2-6 Opportunities for SMEs.

Instruments to support SMEs in
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
Leadership in enabling and
industrial technologies
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
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
• 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:
B) Using the Cordis partner search facility:
C) Using the Chamber of Commerce:
D) Using personal contacts:
E) Using an internet search:
F) Using another source, please specify ...
4 (1 EEN)
2. Do you know any Serbian SMEs relevant to your area of
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 –
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
Blue growth
Low carbon energy systems
Greener and more integrated
Eco-innovation and sustainable raw
material supply
Urban critical infrastructure
Biotechnology-based industrial
Mobile e-government applications
(2015 only)
SME business model innovation
(2015 only)
Call overview for SME Instrument
Budget and Deadline for Calls
Open call: Proposals can be submitted any time, and evaluation starts on April 1st.
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)
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.

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