The Horizon 2020 programme has a budget of £57bn ... http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/yorkshire-a-hotbed-of-science-as-eu-...
"The UK will see a 46 per cent increase in funding received in the next four years, up to £8.5bn - 20 per cent of all the grants signed off under the programme.
News of the increased Yorkshire funding has been welcomed by the head of Science City York, Heather Niven, who said it was “fantastic news” for both universities and business communities in the region. Science City York has been supporting bioscience, creative, digital and IT businesses in Yorkshire for the last 16 years.
She said the EU funding was just one of a host of recent investments in science in the region.
Ms Niven said: “We are experiencing a science renaissance here in Yorkshire at the moment, with the announcement from government of £50m to locate two new national centres in North Yorkshire focussing on Innovation; the new Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock and a Centre for Crop Health and Protection.
“Other new spaces which are accelerating science in the region include Bradford’s Digital Health Enterprise Zone connecting business and healthcare, Biovale and the Bio-renewables Development Centre in York to name a few. Y
“Yorkshire and the Humber is becoming a real hotbed of science innovation and the Horizon 2020 funding will allow the region to further develop cutting edge research, leveraging additional focus and investment in areas such as agri-food, agri-tech and life sciences industries. This is great news for us and at Science City York we are delighted to see this additional boost for the regions’ science organisations.”
Flagship studies funded by Horizon 2020 include research on Ebola, hybrid air vehicles, wastewater reuse, renewable packaging, intelligent manufacturing and fighting Parkinson’s disease"
Tomorrow People ...
Two Year delay in EU spending - http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/two-year-delay-in-spending-of-europe...
"MILLIONS of pounds in European funding designed to help develop Yorkshire’s economy are lying unspent.
MILLIONS of pounds in European funding designed to help develop Yorkshire’s economy are lying unspent.
The region has been allocated almost £600 million in the latest European Union funding round which began at the start of 2014.
But almost two years in, the UK Government has confirmed not a single penny has been committed to projects in this region.
It has also emerged that millions of pounds from the last round of EU funding for Yorkshire remain unclaimed.
The latest figures from the European Commission show that 13 per cent of the European Regional Development Fund money earmarked for this region in the 2007-13 round has not been spent.
At current exchange rates that equates to around £56 million yet to be claimed.
Projects agreed as part of the last funding round that are up and running can continue to claim until 2017."
Tis Cloud Cuckoo land innit...
Dear Bob, When are you going ...
"Sirius Minerals has secured a supply deal with a Chinese fertiliser importer, underpinning the UK mining explorer’s plan to open a potash mine underneath a national park in Yorkshire.
On Thursday, Sirius announced a seven year “take or pay” deal with Huaken International that will run for seven years and involve the miner supplying up to 500,000 tonnes of polyhalite annually in the final year of that term."
"News of the deal caps a year in which Sirius won a lengthy battle to secure planning permission to build its York Potash project near Whitby, under the North York Moors.
Whether the project goes ahead now hinges on financing for the mine, which Sirius is looking to develop amid a deep mining downturn as the prices of commodities have tumbled. A detailed feasibility study with proposed construction costs is due to be announced by Sirius in January.
Sirius’ deal with Huaken is the latest in a string of supply deals that the Aim-quoted developer has announced as it has tried to build the investor case for the mine.
Demonstrating demand for its product is particularly important because polyhalite, the type of mineral to be produced in Yorkshire, has previously been little used globally compared with a known range of other potash products.
Sirius abandoned early plans to process the polyhalite into other forms and its business plan entails shipping it direct to customers — which it claims will bring “disruptive innovation” to the fertiliser market.
In announcing the deal with Huaken, Sirius said polyhalite would be used as a soil conditioner in China. “It can assist in helping countries like China restore agricultural productivity and maintain food security for future generations,” explained Chris Fraser, chief executive of Sirius.
Analysts at Liberum, one of Sirius’ corporate brokers, said the would-be miner had now signed binding offtake agreements for 3.6mt annually of its product, which is in line with the company’s target ahead of securing finance. Its largest offtake deal is for 1.5mt annually with an unnamed US agribusiness.
In the project’s proposed first phase, Sirius will aim to build a mine capable of supplying 10mt of polyhalite annually, which it says would give it about 3 per cent of the global potash market in 2020.
“As with Sirius’s other offtake agreements, pricing is based on a formula linked to polyhalite’s constituent nutrients. This is another major step forward for Sirius, further de-risking the project from a marketing perspective,” Liberum said.
Sirius’s project involves sinking 1,500 metre shafts into the mineral seam to be mined, then sending the product 36km through a tunnel 250 metres below the moors to a port at Teesside for export. It would be among the largest mining projects ever built in the UK, comparable to the development of the now defunct Selby coalfields in Yorkshire in the 1980s."
Doh, thought it was almost 6mil tonnes per annum inc MoU's ...
Ouchie : http://news.discovery.com/tech/gear-and-gadgets/seabed-mining-robots-wil... Nautilus Minerals
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