What is the Seal of Excellence?

The Seal of Excellence is a quality label awarded to project proposals submitted to Horizon Europe, the EU's research and innovation funding programme until 2027 and the previous programme, Horizon 2020, to help these proposals find alternative funding.

Projects, which were judged to deserve funding but did not get it due to budget limits, receive the Seal of Excellence.

It recognises the value of the proposal and helps other funding bodies take advantage of the Horizon 2020 evaluation process.

It is awarded to proposals which applied under

The Seal of Excellence indicates basic information on the proposal, the call and the proposer.

It demonstrates political commitment by displaying the signatures of the Commissioners.

It is unique and safe. It is digitally sealed against fraud, as is the project proposal and evaluation summary report.

Dedicated Seal of Excellence for Covid19 and Green Deal project proposals

The EIC Accelerator Pilot awarded 2 dedicated Seals of Excellence for coronavirus related projects under the ERAvsCorona action plan. Furthermore, Green Deal Seals of Excellence have been awarded in the May 2020 cut off.

How to receive and use the Seal of Excellence

Receiving the Seal of Excellence

How seal holders can use the Seal of Excellence

How funding bodies can use the Seal of Excellence

Funding opportunities

Funding opportunities for Seal EIC Accelerator Pilot proposals (former SME Instrument)

National/regional funding opportunities for Seal MSCA proposals

Information for funding bodies

Useful links for funding bodies

Other funding opportunities