Policy makers are keen to implement measures to promote disruptive innovations, however there is no general agreement on the definition of the term 'disruptive' and there is no objective measure to describe the degree of disruptiveness of an innovative idea. The small number of so-called 'unicorns' – companies with a valuation of more than $1 billion – is often cited as proof that disruptive innovations are not so common in Europe.
Key elements of disruptive innovations are that they are capable of wiping out market leaders, making business models obsolete and transforming entire industries. The damage and the loss experienced by established industries might be a measure for disruptiveness, however we only know about the degree of transformation and change long after the disruption has uprooted an industry.
The calls in the Horizon 2020 Work Programme "European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot", namely the "SME Instrument" and the "Fast Track to Innovation" (FTI), explicitly ask for proposals describing market-creating innovations or innovations disrupting existing markets. Applicants should present this aspect of their innovation convincingly.
Understanding the way project proposals are evaluated is critical for a successful proposal. The self-evaluation forms, available on the Horizon 2020 Participant Portal, contain the questions evaluators use to evaluate each proposal. The evaluator questions are specific for each instrument in the EIC pilot and proposals should be measured against these questions at every stage of the proposal-writing process.
Successfully obtaining a Horizon 2020 project does not guarantee the miraculous transformation into a unicorn but it certainly can open the path to changes in the way we work, how we produce, deliver and use information, products and services, and how we address societal transformations.
Stefan Fischer, NCP SMEs, Energy
HORIZON 2020 NEWS
Webinar on "How to Implement Clinical Studies in Horizon 2020 Projects"
Experts from the European Commission covered all aspects that a proposal including clinical studies has to fulfil during this webinar. These are: completing the clinical trial proposal template, deciding how to involve clinical centres in a consortium, planing mandatory clinical study deliverables, and how to set up the budget considering the financial issues such as clinical studies unit costs and internal invoicing.
Swiss are Eligible for ECSEL
ECSEL is the transnational European Research and Innovation programme for electronic components and systems. The Swiss Federal Council adopted on 9 March 2018 the agreement for the participation of Switzerland in this Joint Technology Initiative (JTI ECSEL). This European initiative supports transnational research and innovation projects in the fields of micro- and nanoelectronics, system integration and intelligent systems.
Mapping EU's Internet of Things Innovative Clusters
The European Commission is running a study on mapping the EU's "Internet of Things" (IoT) innovative clusters. In this context, a survey is being conducted to identify possible missing IoT clusters in Europe. In addition, the survey aims to better understand the drivers and factors that led to the establishment of existing IoT innovation clusters and acquire insight into their operations and performance.
HORIZON 2020 CALLS
FET Flagship on Quantum Technologies: 141 Proposals Submitted
The new FET Flagship on Quantum Technologies closed its first deadline in February. 140 research proposals were submitted with the following distribution: a. Quantum Communication 12 proposals, b. Quantum Computing Systems 10, c. Quantum Simulation 7, d. Quantum Metrology and Sensing 24, e. Fundamental Science 87.
New Clean Sky Call for Proposals
The 8th Call for Proposals (CfP08) is foreseen to be launched mid-April 2018 via the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Participant Portal. The preliminary list of topics and topic descriptions is accessible on the Clean Sky website. An Infoday will be organised on 17 May 2018 in Toulouse, France.
CHIST-ERA Call 2018
The two topics “Analog computing for Artificial Intelligence” and “Intelligent Computation for Dynamic Networked Environments” have been pre-selected for the CHIST-ERA call 2018. The call will be discussed at the CHIST-ERA Conference in Helsinki, 19-21 June 2018, bringing together scientists and CHIST-ERA representatives. Further information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marie Skłodowska Curie Individual Fellowship
Would you like to boost your career? Apply for an Individual Fellowship! The 2018 call opens on 12 April with a deadline on 12 September. Join our Webinar on 24 April to learn more about this fellowship or register for one of our Applicants Trainings to learn how to write a competitive proposal.
Marie Skłodowska Curie COFUND
COFUND offers financial support to international, national and regional doctoral or fellowship programmes. The 2018 call opens on 12 April with a deadline on 27 September 2018. Learn more about this call as well as some tips and tricks at the Euresearch COFUND Infoevent on 3 May in Bern.
MSCA Individual Fellowship Hosted by Companies
The Society & Enterprise Panel is a multidisciplinary panel for experienced researchers who wish to work on projects in the non-academic sector, for example with an SME. Join us for one of 3 info events to be held across Switzerland between May and June to find out how your company can participate.
Call for Expressions of Interest – Business Coaches
Are you interested in coaching companies? SME instrument winners can receive free coaching. Most of these companies are experienced with technology but have now to deal with business issues such as strategy, markets, organisation, management, financing and HR. EASME is currently looking for experts to coach these promising European companies.
Basic Training on EU RDI Opportunities
This event provides newcomers with a general overview of European opportunities for research, development and innovation. The aim is to help participants determine which programmes or supporting initiatives are best suited to their needs and capacities. 24.05.2018, Bern
Swiss Conference on Data Science
The 5th Swiss Conference on Data Science, SDS|2018, brings together opinion-leaders, practitioners, decision-makers and researchers with an interest in data science. The goal is to foster the exchange of ideas specifically for the Swiss market and to sustain the community of data scientists in Switzerland. Get the latest Horizon 2020 news at the Euresearch booth! 07.06.2018, Bern
Horizon 2020 – NMBP Brokerage Event
Looking for consortium partners for a Horizon 2020 topic in the area of Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Biotechnology and Advanced Manufacturing and Processing (NMBP)? The event focuses on the 2019 NMBP Work Programme topics. Participants will have the opportunity to present their own project concepts. Find your consortium in time! 07.06.2018, Mainz