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Seal of Excellence

Seal of Excellence This quality label is awarded to project proposals which were submitted for funding under Horizon 2020, passed stringent selection and award criteria but could not be funded due to budget constraints.

The Seal of Excellence highlights proposals which deserve funding from alternative sources. These sources can be: public, private, national, regional, European or international.

What is the SoE

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Who receives it

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Who can fund it

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News Highlights

8 July 2016

Welcome to our newly revamped website

The Seal of Excellence 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 successful 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.

6 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.
More information

10 June 2016

French innovation advisors believe in the Seal of Excellence

The French 'Association des Conseils en Innovation', representing 70 advisors committed to enhance innovation, is organising a large conference devoted to the implementation of regional innovation strategies and the Seal of Excellence initiative. It will encourage policymakers to actively implement the Seal of Excellence initiative with full support of consultant organisations who can play a major role in supporting regions and cities from a European perspective. Sharing experiences between numerous public and private partners acting in French regions and cities is therefore welcomed. The conference is organised in cooperation with the Auvergne Rhône Alpes region and will take place in Lyon on the 28th of June.
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2 June 2016

Successful 3rd meeting of the 'Seal' community of practice in Brussels

On Monday 23rd of May the Seal of Excellence Community of Practice met for the third time in Brussels. 35 participants from thirteen Member States and two Horizon2020 Associated countries European countries (representing national and regional level) exchanged experiences, discussed the current state of play, implementation modalities and put forward ideas for the future development of the Seal of Excellence together with the Commission (i.e. DG RTD, DG REGIO and DG COMP).
A number of countries and regions already put funding schemes in place to support 'seal' proposals and other new support schemes will follow soon.
It was also announced that the Seal of Excellence website will soon be revamped to better help ‘seal’ proposals and ‘funding bodies’ to find each other, and the #sealofexcellence was promoted to further build presence in the Twittersphere.

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