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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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Synergies

Strengthening synergies between Horizon 2020 and the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) is about building meaningful interactions between investment strategies and interventions as a way to have significant impacts on the economy, combining place-based innovation investments in smart specialisation priorities with world-class research and innovation initiatives, thus ensuring a higher impact of the funds.
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20 July 2016

Welcome to our newly revamped website

Our website received a facelift! We made it easier for you to navigate so you can quickly find what you are looking for. Information on the Seal of Excellence has been reshuffled into four different categories and is tailored to both recipients of the Seal as well as authorities looking to fund awarded projects. On the testimonials page you can read stories from our frontrunners that have implemented Seal-friendly support schemes in their regions or Member States. We are always looking for success stories and 'seal' friendly schemes to promote, let us know and you might get featured on the website! You can also engage on Twitter by using the #sealofexcellence.

17 July 2016

Italian Ministry of Economic Affairs published call to co-fund Seal of Excellence Phase 2 proposals with ESIF (Structural Funds)

The Italian Ministry of Economic Affairs published a call for proposals last week which includes among others funding for Seal of Excellence SME Instrument Phase 2 proposals. The funding is reserved to SME Instrument proposals which have received the Seal of Excellence, i.e. a quality label awarded to project proposals submitted for funding under Horizon 2020, which succeeded in passing all the stringent selection and award criteria but could not be funded under the available Call budget. The current call will only fund the proposals submitted to Phase 2 of the SME Instrument. Eligible proposals are the ones which have been submitted by SMEs located in less developed regions (Basilicata, Calabria, Campania, Puglia e Sicilia) and regions in transition (Abruzzo, Molise e Sardegna). The call is launched in the framework of the Operational Programme Competitiveness which is co-funded by the European Structural and Investments Funds (ESIF).
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16 July 2016

Seal of Excellence implementation continues in Spain

HorizontePYME's evaluation of proposals submitted for the call in May 2016 is almost finished. The preliminary results will be published by the end of this month (July 2016). 136 Seal of Excellence proposals in Phase I have already been supported by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness.
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5 July 2016

Hungarian calls for proposals for Seal of Excellence holders

The Hungarian National Research, Development and Innovation Office aim at supporting Seal of Excellence awarded proposals submitted to the first phase of the Horizon 2020 SME instrument.
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23 June 2016

A new publication on synergies between Horizon 2020 and the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF)

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Developing synergies between the Framework Programme Horizon 2020 and the European Structural and Investment Funds remains a complex issue for the interested stakeholders and their communities. Therefore, the Commission has to constantly deploy efforts for facilitating and supporting national and regional initiatives in this area.

Synergies between Horizon 2020 and the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) aim at maximising the quantity and quality of R&I investments. In doing so, synergies seek to bring together research and business communities as well as relevant national and regional policy designers and implementing bodies, thus ensuring a higher impact of the funds for a knowledge-based economic transformation. Developing synergies will ultimately lead to a positive effect on jobs, growth and competitiveness across Europe's diverse regions and will also give a greater push to open innovation in the European Union.

The new publication recently prepared by DG RTD describes the rationale for developing links between the different funding sources and explains how they can be combined. It showcases examples of synergies that have emerged at strategic, programming and project implementation levels and also highlights initiatives with a high potential for synergies.
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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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