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Horizon 2020

Reference Documents

 

The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation

Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument of the European Commission that runs from 2014 to 2020 with an €70.2 billion budget. The EU’s new programme for research and innovation is part of the drive to create new growth and jobs in Europe.

The proposed structure consists of three basic priorities:

 

Horizon 2020 Work Programmes and Calls

The first Horizon 2020 Work Programmes will cover 2 years 2014-2015 and will include all thematic areas. The respective Calls have been published on 11th December 2013.

The part referring to “Health, demographic change and wellbeing” includes the topics of most relevance for you; however, we highly recommend to checking also other related thematic areas that contain health-related topics.

You can find more information on the participant portal under: http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/h2020/index.html

The part referring to “Health, demographic change and wellbeing” gives a detailed description of the topics open for the first calls.

Based on the information from the draft work programme you might start already with first preparations and most importantly present your expertise profile and /or search for partners in our database.

Taken together Horizon 2020 with its new funding schemes and with its more attractive and less complex funding rates will offer many incentives to health-related SMEs to apply for European funding.

 

Eligibility conditions in Horizon 2020

Eligibility conditions

Research & innovation action (RIA)

Three legal entities. Each of the three shall be established in a different Member State or associated country. All three legal entities shall be independent of each other.

Innovation action (IA)

Three legal entities. Each of the three shall be established in a different Member State or associated country. All three legal entities shall be independent of each other

Coordination & support action (CSA)

One legal entity established in a Member State or associated country.

SME instrument

 

One for-profit SME. Only applications from SMEs established in EU Member States or countries associated to Horizon 2020;

No concurrent submission or implementation with another phase 1 or phase 2 project.

ERA-NET Cofund

 

 

Three legal entities. Each of the three shall be established in a different Member State or associated country. All three legal entities shall be independent of each other. 

Participants in ERA-NET Cofund actions must be research funders: legal entities owning or managing public research and innovation programmes

Pre-commercial procurement (PCP) Cofund & Public procurement of Innovative solutions (PPI) Cofund

Three legal entities. Each of the three shall be established in a different Member State or associated country. All three legal entities shall be independent of each other.

A minimum of two independent legal entities which are public procurers from two different Member States or associated countries.

 

Funding rates in Horizon 2020

In Horizon 2020 there will be 2 main types of Project or Action. There will be “Research Projects” and “Close to the Market Innovation Projects”. Research projects will be entitled to 100% Direct Costs with a flat rate of 25% Overheads added on top.

Innovation Projects will be entitled to 70% Direct Costs with a flat rate 25% Overheads added on top.

Currently, there will be no Full Costs Overheads option available.

Co-ordination and Support Actions (CSAs) will continue to be funded.

Most of the Projects will claim to be reimbursed via the Eligible Costs method however some Actions such as the Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions will use Flat Rates and be paid via the Lump Sum method.

New SME support scheme

Horizon 2020 introduces new SME instruments for highly innovative SMEs.

The SME instrument is targeted at all types of innovative SMEs showing a strong ambition to develop, grow and internationalise.  It provides staged support covering the whole innovation cycle in 3 phases complemented by a mentoring and coaching service. Transition from one phase to the next will be seamless provided the SME project proves to be worth further support in a further evaluation. Each phase is open to new entrants.

3 Phases are foreseen:

Phase I:    Concept and Feasibility assessment. The concept and feasibility assessment is a light proposal  to do feasibility study of the proposed project idea that can be supported to up to € 50.000 on a bottom-up approach

Phase II:  R&D and demonstration work

Phase III:  Commercialisation

 

a)  SME instrument (phase 1)

Description: Feasibility study verifying the technological/practical as well as economic viability of an innovation idea/concept with considerable novelty to the industry sector in which it is presented (new products, processes, design, services and technologies or new market applications of existing technologies). The activities could, for example, comprise risk assessment, market study, user involvement, Intellectual Property management, innovation strategy development, partner search, feasibility of concept and the like to establish a solid high-potential innovation project aligned to the enterprise strategy and with a European dimension. Bottlenecks in the ability to increase profitability of the enterprise through innovation shall be detected and analysed during phase 1 and addressed during phase 2 to increase the return in investment in innovation activities.

Funding rate: Funding will be provided in the form of a lump sum of EUR 50,000 (70% funding rate).

 

b) SME instrument (phase 2)

Description: innovation projects that address a specific challenge and demonstrate high potential in terms of company competitiveness and growth underpinned by a strategic business plan. Activities should focus on innovation activities such as demonstration, testing, prototyping, piloting, scaling-up, miniaturisation, design, market replication and the like aiming to bring an innovation idea (product, process, service etc.) to industrial readiness and maturity for market introduction, but may also include some research. SMEs can subcontract or buy in work and knowledge that is essential for their innovation project in the spirit of the innovation voucher concept. Proposals should be based on a strategic business plan either developed through phase 1 or another means.

 

Funding rate: 70% [or in exceptional cases, where the research component is predominant, the reimbursement rate may be 100%, as specified in each topic].

 

c) SME instrument (phase 3):

Support to commercialisation promotes the wider implementation of innovative solutions and customers and supports financing of growth by facilitating access to public and private risk capital. This stage will not provide for direct funding, but SMEs can benefit from indirect support measures and services as well as access to the financial facilities supported under Horizon 2020.