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18 March 2016

€130 million in funding available for innovation procurement

The European Commission's Horizon 2020 programme is making €130 million in funding available for pre-commercial procurement (PCP) and public procurement of innovation (PPI) projects. The funding will be available in the areas of research infrastructures, ICT, health, security, energy, transport, space, and climate change and environment. The deadline for submitting a proposal to the open call is 12 April 2016.

90 percent of the coordination and procurements costs for PCP activities in any domain of public interest that requires ICT based solutions will be financed. The call is targeted at procurers from different countries that are facing similar challenges and wish to undertake a PCP together. A list of potential partners in the form of key ICT procurers within EU Member States is available on the eafip website.

The funding rate for PPI activities is at 35 percent. PPI works to make public services more dynamic through employing innovative solutions, while PCP focuses on the development and testing of innovative solutions from the ground up. Further details of how to access EU funding for innovative procurement are available on the Europa website.

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11 March 2016

Cologne to host the 9th International Conference on Bio-based Materials

The ninth edition of the International Conference on Bio-based Materials will take place in Cologne from 5th to 6th of April. The event wants to provide an opportunity to international major players of the bio-based field to present and discuss their latest developments. Around 250 participants and 30 exhibitors are expected to be part of this Conference.

The sessions will focus on policy and market, new bio-based building blocks, polymers, and the use of lignin, among others. The Innovation Award “Bio-based Material of the Year” will be awarded to the young, innovative bio-based material industry, finding suitable applications and markets for bio-based products. Out of more than 20 submitted goods, a total of six bio-based materials and products have been nominated for the Award.

On the 7th, eleven innovative start-ups will introduce themselves within the “Bio-based Start-up Day”. The objective is to promote effective networking between start-ups and industry and finance experts.

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4 March 2016

Market dialogue for bio-based disposable care items and catering

PIANOo is organising a market dialogue for bio-based disposable care items and catering, that will take place on April 19 at the Erasmus MC in Rotterdam (The Netherlands). The meeting is open to all interested parties, such as producers of bio-based materials and products, potential suppliers, waste processors, buyers and researchers.

The purpose of the market dialogue is to exchange knowledge between the different stakeholders involved in the procurement of these items in order to increase the market knowledge of the procurement practitioners and to improve suppliers’ understanding of procurers’ needs and constraints. Market dialogue helps to prepare a successful tender that includes functional requirements.

Bio-based products can have unique added value in comparison to traditional products, for instance, improved material properties and biodegradability. Bio-based products and services can contribute positively to green growth and sustainability, innovation, and employment. They have the potential to reduce dependency on fossil fuels.

Registration to this market dialogue event is free and will be available through PIANOo website.