EU-China Co-Funding Mechanisms (CFM) offer another 28 million Euros to support EU-China joint research and innovation

2nd EU-China Innovation Co-operation Dialogue

These new funding packages will pave the way for deepened cooperation between European and Chinese research and innovation stakeholders by promoting a stronger Chinese participation in Horizon 2020. They will also be open to a variety of thematic areas such as food, agriculture, biotechnology, information and communication technology, space, aviation, energy, health, transportation, water resources, energy conservation, advanced manufacturing, new materials, sustainable urbanization and young scientists exchange activities.

For details on who can apply and application deadlines click here.

The CHOICE project ends

The CHOICE project ended in December. Over the course of the past two years, the CHOICE project successfully contributed to supporting and strengthening EU-China research collaboration in the field of ICT.

The CHOICE project produced:

  •  A web platform providing the latest information on EU-China S&T and R&D cooperation in ICT;
  • A virtual community of stakeholders supporting research and dialogue on ICT on LinkedIn, Twitter and Weibo;
  • Four thematic workshops organised to accelerate EU-China cooperation in the field of IoT, industry IoT, FIWARE and immersive and interactive media;
  • Two project events organised in Chengdu and Lisbon to showcase EU-China ICT R&D cooperation success stories.
  • Two handbooks designed to guide interested parties through EU-China S&T and R&D cooperation in ICT;
  • Two webinars illustrating key features of the EC’s Digital Agenda for Europe and Horizon 2020 programme as well as the future of EU-China ICT R&D cooperation;
  • An online database providing information on relevant EU and MS/AC projects to support coordination and a mapping of Chinese and EU industrial associations to reinforce industrial cooperation;
  • An “ask an expert” online service for European and Chinese researchers in the ICT field looking for support and guidance in the development of joint research projects;
  • A FAQs section of the project website detailing the responses to frequently asked questions received during the project;
  • And more than 100 EU-China industrial collaboration opportunities resulting from CHOICE-supported matchmaking and B2B activities.

For further information click here.

UK-China Smartcities Phase 2 launched

Having successfully completed the first phase of this initiative, which was essentially to scope out how discussion and sharing knowledge could be turned to real demonstration activities, phase two- which is to “Design and Deliver” has now kicked off. The aim of the project is “to transform major urbanization initiatives in Chinese cities into a global exemplar of smart city development through the integrated design and delivery of smart city solutions utilising UK SME technologies and expertise gained through Triangulum in Manchester.” The development of smart cities is a major policy initiative of UK and Chinese governments as well as the European Commission and has been the subject of several high level Ministerial led discussions and is a topic within the current EU-China Dialogue on ICT.


UK-China Smartcities selected as best practice case in the EU-China smart city relationship


UK-China Smartcities has been selected as the best practice case in the EU-China smart city relationship.

The success of the UK-China Smartcities project and the solid collaboration between Manchester and Wuhan supported by Digital China and eForum has been recognised as best practice. This has resulted in an invitation to participate in the next phase of the EU-China SmartCities project with five other chosen EU-China city partnerships. The existing EU-China Smartcities project  partners of Manchester, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Issy-les-Moulineux and Bristol have been joined by Milton Keynes in the next phase of the initiative. The Policy Dialogue Support Fund-sponsored initiative has adopted a methodology which called for an initial scoping period in which EU’s DG CNECT and China’s MIIT met to agree progress and to establish the cities to be invited to participate in this phase of the initiative. A series of bi-lateral meetings will be timetabled culminating in a workshop event in Brussels in the early summer of 2016.

Read more about EU-China Smartcities here.

Wuhan British consulate opening spurs UK interest and activity in the city

The opening of Wuhan’s British consulate in March 2015 has been followed a significant increase in UK interest and activity in the city.

The opening of Wuhan’s British consulate builds on the Manchester-Wuhan strategic twinning – a twinning that goes back to 1986 and which has resulted in the signing of a joint MoU and Action Plan regarding future smart city collaboration which coincides with the opening of the consulate.

Read more on Wuhan’s British consulate here.



Dutch EU Presidency launches website on urban agenda

The Netherlands EU Presidency has recently launched a dedicated website on the urban agenda. The Netherlands will be holding the Presidency of the Council of the European Union for the 12th time during the first half of the 2016.

The Dutch Presidency has defined the following objectives:  to focus on the essentials, on growth and on jobs through innovation and to connect EU policy with citizens and civil society. To achieve these objectives, the Netherlands will be focusing on four priority areas:  migration & international security, Europe as an innovator and job creator, sound finances and a robust Eurozone and forward-looking climate & energy policy.

The website for the Urban Agenda of the Dutch Presidency includes an explanation on the Pact of Amsterdam which will contain the Operational Framework of the EU Urban Agenda.

The EU Urban Agenda during the Dutch Presidency will develop four partnerships in Air Quality, Housing, Urban Poverty and the Integration of Refugees and Migrants. The focus of all of them will be on better regulation, better funding and better knowledge exchange.

EIP-SCC Roadmap 2016 launched

The EIP-SCC Roadmap 2016 “Supporting smarter European cities:  better quality of life, growth, jobs and decarbonisation” was launched at ‘Transport for Smart Cities 2016:  scaling innovation in Europe’ on 28 January.

The Roadmap identifies the key targets for this year in terms of collaboration among cities, industry and other key partners. In addition, it details the roll-out actions to be undertaken to achieve its goals. The focus is the deployment of technology and service innovation in the fields of interoperable urban platforms, intelligent lampposts, positive energy blocks, smart electro-mobility solutions and smart mobility services. It also takes into account the enabling roles of collaborative actions such as new business models and financing arrangements, new strategies and tools to increase citizen focus and engagement, new strategies and tools for integrated planning and decision-making.

Further information can be found here.