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1 Support mechanisms for Russian organisations.

1.1 On February 2, 2017, the Innovation Assistance Foundation announced the "International Programs" contest, which is aimed at supporting Russian organizations participating in the implementation of innovative projects within the framework of bilateral and multilateral international cooperation programs, confirmed by agreements and memorandums signed by the Foundation.
The competition is aimed at supporting enterprises that carry out long-term developments and have foreign partners, through interaction in which it is possible to increase the competitiveness of their products and commercialize the results of scientific and technical activities by gaining access to advanced technologies and expertise, as well as the opportunity to withdraw their (and also jointly Developed) products to foreign markets:
Sub-program 5 "Multilateral Competition in the framework of the European Program IRA-SME, partners in the international consortium - Austria, Germany, Belgium, Czech Republic, France (Region O-de-France);
Applications are accepted from 18:00 (Moscow time) on February 02, 2017 until 18:00 (Moscow time) on April 10, 2017.
The term for consideration can not exceed 120 calendar days from the deadline for the receipt of applications.
Grants are granted to small innovative enterprises in the amount of no more than 15 million rubles provided that co-financing from own and (or) attracted funds of third parties in the amount of not less than 50% of the grant amount. The R & D period is 18 or 24 months.

1.2 FASIE from Russia and CDTI from Spain are announcing the 2nd Call for Proposals for joint R&D projects

FASIE from Russia and CDTI from Spain are announcing the 2nd Call for Proposals for joint R&D projects, focusing on developing innovative products and applications in all technological and market areas. Applicants are expected to develop ready to market solutions or projects which have strong market potential for Russia and Spain.
This call invites projects in ALL thematic areas
The partners should include at least one Russian small company and one Spanish R&D performing commercial companies. Participation of research institutes/universities is welcome as subcontractors according to each countrys funding regulations. The Russian and Spanish partners must express their will to cooperate, on an equal basis, to the development of a new product, industrial process or service and the project must be equally significant to both participants. The product, process or service must be innovative and there must be a technological risk involved.
The project should have an obvious advantage and added value resulting from the technological cooperation between the participants from the two countries (e.g. increased knowledge base, commercial leads, access to R&D infrastructure etc.).
The project will have a maximum duration of 24 months.
No single country or participant can have a budget contribution above 70% of the overall budget.
Partners will be asked to present their project outline in English via a Project Application Form. The completed electronic form must be submitted to the official relevant contact person in FASIE and in CDTI in different deadlines.
The DEADLINE for submitting proposals at CDTI is 2nd June 2017, at 15:00 (local time).
The DEADLINE for submitting proposals at FASIE will be 13th June 2017.
In Russia, the participants will have to submit additionally a formal national application to FASIEs contact person.

 

 2.1 Support mechanisms via Project  Standards and Labels for Promoting Energy Efficiency in Russia [http://label-ee.ru/].

This full-size UNDP/GEF project aims to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions in the Russian Federation through the facilitation of wide-scale market transformation towards energy efficient technical building equipment and household appliances. In the scale of Russia this very ambitious target will be approached through a phased introduction of energy efficiency standards and labeling. This envisaged to be achieved by (1) improving the national legal and regulatory environment and institutional capacities to facilitate the introduction and wide-spread application of a comprehensive energy efficiency standards and labeling programme in Russia by starting it with the implementation of a full-fledged pilot programme in the Moscow region; (2) developing energy efficiency standards and labels (S&L) schemes and public procurement models, building the local verification and enforcement capacity and supporting the establishment of state-of-the-art compliance checking and certification systems and infrastructure in accordance with international best practices; (3) supporting manufacturers and other supply-chain stakeholders and establishing public-private partnerships, voluntary agreements and joint strategies to make energy efficient products more competitive and affordable to the population; and (4) raising awareness of and providing access to information to targeted end users and buyers of equipment, including both household consumers and commercial buyers. In doing this, the project will support the federal and regional governments in pioneering efficient regulatory and technological solutions and practices in the public buildings and in setting appropriately ambitious targets to the large commercial buyers among the Russian corporate sector. Reaching the stated targets of the project is expected to contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions by 29.9 Mt until 2020 and by 123.6 Mt until 2030.

Expected Outcomes:

1.    An institutional, legal and regulatory basis established and the capacity of the national authorities built to facilitate introduction and wide-spread application of energy efficiency S&L schemes and their testing at least in one pilot region during the implementation of the project.

2.    National S&L schemes for selected power-consuming products designed and proposed and the required verification and enforcement capacity for their implementation in place based on international best practices.

3.    Enhanced interest and strengthened capacity of the local manufacturers and, as applicable, other supply chain stakeholders to comply with the new EE standards and to bring energy efficient models into the market at competitive and for the majority of the population affordable prices.

4.    Enhanced awareness and improved access to non-partial information of residential and commercial clients concerning energy efficiency and other relevant characteristics of the targeted appliances and equipment from the life-cycle costs and environmental perspective.

The project was extended until mid-2017. In the first quarter of 2016, was approved work plan of the Project (planned tenders for execution of works) for 2016. Completed manufacture of equipment and its delivery and commissioning of the equipment under previously signed contracts for the supply of 2 test facilities for air conditioners and heat pumps, 5 climate chambers to test refrigerators and freezers, reference 5 washing machines and 6 water treatment plants and automation of the measuring process in six regional centers of standardization and Metrology (CSM) of the structure of Rosstandart (FBU "State regional center of standardization, metrologiei tests in Moscow," FBU "State regional center of standardization, Metrology and testing in St. Petersburg and Leningrad region," FBU "State regional center of standardization, Metrology and testing in the Samara region," FBU "State regional center of standardization, Metrology and testing in Krasnoyarsk Krai", FBU "State regional center of standardization, Metrology and testing in the Nizhny Novgorod region," FBU "State regional center of standardization, Metrology and testing in Bashkortostan Republic").

Executed the contract for the development of proposals for changes in the current version of the technical regulations of the Customs Union "On requirements to energy efficiency of electrical energy consuming devices". Report submitted to the initiative in the EEC.

Completed work: "analysis of the implementation of the requirements in the technical documentation attached to the goods, labeling of goods and their labels information about the classes of energy efficiency of products and development of proposals on improvement of normative legal acts in establishing these requirements."

Work accomplished: "Development of proposals regarding application of labelling and energy efficiency standards in the organization of cooperation in the field of low-carbon development with other countries and with international financial institutions."

A contract for the implementation of the concept of bringing electrical equipment with a high grade of energy efficiency labelling. Implemented the first phase of work.

A contract for the organization, ENES-2016, the all-Russian contest for the best innovative solutions in the field of energy efficiency and resource conservation (category household appliances).

A contract for the development of projects of normative legal acts in order to improve the system of procurement of goods based on their energy efficiency, promotion and information provision purchasing goods with high energy efficiency.

A contract for the development of projects of normative legal acts in order to improve the system of energy efficiency requirements on the turnover of goods, and monitoring compliance.

Request for supply of sets of multi-channel precision temperature measurers and temperature sensors for testing of household refrigerators and freezers in the EE parameters.

5. The project "Implementation and dissemination of effective climate-friendly technologies in some industries in Russia."

A project whose aim is the introduction and dissemination of efficient climate-friendly technologies in some industries in Russia in 2016 continues to implement. The project's main objective is the effective protection of the environment by improving economic efficiency, implementation of renewable energy and technological innovation in particular the use of alternative sources for electricity production. The project is implemented jointly by the International climate initiative of the German community for international cooperation in collaboration with the Ministry of natural resources and ecology of the Russian Federation. Project completion: September 2019.

6.The project "Promotion of technologies of bioenergy in agriculture in the Russian Federation and Ukraine"

Implementation of the project "Promotion of technologies of bioenergy in agriculture in the Russian Federation and Ukraine". The project aims to support and identify potential bioenergy and decentralized energy sources in the Russian Federation and Ukraine. One focus of the project is to use the wastes of agricultural activities for the production of energy. In the framework of this project, Russian Association of biofuel in 2015 was held the international Congress on promotion of the project in Moscow and a seminar on reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the biofuel sector in the city of Kiev. The project executing Agency in the Russian Federation is the Russian energy Agency. Project funding: 859597 Euros. Project completion: March 2017.

2.2 Support mechanisms via Project "Transforming the Market for Efficient Lighting"   [http://www.undp-light.ru/news/]

The goal of this project is to reduce national greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Russia by meeting the project objective of transforming the Russian lighting market towards more energy efficient lighting (EEL) technologies and phasing-out inefficient lighting products. The project will do so by developing and adopting energy performance and product quality standards, including implementing national and regional policies for phasing-out inefficient light sources, and promoting effective enforcement and control mechanisms. The supply chain for energy efficient lighting will be strengthened through market research and monitoring, and support for the development of new energy efficient lighting products. Efficient lighting technologies will be piloted in Moscow and Nizhny Novgorod through residential, public buildings and street lighting initiatives, and replicated broadly. By the end of the 5-year project, implementation of these actions will result in direct energy savings of 121 kton CO2/year; and, indirect savings from market transformation and increased share of energy efficient lighting of 3.5 to 4.0 TWh/year, or 1.85 Mton CO2/year.

Expected Outcomes:

Improved efficient lighting standards and policy framework.

1.    Supply chain for EE Lighting supported.

2.    Penetration of energy-efficient lighting increases in Moscow homes and buildings, and the initiatives replicated elsewhere.

3.    Energy-efficient street lighting is adopted in Nizhny Novgorod region and local EEL initiatives replicated elsewhere.

2.3 Support mechanisms via Project "Building energy efficiency in the North West of Russia"

1. Project objective is to build local capacities for and demonstrate local solutions to improved energy efficiency in construction and maintenance of buildings in the North West of Russia: Pskov, Vologda and Arkhangelsk Oblasts.

2. Expected Outcomes:

3. Project objective will be achieved through three outcomes designed to address key barriers to building energy efficiency.

4. Capacity building and know-how.

In 2016 France and Russia celebrate 50 years of scientific and technological cooperation. February 7, 2016, at the Residence of the Embassy of France hosted a meeting of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the French Republic in Russia with the Deputy Minister of education and science of the Russian Federation. The parties agreed on the preparation and publication of joint articles in the Russian and the French edition. The Embassy of France announced the intention to organize a French-Russian week of young scientists. It was proposed to hold the event in September 2016 in Kazan in the framework of the Youth Forum 2016 "science of the future - science for the young". The forum is expected to be held by the Ministry of education and science of the Russian Federation with the purpose of promoting the development of educational and scientific contacts between generations of scientists, to attract students to solving topical tasks, the position of young people in science.

5. Demonstration of local energy efficient solutions and management models. Main expected result of the Project Preparatory Grant stage of the project is the preparation of a project document for submission of a full-sized project grant request to Global Environment Facility (GEF).

3 Support mechanisms via International Climate Initiative [http://www.international-climate-initiative.com/en/]

Since 2008, the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) has been financing climate and biodiversity projects in developing and newly industrialising countries, as well as in countries in transition. For the first few years the IKI was financed through the auctioning of emission allowances, but it is now funded from the budget of the BMUB.

The IKI is a key element of Germanys climate financing and the funding commitments in the framework of the Convention on Biological Diversity. The Initiative places clear emphasis on climate change mitigation, adaption to the impacts of climate change and the protection of biological diversity. These efforts provide various co-benefits, particularly the improvement of living conditions in partner countries.

The IKI funds projects in the following areas:

- Mitigating greenhouse gas emissions

Through its projects in the category 'Mitigating greenhouse gas emissions, the International Climate Initiative (IKI) assists partner countries in switching to a sustainable, low-carbon economy. IKI partners receive support in the form of knowledge transfer, technology cooperation, policy advice and investment measures, enabling them to develop and implement appropriate methods and instruments that can be used to advance transformation processes.

IKI projects in this category are focused primarily on the development of low emissions development strategies (LEDS) and nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs), as well as systems for monitoring, reporting and verifying greenhouse gas emissions and mitigation actions (MRV). In addition, the IKI works to mobilise private capital for climate protection measures. Among other things, projects focus on sustainable energy supply, climate-friendly transportation, low-carbon industrial processes, and the future design of the carbon market.

- Low emissions development strategies and nationally appropriate mitigation actions

support sustainable and ambitious mitigation efforts undertaken by developing countries, and constitute key instruments arising from negotiations held in the context of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). LEDS provide a strategic framework for climate-friendly development. They aim to promote economic development while ensuring lower levels of greenhouse gas emissions than would be anticipated under a business-as-usual scenario. Among other things, LEDS are helpful in identifying and prioritising relevant political and economic action areas, and in creating suitable conditions for promoting low-carbon economic processes and lifestyles. LEDS often form the basis on which NAMAs are designed.

NAMAs are voluntary actions by the governments of emerging economies and developing countries that focus on initiating transformation processes in individual sectors and achieving long-term reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. They can be implemented in a range of different sectors, including energy and transportation.

-Monitoring of greenhouse gas emissions and mitigation actions

Since international climate negotiations were initiated, considerable attention has been given to the question of how to monitor, report and verify the reduction in greenhouse gases (MRV). The term MRV comprises the collection of data on mitigation actions and greenhouse gas emissions, the processing of this information into reports and inventories, and the verification of data in an international process. The development of MRV systems and application of MRV requirements represent considerable challenges for emerging economies and developing countries, who must assume responsibility for collecting the necessary data and producing greenhouse gas inventories, emission projections and economic analyses.

In this context, the IKI provides targeted support to projects that help the partner countries to plan and implement mitigation actions and ensure these actions will be MRV-compatible under a future international climate agreement.

- Promoting cooperation with the private sector

The private sector has a key role to play in achieving the 'two-degree target' agreed at the recent climate negotiations, and mobilising its resources will be essential in achieving far-reaching climate protection goals.

The IKI therefore supports projects that eliminate major barriers to greater engagement by the private sector, for example by reducing the financial risks associated with investing in climate technologies in developing countries and emerging economies. IKI projects also provide capital for public-private partnerships, impart the necessary expertise - e.g. enabling finance institutions to support energy-efficiency projects in target countries and create suitable conditions for private investment in target countries by providing advisory support to governments.

The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) principally selects projects for IKI funding through a call for proposals. 

The selection process consists of two stages:

Stage 1

BMUB normally issues an annual call for proposals along with the corresponding support information. Those interested can submit project outlines in German or English within a set deadline. These must be prepared using the project outline templates available on the IKI website. BMUB evaluates all project outlines in this format that are complete and were submitted to the IKI Programme Office in time. The Ministry makes its selection based on the funds available and seeks the approval of other relevant ministries. Applicants will be informed in writing of the evaluation result.

Stage 2

In the second step, applicants whose projects were selected will be requested in writing to submit a formal funding application and will receive the necessary templates and instructions. BMUB evaluates the project applications received and then makes the decision on funding. If a project requires a letter of political support from the partner country or guarantees under international law, this will have an effect on the project's start date.

4 Support mechanisms via France Embassy programmes   [http://www.ambafrance-ru.org/-Nauka-vo-Francii]

The French-Russian cooperation in science and technologies is realized within intergovernmental agreements and carried out at the level of the profile Ministries of both countries, the large research organizations and institutes, laboratories and the enterprises. The exchange of students and researchers, creation of new partnership, stimulation of development of new technologies and the equipment are distinguished from problems of cooperation. Coordination of scientific and technical cooperation between the Russian Federation and France is carried out by the National Center of Scientific Researches (NCSR) of France (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, CNRS) which is the largest French research association and combines the state organizations of France specializing in area of applied and basic researches.

One of partner programs for French-Russian scientific and technical exchange of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France and the Ministry of the higher education and scientific researches of France is the partner program of Hubert Curien "Kolmogorov". From the Russian side the program is realized with assistance of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation. The purpose of the program is assistance to cooperation between researchers and development of a scientific and technical exchange between universities and research institutes of two countries. The program supports the research projects offered by French and Russian research "teams".

In 2015 within the French-Russian cooperation by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation the competition "Selection of Projects on Carrying Out Researches on the Priority Directions with Participation of the Research Organizations and Universities of France" was held. For financing in 2015-2017 6 projects from them 3 in the field of energy  were selected, including:

- LAMSOL Project.

- Nanocatalyseurs Project.

- UNI-QD Project. 
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