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SME Instrument – 580 proposals received for phase 2

SME Instrument – 580 proposals received for phase 2

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10/10/2014

Deadline for applications for SME Instrument phase 2 (first cut-off date) was 9 October 2014. Executive Agency for SMEs received 580 proposals.

 

Ranking by country is similar to phase 1 results – the biggest number of proposals came from Italy - 70, followed by Spain – 69 and United Kingdom with 61 proposals.

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Statistics per country
Statistics per country

 

Of the applications received, 78% were submitted by a single company. In total 785 SMEs are participating in this cut-off.

Open Disruptive Innovation scheme attracted the biggest number of applicants, i.e. 191.  

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Statistics per topic
Statistics per topic

Results of the evaluation will be published in April 2015. Next deadline for phase 2 is on the 17th of December 2014.

 

Comments

  • Irene Larroy's picture

    I read with some confusion that results of the first cut-off for SME phase 2 proposals will be published in April 2015. According to the work programmes, I thought the maximum period for geting results was 4 months, i.e, 9 Febrary 2015. I wwould appreciate if EASME could clarify this point.

  • user_administrator's picture

    6 months is to disclose the results to the public once the grant agreements are signed. Beneficiaries will be informed earlier.

  • Sian Mitchell's picture

    Could you please clarify the statement "Of the applications received, 78% were submitted by a single company" do you really mean that or is there a typing error?

  • chladag's picture

    Hello, it's not a typing error; the data is correct.

  • Alexander Schulze's picture

    78% of the applications have been submitted by single company (and not by multiple companies unioned in a conglomerate)

  • Gordana's picture

    Are the beneficiaries will be informed before the march deposition deadline?

  • chladag's picture

    Potential beneficiaries will be informed around February.

  • Alex's picture

    We have already received the Evaluation. Why did you say February? by the way we didn´t pass the threshold :(

  • HB's picture

    Will it be possible to see abstracts for the 580 proposals online? If so, where and when will it be published by EASME?

  • chladag's picture

    We publish names of beneficaries once grant agreements are signed. See example on this page

  • HB's picture

    According to answer from Martizr here below, all abstracts will be published. Could you please inform which is correct?

  • martizr's picture

    For the moment we have published the names only but we will publish all the abstract soon.

  • HB's picture

    Publishing the abstracts soon sounds good.
    Where can we see the names that you mentioned that have been published?

  • martizr's picture

    The list of beneficiaries is available on this page: https://ec.europa.eu/easme/en/horizon-2020-sme-instrument-beneficiaries

  • S neuman's picture

    Publishing abstracts upon winning might be some kind of an issue in some cases

  • S neuman's picture

    Publishing abstracts upon winning might be some kind of an issue in some cases

  • Shilly's picture

    Where can I find the more details topic description for each call?

  • martizr's picture

    The detailed descriptions are available on the Participant portal. Direct links per call available on this page: https://ec.europa.eu/easme/en/horizons-2020-sme-instrument

  • Enrico Bertolotti's picture

    Why abstract will not be published? I think it will be very usefull to have an idea about projects selected and their content.

  • martizr's picture

    We are currently working on it. All the abstracts will be available soon.

  • Maurizio's picture

    Can an applicant, awaiting evaluation of a proposal submitted for the last deadline, apply for the next one on December with a different project? This is because I've read that, most probably, the evaluations for the last call will be received in February...

  • martizr's picture

    As an organisation you can't submit a second proposal until the first one is evaluated or the project selected for funding is over.

  • Rita's picture

    Is it possible to cross-check data and to know for each topic from where application come?

  • Marco Morra's picture

    The SME instrument is a great innovation because it promises to help strategic growth of SMEs. As such, abstract could (and should) contain information on strategic planning for growth of applicant SMEs, including new products, novelties and so on Confidentiality on these information is required, it would be a pity, and I would say against the nature of the instrument, to publish and make available to competitors strategic plans of a given SME

  • martizr's picture

    It is clearly mentioned in the application form that no confidential information should be included in the 'abstract' as it can be used in communications with third parties.

    See on page 2: http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/ref/h2020/call_ptef/pt/h2...

    Best,

    Erwan EASME

  • Marco Morra's picture

    I agree, but can you imagine the abstract of THE PROJECT for your growth, where you do your best to attract the attention of evaluators, filled just with general and pointless sentences? These abstracts are a mine of relevant information, I agree that according to the present regulation they can be published, maybe for the future the mechanism could be improved. THE SME instrument is an extraordinary innovation, it could bring significant benefit to the European economy, it has to be a perfect tool

  • tito's picture

    Can a well funded start up apply to the SME instrument for Phase 2 or is there some type of restriction? I could not find it in the eligibility criteria...

    thanks!

  • martizr's picture

    Start-ups have the right to apply but the SME Instrument is more targeted at well established SMEs

  • guest's picture

    Will appliants receive detailed information about evaluation of their project to make it better next time?

  • martizr's picture

    No detailed evaluation will be provided

  • Nicoletta Purpura's picture

    can you inform us about the selection procedure of this stage? Will the date of end November respected to give information about the results?

  • martizr's picture

    The results of phase 1 for the second cut-off date (24/09) will be announced by mid-December

  • Ioannis 's picture

    Is EL referring to Greece?

  • martizr's picture

    EL refers to Greece

  • Giulia's picture

    Can we resubmitt the phase I proposal in December even if we don't know the outcome from October cutoff yet?

  • chladag's picture

    It is better to wait for the outcome of the October cut-off before submitting again.

  • Benoît Vettier's picture

    Is it reasonable to expect "fast feedback to applicants before the cut-off dates" (submitted in November for the December cutoff)?
    Thanks

  • chladag's picture

    Unfortunately not. You will receive the feedback at the same time as other applicants.

  • Theodore  Kokkoris's picture

    Van you inform me of the procedure for the evaluation of the new applications
    Will external evaluators be employed? If yes from the registered ones and with what selection procedure
    Sincerely
    Theodore Kokkoris
    kokoris2@otenet.gr

  • martizr's picture

    Our helpdesk will answer your question by email.

    Erwan

  • Balazs Huszthy's picture

    When do we get information about the points of our proposal? (SME instrument Phase 2)? Will it be available earlier than February?

    Balázs

  • martizr's picture

    You will be only informed about the final result in February

    Erwan

  • Daphne Reed Martin's picture

    The Phase 2 results in February, OK, but will the successful proposals be notified sooner? Head of SME Unit recently stated that results would be released in December.

  • martizr's picture

    Phase 1 results will be announced in December, not Phase 2

  • JB Segard's picture

    Will there be a 50/50 split of the 2014 budget among the two SME Instrument phase 2 cut-off dates ?

  • martizr's picture

    For the budget and indicative number of projects to be funded please check the table at the bottom of this page: https://ec.europa.eu/easme/en/horizons-2020-sme-instrument

    Erwan @EASME

  • JB Segard's picture

    Many thanks for your reply and sorry for not having been specific enough in my original question. It regards Greener and more integrated transport IT-1-2014 phase 2 ~21 projects €32m.
    Does this mean about 10-11 projects and € 16m selected for the first October 9 cut-off date and the other half for the December cut-off, in the context of two independent assessments ?

  • martizr's picture

    That's it. Budget is split between the 2 cut-offs.

    Erwan @EASME

  • Carolin's picture

    Hello,

    In your FAQ document, you state "We aim to inform you within about 4 weeks after submission whether or not your application met all the necessary thresholds in order to be considered fundable".
    How and when will this be for SMEINST-2-2014 with cut-off date 9/10/14?
    So far, we did not get any feedback on our proposal. I know this is no funding decision, but I'd like to know if we are still in or already out...

  • Tatjana Suvescu's picture

    When will we be told whether or not we have passed the threshold for the October cutoff? I also know that this isn't linked to a funding decision but just want to know whether we at least met the threshold requirements...

  • martizr's picture

    As we said we aim at informing the applicants before the cut-off but for the moment it's not possible...

  • D.K.'s picture

    Hello,

    Please let me know whether at the time of project official submmission, the main project coordinator (applicant) should submit any of the supporting documents related to its legal namem status, form, financial status, VAT, etc.

    Many thanks in advance,

    D.K.

  • martizr's picture

    you do not need to submit these documents.

    Erwan @EASME

  • Gloria's picture

    Hello,

    I would like to know whether the LEAR registration should happen prior the official project submission under SME Instrument, phase 2.

    Thank you,

    Gloria

  • martizr's picture

    ... no

  • Johan G.'s picture

    Hello,

    Please advise on the % of the EC contribution under the SME Instrument, phase 2. It is said that it should be 70% and in exceptional cases 100% of the project budget if it includes strong research component. We do include a strong research component which will be delivered by an academic national institution which is going to act as a subcontractor. Please advise whether we need to transform its status from a subcontractor to an official project partner so as to justify the 100% EC contribution request.

    Thanks,

    Johan

  • martizr's picture

    You do not need to change his status, he can participate as 'partner' or 'subcontractor'.

  • Lora S.'s picture

    Dear colleagues,

    Is there any other Call, funded through the SME Instrument, with the exception of PHC-12-2014 (Clinical research for the validation of biomarkers and/or diagnostic medical devices) which allows for 100% funding. And if yes, under what conditions?

    Thanks in advance,

    Lora S.

  • martizr's picture

    100% funding applies to PHC-12-2014 only.

    Erwan @EASME

  • Onur Oguz's picture

    Hello,
    we received our proposal evaluation earlier this week. We are curious about the way that the scores are evaluated. For example, for the criterion 3, we got , Very good, Very Good, Excellent and Very Good, while the score is 3.93. In the self evaluation form, it is marked that Very Good corresponds to 4 and Excellent to 5. Thus having a score of 3.93 with these evaluations seems incoherent. Could you please enlighten on this issue?

    Best regards

    from our application

  • martizr's picture

    For specific explanations on your proposal please contact the helpdesk at easme-sme-helpdesk@ec.europa.eu

  • Emmanuele's picture

    Dear EASME team,
    First and foremost, thanks for your prompt replies and useful insights.
    May I ask you if you can provide us with more info on how the evaluation process is structured? It would be really interesting from our perspective to understand how many professionals (and their background) are involved in evaluating a project. It would be beneficial to have an overview on the different evaluation steps and how they can have an impact on the results.
    Thanks in advance for your kind response.

  • martizr's picture

    The evaluation process is explained on the Participant Portal

    http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/docs/h2020-funding-guide/grant...

    Erwan @EASME

  • Emmanuele's picture

    Hi Erwan,
    Thank you very much for your quick reply.
    May I ask how much time each evaluator has to review a proposal in phase2 and how many proposals they receive on average each time?

  • martizr's picture

    The evaluators have several days to evaluate a Phase 2 proposal. Deadlines may vary depending on how many proposals is allocated to one and the same expert.

    The number of proposals allocated per expert depends of the topic (because the number of proposals received varies a lot from one topic to another) and it depends on how many experts are available for each specific topic.

    Erwan @EASME

  • Emmanuele's picture

    Thanks Erwan for your comprehensive response.

  • Terje Melandso's picture

    Does Excellent mean 4.5 to 5.0 and Very good mean 3.5 to 4.49,
    Good mean 2.5 to 3.49?

  • martizr's picture

    The range of scoring and its relevance to the appraisal phrase is the following:

    0-0.99 - Poor
    1-1.99 - Fair
    2-2.99 - Good
    3-3.99 - Very Good
    4-5 - Excellent

    This means that we were possibly slightly too positive in our feedback, because every score above threshold is communicated as “excellent”. We might have to change this in future rounds.
    Each sub-criteria and the subsequent overall score are derived from the individual scores of 4 experts, coming from both technical as well as financial backgrounds.
    This means in order to reflect on eventual improvements of your proposal, you should definitely try to improve the areas not marked as “excellent”.

    Furthermore, we would recommend to discuss, if you haven’t done so, the project with your Enterprise Europe member in your region or the National Contact Point as stipulated in our letter announcing the outcome of the evaluation.

  • Emmanuele 's picture

    This is really helpful. Thanks for that and happy new year.
    May I make a suggestion?
    It would be particularly useful in the evaluation summary report to have the exact score instead of the category it falls into.
    For example: the score (3.80) instead of very good. That way, we can better prioritize what should be improved.
    I am not sure it would be possible, however if we could have the breakdown of the technical and business evaluation we may better understand where to be more incisive.
    Thanks.

  • Ken's picture

    When should we expect to hear threshold results for the Dec 17th submissions? thanks

  • martizr's picture

    The participants will be informed of the results in February for phase 1 and in March/April for phase 2.

    Erwan @EASME

  • Ioannis's picture

    When are the results for the December cutoff of phase 2 expected?

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