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  • Funder: European Commission Project Code: 845122
    Overall Budget: 219,312 EURFunder Contribution: 219,312 EUR

    The research proposal addresses the challenges of optimum architecture, power production and operation for distributed renewable energy systems with storage. The proposal explores the efficient arrangement of decentralized power plants using photovoltaic panels and battery storage for a long-term increase of renewable generation. The critical issues such are the increased energy yield, minimization of cost of energy and availability will be addressed. A detailed techno-economic analysis will be performed to identify the cost effective superior distributed architecture suitable for integrated photovoltaic and battery systems. Multi-objective optimization study and validation will be performed that ensures actual optimization of energy production in the integrated environment. An integrated diagnostic method will be developed for real-time performance monitoring to improve the availability of the complex integrated energy system. Two secondment partners are identified to obtain necessary data and expertise in the field of research. The action will result in identifying an optimum solution in terms of control, operation and availability, especially for local renewable energy generation and storage. Novel algorithms for optimization for the operation and control of the modular energy sources with storage will be proposed. A real-time monitoring and diagnostic algorithm for performance monitoring, early failure detection and aging of integrated PV and battery solution will be developed. The research will provide newer insights on optimized power flow and control operation in complex interconnected distributed renewable energy sources considering the storage. Besides the technological significance and scientific value, the proposed research project is opportune and timely placed within the EU renewable energy directive and focuses on the core issue in line with the aims of EU energy research projects.

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  • Funder: European Commission Project Code: 848560
    Overall Budget: 1,717,880 EURFunder Contribution: 1,202,520 EUR

    Automotive/transport industry is reducing vehicles weight, thus spurring the use of lightweight materials. Each car today contains 13-18 kg of adhesives, and this amount will increase in the future. Moreover, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and Aftermarket sectors need faster and more cost-efficient production processes to remain competitive. Polyurethanes (PU) are the most widespread adhesive type in the sector. However, they present toxicity (high VOC emissions) and harmful effects to the environment as well as the need of additional steps for surface preparation and primers. Silyl-modified-polymer (SiMP) adhesives are attracting special attention in the last years due to their greener nature (low VOC emissions and isocyanate/solvent free) and easy application (no need for primer). Nowadays, none of the available SiMP solutions reach the necessary mechanical properties to fulfil the safety standards. NPT's Advanced-SiMP is an innovative solution with technical, environmental and economic benefits over current solutions. Advanced-SiMP is the first high-performance SiMP adhesive that keeps the same advantages as standard SiMP, but with improved mechanical properties in terms of tensile strength and elongation. This unique combination of properties will offer the alternative to manufacturers to minimize the use of PU and produce in a more sustainable manner, complying with the stringent Regulations while also allowing for faster application. This implies an important save of time and production costs (average annual savings of €900k in manufacturing lines). The product can be customized according to the production standards of the end-user. At NPT (New Polyurethane Technologies), founded in 1993 in Bologna, we are experts in the development and production of high performance adhesives/sealants. We design and produce our own base polymers, contributing to a differentiation over competitors which allows us to have current sales in more than 70 countries.

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  • Funder: European Commission Project Code: 838681
    Overall Budget: 212,934 EURFunder Contribution: 212,934 EUR

    Energy is crucial for the developing World and must be provided when needed to avoid serious impact on society. Among all energy forms, electricity has an increasingly central role. Electricity security is the power system's capability to withstand disturbances or contingencies with an acceptable service disruption and represents a crucial concern for policy decision making at all levels. Usually, service disruption is due to cables insulation damage, often caused by or accompanied by partial discharge (PD) event that is a localized electrical discharge that partially bridges the insulation between conductors. Since PD is one of the best early-warning indicators of insulation damage, the on-line PD location is the most suitable method to monitor network integrity and a desirable network protection method to guarantee electricity security. The project’s main objective is to develop a new method for on-line PD location based on the innovative electromagnetic time reversal (EMTR) theory. It focuses on three specific objectives:To develop a numerical test bench to study PD on networks, through a training on computational electromagnetics (CEM).To design the new method, studying EMTR theory through a secondment under the supervision of the theoretician of EMTR theory for electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) field application. To experimentally validate the method, through a secondment at the industrial partner, expert in on-line PD condition monitoring. The project, characterized by strong interdisciplinarity and mobility in a European context, will widen the fellow skills with new experience giving her the possibility to reach an independent position of research leadership. She has significant experience in the EMC field that will be enhanced studying CEM techniques and EMTR theory, both at theoretical level, working with the high-level researchers’ staff of Host Institution and Academic partner, and at experimental level through the secondment at the industrial partner

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  • Funder: European Commission Project Code: 853662
    Overall Budget: 50,000 EURFunder Contribution: 50,000 EUR

    ImpAct Agencies intends to reshape and make more efficient, through the Twinning Advanced methodology, a set of services to support BICs and incubators. Through an open social innovation model, the project will allow BICs and incubators to support social impact SMEs and entrepreneurs to achieve a better impact and play an active role within the local social innovation ecosystem. By matching and integrating social entrepreneurship support programmes, policy strategies and online tools, ImpAct Agencies aims to design a modular kit of tools and services for accompanying entrepreneurs in improving their social impact. The consortium is composed by four Innovation Agencies: ART-ER (Italy) - the project coordinator, Fundecyt-Pctex (Spain), WestBIC (Ireland) and IFKA (Hungary). All of them already work on the topic of social innovation and social entrepreneurship in different ways: shaping policy instruments, developing specific networks and projects or supporting and implementing policy strategies at local level. This twinning advanced action has a multiple goal, since it will support partners in: - carry on a peer review and assessment on their respective service through an active stakeholder engagement activity; - reshape and combine those services linked to open social innovation model; - design a new service package for BICs and incubators dealing with social innovation ecosystems; - set up permanent relations within the partnership with the aim of improving each partners’ services and - build an interregional community of social innovation agencies. The final output of the project is the drafting of a complete Design Option Paper, dedicated to analyse and describe all different scenarios in terms of background, framework conditions and organizations, process and service delivery system and stage of development. This will allow to transfer and mainstream the service delivery system to different EU contexts and agencies.

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  • Funder: European Commission Project Code: 840874
    Overall Budget: 196,591 EURFunder Contribution: 196,591 EUR

    Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common chronic condition of the joints and is predicted to become the fourth largest cause of disability in the world by 2020. Its complete mechanism is yet to be deciphered. Though it is not curable, several medications are prescribed to manage the symptomatic OA, of which the oral and topical medications have shortcomings and the better option is the intra-articular (IA) delivery of free corticosteroids and hyaluronic acid. However, IA delivery is challenging due to the rapid clearance of the free injected molecules from the joint space and outcomes are suboptimal in terms of efficacy and a need for repeated injections. Our objective therefore is to load a candidate drug in a long-acting delivery system and inject it directly into the inflamed knee of a rat model of OA, following in vitro bioassay screening in primary human synoviocytes. Thus, in this project, we propose to develop non-toxic, biocompatible and biodegradable albumin particles loaded with the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitor, celecoxib. This method is expected to reduce the side-effects associated with oral administration of celecoxib. In addition, it will also increase the drug local concentration in the joint and the controlled release of the drug will lead to reduction of inflammatory biomarkers in joints. The project is in line with the EU’s Horizon 2020 Programme focus area - Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing and UN Sustainable Development goal - Good Health and Well-Being. It will be carried out by the researcher and supervisors who are experts in DDSs development, OA therapy and translational pharmaceutics. Both the researcher and the host are expected to benefit in this collaboration and the researcher will gain experience that will increase her future employability. The project will have great societal impact and commercial potential and will also help increase Europe’s position as the leading source of cutting-edge research.

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  • Funder: European Commission Project Code: 822585
    Overall Budget: 1,574,220 EURFunder Contribution: 1,499,610 EUR

    The last decades have witnessed a variety of initiatives promoted by a diverse set of actors engaged in the protection of endangered cultural heritage and in stopping illicit trade, initiatives that have tried to bring solutions, remediation, methods and approaches to tackle looting and trafficking. NETCHER seeks to address the complex challenge of harmonising and bringing together these worthy, but often disconnected initiatives by using a participative approach that will result in the establishment of a structured network (defined as a Social Platform) drawing together a broad range of players such as international bodies, umbrella organizations, national governments, researchers, public policy makers, NGOs, as well as public and private foundations. In light of the significance of these uncoordinated efforts, the Platform will take charge of the systematizing and framing of all the emerging best practices in order to enhance and capitalize on the experiences of the partnership members at an international level for building a joint action plan with shared toolkits and a research and innovation roadmap.

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  • Funder: European Commission Project Code: 795641
    Overall Budget: 180,277 EURFunder Contribution: 180,277 EUR

    Alpine Community Economies Lab (ACElab) uses participatory design methods to support alpine communities in addressing cross-cutting concerns of sustainable socio-economic development outlined in the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region and the Alpine Convention. Via a gender-sensitive community-based research space, I will engage a diversity of civic actors and policy makers in the collaborative investigation of (trans)local economies (e.g. forestry, tourism, crafts) sustaining their valley district. Together we will envision developments that have both people and the environment at their core. To do so, I mobilise my expertise in design-led civic participation and feminist economic geography and my Host and Secondment institutions’ expertise in regional development and participatory governance. Together we will prototype, test and refine a multifaceted community economies toolkit to be released via open-access. ACElab will enhance my expertise in leading participatory research projects with a gender-sensitive approach that work across the public and private sector. Through collaborations with the Host, the Secondment institution and the partnering policy makers (from local to European level), I will gain significant skills in research governance, public engagement and impact creation. I will gain expertise on alpine regional development and build research networks for follow-on grants. Thus, the fellowship will support my intended career of leading a participatory research lab in the alpine region. Beyond myself, ACElab offers significant value in the context of Horizon 2020 by addressing areas of special focus (e.g. economic growth & innovation, inclusive & reflective societies) and key objectives (e.g. build an effective research and innovation system, increase the economic potential of strategic areas) in collaboration with policy makers. Its value is significant for the Host as it premiers a community-based research lab and working with design-led methods.

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  • Funder: European Commission Project Code: 870597
    Overall Budget: 50,000 EURFunder Contribution: 50,000 EUR

    An eco- industrial park is an area where businesses work together to optimize the use of resources. Waste from one company provides the raw material or energy for another. This synergy between industries fosters economic benefits while contributing to sustainable development. The main purpose of the project Recycling Business Models – RBM is indeed to investigate and analyse the possibility to transform traditional science and technology parks in more sustainable areas, to establish the basis of models of Eco science and technology parks. The principal objective of the project is indeed to create a methodology and a specific strategy to impulse especially the creation of new business opportunities for SMEs and the creation of new companies, based on the revalorisation of the wastes, equipment and its reincorporation in the life cycle of the companies located in science and technology parks. More than 80% of the companies located within technology park in Europe are SMEs, which create the majority of new jobs in the economy of these countries. The development and improvement of ecosystem of innovation support to SMEs is indeed crucial for the scale up of the companies and the creation of new jobs, including the recruiting of talent. RBM is based specifically on the opportunities for SMEs and companies the Circular Economy (CE) perspective can bring. New business models within this concept are beginning to deliver success and impact in terms of driving competitive benefits. Creating enterprises around sustainable models can improve both their environmental impact and competitiveness. Great opportunities are arising due to new consumer demands, environmental regulatory pressures and innovation challenges, and early SMEs adopters are likely to enter the market and attract investment so the project will investigate on the establishment of new strategies for the design and delivery of more adequate innovation support programmes for SMEs within the field of CE.

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  • Funder: European Commission Project Code: 871234
    Overall Budget: 1,412,500 EURFunder Contribution: 988,750 EUR

    Bees are essential for human life, environment health and food production, with more than 80% of the world's food supply depending on pollination activity. Honeybees’ population is threatened by extensive use of pesticides, pathogens/parasites, trauma related to poor beehive management and climate changes. The yearly mortality rates of bees are in the range of 26% in Europe, reaching 40-50% in some countries and seasons. To reduce the incidence of bees’ mortality and improve profitability of the operators, it is essential to have tools to support efficient management of treatments and of beekeeping practices. HIVE-TECH is an IoT data-driven Decision Support System based on Artificial Intelligence algorithms for optimized beekeeping management. HIVE-TECH allows reducing the use of medical treatments and optimizing the beekeeping practices by analyzing the main life parameters of a colony: production of honey, amount of feed stock during winter, temperature and air quality in the hive, buzzing sound spectrum, integration with images from satellite and weather data. Thanks to proprietary predictive algorithms, HIVE-TECH can identify anomalous conditions (swarming, brood-less colony, queen stopping egg-laying, reduction in production, lack of feed stock, etc) and provide proactive suggestions for efficient management, acting as a Decision Support System. The use of HIVE-TECH was proven to reduce the mortality of bees of 20%, reduce operation costs of 20% and increase the yield of production of honey of 30%. Thanks to Data Analytics algorithms on Big Data collected, HIVE-TECH will also provide services to chemical and pharma companies, research institutes and authorities, assessing health status of bees connected to the use of new treatments, nourishments and pesticides. This represents a breakthrough solution with high potential business and huge environmental and social impact, allowing the creation a new paradigm that we name the “Internet of Bees”.

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  • Funder: European Commission Project Code: 844837
    Overall Budget: 171,473 EURFunder Contribution: 171,473 EUR

    When transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) are thinned down to monolayer thickness, they exhibit a direct bang gap at the K and K’ points of the Brillouin zone, which represents a binary quantum degree of freedom, referred to as valley pseudospin. The fabrication of high quality samples is currently based on the mechanical exfoliation of monolayer flakes from bulk crystal. While this approach gives excellent results at the laboratory scale, it lacks potential for upscaling, in particular if one wants to achieve a systematic coupling with surrounding photonic structures. This drawback can be overcome by controllably creating single-layer thick domes by performing hydrogen irradiation of a multilayer TMD sample. SELENe aims at exploiting this fabrication approach to perform a paradigm-shifting experimental activity, which merges the investigation of so far unexplored fundamental electronic properties of TMDs, and the first implementation of a practical interface between TMD-based emitters and basic photonic structures. We will perform a systematic investigation of the optical properties of monolayer-thick domes formed after H irradiation and extend this by controllably applying strain via piezoelectric actuators to H-inflated domes. We will investigate the influence of the strain also on interlayer excitons formed across van der Waals heterostructures. We will achieve control of the emission intensity of the interlayer exciton in domes formed in heterobilayers, because the interlayer distance can be varied acting on the temperature, due to the condensation of H2 trapped into the dome. Finally, it is possible to selectively expose prescribed regions of a sample to H irradiation by defining openings in H-opaque masks. We will take advantage of this approach by making use of electron-beam lithography to fabricate nanometer-sized domes, which we will then exploit as site-controlled emitters and for coupling into waveguides and photonic crystal cavities.

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  • Funder: European Commission Project Code: 845122
    Overall Budget: 219,312 EURFunder Contribution: 219,312 EUR

    The research proposal addresses the challenges of optimum architecture, power production and operation for distributed renewable energy systems with storage. The proposal explores the efficient arrangement of decentralized power plants using photovoltaic panels and battery storage for a long-term increase of renewable generation. The critical issues such are the increased energy yield, minimization of cost of energy and availability will be addressed. A detailed techno-economic analysis will be performed to identify the cost effective superior distributed architecture suitable for integrated photovoltaic and battery systems. Multi-objective optimization study and validation will be performed that ensures actual optimization of energy production in the integrated environment. An integrated diagnostic method will be developed for real-time performance monitoring to improve the availability of the complex integrated energy system. Two secondment partners are identified to obtain necessary data and expertise in the field of research. The action will result in identifying an optimum solution in terms of control, operation and availability, especially for local renewable energy generation and storage. Novel algorithms for optimization for the operation and control of the modular energy sources with storage will be proposed. A real-time monitoring and diagnostic algorithm for performance monitoring, early failure detection and aging of integrated PV and battery solution will be developed. The research will provide newer insights on optimized power flow and control operation in complex interconnected distributed renewable energy sources considering the storage. Besides the technological significance and scientific value, the proposed research project is opportune and timely placed within the EU renewable energy directive and focuses on the core issue in line with the aims of EU energy research projects.

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  • Funder: European Commission Project Code: 848560
    Overall Budget: 1,717,880 EURFunder Contribution: 1,202,520 EUR

    Automotive/transport industry is reducing vehicles weight, thus spurring the use of lightweight materials. Each car today contains 13-18 kg of adhesives, and this amount will increase in the future. Moreover, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and Aftermarket sectors need faster and more cost-efficient production processes to remain competitive. Polyurethanes (PU) are the most widespread adhesive type in the sector. However, they present toxicity (high VOC emissions) and harmful effects to the environment as well as the need of additional steps for surface preparation and primers. Silyl-modified-polymer (SiMP) adhesives are attracting special attention in the last years due to their greener nature (low VOC emissions and isocyanate/solvent free) and easy application (no need for primer). Nowadays, none of the available SiMP solutions reach the necessary mechanical properties to fulfil the safety standards. NPT's Advanced-SiMP is an innovative solution with technical, environmental and economic benefits over current solutions. Advanced-SiMP is the first high-performance SiMP adhesive that keeps the same advantages as standard SiMP, but with improved mechanical properties in terms of tensile strength and elongation. This unique combination of properties will offer the alternative to manufacturers to minimize the use of PU and produce in a more sustainable manner, complying with the stringent Regulations while also allowing for faster application. This implies an important save of time and production costs (average annual savings of €900k in manufacturing lines). The product can be customized according to the production standards of the end-user. At NPT (New Polyurethane Technologies), founded in 1993 in Bologna, we are experts in the development and production of high performance adhesives/sealants. We design and produce our own base polymers, contributing to a differentiation over competitors which allows us to have current sales in more than 70 countries.

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  • Funder: European Commission Project Code: 838681
    Overall Budget: 212,934 EURFunder Contribution: 212,934 EUR

    Energy is crucial for the developing World and must be provided when needed to avoid serious impact on society. Among all energy forms, electricity has an increasingly central role. Electricity security is the power system's capability to withstand disturbances or contingencies with an acceptable service disruption and represents a crucial concern for policy decision making at all levels. Usually, service disruption is due to cables insulation damage, often caused by or accompanied by partial discharge (PD) event that is a localized electrical discharge that partially bridges the insulation between conductors. Since PD is one of the best early-warning indicators of insulation damage, the on-line PD location is the most suitable method to monitor network integrity and a desirable network protection method to guarantee electricity security. The project’s main objective is to develop a new method for on-line PD location based on the innovative electromagnetic time reversal (EMTR) theory. It focuses on three specific objectives:To develop a numerical test bench to study PD on networks, through a training on computational electromagnetics (CEM).To design the new method, studying EMTR theory through a secondment under the supervision of the theoretician of EMTR theory for electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) field application. To experimentally validate the method, through a secondment at the industrial partner, expert in on-line PD condition monitoring. The project, characterized by strong interdisciplinarity and mobility in a European context, will widen the fellow skills with new experience giving her the possibility to reach an independent position of research leadership. She has significant experience in the EMC field that will be enhanced studying CEM techniques and EMTR theory, both at theoretical level, working with the high-level researchers’ staff of Host Institution and Academic partner, and at experimental level through the secondment at the industrial partner

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  • Funder: European Commission Project Code: 853662
    Overall Budget: 50,000 EURFunder Contribution: 50,000 EUR

    ImpAct Agencies intends to reshape and make more efficient, through the Twinning Advanced methodology, a set of services to support BICs and incubators. Through an open social innovation model, the project will allow BICs and incubators to support social impact SMEs and entrepreneurs to achieve a better impact and play an active role within the local social innovation ecosystem. By matching and integrating social entrepreneurship support programmes, policy strategies and online tools, ImpAct Agencies aims to design a modular kit of tools and services for accompanying entrepreneurs in improving their social impact. The consortium is composed by four Innovation Agencies: ART-ER (Italy) - the project coordinator, Fundecyt-Pctex (Spain), WestBIC (Ireland) and IFKA (Hungary). All of them already work on the topic of social innovation and social entrepreneurship in different ways: shaping policy instruments, developing specific networks and projects or supporting and implementing policy strategies at local level. This twinning advanced action has a multiple goal, since it will support partners in: - carry on a peer review and assessment on their respective service through an active stakeholder engagement activity; - reshape and combine those services linked to open social innovation model; - design a new service package for BICs and incubators dealing with social innovation ecosystems; - set up permanent relations within the partnership with the aim of improving each partners’ services and - build an interregional community of social innovation agencies. The final output of the project is the drafting of a complete Design Option Paper, dedicated to analyse and describe all different scenarios in terms of background, framework conditions and organizations, process and service delivery system and stage of development. This will allow to transfer and mainstream the service delivery system to different EU contexts and agencies.

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  • Funder: European Commission Project Code: 840874
    Overall Budget: 196,591 EURFunder Contribution: 196,591 EUR

    Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common chronic condition of the joints and is predicted to become the fourth largest cause of disability in the world by 2020. Its complete mechanism is yet to be deciphered. Though it is not curable, several medications are prescribed to manage the symptomatic OA, of which the oral and topical medications have shortcomings and the better option is the intra-articular (IA) delivery of free corticosteroids and hyaluronic acid. However, IA delivery is challenging due to the rapid clearance of the free injected molecules from the joint space and outcomes are suboptimal in terms of efficacy and a need for repeated injections. Our objective therefore is to load a candidate drug in a long-acting delivery system and inject it directly into the inflamed knee of a rat model of OA, following in vitro bioassay screening in primary human synoviocytes. Thus, in this project, we propose to develop non-toxic, biocompatible and biodegradable albumin particles loaded with the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitor, celecoxib. This method is expected to reduce the side-effects associated with oral administration of celecoxib. In addition, it will also increase the drug local concentration in the joint and the controlled release of the drug will lead to reduction of inflammatory biomarkers in joints. The project is in line with the EU’s Horizon 2020 Programme focus area - Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing and UN Sustainable Development goal - Good Health and Well-Being. It will be carried out by the researcher and supervisors who are experts in DDSs development, OA therapy and translational pharmaceutics. Both the researcher and the host are expected to benefit in this collaboration and the researcher will gain experience that will increase her future employability. The project will have great societal impact and commercial potential and will also help increase Europe’s position as the leading source of cutting-edge research.

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  • Funder: European Commission Project Code: 822585
    Overall Budget: 1,574,220 EURFunder Contribution: 1,499,610 EUR

    The last decades have witnessed a variety of initiatives promoted by a diverse set of actors engaged in the protection of endangered cultural heritage and in stopping illicit trade, initiatives that have tried to bring solutions, remediation, methods and approaches to tackle looting and trafficking. NETCHER seeks to address the complex challenge of harmonising and bringing together these worthy, but often disconnected initiatives by using a participative approach that will result in the establishment of a structured network (defined as a Social Platform) drawing together a broad range of players such as international bodies, umbrella organizations, national governments, researchers, public policy makers, NGOs, as well as public and private foundations. In light of the significance of these uncoordinated efforts, the Platform will take charge of the systematizing and framing of all the emerging best practices in order to enhance and capitalize on the experiences of the partnership members at an international level for building a joint action plan with shared toolkits and a research and innovation roadmap.

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  • Funder: European Commission Project Code: 795641
    Overall Budget: 180,277 EURFunder Contribution: 180,277 EUR

    Alpine Community Economies Lab (ACElab) uses participatory design methods to support alpine communities in addressing cross-cutting concerns of sustainable socio-economic development outlined in the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region and the Alpine Convention. Via a gender-sensitive community-based research space, I will engage a diversity of civic actors and policy makers in the collaborative investigation of (trans)local economies (e.g. forestry, tourism, crafts) sustaining their valley district. Together we will envision developments that have both people and the environment at their core. To do so, I mobilise my expertise in design-led civic participation and feminist economic geography and my Host and Secondment institutions’ expertise in regional development and participatory governance. Together we will prototype, test and refine a multifaceted community economies toolkit to be released via open-access. ACElab will enhance my expertise in leading participatory research projects with a gender-sensitive approach that work across the public and private sector. Through collaborations with the Host, the Secondment institution and the partnering policy makers (from local to European level), I will gain significant skills in research governance, public engagement and impact creation. I will gain expertise on alpine regional development and build research networks for follow-on grants. Thus, the fellowship will support my intended career of leading a participatory research lab in the alpine region. Beyond myself, ACElab offers significant value in the context of Horizon 2020 by addressing areas of special focus (e.g. economic growth & innovation, inclusive & reflective societies) and key objectives (e.g. build an effective research and innovation system, increase the economic potential of strategic areas) in collaboration with policy makers. Its value is significant for the Host as it premiers a community-based research lab and working with design-led methods.

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  • Funder: European Commission Project Code: 870597
    Overall Budget: 50,000 EURFunder Contribution: 50,000 EUR

    An eco- industrial park is an area where businesses work together to optimize the use of resources. Waste from one company provides the raw material or energy for another. This synergy between industries fosters economic benefits while contributing to sustainable development. The main purpose of the project Recycling Business Models – RBM is indeed to investigate and analyse the possibility to transform traditional science and technology parks in more sustainable areas, to establish the basis of models of Eco science and technology parks. The principal objective of the project is indeed to create a methodology and a specific strategy to impulse especially the creation of new business opportunities for SMEs and the creation of new companies, based on the revalorisation of the wastes, equipment and its reincorporation in the life cycle of the companies located in science and technology parks. More than 80% of the companies located within technology park in Europe are SMEs, which create the majority of new jobs in the economy of these countries. The development and improvement of ecosystem of innovation support to SMEs is indeed crucial for the scale up of the companies and the creation of new jobs, including the recruiting of talent. RBM is based specifically on the opportunities for SMEs and companies the Circular Economy (CE) perspective can bring. New business models within this concept are beginning to deliver success and impact in terms of driving competitive benefits. Creating enterprises around sustainable models can improve both their environmental impact and competitiveness. Great opportunities are arising due to new consumer demands, environmental regulatory pressures and innovation challenges, and early SMEs adopters are likely to enter the market and attract investment so the project will investigate on the establishment of new strategies for the design and delivery of more adequate innovation support programmes for SMEs within the field of CE.

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  • Funder: European Commission Project Code: 871234
    Overall Budget: 1,412,500 EURFunder Contribution: 988,750 EUR

    Bees are essential for human life, environment health and food production, with more than 80% of the world's food supply depending on pollination activity. Honeybees’ population is threatened by extensive use of pesticides, pathogens/parasites, trauma related to poor beehive management and climate changes. The yearly mortality rates of bees are in the range of 26% in Europe, reaching 40-50% in some countries and seasons. To reduce the incidence of bees’ mortality and improve profitability of the operators, it is essential to have tools to support efficient management of treatments and of beekeeping practices. HIVE-TECH is an IoT data-driven Decision Support System based on Artificial Intelligence algorithms for optimized beekeeping management. HIVE-TECH allows reducing the use of medical treatments and optimizing the beekeeping practices by analyzing the main life parameters of a colony: production of honey, amount of feed stock during winter, temperature and air quality in the hive, buzzing sound spectrum, integration with images from satellite and weather data. Thanks to proprietary predictive algorithms, HIVE-TECH can identify anomalous conditions (swarming, brood-less colony, queen stopping egg-laying, reduction in production, lack of feed stock, etc) and provide proactive suggestions for efficient management, acting as a Decision Support System. The use of HIVE-TECH was proven to reduce the mortality of bees of 20%, reduce operation costs of 20% and increase the yield of production of honey of 30%. Thanks to Data Analytics algorithms on Big Data collected, HIVE-TECH will also provide services to chemical and pharma companies, research institutes and authorities, assessing health status of bees connected to the use of new treatments, nourishments and pesticides. This represents a breakthrough solution with high potential business and huge environmental and social impact, allowing the creation a new paradigm that we name the “Internet of Bees”.

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  • Funder: European Commission Project Code: 844837
    Overall Budget: 171,473 EURFunder Contribution: 171,473 EUR

    When transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) are thinned down to monolayer thickness, they exhibit a direct bang gap at the K and K’ points of the Brillouin zone, which represents a binary quantum degree of freedom, referred to as valley pseudospin. The fabrication of high quality samples is currently based on the mechanical exfoliation of monolayer flakes from bulk crystal. While this approach gives excellent results at the laboratory scale, it lacks potential for upscaling, in particular if one wants to achieve a systematic coupling with surrounding photonic structures. This drawback can be overcome by controllably creating single-layer thick domes by performing hydrogen irradiation of a multilayer TMD sample. SELENe aims at exploiting this fabrication approach to perform a paradigm-shifting experimental activity, which merges the investigation of so far unexplored fundamental electronic properties of TMDs, and the first implementation of a practical interface between TMD-based emitters and basic photonic structures. We will perform a systematic investigation of the optical properties of monolayer-thick domes formed after H irradiation and extend this by controllably applying strain via piezoelectric actuators to H-inflated domes. We will investigate the influence of the strain also on interlayer excitons formed across van der Waals heterostructures. We will achieve control of the emission intensity of the interlayer exciton in domes formed in heterobilayers, because the interlayer distance can be varied acting on the temperature, due to the condensation of H2 trapped into the dome. Finally, it is possible to selectively expose prescribed regions of a sample to H irradiation by defining openings in H-opaque masks. We will take advantage of this approach by making use of electron-beam lithography to fabricate nanometer-sized domes, which we will then exploit as site-controlled emitters and for coupling into waveguides and photonic crystal cavities.

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