| Projects of the Month – December 2016

These EU-Eastern Partnership cooperation projects have made a difference – learn why!

The IncoNet EaP project partners have prepared a review of selected outcomes of international STI cooperation projects the EU is involved in. Their focus was on Energy, Environment and Health related projects.The result is a list of noteworthy deliverables from EU-Eastern Partnership cooperation projects, which are available to the public. In this special issue of our 'Featured Projects' we present some of these deliverables.
The EU-Eastern Partnership project outputs include:
  • Energy: the development of  efficient energy solutions; the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions; and support and promotion for the substitution of fossil fuels used for heating;
  • Environment: the restoration of degraded arable soils; management of integrated water resources and coastal zone; monitoring oxygen depletion and associated processes in aquatic systems; the use of earth observation data for predicting the impact of crop production on ecosystems and natural resources;
  • Health: the promotion of healthy lifestyles; an investigation into the possible impacts of global climate change on reproductive health; the generation of knowledge about mental retardation (MR) and the structure and dynamics of the brain; an inventory on living donation practices as well as developing tools that improve the quality and safety of living organ donations in Europe; and the improvement of diagnostic capabilities for cardiovascular diseases in the elderly.

The examined projects also reinforced the RTD and cooperation capacities of EaP institutes; supported the policy dialogue and the creation of networks; provided analyses and support to research and innovation activities; fostered the development of innovative and export oriented SMEs in the Danube and Black Sea regions; and analysed the potential impact of trade agreements between the EU, Russia, Eastern Partnership and Central Asian countries.

List of promoted EU-EaP project deliverables:

Project

Description

Featured Deliverables

H2ESOT

Source of funding:
FP7-ENERGY

Project title:
Waste Heat to Electrical Energy via Sustainable Organic Thermoelectric Devices. 2013 – 2015

EaP countries involved:
Moldova

The overall goal of the H2ESOT project is to develop materials and technologies for thermal-to-electric energy conversion aimed at a wide temperature range. The development of efficient, thermoelectric modules using only low-cost, readily available, renewable and sustainable organic materials would address a range of major transnational FET challenges impacting energy efficiency, climate change, resources depletion and ‘personalised electricity generation/use’ that will arise within the next decade.
  • One-Pot Cannizzaro Cascade Synthesis of ortho-Fused Cycloocta-2,5-dien-1-ones from 2-Bromo(hetero)aryl Aldehydes.
    Burroughs, Laurence; Eccleshare, Lee; Ritchie, John; Kulkarni, Omkar; Lygo, Barry; Woodward, Simon; Lewis, William. WILEY-VCH Verlag Angewandte Chemie (International Ed. in English) 2015
  • A.I. Casian, I.I. Sanduleac, Organic thermoelectric materials: new opportunities, J. of Thermoelectricity, No. 3, 11- 20, 2013.
  • A.I. Casian, I.I. Sanduleac, Thermoelectric properties of tetrathiotetracene iodide crystals: modeling and experiment, J. of Electronic Materials, 43, 3740, 2014. (IF 1.635).

DANUBE-INCO.NET

Source of funding:
FP7, Coordination and support action

Project title:
Danube Region INCO-NET

EaP countries involved:
Ukraine, Moldova

DANUBE-INCO.NET is a coordination and support action funded under the 7th Framework Programme and addresses the official EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) in the field of research and innovation (R&I). Whereas the EUSDR concerns a wide variety of priority areas, the project focuses mainly on two of them: PA 7 „Knowledge Society“ and PA 8 „Competitiveness“ while also supporting the policy dialogue, the creation of networks, and providing analyses and support to R&I activities.
  • Database of stakeholders tackling societal challenges: energy efficiency, renewable energy and bio-economy (D3.7)
  • Policy recommendations: Performance-based research funding – Towards more effective national research and innovation systems in the Danube region.

BS-ERA.NET

Source of funding:
FP7

Project title:
Networking on science and technology in the Black Sea Region

EaP countries involved:
Azerbaijan, Armenia, Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia

BS-ERA.NET is a networking project aimed at integrating the participating countries from the Black Sea extended region in the European Research Area by linking research activities within existing national, bilateral and regional RTD programmes.

Healthy Lifestyle

Source of funding:
ENPI Cross Border Cooperation Programme

Project title:
Healthy Lifestyle Promotion in Educational Institutions in Lithuania and Belarus Cross-border

EaP countries involved: Belarus

The overall goal of “Healthy lifestyle“ project is to propagate pupils' healthy lifestyle through sports aiming at reducing health problems and to strengthen the experience share and cooperation of Lithuanian and Belarusian schools.
  • Lithuanian and Belarusian educational institutions have made sport a popular everyday activity of the schoolchildren. Joint tournaments, competitions and seminars were organised in Alytus and Grodno.
  • A new complex of sports fields was built in the Lithuanian Gymnasium and a new stadium was opened in the Belarusian Gymnasium.

BY-NanoERA

Source of funding:
FP7-INCO

Project title:
Institutional Development of Applied Nanoelectromagnetics: Belarus in ERA Widening

EaP countries involved:
Belarus

The project aims at reinforcing RTD and cooperation capacities of the Institute for Nuclear Problems of Belarusian State University in the area of applied nanoelectromagnetics. This new research discipline comprising the classical electrodynamics of microwaves and present-day concepts of condensed matter physics is covered by the FP7 Theme 4 'Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials and new Production Technologies – NMP'.


ACL

Source of funding:
co-financed by the EU European Regional Development Fund and European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI)

Project title:
Amber Coast Logistics

EaP countries involved:
Belarus

The overall goal of Amber Coast Logistics project is to support the development of multimodal logistics centres in the southern and eastern Baltic Sea region and thereby improve the accessibility of remote areas.

IBI Net

Source of funding:
co-financed by the EU European Regional Development Fund and European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI)

Project title:
Intercountry Business Incubator Network (IBI Net)

EaP countries involved:
Belarus

 

The project aims at establishment and strengthening a transnational business incubator network – the platform for continuous exchange of information, know-how and technologies among its members in order to foster development of innovative and export oriented SMEs in the Baltic Sea Region.
  • Business Incubators in the Baltic Sea Region – ways to increase quality and effectiveness” – the analyses about business incubators in BSR;
  • IBI NET Association – a network for establishing and strengthening the transnational business incubator network and for technology and knowledge transfer within Europe;
  • IBI Net Portal –information about partner business incubators, incumbent companies – their products, services, cooperation offers, business proposals and contact information;
  • ICT Tool –monitoring development of BI companies.

EcoArm2ERA

Source of funding:
FP7-INCO

Project title:
EU Cooperation Capacity Building of Center for Ecological-Noosphere Studies of National Academy of Sciences of Armenia: Towards Armenia’s integration into the ERA

EaP countries involved:
Armenia

 

The central goal of EcoArm2ERA is to reinforce the international research cooperation between Armenian leading institute in environmental and ecological studies CENS and ERA in the critically important areas, specifically FP7 Themes as Environment, KBBE and Space (e.g. GIS technologies for environment)).

RECOVER

Source of funding:
AŞM (Academy of Science of Moldova) and BMBF (Federal Ministry for Education and Research of Germany)

Project title:
Restoration of soil structure, physical properties and soil carbon conservation in arable soils by use of green manure in crop rotation

EaP countries involved:
Moldova

 

The aim of this study was to remediate degraded arable soils and promote carbon sequestration by implementation of cover cropping and green manuring in Moldova.

LAGOONS

Source of funding:
FP7-ENVIRONMENT

Project title:
Integrated water resources and coastal zone management in European lagoons in the context of climate change

EaP countries involved: Ukraine

 

The main objective of the LAGOONS project is to contribute to a science-based seamless strategy - in an integrated and coordinated fashion - of the management of lagoons seen under the land-sea and science-policy-stakeholder interface; i.e., the project seek to underpin the integration of the EU Water Framework Directive, Habitat Directive, the EU’s ICZM Recommendation, and the EU Marine Strategy Directive.

CoMeth

Source of funding:
FP7-ENERGY

Project title:
Coal mine methane new solutions for use of CMM- reduction of GHG emissions

EaP countries involved:
Ukraine

The project aims at reducing green house gas (GHG) emissions caused by the uncontrolled exhausting of coal mine methane (CMM) to atmosphere and to explore suitable economically interesting schemes for its energetic use by the development of an universal decision guidance for optimal use of CMM under varying conditions, an analysis and comparison of the current legal and administrative situation in countries with big coal deposits.

HYPOX

Source of funding:
FP7-ENVIRONMENT

Project title:
In situ monitoring of oxygen depletion in hypoxic ecosystems of coastal and open seas, and land-locked water bodies

EaP countries involved:
Ukraine

 

The overall goal of HYPOX project is to monitor oxygen depletion and associated processes in aquatic systems that differ in oxygen status or sensitivity towards change: open ocean, oxic with high sensitivity to global warming (Arctic), semi-enclosed with permanent anoxia (Black Sea, Baltic Sea) and seasonally or locally anoxic land-locked systems (fjords, lagoons, lakes) subject to eutrophication.

CLEAR

Source of funding:
FP7-ENVIRONMENT

Project title:
Climate change, Environmental contaminants and Reproductive health

EaP countries involved:
Ukraine

 

The overall goal of the CLEAR project is to investigate the possible impact of global climate change on reproductive health in one Arctic and two European populations.
  • Motor development following in utero exposure to organochlorines: A follow-up study of children aged 5-9 years in Greenland, Ukraine and Poland. Høyer, Birgit Bjerre; Ramlau-Hansen, Cecilia Høst; Pedersen, Henning Sloth; Góralczyk, Katarzyna; Chumak, Lyubov; Jönsson, Bo A; Bonde, Jens Peter; Toft, Gunnar. BioMed Central BMC Public Health 2015

SIGMA

Source of funding:
FP7-ENVIRONMENT

Project title:
Stimulating Innovation for Global Monitoring of Agriculture and its Impact on the Environment in support of GEOGLAM (SIGMA)

EaP countries involved:
Ukraine

 

SIGMA presents a global partnership of expert institutes in agricultural monitoring, with a strong involvement in GEO and the Global Agricultural Geo-Monitoring (GEO-GLAM) initiative. SIGMA aims to develop innovative methods, based upon the integration of in-situ and earth observation data, to enable the prediction of the impact of crop production on ecosystems and natural resources.

EFENIS

Source of funding:
FP7-ENERGY

Project title:
Efficient Energy Integrated Solutions for Manufacturing Industries

EaP countries involved:
Ukraine

 

The overall objective of EFENIS is to facilitate and accelerate a move to low carbon manufacturing processes and site management by deployment and demonstration of innovative energy management systems and enabling efficiency technologies, which extend the scope of energy management outside the boundaries of a single plant to total site and then beyond the total site to district heating/cooling systems.

CHERISH

Source of funding:
FP7-HEALTH

Project title:
Improving Diagnoses of Mental Retardation in Children in Central Eastern Europe and Central Asia through Genetic Characterisation and Bioinformatics/-Statistics

EaP countries involved: Armenia, Ukraine

The overall goal of the CHERISH project was to establish an interdisciplinary Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) consortium of experts with a joint programme of activities to generate knowledge about mental retardation (MR) and the structure and dynamics of the brain as such, as well as to study in depth the prevalence and incidence of MR in EECA .
  • CHERISH Final Report on Improving diagnoses of mental retardation in children in Central Eastern Europe and Central Asia through genetic characterisation and bioinformatics
  • Severe manifestation of Leber's hereditary optic neuropathy due to 11778G > A mtDNA mutation in a female with hypoestrogenism due to Perrault syndrome. Badura-Stronka, Magdalena; Wawrocka, Anna; Zawieja, Krzysztof; Silska, Sylwia; Krawczyński, Maciej Robert. ELSEVIER SCI LTD Mitochondrion; Vol 13 2013

Living Donation

Source of funding:
FP7-HEALTH

Project title:
Living Organ Donation in Europe

EaP countries involved:
Moldova

The project on living organ donation in Europe is a coordination action that aims to 1) establish an inventory of living donation practices in Europe, 2) explore and promote living donation as a way to increase organ availability and 3) develop tools that improve the quality and safety of living organ donations in Europe.
  • Living organ donation practices in Europe – results from an online survey. Lennerling, Annette; Lovén, Charlotte; Dor, Frank JMF; Ambagtsheer, Frederike; Duerinckx, Nathalie; Frunza, Mihaela; Pascalev, Assya; Zuidema, Willij; Weimar, Willem; Dobbels, Fabienne. WILEY-BLACKWELL Transplant International; Vol 26 2013
  • Cross-Border Quest: The Reality and Legality of Transplant Tourism. Frederike Ambagtsheer; Damián Zaitch; René van Swaaningen; Wilma Duijst; Willij Zuidema; Willem Weimar. Hindawi Publishing Corporation. Journal of Transplantation 2012

BESTAGEING

Source of funding:
FP7-HEALTH

Project title:
Biomarker Research Alliance for Diagnosing Heart Disease in the Ageing European Population

EaP countries involved:
Ukraine

The BestAgeing consortium aims to improve the lack of diagnostic capabilities for both acute and chronic cardiovascular diseases in the elderly by developing and validating innovative omics-based biomarkers particularly for elderly patients – supporting healthy ageing in Europe.

AGRICISTRADE

Source of funding:
FP7-KBBE

Project title:
Exploring the potential for agricultural and biomass trade in the Commonwealth of Independent States

EaP countries involved: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine

The aim of AGRICISTRADE project is to accompany new trade agreements between EU, Russia, EaP and CA countries by analysing the potential impact of these trade agreements and by delivering insights on the potential developments of the food, feed and biomass sectors in those countries.

EnPC-INTRANS

Source of funding:
H2020

Project title:
Capacity Building on Energy Performance Contracting in European Markets in Transition

EaP countries involved:
Ukraine

 

The objective of EnPC-INTRANS project is to increase the market uptake of technologies for the improvement of energy efficiency (EE) in public buildings and services by means of fostering private sector participation in innovative financing schemes for EE investments.

Bioenergy4Business

Source of funding:
H2020

Project title:
Uptake of Solid Bioenergy in European Commercial Sectors (Industry, Trade, Agricultural and Service Sectors) – Bioenergy for Business

EaP countries involved:
Ukraine

The goal of the Bioenergy4Business project is to support and promote the (partial) substitution of fossil fuels (coal, oil, gas) used for heating, by available bioenergy sources (industrial wastes, forest biomass, straw and other agricultural biomass) in the partner countries and beyond.

FREEWAT

Source of funding:
H2020

Project title:
FREE and open source software tools for WATer resource management

EaP countries involved:
Ukraine

The FREEWAT aims at promoting water management and planning by simplifying the application of the Water Framework Directive and other EU water related Directives.

Source & contact: Olga Zyrina | National Contact Point for Research Programmes of the EU, Poland