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
- EIC Accelerator (former SME Instrument), including a dedicated Seal of Excellence for coronavirus related projects and for Green Deal projects
- Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) individual fellowships
- ERC Proof of Concept
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
Funding opportunities for Seal EIC Accelerator Pilot proposals (former SME Instrument)
Useful links for funding bodies
- regional policy: research and innovation
- guide for policy makers on enabling synergies between Horizon 2020 and other funding programmes
- Community of Practice
Other funding opportunities
- European Investment Project Porta (EIPP): for projects of at least €1 million
- Invest Horizon: Online courses, coaching, Investment Forum events
- Access2EIC Online Community: connect with other Seal of Excellence SMEs and find investors
- IPA4SME: actions that support and facilitate the use of intellectual property by SMEs
- National Contact Points