Waterborne TP - Reports of activities

WATERBORNE TP is an industry-oriented Technology Platform to establish a continuous dialogue between all waterborne stakeholders, such as classification societies, shipbuilders, shipowners, maritime equipment manufacturers, infrastructure and service providers, universities or research institutes, and with the EU Institutions, including Member States.  CEMT is represented on Waterborne TP by KORAB (Poland) and HIMT (Greece)

April 2021 (Report by KORAB)

  • Innovation Fund – Proposed changes to application procedure

Following the first calls for proposal for both large scale and small scale projects, a public consultation has been launched regarding proposed changes to the application procedure. The proposed changes aim to provide faster support to innovative projects, and following the very high number of responses to the first call for projects, this initiative aims to amend the rules to give the Commission the flexibility to organise the application procedure in one or two stages. The public consultation is available via the following link: https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/better-regulation/have-your-say/initiatives/12877-Funding-clean-technologies-proposed-changes-to-Innovation-Fund-application-procedure and closes on 14 April 2021

  • INEA to became CINEA

With the approval on 12 February 2021 of the package for the delegation of programmes to the six executive agencies, INEA has been officially replaced by the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA) on 1 April 2021. The new Agency will have a key role in supporting the European Green Deal, with a focus on creating synergies to support a sustainable, connected, and decarbonised Europe. CINEA will continue to manage existing projects, and start implementing new 2021-2027 programmes delivering on the necessary actions to achieve climate neutrality in Europe by 2050.  

For the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), which supports the deployment of infrastructure across Europe, CINEA will continue to manage CEF Transport and Energy.

CINEA will also continue to manage the implementation of the Innovation Fund, a key funding instrument supporting the European Commission's strategic vision of a climate neutral Europe by 2050.

Under the Horizon Europe programme, the new Agency will implement the Climate, Energy and Mobility cluster, thus adding Climate to its existing Horizon 2020 Energy and Transport portfolio. 

  • Transport Research Arena 2022 (TRA 2022)

Following the cancellation of the TRA 2020, the activities to prepare for the TRA 2022 kicked-off some time ago. TRA2022 will be a unique opportunity on its own, taking a different form and shaping a new way of organising large research and networking events after the pandemic. Planned to take place in Lisbon, Portugal from 14-17 November 2022, the conference will bring together transport professionals from all over Europe and beyond, especially linked to Portugal’s national historical legacy of overseas connections. Additional information, as well as a possibility to register to the TRA newsletter, are available via the following link: https://traconference.eu/ 

  • Horizon Europe – webinar and administrative issues

The first details of the practical aspects of Horizon Europe are becoming clear. For example, page limits have been changed compared to Horizon 2020. 

The page limits, and sections subject to limits, will be clearly shown in the application templates in the Funding & Tenders Portal electronic submission system.  Unless provided otherwise in the specific call conditions, the limit for a full application is 45 pages (except for ‘Coordination and support’ actions, where the limit is 30 pages, and for ‘Programme co-fund’ actions, where the limit is 70 pages).

The limit for a first-stage application is 10 pages.  If an application exceeds the limits, there will be an automatic warning and invitation to re-submit a version that conforms to these limits. After the call deadline, excess pages will be automatically made invisible, and will not be taken into consideration by the evaluators. 

  • Webinar: A successful proposal for Horizon Europe

Following the webinar organised on 24 March, a next webinar will be organised on 21 April on how to successfully prepare an application in the context of Horizon Europe calls for proposals. Additional information regarding this webinar is available via the following link: https://ec.europa.eu/info/funding-tenders/opportunities/docs/2021-2027/horizon/other/events/20210421/agenda_en.pdf

  • JRC Report: Waterborne transport in Europe - the role of Research and Innovation in decarbonisation

Recently, the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission published a report on the role of Research and Innovation in decarbonisation of waterborne transport in Europe. This report provides an overview of relevant European Research and Innovation (R&I) projects dealing with waterborne transport decarbonisation, based on the European Commission’s Transport Research and Innovation Monitoring and Information System (TRIMIS). The report is available via the following link: https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/en/publication/eur-scientific-and-technical-research-reports/waterborne-transport-europe-role-research-and-innovation-decarbonisation