Presentation on theme: "SME Participation in Horizon 2020"— Presentation transcript:
1 SME Participation in Horizon 2020 Including SME Instrument Phase 1DG Research and Innovation, Unit B.3 SMEs, Financial Instruments and State NCP Training October 7, 2014
2 Horizon 2020 for SMEs Collaborative Projects 13% SME Instrument 7% Eurostars IIEnhancing Innovation CapacityInnovFin – EU Finance for Innovators& accompanying measuresFellowships(Access to Skills)20 % budgetarytarget in LEITs (IL) & SC*'Innovation in SMEs' (IL)'Access to Risk Finance' (IL)MSCA (ES)*= ~ EUR 9 billion of direct SME support. over the period
3 Horizon 2020 Global View – SME participation in the 3 Pillars (excl Horizon 2020 Global View – SME participation in the 3 Pillars (excl. 'Innovation in SMEs' & 'Access to Risk Finance')An Encouraging Start
4 An Encouraging Start!9 months into Horizon implementation. SMEs represent…1/4 of applicants (24.82%)1/5 of beneficiaries (19.55%)1/6 of budget allocation (16.18%)What about the target (set by Council and EP) to allocate 20% of the budget for Societal Challenges and LEITs to SMEs?For Societal Challenges. we are at close to 12% (11.98%)For LEITs. we are at about 21.4% (21.46%)For both together we are currently at 18.12%This while the full impact of SME instrument funding has not kicked in yet (no phase 2 yet)On the basis of an extrapolation taking into account the full impact of SME instrument phase 2, it can be assumed that the target will be exceeded by 2-3% for
5 SMEs in Excellent Science: A Mixed Bag Two sections out of four with high relevance for SME participation:Future and Emerging Technologies (FETs)Marie-Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA)For FETs: suboptimal results, given relative attractiveness of the topics for SMEs (esp. start-ups):7.4% of all applicants are SMEs4.2% of all beneficiaries are SMEs5.4% of the budget goes to SMEs12.09% of SME applicants are successful (vs % of all applicants)For MSCA: first information confirms that SMEs have found their way to this scheme:11.76% of applicants are SMEs13.77% of beneficiaries are SMEs (// close to 15 % in FP7)10.31% of the budget goes to SMEs (// close to 11% in FP7)19.27% of SME applicants are successful (vs % of all applicants)
6 SMEs in Excellent Science – applicants and budget * SME applicants in the selectionRequested EU financial contribution to SME applicants in selectionPriority AreaEligible ProposalsRetained ProposalsSuccess RatesEligible Proposals (in million EUR)(in million EUR)European Research Council20.00%0.21FETs911112.09%344.131.915.55%MSCA130825219.27%317.8748.1615.15%Research infrastructures Total: Excellent Science140126319%352.550.0714%* As available in CORDA on 25/9/2014
7 SMEs in LEITs: Clear Chemistry Most interest (in absolute terms) for:Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) [4198 SME applicants = 29.84% of total]Advanced Manufacturing and Processing (AMP) – [1336 SME applicants = 30.72% of total]Nanotechnologies. Advanced Materials and Production (NMP) [692 SME applicants = 44.85% of total]Space (SP) [639 SME applicants = 25.58% of total]Biotechnology (Biotech) [74 SME applicants = 100% of total*]Overall, reassuring figures for all LEITs:30.65% of all applicants are SMEs25.29% of all beneficiaries are SMEsAbout 1/9 of SME applicants are successful (vs % of all applicants)234.2 million EUR of the billion EUR (21.46%) allocated so far went to SMEs* Only SME instrument (phase 1)
8 SMEs in LEITs – applicants and budget figures* SME applicants in the selectionRequested EU financial contribution to SME applicants in selection% of budget allocated to SMEsPriority AreaEligible ProposalsRetained ProposalsSuccess RatesEligible Proposals (in million EUR)(in million EUR)ICT419842910.22%130.5410.99%19.48%NMP692588.38%164.3822.1113.45%30.86%Biotech7434.05%3.70.15100%AMP133616512.35%476.2658.1912.22%25.58%Space63911117.37%149.6923.2315.52%19.47%Advanced Materials Total: LEITs694176611.04%1982.3234.2311.82%21.46%* As available in CORDA on 25/9/2014
9 SMEs in SC: More Highs than Lows Most interest (in absolute terms) for:Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing [1163 SME applicants = 22.1% of total] – SC1Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy [959 SME applicants = 30.92% of total] – SC3Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials [665 SME applicants = 31.49% of total] – SC5Smart, Green and Integrated Transport [342 SME applicants = 48.24% of total] – SC4Inclusive, Innovative and Reflective Societies [226 SME applicants = 16.78% of total] – SC6Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Marine, Maritime and Inland Water Research [190 SME applicants = 100% of total*] – SC2Secure Societies [47 SME applicants = 100% of total*] – SC7Overall. OK. yet budget going to SMEs should be increased (what will happen in any case with SME instrument phase 2):28.04% of all applicants are SMEs19.57% of all beneficiaries are SMEsAbout 1/10 of SME applicants are successful (vs. 14% of all applicants)71.4 million EUR of the million EUR (11.98%) allocated so far went to SMEs* Only SME Instrument (Phase 1)
10 SMEs in SC - applicants and budget* SME applicants in the selectionRequested EU financial contribution to SME applicants in selection% of budget allocated to SMEsPriority AreaEligible ProposalsRetained ProposalsSuccess RatesEligible Proposals (in million EUR)(in million EUR)SC111631169.97%371.2229.78.00%12.17%SC2173105.78%8.650.5100%SC3959636.57%231.6915.326.61%8.33%SC43424011.7%31.373.8812.36%16.61%SC56658512.78%137.0316.8812.32%14.87%SC62262410.62%56.604.838.54%16.03%SC747612.77%2.050.314.63% Total: SC35753449.6%838.6171.429%11.98%* As available in CORDA on 25/9/2014
11 Horizon 2020 for SMEs = Collaborative Projects 13% Integrated & Complimentary Support20 % budgetarytarget in LEITs (IL) & SC*Collaborative Projects13%Eurostars IIEnhancing Innovation CapacityDebt & Equity Facilities& accompanying measuresFellowships(Access to Skills)'Innovation in SMEs' (IL)'Access to Risk Finance' (IL)MSCA (ES)*= ~ EUR 9 billion of direct SME support, over the period
12 Implemented centrally by one agency (EASME) ImplementationImplemented centrally by one agency (EASME)Continuously open call with around 4 cut-off dates per year20142015Phase 118/06/201424/09/201417/12/2014Phase 209/10/201418/03/201517/06/201517/09/201516/12/2015
14 SME Instrument – Phase 1 - Submission 1st Cut-off date 18 June 2014:2662 proposals2503 single company applications. 119 consortia with 2 SMEs. 34 with 3 SMEs. 6 with 4 SMEsItaly was the country with the highest number of proposals submitted (436), closely followed by Spain (420), UK (232) and Germany (188), France (167) and Hungary (166)The Open Disruptive Innovation (ODI) topic attracted by far the highest number of applications with 885. followed by low carbon energy systems (372). nanotechnologies (305) and eco-innovation/raw materials (241)2nd Cut-off date 24 September 2014:1944 proposalsThe ranking by country remains the same as in June. with Italy in the lead in terms of number of applications (351). followed by Spain (283), United Kingdom (149), Germany (128), France (93) and Hungary (91)Open Disruptive Innovation (ODI) attracted again the biggest number of proposals (608), also followed by low carbon energy systems (268), nanotechnologies (234) and eco-innovation/raw materials (199)No further information yet on applicantsSME Instrument – Phase 1 - Submission
16 Number of proposals submitted by topic for the 2 cut-off dates:
17 SME Instrument – Phase 1 – Evaluation / Funding after First Cut-Off Date Out of the 2602 eligible applications received, 317 (12%) were evaluated above threshold.The budget available for this cut-off would allow to fund 169 companies (Phase 1 project). Based on the positively evaluated applications per topic 155 projects could be funded (6%).49% of applications above threshold will be funded every second "good" proposal is funded.105 out of 155 (68%) of the SMEs reportedly are newcomers to Framework Programmes.Countries with highest success rate are: Ireland (20%), Austria (15%), UK (11%), Israel (10%) and Spain (9%)Company statistics:58% of funded SMEs have between 6 to 50 employees, 30% of SMEs micro-companies with up to 5 employees, and 11% have more than 50 employees.25% of funded SMEs are consolidated companies with more than 11 trading years, 39% with 4 to 10 years, and 36% with up to 36%.36% of funded SMEs have a turnover higher than €1M, 35% between €100K-€1M, 28% less than €100K.
20 Analysis of received and selected proposals per topic – 1st Cut-off evaluatedMax. project fundableabove% positively evaluated"Success rate" %above threshold and fundedICT 37: Open Disruptive Innovation Scheme8863010712%28%NMP 25: Accelerating the uptake of nanotechnologies, advanced materials or advanced manufacturing and processing technologies by SMEs31015+2299%59%BIOTECH 5: SME boosting biotechnology-based industrial processes driving competitiveness and sustainability743811%38%LEIT Space-SME6147%100%PHC12 :Clinical research for the validation of biomarkers and/or diagnostic medical devices20844(20%)24Fairly high number of proposals above thresholdHigh number of ineligible or wrongly submitted proposals: 66Fewer than possible projects positively evaluated
21 Analysis of received and selected proposals per topic – 1st Cut-off evaluatedMax. project fundableProposals above% positively evaluated"Success rate" %above thresholdSFS8: Resource-efficient eco-innovative food production and processingBG12: Blue Growth 125487329623%12%24%50%SIE 1: Stimulating the innovation potential of SMEs for a low carbon and efficient energy system37422+146IT.1: Small business innovation research for Transport22724+226100%SC-5-20: Boosting the potential of small businesses for eco-innovation and a sustainable supply of raw materials24811+13213%38%DRS17-Protection of urban soft targets and urban critical infrastructures4115%Many proposals above threshold
22 First analysis of reasons for unsuccessful phase 1 proposals: Too much project focussed, not enough business opportunity orientedDescription of company not convincing (why would this company succeed and not the competitor?!)No information on competing solutionsInnovation content too low; product exists already on the market (just incremental improvement)Just ideas, no proof of existing commercialisation concept (TRL far too low)Just trying one's luck
23 Lessons learned and aspects for improvement: Submission process not yet optimal (85% of the submitted proposals arrived within the last 48h prior to the cut-off date).Presentation of the call at proposal submission level is not yet optimal (70 proposals had to be transferred from one topic to another upon request by the applicants, with the majority of the cases due to misinterpretation of the applicant).Level of feedback from evaluation to applicants will be improved, yet speed (short time-to-grant) will remain the most important preoccupation.Pool of evaluators will be broadened from current to about 1000 (more business, financial profiles!)
24 Your reaction, feedback based on your contacts with stakeholders Your reaction, feedback based on your contacts with stakeholders? Are there any specific issues that need to be better explained/clarified to potential proposers? Questions?
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