Instruments to support SMEs in HORIZON 2020 Mostar 29 April 2014 Dr. Jürgen Henke Team Leader and Training Advisor Benefit for SME to Participate Why to participate? • Rank among the best European SMEs • Visibility at a European and global level • Business/management coaching • Networking opportunities • Support for follow-up financing SMEs Participate in two main Streams Participation across the whole H2020 programme in 2 main streams! 1. As Partner in collaborative projects - Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies (LEIT) - Societal Challenges (environment, food science, health, ICT, …) 2. SME Instrument The new instrument aims to funding for early-stage, highrisk research and innovation by SMEs as well as stimulating breakthrough innovation. Innovation shall have European relevance. Partners needed for Application As Partner in collaborative projects Approach for the first stream: • The target is to have 20% SME participation in collaborative projects • Identify your topic of interest (research or innovation) • Search in all “LEIT” or “Societal Challenges” projects for your topic of interest • You might find your topic of interest where you do not expect it!! Sample on next slide … As Partner in collaborative projects Be creative in finding your topic areas: research on textile under a WATER call: •WATER 10_2015: Integrated water reuse in process industries •Specific challenge: Water is of vital economic importance to various process industries, since related costs can reach up to 25% of the total production costs and are expected to increase further due to stronger demands to improve product quality and safety and more stringent legislation. Moreover, water has the potential to help process industries to realise their resource and energy efficiency targets. It is therefore necessary to help industries to become less water dependent and promote a sustainable use of water in industrial processes, while ensuring efficient management of other resources required in the production such as raw materials or energy. •Scope: This action [is direct support to the objectives of the SPIRE PPP, and] aims at the development and implementation of innovative solutions to help European process industries move towards the sustainable use of water. This action is also in line with the related priorities of the Strategic Implementation Plan of the EIP 'Water'. Innovative solutions should address systems and tools for water quantity and quality control, flexible and adaptable solutions to cope with water scarcity, the combination of real time monitoring tools, sensors and systems, waste separation processes, and integrate water and energy efficiency measures. Projects should ensure that they feed into the Exchange of Information process aimed at identifying best available techniques and emerging techniques under the Industrial Emissions Directive. The participation of SMEs is considered essential. •Expected impacts: Increased industrial productivity in parallel with improved resource efficiency in industrial processes. Considerably improved levels of water reuse in food, chemicals, pulp and paper and textile industries. Industry to view water as a highly valuable asset and a vital element used in close conjunction with production processes, rather than a consumable. Support of the implementation of •the priority area of the EIP 'Water'. Maximized uptake of innovative approaches, by use of the •Exchange of Information process under the Industrial Emissions Directive. •Type of action: Collaborative Projects (70%) - Two stage How to be Identified as Partner in Projects Here is an example of how others find SME partners: 1. How did you identify the SMEs to include in your consortium? A) Using the NCP network: 1 B) Using the Cordis partner search facility: 2 C) Using the Chamber of Commerce: 1 D) Using personal contacts: 6 E) Using an internet search: 8 F) Using another source, please specify ... 4 (1 EEN) 2. Do you know any Serbian SMEs relevant to your area of industry? NO If YES, what is the name of the company? ............................. The SME Instrument Ideal SME Profile • For innovative SMEs with an ambition to develop, grow and have an international impact • Single company support possible • No obligation for applicants to sequentially cover all three phases; still a "linear" process is strongly suggested • 70% funding (exceptions possible) The SME Instrument Timeline (sample) • March 3, 2014 Open for submissions • April 1, 2014 Evaluation starts • 18 June 2014 First cut-off date for Phase 1 Three Project Phases Around € 3 billion funding The SME Instrument Phase 1 – Concept & Feasibility Assessment o €50 000 in EU funding; 70% of total project cost o Feasibility study o Initial 10 page business proposal to be drafted o 6 months in duration The SME Instrument Phase 2 – Innovation Project o Between €0.5 million and €2.5 million in EU funding (70%) o Develop project through innovation strategy o Draft a more developed, 30 page business plan o 1-2 years in duration The SME Instrument Phase 3 – Commercialisation o o o o No direct funding Extensive support and coaching Facilitate access to risk finance Additional support and networking opportunities (EEN) The SME Instrument Business coaching • Coaches will drive the performance of the organisation • Coaches suggested by EEN, and selected by the SME • Voluntary business coaching: o Phase 1: 3 days o Phase 2: 12 days Themes for 2014-2015 In 2014 and 2015 the SME Instrument will sponsor SMEs operating within 13 themes: • • • • • • • High risk ICT innovation Nanotech, or other advanced tech for manufacturing and materials Space research and development Diagnostics devices and biomarkers Sustainable food production and processing Blue growth Low carbon energy systems • • • • • • Greener and more integrated transport Eco-innovation and sustainable raw material supply Urban critical infrastructure Biotechnology-based industrial processes Mobile e-government applications (2015 only) SME business model innovation (2015 only) Call overview for SME Instrument http://ec.europa.eu/easme/sme_en.htm Budget and Deadline for Calls Open call: Proposals can be submitted any time, and evaluation starts on April 1st. Example The SME Instrument Evaluation process • • • • • Remote evaluation No consensus meetings Short standardised feedback No negotiations Only one application per company allowed for all phases The SME Instrument Evaluation criteria • • • • Possible economic impact Excellence in innovation Commercialisation potential SME potential achieving the envisaged results • Evaluation can be stopped if proposals fail to achieve a threshold for 'impact' criterion Further Information For further information please contact: • European Commission - Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) http://ec.europa.eu/easme/sme/ • RTDPI project experts: Thies Wittig e-mail: [email protected] Bosko Nektarijevic e-mail: [email protected] Jurgen Henke e-mail: [email protected] Do you have any further questions? Thank you very much.