CIrCular Economy platfoRm for eurOpeaN priorities strategic agEnda

Project: EU project

Project Details


CICERONE brings together programme owners, research organizations and other stakeholders to create a platform for efficient Circular Economy programming. The priority setting and the organization of the future platform will be driven by Programme Owners (POs), involved either as project partners, or via a stakeholder network. Diversity of national / regional situations is reflected in the partnership. The work will be carried out in close cooperation with research & technology organisations (RTOs), which contribute with their expertise of the main scientific and technological challenges. Consultation mechanisms will also ensure that all stakeholders will be able to actively contribute (civil society, industry, innovative SMEs, startups, cities, investors, networks, etc.). An initial benchmarking exercise will be carried out for a deeper understanding of the state of the art, mapping stakeholders, existing RDI priorities as well as funding and legal mechanisms. A prioritisation methodology will be developed to support an analysis of the current performance: synergies, gaps and duplications will be characterised, and pathways for improvements will be formulated. Identified best practices will drive the definition of policy recommendations. Once the state of the art has been clearly mapped out, the actual prioritisation work will be carried out. This includes building a Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA), performing an ex-ante impact assessment of joint programming on circular economy R&I, and developing a policy toolkit to promote the priorities and foster adoption by policy-makers. The project will also set the grounds for the future PO platform, starting with defining its strategic role in the existing landscape. The next step will be to specify governance and possible legal frameworks, as well as creating a financially sustainable model. It is a key objective that the platform be sustained after the end of the project.
Effective start/end date1/11/1831/03/21

Collaborative partners

  • VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
  • Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO) (Project partner)
  • Institute for Ecology of Industrial Areas (IETU) (Project partner)
  • IVL Swedish Environmental Research institute (Project partner)
  • Eesti Teadusagentuur SA (Project partner)
  • National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) (Project partner)
  • Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) (Project partner)
  • Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH (FZJ) (Project partner)
  • Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) (Project partner)
  • Unitatea Executiva pentru Finantarea Invatamantului Superior, a Cercetarii, Dezvoltarii si Inovarii (UEFISCDI) (Project partner)
  • Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives (CEA) (Project partner)
  • LGI Consulting (Project partner)
  • PNO Consultants B.V. (Project partner)
  • bluenove (Project partner)
  • EIT Climate-KIC S.L. (Project partner) (lead)
  • Geokompetenzzentrum Freiberg e.V. (Project partner)
  • National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA) (Project partner)
  • Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate, Netherlands (Project partner)
  • Sofia Development Association (Project partner)
  • EIT RawMaterials GmbH (Project partner)
  • Xunta Consellería de Medio Ambiente, Territorio e Vivenda en Galicia (Project partner)
  • World Resources Forum (WRF) (Project partner)
  • University of Maribor (Project partner)
  • Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy (Project partner)
  • Climate-KIC Holding B.V. (Project partner)

Funding category

  • EU-H2020


  • H2020
  • H2020-SC5-2018-1
  • Competitiveness
  • innovation
  • research and development