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Eco-Innovation- CIP-EIP Call for 2013
Pályáztató:  Európai Bizottság
Határidő:  2013. szeptember 5.
Feltöltve:  2013. május 23., 14:42:05
Szakmai terület:  Környezetvédelem (8); Gazdaság, üzleti szféra (70)
Ország:  Magyarország; Románia
Forrás:  [ec.europa.eu]

The EIP is part of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP), which aims at encouraging the competitiveness of European enterprises. With SMEs as its main target, CIP also comprises actions encouraging a better take-up and use of information and communications technologies (ICT) and promotes the increased use of renewable energies and energy efficiency.

CIP Eco-innovation supports the Europe 2020 strategy that aims at transforming the EU to a smarter, greener, more inclusive economy. Greater innovation and more efficient management of resources will result in an EU economy that is more competitive in a world of increasing energy prices, and significantly greater resource constraints and competition.The support for eco-innovation through the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme also contributes to the implementation of the Eco-innovation Action Plan (EcoAP). One of the main objectives of this Action Plan is to tap the full potential of environmental solutions for protecting the environment while contributing to competitiveness and economic growth as laid down in the EU 2020 strategy. 

The three main aspects of CIP Eco-innovation are:

  1. Environmental benefits
  2. Economic benefits (including wide replication)
  3. Contribution of projects to innovation

Scope and objectives of the call for proporsals 2013

CIP Eco-innovation will support projects:

  • Concerned with the first application or market replication of eco-innovative techniques, products, processes or practices, which
  • have already been technically demonstrated, but
  • due to remaining risks need incentives to penetrate significantly the market.‹

CIP Eco-innovation will also support market oriented activities related to the uptake of environmental technologies and eco-innovative activities by enterprises and the implementation of new or integrated approches to eco-innovation.‹

Objectives

  • Promote the adoption of new and integrated approaches to eco-innovation in fields such as more environmentally friendly products, processes and services.
  • Encourage the uptake of environmental solutions by increasing the market and by removing the barriers to market penetration. Solutions are understood to include high added value products, processes, technologies or services.
  • Increase innovation capacities of SMEs.

In general, this Call supports projects which address the objectives mentioned above with a clear priority to SMEs. However, some areas are considered a priority for this call, because of their importance for environmental protection and eco-innovation markets and because of the expected added-value of projects in these areas. These areas are described below.

Main priority areas of the call for proporsals 2013

Materials recycling

Efforts to reduce and avoid the negative impacts of waste on the environment and human health have long been central to EU environment policy. Despite all the progress achieved, the challenges for waste policy are still mounting and much still needs to be done.

Sustainable building products

This Call for Proposals covers innovative products and processes or integrated approaches for the residential and non-residential sectors, offering significant business opportunities and significant environmental benefits in all phases (construction, maintenance, repair, retrofitting or demolition of buildings).‹

Food and drink sector

Priority will be given to those food and drink sectors with high environmental impacts, such as meat and meat products, followed by dairy products and other industries such as olive production. Meat and meat products (including poultry, sausages or similar) have the greatest environmental impact amongst those caused by private consumption. The estimated contribution of this product group to global warming is in the range of 4 to 12% of all products. The second product group with an important contribution to global warming is dairy products‹‹.

Water 

Opportunities for innovation embrace many aspects of the treatment and use of water, many areas in which innovation can be economically viable and bring substantial benefits to businesses while contributing to environmental protection.‹

Greening businesses

The aim of this priority area is to grant support primarily to small and medium sized enterprises and organisations in greening their businesses, products and services and in implementing green production processes improving their environmental performance, and in adapting to the impacts of climate change on their activities‹.

€‹Eligibility criteria

Applications can be submitted by one or several entities38. All applicants must be legal persons, whether private or public. “Legal person” means any entity created under the national law of its place of establishment, EU law or international law, which has legal personality and which, acting under its own name, may exercise rights and be subject to obligations. Entities which do not have legal personality under the national law may also propose action within the CIP Eco-innovation initiative, provided their representatives have the capacity to take on legal obligations on their behalf and assume financial liability.

Applicants must be established in the territory of the European Member States. Likewise, the programme is also open to legal persons established in:

  • European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries which are members of the European Economic Area (EEA), in accordance with the conditions laid down in the EEA Agreement.
  • Accession countries and candidate countries benefiting from a pre-accession strategy, in accordance with the general principles and general terms and conditions for the participation of those countries in EU programmes established in the respective Framework agreements and Association Council Decisions.
  • Countries of the Western Balkans, in accordance with the provisions to be determined with those countries following the establishment of Framework Agreements concerning their participation in EU programmes.
  • Other third countries, when Agreements and procedures so allow.

Exclusion criteria

Applications will not be considered for a grant if the applications are in any of the following situations:

  • They are bankrupt or being wound up, are having their affairs administered by the courts, have entered into an arrangement with creditors, have suspended business activities, are the subject of proceedings concerning those matters, or are in any analogous situation arising from a similar procedure provided for in national legislation or regulations.
  • They or persons having powers of representation, decision making or control over them have been convicted of an offence concerning their professional conduct by a judgment of a competent authority of a Member State which has the force of res judicata.
  • They have been guilty of grave professional misconduct proven by any means which the contracting authority can justify including by decisions of the EIB and international organisations.
  • They are not in compliance with their obligations relating to the payment of social security contributions or the payment of taxes in accordance with the legal provisions of the country in which they are established or with those of the country of the contracting authority or those of the country where the contract is to be performed.
  • They or persons having powers of representation, decision making or control over them have been the subject of a judgment which has the force of res judicata for fraud, corruption, involvement in a criminal organisation, money laundering or any other illegal activity, where such illegal activity is detrimental to the Union's financial interests.
  • They are subject to an administrative penalty referred to in Article 109(1) of the Financial Regulation applicable to the general budget of the Union.
  • They are subject to a conflict of interests.
  • They are guilty of misrepresenting the information required by the contracting authority as a condition of participation in the procurement procedure or fail to supply that information.‹‹

Applicants shall supply evidence that they are not in one of the above-listed situations. For that purpose, applicants shall submit a declaration on their honour as part of the application forms.

Selection criteria

The applicant must have stable and sufficient sources of funding to maintain his activity throughout the period during which the action is being carried out and to participate in its funding. The applicant must have the professional skills and qualifications (technical and managerial) required for completing the proposed action and the capacity to manage an activity of the scale and size of the action.

  • Financial capacity of applicants

Applicants must show that they have the financial capacity and operational capability to complete the action to be supported. Unless they are a public body or an international organisation, they must complete the ‘Simplified Financial Statement’ Form and provide their profit and loss account and the balance sheet for the last financial year for which the accounts have been closed.

  • Professional skills and qualifications

Applicants must have the professional and technical capacity as well as the operational and managerial capability to complete the action proposed and should provide supporting documents (e.g. description of the expertise among those responsible for carrying out the action with a clear reference to their responsibilities in the project, description of projects and activities related to the action undertaken in the last three years, etc.).
Failure to comply with these criteria will result in the proposal not being evaluated further by the evaluation committee. Applicants may be asked to provide additional proof or to clarify the supporting documents related to the selection criteria. ‹

Duration

The maximum duration of an action is 36 months.

Percentage of community co-financing 

The financial contribution under CIP Eco-Innovation takes the form of a grant to off-set part of the total eligible costs of the project, under a maximum rate of 50% per projectOnly the costs directly linked with the innovative action, including materials, processes, techniques or methods proposed, are considered eligible. This applies also to costs for equipment and infrastructure.

Estimated total amount of aviable budget for this call 

The indicative total amount available for this Call is EUR 31,585,000.

Forms for submission of applications for a grant

Applications must be submitted using the on-line submission system and application forms (parts A, B and C of the proposal plus Annexes). The instructions on how to complete the application forms and the link to the on-line submission system with the application forms are available on the website of the CIP Eco-innovation initiative (see chapter 15 “Additional information”).

Draft versions of proposals can already be submitted at an early stage of preparation –coordinators can replace them as often as needed by submitting updated versions until the closing date, replacing earlier drafts. Being registered in the system and having uploaded documents into the system without having completed the several required steps of active submission is not sufficient for a submission.‹

Deadline

The closing date for submission is 5 September 2013 before 17h 00:00 (Brussels local time).

Applications submitted after the closing date will not be taken into consideration. Applicants are highly advised not to wait to the last hours when submitting their proposals in order to avoid the risk of a failed submission due to unforeseen problems (e.g. low speed of the internet). Any technical problem invoked by the applicants not directly attributable to EPSS/the Agency will not be taken into consideration.

Indicative timetable

Closing date for submission of applications: 05 September 2013 (before 17h00:00, Brussels local time)
Estimated date by which applicants will be informed of the outcome of the evaluation of their application Beginning of March 2014
Estimated date for the signature of grant agreements Beginning of May 2014

Applicants should consult the call of the programme at:

‹http://ec.europa.eu/environment/eco-innovation/files/docs/getting-funds/2013/call-for-proposals-2013.pdf

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