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Innovation and Impact

Bridging the gap between research outputs and the access to the market is an important issue for the EU’s competitiveness and innovation and for the impact of European research Programmes, such FP7 and Horizon2020.

The Key Enabling Technologies Programme offers Exploitation Strategy and Innovation Consultants (ESIC) services to EU funded FP7-NMP projects and EU funded Horizon2020-NMBP projects to address non-technological exploitation issues and to enhance the positive impact of projects in terms of exploitation and innovation.

ESIC services are:

  • Project Risk Analysis: report identifying the risks that future results will remain unexploited.
  • Exploitation Strategy Seminar (ESS): Brain-storming with project partners to launch an action plan for addressing identified risk factors.
  • Business Plan Development: Assistance to develop a real complete business plan, including solutions for financing needs, preparing for and assisting in the negotiation with venture capital providers.
  • Assisting with patenting: Assist the project participants with the writing and the filing of patent, and with the legal follow-up of applications.
  • Assisting with standardisation: Help partners to exploit project results that can benefit from the development of standards.

 

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Useful links

Funding exploitable research outcomes

EUREKA – EUREKA is an intergovernmental organisation for market-driven industrial R&D. It is a decentralised network facilitating the coordination of national funding on innovation aiming to boost the productivity & competitiveness of European industries. The network integrates over 40 pan-European economies, but also includes Israel, South Korea, and Canada.

COSME - the new EU Programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (COSME) will run from 2014 to 2020.

Access to risk finance: under the 'Industrial Leadership' pillar of Horizon2020, this specific objective will help companies and other types of organisation engaged in research and innovation (R&I) to gain easier access, via financial instruments, to loans, guarantees, counter-guarantees and hybrid, mezzanine and equity finance.

ESIF (European Structural and Investment Fund): Synergies between Horizon2020 and the regional funding are about amplifying the research and innovation investments and their impact and carrying innovative ideas further along the innovation cycle to bring them to the market. Synergies are thus about obtaining more impacts on competitiveness, jobs and growth by combining ESIF and H2020 and other EU instruments in a strategic manner.

Gate2Growth – This pan-European business platform, initiated by the European Commission, supports innovative European entrepreneurs who seek financing. It also helps innovation professionals (e.g. venture capitalists, technology incubator managers, technology transfer officers) foster networking and knowledge exchange among entrepreneurs.

European Venture Capital Association (EVCA) – EVCA promotes and facilitates European venture capital and private equity. It provides information services for members and creates networking opportunities.

European Business Angels network(EBAN) - EBAN is the representative in Brussels through direct and indirect membership of more than 250 business angel networks in Europe.

Standardisation

European Committee for Standardisation(CEN-CENELEC) - Through its services, CEN-CENELEC provides a platform for the development of European standards and other technical specifications.

Intellectual property

IPR HelpDesk: The European IPR Helpdesk offers free of charge, first-line support on IP and IPR matters to beneficiaries of EU funded research projects and EU SMEs involved in transnational partnership agreements, especially within the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN).

European Patent Office – The EPO provides a uniform application procedure for individual inventors and companies seeking patent protection in up to 40 European countries. It is the executive arm of the European Patent Organisation.

OHIM - The Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) is the official trade marks and designs office of the European Union. It registers the Community trade mark (CTM) and registered Community design (RCD).

Support to SMEs

Enterprise Europe Network - EEN helps small business to make the most of the European marketplace.

 

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Contact

ESIC service must first be discussed and agreed with your Project Officer, and requests must be submitted to RTD-NMP-ESIC@ec.europa.eu.

 

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The guide “Innovation: how to convert research into commercial success story" PDF icon helps researchers involved in EU projects to understand innovation management and entrepreneurial aspects necessary to commercially exploit research results.