The SME Instrument targets innovative companies with high-potential ideas
From 1 January 2017, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Switzerland are also eligible for the Horizon 2020 SME Instrument. This programme is structured as a permanently open call with four cut-off dates per year for each phase of support.
Phase 1 provides a €50 000 lump sum for concept and feasibility studies aiming to exploit and commercialise groundbreaking, innovative ideas. Phase 2 projects cover the next steps towards bringing the innovation to market take-up. These longer projects are financed with up to €2.5 million for up to 70% of total project costs. Phase 3 projects are provided with business support for market launch, including world-class coaching activities, access to foreign markets through the Enterprise Europe Network, and facilitated networking with private and public investors.
The SME Instrument is a great opportunity for entrepreneurs and innovative SMEs with high-potential, innovative ideas for close-to-market, internationally relevant projects. Swiss companies can finally take advantage of this opportunity! To bring more information to Swiss SMEs, Euresearch is dedicating a special afternoon session at the national conference on 14 March 2017 to the SME Instrument, including testimonials from past SME Instrument beneficiaries and in-depth training on the programme. In parallel, Euresearch regional SME Contact Points are organising a series of cantonal events to provide further information, answers to questions and bilateral support.
Emile Dupont, Technology Consultant & Member of the Management Board
HORIZON 2020 NEWS
Data Protection Regulations
The European Commission has revised its data protection regulations. The Swiss rules were compliant with the former EC regulations but may not necessarily comply with the revised ones. The Swiss Federal Office of Justice has started its own process to revise the Swiss data protection legislation. It aims to be in line with the new EC regulations and with the modernisation of the "Council of Europe's Convention on Data Protection".
Preliminary Statistics on 2017 ERC Consolidator Grants
The 2017 call for the European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grants closed on 9 February 2017. The ERC has now released the preliminary statistics on submitted proposals. Applications have increased by 10%. The highest number of applications was submitted in the domain of Physical and Engineering Sciences, followed by Life Sciences, and then Social Sciences and Humanities.
"Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials" Projects Funded so far
The European Commission has published an updated version of the catalogue of projects so far chosen for funding in Societal Challenge 5. The 2014, 2015 and 2016 calls focussed on investing in systemic innovation by promoting resource efficiency for a greener and competitive economy as a key part of smart, inclusive and sustainable growth.
HORIZON 2020 CALLS
ECSEL Joint Undertaking 2017 Calls
The public-private partnership for advancing the state of the art in electronic components and systems for European leadership, "ECSEL JU", has published two concurrent calls in 2017: "H2020-ECSEL-2017-1-IA-two-stage" and "H2020-ECSEL-2017-2-RIA-two-stage". Deadline Stage 1: 11.05.2017
Active and Assisted Living 2017 Call
The Active and Assisted Living (AAL) 2017 call for proposals is part of the AAL Programme. In February 2017, this programme launched a new challenge-led call entitled "AAL packages/Integrated solutions". Deadline: 24.05.2017
New Swiss EEN Website
This month, the Enterprise Europe Network Switzerland (Swiss EEN) launched its new web platform, offering Swiss research organisations and innovative SMEs free access to over 7 000 technology, business and research partner search opportunities from around the globe. Check it out and sign up today or contact Swiss EEN directly.
Updated SME Instrument Factsheet
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that are EU-based or established in Switzerland (now fully associated to Horizon 2020) can obtain EU support for innovation projects that will help them grow and expand their activities into other countries – within Europe and beyond. More details can be found in the two-page Euresearch SME Instrument factsheet.
Energy Week: Funding Opportunities in the Energy Domain
In collaboration with EPFL, UNIL, HES-SO and UNIFR, Euresearch is organising "Energy Week" in the cantons of Valais, Fribourg and Vaud. It consists of 3 information sessions with individual meetings and networking. 20-24.03.2017, West Switzerland
How to Write a Competitive Proposal for Horizon 2020
The aim of this half-day course is to train researchers, research managers and research support services in writing professional and competitive proposals for Horizon 2020. 28.03.2017, Bern
EC MSCA Campaign for Associated Countries
This event will cover the different opportunities for Swiss researchers and institutions within the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions. It is being organised in the frame of the European Commission's Campaign for Associated Countries. 31.03.2017, Lausanne
Matchmaking Event – Health IT Solutions
The Enterprise Europe Network is organising a matchmaking event at the Connecting Healthcare IT congress "conhIT" in Berlin. The pre-arranged one-to-one meetings offer the opportunity to meet potential technology and business partners in the field of healthcare IT. 26.04.2017, Berlin
Meet2Win – Oncology Matchmaking Event
The Enterprise Europe Network is organising a partnering event at the Oncology Business Convention in Bordeaux. Pre-arranged one-to-one meetings offer the opportunity to find potential technology and business partners for projects in oncology. 11.05.2017, Bordeaux
Matchmaking Recycling Technology
At the 2017 RECYCLING-TECHNIK exhibition in Dortmund, the Enterprise Europe Network is organising a matchmaking event on recycling and environmentally responsible disposal in the field of machinery and technical components. 11.05.2017, Dortmund