SME Innovation Associate applications close with 192 proposals from 25 countries

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The deadline to submit applications for the Horizon 2020 SME Innovation Associate pilot programme has now passed. We have received 192 proposals from SMEs who seek support in hiring researchers to help them explore breakthrough innovations.

Most proposals have been submitted by SMEs from Italy and Spain, followed by United Kingdom, Germany and France.

Applicants should be informed by the end of the year and we will keep you updated on the results while the positions for the researchers will be published on EURAXESS during the first trimester of next year.

In the meantime, as you eagerly await the results, take a look a more detailed breakdown by country in the graph below (click to enlarge).

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  • IlariaS | Tue, 18/10/2016 - 17:12
    Evaluation results

    Can't wait to hear about the results of this pilot programme. Any update on the timing of the communication of the results?

  • martizr | Wed, 19/10/2016 - 13:10
    Dear Ilarias

    Dear Ilarias

    Thank you for your message and for your interest in the call H2020-INNOSUP 2-SME Innovative associate. The evaluation is currently running and result will be communicated to all participants by the end of the year.

    Kind regards

    EASME H2020 Innovation Associate team

Judith Spaltman | Tue, 07/02/2017 - 09:53
SME Innovation Associate

Dear Team, a few questions on the results of the pilot:
- With 71 projects worth 7,1 MEuro of (expected) funding; can we say average project budget was 100KEuro, or do the country coefficients make it an other outcome?
- Can you explain, why 38 projects have been placed on the reserve list. Can you describe the process (probably) of projects not getting funded though they were on the success list, and in what case the projects on the reserve list get a chance?
- Is it possible to say (already) if in 2017 this scheme will return? or in 2018?
(one may conclude there is a lot of interest for this scheme, especially when this high a success rate is at hand)
I thank you in advance for your kind efforts.

Have a good day,

  • storejo | Tue, 07/02/2017 - 11:31
    Dear Judith,

    Dear Judith,
    Thanks for your questions!
    - The average is more or less correct, although project costs vary considerably. This is not however linked to how much funding will go into a given country. There are no country coefficients.
    - The 38 projects on the reserve list are the ones that were evaluated above threshold but for which there is not enough money. We have enough budget at the moment to fund the first 71 projects in the ranking list. The rest are on the reserve list and may be financed if anyone from the funded list drops out, or if extra budget becomes available. It's impossible to say how likely that is at the moment.
    - There will be no calls in 2017 but discussions are underway on whether to include the SME Innovation Associate scheme in the next and last Horizon 2020 work programme for 2018-2020.
    I hope this helps! Have a good day too. Best regards Johanna@EASME

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