SusChem and the European Research & Innovation Agenda
Since its launch in 2004 SusChem has
established the chemical sciences and sustainability as central components of
the European Union’s essential knowledge base to make Europe more successful
and improve its citizens’ quality of life.
Through highlighting the critical role of
sustainable chemistry in addressing society’s challenges SusChem has made a strong impact on
the European Commission’s Research Framework Programmes FP6 and FP7.
Analysis of SusChem’s direct input to the
European research agenda shows that between 2007 and 2009 FP7 research projects
funded to the tune of over € 900 million were inspired by it. In the calls of FP7 projects, we
estimate that 30% of the calls are connected to SusChem’s proposals.
Horizon 2020, the new European framework for Research, Development and Innovation that starts in 2014, has an enhanced focus on
innovation to ensure that more of Europe’s excellent
research ideas are swiftly transferred into successful products and services in
the global market. This offers a huge opportunity to boost jobs and growth and
increase the competitiveness of the European Union.
SusChem sees Horizon H2020 as a key turning point for research and
innovation in Europe
and as a major opportunity for sustainable chemistry. The funding available for
all aspects of chemistry research and innovation activities in Horizon 2020
will be greater than for its predecessor programme FP7, which in
turn was greater than its predecessor FP6.
As an active and acknowledged partner, SusChem
has made a significant contribution to policy development in the European
Institutions, including but not limited to: the Key Enabling Technologies initiative and
important European Innovation Partnerships: Raw Materials,
Water, Smart-Cities and Communities.
is actively engaged in supporting EU-financed projects in research and
innovation (Coordination Support Actions): BIO-TIC, R4R, E4Water, CRM_InnoNet to name a few which aim at
recommending policies to support innovation and meet societal challenges
identified in Horizon2020.
chemical and process industries hold key positions within critical value chains
across Europe. Their active contributions are essential to achieve the smart,
sustainable and inclusive growth that Europe desires.
As well as
inspiring new research and innovation projects SusChem has provided a framework
to bring academia and industry together. SusChem has enabled an improved
industry involvement in European research projects and increased enthusiasm for
European collaboration with national governments.
SusChem makes valuable contributions in all aspects of European collaborative
- SusChem helps formulate the
research & innovation agenda by presenting the real needs of industry
and understanding what benefits new breakthroughs can deliver
- Through its Brokerage
Brokerage events, SusChem presents calls and helps bring partners together
- With its tools, such as the Cefic
Grant-it initiative, SusChem can evaluate
projects, help to develop proposals and suggest the most appropriate
help speed up and facilitate the funding process – in particular making it
easier for smaller industrial enterprises to get involved.
By integrating innovation into its mission, SusChem will
contribute to making Europe more successful and support the achievement of the
EUROPE2020 Policy objectives for a sustainable, smart and inclusive growth.
SusChem will contribute to catalyse proposals for
sustainable solutions to society’s major challenges in partnership with the
European and national public authorities. It will do so by developing and leading large-scale,
integrated research and innovation programmes where chemistry plays a
significant role. These initiatives will link research and partners along the
value chain to real world markets through accelerated innovations, with a
public private incentive.
Sustainable chemistry creating