Supporting Initiatives in the Field of Drugs Policy

Nikola Benin

Topic identifier: JUST-2016-AG-DRUG
Publication date: 28 June 2016

Types of action: JUST-AG Justice Action Grant
Opening date:
28 June 2016
Deadline: 18 October 2016 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
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Topic Description

Scope:The objective of the topic to support initiatives in the field of drugs policy as regards judicial cooperation and crime prevention aspects closely linked to the general objective of the Programme, in so far as they are not covered by the Instrument for financial support for police cooperation, preventing and combating crime, and crisis management, as part of the Internal Security Fund, or by the third Programme for the Union’s action in the field of health (2014-2020).

The topic contributes to the effective and coherent application of EU law and aims at the support of development of new approaches in the area of drugs policies.

The priorities are:

• To promote practical application of drug-related research, and, in particular, addiction research with a view of addressing current challenges and new threats;

• To support civil society organisations by reinforcing their: (i) advocacy function, (ii) capacity to make a difference at the local level and (iii) best practice sharing methods;

• To further expand the knowledge base and develop innovative methods of addressing the phenomenon of new psychoactive substances

This call will fund activities on:

• data collection, surveys and research activities;

• training activities;

• mutual learning, network development, identification and exchange of good practices, cooperation;

• events, conferences, expert meetings;

• dissemination and awareness-raising activities.

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Topic conditions and documents

Please read carefully all provisions below before the preparation of your application.

  1. List of eligible countries
  2. Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in sections 5 and 6 of the Call document
  3. Indicative timetable for evaluation and contract signature: described in section 3 of the Call document
  4. Provisions, proposal templates and evaluation forms for the type(s) of action(s) under this topic:

    Guide for applicants
    Standard proposal template
    Model grant agreement for multi-beneficiary grants

  5. Additional documents:

    Justice Programme – Annual work plan 2016

    Justice Programme legal basis
    EU Financial regulation


IDEA CAMP 2017: Moving Communities


You can now apply for ECF’s third Idea Camp that will take place in March 2017. Deadline to apply is 20 September 2016.


We are living and working in an increasingly complex

environment. Across Europe and its neighbouring

countries, more and more people are confronted

with discrimination and exclusion on a daily basis –

whether economically, politically or culturally. As a

result, societies are becoming increasingly fragmented,

extremism is on the rise, and the divisions between

people – and between individuals and institutions – are

growing ever wider.

Focus of the Idea Camp 2017

Moving Communities

Through this Call for Ideas, ECF acknowledges the urgency to support

creative and critical ideas that draw on cultural practices to help create

a society with greater solidarity and equality – and a stronger sense of

social justice. We believe that empowering people is the best route to

counterbalancing narratives of fear, cynicism and disaster. An idea is of

course ‘just’ an idea – the very first spark of imagination, the very first

step towards future action. Taking diverse and sometimes unexpected

paths, the ideas, however, incorporate genuine and realistic visions.

We invite you to apply for Idea Camp 2017 with an idea that:

• brings forward voices that are excluded from public debate and


• has an open approach to the way people can learn, share and live


• applies a critical perspective to what could be a more accessible and

inclusive society

• strengthens the vision and practice of shared communities and


• builds bridges across differing perspectives to help counter harmful

public discourse

• contributes to discussions about genuine integration opportunities

and people’s rights and accountability.

• fosters political imagination and promotes social justice, solidarity

and equity among various social groups.

Your idea might reflect one or several of the issues aforementioned.

Opportunities and application


Following the Call for Ideas, 50 participants will be selected according

to the guidelines outlined below. ECF will cover travel costs and all

expenses related to the stay in Spain during the Idea Camp for a

maximum of one representative for each idea.

After the Idea Camp, participants will be invited to submit a concrete

plan for further research or investigation of their ideas. A total of 25

proposals will be selected and consequently awarded an R&D Grant,

up to a maximum of €10,000 each.

The R&D Grant will enable the research and development of, for

example, business plans, concrete project proposals, prototypes,

research papers, media reports etc.

To get an idea of the R&D grantees from last year, visit:

If you want to connect online with other change makers and talk about

what is going on in Europe, join ECF Labs ( Each

Lab is an open space where people meet around a specific topic. Don’t

miss to check these Labs: B/ORDERS (about migration), Hacking the

Veil (about how migrants are represented in mainstream media) and

Occupolitics (about new democratic movements).

About ECF’s Idea Camp

ECF believes in bold alternatives provided by citizens through their

local cultural initiatives. At this time of transition, ECF invests in these

local initiatives to help them to become enduring solutions to the

challenges facing our continent. Europe as a shifting ‘home’ of changing

communities – where people can live together in solidarity, accepting

their differences – is an urgent priority in ECF’s focus over the coming


Entitled Moving Communities, Idea Camp 2017 will focus on the current

positive, radical resistance movements that are daring to counteract

political and public extremist and anti-democratic practices.

Based on the values of sharing, inclusion and openness, ECF’s Idea Camp

brings together 50 participants whose emerging, groundbreaking ideas

– working through culture – demonstrate a firm desire to contribute

to building a society characterised by greater solidarity, equality and

sustainability. It offers participants a unique opportunity to meet peers

from diverse backgrounds and with different visions from across Europe

and its neighbouring countries.

During a three-day programme of talks, workshops, collective

discussions and one-to-one working sessions, the Idea Camp provides

an inspirational environment for refining ideas and catalysing

collaborations and partnerships that transcend borders and combine

expertise. The Idea Camp also brings together a wider audience

including local citizens and organisations, policy-makers, journalists,

foundation representatives, striving to involve them in a genuine debate

on change and democratic renewal.


The call is open to individuals and representatives of collectives/

organisations who are:

• from the private, public or civil sector and bring a fresh, cultural

and critical perspective to their practice

• based or active in EU/EFTA member states and in the wider

European neighbourhood (Please take a look at the full list of

eligible countries in the text box)

Applicants (whether individuals or representatives) can submit only

ONE idea and therefore only one representative from each collective/

organisation can attend the Idea Camp.

Ideas must be submitted in English and attendees must have a

comfortable proficiency in English in order to participate in the Idea


Selection criteria


Your idea relates to the overall focus Moving Communities. Involving

culture and the commons, it contributes to a more inclusive society

where people with various backgrounds and origins can live together

and learn from each other.

Clear vision

Your idea is creative and daring. It takes a fresh approach to

counterbalancing divided societies and helps to build bridges. Your idea

should be expressed in a clear and energetic manner.

Cross-sectoral outreach and collaboration

Your idea involves different sectors of society using innovative and open

cultural methods and/or partnerships.

Local urgency and European relevance

Your idea actively addresses an urgent issue in relation to Moving

Communities, engaging people on a offline and/or online level. It is

important that the theme of your proposal is relevant to wider European


Significant and sustainable impact

Through collaborations with the people involved, your idea has the

potential to make a sustainable and significant impact.

Implementation potential

Your idea has the potential to be implemented, and you and your

proposed partners (if any) should be able to clearly demonstrate that

you have the capacity to implement it.


TOPIC : Open-innovation Platform strengthening cooperation and joint development of bio-based industries and downstream sectors

Nikola Benin


Topic identifier: BBI-2016-S03
Publication date: 19 April 2016

Types of action: BBI-CSA Bio-based Industries Coordination and Support action
Opening date:
19 April 2016
Deadline: 08 September 2016 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
Topic Description

Specific Challenge:As bio-based intermediates are becoming more mature, and entering new markets, one of the major hurdles to develop new bio-based solutions is the lack of adequate knowledge of the bio-based industries of the applications; and vice-versa the unawareness of down-stream industries of those new materials. Cross-sectorial exchanges and joint development are therefore essential to imagine tomorrow’s products and solutions.

Scope:Structure the exchange of bio-based industries and downstream sectors in an open-innovation process. The proposal should focus on the establishment and facilitation of the operations of an open-innovation platform looking at:

  • Build prospective on the development of bio-based products markets in collaboration with downstream sectors and brand owners (for sectors like packaging, automotive, construction, textile, personal care and cosmetics, etc.).
  • Assemble an ecosystem of private companies along the bio-based value chain (including first, second transformation and downstream industry) and public organisations.
  • Foster exchanges within the Open-innovation platform ecosystem to better understand market and societal needs and opportunities for bio-based products development.
  • Facilitate the emergence of co-innovation partnerships across industries, value chains, and scientific fields, in order to develop new bio-based solutions for tomorrow’s societal needs.

Such operations should include:

  • Manage a network of academic, technological and prospective experts to further the open-innovation platform vision and perform prospective studies on upcoming technologies and downstream markets.
  • Create and manage online communities of interest to bring together ideas within and across the value chains, and transform ideas into innovation projects, hand-in-hand with partners.
  • Create a Knowledge and Innovation Centre, respecting confidentiality, collecting the prospective and insight of the community to provide high added-value content and tools to inform the co-innovation partnerships.

Organise specific events and workshops to dig deeper into bio-based industries prospective studies and to develop networking opportunities in view of generating co-innovation projects.

The Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) will set up an industry expert group from among its members which will provide expertise in the implementation and follow-up of the different tasks and also provide support to the organisation of meetings or workshops. This expert group should be a central part of the governance structure of the project.

Indicative funding: It is considered that proposals with a total eligible budget of up to EUR 1 million EUR would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals with another budget.

Expected Impact:

  • An efficient collaborative and common platform, bringing together the professionals and scientific experts around bio-based products development and downstream applications, building a common vision and prospective of the challenge ahead.
  • A Knowledge and Innovation Centre, with a web platform, accompanying scientist and economic operators in the development of new solutions suited to the markets current and future needs.
  • At least three detailed prospective studies on major applications sectors of the bioeconomy.
  • At least 10 new co-innovation partnerships.
  • Ensure continuation of the Open Innovation Platform beyond the project.
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Topic conditions and documents

Please read carefully all provisions below before the preparation of your application.

  1.  List of countries and applicable rules for funding: described in part A of the General Annexes of the H2020 Work Programme. Note also that a number of non-EU/non-Associated Countries that are not automatically eligible for funding have made specific provisions for making funding available for their participants in Horizon 2020 projects (follow the links to Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Hong Kong &Macau, India, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Taiwan).
  2.  Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in part B and C of the General Annexes of the H2020 Work Programme with the following exceptions: BBI JU Derogation to H2020 Rules for Participation.

    Proposal page limits and layout: Please refer to Part B of the standard proposal template.

  3.  Evaluation

    3.1 Evaluation criteria, scoring and threshold: described in part H of the General Annexes of the H2020 Work Programme, with the exceptions described in part 2.3.6 of the BBI JU Work Plan 2016.

    3.2 Submission and evaluation process: Guide to the submission and evaluation process and theBBI JU Calls – Guide for applicants (RIA-DEMO-CSA).

  4. Indicative timetable for evaluation and grant agreement:

    Information on the outcome of single-stage evaluation: maximum 5 months from the deadline for submission.
    Signature of grant agreements: maximum 8 months from the deadline for submission.

  5. Provisions, proposal templates and evaluation forms:

Specific provisions and funding rates: ddescribed in 2.3.4 of the BBI JU Annual Work Plan 2016.

BBI JU proposal templates (Administrative forms and Technical annex) are available after entering the “start submission” button and then after entering the “Download Part B Templates” button

 Standard evaluation form (CSA)

Standard evaluation form (RIA)

 Standard evaluation form (FLAG and DEMO)

BBI JU Model Grant Agreement – Multi-Beneficiary

H2020 Annotated Grant Agreement

  1. Additional provisions:

    Technology readiness levels (TRL), where a topic description refers to TRL, these definitions apply.

  2. Open access must be granted to all scientific publications resulting from Horizon 2020 actions, and proposals must refer to measures envisaged. Where relevant, proposals should also provide information on how the participants will manage the research data generated and/or collected during the project, such as details on what types of data the project will generate, whether and how this data will be exploited or made accessible for verification and re-use, and how it will be curated and preserved.
  3. Additional documents

    BBI JU Work Plan 2016
    BBI JU Scientific Innovation and Research Agenda (SIRA)
    Horizon 2020 Rules for participation
    BBI JU Derogation to H2020 Rules for Participation
    BBI JU Regulation of establishment
    Horizon 2020 Regulation of Establishment 


Submission Service

To access the Electronic Submission Service of the topic, please select the type of action that is most relevant to your proposal from the list below and click on the ‘Start Submission’ button. You will then be asked to confirm your choice of the type of action and topic, as these cannot be changed in the submission system. Upon confirmation you will be linked to the correct entry point.

To access existing draft proposals for this topic, please login to the Participant Portal and select the My Proposals page of the My Area section.

Promoting HEPA policy measures and actions for refugees

Nikola Benin


The general objective is the promotion of health-enhancing physical activity (HEPA) in EU and national policy.

The specific objective is to promote broader access to the practice of sport and physical activities for refugees.

Expected results:

  • Awareness-raising among refugees about the health and social benefits of practicing sport and physical activity;
  • Better well-being and integration of refugees in society through sport and physical activity;
  • Increased knowledge among refugees of European values through participation in sport and physical activity

This call would allow the testing of development of HEPA activities in at least 6 Member States particularly concerned by the massive arrival of refugees with at least 6 projects selected. These projects should involve local sport organisations and take into account gender equality. A single project should involve at least 100 refugees.


The total budget earmarked for the co-financing of projects is estimated at €600.000,00.

The maximum amount for each grant will be €60.000,00 .The Commission reserves the right not to distribute all the funds available.

The EU contribution may not exceed 80% of the total eligible costs of the project.

Deadline: 09/09/2016

For more information and call documents click here

European Open Science Agenda

Nikola Benin

Brussels has witnessed important developments in the area of open science over the last few months. The “Amsterdam Call for Action on Open Science” and the “European Cloud Initiative” (ECI) were both adopted. Among the priorities that these initiatives list are the transition to full open access models for scientific publications and new approaches towards the sharing of scientific data.

To that end, the Amsterdam Call for Action pleads for an alignment of policies at national and European level as well as new assessment, reward and evaluation systems. The ECI, which is based on the creation of a European Open Science Cloud and a European Data Infrastructure, supports the deployment of large-scale high-performing computing data and network infrastructures. Open access to data will become the default option in H2020 as of 2017. Several calls for proposals in “Research Infrastructures” support the ECI agenda.

Email: Florence Balthasar –

Social Sciences and Humanities



Horizon 2020 (H2020) brought a new approach to funding opportunities for researchers in the Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH). Whereas in the 7th Framework Programme (FP7) the SSH had their own dedicated programme and budget line, SSH research is now fully integrated into each of the priorities of H2020. This strategy is based on the premise that the SSH are essential if H2020 projects are to be a true benefit for society.

Cross-disciplinary cooperation

This new approach represents a completely novel form of cross-disciplinary cooperation. It is a challenge for both researchers in the SSH domains and for project partners in all the other disciplines. If the SSH community wants to participate in H2020, they should not only look for suitable topics in Societal Challenge 6, “Europe in a changing world – inclusive, innovative and reflective societies”, but in all the other programmes as well. In order to simplify the search for suitable topics, the European Commission (EC) flags all the topics with SSH relevance in each Work Programme. A handy guide summarises these opportunities (see link below).

The technology and life sciences communities are also challenged because in many calls they need to put together a trans-disciplinary consortium and take on board partners from the SSH. And the role of the SSH partners should not be restricted to activities such as communication and management – they are expected to provide a scientifically relevant contribution to the solution of a multidisciplinary problem.

Further efforts needed

A monitoring report from the EC, which analysed all the 2014 calls for proposals, concluded that the integration of SSH in all parts of H2020 had been only partially successful and that there was still room for improvement. Nowhere near all projects funded under the SSH-flagged topics have SSH partners. This may point to insufficient guidance to evaluators during the evaluation process. To address this, the EC is focussing on improving the quality of the evaluation process and the topic descriptions for the upcoming calls for proposals.

BG16M1OP002-3.004 – Повишаване на информираността на заинтересованите страни за мрежата Натура 2000


I. Условия за кандидатстване с проектни предложения за предоставяне на безвъзмездна финансова помощ по програмите, финансирани от Европейските структурни и инвестиционни фондове 1. Наименование на програмата: Оперативна програма „Околна среда 2014-2020 г.” (ОПОС 2014-2020 г.) 2. Наименование на приоритетната ос: Натура 2000 и биоразнообразие 3. Наименование на процедурата: Повишаване на информираността на заинтересованите страни за мрежата Натура 2000 4. Измерения по кодове: Измерение 1 – Област на интервенция – 086 Измерение 2 – Форма на финансиране – 01 Измерение 3 – Тип на територията – 07 Измерение 4 – Механизми за териториално изпълнение – 07 5. Териториален обхват: Република България Кандидатът следва да попълни информация за местонахождение (място на изпълнение на проекта) в т.1. „Основни данни“ от формуляра за кандидатстване в Информационната система за управление и наблюдение на средствата от Европейските структурни и инвестиционни фондове, която се използва за програмен период 2014-2020 г. (ИСУН 2020) на ниво “държава“. 6. Цели на предоставяната безвъзмездна финансова помощ по процедурата и очаквани резултати: Предоставянето на безвъзмездна финансова помощ по процедурата има за цел: 1. Уеднаквяване на нивото на първоначална информираност, надграждане на осведомеността и предоставяне на актуална и експертна информация на заинтересованите страни за мрежата Натура 2000 и 2. Актуализиране на Националната приоритетна рамка за действие за Натура 2000 (НПРД). С подкрепата на оперативна програма „Околна среда 2007 – 2013 г.“ (ОПОС 2007 – 2013г.) беше предоставено финансиране за разработване на Национална информационна и комуникационна стратегия за мрежата Натура 2000 (НИКС). Документът е изготвен, за да се подкрепи цялостният процес на комуникация за мрежата Натура 2000 в периода 2014 – 2023 г. на национално ниво. Чрез ОПОС 2007 – 2013 г. се осигури финансиране и за Европейски съюз 3 изготвянето на Национална приоритетна рамка за действие по НАТУРА 2000 (НПРД) за периода 2014 – 2020 г. НПРД е стратегически документ с хоризонтален характер, който определи необходимите мерки за устойчиво управление на мрежата Натура 2000, както и източниците за финансиране на изпълнението им. НПРД включи в обхвата си мерките от НИКС. Съгласно НПРД по ОПОС 2014 – 2020 г. са включени мерки за организация на различни видове събития, с цел повишаване на информираността на заинтересованите страни за мрежата Натура 2000 и за прилагане на управленски подход в мрежата Натура 2000 (в частност: мярка 32 „Планиране и провеждане на национални информационни кампании за представяне на възможностите (ползите), които предоставя мрежата Натура 2000“, мярка 34 „Организация и провеждане на годишен национален/международен форум по актуални теми, свързани с Натура 2000“ и мярка 26 „Прилагане на управленски подход в ЗЗ от Натура 2000“). Провеждането на националните кампании следва да акцентира върху насочване вниманието и интереса на заинтересованите страни върху възможностите, които предоставя Натура 2000 за страната, а годишните форуми следва да отговорят на потребността от актуална информация и експертна подкрепа на активните аудитории с по- висока степен на информираност и устойчив интерес към Натура 2000. Директивата за местообитанията дава възможност за актуализиране на НПРД на всеки 2 години. Информацията, използвана за изготвянето на документа, покрива периода 2007 – 2013 г., което изисква извършване на анализи и попълване на актуална и коректна информация в НПРД. Настоящата процедура дава възможност да се надградят постигнатите резултати по ОПОС 2007 – 2013 г. чрез изпълнение на мерки от Националната информационна и комуникационна стратегия за Натура 2000 в подкрепа подобряване информираността и ангажираността на заинтересованите страни за мрежата Натура 2000. Това ще се осъществи чрез провеждането на национални информационни кампании и годишни форуми по актуални теми, свързани с Натура 2000. С процедурата се предоставя и подкрепа за актуализиране на НПРД. Очакваните резултати са повишена информираност на заинтересованите страни за мрежата Натура 2000 и актуализирана Националната приоритетна рамка за действие за Натура 2000, одобрена от министъра на околната среда и водите. 7. Индикатори1 : В проектното предложение трябва да се включат следните индикатори: 7.1. Проведени национални информационни кампании – 3 бр.; 7.2. Проведени годишни форуми по актуални теми, свързани с Натура 2000 – 3 бр.; 7.3. Одобрена от министъра на околната среда и водите актуализирана Национална приоритетна рамка за действие за Натура 2000 – 1 бр. Бенефициентът попълва във формуляра за кандидатстване целевите стойности, посочени в Насоките за кандидатстване. 1 Посочват се конкретни изисквания към индикаторите по процедурата, вкл. индикатори, които следва задължително да бъдат включени в проектните предложени, в случай че има такива. Европейски съюз 4 8. Общ размер на безвъзмездната финансова помощ по процедурата: Общият размер на средствата, които могат да бъдат предоставени по процедурата чрез директно предоставяне на безвъзмездна финансова помощ (БФП) е до 4 300 000,00 лв. (четири милиона и триста хиляди лева) с включен данък добавена стойност (ДДС). Управляващият орган си запазва правото да не предостави изцяло посочената сума, в случай че предвидените за изпълнение дейности изискват по-малък финансов ресурс. 9. Минимален (ако е приложимо) и максимален размер на безвъзмездната финансова помощ за конкретен проект: По процедурата не е предвиден минимален размер на БФП. Максималният размер на безвъзмездната финансова помощ по процедурата е в размер на 4 300 000,00 лв. (четири милиона и триста хиляди лева) с ДДС. 10. Процент на съфинансиране2 : Дейностите по приоритетна ос 3 „Натура 2000 и биоразнообразие“ на ОПОС 2014 – 2020 г., в т.ч. и по настоящата процедура, се финансират от Европейския фонд за регионално развитие (ЕФРР) и от национални средства. БФП може да покрие до 100% от допустимите разходи по проекта, 85% от които се финансират от ЕФРР, а 15% са национално съфинансиране. Допустимо е съфинансиране от страна на бенефициента без ограничение на неговия дял. По правило, собственото участие на бенефициента е задължително, когато проектите генерират приходи. За проектите, които не генерират приходи, кандидатът не е длъжен, но може по собствена преценка да осигури средства под формата на собствено участие. И в двата случая кандидатът по процедура декларира, че неговият проект генерира, съответно не генерира приходи. От общия размер на БФП по процедурата – 4 300 000,00 лв., 3 655 000,00 лв. (три милиона шестстотин петдесет и пет хиляди лева) се предоставят от ЕФРР, а 645 000,00 лв. (шестстотин четиридесет и пет хиляди лева) се предоставят от националния бюджет. 11. Допустими кандидати: Дирекция „Национална служба за защита на природата“ (НСЗП) в Министерство на околната среда и водите е конкретен бенефициент съгласно чл. 43, ал. 1 от Закона за управление на средствата от Европейските структурни и инвестиционни фондове. Министърът на околната среда и водите изгражда и поддържа Националната екологична мрежа (НЕМ) съгласно разпоредбите на чл. 115, ал. 1, т.4 от Закона за биологичното 2 Посочва се процентът на безвъзмездната финансова помощ (европейско и национално съфинансиране) и на съфинансирането от страна на бенефициентите (ако е приложимо). Европейски съюз 5 разнообразие. Мерките, чрез които се осигурява поддържането на защитените зони, част от НЕМ, са както преки мерки за опазване на видове и местообитания, така и мерки с косвен характер, като тези за информиране и популяризиране на мрежата Натура 2000 сред заинтересованите страни. В допълнение, съгласно чл. 35, т.19 и т.23 от Устройствения правилник на Министерство на околната среда и водите, дирекция НСЗП „предоставя информация за Националната екологична мрежа“ и „поддържа връзки и координация с други ведомства и организации по въпросите на защитените територии, защитените зони, опазването на биологичното разнообразие и ГМО“. 12. Допустими партньори (ако е приложимо): Неприложимо