What is the Seal of Excellence?
The Seal of Excellence is a quality label awarded to project proposals submitted to Horizon 2020, the EU's research and innovation funding programme, 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
- EIC Accelerator Pilot (former SME Instrument), including a dedicated Seal of Excellence for coronavirus related projects
- Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) individual fellowships
Characteristics of the Seal of Excellence
The Seal of Excellence gives indicates basic information on the proposal, the call and the proposer.
It shows 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.
How to receive and use the Seal of Excellence
In the following links you will find different national funding opportunities for Seal of Excellence holders under the different sections of Horizon 2020.
The lists are regularly updated.