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).
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.
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.
Opportunity for Seal of Excellence holders to present project to potential investors
Startup Olé, co-organised by the European Commission, connects tech/digital talent with corporates, investors, accelerators, universities and media from all over Europe. Activities include a startup fair, panel sessions, pitches, an accelerator assembly, matchmaking events and networking opportunities. You can apply now to take part in the European pitch session. If you are selected you will also have the opportunity to participate in the Startup Fair and present your projects to investors, potential customers and public.
Startup Olé takes place on 7 & 8 September 2016 in Salamanca, Spain
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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).
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.
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.
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.