The SME Instrument in Horizon 2020, Natascia Lai, EASME

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Focus on SMEs. Dedicated European support measures and "Hints and Tips" in light of the outcomes of the first Call for Proposals of the SME Instrument

Text of The SME Instrument in Horizon 2020, Natascia Lai, EASME

  • 1. The SME Instrument in HORIZON 2020 Natascia Lai Executive Agency for SMEs (EASME)
  • 2. Horizon 2020 Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly 80billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 - 2020) 2
  • 3. SME support in Horizon 2020 20% of H2020 budget (about 9.3 billion) to be allocated to SMEs across the "Societal challenges" and "Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies" The dedicated SME Instrument (about 3 billion), following a predominately bottom- up logic, will address the needs of innovating SMEs 3
  • 4. The SME Instrument 3-stage support 4
  • 5. Phase 1 - Concept & Feasibility Assessment o50 000 in EU funding oFeasibility study o10-page application o6 months in duration 5 Idea to concept
  • 6. Phase 2 Demonstration activities oBetween 0.5 million and 2.5 million in EU funding oThe SME will further develop its proposal through innovation activities, such as demonstration, testing, piloting, scaling up, and miniaturisation o30-page application including business plan o1-2 years in duration o70% funding (exceptions possible) 6 Concept to market-maturity
  • 7. Phase 3 Market launch oNo stand-alone phase! oNo direct funding oSMEs will receive extensive support, training, mentorship oFacilitate access to risk finance oAdditional support and networking opportunities (EEN) 7 Prepare for Market Launch
  • 8. Business coaching Coaches will drive the performance of the organisation Coaches suggested by EEN, and selected by the SME Voluntary business coaching: oPhase 1: 3 days oPhase 2: 12 days 8
  • 9. The Horizon 2020 Participant Portal 9 Online application submission system
  • 10. The application template 10 Phase 1 : max 10 pages Phase 2 : max 30 pages
  • 11. The evaluation process 11 Consensus report (automatic - median of individual scores) 4 experts / proposal
  • 12. Evaluation criteria Economic impact Excellence in innovation Quality and efficiency of the implementation 12
  • 13. The application: key elements 13 Excellence Objectives Relation to the work programme Concept and approach Ambition Impact Expected Impacts Users/Market Company Dissemination and exploitation of results Intellectual property, knowledge protection and regulatory issues Implementation Work plan work package and deliverable Management structure and procedures Consortium as a whole (if applicable) Resources to be committed
  • 14. Themes for 2014-2015 In 2014 and 2015 the SME Instrument will sponsor SMEs operating within 13 themes: 14 High risk ICT innovation Nanotech, or other advanced tech for manufacturing and materials Space research and development Diagnostics devices and biomarkers Sustainable food production and processing Blue growth Low carbon energy systems Greener and more integrated transport Eco-innovation and sustainable raw material supply Urban critical infrastructure Biotechnology-based industrial processes Mobile e-government applications (2015 only) SME business model innovation (2015 only)
  • 15. Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 15 TRL 1 basic principles observed TRL 2 technology concept formulated TRL 3 experimental proof of concept TRL 4 technology validated in lab TRL 5 technology validated in relevant environment TRL 6 technology demonstrated in relevant environment (industrially relevant environment in the case of key enabling technologies) TRL 7 system prototype demonstration in operational environment TRL 8 system complete and qualified TRL 9 actual system proven in operational environment (competitive manufacturing in the case of key enabling technologies; or in space) Minimum TRL for SME Instrument proposals: 6
  • 16. Timeline Open call: Submissions can be submitted any time, and will be immediately evaluated 4 cut-off dates per year (March, June, September, December) for ranking and finance decisions Budget: total is roughly 3 billion. 16
  • 17. Thank you! For more information go to: http://ec.europa.eu/easme/sme/ @H2020SME 17