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1 SME Instrument in Horizon 2020 – An overview Dr Jane Watkins

2 Horizon summary 1.Innovative projects (more support for innovation activities) 2.Projects address priorities identified by the Commission’s Work Programme 3.Projects must respond to a call for Proposals 4.Involving partners from multiple countries 5.Reimbursement up to 100 % of eligible costs 6.Co-financed through a Grant Agreement with the European Commission 7.Simplified access, for all companies, universities, etc Sounds simple!!

3 Horizon getting involved Does H2020 meet your business needs? What are the timescales? Is there a likely ‘home’ for you project? - Societal Challenges, SME instrument, Eurostars, other EU programmes? Are you ready to be the Coordinator? How do you find partners? What are the participation/funding rules? How do I write and submit a proposal? The participant portal is collapsed, where can I get support? What happens if I’m successful?

4 Targeted Approach “We would like to apply for Europe Smart award. I note the deadline is only 45 working days away. Please can you send me full details of how to apply ASAP. I looked at Eurostars but we cannot apply for it as the company has less than 5 full time researchers Just to double check, is there anything other than the following 3 calls we could apply for: H2020 ICT 37 H020 ICT16 UK SMART Programme”

5 Horizon 2020 is different A strong challenge-based approach, allowing applicants to have considerable freedom to come up with innovative solutions Emphasis on innovation, with continuing support for R&D Less prescriptive topics, strong emphasis on expected impact A strategic approach, with two-year work programmes Focus areas bring together different technologies, along entire innovation chain

6 Horizon 2020 Priorities Excellent Science  European Research Council  Future & Emerging Technologies  Marie Curie  Research Infrastructures Industrial Leadership  Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies  Access to risk finance  Research and innovation in SME's (SME Instrument) Societal Challenges  Health, demographic change and wellbeing  Food security, sustainable agriculture and the bio- economy  Secure, clean and efficient energy  Smart, green and integrated transport  Climate action, resource efficiency and raw materials  Inclusive, innovative and secure societies

7 SME Instrument – KEY FEATURES Targeted at all types of innovative SMEs showing a strong ambition to grow (and to develop and internationalize) Only for profit SMEs allowed to apply for funding (single company support, but collaboration is certainly advisable) Competitive, EU dimension - only the best ideas pass Market-oriented, close-to-market activities: 70% co-funding Entrance in both Phase 1 and 2 Embedded in societal challenges and key enabling technologies Evaluators: market perspective Time to grant*: 400 days in > 150 days in 2014

8 Target Group Innovative for-profit SMEs showing a strong ambition to develop, grow and internationalise Single company support is possible or consortium of for-profit SMEs Highly competitive, market-oriented, EU dimension Other partners (research providers like universities and research institutes, large companies etc.) can be involved as third parties (subcontractors) SMEs need to be established in the EU-member states or associated countries

9 SME instrument ? IDEAcontinued support throughout the projectMARKET Concept & Feasibility Assessment Demonstration Market Replication R&D Commercialisation Idea to concept, risk assessment, technological & commercial feasibility Demonstration, prototyping, testing, market replication, scaling up, miniaturisation, research Quality label for successful projects, access to risk finance, indirect support SME window EU financial facilities

10 Phase 1: Concept and feasibility assessment Phase 2: R&D, demonstration, market replication Input: Idea/Concept: "Business Plan 1" (~ 10 pages) Activities: Feasibility of concept Risk assessment IP regime Partner search Design study Pilot application etc. Output: elaborated "Business plan 2" Input: "Business plan 2" plus description of activities under Phase 2 (~ 30 pages) Activities: Development, prototyping, testing, piloting, miniaturisation, scaling-up, market replication, research Output: "investor-ready Business plan 3" Lump sum: € ~ 6 months No direct funding Phase 3: Commercialisation 1-3 (5) M€ EC funding ~ 12 to 24 months Promote instrument as quality label for successful projects Facilitate access to risk finance Support via networking, training, information, addressing i.a. IP management, knowledge sharing, dissemination SME window in the EU financial facilities (debt facility and equity facility) Possible connection to PPC (and PPI?)

11 Evaluating SME instrument activities There has to be a market Easy to use/produce for the customer and the firm Technical solution possible and better than existing ones Excellence in innovation Commercialisation potential and economic impact Company's potential to achieve the envisaged results Plus: EU added value

12 SME Instrument – Phase 1 - Submission 1 st Cut-off date 18 June 2014: 2662 proposals 2503 single company applications. 119 consortia with 2 SMEs. 34 with 3 SMEs. 6 with 4 SMEs Italy 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)

13 SME Instrument – Phase 1 – First Cut-Off Date – 2602 eligible applications received, 317 (12%) were evaluated above threshold. – 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.

14 SME Instrument – Phase 1 - Submission 2 nd Cut-off date 24 September 2014: 1944 proposals 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 applicants

15 H2020 SME Instrument – Lesson Learned Most of the non-selected proposals were: 1.Too much focused on the project and not enough on the business opportunity; 2.Not convincing when describing the company (you have to explain why your company will succeed and not your competitor); 3.Not providing enough information on competing solutions; 4.Having a too low level of innovation, planning to develop a product that already exists on the market; 5.Proposing just an idea without any concept for its commercialisation; 6.Just trying their luck (the SME Instrument is not a lottery!).

16 EUREKA Eurostars The Eurostars Programme is the first European funding and support programme to be specifically dedicated to R&D performing SMEs. Short lead-time (14 WEEKS from cut-off date to funding decision) Projects funded by the respective partners national funding bodies UK – InnovateUK

17 EUREKA Eurostars Consortium leader is an R&D-performing SME At least 2 partners from 2 different Eurostars participating countries Project duration is no more than 36 months Market introduction is foreseen within 2 years after project ends. Research-performing SMEs undertake minimum 50% of total R&D cost No single country or project partner is responsible for more than 75% of the project costs No restriction on thematic area [except military] and project managed from the bottom up Partners in a Consortium must be separate legal entities

18 Fast Track to Innovation pilot Horizon 2020 Open to any legal entity - consortia of no more than 5 participants Funding of innovation actions (close-to-market) Proposals relating to any technology field under LEITs and Societal Challenges (bottom-up-driven logic) Grant up to € 3 million (but no comitology) Permanently open call with three cut-off-dates per year Impact criterion given a higher weighting in evaluations Time-to- grant 6 months Open for applications as of January

19 National Contact Point Support National Contact Points will give impartial advice regarding European funding, tailored to each individual business and organisation. The services include: Guidance on choosing relevant H2020 topics and types of action Advice on administrative procedures and contractual issues Assistance on proposal pre-screening Distribution of documentation (forms, guidelines, manuals etc.)


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