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Italy's National Recovery and Resilience Plan: next steps and challenges

 By Mike Savarese, Country Lead - Italy On September 27, the European Commission endorsed a positive assessment of Italy's second payment request for €21 billion under the Recovery and Resilience Facility, confirming that the milestones and targets for the Italian National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR) remain unchanged for the time ...
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What's next for Italy's National Recovery and Resilience Plan?

 By Mike Savarese, Country Lead - Italy Are you following the Italian elections? You may want to watch closely. Billions in EU funding may be at risk from this untimely governmental change: if any key milestones are missed, these important funds will be delayed or forfeited. This is a high stakes election for anyone doing business in Italy. We...
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New Guide to NextGenerationEU

Schuman Associates is proud to share the newly updated NextGenerationEU Guide "for the industry to better understand and seize its opportunities", launched by the European Association of Innovation Consultants (EAIC) on 29 June 2022.  Having contributed significantly to this valuable resource, we look forward to taking these insights furt...
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Boosting Renewable Energy with EU funding

 By Anca Wlizło In the past few years, Europe has faced several once-in-a-lifetime crises. Throughout the financial crisis of 2008, the global pandemic and the war in Ukraine, European countries have acted together for the common good. Fighting climate change has not always been the most visible crisis Europe was tackling, but nonetheless, too...
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Delivering the Digital Transformation through the Digital Europe programme

 By Ramona Chiritescu Artificial Intelligence, Data Spaces, Cloud, Cybersecurity and Digital Skills: projects in these areas should be on the alert for this year's new round of Digital Europe programme calls. This newly created EU funding programme for 2021-2027 supports investments in five crucial areas: supercomputing, artificial intelligenc...
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Teaming for Excellence – a sustainability crash-test for Horizon Europe

By Odysseas Cartalos The context and the call Teaming for Excellence (TfE) is a leading action of Horizon Europe under the objective of building up Research and Innovation (R&I) capacities in countries with reduced R&I performance to enable them to advance to the competitive edge at European and international level. These so called widening...
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Green investments to benefit from more flexible funding rules

  By Anca Wlizło The European Union's ambitious climate goals will require significant investments in energy and environmental projects. Considering the substantial budgets made available by the EU to support these through various funding programmes, and the stringency of the climate objectives, the European Commission has reviewed the funding...
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Supporting the next EU champions: the 'ins and outs' of IPCEIs

By Anca Wlizło Important Projects of Common European Interest (IPCEIs) are one of the tools the EU can use to reach strategic autonomy in key industries. These projects represent a collective effort to build up entire European value chains.  Considering the different realities across Member States, building an IPCEI is an impressive work ...
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A great year for European renewal, with a better one to come

A great year for European renewal,with a better one to come This past year has seen a tremendous wave of opportunities and very satisfying wins for our clients and partners. The EU's great new ambitions and commensurate budget brought a year of growth, harnessing the exponential momentum of the green and digital transitions and the boom in health i...
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EU funding for industry: support to strategic value chains

  By Anca Wlizło Looking for the next European Champions in leading industries For several decades, global supply chains have moved raw materials, goods and services across continents, bringing resources and products to our doorsteps. As a result, countries lay their bets on identifying and nurturing their competitive advantages. While global ...
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Launching the new Digital Europe Programme

The newly launched Digital Europe programme is the first EU funding programme focused on bringing digital technology to businesses and citizens. Details published last week reveal plans to invest its first-two-year budget of €1.796,2 million heavily in European Digital Innovation Hubs, cybersecurity, advanced digital skills, quantum commu...
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Horizon Europe Excellence Hubs in Widening Countries link the European Research Area to Smart Specialisation

Author: Odysseas Cartalos  The policy context The European Research Area (ERA) was launched in 2000 to address the fragmentation of the EU's Research and Innovation (R&I) system by creating a single market for R&I, fostering free movement of researchers, scientific knowledge and innovation, and encouraging a more competitive Europ...
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EU4Health: Ready for the first calls?

EU4Health's first five calls for projects will open on 29 July and close on 15 September, with the results published in December. Four of the five calls target cancer-related actions, confirming the EU's goal of mitigating the pandemic's impact on cancer control and care. With a combined budget of €19 million, here are the ...
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The EU’s Renewable Energy Financing Mechanism

The European Commission has recently launched the Renewable Energy Financing Mechanism (REFM) to support renewable energy projects, enable EU countries to work more closely together and achieve both their respective and collective renewable energy targets. The REFM works as a pooled cooperation mechanism whereby Member States coopera...
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EU4Health: €5.1 billion in EU healthcare funding for 2021-2027

An unprecedented wave of healthcare investment COVID-19 has amplified the weaknesses of the European health systems as well as the need for better preparedness and reinforced resilience to respond to future cross-border health threats. Against this background, it is of no surprise that the EU and national governments are keen to invest more fu...
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Horizon Europe - The world's largest transnational research & innovation programme

This semester, the European Union begins the deployment of its €95.5 billion science and technology framework programme: Horizon Europe. With a 30% budget increase on the previous EU funding cycle, Horizon Europe remains the largest transnational research and innovation programme in the world. Through it, the EU will support scientific researc...
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First Erasmus+ calls of 2021-2027 launched!

As of 25 March, the first calls for proposals for the new Erasmus+ programme have been launched, with a €2,4 billion budget for 2021. Organisations from EU Member States and associated countries active in the field of Education, Training, Youth and Sport can now apply for project funding. Not a moment to lose Although deadlines vary according to th...
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Horizon Europe - It's time to pitch: €1.5 billion for innovative start-ups & SMEs

As of March 18, the EU's most innovative start-ups and SMEs have begun competing for their share of the €1.5 billion in Horizon Europe funding. With the launch of the first three calls for proposals yesterday, pitches can now be made to the European Innovation Council (EIC) at any time. If your pitch is successful, the two most important dates for ...
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€1.4 billion: EU funding for Humanitarian Aid in 2021

With an over 60% increase compared to 2020, the EU's €1.4 billion budget for Humanitarian Aid in 2021 will respond to ongoing as well as emerging crises, in particular linked to conflict, the pandemic and climate change. The latest information, released on January 26th, indicates the following allocations: €505 million for Africa In parti...
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A Fair, Green and Digital recovery: objectives of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union

On January 1, Portugal began its six-month Presidency of the Council of the European Union; its fourth since Portugal's accession to the EU in 1986 (previous Portuguese Presidencies: 1992, 2000, 2007). Portugal is preceded by Germany and will be followed by Slovenia, together forming the current "presidency trio". Priorities The Portuguese have dec...
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