Annotated proposal template SME Instrument Phase 1 and Phase 2

The ‘Annotated proposal template SME Instrument ‘ is a guide created in order to assist innovative companies in applying to the EIC SME Instrument 2018-2020 call of Horizon 2020.

Its aim is to help companies better understand the requirements of the template and write better applications.

The authors of this guide are Horizon 2020 NCPs dealing daily with SME Instrument applications. Their recommendations also include feedback received from evaluators of SME Instrument proposals employed by the European Commission. The NCPs interacted with, trained and provided advice to thousands of companies that wanted to introduce their innovative product or service to market by using SME Instrument funding.

The guide should be useful for anyone who wants to submit an EIC SME Instrument related proposal.

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Some features of H2020 participation in the environmental area

Calls for proposals in H2020 societal challenge 5 – “Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials” – covering period 2014-2017 were evaluated and there is an appropriate time for the brief overview now. Analysed data were taken from the E-CORDA database (version 9.1, 30/09/2017). Please note that for 2017 the results of one-stage calls are included only. Altogether 4 634 proposals were submitted with 18 733 participants. During evaluation 427 projects with 3 537 participants from 85 countries were selected for funding. Share of participants from EU countries amounts to 89 %.

Participation of all EU countries is summarised in Table 1.

Country Teams Projects Eligible costs – € H2020 funding – €
AT 96 63 32 943 337,2 26 829 814,2
BE 191 101 66 466 110,6 57 236 189,8
BG 14 10 2 318 388,8 1 508 919,9
CY 22 20 6 598 037,2 4 914 810,7
CZ 29 22 9 923 629,6 6 566 549,9
DE 349 151 197 186 183,7 142 307 789,3
DK 85 54 37 608 772,4 28 290 732,2
EE 20 18 5 099 888,1 3 156 626,4
EL 95 55 35 600 224,2 30 774 913,2
ES 421 174 184 995 259,1 147 297 752,9
FI 95 63 49 289 948,4 36 964 322,0
FR 240 124 107 462 525,3 81 043 409,2
HR 16 12 2 563 847,0 2 011 979,7
HU 32 22 8 089 357,2 6 729 570,3
IE 42 28 16 787 690,1 12 374 683,1
IT 358 165 133 899 768,7 105 512 105,7
LT 10 9 2 375 336,9 1 889 396,0
LU 6 6 1 840 648,1 1 267 435,8
LV 7 7 1 408 998,6 765 073,9
MT 7 7 1 249 625,0 1 249 625,0
NL 234 116 107 439 218,2 92 541 883,0
PL 62 46 18 293 034,1 14 744 639,3
PT 121 65 39 541 013,1 33 349 117,7
RO 53 34 11 175 440,6 7 391 179,0
SE 125 80 73 691 288,3 52 939 480,7
SI 44 32 16 210 829,5 11 422 265,4
SK 19 15 2 791 659,5 2 022 537,2
UK 345 161 161 043 791,3 141 658 782,4
Total 3138   1 333 893 850,8 1 054 761 583,7

Table 1. Projects selected for funding in EU countries (number of projects, number of teams, total eligible costs and requested H2020 funding).

Participation success rate (ratio of all teams of given country in project proposals recommended for funding to the overall number of teams of given country in all project proposals) for EU and selected associated countries is very diverse (in range from 9,6 to 29 %), see Figure 1. Associated countries with very small number of participation were excluded from the comparison.  Average participation success rate of EU countries amounts to 21,1 % and it is clear from the figure that participation success rate of most EU-13 countries remain below this level.

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European Bioeconomy Manifesto published and presented to Commissioner Moedas

The bioeconomy means the production of renewable biological resources and the conversion of these resources, residues, by-products and side streams into value added products, such as food, feed, bio-based products, services and bioenergy (EU Bioeconomy Strategy 2012).

This article aims to give an overview on what is happening in regards Bioeconomy policy development on European level. While Bioeconomy as a word is included in the work programme for Societal Challenge 2, it is also a concept relevant for Societal Challenge 5 topics, from the point of view of (bio-based) raw materials, circular economy, nature-based solutions, and climate change.

The European Bioeconomy Manifesto was published and presented by the European Bioeconomy Stakeholder Panel to the Research and Innovation Commissioner Carlos Moedas at the end of November 2017.

The manifesto is an important boost for the Bioeconomy development in Europe, not the least because of the representative group of stakeholders who stand behind it. The Stakeholder Panel (footnote), who prepared the manifesto, brings together stakeholders from various different sectors: industry, research, primary producers, regions and NGOs. A common manifesto from sectors with different agendas gives a strong message to policy makers in Europe to further support the move towards a biobased economy.

The manifesto is divided into four sections: 1.) Introduction, 2.) Guiding Principles for Development of the Bioeconomy, 3.) Actions, 4.) Recommendations to the EU and Member States.

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Horizon 2020 – Work Programme 2018-2020: Topics for Circular Economy

The Horizon 2020 work programmes (WPs) for years 2018 – 2020 were designed around four main Focus Areas with a combined budget of € 7 billion: (i) Building a low-carbon, climate resilient future, (ii) Connecting economic and environmental gains – the Circular Economy, (iii) Digitising and transforming European industry and services, and (iv) Boosting the effectiveness of the Security Union.

Work related to the circular economy and the focus area on Connecting economic and environmental gains – the Circular Economy‘ (budget of €941 million) will also align R&I towards these targets. This focus area, building on the Commission’s ambitious Circular Economy package, will consolidate relevant R&I initiatives and it will make a strong contribution to jobs and growth and industrial competitiveness.

Further development of a sustainable, resource efficient and competitive economy will require a transition to a more circular economic model with products, processes, services and business models that are designed to maintain the value and utility of materials and resources in the economy for as long as possible. The circular economy solutions should combine a strong environmental rationale with a convincing business logic.

The topics targeted to Circular Economy are resumed in the table here. For details please consult relevant WPs.

Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) topics in new Work Programmes 2018-2020

Integrating SSH research across Horizon 2020 is essential to maximise the returns to society from investment in science and technology. Integrating the socio-economic dimension into the design, development and implementation of research itself and of new technologies can help find solutions to current societal problems.

The list of SSH-flagged topics (i.e.  topics that explicitly invite contributions from  Social Sciences and Humanities) across all Horizon 2020 Societal Challenges – including also SC5 – is now available at the following link:,topics=flags/s/SSH/1/1&+callDeadline/desc

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The Highlights of the SC5 infoday

NCPs CaRE is back from the SC5 infoday and highlights here for you key take-home tips if you missed the event.

NCPs CaRE network presented its services at the Information Day and brokerage event on the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020, Challenge “Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency & Raw Materials” – 2018 Calls – that took place on 8 and 9 November 2017 in Brussels.

You could not attend the event? Do not worry: all the recordings from sessions and the power point presentation are now available on the EASME website. We would like to highlight some of the sessions which would be worth looking at ( even if you attended the event).

Are you a newcomer to the Horizon2020? Have a look at the recording of the Newcomer’s session and at the session Proposal preparation: Challenges and successes with many useful tips to address the 3 building blocks for proposal preparation:

  • addressing topic text
  • addressing horizontal aspects
  • bringing together the right partners

Moreover, two H2020 project managers gave some insights from their own experience from proposal writing. Look at the presentations from the ClairCity project and from Cartif​​.

You can also read our useful guides which were distributed at the event and have a look at the “Do’s and Don’t’s for Applicants” document

EASME staff presented the different topics for 2018 in thematic sessions on day 2: do check the presentation of the topics you are interested in to better understand it!

The Information Day also included various sessions dedicated to horizontal issues, valuable also for proposers in other H2020 Work Programmes.

  • Co-design your proposals with end-users and stakeholders can give you extra points so do not forget the session on Co-design : involving end-users and stakeholderin particular the presentations of the City of Vienna about dealing with local authorities and from the TRANSrisk project with useful technics.
  • We receive as NCPs many questions about how to design your workplan for a project, have a look at the dedicated session (recording, power point).
  • Dissemination, exploitation and protecting Intellectual Property Rights are key in a project, because the new SC5 programme is putting much more emphasis on impact so check the dedicated session
  • Open data is now by default in Horizon 2020 to increase impact potential but managing data is not an easy task so you can find more information in the related workshop (recording, power 1, power point 2)
  • Do you know that proposals with international partners have greater chance of success? Check the session on international cooperation (recording, power point) for clear information about the eligibility rules and a new article 14a of the grant agreement facilitating the inclusion of international partners not automatically eligible and not requesting budget.

NCPs CaRE was also very pleased that 5 NCPs from the Neighbourhood countries (Tunisia, Egypt, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Belarus) could take part to the Information Day thanks to its financial support.


Camille Lepinay, Eleana Gabriel

Overview of calls for cities and communities in Horizon 2020 Societal Challenges

The newly published work programme for Societal Challenges 5 includes several calls for cities and urban development. The focus in the calls is on circular cities, nature-based solutions, health in cities and transforming urban heritage:

  • CE-SC5-03-2018: Demonstrating systemic urban development for circular and regenerative cities. Innovation Action, Budget range 10 MEUR per project
  • SC5-13-2018-2019: Strengthening international cooperation on sustainable urbanisation: nature-based solutions for restoration and rehabilitation of urban ecosystems. Research and Innovation action, budget range: 5 MEUR per project
  • SC5-14-2019: Visionary and integrated solutions to improve well-being and health in cities. Innovation Action, budget range 10 MEUR per project
  • SC5-20-2019: Transforming historic urban areas and/or cultural landscapes into hubs of entrepreneurship and social and cultural integration. Innovation action, budget range: 7-8 MEUR per project

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SC5 Topics for international cooperation

The work programme (WP) for years 2018 – 2020 will focus on moving to a greener, more resource efficient and climate resilient economy in sync with the natural environment, demonstrating a strong commitment to supporting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets of the COP21 Paris Agreement (PA).

One of the measures Commission is implementing to tackle overall and thematic specific issues in this WP is focused on the reinforcement of international cooperation across both calls and topics with a strong international dimension, especially to ensure the follow-up and implementation of the COP21 PA.

The topics with the special emphasis on the international cooperation are highlighted in this table. For details please consult WP.

Helpful links:

Guidance note – Funding of applicants from non-EU countries & international organisations

Co-fund mechanism/-agreements BRIC+M (à Please click on the country – not on „S&T agreement“)

Online sources of information

European commission Participant Portal 



The Work Programme 2018-2020 for Societal Challenge 5 has been published

The Work Programme 2018-2020 for Societal Challenge 5 “Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials” has been published by the European Commission on 27 October 2017.

This Work Programme is structured around two calls: ‘Building a low-carbon, climate resilient future: climate action in support of the Paris Agreement’ and ‘Greening the economy in line with the the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals’, and focuses on six priorities:

  • Climate action in support of the Paris Agreement
  • Circular economy
  • Raw materials
  • Water for our environment, economy and society
  • Innovating cities for sustainability and resilience
  • Protecting and leveraging the value of our natural and cultural assets (which includes Earth observation, nature-based solutions, disaster risk reduction and natural capital accounting, and heritage alive).

The SC5 Work Programme 2018-2020 is available at:

Work Programmes 2018-2010 for other Societal Challenges are available at:

Attention – Re-launch of Partner Search Tool October 2017

In view of the European Commission launching new Horizon 2020 work programmes for 2018-2020 – the partner search service of the Horizon 2020 NCP network projects NMP TeAm, NCPs CaRE and C-Energy 2020 have improved their services for you! These entail the following and will be effective from 26 October 2017 onwards:

  • Common registration level for the three activities. This will allow registered users to enter partner searches and offers on call topics of all the activities. Which means, that a registrant only needs to fill in his/her profile once and can still chose the specific database of interest.
  • Topic specific deadlines to avoid entries on already closed calls for proposals.
  • General overhaul of the tool

All details can be found on On the right hand side you will find a registration as well as a login button. These will lead you directly to the re-launched common registration page or directly to the user login page. The NCP login page can be accessed by the common registration page or directly,