The opportunities in the private sector for successful participation in Horizon 2020 have multiplied, not least for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). That is why we have reinforced our support for companies.
The “SME Instrument” in Horizon 2020 has proven to be highly popular with Swiss small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in 2017. The competition in this programme is stiff but from what we hear, our chances of success seem to be at least as good as the European average. In addition, a fundamental change to the programme makes applying even more attractive: From this year on, applicants can define the content of their project entirely themselves and are no longer forced to fit within a given thematic field.
To support you in trying out this exciting new funding opportunity, we have reinforced our Swiss-wide support team. In addition to Gerhard Gass, we have appointed a second National Contact Point for SMEs, Stefan Fischer. Moreover, we are happy to remind you that the Euresearch Network has a dedicated Company Advisor in every region in Switzerland. They look forward to discussing with you the manifold funding and networking opportunities at the European level and to finding those best suited to your needs.
Last but not least, we have complemented our dedicated webpage for companies with additional links. Check them out!
Regina Schneider, Vice-Director Euresearch
HORIZON 2020 NEWS
Marie Skłodowska Curie Individual Fellowship Results are out!
Individual Fellowships have just been awarded to 1 348 researchers. The overall success rate was 15%. Of the 400 proposals with Swiss host institutions, 67 projects (16.75%) received funding! You can find the cut off scores for funding in the different panels using the link below.
Technology Readiness Level: Guidance Principles for Renewable Energy Technologies
The EU Commission has published the final report of this study. It assesses the use of TRL in the energy field at European level and presents guidance documents defining TRLs in 10 renewable energy fields.
EU Framework Programme 9 - It is time to express yourself!
Whatever you want to say about the upcoming Framework Programme 9, you now have the opportunity to do so in a public consultation! Stakeholders can give their opinions in an online survey until 8 March 2018. Businesses, consumers and citizens are particularly encouraged to participate in public consultations in order to help shape research and innovation in the EU.
Being Part of a National Contact Point Project – Clear Added Value!
NCP projects aim to facilitate cooperation between NCPs in Europe and beyond. For 3 years, the Euresearch Head Office coordinated the Marie Skłodowska Curie NCP project. With more than 80 partners, the project offered the possibility to benefit from mutual support and thus raise the general standard of applications. We gained knowledge and experience in European project coordination, an experience that we can only recommend!
HORIZON 2020 CALLS
Societal Challenge 6 – 2018 Calls
The 2018 calls on Migration, Transformations and Governance in Societal Challenge 6 ("Europe in a Changing World: Inclusive, Innovative and Reflective Societies") will close on 13 March 2018. The next calls will open on 6 November 2018 with a deadline on 14 March 2019. Contact the National Contact Point for more details.
Finding Partners for Projects in Societal Challenge 6
Some calls in the Societal Challenge 6 Work Programme, which deals with social sciences and humanities, are closing at the beginning of March 2018. Are you still looking for partners for your consortium? Contact your National Contact Point or use the Net4Society Research Directory to add your profile or conduct a search.
Horizon 2020 SME Instrument – Annotated Proposal Template
This guide is useful for everyone involved in the preparation of an SME Instrument application. Produced by the SME NCP network "Access4SMEs", it aims to orient and guide innovative companies in their applications, by providing tools and approaches for drafting a good proposal/business plan for the SME Instrument.
SME Instrument now Completely Bottom Up!
Your SME project no longer has to fit within a predefined topic. The SME Instrument supports close-to-market activities with grants (up to €2.5 million) and business accelerator services. The aim is to give a strong boost to breakthrough innovation for SMEs with a clear commercial ambition and the potential for high growth and internationalisation.
Horizon 2020 Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials
This event, broken into two parts, provides information on upcoming calls in Societal Challenge 5 "Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials". It features informal and interactive sessions with practical advice on proposal writing and submission. Register for one or both parts of the event separately. 20.03.2018, Geneva
Meetings on Digital Innovation Hubs
In the 2018-2020 ICT Work Programme, a number of topics are foreseen on creating a network of Digital Innovation Hubs across Europe in different thematic areas in order to provide easy access and facilities to potential users (e.g., SMEs). A series of workshops on Digital Innovation Hubs are currently running. No registration is required to follow the events via web streaming. 21.02.2018, Brussels
Coordinators’ Day on Grant Agreement Preparation
The EC is organising an event for coordinators of successful proposals. The purpose of the event is to explain the process of the preparation and signature of the Grant Agreement. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority given to people coordinating or representing successful proposals. The event will also be available via webstreaming, with no need to register.