Bottom-up (non-thematic) funding opportunities
- Innovation Vouchers - A grant of up to £5000 is available to businesses to work with a supplier for the first time and is used to pay for knowledge or technology transfer from that supplier.
- SMART awards - Funding to assess the commercial viability of innovation projects in high growth potential SMEs. There are three types of grant: Proof of concept, proof of market or development of prototype
- Knowledge Transfer Partnerships - Grants to allow businesses to work in partnership with universities.
European funding and activities on Raw Materials explained
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LIFE programme to continue to 2020
The LIFE programme is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment. The general objective of LIFE is to contribute to the implementation, updating and development of EU environmental policy and legislation by co-financing pilot or demonstration projects with European added value. Starting in 1992 LIFE has, to date, co-financed nearly 4000 projects across the EU, contributing around €3.1 billion to the protection of the environment.
A new LIFE regulation, published in December 2013, establishes the programme for the next funding period (2014-2020) with a budget of €3.4 billion. The new programme will cover both “Environment” and “Climate” activity through the following priority areas: environment and resource efficiency; nature and biodiversity; environmental governance and information; climate change mitigation; climate change adaptation; and climate governance and information. The work programme for LIFE 2014-2020 is expected to be published during the first half of 2014.
The LIFE Programme website (with links to the new LIFE regulation) can be found at: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/life/