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28. 11.09:

Call: Maritime transport routes and port hinterlands

Port authorities may be interested in a joint short-sea shipping routes call for proposals for 'Motorways of the Sea' projects. The purpose of this initiative is to improve existing inter-port freight transport logistics routes or to establish new viable and regular maritime connections in the (wider) North Sea which links Ireland with Belgium, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, the UK and Norway. At a minimum, proposals should include the development of equipment or infrastructure (e.g. hinterland access roads) in ports situated in at least two of these countries. Public and private interests (e.g. transport operators) should be involved. The projects selected under this process will have priority status to take part in the April 2010 Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) call for proposals which may co-finance studies, infrastructure or the setting up of fleet management systems.

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27. 11.09:

Flood Relief from the EU

The devastating flooding across parts of Ireland has brought the issue of EU funding into stark perspective. Each year the EU sets aside EUR1 billion for the Solidarity Fund (EUSF) to retrospectively meet a small proportion of the costs associated with emergency operations undertaken by public authorities to alleviate damage caused by major natural disasters.

The following activities may qualify:
- Immediate infrastructure restoration;
- Temporary accommodation and emergency services;
- Securing of prevention infrastructures
- Protection of cultural heritage;
- Clean-up operations.
This is limited to non-insurable damage.

The fund (proper) only kicks in once damage entails costs above a certain threshold having been incurred. For Ireland (based on reported national income), this figure is set at EUR972.729 million. Eligible damage costs below this may be aided at a 2.5% rate while costs beyond that can be reimbursed at 6%.

However, even if this level of expense is not reached, EUR75 of the annual budget has been ring-fenced for circumstances ''where a region has been affected by an extraordinary disaster, mainly a natural one, affecting the major part of its population, with serious and lasting repercussions on living conditions and the economic stability of the region''. This mechanism has been deployed in relation to severe flooding on a number of occasions in recent years: providing aid (at the 2.5% rate) to a value of EUR11.78m for Romania (2009), EUR8.25m for Slovenia (2008), EUR9.3m for Greece (2007) and EUR20.35m for Bulgaria (2007).

Crucially the application, which is tabled by the national government, must be made within 10 weeks of the first reported damage occurring. According to available figures, having dealt with the June Italian earthquake and January's hurricane damage in France, EUR385m remains in the 2009 reserve including EUR63.22m for extraordinary regional disasters.

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25. 11.09:

Call: Third Country Nationals and Refugees

The separate 2009 Calls for applications to the European Integration Fund (EIF) and European Refugee Fund (ERF) have been launched. EIF supports efforts made in enabling third-country nationals of different economic, social, cultural, religious, linguistic and ethnic backgrounds to fulfill the conditions of residence and to facilitate their integration into society. ERF supports and encourages the efforts made by the Member States in the reception of refugees, asylum seekers and displaced persons.

Local Authorities, Urban Partnerships and Integrated Local Development Companies are eligible for support as are Community & Voluntary and NGO organisations. These funds are administered in Ireland by Pobal on behalf of the Office of the Minister for Integration (OMI). Regional information sessions on the two calls will be held in the new year:
- 11 January, Kilkenny
- 13 January, Dublin
- 14 January, Sligo
- 19 January, Limerick.

Contact: or
Annual Work Programmes 2009:
Integration Fund
Refugee Fund
Deadlines: 26 February 2010

05. 11.09:

FP7 ICT- Digital libraries and Mobility Concepts (pre-announcement)

The Commission is expected to launch the sixth call of FP7 Cooperation’s Information & Communications Technologies theme on 24 November. Areas covered will include: Digital libraries and digital preservation (Scalable systems and services for preserving digital content; Advanced preservation scenarios; Innovative solutions for assembling multimedia digital libraries; Adaptive cultural experiences; Interdisciplinary research networks; Promoting the uptake of EC-funded research); and ICT for Mobility of the Future (Field Operational Tests for Integrated Safety Systems and Co-operative Systems; and ICT-based systems and services for Smart Urban Mobility and new Mobility Concepts).

Other areas include Cognitive Systems and Robotics; Virtual physiological human; Future Emerging Technologies; and Horizontal Support Actions.

Applications may relate variously to 'small or medium-scale focused research actions' (STREP),
'large-scale integrating projects' (IP); ‘Networks of Excellence’ (NoE); or ‘Coordination and support actions’ (CSA)

Budget: EUR286 million.
Deadline: 13 April.

03. 11.09:

FP7 Environment Calls

The following calls are currently open:

FP7-ENV-2010 (Deadline: 5 January 2010)
FP7-OCEAN-2010 (Deadline: 14 January 2010)
FP7-AFRICA-2010 (Deadline: 14 January 2010)

FP7-ENV-2010 (Deadline: 5 January 2010)

In 2009, the overarching priority of the Environment Theme was "adaptation to climate and environmental change and related issues such as sustainable cities and coastal zones". In 2010, the aim is to continue supporting the main environmental policy and S&T drivers in the area of climate and environmental change, their consequences and the link to other sectors such as energy, transport, agriculture etc. Furthermore, the goal is to address concretely some new policy drivers such as European Economic Recovery Plan, The Energy-Climate Package as well as the Renewed Lisbon Agenda by taking into account the Strategic Agenda of the Community Lisbon Programme (CLP) (2008-2010) particularly the '10 key objectives' including sustainable consumption and production, renewable energies and low-carbon and resource-efficient products in order to enhance the development and uptake of environment friendly technologies and services.

In the current context of economic insecurity and the emerging and increasing competition for natural resources and environmental services, the aim of the WP2010 is to address 'Environmental safety and welfare' as an overarching theme for all activities across the work programme 2010.

The objective would be, through research, to contribute to assessing, reducing and preventing tensions and conflicts related to the depletion of natural resources and environmental services which are arising due to rapid environmental changes and/or natural and man-made hazards. Tensions include the increasing competition at various levels (from regional to global) for natural resources and environmental services, the demographic pressures, the movement of populations searching better environmental conditions etc. These tensions and conflicts are expected to affect directly both developing and developed countries and their relations. Issues such as climate change, water scarcity, (re)-emergence and spread of diseases, depletion of marine resources, loss of biodiversity, increased intensity of natural disasters, and unsustainable urban development will be addressed and solutions be developed making use of all means including technologies, earth observation, modelling and socio-economic research approaches and involvement of policy makers.

A key feature of the 2010 work programme is the participation in actions within the European recovery package (see Annex 5 to the Cooperation work programme). This objective will be implemented under the scheme of Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs):

Energy-efficient Buildings (Deadline: 3 November 2009) involving Theme 3 Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), Theme 4 Nanosciences, nanotechnologies, materials and new production technologies (NMP), Theme 5 Energy, and Theme 6 Environment (including climate change), and
Green cars (Deadline: 14 January 2010) involving Theme 4 Nanosciences, nanotechnologies, materials and new production technologies (NMP), Theme 5 Energy, Theme 6 Environment (including climate change) and Theme 7 Transport (including Aeronautics).
The objective is to promote the convergence of public interests with industrial commitment and leadership to define strategic research activities in key sectors.

View the FP7-ENV-2010 Call Documentation

FP7-OCEAN-2010 (Deadline: 14 January 2010)

The call on "The ocean of tomorrow: Joining research forces to meet challenges in ocean management" aims at encouraging pluri-disciplinarity in marine sciences and technologies. Such cross-thematic approach is addressed through a call on "The ocean of tomorrow: Joining research forces to meet challenges in ocean management" involving various Cooperation Themes (Theme 2 – Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, and Biotechnologies, Theme 5 - Energy, Theme 6 - Environment (including climate change), Theme 7 - Transport and Theme 8 – Socio-economic sciences and Humanities).

The call is implemented through three different topics:
Topic 1 "Quantification of climate change impacts on economic sectors in the Arctic";
Topic 2 "Vectors of changes in marine life, impact on economic sectors", and
Topic 3 "Sub-seabed carbon storage and the marine environment".

View the FP7-OCEAN-2010 Call Documentation

FP7-AFRICA-2010 (Deadline: 14 January 2010)

A call for Africa is targeted as a priority in 2010 and it will be implemented through cross-thematic collaboration involving Theme 1 Health, Theme 2 Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, and Biotechnologies and Theme 6 Environment (including climate change). The aim of this call is to address some of the Science & Technology objectives of the 'Africa - EU Strategic Partnership' putting emphasis on 'Water and Food Security' and 'Better Health for Africa '.

This call has a multi-disciplinary approach involving various scientific and technological research fields, such as food, agriculture, health, land and water resources, including their interaction with climate change, which have to be considered within an integrated scheme, and, where appropriate at river basin scale, building on existing knowledge and considering demographic changes, globalisation processes and sustainability. Due consideration should also be given to the various geographical, sectoral and cultural differences which exist within Africa. The integrated approach should also take into account broader socio-economic factors including: migration and resettlements, urbanisation, health care systems and programme interventions, destabilisation of national food reserves, variations of food and oil prices, etc. The call intends principally to strengthen local capacities in the relevant science and technology fields and their applications, also through appropriate training activities and exchange of staff. The final outputs should provide amongst others, innovative management and governance tools and adaptive technologies suitable for the relevant authorities and stakeholders for providing contributions to reduce poverty, increase food security, academic training and health research networks, manage water more efficiently and protect natural ecosystems in Africa. The participation of local stakeholders, and/or regional actors, and the necessary networking, is considered of paramount importance to achieve the expected impact.

This call is implemented jointly by Theme 1: 'Health', Theme 2: 'Food, Agriculture and fisheries, and Biotechnology' and Theme 6: 'Environment (including climate change)'. The various topics called are indicated in the corresponding work programmes.

View the FP7-AFRICA-2010 Call Documentation

02. 11.09:

Lifelong Learning 2010 Calls (all sub-programmes)

The European Commission has published the 2010 General call for proposals of the Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP) with an available budget of approximately EUR1 billion across the six sectoral programmes: i) Comenius (school education); ii) Erasmus (higher education); iii) Leonardo da Vinci (vocational education and training); iv) Grundtvig (adult education), v) the Transversal programme and vi) Jean Monnet (academic teaching).

Increased focus is given this year to projects promoting the policy objectives of 'ET 2020' (the updated Strategic Framework for European Cooperation to reform education and training systems, launched in May), and fostering creativity and innovation in these fields. Reference is also made to the following key EU policy developments: the 'New Skills for New Jobs' Communication; the EU Forum for University Business Dialogue; and the Green Paper on Youth Mobility.

Deadlines: variously in early 2010
Strategic Framework for European Cooperation
‘New Skills for New Jobs’ Communication

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