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H2020:

The race for finding project partners for new circular economy projects has begun

“Unlimited opportunities in the circular economy” was the title of a matchmaking event recently hosted by the Research Council of Norway, Innovation Norway and the EEA and Norway Grants.

The event was aimed at companies and researchers developing new business models and value chains within the area of circular economy in Horizon 2020. The circular economy will be an important area when EUs H2020 work programmes for 2018-2020 are launched in October. 

Overwhelming interest

Companies and researchers are competing fiercely to find the best partners for their projects. At the event, 125 companies and researchers from all over Europe discussed projects and possibilities with potential partners.

Inger Solberg and Fridtjof Fossum Unander during the event. (Photo: Innovation Norway)

– We are extremely pleased about the overwhelming interest in this event and were fully booked many weeks ago, says Project Manager Tone Varslot Stave in Innovation Norway’s Horizon 2020 team.

New perceptions of the circular economy

– People’s perception of the circular economy as merely something related to waste has changed, says Inger Solberg, Head of Sustainability in Innovation Norway. – The business models of today cannot persist with a growing population and scarce resources. We need to reduce, reuse and recycle if we are to succeed in meeting our climate goals.

Circular Economy is a hot topic in the EU and one of the cross-cutting areas in the coming work programmes of Horizon 2020. A lot of funding will go to innovative projects in this area.

– We know that Norway has a lot to contribute in the field of circular economy, and we encourage Norwegian companies and researchers to take advantage of the possibilities in Horizon 2020, says Fridtjof Fossum Unander, Executive Director of the Research Council of Norway's Division for Energy, Resources and the Environment.

The event was aimed at companies and researchers developing new business models and value chains within the area of circular economy in Horizon 2020. (Photo: Innovation Norway)

Graduating from Norway Grants projects to Horizon 2020

- Having previously completed a Norway Grants project can be a good basis to go one step further and aim for the Champions League of project financing – Horizon 2020, says Eli Bleie Munkelien, Director of Business Partnerships in Innovation Norway.

For more information, please contact:

The Research Council of Norway
Janicke Anne Giæver, National contact point EU Horizon 2020 (jag@forskningsradet.no)

Innovation Norway
Tone Varslot Stave, , Senior advisor EU Horizon 2020 (Tone.Varslot.Stave@innovasjonnorge.no)
Frauke Muth, Senior advisor, EEA and Norway grants, Business partnerships (Frauke.Muth@innovasjonnorge.no)
 

Written by:
Hilde Totland Harket
Published:
21.09.2017
Last updated:
21.09.2017