Manuel MENDIGUTÍA
Leyla MERTOL
Unit A.2 "Horizon 2020 Small and
Medium-Sized Enterprises"
Executive Agency for SMEs (EASME...
• SME with innovative ideas – single company ok
• Ambition to grow and have a global/EU impact
• Established SMEs with hig...
Technology readiness level 6 or above
SME Instrument target
Why?
• Rank among the best European SMEs
• Get visibility at European and global level
• Receive high-quality business coa...
SME Instrument phases
The 3 Project Phases
Phase 1 - Concept & Feasibility
Assessment
• Feasibility study
• Proposal (10 pages): Idea,
initial b...
Phase 2 – Innovation Project
• Proposal (30 pages): idea with
feasibility assessment+ full business
plan
• EU funding: €0....
Phase 3 – Commercialisation
• No stand-alone phase!
• No direct funding
• Facilitate access to risk finance
• Support serv...
Topics for 2014 & 2015
• High risk ICT innovation
• Nanotech, or other
advanced tech for
manufacturing and
materials
• Spa...
BUDGET
€3.000 million from 2014-2020
2014 2015 2016 2017
253,02 259,87 353,40 385,91
Eligibility
• Profit-SMEs
• <250 employees
• <€50 million turnover/ balance sheet <€43 million
• SME based in EU MS or H20...
Evaluation of proposals
• By independent experts
• Award criteria:
• IMPACT
• EXCELLENCE
• QUALITY
• Threshold
• Phase 1 :...
Evaluation: IMPACT
Convince evaluators that your project will make
money and create jobs
• Market (will to pay) - targeted...
Evaluation: EXCELLENCE
Convince evaluators that your innovation is
excellent
• Innovative product/process/service
• Viable...
Evaluation: IMPLEMENTATION
Convince evaluators that you will make it
• Credibility of the work plan
• Right resources inte...
Unsuccessful proposals were:
• too strongly technology-oriented
• Missing company profile
• Not describing innovative tech...
Before taking a strategic decision to apply
• Look carefully at the programme target
• Assess if your project is mature
• ...
When applying:
• Make sure your proposal is balanced and covers
all aspects of each evaluation criteria
• Write to convinc...
PHASE 1 & 2:
2014-2015
Funded projects
per cut-off
SC5 topic:
budget 2014-2015
Cut-off date: all topics
18/06/2014 24/09/2014 9/10/2014 17/12/2014 17/12/2014 18/03/2015 18/03/2015 17/06/2015 17/06/2015...
PHASE 1:
2014-2015
Funded projects
per topic
PHASE 2:
2014-2015
Funded projects
per topic
PHASE 1 & 2:
2014-2015
Funded projects
per country
SC5 PHASE 1 & 2:
2014-2015
Funded projects
per country
SC5 PHASE 1 & 2:
2014-2015
Funded projects
classifications
SC5 PHASE 1 & 2:
2014-2015
Funded projects related
to recycling
SME Instrument
SC5 showcase
SME instrument grant
2014 - Phase 1
CREST project: Revolutionizing weather forecast models for the
tropical region, which ...
UPCYCLING THE OCEANS project: High quality clothes made from
marine plastic litter. Objective: produce and sell fabrics an...
SME instrument grant
2014 - Phase 1
2015 - Phase 2
An autonomous and mobile water treatment plant powered by
solar energy....
SME instrument grant
2014 - Phase 1
Slight Granulation project: innovative production process reducing
water and the energ...
EASME Website
http://ec.europa.eu/easme/node/37
Interactive Map of beneficiaries
(Phase 1 & Phase 2)
• National Contact Point for SMEs
http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/support/nation
al_contact_po...
http://ec.europa.eu/easme/sme/
EASME-SME-HELPDESK@ec.europa.eu
Thank You!
QUESTIONS?
@H2020SME
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  1. 1. Manuel MENDIGUTÍA Leyla MERTOL Unit A.2 "Horizon 2020 Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises" Executive Agency for SMEs (EASME) Horizon 2020 SME Instrument – SC5
  2. 2. • SME with innovative ideas – single company ok • Ambition to grow and have a global/EU impact • Established SMEs with high growth potential • Clear European dimension • For profit SMEs of the EU and associated countries SME Instrument target
  3. 3. Technology readiness level 6 or above SME Instrument target
  4. 4. Why? • Rank among the best European SMEs • Get visibility at European and global level • Receive high-quality business coaching • Benefit from networking opportunities • Get support for follow-up financing
  5. 5. SME Instrument phases
  6. 6. The 3 Project Phases Phase 1 - Concept & Feasibility Assessment • Feasibility study • Proposal (10 pages): Idea, initial business plan, activities • Duration project: ~6 months • EU funding: €50 000 • Up to 3 coaching days => Outcome: feasibility assessment with a more elaborated business plan
  7. 7. Phase 2 – Innovation Project • Proposal (30 pages): idea with feasibility assessment+ full business plan • EU funding: €0.5 -€2.5M • Up to 12 days coaching • Duration:1-2 years • Develop project through innovation strategy  Outcome:  new idea (product, service, process) to launch on the market  a business innovation plan with a commercialization strategy & plan to attract investors
  8. 8. Phase 3 – Commercialisation • No stand-alone phase! • No direct funding • Facilitate access to risk finance • Support services • Networking opportunities • EEN helping business commercialisation
  9. 9. Topics for 2014 & 2015 • High risk ICT innovation • Nanotech, or other advanced tech for manufacturing and materials • Space research and development • Diagnostics devices and biomarkers • Sustainable food production and processing • Blue growth • Low carbon energy systems • Greener and more integrated transport • Eco-innovation and sustainable supply of raw material • Urban critical infrastructure • Biotechnology-based industrial processes • Mobile e-government applications (2015 only) • SME business model innovation (2015 only)
  10. 10. BUDGET €3.000 million from 2014-2020 2014 2015 2016 2017 253,02 259,87 353,40 385,91
  11. 11. Eligibility • Profit-SMEs • <250 employees • <€50 million turnover/ balance sheet <€43 million • SME based in EU MS or H2020 Associated Countries
  12. 12. Evaluation of proposals • By independent experts • Award criteria: • IMPACT • EXCELLENCE • QUALITY • Threshold • Phase 1 : per individual criteria is 4. Overall is 13 • Phase 2 : per individual criteria is 3 (except for "Impact" which is 4). Overall is 12
  13. 13. Evaluation: IMPACT Convince evaluators that your project will make money and create jobs • Market (will to pay) - targeted users • Market conditions – competition – Market share • Commercialisation plan • EU/global dimension • Knowledge protection • Jobs created in Europe
  14. 14. Evaluation: EXCELLENCE Convince evaluators that your innovation is excellent • Innovative product/process/service • Viable & Disruptive technology • Added value • Better than existing solutions • Commercial potential • Understanding of risks and opportunities
  15. 15. Evaluation: IMPLEMENTATION Convince evaluators that you will make it • Credibility of the work plan • Right resources internally • Right partners and stakeholders • Team organisation • Realistic time frame
  16. 16. Unsuccessful proposals were: • too strongly technology-oriented • Missing company profile • Not describing innovative technology • Not including convincing commercial potential – ''freedom to operate'' assurance; • Not mentioning the least required TRL6 (Ph1–Ph2) • Not correct topic chosen! First lessons learnt
  17. 17. Before taking a strategic decision to apply • Look carefully at the programme target • Assess if your project is mature • Take advise on other funding programmes from NCP, EEN or others, notably incubators • Try a 3 minute pitch • If you work with a consultant choose a success fee rather than a fixed price Hints and tips
  18. 18. When applying: • Make sure your proposal is balanced and covers all aspects of each evaluation criteria • Write to convince evaluators to invest • Put concrete realistic figures • Invest in a caching title and a good abstract • Use the full 10 pages (phase 1) – delete the hints in the template • Form matters, test your proposal, review the language Hints and tips
  19. 19. PHASE 1 & 2: 2014-2015 Funded projects per cut-off
  20. 20. SC5 topic: budget 2014-2015
  21. 21. Cut-off date: all topics 18/06/2014 24/09/2014 9/10/2014 17/12/2014 17/12/2014 18/03/2015 18/03/2015 17/06/2015 17/06/2015 TOTAL TOTAL Phase 1 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 N° of proposals received 2.662 1.947 580 2.363 629 1.569 614 2.029 962 10.570 2.785 N° of proposals evaluated 2.603 1.920 571 2.328 611 1.539 597 2.017 946 10.407 2.725 Above threshold 317 237 132 320 180 251 230 342 357 1.467 899 Rate of positively evaluated 12% 12% 23% 14% 29% 16% 39% 17% 38% 14% 33% Funded 155 178 60 259 74 149 37 128 44 869 215 Success rate 6% 9% 10% 11% 12% 9% 6% 6% 5% 8% 8% Cut-off date: SC5 topic 18/06/2014 24/09/2014 9/10/2014 17/12/2014 17/12/2014 18/03/2015 18/03/2015 17/06/2015 17/06/2015 TOTAL TOTAL Phase 1 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 N° of proposals received 250 201 30 248 69 170 52 219 91 1.088 242 N° of proposals evaluated 248 196 30 245 68 166 51 218 89 1.073 238 Above threshold 32 29 4 48 15 38 21 48 42 195 82 Rate of positively evaluated 13% 15% 13% 20% 22% 23% 41% 22% 47% 18% 34% Funded 12 15 4 33 9 10 3 9 3 79 19 Success rate 5% 7% 13% 13% 13% 6% 6% 4% 3% 7% 8% RESULTS: 2014-2015
  22. 22. PHASE 1: 2014-2015 Funded projects per topic
  23. 23. PHASE 2: 2014-2015 Funded projects per topic
  24. 24. PHASE 1 & 2: 2014-2015 Funded projects per country
  25. 25. SC5 PHASE 1 & 2: 2014-2015 Funded projects per country
  26. 26. SC5 PHASE 1 & 2: 2014-2015 Funded projects classifications
  27. 27. SC5 PHASE 1 & 2: 2014-2015 Funded projects related to recycling
  28. 28. SME Instrument SC5 showcase
  29. 29. SME instrument grant 2014 - Phase 1 CREST project: Revolutionizing weather forecast models for the tropical region, which are used for implementing Climate Resilient Agriculture in West Africa. 82% accuracy compared to 39% for existing conventional models. Farmers can boost their yield.
  30. 30. UPCYCLING THE OCEANS project: High quality clothes made from marine plastic litter. Objective: produce and sell fabrics and clothes made from marine plastic litter, by recycling and industrial methods to convert these plastics into high properties textiles. SME instrument grant 2014 - Phase 1
  31. 31. SME instrument grant 2014 - Phase 1 2015 - Phase 2 An autonomous and mobile water treatment plant powered by solar energy. Goal: providing a solution for fast, simple and efficient wastewater treatment and energy supply for remote regions.
  32. 32. SME instrument grant 2014 - Phase 1 Slight Granulation project: innovative production process reducing water and the energy consumption in ceramic tiles industry. The new process will address a specific phase of production chain (i.e. granulation), reducing by 40% the use of water and completely cutting off energy consumption.
  33. 33. EASME Website http://ec.europa.eu/easme/node/37 Interactive Map of beneficiaries (Phase 1 & Phase 2)
  34. 34. • National Contact Point for SMEs http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/support/nation al_contact_points.html#c,contact=country/sbg//1/1/0&function_details..fun ction_abbr/sbg/SMEs/1/1/0&+person.last_name/desc • Enterprise Europe Network http://een.ec.europa.eu/about/branches • Twitter SME Instrument https://twitter.com/h2020sme • EASME website • http://ec.europa.eu/easme/en/horizons-2020-sme-instrument • https://ec.europa.eu/easme/node/750 • https://ec.europa.eu/easme/en/question-sme-instrument • IPR Helpdesk https://www.iprhelpdesk.eu/ • Any questions: EASME-SME-HELPDESK@ec.europa.eu Practical info points:
  35. 35. http://ec.europa.eu/easme/sme/ EASME-SME-HELPDESK@ec.europa.eu Thank You! QUESTIONS? @H2020SME

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