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Low impact bio-based construction materials ready for the mass...
Construction industry stakeholders and policy makers gathered on 29 January in Brussels to discuss the potential of natural bio-based materials to help Europe meet its climate obligations.
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Preparing a Horizon 2020 commercialisation plan – what to ask?
This is the third article in our series dedicated entirely to the Horizon 2020 Impact section. In the previous post we began to explore the foundations for curating a professional Horizon 2020 commercialisation plan. ...
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Guide for Project Coordinators in Horizon 2020
All Horizon 2020 projects must appoint a Coordinator to lead and manage the project efforts. This role is an immensely important one. There is a lot to be considered in order to take on the role, and then soon after t...
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Verifying next-generation computing simulations
Scientific model algorithms get a makeover to increase confidence in results.
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Horizon 2020 commercialisation plan – the right team members...
This is the second article in our series dedicated entirely to the Horizon 2020 Impact section. In the previous post, we laid the foundations for understanding the common pitfalls researchers experience when writing t...
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Can nanotechnology rewire an injured spinal cord?
The ByAxon project is developing a new implant that restores the transmission of electrical signals in an injured central nervous system
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Hit the slopes with bio-based skis and snowboards
With the onset of winter, Europe's ski season is in full swing. To help you perfect your turns and hold your line down the slope, ski and snowboards are surprisingly complex pieces of equipment, but they are also incr...
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Game theory will help predict social conflicts
Fake news, post-truth politics and trolls are fostering populism and social conflicts. Game theory can fight back
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How do we build successful regional bioeconomy strategies in E...
Wageningen University and Research attended the ERIAFF network - The European Region for Innovation in Agriculture, Food and Forestry workshop that took place on November 14th, 2018 in Brussels.
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Should you put your food waste in a compostable plastic bag?
Across Europe rules about the disposal of organic household rubbish vary. Some waste management companies let people line their food waste caddies with compostable plastic bags, while others ban all plastics from orga...
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Bioconstruction: beyond hempcrete
Today whoever decides to invest in biobased buildings is a pioneer in the construction sector, as it is still a niche market. But latest research about industrial hemp materials have developed products that may be mor...
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Happy birthday, FET!
The European Future and Emerging Technologies Programme has turned 30. A video is celebrating the extraordinary results and impacts from FET-funded research
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Plant roots inspire 3D-printed automotive sensors
As NASA’s Mars InSight is set to burrow into Martian soil, roboticists on Earth are still developing devices for soil monitoring and exploration
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A robo-vegetal hybrid society is rising
Plants can grow elaborate shapes for public spaces through a network of sensors and 3D-printed robotic nodes
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Raising the youth’s awareness on the bioeconomy: the Think B...
It should be one of our primary goals for the children of the future to raise their awareness on the opportunities the bioeconomy can provide.
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Home sweet (hemp) home
December 5 is UN World Soil Day. The building industry has thus been called to account for its role in the massive use of mineral raw materials and environmental pollution. One solution comes from the bio-construction...
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FETFX, the laurel is yours!
fetfx.eu has won the 2018 .eu Web Awards in the “Laurels” category, an acknowledgment of fetfx.eu’s mission to inform society of the benefits from European research on Future and Emerging Technologies
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Bio-composites for cars
Every year the European car industry uses around 80,000 tonnes of wood and plant fibres to reinforce composites, instead of employing synthetic fibres like glass and carbon fibre
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Grant review guide: top 6 ways to annoy a grant reviewer
When submitting a grant proposal, our motivation is to have the reviewer on “our side” – enthusiastic and positive about our project. In the grant review context, this is largely so that reviewers will write a p...
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Fragmented Projects in ERC
ERC grant funds frontier research which distinctly focuses on challenging novel concepts. The typical expectation in ERC is to present large-sized projects. Such projects justify a fairly high budget for a typical dur...
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Bringing EU regions to the fore of Innovation
EFFECT project’s second event explored how local ecosystems can support interdisciplinary, high-risk Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) research
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Recommendations on third-country participation in EU funding p...
Recommendations on third-country participation in EU funding programmes in the MFF 2021-2027
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New ‘Quantum Sorter’ provides information on demand at the...
Radical techniques in electron microscopy could revolutionise studies in physics, biochemistry, materials and more.
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Bio-based alternatives to plastic plant pots
Plastic plant pots are often used once – to bring on plants from seed or transport them home from the shops – and then thrown away. While these pots are very convenient, such disposable items contribute significan...
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Horizon 2020 Impact Section – the case of the abandoned child
The Horizon 2020 grant proposal application is divided into three major sections: Excellence, Impact and Implementation. In contrast to the Excellence and the Implementation sections, many applicants find the Impact s...
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FET projects shine at European Researchers’ Night 2018
European Researchers’ Night 2018. A shot from the event organized by the FET Project ByAxon.
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Factsheets and slideshow on bio-based insulation materials and...
Communication about bio-based products can be tricky. While much information on bio-based products is available, it is often too technical and difficult to understand for consumers. For this reason, BioCannDo develops...
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Levitation becomes a reality
One day we may not only see, hear and touch devices, but also feel the objects shown on them at the tip of our fingers. Thanks to levitation, 3D items will be created using floating pixels
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United voices to change our future through science
Deep thoughts from the scientific community on “Why should interdisciplinary high-risk research on disruptive technologies be supported?” have been collected by the EFFECT project and summarised in a dedicated pub...
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3D printed bioplastic: the future of construction?
To date, most 3D printed buildings have been built from concrete. Could bioplastics be a more sustainable option?
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Interfacing biology with computer science
RNA-based algorithms can advance cellular computing and enable new biological solutions for healthcare and industrial biotechnology.
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Top EU Grant Writing Tips
Once researchers have an innovative idea at hand, acquiring resources for implementation becomes the center of their attention. They spend months curating highly competitive grant proposals that will hopefully secure ...
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ERC 2018 Advanced Grant – Lessons Learned
Now that the ERC 2018 Advanced Grant deadline is behind us, it is important for us to highlight and share some of the lessons learnt. This is because our ongoing efforts is to learn from past deadlines, track signific...
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Back to school: go sustainable and renewable
As the back to school season is approaching, new exercise books, pens, craft materials and stationery are needed. This guide will help children, parents and teachers to select high-quality, healthy, environmentally-fr...
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PANBioRA: First steps towards an integrated biomaterial risk a...
PANBioRA is a four-year “Research and Innovation Action” funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme aiming to develop a modular system using cross-disciplinary techniques that will predict the patient...
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5th CREATE Newsletter - July 2018
The main aim of CREATE is to develop and demonstrate a heat battery, i.e. an advanced thermal storage system based on Thermo-Chemical Materials (TCMs), that enables economically affordable, compact and loss-free stora...
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ECO-Binder project - Newsletter July 2018
The ECO-Binder project aims to implement industrial R&D activities related to developing Belite-Ye’elimite-Ferrite (BYF) based low-CO2 binders and demonstrating the possibility of replacing Ordinary Portland Cement ...
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The Complete Horizon 2020 Budget Preparation Guide
The final Horizon 2020 budget presentation can be instrumental for the reviewers to realize the work plan’s strength or, otherwise, discover potential flaws. Moreover, the reviewers will have to assess whether the p...
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Microscopic antennas to peer into nano-sized worlds
Affordable and highly sensitive infrared detectors could revolutionise molecular sensing
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Robots in search of lost time
Giving robots a sense of time can help them integrate into human activities and societies
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ERC is not a grant for “fishing expedition” research
In this article, we will focus on better understanding the issues with ERC and a “fishing expedition” type of research. Following that, we will share some of our top tips for adjusting “fishing expedition” res...
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Lizard skins and bark bugs inspire energy saving materials
Imitating nature’s engineering secrets at the nanoscale could lead to a host of useful applications
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Festival footprints – towards more sustainable, circular, an...
Have you got your tickets yet? Festival season is coming up again, and each year there are more festivals to choose from. Festivals are fun, peaceful and bring people together. Building on that friendly spirit, some f...
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The Factsheet with key messages about bio-based cleaning produ...
Communication about bio-based products can be tricky. Messages should be easy to understand and, at the same time, communicate the most important issues about functionality and sustainability in a scientifically corre...
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