Cascading grants opportunities

Horizon 2020 programme offers a huge variety of funding opportunities, but some of them are rather hidden. In this article we would like to present grants opportunities for small and medium enterprises arising from some of H2020 projects themselves, called “cascading grants” or “third parties funding”. Some of these schemes were discovered thanks to NCPs CaRE exchange of information with the Enterprise Europe Network.

H2020 project INNOWWIDE coordinated by the Spanish CDTI aims to fund at least 120 European innovative SMEs and start-ups to conduct Viability Assessment Projects (VAPs) in markets outside of Europe. In the frame of the project the call will be open focused on for-profit innovative SMEs, including young companies and start-ups, from any sector looking to compete and start business in new and emerging markets around the world. The companies will conduct Viability Assessment Projects (VAPs) in cooperation with local stakeholders. The call will be open from 1.4.2019 till 31.5.2019. The beneficiary must be established in an EU Member State or a Horizon 2020 associated country.

Detailed information can be found here.

The EU-funded project KET4CleanProduction (KET4CP) sets its strategic objectives on helping SMEs to solve their clean production challenges and – as a result – to stay sustainable, innovative and competitive. Project´s Micro Grants are focused on transnational cooperation projects between SMEs and minimum 2 KET technology centres (KET TCs), which aim to integrate key enabling technologies (KET) to solve clean production challenges. Focus is on upgrading production processes. Call is open from 1.6.2018 till 29.4.2020 with 8 cut-off dates (the remaining ones are on 30.4.2019, 31.7.2019, 31.10.2019, 31.1.2020, 29.4.2020). The beneficiary must be established in an EU Member State or a Horizon 2020 associated country.

Detailed information can be found here.

Project VIDA aims to accelerate the implementation of new solutions (preferably key enabling technologies) in the food sector which improve the usage of water and energy with the ambition to reduce losses and consumption. It offers three different types of funding vouchers to support SMEs seeking new resource efficient solutions. The Innovation Support Voucher provides in-kind and/or financial support to SME in the food, water, energy or key enabling technologies (KET) sectors to get access to external knowledge and expertise. The Validation Voucher allows innovators to get their technological development validated. The Demonstration Voucher offers consortia an opportunity to demonstrate their new developments on site of a ‘prospective user’. To be eligible for VIDA vouchers the applicant must be member of a VIDA cluster or be headquartered in a VIDA territorial scope (Germany, Denmark, Portugal, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Lombardy Region in Italy, Aragon region in Spain). However in the Demonstration Voucher, the „prospective user“ can benefit from the developed solution (but not from the voucher) even if it is not headquartered in a VIDA territorial scope). Detailed information can be found here.

The overarching aim of H2020 project DESIGNSCAPES is to exploit the generative potential of urban environments in the highest possible number of European cities to encourage the uptake and further enhancement and up scaling of Design enabled Innovations by existing enterprises, start-up companies, public authorities and agencies, and other urban stakeholders. Calls are (or will be) open for Prototypes and Scalability Proofs specifically for designers and creative entrepreneurs. Applicants must be eligible for participation in Horizon 2020.

Detailed information can be found here.

More opportunities for third party funding on the Funding & Tender Portal.

by Jana Čejková, Camille Lepinay

Pubblished the number of proposals submitted

The EC has recently pubblished on Funding & tender opportunities portal the number of proposals submitted in response of SC5 call.

H2020-SC5-2019-1 (Single Stage):

A total of 16 proposals were submitted in response to this call. The number of proposals for each topic/type of action is shown below:

  • CE-SC5-08-2018-2019-2020: 7
  • SC5-16-2019: 2
  • SC5-21-2019-2020: 1
  • SC5-22-2019: 6
H2020-SC5-2019-2 (Two Stage):
A total of 453 proposals were submitted in response to this call. The number of proposals for each topic/type of action is shown below:
  • CE-SC5-04-2019: 68
  • CE-SC5-07-2018-2019-2020: 106
  • SC5-09-2018-2019: 39
  • SC5-10-2019-2020: 16
  • SC5-13-2018-2019: 64
  • SC5-14-2019: 68
  • SC5-16-2019: 21
  • SC5-20-2019: 71


A 1st call is open for a new EU-funded service to provide specialised, professional IP advice to European Universities and Public Research Organisations.

The IP Booster is a free service funded by the European Commission for public research organisations looking to realise value out of their research results.

Experts will examine the case and guide them towards the best intellectual property strategy. It is possible to benefit from 5 services which will be offered depending on needs:

  • Initial IP Audit
  • Patent landscaping
  • IP evaluation or due diligence
  • Patents, design and trademark application
  • Negotiating technology transfer

Eligibility criteria are as follows:

  • The application must originate from a European University or Public Research Organisation
  • The applicant’s university or organisation must have a PIC (Participant Identification Code)
  • You must not be able to secure similar IP services at national level

Applications for the 1st call are open until Wednesday 6 March. IP support services will be available until December 2021.

More information available here:



The H2020 RURITAGE project is looking for rural areas which would like to transform themselves in in sustainable development demonstration ‘laboratories’, through the enhancement of their unique Cultural and Natural Heritage potential.

Already 19 case studies, also called Rural Heritage Hubs, are involved in the project. These 19 Rural Heritage Hubs represent 13 good practice examples or Role Models and 6 Replicators, which will implement innovative heritage-led solutions. Together with several multidisciplinary expert institutions, these Rural Heritage Hubs aim to demonstrate that Cultural and Natural Heritage can emerge as a driver for sustainable regeneration and development.

Why apply?

Territories selected as an additional Replicators through this call will have the opportunity to learn from Role Models, Replicators and knowledge experts and to access a wide range of tools and knowledge in order to develop heritage-led regeneration plans. Thanks to this process, they will be able to implement strategies tailored to their own rural territory and increase the visibility of their region worldwide.

Who is eligible?

Eligible beneficiaries for this call are rural communities both from EU Member States and ENP countries, eligible for participation in the EC H2020 Framework Programme and be located or implement their actions in “predominantly rural regions” (i.e. the rural population accounts for 50% or more of the total population) or “intermediate regions” (i.e. the rural population accounts for between 20% and 50% of the total population) according to the EUROSTAT definition.

Up to 9 replicators spots, 6 within, but not limited to, the EU and 3 in ENP countries, will be awarded.


31 March 2019

More information about the call and submission of application available here

Ethics and data protection

Wondering about how to respect GDPR in your Horizon 2020 project? Check out the latest guidelines on “Ethics and data protection“. 

The ethics part is an essential but often forgotten section of the part A of an Horizon 2020 proposals.

Even more since the entry into force of the General Data Protection Regulation on 25 May 2018, data protection has become an issue for Horizon 2020 projects.

To guide potential and current beneficiaries of EU research and innovation projects, a guidance note “Ethics and data protection” has been drafted by a panel of experts at the request of the European Commission (DG Research and Innovation) and aims at raising awareness in the scientific community. It does not constitute official EU guidance but the reading is still very much recommanded of course.

For more information to prepare the ethics section of your proposal, check out the Horizon 2020 manual and especially the “Guidance How to complete your ethics self-assessment

Accessing European Research infrastructures

In preparing your Horizon 2020 project, you have identified that you need specific infrastructures for instance to get data or conduct specific test? Have a look at the European Research Infrastructures ! 

What are Research Infrastructures?

Research Infrastructures (RIs) are facilities, resources and services used by the scientific community for conducting research and innovation in their fields to reach excellence.

There are several types of RIs:

  • European RIs are too big to be funded by just one university. For instance the famous CERN Center for elementary particle physics obtained the Nobel Price.
  • National RIs are operated by one country but are openly accessible. They can be found under Meril Portal
  • Networks of RI are funded by the European Union under the INFRAIA calls of Horizon 2020 to provide notably Trans-National Access (TNA) as explained below.

For example in the field of environment:

  • IAGOS – In-service Aircraft for a Global Observing System is a collection of data on atmospheric trace gases and aerosol particles, which are measured by devices in passenger aircrafts and which are required for validation and improvement of climate modelling.
  • LifeWatch ERIC is the e-infrastructure for Biodiversity and Ecosystem research

Why can Research Infrastructures be useful for you?

Because you could request free of charge Trans-National Access (TNA)  to Research infrastructures

  • either in person or virtual
  • in other countries
  • for any types of research projects, notably but not only for Horizon 2020 projects.

If the RIs offers Trans-national access (TNA) in person, you could even get reimbursement for your travel costs if selected. Any individuals from academy, industry and public services can benefit from this.

What should you do?

  1. Identify the Research infrastructures and data you would need for your project.
  2. Identify the European RI which you could use through the RICH database. For Horizon 2020 this should be done at proposal stage and be written in your draft Data Management Plan. There are also National Contact Pointsfor Research infrastructures.
  3. Contact the RI to enquire about the conditions for access. This is recommended at proposal stage for H2020 projects. 
  4. Apply for the TNA. For Horizon 2020 projects, this should be done after the selection of the project. 

If you have an interesting research infrastructure, you can also join European networks and apply for INFRAIA projects to open your infrastructure and provide TNA.

This article is based on a presentation done by the Rich network during an NCPs CaRE webinar “Research Infrastructures Programme for H2020: Transnational Acces Opportunities (TNA) for the SC5 Environment related research” on 18/10/2018.

You can get more information about research infrastructures on the website of the RICH project, the network of National Contact Points for Research infrastructures 

By-bye, Participant Portal! Hello, Funding & Tenders Portal!

The European Commission is phasing out the Participant Portal and replacing it by the Funding & Tenders Portal, which will allow searching for EU funding and tender opportunities, and managing grants and contracts in one place. Redirection to the new portal is happening since end of November, and soon the old portal will be switched off.

The new Participant Portal will host all centrally managed EU programmes in one location. Moreover, it will cover calls for tender and the related procurement contracts. Anyway, besides its different look, it still give access to the same kind of information, assets and functions. Furthermore, new username and password are not required.

In the future, fully electronic management will be introduced gradually, and in a few years procurement contracts will be handled paperless.

Read more here.

Check the new Participant Portal here.

Presentations from the Raw Materials Week 2018 are now published

The presentations and pictures from the Raw materials Week 2018 – H2020 Raw Materials Info Day and Brokerage Event have been published on the website of the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials and are availabe at the following link:  

The above link includes also presentations from partner searches.

A short video from the event will also be published in the coming weeks.

11 new SC5 projects funded for €29 million total

The European Commission has selected 11 projects that will receive around €29,7 million under Horizon 2020’s Societal Challenge “Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials”.

These projects were selected among 79 proposals submitted for the SC5 one-stage call – Greening the economy in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.

Selected projects will be launched in 2018.

The 11 projects fall into 4 different topics:

  • Water: 5 funded projects out of 57 proposals submitted
  • Raw materials: 2 funded projects out of 9 proposals submitted
  • Natural and cultural assets: 3 funded projects out of 9 proposals submitted
  • Circular economy: 1 funded project out of 4 proposals submitted

More information about the funded projects available here.

New calls for proposals are now open, and it’s possible to apply by 19 February 2019.

To find out what type of projects have already received EU funding and how much budget is still available until 2020, check the infographics available here.

EIB’s Inaugural Donors Conference

The first European Investment Bank (EIB) Donors Conference will take place on 14th November in Luxembourg, at the same time of the European Microfinance Week which will be held 14-16 November.

The conference gathers EIB donors, partners and beneficiaries working together to explore financing solutions to help tackling global challenges and to create new opportunities around the world.

The event is a good opportunity to discuss key topics such as economic resilience, climate action and innovation.

Participation is by invitation and more information can be requested at

More information and agenda available here.