FP7 – Environmental research – calls for proposals
The evaluation of proposals submitted in response to the first call
FP7-ENV-2007-1 are expected to be completed by the end of July 2007.
The resulting Evaluation Summary Reports will be sent to the
coordinators of each evaluated proposal to give them a prompt indication
of the evaluation's outcome. This indication can not be considered by any
means as a commitment as regards possible selection and funding.
The next call for 2008 is currently under preparation and further
consultations with the aim to be published by November 2007. In
principle, the proposals' submission deadline will be in February 2008,
following the rules of one single stage submission and evaluation. The
overall EC budget for projects' funding is of €210 million.
Guidance on FP7 grant agreements' negotiation
The Commission published its FP7 Draft Negotiation Guidance Notes
intended to provide insights and to assist participants invited for project
negotiation. The document is available for consultation on
http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/find-doc_e ... together with other guides
and information material.
New web site for SMEs on the Europa Research web site
This site replaces the SME TechWeb site on CORDIS, so if you have that
one bookmarked, stored in your 'favourites' or linked to one of the web
sites you manage, please update the link to
Included in the site is a link to an online test provided by the Walloon
Region of Belgium which helps a company determine whether or not it falls
within the Commission's definition of an SME. This is a very useful tool for
all the Themes in the Cooperation Programme as they include SMEs in
The rest of the site provides information to both research-acquiring and
research-performing SMEs regarding the opportunities they have to get
involved in FP7.
There is also a publications library, a link to open calls on CORDIS and a
page with information on how to obtain support.
First prototype of the Integrated Solution Support System (i3S) of
the AquaStress project
The i3S (say i-tripple-S) is a web-based application intended to facilitate
the use of available AquaStress data, information and software tools. User
oriented, the i3S should help understand water stress from an integrated
multi-sectoral perspective and will allow the combination of a wide variety
of analysis and mitigation options to deliver optimal and adaptable
solutions to water stress.
The prototype is currently in its final phase of development. The first
version is available for public testing on http://test.wisl.nl/aquastress and
later on through the project's web site http://www.aquastress.net/.
Contributions and suggestions about its functionality and content are
For more information, please contact C.J. (Kees) de Zeeuw (
Sustainable Water Management Improves Tomorrow’s Cities Health
SWITCH is an FP6 integrated project which addresses the increasing
difficulties in efficiently managing scarcer and less reliable water that cities
are facing due to increasing global change pressures, escalating costs
and other risks inherent to conventional urban water management.
SWITCH officially started in February 2006 and the first year substantial
progress was made on several activities. More that 26 research rapports
have been produced and 20 PhD and 26 MSc students have been started.
Learning alliance (LA) set up has been the focus of the program for the
first 12 months with progress in all nine cities. All cities have produced
scoping reports and plans and most of them have identified coordinators
and facilitators and have engaged with LA stakeholders. Training on the LA
process was done during the kick-off meeting and the researchers have
realigned research to be responsive to LA needs.
An initial inventory of important global change pressures was produced.
Detailed analysis in each demo city of these factors as well as of the
urban water systems is in progress. This will feed into a scenario planning
process in each city in the next 12 months which further details out both
these pressures and potential futures.
Demonstrations were initiated in Tel Aviv (water reuse), Lodz (river
restoration) and Zaragoza (water loss & consumption reductions).
Substantial planning for demonstrations at SWITCH study sites including
Lima (feasibility study on peri-urban wastewater for agriculture), Emscher
(storm water control) and ecological sanitation operational performance (35
global case studies) are underway.
The first year of SWITCH saw the establishment and implementation of an
interactive management system, an intranet site for internal use to
strengthen communication as well as an interaction within the Consortium.
Draft dissemination, exploitation and training activities have been initiated.
SWITCH was officially launched during the 3rd World Water Conference in
Mexico City. It has actively linked with UNESCO-IHP programme, the
TECHNEAU integrated project, the Water & Climate Dialogue program,
CSIRO Water for a Healthy Country, NOWRA Water for all Life and WERF
initiatives. Discussion initiated with IWA, International Building Conference
and Zaragoza EXPO 08 for major upcoming conference events.
More project information can be obtained from the project website:
Development and Testing of Practical Guidelines for the
Assessment of Environmental and Resources Costs and Benefits in
the WFD (AQUAMONEY)
The project AquaMoney aims to develop and test practical guidelines for
the assessment of environmental and resource costs and benefits in the
European Water Framework Directive (WFD). More specifically, a protocol
for good practice will be developed for the use of economic values related
to environmental and resource costs and benefits under different European
water management conditions at water body, national and international
river basin scale.
The project started on the 1st of April 2006. During the first project year,
the project group worked specifically on:
(i) the definition of environmental and resource costs and benefits;
(ii) their role in the WFD and policy maker demand for more guidance on
their definition and assessment;
(iii) the draft technical guidelines to assess environmental and resource
costs and benefits;
(iv) the available economic value estimates in the existing international
water valuation literature.
The most important achievements and outputs in the first year are
(a) a definition note about environmental and resource costs and benefits
and their role in the WFD;
(b) draft technical guidelines;
(c) an inventory of the current role of environmental and resource costs and
benefits across the EU Member States and policy and stakeholder
demand for more guidance on their assessment.
These achievements and outputs were presented and discussed with the
international project Advisory Committee during the second plenary project
meeting in Berlin at the end of the first project year.
The questionnaire survey was carried out to identify WFD policy and
decision-maker and stakeholder demand for more guidance on the
assessment of environmental and resource costs and benefits and the
specific content of the AquaMoney guidelines. The survey was completed
by 40 different European policymakers and stakeholders in more than 15
European Member States.