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Projekty H2020 w regionie

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MediRad – Implications of Medical Low Dose Radiation Exposure

Koordynator:
ISS Institute of Radiation Protection

Jednostka realizująca z woj. łódzkiego:
INSTYTUT MEDYCYNY PRACY IMIENIA PROF. DRA MED. JERZEGO NOFERA W LODZI

Dane łódzkiego lidera:
ul. Św. Teresy od Dzieciątka Jezus 8, 91-348 Łódź

MEDIRAD aims to enhance the scientific bases and clinical practice of radiation protection (RP) in the medical field and thereby addresses the need to understand and evaluate the health effects of low dose ionising radiation exposure from diagnostic and therapeutic imaging and from off-target effects in radiotherapy (RT). MEDIRAD will pursue 3 major operational objectives: First, it will improve organ dose estimation and registration to inform clinical practice, optimise doses, set recommendations and provide adequate dosimetry for clinical-epidemiological studies of effects of medical radiation. Second, it aims to evaluate and understand the effects of medical exposures, focusing on the two major endpoints of public health relevance: cardiovascular effects of low to moderate doses of radiation from RT in breast cancer treatment incl. understanding of mechanisms; and long-term effects on cancer risk of low doses from CT in children. Third, it will develop science-based consensus policy recommendations for the effective protection of patients, workers and the general public.

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REPAiR – REsource Management in Peri-urban AReas: Going Beyond Urban Metabolism

Koordynator:
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT, Netherlands

Jednostka realizująca z woj. łódzkiego:
OLP Sp. z o.o.

Dane łódzkiego lidera:
UL. GABRIELA NARUTOWICZA 34, 90-135 ŁÓDŹ

A shift towards a more circular economy is crucial to achieve more sustainable and inclusive growth. Our objective is to provide local and regional authorities with an innovative transdisciplinary open source geodesign decision support environment (GDSE) developed and implemented in living labs in six metropolitan areas. The GDSE allows creating integrated, place-based eco-innovative spatial development strategies aiming at a quantitative reduction of waste flows in the strategic interface of peri-urban areas. These strategies will promote the use of waste as a resource, thus support the on-going initiatives of the EC towards establishing a strong circular economy. The identification of such eco-innovative strategies will be based on the integration of life cycle thinking and geodesign to operationalise urban metabolism. Our approach differs from previous UM as we introduce a reversed material flow accounting to collect data accurate and detailed enough for the design of a variety of solutions to place-based challenges. The developed impact and decision models allow quantification and validation of alternative solution paths and therefore promote sustainable urban development built on near-field synergies between the built and natural environments. This will be achieved by quantifying and tracking essential resource flows, mapping and quantification of negative and positive effects of present and future resource flows, and the determination of a set of indicators to inform decision makers concerning the optimization of (re-)use of resources. The GDSE will be open source. With a budget of €5 million, REPAiR funds a consortium rich in experience in waste and resource management, spatial decision support, territorial governance, spatial planning and urban design, and has deep knowledge of the 6 case study areas. REPAiR is supported by a user board, of key stakeholders for the development of CE as well as local authorities, who are heavily involved in the GDSE testing.

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innoPROCUR – Improving support services to foster SMEs’ participation to PCP and PPI

Koordynator:
FRIULI INNOVAZIONE CENTRO DI RICERCA E DI TRASFERIMENTO TECNOLOGICO SCARL, Italy

Jednostka realizująca z woj. łódzkiego:
ŁÓDZKA AGENCJA ROZWOJU REGIONALNEGO S.A.

Dane łódzkiego lidera:
UL. PREZYDENTA GABRIELA NARUTOWICZA 34, 90-135 ŁÓDŹ

The aim of the project is to collaboratively address a common innovation support challenge, namely to facilitate and foster the participation of innovative SMEs in PCP – Public Commercial Procurement and PPI – Public Procurement of Innovation.
Intermediary organizations and innovation agencies, offering support services to innovative SMEs, are relevant actors in this process because they can support SMEs in participating in European PCP and PPI, with numerous positive effects for them: improving the exploitation of IPRs and R&D results, increasing economic growth and employment, speeding up time-to-market of innovative solutions and gaining leadership in new global markets.
The Peer learning activity will serve to learn from the best and to share good and bad practices in such support services to SMEs, which are still rare/not consolidated throughout the EU.
The realized Design Options Paper will serve as a “guide” or a “handbook” to other agencies and business support centers to provide similar and/or more focused support services on PCP/PPI.

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SCREEN – Synergic Circular Economy across European Regions

Koordynator:
REGIONE LAZIO, Italy

Jednostka realizująca z woj. łódzkiego:
WOJEWÓDZTWO ŁÓDZKIE

Dane łódzkiego lidera:
AL. MARSZAŁKA JÓZEFA PIŁSUDSKIEGO 8, 90-051 ŁÓDŹ

SCREEN aims at the definition of a replicable systemic approach towards a transition to Circular Economy in EU regions within the context of the Smart Specialization Strategy, through the identification and implementation of operational synergies between R&I investments from H2020 and the European Structural and Investment Funds, thus contributing to novel future eco-innovative and horizontal business models across different value chains.
The concept of the action is to develop a EU reference framework for establish operational synergies between Horizon 2020 and the European Structural and Investment Funds related to Circular Economy by:
a) Sustaining the regional actors’ participation at H2020
The mechanism of the “vouchers”, already adopted in the past, will be reinforced an harmonized, in order to ensure common rules in EU regions and therefore encouraging to composition of international Consortia applying for circular economy projects related to the regional Smart Specialisation.
b) Encouraging the entrepreneurial initiatives based on H2020 project’s results
The participating Regions will agree about a specific rule in their Structural Funds giving an advantage for those initiatives targeted to the exploitation of the H2020 project results with a circular economy approach.
c) Investigating the possibility of maximizing the H2020 investment through a “recovery” (fully or partial) of well ranked unfinanced proposals dealing with circular economy
Even if there is a clear presence of several bureaucratic and operational barriers, a possible solution could have an impressive multiplier effect on the H2020 results.
The approach of the action is to leverage on growing industry sectors in EU regions to act as a driver also for the less performing ones, through a circular economy approach, and to support the emergence of new actors in the regional economies leading to new or redesigned value chains.

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KARMA2020 – Industrial Feather Waste Valorisation for Sustainable KeRatin based MAterials

Koordynator:
FUNDACION CIDETEC, Spain

Jednostka realizująca z woj. łódzkiego:
INSTYTUT BIOPOLIMERÓW I WŁÓKIEN CHEMICZNYCH

Dane łódzkiego lidera:
UL. MARII SKLODOWSKIEJ-CURIE 19/27, 90-570 ŁÓDŹ

According to European Commission, 13.1 million tons of poultry meat was produced only in the European Union (EU-28) in 2014 with an estimated generation of 3.1 million tons feather waste. At present the majority of poultry feathers are converted into low nutritional value animal food or disposed in landfills, causing environmental and health hazards. In this context, the overall objective of KaRMA2020 is the industrial exploitation of such underutilized waste to obtain added value raw materials for the chemical sector: keratin, bioplastics, flame retardant coatings, non-woven and thermoset biobased resins. This will be accomplished through either: i) innovative and sustainable approaches (already patented by some of KaRMA2020 partners), or ii) conventional and economic techniques. The obtained raw materials will be manufactured at industrial scale and further used for the production of novel bio-based products such as: slow release fertilizers, biodegradable food packaging plastics, flame retardant coated textiles and flame retardant thermoset biobased composites. The sustainability of the new raw materials and end-products will be evaluated through LCA assessment. Additionally, an integrated waste management plan will be elaborated to minimize environmental impacts generated by wastes.
Communication and knowledge transfer as well as a detailed business plan will allow maximizing overall profitability of KaRMA2020 results.
The well balanced composition of the consortium including industry, RTD performers and academia give KaRMA2020 the maximum chance of success.

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EE-METAL – Applying energy efficient measures for metal and metalworking SMEs and industry

Koordynator:
ASOCIACION DE LA INDUSTRIA NAVARRA, Spain

Jednostka realizująca z woj. łódzkiego:
AGENCJA UZYTKOWANIA I POSZANOWANIA ENERGII Sp. z o.o.

Dane łódzkiego lidera:
UL. KWIDZYŃSKA 14, 91-334 ŁÓDŹ

EE-METAL aims to provide enterprises with innovative technical, commercial and financial tools in order to overcome the existing barriers that hinder the adoption of energy saving measures. EE-METAL actions are mainly targeted to Metalworking and Metal Articles (MMA) SMEs, given that this sector is the biggest manufacturing sector in Europe and it is mostly composed by SMEs. EE-METAL actions will focus on overcoming:

Awareness, information and technical capacity barriers to identify, evaluate and implement energy efficiency actions: EE-METAL will adapt and standardize for the sector existing methods and technologies such as energy audits, the standard ISO 50.001 and the use of Energy Monitoring Systems.

Commercial and market barriers to the contracting of energy service companies (ESCos): development of a benchmarking study of energy service contracts and the role of ESCOs in the MMA and other industrial sectors; networking with ESCOs Associations for fostering ESCOs-SMEs contracts.

Financial barriers to the implementation of energy saving measures: benchmarking the different financial models being implemented in the partner countries for financing energy saving institutions for providing clear information on type and size of investments needed.

These two last actions will allow put in place mechanisms for funding the energy efficiency projects identified in the first action. In this sector, big energy savings can be obtained by the aggregation of many smaller savings.

Furthermore five out of the seven project partners are Enterprise/Trade Associations (with 7000 associated companies) that will ensure that a critical mass is achieved.

EE-METAL is in line with the following EU strategies and initiatives: first priority of the EU Energy 2020 Strategy for Achieving an energy efficient Europe; Energy efficiency plan 2011 (COM (2011) 109); A strategy for competitive, sustainable and secure energy (COM (2010) 639 final) and Directives 2012/27/EU-2.

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FIDOs – Development and market launch of novel technology for production of nutritionally complete plant proteins called FIDOs – “Functional (Protein) Isolates Derived from Oilseeds”

Koordynator:
NAPIFERYN BIOTECH SP. Z.O.O., Poland

Jednostka realizująca z woj. łódzkiego:
NAPIFERYN BIOTECH SP. Z.O.O.

Dane łódzkiego lidera:
UL. DOWBORCZYKÓW 30/34, 90-019 ŁÓDŹ

Meeting demand for sustainable plant-based protein is set to be a crucial challenge for future food security. For that reason NapiFeryn BioTech (www.napiferyn.pl) aims to develop and commercialize technologies for the isolation of nutritional components from plant sources and in particular from legumes, cereals and oilseeds. To do so, co-founders rely on their extensive international experience, gained at world-class food companies as well as actively cooperating with academics and scientists.
Our main objective today is to bring to the global market a novel, cost-efficient and eco-friendly technology that enables production of nutritionally complete plant proteins derived from rapeseed under the commercial name FIDOs “Functional (Protein) Isolates Derived from Oilseeds”. The project addresses the problem of protein deficiency in human diet, which is a consequence among others of a lack of commercially available technology for isolating proteins from rapeseed in the global food industry.
The key market application of FIDOs technology is to utilize the “side stream” from rapeseed crushing process, currently used as animal feed, and turn it into valuable food proteins of high purity and functionality, later to fully valorise the material and produce additional “streams” for the food industry: syrups, biofuel and dietary fibres and lastly to develop our own food formulas based on FIDOs.
Finally, to fully exploit and to commercialize this new and EU-based technology, a comprehensive business model was proposed. Future growth will be driven through alliances with Oil Processors and licensing of FIDOs technology. The aim is to supply the food markets with FIDOs, firstly European countries with the further aim of reaching the USA, India and China. FIDOs has great potential to attract the attention of the big players of the Novel Food Markets and Food Formulators specializing in production of food for athletes, vegetarians, vegans, senior citizens and clinical patients.

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FineSol – Assembly of miniaturized PCBs by using low cost hyper-fine solder powders

Koordynator:
ETHNIKO KENTRO EREVNAS KAI TECHNOLOGIKIS ANAPTYXIS, Greece

Jednostka realizująca z woj. łódzkiego:
POLMECANIC Sp. z o.o.

Dane łódzkiego lidera:
ul. 18 Stycznia 16, 98-300 WIELUŃ

The total EU electronics industry employs ≈20.5 million people, sales exceeding €1 trillion and includes 396,000 SMEs. It is a major contributor to EU GDP and its size continues to grow fueled by demand from consumers to many industries. Despite its many positive impacts, the industry also faces some challenges connected with the enormous quantity of raw materials that it needs for sustainability, the huge quantity of Waste Electrical, Electronics Equipment (WEEE) generated and the threat of competition from Asia. To sustain its growth, to manage the impact of WEEE and to face the competition from Asia, the industry needs innovations in key areas. One such area is the drive for ultra-miniaturisation/ultlra-functionality of equipment. The key current road block/limitation to achieving the goal of ultra-miniaturisation/functionality is how to increase the component density on the printed circuit board (PCB). This is currently limited by the availability of hyper fine pitch solder powder pastes. FineSol aims to deliver at first stage an integrated production line for solder particles with size 1-10 μm and to formulate solder pastes containing these particles. Thus, by proper printing methods (e.g. screen and jet printing) the fabrication of PCBs with more than double component density will be achieved. Consequently, this would effectively enable more than a doubling of the functions available on electronic devices such as cell phones, satellite navigation systems, health devices etc. The successful completion of the FineSol project would lift the ultra-miniaturisation/functionality road block and also enable reduction in raw material usage, reduction in WEEE, reduction in pollution and associated health costs and also a major reduction in EU energy demand with all its indirect benefits for environment and society.

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NanoFASE – Nanomaterial FAte and Speciation in the Environment

Koordynator:
NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL, United Kingdom

Jednostka realizująca z woj. łódzkiego:
PRZEDSIEBIORSTWO AMEPOX Sp. z o.o.

Dane łódzkiego lidera:
Jaracza 6, 90-268 Łódź

Concept: NanoFASE will deliver an integrated Exposure Assessment Framework, including methods, parameter values, model and guidance that will allow Industry to assess the full diversity of industrial nano-enabled products to a standard acceptable in regulatory registrations. Methods to assess how use phases, waste streams and environmental compartments (air, soil, water biota) act as “reactors” in modifying and transporting ENMs will be developed and used to derive parameter values. Our nanospecific models will be integrated with the existing multi-media fate model SimpleBox4Nano for use in EUSES and also develop into a flexible multi-media model for risk assessment at different scales and complexities. Information on release form, transformation and transport processes for product relevant ENMs will allow grouping into Functional Fate Groups according to their “most probable” fate pathways as a contribution to safe-by-design based on fate.

Methodology: Inventories of material release forms along the product value chain are established. We then study how released ENMs transform from initial reactive states to modified forms with lower energy states in which nanospecific properties may be lost. Transport studies assess material fluxes within/between compartments. The experimental work underpins models describing ENM transformation and transport. Open access is provided to the models suitable for incorporation into existing exposure assessment tools (e.g. SimpleBox4Nano) and for more detailed assessment. Framework completeness is validated by case studies.

Impact: Identified links between ENM material properties and fate outcome (e.g. safe-by-design). Improved representation of nanospecific processes in existing key fate and exposure assessment tools (e.g. SimpleBox4Nano in EUSES). Contribution to standardization. GIS framework to support predictive assessment, catchment and point source management of ENM releases.

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REPROGRAM – Targeting epigenetic REPROGRamming of innate immune cells in Atherosclerosis Management and other chronic inflammatory diseases

Koordynator:
Academisch Medisch Centrum bij de Universiteit van Amsterdam, Netherlands

Jednostka realizująca z woj. łódzkiego:
SENSILAB POLSKA Sp. z o.o.

Dane łódzkiego lidera:
UL. GEN. MARIANA LANGIEWICZA 58, 95-050 KONSTANTYNÓW ŁÓDZKI

Up to 70% of cardiovascular events are not prevented by current therapeutic regimens. In search for additional, innovative strategies, immune cells have been recognized as key players contributing to atherosclerotic plaque progression and destabilization. Particularly the role of innate immune cells is of major interest, following the recent paradigm shift that innate immunity, considered to be incapable of learning ability, does exhibit a memory feature transduced via epigenetic modulation. Compelling evidence shows that atherosclerotic factors promote immune cell migration by pre-activation of innate immune cells. In this project called REPROGRAM, we aim to prove that innate immune cell activation via epigenetic reprogramming perpetuates the upheld systemic inflammatory state in cardiovascular disease which is common in other chronic inflammatory diseases. This opens a new therapeutic area in which epigenetic modulation of innate immune cells effectively decreases systemic inflammation impacting on chronic inflammation as well as the development of co-morbidities. The integrated use of in vitro, ex vivo and in vivo studies, including cells, mice and patients, allows translation from in vitro mechanisms to diseases (molecule-to-man) and extrapolation to cohorts (man-to-mass), enabling us to demonstrate relevance and therapeutic potential of targeting trained immunity in cardiovascular and chronic inflammatory diseases. Enforced by the promising data in oncology, the future prospects for epigenetic interventions in cardiovascular and chronic inflammatory diseases are eminent, attested by the large residual cardiovascular disease burden and the huge societal impact of other chronic inflammatory diseases. The REPROGRAM consortium consisting of key opinion leaders in the field of cardiovascular (systems) biology, immunology, epigenetic therapies and rheumatoid arthritis, with a large intersectoral network, guarantees rapid translation of early mechanistic discoveries.

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GoodBerry – Improving the stability of high-quality traits of berry in different environments and cultivation systems for the benefit of European farmers and consumers

Koordynator:
UNIVERSIDAD DE MALAGA, Spain

Jednostka realizująca z woj. łódzkiego:
INSTYTUT OGRODNICTWA

Dane łódzkiego lidera:
KONSTYTUCJI 3 MAJA 1/3, 96-100 SKIERNIEWICE

The main objective of GoodBerry is to provide the necessary knowledge and procedures to facilitate the development of highly productive and top quality berry fruits, even under multiple suboptimal growth conditions, at a competitive cost. The project is based on an integrative multi-actor approach, from cultivation techniques to molecular studies, aiming the development and validation of a range of tools to improve competitiveness of European berry production, and eventually the attraction and confidence of consumers. The selection of the model species can be considered as strategic since strawberry is the most important berry crop in Europe and the production of raspberry and blackcurrant are increasing strongly in recent years. The project will apply the most recent technical advances in: a) The identification of berry germplasm exhibiting advantageous balance of production vs nutritional quality throughout the EU, b) The search of innovative production systems to maintain high yield in a range of European-wide environments, c) The development of standardized and reliable analytical tools to evaluate berry production and fruit quality. As result, it is expected: a) the implementation of modern breeding strategies to accelerate the release of new berry cultivars; b) The adoption by EU-growers of high quality production systems to improve fruit quality. The proposal establishes as obligatory to disseminate and communicate the results to the scientific community, industry, the broad public and interested stakeholders user. The final impact will be to consolidate the emerging needs of high-quality berries, and to boost consumer and market confidence supported by an improved competitiveness of producers. It is a multidisciplinary, collaborative project based on complementary expertise and skills of internationally recognized berry research institutions, and highly involved key berry SMEs that will combine their effort to secure the robustness of the results.

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FERTINNOWA – Transfer of INNOvative techniques for sustainable WAter use in FERtigated crops

Koordynator:
PROEFSTATION VOOR DE GROENTETEELT, Belgium

Jednostka realizująca z woj. łódzkiego:
INSTYTUT OGRODNICTWA

Dane łódzkiego lidera:
KONSTYTUCJI 3 MAJA 1/3, 96-100 SKIERNIEWICE

In European countries, the cultivation of fertigated crops experience scarcity of water, and the intensity of cultivation poses significant risks to water quality. The main objective of the FERTINNOWA thematic network is to create a meta-knowledge database on innovative technologies and practices for fertigation of horticultural crops. FERTINNOWA will also build a knowledge exchange platform to evaluate existing and novel technologies (innovation potential, synergies, gaps, barriers) for fertigated crops and ensure wide dissemination to all stakeholders involved of the most promising technologies and best practices.
A multi-actor integrated approach will be used through the FERTINNOWA platform which will involve various stakeholders (researchers, growers, policy-makers, industry, environmental groups etc.) at several levels including the socio-economic and regulatory level (national and European) with a special focus on the EU Water Framework Directive and Nitrate Directive. Information will be gathered at national level to feed a European benchmark study that will evaluate and compare existing technologies used at various horticulture sectors, including vegetables, fruit and ornamentals in different climate zones.
All tools, databases and other resources generated will be shared within the consortium and the stakeholders’ group and will be made available to the broader scientific community, policy-makers, the industry and the public at large. FERTINNOWA will help the growers to implement innovative technologies in order to optimize water and nutrient use efficiency thus reducing the environmental impact.

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