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Finnova Foundation attends as a partner the public presentation of the Iberian Center for Research and Forest Firefighting (CILIFO)

The general director Juanma Revuelta and the manager of CILIFO in Finnova José Manuel Requena took part in the event, celebrated in the University of Huelva.

On 19 June, the University of Huelva hosted the presentation of the Iberian Centre for Research and Combating Forest Fires (Cilifo), in which 15 institutions from the regions of Andalusia, Algarve and Alentejo are taking part. The setting up of this Centre is part of a project approved by the Operational Programme for Cross-border Cooperation POCTEP and is co-financed with FEDER Funds. The centre will be located on the Carmen Campus of the University of Huelva. The project has a duration of three years and a financial endowment of 24.6 million euros to undertake all the actions of the project in the territory of intervention of the three participating regions. The Finnova Foundation participates as a partner in the project and the event was attended by the general director Juanma Revuelta and the head of CILIFO in Finnova José Manuel Requena.

The event was attended by the rector of the University of Huelva, María Antonia Peña, and the Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Sustainable Development of the Junta de Andalucía, Carmen Crespo. The objectives pursued by this centre, coordinated by the Regional Government of Andalusia, are the following: to strengthen and combine cooperation, working procedures and training between forest fire prevention and extinction devices in the cooperation area of the Alentejo-Algarve-Andalucía Euroregion; to promote the creation of lasting and quality employment in the area; to reduce the economic cost of fires by creating a rural economy linked to the landscape and to improve the response capacity to forest fires of the administrations and authorities involved in the fight against them in the three participating regions.

The CILIFO project consists of a series of actions, grouped in the areas of infrastructure, awareness, training, development and innovation that will allow to implement and improve the strategy to fight forest fires in Spain and Portugal. In this way, a cross-border training plan in fire prevention and extinction will be designed and implemented, based on the acquisition of skills and permanent learning by the extinction operatives of Spain and Portugal, and an awareness and research plan will be launched with the participation of researchers from all regions.


Finnova launches its call for project proposals in the field of forest fire fighting and prevention to be submitted to the LIFE 2019 call

The call focuses on the following LIFE programmes: Nature and Biodiversity, Climate Action and Environmental Governance and Information.

The objective is to identify possible solutions to challenges in the field of fire protection in one of the following areas: prevention, operation and regeneration.

This call for project and technology ideas to be submitted to the LIFE call is part of the advice of the CILIFO Centre created by the CILIFO project (0753_CILIFO_5_E). This is a project co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund ERDF in the framework of the Interreg V A Spain – Portugal (POCTEP) 2014-2020 programme.

European Union LIFE projects provide between 55% and 75% non-repayable funding.

Brussels, 16.05.2019. The Finnova Foundation opens its LIFE 2019 Call for Pre-proposals for innovative European projects dedicated to fire protection. This call is addressed to public and/or private entities that have a project or a personal interest or need that can be framed within the LIFE Programme, the financial instrument of the European Union.

This Finnova LIFE 2019 Call for Proposals focuses on the following LIFE programmes: Nature and Biodiversity, Climate Action and Environmental Governance and Information.

The objectives are as follows:

  • To create a network of incubators and accelerators at provincial and regional level that respond to the interest for innovation in fire fighting.
  • To identify possible solutions to challenges in the field of fire protection in one of the following areas: prevention, operation and regeneration.
  • To create territorial alliances of public-private partnership (PPP) that allow the SOLUTIONS proposed by entrepreneurs, technological institutes and universities to become real projects.
  • Make visible its commitment to innovation and its commitment to growth and job creation, through the promotion of entrepreneurial projects that improve the quality of life of its citizens.
  • Increase and improve institutional relations thanks to PPP alliances.
  • Contribute to improving and protecting the environment and climate action.

Finnova will analyse each of the pre-proposals in order to proceed to a potential drafting and preparation of a LIFE proposal before the cut-off date of June or September 2019 (depending on the call). This initiative is part of the first accelerator dedicated to fire-fighting startups, managed by the Finnova Foundation as a partner of the LIFE programme. Thus, Finnova looks for public entities that face problems with fires and startups that are innovative in this field.

According to Juanma Revuelta, CEO of Finnova, one of the fundamental objectives will be to evaluate each idea in order to « try to increase public-private partnerships that allow for public funding from the EU, such as programmes such as Horizon 2020 or Interreg ». An outstanding example Finnova has already worked with in this field is Drone Hopper; it is a startup that designs drones to act in the extinction of forest fires, thanks to its unit of containers that propel nebulized liquid. Drone Hopper received a non-refundable grant of €50,000 from the European Commission’s SME Facility thanks to advice from Finnova’s StartUp Europe Accelerator programme.

It should be noted that the Climate Action is the 13th UN Sustainable Development Goals. This project is developed within the framework of the CILIFO programme (Iberian Centre for Research and Forest Firefighting). It has an overall budget of 24.7 million euros for Interreg Poctep (European Cross-Border Cooperation Programme), making it the Interreg project with the largest financial endowment.


Juan Manuel Revuelta – General Manager of Finnova


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