The Horizon 2020 project CICERONE has published the new European Strategic Research & Innovation Agenda (SRIA) on Circular Economy, that aims to support funders of circular economy programmes with the efficient design and prioritisation of needs at EU level.

The SRIA was developed based on eight priority themes (biomass and biotechnologies, chemicals, construction and demolition, food, plastic, raw materials, waste and water) and builds on four societal areas that face sustainability challenges (urban areas, industrial systems, value chains and territory and sea) to identify priority areas to tackle EU region-wide issues and facilitate the circular economy transition.

Based on the innovation priorities identified across Europe, four joint programmes were developed in the SRIA to support stakeholders with the design and implementation of systemic circular economy programmes: Circular Cities, Circular Industries, Closing the Loop, Resource Efficiency on Territory & Sea.

Developed within the H2020 CICERONE project in consultation with over 100 European stakeholders, the SRIA will constitute the backbone of the future joint programming platform for circular economy: the EU Circular Cooperation Hub, a new platform to help stimulate collaboration opportunities, such as joint programming, between programme owners (i.e. institutions that fund and design circular economy related activities). The platform will provide a space for co-design, networking and strategic alignment to support national, regional and local governments in their implementation of joint circular economy programmes.


CICERONE (CIrCular Economy platfoRm for eurOpeaN priorities strategic agenda) is a Horizon 2020 project that aims to develop the strategic coordination of objectives and programming of regional, national and European funding programmes in the area of circular economy. The project does this by assessing and benchmarking the current performance of circular economy research & innovation funding and developing a strategic research and innovation agenda for circular economy in Europe. Findings will ultimately result in the creation of a joint programming platform for programme owners and initiators, the EU Circular Cooperation Hub.

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