OCTA Innovation Newsletter #25-2018 – EU funding

OCTA Innovation Newsletter #25-2018 – EU funding

The most recent Innovation days in Montserrat have shown unique features and valuable capacities of this EU OCT and of the people of Montserrat; as well as significant interest in opportunities in participation in EU funded programmes such as different programmes and actions under umbrella of Erasmus +. Some of EU funding opportunities of the highest interest in Montserrat, same as in other OCTs are highlighted hereafter.

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OCTA regional project for Caymans’ entrepreneurs

OCTA regional project for Caymans’ entrepreneurs


Entrepreneurs in the Caymans are benefitting from the COSME programme financed by the  European Union’s 10th European Development Fund (EDF). It is contributing to sustainable and climate-resilient economic diversification and prosperity of the Caribbean OCTs by improving the competitiveness of Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs).

Altogether, MSMEs in 12 Caribbean OCTs are participating in targeted events, workshops and networking exercises, all aimed at enhancing and promoting micro and small and medium-sized businesses.

The programme allowed Olivia B, a leading fashion designer from the Caymans to take part in in ‘Summer Sizzle’ – an event showcasing the region’s latest fashions – held in the British Virgin Islands in July 2016.  “It was great to be in an environment of like-minded creative individuals because I don’t feel that there is a lot of promotion of art here in Cayman and fashion design is bottom of the artistic list,” Olivia told a Caymans’ newswire. “It was therefore great to be able to learn more from the wider Caribbean perspective.”

Chuck Thompson, Vice President of the Cayman Islands Agricultural Society, has also benefitted from COSME funding. He participated in an interactive four-day workshop in Suriname, aimed at bringing together business owners within the agricultural sector from the 12 OCTs. “It was a rigorous four days that were well-packed with lots of activities,” Mr. Thompson said. “The first two days were spent visiting farms and fisheries, talking with owners about issues such as agriculture and animal husbandry, through to packaging and processing, certifications and so on. It was eye opening to see the process from A to Z. We then spent two days at a conference which offered unique networking opportunities, allowing us to see how we could work together as agricultural businesses within the Caribbean territories,” he told the Caymans’ newswire.

Also developed under the programme:  a platform –  CaribConnect – matches entrepreneurs with mentors, as well as with investors and financing institutions.

Link to CaribConnect

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EU funding to spur Smart communities

EU funding to spur Smart communities


The European Union (EU) is providing funding for lighthouse projects to trailblaze tomorrow’s Smart communities.

An EU call for projects that combine innovations in energy efficiency, buildings, transport and information technology, as the foundations of Smart communities, will be launched on October 4, 2016. 

Funding of EUR 12-18 per project over 5 years from the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, will go to projects that have solid business plans, real impact on communities and replication potential in other EU member states. 

To be eligible, a minimum of three cities in different EU member states and three ‘follower’ cities in different EU member states must form a consortium. The deadline for lighthouse project submissions is 14 February, 2017.

The lighthouse projects fund innovations to transform agglomerations such as the smart integration of the electricity grid with renewable sources, innovations in building management to facilitate integration with local energy systems, economic research to develop highly innovative approaches and to test integrated business models and to refine business replication plans.

Lighthouse projects do not fund construction and installation costs such as the windows and heat pumps for buildings, electric cars and ICT tools.

“We are not specifically looking for technological contributions. It is your freedom and responsibility to come up with new ways of doing things; contributing and implementing them – that is innovation,” said Jens Bartholmes, Policy Officer for new energy technologies, innovation and clean coal at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Energy.  

Those applying must also have Energy Sustainability Action Plans in place – preferably endorsed by the EU’s Covenant of Mayors. The Covenant of Mayors is an EU initiative for climate change that for Climate & Energy bringing together thousands of local and regional authorities who commit on a voluntary basis to implement the EU’s climate and energy objectives on their territory.

Signatories pledge to reduce CO2 emissions by at least 40% by 2030 and to adopt an integrated approach to tackling mitigation and adaptation to climate change.

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Cancellation of a Call for Proposals: OCTA Innovation Pilot Projects

Cancellation of a Call for Proposals: OCTA Innovation Pilot Projects


1. Publication reference

OCTA Innovation Pilot projects FED/2013/022-558

2. Date of publication
13 October 2015

3. Programme title
Territorial Strategies for Innovation (TSI)

4. Contracting authority
The Association of overseas countries and territories (OCTA)

5. Reason for cancellation
In compliance with the rules applicable to the publication of the call of proposals, eligibility check, the selection criteria and the evaluation grids, certain irregularities in the procedure have been noticed in particular where these have prevented fair competition (p.2.4.13 of PRAG). In the context of the above, the grant award procedure has been cancelled.

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International Climate Initiative call for 2017

The International Climate Initiative is open to a broad range of participants from Germany and abroad. It supports projects carried out in partner countries by German federal implementing agencies, NGOs, business enterprises, universities and research institutes based in Germany and abroad, and by international and multinational organizations and institutions, e.g. development banks and United Nations bodies and programmes.

The International Climate Initiative (IKI) supports projects in developing countries and emerging economies, and countries in transition. It consists of four areas of support:

  • Mitigating greenhouse gas emissions
  • Adapting to the impacts of climate change
  • Conserving natural carbon sinks with a focus on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+)
  • Conserving biological diversity

Proposal deadline: 6 June 2016.

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BNP Paribas climate initiative: call for projects 2016

Since 2010, the BNP Paribas Foundation has been developing its Climate Initiative, a corporate philanthropy programme to support scienti c research aimed at increasing our understanding about the climate and climate change, and to assess their impact on our environment.

The programme has a budget of €3 million over three years, and involves a call for projects followed by a rigorous selection process led by people who are well known within their area of research and representing a large scope of climate related research ends.

The aim of this call for projects is to select 4-7 research projects that will increase our understanding about issues related to climate change. The projects will receive nancial support from the BNP Paribas Foundation for a three-year period (2017-2019).

Deadline: 2nd May 2016.

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