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EU Security Research Projects Awarded (17/01/2018)

NEWLY AWARDED PROJECTS:

SiEUGreen: Sino-European innovative green and smart cities
SiEUGreen aspires to enhance EU-China cooperation in promoting urban agriculture for food security, resource efficiency and smart, resilient cities.

Building on the model of zero-waste and circular economy, it will demonstrate how technological and societal innovation in urban agriculture can have a positive impact on society and the economy by applying novel resource-efficient agricultural techniques in urban and peri-urban areas; developing innovative approaches for social engagement and empowerment; and investigating the economic, environmental, and social benefits of urban agriculture.

In order to achieve its objectives, SiEuGreen brings together a multi-disciplinary consortium of European and Chinese researchers, technology providers, SMEs, financiers, local and regional authorities and citizen communities.

Start date: 2018-01-01
End date: 2021-12-31
Total cost: EUR 8 377 867,50
EU Contribution: EUR 6 999 999,38
Project Coordinator: NORGES MILJO-OG BIOVITENSKAPLIGE UNIVERSITET, Norway

RESPECT: Realizing Europe’s Soft Power in External Cooperation and Trade
Seismic changes in global geopolitics, the rapid rise of global production networks, increasing disputes surrounding trade integration initiatives and challenges to ensuring coherence across policy initiatives at EU and Member State level have made the pursuit of EU external policy objectives more complex. The overarching goal of RESPECT is to identify options and opportunities for better realizing the EU’s soft power in achieving its external policy objectives.

Four broad objectives are pursued: (i) documenting the prevailing situation – the set of EU and Member State policies that together characterize the EU’s trade and investment-related policy regime; (ii) understanding the factors that influence the ability of different constellations of EU external policies to attain both trade goals and nontrade policy objectives; (iii) determining success factors for effective EU external policies; and (iv) developing practical, operationally feasible recommendations to redesign trade policy to promote better overall EU external policy objectives while recognizing the political economy incentives confronting key actors in and outside the EU.

Start date: 2018-01-01
End date: 2021-04-30
Total cost: EUR 2 901 098,75
EU Contribution: EUR 2 497 461,25
Project Coordinator: EUROPEAN UNIVERSITY INSTITUTE, Italy

TRANS-URBAN-EU-CHINA: Transition towards urban sustainability through socially integrative cities in the EU and in China
Cities are places of social innovation and engines of economic growth. They attract dynamic groups of society, they provide vast opportunities of inter-action, communication and exchange of knowledge, and they thereby lay the foundation for attracting large shares of R&D investment and an innovative service sector. Thus, social integration is directly linked with economic prosperity of cities.

The key objective of TRANS-URBAN-EU-CHINA is to help policy makers, urban authorities, real estate developers, public service providers and citizens in China create socially integrative cities in an environmentally friendly and financially viable way. Moreover, it will help urban stakeholders in Europe to reflect and eventually reconsider their approaches towards sustainable urbanisation.

Start date: 2018-01-01
End date: 2020-12-31
Total cost: EUR 2 499 993,75
EU Contribution: EUR 2 499 993,75
Project Coordinator: FREIE UNIVERSITAET BERLIN, Germany

EURITO: Skills and Integration of Migrants, Refugees and Asylum Applicants in European Labour Markets
Big data and data analytics offer significant opportunities to transform Research and Innovation (R&I) policy with a new generation of more relevant, inclusive and timely indicators than those already available, potentially enabling better decisions with bigger (and better measured) impacts. However, concerns about the representativity, accuracy and interpretability of new data sources and methods is slowing down their acceptance.

EURITO brings together a unique consortium of organisations with strong capabilities in R&I policy, big data analytics, machine learning and data visualisation with the goal of taking new data sources and methods from the periphery of R&I policy to its core. The potential impacts of EURITO include better informed and targeted R&I policies, new opportunities for innovation that build on the open data, open code and open knowledge developed throughout the project, an enhanced understanding of innovation systems, and new opportunities for information sharing and collaboration between policymakers, researchers and data businesses.

Start date: 2018-01-01
End date: 2020-12-31
Total cost: EUR 1 469 642,50
EU Contribution: EUR 1 469 642,50
Project Coordinator: NESTA, United Kingdom

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