Ultime novità in tema Horizon 2020: azione pilota Fast Track to Innovation e premi per l'innovazione!

 

FAST TRACK TO INNOVATION

L'azione pilota Fast Track to Innovation – FTI è l'unica misura nel programma Horizon 2020 che prevede il finanziamento di progetti business driven, close to market, aperta a proposte – da parte dell'industria – per ogni settore tecnologico o applicativo, finalizzata alla cooperazione trans-disciplinare e intersettoriale.

A differenza dello SME Instrument o del programma Eurostars, non è limitato alle PMI ma richiede un forte coinvolgimento delle imprese. L'obiettivo è di ridurre il tempo dall'idea al mercato, stimolare la partecipazione dei candidati per la prima volta al finanziamento della ricerca dell'UE e di aumentare gli investimenti del settore privato nella ricerca e nell'innovazione.

Le proposte per il finanziamento devono essere presentate da consorzi costituiti da tre a cinque soggetti giuridici stabiliti in almeno tre diversi Stati membri UE o paesi associati ad Horizon 2020. La partecipazione sostenziale dell'industria in azioni FTI sarà obbligatoria per garantire una rapida diffusione nel mercato (rapida significa entro un periodo di tre anni dall'inizio della FTI-action).

L'azione pilota sarà implementata (a partire da inizio gennaio 2015) nel 2015 e 2016 con un bilancio totale di €200 milioni (100 milioni di € all'anno) attraverso la priorità di Horizon 2020 Sfide per la società e Leadership nelle tecnologie abilitanti e industriali, senza ulteriori restrizioni sugli argomenti. L'azione pilota sarà attuata attraverso una call continuamente aperta, il che significa che le proposte possono essere presentate in qualsiasi momento.

Le proposte saranno valutate e classificate e le decisioni di finanziamento adottate dopo le tre date di cut-off ogni anno. Le tre date cut-off nel 2015: 29/04/2015, 01/09/2015 e 01/12/2015; le tre date di cut-off per il 2016 saranno rese pubbliche in un secondo tempo.

Il time-to-grant sarà di sei mesi al massimo. Come per altre azioni di innovazione, il tasso di finanziamento UE è del 70% del costi ammissibili. Il contributo indicativo UE per azione dovrebbe essere tra 1 e 2 milioni di euro; in casi debitamente giustificati, un contributo comunitario fino a €3 milioni può essere considerato.

 

INDUCEMENT PRIZES

Cinque premi dell'innovazione cominceranno fra la fine del 2014 e l'inizio del 2015.

I premi, del valore di 6 milioni di euro nel 2015, coprono tre differenti aree tematiche di ricerca:

  • salute (premio per la riduzione dell'uso degli antibiotici, premio per lo scanner degli alimenti),
  • ambiente (premio per la riduzione dell'inquinamento atmosferico)
  • TIC (condivisione collaborativa dello spettro, premio per la trasmissione ottica).

Il programma di lavoro aggiornato adottato conferma i dettagli degli inviti a presentare proposte per il 2015, annunciati per la prima volta nel dicembre scorso, e precisa i termini per la presentazione delle proposte

 

Qui i dettagli dei premi:

 

Reducing the Mis-use of Antibiotics Prize

Prize money: €1 million

Timeline: Contest opens at the beginning of 2015 and runs until summer 2016

The problem of antimicrobial resistance is one of the greatest challenges facing society today. The scale of the problem is related to the vast and diverse number of infections for which antibiotics are needed. These conditions are often difficult to diagnose and misapplication of antibiotics as a cautionary or pre-emptive measure are a major driver for the development of resistance. Upper respiratory tract infections are a major reason for the prescription of antibiotics. This Prize will reward a rapid test that can identify at the point of care patients with upper respiratory tract infections that can be managed safely without antibiotics.
The primary objectives are: to reduce the unnecessary use of antibiotics in case of viral upper respiratory tract infections, or absence of infections; to reduce costs and side effects linked to the use of antibiotics; to decrease the emergence of antibiotic resistant organisms; to enable health-care providers to take early and informed decisions in the management of upper respiratory tract infections (rapid initiation and cessation of treatment) and to facilitate the health care provider's decision not to prescribe antibiotics in case of viral infections and to facilitate patients' acceptance of not taking antibiotics for viral infections; to tackle the widespread and significant health care issue of respiratory infections.

 

Food-Scanner Prize

Prize money: €1 million

Timeline: Contest opens at the beginning of 2015 and runs until end of 2015

The objective is to unlock the eHealth market with solutions that support citizens in adopting a more active lifestyle and in improving their health by better monitoring food intake. The expected results are an eHealth solution that enables citizens to assess their food intake and provide optimal recommendations to improve their health and well-being. The solution should benefit a wide range of the EU population, from healthy citizens to citizens suffering from food disorders, obesity or allergies.

 

Reduction of Air Pollution Prize

 

Prize money: €3 million

Timeline: Contest opens at the beginning of 2015 and runs until end of 2018

In the EU, average life expectancy is estimated to be decreased by 8.6 months because of exposure to air pollution resulting from human activities. The inhalation of particulate matter can also lead to adverse effects in the respiratory, cardiovascular, immune, and neural systems. In addition to its impact on human health, particulate matter can also have adverse effects on climate change and ecosystems. The objective of the prize is to reduce particulate matter air pollution in urban areas through the development of innovative material solutions. These solutions should be design-driven, affordable and sustainable, and they should demonstrate that they can effectively remove and/or prevent the formation of particulate matter in the atmosphere (vehicle exhaust systems will be excluded).


Collaborative Sharing of Spectrum Prize

Prize money: €0.5 million

Timeline: Contest opens at the beginning of 2015 and runs until end-2015

The objective is to provide innovative yet implementable solutions enabling a significant improvement in the usage of scarce spectrum resources, thus unlocking the expected capacity crunch of wireless networks faced with booming traffic and usages. The prize will reward a solution which presents one or several innovative methods focusing on empowerment of local user communities with decentralised spectrum management capabilities through "collaborative spectrum sharing". The target is to show technical feasibility of disruptive spectrum access and sharing methods, which go beyond the traditional cellular evolution, and centralised sharing approaches.


Breaking the optical transmission barriers Prize

Prize money: €0.5 million

Timeline: Contest opens at the end of 2014 and runs until the beginning of 2016

The prize should reward radical breakthrough solutions in the field of optical fibre transmission which will ultimately find their way into our future optical fibre networks. The solution produced will assist in supporting networks that deliver the insatiable demand for bandwidth, and in providing the resources for future applications. The expected breakthrough solution should overcome the limitation of long distance fibre transmission systems, in terms of overall fibre capacity, capacity per channel, flexibility of capacity allocation among network parts, and distance without full regeneration, while surpassing the 1Tb/s per wavelength channel that is considered to be introduced at the commercial level in the near future, beyond the 400Gb/s systems currently being introduced. It should also address the aspects of energy efficiency and economic viability of such breakthrough systems.