Presentation on theme: "Horizon 2020 SME Engagement Scheme Gary Bannon Policy/Analysis Officer, Research and Innovation Scottish Funding Council."— Presentation transcript:
Horizon 2020 SME Engagement Scheme Gary Bannon Policy/Analysis Officer, Research and Innovation Scottish Funding Council
Framework 7 Scottish HE sector very strong: €636M of funding to Scotland in FP7 income €538M of which to Scottish universities and research organisations. Scotland’s SMEs were active in FP7 but received a relatively low financial return. Fraction of the total for private sector
What are we trying to achieve ? Increased engagement in H2020 by SMEs and Scottish Universities working together. A stronger role for Scottish SMEs in university and business consortia in H2020 projects across Europe. Sustainable Economic Growth.
What is the H2020 SME Engagement Scheme ? £1K-£5K vouchers to allow support for SME engagement in early stages of: Engagement with EU officials and structures Consortia building Proposal writing
How does it work ? Through Interface, similar to Innovation Vouchers Rapid turnaround Simple application and reporting Established network of support and advice
How does it work ? Yes to; SME – university engagement Travel for SME team – consortia building SME engagement with EU officials, partners Reasonable support for proposal writing No to: Consultancy fees Academic-only applications
How do I apply ? Interface Applications opened 7 th October 2013
Bigger picture ? Partners in discussion over opportunities for follow-on support for businesses as H2020 applications are successful. This is part of a package of support for Scotland’s participation in H2020.