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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) - SME-Target group, role of partners & subcontractors
As phase 1 and phase 2 will be considered as different projects, and for different steps in the innovation cycle you might need different partners, yes you can change partners.
Research organisations can only be subcontractors, this is possible in both phases (depending on the topic); it depends on the applicants - what they intend to do during the phase 1 or phase 2, and for which kind of activities they ask for funding.
No problem from where your consortia partners are coming from, provided that the SMEs are established in a EU-member state or associated country; SMEs can be from the same country - but make sure that you can show that the business idea will be disseminated Europe-wide esp. internationally (which might be easier with partners from different member states).
As long as your company has an application for phase 1 or 2 open, OR has a phase 1 or 2 project running, you cannot apply again. For phase 3 application which is not yet possible, we do not know.
An application for a collaborative project is not interfering with an application for the SME instrument.
Yes, the restriction is only WITHIN the SME instrument
As subcontractor that MIGHT be possible, but as PARTNER definitely NOT
The high growth potential is intended to help Europe achieve the EUROPE 2020 goals which is: jobs, jobs, jobs!
Innovation has many facets; important ones are of course SUCCESS. How many new products/ technologies have your company launched successfully in the past years, how many patents filed, etc.? If you can show this for past innovations, evaluators might trust you that with your new idea you will be successful again.
Those SMEs are legally not excluded, but the commission aims at SMEs with HIGH growth potential with at least European market potential; as a start-up or very small company this might be difficult to argue, but most important will be the POTENTIAL.