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Dear colleagues,

Last week was an important week in the development of the EIP Water. The deadline for the call for expressions of commitment to establish Action Groups passed on April 4th - and we are pleased to inform you that more than sixty expressions of commitment have been received!

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the organizations for their willingness to commit to EIP Water initiative and all the colleagues for their efforts in preparing the proposals. Please read more about the Action Groups in this newsletter.

In addition, the deadline for the FP7 Water Inno & Demo call, which was linked to the EIP on Water, also passed on April 4th. There has been a very good response to this call as well, signaling the strong interest in the area of innovation and water and the EIP Water in general. Evaluation of those proposals will take place in April-May, to be followed by a feedback to the proposers around June '13.

Furthermore we have conducted a stakeholder survey regarding the web-based marketplace of the EIP Water these last weeks. The results of this survey support the development of the marketplace’s requirement specifications and are briefly presented in this newsletter. Please read more about the EIP Water here and do not hesitate to contact us in case you wish to find out more.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Best regards, The EIP Water team

 

Over sixty expressions of commitment for Action Groups received!

We have received over sixty expressions of commitment for establishing an EIP Water Action Group from a large variety of organizations, spanning the entire innovation value chain and the supply and demand sides. Participating organizations spread across Europe, including pan-European teams. At a first glance, most of the actions initially proposed by the EIP Water are targeted by the proposals. A further breakdown of Action Group partners will be made public soon.
 
The European Commission will evaluate the received proposals during April 2013 in order to announce and start the activities of the first EIP Water Action Groups by mid-May, making the EIP Water fully operational. After the evaluation, the European Commission will publish a short abstract of the accepted proposals - including the objectives of the Action Group, the initial actions of the Strategic Implementation Plan it focuses on, the partner organizations and a contact point.
 
The EIP Water Action Groups bring together diverse partners across various disciplines and are at the centre of implementing the EIP Water; once established, they will start working on the eight EIP Water priority areas according to their respective proposals – and give our on-going activities a major boost!

A second call for expressions of commitments is planned for the end of this year.


EIP Water collaborates with ACQUEAU to boost water innovation in Europe

A key element of the concept of the European Innovation Partnerships is to cooperate with existing initiatives and organizations and support coordination of activities for water innovation development. In this light, the EIP Water and ACQUEAU, an Industry and Business led water network and the EUREKA Cluster for water, have started collaborating closely and mutually support each other to boost innovation in the European water sector. ACQUEAU is an initiative supported by more than 25 countries and 70+ companies across Europe and aims to promote innovation and market driven solutions to develop new technologies in the water sector.

ACQUEAU’s recently launched Open Call includes two priority challenges, which are in line with the EIP Water’s priority areas: Water and wastewater treatment with a focus on water quality and quantity as well as Energy saving & recovery innovations with a focus on the Water and Energy Nexus. The ACQUEAU Open Call is a two-step process:

1.       A Project Outline (PO) can be submitted at any time (at least 2 months before FPP closure date).

2.       A Full Project Proposal (FPP) can be submitted twice a year; the next FPP closure date is 26 July 2013 – Don’t miss out!

For any further information please check the ACQUEAU website  or directly contact Capucine Beunes-Devauze directly.

 

Development of EIP Water web-based marketplace: Get involved and make it yours!

A stakeholder survey regarding the web-based marketplace of the EIP Water has been open these last weeks. More than fifty organisations or individuals have participated in the survey helping the EIP Water to support the development of the “requirement specifications” – the services, information needs and usability requirements – of the planned EIP Water web-based marketplace. The main objectives of the EIP Water marketplace are to fill information and knowledge gaps related to water innovation as well as to ensure “match-making” between diverse demands related to water innovation development.  This “match-making” can be about projects, organisations, services and, last but not least – bringing the right people together! The draft results of the EIP Water marketplace survey show that
  1. there appears to be a need for a classical information portal on water and innovation
  2. users want a matchmaking tool where they can find people and organisations, to develop projects and establish collaboration, according to their specific needs and requirements
  3. there is a diverse landscape of providers and consumers of water innovation-related information, which requires specific information topic by topic
 The more detailed results of the survey are shown here; the EIP Water marketplace will be developed within the next months and is planned to be launched in September 2013.

Thank you in advance for your valuable contributions!

EIP Water to participate in "Water in the Urban Environment: Bringing research to the market" Conference

The EIP Water will actively participate in the forthcoming Conference “Water in the Urban Environment” from 16-18 April 2013 in Brussels with a keynote speech by Mr. Rudolf Strohmeier, Deputy Director General of DG Research and Innovation on April 16th, and a presentation on the EIP Water on April 17th.

The Conference is organized by the “Water supply and sanitation Technology Platform (WssTP)”, one of the most active organizations in the development of the EIP Water since its start, and the “European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST)”. The conference will focus on building bridges between research and water-related societal challenges and turning research results into marketable solutions. For more information and registration, please see here
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