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ESPP input to EU public consultation on Horizon Europe 7 September 2019

You can download the ESPP input to the Horizon Europe public consultation for Horizon Europe Co-design 2021-2024 from this Link.

SCOPE 128 newsletter science special on phosphorus

One of the European Sustainable Phosphorus Platform (ESPP)’s objectives is to be a hub for networking, for exchange of information and for interaction between research and industry. This SCOPE special edition aims to identify and summarise some of the most significant, recent, scientific publications into phosphorus stewardship. The following list of papers are summarised.

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Defining “Nutrients Mission” proposal for FP9 Horizon Europe

The European Commission has started preparation of FP9 (Horizon Europe) the Research & Innovation funding programme 2021-2028, which will follow on after Horizon2020 with an expected budget of around 100 billion € . The draft Regulation text outlining structure and objectives of Horizon Europe was published 7th June and proposes to include “Missions” (art. 5 of published Regulation) which will be horizontal, across the “Challenges” (thematic R&D funding).

ESPP has contracted an independent journalist to draft an outline proposal (attached) for a “Mission” on nutrients, based on input from a stakeholders, in particular resulting from the meeting organised on 30th May by SYSTEMIC and Biorefine Cluster Europe, with ESPP and INMS (international nitrogen management system) and the meeting at the European Sustainable Phosphorus Conference (ESPC3), Helsinki, 11th June.

The text submitted to DG Research as initial input on 20th July can be found here.
Further discussion and development of this is ongoing, and input is welcome:

1. Let us know () if you wish to be involved in the process of proposing, defining and promoting the inclusion of “nutrients” in the themes of Horizon Europe
2. Send us any comments on the attached draft text
3. Use this draft text to contact your National Research Contact Points
4. Inform other stakeholders contacts in industry, farming, etc. and let us know of those who are interested to be involved in this discussion.

ESPP catalogue of nutrient recycling and stewardship projects and platforms

Here you can download the ESPP catalogue of nutrient recycling and management projects and platforms. It includes R&D projects on nutrient recycling and management (not only phosphorus), for promotion on our website ( and in our network of companies, public bodies and other stakeholders. Please provide your input and corrections via using the WORD document and track and change.
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ESPP ideas for R&D needs to support nutrient stewardship in EU R&D funding FP9

Here you can download the draft ESPP input document with ideas for the development of the 9th EU research Framework Programme (FP9) .
If you have any input please send it to

ESPP Joint position on the need for research into organic contaminants

ESPP Joint position on the need for research into organic contaminants - signed by ESPP, Eureau (Europe’s drinking water and waste water service operators), EBA (European Biogas Association),  ECN (European Compost Network), EEB (European Environment Bureau) and Growing Media Europe (6 October 2017)

Outcomes 2nd European coordination meeting of nutrient R&D projects (Basel, Switzerland)

About 25 nutrient recovery research and demonstration projects met in Basel, Switzerland, 19th October, to discuss project coordination and future research needs. Projects present included Horizon 2020, LIFE, Interreg and national funded R&D projects, as well as participants from industry and policy makers. This European Nutrient Event was jointly organised by ESPP, the Phos4You project and Basel Region. This was the second such European coordination meeting of nutrient R&D projects, following the first meeting organised in Berlin in 2015 (see SCOPE Newsletter n°111). In Basel, the meeting concluded the need to develop continuous exchange between nutrient R&D projects: to avoid the stop-and-go which has resulted in the past from meetings too far apart (2015, 2017) and from coordination organised by projects (three year duration).Other specific proposals included to establish a Mediterranean network on nutrient recycling; structure cooperation between nutrient R&D projects present (such as joint dissemination, back-to-back events at important industry trade fairs); develop an independent panel and data base for evaluation of nutrient recycling technologies, systems, costs; network across projects of demonstration plants in different regions, different types of waste / water, different treatment systems. The Basel 2017 R&D project coordination event followed a first day organised by Phos4You and the German Phosphorus Platform (DPP) discussing the new regulatory obligations for phosphorus recovery in Switzerland and in Germany and presenting available technologies.

Data on Nutrients to Support Stewardship (DONUTSS)

DONUTSS (Data on Nutrients to Support Stewardship) aims to identify what data is needed by decision makers (agriculture, industry, investors waste sector and policy makers) on nutrient stocks and flows, and define how to make this data available.

More information about DONUTSS:

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