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