ANI, within the scope of the PERIN network, is responsible for the Horizon Europe pillars that provide most of the funding for the New European Bauhaus

The AYR sustainability platform, developed by CEiiA, won the New European Bauhaus prize, awarded by the European Commission, in the 'Products and Life Style' category. AYR, developed by CEiiA through the CoLAB for Smart and Sustainable Living (S2UL-CEiiA), quantifies and values the CO2 emissions avoided, allowing citizens and communities to get involved in the decarbonisation of their cities, and was awarded as a European example of sustainability. The 60 projects nominated as finalists (from a total of almost 3 thousand proposals) included six national projects and ideas, some of which were nominated for more than one category.

With this award, Portugal joins the list of countries awarded for good practices that illustrate the values of sustainability, aesthetics and inclusion of the New European Bauhaus, which grants the European Green Deal a cultural and creative dimension with citizens' participation. 'This international acknowledgement makes us very proud. We congratulate CEiiA for developing, through its Collaborative Laboratory, the only Portuguese project awarded by the European Commission. We hope this prize will boost national participation in New European Bauhaus initiatives, which ANI will naturally follow and support." (Chairwoman of ANI, Joana Mendonça)

EUR 85 million to fund sustainable innovation with a cultural and creative dimension

The European Commission recently announced funding opportunities of around EUR 85 million (2021-2022) within the scope of the New European Bauhaus, bringing new momentum to the initiative.

Most of the funding topics fall under Horizon Europe Pillars II (Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness) and III (Innovative Europe), which ANI is responsible for promoting and monitoring under the PERIN Network. ANI is part of the Bauhaus Working Group that will mobilize Portuguese society towards the objectives of this initiative.

In this context, ANI organised, on September 15th, the New European Bauhaus - Get Involved information session, which was attended by the European Commission and five Portuguese researchers involved in initiatives in this field. The event was attended by more than 400 participants from various institutions across the country.

'CeiiA's success is a happy foretelling for the participation of the national innovation system in European Bauhaus. It is important for national entities not to miss this opportunity, which offers, throughout the seven years of Horizon Europe, several funding instruments, in different areas, with a very significant budget. We're here to help.' (Mafalda Dourado, member of the Bauhaus Working Group and National Coordinator of Pillars II and III of Horizon Europe).

Within the scope of the second phase of the New European Bauhaus, the New European Bauhaus Lab (NEB-Lab) will be set up to act as a 'think and do tank' to co-create, prototype and test new tools, solutions and policy recommendations to enable transformation on the field. The European Commission is also planning to invite Member States to use the core values of the initiative in their territorial, social and economic development strategies and to mobilise the relevant parties of their recovery and resilience plans as well as the programmes under the Cohesion Policy.

The 1st New European Bauhaus Festival will be held in the Spring of 2022.

See here communication of the European Commission.  

More information on the New European Bauhaus.

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