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Seal of Excellence

Seal of Excellence This quality label is awarded to project proposals submitted for funding under Horizon 2020, which succeeded in passing all of the stringent selection and award criteria but could not be funded under the available Call budget. The 'Seal' identifies project proposals which merit funding from alternative sources public or private, national, regional, European or international.
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Why?

Not all the good proposals get funded in Horizon2020. The SEAL will benefit:

  • SMEs: get a 2nd chance to get funding
  • Regions: identify and support high quality proposals with a clear territorial impact
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How?

The action concerns, for this initial ‘pilot’ phase, only proposals applying for the SME instrument and in particular all those SME instrument proposals evaluated above the quality threshold.

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Highlights

17 May 2016

Last two days for Spanish SMEs with a 'seal of excellence' Phase 1 to apply for funding by the Spanish national government

The Spanish Minister of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO) offers the opportunity to 'seal of excellence' Phase 1 proposals to access alternative funding through the national call "Horizon SME 2016".
The call will be open until 18/05/2016.
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14 April 2016

Register now for the WIRE 2016 conference

8-10 June, Eidnhoven (NL)

WIRE 2016 The European Commission’s Week of Innovative Regions in Europe (WIRE) 2016 takes place in Eindhoven (NL) 8-10 June 2016. The conference is titled The Power of Regional Innovation Ecosystems and serves as a prime event of the Dutch EU Presidency. WIRE 2016 provides a platform for 400+ policy makers, national and regional authorities, knowledge institutions and enterprises from all over Europe to have an in-depth discussion on the opportunities for research in the current EU funding programmes and those beyond 2020. In order to create impact in Europe, to upscale and to aim for global competitiveness, WIRE 2016 intends to increase awareness about the importance and urgent need to build regional innovation ecosystems. A particular focus therefore lies on extraordinary examples of collaborative open innovation practices throughout the EU and inspiring showcases from around the globe.
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14 April 2016

Brokerage event for Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation

8 June

Maximising investment in research and innovation will enable the European Research Area to function in a more homogeneous way, allowing the individual strengths of each Member State to be optimised. Horizon 2020 introduces specific measures for spreading excellence and widening participation, targeting low-performing Member States in R&I.

WIDESPREAD Brokerage 2016 targets the participation to the calls of this specific pillar of H2020. It will take place on June 8, between 10:00-17:00 in the framework of WIRE 2016 Conference, in Eindhoven (the Netherlands). WIDESPREAD Brokerage is organised by the NCP_WIDE.NET project, the transnational network of the NCPs for Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation.
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7 March 2016

Thematic Seminar 'Bioeconomy Challenges for the EU Regions'

organised as part of the Knowledge Exchange Platform (KEP)*

29 April 2016, 09:30 – 16:00, Brussels, Belgium

Place: Room JDE 52, Committee of the Regions, Rue Belliard 99-101, 1040 Brussels.

* The Knowledge Exchange Platform (KEP) consists of cooperation between the European Committee of the Regions and the European Commission's DG for Research and Innovation. Its main objective is to present new R&I solutions, innovative products and best practice in response to the numerous societal challenges facing local and regional authorities in Europe today.
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19 February 2016

Info Day on “Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation" Calls

8 April 2016, Brussels, Belgium

The European Commission is holding an Info Day on the Spreading excellence and Widening participation Calls in Horizon 2020. During the event the Teaming, Twinning and ERA Chairs Calls for 2016 will be presented.
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4 February 2016

1200 'Retroactive' Seal of Excellence delivered while 40 funding bodies meet to discuss best ways to provide alternative funding!

On 2 February, about 1200 'Seal of Excellence' certificates were awarded retroactively to all SME instrument proposals submitted from the first call in 2014 until September 2015 that reached all evaluation thresholds but could not be funded due to exhaustion under the available Horizon 2020 call resources.
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Publications

Perspectives for Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation in the wider context of the Europe 2020 Growth Strategy

The existence of a national or regional Research and Innovation Strategy for Smart Specialisation (RIS3) is the 'ex-ante conditionality' for the use of European Structural and Investment Funds to support R&I. This report by a group of independent experts examines the contribution of RIS3 to the Europe 2020 Growth Strategy in the wider context of research and innovation policies.

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