would be hard to

The resulting systems are to be sold

different from the requirements

find in one country alone. “And

internationally at competitive prices.

in other European countries”,

because we receive funding from

is

to

be

may

be

the same source, we are all

says Michel Haller, coordinator of the MacSheep project.

Dr Michel Yves Haller

bound to closely collaborate and

Coordinator MacSheep

“If we only worked with Swiss partners, we may develop a system that sells only in Switzerland. Thanks to the involvement of nine institutions from six

“If we only work with Swiss partners, we may develop a system that sells only in Switzerland.”

his extensive network. Not so easy was it to create an application for funding from the European Union. Application as an iterative process According to Michel Haller, creating an

countries, we are able to develop a prod-

to deliver on time what we agreed to deliver”,

application

uct

says Michel Haller. According to him, finding

process: “If we had had a detailed plan for a

these partners was not difficult, because of

project and then looked for a call that

that

can

be

sold

in

many

European countries.”

funding

is

an

iterative

exactly fitted our plan we probably would not

FACTS AND FIGURES Project Name:

for

have been successful.” Instead, he knew the New Materials and Control for a next generation of

partners and had an idea for the project,

compact combined Solar and heat pump systems with

looked for calls that such a project might fit

boosted energetic and exergetic performance

in, and then adjusted our plans to the call’s

(MacSheep)

requirements.

Research Area:

FP7-Energy

Coordinating Institution:

Institut für Solartechnik SPF of the University of Applied

“In

Sciences Rapperswil (HSR)

appplication,the help of Euresearch was

Coordinator:

Dr Michel Yves Haller

extremely helpful for understanding the

Project website:

macsheep.spf.ch

process of submission and evaluation and

Number of Partners:

9

what kind of information on the project the

Start Date – End Date:

02.01.2012– 01.01.2016 (48 months)

European Union exactly wanted to see”, says

Project Cost:

3 088 642 Euros

Michel Haller.

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the

final

process

of

writing

the


H2020 - Societal Challenges

Understanding the politicization of migration In some countries, migration is a hot topic on the political agenda, in others it is not. Why is that? The FP7-project SOM is looking for answers to this question, coordinated by Gianni D’Amato, director of Swiss Forum for Migration and Population Studies.

ABOUT THE PROJECT SOM (Support and opposition to migration) aims to determine why and when potential conflicts

has

Migration and Population Studies

conducted a lot of research

(SFM), which is part of the University

into migration and citizenship,

of Neuchâtel, the project is also an

which, among others, resulted

opportunity to gain experience in

in

right-wing

managing such a large project. It is

populism and migration in

also a question of prestige, an

Switzerland. “I realized what

opportunity to position the SFM in

an

phenomenon

political sociology research – not

political mobilization is in

least in relation to similar European

Switzerland. And I wondered

university institutes.

a

D’Amato

book

on

important

what the situation in Europe is like”, says Gianni D’Amato. A

Prof. Gianni D’Amato SOM Coordinator

“We were the ones who had the idea for the project, so we also wanted to be the ones to manage it.”

FP7-project was an opportunity to find out. Why being a coordinator? Gianni D’Amato sees several advantages of

migration

become

types of actors: the state, political parties, movements, and the media. In seven countries

Gianni

over

politicized. The project focuses on four

(Austria,

Belgium,

Britain,

Ireland, the Netherlands, Spain, and Switzerland),

researchers

assess

the

demographics of migration, the legal and policy situation, the political opportunity structure (opportunities for migrants to participate in the political process), and the claims-making of these contentious groups deriving from a media screening. Based on these data, SOM will test hypotheses why migration is politicized in some countries and not in others.

for me personally is that I can satisfy my curiosity about how research is managed in DG Research”. Sharing knowledge

being the coordinator of a FP7-project. For one, “we were the ones who had the idea for

But then, apart from such objective reasons,

Collaborating with universities in other

the project, so we also wanted to be the ones

there is also a subjective one: “To be honest”,

countries is inevitable for a project like SOM.

to manage it.” For the Swiss Forum for

says Gianni D’Amato laughing, “the benefit

“You need access to data in these countries, you need context knowledge, you need to know the political system, and you need to

FACTS AND FIGURES Project Name:

be known in a country for a successful SOM – Support and opposition to

knowledge transfer from research to politics

migration. A cross national comparison of

and society in general”, says Gianni D’Amato.

the politicization of migration

SOM is not a one-university-show, and being

Research Area:

SSH-2007-5.1-01

a coordinator is not a one-man-show: “I have

Coordinator:

Prof. Gianni D’Amato

a lot of support, particularly from my

Coordinating Institution:

University of Neuchâtel

colleague and post-doc researcher Didier

Number of Partners:

7

Ruedin”, says Gianni D’Amato. And “in the

Start Date - End Date

2009/10/01 - 2012/09/30

preparation phase of the project, particularly

Duration

36 months

when we had to plan the budget, Euresearch

Project Cost / Funding:

1.97 million Euro / 1.50 million Euro

was very helpful as well – and still is in

Contract type:

FP7 - Small or medium-scale focused

administrative questions.”

research project FP7 Reference Number:

225522

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H2020 - Societal Challenges

When worst case scenarios become the default A large scale fire in a city: in case of such a crisis, governments have to know exactly what they have to do and how – fast. As part of the BRIDGE project, VSH, a Swiss SME, helps them to prepare for such scenarios. The Bridge project deals with

resources to coordinate such a big

scenarios most people would

project. But instead of giving up,

rather not think about: fires in

they let bigger partners coordinate

tunnels, earthquakes, floods.

the project (SINTEF, Norway and

The project looks for ways to

FIT) and took over the leadership of

save as many lives as possible

two Work Packages. For Maximilian

in such situations. One major

Wietek from VSH’s Research &

partner in this 19-million Euro

Technology

project is a middle-size Swiss

projects have two major advantag-

company,

es: “First, up to 75 percent of the

Versuchsstollen

Hagerbach AG (VSH).

department,

such

Maximilian Wietek

costs are paid by the European

Swiss Partner BRIDGE

Commission”.

Big business for a small company During an info day on the FP7 Security theme, VSH came to know the Fraunhofer-Institut für Angewandte Informationstechnik (FIT). The two companies decided to collaborate and

“We can now involve our clients in such projects and act as advisors, which is excellent for customer loyalty.”

developed the idea for BRIDGE. Over time,

ABOUT THE PROJECT When an earthquake destroys a densely populated area governments have to have, collect and share relevant data on the crisis: Where is help most important, who can help? They have to be able to access the data in a comprehensible form when and where they need them. And they have to have people who are trained to do what needs to be done. Bridge develops technical and organizational means

to

help

them

meet

these

necessities. They do this by crossdisciplinary research and development (engineering,

IT,

human

behaviour,

medicine). Moreover, by involving active end-users, Bridge ensures that it develops solutions that are accepted by and work for those who will use them.

clients in such projects and act as advisors, which is excellent for customer loyalty.” Persistence needed However, there are also problems for SMEs regarding FP7 projects: the negotiation and

the idea for the project grew bigger and big-

Second, having experience with the Frame-

implementation phase takes longer than

ger, and VSH realized that it did not have the

work Programmes, we can now involve our

usual and bills can take years to be settled. “As an SME, it is not self-evident that you can afford

FACTS AND FIGURES Project Name:

BRIDGE

Research Area:

FP7 Security - Restoring security and safety in case of crisis.

SME Project Partner:

Versuchsstollen Hagerbach AG (VHS), Switzerland

Coordinator:

SINTEF, Norway

Start Date:

2011/02/01

End Date:

2015/01/31

Duration:

48 months

Project Cost:

19.3 million Euros

Project Funding:

13.6 million Euros

Contract type:

FP7: Integration Project

such

projects”,

Maximilian

As regards the planning and the finding of partners, he describes the process similar to people

in

earlier

success

stories:

VSH had a vision, collaborated with FIT on planning the project designed for a specific FP7 call, and once the plan was advanced enough, it was not a problem to find partners who liked to join the project. And Maximilian Wietek adds that Euresearch is extremely helpful when it comes to advice on European funds: “They are on one of our speed-dial buttons, so to speak.”

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says

Wietek.


H2020 - Societal Challenges

Coordinating a project: an exciting challenge The Swiss Centre for Applied Human Toxicology (SCAHT) is participating for the first time in an EU project – and decided not only to contribute but to go a step further and coordinate it.

ABOUT THE PROJECT Chemicals

can

pose

risks

for

the

environment in general and for people in particular. Typically, the corresponding risk

assessments

are

conducted

independently from each other, which can be detrimental to both efficiency and quality of risk assessments. At the same

The project that the SCAHT coor-

would this mean in practice and

dinates is called HEROIC. It aims

can we actually do it?”. After

to better integrate data on risks

consultation with and encour-

of various substances for both

agement from the University of

people and the environment.

Basel and Euresearch Regional

For the members of the Centre,

Office, they decided to do it,

the story began when partners

enlisting the help of experts

from

projects

from the Zurich-based agency

data but to collect, organize and share

approached them and asked

Eurelations AG to coordinate

existing knowledge. Sharing knowledge

whether

be

the submission process. And

will be encouraged and facilitated by the

interested to jointly submit a

so far, what they have been told

data and training platform “Tox-Hub”

turned out to be true: coordi-

that HEROIC aims to set up.

previous they

would

project proposal to the European Commission. But when the

Prof Martin Wilks University of Basel HEROIC Coordinator

time, the need for risk assessments is increasing, and there is a clear move to reduce the number of animal tests. Therefore, HEROIC aims to promote the integration of human health and environmental risk assessments. The goal of this project is not to generate new

nating such a project is not a walk in the park, but it’s not

partner who initially wanted to coordinate the project withdrew,

…and coordination is rewarding

SCAHT was asked to also act as coordinator – and to write the project proposal.

“As an institution that coordinates an EU project, you do get noticed.”

Coordination isn’t rocket science…

So it turned out that the Centre was able to coordinate a project, but why did they want to? “Well, it was the appeal of the challenge. Also, you are taking the lead and, above all,

Before writing the proposal and – should

rocket science either. Despite a steep learn-

you not only are in contact with the project

the proposal be successful – embarking on

ing curve, “so far we haven’t regretted it”,

partners but with the other stakeholders as

the coordination of the project, the mem-

says coordinator Martin Wilks.

well. As an institution that coordinates an EU

bers of the Centre asked themselves “what

project, you do get noticed”, says Martin Wilks. For an institution like the SCAHT such

FACTS AND FIGURES Project Name:

increased visibility is particularly valuable, as HEROIC – Health and Environmental Risks: Organisation, Integration and Cross-fertilisation of Scientific Knowledge

Research Area:

FP7-Environment

Organisation:

University of Basel, SCAHT – Swiss Centre for Applied Human Toxicology

Start Date - End Date:

01.10.2011 – 30.09.2014

Duration:

36 months

Project Cost:

1 310 234 Euros

Project Funding:

980 728 Euros

Project Reference:

246005

it was set up only four years ago with funding from

the

Swiss

Confederation

at

the

Universities of Basel, Geneva and Lausanne to

provide

risk

assessment

advice

to

regulatory authorities, carry out applied research and set up educational programmes in human toxicology. The involvement in such a project is also a recognition of the SCAHT’s competence, and collaboration with partners from abroad is indispensable for the Centre to achieve its objectives in Switzerland.

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H2020 - Societal Challenges

EnviroGRIDS enables informed decisions about water use EnviroGRIDS is building the capacities to assess and predict the vulnerability and sustainability of water resources in the catchment area of the Black Sea. The project coordinator, Anthony Lehmann (University of Geneva), says that neither coordination nor getting funds is easy, but well worth the effort. Lehmann

coordinating team, he says. But

seems to be highly satisfied

once the aims of the Work-Package

with

He

Tasks are clear (“Work Packages”

a

are the smaller organizational units

coordinator as “interesting”,

of the project as a whole), and once

“stimulating” and “exciting”.

the partners feel proud of being a

EnviroGRIDS is funded under

part of the project, the coordination

the

becomes easier. Coordinating such

So

far,

Anthony

the

EnviroGRIDS.

describes

the

7th

of

Framework

Programme European

role

(FP7)

of

Commission.

involves

around

a project, also requires quite a lot

the It 100

Dr Anthony Lehmann EnviroGRIDS Coordinator

of administrative work. But after the project proposal had been

researchers across 27 organizations and 15

accepted, Anthony Lehmann could hire a full-

countries, making it possible to “learn so

time manager, Nicolas Ray,

many new things”, as Lehmann puts it.

“Being the coordinator of this project is very interesting, stimulating and exciting.”

Motivation as the key to success Coordinating the work of so many

ABOUT THE PROJECT EnviroGRIDS collects information about the state of water resources in the catchment area of the Black Sea. It aims at providing an infrastructure to enter, store and process this information and share it in adequate forms with scientists, policymakers and the population of the Black Sea catchment area. It will produce models and scenarios to analyze the human impacts on the environment in the past, present and future. By such a datadriven view of the area, EnviroGRIDS aims to assist governments and communities to track environmental trends in the Black Sea catchment area and respond to the resulting possible risks to human health, biodiversity,

agriculture

and

energy

supply. the project is unduly restricted by the regulations of FP7. Persistence as the key to getting funds Another difficult task was getting funds in the first place: Lehmann’s first attempt to get funds

was

not

successful,

but

when

individuals is a difficult task, which requires

who now deals with most of the administrative

Euresearch presented FP7 in Geneva, he saw

a

work. All in all, Lehmann does not feel that

a new chance. “Euresearch was very helpful

lot

of

personal

investment

of

the

during the process of preparing the proposal”, says Lehmann.

FACTS AND FIGURES Project Name:

EnviroGRIDS – Building Capacity for a Black

Networking opportunities

Sea Catchment Observation and

Apart from money, FP7 provides another vital

Assessment System supporting Sustainable

resource: visibility. “EnviroGRIDS has also

Development

given us more visibility”, says Lehmann. With

Research Area:

ENV.2008.4.1.4.1.

the University of Geneva, he is already

Coordinator:

Dr Anthony Lehmann

involved in another FP7 project and has been

Institution:

Université de Genève

asked to join another project. Furthermore,

Start Date:

2009/04/01

he has the opportunity to present EnviroGRIDS

End Date:

2013/03/01

to

Duration:

48 months

researchers, which is a huge opportunity for

Project Cost / Funding:

7.90 million Euros / 6.22 million Euros

networking building. “I don’t think that we

Contract type:

SICA

would

Reference Number:

226740 (FP7 - Environment)

EnviroGRIDS.”

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both

be

decision-makers

where

we

are

and

now

other

without


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