January 24, 2023

Largest public consultation on the European Research & Innovation programmes 2014-2027

The European Commission launched the largest public consultation ever held on the past, present and future of the EU’s Horizon research and innovation programmes 2014-2027. In line with the Commission’s effort towards Better Regulation, stakeholders will be able to share their views on the performance of Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe, as well as shaping the strategic orientations […]

October 11, 2022

EU projects engaged in fighting forest fires

Summer 2022 has been devastating in terms of forest fires in Europe. According to the European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS)[1], 770 750 ha have burnt in the EU since the beginning of the year, which represents more than the forested area in Belgium[2]. To mitigate such disasters, European countries will have to strengthen their […]

September 22, 2020

EU Green Deal Call is open – €1 billion investment to boost the green and digital transition

The European Commission has launched a €1 billion call for research and innovation projects that respond to the climate crisis and help protect Europe’s unique ecosystems and biodiversity. The deadline for submissions is 26 January 2021, with selected projects expected to start in autumn 2021. The projects funded under this call are expected to deliver […]

March 31, 2020

European Commission adopted an update of the 2020 Work Programme of Horizon 2020

The Commission has adopted an update of the 2020 Work Programme of Horizon 2020, the EU’s research and innovation programme to allocate increased funding to its priorities, including urgently needed research and innovation projects into the coronavirus. This decision is part of regular adjustment of the budget and actions of Horizon 2020. The update includes […]

Innovative services and products for the circular economy – insights from Horizon 2020 projects

Taking the momentum of the European Commission launching the new EU growth strategy, the European Green Deal, over 120 project representatives and policymakers gathered at the Workshop “Innovative services and products for the circular economy” organised by EASME in Brussels. This workshop gathered important insights to feed the current policymaking, days before the publication of […]

August 17, 2018

New record for EU funding in 2017 – € 180 million

2017 was a record year for EU research and innovation in the European forest-based sector; 61 projects funded by the European Commission under Horizon 2020 were launched. The projects are progressive and extremely diverse, with 18 projects related to the forestry sector, 22 related to the woodworking sector and 21 related to the pulp and […]

July 6, 2018

FTP joins new EU project

The European wood processing industries and the waste management sector have joined forces to increase expertise of wood waste collection and recycling in the construction sector.  WoodCircus is a joint project initiative of FTP and 17 European research organizations and companies. Led by VTT (Finland), the project will evaluate the sector’s efficiency and recycling performance, […]

June 1, 2018

European Parliament favours increased budget for research and innovation

On Wednesday 30 May, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution for the next multi-annual financial framework (MFF) as issued by the European Commission on 2 May. The resolution repeats the EP’s ambition to increase the financial means for research and innovation in Framework Programme 9, by at least 50%. Members of the European Parliament […]

May 2, 2018

European Commission proposes an increase in funding for research and innovation

The European Commission has now tabled its proposal for the next EU seven-year budget, the EU Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF). It includes a €97.9 billion budget for the next research and innovation funding programme, branded Horizon Europe. The increase compared to Horizon 2020 is 30 percent, even in the context of Brexit, which is the […]

February 13, 2018

Upcoming submission deadlines for Horizon 2020 Calls for 2018-2020

Following the launch of the 2018-2020 Work Programmes of Horizon 2020 last October, the first deadlines to submit project proposals for calls relevant for the forest-based sector under different parts of the Work Programmes are swiftly approaching. Among the Call topics appearing over the next three years, some 15 relevant Calls are due in February […]