Newsletter issue n° 8 -
FP7 - Environmental Research - calls for proposals FP7-ENV-2008-1
and the joint call FP7-ENV-NMP-2008-2
The substantial amount of proposals which have been submitted for the
two calls have lead to a high competition in some of the open topics for
research. The remote evaluation phase of the eligible proposals is almost
completed and will be finalised after the central evaluation in Brussels by
the end of April. The first evaluation results, including the Evaluation
Summary Report, are expected to be sent to the coordinating institutions
as soon as possible in May 2008.
After the completion of the official procedures, negotiations with the
successful applicants should be opened in July 2008.
FP7 - Environmental Research - next call for proposals:
The preparation and further consultations on the Work Programme 2009
are progressing. It is currently planned to launch the call for proposals in
July 2008 with a deadline for submission in January 2009. This period
between publication and submission of proposals is longer than in the
previous calls and shall provide opportunities to applicants to prepare and
consolidate their projects. The budget available is of about €200 million,
distributed among 52 different topics for research.
FP7 - Guidance documents
The set of available documents intended to provide guidance for practical
project implementation has been completed with the instructions and
templates for project reporting and the guidance notes on audit
certification. A revised version of the negotiation guidelines is also
available from the CORDIS server
Consultation on practical guide to EU funding for research,
development and innovation:
The 'Practical Guide to EU funding for research, development and
innovation' is intended to facilitate the access to different sources of EU
funding at the appropriate stage of a project's development. The guide
describes the major EU funding instruments, including explanations and
practical hints about the 7th Framework Programme, the Competitiveness
and Innovation Programme and the Structural Funds.
All documents are available on
http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/consultati ... comments and
suggestions should be sent by the end of April to the following e-mail
PUBLICATIONS and AVAILABLE DOCUMENTS
Communicating Science: a Scientist's survival kit - G. Carrada
Issued by the European Commission, Directorate-General for Research,
this freely distributed publication highlights the relevance of
communicating research challenges and results to the society. Relevant
sections of the publication are:
the ABCs of communicating with the public;
planning your communication;
using journalists and
knowing the media.
The brochure or its electronic version can be obtained from the EU
bookshop http://bookshop.europa.eu/ , references ISBN : 92-79-01947-3
New book: 'Restoring Floodplains in Europe - Policy contexts and project
Experiences' Editors T. Moss and J. Monstadt
The book is based on the social science research component of the FP5
project FLOBAR 2 'FLOodplain Biodiversity and Restoration 2: Integrated
natural science and socio-economic approaches to catchment flow
Despite the interest in restoring floodplains, very few schemes for restoring
functional floodplains have been put into practice in Europe until now. The
book explores the reasons behind this discrepancy between interest and
applications with an original and comparative analysis of the institutional
drivers and constraints of floodplain restoration in Europe. It explains why
so little projects have been successfully implemented, how recent policy
shifts are creating new opportunities for floodplain restoration and what
lessons for policy development and project management can be drawn
from in-depth analysis of past and present schemes.
More details are available at:
Water Reuse System Management Manual - AQUAREC', edited by
Davide Bixio and Thomas Wintgens.
The project AQUAREC “Integrated concepts for reuse of upgraded
wastewater” was funded by the Fifth Framework Programme of the
European Commission. Its major aim was to investigate and develop
concepts and methodologies supporting rational and knowledge-based
waste water reuse strategies.
This publication presents practical information on waste water reuse
concepts based on actual and proved management and operational
practises. A broad approach has been considered by addressing
institutional, organisational, legal, economics, financial, social and
environmental issues together with technological aspects. The targeted
readers are mainly practitioners concerned with implementation of waste
water reuse schemes, but this publication may also become ‘the
wastewater reuse manual’ for decision makers, local authorities,
consultants and research bodies involved in the area.
The publication is now available as printed (catalogue n°
KI-76-06-016-EN-C) or PDF document (catalogue n° KI-76-06-016-EN-Z)
from OPOCE at: http://bookshop.europa.eu/.
REACH - Guidance for downstream users
This Guidance Document issued by the European Chemicals Agency in
2008 describes the requirements of downstream users under regulation
Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals
(REACH). It is part of a series of guidance documents that are aimed to
help all stakeholders with their preparation for fulfilling their obligations
under the REACH regulation. These documents cover detailed guidance
for a range of essential REACH processes as well as for some specific
scientific and/or technical methods that industry or authorities need to
make use of under REACH. The guidance documents were drafted and
discussed within the REACH Implementation Projects (RIPs) lead by the
European Commission services, involving all stakeholders: Member
States, industry and non-governmental organisations.
These guidance documents can be obtained via the website of the
European Chemicals Agency (http://echa.europa.eu/reach_en.html).
Further guidance documents will be published on this website when they
are finalised or updated.
The electronic version of the brochure 'Guidance for downstream users is
Water Reclamation and Aquifer Recharge - Experiences in the Americas
2nd Regional RECLAIM Water Workshop, 14-16 April 2008, in Mexico
City, United Mexican States.
RECLAIM WATER results are to be shared at Regional Workshops, which
are events that focus on consultation of regional water experts and
stakeholders. These meetings will enable intensive information exchange
through personal contacts and dissemination of knowledge between the
project team, operators, researchers, regulators and technology suppliers
on a regional level.
The second regional workshop will take place in Mexico City and will focus
on water reclamation and reuse in Mexico. It will be supported by the
European Commission and by the Instituto de Ingenería (Reuse Treatment
Group) of the Autonomous University of Mexico.
A wide range of national and internationa