Main challenges for Innovation Grant Open Call
The INGENIOUS consortium introduces seven Energy Intensive Industries challenges for the Innovation Grant Open Call. The Innovation Grant competitive scheme provides direct financial support to innovative SMEs in order to enable and promote the adoption of processes and technologies to reinforce transformation into a greener, more digital and resilient economy in the Energy Intensive Industries value chain.
The INGENIOUS Innovation Grants will support projects that are aligned with the major seven challenges where SMEs need to accelerate the implementation of the digital and green transformation, provide affordable, clean and efficient technology solutions, develop new business models, innovate their services, technology and production lines, open new markets etc. The challenges for INGENIOUS project focused on Energy Intensive Industries are the following:
The INGENIOUS Innovation Grants will be open in the beginning of May and further information will be disseminated on several channels like:
Furthermore, INGENIOUS is organising in total 8 workshop related to seven main challenges. The first workshop about green hydrogen took already place. Please stay updated with the workshop by following our social media channels.
To give a better overview of the actions that could be funded under the INGENIOUS project, the following table will help to better understand the challenges and the actions. INGENIOUS is open for new actions but would like to give some examples (this is not an exhaustive list).
Currently, Europe is facing highly turbulent times in the context of the unpredictable changes caused due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Furthermore, a significant fast-paced bottleneck in the supply of energy resources to the economy, in other words, an energy crisis, is firmly approaching. In order to tackle these challenges and provide sustainable solutions in long term with the goal of securing a climate-neutral economy, a disruptive innovation/transformation of the industrial value chains is needed, especially those of Energy-Intensive Industries (EIIs). EIIs are responsible for generating more than half of the energy consumption of the European industry, thus causing a tremendous carbon footprint. Furthermore, EIIs value chains are deeply embedded and cross-linked with most of the other global industrial value chains. Digital and green transition are the key drivers for boosting such a change and securing the long-term viability of the European inclusive market. Both drivers are firmly embedded in the industrial strategy for Europe (European Commission, 2020) as engines with the utmost digital future. The Ingenious project will serve as a lever for the companies to implement highly innovative solutions, penetrate key markets, attract a critical mass of partners, and obtain needed support in order to strive. Furthermore, Ingenious will support, develop and maintain the long-term cooperation of companies and other organizations in a cross-sectoral and cross-border way. This EUROCLUSTER will work together with other supporters like the European Cluster Collaboration Platform, Enterprise Europe Network, and European Digital Innovation Hubs but also with other Euroclusters projects (e.g., CircInWater) and other related projects to maximize the impact and spread knowledge. The consortium of Ingenious is in close relation with 63 other clusters all over Europe with a capacity to reach over 11.000 cluster members whereof more than 7.000 are SMEs.
Metalworking, nano and plasma technology are just examples of Energy Intensive Industries (EII) and the activities developed within the Ingenious project should be transferred to other energy-intensive industries in Europe and beyond (e.g., cement, ceramics, refractory, chemicals, refining, lime, pulp etc.). The Ingenious consortium is structured in such a way that members of METAINDUSTRY4, BalticNet-PlasmaTec and Nanoprogress are considered as challenge owners from the energy-intensive sectors but also as solution providers while members of Mazovian Cluster ICT are solution providers. Long-term cross-border and cross-sector cooperation also guarantees the application of the project results, the undertaking of joint activities by consortia in the field of water or food. The graphic below illustrates the possibilities.