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10 January 2017

Commission Staff Working Document on the application of State Aid Rules to schemes supporting the Seal of Excellence

This note explains the General Block Exemption Regulation in relation to public support schemes for projects that received the Seal of Excellence. It is particularly interesting for ESI Funds managing authorities, members of the Expert Group on ESIF (EGESIF) and other public national and regional funding bodies.

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4 January 2017

New Call for Proposals for Seal of Excellence holders in Slovenia

SME Instrument Phase 1 Seal of Excellence holders located in Slovenia can now apply for a €35,000 lump sum to co-finance their feasibility study. At least 30 feasibility studies should be co-financed. The first round for applications closes in a little over a week (13 January 2017), followed by three more deadlines: 15 May 2017, 2018 and 2019.

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14 December 2016

Financial aid for Seal of Excellence holders from Madrid

The Community of Madrid is granting financial aid for Seal of Excellence holders from Phase 2 of the Horizon 2020 SME Instrument. Monobeneficiary Seal of Excellence holders who did not yet receive funding in the regional priority areas i.e. nanotechnology, advanced materials, industrial and space technologies; health, biotechnology, water and agri-food; energy, environment and transport (including aeronautics) and ICT. This aid is funded by the ESI Funds and will be available until funds run out.

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12 December 2016

Business Support Opportunity for Seal of Excellence Holders

Young Seal of Excellence start-ups are invited to apply for the German Climate-KIC accelerator to receive support for developing their business. The Seal of Excellence standard would be favoured in the applicant review process as it indicates the high quality level. The start-ups should have a commercially viable and scalable business model with a clear and demonstrable climate impact. Support is provided to high-tech, young start-ups in the fields of renewable energy, resource and energy efficiency, mobility or other green sectors. They should be looking to test their business model, find their first customers and get investment ready.

Application deadline is 6 February 2017. The programme starts in April 2017.

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5 December 2016

Participate in our survey on how to improve Horizon 2020

Always wanted to have a say on the European Commission's research and innovation activities? Now is your chance! Participate in our questionnaire so we can improve the implementation of H2020 and future EU research and innovation funding. The survey is particularly interesting for researchers, entrepreneurs and innovators who participated in Horizon 2020. Closing date for responses is 15 January 2017.

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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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