The fourth newsletter of the Erasmus + RESTAT project is now available. The newsletter includes information about this project that works to promote a more sustainable and accessible tourism, the activities carried out so far and the results obtained, along with the milestones that the project is pursuing.
The third newsletter of the Erasmus + RESTAT project is now available. The newsletter includes information about this project that works to promote a more sustainable and accessible tourism, the activities carried out so far and the results obtained, along with the milestones that the project is pursuing.
SIMETRÍA JOINS INTO AN INITIATIVE WITH FUE-UJI TO DEFINE ITS “EUROPEAN FUNDING ROADMAP” FOR THE UPCOMING YEARS
The FUE-UJI from its European and International Projects Office will advise Simetría Grupo to improve its competences in terms of international positioning through its new initiative “European Funding Roadmap“. This initiative aims to attract a higher percentage of European funds and thus improve the financing of the business and innovative fabric of the province of Castellón.
With a duration of 1 year, this Roadmap will help Simetría to access more European projects. The European Roadmap consists of 2 phases, the first one will focus on the development of a Strategic Plan for attracting European resources. After an analysis of the potential of Simetría, the group will then be provided with customized training on the most suitable European Funding and Funds. This first phase also includes the development of a Communication Plan, specialized in international positioning based on the most strategic European programs and calls according to the interests and characteristics of Simetría Grupo.
The second phase will consist of the preparation of a working agenda in Brussels and support in the meetings by the FUE-UJI. Simetría will also actively participate in public-private platforms, conferences, events and meetings with European institutions and entities of interest. Finally, Simetría Grupo will join different international consortiums of European project proposals, duly studied and with the highest guarantees of success.
Thanks to this initiative of the FUE-UJI, Simetría will continue to implement and develop projects with European funding, such as PAV-DT, a project developed within Becsa, the leading construction company of the group. This project, presented in one of the “Desayunos Europeos” organized by EuroFUE-UJI, develops a pavement auscultation system that will help to increase the efficiency of public administrations in road maintenance, as well as to provide a more sustainable service, since it will help vehicles to reduce emissions in their circulation.
Simetría Grupo, as trustee of the FUE-UJI, values very positively the work done by the European and International Projects Office of the FUE-UJI, bringing Europe closer to companies and related entities and preparing and implementing European science and innovation projects that contribute to the progress of society.
Simetría continues to work on different projects to continue growing and expanding in different processes of innovation and internationalization. That is why these programs developed at the Universitat Jaume I allow us to be among the elite of European companies, to be in contact with great professionals from all over Europe and to enrich our internal knowledge, thus causing a leap in the training of our technicians.
The Launch Conference of the Horizon Europe Programme, linked to the acts of celebration of the 30th anniversary of Jaume I University has ended the 4 th of March with a session dedicated to the global challenges and European industrial competitiveness, in which more than 570 participants assisted online. The meeting, organised within the framework of the Strategy of the Generalitat Valenciana for national and regional coordination in R&I, aims to increase and improve the participation of all the agents of the Valencian Community in the Horizon Europe Programme.
This event is an initiative of the Jaume I University and the Valencian Institute of Business Competitiveness (IVACE), together with the Network of Technological Institutes of the Valencian Region (REDIT) and the Enterprise Europe Network for companies in the Valencian Community and the Region of Murcia (EEN-SEIMED). The second session of the Conference was opened by Jordi Sebastià, Director of External Relations of IVACE, and Gonzalo Belenguer, General Director of REDIT.
Sebastià emphasized that “this conference is an example of the commitment of the entities with research and the business community”. The director of external relations of IVACE has highlighted the proactive nature of the territory: “the Valencian network in all its forms -universities, companies, research staff – is innovative, dynamic and seeks the improvements that Horizon Europe can offer”. Belenguer highlighted the opportunities offered by Horizon Europe and the willingness of the technology centres to “continue to support European projects that fit in with their strategic lines”.
This was followed by presentations on Pillar 2 of the Horizon Europe Programme: Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness, by experts from the CDTI and FECYT. Carolina Carrasco, from CDTI, has presented the details of Cluster 1 Health and Nicolás Ojeda, from FECYT, has detailed the topics that correspond to Cluster 2: Culture, Creativity and Inclusive Society. From CDTI, Maite Boyero has advanced some key data and dates regarding Cluster 3: Civil Security for Society. Enrique Pelayo, Nieves González, Carlos Toledo and Andrea Pérez-Carro, from CDTI, provided information on the calls for Cluster 4: Digital, Industry and Space. The new features of Cluster 5: Climate, Energy and Mobility.were presented by Cristina Garrido, Julio Dolado and Juan Carlos García, from CDTI, and they also presented the details of Cluster 6: Food, Bioeconomy, Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment, which will have a budget of €9,000 million.
The presentations were followed by a pitching session for the presentation of 12 ideas or proposals by potential project coordinators from the Valencian Community who are looking for partners for future calls. A total of 12 proposals have been presented, 4 by research groups of the Jaume I University, 2 by PhotonicSENS, 2 by the Polytechnic University of Valencia, as well as ITI, Finnova Foundation, Space Farmers and Ecovending.
The meeting was closed by Jesús Lancis, vice-rector for Research and Transfer of the Jaume I University (UJI), who underlined: “In the Valencian Region we have two great challenges in front of us: to continue with the work of internationalisation and to increase the competitiveness and productivity of our companies, challenges that the Horizon Europe programme addresses and reinforces considerably”.
The Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI); the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT); the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities; and the National Contact Point for Research Infrastructures in Horizon Europe have collaborated in the organisation of this conference, which has been held for two days online on videoconference.
ABOUT THE HORIZON EUROPE PROGRAMME
As part of the European Commission’s budgets for the period 2021-2027, Horizon Europe is the most ambitious Framework Programme for Research and Innovation so far, aiming to keep the European Union at the forefront of global investment and innovation.
With a budget of approximately €100 billion, the main objectives of Horizon Europe are: to strengthen the scientific and technological foundations of the European Union; to stimulate innovation capacity, competitiveness and jobs in Europe; to meet citizens’ priorities; and to support the socio-economic model and values of the European Union. These funds are structured around the three main pillars of the programme, which are Open Science; Global Challenges and Industrial Competitiveness; and Open Innovation.
Horizon Europe is expected to generate new knowledge and technologies and to have a positive impact on growth, trade and investment, as well as a significant impact on society and the environment. Each euro invested by the programme can generate a return of up to eleven euros of GDP over a twenty-five year period. EU investments in R&I are expected to lead to the direct creation of up to 100,000 new jobs in R&I-related activities during the investment phase 2021-2027.
The FUE-UJI has received the approval from the European Commission of the new Erasmus + project Start up for Development, which will focus on the concept of “smart cities” under the acronym START UP. The project, that will train experts in smart solutions to promote “smart cities” in small municipalities, has a consortium made up of 5 international partners coordinated by the FUE-UJI.
The European START UP project, financed under the Erasmus + program under the modality “Strategic Partnerships for Adult Education”, will be implemented for 28 months by the EuroFUE-UJI. During this time, a training program for adults on “smart cities” will be created and implemented, especially aimed at small municipalities in order to create the recognized smart cities in the countries that make up the consortium.
In addition to having the FUE-UJI as coordinator, the START UP consortium is made up of four more entities from different countries: the private training and tourism institution Kocatürk Danismanlik (Turkey), the ARID Association (Poland), the Regional Development Agency and business support center for small and medium-sized enterprises (Bulgaria) and the non-profit Society for Alternative Innovative Development (Greece).
With this consortium, the Start up for Development project bases its implementation on the premise that small municipalities are alien to the concept of smart cities, since they cannot afford to have experts in “smart cities” among their technicians. Therefore, the objective of the project is to prepare a course for trainers who will be able to give municipalities a clear and complete explanation of what smart cities would be, so that they can implement concrete actions aimed at turning these small municipalities into smart towns.
The Office of European and International Projects of the FUE-UJI (EuroFUE-UJI) presents its renewed services together with the renewed image of its website www.eurofue.com. The services include Access to Financing and European Funds, Organising Conferences on European Programmes, European Roadmap and International Positioning, Communication Plans for European Projects, Incorporation in International Consortiums and Working Agendas and Accompannying in Brussels.