Environmental Technologies Research - Issue 9 May
FP7 - Environmental Research - calls for proposals FP7-ENV-2008-1   
and the joint call FP7-ENV-NMP-2008-2  
The evaluation results, including the Evaluation Summary Report, have   
been communicated to applicants of submitted proposals in May 2008.   
Accordingly, the representatives of EU Member States and Associated   
States in the Environment Programme Committee have received similar   
More than 400 proposals requesting close to €1.200 million have been   
submitted to the FP7-ENV-2008-1 call. The FP7-ENV-NMP-2008-2 joint   
call  received 35 proposals requesting an overall EC grant of €76 million.  
The official selection procedures are currently on-going with the objective   
of opening negotiations with retained projects in July 2008.  
FP7 - Environmental Research - next call for proposals:  
The publication of the next call for proposals, expected initially for July,   
might be postponed to the beginning of September 2008. The deadline for   
submitting proposals is currently maintained to January 2009.   
The available budget is of about €200 million, distributed among 52   
different topics for research.  
FP7 - Amendments Guide for Grant Agreements  
The set of available documents intended to provide guidance for practical   
FP7 project implementation has been completed with the Amendments   
Guide for FP7 Grant Agreements. The complete set of available guidance   
documents can be obtained from the CORDIS server   
http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/find-doc_e ... :  
Amendments Guide for FP7 Grant Agreements [PDF]   
Version: 2008-05-05  
Guidance Notes on Audit Certification [PDF]   
Version: 2008-03-19  
Guide for beneficiaries [PDF] Version: 2008-03-11  
Guide to Financial Issues [PDF] Version:   
Guide to IPR [PDF] Version: 2007-06-28  
Checklist for the Consortium Agreement [PDF]   
Version: 2007-06-28  
Negotiation Guidance Notes [PDF] Version:   
2008-02-10 and Templates for Description of Work   
Guidance notes on project reporting [PDF] Version:   
2008-03-07 and:   
- Template for periodic report  
- Template for final report  
- Templates for security research   
Guidance notes on project technical review [PDF] Version:   
AQUASTRESS: the Integrated Solution Support System (i3S) for   
mitigating water stress  
The i3S (say i-tripple-S) is a web-based application bringing together,   
through the knowledge base, a wealth of information on test sites, options   
and indicators, as output of the AQUASTRESS project. Simultaneously, a   
number of tools is presented, several of which interact with the knowledge   
bases. The tools support many of the activities required in a participatory   
mitigation process, e.g. eliciting needs via the questionnaire tool,   
developing common understanding through a gaming tool Splash! and   
multi-criteria participatory decision support via AquaDT.   
 I3S does  not provide the user with out-of–the box solutions. Much more, it   
guides the user through a problem solving process,  helping him by   
providing  information, knowledge and tools on the way.   
 The web  site is now accessible and fully open to both the general public   
and to the AQS  members on http://i3s.aquastress.net/.    
Additional information about the AQUASTRESS IP is available on the   
project website: http://www.aquastress.net/   
 More  specific information related to the Case Study Implementation   
activities and  progress are presented at     
http://environ.chemeng.ntua.gr/aquastr ... with the aim of developing    
integrated general guidelines of European added value.   
 The  PLEIADeS project sustains water for food  
 This  project addresses the efficient and sustainable use of water for food    
production in water-scarce environments. It aims at improving the   
technical,  environmental and socio-economic performance of irrigation   
schemes by means  of a range of measures. Major technical innovation is   
made possible by the  comprehensive space-time coverage of Earth   
observation (EO) data and the  interactive networking/connecting   
capabilities of Information and  Communication Technologies (ICT). A set   
of systems and services will be the  basis for technical and social learning   
that enables farmers to act  responsibly by fine-tuning their on-farm   
irrigation management in accordance  with the river-basin water status and   
management decisions.  
 A set of  pilot Case Studies has been selected to represent a sample of   
the wide range  of conditions found in the European and Southern   
Mediterranean and in Latin  America, covering Portugal, Spain, Italy,   
Greece, Turkey, Morocco, Mexico,  Peru, and Brazil.  
 After the  intensification phase, the project is ready for the participatory   
evaluation  in the pilot Case Studies of the developed tools and   
frameworks, as well as  conducting dialogue and collaboration with   
stakeholders and end-users. Major  achievements of the last 6 months   
    consolidating the stakeholder analysis in several pilot areas and/by     
establishing active collaboration between project team and     
    developing a beta version of global-SPIDER and local-SPIDER, with     
implementation in most pilot areas (direct access button on     
www.pleiades.es );       
    consolidating the library of EO methods (“EO portfolio”);       
    consolidating the frameworks for the assessment of irrigation     
performance, environmental performance, socio-economic   
performance, and   for the social multi-criteria analysis and impact   
assessment, including   their implementation in several pilot areas;     
    consolidating campaign plans for all pilot areas and compilation of     
datasets to feed into SPIDER (from preparatory field campaigns or     
previous campaigns);     
    creating Pilot Stories for most pilot areas, using a variety of media     
(video, multi-media, live storytelling). The first videos have been     
published on YouTube (access through       
http://es.youtube.com/pleiades8stories ... or direct access button   on   
www.pleiades.es )    
EUGRIS - a free portal for soil and water information  
EUGRIS (www.eugris.info) is purposefully designed and structured for land   
and water managers, legislators, regulators and planners, consultants and   
contractors, researchers, technology providers business and the public.   
EUGRIS topics include brownfield regeneration, contaminated land   
management, groundwater, sediments, diffuse pollution, and an increasing   
content related to river basin management and soil thematic strategy   
issues. This content is open to all, to use and to add to.    
For further information, please contact:  
Professor Paul Bardos or Dr Tony Chapman at r3 Environmental   
Technology Ltd, UK.  
E-mail: paul@r3environmental.co.uk; tony@r3environmental.co.uk  
Jörg Frauenstein, Umweltbundesamt, Germany  
E-mail: joerg.frauenstein@uba.de   
FP7 - Environmental research: A revised version of the catalogue of   
projects is available:  
The catalogue briefly presents the projects resulting from the   
FP7-ENV-2007-1 call, including a short abstract, the partners involved and   
the overall grant proposed by the Commission. As consequence of the   
negotiations' cancellation with the project ATRON, the Commission   
services have recently opened negotiations with the project 212781 iSoil.  
A revised version of the catalogue destined to provide basic information on   
the se 
Posted: 18/06/2008 By: Professor Paul Bardos