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The Department of Chemistry at the University of Eastern Finland (UEF) in Joensuu has secured research funding for the development of high-resolution FT-ICR mass spectrometry. The European Network of Fourier Transform Ion Cyclotron Resonance (FT-ICR) mass spectrometry centres involves ten different universities and research institutes and three industrial partners. The overall budget of the project amounts to around €5m. The project received funding under the Horizon 2020 programme. Principal investigator Professor Janne Jänis said: “The project significantly strengthens our position as one of the high-resolution mass spectrometry laboratories in Europe and enables long-term development of our activities.” The project develops methodological expertise relating to the FT-ICR technology and offers related services in Europe. The Department of Chemistry has previously secured significant funding relating to mass spectrometry infrastructures. In 2015, the Regional Council of North Karelia awarded the department more than €400,000 of European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) support for the acquisition of new FT-ICR equipment. The post UEF secures funding to develop mass spectrometry appeared first on Horizon 2020 Projects.
A proposal by member states to reduce next year’s research budget by almost half a billion euros will have “detrimental effects”, according to Romanian MEP and budget rapporteur Siegfried Mureşan. In May the European Commission proposed a budget of €160.6bn for 2018. The council responded in July, asking for a €1.7bn reduction. Under the council’s budget proposal, research would suffer the biggest losses. Mureşan said: “Despite being a widely shared priority programme and a highly successful one, Horizon 2020 is the [worst] hit.” Other cuts proposed by the council include €46m from the Galileo and Egnos satellite navigation programmes, €33m from the ITER nuclear fusion project and €20m from the Copernicus Earth observation programme. Mureşan warned the cuts would put a number of ongoing research projects at risk, including the creation of new knowledge and innovation communities by the European Institute of Technology. Companies could withhold investment “if the EU budget fails to match it,” he added. Cuts to nuclear research “would [also] prevent the Joint Research Centre (JRC) from paying the salaries of its staff,” Mureşan said. The parliament must now conclude its review in time for all three institutions to reach a final agreement by 20 November. The post MEP criticises proposed H2020 budget cut appeared first on Horizon 2020 Projects.
ProQR Therapeutics has announced that dosing of cystic fibrosis (CF) patients in its Phase 1b clinical trial of QR-010 has been completed. The PQ-010-001 study is a Phase 1b, 28-day, randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled safety and tolerability trial, conducted in patients that have CF. A total of four dose levels were studied: 6.25, 12.5, 25 and 50mg of QR-010 in solution per dose administered via inhalation. The study design consisted of eight cohorts of eight patients for a total of 64 patients. In each cohort, six patients received QR-010 and two patients received placebo. In cohorts one to four, a single dose of QR-010 was administered, and in cohorts five to eight 12 doses of QR-010 were administered over a four-week period. The Phase 1b study is a first-in-human trial designed to primarily assess safety, tolerability and pharmacokinetics of QR-010. A number of exploratory efficacy endpoints are also being assessed including sweat chloride, weight gain, change in CFQ-R Respiratory Symptom Score and FEV1. Noreen Henig, chief medical officer at ProQR, said: “QR-010 has the potential to be an innovative RNA [ribonucleic acid] therapy for patients with CF due to the F508del mutation. Completion of the Phase 1b study is an important step in development, and builds upon the preclinical data and positive PQ-010-002 study where QR-010 demonstrated a direct effect on restoring CFTR function. “We are grateful to the patients and the medical community who participated in this early trial. ProQR is committed to creating meaningful RNA therapies for patients with CF.” The post Project completes cystic fibrosis treatment trial appeared first on Horizon 2020 Projects.
The ITERAMS project is to reinvent water and waste in mining by developing new methods to allow the EU to be at the forefront of minimal waste, minimal energy and minimal water consumption in the mining sector. The ITERAMS (Integrated Mineral Technologies for More Sustainable Raw Material Supply) project aims to significantly reduce water consumption by circulating process waters and reducing the amount of tailings waste through valorisation of the mineral matrix. The project focuses on the complete isolation of process waters from the adjacent water systems. This will require the development of new methods for optimising and controlling water qualities at each process step. The project develops new holistic water and waste concepts and systems, which will result in higher technical, economic and environmental performance in raw materials production. The developed ITERAMS water and waste efficient concepts are jointly validated by industrial and research partners at their mine sites. Three sites at Boliden (Finland), Somincor (Portugal) and Anglo American (Chile or South Africa) were selected to validate the results in various conditions, for example in a number of mineralogical and geographical areas. Information from laboratory tests, process assessment and technology validation was used for the development of the water recycling testing protocol. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is acting as the co-ordinator of the EU-funded three-year ITERAMS project. The project will end on 31 May 2020 and has a total budget of €7.9m. The consortium is multidisciplinary, covering the disciplines of geology, mining, minerals processing, microbiology, thermodynamics, chemistry, water and environmental sciences, sustainability, process modelling and simulation in close co-operation between academia and industry. The post Project to reinvent water and waste in mining appeared first on Horizon 2020 Projects.
Switzerland has regained full participation in two EU-funded innovation programmes which had been postponed following negotiations over a 2014 vote on immigration from the EU. The Swiss government approved the country’s participation in the Eurostars-2 and Active and Assisted Living (AAL) programmes, both co-funded under the Horizon 2020 research initiative. Eurostars-2 and AAL are designed for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that invest more than 10% of their revenues into research and development and are looking to gain access to new European or global markets. AAL makes up part of the Swiss government’s skilled workers initiative that seeks to develop the country’s workforce. The agreement approved is retroactive to the beginning of 2017 and will allow Switzerland to once again play an active role in determining how Eurostars-2 and AAL funds are spent. It also releases funds from Horizon 2020 for additional projects with Swiss partners. The country has been one of the most active participants in the two programmes with 231 Swiss projects having received funding through Eurostars-2 and 82 through AAL between 2008 and 2016. Switzerland regained partial access to Horizon 2020 at the beginning of this year after ratifying the free movement of people accord with Croatia. The ratification was a condition from the EU for Switzerland’s renewed access to the research funds. The post Swiss regain access to two H2020 programmes appeared first on Horizon 2020 Projects.
Aurelius Environmental and Dr Vasant Kumar from the University of Cambridge’s Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy (DMSM) have won a grant worth over €1.3m to develop a novel hydrometallurgical process. With the University of Cambridge as a partner and sub-contractor, Aurelius has been awarded the grant money under the Horizon 2020 programme. Aurelius has received licensing support from Cambridge Enterprise, the university’s commercial arm. Dr Athan Fox, technology director, said: “We believe in a fully sustainable business, where waste streams enter our processes and nothing but products leave; where multiple recycling infrastructures complement each other – one stream’s waste being another stream’s in-feed. Our journey towards this vision begins here, with a technology poised to revolutionise the recycling of lead-acid batteries.” CEO Miles Freeman says that the recycling of used lead-acid batteries is turning the corner to a “greener, cleaner and more sustainable process”. “With the advent of new electrolysis-based processes coming from the US and still under development within the EU, a new recycling era dawns. There is indeed the need for improvements in quality of secondary lead and for continued advancement in lead-acid battery technology to meet the ever-increasing demand for advanced electrochemical storage capacity,” said Freeman. Industrialisation and commercialisation of the process is currently nine months into its development and a full-scale production capacity plant is expected to be operating by early 2018. Fox added: “The key advantages of our hydrometallurgical process include a reduction in the carbon footprint – compared to smelting – by over 80%; virtually zero emissions of noxious gases like SO2 and NO2; and lead oxide produced directly from waste batteries. “By producing lead oxide directly from spent batteries, we are effectively eliminating the need to oxidise lead ingot or to source lead metal from the open market.” The post Project to revolutionise lead-acid battery recycling appeared first on Horizon 2020 Projects.
Nokia has launched the 5G Mobile Network Architecture (MoNArch) research project funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme. 13 partners participating in the project will be led by Nokia and aim to implement the fifth generation of mobile networks, as well as to establish a number of real-world testing scenarios, furthering the advancement of emerging technology. The project will place a focus upon network slicing and its application in industries, including healthcare and entertainment, the Finnish technology company said. The approach to network management is thought to be an efficient use of Nokia’s software knowledge, favouring logical sectorisation over physical solutions, and subsequently creating numerous logical networks within a single physical entity. It is anticipated that network slicing will be a popular technique utilised by mobile service providers, meaning that telecommunications equipment provided by manufacturers also needs to advance. Nokia’s partners involved in 5G MoNArch come from six European countries with varying backgrounds. The consortium is supported by continental divisions of Samsung and Huawei, as well as Deutsche Telekom, Atos and Mobics. The initiative hopes to evolve current architectural design. There would be a consequent facilitation for the advancement of network technologies, including pursuing functional solutions which would improve the security, flexibility and resilience of 5G technologies. MoNArch will experiment with real-world 5G implementations over the duration of two years, operating with a budget of €7.7m. The post Nokia launches ‘5G MoNArch’ project appeared first on Horizon 2020 Projects.
The Swiss government on Wednesday (23 June) approved accords enabling Swiss researchers to participate in two projects co-funded by H2020, representing the country’s resumption of participation. Eurostars-2 provides small and medium-sized technology and digital businesses with the opportunity to collaborate with European researchers, the government said in a statement. A secondary project – Active and Assistive Living (AAL) – aims to develop solutions to enable elderly people to maintain an active and independent life. Switzerland’s participation in the project forms part of an initiative which aims to combat the shortage of qualified workers. Wednesday’s accords allowed Switzerland to regain full membership to the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme, a seven-year €80bn research and innovation programme. Their participation has been limited since 2014, when the country voted in favour of anti-immigration measures which would have contravened a free movement agreement with the EU. In a counteractive effort, Brussels froze funds for Swiss scientists, and despite substitutions from Swiss government, the country’s participation in Horizon 2020 was reduced significantly. In December 2016, the government decided against full implementation of the anti-immigration initiative and, as a result, enabled it to retain free movement. Subsequently, Switzerland has met the conditions for re-acceptance into Horizon 2020. The post Switzerland re-joins Horizon 2020 appeared first on Horizon 2020 Projects.