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5TOI_4EWAS Report Summary

Project ID: 692523
Funded under: H2020-EU.3.6.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - 5TOI_4EWAS (Quintuple Helix Approach to Targeted Open Innovation in Energy, Water, Agriculture in the South Mediterranean Neighborhood)

Reporting period: 2016-05-01 to 2017-10-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

5TOI_4EWAS brings a very innovative implementation path in addressing the interactions between Food, Energy and Water through a NEXUS approach by involving the widest possible range of stakeholders in MPCs through the Quintuple Helix approach (QHA). The project will perform a series of activities aiming:
To enhance Water-Energy-Food Nexus approach through a balanced innovation friendly ecosystem in MPCs based on the QHA and smart specialization strategies to support regional development through analysis of identified societal challenges.
To ensure coherence and complementarity at regional level with past / on-going initiatives as well as the existing bilateral S&T Agreements, involving the widest possible range of stakeholders for an enhanced and more reliable definition of the priority setting mechanisms from an innovation point of view.
To increase research capacity, effective mobility of young innovators and researchers and shared knowledge, contributing to the establishment of favorable and stable conditions for targeted open innovation through international cooperation.
To allow building of synergies among several on-going initiatives thanks to the established NEXUS Think Tank (NTT), Network of Advisors Board (NAB) and existing NEXUS related observatories in the MPC.
To focalize the efforts and interest of innovators by the definition of a Join Action Plan (JAP) to effectively use it as a science diplomacy tool and facilitate the identification of remaining obstacles, conflicts for cooperation and support the R&I bilateral policy dialogue addressing sensitive challenges between EU-MPCs.
To contribute to increase MPCs researchers’ access to scientific excellence through capacity building activities, making available Large Research Infrastructures and relevant facilities and by developing joint research and entrepreneurial activities across MPCs.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

Established a Methodology Guideline to gather information targeting MPC. 70 relevant literature sources within website library.
Defined the extent of cooperation between researchers, innovators and policy makers within target countries. UBC electronic survey to study the cooperation in MPCs (>700 validated replies).
Finished Inventory on S&T cooperation EU-MPC. Available IT tool (website) to check MPC’s performance evolution, FP6-H2020.
42 qualitative interviews with relevant representatives of the QHA of the 3 value chains from all partnership countries.
Gathered info derived from interviews, survey and inventories let to define baseline position and provide relevant information to support S&I policy dialogue in the MPC region.
Initiated the interviews with corresponding EC delegation representatives at target MPC’s to validate the outputs derived from the inventory on S&T cooperation and prepare corresponding recommendations through the activity of the Nexus Think Tank (NTT)
Finished an interactive map of existing observatories active on food, energy and water in the MPC to observe and monitor EU-MPC cooperation and trends in societal challenges.
Defined the structure of the international experts and civil society board that constitutes the NAB (confirmed participation of 5/6 members including representatives from MEDSPRING & UfM). Selected members of NTT (38) signed NDAs and engagement letters. Initial outputs, 4 policy papers.
Defined structure of NTT, roles, rules of collaboration, membership, thematic committees, activities and scheduled meetings. 1st NTT meeting during Innovation Week in Casablanca (24 members, including relevant members WSSTP & Water JPI). Defined potential obstacles and issues to be solved within water, energy and food sector to bridge the gap between research and policy.
Organization of Casablanca Innovation week, MO, 23-27/1/17. Included a training event (34 trained individuals), a NTT meeting, a Regional Innovation workshop, a brokerage event (36 attendants). Established guidelines for future Innovation Weeks in LB (07/18), TN (04/19).
Defined selection guidelines of 10 H2020 champions and 10 R&I vouchers. Published 1st call for H2020 champions. Selected 5 candidates to be trained (2018).
Continuous meetings with DG R&I to monitor de project progress, define future actions / synergies with relevant initiatives in the region (4PRIMA, MEDSPRING). Contribute to different organized GSO meetings. Signature of MoUs with relevant projects in the thematic through the region.
Contributions to PRIMA SRIA 2.0 based on project activities, deliverables and NTT’s outputs.
Full operating web site (including promotional kit) ensures efficient dissemination / communication.
Established a Project Quality Handbook and efficient management/financial tools setup including technical/financial reporting procedures and mechanisms allow partners work effectively and deliver on time. Scheduled meetings held and run effectively.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

More strategic priority setting for cooperation with the EU across the whole of H2020 through a wide-ranging dialogue and interaction to define and update a baseline for S&T Cooperation in the EU-MPC basin, the establishment of a platform for the transfer of the benefits of research cooperation to policy and private stakeholders and widely spread out project’s outcomes to improve the awareness about this type of dialogue and thus fostering the involvement of the widest possible range of stakeholders in the priority setting exercise.
Stronger interaction between the EU / MPC’s researchers through a solid participation of MPC partners in H2020 through i) transfer of knowledge for the involved members of the different value chains, thus forging stronger links sought by H2020, ii) capacity building activities for stronger interaction between involved members of different value chains by bringing the members’ together stimulating their interaction and improve participation of MPC in EU programmes.
Establishment of optimal framework conditions for international cooperation through a series of actions (enhancement of skills and capabilities) and tools (e.g. JAP) to increase mutual understanding of the problems arising this area, establish mutual/co-designed solutions and create the framework conditions for long-lasting and sustainable cooperation. 5TOI_4EWAS contributes to identify how to overcome the bottlenecks and how to take advantage of opportunities related to cooperation and knowledge transfer between the members of the different value chains, increasing interest in IPR issues as a form of knowledge transfer and application between EU-MPC.
Increased coordination and synergies between policies and programmes of EU / MPCs by the heavy involvement of policy makers of participating countries through Stakeholder Feedback Consultation, thus contributing to foster a wider coordinated policy dialogue and improvement of coordination and synergies among S&T policies of the relevant countries.
Ensuring close synergies with the international dimension of calls launched across H2020 to enhance the socio-economic impact of H2020 due to the continuous partners’ networking and as a result of the activities derived from WP04-05 (e.g. joint proposals submitted to Europe Aid, H2020, ENI and future PRIMA calls) addressing NEXUS challenges in the region, with a clear vision to include the widest possible range of stakeholders’ participation through the QHA and increase the access to scientific excellence, opening up of new markets and rising the impact of EU initiatives.

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