We hereby invite you to apply for training for designing and managing projects within the EU programme Horizon 2020 which will take place on 12, 13, 19, and 20 September in Belgrade.

Why circular economy?

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Serbia is implementing a project aimed at transition of the linear approach to production and consumption (take-make-waste) towards circular economy with the objective to maintain the utilisation potential of materials for as long as possible. Circular economy is key to supporting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly those relevant to industry, innovation and infrastructure; sustainable communities and towns; accountable consumption and production; and climate change.

The European Commission has adopted the ambitious Circular Economy Strategy covering the whole cycle of production, consumption, waste and secondary materials management. Circular economy has a high economic potential, as a catalyst for modernisation of the economy and at the same time it contributes to the achievement of environmental gains and sustainable development goals. This policy ambition is supported by strong research and innovations, funded from the EU programme Horizon 2020.

To this end, in the period 2018-2020, almost one billion EUROs has been invested in research and innovation within the EU programme Horizon 2020 to fund projects and initiatives in the field of circular economy. In order to facilitate access to EU funding, particularly the programme Horizon 2020 (and the future Horizon Europe 2021-2027), and in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technologic Development and the Centre for Promotion of Science, the UNDP in Serbia is organising a 4-day training course for preparation and management of projects with the focus on possibility of funding for the field of circular economy.

What is the content of the training course?

In addition to the basic information about the programme Horizon 2020 and the access to funding for circular economy related projects, the EUTA trainers will provide information about the priorities of the forthcoming EU research and innovation programme Horizon Europe 2021-2027, and will enable you to prepare and design successful project proposals which the EU is willing to finance, to find adequate partners and will set aside time for discussion with participants on specific project ideas in the field of circular economy.

A detailed training course agenda can be downloaded at the following link (available only in Serbian language).

Who are the trainers?

Dr ALEŠ MIHELČIĆ, Ph.D., works for Gorenje, in research and development, as leader of development activities and is managing a number of national and international projects in the field of circular economy within the Eurostars and Horizon 2020 programmes. The trainer has also worked as member of a team preparing proposals for national and international projects for Gorenje. Since he joined Gorenje, projects have been approved for Gorenje amounting more than EURO 30 million. Aleš will be in charge of the first day of training.

Prof. Dr Steve Quarrie is the Head of Education in the EUTA team for education and training, with more than 40 years of experience in education and in writing and managing EU projects. Steve has prepared more than 10 research projects which received funding, with the success rate within FP7 and H2020 exceeding 60%. Steve will be in charge of the second day of training.

Prof. Dr GORAN STOJANOVIĆ is lecturer at the Faculty of Technical Sciences of the University of Novi Sad, with more than 20 years of experience in education and 12 years of experience in writing and implementing EU projects amounting to more than EURO 16 million, with a success rate exceeding 55%. He has 4 H2020 projects, of which 3 are of coordinating nature. Goran will be in charge of the third day of training.

MARIJA ŠOLA SPASIĆ, M. Sc., is a financial project manager at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Belgrade, in charge of financial implementation and monitoring of international projects funded by EU programmes H2020, FP7, Erasmus+, Tempus, Eureka. She has led more than 30 EU projects in Serbia. Marija will be in charge of the last day of training.

Who is the training intended for?

The training is intended for scientific-research organisations (SRO) and companies engaged in research and projects in the field of circular economy and which plan to apply for projects in this field within the programme Horizon 2020.

The training is designed to have one participant from SRO/company which applies. 

Due to the limited number of participants, priority in selecting participants will depend on timely applications.

Note: a part of the training will be delivered in the English language.

Participation is free of charge (no attendance fees).

How to apply?

The interested applicants need to fill in the application form which can be downloaded here  (available only in Serbian language).

Applications (filled in forms) should be sent to: cirkularna.ekonomija@undp.org at the latest by 2 September 2019 by 17:00 hours.

For any questions please contact us at the following e-mail: cirkularna.ekonomija@undp.org or telephone: 011 4155 441.

The training is organised by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technologic Development and the Centre for Promotion of Science.

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