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TOPIC : Support for the enhancement of the impact of SPIRE PPP projects

Topic identifier: SPIRE-11-2017
Publication date: 14 October 2015

Types of action: CSA Coordination and support action
Opening date:
20 September 2016
Deadline: 19 January 2017 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
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Pillar: Industrial Leadership
Work Programme Year: H2020-2016-2017
Topic Description
Specific Challenge:

Dissemination, exploitation and transfer of projects results are important activities during project life-time and beyond in order to make sure that projects fully achieve the expected impacts. Clustering of project activities, according to specific objectives and addressed themes, and their inter-linking with existing technology transfer activities, are effective ways to stimulate the take-up of project results and to exploit synergies. Further, there is a need to focus on knowledge transfer and training issues regarding present and future industrial workers in the whole value chain, for which a strong link between industry and academia is needed.

An adequate exploitation of such activities together with a joint analysis of the results obtained and the training needs during the project lifetime and beyond is also needed, to ensure an effective implementation at the PPP level.


Proposals should aim in particular to actively cluster existing activities under the SPIRE PPP that go beyond the exploitation and dissemination activities of each project. The initiative, which is expected to last 2 years, will require close collaboration with relevant industrial associations, technology and knowledge transfer programmes as well as the training community.

The project should aim at looking for new ways of engaging with the broader process community, and encouraging engagement with other networks in the process industry (e.g. regional networks).

Activities may include:

  • Moving beyond traditional dissemination activities and favour the development of tailored innovative dissemination actions and initiatives inspired by project outcomes and targeted at specific stakeholders (incl. SMEs, learning community).
  • Sharing insights on innovative business model concepts for implementing resource and energy efficient solutions, including cradle to cradle and industrial symbiosis approaches.
  • Identification of gaps and opportunities for further research and innovation, as well as non-technological gaps in order to develop policy framework recommendations (e.g. regulation, standardization, public procurement).
  • Workshops with top-ranked international experts from the various disciplines aiming at the elaboration of future SPIRE priorities and training needs within the technological area of the cluster.
  • Building skills capacity for innovation and competitiveness in the process industry (e.g. engaging with the academia for the development of learning resources adaptable to different learning approaches and curricula at undergraduate, master, and life-long learning levels, based in particular on the innovation outcome of projects).
  • Reviews of recent technological developments, publications, international RTD and innovation programmes within the technological area of the cluster.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU between EUR 250000 and 500000 would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Expected Impact:

The impact on the areas of application of the projects is expected to be:

  • Speeding up industrial exploitation and take up of results of SPIRE PPP projects and facilitate cross-sectorial technology transfer.
  • Stimulation of networks and alliances for further RTD and industrial innovation in the addressed technology and application areas.
  • Added value beyond the original scope of the SPIRE PPP projects by exploiting synergies and sharing best practice, including on innovative business models. Increased public presence and awareness of SPIRE PPP activities.
  • More effective execution of activities of common interest, such as training & education, IPR management and standardisation.
  • Anticipation of business trends and market prospects.
  • Early awareness of key innovation developments.
  • Dissemination of project results beyond traditional dissemination models and timeframe of the projects.
  • Development of training and innovation skills capacity in the process industry.
Cross-cutting Priorities:

Open Innovation
Contractual Public-Private Partnerships (cPPPs)

Topic conditions and documents

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

    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, ChinaHong Kong &Macau, India, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Taiwan).

    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.


    3.1  Evaluation criteria and procedure, scoring and threshold:

    The criteria, scoring and threshold are described in General Annex H of the work programme.

    The procedure for setting a priority order for proposals with the same score is given in General Annex H of the work programme. The following exceptions apply:

    Under 3 (a)
    Proposals are first ranked in separate lists according to the topics against which they were submitted (‘topic ranked lists’). When comparing ex aequo proposals from different topics, proposals having a higher position in their respective 'topic ranked list' will be considered to have a higher priority in the overall ranked list.

    Under 3 (b)
    For all topics and types of action, the prioritisation will be done first on the basis of the score for Impact, and then on that for Excellence.

    3.2 Submission and evaluation process: Guide to the submission and evaluation process

    Information on the outcome of single-stage evaluation: maximum 5 months from the deadline for submission.
    Signature of grant agreements: maximum 8 months from the deadline for submission.

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    Annotated Grant Agreement


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    Open access must be granted to all scientific publications resulting from Horizon 2020 actions.

    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.

    Open access to research data

    The Open Research Data Pilot has been extended to cover all Horizon 2020 topics for which the submission is opened on 26 July 2016 or later. Projects funded under this topic will therefore by default provide open access to the research data they generate, except if they decide to opt-out under the conditions described in annex L of the Work Programme. Projects can opt-out at any stage, that is both before and after the grant signature.

    Note that the evaluation phase proposals will not be evaluated more favourably because they plan to open or share their data, and will not be penalised for opting out.

    Open research data sharing applies to the data needed to validate the results presented in scientific publications. Additionally, projects can choose to make other data available open access and need to describe their approach in a Data Management Plan.

    - Projects need to create a Data Management Plan (DMP), except if they opt-out of making their research data open access. A first version of the DMP must be provided as an early deliverable within six months of the project and should be updated during the project as appropriate. The Commission already provides guidance documents, including a template for DMPs.

    - Eligibility of costs: costs related to data management and data sharing are eligible for reimbursement during the project duration.

    The legal requirements for projects participating in this pilot are in the article 29.3 of the Model Grant Agreement.


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