CircInWater

Boosting the triple transitions through innovative water-saving solutions

CircInWater is a 36 months European project (2022-2025) funded by the European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency (EISMEA) through Joint Cluster Initiatives (EUROCLUSTERS) for Europe’s recovery (SMP-COSME-2021-CLUSTER) to boost the triple transitions and development of water-smart solutions on the agrifood and energy-intensive industries.

Partners

ZINNAE is the cluster for the efficient use of water in the Aragonese region in Spain.

Water Alliance (SWA) is a unique partnership of public and private companies, government agencies and knowledge institutes involved in the Dutch water technology sector.

France Water Team (FWT) is the national water competitiveness cluster that federates the three regional water clusters: AQUA-VALLEY, DREAM and HYDREOS.

Blue Economy Mikkeli (BEM) from Finland focuses on the circular economy of wastewater management.

WCF (affiliated entity of BEM) in Oulu excel in the digitalisation of water processes.

Innovation centre of the Olomouc Region (ICOK) from the Czech Republic is an organisation established by the Olomouc Region to develop an innovation ecosystem in the region.

CREA Hydro&Energy, z.s. is a cluster operating in the field of technologies for water management works, water and waste management and renewable energy sources.

Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or EISMEA. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.

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Objectives

CircInWater answers the need to support the European industry to be greener, more digital, and more resilient, tackling the water challenges of consumption and pollution and contributing to Europe’s economic sovereignty. Therefore, CircInWater aims to accelerate the triple transitions by supporting SMEs to develop and implement water-smart solutions as part of their transition pathways.

  1. Connect SMEs along the water value chain across key industrial ecosystems to enhance their resiliency and ability to cope with future shock and crisis.
  2. Boost SME’s innovation in terms of products and tools to build water-smart industries.
  3. Improve the collaborative and innovation capacity of SMEs via a bespoke “Joint portfolio of training services”.
  4. Foster the adoption of processes and technologies to reinforce transformation into a greener and more digital economy.
  5. Speed up SMEs’ internationalisation through the establishment of key support services.
  6. Maximise the communication impact towards key industrial ecosystems and SMEs.
  7. Define a sustainable long-term strategy that ensures the EUROCULSTER continuity and its strong impacts on the resilient transformation of the European SMEs.

Action plan

CircInWater will accelerate the transformation of the industries with the highest water footprint by:

  • Acting as an innovation booster for SMEs offering water-smart solutions
  • Providing intelligence on the challenges, needs and market opportunities
  • Connecting end-users with water-smart solution providers while fostering the synergies across value chains to develop strong interlinkages
  • Strengthening capacity building of SMEs
  • Boosting access to global supply and value chains
  • Promoting and disseminating the water-smart innovations widely.

Results

CircInWater will bring a comprehensive support package to SMEs by delivering a joint portfolio of re-skilling and skilling services, helping them to address international markets and offering financial support to maximise their innovation and resilience capacities.
To materialise this support, CircInWater will provide financial support to SMEs working on developing water-smart solutions through a funding scheme which is organised into three different vouchers: Innovation voucher, knowledge voucher, and internationalisation voucher.