The 7 selected projects cover such different sectors as the agriculture and agri-food industry, the health economy, renewable energies and sustainable building using timber
The Nouvelle Aquitaine-Basque Country-Navarra Euroregion has unveiled the 7 selected projects of the 24 applications for the Euroregion’s 2nd 2020 “Knowledge-driven Economy” Call. The Call, with a budget of €400,000, seeks to bring together companies of an economic affiliate or of an activity sector that encompasses from “the university to the company” around a project, whose aim, from a Euroregion perspective, develops synergies and complementarities between partners located in the territories of Nouvelle Aquitaine, the Autonomous Community of the Basque Country and the Charter Community of Navarra.
The selected projects will be developed in different sectors: aerospace-aeronautics, agri-food; health, health economics, renewable energy and sustainable construction.
As regards “Advanced Manufacturing – Aerospace– Aeronautics”, the Euroregion has awarded funding to the VALIDDANTENNESS project, consistng ofr ANTERAL (NAF), NAITEC (NAF), LAAM (LAAM aerospace additive manufacturing) (NOA), CTA- Centro de Tecnologías aeronáuticas Foundation (NAF), Hegan Basque Aerospace Cluster (EUS) and Microlan Aerospace (NAF). The project, awarded €68,700, aims to explore and validate additive manufacturing techniques in antenna metal for space applications, specifically for small satellites.
In the field of agriculture and agri-food industry, the selected project is AGROTIC HUB, led by the Agri-food cluster of Navarra – NAGRIFOOD (NAF), AGRI-SUD-OUEST (NOA) and the Association of Basque Food Clusters (EUS). The project, which has been awarded €52,212, will work on supporting the digital transformation of the 3 regions’ agri-food companies by means of setting up a cross-border resources hub to bring the best innovative solutions to companies, particularly SMEs.
With respect to the health field, the Euroregion will provide funding to the tune of €68,700 to BILEBANK, led by Foundation for Applied Medical Research – FIMA (NAF), Miguel Serve Foundation (NAF), IIS Biocruces (EUS) and Bordeaux University (NOA). BILEBANK aims to establish a common and functional biobank of human bile samples, a bilebank, in the Euroregion. The aim is to refine the processes needed to analyse this liquid biopsy and to consolidate the scientific and technological cooperation among the partners. It is a ground-breaking project, as it is the first European initiative to develop an international biobank for the systematic collection of human bile samples.
The VASADIN project, submitted by the Biodonostia Health Research Institute (EUS), NAVARRABIOMED-Miguel Servet Foundation (NAF), ALLIS – NA (NOA) AUTONOM’LAB, will receive €57,250. The project seeks to define a healthcare model for older persons that generates values and which responds to the real needs and health outcomes sought by this population group.
Two projects represent the renewable energy sector. On the one hand, the RENOVABLES project, led by UPV-EHU ECLEDER (EUS), BCAM (EUS), ALERION TECHNOLOGIES (EUS), UPNA – ISC (NAF), CENER (NAF), NAITEC (NAF), CATEDRA TRENT – Sciences Po Bordeaux (NOA), INRIA (NOA), IMB (NOA). The project has been awarded €47,449 and will seek to foster strategic cooperation between the socio-economic stakeholders of the Euroregion to promote the blue economic around the Bay of Biscay.
On the other hand, the purpose of the HIDRO-TTIPI project, with a €67,287 grant, will be to prepare an accurate study of the water mills existing in the territory, along with identifying the 6 most appropriate cases for their recovery or upgrading. Goiener S.Coop (EUS), Nafarkoop Energía S.Coop (NAF) and I-ENER SAS (NOA) will be taking part.
Finally, the ERAKUSBIDEA project in the field of sustainable building has received by €54,410. The project, under the aegis of Eraikune – Association of Basque Construction Clusters (EUS), Association of Timber Companies of Navarra – ADEMAN (NAF) and Odéys (NOA), aims to promote and raise awareness about sustainable construction using timber and other natural materials in the Euroregion area.