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TOPIC : Accelerating the uptake of nanotechnologies advanced materials or advanced manufacturing and processing technologies by SMEs

Topic identifier: SMEInst-02-2016-2017
Publication date: 14 October 2015

Types of action: SME-1 SME instrument phase 1
DeadlineModel:
Opening date:
multiple cut-off
26 November 2015
Cut-off dates: 24 February 2016 17:00:00
03 May 2016 17:00:00
07 September 2016 17:00:00
09 November 2016 17:00:00
15 February 2017 17:00:00
03 May 2017 17:00:00
06 September 2017 17:00:00
08 November 2017 17:00:00

Types of action: SME-2 SME instrument phase 2
DeadlineModel:
Opening date:
multiple cut-off
26 November 2015
Cut-off dates: 03 February 2016 17:00:00
14 April 2016 17:00:00
15 June 2016 17:00:00
13 October 2016 17:00:00
18 January 2017 17:00:00
06 April 2017 17:00:00
01 June 2017 17:00:00
18 October 2017 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
  Horizon 2020 H2020 website
Pillar: Industrial Leadership
Work Programme Year: H2020-2016-2017
Work Programme Part: Innovation in SMEs
Topic Description
Specific Challenge:

Research results should be taken up by industry, harvesting the hitherto untapped potential of nanotechnologies, advanced materials and advanced manufacturing and processing technologies. The goal is to create added value by creatively combining existing research results with other necessary elements[1], to transfer results across sectors where applicable, to accelerate innovation and eventually create profit or other benefits. The research should bring the technology and production to industrial readiness and maturity for commercialisation after the project.

Scope:

The SME instrument consists of three phases, including a coaching and mentoring service for beneficiaries. Participants can apply to phase 1 or directly to phase 2.

In phase 1, a feasibility study shall be developed in order to verify the technological/practical as well as economic viability of an innovation idea/concept with considerable novelty to the industry sector in which it is presented (new products, processes, design, services and technologies or new market applications of existing technologies). The activities could, for example, comprise risk assessment, market study, user involvement, Intellectual Property (IP) management[2],

innovation strategy development, partner search, feasibility of concept and the like to establish a solid high-potential innovation project aligned to the enterprise strategy and with a European dimension. Bottlenecks in the ability to increase profitability of the enterprise through innovation shall be detected and analysed during phase 1 and addressed during phase 2 to increase the return in investment in innovation activities. The proposal should contain an initial business plan based on the proposed idea/concept. It should outline the specifications of a more elaborate business plan, which is to be the outcome of the project, and the criteria for success.

Funding will be provided in the form of a lump sum of EUR 50.000. Projects should last around 6 months.

In phase 2, innovation projects[3]

will be supported that address the specific challenges identified and that demonstrate high potential in terms of company competitiveness and growth underpinned by a strategic business plan. Activities should focus on innovation activities such as demonstration, testing, prototyping, piloting, scaling-up, miniaturisation, design, market replication and the like aiming to bring an innovation idea (product, process, service etc.) to industrial readiness and maturity for market introduction, but may also include some research. For technological innovation, Technology Readiness Levels of 6 or above (or similar for non-technological innovations) are envisaged; please see part G of the General Annexes.

Proposals shall be based on an elaborate business plan. Particular attention must be paid to IP protection and ownership; applicants will have to present convincing measures to ensure the possibility of commercial exploitation ('freedom to operate').

Proposals shall contain a specification for the outcome of the project and criteria for success. They will include an explanation of how the results of the supported project are to be commercialised and of what kind of impact on the company is expected.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 0.5 and 2.5 million[4]

would allow phase 2 to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts (higher or lower). Projects should last between 12 and 24 months.

Phase 3 of the SME Instrument aims to increase the economic impact of the funding provided by the SME Instrument phase 1&2 grants and by the business coaching. Phase 3 is not subsequent to phase 1 and/or 2, but provides specific support to SME instrument beneficiaries during and after phase 1 or 2.

All support under phase 3 of the SME instrument will be accessible through a single, dedicated entry point, which will serve as an information portal and a networking space.

This platform will offer access to two main strands of services:

  • Access to markets
  • Access to finance

In addition, phase 3 will create opportunities for partnering, networking and training, which are set out in the Dedicated Support Actions at the end of this call.

SME instrument beneficiaries are also offered dedicated business innovation coaching and mentoring support. This service is facilitated by the Enterprise Europe Network and delivered by a dedicated coach through consultation and signposting to the beneficiaries. The coaches are recruited from a central database managed by the Commission and have all fulfilled stringent criteria with regards to business experience and competencies.

Throughout the three phases of the instrument, the Network will complement the coaching support by providing access to its innovation and internationalisation service offering. This could include, for example, depending on the need of the SME, support in identifying growth potential, developing a growth plan and maximising it through internationalisation; strengthening the leadership and management skills of individuals in the senior management team and developing in-house coaching capacity; developing a marketing strategy or raising external finance.

Expected Impact:
  • Enhancing profitability and growth performance of SMEs by combining and transferring new and existing knowledge into innovative, disruptive and competitive solutions seizing European and global business opportunities.
  • Market uptake and distribution of innovations[5] tackling the specific challenges in a sustainable way.
  • Increase of private investment in innovation, notably leverage of private co-investor and/or follow-up investments.
  • The expected impacts should be clearly described in qualitative and quantitative terms (e.g. on turnover, employment, market seize, IP management, sales, return on investment and profit).

[1]http://ec.europa.eu/DocsRoom/documents/9963?locale=en.

[2]This is not limited to the costs of acquiring and enforcing European or international IPR titles but could include auditing and risk management schemes to protect IP assets across planned supply and distribution chains and more generally IP valorisation plans to enhance return on investment and lever commercial investment into the relevant project.

[3]In the case of SMEInst-05-2016-2017, research type activities in medical application and clinical validation, including support for clinical studies and trials, will be predominant and will necessitate reimbursement at 100%. The Technology Readiness Levels indication does not apply.

[4]In the case of SMEInst-05-2016-2017, phase 2 proposals can request a contribution from the EU of between EUR 1 and 5 million.

[5]In the case of SMEInst-05-2016-2017, the development of innovative solutions should lead to value creation through the increased use of cell-based products/processes, biomarkers and/or diagnostic medical devices in industrial or clinical settings, and should contribute to technical and regulatory progress in these domains.

Topic conditions and documents

Please read carefully all provisions below before the preparation of your application.
 

  1. List of countries and applicable rules for funding: described in part A of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.
    - Note also that a number of non-EU/non-Associated Countries that are not automatically eligible for funding have made specific provisions for making funding available for their participants in Horizon 2020 projects (follow the links to Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Hong Kong &Macau, India, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Taiwan).
     
  2. Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in part B and C of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.

    Proposal page limits and layout: Please refer to Part B of the standard proposal template.

     
  3. Evaluation

    3.1  Evaluation criteria and procedure, scoring and threshold: described in part H of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.

    3.2 Submission and evaluation process: Guide to the submission and evaluation process
         
  4. Indicative timetable for evaluation and grant agreement:
     
    Information on the outcome of phase 1 of the SME Instrument: maximum 2 months after the corresponding cut-off date.
    Signature of grant agreements: maximum 3 months after the corresponding cut-off date.

    Information on the outcome of phase 2 of the SME Instrument: maximum 4 months after the corresponding cut-off date.
    Signature of grant agreements: maximum 6 months after the corresponding cut-off date. 
     
  5. Provisions, proposal templates and evaluation forms for the type(s) of action(s) under this topic:

    SME instrument (phase 1):

    Specific provisions and funding rates
    Proposal templates are available after entering the submission tool (Submission Service section) below (click on the "Start Submission" button, enter your login and password and download "Part B Templates").
    Standard evaluation form
    H2020 MGA SME Ph1 - Mono-Beneficiary
    H2020 MGA SME Ph1 – Multi-Beneficiary
    Annotated Grant Agreement

    SME instrument (phase 2):

    Specific provisions and funding rates
    Proposal templates are available after entering the submission tool (Submission Service section) below (click on the "Start Submission" button, enter your login and password and download "Part B Templates").
    Standard evaluation form
    H2020 MGA SME Ph2 - Mono-Beneficiary
    H2020 MGA SME Ph2 – Multi-Beneficiary
    Annotated Grant Agreement
     
  6. Additional provisions:

    Horizon 2020 budget flexibility

    Classified information

    Technology readiness levels (TRL) – where a topic description refers to TRL, these definitions apply.

    Financial support to Third Parties – where a topic description foresees financial support to Third Parties, these provisions apply.

     
  7. Open access must be granted to all scientific publications resulting from Horizon 2020 actions, and proposals must refer to measures envisaged. Where relevant, proposals should also provide information on how the participants will manage the research data generated and/or collected during the project, such as details on what types of data the project will generate, whether and how this data will be exploited or made accessible for verification and re-use, and how it will be curated and preserved.                                                        

    This topic participates per default in the open access to research data pilot which aims to improve and maximise access to and re-use of research data generated by projects:
    • The pilot applies to the data needed to validate the results presented in scientific publications. Additionally, projects can choose to make other data available for open access and need to describe their approach in a Data Management Plan (to be provided within six months after the project start).
    • Note that the evaluation phase proposals will not be evaluated more favourably because they are part of the Pilot, and will not be penalised for opting out of the Pilot.
    • Projects can at any stage opt-out of the pilot.

    The legal requirements for projects participating in this pilot are in the article 29.3 of the Model Grant Agreement.
    Further information on the Open Research Data Pilot is made available in the H2020 Online Manual.
     
  1. Additional documents:

    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Introduction

    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Introduction to Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies (LEITs)
    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Space
    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Access to risk finance
    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Innovation in SMEs
    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Dissemination, Exploitation and Evaluation
    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: General Annexes
    Legal basis: Horizon 2020 - Regulation of Establishment
    Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Rules for Participation
    Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Specific Programme


Please note that topics pertaining to SME-1 SME instrument phase 1 will open again on 10 November 2016 with the deadline of 15 February 2017, subject to the final decision on 2017 budget appropriations.

Please note that topics pertaining to SME-2 SME instrument phase 2 will open again on 14 October 2016 with the deadline of 18 January 2017, subject to the final decision on 2017 budget appropriations.

 

Additional documents

Download all documents
(EN only, incl. the additional docs.)

  • List of beneficiaries - SME Instrument Phase I (April 2016 update) en
  • Flash Call Info (24-02-2016 cut-off - Phase I) en
  • Flash Call Info (03-02-2016 cut-off - Phase II) en
  • List of beneficiaries - SME Instrument Phase II (April 2016 update) en

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Type of Action SME instrument phase 2 [SME-2]
Topic Accelerating the uptake of nanotechnologies advanced materials or advanced manufacturing and processing technologies by SMEs - SMEInst-02-2016-2017
Type of Action SME instrument phase 1 [SME-1]
Topic Accelerating the uptake of nanotechnologies advanced materials or advanced manufacturing and processing technologies by SMEs - SMEInst-02-2016-2017
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